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A series of video conversations with innovators in the home furnishings marketplace. Dean Horowitz, Publisher of Furniture/Today, leads viewers through a deep-dive with technology and innovation leaders that you might think you know but haven’t had the right opportunity to really get to know.

Conversations Blog

  • Beer run, only this one was automated

    Budweiser Self-Driving Truck
    With "Proudly Brewed. Self-Driven." displayed on the delivery truck, last year OTTO and Budweiser partnered on a self-driving truck test: 51,744 cans of beer were hauled 120 miles in Colorado.   The senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch said: "I see a future where this technology becomes ubiquitous; it becomes similar to automatic transmission or cruise control." Please watch this video about how the test was conducted. It doesn't eliminate human involvement in the delivery process, but it does offer a solution for our industry that has been discussed and speculated about for a few years. What do ... Read More
  • Has KOOHL officially run its course

    koohl - SNL
    Taking an uncomfortable stab at Apple computer's infamous 1984 Super Bowl commercial, SNL introduced us to the KOOHL toilet.  "Nothing will ever be the same," is the closing comment.  While humorous, it does provide a wake-up call.  Thirty-plus years later, Apple computer enters into a high number of products and digital services that have become cool for cool's sake perhaps. Their design and influence has impacted companies and products and individual's self-esteem since. But has it run its course? Are you as excited about the new Apple iPhone as you once were? Is it that different from ... Read More
  • Google, Amazon and Home Accents

    Google Home Accents
    Google Home. Google is a bit late to the party, but it is Google. Apparently it brings family happiness, but so does Amazon Echo. ... my Amazon Echo was first to market, does everything Google Home promises and taught us what to expect from this type of device. Plus, it offers almost daily upgrades to its operating system.   What does this mean for furniture retailers? 1) These devices are modern and nice home accents. 2) The largest companies in the world are getting into the home in a serious way.  At what point does furniture become incorporated into our digital expectations ... Read More

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