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State of Fashion Technology Report 2022

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In 2021, fashion companies invested between 1.6 and 1.8 percent of their revenues in technology. By 2030, that figure is expected to rise to between 3.0 and 3.5 percent. Behind the predicted increase is a conviction among many that technology could create a competitive edge--in customer-facing activities, where companies have mostly focused to date, and, more increasingly, in operations. Technologies such as robotics, advanced analytics, and in-store applications may help streamline processes and support sustainability, as well as create an exceptional customer experience (exhibit). This report is a collaborative effort by Imran Amed, Anita Balchandani, Achim Berg, Holger Harreis, Manuel Hurtado, Saga af Petersens, Roger Roberts, and Carlos Sanchez Altable, representing views from the Apparel, Fashion & Luxury Practice.


As supply chains tighten, logistics must optimize with AI

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We've all felt the tightening of supply chains in recent months. From skyrocketing fuel prices to supply shortages not meeting pent-up demand, the world is still trying to adjust to the new normal. Unfortunately, many companies in different parts of the global supply chain are failing to keep up the pace, especially as e-commerce continues to grow at historic figures. With this in mind, it's unsurprising that many logistics companies are turning to technology to achieve much-needed optimization. Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly making its way into every supply chain logistics link – from demand forecast to robot delivery and route optimization in the last mile – to meet today's buyer demands and delivery expectations.


How AI is helping the supply chains in the healthcare sector - ET HealthWorld

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AI can analyze large amounts of data in order to identify patterns and hidden correlations, which would otherwise take humans considerably longer to comprehend and decipher. It can also be fed with a wide range of variables, which gives the engine more flexibility in its analysis. AI is revolutionising the overall healthcare landscape Automating healthcare is then, perhaps, a result of this changing healthcare landscape and the growing use and rapid adoption of technology. The healthcare sector is experiencing a dramatic shift in how goods and services are delivered. There are several driving factors in this transition, including a shift away from treating shorter episodes of illness towards a greater focus on long-term wellness and prevention. In addition consumers and patients alike show the deviation from and changing expectations.


The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Business: Things You Need to Know

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What do you think of when you hear "artificial intelligence?" This conjures up images of Hollywood movies like Ex Machina or The Terminator for many people. While these depictions may be a little far-fetched, artificial intelligence is already having a major impact on businesses worldwide. It is impacting every aspect of the business, from marketing to sales to customer service. And many companies are already using AI to automate tasks and make their operations more efficient. As per a report, the global artificial intelligence market size was valued at $93.5 billion in 2021 and is estimated to grow by $1811 billion by 2030.


ML upgrading ML

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Machine Learning is playing an important role in hospitality management with major focus on food and accommodation. It is because these two sectors are rapidly changing with time, challenging the industry to be proactive and meet the demand of users with minimal efforts. With the applications of ML the hotel owners are now able to deliver superior services. The implementation of ML in food industry and accommodation businesses is moving the industry to a new level, enabling lower costs for storage and transportation and more importantly producing less waste. The costs for storage and transportation is nowadays reduced to a significant level followed by happy customers, quick service, voice searching, and more personalized orders.


Council Post: AI Ethics Really Come Down To Security

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It's expected that there will be 75 billion smart connected devices in our homes and offices by 2025, and many of them will have added capacity to sense, process and make decisions without first checking with the cloud -- or with us. If we're going to rely on them to take more active and responsible roles in our lives, we must be able to trust that they're not only ethical but that the AI and the machine learning that underpins them operate safely and securely. Already, the U.S., EU and other countries have started working on laws and regulations focused on the impact of AI on end users. A number of tech companies and other organizations (including the Vatican) are also collaborating to develop ethical codes of conduct for AI built upon the key principles, which include privacy, transparency and fairness. However, the process required to make ethical AI safe and secure requires more than the coding of virtuous machines.


As sinking yen causes pain for many, SoftBank and game-makers are rare beneficiaries

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SoftBank Group Corp. and video game-makers are emerging as rare beneficiaries of the weaker yen, which no longer offers the clear advantage to Japan's corporate sector that it did a decade ago. Automakers and electronics-makers including Sony Group Corp. once welcomed a softer yen to bolster their competitiveness abroad and inflate the value of their repatriated profits. But after shifting production overseas in recent years to secure growth and resilient supply chains, many of them see a mixed -- or mostly neutral -- effect from the yen's free fall to 20-year lows, according to industry executives and analysts. For some consumer-facing companies, including Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co., the latest slump in the yen is a negative factor, exacerbating the impact of surging raw materials costs and higher energy prices amid Russia's war in Ukraine. "It's no longer the case that the weak yen benefits many firms in the manufacturing sector," Morningstar Research analyst Kazunori Ito said.


10 Ways AI Has The Potential To Improve Agriculture In 2021

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IoT-enabled Agricultural (IoTAg) monitoring is smart, connected agriculture's fastest-growing ... [ ] technology segment projected to reach $4.5 billion by 2025, according to PwC. AI, machine learning (ML) and the IoT sensors that provide real-time data for algorithms increase agricultural efficiencies, improve crop yields and reduce food production costs. According to the United Nations' prediction data on population and hunger, the world's population will increase by 2 billion people by 2050, requiring a 60% increase in food productivity to feed them. In the U.S. alone, growing, processing and distributing food is a $1.7 trillion business, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. AI and ML are already showing the potential to help close the gap in anticipated food needs for an additional 2 billion people worldwide by 2050.


Council Post: 10 Digital Technologies That Are Transforming Agriculture

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Aidan Connolly is the President of AgriTech Capital, a food/farm futurologist, and author of "2-1-4-3, Plan your Explosive Business Growth," Described as the world's least digitized industry by McKinsey analysts (joint last position with hunting), the food producers of the world could only agree that agriculture has struggled to avail of the breakthroughs in technology that have transformed other industries. Uber has disrupted transportation, Netflix the movies, Airbnb the hotel business, online money movers who hold no cash now dominate banking and we purchase apps from companies who don't make them. Yet, farming seems to have changed little in the 10,000 years since the first animals were domesticated, and many believe that it will change little in the coming decades. However, I contend that this view is myopic and fails to recognize the degree of disruption already happening in farming. Sean Moffitt, managing director of Futureproofing, listed the 30 new technologies that both are currently seeing the greatest dollar investments and that industries will require to futureproof themselves for the next decade.


Traditional vs Deep Learning Algorithms used in BlockChain in Retail Industry - DataScienceCentral.com

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This blog highlights different ML algorithms used in blockchain transactions with a special emphasis on bitcoins in retail payments. The potential of blockchain to solve the retail supply chain manifests in three areas. Provenance: Both the retailer and the customer can track the entire product life cycle along the supply chain. Smart contracts: Transactions among disparate partners that are prone to lag can be automated for more efficiency. IoT backbone: Supports low powered mesh networks for IoT devices reducing the needs for a central server and enhancing the reliability of sensor data.