Amazon is buying 40 electric vans for deliveries in Munich as part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality in 20 years. Deutsche Post's StreetScooter unit, which is selling the vans to Amazon, has set up 60 charging stations at an Amazon fulfillment center near the city.
Clorox will open a manufacturing plant in Berkeley County, W.Va., that will produce Fresh Step and Scoop Away cat litter. The site will be the company's third in the state and will employ 100 people.
A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by a federal judge temporarily blocks California from enforcing a new law requiring independent truckers to be treated as employees. US District Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the law encroaches "on Congress' territory by eliminating motor carriers' choice to use independent contractor drivers."
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
Amazon has become a growing channel for manufacturers in China looking to sell their goods directly to consumers in the US. China's Jiaxing Zichi Trade is the parent of Orolay, maker of the $139 "Amazon Coat" that was projected to generate sales of up to $40 million last year, according to published data.
The best leaders rely on their team to fill the gaps in their own knowledge and aren't afraid to say, "I don't know ... yet," writes Steve Keating. "They are willing to allow the problem to persist a bit to ensure that once it's solved it's solved for good," he adds.
Microsoft intends to be carbon negative by 2030 and is launching a Climate Innovation Fund to pick up the pace of development for carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. The fund will support innovative work with equity and debt investments.
A hybrid integrated supply model can help distributors provide the integrated supply solutions customers are looking for while providing automated management for non-core materials, writes Jane Liu. Choose software that offers features such as automated replenishment and reporting, digital catalog visibility, support for multiple sites and customer data privacy.
United Natural Foods' acquisition of SUPERVALU has improved operational and services components and will extend its reach to most US population centers, says CEO Steve Spinner. UNFI correctly saw the consumer and supplier trends that made SUPERVALU a worthy acquisition, although it's faced unexpected challenges in the integration process, Spinner says.
US manufacturing output increased by 0.2% in December, according to Federal Reserve data, on the strength on nonautomotive durable goods, food, beverages and other items. Motor vehicle and part manufacturing fell by 4.6%.
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