World Wide Web Wednesday #46

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Whether you need some lunch time reads or something to get you past hump day, we’ve curated five links you’ll enjoy!

Alibaba’s warning to Australian rivals

Alibaba has said that Australia is now their third largest overseas market. In its home market, Alibaba is creating a variety of new shopping experiences that blend the online and offline shopping experience. What does this mean for Australian retailers who are failing to keep up with their customers?

What’s the future of fizzy drinks?

Beverage giant Pepsi have acquired the at-home seltzer maker, SodaStream. As consumers shift away from sugary carbonated drinks and move towards healthier alternatives, Pepsi is continually looking for ways to expand into the seltzer arena, along with its line of Bubly sparkling waters.

Workers in open-plan offices are more active

Research suggests that workers in open-plan offices are more active and less stressed than those who sit at desks in cubicles or private offices. In a study done by the University of Arizona, it said that office workers are relatively sedentary compared to other workers, resulting in health issues and greater feelings of stress.

Macy’s cut down inventory, experiences better gross margins

In the alleged apocalypse of brick-and-mortar stores, Macy’s, an American department store chain, has succeeded where its competitors struggle. One area which they’re thriving is inventory management. While others like JCPenny have taken hits on markdowns due to excess stock, Macy’s has pared its inventory, resulting in gross margins of 5.7 percent, up from 5 percent last year.

AR has changed the selfie game forever

Throughout their lifetime, the average millennial will take 25,676 selfies, according to research compiled by eyewear company FramesDirect. In 2015, Snapchat introduced the first augmented reality filter with “rainbow barfing”. The selfie experience will never be the same – what’s in store for the future of selfies? Check out this infographic.

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Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.

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