San Francisco bidding to reverse image of a city in decline as host of APEC trade summit
World leaders, CEOS, protesters and thousands of others will soon descend on San Francisco for a high-profile trade summit that could give the battered city a chance to reverse its image as a powerhouse in decline.
Ikea France on trial over claims it spied on staff, clients
But at Monday's trial in the Versailles court, lawyers for Ikea France denied any strategy of “generalized espionage." Another accusation alleged that Ikea France used unauthorized data to try to catch an employee who had claimed unemployment benefits but drove a Porsche. Former Ikea France CEOs Jean-Louis Baillot and Stefan Vanoverbeke, former Chief Financial Officer Dariusz Rychert, store managers and police officers are also going on trial. Ikea France, a subsidiary of Swedish furniture company Ikea, said Monday it has cooperated with French judicial authorities. In France, Ikea employs more than 10,000 people in 34 stores, an e-commerce site and a customer support center.
These San Antonio-area businesses have announced closures, delays due to inclement weather
SAN ANTONIO – With the last round of wintry weather dropping snow and ice in San Antonio on Thursday, the following businesses have announced closures and delays. All elective surgeries and procedures at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio are canceled on Thursday. All inpatient areas and the Emergency Room at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio still remain open, along with The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Emergency Center – Westover Hills. Stores in the San Antonio area will operate from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here to see the full list of closures. San Antonio Botanical Garden - The San Antonio Botanical Garden will be closed to the public on Friday.
Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces
Millions of kids logging onto virtual school this fall has parents scrambling to find furniture for them. But John Furner, who runs Walmart’s U.S. stores, acknowledged low stocks of kid’s desks and laptops in a ABC News interview on Sept. 11. “It’s not as cute or trendy as a bought desk and I wish it had drawers for storage,” said Fry. Will the homemade desk make it through the school year? “I could not believe in three weeks how much damage he’s done to this desk.”_____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter @ josephpisani
These San Antonio companies made Forbes list of Texas’ best employers
SAN ANTONIO – Forbes has released its findings for best employers in each state for 2020 and several San Antonio companies are among the top in Texas. And two San Antonio school districts rounded out the top 50 with Northside and North East Independent School Districts coming in at No. Many companies that have branches or stores in San Antonio also made the list, but they aren’t based out of the Alamo City. Costco Wholesale, Trader Joe’s and Starbucks, all of which have multiple locations in San Antonio, were ranked high up on the list of best employers in Texas. For the full list of best employers in Texas, click here.
IKEA to pay $46M in boy's dresser tipover death, lawyers say
IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 70-pound recalled dresser tipped over onto him, the familys lawyers said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA, PA – IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 70-pound (32-kilogram) recalled dresser tipped over onto him, the family’s lawyers said Monday. The dresser was recalled in 2016, according to the suit. The settlement also requires IKEA to meet with the advocacy organization, Parents Against Tip-overs, and broaden its outreach to consumers about the recall of IKEA dressers, according to the Dudek's lawyers, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig. The Dudek family will donate $1 million from the settlement to organizations that advocate for more rigorous stability testing for dressers, they said.