When Your Virtual Assistant Goes MIA

first_img President of Keener Marketing Solutions The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer –shares What would you do if someone you worked with just disappeared? Image credit: Georgijevic | Getty Images Next Article Apply Now » Virtual Assistant February 16, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List When Your Virtual Assistant Goes MIA It was like any other morning. I fired up my computer, checked email and started prioritizing the day ahead. Despite my usual sense of optimism, I couldn’t help but feel a little concerned. It had been several days since I heard from my virtual assistant — we’ll call her Jessica — which was definitely not like her. For more than a year, we had worked closely together on practically everything. Although she was not an employee, I thought of Jessica as an extension of my brand. She helped me keep things organized, took excellent meeting minutes, collaborated on new ideas and even shared a laugh or two. Her prompt service and rapid turnaround was one of her greatest strengths. Now, after a few days of no response, I was beginning to question everything.More time passed. I never heard another word from Jessica. It’s like she just disappeared. I’ll occasionally see her chat status as “online,” but I’ve stopped trying to contact her. In this article, I’ll share four lessons learned from this experience.Related: 7 Ways to Gain Self Discipline and Strive Towards Greatness1. Don’t ignore the warning signs.In hindsight, I should have seen the situation coming. Unfortunately, I’m often too forgiving and willing to overlook minor annoyances. A forgetful moment here, an oversight there — everyone makes mistakes, right? Of course, no one is perfect; however, when examined in their entirety, a pattern of events had developed that I failed to notice.Be on the lookout for these warning signs from your virtual assistant(s):Forgets simple instructions. By definition, a virtual assistant should be someone who is highly organized. His or her job is to make your life easier, not complicate matters. A reliable virtual assistant will be proactive and make detailed notes, rather than constantly asking how things are to be done.Unexpectedly misses meetings. Scheduling conflicts do occur, although very few happen due to real emergencies. When a calendar overlap is identified, your virtual assistant should offer plenty of forewarning and seek a new date that works for everyone. Waiting until the last minute, or after the fact, is simply unacceptable.Makes excuses. There are only so many pet crises that actually impact one’s work schedule. It’s OK to be compassionate with your virtual assistant, but, on the other hand, it’s also possible that you’re on the receiving end of an excuse.2. Be strategic when giving system access.I was either too trusting or too lazy when I hired Jessica. Within a week of starting her contract, I had made her an administrator on several of my company’s most important systems, including my project management software. I later found out that she was also an “owner” of several important Google Docs folders, which was especially difficult to unwind upon her mysterious departure.Before hiring another virtual assistant, pause to consider your approach to freelancer onboarding and offboarding. If you needed to, could you flip a switch and instantly restrict access to outgoing contractors? Of your existing assistants, which of them have more access than is actually needed? Spend time reviewing each user’s permission levels and adjust accordingly.To further limit your risk, it can also be wise to take a staggered approach to onboarding. Rather than giving access to everything on day one, share only those systems necessary to get work done. As you build trust with the contractor, you can then expand his or her access to include additional systems or administrative privileges.Related: When to Hire Virtual Assistants and Outsource Help3. Formally review your virtual assistants.Virtual assistants are usually freelancers who serve multiple clients. Although they’re not your employees, it’s still a good idea to provide regular feedback by means of a formal review process. Doing so provides an important forum to express concerns or warning signs you’ve observed and to drill down into the root causes.To structure your review process, it can be helpful to do the following:Create an assessment form for your virtual staff.Schedule an hour-long, review session twice a year for each virtual assistant.As the annual review approaches, s invite the virtual assistant to submit the form as a self-assessment.Also submit the assessment from your perspective.At the review meeting, compare notes and share candid feedback.Save the assessment data and meeting notes in a drive for safekeeping.The review process is your opportunity to objectively examine the situation. If you realize that a virtual assistant is actually making your life more complicated, then it’s probably time to move in a different direction.Related: How Inefficient Processes Are Hurting Your Company4. When you start to beg, something is wrong.The best virtual assistants are motivated by accomplishment and your total satisfaction. Therefore, when you find yourself begging for simple updates, you know something is seriously wrong.For example, I probably said things like this to Jessica before she vanished:”Did you ever enter that one task I sent you last week?””Are you going to send the meeting invite we discussed? I never saw it come through.””Can you post the link to the meeting minutes? I needed that yesterday.”Remember, your virtual assistant should keep you organized — not the other way around. Stop begging for things you could do yourself in a matter of minutes. 5 min read Matt Keener Add to Queuelast_img read more

How to Watch Apples WWDC Keynote

first_img Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Chloe Albanesius June 5, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The opening WWDC keynote begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on Apple’s website. 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queuecenter_img How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote –shares Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off this morning, but if you can’t make it to the San Jose Convention Center in Silicon Valley, you can live stream Cupertino’s big announcements — if you have the right setup.The opening keynote begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on Apple’s website. To watch, you’ll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later; a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later; or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. You can also stream on the newest Apple TV or the second- or third-gen set-top box with software 6.2 or later.PCMag’s Matthew Buzzi and Dan Costa are on the ground in San Jose, and will bring you all the news about iOS 11, the next version of macOS and perhaps a few hardware surprises. Look for some Mac news, and maybe even a smart speaker that can tap into Siri.Last year, Apple gave its operating system a new name — macOS — and brought Siri to the desktop. Updates for iOS 10 were heavy on notifications and messages, with emoji and the ability to send animations, invisible messages that only appear once tapped and handwritten notes. We also got some tvOS and watchOS updates.We’ll have to wait until 1 p.m. ET to see what Apple has on tap for WWDC 2017. Until then, check out what PCMag expects to see. This story originally appeared on PCMag Executive Editor, PCMag Apple Apply Now »last_img read more

How This 28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Divergent 3D, founded by a one-time investor and two-time entrepreneur, holds patents on technologies that allow carmakers to print vehicles. Kevin Czinger says he wants to completely change how cars are built, but his motivation isn’t money or fame. It’s to help humanity avoid the “suicidal direction that people are heading,” he declares.By shaking up how cars are made, Czinger believes, the world will be saved from an impending climate disaster. And that’s where 3D printing comes in. Yes, that’s right: Some day, most cars will be manufactured using 3D printing technology, if Czinger gets his way.But first, an aside, because you’re probably thinking, Well, how about ‘saving the world’ with something we’ve already got: electric cars?The correct response there is, Not so fast. Yes, drivers switching wholesale to electric vehicles would certainly make a sizable dent in the CO2 damage that tailpipe exhaust creates. Yet those cars are just a Band-Aid solution, since the electricity they require comes largely from nonrenewable sources. So picture a Band-Aid trying to cover a gaping environmental wound.Alternately, the most effective way to reduce the environmental damage cars have long fomented is something people don’t usually think about: automobile manufacturing. According to a United Nations report, manufacturing is the single largest source of the damage automobiles unleash on the environment.An electric vehicle’s batteries account for about a third of its weight, while the carbon composites and aluminum in its body also require a lot of energy as part of its production and processing.Related: Stephen Hawking Says We Have 100 Years to Inhabit Another PlanetAnd while low-emission vehicles can be good for the overall environment in places in the United States where green energy providers already abound — think California — electric cars simply add to the problem in places where coal still rules — think China.Because coal, as we well know, is a global-warming bomb.The part of the Blade that’s 3D printed is the chassis, not the entire vehicle. The company says a chassis such as this can be assembled in a matter of minutes.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The [reduction of] tailpipe exhaust,” Czinger says, “is fooling you into thinking that you’re not creating a super-destructive system, that any potential environmental benefits are offset.” That’s a mistake, he says.“You’re vastly accelerating the destruction of the environment.”So, how does this Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, who walked away from his first startup, plan to shake the pollution out of how the automobile industry builds cars? His answer brings us right back to 3D printing.How it worksCzinger’s company, Divergent 3D, created and holds the patents for 3D-printing equipment and software that specifically allows carmakers to print individual pieces of a vehicle, each of which is then assembled by hand or machine. The process requires less energy and fewer materials than current manufacturing methods, Czinger explains, by replacing the hard-metal tooling, stamping, welding and painting currently required to create today’s vehicles.In a case study, Divergent found that its process eliminates 80 percent of factory costs and decreases the number of chassis structure parts by about 75 percent compared to typical vehicle-manufacturing practices.”The machine doesn’t care if you’re doing the most complicated layer cake in the world or you’re doing a simple nail,” Czinger says. “We’re looking at it as a system we’re going to continuously innovate around, and then we’re going to license that, so that people can create structures that are much more functional and much more profitable and use vastly less material and energy.”Czinger says he sees Qualcomm, which licenses the use of the chips found in devices such as smartphones, as a model for Divergent. His own company, which emerged from stealth three years after its 2011 founding, employs about 55 people, most of them engineers. And so far, it’s raised a total of about $28 million. Last year, Divergent also announced a partnership with PSA, the French automobile giant.PSA weighed in on the deal: “We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D’s technology. We’re convinced that these spectacular advances in 3D printing will help position PSA Group as a leader in automobile manufacturing,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board of PSA Group, in a press release in March.Divergent 3D creates car parts using metal 3D printing that bypasses some of the most energy-intensive factory operations such as fixturing, stamping, welding and e-coating.Image credit: Divergent 3D”This has the potential to dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint, reduce overall vehicle weight and build complexity, while also giving us almost limitless flexibility in design output,” Tavares said. “We are talking about a radical change for our industry.”Czinger plans for Divergent to partner with major automakers and commercialize the technology, which he believes could eventually lead to what he calls a democratization of cars. In that scenario, individual designers and small firms would create car models, and customers would special-order them. The larger automakers could act as the manufacturer, certifier and distributor, combined, for smaller brands.”Design, engineer, send data, manufacture, assemble the standard parts and customized Lego block connectors and then you have an object,” Czinger says, ticking off the steps of Divergent’s process. “That will be for a whole range of complex structures: vehicles, maybe in the future architecture, aerospace vehicles, etc.“You’ve democratized even the larger-scale industries because there’s no big capital barrier to them anymore, and you’ve relocalized the manufacturing. That’s what I think the future will be.”Related: Our Rosy Outlook on Driverless Cars Needs a Reality CheckTwin passions early onCzinger’s past goes back to Cleveland, where he grew up, and where he had a love of cars ingrained into him from a young age.”I grew up in a relatively large family where probably from the time I could physically help my brothers, they enslaved me working on cars,” Czinger says. “And then of course I built and raced cars. I always had this love of cars.”In high school, when this son of a housewife and door-to-door salesman was captain of the football and wrestling teams, Czinger also developed his other passion: a love of nature and a sense — instilled by his Jesuit teachers — that we are all responsible for the planet. “They were totally focused on stewardship,” he remembers. “That you had 100 percent responsibility for creating a human society and for caring for nature.”Following graduation, Czinger attended Yale, where he played football under Carm Cozza, who coached the team from 1965 to 1996. Cozza gushed over Czinger in his 1999 book, True Blue, writing, “Kevin Czinger was the toughest kid to play football at Yale in my 32 years as head coach.Divergent 3D partners with SLM Solutions Group to develop specific metal 3D printing hardware and software.Image credit: Divergent 3D“No question about it,” Cozza’s memoir continued. “He was also the most unusual personality, probably the outstanding overachiever, maybe the brightest student, and definitely the scariest individual.”Scary? “When I say Kevin was tough,” Cozza wrote, “ I mean he was competitive to the point of obsession, and loyal almost to a fault.”Czinger earned his BA from Yale, followed by a law degree from Yale Law School in 1987.A rebellious streak”I was always rebellious against authority,” Czinger says. But then came his stint in the Marines Corp. Reserves — inspired by his parents and brother who served in the armed forces — from 1983 to 1992. There, the rebelliousness stopped. “What they did for me is [make me] say, ‘This is the context I’m in. The last thing I want to be is disruptive. I have to fit in here and support what the Marine Corps is doing.’“You have to understand context and be willing to discipline yourself for a greater aim.”That greater aim included interning with Goldman Sachs during law school, clerking for Judge Gerhard Gersell — who famously presided over the Watergate and Iran-Contra cases — then moving to a job as an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Southern District of New York, under Rudy Giuliani, who of course would later become the city’s mayor.Relatively early in his tenure, the then-young attorney Czinger even led a case. He then made a return to Goldman Sachs, where he became the executive director of media, telecom and technology group, from 1991 to 1995.”Those things transformed me from someone who had zero public speaking skills — I was shy and nervous — into someone who could stand up, think on their feet in a logical way and address a broad range of people,” he says of those early years.Electric carsIn 2008, Czinger finally acted on his love of automobiles by moving away from both law and Wall Street to become co-founder of CODA Automotive, a company which produced electric vehicles.His experience at CODA ultimately led to the founding of Divergent 3D, but first, Czinger had to fail.CODA aimed to create electric vehicles for the Chinese market by converting an existing Chinese sedan to electric power, but Czinger found that the associated economic details were not in the company’s favor. “If you look at electric cars, autonomous vehicles — all of these programs people are talking about — these are all lower-volume vehicle programs,” he points out.He says he wanted the company to change course, but because he had raised so much funding and given away equity, his share of the company had become minimal. So, in 2011, Czinger left CODA to start researching the concepts that would eventually become Divergent 3D.A divergent pathWhile researching his next move, Czinger found studies, primarily the aforementioned UN report, that detailed the environmental impact of automobile manufacturing. He also found inspiration in Stephen Emmott’s book, Ten Billion, which predicts a global calamity once the world population reaches 10 billion.”By 2025 we’ll have 8 billion people in an industrialized world that’s scaling up,” Czinger says, ominously. “We’re going to look [back] at that 120-year period where we built 2 billion vehicles, and in the next 30 to 35 years we’re going to build 4 billion-plus vehicles, which on average are 50 percent heavier.“So, we’re going to, in a fraction of the time, triple the number of vehicles ever manufactured in the history of the planet.”He continues: “From a materials and energy standpoint, you’re looking at a magnitude difference in environmental destruction. That means that the way we design and manufacture vehicles is critical to our survival.”This fact reflects the sobering reality that electric vehicles can be as detrimental to the environment as gas-powered ones — and Czinger isn’t the only one saying that: Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, declared that, “Moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another.”Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs Driving the Edible Insect MovementCzinger says that once he started looking into the problem, he knew that an incremental solution wouldn’t be good enough. There needed to be a way to eliminate the specific machine tooling and long assembly lines currently used to manufacture vehicles, he reasoned. That solution? 3D printing.Divergent showed off its 3D-printed car, the Blade, at CES 2017.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The dream of car engineering is to look end to end at a vehicle and only pick the materials that are perfectly optimized for each segment,” he says. “That’s what [3D printing] allows you to do.”Divergent got PSA on board after it shaved about 150 kilograms off a Peugeot 308 and reduced its number of structural parts by more than 75 percent. Not only that, Czinger says, but the updated version of the car won a better crash rating.Lifelong learnerDuring our interview, Czinger tends to give lengthy answers involving technical descriptions. He even expresses gratitude to the Carnegie Library System in Cleveland, where he spent weekends as a kid reading for entire afternoons — his favorite pastime growing up.Clearly, he’s a lifelong learner. And, today, he says, when tasked to learn something new, he takes a similar approach to those library days of his youth: reading and more reading.”The reality is you can teach yourself anything,” Czinger says. “First, I do a general survey of what the literature is, to understand what people are thinking; and then if I find particular people that I want to talk to, I’ll talk to them.”Still, while all that idealistic stuff about fighting climate change is Divergent’s mission, Czinger has his feet planted firmly on planet Earth. He knows Divergent is a business first.”The most internal discipline you can possibly have, because you are wanting to change the world, you have to look out and say, ‘I’m not going to change anything if I run out of money,'” Czinger says. “I’m not going to change anything if I don’t survive. I have to make sure that we maintain our survival.”Meanwhile, he says he doesn’t see Divergent as an extension of himself. “My ego doesn’t depend on this company,” he says.“Whether my life is successful or not doesn’t depend on this company. I’m going to give it, like, an enormous, crazy, crazy, crazy effort because I’m a competitive person and I think this is the right thing to do. But, as a human being, this is not about ‘me.’ The most important thing is to be a good person and have those relationships.”He adds, “If I thought this was about making more money or being cool, I would not do it for a second, believe me.” June 15, 2017 12 min read Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Divergent 3D News Director Stephen J. Bronner –shares Cars Add to Queue How This $28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D Printing Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Jay Leno and Kevin Czinger pose with Divergent’s Blade while filming a segment for ‘Jay Leno’s Garage.’last_img read more

EHL Ingredients invests £1m to expand facility in Stockport UK

first_imgEHL Ingredients invests £1m to expand facility in Stockport, UKPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 25, 2019In: Food, Foodservice, Industries, Ingredients, ManufacturingPrintEmailEHL Ingredients has invested £1 million to expand its site in Stockport, UK, allowing it to process greater volumes of food ingredients.The expansion represents EHL’s third unit at the facility, taking its total space up to 40,000 square feet.The unit houses new machinery, including a vertical form filler, which fills pillow bags and tubs for dried herbs and spices, seeds and powders. EHL said it is responding to an increase in customer requests and from existing clients placing larger orders. Tasneem Alonzo, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, said: “We’ve outgrown our capacity in terms of storage, staff, machinery, administration and loading areas, so needed a space to allow us to expand the business longer term. We decided to stay on the same industrial estate instead of moving our whole premises, so when this unit came up we were keen to review it.  “Over the last 12 months, we’ve been taking orders for larger quantities which means we need to increase capacity. This new site will allow us to process more orders and higher volumes, more efficiently and quickly and the installation of the new machinery will enhance production and allow us to continue to innovate further. “The food ingredient sector is certainly in a period of growth and with the rise in popularity of organic, free-from, vegan and vegetarian foods, we’re continuously innovating to bring retailers, brands, manufacturers and caterers the right ingredients to suit consumer trends.  “Despite the uncertain times we are in, we’re confident in our position as a company. We’ve strengthened our teams, developed many new herb and spice blends, broadened our product portfolio and expanded our customer base into new territories, especially in Scandinavia.”Founded in 1996, EHL supplies around 300 individual food ingredients and has a 200-strong organic range, as well as over 70 custom blends and seasonings. It imports, blends, and packs food ingredients from around the world.Last year, the company released Lähde, a new range of organic ingredients and blends for the foodservice industry.Share with your network: Tags: EHL IngredientsprocessingUKlast_img read more

Watch Out Santa Denmark Says It Owns the North Pole

first_img Image credit: Pixabay Watch Out, Santa. Denmark Says It Owns the North Pole. Jason Fell December 16, 2014 –shares Entrepreneur Staff Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Santa, man, you better dig up your deed and call your city officials, pronto. It looks like Denmark is making a power play to be the sole owner of the North Pole.Following a 12-year, $50 million survey of an underwater mountain range, the Nordic country — located in Northern Europe just south of Norway and Sweden — has concluded that it is the rightful owner of the North Pole. Its research apparently shows that the Arctic region is geologically attached to Greenland, which Denmark also controls.For those of us who need a quick refresher on where the North Pole is, it’s the 556,463-square-mile area in the middle of the Arctic Ocean that represents the northernmost point on Earth. So, no, residents of North Pole, Alaska, can rest easy.Related: 5 Steps to Working a Holiday Party Like SantaTurns out, a number of countries have voiced interest in owning the North Pole over the years, including the U.S., Russia, Canada and Norway. Denmark’s claim is uncharacteristically bold for a country that’s otherwise considered a pretty chill, diplomatic place.As with most things, there appears to be some business strategy behind Denmark’s northern land grab. The North Pole is believed to contain 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of its oil. As the polar ice melts, getting to these resources becomes more feasible.In other words, Denmark is seeing dollar signs.I wonder if Santa knew what was under his feet if he would have gotten into a different line of business. Or, maybe he would have diversified revenue streams, at least.Related: How Much Would Santa’s Salary Be? Next Article Add to Queue Opportunity Register Now »last_img read more

Apple Signs Up for Googles Cloud Services

first_imgCloud Technology 2 min read Add to Queue Reuters Image credit: Denys Prykhodov | Shutterstock Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Apple Signs Up for Google’s Cloud Services Apple Inc. recently started using Google’s cloud service even as it simultaneously builds its own data centers to reduce its reliance on third-party service providers, technology news website Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with the deal.Apple currently also uses Amazon.com Inc.’s and Microsoft Corp.’s cloud services, but intends to end its reliance on all its rivals in the next few years, Re/code said.The iPhone maker is spending between $400 million and $600 million on Google’s cloud services, tech magazine CRN reported, adding that it was unclear if the range was for an annual rate or a set amount of capacity.CRN said Apple has also significantly reduced its reliance on Amazon since signing up with Google late last year.Apple, Amazon and Alphabet Inc.-owned Google could not be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.Apple said last February that it would spend a combined $3.9 billion to build three data centers in Arizona, Ireland and Denmark. The Arizona facility is planned to be a command center to manage its other data centers.Google has also been pushing to gain share in the fast-growing market. In November, the company appointed industry veteran Diane Greene to run its cloud business.Last month, Google signed a deal to provide cloud services for online music streaming platform Spotify.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) March 17, 2016 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

Start Saving Michael Phelps The IRS Is Taxing Your Olympic Medals

first_imgRio Olympics 2016 Start Saving, Michael Phelps. The IRS Is Taxing Your Olympic Medals. August 15, 2016 Image credit: Michael Regan | Getty Images Entrepreneur Staff Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 1 min readcenter_img Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Hey aspiring Olympians, if you dream of taking home the gold, start training … and get a good accountant.As reported by Americans for Tax Reform, the United States Olympic Committee awards monetary prizes to those athletes who medal: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.Related: Serena Williams and the 9 Most Successful Entrepreneur AthletesSo with five golds and one silver around his neck, doggy paddle specialist Michael Phelps is set to swim home with $140,000 in his pockets. (Speedos have pockets, right?) But don’t go blowing all of that in the arm floaties section of Wal-Mart, Michael. Your pals at the IRS are going to want to take a bite of your historic medal count.Americans for Tax Reform unhappily notes that using a tax rate of 39.6 percent, “victory tax” would be $9,900 for gold, $5,940 for silver and $3,960 for bronze.Those numbers could be smaller for athletes in lower tax brackets, but given Phelps’ net worth of $55 million, it looks like the human fish will be on the hook for the full $55,440 tax bill.  Register Now » Add to Queue –shareslast_img read more

Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis Industry

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. –shares Guest Writer 3 min read Marijuana prohibition never stopped marijuana sales. Blocking legal marijuana businesses from the legal banking system isn’t working, either. Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. dispensaries.com Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur Podcast Cannabis Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis Industry Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. May 24, 2018 The legal marijuana industry in the United States is awash in cash. Literally.With reports that cannabis businesses generated almost $61 million in tax revenue for California in just the first quarter of recreational marijuana sales, it’s important to remember that the money moving through the marijuana financial system is almost 100 percent in cash. Why? Most banks won’t touch money from legal marijuana businesses because cannabis remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level, meaning banks in the strictest sense risk committing crime providing the industry ordinary commercial banking services. That leaves marijuana entrepreneurs working in a cash-only world.It’s more than just inconvenient. It makes it more difficult to create a safe environment for both employees and customers. It makes it next-to-impossible to get loans to start or grow a business. It also makes tracking marijuana transactions more difficult for businesses and the government.Related: For the Perfect Social-Impact Investment, Look No Further Than CannabisCryptocurrency OpportunityCryptocurrency companies, using blockchain technology, are hoping to step into the gap. At the recent CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference in New York City, many companies touted blockchain and cryptocurrency as a potential cure for the marijuana industry’s financial headache. The conference attracted thousands. More than $17 million in ticket sales were made for the event, held at the New York Hilton Midtown.Blockchain provides a transparent, secure digital transaction record that can be accessed by all users. It’s most associated with Bitcoin. One of the main topics at the conference was how can blockchain be used in the cannabis industry.The idea of cryptocurrency in the marijuana industry gained momentum late last year when researchers at IBM advised the government in British Columbia, Canada, to use blockchain to for seed-to-sale tracking of legal marijuana. Legal recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin in July across Canada.Related: Why Some Veterans Are On the Front Lines to Legalize HempCryptocurrency StartupsNow startups, or more specifically their financial backers, are putting their money behind this theory. Companies that have developed blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies aimed at use in the marijuana industry are springing up like weeds. For examples:Cannabis social media hub MassRoots is now transitioning to a marijuana-focused software company, tying blockchain to its marijuana point-of-sale tracking business, MassRoots Retail.Alt Thirty Six, which uses the cryptocurrency Dash, has partnered with cannabis software company Webjoint to provide access to its digital transaction system for the marijuana-related businesses Webjoint serves in California.Software company Greenstream is building a blockchain-based supply chain system for the cannabis industry that could be accessed by retailers, suppliers and regulatorsRelated: DEA Chief’s Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some, Baffled ManyIf it all seems a bit like Silicon Valley in the 1990s and 2000s, that’s because it is. The marijuana industry has gone from nowhere to a multibillion-dollar industry in just a few years, yet people are still carrying around their profits in leather satchels. At some point, that is going to end. If the federal government doesn’t provide a solution, then cryptocurrency might.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: MARK GARLICK | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY | Getty Images Listen Nowlast_img read more

CBD From Hemp Is Booming for Body Mind and Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Strong consumer demand for CBD and the prospect of a legal supply from domestically grown hemp is fueling a boom. CEO, The Hemp Biz Conference 4 min read –shares Image credit: Yarygin | Getty Images hemp Guest Writer Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Anna Trusty was finding it harder and harder to keep up with her five sons, four of whom she educates in her Chicago home. Instead of walking with her kids to the park a mile away, she was seeing doctors and looking for answers.Opioid medications gave her no relief. “I was using more and more, and they weren’t working,”  she said.Trusty’s doctor recommended medical marijuana, but she wasn’t ready to use something that’s still illegal on the federal level. Then a friend recommended cannabidiol (CBD). The compound comes from hemp, but unlike the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives marijuana its kick, CBD won’t make anyone high. Industrial hemp is the same species of plant as marijuana, but has to have under 0.3 percent THC, something that Trusty made sure to investigate ahead of time.“My friend gave me some [CBD] to try, and then I researched it myself.” But her reading reassured her and she decided to give it a try. That was in mid-August. She says in two months a lot has changed.Related: The Coming International CBD Boom and How it Will Disrupt the Marijuana Business“It’s actually allowed me to have almost no pain,” she says. As the pain faded, her emotional health improved.“I’m weaning off antidepressants and it’s going well,” Trusty said.Demand for CBD is rising because of consumers like Trusty whose health problems persist despite conventional treatments. Coca-Cola is exploring CBD-infused beverages. Epidiolex, a CBD-based medicine, has received FDA approval. President Trump has signed the Farm Bill legalizing hemp farming for the first time since 1937, creating a vast source of legal CBD.CBD is hitting the big time.Jeff Wright, vice president for Extraction and Purification for Thar Process, a Pittsburgh-based company specializing in cutting-edge CBD extraction technology, compared it to Omega-3 fatty acids 20 years ago. “In the 90’s Omega-3s were hot hot hot,” he said. “CBD is the next Omega-3.”Although much of the scientific evidence is preliminary, CBD has been suggested as a treatment for mood disorders. It has the potential to fight cancer, alleviate neurological diseases, chronic pain and other inflammatory conditions.Related: The Next Big Thing in ‘Green’ Packaging Is Hemp BioplasticMost commonly found as an oil, CBD can also be infused into food or drink, as well as vaped or applied topically. From Wright’s perspective in the middle of the CBD supply chain, Wright sees the vast business opportunity it presents.“Not too many people are farming hemp right now,” he said, “so right now there’s a window of time when it’s extremely lucrative to grow. Long term it will be a huge commodity.”Cannabis business analysts The Brighfield Group predict that with its growing popularity as a food and cosmetic ingredient in addition to medical uses, the CBD industry will hit $591 million in 2018 and balloon up to $22 billion within the next four years.Bethany Gomez, director of research for the Brightfield Group, said in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, “What we started tracking this year was an explosion — face mask, bug bites, skin care, topicals. It’s being used for everything you can think of — sports, triathlons. People want to buy it for their grandma, for arthritis. Women get it for PMS and endometriosis — common things that people have been using over the counter medications [for].”Related: The Next Big Cannabis Opportunity? Mills to Process Industrial Hemp.The demand for hemp is certain to grow. Leighton Rice, co-owner of Humble Hemp Farmers in Ortana, PA, is growing his first crop of hemp for CBD, just six acres, under that state’s hemp pilot program. He decided to try it after a friend on the West Coast sold him on the promise of CBD as a cash crop.He explained the CBD is extracted from the dried flowers of the hemp plant. At about 15 percent into the harvesting process, he said he has not been able to test the flowers to determine the grade of CBD they will produce. But he’s getting calls every day from people who want to prebuy his flowers for $80 to $100 per pound. So far, he says, so good. Next Article CBD From Hemp Is Booming for Body, Mind and Business December 26, 2018 Christie Lunsford Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Hula Hoops get new paperboard packaging design in France

first_imgHula Hoops get new paperboard packaging design in FrancePosted By: News Deskon: June 09, 2017In: Food, Industries, New products, Packaging, SnacksPrintEmailSnack producer Vico has introduced Hula Hoops in a rigid paperboard container to the French market.The French firm has teamed up with American packaging company Sonoco for the launch of the product, hoping the design will stand out at the point of sale.Hula Hoops is the latest result of a cooperation between Sonoco and Vico’s parent company Intersnack. The ring-shaped snack, already popular in the UK, was launched in France last year in three flavours: original (salted), cheese and barbecue.Vice president of Sonoco Consumer Products Europe Séan Cairns said: “The high visibility of our rigid paper containers is one of their key features. Having a packaging that stands out on the shelf is a crucial advantage, especially when it comes to introducing a new product to the market and attracting impulse buyers – which is of the utmost importance on the highly competitive snack market.”The new aluminium-lined container has been designed to preserve Hula Hoops’ freshness. Vico has targeted on-the-go consumers, who will be able to retain the flavour of the product with the snap lid.Vico aims to add bacon as well as sour cream and onion to its French Hula Hoops portfolio in the future.South Carolina-based Sonoco provides packaging solutions at around 70 operations around Europe. The company turned over $1.17 billion in the first three months of the year – down from $1.23 billion in 2016.Share with your network: Tags: FoodFranceHula HoopsIntersnackpackagingsnackSonocoVicolast_img read more

Stonewall Kitchen to acquire Tillen Farms cocktail garnishes

first_imgStonewall Kitchen to acquire Tillen Farms’ cocktail garnishesPosted By: News Deskon: December 18, 2017In: Business, Flavours, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailStonewall Kitchen has agreed a deal to acquire Tillen Farms’ range of cocktail garnishes for an undisclosed sum.The deal is expected to be completed in January 2018, after which Stonewall will own Tillen Farms products such as Bada Bing and Maraschino cherries as well as the brand’s range of pickled vegetables.John Stiker, chief executive officer of Stonewall Kitchen said: “We have long admired the premium quality and variety of Tillen Farms’ delicious products, from their pickled asparagus spears and dilly beans to their signature Bada Bing cherries.“The product line is completely complementary to the speciality food categories we currently offer, and provides us with an immediate leadership presence in the cocktail garnish category.”Tim Metzger, the founder and owner of Tillen Farms added: “After growing the Tillen Farms brand over the last 13 years, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner than Stonewall Kitchen to help take the brand to the next level.“We share similar values of providing superior product quality, clean ingredient labels, and predominantly US-based sourcing and manufacturing. I look forward to working with John and the team to continue to grow both Tillen Farms and Stonewall Kitchen in the coming years.”Share with your network:last_img read more

In dark times we need heroes – this one is a raccoon

first_imgOpinion Share on Pinterest Internet Hannah Jane Parkinson Animals comment Animals Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Opinion In dark times, we need heroes – this one is a raccoon Shares104104 Contact author ‘Office workers, powerless behind their sealed-shut windows, took photographs of the raccoon, and cars the size of toys below.’Photograph: Social Media/Reuters The last time a raccoon hit global news, it was Conrad, the Toronto raccoon killed on the road (bear with me), which inspired a vigil in tribute. City services left the raccoon on the side of the road for so long that someone left a note and a rose by the body. Soon, a framed photograph of a raccoon popped up; a Sharpie was left to encourage written respects on a card; candles and flowers surrounded the corpse. The raccoon was named Conrad. Most people appreciated the offbeat humour in this; others complained that the raccoon was being “disrespected”, even though it had a better send-off than many humans.But there can be no ambiguity over the heartwarming tale of what happened to the critter that became known as the MPR raccoon, which has captured the world’s attention over the past couple of days. MPR raccoon (named after Minnesota Public Radio) got stuck on a ledge. Raccoons, which tend to climb upwards when stressed, scaled 23 floors of an office building before getting tired and having a nap on a windowsill. Office workers, powerless behind their sealed-shut windows, took photographs of the raccoon, and cars the size of toys below, and discussed what to do to help.Firefighters set a trap on the roof. Locals gathered under the tower, some brought binoculars. News agencies trained their cameras. But the light was fading. So too, was the raccoon, having not eaten or had a drink for over 24 hours. When darkness came, the raccoon changed tack, and slowly began to descend. … 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. Studies have shown that positive news stories in general have a good effect on mental health. While, as you’d expect, negative news can make us more depressed and anxious. We also tend to seek out bad news because of our natural “negative bias”, which means we are more alert to stories that might detail a threat.It’s clear from website traffic and social media engagement that plenty of people enjoy the lighter side of the internet – and no, that doesn’t mean that we’re not paying attention to current affairs. All I know is that watching a live stream of people avoiding a puddle in Newcastle in various creative ways in 2016 (remember #DrummondPuddleWatch?) made it slightly easier to also deal with the fact that Islamic State was raging through Libya, and North Korea was testing its nuclear weapons on the same day.As for the MPR raccoon. He has just been released back into the wild. Run free little dude. We’re all rooting for you. • Hannah Jane Parkinson is a Guardian columnist Share on Twitter In the interests of our collective mental health, we need good, fun news as well as bad – so thank you, MPR raccoon Share on LinkedIn Jason Wagar 🏳️‍🌈 (@jasonwagar)@norm @311Toronto 8:20 pm. Come on, Animal Services. pic.twitter.com/3RPc1XdX50July 10, 2015 Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Support The Guardian @ladyhaja Mental health Health Twitter Topics Last modified on Thu 14 Jun 2018 15.18 EDT Share on Twitter Social media Thu 14 Jun 2018 11.44 EDT Holly M (@Holly_Monson)Well it was a nice lake day until my dog nearly drowned my sister pic.twitter.com/ttBMcrM4cAJune 8, 2018 Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Facebook I couldn’t sleep. Paris couldn’t sleep. Berlin couldn’t sleep. It was difficult to see how this could end well for the MPR raccoon. It didn’t even matter that raccoons are quite vicious and troublesome animals which Americans frequently refer to as “trash pandas”. The concern was there. But after a night of tossing and turning, I awoke in the morning. And the raccoon had apparently reversed course again, and had … made it to the top, and to safety! Hurrah!It was the good news story we all wanted, and needed. In this geopolitical quagmire we’re living through, there’s never been a greater need for some light relief. It’s why many make fun of Kim Jong-un’s hair, or Donald Trump’s for that matter. Some argue this trivialises issues we should take seriously, which is a point worth arguing, and why I tend to prefer raccoon intrigue and other things away from politics.Take Courtney Hadwin, the 13-year-old who wowed America’s Got Talent’s judges with her Joplinesque performance. I don’t even like those shows, but her audition was intensely pleasing. There is even something adorable about the Queen and Meghan Markle visiting Runcorn, the place every young Liverpudlian goes to test the dry ski slope.At the NHS Confederation conference on Wednesday, boss Simon Stevens implored tech companies to do more to fight social media’s negative effect on young people’s mental health. On social media, and perhaps Twitter in particular, the growth in hate speech has been like a pernicious bindweed snuffing out civil debate. Then there’s the social pressures and bullying online. These elements need to be addressed. But good news stories, or even just amusing content, which can go viral on Facebook and Twitter in a matter of minutes, and its subsequent memefication, often has me laughing out loud. At the weekend, Holly Monson tweeted: “Well it was a nice lake day until my dog nearly drowned my sister”, and something about the perfectly chosen shots of her adorable retriever-cum-water-assassin made me howl. And 155,000 others.Some stories aren’t necessarily “good news” stories, but offer an insight into the human condition which isn’t as bleak and despairing as we have come to expect. The London underground driver stopping his tube in tribute to the Grenfell victims and survivors; the woman who challenged a racist on a train; Mamoudou Gassama, the super-strong dude in Paris who climbed four storeys to save a toddler hanging from a balcony. Psychologists call the effect this has on us “elevation”, as even watching these altruistic or moral acts inspires us to do good ourselves. Jonathan Haidt says that elevation “motivates those who experience it to open up to, affiliate with, and assist others. Elevation makes an individual feel lifted up and optimistic about humanity.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader say officials

first_imgnews Since you’re here… Shares4040 Kabul and Islamabad say Mullah Fazlullah killed along with two others in Afghanistan Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Fri 15 Jun 2018 09.49 EDT Last modified on Fri 15 Jun 2018 17.00 EDT South and Central Asia Pakistan US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader, say officials Pakistan Support The Guardian The reported death of Mullah Fazlullah is expected to improve relations between Washington and Islamabad over Afghanistan.Photograph: Ttp Handout/EPA This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Afghanistan Share on Facebook US foreign policy Share via Email A US drone strike in north-east Afghanistan has killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, according to Pakistani and Afghan officials.A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s ministry of defence said two other Taliban militants were also killed in the strike in Kunar province. Fazlullah led the insurgency in Pakistan’s Swat valley between 2007-09 and ordered some of the most shocking attacks in the country’s history, including an assault on a school that killed 132 children and the shooting of the young activist Malala Yousafzai. “I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in an joint air operation [with the US] in the border area of Marawera district of Kunar province,” Mohammad Radmanish told Reuters.A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan said a strike had been launched against a “senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation” but did not name Fazlullah or announce the death. The US had offered $5m (£3.8m) in March for information about his whereabouts.If confirmed, the death of Fazlullah represents a major blow to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and is likely improve relations between Islamabad and Washington as the US seeks Pakistan’s cooperation in turning a ceasefire in Afghanistan into a longer-lasting peace.Reports of the death of Fazlullah, who took over as leader of the TTP in 2013, were welcomed in Pakistan, where he is reviled for ordering the 2014 Peshawar school massacre. He also oversaw the failed bombing of Times Square in New York in 2016.Fazlullah rose to fame as “FM Mullah”, broadcasting vituperative calls for jihad from his radio station. His followers introduced a brutal form of sharia law during the two-year TTP insurgency in the Swat valley, killing dancers and DVD-shop owners.Muhammad Amir Rana, from the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said the TTP would struggle to remain a cohesive group after the death of its leader.“It’s a very big loss,” Rana said. “We do not see anyone else who can continue uniting the organisation.” Earlier in the year, Fazlullah’s son was among 20 TTP militants killed in another US drone strike in Kunar.The latest strike may also lessen Pakistan’s suspicions of the US, according to a former EU special representative for Afghanistan. “When one comes down on the list of high profile Pakistan terrorists the US has taken care of it’s pretty impressive,” said Michael Semple. “There have got to be lot of conversations [in Pakistan] around maybe – how do we fit this in with notion they are playing against us?”The strike should also build trust between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan at a crucial moment in peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, he said. On Friday, the Afghan Taliban began its first ceasefire in 17 years to coincide with Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. The move follows the Afghan government own ceasefire, which started last week. Share on Twitter Memphis Barker in Islamabad Share on Messenger This article is more than 1 year old Share on WhatsApp … 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. Topicslast_img read more

Sticker Steve and Sasha Basic Emotions

first_imgMany individuals on the autism spectrum often struggle to understand basic emotions.  Mindlively offers a variety of products to benefit said individuals.  “Our goal is to provide sound, credible, insanely affordable interactive experiences that are an alternative to the numerous ad-crammed, variable quality, free materials available online.  We aren’t aiming big– either in size or profits–but we’re striving to improve the quality of the online educational materials landscape.”  The company’s flagship product is their app, Sticker Steve and Sasha Basic Emotions.Sticker Steve and Sasha Basic Emotions is a simple, uncluttered app that helps children recognize basic emotions in a myriad of real-life scenarios.Contexts presented within Sticker Steve and Sasha app:SchoolHomeOut and aboutPlaytimeEach screen presents a themed scenario and three basic emotion multiple choices.  You are then asked to choose the correct emotional response appropriate in that situation.Basic Emotions Practiced:SadHappyScaredAngrySurprisedThis app is appropriate for early intervention, children on the autism spectrum, and individuals with social deficits.  It was developed by special needs development specialists with decades of experience creating materials for students of all ages with language deficits and ASD.To download free coloring pages, to view a data collection sheet to track accountability, or to browse tips developed by speech-language pathologists for using Sticker Steve and Sasha, at home or at the clinical setting, be sure to visit their blog available here.Or check it out on iTunes!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedLanguage Builder from Stages AppNovember 19, 2015In “Apps”Autism Awareness Grows, Support Needs to FollowJune 25, 2014In “Communication”iSEQUENCES: educational app teaches social habits and emotionsSeptember 24, 2015In “Apps”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip iOS 11 Accessibility Features

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU124 – Accessible Airline Transportation with Ben Trockman and Jennifer Dexter, Kindle Fire HDX Accessibility, Agrability Training Workshop, SuperNova for Developers, Battery Life in iOS 7October 11, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”Monday Tech Tip: Voice Over Accessibility of Kindle iOS appJune 3, 2013In “Videos”Monday Tech Tip: iOS Typing FeedbackApril 17, 2017In “Tech Tips” Josh Anderson, Manager of Clinical Assistive Technology, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us some of the new accessibility features in iOS 11.Check it out here:last_img read more

Qlik Kicks Off AI In Action The Qlik Analytics Tour The Largest

first_img Marketing TechnologyNewsQlikQlik Analytics TourQlik Cloud ServicesQlik SenseSaaS deployment Previous ArticleTechBytes with Shrenik Sadalgi, Director of Next Gen Experiences, WayfairNext ArticleAlpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours Worldwide Tour to Host More Than 130 Events Across Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia-PacificQlik announced the start of its Qlik Analytics Tour, which will host 130 events worldwide involving 90+ Qlik partners to showcase the power of analytics to turn raw data into powerful insights that helps organizations lead with data. Leading organizations are investing in analytics to more easily discover and leverage key insights through data that can enable strategic action across their entire organization. Through the Qlik Analytics Tour, attendees will learn how an end-to-end data strategy that includes analytics can transform their business and create opportunity for business outcomes. Qlik will be on tour across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East from May 20 through early June.“Qlik is enabling organizations to get from raw data to deep insights quickly and easily, and we’re excited to facilitate the sharing of ideas and showcase best practices from our customers.”“There’s a lot of talk about AI in the market, and on this Tour we’ll show AI in action as part of Qlik’s powerful analytics platform,” said Robert Fleming, Qlik Senior Vice President of Global Field and Partner Marketing. “Qlik is enabling organizations to get from raw data to deep insights quickly and easily, and we’re excited to facilitate the sharing of ideas and showcase best practices from our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019Over the course of the Tour, Qlik will be demonstrating new elements of its end-to-end platform and exciting new feature releases and updates to Qlik Sense. These include the market’s broadest multi-cloud deployment options, with the recently debuted full SaaS deployment capabilities through Qlik Cloud Services, along with new augmented intelligence capabilities native to the Qlik platform such as Associative Insights, which combines Qlik’s associative and cognitive engines to suggest hidden insights in data, directly expanding a user’s data literacy by augmenting their intelligence as they explore their data.Marketing Technology News: WireWheel and Virtru Partner to Protect Integrity and Privacy of Personal DataAttendees will hear a variety of customer success stories from organizations and have the chance to meet key industry leaders, network and leave the event with a fresh perspective on how to utilize analytics and data. Attendees will also have the chance to build their own customized, powerful analytics applications during hands-on workshops.Marketing Technology News: Phishing of SaaS and Webmail Brands Surpasses Phishing Attacks on Payment Brands for the First Time Qlik Kicks Off AI In Action: The Qlik Analytics Tour, The Largest Roadshow In Data & Analytics PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 2:39 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_img This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress is Gorgeous in Real Life You Have To Read This Before You See ‘Zombieland 2’ 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. 3 Comments Edward Furlong is Returning in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub last_img read more

Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter

first_imgTesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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. Superpowers You Didn’t Know Superman Had Tesla has had its share of ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot mishaps, and CEO Elon Musk saying and doing foolish things on the internet. But this week was a big “up” for the electric car maker. Tesla’s latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95,200. Tesla’s stock rose as expected following the news, gaining 7 percent after falling 35 percent since early 2019 when it reported slower than expected sales. Tesla has benefited from a full quarter selling the Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. The Model 3 previously launched for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years. The Model 3 makes up the vast majority of Tesla’s record-breaking sales at 77,550. That’s a 50 percent increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable Model S and Model X increased as well from 12,100 to 17,650. However, that number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. That suggests the Model 3 is pulling some buyers away from the more profitable cars. Still, the increased sales are making up for it. Tesla also says that its production capacity has increased by 13 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still listed as in transit to buyers, down from 10,600 at the end of the first quarter. The Tesla Model 3 has proven very successful, making up most of the company’s 95,200 Q2 sales.The increased sales may be harder to sustain going forward. Tesla has cut prices several times in pursuit of its goal of selling 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of government tax breaks for selling electric vehicles. The $7,500 tax credit fell to $3,750 early this year, and now it’s down to $1,875. It will go away completely at the end of this year.  The company is also still operating at a loss. One bright spot on the horizon may be Tesla’s upcoming launch of the Model Y. This vehicle splits the difference between the Model 3 and the high-end Model X. It’s a smaller crossover/hatchback offering more space than a Model 3 and a lower price than the Model X. The Model Y will launch in late 2020 for US customers.Now read:Elon Musk: Tesla Broke in 10 Months Without ‘Hardcore’ Cost ReductionTesla Model 3 in Fatal Accident Had Autopilot EngagedSurprise: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 That’s Finally Shipping? Not Any More By Ryan Whitwam on July 5, 2019 at 7:36 am 21 Comments Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Tagged In carsteslaelectric vehiclesmodel 3 Post a Comment 21 Commentslast_img read more

Shop Direct Enhances Customer Engagement Revenues with Revionics AIBased Price Optimization

first_imgShop Direct Enhances Customer Engagement, Revenues with Revionics AI-Based Price Optimization PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 11:57 amMay 9, 2019 Comprehensive Organizational and Process Approach Transforms and Streamlines a Retail InnovatorAs the UK’s largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct is committed to continuous innovation that makes it a preferred online shopper destination while delivering strong business results. Having made a deliberative selection to adopt AI-based price and promotion optimization, Shop Direct’s implementation of Revionics is delivering measurable positive impact on multiple fronts, including customer engagement, unit lift and revenues.  Based on strong results in the initial deployment in its Ireland businesses, Shop Direct is now moving confidently through rollout in its UK operations.“The success of this customer-centric pricing initiative is due in no small part to our unique culture at Shop Direct, which embraces a willingness to constructively challenge the traditional ways of doing things, at the same time recognizing the critical value of thorough planning and a comprehensive end-to-end approach,” said Shop Direct’s Group Retail Director Sam Perkins, the executive board member who leads the etail giant’s combined retail and product teams. “Rather than adopting retail price optimization technology in isolation, we took a holistic end-to-end approach, from a meticulous consensus-driven selection process, to setting up the right price strategies, processes and organisation structure, to a disciplined implementation rollout, all of which enable us to maximise the impact of these powerful optimisation capabilities. And we teamed with Revionics at every step of the way to benefit from the best practices they’ve seen as they’ve worked with leading retailers worldwide.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market“While Revionics has always taken a long-term partnering approach with our retail customers, Shop Direct is a truly outstanding partner that embodies the powerful business benefits of this sort of strategic collaboration,” said Revionics Chairman and CEO Marc H. Hafner.  “Their willingness to challenge their past approaches in favor of new, thoughtful innovations, their deep commitment to having a razor-sharp focus on their customers, and their strategic business transformation mindset make Shop Direct an exemplar of a forward-thinking retailer structured for long-term success.”Marketing Technology News: Madison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations GloballyAs the UK’s largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct has annual sales of £1.96 billion. Later this year, we will rebrand to The Very Group as part of plans to bring our name and identity in line with our largest and fastest growing retail brand Very.co.uk.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaders AIfinancial services providerMarketing TechnologyNewsSam PerkinsShop Direct Previous ArticleZappar Launches ZapWorks Studio 6Next ArticleVoicify, LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple Investorslast_img read more