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Bloomberg reports that “lawmakers and food-safety advocates are pressing the Food and Drug Administration to quit dragging its feet on finalizing rules that retailers must follow for letting people know when food has been recalled—rules Congress intended to have been in place years ago.

“The Food Safety Modernization Act (Public Law 111-353), also known as FSMA, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011.

“The FDA’s failure since then to develop the final rules requiring in-store recall notifications has caused concern from consumer advocates and lawmakers, who say better notices could cut down on the number of food-borne illnesses.”

USA Today reports that FedEx Office is celebrating the opening of its 2,000th store - an expansion effort that has been aided by the installation of units inside Walmarts.

The two companies announced plans to put FedEx Office stores inside 500 Walmart stores about a year ago; to this point, they’ve opened 150 of them.

The story notes that “Walmart isn’t alone in its alliance with FedEx: FedEx packages can be picked up or dropped off at nearly 8,000 Walgreens locations.”

Great example, I think, of how companies can fuel growth and expand customer relevance through smart partnerships and alliances.
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