Articles by tag: direct to consumer

Retailers Are Moving More Towards a ‘Digital-First’ Strategy. It’s Greatly Improving D2C Numbers

Brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce platforms are rapidly blending, adopting a digital-first strategy is crucial for retail giants. Straddling the evolving terrains of customer preferences and technological advancements, companies are faced with a monumental task of transforming their operations end-to-end, effectively marrying their wholesale brands with a direct-to-consumer operational model.  Amid this challenge and opportunity, businesses…

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With an Uncertain Economic Climate, Retailers Should Focus on Improving Operational Excellence

As retailers emerge from a three-year-long pandemic, the outlook for the market remains testy: Fears of recession and persistently high inflation are expected to continue to have an effect on consumer spending. On top of this, geopolitical factors in Europe keep supply chain disruptions on most retailer’s radar, aggravating existing wounds from COVID’s impact…

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Riding the Wave: DTC Brands Tackle Pandemic Challenges

Sink or swim is the motto for many DTC brands facing the aftermath of the pandemic. Supply chain disruptions and recession fears still loom large, but these businesses are nothing if not resourceful. So, what’s next for the world of DTC? Will we see more brick and mortars close, a shift toward wholesale, or…

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Key Considerations when Building a DTC Healthcare Brand

Direct-to-consumer companies were some of the few, especially in industries like retail, that fared the best during COVID-19 and the pandemic’s fallout. Their ecommerce strategies allowed for easy funneling of consumers into their services, and data out of IBM’s U.S. retail index from mid-August of 2020 shows the pandemic accelerated digital shopping growth by…

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Optimizing Efficiency is Not the Only Reason to Invest in Automation

Intertech Plastics’ continuous investments in innovative technology prove the value of automation. The Denver-based injection molding company continues its effort to standardize which optimizes their packaging operation and increases efficiency in their distribution channels while lowering the bottom line. This is the fifth consecutive year Intertech has invested in new technology by adding five new…

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What a 360-Degree, Direct-to-Consumer Strategy Looks like in 2021

Designed for retail leaders and lovers alike, Retail Refined explores the in-store technology of the future, challenges the industry’s preconceived notions, and brings together retail’s biggest names to understand the brand strategies that will define the next decade in retail.   If there is anything recent events have taught us, it’s that being adaptable is…

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Applied Digital is Scaling Up Infrastructure to Handle Growing GPU Deployment Needs
May 20, 2024

During a transformative period, Applied Digital experienced a significant increase in demand for large-scale GPU deployment. This demand required a focus on power density, as the networking within data centers, particularly for InfiniBand, necessitated that servers be located close together. Each server consumed 10.2 kilowatts of power, and the optimal performance was achieved when…

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Applied Digital is Revolutionizing High Performance Computing by Locating Facilities at Unique Power Sources
May 20, 2024

Applied Digital optimizes high-performance computing by leveraging unique power sources, and locating facilities at the source of power rather than in traditional cloud regions. This approach is particularly suited for AI workloads, which do not require ultra-low latency like video streaming. By targeting areas with abundant but underutilized power, known as “stranded power,” the…

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Experts Talk K-12 EdTech Leadership Priorities
K-12 EdTech Leadership Needs a Bigger Seat at the Table to Overcome Cybersecurity, Staffing, Professional Development Challenges
May 20, 2024

As we navigate the evolving landscape of K-12 education, the role of technology, as well as K-12 edtech leadership has never been more pivotal. Especially in the era of K-12 education post-pandemic, how has this influx of technology solutions for everything from curriculum management, to hybrid learning, to quiz gamification, to AI-supported learning, impacted…

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Energy Reporting for Utilities & Businesses Isn’t Just for Transparency. It’s for Energy & Cost Savings, Too.
May 20, 2024

As cities and states increasingly implement energy benchmarking, disclosure, and transparency mandates, utilities and businesses find themselves navigating a complex landscape of compliance and opportunity. The rise of building performance standards, such as New York’s Local Law 97, Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), and Denver’s Energize Denver, underscores the urgency for detailed…

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