What sales teams can learn from MLB "pitchers"
4/26/2017 Entrepreneur online

An annual summit hosted by Major League Baseball as part of its Diverse Business Partners program allows companies to pitch MLB teams on products and services that may be of use to them. During the meetings, the competition is extremely heavy, with vendors having to impress purchasers on the grounds of uniqueness, fast turnaround, price and other factors.

Report considers race gap in college graduation
4/26/2017 InsideHigherEd.com

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students -- whether they attended college full time or part time beginning in the fall of 2010 -- lagged behind those of their white and Asian peers, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report also found that fewer students, no matter their race, completed a degree when they began studying at a community college than those who began at a four-year institution.

Lawmaker wants regulators to create innovation offices

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he will introduce a bill requiring financial regulators to launch innovation offices. The offices would exchange financial technology with one another and help fintech startups get in touch with the proper government authorities, he said.

Smart & Final rebrands spices in private label revamp
4/26/2017 Progressive Grocer

Smart & Final Stores is rebranding its Tradewinds Spices & Seasonings as part of the retailer's First Street brand. The move is part of a bigger expansion of Smart & Final's First Street private label, which accounts for three-quarters of private brand sales for the retailer.

Report: Health care sector accounts for 15% of global ransomware attacks
4/26/2017 Dark Reading

NTT Security's 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report showed that 77% of worldwide ransomware attacks can be attributed to four industries, with the health care and retail sectors each accounting for 15% of attacks, 28% occurring in the business and professional services sector and 19% in the government sector. Phishing was the method hackers most commonly used to distribute ransomware, with the US accounting for 41% of the attacks.

Why brands need to take a consistent stand
4/26/2017 Advertising Age

Consumers increasingly expect brands to take a stand on issues, a trend that worked in Lyft's favor when Uber was perceived as taking advantage of a taxi driver strike at JFK airport, Tara-Nicholle Nelson writes. She advises that manifesto marketing is a continual process, saying "Consumers are watching what you say and what you do, as a company, all the time."

Growing piracy off Somalia worries commercial shippers

Commercial shippers, the US military and others are faced with increasing piracy incidents occurring off the coast of Somalia. Over the past two months, six incidents involving the seizure of food, oil and commodities have occurred, the first such threats since 2012.

Musicians tap into VR, 360-degree video to engage with fans

Musicians are tapping into new technologies such as virtual reality, 360-degree video and vertical video to better interact with fans. The tools help musicians connect with a market of fans who receive their music mainly through smartphones and tablets.

Bills would roll back regulations on e-cigarettes, vaping devices
4/26/2017 Reuters

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is expected to introduce a bill this week that would exclude e-cigarettes and vaping devices from FDA review and authorization before being brought to market, repealing former President Barack Obama's "Deeming Rule" that considers the items to be tobacco products and subject to the same regulations as cigarettes. A separate bill that is expected to be attached as a rider to Trump's spending bill would exempt thousands of vaping devices already on the market from FDA oversight.

Altice CEO on enhancing viewer experience with OTT
4/26/2017 Multichannel News

Altice CEO Dexter Goei at the NAB Show on Tuesday discussed integrating over-the-top services to enhance the user experience. Goei also talked about the company's upcoming initial public offering plans and said the company wants to be prepared for new opportunities.

Judge to reject challenge to Calif. high-speed rail

Opponents of a $64 billion high-speed rail project filed a lawsuit to keep the California High Speed Rail Authority from spending money raised by a recent bond sale, claiming that changes in the project didn't fall under the terms of a voter-approved bond. A judge disagrees and plans to reject the suit.

Nestle unit adopts thermal energy storage

Nestle's ice cream distribution company Frozen Gourmet has reduced its energy consumption by nearly 30% after installing a thermal energy storage system from Viking Cold Solutions. "The reduction in energy consumption has improved our bottom line and the real-time monitoring has been invaluable in helping us recognize and address equipment issues before expensive problems arise," says Frozen Gourmet CEO Bill Kohn.

Hawaiian Airlines works to further shrink carbon footprint
4/26/2017 Maui Now

Hawaiian Airlines is working to use external electricity to power aircraft on the tarmac, a move that could save 62,000 gallons of jet fuel a year, reducing the airline's carbon footprint.

Luxury pop-up spas provide rest to travelers
4/26/2017 Paste

High-end brands have begun offering spa services on trains, in airports and even midflight. Bamford Haybarn Spa opened spa treatment rooms on a luxury train through Scotland, and Emirates offers first-class passengers a shower spa on flights to relax.