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Bank of England Working on Making New Banknotes Meat-Free

The Bank of England is searching for a potential solution to the use of animal fat in its new polymer banknote after recent controversy. Innovia, the printer of the five-pound bill, "is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the bank informed on progress towards potential... »


Amazon Unveils AI Products for Cloud

Amazon Unveils AI Products for Cloud

Amazon.com Inc. has introduced an image recognition program, a speech-to-text service dubbed Polly, and tools for building conversational apps, highlighting its push to add artificial intelligence to its cloud-computer offerings. »


Implantable Medical Devices Can Be Hacked to Harm Patients, Researchers Say

It's possible to transmit life-threatening signals to implanted medical devices with no prior knowledge of how the devices work, researchers in Belgium and the U.K. have demonstrated. »


Online Grocer Ocado Uses 4G to Communicate With Warehouse Bots

Online Grocer Ocado Uses 4G to Communicate With Warehouse Bots

Ocado, an online-only grocer and retail solution provider, has developed a 4G-based protocol to communicate with the thousands of robots powering its new automated warehouses. These highly-automated warehouses will be offered as part of a managed service called the Ocado Smart Platform which... »


RFID to Help Consumers Know if Olive Oil Is Really Extra-Virgin

Olive oil producers in the Italian region of Tuscany are adopting an RFID-enabled service designed to better inform customers about the finer details of their products. Brands such as Buonamici, La Ranocchiaia, SPO and Il Cavallino are integrating SpeedTap passive RFID tags created by Thin Film... »


WCA E-Commerce Logistics Network Surpasses 100 Members

After launching an e-commerce logistics network in mid-October, WCA Ltd. has seen more than 100 logistics companies apply for membership. Called WCA eCommerce, the network allows member companies to trade directly with each other, to build volumes and to strengthen business ties. After launching an... »


Wal-Mart's Labor Scheduling Overhaul Could Transform Retail

Wal-Mart has announced it will change employee scheduling systems and processes across 650 of its U.S. stores - with the goal of improving peak hour staffing and provide more predictability over hours for employees. »


Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Slow in 2017, Study Says

Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Slow in 2017, Study Says

After a banner year for mergers and acquisitions in 2015 and a choppy but overall good market in 2016, a solid majority of respondents to Dykema Gossett's annual mergers and acquisitions outlook survey donít expect the market to strengthen next year. »


Trump Presidency Could Restrict IT Outsourcing, Analysts Say

Donald Trump railed against the shifting of U.S. jobs overseas during his campaign, but it remains to be seen whether the President-elect will make good on his promises to reign in offshore outsourcing. The Indian-dominated offshore IT services market was already struggling to find its place in a... »


Textile Index: Cotton, Polyester and Wool Prices on the Rise

Declining cotton production last season has led to prices rising year-on-year, according to Mintec's latest textile index. Yet, U.S. production in the current season is likely to rise by 25 percent and reduce pressure on prices. »


DHL Express Invests $185M in U.S. Growth

Shipping and logistics provider DHL Express says it's continuing an investment plan for the United States and the Americas of $185m. The investment earmarked for 2016 and 2017 is focused on infrastructure, technology and people - creating some 900 new jobs in 2016. »


Africa Could Become Fertile Ground for New Energy Investment

Africa Could Become Fertile Ground for New Energy Investment

Africa wants to become fertile ground for new energy investment - investments that would help electrify parts of the continent and make it ripe for new businesses and new jobs, the African Development Bank says. »


How a Rebel Myanmar Tin Mine May Up-End a Global Supply Chain

From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co, list among their... »


Amazon May Be a Threat to Apparel Brands This Holiday

Amazon may bring a very real threat to apparel brands banking on online sales this holiday season, according to a survey by e-commerce services provider Onestop Internet. Of the 57 percent of respondents saying they plan to purchase apparel online this holiday season, 64 percent said they intend to... »


Transplace Acquires Canadian 3PL Lakeside Logistics

Transplace Acquires Canadian 3PL Lakeside Logistics

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has announced its acquisition of Lakeside Logistics, a Canadian-based logistics services company. This acquisition expands Transplace's presence throughout North America and supports its strategic growth in order... »


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