Oct. 30 Business Briefs

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Harley-Davidson to recall nearly 178K bikes to fix clutches

DETROIT (AP) — Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 178,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they can get stuck in gear due to a clutch problem. Documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say clutches can leak fluid internally, making it so the clutch doesn’t have enough lift to disengage the bikes from gears. The safety agency says that can cause riders to lose control and increase the risk of a crash. The Milwaukee-based company says in documents that it has reports of five crashes with no injuries. Affected models include the 2017 and 2018 Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Ultra Limited Low, Ultra Limited Shrine, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide Ultra, Road Glide, Road Glide Special, Freewheeler, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Limited, and the CVO Street Glide. Also covered are the 2017 Softail Slim S, Fat Boy S, CVO Pro Street Breakout, and the 2018 115th Anniversary Ultra Limited, 115th Anniversary Street Glide, 115th Anniversary Street Glide Special, 115th Anniversary Tri Glide Ultra, 115th Anniversary CVO Limited and CVO Road Glide. Dealers will install a new secondary clutch actuator piston assembly at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to start on Nov. 5.

Ben & Jerry’s unveils Pecan Resist flavor ahead of midterms

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s says it’s taking a stand against what it calls the Trump administration’s regressive policies by rebranding one of its flavors Pecan Resist. The company and its founders are unveiling the limited batch ice cream flavor Tuesday in Washington ahead of the midterm elections. The company says Pecan Resist celebrates activists who are resisting oppression, harmful environmental practices and injustice. As part of the campaign, Ben & Jerry’s is giving $25,000 each to four activist entities: Color of Change, Honor the Earth, Women’s March and multi-media platform Neta. The company says “it cannot be silent in the face of policies that attack and attempt to roll back decades of progress on racial and gender equity, climate change, LGBTQ rights, and refugee and immigrant rights.”

Power bills suspended for many hit hard by Hurricane Michael

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — About 41,000 customers in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Michael won’t have to worry about paying monthly power bills. The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday agreed to temporarily waive the rule that requires monthly customer bills for Duke Energy Florida and Florida Public Utilities Company. An email sent by the agency on Tuesday says Duke is suspending monthly bills to 28,523 customers in Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties. Florida Public Utilities is suspending bills for about 13,000 customers in Jackson, Calhoun and Liberty counties. Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham says customers can “now focus on recovery without worrying about their bill.” The companies won’t impose any penalties or interest on bills not paid by customers, who will be promptly notified when billing resumes.

Walmart expands speedier checkout service

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will be rolling out a program that allows its staff to check out customers and provide receipts right on the spot in the busiest sections of the store. The world’s largest retailer first tested the service in its Lawn & Garden Centers in more than 350 stores this past fall, which fared well, according to Steve Bratspies, the company’s chief merchandising officer in the U.S. The Bentonville, Arkansas retailer will also have digital store maps on the Walmart app to help customers find items more quickly. The new service is for customers who have a few items and want to check out quickly, Walmart says. Staff, armed with mobile devices and Bluetooth printers, will help customers pay by swiping their credit card and provide them with a paper or electronic receipt. The moves come as Walmart, like other retailers, have been trying new ways to speed up the checkout process — long a source of frustration for shoppers. They’re under increasing pressure as online behemoth Amazon.com expands cashier-less stores. Earlier this year, Walmart pulled the plug on its Scan & Go program, which let shoppers scan and bag products as they shopped and paid directly with the phones. The technology has been a success, however, at Walmart’s Sam’s Club, which number around 600. In fact, in the next few weeks, Sam’s Club is opening its first store without registers or cashiers in Dallas, which will serve as an incubator to test new technology. It will be onequarter the size of an average Sam’s Club location.

Devils, 76ers owner going all in on sports betting promotion

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company that owns the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and a major New Jersey sports arena is going all in on promoting sports betting. Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment on Tuesday announced its second deal in five days to open a sports lounge at Newark’s Prudential Center to promote sports betting to customers with gambling accounts on their mobile phones. This time it’s a deal with Caesars Entertainment for a restaurant and bar on the main concourse. It follows last week’s deal opening of a sports lounge with bookmaker William Hill. Neither facility can accept cash bets, something reserved for casinos and racetracks. But they may prove an effective way to promote and cash in on mobile sports betting, where most of the growth is.