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Some of Canada's biggest cannabis producers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits in the United States, while two other cannabis companies had to seek creditor protection last month. What's going on?

Q&A: How to position an IT department for success in 2020 Special

For IT department to modernize, implementing a low-code/no-code platform is useful because applications can be configured faster, at significantly reduced risk, resource, and time requirements, according to Christian Thun, of Agiloft.

Valentine’s Day: Five ways business can show customers some love Special

Businesses need to keep the customer at the heart of their services, both in the design of service provision and the execution. A leading expert, from UJET, outlines five important areas that businesses need to keep in mind

France, US agree to extend digital tax row talks: French diplomat

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on digital giants to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions against Paris, a French diplomatic source said Monday.

Q&A: Advantages of continuous manufacturing for pharma Special

Continuous manufacturing forms part of the industry 4.0 paradigm, and following success in other sectors this approach is being applied to pharmaceuticals (moving from "batch manufacturing" to "continuous manufacturing").

Q&A: How CEOs can better bond with their employees Special

Lack of access to a company’s CEO impacts employee engagement. A leading expert argues that it is critical that employees have a direct line of communication to their company’s CEO in order to feel connected to the social tissue of the organization.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating, blaming a lack of government response to months of popular protests and China's increased influence over the city's institutions.

Huawei exec goes to Canada court to fight US extradition

A senior Huawei executive whose arrest in Vancouver led to a breakdown in Canada-China relations headed to court on Monday to fight extradition to the United States.

JPMorgan Chase buys new Paris building for post-Brexit move

US bank JPMorgan Chase on Sunday said it had purchased a new building in the heart of Paris capable of holding 450 people, the latest step in its plans to move out of London following Brexit.

Q&A: Globant outlines how the cyber-skills shortage can be met Special

Globant (a digitally-native tech services company) has outlined the importance of developing a cybersecurity strategy for businesses of every size and in every sector. This includes addressing the cyber-skills shortage.

Filipinos turn volcano's ash, plastic trash into bricks

Ash spewed by a Philippine volcano is being mixed with plastic waste to make bricks in an inventive response to the country's persistent problems of pollution and frequent natural disasters.

EU warns of WTO challenge if China-US deal creates 'distortions'

The European Union will challenge the China-US trade agreement at the World Trade Organization if it creates "distortions" in the market that harm EU companies, the bloc's envoy to Beijing said Friday.

Chinese economic growth hits three-decade low

China's economy grew last year at its slowest pace in three decades, hit by weak domestic demand and trade tensions, but while officials warned of further headwinds, separate figures Friday suggest the downward trend is bottoming out.The 6.

Bose closes stores in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia

Bose Corporation the large audio equipment manufacturer plans to close all its retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Bose claims its audio products are increasingly bought through e-commerce and other retailers.

IBM leads in U.S. Patents for 27th year

IBM has announced that the company received a record number of patents in 2019 – earning over 9,200, marking the company’s 27th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership and innovation.

Asian markets rise as China, US finally put pen to paper on deal

Asian markets rose early Thursday as details were released of the China-US trade deal signed in Washington, with analysts saying it would allow investors to turn their focus to the global outlook and earnings season.

Lack of transparency in China's Belt and Road projects: EU firms

A lack of information and transparency are top barriers for European companies seeking involvement in China's Belt and Road Initiative, according to a survey published Thursday by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

US, China sign 'momentous' trade deal

The United States and China signed a truce in their trade war on Wednesday after nearly two years of tensions, bringing relief to markets but largely leaving massive tariffs in place.

Bezos promises $1 billion in bid to see off Indian e-commerce storm

Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos promised Wednesday a new billion-dollar investment in India, just two days after authorities launched an anti-trust investigation into the e-commerce giant.

Curtain falls on Germany's 'golden decade' of growth

German economic growth plummeted in 2019, official data showed Wednesday, providing fresh ammunition for debate about how to use fiscal surpluses to boost gross domestic product.Europe's powerhouse expanded just 0.6 percent last year, compared with 1.

Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault

Nissan is "in no way" planning to end its partnership with Renault, the Japanese auto giant insisted on Tuesday after a report suggested a divorce was possible in the wake of the Carlos Ghosn scandal.

Iraq interested in buying a Russian air defense system

Iraq is interested in purchasing Russian S-300 air defense systems. Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems have been popular purchases as many consider them more cost-effective than US alternatives while still top of the line.

DivvyCloud announces record results for 2019

Cybersecurity specialist company DivvyCloud has announced record results for 2019 as well as the appointment of Brandie Kalinowski as vice president of people and culture and David Geevaratne as vice president of North American sales.

Largest e-scooter-sharing company Lime lays off about 100 workers

Lime, the largest electric scooter-sharing company on the globe will lay off 14 percent about 100 of its workers and will exit 12 markets according to a recent report. The action comes as ridership has probably dropped during the winter.

Walgreens’ shares tumble by 5% on earnings posting

Walgreens just released its earnings and fell short by 5 percent.m The healthcare giant is one of many companies in the sector being forced to compete with the likes of Amazon, and the share price drop reflects market uncertainty.

As retailers continue to struggle, Macy's is closing 28 stores

Macy's is shuttering 28 Macy’s locations and one Bloomingdale’s location in the coming months. Closures affect locations in several states, including Florida, California, and Georgia, based on lists compiled from various media reports.

Expect digital transformation projects to take longer

Digital transformation remains the mission for many businesses, however progress is likely to be more rocky according to a new report from Gartner. Projects will most likely cost more and take longer to complete.

Oil markets unfazed by Iranian strikes on US targets

Global oil prices plunged Wednesday, totally reversing a earlier needle-thin spike that followed Iranian missile attacks on US targets in Iraq.

N. America trade deal advances in Senate but delay possible

The US Senate Tuesday took a step toward ratification of the new trade pact with Mexico and Canada, but final timing remained in doubt amid an impasse over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Op-Ed: Fake news vs the stock market? You don’t say

The stock market has the high ideals of organized crime, backed up by the morality of pedophiles and high IQs of scammers. You’d think fake news would be a blessing, but even for the market it’s a very high risk issue.

Malaysian financier denies masterminding 1MDB graft scandal

The fugitive Malaysian financier at the centre of a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal insisted he had not led the plundering of the 1MDB fund, a report said Monday.

Japan 'Tuna King' buys new year catch for $1.8 million

A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman, nicknamed "Tuna King", paid $1.8 million for a giant tuna at New Year's auction at Tokyo's main fish market on Sunday.Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a successful sushi restaurant chain, paid 193 million yen ($1.

Robotic process automation is revolutionizing business

Many business sectors, that are dependent upon repeatable processes, have started to implement robotic process automation (RPA). Even more sophisticated data analysis is possible with Integrated Automation Platform, as with the AntWorks system.

Landry’s Inc hacked despite end-to-end encryption Special

Landry’s Inc., a restaurant and hospitality corporation that owns popular eateries such as McCormick and Schmick’s, Rainforest Cafe and Del Frisco’s, was infected by malware that infected its order-entry systems to steal customer payment card inform

Why metrics are needed to keep tabs on digital transformation

In order to keep tabs on digital transformation and to ensure that projects are on track, organizations should use data to measure the performance of their digital transformation initiatives.

Oil prices soar as US kills top Iranian general, fans war fears

Oil prices soared more than four percent Friday following news that the US had killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of a conflict in the crude-rich region, with Tehran warning of retaliation.

Looking into the truth about modern workplace environments

Olivet Nazarene University recently surveyed 2,009 U.S. based workers regarding their satisfaction with their current office environment and how it contributes to their happiness and productivity. We look at the results.

Greece, Cyprus, Israel sign EastMed pipeline deal

Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Thursday signed an agreement for a huge pipeline project to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe despite Turkey's hostility to the deal.

Chile's economy contracts 3.3% in November after unrest

Chile's economy contracted by 3.3 percent in November compared to 12 months earlier, due to the impact of the South American country's worst social unrest in decades, the central bank said on Thursday.Gross domestic product had already fallen by 3.

Q&A: 2020 will be about modernization of legacy applications Special

How will enterprises make greater use of the cloud in 2020? What will happen with legacy equipment? And can we expect IT growth? Expert Ned Gnichtel provides analysis.

Q&A: What's the next development for enterprise architecture? Special

One of the big business developments for 2020 is likely to be with enterprise architecture, and any related issues, including cloud migration together with M&A IT integrations. Expert Ned Gnichtel provides analysis.
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