Nissan's ProPilot tech will one day be the driving force behind the company's autonomous vehicles, but first, it's all about baby steps. For now, that means using the technology to create self-driving slippers and other objects that stow themselves away when not in use.
The sandals are currently being used at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, a hotel in Japan, for its guest. Guest are expected to take off their shoes in the lobby and put on the slippers, which can be returned at the touch of a button.
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In times of change, the last thing you need to experience—as an employee, a colleague, a corporate leader, or a customer—is the discovery that trust has been violated.
Does any of this sound familiar? A person, group or organization has broken a promise. A manufacturer’s work product is not up to spec as expected. A vital partner doesn’t follow both the letter and the spirit of an agreement.
And the reaction? A break-down of trust sparks change-based anxiety. On the other hand, the remedy for ...Read More »
Although the last year has been one of the most contentious political years in memory, in business there are signs that new policies may be creating a growth environment that will benefit both small and large companies.
How do you view the outcomes of the last year, and how they might impact the way you do business?
Here are 7 results from the last year that are likely to impact business.
Tax cuts:Congress has passed a tax overhaul that will cut the corporate rate to 21 percent.
Economic growth...Read More »
Valcort Research Report
Over the last 15 years, we have conducted dozens of diagnostic surveys to measure organizational strength on the 35 VALCORT business practices. The Corporate Alignment and Market Readiness Assessment (CAMeRA) takes a snap shot of how well companies are mastering these practices, as well as the alignment of executive and functional teams.
The results of every CAMeRA diagnostic are as different as the companies that participate. But one thing is the same, almost without ...Read More »
Trust is important to all of us. We make judgments related to granting or seeking trust every day.
This is as true in business as it is in our personal lives. Whether a corporate leader, investor, employee, channel partner or a customer, we intuitively determine the questions we should ask in the process of determining whether or not to grant trust, or to begin a trust-based transaction or relationship.
In Valcort's new Organizational Trust Assessment, we ask a set of 28 questions in four ar...Read More »
Bavishni is a young artisan who is beginning to see stability in her business and life because of good demand for the fashion accessories she is producing. She lives and creates her wares in a rural village in India, but her products are selling around the world.
Today, life is good and her future is bright. But three years ago, she was experiencing a very different, and heartbreaking, life of extreme poverty because her father abandoned her mother, Bavishni and her sisters. As a member of a lo...Read More »
To grow your business, the foundational task is to create value. Creating value is the essence of business.
Whether you’re selling consumer products, goods and services from business to business, raising funds for a charity, or recruiting students to attend your college, job one is to create and understand your authentic value.
Value is what compels consumers or companies to invest time, capital or reputation because they are going to get something they want--something in which they find person...Read More »
- Sexual harassment exposés in the workplace
Sexual Harassment is Bad Business. Now What? Forbes
Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct conversations are finally consuming our dining rooms and our boardrooms. For many of us who have grown up in the corporate world, the stories we hear on the television are not new; however, they are now being exposed and discussed. And, corporate executives are beginning to realize that this behavior is bad business. Read more
- Four horsemen of the hurricane apocalypse
How Hurricanes Damage the Economy. The Balance
Hurricanes are the most damaging natural disasters. They are perilous for the people living in their paths and for the national economy. A Category 4 or 5 hurricane can lower U.S. production and increase unemployment. It can raise gas prices to $5 a gallon. It can also depress the stock market and other financial markets. Read more
- Booming stock market & plodding economic recovery
Dow rockets past 24,000, building on incredible post-election surge. Money
The boom in the stock market is a clear reflection of improvements in the U.S. economy. New numbers published on Wednesday show the U.S. grew at a brisk 3.3% pace between July and September, the best growth since 2014 and the second-straight quarter of 3% growth. The global economy is also gathering momentum. Most major countries are growing at the same time for the first time in years. Read more
- Amazon continues to change the market
Amazon is Eating the Retail World. CNBC
One simple chart depicts what's taking place in retail today, as many traditional players that once boasted impressive revenue growth now report slipping sales. Amazon, essentially, is "eating the retail world," MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson wrote in a Friday note to clients. His chart shows Amazon, in the categories that the company serves, growing its market share, as brick-and-mortar retail sales are on the decline. The widening gap over the past year between Amazon and so-called store-based retailers is particularly striking. Read more
You may be among the thousands of people who work hard to plan and execute a clear sales process. You prospect, qualify, approach, present, respond, close and follow up. You know the process and you do the process. How’s it going?
If you’re not sure, you’re in good company. Here at Valcort we have asked hundreds of corporate leaders and sales professionals about their attention to 35 disciplines—keys to business growth. The last of the 35 is one that so many of our clients find to be difficult. ...Read More »
Adding a pack of gum or a magazine to your shopping cart has helped retailers make a crucial few extra dollars for decades. A recent survey by CreditCards.com found that 68 percent of U.S. consumers said their primary location for making impulse buys was “in person in a store.” Thirty to 50 percent of all in-store purchases are impulse buys. But that number is slipping.
Digital methods are used for far fewer impulse buys. Only 21 percent said they bought impulsively on a desktop/laptop, and just...Read More »