Amazon is considering a plan to open up to 3,000 of its cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021 in cities around the country, according to a Bloomberg report. Among the questions the company is debating is whether they would be convenience stores or focused more narrowly on grab-and-go dinner items, the report said.
Creators of smart devices are not doing enough to protect children's data, states a report by Veronica Barassi of Goldsmiths, University of London. Barassi is researching how big data and AI affect family life, and she writes that "we need to recognize that much of the data that is being collected by home automation technologies is not only personal (individual) data but home life data ... and we need to critically consider the multiple ways in which children's data traces become intertwined with adult profiles."
Finding the right mix of technology and people in industrial settings isn't easy, but it's the key challenge for evolving beyond an Industry 4.0 mindset, writes Keith Barr, CEO and president of Leading2Lean. "Manufacturing 4.0, in contrast, is a new dynamic era where unlocking and multiplying human ingenuity is central to manufacturing, increasing efficiency, inspiring a new generation of skilled workers, and creating bottom-line profitability," he argues.
Xometry's online marketplace connects customers with manufacturers who offer the services and have the capacity needed to take on their projects.
Walmart has increased its focus on using the health care market as an avenue for growth, including a deal for over-the-counter sales reached last month with insurer Anthem. The retailer is looking at wellness visits as an opportunity to bring customers into the store, according to Oliver Wyman's Sam Glick.
Tesco has unveiled a new discount store format called Jack's, which is expected to compete with ALDI and Lidl in the UK. The first two Jack's stores will open this week and the concept is on track to grow to between 10 and 15 locations next year, the retailer said.
Neiman Marcus Group has a four-year plan to grow sales at its retail banners including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call. The plan's 15 initiatives include strengthening relationships with big-spending customers and investing in e-commerce and other digital initiatives, CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck said.
Luxury automakers Jaguar, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are preparing to release all-electric SUVs in competition with Tesla's Model X. Audi this week introduced its E-Tron model, which is expected to cost less than the Model X and to feature Amazon's Alexa voice tool.
Sony will release a PlayStation Classic bundle in December that will include 20 popular games and two controllers. The bundle is priced at $99.99 and will include titles such as "Tekken 3," "Final Fantasy VII" and "Ridge Racer Type 4."
Wegmans is readying its new 120,000-square-foot location in Lancaster, Pa., set to open this weekend. The store will include a Burger Bar restaurant and a made-to-order salad station, as well as grocery delivery via Instacart beginning Sept. 26.
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