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1/14/2021

Milam's Markets, a family-run grocer with five locations in Florida's Miami-Dade County, will open its sixth site in 2022. The new location will be inside a 25,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of a 36-story, mixed-use development that features 421 rental apartments.

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1/14/2021

After rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations at 22 pharmacies in three Florida counties earlier this month, Publix has now expanded vaccinations to 105 total pharmacies in 12 counties. As of now, the vaccine is only available to people over age 65, front-line health care workers and those living and working in long-term care facilities.

1/14/2021

Tech companies such as Razer, LG and Binatone unveiled techy takes on face masks at CES 2021. Protective and fashionable masks with Bluetooth capabilities and on-face air purifiers were on full display.

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1/14/2021

Formlabs is showing off its breakthrough wax-based resin that can serve as a material for 3D printing. "I think the industry as a whole is probably going to start moving towards end-use and more manufacturing use -- not as much focus on prototyping," says engineering leader Kathy Bui.

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Digital Trends
1/14/2021

Arcimoto is projecting annual sales of 50,000 of its three-wheeled electric vehicles in the next two years and in preparation is acquiring a 185,000-square-foot factory. The facility "helps reduce risk during scale" and saves time that would be spent planning a new factory, says Chief Strategy Officer Jesse Fittipaldi.

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Electrek
1/14/2021

Focusing on data rather networks is the best way to achieve a zero-trust security model, writes Altaz Valani of Security Compass. With remote work and flexible schedules obscuring network perimeters, a data-centric approach allows for greater security by requiring authentication each time employees try to access data.

1/14/2021

Makers of computer chips are seeing strong demand from manufacturers across industries, creating supply issues that won't be easy to resolve because of lengthy development and production cycles. Contract chip manufacturers are being asked to increase production and investment as a result.

1/14/2021

Manufacturers in need of new workers can benefit from top-down, structured diversity and inclusion policies that address common pitfalls and expand the available pool of talent, write Gina Janeiro and Hadley Simonett. Workplace cultures need attention, too, whether it's in the form of cliques or inadequate training for staff and supervisors, they write.

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Jackson Lewis
1/13/2021

Albertsons spent millions in 2020 to bolster its online and technological capabilities, a move that led to a 225% growth in digital sales and which CEO Vivek Sankaran said makes it "clear that our strategy is working." Last week, Albertsons became the first US grocer to test a grocery pickup kiosk, and while the grocer plans additional digital investments, Sankaran also said its brick-and-mortar stores will "remain the core of our business."

1/13/2021

Starting this spring, Walmart will test a new contactless home delivery method that uses a temperature-controlled smart box placed outside homes to store items, allowing deliveries 24 hours a day. The pilot will be conducted in Walmart's hometown of Bentonville, Ark., using containers made by HomeValet, which feature three temperature zones for storage of pantry, refrigerated and frozen products.

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