Uniqlo debuts virtual dressing room
SAN FRANCISCO — Global clothing retailer Uniqlo opened in early October its first flagship store on the West Coast — an architectural gem in San Francisco’s Union Square area that incorporates sleek design and the latest modern technology.
The 29,000-square-foot store features the global unveiling of Uniqlo’s “Magic Mirror” technology. Developed by printing company Dai Nippon Printing, this “virtual dressing room” allows customers to use the Kinect color-changing engine and half-mirror touch panel technology to instantly switch between different color palettes of clothing. The large, bright color monitor brings to life the product quality and details to make consumers feel like they are actually wearing the real product.
High-beamed ceilings and a large basement-to-roof skylight enable natural sunlight to illuminate the central glass case, housing some of the more than 91 rotating mannequins situated around the store sporting the latest Uniqlo fashions. An LED-illuminated rainbow staircase reflects the colorful diversity of the retailer’s product offerings, while 77 LCD screens along the perimeter of the store feature a rotational mix of the retailer’s marketing campaigns and product promotions.
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PAWtizer antibacterial wipes, spray to retail at Giant Eagle
LOS ANGELES – All American Pet Co. announced Tuesday that its innovative branded line of PAWtizer antibacterial wipes and spray will be available on all Giant Eagle supermarket shelves within the next two weeks.
"PAWtizer is a highly effective and safe solution to a serious problem that 45 million American households share… It has been proven that our 76.5 million dogs pick up and innocently transfer our most dangerous diseases to other family members, friends and neighbors," said All American Pet Co. CEO Barry Schwartz. "We know there are as many germs on paws as there are on hands and that is why PAWtizer isn’t something we can do for our dogs, PAWtizer is something everyone must do for their dogs. Keeping pets and their families well is our core business."
Giant Eagle operates 218 supermarkets in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland and has annual sales in excess of $9 billion — making PAWtizer more readily available to many more dog-owners.
"Supermarkets offer shoppers the convenience and ease of access to tens of thousands of products in just minutes. However, getting those products onto the 36,569 supermarket store shelves can often take years. AAPT said we would take PAWtizer to the Nation’s Retail Shelves — we did! And we will!" said All American Pets Co. president Lisa Bershan.
The New York Times: Hurricane Sandy impact extends to the supply chain, could impede holiday sales
NEW YORK — The impact of Hurricane Sandy has the potential of extending to holiday sales as a battered supply chain comes back online. The New York Times on Monday featured a story on those recovery efforts, noting that in addition to shutting down shipping terminals Hurricane Sandy impacted warehouses and distribution centers and slowed down delivers across the Northeast as delivery drivers contended with closed roads and gasoline shortages.
And the impact could be great — the Northeast corridor is responsible for $3 trillion in output, equivalent to 20% of the gross domestic product, the New York daily noted.
"The supply chain is backing up at a crucial time, just as retailers normally bring their final shipments into stores for the holiday shopping season, which retailers depend on for annual profitability," the New York Times report read. "Many economists expect the storm to shave up to half a percentage point from growth in the fourth quarter. That is a big reduction, with growth estimated to reach an annual rate of 1% to 2% before the storm, and the economy facing other significant headwinds, including fiscal uncertainty in Washington."
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