May 19, 2020

Inside Apple's New York Grand Central Store Opening

Apple
Retail
New York
Apple store
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Inside Apple's New York Grand Central Store Opening

 

At 10 am Friday morning, Apple opened the doors of its latest retail hub—a store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Several thousand people showed up for the opening, many of whom lined up set up camp as early as a day before. We didn’t expect anything less for the event, as it seems that avid Apple fans would line up for the opening of an Apple-manufactured envelope.

The company promised free t-shirts to the first 4,000 visitors. According to Apple PR, it only took a little over two hours for those 4,000 people to pass through the doors.

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The Grand Central spot is Apple’s fifth in Manhattan and will become the company’s New York flagship location. Measuring up at 23,000 square feet, it’s one of Apple’s largest stores.

Apple took a different approach with the design of the Grand Central store by departing from its usual high-tech, bare bones, sleek look and making the most of elements from the Grand Central Terminal’s overall existing design.

Grand Central shoppers will be able to make the most of Apple’s wealth of tech-savvy staff via two Genius Bars and 15-minute express Apple product classes. According to the company, more than 300 people will be employed at the new store.

 

Video of crowd outside Apple's Grand Central opening:

A walk-through tour of the new store:

Photo via AppleInsider

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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