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DATA CENTER: Ocean State Job Lot Chief Information Officer Hisham Aharon, left, and Chief Financial Officer John Conforti inspect the computer servers that power the retailer’s technology, including the artificial intelligence software it uses. 

From design to contracts, companies embrace AI tools

Even if you haven’t tried artificial intelligence tools that can write essays and poems or conjure new images on command, chances are the companies...
TIGHTKNIT OPERATION: Employee Maria Monteiro works on a rug at Rhody Rug Inc.’s manufacturing facility in Lincoln. The company produces 1,500 braided rugs per week and supplies hundreds of rug dealers nationwide, says President Scott Weldon.

Where braided rugs are rolling out the door by thousands

Before Scott Weldon became CEO and president of Rhody Rug Inc., he wasn’t particularly interested in the rug business. He was simply searching for...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.

Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
PRIME OPPORTUNITY: Amy Kacerik, dean of enrollment management at the Community College of Rhode Island, says few Inc. employees have enrolled using the tuition program called Career Choice, but that may change when the Amazon warehouse opens in Johnston next year, which will employ 1,500 people. 

Tuition program puts new spin on incentive

Cecilia Guante didn’t plan on stopping her schooling after she finished her associate degree. But she ran out of money and had to shelve her...
NEW BREED OF COMPANIONSHIP: Meghan Gamboa, Ageless Innovation LLC co-founder and senior vice president, holds an animatronic cat at the company’s Pawtucket headquarters. The cats, dogs and birds produced by Ageless Innovation have been shown to be beneficial for the mental health of the elderly.

For her, Ageless Innovation much more than pet project

It was a combination of soccer, Hasbro Inc. and Bryant University that brought Meghan Gamboa to Rhode Island, where she now works as co-founder and senior vice president...

Amazon selects CCRI as education partner for Career Choice program

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island has been selected by Inc. as an education partner for the global online retailer’s Career...
STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.

A rank and file revival: New labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...

Suddenly, the new U.S. union movement

In a result that could reverberate across the U.S., the independent Amazon Labor Union – first formed in 2020 by Chris Smalls, an

Amazon scraps 4-star stores, leaving gap at Providence Place mall

PROVIDENCE – Inc. apparently isn’t going to deliver on plans announced last year for a retail location at the Providence Place mall. The online...
ORDER CONFIRMATION: Matthew Tortora, left, co-founder of WhatsGood, a Warwick-based online food delivery service company that sources local farmers, fishermen and artisans, checks the orders with Nickala Colglazier, aggregation specialist. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. online food platform tries adding a real-life store

When Matthew Tortora was searching for fresh, local ingredients as a chef at the now-defunct Fish restaurant in Jamestown, he became frustrated by the...
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