The Top Four Reasons Self-Checkout Fails in Grocery

And why line-free mobile checkout is the future By Will Hogben/ CEO, FutureProof Retail   The first iteration of what we now call “self-checkout” in the grocery industry was launched at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual convention in 1987. The “Automatic Checkout Machine” was unveiled by a Florida company called CheckRobot, and it was received…

CareWorksComp: Important August 2018 Deadlines

August 15, 2018 Payroll True-Up Deadline: Employers must report their actual payroll by Manual Classification Code for the 7/1/17-6/30/18 Rate Year to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) by August 15, 2018.  Additionally, if it is determined that they owe the BWC additional premium, payment must be made to the BWC by August 15, 2018.…

EPA, NHTSA Propose New Fuel Economy Standards

On August 2nd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a proposed rule that would change the Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for model years 2021 through 2026. The new proposal, titled the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule,” would cap the standards at…

Getting High-Income Millennials to Pump Gas

PYMNTS found that mobile apps draw this demographic to gas stations By NACS Online Which consumer segment is more likely to use mobile apps at the pump? High-income millennials, according to an analysis by Pymnts.com. This demographic—born between 1978 and 1995 and earning between $75,000 and $150,000—enjoys the convenience and speed of mobile apps, especially…

Coca-Cola to Hike Soda Prices

The beverage company will raise prices of its U.S. soft drinks because of higher tariffs on metal By NACS Online While Coca-Cola has seen higher drink volumes over the last quarter, the beverage company will increase the cost of U.S. carbonated soft drinks this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Coke attributes the higher prices…

BWC Payroll True-Up Reports Are Due by August 15

Prior to each policy year the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) establishes your estimated premium based on the most recent payroll that was reported to BWC. Once the policy year is completed you must complete the true-up report. The true-up is a reconciliation of your BWC estimated payroll versus your actual policy year payroll…

Michigan ATM Users Scammed by Hackers

Victims worry more about stolen personal financial information than losing $500 By NACS Online More than 60 Michigan residents are out $500 each after using an ATM located in front of a Credit Union One Bank in St. Clair Shores, according to FOX News. Investigators believe that someone placed a device on the ATM that…

At-Home Cooks Rely on Prepared Food

U.S. consumers are eating at home more, but often what they are eating comes from a restaurant, drive-thru or other foodservice operation By NACS Online Consumers are increasingly eating at home, with more than 80% of all meals consumed at home in 2017, according to a report from research organization The NPD Group. However, busy…

Cashier-less C-Stores Continue to Grow in Pacific Rim

No-clerk, no-cash stores created to increase convenience and reduce labor By NACS Online   While no-cashier convenience stores are being introduced slowly to U.S. consumers, staff-less stores keep popping up in Asia. In July, 7-Eleven Taiwan opened its second unstaffed store, following the January launch of its first staff-less “X-Store” located in inside the headquarters…

Education, Evaluation, and Enrollment

It might help businesses to think of the workers’ compensation year in three parts: Education, Evaluation, and Enrollment.  Spring is generally the time for “Education”, with our seminars and the Ohio Safety Congress taking place. As we’ve now moved on to the middle of the year, we’ve reached the “Evaluation” phase. Here at CareWorksComp, we’re…