The robots are coming! Sure, that sounds like a panicked utterance straight from whatever sequel or reboot the Terminator franchise is about to unleash. But it also could describe the grocery industry where several different grocers are piloting in-store robots to perform a litany of maintenance, stocking, and even customer service tasks.
We set our own editorial calendar, but every now and again, a casual workplace question becomes an internal debate…and then becomes a blog topic.
Recently, a lively discussion ensued in TrendSource's lunchroom about how (and, indeed, if) all-you-can-eat (AYCE) establishments could possibly succeed. You know what we mean—AYCE buffets ranging from pizza to Chinese, AYCE restaurants like Korean BBQ and sushi, how do they stay afloat?
It’s been a tough half decade for the GAP and things haven’t gotten better lately. JP Morgan recently downgraded them, and they have lowered earnings per share estimates by 12%. Owing to “operational issues” and inventory imbalance, the GAP brand (not to be confused with the Gap Band who keep on funking) has lost cultural cache and mindshare as its cookie-cutter stylings clash with current trends.
Forgive us if we channel The Big Lebowski as we declare: Sometimes, there's a device…Sometimes, there's a device, well, it’s the device for its time and place. It fits right in there.
It’s been quite the year for rebranding. IHOP went all IHOb on us, AdWords became Google Ads, and now Weight Watchers is dropping the “eight” and “atchers”, rebranding itself WW.