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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00

Meet ORION, UPS’s newest routing system

While UPS developed successful programs such as Roadnet and Territory Planner, it continues to look for new ways to improve the efficiency of its logistics routing. One new program is On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation, or ORION, according to a report this month in Forbes.

Large logistics providers are leveraging technology-based tools to save energy and make their businesses more efficient, and they’re increasingly sharing that expertise with smaller companies in the supply chain.

Businesses looking for new space shouldn’t discount renovation projects involving tired, old buildings.

A historic building on a main thoroughfare in downtown Grand Rapids that recently fell into receivership now has a new set of owners.

Grand Rapids' Michigan Street corridor could be on the verge of another multimillion dollar round of development.

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben has become a prominent figure in the national discourse about global warming. Having led the largest act of civil disobedience in 30 years in the nation’s capital to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, McKibben even spent time in jail for his actions, but his cause won out — at least for now.

While Michigan’s energy stakeholders don’t always agree with one another, they will at least have a common framework for understanding the state’s energy situation next month.

Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:00

Q&A: Keith Winn, Catalyst Partners

As president of Catalyst Partners, a Grand Rapids-based consortium of architecture, engineering and interiors professionals focusing on sustainable design and building performance, Keith Winn is a longtime advocate for and practitioner of sustainable design.

Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:00

Financing options, but at what cost?

Having more money available to spur commercial real estate projects is a plus, even if those financing options aren’t for everyone.

As developers face difficulty in financing projects, they’re also running into another headwind: The high cost of construction means new buildings have a tough time competing against existing facilities.

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