By Gavin van Marle 20/03/2019 Online shopping and e-ID 44905065 © Gajus | Dreamstime.com The global e-commerce sector grew 18.2% last year, driven by greater volumes of cross-border traffic, according to new research from logistics consultancy Transport Intelligence.Ti’s recently published Global e-commerce logistics 2019 e-commerce is moving from simply being business-to-consumer (B2C) into B2B, C2C and even C2BIt says: “The explosive growth in cross-border e-commerce is bringing all stakeholders in the supply chain into direct contact with one another and challenging the status quo.“Whilst gaining access to millions, if not billions, of new consumers is an attractive proposition for e-commerce companies, targeting purchasers in foreign markets is not necessarily the easiest of strategies.”However, despite the headlines it has attracted, mostly because of its explosive growth rates, the e-commerce market remains surprisingly small: Ti values it at €245m and expects it to have a compound annual growth rate of 11.8% through to 2023.The report adds that the largest potential growth market for logistics service providers (LSPs) is to be found in the small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector, which it says is driving “opportunity and growth in the e-commerce fulfilment market”.“Although SMEs are aware of the global e-commerce opportunities, many are still unsure on how best to navigate difficult waters when it comes to cross-border exports and overcoming the logistics challenges that come with doing business overseas.“The SME segment has typically been underserved, as LSPs focused primarily on larger clients, and now represents a major growth opportunity in the e-fulfilment market,” it notes.For larger e-commerce operators, Ti says, the degree of outsourcing is dependent on whether it is a marketplace or brand name retailer.The former, with advanced IT systems, typically only require freight transport services and rarely outsource the end-to-end supply chain. The reverse is true of brand-name retailers that sell goods through their own websites – termed “brands.com” by Ti.“Brands.com represent the largest market for e-commerce logistics providers, as they are most likely to benefit from 3PLs’ investment in technology systems and operational knowhow.“The omni-channel push plays a significant role in this. Outsourcing logistics functions is a cost-effective way for brands.com to get the competency they need to properly manage the process from multi-channel to omni-channel,” it says.
RelatedForeign Affairs Minister says Cuba Remains Valued Partner Story HighlightsMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, says Cuba has been and continues to be “a most valued and highly respected brother on the Latin American and Caribbean landscape and beyond”.He praised Cuba’s invaluable assistance and co-operation towards developing countries, despite the country’s difficulties and challenges.The Minister was speaking at a reception to mark Cuba’s National Day, held on January 16 at the Cuban Ambassador’s residence in Kingston. Foreign Affairs Minister says Cuba Remains Valued Partner Foreign AffairsJanuary 18, 2013Written by: Elaine Hartman Reckord RelatedForeign Affairs Minister says Cuba Remains Valued Partner RelatedForeign Affairs Minister says Cuba Remains Valued Partner FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, says Cuba has been and continues to be “a most valued and highly respected brother on the Latin American and Caribbean landscape and beyond”.He praised Cuba’s invaluable assistance and co-operation towards developing countries, despite the country’s difficulties and challenges.The Minister was speaking at a reception to mark Cuba’s National Day, held on January 16 at the Cuban Ambassador’s residence in Kingston.Senator Nicholson said that Jamaica owes a debt of gratitude for the continuous support rendered to the country by Cuba in the fields of education, health, agriculture and culture.Meanwhile, Cuba’s Ambassador, Yuri Gala Lopez, said his country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to increase to 3.7 per cent in 2013.“Despite the tensions associated with the global economic and financial crisis and other external challenges, the Cuban economy was expected to close in 2012 with a 3.1 per cent growth of its Gross Domestic Product. For 2013, Cuba foresees a 3.7 GDP growth,” Ambassador Gala said.The Ambassador said Cuba is gradually recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October.He pointed out that Cuba continues to enjoy diplomatic relations with over 180 countries, and that “we keep receiving the moral support of many governments and peoples of the world in our denunciation of the five decade-old blockade.”The Ambassador informed the large gathering that Cuba will assume chairmanship of the 33-country Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) at a CELAC-European Union summit in Chile at the end of this month.The function was also attended by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson; and members of the Diplomatic Corps. Advertisements
A talent-packed cast has been announced to lead the first major New York revival of the 1995 Tony-nominated musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe. The hit compilation of songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will begin performances at off-Broadway venue Stage 42 on July 6 with an opening slated for July 22. As previously announced, Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse will direct and choreograph the production.The company will include former Broadway.com vloggers Jelani Remy (The Lion King) and Alysha Umphress (On the Town), along with Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Dwayne Cooper (Motown), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton) and Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group).Smokey Joe’s Cafe showcases 39 pop standards, including rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues songs composed by Leiber and Stoller, including “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Don Juan” and the hit title number. The original Broadway production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Joey McKneely, earned seven Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. The show played 2036 performances at the Virginia Theatre.The Smokey Joe’s Cafe creative team will include Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design) and Sonny Paladino (musical director). Prior to the New York production, Smokey Joe’s Cafe will play an engagement at Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse from May 16 through June 9.Get to know the newly announced stars of Smokey Joe’s Cafe below. Related Shows Jelani Remy Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 4, 2018 View Comments Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller Star Files
LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) announced that Jeff Barna will join the company on Jan. 16 as chief operating officer. Barna will report to Shinichi Takimoto, YTC president, and will have responsibility for sales, marketing and product planning. Barna also will be on YTC’s executive committee.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAccording to Hideto Katsuragawa, CEO of Yokohama Corp. of North America and CEO of YTC, “Jeff is another strategic investment in the future of Yokohama Tire Corp. in the American market, like our modern manufacturing plant in Mississippi, new and upgraded distribution centers, new R&D technical center in North Carolina, stream of new products in the consumer, commercial and OTR space and commitment to expanded OE partnerships.”Takimoto praised Barna’s extensive experience in the automotive aftermarket. “Jeff sold a range of products to many of the same high-quality companies that Yokohama sells to,” he said. “Jeff will work closely with our team to strengthen Yokohama and make us more valuable to our business partners. His experience starting at the street level of the auto parts business, to broader areas of responsibility, and right up to the board rooms of multinational companies is a perfect match for today’s competitive business climate and our lean team.”Prior to Yokohama, Barna was successful in management, sales and logistics positions, most recently at Nilfisk-Advance Inc., an international company in the professional cleaning products and service industry. Prior to that, he was with Exide Technologies, a global battery manufacturer. Barna began his career at Tenneco Automotive selling Monroe shock absorbers to dealers and retail stores in the metropolitan New York market.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
RUSSIA: State railway RZD announced on December 8 that it had selected the TMH-Alstom joint venture of Alstom and Transmash Holding as its strategic partner for the supply of double-deck passenger carriages. Tenders had been called in March for the supply of 1 210 double-deck ‘hotel train’ vehicles, which RZD plans to operate between St Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi. Bids were received from Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation and Transtek. Alstom subsequently formed a joint venture with Transmash, in which the Russian firm has a 51% stake. RZD and TMH-Alstom will now begin negotiating the terms of the contract to supply the cars, which will be produced within Russia under a phased localisation programme.
This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows, from left, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, and Rachel McAdams, in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “Aloha.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP) Cameron Crowe loves a good failure story, and specifically what happens after a disastrous fall from the top. If Crowe were a character in his own film, the fiasco of “Aloha,” and nearly all of his post-“Almost Famous” movies, would provide the perfect intro.Unfortunately, “Aloha” is not part of some larger redemption narrative for Crowe (at least not yet). It’s just another fascinating mess from an earnest and occasionally excellent filmmaker who can’t seem to recreate the enveloping magic and charm of his earlier films. It’s an unfair standard for anyone, but it’s hard not to hope for the best from Crowe, even if his past few films have taught us otherwise. This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Rachel McAdams in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “Aloha.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP) This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows, Bradley Cooper, in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “Aloha.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP) This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows, Emma Stone, in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “Aloha.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP) “Aloha” was cut off at its knees from the start as one of the unwitting victims of criticism from sharp-toothed executives in last year’s Sony hack, leaving Crowe fans wondering just how bad the film could be. After all, he had a charming, of-the-moment cast, a compelling-on-paper story about a man reconnecting with a longtime ex while also falling for a pretty young thing and an idyllic location to work with.And yet in execution, “Aloha” is a meandering, needlessly confusing cacophony of story, performance, and spiritual blather. Not only does it feel inauthentic, it’s often downright alien.The story, briefly, is about the once idealistic Brian (Bradley Cooper) who sold his soul to a military contractor (a nearly comatose Bill Murray) and has returned to Hawaii for a job. There, he’s forced to revisit his failed relationship with Tracy (Rachel McAdams), who’s since had two kids and married a man of few words (John Krasinski). He’s also been tethered to the bizarre Air Force pilot/potential love interest Allison Ng (Emma Stone).How something that straightforward goes astray is a bit of a mystery. Crowe packs every moment with so many words, but very little coherent information. The discomfort of not knowing what’s going on rots the overall experience, especially when the odd satellite defense subplot takes over. It sometimes feels like half the movie is missing.At one point, probably 30 minutes in, Brian and Ng are together, going somewhere. The two characters talk and bicker at rapid speed. But they’re not really talking to each other, at least in the way that any human might understand conversation to work with another human. It’s all cute turns of phrase and non-sequiturs. By the time they get to their destination — a settlement of native Hawaiians who want sovereignty — you’ve fully forgotten, or perhaps never understood, why exactly they are there. And it only gets more jumbled.Part of the problem is Ng. Crowe has a knack for writing good female characters — Tracy comes pretty close — but the childlike Ng is not a person who has or will ever exist. The usually wonderful Stone, in a rare misstep, is lost here as the one-quarter Hawaiian F-22 pilot who calls Brian “sir” even after they’ve started to fall for each other. She speaks in a clipped, grating staccato that’s only ever softened when waxing poetic about her Hawaiian heritage and the spirituality of a clear sky. Her quirks are meant to charm. Unfortunately they have the opposite effect.There are some lovely moments of humor and depth that do succeed — including a long-lead joke that is used to brilliant effect in one of the final scenes. McAdams and Cooper also have wonderful chemistry and a deeply felt wistfulness over their romantic past. Their scenes together are the film’s rare bright spot and a reminder of Crowe’s unique strength as an idiosyncratic voice.It’s not enough, though. “Aloha” either needed more focus or more time to say what it wanted to say. But perhaps this is the earnest failure Crowe needs to get back in gear.“Aloha,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some language including suggestive comments.” Running time: 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
0Shares0000Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi (left) and Luis Suarez (centre) celebrate a goal in their UEFA Champions League match against Roma on November 24, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, November 25- Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hailed his team’s 6-1 rout of Roma in the Champions League as a “perfect game”, which also saw Lionel Messi start for the first time since returning from injury. Suarez scored twice as the holders celebrated qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with another stunning display on Tuesday. Barcelona discovered they had qualified from Group E before they had kicked a ball at the Camp Nou, the 1-1 draw between BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen in Belarus ensuring their passage.Fresh from crushing eternal rivals Real Madrid 4-0 in La Liga action at the weekend, they then produced a performance that the Italians could not live with to secure top spot in the section.“We know that every player has to fulfil their expectations,” Suarez said.“We played a perfect game, very complete, and we didn’t leave any space in midfield. In the first half we put the game away.“Neymar, Messi and I are here for the good of the team, for the good of Barca. We don’t think individually.”Messi, making his first return since injury, also notched up two goals.“The people were waiting for Messi to return and we’re all happy that he scored,” acknowledged Suarez.Messi said there was an evident synchronicity with his teammates.“With Neymar and Suarez we get on really well. We know we have a responsibility but we also want to have a good time,” the Argentinian said.“I was really excited to have that feeling of coming back and playing again. I enjoyed watching the team, but playing is better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The 2009 Estate White Blend and the 2004 Estate Premium Red Wine received 94 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve received 93 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 Chardonnay Reserve, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and the 2006 “V” received 91 points; and the 2007 Merlot Reserve received 90 points. South African winemaker Vergelegen Estate has received several accolades in the critically acclaimed International Wine Cellar journal, with eight of its 11 wines being awarded a score of at least 90 points, based on the US 100-point scoring system. In 2008, the estate’s Vergelegen White had secured five-star status for six consecutive years in the John Platter Guide. Veregelegen MD Don Tooth said the awards were “an important milestone in recognising South Africa as a leading performer in the notoriously competitive top league of world wines”. International Wine Cellar editor and publisher Stephen Tanzer samples more than 10 000 wines annually, and his independent journal, also translated into French and Japanese, is read by wine lovers in 28 countries across the globe. It was also chosen as the Best Winery in the Wine Magazine in 2008, and was chosen as the Best Winery and Best South African Winery by the same magazine in 2007 and 2006. 25 May 2011 With its world-renowned handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West deems itself to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. The estate’s 2008 Chardonnay and 2007 Shiraz received 89 points, while the 2006 Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon Mill Race received 87 points. Award-winning wines The estate’s wines have won several gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, such as for their 2003 Vergelegen Red (in 2008), 2003 Vergelegen Auction Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (2007), 2003 Vergelegen Red and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (2006), 2000 Vergelegen Red and 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (2005). SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
To follow up on yesterday’s post – the number one quality of a great presenter – I wanted to share the number one quality of a great presentation.(Both of these pieces of advice are from The Art of the Pitch from the legendary ad guy Peter Coughter, now at VCU Brandcenter. The book includes excellent stories that remind us how just how critical it is to master persuasion and presentation skills.)What makes a fantastic presentation? One point. Before you say a thing, you have decided upon a single goal. Everything you say leads to that conclusion. Everything else gets edited out. This is far harder than it sounds. In fact, if you had to quickly scribble on a notecard the one, clear overarching point of your last pitch, could you do it in seconds? If not, you probably didn’t have the overarching story pinpointed. Stick to that sole truth and sell it with great passion. It’s how we connect – and how we get remembered.
Source: Network for Good Digital Giving Index2016 is winding down, but we’re in the midst of the biggest giving days of the year. Make the most of your fundraising efforts with more effective last-minute fundraising appeals. Before you send your final email appeals, give them a quick review to ensure they’ll pay off. (And if you haven’t yet sent a final fundraising reminder, drop whatever you’re doing and create a short, to-the-point email to send to supporters who haven’t given this season.)Strike on December 30 AND December 31Giving is spiking this week and will reach the year’s peak on December 31. Your donors will be ready to complete their gifts, so make sure you’re top of mind—and top of inbox—during this window of opportunity.Make Your Subject Line Do the Heavy LiftingRemember that your donors are receiving many messages this time of year, so your first job is to stand out and compel them to click your message instead of ignoring it or sending it straight to the trash folder. Shorter subject lines are better, and headlines that create a curiosity gap—an unanswered question in the donor’s mind—work well. Don’t shy away from reinforcing urgency in your subject line as well.Keep It Short and Get to the PointThe time has passed for in-depth stories and long-form fundraising appeals. Your donors’ attention span won’t allow you to dig in, so your appeals need to be bold and clear. Also, consider that as time winds down, it’s likely your donors may be reading (and acting on) your appeals from a mobile device, so brevity is key.A Clear Call to Action Is Your Best FriendMake it crushingly obvious what you’re asking donors to do. A clear call to action is where you deliver the instructions for your donor’s next step. Avoid potentially confusing words such as “help” or “join” and stick with direct asks like “Donate now.” or “Give today.”Underscore the Sense of UrgencyThe end of the year has its own sense of urgency, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play it up. Remind your donors that time is running out and that great things can happen if they act now—and nothing can happen if they don’t. Deadlines, matching gifts, and incentives all help drive this need to take action.Take Them Exactly Where You Want Them to GoOne of the biggest mistakes I often see nonprofits make: taking donors to a transition page or anywhere but their online donation page. The more clicks it takes for someone to realize the action you’ve inspired them to take, the more likely they are to bail on you. Include multiple links in your appeal and make sure they all point to your donation page. No exceptions.Make It EasyFrom your website, to your email, to your donation page, your online giving experience should be simple to understand, easy to use, and quick to complete. A streamlined page that keeps donors in the moment of giving and that focuses only on options that help encourage and increase gifts is an easy way to maximize the donations that will come in during these final days of 2015. (Need a better donation page that will help you raise more? There’s still time to get up and running, but talk to us now!)In a pinch? Try our simple last-minute fundraising appeal template to quickly create email fundraising appeals that will capture those generous procrastinators.