Hooker Furniture’s HMI Division to Open Central Distribution Center in Georgia

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Home Meridian International (HMI), a division of Hooker Furniture Corporation based here, will consolidate its East Coast warehousing operations in a new 800,000-square-foot distribution facility in Liberty County, Georgia strategically located near the Port of Savannah. The state-of-the-art distribution center is expected to be fully operational by Fall of 2021, the company said. The division also maintains a West Coast distribution facility in Redlands, CA which is expected to be unaffected by the East Coast consolidation.

HMI maintains locations around the world, with brands under its portfolio including Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Prime Resources International, Accentrics Home, and HMIdea. The Liberty County facility is strategically located to reach nearly all of the U.S. population within 36 hours, reducing transportation costs, and increasing operating efficiencies. The location’s proximity to the Port of Savannah played a major role in

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U.S. Covid-Testing Plan Aims to Open New York-London Travel by Holidays

U.S. officials are aiming to open travel between New York City and London with shortened traveler quarantine periods as soon as the holidays, according to people familiar with the matter.

The growing availability of Covid-19 tests in the U.S. has prompted officials at the Transportation Department, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to revive efforts to establish safe travel corridors between the U.S. and international destinations, the people said. Establishing those routes would require travelers to be tested for Covid-19 before their flight and again upon arrival, allowing them to avoid lengthy quarantines at their destinations.

The Trump administration and foreign governments must both agree to the plan, according to one U.S. official familiar with the efforts. A Homeland Security official said the agency’s work to “safely encourage trans-Atlantic travel while mitigating public-health risks” was in its early stages.

Federal officials have recently focused their talks with their U.K.

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Despite five-week delay to open 2020, Madison took care of business in its district, and season, opener

Madison didn’t have room for error when its season and district opener fell on the same day last week.

Despite the unusual offseason due to COVID-19, Madison coach Marcus Gates didn’t see his players skip a beat in the 35-19 win over Maypearl, which gives Madison a head start in District 7-3A Div. I.

Entering the game with only a scrimmage against city-rival Carter, Gates said it was important to have a team that was able to physically ready and conditioned to go the entire game. Having his team in the best physical shape possible was a big factor in the Trojans’ win over Maypearl.

“I saw a team that was well conditioned and excepted well on special teams,” Gates said. “If we keep that going and replicate that, we should be fine.”

Gates said his players were excited to finally get to play but reminded his team that they

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Dentsu’s Konrad Spilva resurfaces in Hardie Grant consulting role, will open own consultancy this year

Konrad Spilva – who stepped down as chief executive of Isobar last March after 18 years with the business – has joined independent publisher Hardie Grant in a consulting role. However, there are also plans for his own consultancy on the horizon.

Spilva’s departure from Dentsu was in the works for some time, the business said last year, and would see him support his wife with their online flower and gifting business, and continue his other ventures: Bridge Road Brewery and data consultancy, Alkhemy.

Earlier this year, Spilva was reportedly in discussions with former Dentsu boss Simon Ryan about being an integral part of Ryan’s new business, Ryancap. But he did not end up being part of the venture – dubbed a holding company, with media agency Ryvalmedia and, as of last week, data and tech business Foxcatcher under the Ryancap umbrella.

Spilva will start by advising Hardie Grant Media,

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French Consulting Firm To Open First U.S. Office At The Battery

COBB COUNTY, GA — Penon Partners, an international business execution consulting firm is opening its first North American office at The Battery Atlanta. The French firm was founded in 2016 and they have just commenced operation at 800 Battery Ave in Cobb County.

“As a multi-national consulting practice, it is an extremely proud moment for us to locate our first North American location in Atlanta,” said Penon Partners CEO Jean-Christophe Laurent in a news release. “I created Penon Partners based upon my belief that successful business transformation combines solid, open methods with a subtle human factor. Now our team puts our experience from working with large consulting practices, international firms, and international programs and operational program management to work for our clients.”

The new firm has plans for exponential growth over the next few years as they build their presence and name recognition across North America.

“It is another example

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2020 CE Pro Masters Nominations Now Open

For every Alexander Graham Bell, there is a Thomas Watson. For every Steve Jobs, there is a Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. For every Neil Armstrong, there is a Buzz Aldrin. Those are the unsung heroes of history who are just as worthy of recognition as their more-famous brethren. 

For the eigth year, CE Pro is looking for career CE folks, pretty much right around 50-years-old or so, who quietly moved up the ladder of success over the past three or four decades, made an honest living and made it well.

We are not looking for people who already get more than their share of ink. Some of these people have intentionally stayed out of the spotlight while others have concentrated on their jobs rather than endless self-promotion. You know who we mean.

Remember we now consider posthumous nominations and now-retired people.

We are asking you to scour the landscape

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San Diego Begins Virtual Open House For 2 Valencia Business Park Proposals

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The city of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

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The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this

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Intelisys Drives Business Success with 8×8; Recognized as a Platinum Partner in the 8×8 Open Channel Program

8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, today announced that Intelisys, a ScanSource (NASDAQ: SCSC) company, and the nation’s leading provider of technology services and solutions, has attained Platinum Partner status in the 8×8 Open Channel Program. This exceptional accomplishment demonstrates Intelisys’ commitment to providing its Sales Partners with industry-leading technology from the 8×8 Open Communications Platform™, which uniquely combines cloud voice, team chat, video meetings and contact center in a single solution, as part of its product portfolio.

“We are thrilled to have achieved Platinum Partner status in the 8×8 Open Channel Program, another exciting milestone in our long-standing partnership,” said Mark Morgan, President, Intelisys, a ScanSource company. “Our industry-leading engineering team, tools, and support combined with 8×8’s award-winning products have been instrumental in the ongoing success of our mutual partners. We are proud to offer 8×8’s cloud voice, team chat, meeting, and contact center solutions

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City of San Diego hosting virtual open house for 2 Encanto business park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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San Diego begins virtual open house for Valencia Business Park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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