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7/23/2021

Rivian Automotive is already considering a second factory ahead of its Illinois facility's planned production this year of a commercial delivery van for Amazon, an electric pickup truck and an SUV.

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7/23/2021

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport plans to build a 150,000-square-foot facility in Accomack County, Va., for manufacturing Rocket Lab's Neutron rocket after receiving zoning approval. The facility would create at least 250 jobs and also manufacture the Electron rocket.

7/23/2021

Ransomware attacks are increasing in frequency, and companies need to safeguard industrial control systems and operational technology both to protect themselves and to avoid regulatory scrutiny, experts say. Grant Geyer of Claroty recommends organizations adopt the "three lines of defense" model, run real-time security exercises and understand where to focus safeguards.

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7/23/2021

Automakers and chip suppliers need to revisit their risk-management strategies and potentially focus development on automotive needs, according to a panel discussion involving executives from Analog Devices, Aptiv, Ford and GlobalFoundries. "What it requires is strategic relationships all the way down the chain," says Aptiv President and CEO Kevin Clark.

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IEEE Spectrum
7/23/2021

Industrial drones, cloud-based analytics and high-resolution imagery make the technology ideal for use in smart inspections, says Kespry CEO Krishnan Hariharan. "Industries such as mining and aggregates, insurance and industrials can now experience completely touchless surveys and inspections in half the time, while keeping employees safe and keeping organizations compliant to their respective industry standards," Hariharan says.

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ZDNet
7/23/2021

Gender diversity encourages innovation, problem-solving, and operational and financial success, and manufacturers need to work harder to hire more women at all levels of their organizations, writes Sandvik HR leader Johan Kerstell. Sandvik has set measurable targets for hiring female managers and incorporated gender diversity and inclusion into leadership training.

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7/22/2021

Costco members in Texas will be able to try same-day grocery delivery as the retailer begins a pilot with Uber and Uber Eats. The pilot, operating at 25 locations in the Dallas, Austin and Houston regions, will make delivery available to members with orders of at least $35.

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7/22/2021

Connected packaging can allow CPG brands to build a relationship with consumers, influence shopping habits and keep customers interested, Niall Murphy writes. Providing instant access to product data with the help of interactive features like QR codes may help brands distinguish themselves during the challenges of the pandemic.

7/22/2021

Repurposing a home theater for remote work can boost engagement during virtual meetings, events and presentations. "Using a digital platform with video and watching this on a large screen makes you feel like you're there," notes Brightcove's Namita Dhallan.

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TechRepublic
7/22/2021

Grocers have begun their seasonal Hatch chile promotions, including festivals, roasting events and special displays. Central Market, Kroger and Heinen's are among the retailers planning special events for the season.

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Progressive Grocer