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  • Watch out for these 8 retailers — they're ready to grow in the US

    05/26/2018 5:56:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2018 | Lauren Thomas
    Big brands like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton liquidating their businesses might paint a gloomy picture for the retail industry, but smaller brands say there couldn't be a better time to grow. Direct-to-consumer businesses like Bonobos and Warby Parker have paved the way from online stores to bricks and mortar. Others are following — in droves — and could help fill the glut of vacant real estate on the market in the U.S. Like Warby Parker and Bonobos, these up-and-coming brands are being cautious, opening locations at a measured pace and setting up primarily where they have large followings online....
  • Bakken jobs bubble bigger than reported (North Dakota)

    05/26/2018 5:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Wiliston Herald ^ | May 25, 2018 | Renée Jean
    State losing millions in state tax revenues with unfilled positions The jobs bubble in North Dakota has grown much larger than has been reported, but no one is certain how much bigger it’s getting to be. Nor has the state done any particular studies on how much revenue it’s losing from the thousands and thousands of positions that are going unfilled, and the activity that isn’t occurring as a result. Jobs in North Dakota tend to trend up and down with oil prices, of course. They can get quite large — like a price bubble — which means they can...
  • US manufacturers hiring more, paying more, thanks to tax reform: survey

    05/26/2018 3:50:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 16, 2018 | Brittany De Lea
    U.S. manufacturers are hiring more workers, boosting wages and increasing domestic investments following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Seventy-two percent of manufacturers are ramping up workers’ wages and benefits, according to a new survey from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Meanwhile, 77% of survey respondents said they were hiring more workers, while 86% are investing more in plants and equipment. “Manufacturing in America is now rising to new heights, thanks to tax reform, and as a result, manufacturers of all sizes are already investing more, growing more, hiring more and paying more. They are already...
  • The Mathis Report: JinkoSolar hiring, targeting launch in September or October (200 jobs in Florida)

    05/26/2018 3:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Jacksonville Daily Record ^ | May 25, 2018 | Karen Brune Mathis, Editor
    JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. is hiring and filing the paperwork needed to launch its Jacksonville manufacturing plant, according to city and state records and a company executive. “The project is on schedule. We have already made initial hires and are actively recruiting,” said Business Development Director Jeff Juger. Shanghai-based JinkoSolar agreed to open a 200-job solar-panel plant at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center with the support of city and state incentives. Juger said JinkoSolar is targeting an initial launch in September or October. “We need 200 workers to be fully operational and we intend to be fully operational sooner than...
  • Chicken processor to open $40M Mississippi plant, hiring 300

    05/26/2018 3:05:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WAPT-TV ^ | April 30, 2018 | Adam McWilliams
    WEST POINT, Miss. — An Alabama-based chicken processor will open a plant in northeast Mississippi to process and distribute frozen chicken products. Peco Foods on Monday announced its plan to invest $40 million in West Point, hiring 300 people over the next four years. Governor Phil Bryant was at the groundbreaking Monday morning in West Point.....
  • Denny's customer arrested after allegedly slapping waitress' butt

    05/26/2018 2:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2018 | Janine Puhak
    One New York man is accused of slapping a Denny’s waitress on the bottom while his wife was in the bathroom. The 65-year-old may now spend up to a year in jail. On May 22, Clarence H. Locke Jr. arrived at Denny's in Rome with his wife around noon, sat down at one of staffer Jayme Adair’s tables, and ordered beverages, Newshub reports. "The customer and his wife came in together. I didn't recognize him by his face, but when he walked in he said, “Hello Jayme,”" the 23-year-old waitress recalled. As Locke’s wife soon left the table to user...
  • Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

    05/25/2018 5:43:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2018 | Ralph D. Russo, Sports Writer
    NEW YORK — Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors. About 50 people gathered at the midtown Manhattan office building for a rally organized by National Action Network, a civil rights nonprofit. Kirsten John Foy, the group's northeast regional director, was the first of 10 speakers who took turns during the 40-minute demonstration to criticize NFL team owners and President Donald Trump. "Our demand is that the NFL reverse that immoral and unconstitutional decision," Foy said....
  • From Foreign Vendors to Local Banks: Tariffs and Regulations in the Crosshairs

    05/25/2018 4:39:02 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    After three months of saber-rattling on the trade front – including the implementation of high duties on imported steel and aluminum, and threats of similarly high tariffs on a host of business and consumer products both from and to China – the dust appears to have settled for a while, with an announcement that China will work to import more from the USA, and a tentative agreement that a trade war would be bad for everybody. Within days, there were fresh discussions of new tariffs on other products that hadn’t been discussed previously - like cars and trucks – also...
  • The World’s First Kosher Cheeseburger Is Here

    05/25/2018 2:44:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | May 22, 2018 | Shira Feder
    The trail-blazing Impossible Burger, the world’s only kosher cheeseburger, created sustainably, is now officially on the Orthodox Union’s kosher database registry. The Impossible Burger entered development in 2011 and debuted in July 2016 at the fashionably erstwhile Chef David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi in Manhattan. It’s since won a 2017 Tasty Award and a 2018 Fabi Award from the National Restaurant Association - and it’s the only plant-based burger to ever have done so. “Getting kosher certification is an important milestone,” said Impossible Foods CEO and Founder Dr. Patrick O. Brown. “We want the Impossible Burger to be ubiquitous, and that...
  • These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance

    05/25/2018 2:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | May 18, 2018 | Peter H. Diamandis, MD
    From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those with a carnivorous preference. Today, the process of feeding humanity is extremely inefficient. If we could radically reinvent what we eat, and how we create that food, what might you imagine that “future of food” would look like? In this post we’ll cover: 1.Vertical farms 2.CRISPR engineered...
  • America’s Economic Anarchy

    05/25/2018 7:05:01 AM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    America’s current economic situation is not one of financial security or encouraging growth. Below the surface of our 106+ month-long “recovery,” now the second longest on record, is a sense of anxious anarchy in American households. Working men and women are struggling to make ends meet and many are simply not working at all. The real story that is not being told by the mainstream media is how close we are to an epic collapse. You have to work! Not sure if you have been following this story or not, but a 30-year-old man from New York has just been...
  • The Future of American Manufacturing

    05/24/2018 8:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 23, 2018 | Michael Stillwell
    “Made in the U.S.A.” has been in decline for decades, but in the last few years it has shown signs of an incipient comeback. Even as the number of manufacturing jobs has decreased, manufacturing output—the value of goods made here—has increased substantially. We still make $5.4 trillion worth of stuff annually here, and 12.4 million Americans still work in the manufacturing sector. But Trump administration tariffs, speculation about a trade war, and the continued march toward automation make the future of American manufacturing less certain. For this special report, we surveyed 26 of the largest manufacturers in the country—and a...
  • Humana hiring 100 for phone sales, Medicare enrollment assistance

    05/24/2018 8:15:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 23, 2018 | Malena Carollo, Times Staff Writer
    Kentucky-based health care provider Humana is hiring 100 phone sales employees in Tampa Bay. The new hires will field sales calls and offer enrollment assistance for Humana’s Medicare plans and other products. The positions, which are being added to help with the Medicare open enrollment period in the fall, will start between this week and July 9. Humana will pay for phone sales associates to get their health insurance license, in-depth certification and sales training. "Successful candidates," the company said, will have a high school diploma or equivalent and be available to work any shift from 7 a.m. to 11...
  • 19 Percent Of Amazon Merchants Made More Than $1M In Sales

    05/24/2018 7:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PYMNTS.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | Staff
    A survey found that 19 percent of third-party merchants that sell goods on Amazon have made more than $1 million in sales this year, an increase from 10 percent in 2017. It also found that 3 percent made more than $10 million, an increase of 1 percent from last year. Feedvisor, an eCommerce company that helps merchants price goods on Amazon and other online marketplaces, surveyed 1,200 Amazon merchants this year and 1,600 in 2017, and was distributed to the same sellers both years. Nearly 50 percent of the merchants surveyed sell almost exclusively with Amazon, with revenue from the...
  • A Crypto-Trading, Floating Island Nation Promises Utopia, If It Happens

    05/24/2018 2:48:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Futurism ^ | May 18, 2018 | Dan Robitzski
    Imagine a world where millions of people abandon the land to live on the sea. On their floating habitats, and free from governmental overreach, people can dine on sustainable algae and live in harmony. They can sail from their own artificial island micro-nation to whatever country they’d like to be part of for a day. Plus, the people would trade exclusively using the cryptocurrency Varyon. But this isn’t just a strange thought experiment. The Floating Island Project is a very real collaboration between the Seasteading Institute and Blue Frontiers. The latter intends to build floating island habitats after selling enough...
  • Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30 (Ohio)

    05/24/2018 1:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Kaitlin Schroeder, Staff Writer
    A new greenhouse in the region that will sell produce in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati is about to start operations. BrightFarms said in a statement that the company is hiring 30 for its Wilmington greenhouse, which will grow greens, herbs and tomatoes year-round. BrightFarms produce is sold at major grocery chains like Wal-Mart and Kroger. The Irvington, N.Y.-based company markets its produce as a local option instead of shipping in produce from other states or out of the country. In 2016, BrightFarms raised $30.1 million in funding to expand beyond the three greenhouses it was operating at the time in...
  • Bowery Farming is growing crops in warehouses to create food like customized kale

    05/24/2018 12:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 24, 2018 | Lora Kolodny and Magdalena Petrova
    •Bowery Farming is using robotics and software to raise crops in warehouses outside of big cities. •Jose Andres, Carla Hall and David Barber are among the star chefs who have invested in Bowery's indoor farming venture. •The U.N. projects that by 2050, food production will need to increase by about 60 percent to feed the growing global population....
  • Here are the counties with the fastest job growth

    05/24/2018 12:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jeffry Bartash
    More Americans work in or near Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City than any other U.S. metro area, but that’s not where the fastest job growth is. For that look to states with low taxes and those that produce fuel for your car and home. The biggest increase in employment last year took place in Midland, Texas, an area between El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio. Hiring in Midland county jumped 11.5% vs. the national average of 1.5%. It’s the third straight quarter that Midland has led the U.S. in job gains, reflecting its prominence in oil and gas...
  • United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers....

    05/24/2018 10:29:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Republican ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jim Kinney
    Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers....
  • 10 high-paying, remote jobs that Amazon wants to fill now

    05/24/2018 10:16:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 24, 2018 | Courtney Connley
    This year, Amazon was named by LinkedIn as one of the most attractive employers in America, with perks and benefits that include paid time off and a $5,000 check if you decide to quit. For those who think the e-commerce behemoth could be the place for them, FlexJobs has sorted through its list of online postings to see what positions at Amazon offer great pay as well as a remote or telecommuting option. Salary data is from Payscale, and the descriptions are directly from the job listings provided by Amazon. Check the list below to see what high-paying, flexible positions...