Education isn't everything for sales professionals

Education can be helpful for sales professionals, but workers with or without degrees still need to update their skills regularly and learn to network efficiently, writes John Boitnott. Education is not always as helpful as expected in sales, because each industry requires very different techniques and approaches, Boitnott writes.

Tech central to district's improvement goals

Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida expanded students' access to technology in so-called digital deserts to help raise its graduation rate to 90% by 2020, according to Lisette Alves, assistant superintendent, division of academics for the district. Alves describes the tech rollout and shares three lessons the district learned.

Navient turns down $3.2B takeover offer

Navient, a student-loan servicer, has rejected a $3.2 billion takeover bid from hedge fund Canyon Capital Advisors and private equity firm Platinum Equity Advisors. The $12.50-per-share offer is a 6.6% premium above Navient's closing price Friday.

Big Y looks to sell smaller Mass. store

Big Y Foods wants to sell its location in Adams, Mass., to another company, saying the 16,000-square-foot site is too small for the features it now offers, among them a full range of organic items and pharmacy services such as vaccinations. The grocer generally offers foods including sushi, fresh pizza, and fish and chips at other locations.

WHO reports growing prevalence of measles worldwide

The World Health Organization reported that the number of measles cases worldwide totaled 229,068 in 2018, nearly two times more than in 2017, and that figure is expected to rise as final reports from the year trickle in. The organization said vaccine coverage has stalled at 85%, well below the 95% threshold required to prevent outbreaks, and second-dose coverage is 67%.

How advertisers are leveraging "Fortnite"

State Farm, Wendy's, the NFL and Uber Eats are among brands tapping into the tremendous popularity of online video game "Fortnite" through organic campaigns, sponsorships and branded content. "Epic Games are actively engaging with top-tier brands across the entire spectrum of pop culture such as music and movies," Paul Lammert of Colle McVoy says.

Hasbro bets bigger on digital in post-Toys R Us era

Toy maker Hasbro is betting bigger on e-commerce to make up for the loss of brick-and-mortar shelf space after the closure of Toys R Us. The brand, which has made social media inroads in recent years, uses 1-click shopping on several social sites including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

China: US targeting of Huawei slows development

As China's Huawei Technologies gains traction globally, the US is rallying allies to shun the tech due to cybersecurity risks, although British intelligence agencies have reportedly said those risks are manageable in 5G networks. China says the US is unfairly hindering industrial development.

Regenerative medicine guidances issued by FDA

Final versions of two regenerative medicine guidance documents have been published by the FDA. The guidances confirm that sponsors can apply for and get breakthrough and regenerative medicine advanced therapy designations for a product and that gene therapies could be included in the RMAT pathway.

Vestberg will replace McAdam as Verizon chairman

Verizon has tapped CEO Hans Vestberg to become its board chairman as of March 8, replacing Lowell McAdam, who will retire after having served seven years in the position but will stay on the board until the May 2 shareholders' meeting. The company also named former Darden Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis as lead director.

How to step up your digital recruiting game

Building a social media presence, developing content that reflects your company's culture, asking for help from current employees and using technology to attract potential hires are the keys to a successful digital recruiting strategy. User-friendliness and mobile accessibility are also important considerations for candidates looking for a job online.

Transportation Dept. finalizes oil spill response rules

The Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has unveiled new regulations that obligate railroads to create oil spill response plans and provide oil shipment information to states and tribal governments. The new rules will take effect in August.

NASA officially says goodbye to Mars rover

Opportunity, one of NASA's Mars rovers, has been silent since June, and after sending one last call to the robot Tuesday with no response, NASA says Opportunity is dead. The rover had been working on Mars since 2004, even though its original mission was intended to last three months.

United Club lounge debuts at Fla. airport

United Airlines has launched a 5,000-square-foot United Club lounge at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The lounge offers complimentary Wi-Fi and refreshments with a local flair.