Sliced Ketchup Is Now a Thing That Exists

first_imgA company out of L.A. created the stuff and they just put it up on Kickstarter.  It ain’t cheap . . . a pack of eight slices of ketchup will cost you $10. But if you’re interested, you can order it now, and they’re going to ship in June.  There’s no word on if or when it might wind up in stores. I’m not sure if this product is necessary, but here you go:  You can now buy SLICED KETCHUP.  No more squirting ketchup onto your burgers like a caveman . . . now you can just drop on a clean, neat slice, like it’s cheese.last_img read more

Invested – The Role of Traditions in Creating a Team Environment

first_imgWith few exceptions, creating teams within a workforce is one of the best ways to stimulate business. The more engaged and stimulated the employees, the more productive they are and the more profitable you become. Sounds simple enough, but such camaraderie does not necessarily materialize out of thin air. A good team needs a good coach. Unfortunately, though, just telling the team to link shields and forge ahead isn’t really good coaching, it’s good cheerleading. And you’re going to need to be more than just a good cheerleader if you want performance to follow. So how do you make things happen?That’s where a company’s traditions step in. When employees are invited and encouraged to participate in some sort of activity that is non-essential to daily operations, it speaks to them on an entirely different level. It’s as if the company suddenly takes notice of the individual and says “I see you, and I think you’re worth it.” When non-essentials are emphasized along with daily duties and bottom lines, employees feel valued and valuable. They feel like people instead of numbers.What follows is nothing short of miraculous. When people feel valuable, they smile. They talk to each other. They build relationships and bear each other’s burdens. They strive and work and INVEST THEMSELVES into the task at hand for the sake of the team, and for the sake of the company that recognizes their value.Keep that in mind the next time you are holding a staff meeting or onboarding new employees.  Make it different! When you create an environment where your employees can break out of the box and connect with each other, they will. And, even though you may not immediately see the benefits, they are there none the less. They are there in the spirits and performance of the people you have invested in.last_img read more

Trucks and Drivers Targeted for Cargo Theft, Kidnapping and Hostage-Taking

first_imgTruck-borne freight is the most popular target for thieves, according to a new global study by cargo insurer TT Club and supply chain consultant BSI. Trucks and truckers face a variety of threats including firearm-bearing kidnappers and fake ‘police.’Trucks were the overwhelmingly favorite target of thieves in 84 percent of all incidents globally. Unfortunately, the report “Global Cargo Theft Intelligence Report for 2018” did not provide absolute numerical data. However, the report does say that there were, on average, 15 “cargo theft incidents” per day, which would imply a global total of about 5,340 global cargo theft incidents… FreightWaves Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform Goes for the Endzone

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Announcements#Architecture#cloud#Data Centers How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yesterday, Hitachi took the wraps off their Unified Computing Platform by introducing its open data center platform. It is aimed at consolidating the enterprise functions of networking, storage, and compute into an orchestration layer. Virtualization is still guiding the evolution of the data center, in this case all the way to the physical form. If you like consolidating your systems into big iron with lots blinking lights, Hitachi has you covered. And if you like open systems that connect to your existing infrastructure, Hitachi believes that playing nice with others is in the domain of unified computing.If you’re interested in this idea, check out the video summary of the platform. The company shares us a deeper view of this product line and the problems it is intending to solve. Many of the opportunities targeted address budgets, for example, how to remove operating expense through the orchestration of resources. mike kirkwood Orchestration is the Huddle on Third DownOrchestration merges network, system, and storage resources as a single unit to be managed and reported in. An analogy might be found in football. In the huddle, the quarterback might call “the slant 6” and all eleven members of the team interpret that play and perform their respective jobs. Orchestration, as Hitachi describes it behaves in a similar way. It will respond to plays like “scale up for product launch”. All the members of the team (disk, server, and network) go to their respective places and do the jobs needed. And, if needed, adjust appropriately to the conditions on the field. Hitachi leverages a partnership with Microsoft’s System Management tools to closely align the plan and reality to bring more intelligence into the equation.The Computing Stack is the TeamThis product is also about abstracting systems through software. The company is betting that the coordination of the tasks of operating systems, storage and networking within a single framework provides a lot of value to the business. Hitachi takes the point of view that it is best to harmonize existing assets though open standards and looks at computing as a utility to be shared in the organization. Some of the features the product contains make it easier for organizations to achieve scale across functions and environments. It is designed to support this modern data center principles:Multi-tenancyCharge back for resourcesDistributed physical data centersPublic cloud resources through open APIsHitachi Unified Compute Platform looks like an impressive physical device. It brings together resources normally held in separate racks and hosts them in a single location and reduces a lot of the work of wiring up data centers.As we unfold another chapter in computing, Hitachi is leveraging its strength in consolidation to meet the trend of massive growth of data. At a glance, there are a lot of reasons why IT managers might choose unified computing products: cost, ease, agility. Looking out a few years, it is easy to imagine growth in this category overall. Is Hitachi well positioned for aggregation of data center resources with its Unified Computing products? How will EMC, Cisco, IBM, and HP fare in the movement towards unified computing?Photo credit: idovermanilast_img read more