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8/6/2020

FedEx is building an expanded distribution center in Laredo, Texas, which "serves as the firm's U.S. freight gateway to Mexico's interior." Meanwhile, Plus One Robotics offered details on the sorting robots it developed for FedEx's hub in Memphis.

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8/6/2020

Atlas Air's stock price has surged since the beginning of the year, as investors are attracted by rising cargo prices caused by increased demand and the capacity cut attributable to fewer passenger flights. "After an initial surge in demand to ship personal protective equipment, the market is transitioning back towards more traditional airfreight products such as electronics, capital goods, perishables and pharmaceuticals," one investment firm advised its clients.

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8/6/2020

A new $4.5 million terminal is poised to open at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. "We want the terminal to present air travelers with the best first impression possible and to fill the needs of our growing city for the next half-century," said Airport Manager Chad Gehrke.

8/6/2020

Efforts to improve the technological interface between airlines and travel agents have not stopped, although the emphasis has shifted from "adding branded fares and exploring new optional service" to "recognizing that this pathway offers a faster way to get updated and relevant messages to travelers about changing circumstances," said Jonathan Savitch, ATPCO's chief commercial officer. For example, Air Canada has deployed an upgrade that allows easier booking of "friends and family" tickets.

8/6/2020

The businesses who aren't using social media in their marketing are missing out, writes Delaney Kline. Being active on social media boosts engagement as you build trust and loyalty with your fans, can increase your reach beyond your current customer base, and ensures you develop brand authority as you deliver real value to your audience.

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8/6/2020

The Lisboeta hotel in Macao, an autonomous part of China, has been awarded a four-star rating and an operating license from the local government. It's part of the Macao Theme Park and Resort, which is next door to the forthcoming Grand Lisboa Palace gaming resort.

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8/6/2020

American Airlines gets its warm, mixed nuts for first-class passengers from GNS Foods of Arlington, Texas, but stopped its orders when the coronavirus pandemic halted nonpackaged food distribution on flights. Now GNS Foods has a stockpile of more than 43 tons of nuts in 1.25-pound bags it's trying to unload through a popup retail store and online -- hoping to break even so it can retain its 20 employees.

8/6/2020

The term "ethnic food" hints at a continuing racial bias that suggests such cuisines are inferior, and American society as a whole expects to pay less for them, writes Nancy Kruse, president of Kruse Company and menu trends analyst. Writer Bret Thorn argues that "ethnic" is often a pejorative term that "implies that something isn't normal" and that chefs and recipe writers should be specific when referring to what culture inspired their dishes.

8/6/2020

A bill being considered in California would require companies to have at least one person of color on their corporate boards by the end of next year. "[People of color] need to have the same access as those who have benefited for so long, and the time is now," says Chris Holden, Assembly member.

8/6/2020

Kanika White, Tanika Harper, Deidra Harper, Dasha Lundy and Angela Dennis have banded together to tackle the 42% poverty rate among Black residents in Knoxville, Tenn. They have formed The Women LLC of Knoxville and The Women Foundation, which help revitalize Black communities by redeveloping affordable residential and commercial real estate and helping Black entrepreneurs get loans.

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