Month: July 2019

Another record year for food and drink acquisitions in 2017

first_imgSan Miguel Corp invests in San Miguel Pure Foods subsidiary Campbell’s agrees $4.87bn deal for Snyder’s-Lance Another record year for food and drink acquisitions in 2017Posted By: Richard Hallon: January 16, 2018In: Beverage, Blog, Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, OpinionPrintEmail Morinaga & Co merges with Morinaga Milk For more mergers and acquisitions, see our dedicated M&A feed here. JAB Holdings buys into Panera Breadcenter_img 2017 was another record year for food and drink acquisitions with 727 transactions registered in the mergers and acquisitions database, an average of almost 14 each week.The total is 113 more than in 2016 and 40% higher than five years ago. The number has increased each year apart from a dip in 2013.The most active sectors were dairy on 72, ingredients and soft drinks on 68, then packaging on 54. Beer on 40 was ahead of spirits on 37 and wine on 30.The top 15 sectors were the same as 2016, with the exception of plant-based replacing bottled water.Plant-based deals quadrupled (+13), with nutrition up 121% (+17), meat up 67% (+16), snacks up 52% (+11), ingredients up 36% (+18) and dairy up 24% (+14). Wine activity dropped by 36% (-17) and packaging by 16% (-10).The biggest deals in 2017 Reckitt Benckiser buys infant nutrition company Mead Johnson KKR takes over Unilever’s spreads business Share with your network: Tags: acquisitionslast_img read more

Arctic Zero releases lowcalorie ice cream range

first_imgArctic Zero releases low-calorie ice cream rangePosted By: News Deskon: March 20, 2018In: Dairy, Food, Industries, New products, SnacksPrintEmailUS-based Arctic Zero has joined the growing number of companies offering low-calorie ice cream after it released a new range of light ice creams for the US market.The Arctic Zero Light range is available in seven flavours – cookies & cream, chocolate chunk, peanut butter & chocolate cookies, mint & chocolate cookie, vanilla bean, cookie & brownie dough and toffee crunch.Each flavour is made with real milk and cream, and the range contains between 260 and 320 calories per tub.The ice cream in used for the range is flavoured with natural cane sugar and no contains no sugar alcohols, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.Amit Pandhi, CEO of Arctic Zero said: “We heard our consumers loud and clear – even with indulgence, clean ingredients matter.“Sweeteners are a significant issue of concern and conversation for consumers. Many of the lower calorie ice creams in the category use questionable sweeteners like sugar alcohols that can cause bloating and digestion issues.“Arctic Zero Light Ice Cream is naturally sweetened with cane sugar. We want people to feel good after indulging.“While many people – particularly those with dietary restrictions – love our original whey protein-based, lactose-free Arctic Zero frozen dessert, others were looking for something more indulgent with a taste and texture like premium ice cream.“In the spirit of ‘no taste bud left behind’ we set out to create a revolutionary everyday indulgence – a low-calorie ice cream that delights and truly satisfies.”The range will be available from selected US retailers from spring 2018.Share with your network: Tags: Arctic ZeroDairyice creamUSlast_img read more

Danone completes 13bn euro sale of its 14 stake in Yakult

first_imgDanone completes 1.3bn euro sale of its 14% stake in YakultPosted By: News Deskon: March 28, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Dairy, Health, IndustriesPrintEmailDanone has announced that it has completed the sale of 14% of its stake in Japanese probiotic drinks company Yakult for €1.3 billion.Danone previously held a 21.29% stake in Yakult, and it has now has sold over 24 million shares in the company, though Danone will retain a 7% stake in Yakult.The company claims the sale was approved as Danone wants to streamline its operations and focus on other areas to accelerate growth.Yakult will maintain its collaborative operations with Danone despite the deal, and Danone will remain Yakult’s largest shareholder.The €1.3 billion figure is approximately 39 times that of Yakult’s 2017 net income, according to Danone.Danone announced its intention to sell a stake in the company in March, and it claimed the move was “in accordance with its continued focus on disciplined capital allocation.”In a statement, Danone said: “Danone and Yakult will intensify their joint efforts to promote probiotics through the jointly created Global Probiotics Council. The parties also intend to expand the Ishoku Dogen programme which aims at deepening the understanding of the link between diet and health.“From a commercial perspective, the partners will study the feasibility of new collaboration projects such as the distribution of Yakult’s products by Danone in European markets where the brand is not currently engaged in substantial business, with Spain as an initial test market.”Share with your network: Tags: DanoneJapanprobioticsYakultlast_img read more

The Label Makers creates label for Snowdonia Spirit Company

first_imgThe Label Makers creates label for Snowdonia Spirit CompanyPosted By: News Deskon: May 31, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Labelling, PackagingPrintEmailUK-based packaging designer The Label Makers has created a two-layered reverse label design for Welsh beverage brand Snowdonia Spirit Company.Featured on the brand’s Eryri Snowdonia Gin, the bottles aim to convey the rich history and mythology of the Snowdonia region of Wales.A trio of expertise was called upon to make this particular brand style and label creation come together.  Atommedia created the branding on the front label, which features references to the botanicals used in the distilling process. The reverse label, seen through the bottle contents, is a painting of Snowdon by landscape artist Alan Rankle.  The Label Makers completed the process by laminating both parts of the label together to form one. A branded tamper seal was also produced.Mike Trevena of The Snowdonia Spirit Company said: “This has been a highly gratifying project overall, with all parties fulfilling their respective roles admirably.“With the spirit being available online and at selected stockists, the market response has been exceptional. We look forward to working with The Label Makers again in respect of line extensions and different bottle sizes.”The Label Makers sales director Kevin Lyons added: “Once again we have shown that we can utilise our knowledge and experience to the full in determining a certain direction for a client.“The Snowdonia Spirit Company had a clear concept for label in mind and looked to us to help them pull it off. Given the response that the brand has had since release, I’m confident that we’ve achieved that.”Share with your network: Tags: ginSnowdonia Spirit CompanyThe Label Makerslast_img read more

Danish Crown set to expand its Blans abattoir in Denmark

first_imgDanish Crown set to expand its Blans abattoir in DenmarkPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 10, 2018In: Agriculture, Business, Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailDanish Crown has announced that it will expand its abattoir in Blans, Denmark, in response to increased demand for its pork products in the Japanese market.A new production line will be added at the facility as a result of the investment, which will create approximately 100 new jobs at the facility.The production line will produce pork products specifically for Japanese consumers and restaurants, as Danish Crown anticipates that demand for its products will grow even further following the free trade agreement recently signed by the European Union and Japan.Danish Crown’s exports to Japan accounted for approximately KRN3 billion ($488 million), and this expansion will aim to increase this total further.Søren F. Eriksen, CEO of Danish Crown Pork said: “It’s great to be in a situation where we’re taking on new people, especially when we here are talking about permanent jobs, which are not affected by fluctuations in the supply of pigs.“Our Japanese customers are crazy about a specific product based on minced pork, which we have sold to them for a few years.“This means that we now need to hire more people to both debone fore-ends and run the actual production.“Our Japanese customers are very interested in developing our trade. Today, the Japanese almost exclusively buy fresh meat, which they process and pack themselves.“Several of our customers wish to change this and want us to handle as much of the processing as possible. If this becomes the case, we’ll need even more people.”Danish Crown’s presence in the Asian market is growing, as the company’s subsidiary Tulip Food Group was granted permission to export its meat products to China earlier this year.Share with your network: Tags: Danish CrownDenmarkmeatporklast_img read more

Republicans and Democrats poised for yet another immigration duel

first_imgSenators set to pitch a bipartisan immigration bill that would grant permanent legal status to Dreamers and increase border security Support The Guardian Last modified on Thu 8 Feb 2018 07.45 EST Share on LinkedIn The three-week patchwork funding deal that ended the January shutdown is set to end on Thursday.Protections for so-called Dreamers, children brought to the US illegally who have grown up in the country, are set to expire on 5 March. Share on Facebook Topics I’m a Dreamer: here is what’s happening – video explainer House of Representatives news Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Mon 5 Feb 2018 14.25 EST Share via Email The three-week patchwork funding deal that ended the January shutdown is set to end on Thursday.Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Theresa May rebukes Donald Trump over NHS comments Read more Quick guide What is Daca and who are the Dreamers? Republicans in the House have mooted a proposal to fund the government through 22 March. This has raised concern among Democrats, as it would keep the government open past the deadline for replacing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), the Obama-era policy protecting Dreamers that Trump rescinded last year. Less than three weeks after the first government shutdown in nearly five years, Washington is poised for yet another showdown over immigration and government funding. Share on Facebook What will happen to the Dreamers?Under the Trump administration, new applications under Daca will no longer be accepted. For those currently in the program, their legal status and other Daca-related permits (such as to work and attend college) will begin expiring in March 2018 – unless Congress passes legislation allowing a new channel for temporary or permanent legal immigration status – and Dreamers will all lose their status by March 2020.Technically, as their statuses lapse they could be deported and sent back to countries many have no familiarity with. It is still unclear whether this would happen. Fear had been rising in the run-up to last week’s announcement. Those with work permits expiring between 5 September 2017 and 5 March 2018 will be allowed to apply for renewal by 5 October. Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Shares1515 Show 2:56 Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content This article is more than 1 year old What does the recent ruling by Judge William Alsup mean?In his ruling, Alsup ordered the Trump administration to restart the program, allowing Daca recipients who already qualify for the program to submit applications for renewal.However, he said the federal government did not have to process new applications from people who had not previously received protection under the program.When the Trump administration ended the Daca program, it allowed Daca recipients whose legal status expired on or before 5 March to renew their legal status. Roughly 22,000 recipients failed to successfully renew their legal status for various reasons.Legal experts and immigration advocates are advising Daca recipients not to file for renewal until the administration provides more information about how it intends to comply with the ruling.“These next days and weeks are going to create a lot of confusion on the legal front,” said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, which has filed a separate lawsuit against the Trump administration’s termination of Daca. Joanna Walters The bill was offered as a more limited compromise than broader proposals offered by Donald Trump and by another pair of senators, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat. Trump’s proposal, which offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers but also demands $25bn to build a wall on the border with Mexico, has been panned by Democrats.Coons said his limited deal was an opportunity to create “a base ball” on immigration, allowing the Senate to move forward and “resolve all the unfinished work that is months past due”.Any Senate immigration bill would face a difficult path in the House. In 2013, a bipartisan deal on comprehensive immigration reform passed the Senate 68-32. It never received a vote in the lower chamber, under then-speaker John Boehner. Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, leads an even more fractious Republican caucus, in which some are even opposed to Trump’s relatively draconian proposal, because of it offers a path to citizenship. US immigration Under the agreement that ended the January shutdown, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell pledged to allow the Senate to vote freely on immigration after 8 February, provided the government was not closed.As part of efforts to reach a compromise, the Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons was set to introduce a bipartisan immigration bill with John McCain, an Arizona Republican, on Monday. The bill is modeled on a proposal in the House, authored by Texas Republican Will Hurd and California Democrat Pete Aguilar, that would grant permanent legal status to Dreamers and increase border security. Coons said on a conference call with reporters on Monday that he saw his proposal as “a strong bipartisan option” to advance the immigration debate. He added that the bill does “not have robust investments for security” and instead requires a plan to be submitted to Congress for protecting the border. Coons noted that he would be “open to adding funding” as a potential compromise. US Senate This article is more than 1 year old Who are the Dreamers?Dreamers are young immigrants who would qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (Daca) program, enacted under Barack Obama in 2012. Most people in the program entered the US as children and have lived in the US for years “undocumented”. Daca gave them temporary protection from deportation and work permits. Daca was only available to people younger than 31 on 15 June 2012, who arrived in the US before turning 16 and lived there continuously since June 2007. Most Dreamers are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and the largest numbers live in California, Texas, Florida and New York. Donald Trump cancelled the program in September but has also said he wants Congress to develop a program to “help” the population. US Congress Play Video Since you’re here… Hide US immigration Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. @Bencjacobs Was this helpful? Ben Jacobs in Washington Trump: Schiff and senior Obama intelligence figures are ‘liars and leakers’ Republicans and Democrats poised for yet another immigration duellast_img read more

Dallas officer who shot man in his home remains free as calls

first_img Read more Amber Guyger wounded man in 2017 in on-duty incident Mother: ‘If it was a white man would it have been different? Share on Pinterest This article is more than 10 months old Share on WhatsApp Dallas officer who shot man in his home remains free as calls for arrest grow Share on Facebook Shares141141 Share on Twitter This article is more than 10 months old Support The Guardian Dallas Share on Facebook news Topics The lawyer for the family of a man who was shot dead at his home by a Dallas police officer is calling for her to be arrested and charged, saying the fact that she remains free days after the shooting shows she is receiving favorable treatment. Share via Email US policingcenter_img Share on LinkedIn US policing Reuse this content Mother of black man killed by Dallas officer ponders role of race in shooting Share on Twitter US crime … 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. Texas A photo provided by Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas shows Botham Jean.Photograph: Jeff Montgmery/AP Share via Email Sun 9 Sep 2018 13.22 EDT First published on Sun 9 Sep 2018 07.09 EDT S Lee Merritt, who is representing the family of 26-year-old Botham Jean, said the family was not calling on the authorities to jump to conclusions or to deny officer Amber Guyger her right to due process.But Merritt, flanked by members of the family and Mothers Against Police Brutality, said they want Guyger “to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they’ve committed a crime, that there’s a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made”.Guyger, a four-year veteran of the police force, had not been charged as of Sunday morning, according to city of Dallas and Dallas County online records. The police department released her name on Saturday night, two nights after she shot and killed Jean.Police chief U Renee Hall said the day after the shooting her department was seeking manslaughter charges against Guyger. But she said on Saturday the Texas Rangers, which has taken over the investigation, asked her department to hold off because it had learned new information and wanted to investigate further before a warrant was issued.Police on Sunday morning referred questions to the Rangers. Phone messages seeking comment were not returned.According to police, Guyger shot and killed Jean after returning in-uniform to the South Side Flats, where they both had apartments, following her shift. She reported the shooting to dispatchers and told officers who responded she had mistaken Jean’s apartment for her own.Many questions remain about what led Guyger to shoot Jean. Hall said the officer’s blood was drawn at the scene so it could be tested for alcohol and drugs. Investigators have not released the results of those tests.Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, wondered whether race could have been a factor. Her son, who grew up in the Caribbean island of St Lucia before attending college in Arkansas, is black. Guyger is white.“If it was a white man, would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?” Allison Jean said on Friday.Jean was not the first person shot by Guyger. She shot another man, Uvaldo Perez, on 12 May 2017, while she was on duty.According to an affidavit in the case filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third. Perez got out of a car and became combative with Guyger and another officer. A struggle began and Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who wrested it away from her. She drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen. Guyger was not charged in the shooting.Sgt Mike Mata, who heads Dallas’ largest police union, the Dallas Police Association, called on Saturday for an “open, transparent and full investigation” of the event, the Dallas Morning News reported. He described Jean as an “amazing individual” and said “if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law in Dallas county”.Friends and family gathered at the Dallas West Church of Christ to remember Jean, who had been working for accounting firm PwC since graduating in 2016 from Harding University in Arkansas, where he often led campus religious services. They described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer.“Botham did everything with passion,” Allison Jean told the prayer service. “God gave me an angel.”His uncle, Ignatius Jean, said the killing has devastated the family and left it searching for answers.“You want to think it’s fiction … and you have to grapple with the reality,” he said. Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Associated Press in Dallaslast_img read more

AM269 – PillPack

first_imgVisit to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedPillPack : Your Medication, Made EasyDecember 28, 2017In “Services”Vitality: Reminders for what matters mostApril 1, 2014In “Tech Tips”AM228 – GoodRxMarch 24, 2017In “Accessibility Minute” Podcast: Play in new window | Download269-1-12-18 PillPack:Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!Waiting in line at the pharmacy is absolutely no fun; and getting there in this winter weather is even worse.  Then, once you get home, you have to organize your medications by days and doses.  PillPack is a company on a mission to simplify your life!PillPack is a full-service pharmacy that sorts your medication by the dose and delivers them straight to your door.  PillPack combines convenient packaging, modern technology and personalized service to make your life easier.Here’s how it works:Every month, they’ll deliver medication and other pharmacy items directly to your door.  Medications are organized neatly by days and dose.They monitor your account so you don’t have to worry.  This pharmacy:Automatically works with your doctors to process refillsRegularly reviews medication schedule They will even automatically update your medication as it changes.last_img read more

PicMonkey Adds Pearl Chan and Judith McGarry to Executive Team

first_imgLeading Platform for Image Editing and Graphic Design Expands Capacity for Growth with Key Finance and Marketing HeadsPicMonkey, a leading cloud platform that helps people create high-impact visuals to promote their brand and business, announced it has appointed Pearl Chan as chief financial officer and Judith McGarry as chief marketing officer.“PicMonkey is at an exciting inflection point and we welcome Pearl and Judith to the team,” said Frits Habermann, chief executive officer at PicMonkey. “We’ve completely rearchitected our platform and now have the capacity and flexibility for continued growth and innovation. Having Pearl lead our financial strategy and Judith at the helm for key marketing initiatives will further accelerate our expansion.”PicMonkey’s graphic design and image editing tools are simple, powerful and versatile. Using PicMonkey, people and businesses can quickly create uniquely stunning, on-brand visuals for social media posts, online ads and promotions, print projects (invitations, cards and fliers), business cards, presentations, and much more.Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TV“I’m delighted to join the PicMonkey team,” said Pearl Chan. “I’ve spent most of my career igniting growth in tech companies. I believe PicMonkey has all the key fundamentals in place to extend our leadership position.”Pearl’s background includes senior finance roles at NetMotion Software, Cheezburger, Isilon Systems, Metawave, PhyCom and Sierra On-Line. Throughout her extensive career, she has led key initiatives and diverse teams in finance, accounting, human resources, and legal operations. A certified public accountant, Pearl holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.Marketing Technology News: Spot.IM Raises $25 Million in Series D Funding“PicMonkey is a home run in the making, which is why I am thrilled to lead marketing efforts,” declared Judith McGarry. “We have a large and growing base of subscribers, a terrific product and a talented team. I look forward to helping drive the company to even more growth and success.”Judith joins PicMonkey from Donuts Inc., where she led marketing and Avalara, where she led corporate communications. Before that, Judith founded Keen Consulting, where she held interim head of marketing or strategic advisory roles for Shutterfly, The Cobalt Group (now CDK Global), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and many others. Judith holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.Marketing Technology News: PushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBs PicMonkey Adds Pearl Chan and Judith McGarry to Executive Team PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 1:53 pmMay 3, 2019 Judith McGarrykey marketing initiativesMarketing TechnologyNetMotion SoftwareNewsPearl ChanPicMonkey Previous ArticleLaurie Weisberg Joins Intent as Chief Sales OfficerNext ArticleNew Mavenlink Study Finds Business, Competition, and Customer Expectations Rising Significantly for Services Firmslast_img read more

ADARA Announces ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange the Worlds Leading

first_imgADARA Announces ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace MTS Staff WriterJune 14, 2019, 3:38 pmJune 14, 2019 ADARAADARA Traveler Value ScoreMarketing TechnologyNewsSalesforceSalesforce AppExchange Previous ArticleTechBytes with Kevin Bennett, CTO and Co-Founder at KBMaxNext ArticleNativo Brings Breakthrough Attribution for Content to Travel Marketers Customers can now benefit from Traveler Value Score in Salesforce Service CloudADARA announced it has launched ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to deliver powerful travel insights to increase understanding of customers. Salesforce Service Cloud customers will be able to access the ADARA Traveler Value Score for millions of travelers, calculated from billions of real-time travel behaviors across ADARA’s global travel brand partners. The Traveler Value Score can inform service and customer care strategies such as direct call center routing, personalized messaging and relevant offers.ADARA Traveler Value Score for Salesforce ApplicationThe ADARA Traveler Value Score brings aggregated and scored traveler intelligence directly into Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud in a format that can be quickly and easily ingested into current processes, creating immediate opportunities to increase customer relevance and value. ADARA uses its predictive traveler intelligence platform to analyze billions of data points in order to deliver an accurate evaluation of an individual traveler’s potential value across booking, buying and other important activities. A brand who uses the ADARA Traveler Value Score within Salesforce Service Cloud will immediately see if their customer has a high potential to spend, and can make more accurate decisions for how to provide service as well as meet customer expectations.Marketing Technology News: Fox Corporation and Leading Agencies Join Project OAR to Provide Buy-Side & Sell-Side Guidance for New Addressable TV StandardADARA. Know What Travelers Need Next.ADARA empowers the world’s leading travel brands to grow the industry together. Built on the world’s richest travel data co-op, ADARA offers people-based insights for travel companies. Clients get a value-based understanding of their relationship with their customers, with travel patterns, trends and behavior from more than 850 million monthly unique traveler profiles across more than 200 of the world’s top travel brands. ADARA delivers critical intelligence to activate personalization and relevance throughout the customer journey for sustainable growth. Its offerings span the three core pillars – Learn, Act, Measure & Modify – to drive measurable outcomes at the customer level.Marketing Technology News: Bessemer Venture Partners Leads USD $13 Million Series a for Traction Guest to Accelerate the Global Expansion of Enterprise Visitor Managementlast_img read more

Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses

first_imgFreshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in Japan PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 6:05 pmJune 7, 2019 OrangeOne Corporation, a leading software services provider in Japan offering localization and distribution for overseas products, partners with Freshworks,  a global innovator in customer engagement software. As a strategic partner to expand in Japan, OrangeOne will be offering Freshworks’ suite of products including Freshdesk, the award winning helpdesk software, and an integrated ‘Freshworks 360’ solution. The partnership will come into effect on June 6, 2019.Freshworks is at the forefront of customer engagement. As of April 2019, Freshworks has doubled its customer base over the last two years, in APAC. The company offers a 360-degree suite of products which  enable digital transformation of enterprises. The user-friendly business solutions provided by Freshworks include cloud-based customer support, IT service management solution, CRM, call centre software, internal collaboration tools, and marketing automation solutions, for enterprises of all sizes and are widely used by fast growing companies in the region across  automobile, hospitality, e-commerce, consulting and IT sector.Outside of Japan, Freshworks has an extensive partner and reseller network in the APAC region covering prominent regions like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Korea.  In Japan, Freshworks products are used by companies across sectors such as, International recruitment group- JAC Recruitment, leading tourism management group- Hokkaido Tourism Management, LINE MAN– an on-demand assistant app for professional services from Line Corporation, automobile trading company – SBT Japan, among others.Japan recognizes challenges of legacy IT systems that companies are facing in achieving digital transformations. As per a *study, companies need to develop strategies for the utilization of digital technologies in their businesses. Establishing internal systems and frameworks for implementation of such strategies is critical for their success.  According to Industry reports, the software market in Japan is expected to reach JPY 1734.9 billion by 2022, and SaaS will contribute nearly JPY 641.2 billion to this.Marketing Technology News: How to Solve Latin America’s E-Commerce ProblemOrangeOne Corporation will pursue opportunities to offer the multi-product customer engagement suite, implement sales growth by cross-selling and introduce potential businesses to Freshworks’ user friendly software.  In addition to driving sales, the company will provide dedicated onboarding and customer support to clients of all sizes.Sidharth Malik, Chief Revenue Officer, Freshworks, said, “We are excited to be a part of the digital transformation journey of Japan, which is one of the most customer-centric countries in the world. Our brand promise of delivering ‘Customer-For-Life Software’ aligns with the Japanese culture of ‘Omotenashi’, that is striving to offer the best customer experience. Our partnership with OrangeOne is the ideal way to empower Japanese businesses craft such experiences.”Shin Kasugahara, CEO of OrangeOne corporation, “In recent years, Japanese companies of all sizes including startups, SME and large enterprises, have started to recognize customer engagement as a critical challenge. Most CX products are either too expensive or complicated and it takes a lot of effort and cost to understand and deploy the system. In some cases,  inexpensive products with a DIY approach deter companies without the technical knowledge to adopt. As a result, we often hear that companies hesitate to deploy the system or give up early. Freshworks products are ideal for any company, regardless of size. The company’s design philosophy of delivering simple to use products and customer centric pricing models makes it a preferred choice for businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Miaozhen Systems Acquires RadioBuy to Deepen its Omni-Marketing Intelligence StrategyAnand Venkatraman, VP of Global Partnerships at Freshworks, said, “OrangeOne is dedicated to enabling businesses deliver unparalleled experiences. Their expertise in implementing cloud software solutions coupled with their strong reach in the region makes this partnership symbiotic. We see a lot of potential in the Japanese market as we scale our operations in the region and will continue to serve businesses striving to build lasting relationships with their customers.”Mr. Silvester Colin, Group CIO, JAC Recruitment, one of the long standing international recruitment groups in Japan, commented on the experience of using Freshworks, “We deployed Freshservice, Freshworks’ ITSM software almost two years ago in order to improve our handling of internal user support requests. Having done so, we are now far better able to distribute tasks amongst the support team, track current workload and assess resource requirements in relation to company growth. Transparency with the users has improved along with vastly increased “self-service” resources. All of which has led to an increase in user satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile App 360-degree suitecrmFreshworksMarketing TechnologyNewsOrangeOne Corporation Previous ArticleEpicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetNext ArticleScaling and Predicting Results in Influencer Marketing Is Now Possiblelast_img read more

2 Landslides Block NH 125 Between Pithoragarh and Tanakpurin for Nearly 9

first_imgPithoragarh: Two landslides blocked National Highway 125 between Pithoragarh and Tanakpurin in Uttarakhand for nearly nine hours on Friday, causing inconvenience to thousands of passengers.”A heap of rubble fell on the road around 8 am. Though the debris was removed, another landslide occurred at a short distance from the spot even before we could reopen the road,” Executive Engineer L D Mathela said. Removing the debris took several hours. The disruption in traffic movement caused inconvenience for thousands of people, including those going to write central teacher’s eligibility test (CTET) in Haldwani, Almora and Bareilly and armymen going home on leave, he said.The road was restored for traffic after nearly nine hours around 5 pm, Mathela said.​ National Highway 125Uttarakhanduttarakhand landslide First Published: July 5, 2019, 8:02 PM ISTlast_img read more

Andy Rubins Essential jumps on Twitter teases something big

first_imgAndy Rubin, father of Android, left Google more than two years ago to start his own adventures. Not long afterwards, it was believed that he would be making his own smartphone under a new “Essential” company. He did make a big announcement earlier this month, but it was for a different product for a different startup. It seems that the Essential phone, or something related to it, is still on track and, based on a Twitter post, will finally be revealed at the end of the month. Not much is known about the Essential phone, aside from a few choice teasers from Rubin himself last March and a GFX sighting last month. It hinted at a nearly bezel-free screen that may even best the Galaxy S8. The specs have also been promising, sporting the cream of the crop as far has hardware goes.It seems that Rubin and his Essential company are ready to finally reveal all. A new Twitter account has been set up with only two tweets as of this writing. The first was to announce that a formal announcement is going to be made on the 30th. The other is a teaser that could be interpreted in two ways.The image shows a silhouette of what is unmistakably a phone with something jutting out from the top. Given accessories like Insta360’s cameras and Rubin’s involvement in the Lighthouse smart home camera, the chances are good that this would also be something similar.Now the big question is whether Essential’s big reveal will be just about that accessory or if it will be about both a smartphone and an accessory. And if it is indeed a smartphone, will it even run Android? All will be revealed, hopefully, next week so stay tuned.SOURCE: @Essential Story TimelineAndy Rubin is parting ways with GoogleAndy Rubin created Android: now he’s making the “Essential” smartphoneAndy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spillAndy Rubin’s Essential phone pops up at GFXBenchLighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret projectlast_img read more

Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echos edge

first_imgStory TimelineAlexa update turns your Echo devices into intercomsWith new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of ThingsAlexa music for activities wants to help you hook-up Making skills for voice agents isn’t just a hobby now, with Amazon opening up its wallet for those who make popular skills for Alexa. Intended to encourage developers to adopt Alexa as their virtual assistant platform of choice, the reward will be offered to those making skills in the US, UK, and Germany initially. However, Amazon is playing coy with exactly how much developers might hope to make. It’s also something of a black box on just what construes good “engagement” for an Alexa skill. “We consider a variety of factors to measure customer engagement such as minutes of usage, new customers, recurring customers, customer ratings, and more,” there retailer says in its developer FAQ. Those responsible for making skills themselves get access to metrics like how many unique users they’re getting, along with total sessions, utterances, and intents, but not a specific engagement rating itself.Amazon began a trial of the rewards system in May, though only for those responsible for the top skills in the Games, Trivia & Accessories category. From today, it’s expanding that to six extra categories. Anybody who makes highly-engaging skills in the Education & Reference, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Music & Audio, and Productivity categories is also eligible for a reward.According to the company, the track record of engaging skills shows a few commonalities. Most importantly is that they’re voice first: while Amazon does have the Echo Show, with its touchscreen display, that’s still responsible for the minority of user experiences with Alexa. Instead, most people will still interact with the agent using voice, and there things like keeping prompts brief and conversational are essential, Amazon suggests. Meanwhile, keeping content fresh with new material, offering a unique proposition that makes life easier for users, and taking advantage of commonly sticky content like games are also suggested. In short, it’s much of the same patterns that make smartphone apps popular, only without relying on a screen. Amazon has an edge in Alexa skills presently, not least because it had the original Echo on the market significantly earlier than Google’s Home went on sale. However it can’t afford to slow down developer engagement. Most regular users aren’t going to want to manage more than one voice agent or smart speaker in their home, and with Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod arriving by the end of the year there’s some big competition Alexa will have to fend off. According to Amazon, it’ll be calculating its Alexa skill engagement rankings on a monthly basis, and making payouts accordingly. The three geographies will be treated individually, too, so popular skills in Germany might be different, say, from those in the US. last_img read more

Andy Rubins Essential aims big by staying small

first_img Essential Phone Gallery Essential, in contrast, has far more conservative goals, at least for the moment. It also has a new age to benefit from, where establishing yourself as a hardware developer has never been easier. “You can be in your garage and make hardware pretty much first time,” Rubin says. “The supply chain is matured, China has come online, you can FedEx stuff and get it back a week later. It’s a lot easier to set up a company.”Rubin and his team are counting on that for Essential’s ecosystem of modular accessories. While the company plans to release its own add-ons every few months, it knows it can’t do everything, or fill every niche. Instead, the expectation is that other companies will see the value of the Essential Phone’s clever wireless connector, and build for that too. They’ll have more than just a phone to work with, of course. Essential has already revealed the Essential Home, a smart home hub with a huge, circular touchscreen, that is expected to offer everything from multimedia control through connected lighting to a question-answering AI. That will have the same modular connector on the back as the Essential Phone will, so that accessories for one will be cross-compatible with the other. Down the line, though, Essential says it’s working on a number of other things that are yet to be announced. There’s no limit on form-factor, either, which suggests there’s more to the company – and the path it is paving for artificial intelligence – than just phones and home hubs. MORE: Essential Phone first-impressionsIt’s clear that Rubin and his team love hardware. Playground’s 60+ engineers on staff might be instrumental to the process of deciding which companies to invest in, but they’re also always keeping an eye open for an opportunity to build something new themselves in the market gaps they spot. “When you don’t see stuff coming through the front door,” Rubin concludes, “when you have engineers on the staff, you go make something.” “If you look at the software platforms … they happen in cycles, and these cycles are around twelve years,” Rubin told media this week at Playground HQ in Palo Alto, CA. “What is the next OS? What is the next platform? I think it’s AI. It’s a slightly different AI to what we see today. Today we see a lot of pattern matching, a lot of computer vision for things like self-driving cars.”Rubin’s goal, though, is altogether more personal. His vision of an AI is more akin to the predictive replies Gmail now offers in the Android, which learn from your past messages to try to echo your voice. “The virtual version of you that’s operating in this phone,” he explains, “that’s the destination of this company.”Some of the companies under Playground’s umbrella are working on AI’s of that ilk, like Lighthouse’s camera which you can question with natural language to find out when the kids got home from school. Still, with around 20 startups on the books, you start to do what Rubin describes as “negative pattern matching”: identifying the things that should be happening, but that aren’t. Essential is the first attempt to occupy that white space, and it’s also an opportunity to make a positive out of what many would see as a negative. “One of the things we recognized when we built the [phone] is that there’s power in being small,” Rubin explained. “You have to find new ways.” The Essential Phone won’t be huge out of the gate, even with all the pre-launch hype, so the answer is to find some advantage to that, rather than be hamstrung by it. In Essential’s case, one of those advantages is a greater ability to poise on the cutting edge. Apple and Samsung, he argues, can’t afford to cherry-pick the very latest components and bleeding-edge technologies, because they have to deliver hundreds of millions of devices. Anything they decide to include in their flagship phones has to scale to the size of their market. center_img For the guy who once operated the mighty levers of Android as a whole, you might suspect a smartphone startup like Essential would be small fry for Andy Rubin. The ex-Googler and current head of product incubator Playground didn’t intend to get into hardware development, at least not himself. His focus at Playground has been artificial intelligence, though not the sort that you’d find running Wikipedia searches and pulling down weather forecasts in Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home. last_img read more

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

first_imgThe FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace. Airspace restrictions applied specifically to drones aren’t new, but they are growing in number. These restrictions aim to keep both people and data safe, depending on the area being protected. Current restrictions ban operating drones near airports, for example, out of fear that a drone could collide with a plane and cause a catastrophe.It is also illegal to operate drones around or over military bases, another safety measure to prevent both spying and potential attacks. More recently, the FAA used its Title 14 authority to ban flying drones over certain Interior Department sites, such as large dams. Though some restrictions are designed to keep people safe from falling drones or accidents resulting from drones, other restrictions appear to be a preemptive move against surveillance that could be used for cyberattacks or terrorist attacks.AdChoices广告These latest restrictions, which will go live on December 29, appear to cover the latter. All seven sites (listed below) feature nuclear production and/or research facilities, some active, others in the process of being decommissioned. Restricting travel within 400ft of these sites will help prevent drones from being used to conduct surveillance on the facilities.Hanford Site, Franklin County, WAPantex Site, Panhandle, TXLos Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NMIdaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, IDSavannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SCY-12 National Security Site, Oak Ridge, TNOak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TNlast_img read more

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 get tougher and cheaper

first_imgOn the sound side, MEGABOOM 3’s bigger passive radiators should make for a louder-sounding speaker with implements in the low-end. Having spent some time listening to the speaker myself, I can say it definitely pumps out more bass than you’d expect, given the 8.9-inch height. Happily that’s without sacrificing on treble, though. Bluetooth range has been increased by 50-percent, now coming in at up to 150 feet. There’s a new app, too, which now consolidates Ultimate Ears’ BOOM and MEGABOOM models into one place. You still get all of the old features, including a custom equalizer, remote on/of, and PartyUp to sync up to 150 speakers together to play the same thing. New, though, is the Magic Button on the top of the BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3. As with the old speakers, you can tap it once to toggle between play and pause, and double-tap it to skip forward a track. However, you can also long-press it to power up the speaker, connect to your smartphone, and start playing a preselected favorite playlist – either in Apple Music if you’re paired to an iPhone, or Deezer Premium if you’re using an Android device. You can configure up to four playlists in the Ultimate Ears app, and then long-press again on the Magic Button to cycle between them. Ultimate Ears tells me it’s working on adding support for remote playlist access for other apps and streaming services. As for colors, the BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 will be offered in Night (Black), Sunset (Red), Lagoon (Blue), and Ultraviolet (Purple). Apple Stores will also have two exclusive finishes: Denim (Dark Blue) and Cloud (Light Blue). The BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 will go on sale in the US, and select countries in Europe and Asia, in September. It’ll be priced at $149.99 for the BOOM 3 and $199.99 for the MEGABOOM 3 – each $50 less than their predecessors – while the POWER UP will be $39.99. Gone is the thick rubber bar running down the front of each speaker, though the sizable – and easily-squeezed – volume control buttons remain. The fabric, too, has been updated, with a tighter weave and a more iridescent look. It’s the same material as used for clothing for emergency services personnel, Ultimate Ears says, underscoring its ruggedness. In fact, the resilience of both the BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 is improved all-round. They’re now IP67 dust and waterproof, versus the IPX7 of the old BOOM 2, and they also float, too. A new hanging loop has been added to the back. Ultimate Ears has revealed its new BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 Bluetooth speakers, making them more rugged, longer-lasting, and more affordable than the old pair. It’s also taken the opportunity to give the two new speakers an aesthetic revamp, with the result being a cleaner and more modern-looking design. center_img Story TimelineUltimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streamingUltimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa supportUltimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord Even if you’re not hurling them into swimming pools, the other design tweaks make a lot more sense too. The charging port – still microUSB, since Ultimate Ears tells me it’s not convinced USB-C is mainstream enough yet – is now on the back, under a rubber flap, rather than on the bottom. It comes after owners of the old speakers said they’d prefer not to have to invert the whole thing in order to charge it. A full charge lasts up to 16 hours on the BOOM 3, and up to 20 hours on the MEGABOOM 3. With the optional POWER UP charging dock, launched alongside the Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST last year, you can top up either speaker by just placing it atop the base station. Charging takes around 2.75 hours. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Facebook Lite may finally come to iPhone

Story TimelineFacebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion usersFacebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploadsFacebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the USFacebook Lite released in US for data-sipping socialFacebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance The last few years have seen Facebook Lite grow significantly in popularity. The scaled-down social media app launched a few years ago as an option for users in countries with slow or poor data connections, along with benefiting those with aging Android devices that couldn’t quite keep up with the regular app’s flashier, data and resource-heavy features. Facebook Lite for Android is already in testing for the US market, and the good news is that an iOS version is now in the works as well. The growing appeal in the US for Facebook Lite is not just on the app’s 5MB size and reduced data usage, but also for users who are no longer keeping up with the latest smartphone year after year. The Lite app is optimized for older devices and slower operating systems, uses less power to limit battery drain, and also reduces the amount of data downloaded to save storage space.The first signs of an iOS version of Facebook Lite were spotted by the analytics firm SensorTower, while Facebook’s Help website has made mentions of the app. The bad news is that while the Android version is in testing for the US, the iOS version being tested is not for the US, and will be aimed at “select regions.”Facebook Lite has always prioritized Android, as that’s been the more popular platform overseas, especially in emerging markets where data is expensive and older devices are the most common. This makes sense. So it seems the iOS version may be following a similar path, with testing and an eventual debut in limited regions, followed by a possible US release some time later. Unfortunately there’s no timeline for this rollout, and Facebook hasn’t mentioned the countries where Lite for iOS is in testing.SOURCE 9to5Mac read more

Huaweis eating Samsung and Apples lunch

first_imgWe’ve plugged in a few numbers from Strategy Analytics in the following graph to give you a basic view of what’s going on here. The first quarter of the year – the first three months of the year – give us some clue on how each of these companies are handling the first months after the most busy season of all – the last three months of the year.This is not a perfect indicator for how each of these companies are doing overall. Apple, Samsung, Huawei – most of these brands make more devices than just smartphones. Instead we’re focusing here on how each brand is doing on smartphone shipments (also not a perfect indicator of smartphone sales), in the first three months of the year for the past four years.“Huawei surged 50 percent annually and outgrew all major rivals to ship 59.1 million smartphones worldwide during Q1 2019, up from 39.3 million in Q1 2018,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. “Huawei captured a record 18 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q1 2019,” said Mawston. “Huawei is closing in on Samsung and streaking ahead of Apple, due to its strong presence across China, Western Europe and Africa.”Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, suggested that global smartphone shipments are “finally showing signs of stabilizing.” While the industry overall fell (in shipments) in this first quarter compared to last year in the same span, the fall was “less severe than before,” said Sui. “Global smartphone shipments are finally showing signs of stabilizing, due to relatively improved demand in major markets like China. The outlook for later this year is improving.” Huawei smartphone shipments are going up while Apple and Samsung smartphone shipments are going down. That’s what’s evidenced in the latest set of shipping numbers from Strategy Analytics. In the most recent report we get an idea of where the smartphone world is in the first quarter of the year 2019. Overall, smartphone shipment numbers have fallen over the last couple years in Q1, and total shipments this Q1 2019 are lower than they’ve been in 2018, 2017, and 2016’s same quarter.last_img read more

Huawei could use Russian Aurora OS based on Jollas Sailfish

first_imgThe news comes from Russian media so take it for what it’s worth. The report says that the suggestion to completely ditch Android came from Russian company Rostelecom and businessman Grigory Berezkin. Berezkin co-owned Jolla in 2014 and started developing a Russian version of the Finnish company’s Sailfish OS. In 2018, the state-owned Rostelecom bought a 75% share in Berezkin’s Open Mobile Platform.Adopting Sailfish OS could be a disruptive change to the smartphone experience that Huawei has been famous, or infamous, for. Based on Nokia’s and Intel’s aborted MeeGo OS, Sailfish uses an almost completely different software stack, using only Android’s hardware layer and drivers for compatibility with existing phones. To date, very few commercially available phones have shipped with Sailfish OS.While it will free Huawei from any dependence on Google, it also prevents it from accessing the wide number of Android apps. Sailfish itself does have a compatibility layer to run Android apps, it is far from perfect. If supporting existing apps are its goal, Huawei might be better served by an Android fork.Additionally, adopting an OS modified by a Russian state company could also do more harm than good for Huawei’s image. The country has been notorious for its own state-sanctioned espionage and heavy censorship. If Huawei is trying to prove that it is free from such activities, using a Russian fork of an open source platform should probably be its last option. The clock is ticking for Huawei and in less than two months, it will officially be blocked from installing Google’s software on future devices. Not unless Google and Huawei are able to convince the US government otherwise, of course. With the stakes that high, Huawei was repeatedly been reported to be preparing a Plan B operating system for its future phones. While the Ark OK that has been mentioned in the past may still be based on Android, a new report suggests that Huawei is also looking into using a Russian-made version of Jolla’s Sailfish OS.last_img read more