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• Albertsons Companies announced yesterday that it is “joining the blockchain-based IBM Food Trust network and will begin piloting the technology to improve how food is traced from farm to store shelf. The addition of Albertsons Companies to the Food Trust ecosystem of more than 80 brands,” the company says, “brings blockchain-based food traceability to more consumers and industry players – from producers to suppliers to retailers – by helping enable greater transparency and collaboration, and ultimately, a safer food supply.”

• The Washington Post reports that pilots who work for Amazon are “speaking out against what they describe as low wages, shoddy maintenance and stalled contract negotiations,” and are threatening to strike.

According to the story, “Roughly two dozen pilots in crisp white uniforms picketed on a busy thoroughfare near the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport on Thursday, calling for better pay and benefits, and less erratic schedules. They held signs that said ‘Amazon: Driving down living standards of U.S. pilots’ while passing motorists honked. The protest, organized by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224, comes weeks after an Atlas Air flight carrying cargo for Amazon crashed in Texas, killing all three people on board.”

The Post writes that “although Amazon does not directly employ the pilots, union members said they hoped the protests would shed light on worker grievances … Amazon Air, the freight delivery arm of the retail giant, has branded planes that are operated by a handful of carriers, including Air Transport International and Atlas Air. The company has invested heavily in its facilities at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where it plans to break ground on a $1.5 billion hub next month.”

The companies say that they follow “the highest standards of safety.”
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