AI is blurring the lines between in-store retail and ecommerce

Desy Papper

AI will increase convenience by increasing efficiency across the entire retail ecosystem – that means both online and offline. (Photo by – / Charlotte McCurdy / AFP)

Putting artificial intelligence (AI) to work within the fashion trade is nothing new really. And technology has frequently been pressed into service to improve retail experiences, with new innovations supporting brick-and-mortar outlets as they pursued higher profit margins. And all along, ecommerce platforms have improved their services with the help of digital tools.

Prior to this, customers might have been able to order custom-fitted clothing from physical stores, 3D printed to their body

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JBS Meat Supplier Says Cyber Attack Hits North American, Australian Systems

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The world’s biggest meat supplier was the target of a cybersecurity attack Sunday in the latest threat to global food supply chains that have been rattled by the pandemic.

JBS SA shut its North American and Australian computer networks after an organized assault on servers, the company said by email Monday. Without commenting on operations at its plants, JBS said the incident may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.

The attack sidelined two shifts and halted processing at one of Canada’s largest meatpacking plants, while the Australian Financial Review earlier reported that cattle and sheep slaughtering had been suspended

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Stock splits are back. So is debate over whether they matter

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Stock splits are back in vogue among big U.S. companies, reviving a debate about whether the practice that had fallen out of favor for years is worth the fuss.

Last week, Nvidia Corp. became the eighth company in the S&P 500 Index to announce a split in the last year, joining big names like Apple Inc. and Tesla Inc. That’s the most over a comparable period in six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The surge in splits comes amid a rally that’s pushed share prices of almost 600 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index above $100. Yet that

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Supplier panel: Chain remains strained into Q4

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Clockwise from top left: Chris Bradley, NCFI; Iv Culp, Culp Inc.; Mark Jones, Hickory Springs; Tyson Hagale, Leggett & Platt Bedding; and Scott Tesser, Precision textiles.

HIGH POINT — Tight supply of foam and other components probably won’t ease until sometime near this year’s end. Timetables for better flow vary depending on input category, but any “hiccup” in the supply chain has big ramifications these days. That’s an overall take from participants in a supplier panel during Furniture Today’s Bedding Conference.

NCFI Polyurethanes Executive Vice President of Consumer Products Chris Bradley believes freed-up delivery of foam won’t happen for another

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Samsung Biologics to provide end-to-end mRNA vaccine manufacturing

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Production capability for the mRNA drug substance is expected to be available by the first half of 2022 from Samsung Biologic’s Songdo facility, at which point the company will be able to provide everything from bulk drug substance to aseptic fill/finish including labelling and packaging, as well as cold chain storage.

“mRNA has been the technology of choice for many COVID-19 vaccines due to its characteristics of safety and fast scalability in manufacturing,”​ said the CDMO as it announced the planned capabilities this morning.

Samsung Biologics is already involved in mRNA COVID-19 vaccine manufacture, having announced an agreement with

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