Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts

Thursday, May 23, 2019

It's old, don't you know

Bill to demolish part of McCormick Place along lakefront gets labor support
Legislation in Springfield would add a ride-sharing tax and allow for construction of a new building over King Drive.

The Chicago Federation of Labor wants to demolish the oldest McCormick Place building and replace the lost convention space with a new building over Martin Luther King Drive. Facebook

With just over a week to go in the spring legislative session, Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter is beating the drum for a plan to demolish the above-ground portion of Lakeside Center, the oldest McCormick Place building, and replace the lost convention space with a new building over Martin Luther King Drive.

Insiders said the partial teardown of Lakeside Center could result in additional parkland along the lakefront and that below-ground portions of the building, such as the Arie Crown Theater, could still be

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another Nasty Sign

Drive down 111th St and you will see a bank branch building with a massive crooked "available" sign  on the lawn in front of the building. Further east, a newer nice restaurant put up a sign using 5 ft high lighted letters. Another establishment rings their windows with LED lights. I mean is there anyway these signs can get any bigger and brighter? Are gigantic signs and LED lights really that good for business? Are they good for the neighborhood or do they send another message? Perhaps a darker message that hints at desperation? A tremendous positive effort has been put into our commercial strips by our local officials. The improvements to our commercial strips are great but they are greatly cheapened by over the top signage.

What the 19th Ward needs are local guidelines to stop any further over the top signage and of course strict enforcement of the guidelines. Make every applicant for a sign appear before a beautification committee, which will make recommendations to Ald. O'Shea.  O'Shea can look to some of the suburbs, which have passed sign ordinances.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Maple Tree Inn has reopened at 13000 S. Western Ave.

A well-known Blue Island restaurant devastated by fire has risen from the ashes.
The Maple Tree Inn burned down over the summer. But now, it has a new and temporary location not far from where the historic building burned down in August.
The newMaple Tree Inn is smaller, but a big victory for Blue Island. Come out and support these wonderful owners. 

Friday, October 26, 2018


Most McDonalds have installed self-serve kiosk to place your order. The touch screens don't work that well. It's obvious they were rushed to market. Meanwhile, the staff has been cut back resulting in long waits at the counter as the staff focuses on drive-up customers.

Advice: you will get much faster service if you get your food via the drive up window, then park your car and come inside to eat. I could not made this up.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Donate your body to science?

U.S. body brokers supply world with torsos, limbs and heads. Munitions manufacturers buy more human heads than anyone
By John Shiffman and Reade Levinson
ReutersFebruary 8, 2018

A human forefoot sold and shipped by by Skulls Unlimited is shown with and a finger bone after being unpacked from their shipping box in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stelios VariasMore

By John Shiffman and Reade Levinson

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.

According to the manifest, the shipment bound for Europe included about 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204. To keep the merchandise from spoiling, the container’s temperature was set to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The body parts came from a Portland business called MedCure Inc. A so-called body broker, MedCure profits by dissecting the bodies of altruistic donors and sending the parts to medical training and research companies.

MedCure sells or leases about 10,000 body parts from U.S. donors annually, shipping about 20

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Nice nice people

Under Amazon ownership, Whole Foods new inventory regime is making workers cry. This is why they have unions. 

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From Daily MailWhole Foods has implemented a strict new inventory management system that includes bi-weekly walk-throughs and random quizzing of employees, and has left many workers feeling stressed out and punished.
The new system is called order-to-shelf (OTS) and has a strict set of procedures for purchasing, displaying and storing products on store shelves and in back rooms that is supposed to make stores more efficient and cut down on waste.
And to make sure stores are following the new procedures – stores are required to use ‘scorecards’ to evaluate each employees performance, according to Business Insider.
Though the system is meant to improve efficiency and stream-line storage, employees described it as onerous, stress inducing and punitive.  ‘The stress has created such a tense working environment’ a supervisor in a West Coast store explained.  ‘Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal.’   
Business Insider spoke with 27 current and former employees – some of whom had been with the company for up to 20 years.
Many workers are worried the new system will cause them to lose their jobs, and said they spend more time doing OTS-related paperwork than helping customers navigate the stores. 
Executives think the new system cuts cost across stores, reduce employee theft, clears out storage and gives workers more time to engage with customers. And the employees who spoke to Business Insiderwill agree that the former system was ineffective and needed to change – but say the company’s ‘fix’ went too far.
‘The OTS program is leaving to sackings up and down the chain in our region,’ an employee in Georgia said. ‘We’ve lost team leaders, store team leaders, executive coordinators and even a regional vice president. Many of them have left because they consider OTS to be absurd. As an example, store team leaders are required to complete a 108-point checklist for OTS.’
The new system requires managers to walk through store aisles and storage rooms with checklists, or scorecards, to make sure everything is where it belongs.  And if anything is in the wrong place, missing, or there is excess stock in storage, departments will lose points. One employee said that if an item is ‘even an inch outside of its designated spot,’ points will be deducted.
These walks, which happen frequently throughout the day, also include quizzes. Employees will be asked to recite things such as sales goals, top-selling items and last week’s sales on the spot. A failing score is anything below 89.9 percent, and if an employee fails they can be fired on the spot.
Company documents reviewed by Business Insider show that these quizzes, or ‘walks,’ happen twice a week. Corporate employees also visit the branches and conduct the tests monthly.
The walks have left employees stressed and fearful. ‘The fear of chastisement, punishment and retribution is very real and pervasive,’ a worker said. Another worker said the walks have caused them to have work-related nightmares.  
Workers across the country think the new OTS system is failing, and many departed employees have said they think that is because of a lack of training. ‘The problem lies in the lack of training, and the fact that every single member of management from store level to corporate is over tasked and overburdened,’ a former employee said.

Anti-trust time

Tech giants are the robber barons of our time

America’s biggest tech giants are nothing if not popular. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon rank as some of the most well-liked brands in the world. Pollsters find that 86 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Google and 80 percent share a favorable impression of Amazon. The reason is simple — these companies’ products are entertaining, accessible and seemingly cheap.
But their growing dominance is giving rise to an insidious trend that we shouldn’t so happily accept. Just last week,

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new 'spaceship' campus

By Julia Love

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The Apple Campus 2 is seen under construction in Cupertino

The Apple Campus 2 is seen under construction in Cupertino, California in this aerial photo taken January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Noah Berger
By Julia Love
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products.
His last work – Apple Inc's sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. - will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing attention to detail. From the