Why retailers should be tickled pink about going green

Written by Jacqi Levy | March 10, 2017 | Retail

Like it or not, sustainability is a priority for today’s consumers.  Almost 75% of all Millennials and Gen Zers are willing to pay more for sustainable products, according to survey data from Nielsen. But, don’t make the mistake of thinking that sustainability is only important to those aged 35 and under.  50% of Baby Boomers ...read more


Smart buildings are made, not born

Written by Jacqi Levy | February 13, 2017 | Buildings

When we think of smart buildings, we often think new. Tall, shiny skyscrapers of steel and glass. Recently constructed homes with open concept living and mid-century modern furniture. Brand new factories pushing out the hottest tech products. And in some ways, it’s true. It’s only logical that the latest technology would be first to appear ...read more


Can the Internet of Things breathe new life into brick and mortar retail?

Written by Jacqi Levy | February 13, 2017 | eCommerce & Merchandising, Retail

Brick and mortar is dead.  Or at least, according to some. Naysayers have been ringing the death knell of the retail store for some time.  Online commerce is booming, with online sales totaling $341.7 billion in 2015, a 14.6% increase over the previous year, according to the US Department of Commerce.  Last year, ecommerce accounted ...read more


4 BIG ways the IoT is impacting design and construction

Written by Jacqi Levy | February 12, 2017 | Buildings, Cities, Environment

This is the first post in a four-part series on how the IoT is impacting buildings. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every facet of the building – how we inhabit them, how we manage them, and even how we build them. There is a vast ecosystem around today’s buildings, and no part of ...read more


Is the connected car the next big ecommerce platform?

Written by Jacqi Levy | January 17, 2017 | Automotive, Retail

Unless you live in a dense urban area, then you probably spend a lot of time in your car. In fact, the average American spends about 46 minutes of every day in his or her vehicle. According to Mark Lloyd, Consumer Online Officer for General Motors OnStar, work and home are typically the number one ...read more


Fighting the good fight against ice cream freezer burn

Written by Jacqi Levy | November 28, 2016 | Retail

If you’re like me, then ice cream is one of your favorite treats. It’s cool and refreshing in the summer, and it’s the perfect complement to a warm pie or molten brownie in the winter. It comes in a mind boggling multitude of flavors. And, it satisfies my craving for sweets with oh-so-marginally less guilt ...read more


IBM’s acquisition of XPS and what this means for the brick and mortar store

Written by Jacqi Levy and Jen Clark | November 16, 2016 | Retail

Meet Watson, your personal shopper. IBM has acquired the Expert Personal Shopper (XPS) division of Fluid, a leading innovator in digital customer experiences. The XPS solution is a dialogue-based product recommendation platform designed to personalize the customer experience (with a little help from IBM Watson, of course.) XPS provides tailored, interactive recommendations through ecommerce platforms. What shoppers ...read more


IoT and back to school retail

Written by Jacqi Levy | August 18, 2016 | Retail

Back-to-school is the second biggest shopping season of the year, followed only by the winter holiday season.  This year, spending is projected to reach $75.8 billion dollars, the majority of which will be spent on clothing, shoes and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Back to school shopping made easy with the Internet ...read more


How one of the greenest buildings in the world is using IoT technology

Written by Jacqi Levy | June 22, 2016 | Commentary / Opinion, Environment

The Internet of Things is one of the biggest enablers of the green buildings movement. The ability to capture and analyze previously “dark” data from buildings is giving us deeper insight into energy and resource use, and the ability to control the use of those resources through an intelligent building management system is taking buildings ...read more


3 BIG ways the IoT is impacting the way we experience buildings

Written by Jacqi Levy | June 6, 2016 | Buildings

This is the final post in a four-part series on how the Internet of Things is impacting buildings. Over centuries, buildings have evolved from simple shelters to specialized habitats where we work, eat, shop, and find entertainment. Once constructed, these structures can last for hundreds of years, and yet, they are largely static. They can’t ...read more


3 BIG ways IoT impacts the financial management of commercial buildings

Written by Jacqi Levy | June 3, 2016 | Article, Blog

This is the third post in a four-part series on how the IoT is impacting buildings. So far in this series, I’ve looked at how the Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting both building design and construction and building management. Now, I’m going to turn my attention to everyone’s favorite topic: money. More specifically, money ...read more


4 BIG ways IoT impacts building management

Written by Jacqi Levy | May 10, 2016 | Buildings

This is the second post in a four-part series on how the Internet of things is impacting buildings. The day-to-day operation of a building represents over 70% of the total cost of that building over its lifespan. It’s a big number, so why wouldn’t you do everything you can to lower operational cost? Especially if ...read more