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On May 7, Colonial Pipeline, the operator of one of the nation’s largest fuel pipelines, announced it had been hit with a ransomware attack, wherein a criminal group locks up computer systems and holds data hostage until the victim pays a ransom. The company was forced to shut down its pipeline, which delivers nearly half […]

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From the start of the pandemic in March 2020 until now, going to the grocery store has been my only weekly outing beyond the walls of my home in California. Like many Americans, the closures of public spaces and limitations on restaurants has led to greater use of my kitchen at home. But, has beef […]

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Two weeks ago, as I stood in line for my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, snaking my way through the aisles of one of the many CVS stores in and near my town, I couldn’t help but think about my surroundings. Two of the most inescapable (and partly related) features of the retail world […]

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The morning rush looks different now.  So do our diets as we rethink our meal, food and nutrition choices. The International Food Information Council says that more than four out of five of us have changed food habits during the pandemic. Food service companies are responding to these changes with new service levels, offerings and […]

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With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out, and optimism growing that the pandemic will be under better control soon, at least one segment of consumers is chomping at the bit: travelers. According to an American Express Travel survey taken in January, 78% of respondents want to travel this year to relieve the stress of 2020. In fact, […]

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