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
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 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
Innovation Among Imitation
Is imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it simply the fastest way to turn a profit in a competitive landscape?
The Power of Real-Time Data
As the home furnishings industry grows, expands and changes form, we're witnessing the evolution of business enhanced by technology and real-time data. And, there's no better example than Moe's Home Furnishings.
Small Steps - Big Innovation
Regardless of your company's size, it is imperative you move forward with innovative ideas. But, if you're anything like the rest of us, you're wondering where they manufacture innovative ideas and how you can get on the mailing list.
People + Technology
After all, whether you know it or not, your customers are already using mobile devices in your store. They're doing price comparisons or sharing images and seeking input from social media or friends. So, if their phone is already in hand, you might as well take advantage of it.
Why YELL When You Can Whisper?
The future is now – especially regarding proximity marketing. What is proximity marketing? Simply put, it's the practice of providing customers with targeted-marketing messages, offers or content based on their location.
Building Relationships with Showroom Technology
As technology takes center stage in the showroom, many businesses are changing their model. This means significant strides towards a reduced inventory, and, in Target's case, a smaller footprint.
Closing the Expectation Gap
Whether you're new to the home furnishings industry or your family has been in business for generations, you know that furniture buying is an emotionally significant event for your customers. And, unlike traditional shoppers, modern customers begin their research online.