How to Combat the Growing Epidemic of Loneliness in the Workplace

first_img November 12, 2018 Next Article Guest Writer 6 min read Over the past several decades, connections with our work colleagues have become increasingly virtual and electronic in nature. Whether “shooting the breeze” occurs in a cubicle, or via instant messaging with an associate sitting across the room — or whether it occurs with no face-to-face interaction at all, because of the many people now working remotely –the social phenomenon of gathering around the water cooler has dwindled.Related: Everyone Is Getting Lonelier. Here’s How Entrepreneurs Are Helping to Reverse the Trend.And the result of this social shift? It’s making employees lonely, and impacting employees across the board, from entry level to executives.Blame the evolution of communication channels, whereby work is so often now completed virtually via text and email — with a video chat or phone call falling into the category of a last resort.In businesses’ continuing quest for increased productivity,  meetings are structured around bullet-point agendas, and small talk is limited to the moments before the meeting organizer arrives. What’s more, there’s that issue of teammates working remotely, in another office or even another country.All of this has fostered a slow-creeping but nevertheless growing trend, with the result being the shrinking social dynamics of the American workplace. What’s arisen is a new business reality that’s being coined “Corporate Loneliness.” And it’s crushing morale, productivity and impacting employee happiness at work. So, what can leaders do?Related: This Accidental Entrepreneur Is Tackling the Problem of LonelinessIs workplace loneliness really an addressable issue?While little formal research has been done on how this loneliness affects productivity in the workplace, there’s an increased awareness that it is real. Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May created a new Minister for Loneliness post, and one of America’s foremost physicians, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, identified workplace loneliness as an emerging health issue that business leaders need to address.Humans are by nature social animals and feel most fulfilled when verbally communicating, or using non-verbal cues, or learning, feeling valued, trusting and sharing a laugh with others face to face.What actions can be taken?At first, it would seem that HR executives and other business leaders are in a bit of a quandary. How can they embrace the competitive advantages digital communication channels provide, while supporting the essence of what makes their valued employees, well, human?It’s easy to assert that office environments are already suitably vibrant and teeming with social contact and interaction opportunities. However, those studying the phenomenon suggest there is a genuine difference between the passive human “touch points” the digital world has established — comprised of witty out-of-office notifications or the latest memes being shared over company email — and quality human relationships.To achieve those quality human relationships, here are steps companies can take:Foster collaborative teams.While it’s easy to rely on apps like Slack to help coordinate team productivity in the workplace, it’s important to build-in some face-to-face interaction as well. Launches and project completion celebrations are great for pulling members of the team together. So are post-mortems. The idea is that the players get to know one other, connect faces to online personas and participate in handshakes and smiles. Encourage your teams to meet so that individuals can get to know one another in the flesh.Make it a point to celebrate individual employee milestones.Birthdays, engagements, marriages, births, a new hire’s first day and final days before retirements are events that should not pass unheralded.These milestones are perfect opportunities to gather employees together and acknowledge people’s accomplishments, outside the office as well as in. Monthly staff meetings are a great time to commemorate these life events. Make the act of recognition an integral part of your company culture. It will help lonely employees understand that others do see them as actual people, not just a name on an email header.Develop a company-mentoring program.In an attempt to satisfy the professional development needs of all generations in the workforce, many companies have started building employee mentoring programs that match rising stars with experienced professionals. In a structured and well-managed program, mentors and their protégés share knowledge, help each other grow, and (in the best relationships) definitely share a few laughs as mentor and mentee get to know each other on a personal level.It’s that kind of personal knowledge that helps a mentor provide the best guidance based on an understanding of how career decisions will impact the mentee as a person. Employee mentorship programs promote personal bonds that eliminate loneliness and create a feeling of community in the workplace, which increases employee engagement, retention and professional growth.Offer informal social spaces at work.In workplace environments that feature hoteling and hot seating, it’s important to provide informal spaces where both resident and nomadic workers can step away when necessary. These lounges provide an arena for face-to-face communications, whether it’s business related or just a quick social chat during a coffee break.This can be as simple as throwing a couple of bean-bag chairs into a break room or setting up a corner with couches and loungers. The idea is to create safe, neutral spaces — away from the rigid conformity dictated by cubicle etiquette — where employees can flex a bit, socialize, brainstorm or take care of personal matters.Related: 7 Parts of the Job Every Entrepreneur Hates (and How to Never Do Them Again)In an age when communication takes place on a mobile screen, via the written word or through data sent wirelessly around the world, promoting genuine engagement and battling corporate loneliness will cut down on employee turnover and create the type of culture that will attract top talent at all experience levels. Add to Queue –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. loneliness Image credit: alvarez / Phil George We’re in an age when communication takes place on a mobile screen, via the written word or through data sent wirelessly around the world. What’s the effect on our personal lives? How to Combat the Growing Epidemic of Loneliness in the Workplace Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Co-Founder, MentorcliQ, Mentoring Expert Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

5 Companies Innovating the Service Industry

first_img Image credit: Anton_Ivanov | Shutterstock Founder and director of growth at Digitalux 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 5 Companies Innovating the Service Industry Learn why and how these businesses are innovating the service industry. 163shares Service Innovation Dan Scalco Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The service economy in the United States has taken off like a rocket. These days many of the transactions taking place between companies and consumers revolve around the exchange of services rather than products.“The service industry” sounds like a fixed, monolithic entity. In reality, the diversification underneath this umbrella is astounding. And companies throughout the industry are constantly innovating within their respective markets.Case in point: The five companies on this list are all part of the service industry. But they operate in different markets and impact consumers in different ways. The only thing they share in common? They’re acting in innovative ways and disrupting their respective markets.Not only are these companies part of the service industry — they’re also shaping its future. By extension, these and other companies like them are changing the way Americans live their lives.Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, et al.Yes, I realize this isn’t one single company. But social media sites should be recognized for their role in changing the service industry.For starters, social media has facilitated the sale of a huge variety of services online. It’s also allowed companies to provide customer service in a new way.Customers are increasingly turning to online outlets to share reviews, ask questions, and solicit feedback from brands that play a role in their lives. These interactions provide companies with an opportunity to learn more about their customers so they can better tailor their services to consumers’ needs. Furthermore, companies that respond to these queries in a prompt and helpful way can cultivate brand-loyal customers for life.Motif InvestingThe personal finance industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for innovation. Motif Investing is the exception that proves the rule. The company is making investments accessible to a broad segment of the population by creating an investment structure that is affordable and easy to understand.Would-be investors can select any of the company’s 150 professionally built portfolios or customize their own. Users can also search by themes (aka “motifs”), trading strategies, or investment styles depending on their interests, risk profiles, timelines, and financial goals. It’s a fresh take on investing that’s opening up new possibilities for the way the personal finance industry operates.nomaIf you’re a foodie (or a lover of food-related television), then you’re probably already familiar with noma. The restaurant has both driven innovations in the food industry and capitalized on them. Led by world-renowned chef René Redzepi, noma embodies the farm-to-table movement by utilizing local and wildly sourced ingredients, avoiding GMOs, and emphasizing quality at all costs. In the process, it’s put Nordic cuisine on the international map.What makes noma really stand out is that its reputation for innovation has never wavered. The restaurant has always let its ingredients and dishes speak for themselves. That’s allowed it to avoid the “farm-to-table” marketing fatigue that has plagued other restaurants. It’s not that consumers don’t want this kind of fare—as demonstrated by noma’s ongoing success. It’s just that they’re sick of the label. But noma has never been about labels. It’s about high-quality food meticulously prepared.City CoPilotThis New-York-City-based concierge startup is a driving force behind an emerging trend. More and more individuals and companies are enlisting personalized service from concierge companies—and not just when they’re staying in a hotel. City CoPilot and other innovative concierge companies have moved these services beyond the hotel lobby.Whether clients need assistance with luggage storage and delivery, package acceptance, airport transportation, finding discounted tickets to tours and attractions, or something else entirely, this new brand of concierge is here to make people’s lives easier at all times.UberEATSUber has already transformed the service industry with its innovative approach to transportation. But the company isn’t stopping there. It’s now attempting to disrupt the food delivery market with UberEATS. It’s diving in even as investors’ interest in this market has shriveled up (thanks largely to saturation).But Uber has a leg up on the competition. With more than 14,000 drivers in New York City alone, the company has more opportunities for distribution than any other business in the market. And thanks to their pre-existing name recognition, they’ve had an easy time identifying partners in the restaurant industry. It’s a winning combination that’s threatening even the companies that have long sat at the top of the food delivery chain.The service industry entails a vast variety of services ranging from food delivery to digital investing tools. Still, these companies all share something in common. They’re innovating existing services and transforming the country’s economy in the process. Add to Queue February 19, 2017 Apply Now »last_img read more

Spotify Is Launching Its Video Service This Week

first_imgSpotify Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Spotify Is Launching Its Video Service This Week Add to Queue Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business James Trew 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Christian Hartmann It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Spotify is about to launch its video service this week, starting with Android. Rumors that the Swedish music-streaming giant would move into video began last year, but details on how that service might look remained sparse. Today, the firm confirmed that it’s Android users in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden that will find out first, with iOS users following soon after, reports the Wall Street Journal. The content you can expect to see comes from a mix of providers, including the BBC, Comedy Central, ABC and ESPN (among others). The secret sauce behind how Spotify plans to present the content is still unclear. Shiva Rajaraman, the company’s vice president of product, told the WSJ that videos would come in bundles, such as “News of the Week” or “Laughs at Lunch” which is in keeping with that backbone of the Spotify world: the playlist.As with its music service, there’s still a question about how Spotify will monetize video streaming. At launch there won’t be advertising on the videos, with the move more about entering new markets, and competingwith rivals. Especially YouTube. Google’s video giant has been making headway into music since the launch of Music Key (which became YouTube Music), giving Spotify lots to think about — the results of which might include adding social components to its apps, and incorporating more niche features. January 25, 2016last_img read more

Verizon a Favorite in Upcoming Yahoo Bid

first_img Add to Queue Verizon a Favorite in Upcoming Yahoo Bid Apply Now » Verizon Communications Inc. is the clear favorite in the upcoming bidding for Yahoo Inc’s core Internet business, according to Wall Street analysts, in large part because the telecommunications company’s efforts to become a force in Internet content have gone relatively well under the leadership of AOL Inc Chief Executive Tim Armstrong.Verizon acquired AOL last June for $4.4 billion — its first big foray into the advertising-supported Internet business — and it is not yet clear how well the unit is performing financially. Subsequent moves, including the takeover of much of Microsoft Corp’s advertising technology business, a deal to buy Millennial Media for about $250 million and the recent launch of the mobile video service go90, are also too recent to assess.Yet analysts have given the big phone company high marks for allowing AOL to operate independently and folding in other recent acquisitions without much drama. And they said Armstrong seems to be driving Verizon’s recent moves in go90 and recent acquisitions.”The management puts a lot of faith in Armstrong,” BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said.That faith derives in part from the belief that Armstrong did a good job at left-for-dead AOL, especially in assembling a strong set of products to deliver targeted digital ads to customers.Combining AOL and Yahoo, an idea that has come up many times over the years, could instantly make Yahoo a major player in Internet advertising, with Armstrong – one of the world’s top ad executives – at the helm, analysts said.Armstrong “has good M&A experience, and a pretty solid ad tech stack,” B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha said.Verizon’s hands-off approach that has worked with AOL, though, might not be suitable if the far-bigger Yahoo were taken over. With Yahoo’s struggling business, “the luxury of autonomy is simply not there,” Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner said.  Verizon, AOL and Yahoo declined to comment.Start the biddingVerizon showed interest in Yahoo’s core business as early as December, when Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said the company would “see if there is a strategic fit” for Yahoo’s holdings, which include mail, news, sports and advertising technology.Yahoo, under pressure from activist investors, launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.The first round of bidding is slated for next week, and Verizon plans to make a bid, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.Verizon is already working on increasing revenue through its ad-supported mobile video service go90, targeted at millennials and built on video streaming technology acquired from Intel Corp. in 2014.The app, which launched in October, offers videos from Comedy Central and Vice, among others, as well as basketball and football games.However, analysts cautioned that even a combined Yahoo-AOL would lack the unique data, such as user interests and tastes, that powers its rivals in online ads, chiefly Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc.Armstrong, who made his name leading sales at Google, is highly regarded in the advertising community – in contrast to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, another former Google high-flyer, who has been struggling to revive Yahoo. Mayer would likely leave after a Verizon-Yahoo deal, analysts said.Verizon is not especially interested in Yahoo’s massive stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan Corp, which are worth far more than its core internet business, the sources said.That could leave an opening for a bidder such as Softbank Group, Yahoo’s partner in Yahoo Japan, which might be able to devise a way to minimize the tax bill that would come with any sale of the Asia investments.”(Yahoo) is ultimately Verizon’s to lose,” said Robert Peck, Internet analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. “They’re the leading candidate in this effort and can afford to pay the most because of cost synergies and scale.”Other players weighing joint or solo bids are media company Time Inc. and several private equity firms including Blackstone Group LP  and KKR & Co. LP, according to sources. The owner of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper also said this week it is in talks with potential partners to mount a joint bid.(Reporting by Malathi Nayak; Additional reporting by Jessica Toonkel in New York and Deborah M. Todd in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Weber, Eric Effron and Bill Rigby) April 14, 2016 –shares Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img 4 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Reuters | Shannon Stapleton Verizonlast_img read more

Apple Is Paying Out Amazon Credit for an Ebook Antitrust Settlement Start

first_img Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Check your spam folder. Apple is giving credit to people who bought ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012 as part of a $400 million antitrust settlement.On the go. Microsoft has launched an iOS app version of its SharePoint intranet portal.Dog days of summer. Apple will teach kids about coding, robotics, movie-making and storytelling as part of its Apple Camp in its retail stores this summer. Buying in. Facebook is paying prominent figures millions to use its Facebook Live application.Safe places. Twitter has launched a platform called Engage, providing a more manageable interface for celebs who interact with fans via tweet.New user. Michelle Obama officially joined Snapchat.Sing along. CBS, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola partnered up to create the first Carpool Karaoke integration featuring products and a summer sweepstakes.Outside the box. Little Caesars will decorate the façade of its new headquarters in Detroit with glass sections shaped like pizza slices. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Apple Is Paying Out Amazon Credit for an Ebook Antitrust Settlement — Start Up Your Day Roundup 1 min read –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 22, 2016 Add to Queue Lindsay Friedman Image credit: Future Publishing / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now » Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Start Up Your Daylast_img read more

CEO of Culinary School PlantLab Charged With Embezzling 24 Million

first_img 7 min read Associate Editor Image credit: Courtesy of Plantlab Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. and was updated Sept. 6 at 12:32 p.m. Click here for Entrepreneur’s full coverage of PlantLab.Adam Zucker, CEO of PlantLab, a plant-based culinary school formerly owned by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, faces 35 felony charges after his Aug. 21 arrest.The felonies, outlined in a complaint for an arrest warrant filed by the Superior Court of the State of California, were all allegedly committed by Zucker while he was at a previous job: executive vice president of licensing at Artissimo Designs, a ready-to-hang wall art company. Between January 2011 and July 2015, Zucker allegedly embezzled about $2.4 million, and between April 2012 and July 2015, he allegedly laundered close to $1.9 million. He also allegedly filed false personal income tax returns for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.”When Artissimo discovered Mr. Zucker’s wrongdoing, Artissimo reported the matter to the police,” said Roger G. Jones, an attorney representing the company.The complaint is dated June 13, 2018 — more than two months before Zucker’s arrest — and signed by both the district attorney and the investigator, Brandon Browning. The court recommended Zucker’s bail be set at $790,000.Meanwhile, the California Department of Consumer Affairs in July opened an investigation into Zucker’s company, PlantLab.“Following a consumer complaint, the Bureau became aware that PlantLab was operating an unapproved education institution,” said Matt Woodcheke, public information officer at the California Department of Consumer Affairs.Woodcheke recommended PlantLab students reach out to the Bureau’s Office of Student Assistance and Relief to see what options are available to them online or by calling toll-free (888) 370-7589. Those affected students are significant in number: One Facebook group, PlantLab Scam, has 230 members and counting.On Aug. 29, PlantLab emailed customers to say CEO Adam Zucker — a former colleague of Kenney and the sole owner of the company — had been unreachable since Aug. 21, the same day he was arrested. “All courses at all locations are canceled until further notice,” the company stated, calling Zucker “the only person solely responsible for all finances and location payments.”Related: CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in JailZucker forwarded an email to Entrepreneur that he said he sent to employees on Wednesday apologizing for his silence — and explaining why PlantLab “completely imploded.”It all seems to boil down to one simple thing: There wasn’t enough money, and he wrote that he spent what funds the company did have to “bandage problems” rather than fix them effectively. He wrote that due to “growing financial setbacks” such as high weekly expenses and overhead, as well as the need for more capital, he took on soaring debts — including a number of merchant cash advances (MCA), which offer fast cash in exchange for a percentage of future sales and are typically accompanied by high interest rates. According to Zucker, those debited portions of sales eventually totaled more than $20,000 per day at one point.Between June and August, Zucker wrote, he took loans from his parents, brother-in-law and friends in New York and Los Angeles totaling $470,000. “I have no ability to pay [them] back at this point,” he wrote. “This is all in addition to the money which was loaned to the company from investors.”But PlantLab’s financial woes weren’t contained within the company. The hundreds of students who paid for plant-based cooking courses such as “Raw Desserts” and “Essentials of Superfoods” are now out thousands of dollars with no promise of a refund.Natalie Golba, an on-site student at PlantLab’s Venice location, said she prepaid for three courses and was in the middle of the second when the company emailed students saying courses were discontinued. To get a discount, Golba paid $10,000 in advance for the courses instead of the retail value of $17,000. “I paid Adam cash and never got the receipt, which was strange,” she said. “I wrote to Adam, asked him to give it back … but he didn’t reply.”Another student, who asked to remain anonymous due to a potential forthcoming lawsuit, said she was a student from the Matthew Kenney Cuisine era and has yet to complete the third course she prepaid for. “I was never informed when the company changed ownership, nor were any terms and conditions sent to me about this,” she said. “I’ve tried unsuccessfully to reach PlantLab about setting up my Level III course. … I was thinking about a career change … [but] the whole experience left both me and a colleague with such a bad impression.”One student-to-be from Croatia, Dijana Sinovcic, said she had booked three courses at PlantLab’s Los Angeles location starting in Jan. 2019. She said she invested the majority of her savings in the tuition — which cost her almost $10,000 — and transferred her current business to her partner since she had planned to not be in Croatia.In an interview with Entrepreneur on Thursday, Zucker said not being able to refund students immediately is “killing” him. “I don’t have a dollar to my name,” he said. “I’m doing everything possible to make it right by them.”One former employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, worked with Zucker during his entire time at Matthew Kenney Cuisine and a few months after he bought PlantLab. The employee said working under Zucker raised “red flags” — such as his emphasis on bringing in money fast and a requirement for employees to be available 24/7, as well as his seeming lack of experience in culinary education — but since no one seemed aware that Zucker was the sole owner of PlantLab, employees weren’t concerned at the time.“It just became a very, very chaotic workplace, and now I know it’s because he was … worrying that he was going to be locked up,” said the employee, who left a few months after Zucker purchased PlantLab.Former PlantLab employee Shannon Bronson said she resigned from her position Friday after several days of “the most stress we’ve ever felt.”“Our CEO, Adam Zucker, seemingly disappeared for a week but was actually in jail for multiple charges of money laundering, embezzlement and tax evasion from previous employers,” Bronson wrote on Instagram. “You can imagine our shock when suddenly he went missing and none of the rents at our academies had been paid, amongst so, so many other terrifying discoveries. He was the only person in charge of the company’s money management, and now we can see why.”On social media, Bronson wrote that employees were forced to stop operating in a matter of days and the company fell apart quickly. She wrote that she could have never imagined Zucker was capable of this behavior.“I have never experienced such a sense of betrayal, manipulation and insanity in my life,” she wrote. “To all the people hurt in the trail of his mess, I’m so very sorry. We are in the same boat and we feel for you.”In his Wednesday email to employees, Zucker wrote that he was searching for a company or person who would take over PlantLab, re-hire employees and “cure” student issues.“I would not be involved,” he wrote.This story is developing and may be updated. CEO of Culinary School PlantLab Charged With Embezzling $2.4 Million Hayden Field Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The 35 felony charges against Adam Zucker include money laundering and grand theft by embezzlement. Add to Queue September 6, 2018 –shares plantlab Register Now »last_img read more

Private equity group to acquire ingredient maker Parker Products

first_imgPrivate equity group to acquire ingredient maker Parker ProductsPosted By: News Deskon: October 03, 2017In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailPrivate equity firm The Riverside Company has announced it has acquired ingredients maker for the food service industry Parker Products.The deal will see Parker Products increase its production capacity as well as develop new products.Parker’s leadership team will remain in place following the acquisition, including Greg Hodder as president. It is expected the purchase will be completed in early 2018 when Parker’s operations will move to a new location on in Fort Worth, Texas.It is estimated that new facility will triple the company’s production capacity, accommodating anticipated growth following the acquisition.Parker president Greg Hodder said: “The acquisition of Parker Products by The Riverside Company is an investment opportunity that will accelerate growth.“It will allow us to increase our capabilities and expand our product offerings. At the same time, we will still continue to offer our customers the same great service and intriguing ingredients we have always provided. For our long-time customers, the only change will be an increased capacity to meet their needs and offer them exciting new product possibilities.”Riverside has a growing portfolio of specialty food companies including Tate’s Bake Shop, Nustef Foods, Uinta Brewing Company, and YumEarth. The firm aims to use its experience with diverse food and beverage brands to drive continued success for Parker.Riverside partner Meranee Phing said: “Parker Products has built its reputation on exceptional customer service and the unmatched quality of its products.“We’re excited about helping the company achieve its full potential by serving existing customers more broadly and winning new customers as it increases in scale and offerings.”Share with your network: Tags: acquisitionParker ProductsThe Riverside CompanyUnited Stateslast_img read more

Huhtamaki targets food to go sector with new packaging line

first_imgHuhtamaki targets food to go sector with new packaging linePosted By: News Deskon: November 21, 2017In: Beverage, Food, Foodservice, Industries, New products, PackagingPrintEmailHuhtamaki aims to tap into the growing popularity of food to go with a range of folding packaging for hot and cold products.Called Relish, the range features a clamshell, food box and two scoops. Each of the products is greaseproof lined and made with 100% PEFC paperboard.The packaging comes in brown and white board varieties, and for branded products it can be custom printed.The Relish clamshell is designed to hold a burger or pulled pork in a bun or even a pie with mash and peas.  Huhtamaki said it offers a secure solution for consumers who want to quickly order, pick up their food and eat on the go.  The greaseproof lining will ensure the outside of the clamshell is kept grease free.Meanwhile, the food box is suitable for salads or rice dishes, falafels, nachos or hot dishes like spicy chicken wings and chips.Finally, with two different sized scoops in the range, there are said to be options for sweet potato fries or wraps as well as onions rings. The scoops open at the top and allow consumers to hold the scoop whilst eating their food. The UK food to go sector is currently worth £17.4 billion, and by 2022 IGD estimates that it will rise by 35% to £23.5 billion.Share with your network: Tags: Huhtamakinew productpackagingUKlast_img read more

Diageo promotes gender equality with new Jane Walker Scotch

first_imgDiageo promotes gender equality with new Jane Walker ScotchPosted By: News Deskon: February 27, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Innovation, New products, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailDiageo has launched a Jane Walker edition of its Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky as it aims to promote gender equality.The new variant will be available in the US from March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.To support the initiative, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organisations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000.Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, which is dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.Diageo said that women have played a significant role in the Johnnie Walker brand history dating back to 1893, when John Walker & Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming. Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop.Today, nearly 50% of the brand’s 12 blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and c-level executives.Johnnie Walker vice president Stephanie Jacoby said: “Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organisations that share our mission.“We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available in the US with a suggested retail price of $34 (750 ml bottle, 40% ABV).Share with your network: Tags: Diageogender equalityJohnnie Walkerlast_img read more

Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies agree to merge

first_imgLakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies agree to mergePosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 04, 2018In: Agriculture, Business, Dairy, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailIreland-based Lakeland Dairies and Northern Ireland-based LacPatrick Dairies have agreed to merge following the unanimous approval of both of the companies’ boards.Merger discussions between the two companies started last June, and the merged co-operative will be the second largest dairy processor on the island of Ireland if the merger is approved, boasting an estimated annual turnover of €1 billion.The boards of both companies have now recommended that the co-operatives’ shareholders vote to approve the merger at a conference held at the end of the month, and the merger will also be subject to regulatory approval.Both businesses currently operate on a cross-border basis, and a merged business would be supplied by 3,200 farmers north and south of the Irish border, and will have a collective milk pool of around 1.8 billion litres.Michael Hanley, the current CEO of Lakeland Dairies will be appointed as the group CEO of the proposed co-operative, which will adopt the name of Lakeland Dairies.Hanley said: “I am confident that the best interests of the shareholders and milk producers of both societies will be best served through this merger.“The economies of scale achievable by combining both societies will create a larger, more efficient, diversified, farmer controlled, global dairy food group with a broad portfolio of value-added products and brands. Both co-operatives have excellent facilities, technologies and resources with strong synergies across our milk processing footprint and in the markets we serve at home and abroad.“We will be able to expand the potential of our overall portfolio of products, covering Food Ingredients, Foodservice and Consumer Foods. The business will have considerable potential to increase revenues and generate the cost savings necessary to ensure competitive milk prices for our dairy farmers in the future. It will continue to ensure market access to the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.”Andrew McConkey, chairman of LacPatrick Dairies added: “The Board of LacPatrick firmly believes that an amalgamation with our neighbours in Lakeland Dairies is the best thing for our milk suppliers, shareholders and customers. It gives our farmers the necessary security to make long-term business decisions and provides stability for continuing progress in dairy farming for the next generation.“The Board of LacPatrick is unanimously recommending our shareholders to approve this merger at our forthcoming SGM. With an enlarged milk pool and well invested dairy processing sites on both sides of the border, the new co-operative will be a co-op of scale working in the long-term best interests of dairy farmers, ensuring global market access and serving our valued customers with an even greater capability and an expanded range of high quality, value-added dairy products.”Share with your network: Tags: DairyIrelandLacPatrick DairiesLakeland Dairieslast_img read more

Pimms collaborates with Duerrs to release new fruity preserve

first_imgPimm’s collaborates with Duerr’s to release new fruity preservePosted By: Contributoron: July 02, 2019In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailDiageo-owned Pimm’s has partnered with jam manufacturer Duerr’s to create a new preserve in time for summer in the UK.The jam combines the gin-based Pimm’s No.1 beverage with strawberries, tangerines and a hint of mint.Pimm’s said the sweet treat can be added to scones for a new way to enjoy afternoon tea or as a new spin on Victoria sponge cake.Lizzy Forster, senior brand manager, Pimm’s, said: “Pimm’s and jam are both iconic British traditions, and we’re thrilled to bring them both together with our new fruity preserve.“The jam is the ideal way to add a taste of summer to any occasion – simply dollop generously onto scones with lashings of clotted cream.”The preserve contains 4% Pimm’s No.1, a 25% ABV drink created by infusing gin with herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and delicate spices.Waitrose and Asda stores in the UK are now stocking the jam, which has recommended retail price of £2.49 for 330g jars.The release follows last year’s limited-edition launch of Pimm’s ice lollies, which had an ABV of 4.3%.Share with your network: Tags: DiageoDuerr’sPimmsUKlast_img read more

Missing US air force officer found in California after 35 years

first_imgShare on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook An undated handout photo made available by the US air force office of special investigations showing Capt William Howard Hughes.Photograph: Afosi Handout/EPA US military news Topics Amanda Holpuch and agencies Share on Facebook Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning New Mexico Support The Guardian Shares162162 Until last week, the air force said, Hughes had not been seen by authorities since the day he withdrew $28,500 from 19 branches of his bank in Albuquerque. The Seattle native was single when he disappeared and had three sisters, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Then, earlier this month, the missing officer’s fate was revealed during an investigation of passport fraud. The US state department was interviewing a man who claimed to be called Barry O’Beirne about inconsistencies in his identity. Hughes admitted his given name.In his air force days, Hughes’ duties included classified planning and analysis of Nato command, control and communications surveillance systems. He went missing shortly after completing a mission to the Netherlands, to test radar surveillance planes.According to a 17 January 1984 article by the Associated Press, when Hughes’ disappearance was made public the FBI said there was no indication of espionage. Capt Carol Northrup, then a public affairs officer at Kirtland air force base, told the AP: “When he disappeared, he wasn’t carrying classified information.”Nonetheless, over the years some have speculated that Hughes defected to the Soviet Union or was taken by a foreign government.After Hughes’ discovery, a spokeswoman for the office of special investigations, Linda Card, told the Albuquerque Journal that investigators still had many questions to answer. But she also said no classified information leaks were suspected and said there was no indication Hughes was involved with the Soviet Union. “Until we have the whole story, we don’t have the story,” Card said, adding that Hughes’ family had been notified about his apprehension. The air force did not know, Card said, if the family had known Hughes’ whereabouts for the past 35 years or if they had been in contact with him.Arrested without incident, Hughes is now being held at Travis air force base in California. If found guilty of desertion he faces a maximum penalty of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and confinement of five years. Share via Email First published on Mon 11 Jun 2018 07.46 EDT Missing US air force officer found in California after 35 years Since you’re here… … 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. Share on Pinterest @holpuch Capt William Howard Hughes, who had top security clearance, charged with desertion after arrest This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email For more than three decades, federal authorities wondered what had happened to William Howard Hughes Jr, an air force officer with top secret clearance who vanished in 1983. For more than three decades, he avoided detection.That ended last week when agents from the US air force office of special investigations apprehended Hughes in California, where he had been living since he disappeared.Hughes enlisted in the air force in 1973, worked in Alabama and studied for a master’s degree through the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. He was assigned to Kirtland air force base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1981, working with weapons systems and with access to top-secret Nato information.On his apprehension, he told investigators that in the summer of 1983 he became depressed about being in the air force. So he decided to leave.On 1 August that year, Hughes failed to show up to work at Kirtland as scheduled. He never showed up there again. Ten days later, he was declared missing. In December, he was declared a deserter. Investigators shared an image of the blue-eyed, brown-haired male with police departments across the US and Europe. But his name and face soon vanished from newspaper headlines.“Interviews of friends, associates and co-workers failed to disclose information regarding Hughes’ whereabouts,” the US air force said in a statement. “Checks with law enforcement agencies both in the United States and overseas also failed to locate him.” California US military Mon 11 Jun 2018 13.19 EDT Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Write About This An app to inspire writing

first_imgWhen it comes to writing, many students are rather uninspired.  The developers behind the Write About This app acknowledge this fact and have thus designed an app to spark one’s creativity to encourage writing for students ages 8 and up!The Write About This app, in sum, is a visual writing prompt and creation platform.  It was designed with children in mind so it features easy-to-use icons and a child-friendly privacy policy.  According to Common Sense Media’s review, the app’s “prompts and images are appropriate for all ages, with increasing depth and complexity at higher levels.”More features of the Write About This app:Ideal for use in classrooms or at homeDeveloped by a teacherCustomizable for each studentEasy digital publishing and sharing:Share PDF via email or save to device’s Camera Roll.Authors can also create a voice recording with their work to create a personalized movie on the Camera Roll.The voice recording feature is ideal for struggling writers to get their ideas out verbally as a pre-writing strategy. Students can take pictures of an event, for example, and use that image as their writing prompt!Aligns with Common Core standardsThere is a free version available to try the app out before purchasing it, but it has limited features.  The full version of Write About This offers the following, while the free version’s features are followed in parentheses.125 images (1 per category)375 writing prompts (3 per category)Write Abouts: unlimited (1)Create Your Own: unlimited (1)Author Profiles: unlimited (1)Export to Camera Roll: unlimitedVoice Recording: unlimitedSearchable database: 1200+ keywords (none)To learn more, visit the Write About This app’s website or check it out on iTunes!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAcceleRead AcceleWrite AppOctober 13, 2016In “Apps”Override the Summer SlideJune 22, 2016In “Apps”Learn math with these fun apps!August 19, 2014In “Products and Devices” Prompts include:Fiction and non-fiction narrativesHow-toPersuasiveCompare/contrast exerciseslast_img read more

Nielsen Expands Local Media Impact To Nineteen Additional Markets Across Local TV

first_imgNielsen Expands Local Media Impact To Nineteen Additional Markets Across Local TV & Radio PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 1:18 pmMay 20, 2019 Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Media Planning Solution Includes Advanced Audience Segments & Enables Cross-Channel OptimizationLocal Nielsen Expands Local Media Impact To Nineteen Additional Markets Across Local TV & Radio Media Impact (Local NMI), a solution that provides unparalleled local media planning and cross-channel optimization across Local TV and Radio, is expanding to include 19 additional markets.  Local NMI enables agencies, advertisers, and media sellers to plan media for advance audience segments in 44 DMAs (inclusive of all 48 PPM metros) representing 25 Local People Meter and now 19 TV Set Meter markets.  These 19 new markets will be available to clients beginning the week of May 20th.Local Nielsen Media Impact is built with respondent level data to allow in-depth cross-platform analyses for both local TV and Radio separately, as well as TV and Radio together.  Combined with Nielsen Scarborough local consumer insights, these combinations of TV, Radio plus Scarborough provide cross-media optimization at an individual-person level and enable granular advanced audience segmentation.Marketing Technology News: New Book Explains Why Experiential Marketing is Critical to a Brand’s Success“The addition of more markets to Local Nielsen Media Impact gives greater levels of precision to buyers and sellers looking to plan and execute more efficient media transactions in local markets,” said Jay Nielsen, SVP, Product Leadership, Nielsen. “Local NMI unlocks access to new insights on media allocation and schedule optimization to better reach a variety of audiences across media vehicles.”Marketing Technology News: Adelman Travel and GeoSure Provide Travel Safety Scores for More than 40,000 Neighborhoods through AVA Mobile AppAs audience-based media buying evolves across platforms, Nielsen is leveraging the unique power of Scarborough, true in-market local data, to analyze advanced audience segments including behavioral, attitudinal, and cross-platform media behavior attributes. Local Nielsen Media Impact drives improved delivery for advertising campaigns and greatly simplifies the planning process on a local level across TV and radio with more media types to come in the future.Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go Mobile audience-based mediaJay NielsenLocal Nielsen Media ImpactLocal TVMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go MobileNext ArticleSplice Machine Partners with Informatica to Make it Easier to Modernize Applications Using Operational AIlast_img read more

Salesforce Recognized as a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for CRM

first_imgAcknowledged as a Leader for the eleventh consecutive year based on completeness of vision and ability to executeSalesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced that for the eleventh consecutive year, Gartner, Inc. has positioned Salesforce as a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center.Salesforce Service Cloud empowers service employees from the contact center to the field with innovative tools, AI-powered capabilities, and a complete view of the customer so they can deliver world-class customer service.“Expectations around customer service have never been higher and that’s why we are constantly innovating on the world’s #1 customer service platform,” said Bill Patterson, EVP and GM, Service Cloud, Salesforce. “By doubling-down on AI, data analytics and business processes, we are empowering companies to build service organizations that can proactively solve customer problems — often without the customer even having to tell them something is broken. Service is transforming fast, and we’re striving to make sure our customers have the most cutting-edge tools drive their businesses forward.”Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from MagentoAccording to Gartner, “This Magic Quadrant examines the global market for customer service and support applications that enable customer service and support operations to engage with customers and handle their requests in the most effective way. It covers a wide variety of customer service applications for organizations with customer engagement centers (CECs) ranging from very small (with fewer than 20 agents for assisted service), through average (50 agents for assisted service) to very large, and distributed (over 10,000 agents for assisted service).”Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency IconService Cloud Empowers Companies to Transform Customer ServiceService Cloud, the world’s #1 customer service platform, empowers every service employee from the contact center to the field with the innovative tools, unified data and embedded learning needed to deliver world-class customer service. Across every channel — whether it’s messaging, communities, chat, phone or in-person — Service Cloud is enabling Trailblazers to put the customer at the heart of every service moment and deliver personalized, consistent, transformative experiences.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D AIBill Pattersoncrmcustomer engagementMarketing TechnologyNewsSalesforce Previous ArticleEpos Now Launches Shopify Integration to Simplify Offline and Online Business ManagementNext ArticleValueMomentum Joins the MuleSoft Partner Program Salesforce Recognized as a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 2:50 pmJune 17, 2019 last_img read more

iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock

first_img Tagged In applesmartphonesandroidsamsungiphoneAT&Tverizont-mobile5gSprintphabletsGartner5G Ephone salessmartphone market Post a Comment 93 Comments Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp 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 93 Comments Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Movies That Are Practically Flawless By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock Little Rudy From ‘Cosby Show’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 40last_img read more

Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Popular Memes That Completely Destroyed Innocent Lives We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Wesley Snipes Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Comments Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along 17 Comments Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled We Now Understand Why Eliza Dushku Has Disappeared Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 21shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.last_img read more

United Airlines App Crowned Best of the Best with Webby Award Win

first_imgUnited Airlines App Crowned Best of the Best with Webby Award Win PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 7:06 pmMay 15, 2019 Business and FinanceLinda JojoMarketing TechnologyNewsPeople’s VoiceUnitedWebby Awards Previous ArticleGoodbye BookingBug, Hello JRNINext ArticleNew Consumer Research Reveals Increasing Usage of Multiple TV Sources by Viewers in Major European Countries Last night at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards in New York City, United Airlines accepted the “People’s Voice” Webby Award in the “Business and Finance” category for the airline’s reimagined mobile app, which debuted earlier this year. The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including apps. This year, 13,000 entries came from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries to be considered for this honor.Already the top downloaded airline app for Apple and Android phones, the refreshed app features a more dynamic experience that updates customers at each step of their travel journey, making it the perfect travel companion. The app includes features customers know and love from the previous version, such as bag tracking, while adding enhancements that make managing travel easier from booking to landing. United’s in-house digital team spent over a year designing and creating this updated app, including eight months during which customers and more than 18,000 employees provided feedback to create the final version.“We’re working hard every day to use technology to improve the travel experience,” said Linda Jojo, chief digital officer at United. “What makes this recognition so special is that our win is because of our customers who voted for us – we love knowing they value the app that we created with them in mind.”Marketing Technology News: Jifflenow Unveils Briefing Center Software That Drives More Customer EngagementsHighlights from the improved app include:A navigation bar that gives customers quick access to some of the most popular tools such as flight status, and some new handy features like My Trips.A My Trips tab in the navigation bar that allows customers to easily access information about their upcoming trip and stores boarding passes when customers are checked in for their flights.An inbox that stores important push notifications United sends customers about their flight, such as if a flight status changes, gate changes and alerts about when boarding for a flight has begun.Dynamic boarding times will be updated throughout the app in the event that departure times change to give customers the latest information even when they are not at the gate. This builds on the airline’s recent addition of boarding notifications, which were added when United rolled out its Better Boarding process.One of the biggest updates to the app comes during the travel period, when the home screen updates to give customers the most helpful information for each step of their travel journey. The home screen will begin to update starting 48 hours before a flight and will continue updating throughout various phases all the way through arrival at the final destination with the most useful information. For instance, customers connecting will find a screen that allows them to easily access airport maps, so they can easily navigate to the next gate. Bringing the most useful information to the forefront will make the entire journey less stressful and more intuitive.Marketing Technology News: ATTOM Data Solutions CEO Rob Barber Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2019 American Business AwardsThe app also includes an updated design with more engaging content. When a customer does not have an upcoming trip, the app will open to a beautiful destination image to provide travel inspiration. Content on the home screen is also more personalized to each user; for example, customers who recently passed loyalty milestones will be recognized on the home screen, and the app will also celebrate customers on their birthday.In addition to winning the “People’s Voice” award for “Business and Finance”, the airline was also a finalist in the “Best Practices” category. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selects nominees to enter to the “People’s Voice” awards, which are then voted on by the general public. Earlier this month, United received a CIO 100 Award for its innovative volunteer solicitation program, which enables customers to volunteer their seat, confirm a new flight itinerary and receive compensation through the mobile app or on, without additional steps at the gate.Every customer. Every flight. Every day.In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats.Marketing Technology News: Magic Software Acquires PowWow Creator of SmartUX, A leading Low-Code Development Platform for Mobilizing and Modernizing Enterprise Appslast_img read more

InVehicle Marketing People Can Now Buy Coffee Through Their Cars So Whats

first_imgIn-vehicle marketing and services platforms have created a completely new media channel, allowing brands to reach consumers in their vehicles. Here’s a look at this new technology, and what it could mean for in-vehicle marketing.Cars are rapidly becoming more than just a way for people to get from point A to point B but until very recently consumers in their vehicles have been an inaccessible market, unreachable to merchant brands. People spend an average of 51 minutes in their vehicles every day, which adds up to more than 310 hours per year. That is a lot of time to be unavailable, and brands were missing out on valuable opportunities to increase revenue and customer loyalty.To help overcome this challenge, Xevo, a global leader in data-driven automotive user experiences, has developed Xevo Market™, innovative in-vehicle commerce, and services platform that allows consumers to more safely engage and interact with their favorite merchant brands and services while on the go. The platform offers a variety of commerce and service opportunities, easily accessible via the in-vehicle touchscreen and vehicle-branded companion apps.What Consumers Want, When They Want It In-vehicle commerce platforms create an entirely new way to communicate with customers by extending the reach of merchant brands into millions of vehicles and giving them the power to reach consumers at the point of decision. This new technology transforms time on the road by allowing people to order and pay for food and beverages, find and pay for fuel, reserve a hotel room, a parking space, or a table in a restaurant, and order retail items for curbside pickup, all through their in-vehicle touchscreens.The platform also allows merchant brands to learn about customers’ habits, and how they interact with the brand and the platform. This information can offer significant insights into consumer behavior, and these insights make it possible for the brands to deliver highly-targeted offers tailored to an individual’s preferences. For instance, if a consumer purchases hot coffee on weekday mornings but chooses iced coffee on the weekends, the platform can display offers and promotions from their preferred coffee brand or a nearby coffee house that is tailored to those habits.Offers can also be triggered by “contextual” factors like time of day, vehicle location, or a particular “event.” Incorporating context allows merchant brands to create offers and promotions that are relevant to consumers’ lives. A pizza restaurant could create a campaign that displays an offer at dinnertime as people start their cars before driving home from work. Shifting into the park at the location of a driver’s favorite coffee house could trigger the system to display an offer from that brand.Or, the vehicle can deliver a low-fuel alert, with the option to get directions to the nearest location of the person’s preferred fuel brand, when the vehicle reaches the fuel level at which the customer usually refuels.Merchants also have the option to create and display platform-exclusive offers, when requested by the user, only available through the vehicle touchscreen or the companion app, including incentives for creating an account or placing an order to help motivate consumers to explore the platform and try new brands. This not only strengthens existing customer relationships but also encourages new ones, stimulates the adoption of loyalty programs, and ultimately increases revenue.Read more: How to Create a Customer-Centric Strategy for Your BusinessThe Future: In-Vehicle MarketingNow that brands can deliver targeted promotional offers through the in-vehicle touchscreen, what does the future look like for In-Vehicle Marketing?The opportunity to learn about consumers’ habits while in the car can help when merchant brands are developing promotional campaigns. Understanding customer behavior can inform and shape campaigns that are more tailored than was previously possible, so it is highly likely that brands will begin incorporating this knowledge into their budgeting and marketing planning. They will be able to reduce, and possibly even eliminate ineffective marketing spending and develop efficient, effective campaigns. With this approach, offers can be delivered to the audiences who are truly interested and most likely to take advantage of them. Brands may also use this information to inform company direction, product offerings, and overall brand strategy.The ability to target a certain audience — for example, vehicles within a mile of a specific restaurant, or vehicle owners who have visited a particular brand in the past week, could lead to the development of “micro-campaigns.” These campaigns could be so finely-tuned, thanks to the information from the platform, that they wouldn’t require the large audience of traditional campaigns to yield a high success rate.Geofence technology, weather updates, and trends may also play a role as well. For example, with order-ahead food and beverages or retail curbside-pickup transactions, geo-fences could let brands know when their customers are arriving, helping to optimize food prep time in the case of restaurants, and increasing overall efficiency for both brand and consumer.And cars may one day talk to each other, meaning a consumer could learn that five miles up the road, all vehicles have turned on their windshield wipers, indicating a weather change ahead. Some people prefer not to drive in inclement weather, so while the vehicle would automatically turn on the windshield wipers (and offer an alternate route to avoid the weather if possible), the platform could also suggest an offer for soup from a nearby cafe, perhaps inspiring those drivers to warm up inside while waiting for the storm to pass.There’s also a lot that can be said about how a consumer receives information. In-car touchscreens provide engagement opportunities in a format that is safer than using a mobile phone while driving. Vehicles may one day also offer a “notifications” setting allowing consumers to choose which information they’d like to receive in the car, and the display style that works best for them. Merchant brands could use these preferences to further inform their promotional approach.Read more: Four Ways To Measure The Always-On ConsumerConclusionThe value of the insights offered by these In-Vehicle commerce platforms is just starting to be explored, and the possible In-Vehicle Marketing applications are endless. The technology delivers a truly dynamic in-vehicle commerce experience that gives consumers what they want and need while on the go, and merchant brands will benefit through increased revenue and customer loyalty, and truly informed Business Intelligence. In-Vehicle Marketing: People Can Now Buy Coffee Through Their Cars. So, What’s Next? Dan GittlemanJune 26, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 25, 2019 Business IntelligenceCustome LoyaltyIn-vehicle MarketingpersonalizationReal-Time MarketingXevo Previous ArticleIt’s Time to Stamp AI’s Authority on Every Online Advertising CampaignNext ArticleNew Study From Wunderman Thompson Commerce Reveals Amazon Lacks Loyalty Among Gen Zlast_img read more

Litmus Adds Cloud Storage Integration with Dropbox Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive

first_img email marketingEmail Testing SoftwareLitmusMarketing Technology NewsNewsPersonally Identifiable Information Previous ArticleQuadrant Audiences Launches Offering Highly-Targeted Audience Insights in Asia PacificNext ArticleTBWA\Media Arts Lab Appoints Ricardo Adolfo as Executive Creative Director for Japan and Korea Award-Winning Email Platform Now Imports HTML Email Design Files from Leading Cloud-Storage Solutions, Saving Time and Eliminating Errors for Email MarketersLitmus, a leader in email marketing and analytics, announced several new updates to its email platform, including the ability to import email design files from leading cloud storage solutions, expanded privacy protections, and enhancements to custom email tracking. The company also announced that its platform was recently named Spring Leader 2019 by G2 Crowd in the category of Email Testing Software, receiving positive user feedback and above-average scores for both ease of setup and ease of use.“We continue to expand the capabilities of the Litmus platform to deliver an integrated and best-in-class email marketing solution for our customers,” said Richard Yu, senior vice president of product, Litmus. “These new collaboration features and enhancements make it even easier for our customers to efficiently design and test their email campaigns, and to gather critical insights from post-send analytics.”“At Dropbox, it’s our priority to bring content, tools, and teams together, by organizing your content, bringing context to your work, and giving everyone a place to get work done,” said Abhishek Lahoti, business development executive at Dropbox. “Email is a core communication tool for most marketing organizations, so we’re pleased to partner with Litmus to enable marketers to collaborate more efficiently and execute effective campaigns faster.”Marketing Technology News: James Liu Appointed to Board of Directors of Opera LimitedThe Litmus platform and the new features span the full email marketing cycle—from pre-send design to testing and post-send analytics. The new features, as well as recently announced accessibility functionality, make marketing campaigns more inclusive and extend the value of the Litmus platform while maintaining its hallmark ease of use.Cloud Storage IntegrationLitmus users can now import their hypertext markup language (HTML) email files from popular cloud file storage solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. By importing these directly into Litmus, users save time and avoid copy-and-paste errors. The import feature streamlines workflow at several steps along the way, including Builder, Proof, and Checklist — and ensures users are always working with the latest files. Review and approval cycles are simplified, and testing checklists are quickly created without the need to switch between platforms.Privacy Protections and Custom TrackingMarketers can now protect subscribers’ personally identifiable information (PII) while still gathering actionable insights via meaningful tags and parameters. The new functionality enables users to disable email fields that collect PII and replace those with unique tracking codes for every email, along with defined campaign timeframes and expiration dates. This enables Litmus users to track email metrics at the subscriber level and better identify which emails are making the biggest impact.Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the FutureG2 Spring Leader AccoladeThe G2 Leader badge is based on independent tech reviewers who have identified Litmus as a leading email marketing and testing solution. Litmus achieved the highest satisfaction scores in its product category, with above-average scores for both ease of setup and ease of use. The satisfaction rating is derived from independent and authentic user reviews, factoring in multiple rankings across product features, administrative services, and Net Promoter Score (NPS). G2 applies a unique algorithm to each review, analyzing and weighting reviews in terms of popularity, thoroughness, and age. Products in the leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial market presence scoresMarketing Technology News: OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland Litmus Adds Cloud Storage Integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive PRNewswire9 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more