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No more Coca-Cola Zero in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – The end is here.

Coca-Cola Co. has pulled the plug on the Zero-branded drink on a world-wide announcement made today.

Coca-Cola Sugar Zero is the new kid on the block.

It’s not just a name change. As they have done before, Coca-Cola will also change the formula used for the soft drink. It will also taste different.

“We’re confident that loyal Coke Zero fans will love the new-and-improved recipe, and that fans of original Coca-Cola looking to reduce their sugar intake will want to try it, too,” said Stuart Kronauge, a business unit president of USA operations and senior vice president of marketing for Coca-Cola North America.

Coca-Cola has tried this before and it hasn’t gone well. Remember the “New Coca-Cola” that replaced the “Classic”? People vehemently wanted the classic version back. And Coca-Cola listened.

“An experiential sampling tour will invite people in local communities across the country to try Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. This robust campaign represents the biggest investment we have made in the brand since its launch in 2005,” said Kronauge.

The Twitterverse was upset at the change.

 

 

 

 

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SBA hiring temporary disaster recovery efforts now

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(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with the agency’s disaster recovery efforts at several locations across the country. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused massive devastation, and the SBA is staffing up to respond to the increased flow of disaster loan applications from homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

The temporary positions include:

• Damage Verifiers/Construction Analysts

• Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants

• Loan Specialists

• Customer Service Representatives and Public Information Officers

• IT Specialists

• Administrative Support Assistants

Most of the jobs are located at one of SBA’s disaster field operations centers in Sacramento, Dallas, Atlanta, Buffalo, or in the areas affected by the recent hurricanes. Bilingual language skills are a plus.

Visit www.sba.gov/disaster and click on the “view jobs” tab for details on the job descriptions, salaries, and how to apply.

About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit http://www.sba.gov.

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Nordstrom Announces Latest Retail Concept: Nordstrom Local

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

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(SEATTLE) Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day), Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below).

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

“As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms surrounding a central meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.

Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.

Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.

Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.

Curbside Pickup – Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local’s Curbside Pickup.

Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.

Nordstrom Gift Card Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.

Style Boards – Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.

Nail Services – Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.

Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.

On-Site Refreshments – Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from our Nordstrom Ebar.

Nordstrom Local is located at 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (on the Corner of Melrose Place and Melrose).

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 356 stores in 40 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 224 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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Hoffa: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Has Room For Improvement As It Makes Its Long March Through Congress

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(WASHINGTON) The following is a statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation allowing for the nationwide deployment of automated driving technology.

Further Action Needed to Safeguard Workers, Public Safety

“As the legislation concerning autonomous vehicles moves forward through Congress, the interests of working Americans and the safety of our roadways must be a top priority for lawmakers.”

“The Teamsters Union is encouraged by recent improvements to the bill, including the bipartisan consensus among members of Congress that commercial motor vehicles should be exempted from this legislation.

“However, more work needs to be done. The exemption for commercial vehicles must be clarified prior to final passage. We look forward to working with members of both parties to ensure that workers and the motoring public will have the safe and reliable transportation system they deserve, both today and far into the future.”

“The testing of autonomous vehicle technology must be transparent and any technologies that have not been fully vetted and proven should certainly not be rushed into implementation in any commercial capacity.”

“We will continue to closely monitor legislation concerning autonomous vehicles and share our concerns with members of Congress in order to ensure that workers are safeguarded and highway safety is protected.”

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Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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