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2/25/2021

A desire to eat healthier foods, spurred by the ongoing pandemic, helped drive the soaring popularity of seafood in 2020, with FMI's Power of Seafood 2021 report revealing that more than a third of shoppers were eating seafood at least twice a week. "The call to action among grocers is to focus on seafood nutrition, cooking guidance, meal ideas, and sustainability both in-store and online as ways to maintain shopper interest in seafood," said FMI's Rick Stein.

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2/25/2021

H.E. Butt Grocery will support local food banks in Texas with a $1 million donation and partner with suppliers to provide additional aid as the state recovers from a devastating winter storm. H-E-B, which also grappled with power outages and supply shortages, has already given food banks $100,000 and 23 trucks filled with the grocer's Meal Simple meals.

2/25/2021

A $2 million donation from Meijer has helped the Cleveland Clinic Children's health care program buy a mobile unit that will offer services directly to students in northeastern Ohio schools. The mobile clinic is equipped with everything needed to provide primary care to children, many of whom could not afford it otherwise.

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2/25/2021

Startup Framework has designed a laptop that allows users to swap out nearly all of the PC's components, including the display, memory and solid-state drive, when it's time to upgrade or repair the device. The computer, which is made of up to 50% recycled aluminum and up to 30% recycled plastic, is packed with high-end specs, promising performance comparable to the Surface Laptop and ThinkPad T.

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2/25/2021

Clubhouse's latest hiring of software designer Mopewa Ogundipe has sparked chatter that the popular social media app may soon expand to Android devices. Ogundipe tweeted confirmation of her new job and how excited she was "to be joining the team to bring the party to Android."

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2/25/2021

US factories received 3.4% more orders for durable goods, the ninth consecutive month of increased demand, according to the Commerce Department. The increase was only 1.4% when transportation equipment was excluded.

2/25/2021

Manufacturers need to understand how technology and digital transformation will affect their operations, but they can lean on each other to discover best practices, according to interviews of managers at 12 manufacturers. "Keeping workers in the dark about what the technology will do, and how they will interact with it, only leads to distrust and tempered enthusiasm," writes Brian Eastwood.

2/25/2021

Threats to industrial control systems and operation technology are growing faster than usual, according to a report from Dragos. "It looks like a lot of groups are still learning how to do reconnaissance of the OT, so they are basically gaining access to these environments to learn," says Dragos executive Sergio Caltagirone.

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2/25/2021

Remote work has gone well in many ways, but maintaining a culture in workplaces where manufacturing workers must be on site while others sit at home will be a challenge, says Barry-Wehmiller CEO Bob Chapman. Many workers felt unappreciated by employers before the pandemic, and that problem will still remain after the pandemic, he adds.

2/24/2021

Gelson's Markets, which has 27 locations in California and will mark its 70th year in business this year, may be in for a growth spurt thanks to its pending acquisition by Japanese retailer Pan Pacific International Holdings. Gelson's, which grew its e-commerce capabilities over the past year and started a new loyalty program, was acquired in 2014 by TPG Capital, a private equity firm.

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