Technical Consultant at MNC (Vidit Das)2017 was a hectic year for me since I shifted from Delhi to Pune for a new job. But this year, I would like to see myself in a good financial condition. I am also planning to make good and healthy lifestyle changes.Apart from that, I hope that the air quality of Delhi improves this year. I came back to the Capital to see my family after a hiatus of four months and the air was suffocating. Hence, in 2018, I would like to see taxpayers money being used for giving back clean environment, food, good living facilities, and clean rivers. These should be the primary goals of the government instead of using the money for their campaigns and funds. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Graduate from GGSIPU, Delhi (Kalpana Lohumi)As far as my personal resolutions are concerned, this year, I want to learn guitar, get into poetry, and get physically fit. I have already wasted a lot of time on useless stuff and now I want to focus on my career.But I would very much like a safer environment for women in the Capital. I have been living in a PG in Delhi for three years now, and after reading and listening to all the crimes against women, I feel that it’s high time for the government to make strict laws against teasing and rape cases. The government needs to work on a smaller level first; farmers are the backbone of our country and they need utmost support by the government. Once the farmer’s issues are sorted out, other sectors will also improve drastically. And since, I have just graduated, I hope we, the youth, get good job opportunities in the upcoming years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive IAS aspirant (Swati Dubey)India has undergone many changes since the Modi government came into existence but still, there are some things that in my opinion shouldn’t have happened and only we are to be blamed for them.Pollution has been on our minds and in our lungs, this year and simply criticising the government is not going to solve this problem. I feel, that we are also responsible for this rampant problem in the Capital and we need to do something about it first, not the government. So, if we want a safer environment, we should come forward and work for it before our city just becomes a masquerade of people with masks. Apart from that, I hope our country becomes less regressive in 2018 and the coming years and we don’t get to see another Padmavati nuisance. On a personal front, this year, I would be focusing more on my health. I plan on joining yoga classes this year and I hope this year turns the tables for me and I get through the government service exams I have been trying for. IT professional (Vijaya Gowrisankar)There were a lot of job cuts in our profession in 2018. In some cases, it is the issue of automation replacing human endeavour, which leads to retrenchment. I feel that we should not shy away from this situation and learn new skills instead, where we may find other employment options.Also, there is a lot of negativity in our generation which we must transcend in 2018. Impatience, pulling someone down, harassing others on social media has become all too common. We don’t realize that this is quicksand and we can only sink into the quagmire.Personally, I would like to be a better person through constant introspection and constant learning. This will enhance me personally and professionally. Senior Citizen (Bandana Guha)I hope that crime against women and children abate in 2018. There were many gruesome incidents in 2017 and I hope they don’t repeat themselves next year. I am a member of a women’s organization and I plan to mobilise them to work in this field. Also, strict punishment must be initiated against those who are guilty of such heinous crimes. Personally, I suffered from a bout of illness in 2017 for which I was hospitalised for quite some time. Presently, I’m taking treatment for my ailment and I am definitely looking forward to a fitter 2018.So, I’m fervently hoping for a fitter 2018. Associate Professor/Serampore Girl’s College, Hooghly (Sayanti Talukdar)People say resolutions are meant to be broken and yet that’s what keeps us motivated throughout the year. Personally speaking, I am not the kind to make resolutions mostly for the reason that I may not be able to live up to them. On a personal note, the only promise I make to myself as the year is coming to an end is that there be light and only light in my mind and soul to see only the positivity around me and may I be a little more patient with myself as well as others who matter to me.To speak on a larger scale, socially, I wish to see my state in a better shape, with ample job opportunities, true education imparted to children, a safe and secured India where women can move around feeling protected. In short, there must be eradication of darkness in the true sense, the year 2018 ushering in love, joy, peace and prosperity. Corporate Manager, MNC (Jayanta Saha)My resolution for 2018 is to achieve better fitness and reduce weight which did not happen in 2017. And since it is very difficult for me to say no to things, I want to be able to say the word personally and professionally.Socially, I’d like to see my state (Kolkata) remain free from communal tension and also that teacher-student relationship be normal. A child should not be afraid of going to school.
November 25, 2014 5 min read This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Imagine you are in a changing room at a Nordstrom store trying on some clothes. You are looking for shoes to complete the look, or want to read product reviews, or maybe just summon an associate to bring you an item in a different color or size, rather than have to get decent again and go back out to the store floor (if you even decide not to leave).At two Nordstrom locations, one in Seattle, the other in San José, the upscale retailer is about to provide customers with technology by eBay to do just that: next week, in select departments at those stores, Nordstrom will begin to test full-length mirrors that, with the tap of a customer’s finger, turn into interactive screens, effectively creating smart fitting rooms.The idea is to bring tech to an untapped part of a store where many customers ultimately make their purchasing decisions: the fitting room.“The way customers shop for clothes has evolved,” Jamie Nordstrom, the retailer’s head of stores and former leader of its Nordstrom Direct digital business, told Fortune. “How do we take all the information that’s available to customers while they’re sitting on the couch at home browsing and add that to the dressing rooms, so it’s the best of both worlds?”Getting the best of both worlds is the holy grail for retailers eager to take full advantage of their physical stores in this e-commerce era. Nordstrom, widely considered a technology leader among brick and mortar retailers, plans between this year and 2018 to have spent $1.2 billion on tech, including e-commerce, fulfillment centers, and in-store service enhancements, such as these connected fitting rooms. Last quarter, comparable sales at its department stores were unchanged, showing how important it is to keep pushing to get more out of each shopper’s visit to the stores.And Nordstrom is not alone in looking for what’s next in retail tech. Bloomingdale’s, the upscale chain owned by Macy’s Inc, recently began trying out smart fitting rooms, equipped with wall-mounted iPads rather than Nordstrom’s interactive mirrors, at five of its stores.“You have shoppers used to having all that content and help in the palm of their hand,” said Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail. “Here, you have a literally captive audience, so there’s the opportunity.”While Nordstrom’s smart fitting rooms build on what eBay also recently developed for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff‘s two boutiques, it is a more complicated project given how much bigger Nordstrom department stores are and how much more inventory they hold. And so in that regard, this test will be more telling of how the smart fitting rooms can be adopted by retailers broadly. Nordstrom won’t say how much of a roll-out it is planning—the success of these tests will determine that.Mirror, mirror on the wall-should I buy this?In the Nordstrom smart fitting rooms, shoppers will be able to enter with items selected on the sales floor, along with suggestions from the associate. They will also be equipped with barcode scanning to identify what is in the store so if a customer needs an item in another size or color, she can see for herself if it is in stock and instruct the associate to bring it.For eBay, the technology is yet another step forward in the capabilities it built for Minkoff, and before that for Kate Spade, for which the tech giant created an interactive storefront at four Manhattan stores that allowed customers standing on the street to pick merchandise, and place an order. The Minkoff stores have the ability to remember what a customer tried on during a previous visit, a capability Nordstrom won’t have right out of the gate.While one might think such a state-of-the-art technology and how it facilitates high-touch customer service would more suitable to upscale stores, eBay thinks the technology could work even in more value-oriented retail chains. It could takethe shape of a big screen on a wall on the sales floor, rather than a sleek mirror in a changing room. Indeed, Jamie Nordstrom said the tech could potentially work at the off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, though there are no firm plans for a pilot there.The partnership with Nordstrom is also a way for eBay, best known by consumers for its marketplaces and PayPal payments service, to burnish its reputation as a retail tech innovator, including in physical stores, where more than 90% of sales still take place. Another new eBay initiative is the connected mall it has developed with Simon Property Group, consisting of an interactive mall directory that among other things, highlights events and deals happening that day. Growth in tech services will also help as the company gets ready for life after the upcoming spin-off of PayPal in 2015.“This is about us saying, ‘Hey, are we really just an e-commerce company, or are we really a partner to anyone who does commerce,” said Steve Yankovich, vice president of innovation and new ventures at eBay. Register Now »