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11/20/2017

Ahler's Catering and Nutritional Services in Ohio has launched a meal delivery service for pets in the Dayton and Springfield regions. Last year, Pet Wants Dayton announced plans to begin a delivery service of locally sourced pet food.

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11/20/2017

Hong Kong pet owners are taking advantage of technology to stay connected to their pets throughout the day. The latest developments include robot companions for dogs, such as Laika from CamToy and Buddy+ from Anthouse Technology, which owners can control with their smartphones to take audio and video recordings of their dogs and even dispense treats.

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11/20/2017

The City Council of Denver, Colo., has unanimously passed an ordinance banning elective cat declawing. Discussion of the matter was met with passion from both sides of the issue as well as from those who thought the issue distracted from more important matters.

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11/20/2017

Pet owners in Albuquerque, N.M., who fail to supply their pets with an insulated shelter will receive a citation, a court date, a $500 fine and possibly 90 days in jail. Many domestic pets cannot handle cold weather, and this article provides tips for keeping pets safe during winter.

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11/20/2017

Toasters highlighting hockey legends Jonathan Toews, Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid are being sold by Canadian Tire to support its in-house charity, Jumpstart Charities. The pictures of the sports greats are on the outside of the toasters, and the appliances toast their likeness onto bread.

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11/20/2017

Pangea Brands has created an officially licensed Millennium Falcon waffle maker to add to its "Star Wars" appliances collection. The appliance creates a faithful representation of the spacecraft, including the side cockpit.

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11/20/2017

A line of cutlery from Ginsu Brand comes with handles in stylish, vivid shades, including purple, black, pomegranate red and presidential blue. "Brightly colored cutlery is an easy and trend-forward way to liven up a neutral kitchen, while making a bold personality statement," said sales executive Sarah Thielemier.

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HomeWorld Business
11/20/2017

Manufacturers will benefit when mixed reality enables workers to translate visual data into predictive maintenance and understand instructions better, Adam Uzialko writes. Yiwen Rong of uSens says success will come not from machines themselves, but from how manufacturers use information.

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Business News Daily
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11/20/2017

Smaller manufacturers shouldn't let technical jargon intimidate them, writes Stevie Hay of Aptean. It may not be realistic to hire a chief data officer, he writes, but cloud-based manufacturing execution systems can help smaller companies learn more about their operations and improve decision-making.

11/20/2017

Supply chain transformation is most successful when a manufacturer starts with a comprehensive vision, assesses performance and creates a transformation road map, according to this McKinsey analysis. "The vision will call for a combination of no-regrets improvements as well as more speculative changes that can be pursued over time," the analysts write.

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