May 19, 2020

No Fish for You: Costco Canada’s Fish License Gets Suspended

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Canada
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No Fish for You: Costco Canada’s Fish License Gets Suspended

Costco Canada is no longer able to import fish into the country—their license has been suspended. According to an announcement made by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), “adequate controls for food safety were not being reliably implemented . . . ”

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This suspension went into effect on February 26th and will hold until the proper actions have been taken to correct the issue. The CFIA will then have to reinstate Costco Canada’s fish license before importing can resume once again. Though the suspension holds strong, no items were recalled by Costco.

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With their import license, Costco Canada was bringing in limited loads of various canned tuna products. Specifically, sectors of the Fish Inspection Regulations pertaining to pickled, spiced and marinated fish were named as being “violated.” At this time, it appears that these products were the only ones affected—no other fish items that the company offers seem to be tainted.

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With 89 various warehouse stores spread throughout Canada, Costco believes that the issue lies with not properly notifying the CFIA about their imported tuna, as well as not transporting the tuna to a warehouse for CFIA inspection, but directly to the facilities.

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To properly address the suspension, Costco Canada is changing their procedures, updating and strengthening their methods of importing and transportation to better meet the CFIA’s regulations. While Costco Canada is not currently allowed to important fish products, the company can still sell fish products that have been rightfully purchased from other, regulated Canadian fish import companies

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

NASCAR
Microsoft
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Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations

 

Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

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