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Jacobs Creek targets fizzy wine trend with new Prosecco Spritz

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first_imgJacob’s Creek targets fizzy wine trend with new Prosecco SpritzPosted By: News Deskon: July 25, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, New productsPrintEmailJacob’s Creek has launched a new premium sparkling wine in Australia, responding to the trend of consumers enjoying more prosecco, spritz and aperitif drinks throughout the year.Called Jacob’s Creek Prosecco Spritz, the wine has flavours of blood oranges, sweet citrus and botanicals such as cinchona and liquorish root extract.The wine brand claims that prosecco sales in Australia have increased by over 180% in the last three years.Available in a 750ml bottle with an ABV of 8.5%, the drink is best served over ice with a slice ruby red grapefruit.Jacob’s Creek sparkling winemaker Trina Smith said: “Our winemakers spent a lot of time perfecting the right mix of ingredients to best balance our prosecco and zesty sweet blood oranges.“Jacob’s Creek has a rich and impressive history of producing high quality sparkling wine since 1976. All of our prosecco is grown and sourced Australia, and Jacob’s Creek Prosecco Spritz is an example of our love and passion for sparkling winemaking, combined with a progressive spirit to create something new and exciting for consumers.”The beverage is now available with a recommended retail price of AUD 19.99 ($15.86).Share with your network: Tags: AustraliaJacob’s Creeknew productproseccowinelast_img read more

Nestlé China launches campaign to encourage breastfeeding

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first_imgNestlé China launches campaign to encourage breastfeedingPosted By: News Deskon: July 31, 2017In: Industries, Nutrition, Social ResponsibilityPrintEmailWith World Breastfeeding Week almost underway, Nestlé China will start a campaign to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and children.From 1 to 7 August, the brand will carry out a series of activities to convey the idea that breastfeeding is not just a matter of meeting a baby’s nutritional needs, but also has an impact on long-term health.Binu Jacob, vice president of infant nutrition at Nestlé Greater China, said: “Research findings show that there are 42.8% of infants below six months of age exclusively receiving breastfeeding and there is still a lot of room for this number to rise.“Therefore, Nestlé has been sparing no effort in promoting breastfeeding. In addition to the special establishment of a breastfeeding module through the ‘Start Healthy, Stay Healthy’ nutrition education project to spread knowledge of maternal and child nutrition and feeding solutions, Nestlé also continues to launch a variety of activities during the Breastfeeding Week every year to call on the whole society to support breastfeeding.”Nestlé said it will not advertise or carry out any promotional activities for infants under 12 months old to encourage breastfeeding.Share with your network: Tags: ChinaNestlésocial responsibilitylast_img read more

Musgrave seals deal to acquire La Rousse Foods from Aryzta

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first_imgMusgrave seals deal to acquire La Rousse Foods from AryztaPosted By: News Deskon: December 07, 2017In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailIrish retail and wholesale company Musgrave has acquired La Rousse Foods from Aryzta for an undisclosed sum.Earlier this year Swiss-Irish company Aryzta reported revenue down 2.1% to €3.8 billion, and a net loss of €970.8 million, leading to speculation that it could sell of its assets.Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland then bought more than $100,000 worth of shares as a vote of confidence in the struggling bakery group.The Irish Times reported earlier in the year that La Rousse – which Aryzta bought in 2015 – could be worth around €30 million.With offices in Dublin and Belfast, La Rousse serves more than 1,500 customers. Musgrave’s intention is that La Rousse will continue to operate as a standalone brand.Commenting on the deal, Musgrave CEO Chris Martin said: “La Rousse Foods is an excellent strategic fit for our business and complements our market-leading foodservice offer.“We look forward to working with the La Rousse Foods team and customers who will benefit from the support of Musgrave in terms of supply chain infrastructure and access to an increased product range. “The acquisition forms part of our growing good business strategy, which focuses on growing our brands in the food market across the island of Ireland.”Share with your network: Tags: AryztaIrelandLa Rousse FoodsMusgravelast_img read more

Walmart unites with Rakuten in alliance against Amazon

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first_imgWalmart unites with Rakuten in alliance against AmazonPosted By: News Deskon: January 26, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, RetailPrintEmailWalmart has partnered with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten to launch a new online grocery delivery service in the country this year.The move by Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, will also see it sell e-books and audiobooks in its US stores and online as it aims to gain foothold in an area that has been dominated by Amazon.As part of the alliance, Walmart will become the exclusive retail partner of Rakuten Kobo in the US, enabling it to offer Kobo’s nearly 6 million book titles. The retail giant will also sell digital book cards in stores, enabling more than 4,000 shops to carry a broader selection of books for customers. All e-book content will be accessible through a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app.  Meanwhile, in Japan, Rakuten and Walmart subsidiary Seiyu GK have reached an agreement to establish a joint venture with the aim of launching a new online grocery delivery service to be called Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper. It will be launched in the latter half of 2018.Both companies said that to respond to the needs of customers increasingly short on time for preparation, the service will include not only fresh produce and daily consumables but also a line-up of convenient items such as cut vegetables, partially prepared foods and meal kits.Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon and Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani met in Tokyo today to announce the alliance that aims to leverage each company’s unique strengths and assets to expand consumer reach.McMillon said: “Rakuten is a strong e-commerce business and we’re excited to collaborate with the top online shopping destination in Japan. Here in Japan and everywhere we operate, we’re constantly exploring new ways to make every day easier for customers by offering great experiences in stores, online, via mobile – no matter how customers want to shop. We look forward to expanding our grocery footprint in Japan and launching a new offering of e-books and audiobooks for our customers in the US. ”Mikitani added: “As global leaders in e-commerce and offline shopping, Rakuten and Walmart are uniquely positioned to empower our customers around the world with innovative services. We are excited to partner with Walmart because of its commitment to creating the best solutions to serve customers with low prices.”  Speaking of the US e-book service, Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn said: “Walmart is one of the top retailers in the world and one of the largest booksellers in the US. Our strategy from day one has been to partner with the world’s best retailers, so that they can easily offer their customers the option of reading digitally.“This informs the software and devices we create, the books and authors we promote, and also the partnerships we build. For us, this is another great opportunity to serve book lovers at Walmart, those people who make reading an important part of their lives.”Last year, Walmart announced plans to build a new headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, as it faces increasing competition from online retailers like Alibaba and Amazon.Earlier this week, Amazon opened its first checkout-free supermarket as it continues to disrupt the brick and mortar retail sector.Share with your network: Tags: AmazonJapanonlineRakutenUnited StatesWalmartlast_img read more

France is no longer free Marine Le Pens niece brings French far

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first_img‘France is no longer free’: Marine Le Pen’s niece brings French far right to CPAC Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Read more The far right Marion Maréchal-Le Pen to share stage with US conservatives news Since you’re here… Play Video Share on Messenger Marine Le Pen Share on Pinterest Shares228228 Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. @Bencjacobs Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 22 Feb 2018 17.05 EST ‘France is no longer free,’ Marion Maréchal-Le Pen tells conservative summit – videocenter_img US news Speaking to a crowd of conservative activists that booed every time she mentioned the European Union, Maréchal-Le Pen combined condemnation of the trans-national bloc with attacks on Muslim immigration and old fashioned social conservatism in an effort to link her political efforts against “the domination of the liberals and the socialists” with the election of Trump and the Brexit process in the United Kingdom.Maréchal-Le Pen claimed French sovereignty was under siege. “France is no longer free today,” she proclaimed. “After 1500 years of existence, we now must fight for our independence.” She also claimed that after 40 years of mass immigration, Islamist lobbies and political correctness, France was in the process of going “from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church to the little niece of Islam”.She talked about a global conservative youth that wants to “protect their children from eugenics, the elderly from euthanasia and humanity from transhumanism”.Maréchal-Le Pen’s speech was well-received at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with occasional shouts of “Vive La France” punctuating her remarks. However, her attendance brought controversy as many American conservatives expressed dismay over her attendance, comparing the National Front to the American alt-right. Former Fox News host Glenn Beck called her “a national socialist”.However, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union that organizes CPAC, has insisted that Maréchal-Le Pen is “a classical liberal”, unlike her aunt and others in the National Front. France Marion Le Pen’s speech at the conference was well received but her attendance also brought controversy as many American conservatives expressed dismay US news Share on Facebook Topics Donald Trump 2:38 Share on WhatsApp Ben Jacobs in Fort Washington, Maryland Share on Twitter Far right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a leading conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday as part of growing effort by those on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the United States with populist nationalism across Europe.Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far right National Front and the niece of the party’s current leader Marine Le Pen. She was elected to represent it in the French National Assembly in 2012 at the age of 22 but has since taken a step back from politics. Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email Thu 22 Feb 2018 14.11 EST Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Politics war and Picasso David Douglas Duncans life in pictures

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first_imgTwitter Korean war, 1950 Pablo Picasso ‘Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and knowing nothing about Picasso,’ said Duncan, ‘I had the audacity to knock on his door, became his friend and took thousands of photographs, of him, his studios, his life and his friends’ US Marines, Seoul, Korea, September 1950 Share via Email Shares187187 Pinterest David Douglas Duncan looking through a camera fitted with a prismatic lens.Photograph: Sheila Duncan/Courtesy Harry Ransom Center,Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter He spoke of wanting to give his readers an idea of what the soldier’s experience was: ‘His apprehensions and sufferings, his tensions and releases, his behaviour in the presence of threatening death’ US military Facebook Pablo Picasso, La Californie, 1957 Facebook Con Thien, 1967 Pinterest Facebook Photography Of his work as a combat photographer, Duncan said: ‘I just felt maybe the guys out there deserved being photographed just the way they are, whether they are running scared, or showing courage, or diving into a hole, or talking and laughing. And I think I did bring a sense of dignity to the battlefield’ Twitter Topics Twitter Facebook From US Marines in Korean trenches to Picasso in his studio and Nixon deep in thought, the photojournalist captured the tumult of the 1950s and 1960sWar photographer David Douglas Duncan dies aged 102 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Main image:David Douglas Duncan looking through a camera fitted with a prismatic lens.Photograph: Sheila Duncan/Courtesy Harry Ransom Center Twitter Richard Nixon, Miami Beach, 1968 Duncan gained rare access, capturing Picasso at work in his studio and at home Photograph: David Douglas Duncan. Courtesy Harry Ransom Center Twitter Facebook Alone in his hotel room, Nixon writes his acceptance speech as the Republican party’s nominee to fight the 1968 presidential election – which he went on to win and become the 37th president of the United Statescenter_img Picasso’s face reflected for an instant, 1967 Pinterest Facebook Pfc John L Lewis, Khe Sanh, February 1968 Picasso on the front steps of Mas Notre-Dame-de-Vie in Mougins, 1959 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Magazines After fighting in the second world war as a Marine, Duncan made soldiers a focus of his work while shooting for Life magazine, beginning with an assignment during the Korean war Facebook Pinterest ‘My objective always is to stay as close as possible and shoot the pictures as if through the eyes of the infantryman, the Marine or the pilot,’ he said in 1951 Last modified on Thu 27 Jun 2019 06.43 EDT,Korean war, 1950 He met Pablo Picasso in 1956, and they remained close until the artist’s death in 1973 The internationally renowned American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died at age 102 in France.All images are from Duncan’s archive at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin War reporting Pinterest Facebook Twitter Politics, war and Picasso: David Douglas Duncan’s life in pictures Fri 8 Jun 2018 12.21 EDT Duncan’s work from Korea was published in the 1951 tome, This Is War!, to worldwide acclaim. To photographer Edward Steichen it was “the greatest book of war photographs ever published” Richard Nixon, Miami Beach, 1968 Twitter Pinterest Korean war, 1950 Richard Nixon South Korea Pinterest Facebook The presidential candidate responds to a question at his press conference at the Republican National Convention Pinterest Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Will there be a recession What small business owners can expect in

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first_imgWill there be a recession? What small business owners can expect in 2019 Share on Twitter Topics US economy Businesses can’t afford to be stingy – or they risk losing good employees @genemarks A few other things will challenge business owners in 2019. As mentioned above, interest rates will continue their rise. Inflation will creep up as the economy grows. Investments in certain technologies will be vital in order to keep up with the competition and changing customer demands. Finally, as today’s baby-boomer business owners continue to age towards retirement, deciding on the right exit strategy could be the difference between days spent playing golf or working part-time at the local Home Depot.All of these issues will weigh heavily on the US small business owner this year. How we tackle these issues will impact the long term sustainability of our companies. It sounds like a lot of pressure and it is. But we’re used to that. It’s part of the job. How business owners tackle these issues will impact the long term sustainability of their companies Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sun 23 Dec 2018 07.00 EST Share on Pinterest Last modified on Thu 21 Feb 2019 08.24 EST US small business Since you’re here… International trade has slowed, reflecting both tariff disputes with the US and an overall drop in demand. Oil prices are declining, mostly due to the effects of the trade slowdown. Financial markets have wiped out their gains for 2018, which could cause a pullback in consumer confidence and spending in the new year. Builder and small business confidence have recently fallen and our national debt, budget deficits and interest rates are rising. All of these factors are reasons why nearly half (48.6%) of US CFOs believe that the country will be in recession by the end of 2019, and 82% believe that a recession will have begun by the end of 2020, according to a new Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook study.Economic volatilityFans or not, most business owners I know admit that the Trump administration has overseen a tremendous reduction in taxes and regulations and that’s been a good thing for the business community. But will the president’s continued erratic behavior offset these positives? As a result of the midterm elections, there’s now a Democratic-controlled House and its members are openly sharpening their knives in advance of a two-year battle with the White House that will certainly include investigations, accusations and potential impeachment hearings.The president has seen the recent departures of his chief of staff and secretary of defense and the people who he chooses to replace them will impact his longer term decisions. Will they reign him in? Regardless, many of us are bracing for more online rants and continued attacks on allies, trading partners, business, government and financial leaders. All of this means more surprises and uncertainties, which will encourage continued volatility in the financial markets and the economy. Most of my clients will be keeping an eye on the president’s antics, especially as to how his decisions could affect their business. Those concerns will no doubt cause them to be more conservative with their cash if there’s continued volatility.Rising labor costsIt’s no secret that the labor market is tight and good employees are finding themselves in high demand. Like any market, this is starting to reflect in the costs of labor. Regardless of whether a recession occurs sometimes in the next two years, most business owners I know are still planning for continued economic growth at least in the first half of 2019, which means more pressure on the costs of their most important asset: their people. Wage rates are expected to rise well above inflation next year and many small companies are being forced to meet their larger competitors and provide additional benefits such as more paid time off, family leave, childcare and bonuses in order to attract and retain talent. Add to that continued increases in healthcare costs and the rise of workplace protections and the typical small employer will find it even more expensive to not only recruit but pay their existing people in 2019 – assuming they can find people to do the work they need. Contact author US politics Gene Marks Gene Marks Support The Guardian If, like me, you’re running a small business, you probably had a decent year. The economy has been strong and demand has been good. Every year, however, presents its challenges and 2019 will be no different. As we head into the new year, these are the three biggest challenges that will likely impact both my business and many of the business owners I know.An economic slowdownWill there be a recession in 2019? Regardless of all the predictions, no one really knows for sure. But anyone (like me) who’s been running a business for more than 10 or 20 years will agree on this: a recession will come, eventually. It always does and – big picture – we’re kind of due for one. The good news is that the fundamentals – production, output, confidence – remain strong. But there are some signs that a downturn is imminent. Gene Marks Trump administration Was a ‘sexy cow’ logo the real downfall of a New Jersey ice-cream shop? Share via Email Share on WhatsApp comment Read more Reuse this content US small business Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Shares4343 Financial markets have wiped out their gains for 2018, which could cause a pullback in consumer confidence and spending in the new year.Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

ExUS marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen

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first_img Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian news Europe Russia Share on Messenger Paul Whelan, 48, was reportedly arrested after receiving a USB drive containing a list of names.Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter The former US marine who is being held in Moscow on charges of spying is a British citizen, it has emerged.Paul Whelan, who is thought to be facing 20 years in a Russian prison if convicted, was initially thought to be American, but was revealed to be a dual national on Thursday evening. The UK Foreign Office said: “Our staff have requested consular access to a British man detained in Russia after receiving a request for assistance from him.”The 48-year-old’s lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, has said he has applied for Whelan to be released on bail, though a decision is not expected soon. According to the Associated Press, Zherebenkov said he visited Whelan on Wednesday and found him in a “very hopeful” mood.The US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met Whelan at Lefortovo prison, the former KGB facility where he is being held, the same day. The ambassador said Washington had complained to the Russian government about the length of time it had taken to grant consular access to Whelan after his arrest.Whelan works for a Michigan-based car parts supplier and, according to the Rosbalt news agency, was arrested shortly after receiving a USB drive containing a classified list of names. The information could not be independently verified by the Guardian.His brother, David, said: “We have not had any details from the state department about the circumstances of Paul’s arrest.”David Whelan has previously said that his brother was in Moscow for the wedding of a fellow former marine. “This visit was entirely for pleasure, from what I understand,” he said. Whelan’s family added that he has been to Russia “numerous times”, as far back as 2007.The Russian authorities have said little about Whelan’s arrest, save that he had been held accused of “carrying out an act of espionage”. Thu 3 Jan 2019 18.46 EST This article is more than 6 months old Russia This article is more than 6 months old Share on Facebook Kevin Rawlinson Share on LinkedIn Shares330330 Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Last modified on Thu 3 Jan 2019 18.53 EST Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen Topics Paul Whelan revealed to be dual national after being arrested in Moscow for ‘act of espionage’ Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Outdoor Voices Activates The Future of Retail with NewStore

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first_img“We’ve been looking for the right partner that will make it easy to manage a 360 degree view into our retail shops and for us, that’s NewStore,” said Kevin Harwood, Vice President of Technology of Outdoor Voices. “The NewStore Omnichannel Platform creates a symbiotic relationship between our online and in-store transactions by ensuring that our shop teams have the data they need at their fingertips and our customers the technical apparel they’ve been looking for.”“It’s so important for modern brands to balance technology with authentic experiences,” said Stephan Schambach, Founder & CEO of NewStore. “Mobile-powered store associates are what makes this possible. Outdoor Voices is changing the face of the athletic category, not only with its best-in-class apparel but also by committing to omnichannel. With intuitive iPhone apps, the brand can build customer relationships in all retail environments and expand its community far and wide.”Marketing Technology News: Merkle Named 2019 Pegasystems’ Partner Excellence in Digital Transformation RecipientBy running its stores on iPhone with NewStore, the Outdoor Voices brand experience now boasts the following omnichannel benefits and then some:Omnichannel OMS: Store associates can rely on automatic order routing to get apparel to customers quickly and cost-effectively.NewStore Checkout: Store associates can facilitate iPhone to iPhone checkout from anywhere on the store floor leveraging Apple Pay so customers can easily and securely pay using just their iPhone or Apple Watch. Mobile checkout can also be used to accept cash, credit card or gift card.Store Fulfillment: Customers can choose modern fulfillment options, including buy online pickup in-store (BOPIS) and ship from store.Inventory Management: Store associates can leverage RFID technology and NewStore apps to access enterprise-wide real-time inventory, enabling endless aisle transactions.Clienteling: Store associates can deliver one-to-one customer experiences with access to the customer’s complete shopper profile, including purchase history and preferences.Marketing Technology News: Esri Software Powers Location Intelligence in Microsoft’s Defense System Demonstration Outdoor Voices Activates The Future of Retail with NewStore Business WireJune 13, 2019, 10:20 pmJune 13, 2019 Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data Earnings Activewear brand now runs retail operations on iPhone, bringing joy to associates and customers #DoingThingsNewStore, the first to provide Omnichannel-as-a-Service, announced Outdoor Voices shops are now running on its platform. The activewear brand introduced the NewStore Omnichannel Platform, which runs exclusively on iOS, in its nine locations across the country to bridge online and in-store shopping experiences. Now, store associates are empowered with iPhone to ensure all customer touchpoints are secure, seamless and cohesive.Outdoor Voices, a digital-first brand, has grown exponentially since its founding in 2014. Its approachable call to action #DoingThings unites a nationwide community of Recreational enthusiasts who exercise for the joy of it. As the company’s retail operations continue to expand, it is reinvigorating its customer experience and prioritizing technology’s role in the shopping journey, specifically how iPhone can enable associates to securely provide the best customer experience. The NewStore platform’s integrated cloud OMS and mobile POS gives Outdoor Voices a single system of truth for its customers, orders and inventory. Data insights are made available to store associates on iPhone, allowing them to quickly and easily deploy omnichannel capabilities including endless aisle, mobile checkout, store fulfillment, inventory management and clienteling. Marketing TechnologyNewsNewStoreOmnichannelOutdoor Voices Previous ArticleOracle Moat to Measure Viewability for Samsung AdsNext ArticleInsightSquared Unveils New Revenue Intelligence Solutions to Drive Predictable Company Growth at Ramp 2019last_img read more

BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awards

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first_img BlueCrestcustomer experienceDirect Commerce AssociationMarketing Technology NewsNewsOutstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Previous ArticleM-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise InformationNext ArticleKibo Announces Enhanced B2B Features to eCommerce Platform BlueCrest, a global technology provider of innovative, secure, and agile solutions that effectively and efficiently deliver high value client communications and parcels, recently won two Direct Commerce Awards. The Direct Commerce Association (DCA) awarded BlueCrest with the “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award” and the “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m.“Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award”he “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B)” award was given to BlueCrest for its reinvention of customer service to drive long-term value. BlueCrest touts a pioneering approach to solve the challenges facing the traditional print and digital communications market. BlueCrest demonstrated success in delivering outstanding customer experiences through its exceptionally high service levels, its partnership with customers to drive reduction in costs, its dedication to providing easier routes to faster, better technology, and its improved contact center and spare parts ordering touch points—all of which was maintained during a major company transformation. Highlighting this success was the near-doubling of BlueCrest’s customer NPS scores in the UK over an 18-month period.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile CommerceThe “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m was given to BlueCrest for its demonstrated ability to collaborate with clients and extract value from existing technology while enabling new technological investments. By moving away from sales-led interactions and focusing more on outcome-based services and partnerships with clients, BlueCrest was better able to align themselves with client objectives. The strategy started with looking to make the most of the client’s existing assets first, then considered ways to leverage new technology where the business fit made sense based on the expected outcomes for the client. This strategic shift earned a trusted partnership with a key UK-based client who went on to reduce costs and secure business wins.Direct Commerce Association Direct Commerce Association (DCA) was founded in 2004 by retail business owners who were keen to establish a forum for sharing and exchanging expertise and insight. DCA actively supports many member companies by making recommendations of known, quality suppliers in the UK and overseas. DCA also refers legal issues to DCA’s legal advisors, provides quality training workshops, and writes white papers spanning many key topics. DCA also facilitates a series of quality regional and national events each year which enable members to network, gain inspiration, update skills, and share insight. DCA’s role is to consistently ensure that every member company’s executives have access to the support and information needed to enable them to progress and make informed decisions.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsBlueCrest – Where Message Meets MomentumBlueCrest, formerly the Document Messaging Technologies (DMT) division of Pitney Bowes, is an independent technology company with a long tradition of global leadership in enterprise print, mail, and customer communications. With the industry’s most comprehensive line of printers, inserters, sorters and parcel solutions – and a renewed commitment to providing innovative software – BlueCrest serves clients around the world.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awards Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 6:02 pmJuly 5, 2019 last_img read more

Elon Musk Starship Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

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first_img Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Most spaceflight firms would never hang around on Twitter and randomly tweet information on upcoming rocket designs. But most companies aren’t SpaceX, and most CEOs aren’t Elon Musk. During his daily Twitter ramblings, Musk revealed that the Starship launch platform is now up to a total of 41 Raptor engines. Although, he jokes that the design is begging for just one more. In his initial tweet, Musk announced that the Starship Super Heavy would have 35 Raptor engines in total. After a request for clarification, Musk explained that the “full stack” of the Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will have 41 engines — 35 of those will be on Super Heavy and another six on the Starship itself. From what we know of the Starship’s design, the craft will have three Raptors optimized for use in the atmosphere and three others designed for vacuum usage.Before this most recent update, the Super Heavy was slated to have just 31 Raptor engines. Traditionally, rockets have relied on smaller numbers of more powerful engines. However, SpaceX has always gone the other way. According to Musk, the added complexity is outweighed by the redundant nature of having many engines. If one or two fail, the vehicle can still fly its mission. Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2019Musk has explained many of the Starship’s design updates and milestones on Twitter. For example, the momentous test firing of the Raptor engine earlier this year and the name change from BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) to Starship, perhaps a more suitable name for something that could one day ferry 100 passengers to Mars. SpaceX is closing in on the first real test flight of the Starship in a configuration known as the StarHopper. That vessel will lift off, hover, and land safely. Late this year, the company could launch a high-altitude sub-orbital version of the Starship later this year. The first orbital flight is currently scheduled for 2020. At 41 engines for the full stack, the count is just one shy of the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No one really knows why Elon Musk does the things he does, so it would not be shocking at all to see another engine pop up on the final Super Heavy. After all, this is the man who launched his car into space on top of the most powerful rocket in the world.Now read:SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine TestSpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon HeavyElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless Steel Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 5 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 7:23 am New ‘Harriet’ Trailer Packs An Emotional Punch Tagged In sciencespaceelon muskrocketsstarshipSuper Heavy Post a Comment 5 Comments Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ This is Where ‘Thor 4′ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Movies You Should Watch By Yourself You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engineslast_img read more

At a Glance Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review

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first_img The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Joaquin Phoenix Goes Bonkers In Three New ‘Joker’ Photos Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments At a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp 3 Comments Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Release Date Confirmed Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlifelast_img read more

How Deepfakes and Other RealityDistorting AI Can Actually Help Us

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first_imgHow Deepfakes and Other Reality-Distorting AI Can Actually Help Us The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop 16 Comments Tagged In scienceartificial intelligenceaineurosciencepsychologydeepfakeshuman brain Post a Comment 16 Comments Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents We Now Understand How Curt Schilling Blew His Entire Fortune You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain By Adam Dachis on July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We’re not far from the day when artificial intelligence will provide us with a paintbrush for reality. As the foundations we’ve relied upon lose their integrity, many people find themselves afraid of what’s to come. But we’ve always lived in a world where our senses misrepresent reality. New technologies will help us get closer to the truth by showing us where we can’t find it.From a historical viewpoint, we’ve never successfully stopped the progression of any technology and owe the level of safety and security we enjoy to that ongoing progression. While normal accidents do occur and the downsides of progress likely won’t ever cease to exist, we make the problem worse when trying to fight the inevitable. Besides, reality has never been as clear and accurate as we want to believe. We fight against new technology because we believe it creates uncertainty when, more accurately, it only shines a light on the uncertainty that’s always existed and we’ve preferred to ignore.We Already Accept False Realities Every DayThe dissolution of our reality—a fear brought on by artificial intelligence—is a mirage.  For a good while, we’ve put our trust in what we see and hear throughout our lives, whether in the media or from people we know. But neither constitutes reality because reality has never been absolute.  Our reality is a relative construct.  It’s what we agree upon together based on the information we gain from our experience.  By observing and sharing our observations we can attempt to construct a picture of an objective reality.  Naturally, that goal becomes much harder to achieve when people lie or utilize technology that makes convincing lies more possible. It seems to threaten the very stability of reality as we know it.But our idea of reality is flawed.  It’s comprised of human observation and conjecture.  It’s limited by how our bodies sense the world around us and how our brains process that acquired information.  Although we may capture a lot, we can only sense a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and even that constitutes too much for our brains to process at once.  Like the healing brush in Photoshop, our brains fill in the gaps in our vision with its best guess at what belongs.  You can test your blind spots to get a better idea of how this works or just watch it in action by looking at an optical illusion like this:Image credit: BrainDen | Scroll or turn your head if you don’t see motionThis, among other cognitive processes, produces subject versions of reality. You already cannot experience every aspect of a moment, and you certainly won’t remember every detail. But on top of that, you don’t even see everything you see.  Your brain constructs the missing parts, hides visual information (especially when we’re moving), makes you hear the wrong sounds, and can mistake rubber limbs for your own. When you have a limited view of any given moment and the information you obtain isn’t fully accurate, to begin with, you’re left with a subjective version of reality than you’re able to gauge. Trusting collective human observations led us to believe geese grew on trees for about 700 years. Human observations, conclusions, and beliefs are not objective reality. Even in the best of circumstances we will, at times, get things extraordinarily wrong.Everything you know and understand passes through your brain and your brain doesn’t offer an accurate picture of reality.  To make matters worse, our memories often fail us in numerous ways.  The way we see the world is neither true or remotely complete. So, for a long time, we have relied on other people to help us understand what’s true.  That can work just fine in many situations, but sometimes people will lie or have vastly different versions of the same situation due to past experiences.  Either way, problems occur when subjective observations clash and people cannot agree upon what really happened.  Technology has helped us improve upon that problem—technology we widely feared during its initial introduction.We Either Trust or Distrust Technology Too MuchThroughout time we’ve created tools to help us survive as a species.  By developing new tools we’ve been able to spread information more easily and create a sense of trust. Video and audio recordings allowed us to bypass the brain’s processes and record an un-augmented record of an event—at least, from a singular point of view.  A video camera still fails to capture the full reality of a given moment.Security footage can look bad or even creepy but that doesn’t always indicate a real problem. | Image credit: Horror Freak NewsFor example, imagine someone pulls out a knife in a fight and fakes a swipe to try and frighten their attacker without any intention of doing actual harm. Video surveillance paints a different picture without this context. To an officer of the law, the security footage will show assault with a deadly weapon. With no other evidence to provide context, the officer has to err on the side of caution and make an arrest.Whether or not such assumptions lead to less crime or more questionable arrests doesn’t change the fact that an objective recording of reality misses information. We trust recordings as truth when they only offer a part of the truth. When we trust video, audio, or anything that cannot tell the full story, we put our faith in a medium that lies by omission by design—just like any observer of reality.Faults exist in technology but that doesn’t offer cause to discard it. Overall, we’ve benefited from advancements that allowed objective recordings of the world around us. Not all recordings require additional context. A video of a cute puppy might not be cute to everyone, but—for the most part—people will agree they’re seeing a puppy. Meanwhile, we used to call the sky green and can’t agree on the color of a dress in a bad photograph. As technology progresses and becomes accessible to more and more people, we all begin to learn when and how it can paint reality with a less accurate brush than we liked to believe.This realization causes fear because our system of understanding the world starts to break down. We can’t rely on the tools we once could to understand our world. We have to question the reliability of the things we seen recorded and that goes against much of what we’ve learned, experienced, and integrated into our identities. When new technologies emerge that further erode our ability to trust what’s familiar they incite this fear which we tend to attribute to the technology rather than ourselves. Phone calls are a normal part of life but they were, initially, seen as an instrument of the devil.Today, AI enjoys similar problems. Deepfakes stirred a panic when people began to see how easily a machine could swap faces in videos with startling accuracy—with numerous quality video and photos that met specific requirements. While these deepfakes rarely fooled anyone, we all got a glimpse of the near future where artificial intelligence would progress to a point where we’d fail to know the difference. That day came last month Stanford University, Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Adobe released a paper that demonstrated an incredibly simple method of editing recorded video to change spoken dialogue both visually and aurally that fooled the majority of people who saw the results. Take a look:Visit the paper’s abstract and you’ll find most of the text dedicated to ethical considerations—a common practice nowadays. AI researchers can’t do their jobs well without considering the eventual applications of their work. That includes discussing malicious use cases so people can understand how to use it for good purposes and allow them to also prepare for the problems expected to arise as well.Ethics statements can feed public panic because they indirectly act as a sort of a vague science fiction in which our fearful imaginations must fill in the blanks. When experts present the problem it’s easy to think of only the worst-case scenarios. Even when you consider the benefits, faster video editing and error correction seem like a small advantage when the negatives include fake news people will struggle to identify.We Only Lose When We Resist ProgressNevertheless, this technology will emerge regardless of any efforts to stop it. Our own history repeatedly demonstrates that any efforts to stop the progression of science will, at most, result in a brief delay. We should not want to stop people who understand and care about the ethics of what they create because that leaves others to create the same technology in the shadows. What we can’t see might seem less frightening for a while, but we have no way of preparing, understanding, or guiding these efforts when they’re invisible.While technologies like the aforementioned text-based video editor will inevitably lead both to malicious uses and more capable AI in the future, we already fall victim to similar manipulations on a daily basis. Doctored photos are nothing new and manipulative editing showcases how context can determine meaning—a technique taught in film school. AI adds another tool to the box and increases mistrust in a medium that has always been easily manipulated. This is unpleasant to experience, but ultimately a good thing.Image credit: Will SigmonWe put too much trust in our senses and the recordings we view. Reminders of this help prevent us from doing that. When Apple adds attention correction to video chats and Google actually makes a voice assistant that can make phone calls for you we will need to remember that what we see and hear may not accurately represent reality. Life doesn’t require accuracy to progress and thrive. Pretending we can observe objective reality does more harm than accepting we can’t. We don’t know everything, our purpose remains a mystery to science, and we will always make mistakes.  Our problem is not with artificial intelligence, but rather that we believe we know the full story when we only know a few details.As we enter this new era we should not fight against the inevitable technology that continues to shine a spotlight on our misplaced trust. AI continues to demonstrate the fragility of the ways we conceive of reality as a species at a very rapid pace. That kind of change hurts. We lose our footing upon realizing we had only imagined the stable ground we’ve walked upon our entire lives. We seek a new place of stability as we tumble through uncertainty because we see the solution as the problem. We may not be ready for this change, but if we fight the inevitable we will never be.Artificial intelligence will continue to erode the false comforts we enjoy, and that can be frightening, but that fear is also an opportunity. It provides us with a choice: to oppose something that scares us or attempt to understand it and use it for the benefit of humanity.Now read:Soon, Alexa Will Know When You’re About to DieNew Research Warns of ‘Normal Accident’ From AI in Modern WarfareGoogle Duplex AI Still Needs a Lot of Help From HumansTop image credit: Getty Images Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Truth Behind the Affair That Halted Meg Ryan’s Careerlast_img read more

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