Vodafone Italia moves closer on Metroweb deal

first_imgHome Vodafone Italia moves closer on Metroweb deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 MAR 2015 Related Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Previous ArticleTelecom Italia CEO boasts “winning” strategy; first annual profit since 2010Next ArticleMWC15 Keynote: ThinFilm Electronics Ken Wieland Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Author Tags FinancialMetrowebServicesVodafone Vodafone Italia reportedly reached a preliminary deal to buy a stake in Milan-based fibre operator Metroweb from asset management firm F2i.According to various media outlets, Vodafone and F2i have signed a letter of intent to negotiate a deal.As it’s a non-disclosure agreement, however, details are scant. There is no news of financials or stake size.The Italian government has considered using the broadband company as the vehicle for implementing its ambitious broadband strategy, but talks with Vodafone, Wind and Telecom Italia have stalled.Operator rivalry is partly to blame for lack of progress, as too is a complex ownership structure.Metroweb is 87 per cent controlled by holding company Metroweb Italia, around 54 per cent of which is owned by F2i, with state-backed holding company Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) owning 44 per cent and Italian broadband operator Fastweb holding an 11 per cent stake. Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more last_img read more

Regulator deals blow to Telecom Italia fixed plan

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JAN 2019 Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Previous ArticleZimbabwe operators under fire for internet shutdownNext ArticleWhatsApp extends fake news message limits Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Home Regulator deals blow to Telecom Italia fixed plan Chris Donkin Authorcenter_img A Telecom Italia proposal to spin-off its fixed network but retain ownership of the newly created company was turned down by the country’s communications regulator, subject to the result of a public consultation.In a lengthy document, regulator Agcom warned the plan did not go far enough and was unlikely to significantly increase competition in the fixed market in the majority of the country.Telecom Italia’s network separation strategy was unveiled by former CEO Amos Genish in March 2018, but was one of the contentious points raised by activist investor Elliott Management when it began a campaign to wrest control of the company’s board from Vivendi.Execution of the plan as it stands would mean the creation of a new company named NetCo containing the company’s fixed asset portfolio. It was a response to years of government pressure to try and force the separation of Telecom Italia’s fixed network to aid competition in the country.In Genish’s strategy, NetCo would be operated as an independent entity, but be fully owned by Telecom Italia.During its campaign to oust the operator’s previous board, Elliott Management said official NetCo strategy did not go far enough and a stake in the business should be sold off.Having won the savage battle for the boardroom, the new directors publicly backed Genish’s plan before eventually sacking the executive. However, the company’s present strategy, including retaining full control of NetCo, remains official policy.Agcom’s decision will now go to a 45-day public consultation. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Related Telecom Italia Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Español last_img read more

Life chances for a grand slam? The foxes have evaporated…

first_imgLooking at the world rankings with the best tennis players, it is easier to name those who will take part in the last tournament of the big four. In addition to the native of Louny, only the winner of the Australian Open, the home Sofia Keninová, her much more experienced compatriot Serena Williams and the Japanese star Naomi Osaka.All the other players from the top 10, including world number one Ashleigh Barty, gave up the journey across the sea and preferred to remain in the home quarantine.“I have to say that I was surprised, I didn’t expect so many girls to check out. They probably don’t feel safe, I didn’t hesitate, I knew right away that I wanted to come here,” Plíšková let herself be heard in New York.She is the number one and the main favorite for the title. “But I don’t think it means anything. I don’t know how I’m going to be at all, I haven’t played a real match in a sharp tournament for five months, I’ve never had such a break,” Plíšková shrugs.American journalists also immediately reminded her that she may have a great chance of winning a life trophy in a weakened spider.“But I don’t know at all how it affected those five months. Someone, for example, worked hard all the time and will play great, maybe someone didn’t do much and it won’t work,” warned the current world number three.The situation is similar among men. In addition to the long-injured Roger Federer, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal also refused to come. The chance opens up, for example, for the Austrian Dominic Thiem, who, like Plíšková, is still waiting for the first grand slam won.He doesn’t think the US Open has lost its sign because of the deregistration. “It will still be very difficult to win it, the field of players is still extra strong, matches are still played. And matches without spectators will be especially annoying,” said the Austrian.They have one more fact in common with Plíšková. Both of them did not succeed at all in the tournament general in New York and they were eliminated in the first match.“It was a difficult opening match, the opponent had played a few tournaments before, she had nothing to lose now. And that was not the case for me,” she said of the defeat with Russia’s Veronika Kuděrmětová.The Czech Republic therefore needs to knock by the start of the US Open on Monday. Her aggressive game based on great service could also be recorded on a surface that is extremely fast in Flushing Meadows this year.According to Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, balloons in New York are rebounding up to 30 percent faster than usual.“I think it’s the fastest surface ever. I don’t know why they did it, but it will take a while for me to get used to it,” Plíšková added.last_img read more

Recap: Anthony Bourdain’s Season 2 Finale: Parts Unknown Detroit

first_imgIn the season two finale of Parts Unknown, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain explores the Motor City’s past, present and future as he walks through ruins of the abandoned Packard Plant, helps to mow overgrown city parks, and enjoys food at Detroit’s off the beaten path restaurants.Anthony Bourdain on Detroit: It’s where nearly everything American and great came from. The things the whole world wanted, made here.Detroit is THE most fascinating city in America. The weathervane of the nation. I think @Bourdain gets it. Watching @cnn to find out.— Travis Wright (@TalkinWright) November 11, 2013Bourdain:Maybe the worm started to turn here: the Packard Automotive Plant. Opened in 1903, it was considered the most advanced plant of its time. 3.5 million square feet. Now one man lives here: Mr. Al Hill.”It’s hard to look away from the ruin. To not find beauty in the decay.”[email protected] on Detroit’s abandoned Packard Plant #PartsUnknown— Parts Unknown (@PartsUnknownCNN) November 11, 2013At one point, the Packard Automotive Plant employed approximately 33,000 people. #PartsUnknown— Parts Unknown (@PartsUnknownCNN) November 11, 2013Tony @Bourdain and Al Hill walk through the Packard Automotive ruins #PartsUnknown #Detroit pic.twitter.com/eKtIc3IOj6— Helen Cho (@HelenCho) November 11, 2013Al HillIt takes a whole village to raise an individual, and it takes an entire world to support one city. And when one city is suffering, or when a community is suffering, the entire world should help pitch in and help elevate it, instead of sit there and stare at it.Packard Automotive Plant #PartsUnknown #Detroit pic.twitter.com/5qV8wCWbrB— Helen Cho (@HelenCho) November 11, 2013Why am I watching CNN to learn about this 24-hour Coney Island? Now I want a Coney. Anthony Bourdain #PartsUnknown http://t.co/iXZqmzji1H— ROCHELLE RILEY ✈🌎 (@rochelleriley) November 11, 2013Love the ghost gardens of #Detroit. @PartsUnknownCNN #PartsUnknown #findingthebeauty— Sydney Kearns (@Sydney_Kearns) November 11, 2013Bordain: “I’ve only seen 1 other city in the world that looks anything like #Detroit: #Chernobyl.” #CNN #PartsUnknown #quotd— Michael J. Russell (@planetrussell) November 11, 2013But at this point I’m wondering when #partsunknown goes beyond ruin porn & shows the amazing places & community in #Detroit. #phoenixrising— Beth (@beths_confusion) November 11, 2013″The Detroit Fire Department – it’s not a job, it’s a calling.” #PartsUnknown #Detroit— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) November 11, 2013Greedy Greg’s menu. #PartsUnknown Detroit pic.twitter.com/xJgA41KwoE— Parts Unknown (@PartsUnknownCNN) November 11, 2013Just saw Bourdain sip a Faygo Red Pop on #partsunknown focusing on Detroit. Yup. It is mighty sweet drink.— Darlene aka D.Ho (@DarleneEats) November 11, 2013Nice to have #partsunknown spend so long honoring #Detroit fire department. Those guys are awesome.— David Woodruff (@DavidaWoodruff) November 11, 2013We are only as strong as our weakest city, America. How do we leave Detroit in this state? #PartsUnknown— Matt Garcia (@mattjgarcia68) November 11, 2013#PartsUnknown after seeing the Detroit Fire Dept. Everyone should hug a fire firefighter. Unbelievable Challenges.— Glennon Martin (@GlennonMar) November 11, 2013What about the entrepreneurs and artists changing the city, one block at a time? You have to start with that Detroit is a great city, and worth saving. “You have to be an unpatriotic freak to not believe in it” #Detroit #partsunknown— Sofia (@sof_creative) November 11, 2013Detroiter a are addicted to their city. We don’t run. We still have hope and pride. #partsunknown— Tim Ciechorski (@TimCiechorski) November 11, 2013#PartsUnknown episode about Detroit is incredibly heartbreaking. #CNN— Patti Summers (@petitjean5567) November 11, 2013You’re appreciated in Detroit. Guess what? We like good food too. We hear from people all the time that say they’ve moved back to Detroit. Hey Detroiters: Believe in hope & future-will Happen. Doubters deserve the strip malls anyway. Sending LOVE to the D. #partsunknown— Dawna Kuhne (@BhamLifer) November 11, 2013″I hope you’re enjoying our trip into the greatest city in America…#Detroit” –@Bourdain on #PartsUnknown— Heidelberg Project (@HeidelbergProj) November 11, 2013In Detroit, police and fire department services are reduced. They turn to each other for help. Detroit has a reputation as a tough town. But they don’t give up. Meet the Mower GangCleaning up the abandoned parks and playlots in Detroit. When the city announced they were closing 72 parks, Tom Nardone bought a mower and started mowing the lawns at the parks. And now there’s a Mower Gang that mows the parks.”With nature taking back the landscape block by block, the urban farm is really the last line of defense.”[email protected] pic.twitter.com/R6IJ7HHjrb— Parts Unknown (@PartsUnknownCNN) November 11, 2013detroit mower gang #PartsUnknown pic.twitter.com/qNzmplDKEg— Helen Cho (@HelenCho) November 11, 2013Urban AgricultureWe can create a more vibrant economically strong community.#Detroit #Community Market was JUST FEATURED on [email protected]: D-Town Farm [email protected]’s #Detroit episode [email protected] 11pm&11/16on [email protected]— Detroit Markets (@DetroitMarkets) November 11, 2013Thanks @Bourdain for highlighting D-town Farm in tonight’s #PartsUnknown. Doing good works in Detroit.— Em Brown (@eb26) November 11, 2013″Nice, but @bourdain wasn’t asking the right questions about the urban farm,”–my urban farmer husband. #partsunknown— Rachel Webb (@raychwrites) November 11, 2013What will Detroit look like in 20 years? In 50 years? That’s not just a Detroit question. That’s an America question.What People Thought About Bourdain’s Show on DetroitWas a good show, but the cool places in downtown and Corktown and Midtown got short shrift –@Bourdain, #PartsUnknown— Deadline Detroit (@DeadlineDetroit) November 11, 2013I think @Bourdain’s #partsunknown season finale has shown how difficult it is to tell #Detroit’s story in one hour. #hungryformore— Kevin J. Hardy (@kevinjhardy) November 11, [email protected] giving Detroit the respect it deserves #partsunknown— Debra Walko (@DebraWalko) November 11, 2013I love @Bourdain & #PartsUnknown, & I have mixed feelings about tonight’s #Detroit episode. So much discussed & so much overlooked. @freep— Alex Beaton (@alexbeaton) November 11, 2013Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedStorytelling and College History ClassIf you’re new to my site, you may not know I’m a big fan of Storify (which unfortunately closed down on May 16, 2018). I love using Storify because it’s an easy way for me to use different social networks, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, as well as other web resources…In “Social media”Photo of the Week: William G. Milliken State Park and HarborHeading east from the GM Renaissance Center on the Detroit Riverwalk is one of my favorite walks in downtown Detroit. I always take time to explore William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to check out the birds and plants. Michigan’s first urban state park, William G. Milliken State Park…In “Michigan”City of Detroit Launches Improve Detroit ApplicationFor city of Detroit residents, it’s “like having City Hall on your phone,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in today’s press release announcing a new mobile application. Improve Detroit is a free mobile application that Detroit residents can use to get problems fixed in the city. From potholes to broken street…In “Detroit”last_img read more

South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in ODIs

first_img12 November 2013 South Africa wrapped up a 4-1 one-day international series victory over Pakistan with an emphatic 117-run win in in Sharjah on Monday. There were encouraging signs during the series that the Proteas have put their sub-standard one-day form of earlier this year behind them. Refreshingly, the series was played on wickets that offered the bowlers something, unlike so much of the limited overs fare nowadays that heavily favours batsmen and results in slog fests. There were no totals during the series that challenged the 300-run mark, but good batting was rewarded, and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 115 in the fifth ODI was a wonderful example of this. De Villiers’ knock took him past 6 000 runs in ODIs, the fastest South African to achieve the mark and the third fastest to the milestone of all time, behind only Sir Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly.Needed application His innings demonstrated the application needed in the 50 overs a side game. It was neatly split into two halves, with De Villiers circumspect and cautious in the first half of his innings, followed by a stunning array of shots and innovation in the second half, once he had played himself in. De Villiers was one of only two batsmen to score centuries in the series. Quinton de Kock scored the other, an impressive knock of 112 at the top of the order in South Africa’s 28-run victory in the fourth ODI. It also made him, at the age of 20 years and 326 days, the youngest South African to score an ODI century. Some concerns still remain about the consistency of the South African batting, but the team’s totals were consistent and between 259 and 268 in the last three ODIs on challenging surfaces.Outstanding bowling While the Proteas displayed some batting frailties, the bowlers adjusted admirably to the pitches in the United Arab Emirates and were outstanding. This is best underlined by the fact that they bowled Pakistan out in all five matches. What the bowlers also proved is that the transition from world class test bowler to world class ODI bowler is not a big jump. World class remains world class, no matter the format. Dale Steyn played in only two of the five matches, but he played a decisive role in both. In the third ODI, despite taking only 1 for 31 in his eight overs, he wrested the initiative away from Pakistan, slowing down their scoring and putting the batsmen under pressure, which ultimately led to a convincing 68-run victory. In the next match, a 28-run win, he delivered a career-best return of 5 for 25 as Pakistan fell from 228 for 5 to 238 all out.Vernon Philander Vernon Philander, a man considered as a test bowler only by the selectors for so long, came into the team for the fifth and final ODI and asked tough questions of the Pakistanis. He removed two of the top three batsmen in order, caught the other, and finished with figures of 2 for 23 in eight overs. While the recognised test stars showed their worth to the team, all-rounder Ryan McLaren continued to enhance his status in the limited overs side. He played a number of useful innings lower down the batting order and removed nine batsmen with his bowling to match Imran Tahir as the top wicket-taker in the South African line-up. Leg-spinner Tahir, with his return to form, reminded South African supporters of the fantastic weapon he can be with his varied bowling in limited overs matches. He was superb in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India and in similar conditions he was again very good. South Africa showed a huge improvement over their performances in Sri Lanka in July, when they went down to the hosts by four matches to one and were, frankly, poor, suffering some big losses. Top test players The Pakistan series also made clear the importance of the Proteas’ top test performers as one-day players. Without some of the team’s leading players, they flopped in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June and followed that up with the tepid showing in Sri Lanka. On that subject, Jacques Kallis, who has made himself available for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, needs to see more action. For the first time in a very long time, he looked out of sorts in the Pakistan test series, and he did not play in the ODI series. The great man needs to play himself back into form because Kallis in form is a weapon that is hard to match. For the Proteas to excel in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and to win it for the first time, there is going to have to be greater use made of the team’s top test players, like Kallis and Steyn, in the ODI game. They’re match winners and they produce the kind of performances that make the difference in the 50-over game.last_img read more

eBay Lays Groundwork for Skype IPO in 2010

first_imgOnline auction giant eBay, rumored to be shopping around for a buyer for its 2005 acquisition of voice-over-IP phone service Skype, announced in a press release today that it has now decided to prep the ground for a 2010 Skype IPO launch. The announcement also says that this is one of several outcomes considered for Skype when eBay president John Donahoe became CEO early in 2008. We have recently covered eBay’s troubled coexistence with Skype, noting that the two businesses didn’t share very much common ground, with codebase integration lagging and other troubles as well. So the question was not so much if a spin-off or sell-off would happen, but when. And for now, it looks like that time is early next year. The fact that eBay and Skype make strange bedfellows does not mean Skype doesn’t have a business model. On the contrary, the business generated revenues of $551 million in 2008, which is a 44% increase year-over-year and represents a 21% profit margin for them. The press releases also states a projected revenue of $1 billion in 2011, twice as much as in 2008.With promising sales, high adoption rates and an openness to new platforms such as their iPhone app, its not hard to think that Skype will have a booming IPO, and will remove the albatross status from eBay, which can return to its core strengths of online payments and e-commerce. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img phil glockner Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Smart People Say Smart Things

first_imgIn every issue of the print magazine since 2001a and now in our digital magazine LPM Onlinea we have conducted an executive interview with some of the top professionals in loss prevention, retail, and a few outside the industry. These exceptional individuals have much to say about a wide range of subjects. And much of what they say is well worth paying attention to.I recently took a stroll through the past few years of interviews and have pulled together some excerpts that I believe deserve repeating. Please take a few minutes to reread the quotes. And if you haven’t read the full interviews recently, we’ve given you the information to find the interviews in your print library or on this site.- Sponsor – Robert “Bob” Oberosler, group vice president of loss prevention for Rite Aid, from March-April 2012OBEROSLER: I’m not the zero-shrink guy. If you want to try to get zero shrink, hire somebody else. I’m going to aim at getting shrink down below a certain percentage number where we have that careful balance between maximizing sales and controlling shrink. You have to understand the customer shopping experience. You are going to have some shrink if you want your customers to have a great shopping experience.I tell my people, “There’s not a mistake you can make in doing your job that I can’t help fix. So, don’t be afraid to go out and push the edge of the envelope. That’s how you learn and make an impact.”In addition to being smart, I really want someone who has a very strong voice. Having a strong voice, being able to express yourself, having confidence in your data, and having the ability to motivate people are all important components of leadership, which, when it comes down to it, is one of the most important characteristics for success: leadership, hunger, and passion.Bob Vranek, vice president of loss prevention for Belk, Inc., from September-October 2012Vranek: Belk has changed dramatically over the years, and the LP department has evolved dramatically with those changes. We have literally reinvented ourselves three or four different times. So, I’ve not been running the same program for twenty years. The program we run now looks nothing like the program we originally started with. If we hadn’t changed LP as the business changed, I likely wouldn’t still be running the LP organization.Certainly one of the most noticeable changes in our industry is the pure professionalism of the LP team. Everyone acknowledges that we’ve moved past the focus on catching shopliftersa the old cops-and-robbers mentality. We go through cycles. We’ll focus on shoplifting, then it’s on internal theft, then it’s to ORC. In a year or two, I think we’ll be talking about the omni-channel challenges that will have remade our retail operations and opened up new vulnerabilities for us to manage. The LP team we had twenty years ago couldn’t handle the current challenges today. They couldn’t understand the technology. They wouldn’t be able to master the technology and develop the tools we would need to control losses. Not so with the people we have now. They are very professional. They understand the inventory systems. They understand the technology. I have a great deal of confidence in them dealing with unusual situations and being able to step in and drive shortage down.David Lund, CFI, LPC, vice president of loss prevention for DICK’S Sporting Goods, from March-April 2013Lund: From a leadership perspective, I try to provide opportunities for people to grow through certification and education inside or outside of our department, because I want people not only to feel valued, but I know that education will translate to happier people and bigger dividends in what they can do for our company.I would tell you that anybody on this planet can run a 26-mile marathon. They might not run it in two and a half hours, but they’ll definitely be able to finish if they put in the time and energy to training. Like almost anything in life, if you create a plan, you’re dedicated to that plan, and you stick to it, you can do it.Mark Stinde, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven, from May-June 2013Stinde: The expectations of an asset protection executive in this organization will consist of three things. First, you must be a great leader, be good to people, and work well with others. Second, you must have a strong business acumen; not just asset protection acumen. You have to understand why it’s important for the operator to be selling fresh food, understand margin, and understand what a P&L looks like and how to contribute to the P&L. And third, and least important of the three, is that you are a highly functioning asset protection practitioner.Early on in my career, I learned to distinguish between a relationship and a partnership. You can have a relationship with someone, and yet you’re not always mutually committed to the resolution of something. For me, a partnership consists of shared goals, shared responsibility, and shared accountability. To get there you have to both understand what you’re trying to accomplish, to make sure everyone buys in and is committed to their role in success, and to make sure we are holding each other accountable for the outcomes.Dan Provost, LPC, vice president of global loss prevention for Staples (right), from July-August 2013Provost: The thing that I love the most about loss prevention is the ability to be strategic. In store operations, it can be really difficult to plan a five-year strategy and see it through, but in LP, you really can create a solid five-year plan, execute it, and witness the results. It’s very rewarding. We’ve had a lot of success over the years as an organization.The LP Foundation is the only industry organization that focuses solely on the personal and professional development of the individual. Once I understood that, I was hooked. I am a true believer in the mission and goals of the Foundation. I am extremely proud to be a member of the board of directors, and I preach the word everywhere I go.Rosamaria Sostilio, vice president of asset protection for Hudsonai’s Bay Company, from May-June 2014Sostilio: Diversity is defined in so many different ways. I like people with diverse backgrounds on my team. I have a woman on my team that runs investigations who is a former prosecutor. I have a woman on my team who is a CPA. I have a gentleman on my team who is getting his masters in technology. I try to bring in people with all different types of backgrounds. I can teach anyone the fundamentals of asset protection and how it fits into our team and into our company. That’s easy for me to do. I’ve been doing it for 25+ years.I want people who think differently than I think. I like to be challenged. I focus on diversity in thought, and that is very, very important. There are still challenges for women in asset protection. There are people who still don’t want to take you seriously. That’s something that I’ve always had to overcome. I dig my heels in deeper and just move forward. I don’t focus on negativity. I surround myself with people who are positive. You need to have faith in yourself. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, retired US Army Brigadier General, from September-October 2014Halstead: The reason I say that we all have at least one person to lead and that is yourself is because I’ve run into a lot of people who say that leadership doesn’t come naturally to them. They’re not comfortable with it. I’ve always believed that that was a bit of a copout. I think that people fail to own their decisions and their choices and they just say, “I’m not a leader.” But in reality, they are, because everyone has to lead themselves.Most surveys say that the number-one thing that people want to see in their leaders is integrity. That’s true, but the only way to have integrity is to be disciplined, because it’s too easy to not have integrity. It’s too easy to take a shortcut. It’s too easy to not quite tell the whole truth. Integrity can be inconvenient. It can be uncomfortable. But choosing this harder right is what we’re supposed to do as leaders.I think that more of us should think about the legacy that we want to leave, and the legacy that we are leaving. Because I think what happens is it makes you start to think about your values, and whether your behaviors are reflecting those values. Because if they are, you’re going to touch lives. And when you touch lives you’re going to make a difference. That brings purpose to your life, and what greater position is there to be in than to have purpose?Three long-time loss prevention industry veterans representing a retailer, a solutions provider, and an entrepreneur, from November-December 2014RETAILER: Another dynamic is how young people think about jobs differently today and have different motivations than we may have had years ago. You can’t just say, “Well, they’re not like me, so they can’t be good.” That’s not true at all. You have to be open to that difference. Anybody who is in a senior position better pay attention, because this is the wave of the future. You have to keep up.SUPPLIER: One of the things that I would advise, as a mentor of salespeople, is to always understand and embrace who’s coming up the food chain. The person you have a great relationship with is not always going to be there. When I talk to an LP executive, I always ask, “Who are your best people?” Then I try to build a relationship with their direct reports, their up-and-comers, because someday, I will probably be selling to one of them.ENTREPRENEUR: I think that it’s critical to have a strong IT partner, just as it’s critical to have a strong procurement partner. Because most of the things that are being installed and purchased today are connected to the internal networks, you have to have a strong IT partner who understands what it is you’re trying to do and can support you in getting the solutions implemented.James “Jim” Lee, LPC, executive editor and cofounder of LP Magazine, from September-October 2016Lee: An LP executive who is successful understands why, not just what. Knowing what to do is completely different than knowing why we do something. I think LP executives who understand why you do something are successful.I think being the top LP executive in any retail company is a hard job, and I think clearly it is often an underappreciated job and often misunderstood by the C-suite. It’s primarily misunderstood because most of the C-level folks don’t take time to get to know their LP executive and understand the strategy behind running an LP program. And as a result, sometimes C-level people change their LP executive out of an arrogance or out of a self-serving motivation on their part because maybe the results aren’t as good as they would like. But it clearly is out of a lack of understanding the LP executive. And sometimes they make a change that gets them no further ahead. They were just as well off having the previous regime in power.Stacie Bearden, director of asset protection, field for The Home Depot; Tim Belka, senior director of global security for Walgreens; Art Lazo, director of asset protection for 7-Eleven; and Brian Peacock, director of asset protection, US operations for Rent-A-Center, from March-April 2016Stacie BeardenBearden: Broader business experience is extremely valuable within the organization. While there is a significant piece of what we impact that is theft and fraud related, there are other completely controllable operational factors. Business acumen is not only beneficial but also necessary as one seeks to change processes and vie for funding.Tim BelkaBelka: Our profession has progressed significantly in the development of diverse thought and background of the people who pursue loss prevention careers. However, in retrospect it would have benefited the industry to aggressively pursue diversity of thought and background to make us more effective and relevant.Art LazoLazo: The last several years have shown that companies continue to assess their LP programs. It is the role of LP leadership to continue to seek out opportunities to address challenges that may be outside of the normal LP channels. Retail is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adapt accordingly and show value in our roles.Brian PeacockPeacock: Today I see a lot of great educational programs for someone starting out in a loss prevention career. I think it is critical to continue to push yourself to stay in tune with what is trending in your field and to be aware of the changing landscape of retail and the new skills sets needed to stay relevant.Richard “Dick” Hollinger, PhD, professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from May-June 2016Hollinger: The main trend that I’ve seen over the yearsa leveraging technology, moving away from people catching people toward technology catching peoplea has been geared primarily toward the shoplifter. I think employee theft is the hardest of the pieces of the pie to have a direct impact on because of that.When retailers have a highly ethical management team, pay a living wage, give sick leave, provide daycare, provide their employees with the kinds of expectations that one gets in a genuine career, then shrinkage is under control, and profitability goes up.C-level executives oftentimes tend to look at “What have you done for me lately?” or maybe, “What have you done for me in the last hour?” as opposed to “What is the overall trend?” and looking at the bigger picture of how to reduceshrinkage.Scott Glenn, JD, LPC, chief security officer for Sears Holdings, from March-April 2017Glenn: As well rounded as many of our retail LP and AP leaders are today on the operational aspects of the businessa certainly more so than ten or twenty years agoa it’s still a completely different perspective when you have a mentor who is a merchant, CFO, or an operator, somebody that has four-wall accountability and is making corporate-wide decisions.Speaking of planning and discipline, it’s more than a talking point. People in our industry deal with a lot of high-stress, high-risk situations day in and day out, especially our field and store personnel. As important as everything seems to us at work, which of course it is, you must have a level of work-life balance, or you will not be long for this industry. So my parting advice would be to make time for your family; make time for yourself. You have to make time for the things that you like to do to be able to decompress and have a life outside of work.Mike Combs, director of asset protection, global supply chain for The Home Depot, from May-June 2017Combs: I would agree that nine years ago there were probably only a few places doing much more than physical security. To some extent there’s still a lot of focus on security. But absolutely now things are much more automated. There’s much more data. There are more systems. Now there are more people trying to leverage those to craft a better strategy to look at everything end to end versus just the four walls of that warehouse.I think that millennials might possibly change the world for the better. I’m not as pessimistic as other people looking at this new generation. I see things in them that really make me proud. They love their work-life balance, and they see the big picture there. Everybody loves hard work, and they’ll work hard, but they also appreciate friendship and compassion because usually a lot of their relationships have been strong. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

NoSQL: Comparing the Different Solutions

first_imgAdrian Cockcroft, a cloud architect at Netflix, is running a series of posts looking at how different NoSQL databases handle common cloud computing tasks. All the usual disclaimers apply: SQL is good for some things, and different scenarios call for different NoSQL solutions. No one solution is necessarily “better” overall. However, as Cockcroft writes “We need a basis for comparison across them, so that we understand the differences in behavior.”Cockcroft created an example use case and is asking different NoSQL database developers to explain how their databases handle availability zones, partitioning between zones, appending items to lists, handling silent data corruption, and backup and restore. Cockcroft uses terms from Amazon AWS, but the concepts should be applicable to other cloud hosting platforms. The use case Cockcroft describes is as follows:A TV based device calls the API to add a movie to its favorites list (like the Netflix instant queue, but I have simplified the concept here), then reads back the entire list to ensure it is showing the current state. The API does not use cookies, and the load balancer (Amazon Elastic Load Balancer) is round robin, so the second request goes to a different API server, that happens to be in a different Amazon Availability Zone, and needs to respond with the modified list.He goes on to ask a series of detailed questions about how different NoSQL databases would deal with different aspects of this scenario. His original post is here. Cassandra and MongoDB replied here and here.Cockcroft says he will offer a summary and comparison of the options after enough developers have replied. Vendors: what are you waiting for? Send in your answers already! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finleycenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Declare Independence from Boring Away Messages

first_imgYou’re excited – and so am I. Sometime over the next few days we get to invest five glorious minutes to configure our inbox and voicemail so anyone who tries to email or call our office is kindly informed that we are unplugging for Independence Day. Effectively raising money for a nonprofit organization is hard work and we need, and deserve, some dedicated downtime. However, so does everyone else, even if they aren’t working at your nonprofit.Too often, the Out-of-Office notification, be it email or voicemail, is a missed opportunity to creatively promote your nonprofit, build or enhance a relationship or advance the donation process through meaningful engagement. Let’s face it, nobody really cares that you will be out of the office, why, or for how long. They care even less that you’ll have “limited access to email,” or that your office “will reopen on July 5, 2016.” The person trying to contact you probably has a question – and the call may even be related to making a gift to your organization. They need, and deserve, an answer – holiday or not.After all, generosity doesn’t take vacations. Existing and would-be donors may want to provide a credit card number,   ask where they can make an online gift, get your mailing address to send their check, or ask a question about donor benefits or tax-deductibility.With that in mind, consider a proactive, donor-centric approach when creating our OOO messages. Here are three simple ways to make your OOO notification meaningful, memorable and possibly even profitable:Connect your greeting directly to your Mission and programs.Think impact. Explain that you may be out of the office yet your nonprofit continues to make a major impact even when the office isn’t open. For your email OOO message, graphics and tag lines should instantly showcase the impact and value of your nonprofit. Use positive action verbs in your voicemail OOO notification to confirm that a closed office does not mean your nonprofit is taking time off from its vital Mission.Think about all of the time and energy you invest in trying to thoughtfully engage your donor. When they contact you via phone or email, the opportunity is there even if you’re not. To make it a worthwhile engagement for both the person reaching out to your organization and your nonprofit, use the technology available to share valuable information about your programs and donation process. Convey a similar but abbreviated message as you would in an appeal email or letter. Anticipate why an existing or prospective donor needs to connect.Think FAQ, then efficiently direct them to the information they need to make or fulfill a gift online or via direct mail. Your email OOO message is an opportunity to brand your organization and demonstrate value without writing volumes of irrelevant details. Use relevant or seasonal graphics and links to anticipate the person’s immediate needs while showcasing the impact and value of your nonprofit. Remember donor-centric puts the focus on the OOO notification reader, not on you. And most definitely not on the wonderful details of where you are spending your vacation or with whom or for how long.For voicemail OOO messages, leverage voice tone and energy to convey attentiveness even in your absence. Yes, smiles do transfer over phone lines. The caller is far more concerned with a resolution to their question than with your official title, 3 alternate contacts, and a litany of phone numbers or extensions. Keep it donor-centric, sincere and high energy while providing actual directions to aid the caller—not send them on a wild goose chase. Be sure to provide details about your nonprofit’s Mission, donation process, and available resources to answer their question without sounding like a directory. After all, your recorded voicemail message is still a dialogue between two people. Recognize everyone over weekend “will have limited access…”If your OOO notification or message can make them smile, laugh or be memorable, you have initiated or enhanced a relationship. If it drones on with meaningless or perfunctory information, you can expect their eyes to roll but you probably can’t rely on their immediate donation. If you love the good your nonprofit does throughout the year, express it in your OOO notifications. Guide them through the online or direct mail giving process and give them access to other vital information they may be looking for. Make certain your website and social media anticipate their needs as well as simplify the donation process. And invite them to share their philanthropy with their social networks.Everyone on the planet knows that if they’ve reached a voicemail the person they’re calling is unavailable. Don’t state the obvious. Use that valuable time to inspire them with humor related to your nonprofit or the time of year while demonstrating with sincerity that they, and not just their potential gift, are important to you and your organization every single day.last_img read more

APLs Records Highest CO2 Emission Cuts in 2016

first_imgzoom Singapore-based container shipping company APL reached its highest recorded fleet carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 48% in 2016, compared to its base level in 2009. Verified by Lloyd’s Register Group according to the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) verification protocol and ISO14064-3:2006 standard, this reduction marks APL’s seventh consecutive year of improvements.“APL is pleased to register our best carbon reduction performance as yet, improving our fleet emission level by about 3%, versus our reduction in 2015,” Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer, said.APL informed that its vessel performance management and maintenance strategy ensured that its operations stay efficient and green. The company added that it lowered its fleet carbon dioxide emission levels annually through improvements in operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly fleet of vessels.The shipping firm aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per container transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025, according to a target set by the CMA CGM Group. APL will also persist with cold-ironing development and pioneer ballast water treatment development.last_img read more