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Levi Strauss Adopts New FLX Operating Model

7 Mar

In the current competitive marketplace around the globe, firms want the most cost-efficient operating models possible. For instance, click these links: 1 and 2. While they want to manage costs, they also want to be customer friendly. That is why today’s post examines: Levi Strauss adopts new FLX operating model.

What exactly is Levi Strauss? We turn to its Web site for the answer:

Levi Strauss & Co. has been innovating since the birth of the first pair of jeans in 1873. Throughout our long history, we’ve inspired change in the marketplace, the workplace, and the world. We invite you to take a look at our proud heritage in our timeline. Levi Strauss & Co. has a unique history and an amazing heritage, but it involves much more than faded denim. Our designers use products from our past to inspire the designs of tomorrow. And not only did we invent the blue jean, our Dockers® brand reinvented the khaki pant.

The following video offers a good overview of the company.


  Future-Led Execution: Levi Strauss Adopts New FLX Operating Model

Last month, Levi Strauss introduced a new program it dubbed FLX (future-led execution). Through this program, the firm seeks to accomplish various goals:

“How do you deliver high-quality, durable denim styles to consumers when and where they want them while improving and modernizing the manufacturing process for the 21st century? Welcome to the future of jeans manufacturing, where Levi Strauss & Co. is leading the way. On February 27, we announced Project FLX. (future-led execution).”

“The new operating model ushers denim finishing into the digital era. And it digitizes denim finish design. At the same time, it enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, Project FLX radically reduces time to market — and puts us on a path to eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, Project FLX delivers a cleaner jean that fully adheres to the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.”

The image below portrays the process. Then the video that follows it, describes the new program.

Levi Strauss Adopts New FLX Operating Model


Artificial Intelligence Insights from Intel

6 Mar

As we head into the future, artificial intelligence (AI) will play an even more significant role. And some firms are leading the way. For that reason, today we cover artificial intelligence insights from Intel.

Also, look at three of our prior posts on AI: Artificial Intelligence Predictions. GREAT YouTube Videos: Learn More About AI. Comparing AI Virtual Assistants.


Background: Artificial Intelligence Insights from Intel

For years, Intel focused on computer chips. And it became — and remains — the leader in that product category. But now, due to competition and the reduced importance of PCs, Intel is branching out. In big ways!! One of these ways involves artificial intelligence.

As Intel recently noted:

“If your firm hasn’t yet incorporated artificial intelligence (AI), you can be certain that it will soon. AI  has a lot of potential. For instance, it will impact everything from the way a firm interacts with customers to how it hires employees.”

“In November 2017, executives indicated in a survey that AI is becoming a bigger priority. According to the survey, 64 percent noted that they plan to invest in AI over the next three years. Still, while executives know that A.I. is critical, 35 percent said their top challenge involves understanding what an AI solution involves. And 22 percent said budgeting remains an obstacle. Even so, more executives know that if they don’t adopt AI, their firms are at risk of being left in the digital dust.”


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Artificial Intelligence Insights from Intel


Video Examples of Artificial Intelligence Insights from Intel

To better explain the roles of AI and Intel’s prowess with it, Intel produced several videos. And are four of them.


An Introduction

“In the data center, the cloud, and at the edge, business, science, and academia use AI applications. And they are supported by a broad, growing portfolio of Intel technologies. So, watch Naveen Rao, Intel VP and GM, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, explain how Intel helps make AI initiatives practical and straightforward.”


AI and the Brain

“Intel Labs and Princeton Neuroscience Institute use AI to enable neuroscientists to map the human mind in real time. Thus, unlocking secrets on how brain activity affects learning, memory, and other cognitive functions.”


AI and Personal Finance

“Clinc decided to build an AI Personal Assistant App to connect individuals quicker and easier to their financial data. At that time, it recognized the need to leverage the latest in machine learning and deep learning technologies. Thus, existing natural language algorithms weren’t sufficient. And Clinc collaborated with Intel to reach higher standards. The resuIt is Finie. Now, learn more about how they solved a real problem with AI.”


AI and the Driving Experience

“Data and analytics are driving the new Intel and Ferrari partnership. And how we are using AI to power the driving experience. From in-car analytics to video monitoring to drones, better synthesized data gives drivers an edge as the industry evolves.”


Virtual Reality Live at Vera Bradley Stores

5 Mar

To create an outstanding customer experience, many firms want to use new high-tech tools. Thus, some now experiment with artificial intelligence. And others track shoppers online and in stores. Still other firms market voice-activated digital assistants and employ online chatbots. In addition, virtual reality is gaining popularity. In this instance, we can learn a lot about Virtual Reality Live at Vera Bradley Stores.


What Is Virtual Reality?

Before we turn to the Vera Bradley example, let’s explain the premise of virtual reality (VR). Please note: VR is a great tool to enhance the customer experience, both online and in the store.

According to TechTarget:

Virtual reality is an artificial environment created with software. And then presented to the user in such a way that the user accepts it as reality. On a computer, virtual reality is primarily experienced by sight and sound. The simplest VR involves a 3-D image. It can be explored interactively at a PC. Usually by moving keys or the mouse. In this way, the image moves in some direction or zooms in or out. Advanced efforts involve wrap-around display screens, actual rooms augmented with wearable computers, and haptics devices that let you feel the images.”


Virtual Reality Live at Vera Bradley Stores — See How It Works Online

Vera Bradley designs and retails women’s handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories, and gift items. As a multichannel retailer, it runs its own stores and a full-feature Web business. In addition, it sells through third-party retailers.

In 2017, Vera Bradley introduced virtual reality into stores. Why? According to Eric Feigenbaum, writing for vmsd:

“Due to the retailer’s limited store footprint in most sites, it decided to showcase its new collections in an unusual, attention-grabbing way. Harry Cunningham, its VP of creative services,  says, ‘The ability to shop virtually essentially extends the four walls of the physical store. Thus, we can share even more products and expand on the brand experience.”

Besides visiting a Vera Bradley store, we can gain a VR experience below. Or close to a VR experience. 🙂

If you visit the VR site, this popup appears. [Note: This site is for demonstration purposes. The actual Vera Bradley AR experience only works in stores.] Click the popup to access the site. Once at the site, scroll to the + signs.
Virtual Reality Live at Vera Bradley Stores
Virtual Reality Live at Vera Bradley Stores

Cloud-Based Cyber Security

27 Feb

With many firms now allowing employees to work off premises, we see the use of cloud software rising. Thus, cloud-based cyber security takes on more importance than ever. Yet, we don’t always know about all of the facets of cloud security. And today, we address that issue. This builds on yesterday’s discussion about cyber security.


Overview: A Day in the Cloud

For us as individuals, cloud computing is often not understood. Or our use of the cloud even recognized. So, look at this interesting infographic from Logicalis about a typical day in the cloud. Do at least some of these activities look familiar to you?

Cloud-Based Cyber Security -- A Day in the Cloud


A Business View of Cloud-Based Cyber Security

Now, we turn to being cyber secure in the cloud from business perspective. As noted above, off-premises employers often connect to work through the cloud. And that means handling particular cloud-based cyber security issues.

According to Keir Thomas-Bryant of Sage Advice:

“Cloud computing lets workers access company data and applications via the Internet. Anywhere and anytime. As a result, everyday tasks can be automated and performed on laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. Thus, by managing your cash flow with cloud accounting software, workers could end up more efficient and productive.”

“In the future, cloud investment will continue increasing by 20% per year as firms plan to cut IT costs. And  maximize agility. And improve business function support. Keeping critical data and systems secure remains a key concern for firms considering a move to the cloud.”

Look at our infographic on staying safe in the cloud. It offers a walk-through of the biggest threats to cloud security that businesses face today. And it outlines how firms should tackle these. Also, it points out the tools and best practices for IT professionals to consider when adopting the cloud.”

Click the infographic for a larger version.

Cloud-Based Cyber Security - An Infographic

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