These e-commerce tips are easy to implement

Prioritize the mobile design of your company's website and keep your sales representatives involved during the initial design process for best results, advised Blueport Commerce President and CEO Carl Prindle in a presentation on Saturday. Among other e-commerce tips, he said to avoid duplicating what you do in your brick-and-mortar store and instead use your website to tell a story potential customers can connect with.

Colo. teachers to blend Latino history into class

A group of Colorado teachers recently attended a four-day workshop to learn how to incorporate Latino history in lessons about the state. The event, which was part of the Boulder County Latino History Project, aims to help educators engage more diverse students in this overlooked or ignored aspect of the state's history so that they can see themselves reflected in what they learn.

White House analysis: Lower corporate tax rate will increase income

Cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, as President Donald Trump laid out in his tax plan, would raise the average family's income by $4,000 to $9,000 annually, according to a report by Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Average household incomes could increase from $83,143 in 2016 to the range of $87,520 to $92,222, his analysis found.

Kroger seeks out natural brands to fend off competition

Kroger met with more than 40 makers of natural and health-focused food and beverage products last week at an innovation summit hosted in conjunction the retailer's data and insight unit 84.51°. Kroger launched the event with the intention of connecting with local and regional brands and strengthening its position in the competitive grocery market by meeting consumer demand for health and wellness offerings.

Lawmaker reintroduces bill for national data-breach notification standard

The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, a bill that calls for a national standard for data-breach notification, was reintroduced last month by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. The bill, previously introduced in 2015 amid opposition from the National Association of Attorneys General, calls for companies to notify affected individuals within 30 days with assistance from the Federal Trade Commission and from local media outlets, should the breach affect 5,000 or more people within a state.

Report: Majority of digital ad spend goes to mobile

Mobile is on track to account for just over half of all digital ad spend this year, per Zenith's Mobile Advertising Forecasts 2017. That is predicted to rise to 62% by 2019, as mobile devices will by then account for more than three-quarters of all time spent online.

Rockets are the future of parcel delivery, analysts say

FedEx and UPS will one day rely on rockets to deliver their packages, according to a team of analysts at Morgan Stanley. The analysts note how rockets could help the parcel service industry which, they say, "suffers from excessive capacity."

Benjilock founder takes product to "Shark Tank," scores $200K

Robbie Cabral, founder of Benjilock, maker of the fingerprint-operated device of the same name, which was lauded at CES 2017, took his product to ABC's "Shark Tank" to try for a 200,000 investment. The majority of the panel showed interest in the product, but Cabral picked Kevin O'Leary of O'Leary Financial Group to invest in the Benjilock.

Researchers develop hydrogel arthritis treatment

Researchers in Korea developed a hydrogel treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that can deliver medications to joints and absorb excess synovial fluid. The gel responds to nitric oxide, according to a study in the journal Advanced Materials.

Google proposes way to share 3.5 GHz spectrum

Google, which is part of the CBRS Alliance -- whose other members include Comcast, Charter and all major US wireless operators -- is pushing for a "use it or share it" business model for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. Under the model, companies that launched a service in the band would be protected from interference, but if they did not launch a service, others would be allowed to use the spectrum.

$1.5B N.J. rail project started despite uncertain funding

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a rail bridge to replace the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey, but funding for the span is uncertain. The $1.5 billion bridge is part of the multibillion-dollar Gateway project aimed at reducing reduce rail congestion in the Northeast.

Analysis: Wind poised to become Texas' leading energy source

Utility Luminant's decision to shutter two coal-burning power plants in Texas next year will make wind the state's leading source of electrical generation, according to a survey from the University of Texas. The report said that wind firms plan to add 4,000 megawatts of installed capacity in Texas next year, which would bring the state's total installed capacity for the energy source to 24,400 MW.

Dallas airport adds automated security lanes

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last week introduced two automated screening lanes with the goal of helping travelers pass through security more quickly. The airport plans to add six more automated screening lanes in coming months.

Dogs accepted in trial run at 4 Disney hotels

Four Walt Disney World hotels are testing a program to welcome dogs. Pet exercise and relief areas and various amenities are being offered at Disney's Art of Animation, Disney's Yacht Club, the Riverside section of Disney's Port Orleans and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.