How your sales reps can build their grit

Sales representatives should be focused on their goals and observant each day as they perform their tasks, writes Dan Tyre. Encourage reps to practice positive self-talk and to reward themselves for small successes.

NBCT shares teacher leadership journey

National Board Certified Teacher Melissa Collins had to overcome challenges during her teacher-leadership journey. In this blog post, Collins shares the challenges, such as failing to earn her National Board Certification on the first attempt.

Mester: Tax plan may help more than expected

Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said that the federal tax overhaul could add more to US economic growth than the 0.25 to 0.5 percentage points she originally projected. However, Mester's long-term growth forecast remains at 2%.

Wegmans set to open Mass. mall location

Wegmans will open a new store April 29 at a mall in Natick, Mass., where it is taking over a space that formerly held a JCPenney. Extensive interior renovation has been done to make the location into a grocery that will include a Mexican restaurant and burger bar.

Senate committee backs Azar's nomination as HHS head

The Senate Finance Committee voted 15-12 to advance Alex Azar's nomination as HHS secretary. The former Eli Lilly and Co. executive now faces a vote in the full Senate, where confirmation is expected.

Survey: Effective targeting tops programmatic pros

The top benefit of programmatic ads, cited by 61% of senior ad buyers, is effective targeting and optimization, per London Research and Truth. Forty-nine percent say their biggest worry about programmatic is insufficient consistency when it comes to metrics and measurement, 42% say the biggest concern is lack of agency transparency, and 39% say third-party transparency is the biggest problem.

Walmart pharmacies to take aim at the opioid crisis

Walmart will start dispensing DisposeRx packages for free with each opioid prescription it sells at its namesake and Sam's Club pharmacies, the company said. About one-third of opioid prescriptions are unused and DisposeRx dissolves the leftover medications.

Growth in mobile app use slowed in 2017

The amount of time consumers spent in apps did not grow as much in 2017 as it did in 2016, per Flurry's "State of Mobile 2017" report, indicating that the category is starting to mature. Mobile shopping app use was up 54% in 2017 from 2016, while use of lifestyle apps was down 40%, the report states.

FDA, EMA fast-track review of Novartis' blood cancer drug

The FDA granted priority review status to Novartis' Kymriah to treat adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The drug also received an accelerated assessment from the European Medicines Agency for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and young adults.

Comcast teams up with DLVR to optimize content delivery

Comcast Technology Solutions has announced a partnership with DLVR to provide improved content delivery services. The company will use DLVR's content delivery network switching capabilities and analytics to improve multi-CDN management.

Calif. slide mud trucked to reinforce beaches

Mud recovered from mudslides in Montecito, Calif., is finding a new use on nearby beaches. Up to 300,000 cubic yards of mud is being trucked to serve as an erosion bulwark in the surf zone at Goleta and Carpinteria beaches.

Jack Gerard to step down as API CEO this summer

Jack Gerard announced on Wednesday that he will step down as president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute this summer after 10 years at the helm. "We have accomplished what few would have imagined: important public policy victories at all levels of government and a revitalized association that has expanded globally and added significant strength to its advocacy capabilities," Gerard said, adding that a new CEO should be appointed by Sept. 1.

TSA finds 4 guns hidden in checked luggage

Transportation Security Administration officers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport found four guns concealed in a Ghana-bound traveler's checked luggage. The officers contacted US Customs and Border Protection and the Homeland Security Investigations Unit of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the traveler was arrested.

Questions loom over enabling guests to "ask Alexa"

Smart speakers in guest rooms are on the increase, but concerns over privacy and other issues have cooled their growth. Among concerns are eavesdropping on conversations and the cost of interface with hotel information systems.