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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Lutheran set to open new center in Wabash

Staff, news services

Lutheran Health Network will open a 30,000-square-foot outpatient center in Wabash on May 1, officials announced Monday. The public is invited to attend an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. April 30.

Lutheran Wabash, 1700 Alber St., will provide urgent care, X-ray and lab services, physical therapy, orthopedics and pulmonary treatments. More services are scheduled to be added by the end of the year, officials said.

The $10 million investment, which includes equipment, will create more than 20 jobs before the end of the year, spokesman Geoff Thomas said. That number doesn't include caregivers who will travel to Wabash once a week to treat patients.

Toyota to have cars that communicate

Toyota said it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s.

Vehicle-to-vehicle signals can warn others of heavy braking ahead or that another vehicle is headed into their path.

Andrew Coetzee, vice president of product planning, said the cars would use dedicated airwaves to send signals up to 984 feet.

Other automakers are testing it, and standards have been developed so they can communicate.

Toyota is leading on automatic emergency braking, making it standard on all but four models. The industry has agreed to make it standard on all models in 2022.

Domino's to deliver to parks, landmarks

Domino's, which has been bringing pizzas to doorsteps for more than half a century, will now deliver to the great outdoors.

The pizza chain said Monday that its drivers can meet customers at U.S. beaches, parks and landmarks to hand over pizza, cheesy bread and other food on its menu.

In all, Domino's said it will deliver to 150,000 outdoor locations including under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; by the Las Vegas welcome sign; or next to a statue of soul singer James Brown in Augusta, Georgia. The locations show up in the company's app or website as “Domino's Hotspots.”

Delivery is a key part of the company's business, and it has been aggressive in making it easy to order through tweets, text messages and Amazon's voice-activated Echo.

American Express to shelve Plenti

American Express is ending its frequent-shopper program Plenti, despite years of marketing and high-profile partners like RiteAid, ExxonMobil and Macy's.

The Plenti program will end July 10, the company announced in a tweet Monday. All Plenti points will expire on that date.

Plenti was launched in mid-2015 to great fanfare as a frequent-shopper program that would involve multiple companies and brands, similar to other programs found in Europe. American Express even launched a Plenti credit card that would give customers Plenti points for each dollar they spent on the card.

While American Express was able to partner with big brands at the beginning, the program lost several key members in 2017 like Macy's and Chili's and was considered to be on life support.