BY MEGAN RAY NICHOLS
supply chains provide many options for customers of all types, whether at a
retail location, over the phone or online. While these supply chains work best
when channels work together, many managers keep their channels separate.
can build multichannel supply chains so different channels can work together.
This provides them with better information and smooths out the experience for
customers, who naturally engage with more than one channel over time.
supply chains can also benefit from advanced technology, like the Internet of
Things (IoT) and big data analytics, to improve data collection and efficiency.
are several ways you can optimize your multichannel supply chains.
Have Your Channels Work Together
supply chain managers consider their channels in isolation when they could
benefit from having them work together.
81 percent of retailers use supply chain models that make their inventory visible
across channels, only 16 percent make that inventory fully
transferable to other channels. You can restructure your supply channels to
integrate with each other and trade inventory as necessary to fulfill customer
inventory transferable across channels also makes it easier for your supply
chain to allow things like buying online and picking up in the store.
retailer wants returns, but data shows customers are more likely to buy
products if they think they’ll be able to return them easily. About 92% of customers
consider returns as being
important to them and their purchasing
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By Megan Ray Nichols
Sustainability is a word that appears in conversation often these days, especially with the United Nations giving us a looming 2030 deadline to start reducing our carbon emissions. Everyone is talking about sustainability and why it’s so important, but if you ask people why, they won’t have an answer for you. What is the science behind it, and what can we do to live a more sustainable life?
what is sustainability? We talk about living a more sustainable life all the
time, but it’s helpful to be able to put a definition behind the word.
its most basic, sustainability is “development that meets the needs of the
present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs,” according to UCLA. This definition might work
well in casual conversation, but there’s so much more to it than just meeting
our needs while preserving natural resources for posterity.
Sustainability and sustainable development encompass everything from food production to the health of the ozone. It also includes climate change and its impacts both today and into the future. As much as we dream of going to the stars, we are not a space-faring species yet. That means this little blue marble is the only home our generation and those yet to come will have — and we need to take care of it.
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By Jackie Edwards
The video surveillance industry continues to develop and prosper as awareness for safety grows among citizens concerned for the security of their homes. According to a poll conducted in 2018 by SDM, in which both integrators and dealers were asked about their state of confidence with the current surveillance market, 75% said they believed the market’s state to be excellent. As video surveillance continues to grow in prominence and ubiquity, with more homeowners looking to secure their households, the more technical aspects of home surveillance should be made transparent and readily available. Placement technique and varying types of surveillance systems are being continually innovated and specialized towards fostering intuitive home security setups. Here’s an overview of the current standards for installing CCTV systems and their variant iterations.
Conventional surveillance setup
conventional surveillance setup is comprised of either mountable or
stand-alone cameras, positioned independently in various areas which
work in conjunction with each other to capture consistent video. The
collective of cameras send footage to a monitor system; the signal being
broadcast from the cameras to the monitors is closed circuit. Viewing
of the camera’s feed is strictly observable from connected equipment.
The majority of modern surveillance cameras capture high resolution
video and are best situated in corner areas of an indoor space, since
they are typically capable of wide range viewing. The system itself is
conventionally connected by coaxial cables. Inconspicuous and out of
reach, wired systems are still commonly used by homeowners to deter potential burglary and more generally maintain consistent observance of their property.
a means of eliminating the need for cumbersome wire installation, newer
surveillance systems are entirely wireless. Composed of a camera,
transmitter, receiver, visual monitor, and a supplemental data storage
system, wireless setups allow for broader range in regards to placement
and proximity from the central monitoring unit. Footage is captured and
streamed from a radio transmitter to an antenna; the receivers can
either be based within the camera and monitor or separate from one
another. Being wireless, these units are able to be disguised as everyday items, or can be totally mobilized and mounted onto a tripod or other peripheral.
Flexibility of location for surveillance
of the home that experience the most break-ins are the front door,
backyard, and the ground floor parallel to the house. What should be
considered when plotting effective surveillance locations is the
camera’s proximity to a power supply and proximity to the home’s router –
if wireless. Integration of IoT principles makes it possible to use a
smart device for wireless monitoring of the surveillance feed. Some
cameras are designed for communication with other smart and IoT outfitted devices.
Homeowners are granted the flexibility to place camera’s base on their
own concerns for which area of the home is considered a security risk.
for homeowner’s and how they arm their home is the priority for
surveillance companies. As the industry continues to develop along with
smart technology’s integration to domestic life, surveillance systems
will persist in popularity and normalcy.