WBOC-TV reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website now lists June 1 as the start date for the first stage of the project, at Bethany Beach. In February, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette said a limited number of dredges nationwide had delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.
New research has shown that grocery retailers are struggling to optimise stock replenishment processes, with almost half saying that their decisions are still based on'gut feeling'. Retail applications provider Blue Yonder surveyed 750 grocery managers and directors in the US, UK, Germany and France. It found that, in spite of a rise in accurate algorithms for automated replenishment and demand planning, 46% of surveyed directors in the UK say that replenishment is still an entirely manual process and the same amount saying that it was fully automated. A further 30% believed that instinct-based decision making was slowing them down. Of the four countries involved in Blue Yonder's survey, Germany had the highest proportion of respondents using manual or partially automated systems, with just one-third of managers who had fully automated their stock replenishment processes.
Amazon said it added 50 new brands to its Dash Button program, including Campbell's Soup, Cascade, Clif Bar, Dial and Nerf (for those elusive darts). According to Amazon, Prime members are big fans of the Dash Button. Users of the service place an order about twice a minute, and overall Dash Button orders have increased 70 percent over the last three months. But according to market research firm Slice Intelligence, fewer than 50 percent of people who bought a Dash Button actually made an order. The most pushed Dash Button is Tide, followed by Bounty, Cottonelle and Glad.
Body size determines total reproductive-energy output. Most theories assume reproductive output is a fixed proportion of size, with respect to mass, but formal macroecological tests are lacking. Management based on that assumption risks underestimating the contribution of larger mothers to replenishment, hindering sustainable harvesting. We test this assumption in marine fishes with a phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of the intraspecific mass scaling of reproductive-energy output. We show that larger mothers reproduce disproportionately more than smaller mothers in not only fecundity but also total reproductive energy.