(This post originally appeared on Forbes )Here are 5 things in innovation that occurred this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1 -- LinkedIn suffers a huge database breach.
The company, which was just recently gotten by Microsoft, had its online education website Lynda breached, and 9.5 million users might have been impacted. LinkedIn says that only "course information in addition to contact details" was potentially compromised. (Source: Forbes) Why this is essential for your business:
The majority of us utilize LinkedIn as an expert networking and social media tool. This event reminds us that no one site is impenetrable and to believe twice about the kind of private info we might be keeping online.
2-- Sweetgreen is officially going cashless next year.
The popular salad chain has actually announced that it will no longer be accepting money in its 64 stores. "Money has actually become such a smaller piece of our tender ... when we opened nine years ago, it was 40%. Now, all stores are between 10% and 15%," one of the cofounders stated. The company has likewise kept in mind that staff members can carry out "5% to 15% more deals every hour when they do not need to handle cash." (Source: Fast Company)Why this is necessary for your organisation
: If your organisation is only accepting cash, then you're a dinosaur, and rivals who accept credit cards will have a benefit. I'm not sure I agree with not accepting money at all. For a smaller merchant in this competitive environment, offering your consumers as lots of payment alternatives as possible is your finest technique. Perhaps there's simply a quicker way of doing things?
3-- Scientists have developedpeel-and-stick sensors to monitor smart devices. Xerox-owned PARC is creating"sticky sensors,
"or labels that can be attached then removed of devices. The labels are embedded with sensors that will transfer information for tracking and are powered by a radio-frequency technology rather of batteries so that they can be beneficial within buildings.(Source: VentureBeat)Why this is essential for your business: The Internet of Things, even for smaller companies,
is getting more detailed and more detailed. David Schwartz, job
lead and supervisor of Energy Gadgets and Systems at PARC, informed VentureBeat," If you can determine the temperature in different parts of a building, you can operate the energy system more effectively ... however releasing sensors can be costly. This idea lets you assist in the implementation of the sensors, without the expense."In addition, the sensors can be"used throughout the facility and quickly changed or moved when essential, permitting a deeper and more precise understanding of structure environments than is presently offered." 4-- A totally free travel app can instantly check you into flights. It's called Pana, and it helps you arrange your plans and sends you customized trip signals. Once you've connected your e-mail to the service, it will piece together all of your itinerary and then develop a live itinerary that can also be viewed offline. The huge plus is that the app can immediately check you into flights. There's a paid variation for frequent travelers, too.(Source: TechCrunch) Why this is essential for your business: If you're a regular tourist, Pana appears like a formidable rival to services like TripIt or Google Trips. 5-- This chatbot will send out presents to your customers-- wholesale! If your company isusing Slack, the popular messaging app, then there's a cool bot
that may enhance your client relationships. Called "Eva bot,"you can send out private gifts or just publish a file of
names and emails and suggest the kind of gift (i.e.$30 or$ 50 ); consist of a generic message; and goodies like chocolates, wine or coffee are immediately sent. Eva bot is likewise not the only present bot out there:"Lots of merchants and organisations as differed as BuzzFeed and Time Inc. have actually developed gift bots this holiday to help consumers find the ideal present while drawing them inside their sales funnel."(Source: VentureBeat)Why this is essential for your company: 2 factors. For starters, if your company is a Slack user, you've got a great way to automatically send out presents to your preferred clients. This bot demonstrates the power of artificial intelligence innovation and also shows how we're simply scratching the surface area of prospectiveapplications that these bots will be able to provide to your organisation in the years