Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

8 P.R. co.’s get ‘golden tickets’ to sell to Walmart in the U.S. mainland

Published 20 June 2018, 5:04 am
Eight local companies will start exporting their products to Walmart stores in the U.S. mainland, representing at least $9 million in revenue and new job creation, representatives from the companies and the mega-retailer confirmed. Read More →

PR Wireless to replace Open Mobile brand with Boost Mobile

Published 20 June 2018, 5:03 am
Open Mobile stores in Puerto Rico have begun their re-branding as Boost Mobile, in response to the new business model adopted by parent company PR Wireless. Read More →

Op-Ed: FEMA still here to help Puerto Rico’s hurricane survivors

Published 20 June 2018, 5:02 am
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in Puerto Rico to help hurricane survivors even though the deadline for registering for disaster assistance has passed. Read More →

P.R. Dept. of Agriculture, Starbucks Foundation to import coffee beans

Published 20 June 2018, 5:01 am
Puerto Rico Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores Ortega confirmed that during a recent meeting with representatives of the Starbucks Foundation, an agenda and timetable were set to soon begin importing coffee beans to the island. Read More →

Oriental Bank slashes wait times by half at its branches

Published 20 June 2018, 5:00 am
OFG Bancorp’s Oriental has significantly reduced wait times in its bank branches and increased the speed of customer service over the last year with the help of BookingBug, a platform that offers appointment scheduling, queuing and event capabilities. Read More →

BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant closes at The Mall of San Juan

Published 19 June 2018, 5:01 am
The BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant at The Mall of San Juan has shut down permanently, less than a month after Spice Private Equity closed the deal to acquire its parent company. Read More →

2 P.R. co’s to participate in U.S. Customs’ P3s program

Published 19 June 2018, 5:00 am
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced 20 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country. Read More →

Liberty Puerto Rico relaunches video on-demand platform

Published 18 June 2018, 5:01 am
Liberty Puerto Rico has relaunched its video on-demand service with a new user-friendly platform, features and high-definition content. Read More →

Spirit Airlines’ new Aguadilla-Orlando route to pump $7M into P.R. economy

Published 18 June 2018, 5:01 am
Starting Oct. 4, 2018, Spirit will begin offering international service from Orlando International Airport to 11 new destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, including daily flights to the Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla. Read More →

P.R. housing sector needs ‘clear public policy’ to function

Published 15 June 2018, 5:06 am
Puerto Rico needs clear public policy that leads to a solution to the housing problem, the implementation of rules and design criteria that respond to the market, and locating new builds in low-risk areas with easy access to health services. Read More →

Study: 8 out of 10 employees in P.R. ‘committed to employers’

Published 15 June 2018, 5:05 am
At a time when Puerto Rico’s labor sector faces challenges due to the current socioeconomic situation, and the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island, most employees say they are committed to their employers, according to a report released by Aon Puerto Rico. Read More →

Budget cuts threaten shutdown of ‘Díalogo,’ UPR’s official news outlet

Published 15 June 2018, 5:04 am
Journalists, editors, photographers, and students who work at “Diálogo,” the University of Puerto Rico’s official news outlet blasted the decision announced by UPR Interim President, Darrel Hillman, to push for “a new organization model” for the publication. Read More →

U.S. lawmakers present bill to establish P.R. hurricanes commission

Published 15 June 2018, 5:03 am
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY); Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation to establish a “9/11-style” independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico. Read More →

P.R. Tourism Co. hosts 60+ retail, wholesale travel agents worldwide

Published 15 June 2018, 5:02 am
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company recently hosted a group of 62 international travel agents and wholesalers as part of its strategy to spread the word that the island is ready to receive visitors and encourage the arrival of more tourists. Read More →

DMO execs meet with Southwestern P.R. tourism representatives

Published 15 June 2018, 5:01 am
Puerto Rico Destination Marketing Organization CEO Brad Dean and other executives recently met with a group of representatives from the Southwestern tourism regions of Porta del Sol and Porta Caribe to discuss the needs and opportunity the region has to strengthen the industry. Read More →

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