Ford reveals plan for $700M plant, jobs at Rouge plus all-electric Ford F-150 secrets
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed Thursday an audacious plan to build a $700 million plant at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich., that would create the first all-electric F-150, the nation’s bestselling vehicle.“This plant mirrors the story of America and American manufacturing,” said Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman, during an event at the manufacturing site livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. “This is where the industrial revolution took hold, where the arsenal of democracy was forged, where parents and grandparents and great grandparents built not only cars and trucks but their own Ame...
Detroit Free Press
Amazon's new mass-market grocery store format opening in California
Amazon invited some customers to preview the new grocery store format it has developed in California and said Thursday it will open to the public in the coming weeks, after a delay of several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Amazon Fresh store, in Woodland Hills, California, is designed to reach a broader segment of shoppers than the pricier Whole Foods Markets chain Amazon acquired in 2017, signaling its intention to become a significant player in the huge grocery business. It also marks a new phase in Amazon’s competition with larger grocery chains, such as Kroger and Walmart, ...
The Seattle Times
Lowe's ramps up faster home delivery nationwide with more distribution centers
Lowe’s is expanding for faster home delivery nationwide.Over the next 18 months, the North Carolina-based home improvement company will open 50 delivery terminals, seven distribution centers and four e-commerce fulfillment centers, Lowe’s announced Wednesday.The goal is to enable faster e-commerce shipping with more same-day and next-day delivery across the country, the company said in a news release said.“Opening these new facilities will allow our stores to operate more efficiently … and improve the customer experience with more predictable deliveries, better in-stock rates and faster fulfil...
The Charlotte Observer
A century ago, it was a Florida landscape shrub. Now, it's a pest plant that keeps spreading
MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues spreading throughout southern Florida, capable of taking over ecosystems that otherwise support native animals and beckon tourists.One recently sprouted in Big Cypress National Preserve, a sprawling expanse in Southwest Florida, and the staff hopes to stomp out the fast-spreading invasive before it gains more ground. They’re alerting visitors...