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Service workplace theft strategic and contagious, study says

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Sometimes workers steal. Sometimes they see coworkers stealing. A new study using gobs of data has found that restaurant workers who witness point-of-sale system theft by other workers may be more likely to steal themselves, but intervention by management can prevent others from joining in on pilferage.

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Report ranks cities for ease of doing business for SMBs

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A new report ranks 115 North American cities for the ease of setting up, operating and shutting down small and mid-sized businesses. The Doing Business North America report from the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University measures ...

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A number to know: The cost of noncompliance

$77 million The total value, in Canadian dollars, of cannabis inventory and plants to be destroyed by CannTrust Holdings so that it can regain regulatory approval in Canada. The company lost its licenses to produce and sell cannabis in September. READ MORE ...

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Business news roundup

Starting this week, Walmart will deliver groceries into your fridge if you’re in one of 3 markets where it is launching the service. CNBC > Target has plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2020. Some store ...

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Business news roundup

McDonald’s is now accepting job applications through voice commands for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. THE VERGE > Google says it will not pay publishers in France for search results. Instead they’ll show results that are stripped back. ENGADGET > As small ...

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Business news roundup

Popeye’s, which recently had difficulty keeping adequate supplies for its chicken sandwiches, says you can bring your own bun to get one. MASHABLE > A pilot spilled coffee on a control panel, and a plane had to divert. BBC > Small business owners ...

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G Suite versus Office 365 – Which is best for your business?

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Businesses of all sizes have a wealth of options available to them for productivity suites. The two solutions standing head and shoulders above the competition are Google’s G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, both of which offer a full range ...

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Researchers working on app that sees injury risks at work

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To test how well the algorithm might work in a warehouse, the researchers had a robot monitor participants performing activities in a warehouse-like setting. Within three seconds of the end of each activity, the robot showed a score on its display. (Parsa et al./IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters)

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them if they risk musculoskeletal injuries in real time, and they’re using their knowledge to develop an app. The researchers used machine learning ...

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A number to know: The cost of acquisition

$950 million The amount that Vertex spent buying Semma Therapeutics, a biotech company working on a cure for diabetes. READ MORE AT ENDPOINTS NEWS >

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Business news roundup

A man could not get a Popeye’s chicken sandwich because it was sold out. He’s accused of pulling a gun. WASHINGTON POST > The ISM U.S. manufacturing PMI declined to 49.1% in August, the lowest reading in more than three years. CNBC > ...

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Investment judgement can be clouded by familiarity, researchers say

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When choosing where to invest, it's really easy to pick something because it's familiar, even though that could be the wrong reason to invest, according to research from Vanderbilt University business professors.

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Study: People losing jobs would rather lose them to robots

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Millions of jobs are expected to be threatened by robots and artificial intelligence in the coming years, and while much has been speculated about the economic impact on society, a new study suggests a surprising psychological impact on workers: that ...

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Companies promoting causes can be accused of ‘wokewashing’ – allying themselves only for good PR

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More consumers want companies to address societal problems, including climate change and crumbling infrastructure. Additionally, more than half want to buy from brands that take stands on social issues. At the same time, consumers are increasingly skeptical about these partnerships, ...

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