The Indiana Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday for a bill to end the state's ban on Sunday alcohol sales, allowing business between noon and 8 p.m. "Hoosiers want the convenience of buying alcohol on Sunday, and now is the time to pass this bill into law," said Republican Sen. Ron Alting, the bill's sponsor.
Madison, Wis., Mayor Paul Soglin has vetoed an ordinance that would have allowed stores to sell alcohol directly to customers waiting in their cars. "I see little public value and a number of problems, which adversely affect smaller, usually locally owned liquor stores, if we allow the delivery of alcohol purchases to customers known as 'click and collect,' " Soglin said.
Some Japanese winemakers are changing the names of certain labels to comply with a law on geographic origin. The National Tax Agency will require that, as of Oct. 30, wines with geographical names must be made from grapes that are at least 85% grown in that area.
Backing women in the business world is an "economic imperative," but obstacles related to "family economics" remain, according to a report from the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs. Among other things, women grapple with "a different cost-benefit equation when it comes to balancing entrepreneurship and unpaid care," the report says.
Only 42% of women say they have opportunities at work that are equal to those of their male colleagues, an Ellevest survey found. In addition, 83% of women and 61% of men believe men receive higher compensation for doing the same work.
Women accounted for just 18.4% of replacement CEOs that US-based companies announced last year, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas report. "Studies have shown that more women in leadership positions correlates to higher profits and better stock performance," noted Andrew Challenger, vice president at the company.
Micro-grocery startup Farmstead is rolling out a program that lets home shoppers and vendors make donations to local anti-hunger efforts. Buy One Give One provides fruits and vegetables to schools and after-school programs in the San Francisco Bay area, with other local charities invited to apply for donations.
Canadian grocer Sobeys has reached a deal with Britain's Ocado to use its technology to boost the store's online shopping capabilities. As part of the deal, Ocado will help Sobeys develop a customer fulfillment center in the Toronto area and build out a better website and mobile service.
Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.
Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go store, in downtown Seattle, to the public today. Customers avoid a checkout line by using an app to enter, shop and pay at the 1,800-square-foot store, which sells typical convenience store fare and high-end fresh foods.