Trends that could define sales in 2017
1/23/2017 MarTech Advisor

An ongoing trend toward mentoring and coaching for sales representatives could result in better training than traditional methods in 2017, writes Mark Magnacca. Other trends to watch for this year include a continued emphasis on using storytelling techniques to connect with buyers.

Should college come with a money-back guarantee?
1/23/2017 The Hechinger Report

Traditional colleges and universities are coming under pressure from both federal lawmakers and up-and-coming coding schools to share in some of the risk students take when enrolling. Many for-profit schools offer a money-back guarantee, but critics say such moves would increase costs and penalize all schools for the failures of a few.

Trump says he will renegotiate NAFTA
1/23/2017 ReutersBloomberg

President Donald Trump said he plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Experts say the renegotiation process could take years, and that Canada and Mexico will seek concessions of their own.

Boer: Multichannel approach keeps Ahold Delhaize competitive
1/23/2017 Bloomberg

Combining fresh offerings in brick-and-mortar stores as well as online and via home delivery allows Ahold Delhaize, owner of the Food Lion and Hannaford banners in the US, to compete with companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon Fresh, said CEO Dick Boer. "Customers search not only for value, they also search for product quality and freshness," he said.

Trump directs agencies to take action on ACA

Soon after he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing US government agencies to "waive, defer, grant ­exemptions from or delay" any piece of the Affordable Care Act that imposes a financial or regulatory burden. The language potentially affects consumers, insurers, health care providers and drug companies and could create an untenable level of risk for health plans operating in ACA markets.

McDonald's embraces Chinese memes in product launch
1/23/2017 Advertising Age

McDonald's in China is paying homage to the popularity of Chinese historical costume dramas with a playful campaign that introduces products for the Chinese New Year including the Emperor's Best Shrimp Burger, the Empress' Pineapple Burger and a Smiling Concubine's Lychee Bubble Tea. The quirky names and a digital ad campaign extend jokes Chinese youth have been making on social media about such dramas.

Court allows Hanjin to sell stake in TTI

A US Bankruptcy Court judge has granted Hanjin Shipping's request to sell its stake in container terminal operator Total Terminals International. Hanjin will sell its share to Mediterranean Shipping for $78 million.

Forecast for Switch indicates strong sales
1/23/2017 VentureBeat

Nintendo's Switch console could sell 40 million devices by 2020, market research firm DFC forecasts. The Switch will hit the market on March 3 for about $300.

Biotech dehorned cows to be regulated by FDA
1/23/2017 The Atlantic online

The FDA will regulate Recombinetics' biotech hornless cows after the agency clarified that it could regulate any altered portion of an animal's genome as an animal drug. The firm used a gene-editing technique called TALENs for dehorning the cattle.

Trump poised to name Pai as Wheeler's successor

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to name Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Tom Wheeler resigned Friday. Pai, who has been a commissioner since 2012, is known for his anti-regulatory stances and is expected to begin rolling back rules set during Wheeler's chairmanship, including net neutrality.

Trump could reduce OSHA enforcement

President Donald Trump's limited-regulation stance could mean the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will focus more on compliance assistance and less on enforcement, writes Tom Musick. Several industry experts voice opinions on the likely changes coming to the government agency under the new administration.

Ford partners to reduce London's carbon emissions
1/23/2017 Sustainable Brands

Ford Motor Co. and Transport for London have created a 12-month program to help reduce carbon emissions in London. The auto company donated 20 plug-in hybrid vans to commercial fleets across the city to see if the electric vehicles can help reduce the city's air pollution.

American to launch "basic economy" service in February
1/20/2017 Daily News (New York)

American Airlines is launching its new "basic economy" service Feb. 10, offering travelers a low-cost, no-frills option when booking travel. United Airlines is rolling out a similar program.

Hotels embrace high tea concept
1/23/2017 Hotel Management online

Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua hotel is launching a "modern tea menu" for 2017, while Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, has created a "Russian tea service." The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee is offering an all-silver afternoon tea service, tea butler included.