Surveys say 47% of shoppers prefer shopping online. Sounds like the end of retail is near! However, shopping online does not necessarily translate to buying online. Macy’s is using RFID’s rich data capabilities to make sure that whatever is advertised online is actually available in stores, giving shoppers the convenience of online shopping combined with the immediacy of in-store purchasing.
Bill Connell, Macy’s senior VP of logistics and operations, cites the speed and reliability of RFID inventory control as part of their omnichannel retail scheme. RFID allows store employees to scan inventory on the retail floor several times a day and replenish stock immediately, something that was completely impractical with other inventory control systems. Shoppers who see something on Macy’s website today and want to wear it tonight will always find that specific item in the store – a valuable advantage in the competitive world of retail. Read the complete story at http://bit.ly/1qEiRAS.
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Despite the growth of electronic medical records, many hospitals and medical offices still maintain paper records of their patients’ medical history. The records are bulky, easy to misplace, and vulnerable to fire, water and insect damage. Even more important is security – unauthorized access to medical records contributes to growing identity theft around the world.
These vulnerabilities pose some particular problems for facilities managers and space planners, all of which can be solved by modern high-density storage systems. Declan Brady, writing in Hospital Build and Infrastructure, discusses design considerations for protecting and securing sensitive medical records: http://bit.ly/1r461eu
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Facilities maintenance professionals: Their work is vital to the smooth functioning of office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, military installations, retail operations – practically any place other than your home – and yet we rarely think about what it really takes to keep these facilities up and running. The recently announced 2014 FMD Achievement Awards, sponsored by the business publication Facilities Maintenance Decisions, honors these unsung heroes for their outstanding work. Award recipients were named in the categories of Retrofits and Renovations, Sustainability, Financial Management, and Personnel Management: http://bit.ly/1r3UrzW
We salute you!
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A recent report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services finds there are more than 35,000 museums in the U.S., more than twice the number estimated in the 1990’s. That averages out to 700 museums per state, all busily collecting, archiving and exhibiting everything from art and history to science, technology, and nature. Announcing the new census findings at the American Alliance of Museums’ annual conference, IMLS director Susan H. Hildreth said, “Americans love their museums.” – something of an understatement! http://1.usa.gov/1oPN6Tc
And with such diverse offerings as the Little Black Dress Museum, the Barbed Wire Museum, and the International Spy Museum, what’s not to love?
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