Sony Opens Brand New Sony Store in LA Today
Written By: Kendall Conners
Sony Electronics has officially re-branded and re-vamped its stores with the new Sony Store that opened today in the Westfield Century City shopping mall in Los Angeles. This all-new Sony Store has similar features of the Apple Store, but gives Apple a serious run for its money by offering customers an exciting, interactive experience.
Sony, which had previously branded its chain of stores and e-commerce site Sony Style, has dropped the ‘Style’ and changed its name to just Sony. The new Sony Store is a bright, spacious, 4,200 square-foot showroom that includes everything Sony has to offer, from computers and cameras, to TVs and video games. Sony wants to provide its customers with an interactive experience and encourages them to test out and play with the products in the store. For example, in the store there are live demos of Sony Products and content such as 3D movies, headphones, video games and cameras.
"Sony's goal is always to exceed customer expectations by providing an exciting, interactive and entertaining shopping experience," said Sony Electronics president/COO Phil Molyneux, according to Twice.com. "Our new store concept gives shoppers an opportunity to interact with trained and knowledgeable staff as well as preview, test, compare and unlock the full potential of Sony's entertainment offerings."
In addition, the Sony Store also has a Premium Services support program, similar to Apple’s popular Genius Bar. The Premium Services support program provides customers with assistance and education by trained technician and staff, says Twice.com. These services include everything from product setup to home delivery.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, the Sony Store will even showcase future and upcoming technologies and innovations, such as Sony’s RayModeler. All in all, the new Sony Store provides customers with an exciting experience from the second they walk in the door. With an open, spacious layout and endless games and products to play with, the Sony Store is an experience not be missed.
But, if you’re not in the LA area and can’t see the store in person, click on this link to get a virtual tour.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“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.