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4/23/2019

The Department of Transportation may make changes to its 100 air-mile "short-haul" exemption, due in part to 5,200-plus comments filed by truck drivers over the hours-of-service regulation, and expand it from 12 hours on-duty to 14, which would keep it in line with long-haul driver regulations. Additional changes could alter adverse condition rules, the 30-minute break rule after eight hours and the choice to split the 10-hour off-duty rest break requirements.

4/23/2019

Leaders who take time for weekly reflection -- and encourage their teams to do the same -- will see an improvement in overall performance, writes Alaina Love, CEO of Purpose Linked Consulting. Take a walk outside, she recommends, and journal about any insights.

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4/23/2019

Walmart is stressing grocery as the focal point of its growth strategy in China, where it plans to grow from 23 to 40 Sam's Club stores by next year. The retailer has teamed with e-commerce player JD.com to stake a claim in the fast-growing, competitive field of grocery delivery in China.

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4/23/2019

There's no such thing as communicating too much, but leaders must communicate effectively by telling inspiring stories and engaging all levels of the organization, writes Robert Ford, president of The Ford Consultancy Group. "When leadership communication is absent during change, as an individual it is the loudest, clearest most powerful message heard," he says.

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4/23/2019

Wakefern Food's ShopRite aims to grow its private brands from 13% to 30% of its market share within five years by adding about 1,000 new SKUs and focusing on premium products, executive Chris Skyers said. The company will work first on rebranding its core offerings and then on innovating in the premium products category, he said.

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4/23/2019

Pricing strategy overhauls are more successful when distributors take an incremental approach to change, according to experts at an industry event. Distributors can start by examining the 10 worst-performing accounts for ways to improve and then determining the most effective tactics by gathering feedback from their top five accounts, said D. Bruce Merrifield of WayPoint Analytics.

4/23/2019

Distributors are increasingly looking to serve less of an enabler role in sales and function more like doctors, answering customers' questions and addressing important issues they might not have considered, writes Gretchen Friedrich of AFFLINK. Like actual doctors, they should "not start pitching a prescription" immediately, but "custom-tailor their recommendation to [fit] the patient," says Jonathan Prichard of Mattress Insider.

4/23/2019

Self-driving cars hold great promise, and some think their arrival is just around the corner, but they continue to face significant challenges regarding safety, usefulness and affordability, Karen Hao writes. Israeli company Mobileye has been working to overcome those barriers through development of detailed road maps and collaboration with regulators around the world.

4/23/2019

Rivian CEO R.J. Scaringe passed on an acquisition by General Motors to pursue his own vision of producing a lineup of electric SUVs and trucks. Now he's winning big backing from the likes of Amazon and Japan's Sumitomo Corp. with prototypes that boast much greater driving range than the most recent EVs on the market.

4/23/2019

Proctor & Gamble has begun selling limited quantities of water-free soap swatches on a new website that offers both laundry detergent and hand soap, and plans to add limited-quantity sets of six more items in June. The products have been under development for years, but the company has not yet decided if they will be available under an existing P&G brand or if a new brand will be created.