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Smithfield Foods appoints COO as part of restructuring efforts


first_imgSmithfield’s site in Sioux Falls. © Google Smithfield Foods appoints COO as part of restructuring effortsPosted By: Contributoron: January 21, 2019In: Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailSmithfield Foods has made a raft of changes to its leadership structure in a move to unify all its operations, brands, and more than 54,000 employees globally under one corporate umbrella.Virginia-headquartered Smithfield said the new structure aims to in infuse innovative ideas in all aspects of the company and heighten its strategic focus.The restructuring includes the addition of a chief operating officer, a position held by Dennis Organ.This new role oversees and unifies all Smithfield’s domestic business operations management, including the company’s hog production, fresh pork, and packaged meats businesses. Organ is responsible for strategic development, day-to-day operations and improvement of the Smithfield’s US businesses.Gregg Schmidt will remain president of US hog production until his retirement at the end of 2019. Brady Stewart, formerly vice president and general manager of Kansas City Sausage Company and Pine Ridge Farms, which Smithfield acquired in 2017, will work with Schmidt for the next year and succeed him upon his retirement.Smithfield has also created a chief commercial officer of packaged meats position that has been filled by John Pauley, who has been with the company for 18 years.Kenneth Sullivan, chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, said: “Guided by our principles of responsibility, operational excellence, and innovation, our new optimised structure and leadership team will further ignite our potential as ‘One Smithfield’ by allowing us to better identify and seek out opportunities to improve our business, including ways to work smarter, serve customers better, and make Smithfield the best of the best.”Last month, Smithfield invested more than $100 million to create a new distribution centre in Tar Heel, North Carolina, and spent nearly $45 million to grow its operations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.Share with your network: Tags: processingSmithfield FoodsUSlast_img read more


The Election Ate Their Homework CEOs Blame Campaign for Weakness


first_imgPresidential Elections The Election Ate Their Homework? CEOs Blame Campaign for Weakness. Reuters November 7, 2016 –shares At least that is the word from a clutch of corporate executives in recent weeks who have laid at least some blame for their companies’ rocky performances or uneven consumer demand at the feet of constantly bickering White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 5 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Shutterstock Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Apparently, Americans are too distracted or distraught by this year’s wild presidential campaign to think about getting a dishwasher, buying an RV or opening a doughnut shop. And the topsy-turvy race could be crimping furniture sales, hotel bookings and even temporary help hiring.At least that is the word from a clutch of corporate executives in recent weeks who have laid at least some blame for their companies’ rocky performances or uneven consumer demand at the feet of constantly bickering White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.Since the start of October, executives from more than 80 U.S. companies have made some mention of the U.S. election during quarterly conference calls with Wall Street analysts and investors, based on a Reuters analysis of call transcripts.In many cases, their remarks have come in response to specific questions from call participants about whether the long campaign season has had an impact on results. Some, though, have specifically pointed to the election as a factor in their earnings, including by damping consumer or business spending. For example, appliances maker Whirlpool and coffee and doughnuts chain Dunkin’ Brands have directly blamed the elections as a drag on their business. Shares of both companies fell after their reports.In Whirlpool’s case, CEO Jeff Fettig pointed to apparent “temporary softness in industry demand” in the United States in explaining why sales dipped around 0.5 percent from a year earlier, undershooting Wall Street’s forecasts. “We believe this is due to consumer confidence weakening, primarily due to the focus around the U.S. elections,” he told analysts on the appliance maker’s conference call last month.At Dunkin’ Brands, CEO Nigel Travis cited a hesitance by franchise operators to open new stores until they get a grip on how the election outcome will affect regulations and minimum wage laws.Executives at other companies, such as furniture chain Ethan Allen, staffing firm Robert Half International and hotel operator Hilton Worldwide, have cited the election as a pressure point as they discussed the business climate.The election “really has impacted customers and clients. It’s taken a tremendous amount of attention from especially discretionary budgets,” said Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors.Dose of skepticismBut just as voters often take campaign promises with a healthy dose of skepticism, some investors and even a few executives themselves are not taking the talk of risks from the election season seriously.”I think companies with underwhelming results are looking for convenient excuses, and the attention being paid by the American public to this election is certainly a timely and readily available excuse,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.”Whether or not that’s true is debatable. I’d be taking it with a grain of salt.”The vitriolic race between Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton has been tight, and some executives said consumers appeared to be waiting on decisions until Tuesday’s Election Day passes.”As we near an election date in early November, there’s no doubt that I think consumers are, certainly with all discretionary purchases, maybe just taking a look at what’s going to happen here in the next couple of months,” said Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe on the company’s conference call last month. His observation came even as motorhome maker Winnebago’s sales and earnings for the quarter ended in late August topped Wall Street estimates.Hilton, meanwhile, cut its outlook for a key revenue metric, citing weak business travel.”This cycle of election … I think it’s been an unusual cycle and as a consequence I think it has slowed down the economy probably more dramatically than I’ve seen certainly in my adult life,” Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta said on a conference call last month.Evercore ISI analyst Rich Hightower, who covers lodging companies including Hilton, said the election was a “relevant” point for executives to bring up, but he was not factoring any election impact into his financial forecasts.U.S. consumer spending did fall in both August and September, the latest government data showed, and a key gauge of retail sales has posted a decline of around 0.1 percent on average over the three months through September.Still, Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago, questioned whether the campaign was having an effect on consumer behavior.”I can’t imagine it’s created a kind of catatonic state for consumers to stop buying,” said Nolte.And some C-suite denizens have no patience for such excuses.Patrick McHale, CEO of pumps and spray equipment maker Graco, told his conference call listeners he had not heard of “a single customer” holding off on an investment because of the election.McHale continued: “In fact, if I heard somebody at Graco tell me that they were going to make an investment in something but they weren’t because they want to see what was going to happen with the election, I’d probably fire them.”For a related snapshot of CEO comments on the election, click.(By Caroline Valetkevitch and Lewis Krauskopf; Additional reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Dan Burns and Alistair Bell) Register Now »last_img read more


Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for 75 Billion


first_img Next Article The web-based project hosting service attracts millions of developers and open source projects. Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for $7.5 Billion June 4, 2018 Senior Editor –shares Microsoftcenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read The name GitHub may not mean much to you, but for developers it’s a big deal. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world; it hosts over 57 million project repositories and over 28 million users rely on it to keep that code safe and accessible. Now Microsoft owns it.Bloomberg initially reported a rumor that Microsoft was about to acquire GitHub, and now Microsoft has confirmed the acqusition for an eye-watering $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Back in 2015, the company was valued at roughly $2 billion.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed the acqusition, stating “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation. … We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”Talk of an acquisition concerned developers yesterday, who were understandably worried about what Microsoft would do to the service. Microsoft is focused on selling proprietary software, whereas GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects. Activity overnight reflected this concern is real, with GitHub alternative GitLab enjoying a huge surge is project migrations from GitHub.Developers can relax a little, though. Microsoft explained that, “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.” In other words, GitHub will continue to operate as normal, without any big changes happening, at least for now.In terms of management changes, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin, will become GitHub CEO. Chris Wanstrath, current CEO, will become a Microsoft technical fellow working on strategic software initiatives.Speaking of the acquisition, Wanstrath said, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. … Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.”The acquisition won’t be finalized until customary closing conditions and a regulatory review is completed. After that, I expect the first thing to happen behind the scenes is GitHub becoming a service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing infrastructure. Beyond that, expect a softly-softly approach to introducing anything new that may scare off developers and projects.Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. ET with confirmation from Microsoft. Apply Now » Matthew Humphries The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more


Jeff Bezos Reveals His Blue Moon Lunar Lander


first_img Add to Queue 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Space Travel –shares May 10, 2019 Image credit: Blue Origin via engadget Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Jeff Bezos Reveals His ‘Blue Moon’ Lunar Lander Register Now » Mariella Moon Blue Origin is building a lunar lander aptly called the Blue Moon. Jeff Bezos has announced his space company’s shared goal with NASA to go back to our planet’s fateful companion in the next few years at an event for media and space industry executives. There, the tech exec has also revealed that Blue Origin is developing a new engine called BE-7 with a 10,000 lbf thrust, strong enough to power the rocket that’s ferrying the lander and its large payloads to space. Its first test fire could happen as soon as this summer.Blue Origin says the cargo variant it has just revealed can carry 3.6 metric tons to its destination. It’s also working on another variant that’s capable of carrying a “6.5-metric-ton, human-rated ascent stage.” While Bezos didn’t mention particular dates, the company believes it can meet the government’s goal of putting Americans back on the moon by 2024.The Blue Moon initiative seeks to build infrastructure on the surface of Earth’s natural satellite to the point that entrepreneurs can start building space businesses. Bezos talked about the possibility of harnessing resources there for energy back home, since ours are bound to run out in the future. In addition, he said the moon is a good place for manufacturing, since it will take 24 times less energy to haul materials from its surface compared to the Earth due to its lower gravity.A couple of years ago, when Bezos first teased the project, he said it would start by sending a couple of tons of cargo to the moon to build a lunar base — it sounds like that’s still what the company intends to do. “It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” he said.First hotfire will be this summer pic.twitter.com/onGeUNMnOt— Rachel Crane (@RachCrane) May 9, 2019 Blue Origin is also working on a rocket engine for its moon missions. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article last_img read more


Unilever chooses Rotterdam over London for its headquarters


first_imgThe Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam. © Google Unilever chooses Rotterdam over London for its headquartersPosted By: News Deskon: March 15, 2018In: Beverage, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailUnilever has chosen the Netherlands over the UK for its global headquarters as it simplifies from two legal entities into one Dutch corporate entity.The company, which owns brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Knorr and Magnum, announced last April that it would review its dual-headed structure in the UK and the Netherlands as part of the fallout from Kraft Heinz’s failed $143 billion approach.The transition will see Unilever’s two legal entities – a UK PLC and a Dutch NV – become one unit incorporated in the Netherlands. The company said this reflects the fact that shares in NV account for around 55% of the group’s combined ordinary share capital.Critics will see the move, which has been in the pipeline for weeks, as a sign of decreasing confidence in the UK as a result of Brexit. The country has a little more than a year to renegotiate the terms of its withdrawal from the EU.UK officials had been in talks with Unilever to try and convince it to keep its headquarters in London. But the company’s chairman Marijn Dekkers and CEO Paul Polman are both Dutch, while Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister who has lobbied Unilever to make Rotterdam its sole headquarters, is a former employee.Unilever stressed that the employment of 7,300 people in the UK and 3,100 people in the Netherlands will be unaffected by the changes. As part of the transition, Unilever will consist of three divisions: beauty and personal care, home care, and foods and refreshment. The company said the simplification will provide greater flexibility for strategic portfolio change and help drive long-term performance.Unilever chairman Marijn Dekkers said: “Unilever’s board is fully committed to delivering long-term performance and sustainable value for shareholders. The board believes the move to three divisions and the simplification of our corporate structure will create a simpler, more agile and more focused company with increased strategic flexibility for value-creating portfolio change.“Our decision to headquarter the divisions in the UK and the Netherlands underscores our long-term commitment to both countries. The changes announced today also further strengthen Unilever’s corporate governance, creating for the first time in our history a ‘one share, one vote’ principle for all our shareholders.”Share with your network: Tags: NetherlandsUKUnileverlast_img read more


Land OLakes appoints former PepsiCo executive as CEO


first_imgBeth Ford, the new CEO of Land O’LakesLand O’Lakes appoints former PepsiCo executive as CEOPosted By: Martin Whiteon: July 27, 2018In: Agriculture, Appointments, Business, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailUS agri-food business Land O’Lakes has appointed former PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company executive Beth Ford as its new CEO and president, effective from 1 August 2018.Ford has held several senior positions at Land O’Lakes since joining the company in 2011, and most recently served as the company’s chief operating officer, Land O’Lakes businesses, where she oversaw the operations of the Dairy Foods, WinField United and Purina Animal Nutrition business units.Prior to this role, Ford served as the head of Land O’Lakes’ Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses, and a statement from the company claims that she “led record performance and growth” in this time by leveraging R&D to strengthen both brands.With over 20 years of experience in the areas of technology and R&D, Ford also held roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation and Scholastic before joining Land O’Lakes.Ford will succeed the outgoing Chris Policinski, who announced in May that he would retire from his position after 13 years in the role.Ford said: “I’m humbled and honoured to have the chance to serve this great organization. I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their trust in me and for the management team that built the strong foundation we currently enjoy.“I look forward to continuing to work with the talented and dedicated leadership team, as well as our outstanding employees to deliver for our member-owners, customers and communities.“There has never been a more exciting time to be in the agriculture and food industry. Together, our team will work to continue our growth trajectory, as we lead the way forward into the company’s next 100 years.”Land O’Lakes board chairman Pete Kappelman added: “At a time of unprecedented change in the agriculture and food industries, no person is better suited to lead us into the future than Beth Ford.“Since joining our company in 2011, Beth has proven she’s not afraid of hard work, and she sees every challenge as an opportunity to deliver more value for our cooperative.“She’s built a track record of success in a wide array of leadership roles across a decades-long career, and in her seven years at Land O’Lakes, she has earned the trust and respect of our members, employees and customers.“We are thrilled to have someone of such strong qualifications and character to build on the legacy of growth that Land O’Lakes has established.”Share with your network: Tags: agricultureAppointmentsLand O’LakesUSlast_img read more


Craft Brew Alliance purchases three USbased beer companies


first_imgCraft Brew Alliance purchases three US-based beer companiesPosted By: Jules Scullyon: October 11, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailCraft Brew Alliance (CBA) has acquired three US beer firms: North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), Massachusetts’ Cisco Brewers, and Florida’s Wynwood Brewing Co.In 2015 CBA launched its craft beer partner strategy and has since collaborated with each of the brands to bolster its portfolio “with strong local brands and breweries in key markets”.As CBA partners, AMB, Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co have each grown volume and share in their respective markets, and with the latest agreements, CBA aims to significantly invest to unlock their full potential.CBA said it plans to increase marketing spend and resources to fuel each brand’s growth and help drive continued innovation.Andy Thomas, CBA CEO, said: “We are thrilled to welcome AMB, Cisco, and Wynwood fully into the CBA family. From the beginning we knew that our shared values and complementary interests gave us a platform to grow together.“Over the past few years, as we’ve gotten to know each of these exceptional breweries and their passionate teams, it became increasingly clear that the future would be brighter for all of us working together as one.“In addition to Kona and the rest of the CBA portfolio, Cisco, AMB, and Wynwood will all play an important role as CBA focuses on sustainable topline growth for the future.”AMB and CBA formed a strategic partnership in 2015 to increase production and grow distribution of the craft brewer’s core portfolio. Under the purchase agreement, CBA will acquire the AMB brand, brewery, and pub. The transaction is expected to close later this year.Nathan Kelischek, AMB brewmaster, said: “From the beginning, AMB’s mission has been to brew quality beer while focusing on our core tenets of sustainability, community, and philanthropy here in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s about sharing our passion and fulfilling our potential while inspiring others to do the same. In every way, this partnership with CBA has embodied that mission.“We’re so excited to be taking this next step and continue working more closely with Andy, Scott, and the entire team at CBA to keep fulfilling our vision.”Cisco Brewers and CBA entered into a strategic brewing and distribution partnership in 2015. Under the new agreement, CBA will own the Cisco Brewers brand and beer business, while the Cisco founders will continue to own and operate the Cisco Brewers brewpub properties and retail merchandising.Finally, CBA and Wynwood Brewing revealed a partnership in 2016, which included CBA taking a 24.5% minority interest in the brand.Under the latest agreement, CBA purchased the remaining 75.5% interest in the Miami-based brewery. The brand’s co-founders will continue to lead its operations autonomously.Share with your network: Tags: craft beerCraft Brew AllianceUSlast_img read more


ADM agrees to acquire Florida Chemical Company from Flotek


first_imgADM agrees to acquire Florida Chemical Company from FlotekPosted By: News Deskon: January 11, 2019In: Business, Flavours, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailADM has agreed to acquire citrus flavours producer Florida Chemical Company (FCC), a division of Flotek Industries, for an undisclosed sum.Founded in 1942, Florida Chemical Company produces a wide range of high-quality citrus flavour ingredients, speciality terpenes and formulated products primarily for the flavour, fragrance and consumer products markets.The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. When the transaction is completed, FCC’s approximately 75 employees will transfer to ADM.ADM claims that this purchase greatly expands its position in the citrus flavours market, as FCC’s product portfolio includes individual citrus flavour materials and essential oils, including customised flavour blends; flavour enhancers for grapefruit and other citrus fruits; as well as citrus flavour modifiers specifically targeted to improve the quality and taste of food and beverages sweetened with natural or artificial sweeteners.Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Nutrition business unit, said: “ADM is already a leader in natural flavours for food and beverages, offering a wide variety of high-value products and solutions in areas such as vanilla and mint, and this acquisition will place us in a leadership position for citrus flavours as well.“Citrus is one of the fastest-growing flavour categories, and the single most important taste profile for beverages, and no one in North America does citrus better than Florida Chemical Company.”Josh Snively, president of Florida Chemical and Flotek’s executive vice president of operations, added: “ADM has long been an admired industry innovator whose global nutrition portfolio capabilities are second-to-none.“Florida Chemical’s citrus expertise, together with our combined leadership in research and development, will allow us to strategically accelerate and expand our diverse offering to a wide and growing customer base.“Additionally, I am pleased that we will continue our strong relationship with Flotek through both a long-term supply agreement and through the joint pursuit of next-generation chemistry technologies for the energy and agriculture industries.”Share with your network: Tags: ADMcitrusflavoursFlorida Chemical CompanyUSlast_img read more


Kroger collaborates with private equity firm to invest in brands


first_img© Google Kroger collaborates with private equity firm to invest in brandsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: May 20, 2019In: Beverage, Food, Industries, RetailPrintEmailKroger is partnering with private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg to create a new platform to invest in consumer product brands.Called PearlRock Partners, the platform will aim to help emerging consumer brands reach new customers and grow their businesses.The companies said that it will leverage Kroger’s merchandising capabilities and predictive analytics along with Lindsay Goldberg’s consumer expertise and nearly 20-year track record of investing in family-owned and founder-led companies.The platform forms part of Kroger’s Restock Kroger initiative, which the company said is “leveraging its stores, logistics and data assets to create incremental new profit streams”.“We are excited to add PearlRock Partners to our portfolio of high-growth alternative profit businesses that generate additional value from our core grocery business,” said Stuart Aitken, Kroger senior vice president of alternative business.“We are confident this partnership with Lindsay Goldberg will help discover and cultivate new brands that Kroger customers will love. We are transforming from grocer to growth company by deploying our assets to serve even more customers and create margin-rich alternative profit streams.”Brian Kelley, a partner at Lindsay Goldberg, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Kroger to help grow tomorrow’s most successful consumer brands alongside the entrepreneurs who built them. Backed by a state-of-the-art predictive data platform, real-world consumer product expertise and unparalleled merchandising resources, these next-gen brands will be poised for growth and offer Kroger’s broad customer base greater choice, convenience and innovation.”Lindsay Goldberg partner Chris Laitala added: “Our partnership with Kroger creates an opportunity to invest in the consumer products industry with unique insights and a competitive edge. Consistent with our track record of making transformative investments with exceptional industry partners, this strategic relationship with Kroger will provide differentiated sourcing and visibility into evolving consumer preferences and brand performance.”In March, Kroger secured a deal to sell its Turkey Hill business to an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital.Share with your network: Tags: KrogerUSlast_img read more


Tetra Pak is doing more with less for sustainability


first_imgTetra Pak is ‘doing more with less’ for sustainabilityPosted By: News Deskon: June 05, 2019In: Industries, Innovation, Manufacturing, PackagingPrintEmailOla Elmqvist, executive vice president of processing for Tetra PakAt this year’s Global Dairy Congress, Tetra Pak’s new executive vice president, Ola Elmqvist, will share insights into future thinking from a preference for healthy choices to demands for “clean label” ingredients, fast evolving consumer trends, and the high expectations to deliver against them.These are setting the benchmark for food and drink producers – and that’s before one gets to the area receiving the most attention: impact on the environment.As consumers become increasingly aware of the need to preserve and protect the world’s resources, producers are expected to embed sustainability objectives and use future-friendly solutions, which produce more but consume less.Founded on the tenet that a package should save more than it costs, Tetra Pak is committed to developing packaging and processing solutions which help reduce food waste, increase food availability and improve resource efficiency without impact to food safety.Today’s challenges in terms of efficiency and use of resources such as energy and water, will not go away. It is of vital importance therefore to use resources in the right way, from initial processing to the final product.At this year’s Global Dairy Congress, Ola will provide a thorough overview of how Tetra Pak:• Contributes to the sustainable factory of the future by developing solutions that reduce energy usage, water usage and deliver CO 2 reduction• Delivers operational cost reduction for dairy producers• Provides higher modularity and tailor-made solutionsThe most efficient dairy processing solutions and newest releases – as well as the trends that drive them and the customer benefits they offer – will also be addressed.Share with your network: Tags: promotedsustainabilityTetra Paklast_img read more


More than 100 Assad fighters killed in clash with US in eastern


first_img Support The Guardian The fighting in Idlib has displaced at least 300,000 civilians towards the north of the province and the Turkish border, as people fled a regime advance and bombardment there. Syrian government forces also clashed with US forces in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, the first time such a large-scale confrontation occurred on Syrian land. An official with the US-led coalition against Islamic State told Reuters it had repelled a coordinated assault by pro-regime militias on a base in the region, a battle that Syrian state media appeared to confirm with a news bulletin which accused the coalition of killing dozens of militiamen. The official said no US troops were killed or wounded in the attack, which was carried out by some 500 fighters, but one Syrian fighter allied with the coalition was wounded. More than a hundred pro-regime fighters were killed.The battle underscored the competing global and regional powers fighting in Syria and the myriad conflicts they are prosecuting on Syrian territory nearly seven years into the civil war. More than 100 Assad fighters killed in clash with US in eastern Syria Share on Twitter A man carries a child through rubble after a regime airstrike in Douma, SyriaPhotograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters news Thu 8 Feb 2018 09.11 EST This article is more than 1 year old Share on Messenger Bashar al-Assad Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Facebook Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.53 EDT Middle East and North Africa Twitter Pinterest Shares174174 Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… 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. Failed assault on US-controlled base comes as regime continues to bombard eastern Ghouta This article is more than 1 year old The United States has said it killed more than 100 fighters loyal to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad as it repelled an assault on a US-controlled base in eastern Syria, the most serious clash between the alliance led by Washington and government forces in the country.News of the battle emerged amid another bloody day in Syria that signalled the complete unraveling of a shaky nationwide ceasefire. Syrian government forces shelled and bombed the region of eastern Ghouta, near the capital, Damascus, on the third day of a relentless campaign that has killed 21 people so far on Thursday alone.“There is a new massacre in eastern Ghouta and new violations against humanity,” said Raed Srewel, a journalist based in the town of Douma. “The planes are always in the skies of Ghouta, the markets and homes are being bombed, there are martyrs and wounded, and God is our only solace.” “There is no safe place in Ghouta,” he added. “You can describe it with this saying we have: in addition to death, the graves are too small.”The escalating violence came days after a failed peace conference in Sochi sponsored by Russia, the main backer of the Assad regime. After the conference, the Syrian regime and its allies stepped up a campaign of violence in Ghouta and Idlib, two of the last major strongholds of the opposition. Topics Share on Twitter Russia Share via Email A Syrian man searches for survivors in a building in Douma destroyed by regime airstrikes. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images Share via Email Kareem Shaheen in Istanbul Share on LinkedIn Syria Syria US military Reuse this contentlast_img read more


ExTrump adviser sold 31m in shares days before president announced steel tariffs


first_imgDominic Rushe in New York Share on Facebook Ex-Trump adviser sold $31m in shares days before president announced steel tariffs This article is more than 1 year old … 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 Twitter Share via Email Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.46 EDT Trump administration Since you’re here… news Carl Icahn in 2014.Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters Shares22,33222k Carl Icahn sold $31.3m of shares in a company dependent on steel imports days before the commerce department mooted stiff tariffs on importsTrump trade tariffs – business live Share on Facebook @dominicru Steel industry Carl Icahn, a former special adviser to Donald Trump, sold $31.3m of shares in a company heavily dependent on steel imports last week, shortly before Trump’s announcement of new tariffs sent its shares plummeting.Icahn, a billionaire investor who was a major Trump supporter, started selling shares in the crane and lifting equipment supplier Manitowoc Company on 12 February, days before the commerce department first mooted plans to impose stiff tariffs on foreign steel imports.The news was first reported by Think Progress.On Thursday Trump said he would press ahead with the commerce department’s plans to levy 25% tariffs on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium.According to a regulatory filing Icahn was able to sell his shares for $32 to $34. On Friday morning Manitowoc’s shares had fallen 5.48% to $26.37. The fall was in line with drops seen by other companies dependent on cheap steel imports, including Boeing and Caterpillar.Trump has argued that the tariffs are necessary to protect US jobs. “We must protect our country and our workers. Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Steel and aluminum tariffs trigger sharp stock market sell-off in US and Asia Steel industry Reuse this content This article is more than 1 year old Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Email Read more Fri 2 Mar 2018 12.39 EST Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics The announcement has rattled stock markets around the world and stoked fears of a trade war with both the EU and China saying they are considering retaliation if the tariffs become law.Icahn, who has a fortune of $16.9bn according to Forbes, sold 1m shares in Manitowoc, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The value of the shares he sold has since dropped by around $6m. The investor was a special adviser to Trump during the election but resigned his position amid concerns about potential conflicts of interest relating to his vast business holdings.Icahn was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more


Netanyahus theatrics help push Trump towards Iran deal withdrawal


first_img … 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. Netanyahu’s theatrics help push Trump towards Iran deal withdrawal Share on Pinterest Middle East and North Africa Iran analysis Share on Facebook Share via Email Share via Email Tue 1 May 2018 15.19 EDT Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Nuclear weapons Pinterest If the reports are true, it was the heist of the century. Israeli spies are said to have broken into a secret Tehran warehouse in January, stolen a half-tonne of documents and somehow spirited them back to Israel the same night.That version of events, recounted in the New York Times, raises important questions about the documents presented by Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday as proof of Iranian dishonesty about its nuclear weapons programme.For example, why were the presumed crown jewels of Iranian national security not better guarded? Was there a struggle to get into the warehouse, an “inside man”, or was there just a padlock?And why – amid all those documents – were the Israelis not able to find substantive new information that had not been presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2011?“There was nothing there. There was nothing that the IAEA did not know, and all the theatrics and circa-2004 PowerPoint were a bit silly,” said Alexandra Bell, a former state department expert, now senior policy director at the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. The White House seized on the Israeli PM’s dubious show-and-tell despite opposition from European allies desperate to keep the JCPOA afloat Shares268268 Iran’s nuclear programmecenter_img Twitter Julian Borger World affairs editor Topics Benjamin Netanyahu describes how Iran has allegedly continued with its nuclear capabilities, in Tel Aviv, Israel Monday.Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA Sarah Handers at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images A few hours later, the claim was quietly put in the past tense, stating instead that Iran had such a programme.That assumption underpinned the JCPOA. So far, nothing from the Israeli document trove represents a direct violation of the deal, or contradicts the IAEA’s judgment in December 2015 that there had been no evidence of Iranian work on nuclear weapons design after 2009.In its only response to the Netanyahu’s presentation so far, the IAEA simply restated the formal findings of its director general, Yukiya Amano, in 2015, that there appeared to have been a “coordinated effort” in Iran on weapons development up to 2003.After that, there were more dispersed “feasibility and scientific studies” until 2009, and that were “no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009”.The Israeli documents do, however, highlight one of the compromises underlying the JCPOA. The IAEA had been pursuing evidence of nuclear weapons design since 2005, after a laptop containing files on nuclear weapons design had been smuggled out of Iran and handed to the CIA.By February 2008, the head of the safeguards department, Olli Heinonen, believed there was enough evidence to brief the IAEA board, and his inspectors continued to press for access to the places and people linked to the “Amad” nuclear weapons project, in particular, its chief scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The Iranians stonewalled, however, and the IAEA never got to interview Fakhrizadeh or his colleagues.The JCPOA did not resolve the impasse, but shelved it. The parties agreed the deal could not go into force until the IAEA had closed its file on past weaponisation issues. Amano did so in December 2015 with a “final assessment”, summarising what the IAEA knew, without the benefit of the interviews and inspections the safeguards department wanted. Those were mostly under the control of the Revolutionary Guard and therefore quite possibly not in the gift of Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran.It was a political fix that made some uneasy, like Heinonen who argued that the IAEA was debasing its own currency as the gold standard of nuclear verification.The new documents could well re-open this dilemma, possibly identifying sites of past weaponisation work that IAEA inspectors could ask to visit, maybe triggering stand-offs with the Iranian military. Or they could prevent the IAEA reaching a formal “broader conclusion” that Iran’s nuclear programme is for exclusively peaceful means – a milestone which was envisioned in the first decade of the JCPOA’s implementation.“The IAEA’s final assessment was a bit of a fudge. They didn’t quite close it as put it on a back burner. This makes it difficult to do that,” said Ian Stewart, a former UK counter-proliferation official now at King’s College London.Under the JCPOA certain restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities lift after eight years or when the IAEA reaches its “broader conclusion”.“It would leave us in a politically untenable situation, with the restrictions on the programme lifted de facto by the clock, rather than the IAEA satisfying itself that Iran activities are of a purely peaceful nature,” Stewart said. Such dilemmas may not arise however, if Trump – emboldened by Netanyahu’s documents – succeeds in killing off the JCPOA in the coming weeks or months. At least some of the unanswered questions may yet be resolved when Israel shares the trove with other governments and the IAEA, but by then Netanyahu’s multimedia show-and-tell is likely to have had its intended effect: to provide political cover for US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.Donald Trump is threatening to stop issuing presidential waivers on nuclear-related sanctions when the next tranche is due on 12 May, which would mark an abrogation of the agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even if Trump does not formally announce withdrawal.That would open a rift with Washington’s European allies France, the UK and Germany, who are also party to the JCPOA and remain its strong supporters. London and Paris issued statements on Tuesday stressing that they have been aware of Iranians’ past weapons design work for many years, and it was precisely that awareness that drove their negotiating positions in the two years of talks leading up the deal.Despite such adamant opposition from key allies to Trump’s threatened violation of the deal, the White House seized on Netanyahu’s documents. In its eagerness to embrace the message the press secretary, Sarah Sanders, put out a statement that claimed: “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons programme.” Nuclear deal: Netanyahu accuses Iran of cheating on agreement First published on Tue 1 May 2018 13.13 EDT Support The Guardian Donald Trump Facebook Israel Read more Iran’s nuclear programme Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Benjamin Netanyahu Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Trump on GM They better open a new plant in Ohio –


first_img27 Nov 201815:00 Updatedat 5.05pm EST Oldest First published on Mon 26 Nov 2018 09.02 EST Topics Mon 26 Nov 2018 17.01 EST Share on Facebook 27 Nov 2018 16:22 @Bencjacobs Shares107107 Updatedat 3.13pm EST Reuse this content 27 Nov 201815:16Trump tells GM to ‘open a new plant’ in Ohio Twitter 27 Nov 201815:03Trump says he doesn’t believe his adminstration’s climate report Republicans 27 Nov 201811:57Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deals to $110bn – report 27 Nov 201815:30 Share on Facebook Trump has now weighed in on next week’s runoff for secretary of state in Georgia. The race between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger will be the last statewide race of 2018 and test of Democratic intensity after Stacey Abrams’s narrow loss in the gubernatorial race. Facebook US politics Ben Jacobs in Washington Facebook Updatedat 5.06pm EST Facebook Bob Corker, the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, says he expects a vote this week on a resolution to end US support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen. Twitter A second new poll in Mississippi has Cindy Hyde-Smith’s lead narrowing to six points.The poll from Change Research has Hyde-Smith at 51% with Democrat Mike Espy at 45%. Share on LinkedIn Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter).@SecPompeo statement on #Russia, #Ukraine:The #US “condemns this aggressive Russian action…” pic.twitter.com/DZHjtYh5U1November 26, 2018 Share via Email Share via Email Twitter Twitter 26 Nov 201810:27Roger Stone associate offered a plea deal by Mueller “I just think Cindy Hyde-Smith will work more with the president. Espy’s a friend of mine, and he’ll be fighting the president. We don’t need a senator that’s going to be fighting. The president is a supporter of Mississippi.” Share on Messenger Democrats Key events Twitter Burgess Everett (@burgessev)Cornyn says GOP will continue talking to senators but is “optimistic” Senate will confirm Farr as NC District judge. Flake and all Democrats oppose, leaving no room for errorNovember 26, 2018 27 Nov 201814:51 Facebook Facebook Facebook 27 Nov 201815:16 US Congress Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a statement about Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait yesterday. Facebook Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)….and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!November 26, 2018 Facebook Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. 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. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian Facebook Facebook 27 Nov 201812:23Republican Mia Love concedes in Utah Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino)Pelosi aide says her office still has not received a request to meet from Rep. Moulton. https://t.co/nDhIbSvdnfNovember 26, 2018 Twitter David Siders (@davidsiders). @BetoORourke acknowledges he has changed his answer on #2020 … now not ruling it out pic.twitter.com/sYGsSncdHlNovember 26, 2018 Political Polls (@Politics_Polls)#MSsen Runoff:Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) 51% (+5)Mike Espy (D) 46%@ChangePolls 11/25November 26, 2018 1 of 5 Twitter Twitter The Senate is due to vote on the confirmation of Thomas Farr to be a federal district court judge in North Carolina today.Farr has long been controversial and is vocally opposed by African American and voting rights groups over his work for Jesse Helms and as well as for defending voter ID laws and legislative maps later ruled an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.With all 49 Democrats and Republican Jeff Flake opposed, the vice-president, Mike Pence will currently cast a tiebreaking vote if no other Republican opposes Farr’s nomination. US midterms 2018 27 Nov 201815:23 Although Seth Moulton says he wants to speak with Nancy Pelosi about the speaker’s race, the vocal Pelosi opponent has apparently yet to reach out to her. Share on Pinterest Updatedat 5.05pm EST Miranda Green (@mirandacgreen)Trump says of his administration’s own climate report: “I don’t believe it” via the @APNovember 26, 2018 Trump tells GM to ‘open a new plant’ in OhioIn an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump said “General Motors better damn well open a new plant there very quickly.” The president added that he told GM CEO Mary Barra “I love Ohio. I told them: ‘You’re playing around with the wrong person.”Updatedat 5.04pm EST 27 Nov 201815:19 Facebook 27 Nov 201815:54 Trump says he doesn’t believe his adminstration’s climate reportThe climate report, issued Friday, detailed the major economic impact that global warming will have on the United States and would reduce the American economy by as much as 10% by the end of the century. 27 Nov 201814:49 President Donald Trump has suggested on Twitter that the United States start its own cable news channel.It is unclear how this would fit in with existing outlets like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Facebook Facebook Facebook The Government Accountability Office will launch an investigation into whether members of Donald Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, had improper influence over the VA.The investigation comes after Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii suggested the government watchdog look into this in August.Updatedat 5.03pm EST 27 Nov 201815:10 Trump says that he has talked to GM CEO Mary Barra about the layoffs announced earlier today. He insisted that the move was unconnected with his increase in tariffs on steel. Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers)I asked President Trump about General Motors as he left the White House just now. He said he’s not happy about it and he spoke to Mary Barra directly. President Trump told me the layoffs have nothing to do with his tariffs.November 26, 2018 Updatedat 5.06pm EST Twitter 27 Nov 201815:03 27 Nov 201817:01 27 Nov 201815:43 Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp 27 Nov 201816:07 Despite her controversial comments, African American Republicans in Mississippi are standing by Cindy Hyde-Smith.Charles Evers, the brother of civil rights hero Medgar Evers, told McClatchy: Summary 27 Nov 201815:35 Show Newest Live feed Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)While CNN doesn’t do great in the United States based on ratings, outside of the U.S. they have very little competition. Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair….November 26, 2018 Updatedat 5.05pm EST James Pindell (@JamesPindell).@AyannaPressley just announced she will back @NancyPelosi for speaker after being undecided on the question #mapoliNovember 26, 2018 Twitter 27 Nov 201816:45 Tulsi Gabbard is going to New Hampshire this weekend. The three term member of Congress from Hawaii who has been the subject of controversy over her meeting with Bashar al-Assad, will be holding several events in the Granite State. US politics Twitter Facebook Show Twitter Newer Donald Trump Mississippi Updatedat 5.07pm EST Beto O’Rourke is continuing to play coy on a 2020 presidential bid. Trump on GM: ‘They better open a new plant in Ohio’ – as it happened,Trump says he’s not happy with GM’s decision to lay off more than 14,000 workers, and dismisses new climate reportSign up to our new US morning briefing 27 Nov 201816:22 Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Brad Raffensperger will be a fantastic Secretary of State for Georgia – will work closely with @BrianKempGA. It is really important that you get out and vote for Brad – early voting….November 26, 2018 Another newly elected Democrat has announced their support for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts just announced that she would back Pelosi. Twitter Donald Trump says “I don’t believe” the climate report issued by his administration. Jerome Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone, has said he has refused a plea deal offered by special counsel Robert Mueller.Outgoing Republican congresswoman Mia Love criticized Donald Trump in her concession after losing her re-election bid.Trump will hold two rallies tonight in Mississippi for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith who faces Democrat Mike Espy tomorrow in the special election runoff there for United States Senate. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Manu Raju (@mkraju)In response to Saudi, Corker tells us he expects a vote this week on Lee-Sanders-Murphy resolution calling to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, potential committee action on Saudi on Weds. — and he wants Haspel briefing — not just Mattis and Pompeo. “There will be a lot happening”November 26, 2018 Updated 27 Nov 2018,Trump at the White House on Monday.Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Twitter Twitter John DiStaso (@jdistaso)Looks like US Rep. @TulsiGabbard (D-Hawaii), potential pres candidate, planning several stops in #fitn NH this weekend. Schedule not yet firmed up, but @rcdcnh chair @LarryDrake2 says he’s planning a meet/greet at county committee HQ in Exeter Saturday #nhpolitics #WMURNovember 26, 2018 Olderlast_img read more


Local DTC Brands Top Glossier Harrys Casper Converting a Quarter of Consumers


first_imgGlossier16 SimplyCook, Made.Com, Abel & Cole and Birchbox Lead the UK ‘Direct to Consumer’ Movement Research into consumer awareness of ‘direct to consumer’ (DTC) brands by Rakuten Marketing reveals four of the top five names are local, UK businesses, putting them ahead of global brands Glossier, Harry’s and Casper.Conducted among 2,000 UK consumers and a further 2,000 in France and Germany, the study proves that despite recent headlines, the top global DTC brands are lesser known than SimplyCook, Made.com, Abel & Cole and Birchbox. Global business, Dollar Shave Club – the DTC archetype – also makes the top five.When it comes to sales, the research also confirms the efficacy of the DTC business model – for example 28% of UK respondents who recognise Birchbox have also bought from the company, 27% have bought from SimplyCook and 24% from Made.com. 23 DTCDTC brandsInfluencer marketingMarketing TechnologyMeli MeloNewsRakuten Marketing Previous ArticleVyStar Credit Union Improves Member Experience, Reduces Fraud with Verint Identity Authentication SolutionNext Article74% of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital Experience 27 Made.com44 Harry’s32 Local DTC Brands Top Glossier, Harry’s & Casper, Converting a Quarter of Consumers PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 4:11 pmMay 23, 2019 % of all UK consumers who have heard of the brandOf those consumers who have heard of the brand, % who have made a purchase Abel & Cole35 Casper20 SimplyCook50 33 Birchbox35 Brushbox15 Tails.com26 26 21 Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsHigh conversion channelsLooking at where consumers actually convert, the numbers are an almost even split. While 17% of consumers profess Facebook is their most likely point of sale, 12% still rely on the brand’s own website and 14% prefer cashback sites and voucher / discount code sites, highlighting the role of affiliate marketing in driving conversions.Anthony Capano, managing director, EMEA at Rakuten Marketing explains, “DTC brands have historically relied on performance-based digital advertising strategies. Huel was started when founder, Julian Hearn, sold his affiliate marketing business to fund his successful business venture. Now, many leverage high return publishers to target audiences with direct response ads to drive conversions.”Importantly, performance marketing should not be seen through the linear lens of social and discount sites. MoneySavingExpert is a great example of a consumer advice publisher where as many as one in ten consumers are most likely to click and buy from a DTC brand.Fashion label Meli Melo is undertaking the move towards a DTC business model. CEO of Meli Melo, Doug Ker, comments, “Brands who can orientate campaigns through affiliate marketing with key business objectives stand to benefit the most. Focusing on what really matters, Meli Melo has been developing close relationships with regional publishers offering the most relevant and engaged audiences in different regions, for example in APAC, which puts our brand in front of our premium international buyer.”Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security FeaturesAre DTC brands feeling social pressure?Looking at the channels that have catalysed awareness for these brands it’s clear social media still plays a heavy role. 44% of UK consumers place Facebook as a platform that has raised their awareness of DTC brands. YouTube (31%) and Instagram (28%) are close behind.Celebrity social media endorsements are one of the most familiar social media expenditures among brands. In fact, more respondents (11%) backed micro-influencers – those with up to 30,000 followers – as an effective means of raising their interest in DTC brands, supporting findings from a recent Rakuten Marketing study into influencer marketing.Doug Ker explains, “The targeting available through social platforms is like nothing many retailers had encountered before. However, as these tools mature, they are also becoming more expensive, urging independent brands such as Lush, to consider whether there are more efficient solutions to reaching core segments of their audience.“It’s ultimately an extremely high reward approach to sales, but the close relationship between awareness and purchasing doesn’t solely exist in the realm of social media.”Marketing Technology News: ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer Engagement 26 24 21 Dollar Shave Club43 28 22last_img read more


EZ Texting Named as a 2019 Top Rated Marketing Tool by TrustRadius


first_img EZ TextingMegan Headleymobile marketingNewsSMS marketingTop Rated Marketing ToolTrustRadius Previous ArticlePinnacle Advertising Names Tracy Richards Its First-Ever Chief Growth OfficerNext Article65% of Consumers Question How Brands Are Using Their Data “I started using EZ Texting for my business over a year ago and find it a quick, easy, and wonderful way to communicate with my customer base. I called in with a few questions when I set it up and their customer service was beyond helpful,” said an independent sales consultant and EZ Texting customer. “I use it daily to let customers know anything from a sale date, promotion or just a simple “hi” to remind them I’m here to help. It has kept my business growing going steadily and my communication with customers is clear and they always come back to me because I’m easily accessible to them with EZ Texting.”Marketing Technology News: Relationship Intelligence Platform Affinity Hires Four New Vice Presidents TrustRadius Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are based on an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores as they pertain to recency, relevancy and rating. TrustRadius divides marketing software into eight categories including mobile marketing, for which EZ Texting was identified as the stand-out product.Based on consumer ratings and reviews, EZ Texting has achieved the following:Overall TrustRadius Score: 8.8 out of 10Likelihood to Recommend: 8.8 out of 10Usability: 8 out of 10Support: 10 out of 10Implementation: 10 out of 10“When looking from the inside out, it’s easy to see your company’s solution as providing value to the market, but reading so many positive reviews from verified users on TrustRadius validates our team’s focus and dedication to customer success,” said EZ Texting CEO, Norman Happ. “This is no vanity award — being a top-rated marketing tool alongside Adobe and Google means we are delivering on our mission to be the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to connect customers with their mobile audience.”Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of MarketingEZ Texting’s customers appreciate the ease of use, quick results, keyword capabilities and more that the platform offers. Vetted reviews by verified users include:“We use EZ Texting to communicate important details to the attendees of our events. We notify them of weather alerts, changes to our schedule, and meeting locations,” said a customer care employee at a religious institution and EZ Texting customer. “We love how EZ Texting easily gets the word out, and our attendees can easily reply back to our messages. I would definitely recommend EZ Texting to anyone who desires to send announcements to a large group, or who hosts events.” SMS marketing software receives Top Rated badge for the Mobile Marketing category based on customer reviews and ratings EZ Texting, the #1 SMS marketing software for business, has been named one of the Top Rated 2019 Marketing Tools by TrustRadius. TrustRadius, the most trusted site for B2B software reviews, honors EZ Texting with the Top Rated Mobile Marketing badge in the Marketing Tools category awarded to companies with the highest consumer ratings in their categories.“This year EZ Texting was the only product to earn a Top Rated award for mobile marketing,” said Megan Headley, VP of Research at TrustRadius. “Reviewers love EZ Texting’s one-to-many text capabilities for announcements of deadlines and upcoming events, and the ability to text individual customers complex or event-specific information as needed.”center_img Marketing Technology News:Aussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten Marketing EZ Texting Named as a 2019 Top Rated Marketing Tool by TrustRadius Globe Newswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 last_img read more


How Sellersjson and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object Reinforces DSPsBuy Side Confidence in


first_imgWhat is Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object?IAB Tech Lab has come up with a new initiative to combat ad fraud in the digital supply chain. This new initiative comes as a package of two tools – Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object. The ads.txt initiative, which has seen rapid adoption in the last one year has helped to identify all direct sellers, a publisher has authorized to sell its inventory, however, it lacks transparency when multiple sellers – SSPs/Exchanges/Resellers are involved in selling the same ad impression. Sellers.json aims to fight fraud that might crop in due to this intricate chain of vendors involved in the sale of every impression. You can read in detail about these tools and how they work in our earlier blog here: https://chocolateplatform.com/faqs-sellers-json-and-openrtb-supplychain-object/Read More: We’re Are All Beginning to Recognize Our Creative Power – and Have Social Media to ThankWhy DSPs/Buy Side need it? These tools are designed to give programmatic buyers more certainty in the multiple vendors involved in the selling of the ad impression. Ads.txt is there to list all the direct vendors that a publisher has authorized to sell its inventory. However, as you may know, there are multiple intermediaries involved in the selling of each impression – exchanges, ad networks, resellers, etc. Ads.txt lacked tracking of this chain and many a time DSP/buy side did not know who the final seller is. This led to the entry of fraudulent players who benefited from the lack of transparency and ended up eating ad dollars. Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply chain Objects are designed to add that extra layer of transparency and list all sellers, resellers involved in the selling of every impression, including the final seller in the chain.How does it benefit the DSPs/Buy side?Large scale adoption of ads.txt has helped combat ad fraud considerably. App-ads.txt adoption is picking up well too. All industry players have supported these initiatives which have immensely helped make the digital supply chain ecosystem more fair and transparent. With sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object, buyers can further increase their confidence in programmatic vendors as now buy side gets concise and accurate information on every seller participating in the programmatic transactionKnow every reseller in the supply chain: With these two new tools, you get access to a list of all the intermediaries that are involved in selling the impression and not just the direct seller. Sellers.json is a public file that every SSP/Exchange is expected to host. Buyers can anytime study and validate the sellers.Track the final seller for every bid request: Supply Chain Object in every bid request ensures buyers see the complete trail of the bid right from the direct seller to any resellers involved in between to the final seller. Supply Chain is composed of nodes. The entire chain of nodes from beginning to end would represent all sellers who were paid for an individual bid request.Identify and eradicate fraudulent vendors: Buyers can now validate the sellers’ identity on ads.txt (authorized direct sellers), sellers.json (authorized intermediary sellers) and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object (bid request level tracking of the supply chain) and flag if any of the sellers are not listed in these filesWork with quality supply platforms: Buyers can take measures to work with supply platforms that have adopted these new tools. This will boost the adoption of high-quality digital supply chain standards and help the overall industry to stop losing money to ad fraud. How Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object Reinforces DSPs/Buy Side Confidence in Programmatic Advertising Sharad Kapoor4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 Read More: How Automating Metadata Management Can Transform Data GovernanceWho is responsible for implementing it?SSPs/Exchanges are primarily responsible for implementing Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object. For sellers.json, they are expected to host a JSON file on their domain, something like chocolateplatform.com/sellers.json which will list all the sellers, resellers a particular SSP/Exchange is working with. This file will have information on each seller – seller Id (unique for every seller), type of relationship (Direct, reseller), seller domain and more. Buyers can review and examine these files anytime and match with ads.txt data for publishers. For OpenRTB Supply Chain Object, all bid request will contain these object primarily composed of nodes. Each node will represent a specific entity that participates in the selling of the bid request. Each valid complete Supply Chain Object shall include – asi (URL of the seller), pid (publisher id), rid (RequestId) and some more node identifiers. You can see the complete specs here: https://iabtechlab.com/sellers-json/Here is how a sample sellers.json file contains:Use case 1: Working with direct publisherAd request flow: Publisher -> Chocolate Exchange -> DSP’sAds.txt: DirectChocolate exchange seller.json{“seller_id”: “10001”,“name”: “Pub1”,“domain”: “pub1.com”,“directness”: “DIRECT”}Use case 2: Working with indirect publisherAd request flow: Publisher -> Indirect publisher -> chocolate exchange -> DSP’sPayment flow: DSP’s -> chocolate exchange -> Indirect publisher -> PublisherAds.txt: ResellerChocolate exchange seller.json for use case 2,{“seller_id”: “10002”,“name”: “Pub2”,“domain”: “pub2.com”,“directness”: “Reseller”}Here is how a Supply Chain Object will look :Use case 1: Working with direct publisherAd request flow: Publisher -> Chocolate Exchange -> DSP’s“schain”: {“complete”: 1,“nodes”: [{“asi”:”chocolateplatform.com”,“pid”:”10001″“rid”:”BidRequest1″}]}Use case 2: Working with indirect publisherAd request flow: Publisher -> Indirect publisher -> chocolate exchange -> DSP’s“schain”: {“complete”: 1,“nodes”: [{“asi”:”pub2.com”,“pid”:”101″“rid”:”BidRequest1″},{“asi”:”chocolateplatform.com”,“pid”:”10002″“rid”:”BidRequest1″}]}Where can I read more about it?IAB has released a set of detailed documents. Here it is:Press Release: https://iabtechlab.com/press-releases/iab-tech-lab-announces-two-new-technologies-to-build-more-transparency-trust-in-the-programmatic-supply-chain/Seller.json Specs: https://iabtechlab.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Sellers.json-Public-Comment-April-11-2019.pdfOpenRTB Supply Chain Object Specs: https://github.com/InteractiveAdvertisingBureau/openrtb/blob/master/supplychainobject.mdRead More: How Salesforce CRM Improves Your Sales Pipeline and About Salesforce DX VCScenter_img ad frauddigital supply chainIAB Tech LabOpenRTBprogrammatic advertisingSellers.json Previous ArticleTechBytes with Mark Summerson (Nexmo) and Ryan Gosling (Callsign)Next ArticleInternet Marketing Company, fishbat, Discusses 3 Ways Architecture Companies Can Remarket to Customerslast_img read more


Fiat ChryslerRenault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Cars


first_img Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Most Unforgettable Harrison Ford Moments The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder 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. Fiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Cars By Bill Howard on June 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Should Americans care in the least if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merges with Renault, as is currently rumored? Should you get excited at the prospect of a, say, Renault Clio coming stateside, given that many American butts won’t fit on the seats of a 149-inch sub-subcompact hatchback?Probably not, so let’s keep it simple: FCA is doing well. It has money to invest because two of its brands (Jeep and Ram) are kicking butt in sales. Grown men drooled seeing the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup at the various winter-spring auto shows. So that gives the London-based (don’t ask) FCA multinational the ability to go on a shopping spree. Or, at the very least, go window shopping.What FCA wants is what Renault has: more of a head start in the EV business than either the F or C part has. Also, access to Renault may or may not mean access to Renault-partner Nissan, which is also a capital-P Player in EVs. It also means possible access to Mitsubishi, which, ah, well, sometimes you get puzzle pieces that don’t always complete the picture. Expect more alliances and mergers as automakers deal with the huge costs of electrification, as well as the need to work on higher levels of autonomous driving.Under its new CEO, Mike Manley, Fiat Chrysler pledged to build cars, SUVs, and pickups using a wide range of powertrains: conventional gasoline and diesel, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric vehicles. In March, Manley said FCA would develop opportunities “including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.”2019 Renault ClioBut What About Nissan (and Mitsubishi)?Remember the Facebook status box every teenager checked: “In a relationship and it’s complicated”? That box got ticked here, too. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance dates to 1999 between Renault and Nissan, with Mitsubishi joining up in 2017. The three companies represent the world’s largest automaking alliance and sell 10-11 million cars a year (Nissan 6 million, Renault 4 million, and Mitsubishi 1 million a year ago). With 500,000 EV sales since 2010, they’re also the biggest player in electrification. (Tesla is at about 300,000, for comparison.)The three automakers don’t own each other, but they have stock investments in each other: Renault 43 percent stake in Nissan (with voting rights), Nissan 15 percent stake in Renault (without rights), and Nissan a controlling stake in Mitsubishi. They control 10 brands: Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia, and Lada.Nissan Leaf: 400,000-plus sold.While FCA seems to be interested in Renault’s EV savvy, it’s Nissan that sells way more EVs. The Leaf recently topped 400,000 sales on its own. Analysts have been busy deciding if they believe an FCA-Renault alliance is good for Nissan, or bad. Nissan sells more vehicles and has twice the market value. Nissan also has a significant self-driving effort and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist has been well received. Renault also doesn’t have many cars of interest to the North American market. The Renault Clio looks sharp, but critics say it’s short on interior space compared with competitors and the US isn’t dying (yet) for another Ford Fiesta kind of car.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, before FCA came calling, had added an Alliance 2022 campaign to reach 14 million sales and $240 billion by 2022. But the iconic leader of the alliance, Carlos Ghosn, has been in or out of jail in Japan this year (the Japanese keep re-arresting him and he keeps posting bail, most recently in April) on charges of underreporting his incoming and misusing of company assets. Last November he was ousted as Nissan’s chairman. He previously had been chairman of Renault and since the early 2000s has had a reputation as a fierce cost-cutter and innovator.2019 Ram 1500Where Electrification Matters to FCAPreviously, Fiat Chrysler seemed most intrigued by electrification prospects in China, the world’s largest car market, with 28 million sales in 2018 versus 17 million in the US, and an even larger lead in air pollution so bad much of the populace complains. Now FCA apparently sees potential in the US.Both the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 offer gasoline engines with battery-assist 48-volt electric motors that function as economy boosters and also as e-turbochargers both on- and off-road. Several automakers such as startup Rivian, Tesla and now Ford are talking about electric-only pickup trucks and Ram is doing R&D as well. As a market, it will be small for some time. And for now, FCA needs to work with other automakers. The electrified vehicles include:2019 Jeep WranglerJeep Wrangler with a four-cylinder eTorque engine, FCA-speak for the 48-volt electric motor booster with a 0.4-kWh battery. It’s a $1,000 upcharge.Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Wrangler, all with plug-in hybrid options in 2020. The Renegade and Compass target younger buyers, potentially more open to alternative drivetrains. Wrangler is the iconic Jeep flagship.Ram 1500 pickup also with the eTorque motor/generator attached to the engine crankshaft, standard on the 3.6-liter V6, $1,450 on the Hemi V8. Continental supplies the liquid cooled motor for the V6, while Magneti Marelli supplies the Hemi’s electric motor.FCA’s US EV sales have been modest. Green Car Reports last fall estimated that the EV version of the Fiat 500e EV has about 19,000 US sales over five years. FCA launched the 500e as a California “compliance car” to meet the state’s 2012-2017 zero-emissions-mandate. At some points during the period, FCA was offering the 500e at lease rates under $100 a month with little money down. That got you a car with a cramped cockpit and an 84-mile range. It sort of worked out for five years, but now buyers are looking for 150 miles of range and up.FCA’s smaller, halo brands like Alfa Romeo are moving toward hybrids and plug-in hybrids because a) they have to to keep up with competitors, b) they have to keep up with fuel-economy standards, and c) the electric motors boosting hybrids act as additional turbochargers.US tastes may be changing, and more accepting of EVs, primarily in urban areas. You’ll see more UFOs in heartland America than electrified Fiats. But the market is clearly looking for cars with ranges well over 100 miles. That’s where automaker partners come in. Thus FCA’s approach to Renault and discussions of a merger of near-equals.From 2013 to 2018, Americans (on average) worried (very or somewhat) increased from 53% in 2013 to 69% in 2018. 95% of liberal Democrats are concerned and so are a third of conservative Republicans. (Source: Yale Program on Climate Change, George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication.)The US Slowly Warms to Climate Change ConcernsOfficial Washington, the part in power right now, has mixed concerns about climate change, including the “what global warming, it was cold in May” school of thought. But surveys show America is changing. Much of the world has concerns about global warming coming from internal combustion engines. You can lick air pollution, but CO2 emissions — which link directly to how much fossil fuel comes out of tailpipes, regardless of how otherwise-clean the exhaust is — may be damaging the planet long term, and long term may soon be near term. That’s how they feel, as do people in coastal cities who voted for Hillary. Also, a lot of students and young people who may be around as long as the year 2100. Not so much conservative Republicans. Currently, seven in 10 Americans say they are somewhat or very worried about global warming. Five years ago it was just over half, according to a late 2018 survey.So, there’s more reason for FCA to woo Renault (and maybe Nissan): access to more and better EV technology. As long as Jeeps and Ram pickup trucks are selling well, FCA has some money to spend.Could we see more mergers and alliances? Quite possibly. Anti-trust regulators are less concerned about joint parts procurement, or things that may not be seen as cutting edge on the one hand (transmissions, infotainment). Automakers say they need the alliances and maybe mergers, such as Renault and FCA here. In the 1990s there was a belief an automaker needed to build 1 million cars a year to be in a survivable position. Now it may be 5 million.The hottest rumor, and rumor is about all it is, is that Ford and General Motors might merge. Or ought to merge. The idea gained impetus with a May 30 story in MarketWatch that claimed a merger of the two is inevitable, mostly because MW doubts Ford can really bring to market the 40 hybrid and EV models it claims it can by 2022, and if it does, they won’t sell. Meanwhile, GM has issues but not at Ford’s level, and it has savvy in both electrification and self-driving. GM’s real ace in the hole is how well its cars sell in China. So far, most other media outlets have referenced the story without passing judgment on the odds it will happen. If it does, chalk it up to the high costs of developing next-gen technology, and ferocious competition from international automakers.Now read:Nissan Leaf EV First to Pass 400,000 Sales, but Tesla Model 3 Topped 20182019 Nissan Leaf EV Review: The Long Ranger Rides, FinallyNew eTrucks Reduce Air Pollution at the Cost of More Visual Pollution<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  16 Comments Tagged In carsautomobilesautosNissanMitsubishiInfinitiRenaultAlpineDaciaDatsunLadaRenault SamsungRenault–Nissan–Mitsubishi AllianceVenucia Post a Comment 16 Comments Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadderlast_img read more


Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing


first_img Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder 12 Comments 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. Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am The Greatest Opening Scenes in Superhero Movies ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landinglast_img read more