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Alfalfa's Expands to Louisville, Colorado

A few years ago, Louisville, Colorado residents hoping to lure Boulder, CO-based Alfalfa’s Market to their city mailed the natural grocer hundreds of letters packed with the tiny seeds of the company’s namesake plant. “We got alfalfa seeds all over our desks, but it got the point across,” Alfalfa’s CEO and chairman Mark Retzloff said this past week.

The Barcode: Revolutionary Retail Staple Turns 40

Forty years ago Thursday (6/26/1974), the purchase of a 67-cent (U.S.) package of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, received what may have seemed like an undue amount of attention. With reporters and photographers looking on, a flat cellophane bag of 10 smaller gum packages, now enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution, was the subject of the first-ever transaction in the world to involve scanning a bar code. About a month later, a similar trial system was installed at a Steinberg grocery store in Dorval, Que., where the first Canadian bar-code scan took place.

Have You Checked Your Backup Lately?

In the wise words of Ben Franklin ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. A good backup/recovery solution for mission critical systems is an ounce of prevention crucial to any business owner. The pain of a hard drive failure without a good backup could include irrecoverable data loss and avoidable, excessive downtime; both of which can prove to be very expensive and detrimental to your business. Not only are you likely to incur the obvious expense of required emergency services, but even more costly is the lost revenue and customers associated with unnecessary and extended down times.

Microsoft Fixes Flaw in Internet Explorer on Windows XP

Microsoft shared their fix for the May 1st bug with users of the Windows XP operating system. They also have clearly stated and shown that this was a one time exception. The article from Computerworld magazine discusses more IE bugs that are not being addressed with IE updates for Windows XP users, leaving them open to compromise.

How engaged employees create loyal customers

In any economy, keeping the existing customers is essential for any business to maintain and grow its profit. In this slow-growing economy, the competition for customers is even fiercer between competitors. Some have discovered that the best weapon is highly engaged employees.
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