A California high school is expected to begin construction on a science, technology, engineering and math innovation center intended to prepare students for high-demand careers. Officials say the center will hold technical-education programs such as agricultural sciences and clean energy, plus learning spaces to support collaboration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.