India's Pantaloons Fashion Retail has named former Kellogg India executive Sangeeta Pendurkar as its new CEO, the first woman to lead a division of Aditya Birla Group. Pendurkar's resume also includes stints at HSBC Bank and Coca-Cola India.
Chinese smartphone brand Vivo has launched an online store in India in a push to expand its market share in the country. It will also offer access to the store through an app that will feature live chat and augmented reality options, the company said.
UK-based prepared meal startup Fit Kitchen has placed its products in supermarket chains including Waitrose and Sainsbury's since launching a year ago. The line launched with Asian-inspired meals that focus on nutrition, and it aims to expand with new European-style options, co-founder Phil Pinnell says.
Levi's president James "J.C." Curleigh rolled onstage on a bicycle at NRF 2018: Retail's Big Show, showing off the brand's recent trucker jacket collaboration with Google. Curleigh highlighted how Levis keeps one foot rooted in the heritage of the brand, with the other foot driving it forward. Read more.
Using digital techniques such as ultrasonic leak detectors to monitor compressed air system usage helped a Ford plant save $400,000 per year, according to retired manager Joe Ghislain. Start with baseline measurements, which Ghislain says are useful for determining what needs to be improved and for obtaining the funding to continue.
Protection from cybersecurity threats that are growing in number and complexity depends on treating security as an ongoing, often-assessed process. The most comprehensive cybersecurity approaches balance security, innovation and privacy, says Ilya Kabanov of Schneider Electric.
Take measures to reduce the risk of forklift-related injuries in winter, starting with equipping workers with adequate personal protective equipment and protective canopies or windscreens, Adam Robinson writes. Install pneumatic tires for better traction and use winterized fluids, he suggests.
Any intrinsic safety plan should ensure that devices are certified, hazards dealt with and design implications understood, Dave Perkon writes. He notes that there are also numerous safety considerations related to wiring.
3M achieved its goal of zero-landfill status at its Cynthiana, Ky., plant in 2010 by assembling a team dedicated to the effort, taking such actions as creating an in-house recycling center and visiting a local landfill, 3M executive Ann Meitz says. She notes that publicizing such goals and releasing annual reports are important parts of the process.
More than 800 students heard words of wisdom from retail entrepreneurs who are driving change in the industry during the NRF Foundation's Student Program at Retail's Big Show. "Who you surround yourself with is really critical," &pizza co-founder and CEO Michael Lastoria said.