Michelle Capozza, who co-owns family manufacturer Babbitt Bearings in Syracuse, N.Y., offers insight into being an effective leader, which includes being a good communicator and listener. "There's a saying that people don't leave jobs, they leave bad bosses," she says.
New York City fashion retailer Dover Street Market closes its doors twice annually to redesign each floor of the eight-story store. Comme des Garcons Creative Director Rei Kawakubo creates the look for the common areas, while brands with permanent collections in the store take charge of their own spaces.
The closure of Chef'd highlights how grocers might be best-suited to offer meal kits rather than through subscription services, said David Bishop of retail consultancy Brick Meets Click. It's easier for grocers to market and distribute such kits than another company that must build infrastructure and name recognition, Bishop said.
An open source initiative dubbed the Data Transfer Project has been announced by four of the largest technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The project will make it easier for users to transfer data among the companies' services.
Four smart home leaders received equal marks in a recent study of consumer perception: Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. Smart home hubs were among the most well-known devices, with 67% of survey respondents saying they were aware of the devices.
Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence project called the "Move Mirror," which matches users' poses with similar images. The project was created to make machine learning more accessible to coders, as well as to inspire the development of other applications.
Royole Corp. has unveiled a flexible shirt and top hat with smart video features that users can use to show off 3GP/MP4 videos and JPEG/GIF images. "Individuals can select video content that showcases their personality and stream in real-time from their mobile phone, giving them unlimited portability and versatility," noted Bill Liu of Royole.
Patterson Cos. is increasing its focus on private labels and investing in supply chain technology, among other moves, as it looks to reverse a slide in sales. CEO Mark Walchirk said the company is examining its existing stock keeping units and vendors.
Genuine Parts reported second-quarter profit growth of 19.3%, with sales up 17.6% from a year ago. Subsidiary Motion Industries had sales growth of 8.7%.