CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Self-Checkout Automation Reaches Retail Marijuana

        The scope of retail automation is reaching the retail marijuana business. A Massachusetts company, anna, has announced the installation of retail self-serve marijuana vending machines in Pueblo, Colorado, where customers can now buy flower, edibles and vape oils. Each machine can hold and dispense over 2000 products. More machines will be in Colorado and Massachusetts later this year.

        The vending machines do not eliminate the need for human interaction at the retail locations, largely for compliance with regulatory requirements. A local agent must verify the customer’s driver’s license and age and obtain any other locally required information. The agent can then unlock a machine, where the customer can then place his or her order. Once the agent approves the order, the customer makes payment, the agent authorizes the machine to dispense the order, and the customer can be on his or her way.

        Although retail employees are still required, the machines are designed to reduce customer waiting time and reduce operational costs for the retailers and dispensaries. If successful, the machines may also reduce the number of employees needed for retail operations, while increasing the number of customers each employee can service at a time. The machines will also free up retail employees to spend more time with customers who are not as familiar with the products and need more education. The machines also have the potential to provide more sales to cannabis brands, who otherwise have to compete for limited shelf space.

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