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Marijuana is still banned for recreational use across much of the world, and even medical access is limited in many countries. However, players in the $340 billion global industry are turning their attention to pot's less-regulated cousin, hemp.

Disruption has finally come to the toilet paper market

In February 2019, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a report titled “The Issue With Tissue." The whole point was to give leading brands of toilet paper a sustainability grade and make people aware it does come from trees - lots of tree

Report: Cultural factors hampering construction digitialization

A new report finds that while the construction industry is making progress with digital transformation, especially being an early adopter of AI, the DX journey is hampered by cultural factors.

Kentucky coal producer with 2,800 workers files for bankruptcy

Blackhawk Mining, LLC., a coal company with 2,800 employees in Kentucky and West Virginia, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy later this week, according to documents released by the company.

Microsoft teams up with AT&T for major cloud computing deal

Although Amazon (AWS) leads the cloud computing market by a wide margin, second place Microsoft has signalled that it will closing the gap through a new $2 billion deal with AT&T.

Pot retailer Curaleaf expands US footprint in $875 million deal

U.S. cannabis retailer Curaleaf Holdings Inc said on Wednesday it would buy privately held GR Companies Inc (Grassroots) in a cash and stock deal valued at about $875 million to expand its footprint in the United States.

New digital design project for pharmaceutical product development

A consortium of industry, academia and government have developed a new approach to digital design for pharmaceutical product and process development. Called ADDoPT, the focus is on process understanding and predictive modeling.

IMF to begin search for new leader as Lagarde resigns as of Sept 12

Christine Lagarde will resign from the International Monetary Fund on September 12 as she awaits final word on her nomination to the presidency of the European Central Bank, she announced Tuesday.

Digital twins technology is changing business process

Digital twins technology presents companies with a significant opportunity to improve products and processes by testing out virtual simulations. We look at three diverse applications of this technology, outlining the advantages to businesses.

Beijing rebuffs Trump claims over economic slowdown

China on Tuesday rejected claims from US President Donald Trump that it is being forced to make a trade deal because of its slowing economy, as the two sides prepare for more talks.

Shoppers are cancelling Amazon Prime to support worker protests

Many Amazon workers, globally, have become increasingly discontent with their pay and conditions and they are beginning to take action. In acts of solidarity, many shoppers have chosen 'Prime Day' to cancel their memberships.

Q&A: AI streamlines businesses processes to target efficiency Special

From easing change management woes to anticipating outages and down time, artificial intelligence offers a powerful predictive tool to assist businesses with their growth strategy, according to Steve Stover at SolarWinds.

Digital transformation is causing C-suite tensions

Digital transformation is not only about technology, it's also about changes of practices which need to diffuse through an organization's culture. This needs to be begin at the top. A new report finds C-suite discord is a block to effective DX processes.

Protesters to Amazon: Cut ties with fed's deportation agencies

As e-commerce giant Amazon begins its two-day "Amazon Prime Day", activists, immigrants and employees are protesting Amazon's labor practices and involvement with federal deportation efforts.

Q&A: AI has become the vital business solution needed for success Special

Businesses should be reaping the benefits of artificial intelligence as their foremost predictive technology, according to Justin Richie of Nerdery. All businesses need is a little creativity.

China GDP growth slows to 6.2% in second quarter

China's growth slowed to its weakest pace in almost three decades in the second quarter, with the US-China trade war and weakening global demand weighing on the world's number-two economy, official data showed Monday.

IoT market set for steady growth as consumer take-up increases

Researchers from Stanford University and Avast have unveiled the findings of a joint paper analyzing the state of Internet of Things globally. The paper shows continued growth ahead for IoT systems.

Amazon to spend $700 million retraining its US workers

Amazon announced plans to invest more than $700 million to retrain workers across the US so they can work in skilled technical and non-technical roles in its corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation network.

CannTrust Holdings' stock sinks further over regulatory breach

CannTrust Holdings Inc. shares continued their rout after a ninth analyst downgraded the stock Thursday in response a regulatory breach that has forced the company to halt sales of nearly 30,000 pounds of pot.

Dodge releases findings on improving data for project success

The construction sector is increasingly reliant upon digital data in order to make informed decisions about capital projects. Concerns have been flagged, in a new report, about the reliability of this data.

US banks must consider climate risk: Fed's Powell

Risk from severe weather events is not usually linked to banks but increasingly must be included in their planning, the US central bank chief said Wednesday.

Q&A: Organizations are still struggling to comply with GDPR Special

Data governance oversight helps businesses avoid penalization and keep customer trust. In the wake of GDPR and moves within the U.S. for new legislation, businesses need to put in place better compliance measures.

China says US trade issues are 'definitely' resolvable

China said Thursday that the thorny trade issues plaguing relations with the United States are resolvable after fractious talks between the economic giants were kickstarted by the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan.

Last ever VW Beetle model rolls off Mexican production line

German auto giant Volkswagen launched the final edition of its iconic "Beetle" car from its Mexican factory on Wednesday at a ceremony accompanied by a Mariachi band.

Digital twins: Redesigning logistics, creating new efficiencies

Many logistics companies are tuning to virtual and augmented reality processes in order to improve the design and efficiency of the supply chain. A new DHL report outlines several options as companies look at this digital transformation tech.

World's biggest chemical company slashes earnings forecast

The world's largest chemical producer, BASF SE, fired a warning shot across industries, saying slowing markets from cars to crops and the impact of the U.S.-China trade war threaten to cut profits by 30 percent this year.

Journalism students advised to look beyond traditional media

Professors are warning students of journalism that their skills are increasingly in short demand and they should set their horizons on job roles outside of the traditional news media.

Boeing loses $5.9 billion 737 Max order to Airbus

On Sunday, Boeing officially lost its first order to European rival Airbus in the aftermath of two deadly 737 Max crashes and the subsequent grounding of the plane by global regulators. Some analysts think this cancellation won't be the last.

How Canada’s adult use legalization has affected patients

One in four respondents to a recent survey of Canadian medical cannabis patients say that access has become more difficult since the country legalized adult-use marijuana in 2018.

British Columbia's forestry sector fighting for survival

British Columbia's forest industry started out 2019 with several temporary closures of sawmills for between one and six weeks. Six months later, about 20 temporary (and a few permanent) closures are having a direct effect on employees and communities.

In the June quarter Samsung profits fall by more than half

Samsung Electronics, South Korea's largest business saw its quarterly profit more than cut in half after a world-wide industry downturn plus trade tensions cut demand both for its chips and high-end smartphones.

Q&A: How businesses can strategize email management better Special

It's estimated there are 269 billion emails sent every day, signalling that this workplace tool isn’t going away anytime soon despite the rise of apps like Slack. How can businesses create a productive way to simplify tasks completed via email?

Workers are starting to embrace digital transformation

Greater numbers of workers are becoming accepting of digital transformation, according to a new survey. The survey relates to the staff employed by businesses, of different, sizes, located in the U.K.

Professional and business services lead U.S. jobs growth

The U.S. labor market has shown an upswing, based on the latest data released for June 2019. Fueling the growth curve are new positions in professional and business services, followed by healthcare, transportation and warehousing.

Amazon's investment into Deliveroo hits antitrust snag

Amazon's investment in British food delivery unicorn Deliveroo has been put on hold by Britain's competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority.

Q&A: Digital transformation and chatbots for customer services Special

Chatbots are becoming increasingly common for customer services. This means standing out important. With so much of the Internet’s content produced by bots, how can retailers ensure they are sharing content that will create individualized experiences?

Q&A: Understanding speech analytics: What do customers want? Special

How can businesses keep the customer satisfied? It takes a mix of customer journey insight, surveys and measurement, an omni-channel experience, augmented reality and virtual reality tech according to Jeff Gallino, of CallMiner

Chatbots are revolutionizing retail: Interview Special

The rise in chatbot use is just one example of the AI revolution online retailers are facing. A key consideration that retailers face is using the technology to create individualized experiences to retain customers and drive sales.

Facebook requested to put cryptocurrency Libra on hold

Facebook has been requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to put the brakes on its cryptocurrency project Libra. This is due to concerns about the impact upon the global financial system.

Trump accuses China, Europe of currency manipulation, stimulus

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China and Europe of deliberately weakening their currencies and stimulating their economies to gain competitive advantages over the United States.

Q&A: State of Independence — changing forms of U.S. employment Special

There are 41.1 million U.S. citizens who work independently. Research from MBO predicts that in the next 5 years, more than half of U.S. adults will be or have been an independent worker. What's driving this change?
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