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Navistar teams up with TuSimple to produce self-driving trucks by 2024

Navistar and TuSimple deepened their two-year relationship on Wednesday, announcing plans to develop and begin producing autonomous semi trucks by 2024. The strategic partnership includes Navistar taking an undisclosed stake in self-driving trucks startup TuSimple. The plan is to move away from retrofitting the Navistar International commercial trucks that TuSimple currently uses and instead develop semi trucks specifically designed for autonomous operations. “Autonomous technology is ente...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Tech, Customers, UPS, Automotive, United States, Arizona, Berkshire Hathaway, Autonomous Vehicles, Morgan Stanley, Kodiak, Aurora, Ike, United States Canada, Volvo Group


Apple Expanding AppleCare+ Monthly Payments to Canada, Australia and Japan

Apple is expanding AppleCare+ monthly payment options to Canada, Australia, and Japan, allowing customers in these countries to pay for ‌AppleCare‌+ for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches on a monthly basis. The online Apple Stores in Canada, Australia, and Japan aren't yet providing monthly payment options when checking out after new device purchases, but an AppleCare+ support document confirms the feature is rolling out.In the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan, when you purchase ‌A...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Customers, United States, Apple Watch, Hermès, Canada Australia, Apple Stores, Australia Canada, AppleCare, United States Australia Canada


CB Insights acquires 27 years of private company data from Dow Jones to broaden its power to inform business customers

CB Insights, the tech market intelligence platform that makes predictions about the startups that could become unicorns, said Wednesday it acquired VentureSource's data from Dow Jones on tech, startups, and venture capitalists going back to 1983.  As many tech companies are slashing headcount amid plummeting revenues, CB Insights said it continues to hire through the pandemic, and its multi-million dollar revenue is growing.  The acquisition of this data, for an undisclosed amount, will help CB...
Tags: Trends, Customers, Dow Jones, Business Insider, Cb Insights, Anand Sanwal, Sanwal, The New York, Jonathan Sherry, CB Insights Sanwal, Business Insider Sanwal


Sidekick embraces remote working with always-on teleconferencing hardware

Those forced to acclimate to remote work understand what a pain it can be. Sure, there are certainly benefits to not having to commute into work each day, but among other things, you lose a lot when you eliminate human interaction. Apps like Zoom and Slack have their place, certainly, but none does a particularly good job replicating the in-person work environment. Formed by three ex-Palantir employees and a former Googler, Y Combinator-backed Sidekick has impeccable timing. The startup (whic...
Tags: Google, Startups, Y Combinator, New York, London, Hardware, Tech, Remote Work, Customers, Palantir, Bay Area, Teleconferencing, Googler Y Combinator, Sidekick Sidekick


How to Make Better Business Decisions in Challenging Situations

If you are in business, it’s inevitable that challenging situations will arise from time to time, and you will find yourself forced to make difficult decisions. You may have to deal with the aftermath of a product that fails. Or a delivery may be canceled that creates a customer emergency for you to solve. Some experiences will not be under your control, but it doesn’t matter. In business you must make difficult decisions. But, the good news is, you can learn to make better decisions that result...
Tags: Sales, Sales & Marketing, Customers, Your Career, Business Decisions, Maura Schreier Fleming


How to Make Better Business Decisions in Challenging Situations

If you are in business, it’s inevitable that challenging situations will arise from time to time, and you will find yourself forced to make difficult decisions. You may have to deal with the aftermath of a product that fails. Or a delivery may be canceled that creates a customer emergency for you to solve. Some experiences will not be under your control, but it doesn’t matter. In business you must make difficult decisions. But, the good news is, you can learn to make better decisions that result...
Tags: Sales, Sales & Marketing, Customers, Your Career, Business Decisions, Maura Schreier Fleming


Davis Paesanos Temporarily Closes After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

DAVIS (CBS13) – Paesanos in Davis has temporarily shut their doors after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, the restaurant announced on Friday. The Italian restaurant located on G Street said the employee was not in the restaurant for at least 12 days prior to the announcement as a precaution and as been in quarantine at home. Paesanos said the closure is only for the weekend with plans to open back up on Monday, July 13. Deep cleaning and sanitation efforts will be conducted durin...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Sacramento, Customers, Davis, Davis News, Paesano's, G Street, Davis Paesanos, Paesanos


Fintech investors say the Wirecard scandal will put increased regulatory pressure on payments companies and stymie growth for startups

Investors expect greater scrutiny from regulators around the payments space in the wake of the Wirecard accounting scandal.  They think the payments industry could see more consolidation, with only fintechs with the most funding able to meet stricter regulatory requirements. Incumbents could also capture back market share from startups, as customers look to move to more established players. For more stories like this, sign up here for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Fintech investors are ...
Tags: Europe, London, China, US, Trends, Customers, Paypal, Goldman Sachs, Fintech, Fis, Mastercard, Bain Capital Ventures, Business Insider, Klarna, Bluesnap, Ouml


Create Eagles – Not Ducks When it Comes to Policies

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: Most stupid policies don’t start out that way. They are intended to “protect & serve” but can evolve into something not good. There’s a story by Wayne Dyer about eagles and ducks. In organizations, ducks are those employees who are bogged down in the stupid policies, i.e. rules that no longer serve. They are helpless to change things that don’t work. Ducks quack, “That’s not my job,” and “I’m sorry, that’s our policy,” and “My computer won...
Tags: Amazon, Leadership, Customers, Policies, Chris, Wayne Dyer, Roberta, Joyce, Dan McCarthy, S. Chris Edmonds, Ken Blanchard, Chris Edmonds, Purposeful Culture Group, Eagles And Ducks, Create Eagles, Not Ducks


Fintech investors see more red tape for the booming payments space following the Wirecard scandal, and say that costs to comply could crimp newcomers' growth

Investors expect greater scrutiny from regulators around the payments space in the wake of the Wirecard accounting scandal.  They think the payments industry could see more consolidation, with only fintechs with the most funding able to meet stricter regulatory requirements. Incumbents could also capture back market share from startups, as customers look to move to more established players. For more stories like this, sign up here for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Fintech investors are ...
Tags: Europe, London, China, US, Trends, Customers, Paypal, Goldman Sachs, Fis, Mastercard, Bain Capital Ventures, Business Insider, Klarna, Bluesnap, Ouml, Fiserv


Two ex-Amazon Web Services executives behind its serverless and blockchain teams just got $5.1 million to make it easier for customers to manage their data between clouds

On Wednesday, the startup Vendia announced that it raised $5.1 million in seed funding. The startup was founded by two notable ex-Amazon engineers: Tim Wagner, founder of serverless product AWS Lambda and later Coinbase VP of engineering; and Shruthi Rao, who headed blockchain technology at AWS. Each of them brought their respective expertise to Vendia to come up with a solution that uses both serverless and blockchain technology to bring together data from multiple clouds without needing to m...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, America, Trends, Customers, United States, Aws, Coinbase, Amazon Web Services, Wagner, Rao, AWS Microsoft, Google Cloud, AWS Lambda, Serverless


Fivetran snares $100M Series C on $1.2B valuation for data connectivity solution

A big problem for companies these days is finding ways to connect to various data sources to their data repositories, and Fivetran is a startup with a solution to solve that very problem. No surprise then that even during a pandemic, the company announced today that it has raised $100 million Series C on a $1.2 billion valuation. The company didn’t mess around with top flight firms Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst leading the investment with participation from existing investors CEAS ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Customers, Andreessen Horowitz, Redshift, Martin Casado, Fivetran, Data Pipelines, CEAS Investments, Martin Cassado, George Fraser, Databricks DocuSign Forever 21 Square Udacity


Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Partner On Software-Defined Autonomous Cars

ZDNet reports: Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and chipmaker Nvidia have partnered to build a software-defined computing infrastructure and system that enables vehicles to receive over-the-air software updates to ensure they are equipped with the latest autonomous features. "Together, we're going to revolutionise the car ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over the air updates," Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang said. The pair will bu...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Customers, Nvidia, Mercedes, Daimler, Forbes, Ev, Mercedes Benz, Barron, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Zdnet, Jensen Huang, Nvidia Partner On Software Defined Autonomous Cars, Tesla Almost


AWS Launches 'Amazon Honeycode', a No-Code App Building Service

"Amazon Web Services on Wednesday launched Amazon Honeycode, a fully-managed service that enables companies to build mobile and web applications without any programming," reports ZDNet: Customers can use the service to build apps that leverage an AWS-built database, such as a simple task-tracking application or a more complex project management app to manage multiple workflows. "Customers have told us that the need for custom applications far outstrips the capacity of developers to create them,...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Customers, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Larry Augustin, Amazon Honeycode


Cybersecurity power players Okta, CrowdStrike, Netskope, and Proofpoint explain their new alliance to help meet the challenges of the new remote workforce — and take on heavyweights like Microsoft and McAfee (OKTA, PFPT, CRWD)

The cloud-based cybersecurity companies Okta, Crowdstrike, Netskope, and Proofpoint announced Thursday they are combining forces in an alliance. Enterprise cybersecurity has changed its focus during the COVID-19 quarantine from on-premises network protection to cloud-based solutions.  The companies say their coalition will help companies use their services in an integrated way to protect remote employees.  Investors and analysts say cloud security companies are flourishing as companies need cy...
Tags: Microsoft, Okta, Trends, Cisco, Customers, Lego, Gartner, Amazon Web Services, Todd Mckinnon, Palo Alto Networks, Netskope, McAfee, Kurtz, Janke, Mike Janke, Proofpoint


7 Brilliant Video Marketing Ideas For Your Bank

Banks are the oldest medium of transactions. Being the most ancient institution for money transactions, it follows conventional methods to deal with customers. In recent times, video marketing has become a boon for financial institutions. Video marketing has brought revolutionary changes in banking techniques. To keep up your pace with the modern world where every financial institution is opting to increase their own ROI (Return on Investment), video marketing seems like a very viable option con...
Tags: Sales, Customers, More, ROI Return on Investment, Start Integrated Service


PizzaRev shutters all but 2 of its LA County locations amid COVID-19 fallout

PizzaRev, a Westlake Village-based build-your-own pizza chain, has closed all of its Los Angeles County locations except for Palmdale and Rowland Heights as a result of financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company hasn’t formally addressed the closures and could not be reached for comment Monday. But when an Instagram reader expressed dismay over the closures in a May 16 post, PizzaRev responded by saying, “We are bummed about it as well. Definitely a hard decision. We appreciate th...
Tags: Business, News, Instagram, Virginia, Restaurants, Sport, Customers, Chicago, Soccer, Valencia, Tuscany, Northridge, McDonald, Los Angeles County, Corona, LA County


Building a Better Experience for Government’s Customers

The pandemic is spurring some agencies to retool the way they interact with the public.
Tags: Management, Customers


Lightspeed Introduces New Ecommerce Tools for Small Businesses Going Digital

Lightspeed has unveiled its latest Lightspeed eCommerce features for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) which provides sales support for online shopping across multiple channels. The new feature will help boost online shopping through incorporating inventory management, delivery, marketing and reporting tools on one platform. Lightspeed Ecommerce The offering includes capabilities such as live preview to test the look of an online store prior to going live. In addition, its Multi-Location Inv...
Tags: Sales, Customers, Lightspeed, Facebook Twitter and Instagram, Small Business News, Dax Dasilva Founder


The maker of this autonomous robot says it has seen a surge in orders for contactless delivery since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

Refraction AI's last-mile delivery robot, the REV-1, is completing lunch deliveries in Ann Arbor, Mich. Customers who live within the 2.5-mile delivery radius can sign up for REV-1's pilot lunch delivery program from a choice of four Asian and Mexican restaurants, according to Refraction AI. Refraction AI has seen a three to four-time increase in orders with REV-1 since the start of the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Refraction AI's last-mile delivery robot, the...
Tags: Trends, Customers, Kim, Doordash, Ann Arbor, Rev, Business Insider Customers, COVID, Refraction AI Refraction AI, Ji Hye Source


The Best Extended Car Warranty Companies of 2020

Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. The best extended car warranties protect the mechanical components of your car that are susceptible to costly repairs. This kind of protection brings drivers peace of mind on the road knowing that if their car breaks down, they’re protected and roadside assistance is just a call away.  If you’re considering purchasing an extended auto warranty, you’ll want to learn more about the best...
Tags: Maryland, Customers, Autos, Bmw, Carfax, Kelley, Trustpilot, Endurance, Car Talk, Customer Service Customer, Pegasystems Inc, Better Business Bureau BBB, Vehicle Ownership, Carchex, Google Trustpilot, CarShield


The Difference Between an Objection and a Heckle | Sales Strategies

In this week’s Sales Leader, I examine the difference between an objection and a heckle.  Objections Versus Heckles  An objection comes after a substantive discussion. It’s a legitimate question you have to answer. This objection may arise midway through the …Read More »
Tags: Sales, Customers, Pricing, Sales Process, Sales Success, Selling Process, Sales Tips, Colleen Francis, Engage Selling Solutions, Observations from the real World, Engage Selling, Client Success, Sales Communication, Sales Prospecting, Sales Objections, The Difference Between an Objection and a Heckle


Do You Do Enough for Your Employees?

No matter the number of employees you have under you, it is important for you to do all you can to keep them happy. In doing so, they will tend to give you their all in return. That said are you taking steps to provide them with the resources and motivation to get the job done. If not, you could be hurting your business in the process. So, where do you need to do more for your employees? Providing the Answers to a Successful Company As you look to do all you can for those under your employ, fo...
Tags: Business, Customers, Employees, Branding, Dave Thomas, Customer Think


Flying United? You’ll have to pass a health checklist first

By Esha Dey, Bloomberg United Airlines is requiring its passengers to complete a self-assessment health screening before flying, one of the furthest reaching efforts among carriers to keep the Covid-19 outbreak in check as travel resumes. Customers will have to confirm they haven’t experienced coronavirus symptoms two weeks before flying and complete a checklist based on recommendations from the Cleveland Clinic, United said Wednesday. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the airline in...
Tags: Business, Sport, Customers, Chicago, Soccer, Airlines, United, Travelers, U S Airlines, Related Articles Trump, Coronavirus, COVID, All Readers, Esha Dey, Bloomberg United Airlines, Cleveland Clinic United


Brand Moves for Monday June 8

Fifteen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid this latest crisis in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand move...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Europe, Utah, Japan, Usa, UK, London, Microsoft, Etsy, Washington Post, China, Advertising, US, America, Atlanta


Apple Planning Interest-Free Apple Card Payment Plans for Macs, AirPods, iPads and More

Apple plans to debut interest-free payment plan options for customers who purchase iPads, AirPods, Macs, and more using Apple Card, allowing them to pay for purchases over several months. According to Bloomberg, Apple will roll out the ‌Apple Card‌ feature in the coming weeks, with customers given up to 12 months to pay for their products before interest is due. The 12 month plan will be available for iPads, Macs, the Apple Pencil, iPad keyboards, and the Pro Display XDR, while six month pay...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Customers, Tim Cook, Bloomberg Apple, Apple Card, HomePod Customers, Apple Planning Interest Free Apple


If Airlines Want Customers Back, They Need to Do Better

Before the pandemic, I flew ever week. I have over 2 million miles on American Airlines. I get emails every day saying American Airlines can’t wait until I am back flying….when I am ready. They tell me what they have done to make it safe to fly; social distancing, less people on each flight, cleaner airplanes and the requirement to wear a face covering. Well, the planes are cleaner, but the rest is a marketing lie. I flew this past week to Phoenix to see the building of a 15-year dream. I though...
Tags: Sales, Customers, Sales And Marketing, American Airlines, Phoenix, Face Masks, Face Covering Policy


75 Market Research Questions to Ask

Market research sounds so formal. Yet it doesn’t have to be. It can be part of your daily marketing activity if you adopt one of the best and easiest techniques: simply ask questions. Asking market research questions can yield new insights to boost your marketing to the next level. One example of market research involves gathering competitive information to inform your new product and service development. Another market research example involves creating clear pictures of your ideal customers —...
Tags: Google, Sales, Customers, Bing, Alexa, Bing Maps, Marketing Tips, Bing Places, Market Research Questions


Apple Card debuts a $50 sign-up bonus in partnership with Walgreens

Apple’s rewards-based credit card, Apple Card, is offering its first sign-up bonus in partnership with Walgreens. On Monday, June 1, Apple and Walgreens introduced a new offer that will pay consumers $50 in Daily Cash when they get a new Apple Card and spend $50 or more at Walgreens within their first 30 days of being a cardholder. The limited-time offer is detailed on Apple’s website and can be found in the Walgreens app on iOS at the bottom of its Weekly Ad & Coupons page. Customers have until...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Finance, Customers, Walgreens, Rewards, Goldman Sachs, Apple Pay, Payments, Credit Card, Fintech, Duane Reade, Sara Rathner, Apple Card, Walgreens Duane Reade Uber Uber Eats T Mobile Nike, NerdWallet Credit


Online clothing retailer Stitch Fix is laying off 1,400 California employees and instead hiring in lower-cost cities like Austin and Minneapolis

Online personal styling retailer Stitch Fix is laying off 1,400 California employees, or about 18% of its total workforce. The employees affected can stay with the San Francisco-based company if they relocate — Stitch Fix will start hiring for 2,000 positions in lower-cost cities this summer. The company said the layoffs are not related to the pandemic, but the public health crisis has dealt a blow to the retail industry. California companies have looked elsewhere to expand since before the pa...
Tags: Minneapolis, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Customers, Austin, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, San Francisco Chronicle, South San Francisco, Chronicle, CEO Katrina Lake, Austin Cleveland