Do You Know Who Your “Influentials” Are?

September 30, 2013

“Online influentials who provide sole or ‘exclusive’ influence over consumers are the most valuable to companies,” reports Robert Berkman. [“Valuing … Continued

Cities from the Ground Up

September 27, 2013

Every designer dreams of seeing something go from the drawing board to reality – that is, designing and building something … Continued

Getting a Handle on Returned Merchandise

September 26, 2013

Retailers and manufacturers never like to see products returned; but, it happens. Evan Schuman contends, “One of the worst parts … Continued

Big Data Continues to Raise Privacy Concerns

September 24, 2013

“Every step in the big data pipeline is raising concerns,” writes Cynthia Dwork, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. and Deirdre … Continued

Are Space and Time Real?

September 23, 2013

“Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space … Continued

Teaching STEM Subjects Using a Mission to Mars

September 23, 2013

In a recent two-part series entitled “Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects” [Part 1 and Part 2], I discussed how … Continued

CPG Executives Identify Two Industry Megatrends

September 20, 2013

Earlier this year “more than 200 executives from leading consumer goods and retail organizations” came “together to focus on how, … Continued

Sensing Food: The Role of Color

September 19, 2013

Back in the fall of 2000, three researchers, Lawrence L. Garber, Jr., Eva M. Hyatt, and Richard G. Starr, Jr., … Continued

Understanding Quantum Computing

September 18, 2013

Let’s face it quantum computing is not an easy subject. Understanding, for example, that a qubit can simultaneously represent both … Continued

Digital Consumers and Their Path to Purchase

September 17, 2013

A recent study by GroupMNext and Compete indicates that “there are six distinct segments of consumers who exhibit similar behaviors … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

September 16, 2013

These days, most of the arguments that involve the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and whether it will ever be … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Judging Appetite and Capacity

September 13, 2013

SCE Magazine reports “that company executives are coming under increasing pressure from customers, shareholders and regulators, to better address the … Continued

Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects, Part 2

September 12, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed why it’s important to get students involved in science, technology, engineering, … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Research Gaining Momentum

September 11, 2013

On Monday, the National Science Foundation announced that it had awarded a 5-year, $25 million grant “to Harvard and Massachusetts … Continued

Healthcare is Forecast to Get Even More Personal

September 10, 2013

Current debates about healthcare cover topics ranging from how to rein in costs to how to make it more personalized. … Continued

Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects, Part 1

September 9, 2013

“The idea that the nation faces a crisis in science education has more than hit home,” writes Terence Monmaney. “Many … Continued

Packaging and Sustainability

September 6, 2013

Manufacturers and retailers know that packaging serves a number of functions. Good packaging protects the products they contain, attracts the … Continued

The Growing Influence of the Digital Path to Purchase

September 5, 2013

Jeremy Hanks reports that when Jessops, Britain’s largest camera chain, went out of business, “the staff at one specific store … Continued

Fellow Travelers: Big Data and the Internet of Things

September 4, 2013

“Bland by name and superficially viewed as gee-whiz technology never to be realized, the IoT (Internet of things) has significant … Continued

What Makes a Smart City Smart?

September 3, 2013

The staff at ITBusiness writes, “We hear the term ‘smart city’ a lot these days, and it can mean different … Continued

Labor Day 2013

September 2, 2013

In the United States, the first Monday each September is set aside to honor the contribution that working people have … Continued