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This business is really, REALLY underwater

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Those “pop-up” restaurants are just so old fashioned. The new craze just may be swim-in. Or dive-down.

That’s the hope of entrepreneur John Beernaerts, who just opened a new restaurant called “The Pearl” in Brussels, Belgium. Have you guessed where this restaurant is located? Yeah, it’s underwater. In a deep pool that Beernaerts also owns. Read More…

What’s the rush? A grocery chain starts a check-out line for people who want to take it slow.

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Check-out lines at stores are usually kind of stressful, aren’t they? People are always in a rush. The cashiers are very busy. The self-checkout process can be frustrating, particularly if you’re not finding the bar code or don’t have your credit card ready. Hear that? It’s the groans from the people in line behind you when you’re forced to call for assistance because you accidentally scanned something twice. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

Now, imagine if you suffer from dementia–or autism or social anxiety or any another condition that impacts your memory or thinking skills. You might have questions, or trouble recognizing your cash or a cashier that just speaks more slowly. You require more time to think through the transaction. For many people who have this condition, an everyday trip to the store can become a nightmare. Read More…

The milkman is alive and well in New York City

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I’m too young to remember the milkman, but apparently it was a real thing for many years. Through the mid-20th century the great majority of U.S. households received their milk delivered to their doors daily and the milkman was as familiar a sight in the neighborhood as the postman. Of course, as supermarkets and grocery stores proliferated, the milkman has all but been put out to pasture.

But not in New York City. Read More…

If your business helps seniors then you could win $10,000

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Are you making life better for old people? The AARP wants to know.

“Research shows that 70 percent of U.S. disposable income is controlled by an aging population, so there are tremendous business opportunities here. We just want to help companies find those opportunities and help solve some of our key challenges in the process.” Read More…

Should you fire your immigrant employees for not coming to work today?

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A client of mine, who runs a small manufacturing business, is confused.

Twenty of his Latino employees told him this week that they would not be coming to work today as part of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants.” This guy is a good employer and pays his people well. Most of them have worked for him for years. They are all legal, documented immigrants with green cards – some are even citizens.

My client isn’t the only business being affected. Tens of thousands of immigrants (maybe more) are walking off their jobs to protest President Trump’s recent anti-immigration policies. The walkout is designed to emphasize just how important immigrants are to the country. Read More…

These office sensors can track employees wherever they go

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It happens all the time. The owner steps away for a few hours and all semblance of order in the office breaks down. Everyone jumps up and socializes. Hey, why not?  he boss is gone for a while. She’s never going to find out, right?

Not so fast. The Internet of Things age is here. Sensors are now entering the workplace, tracking inventory, monitoring temperatures, turning off lights…and keeping an eye on when employees are at their desks and when they’re not. Read More…

A hotel at JFK airport pays $65K over claims it bilked customers

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Back in late January, 2016 New York City was hit with the second largest blizzard since 1869, a storm that dumped 30.5 inches of snow in the area and caused the closing of roads, the shutdown of mass transit and the suspension of air travel into and out of the city. Travelers were stranded.  People were desperate.

So what do you do if you own a hotel in the area? Read More…