Israel's CommonSense Robotics has raised $20 million in financing as it works on ways to automate the supply chain for the grocery industry. It is working to develop "mirco-fulfillment centers," which would be smaller than full warehouses and closer to population centers.
Scannable shelf tags could be a better customer interaction than digital beacons as customers walk through stores, Lisa Lacy writes. Consumers are empowered to scan only those tags that interest them, instead of beacons broadcasting to any shopper with an app open, she writes.
Unilever has launched three new foam body washes, including Dove's Shower Foam and Caress Botanicals Shower Foam in several varieties. The company also rolled out Dove Men+Care Foaming Body Wash in clean comfort, deep clean and extra fresh options.
Harry's has raised $112 million in a new funding round that it will use to add new lines including baby products and personal care, said co-founder Jeff Raider. The online shave brand launched about five years ago, grew with the acquisition of a German razor blade factory and has since started selling its products at retailers including Target.
Consumer Reports toasted hundreds of bread slices to recommend the best toasters, which are able to consistently brown bread evenly, Kimberly Janeway writes. The Cuisinart CPT-122 is priced low but performs on a high-level, and the KitchenAid KMT223 earns kudos for its bagel slots and trendy retro style.
Consumers who reach for instant rice could enjoy quintessential rice at a more reasonable price if they invest in a rice cooker, Gia Liu advises. Top rice cookers include the user-friendly Aroma Housewares 6-Cup Pot Style Rice Cooker and the high-tech Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Heating Pressure Cooker.
Slow cooker lovers who are looking for more meal variety can order Chef'd meal kits created in partnership with Campbell's. The service doesn't require a subscription and offers a range of ready-to-cook meals such as Slow Cooker Chicken & Herb Dumplings and Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Risk reduction and what is lost by not upgrading are two high-level considerations for replacing control systems, writes Ian Verhappen, senior project manager for CIMA+. A new system could bring better utilization and cybersecurity, he notes, though quantifying those benefits financially can be difficult.
Maintenance should be a continuous endeavor that starts with assessment and runs through execution but doesn't stop there, Alexandra Altvater writes. "As you maintain, you'll begin the cycle again, continuously improving upon your success and raising the bar," she writes.
Jabil is using artificial intelligence in several ways, including examining products for defects and assembling small components in a precise manner. "Because AI can most quickly determine the most common location for a defect and then it only focuses on that, it doesn't have to do a 100-point inspection," says Dan Gamota of Jabil's Digital Solutions unit.