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Starbucks outlet at the Bergamo luxury mall in Chennai is packed. Entrepreneurs-to-be stare intently at their laptops, immune to the whoosh of steam; a gaggle of young girls in skinny jeans walks past balancing precariously on stilettos, clutching tall glasses of cold coffee; green-aproned waiters dole out large mugs of foam-topped cappuccinos and lattes. Step outside the coffee shop into the mall and a slice of Europe greets you."/>
The Chennai conundrum [Mint, New Delhi]
Burberry's September issue [Mint, New Delhi]
McDonald's has its golden arches, and Nike's got its swoosh. The Texas Department of Transportation wants a logo with similar recognition and marketability-- locally, at least-- for its Harbor Bridge replacement project. And Coastal Bend residents will get the final say on which one is chosen."/>
Residents to choose new bridge's logo [Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas]
Macy's retail space at Jamestown Mall for $1 and plans to have a blighting study conducted for the shuttered shopping center that could lead to condemnation. Jamestown Mall, a once-vibrant shopping center in unincorporated north St. Louis County, closed in mid-2014 after a long decline in foot traffic and occupancy."/>
County buys Macy's building, seeks blighting study for Jamestown Mall [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization. This technology is capable of dramatically improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for..."/>
Toyota Develops a New DNA Analysis Technology to Dramatically Accelerate Improvements in Agricultural Production
Aflac and its duck have been great for the Columbus workforce and community as a whole, as well as those fortunate enough to have invested in the supplemental insurer all these years. After all, the company headquartered on Wynnton Road, with its Paul S. Amos campus in east Columbus, enjoys a local employee base approaching 4,000. And it racks up more than $21 billion in revenue each year from its business in the U.S. and Japan. Need we say its stock price also..."/>
Aflac and its duck help CureFest put spotlight on childhood cancer [Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga.]
Macy's Inc., which has a Macy's department store at Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, announced plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 83,000 positions for this year's holiday shopping season. The hiring will take place on Sept. 30. Job candidates can visit all Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Macy's Backstage store locations between 2 and 8 p.m. that day."/>
BRIEF: Macy's to add 83,000 seasonal jobs [The News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.]
Lennar Corp., the No. 2 U.S. homebuilder, agreed to buy luxury homebuilding WCI Communities in a deal that would expand Miami-based Lennar's reach and operations in the state. Lennar will spend $643 million to acquire Bonita Springs-based WCI, a transaction that combines two of the largest home construction companies in Florida. The boards of both publicly traded companies have approved the deal, which must still get the nod from WCI shareholders."/>
Florida homebuilders unite: Lennar to buy WCI for $643 million [The Miami Herald]
Lennar Corp., the second-largest home builder in the nation, agreed to buy luxury home builder WCI Communities in a deal that would expand Miami-based Lennar's reach and operations in the state. Lennar will spend $643 million to acquire Bonita Springs-based WCI, a transaction that combines two of the largest home construction companies in Florida. The boards of both publicly traded companies have approved the deal, which must still get the nod from WCI shareholders."/>
Florida home builders unite: Lennar to buy WCI for $643 million [The Miami Herald]
Publix Super Markets is now accepting chipped credit card payment, the last major grocer in Central Florida to do so. The Lakeland-based supermarket chain adopted the chip-based debit and credit card payment method in August and is rolling out the technology through the 1,128 store chain. "We have worked diligently to filter through EMV tests and validations to ensure we have the most seamless transition for our associates and customers," said Publix spokesman Dwaine..."/>
Publix finally adopts chipped credit card tech [Orlando Sentinel]
FedEx. The job openings have companies competing for temporary workers during a period of relatively low unemployment; one company specializing in e-commerce announced in mid-July it was hiring for up to 3,000 openings in November and December. But the hiring surge at hubs, warehouses and distribution centers isn't expected to put much..."/>
Low unemployment could make filling 12,000 holiday jobs difficult [The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.]

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