B2B News for Wednesday, 17 February 2021

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We’ve had our first snow day of 2021. The 30cm came late in the season, but it was refreshing to have a reason to stay home that wasn’t COVID-19. Greeting neighbours from a safe distance while out shoveling snow made for a nice change too.

Unlike our frigid temperatures, going out shopping has not been a cool thing to do for about eleven months now and, let’s face it, all that packaging from online shopping makes a bad look almost environmentally friendly, which it is not. So. What is a B2B supplier of bag solutions to retailers to do? For the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners the answer is the Beyond the Bag Initiative. The contest challenged interested parties to find models to replace the plastic shopping bag. Guelph-based company Fill It Forward was the only Canadian company to be recognized.

“We at Fill it Forward are incredibly proud and excited to be chosen as a winner of the Beyond the Bag Initiative,” said the company’s CEO and Founder Matt Wittek. “This acknowledgement and collaborative opportunity with all involved provides a unique platform to drive positive and innovation-driven sustainable practices. We’re honored to be involved and have the opportunity to bring our solutions to this widespread effort.”

Press release: https://www.closedlooppartners.com/beyond-the-bag-innovations/

Being plowed into the driveway is not the disaster it once was. We have the Internet and VPNs keeping us safely connected to our employers all the time now. If anything, remote work has taught a lot of people just how small their apartments really are. It has also shown companies just how much money they can save by having employees carry their workplace overhead expenses. Salesforce, the B2B giant and cloud-based software company has announced that it will permit employees to “work remotely part or full time after the pandemic.”

Bradford S. Bell, a professor in strategic human resources and director of the Industrial Labor Relations’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University, says Salesforce is not the only company offering hybrid work arrangements long term because the decision carries cost-saving for companies with large real estate footprints.    

“Salesforce is not alone in its plans to expand remote work options for its employees,” Bell said. “Many companies are considering a more balanced mix of hub, home, and hybrid work arrangements in the future.”

Press release: https://www.newswise.com/articles/in-embracing-hybrid-work-salesforce-sees-clear-cost-savings

Just because we haven’t heard much from Blackberry does not mean they have been left out in the cold. Yesterday the company’s software composition analysis tool, the Jarvis, was recognized as “Best in Breed” by Internal Research & Development project (IRAD) conducted for the U.S.’s Department of Defense by The Aerospace Corporation. The Corporation cited BlackBerry’s Jarvis as “the most proficient binary analysis solutions on the market for embedded software.”

Press release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/blackberry-jarvis-named-best-in-breed-tool-to-protect-mission-critical-software-supply-chains-824700145.html

 

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Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott is a former Managing Editor of B2BNN. Her technology and business journalism has appeared in the Technology Review, the Globe and Mail, Canada Computes, the Vancouver Sun and the Bay Street Bull. She is the author of the short story collections Love from Planet Wine Cooler and Dry Stories. Find links to recent articles by following her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-baggott-9a0306/