By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From the future of e-commerce to the challenges of manufacturing furniture, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card | Sarah Perez: Buying online is almost mindlessly simple- Enter credit or debit card information, and away we go! But for approximately 7% of the population, it’s not that simple. There are any number of reasons for people to not have debit or credit cards. In order to woo those customers to e-commerce, Amazon is launching a program that will allow potential customers to purchase online more easily.

Straight Flush: The Future of Toilets in the Home | Mitchell Parker: I promise this is not some holdover from April Fools! There is some seriously cool stuff going on in the future of toilets!  While some of these features have been available in Europe and Asia for awhile, luxury toilet experiences are new here in the United States. Everything from nighttime lighting to how the toilet stays clean, to how the toilet cleans you is getting new innovation.

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7 furniture makers on the business challenges of their craft | Patrick Sisson: It’s hard out there for a furniture manufacturer! Independent furniture designers and manufacturers face a whole host of difficulties when it comes to making it mainstream. For example, do you build furniture to last, or something more disposable? What’s the right way to get your furniture in front of consumers? Seeing manufacturers weigh in on the unique challenges and opportunities that furniture presents is extremely enlightening.

Hey Dealers: The Smart Home Is Knocking And Distributors Can Let It In | Alan Wolf: Retailers can’t just go it alone. To get smart home technology in front of mainstream customers, it’s going to take some smart partnerships. Distributors are positioned to help retailers make those smart home sales by teaming up on resources and knowledge.

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