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7/22/2019

The redesigned Chevrolet Corvette is gaining notice for its mid-engine design, but there are other aspects to note, including its aluminum body structure, a stiffer body made possible by high-pressure die casting and advances in its cooling system. Production will begin this year in Kentucky.

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Jalopnik, CNN
7/22/2019

Amazon announced it will start giving merchants worldwide 30 days' notice and a reason before taking them off the e-commerce platform, starting in August. Following the announcement, Germany halted an investigation of Amazon's related merchant terms and conditions.

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7/22/2019

FedEx named Amazon among its logistics competitors in its annual report, noting that the company is one of the high-volume package shippers "developing and implementing in-house delivery capabilities and utilizing independent contractors for deliveries." This is the first time FedEx has mentioned Amazon as a competitor in the report, and FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith had previously dismissed the idea of FedEx being disrupted by Amazon's logistics efforts as "fantastical."

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7/22/2019

Distributors can prepare for the future by prioritizing initiatives that enable other important changes and being willing to pursue complex projects with large potential impacts, according to MileZero founder Robyn Bolton. While distributors should avoid overwhelming employees with too many changes at once, completing a project early on can help combat skepticism and show employees the positive effects of change, Bolton said.

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Robyn Bolton
7/22/2019

Crossroads Paper is currently developing a $320 million production facility that will allow the company to produce containerboard using only old corrugated containers and recycled mixed paper. The company will "benefit from a large volume of OCC and mixed waste paper that's available in the Intermountain region," said co-founder Ron Sasine.

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Resource Recycling
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OCC
7/22/2019

Trex plans to increase its investment in recycling recovered film, expected to spend $200 million to expand capacity. The completed expansion will allow Trex to recycle 1.4 billion pounds of plastic film and wood fiber.

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Trex
7/22/2019

Two companies that sell and deliver unwanted produce -- Baltimore-based Hungry Harvest and Durham, N.C.-based Ungraded Produce -- have merged. A third such company, San Francisco-based Imperfect Produce, has started doing business in Minnesota.

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Imperfect Produce
7/22/2019

Certain restaurants, food processors and grocery stores in Lake Oswego, Ore., will have to separate and recover food waste under a new ordinance recently approved by the City Council. City officials say businesses are the biggest contributor to the region's food waste.

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7/22/2019

The P-F curve, a graphic representation of an asset's journey toward potential and functional failure, retains relevance today in today's maintenance approaches, Gregory Perry writes. The P-F curve, applied correctly, "makes clear the business case for on-condition maintenance --- predictive maintenance (PdM), condition-based maintenance (CBM), and corrective maintenance," he argues.

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Plant Services online
7/22/2019

Manufacturers don't need to wait for 5G to become widely available, as 4G LTE technology can be used to connect equipment securely and cost-effectively, writes David Nowoswiat Sr. of Nokia. "LTE provides significantly higher device density per small cell than Wi-Fi access points, again due to its robust time and frequency domain scheduler," he argues.

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