Jason Hope, the Arizona entrepreneur famous for starting tech giant Jawa, among other things, has recently began writing extensively about the direction upcoming technology will take, particularly the much vaunted Internet of Things.
Hope says that this technology, more than any other that has come along sense the internal combustion engine, has the potential to visibly transform people’s daily lives in ways far greater than the advent of the personal computer or mobile devices like the iPhone.
Jason Hope believes that the coming integration of all things into a gigantic global network will touch nearly every aspect of people’s lives.
The Internet of Things: coming to a grocery store near you
Hope believes that one of the first areas that will be affected of Internet of Things is the process of shopping and delivery. People may not realize it, but many of these changes have already been taking place behind the scenes. Companies like Amazon, with its main fulfillment center in Seattle, have already been deploying extensive robotics on the floors of their warehouses. In fact, Amazon’s technology is fully capable of being implemented in grocery stores across the country today, both for stocking shelves and fulfilling orders. The reason it has not yet been widely adopted is simply that the costs don’t match the scale of those operations. With billions of dollars worth of orders per month, Amazon can afford million dollar equipment. But Jason Hope says, don’t get complacent. These things always drop exponentially in price. Within a few years, robotics will be seen at local grocery stores across the country.
The water has been consistently treated since the issue was initially reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Three of the four wells that service the upper mountain have low levels of coliform and no E.coli according to Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health.
Upper mountain restaurants will remain closed until the water issue is resolved, and skiers are not permitted to drink the water at this time. Currently, no health issues are reported, and top to bottom skiing is still allowed.
Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows issued this statement regarding the water safety situation:
In October, a very heavy rain storm affected several of the Placer County water systems. The weather lead to the inundation of a water system at Squaw Valley. The system had been upgraded during the summer at Gold Coast and High Camp. The rainfall caused the water system to be contaminated. No other water systems were affected, and the contaminated water was never available to the public.
As soon as the issue was detected, Placer County Environment Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District were contacted. Other water safety experts were also contacted. As a result, necessary steps have been taken to address the safety of the water. However, Squaw Valley will not return to regular water usage until it is definite that the water is safe.
Consumer safety is of the utmost importance to Squaw Valley and the issue has been taken very seriously. Squaw Valley will update guests when expert confirm that the water issue has been resolved.
Cyber sportswear designer, Fabletics, isn’t slowing down. Since it emerged in 2013, it’s steadily flourished, reporting an average growth rate of 35 percent yearly. Today, it’s competing against ivy league e-commerce fashion retailers like Amazon. With Amazon already controlling 20 percent market share, younger brands face tough challenges. However, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, a Techstyle brand, brings a game-changing marketing model that’s imprinted on consumers. Although Fabletics’ strategy isn’t relatively new, it’s been optimized uniquely. Many online retailers have coined and executed similar strategies that fail or lose relevance over time. So, naturally, the Fabletics family approached the market differently. In just three years, it’s generated $250 million. For an e-commerce model that didn’t launch any physical locations until last year, it’s an impressive feat.
What sets this designer apart from competitors selling trendy brand name articles is the overall experience. Interestingly, they’ve taken their role to a whole new level, especially when helping consumers decide on fashion that they’re fond of. Through membership, they’re harvesting real-time data that conveys an intimate consumer experience. It manipulates data science in the interest of curating fashion recommendations inspired by member interests. It’s gone about showrooming quite differently. In fact, it uses a reverse technique that guarantees sales conversion no matter where a consumer decides to shop. When potential consumers browse Fabletics fashion at any local franchise, all styles they’ve tried are added to their virtual shopping cart as well. With a primary focus on building relationships, an estimated 25 percent of browsers that visit Fabletics locations subscribe and another 30-50 percent are already registered.
In retail marketing, brand reputation suffers when data science isn’t employed properly. Fabletics put data science to work strategically. With awareness of actual sales activity, social media feedback, local market trends and retail store heat-mapping, they’re curating and personalizing content to increase satisfaction. Fabletics SVP of operations, Dustin Netral explained how the brand manipulates shopper preference statistics and global style trends to drive instant gratification. In a similar vein, it’s managed to keep the consumer journey adventurous. There’s never a bland moment, with them routinely updating styles inspired by consumer interests and market behavior. As Fabletics ventures new avenues, it’s continually investing in preference discovery to better elevate the consumer experience. Of course, it relies on mixed data and trends to chart these journeys. While doing all this, it’s thriving and evolving, taking on new challenges.
Typically, Fabletics uses a subscription-based model that optimizes shopper experience through preference discovery and experimentation. Quality workout clothes cost a decent investment these days. Fabletics have found a way to bundle everything and keep shopping trips affordable without sacrificing quality or the brand journey. Subscriptions typically cost $49 to $59 monthly for 2-3 pieces of clothing. Its VIP membership affords bigger savings on fitness apparel and style bundles as low as $25 for newly registered subscribers. If a subscriber decides to skip a month, they’re charged nothing.
Fabletics are pretty consistent with fashion recommendations every month, although subscribers have the final decision. Its designer leggings measure up to the likes of niche brands Lululemon Underwunders. They’re yoga instructor-approved, durable, shape defining and compress compliant. While sizes run smaller, especially for chic cut-out tops without native shelf bra bonded, Fabletics designs are absolutely breathtaking, comfortable and lasting. The brand fashions stylish, memorable designs, appropriating playful bold patterns, sheer fabrics, mesh and cut-out styles. Its vast inventory also catalogs simpler styles, which are mostly solid colors adorning sporty bottoms and tops. Styles go pretty quickly at Fabletics. With online shopping and customer service, it gets easier, although sizing, stock availability, shipping, etc. can be a challenging encounter. Nonetheless, Fabletics offering isn’t rivaled elsewhere.
Spirituality and a sense of belonging go hand in hand. People long to feel included. They desire to feel like they matter in this world. When those feelings are innate, those individuals seek something to engage with. One of the biggest things people use to find peace and belonging is religion. Religion is a construct that can make or break your spiritual being. In many cases, religion can be the source of light that a person needs to survive. It can also be a great source of feeling that your life is where it needs to be. There are many religious and spiritual sources put there but the one that many are seeking currently is Kabbalah. Kabbalah is a Jewish mysticism that has taken the Hollywood scene by storm. Many celebrities have a taken a fancy to this spiritual component and many are questioning it.
Most recently, the singer Madonna has been the one to bring Kabbalah to the world’s stage. She has been seen at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and she also has been wearing the red strings bracelets that they give to their students. While Madonna has made Kabbalah famous again, she is not the first celebrity to be fascinated with this Jewish mysticism. Legendary actors such as Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elizabeth Taylor all have been known to take an interest in Kabbalah and practice it in one way or another. There are several other celebrities that have said they enjoy the teachings of Kabbalah.
Other celebrities like Sandra Bernard and Paris Hilton have been seen at the Kabbalah Centre. They say that when their lives seem to go off kilter, they look to Kabbalah for guidance. Kabbalah ‘ s teachings are said to give students the practical tools to provide lasting fulfillment and joy in their lives.
The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles is a very popular institution among the Hollywood elite. The Kabbalah Centre was founded by Philip Berg and his wife. The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles conducts classes within their facility and online, on their website.
The Kabbalah Centre has a host of international students that come from everywhere in the world. The center’s teachers are also diverse, coming from a range of countries and backgrounds.