MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dovel Technologies announced today that Ace Info Solutions, LLC (AceInfo) has been awarded a Task Order from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Risk Management Agency (RMA) for Crop Insurance Software Development Delivery Services. The RMA’s mission is to serve America’s agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools and solutions to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities. In 2019, RMA managed nearly $115 billion worth of insurance liability.

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The USDA Crop Insurance Software Delivery Support Services task order, awarded through the USDA FS DAITSS BPA contract vehicle, has a base year plus three option years and an estimated value of $59M. Under this Task Order, AceInfo will provide a full range of software development services to support the development and delivery of new crop insurance products, sustain and modernize current applications and tools in production, as well as innovate, design, deploy, develop, and maintain new IT systems.

“AceInfo stands ready to collaborate with RMA on solutions that make the delivery of new insurance products and services more efficient for both the agency and the farmers it serves,” said Mike Cosgrave, AceInfo COO. “We look forward to applying innovative development methodologies and delivering modernized solutions to enhance this important program.”

Together, Dovel and AceInfo’s approach to technology solution development is fueled by an innovation-focused culture and entrepreneurial DNA that accelerates agency missions and contributes to improving, protecting, and saving lives. As a result, government customers can optimize operational outcomes, strengthen IT capabilities, and implement best practices for highly complex and critical programs.

“Our team is excited to support USDA FPAC’s efforts to meet the needs of our nation’s agricultural producers,” said Damon Griggs, Dovel CEO. “Our long-standing history with

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday touted $500,000 the city’s getting from restaurant delivery company DoorDash to winterize Chicago restaurants, while proposals by aldermen to further crack down on such apps during the coronavirus pandemic languish in City Council committees.



Erica Hunt et al. posing for the camera: Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits Camp DoorDash at the 2019 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.


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Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits Camp DoorDash at the 2019 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.

In announcing the grant from the delivery company to help restaurants prepare for winter, Lightfoot thanked DoorDash “for investing in Chicago and its restaurants to assist them in continuing to serve Chicagoans this winter.”

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Third-party apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats that charge additional fees to restaurants to deliver meals have drawn increasing scrutiny from elected officials since the virus outbreak began, as diners skittish about eating inside restaurants have been ordering more to-go meals, fueling a boom for the companies.

During a May City Council committee hearing, struggling restaurateurs said the companies charge 30% or more to deliver food, and sometimes set up their own websites masquerading as those of the restaurants themselves.

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Northwest Side Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, introduced an ordinance to cap fees at 5% of the cost of the meal, but it got shunted to the City Council Rules Committee, where ideas the mayor opposes often get sent to die.

And while the council did adopt Lightfoot-backed rules requiring delivery apps to itemize the fees they charge, stricter bench marks backed by downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, have gone nowhere.

Reilly on Thursday said if the city wanted to really throw a lifeline to struggling restaurants, it would adopt the tougher standards, and the companies would readily agree to abide by them.

“I’m

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a man riding a skateboard up the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: Instacart employee Eric Cohn works amid the coronavirus outbreak


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OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Delivery startup Instacart on Thursday said it raised $200 million in its latest round, valuing the company at $17.7 billion as it cashes in on a surge in online shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In June, Instacart raised $225 million, and the company was valued at $13.8 billion in that round. This latest round is led by existing investors Valiant Peregrine Fund and D1 Capital.

The grocery delivery company, which has been branching out to deliver non-grocery goods as well, has signed up big names like Walmart Inc, beauty product retailer Sephora and convenience store 7-Eleven in the United States since its last round of financing.

Instacart’s order volumes have surged as much as 500% year on year during the pandemic in North America as consumers, hesitant to travel to supermarkets amid the health crisis, take to their phones to get groceries, alcohol and prescriptions drugs delivered to their doorsteps.

To help meet the demand Instacart said it has boosted the number of workers that shop for customers to more than 500,000 from 200,000 at the start of the pandemic.

Instacart said in June that an initial public offering is still on the horizon. It declined to comment on that this time.

The new funds will be used to develop new features on the app, better support retailers’ e-commerce needs and invest in Instacart Ads, it said.

(Reporting By Jane Lanhee Lee; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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