The Robots Are Coming
The robots are coming, and they represent one of "the biggest game
changers" in decades for security integrators, according to PSA
Security CEO Bill Bozeman.
Sharp Electronics on May 10 announced the
launch of Sharp Robotics Business Development. In the works for three years,
the current focus for SRBD is developing robots for security.
Its initial project is ground-based robots, which are known as UGVs or
unmanned ground vehicles.
"We believe it will be a
multi-billion dollar market," Cliff Quiroga, SRBD VP & deputy
general manager, told Security Systems News.
Sharp also announced
that it is the founding sponsor of a new group called Robolliance,
a "forum for technology partners and industry experts in robotics,
surveillance and security to advance the understanding and awareness of the
autonomous robotics marketplace.'
How to Increase Compliance
with Shipment Consolidation
North American retailers lose $158.5 billion
annually to supplier issues
Out of stocks cause
4.1 percent in lost revenue, according to retailwire.com; just as troubling,
overstocks result in 3.2 percent in lost revenue for the average retailer.
Retailers continue to refine their compliance programs to strike the right
balance of inventory and meeting higher consumer service standards.
This is scant comfort to the suppliers who transport less than truckload
(LTL), partial, or underutilized truckload shipments to retailers, and who may
struggle with noncompliance and significant chargebacks. Without an effective
retail strategy, it may be difficult for suppliers to cope with the variations
among several retail programs. Failure to meet retailers' expectations results
in chargeback fees; if noncompliance continues, the supplier may lose its retail
Yet, even as suppliers struggle, there is an
effective solution. Implementing a retail consolidation program can bring
consistent transit times, reduce chargebacks for noncompliance, improve
cash-to-cash cycles, and strengthen retailer relationships. chainstoreage.com
Alibaba, IACC Expand
Anticounterfeit Efforts Amid Controversy
said Wednesday it has expanded the scope of its anticounterfeit program with
Washington, D.C.-based International Anticounterfeiting Coalition.
news comes as luxury brands are departing the organization, reportedly in
protest over the fact that Alibaba recently joined as a member. Earlier this
Gucci left the group. Michael Kors pulled out last week and now press
reports have Tiffany & Co. withdrawing its membership as well.
the nonprofit in April. Members include hundreds of companies across a
variety of sectors from luxury goods to electronics as well as law firms and
related service providers aimed at mitigating counterfeit goods. Current member
brands include Apple, Chanel, Coach, Hugo Boss, L'Oréal and Nike, among many
"The MarketSafe program provides companies with an expedited
process for working with Alibaba to target and take down online listings for
counterfeit goods," the company said in a posting on its Alizila website.
Since the MarketSafe program's launch, nearly 5,000 sellers' storefronts
have been closed on Alibaba's marketplaces, while more than 180,000 infringing
product listings have been removed, Alibaba said.
Anticounterfeiting Group After Alibaba Joins
Jeweler follows Gucci and Michael Kors in withdrawing from organization
fighting knockoffs. Tiffany & Co. is the latest high-profile brand to resign
from one of the world's largest anticounterfeiting groups after the
organization admitted Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as
a member in April.
The anticounterfeiting group said previously its
board-including Tiffany -voted unanimously in favor of admitting Alibaba as
a member and that it "stands by its decision" because marketplaces must be
used as a resource in combating fakes online.
The departure of
Tiffany comes on the same day Alibaba and the IACC announced plans to expand
a program to remove counterfeits more quickly from the Chinese e-commerce
company's sites. The anticounterfeiting program will now be open to all
brands, free of charge.
Previously, the program was only open to
members of the anticounterfeiting coalition, and charged thousands of
dollars a year.
ICE's New Forced Labor
Weapon in Crosshairs
U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's latest weapon to take hold of imports suspected or alleged to have
been made by forced labor is getting lots of attention.
There have been
two "withhold release orders" issued since the law went into effect, which then
triggers an investigation by ICE and Customs & Border Protection to determine
whether there's "standard probable cause" that the shipment in question, from
shrimp and coffee to apparel and textiles, used forced labor anywhere in the
supply chain, and whether criminal charges are warranted.
apparel industry is of particular risk since the law has a "wholly or
in part standard" for illegal forced labor in any product, and given the
industry's complicated supply chain.
Investigations can be triggered by
tips from outside or internal sources, or can be self-initiated by the agency.
Kenneth J.F. Kennedy, senior policy adviser for the Forced Labor Program
for the Homeland Security Investigations' unit of ICE. stressed that he wants to
work with he industry to understand the new law, what is required of companies
to demonstrate their lack of culpability or how they can change their supply
chain to eradicate a forced labor aspect of it.
In the Age of Amazon
A day after the announcement and all throughout the journalism community
everyone is writing about the failed merger and how one judge couldn't
understand the impact Amazon can have on a retailer. Regardless of it's size of
business or it's being only a year old, Amazon Business, their new office supply
division, is destined to steal market share and have a huge impact on both
Office Depot and Staples, but the judge looked at it as a start up and basically
left it up to nature to decide who wins and who survives in the office supply
amazing, it's historic, and it's a shame all in one.
The fact remains,
however, after following it as a lay person, that Amazon, throughout the
investigation by the FTC and during the trial, played it coy and even played dumb
to some extent. Obviously coached and on a mission, the executive hit his mark
and now as opposed to fighting one behemoth has two struggling players to fight.
The real shame is that it might not be much of a fight given how Amazon has
succeeded in most all their ventures.
This story still pales to the one
about the lawyers who just rolled over and didn't even offer any defense at all.
Just a thought, Gus Downing
1 in 3 American malls are doomed, retail analyst forecasts
"We are the most over-stored place in the world"
About one-third of American malls are not long for this world, retail analyst
Jan Kniffen said Thursday. The CEO of J. Rogers Kniffen Worldwide Enterprises
spoke after Macy's reported its worst sequential same-store sales decline since
the financial crisis. Macy's and other retailers got slammed by a warm winter
and cool spring, as well as the continued migration of millennials to fast
fashion and off-price stores, Kniffen said. The results are also a sign of the
country's oversupply of retail space at a time when commerce is moving online,
"On an apples-to-apples basis, we have twice as much per-capita retail space
as any other place in the world. The U.K. is second. They're half of what we
are. So, yes, we are the most over-stored place in the world," he told CNBC's
"Squawk Box." With the U.S. having an estimated 48 square feet of retail space
per citizen, the footprint is poised to decline "pretty fast," Kniffen said.
In his view, about 400 of America's 1,100 enclosed malls will fail in the
coming years. Of the survivors, about 250 will thrive and the rest will
struggle. Likewise, Macy's probably needs 500 of its roughly 800 existing
stores, he said.
Staffing a New Safety
Chipotle hires expert who criticized the chain's response to its food safety
David Acheson, a former official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was brought on as an adviser, Chipotle told
Reuters. The company also confirmed it is working with David Theno, a food
safety consultant and former Jack in the Box executive who is credited with
fixing food safety at the fast-food chain following a deadly E. coli outbreak in
the 1990s. The two are respected among food safety experts, and their
involvement may signal an expansion in Chipotle's reforms. But the scope is not
yet clear. As recently as early December, Acheson was sharply critical of the
company's initial response to the outbreaks.
When it comes to payments,
cash and cards still reign supreme
PayPal is the
most popular digital option, with 67% using it in the last 12 months, up from
62% last year. Check usage is declining with only 60% using checks. chainstoreage.com
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After Listeria Outbreak
Big Data: OSHA Is
Poised to Create Massive Data Set of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canadian Tire Q1 comp's up 1%, Sport
Chek comp's up 12.3%, Mark's comp's up 0.8%, sales up 0.8%
Jack in the Box
comp's flat, Qdoba comp's up 2.1%
Party City Q1 comp's down 1.5%, sales flat
Kohl's Q1 comp's down 3.9%, sales down 3.9%
Ralph Lauren Q4 comp's down 5%,
net revenues flat, full yr comp's down 3%, full yr sales up 1%