Agency behind ‘Say No to Rightmove’ creates in-house team to coordinate national campaign

first_imgThe Acorn Group, the estate agency leading the charge to persuade the industry to ‘Say No to Rightmove’ has a dedicated in-house team of six staff working on the project, it has been revealed.This considerable expenditure by the company, particularly during the Coronavirus crisis, is a mark of how serious its CEO Rob Sargent (pictured) is about the window of opportunity available to agents to weaken Rightmove’s power.Sargent has been one of the leading lights in an ongoing campaign to turn the tables on the portal following the fiasco of its initial fees deferment offer following the onset of the Coronavirus crisis.Earlier this week Sargent chaired a meeting of disparate groups, all with similar goals, during an hour-long online meeting where they all agreed to join forces.Collective powerAll are hoping to either collectively force the portal to reconsider its fees, or are planning to leave the portal entirely. The combined numbers of all the agents involved is expected to reach 3,000 member branches by the end of next week.These include North London agent Murray Lee and his group of 200+ agents as well as ‘Boycott Rightmove’ organised by Paul Davies of At Home Estates in Horsham and The Revolution of Estate Agency 2020 established by David Thomas of Nottingham’s Liberty Gate Estate Agents.“This movement is gaining traction,” Murray told his email group last night. “Moving forward I hope this really has turned the tide for estate agency against the portals and we will come out of this better off and stronger for it.”Read more about Rob Sargent and Rightmove.Visit the Say No To Rightmove webiste.     Paul Davies of At Home Estates Murray Lee Acorn Property Group Liberty Gate Rob Sargent Rightmove David Thomas April 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Agency behind ‘Say No to Rightmove’ creates in-house team to coordinate national campaign previous nextMarketingAgency behind ‘Say No to Rightmove’ creates in-house team to coordinate national campaignAcorn Group dedicates half a dozen staff to the cause as CEO Rob Sargent sees a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to weaken the portal’s power.Nigel Lewis24th April 202002,265 Viewslast_img read more

Contributing Faculty (MSN/DNP)

first_imgKeeps course content current and as necessary, aligned withcourse consistency policy Maintains expertise in content areaPromotes student success through optimal studentengagement Promotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom setting; promotes interprofessionaldialogCollaborates with necessary departments to support a positiveteam environmentUpholds University core values, policies and procedures Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills: Manages small,large, blended, hybrid, and/or online classrooms, monitoring andensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’ time andattention effectively.Academic Discipline Expertise: Has sufficient credentials,industry expertise, and/or experience in the discipline to eachaccording to the standards and qualifications required. Operational The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYA contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustinefor HealthSciences (USAHS) provides engaging clinically-focusedlearning opportunitiesfor students in the health scienceprofessions, through face-to-face, blended,and/or online deliverymethods.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences seekscontributing faculty members to teach in our Master of Science inNursing program. Courses are taught via the University’s onlineplatform (Blackboard).Faculty members educate USAHS students by effectively andproficiently using online technology and resources so thatknowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted tostudents in thoughtful, carefully formulated, well written, andtimely communications.Using instructional strategies appropriate for the course contentand the students’ academic level, faculty help learners develop adeep understanding of course content by blending technology andpedagogy; fostering reflection and inquiry in a manner that bindslearners in a collaborative learning community.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Technical Reports student outcomes and uses this information for teachingand learning improvements OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties andresponsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSSome travel may be required.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Academic Program DirectorPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: NoneTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperformeach essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow arerepresentative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbentswill be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function.Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience with distance learning preferred.Terminal degree preferred. Post- professional master’sdegree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertisewith plans to obtain a terminal degree will be consideredPrior teaching experience preferred [could includeonline]Experience in scholarly activity preferredA minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area ofcourse content requiredWorking knowledge of educational theory and methodologycenter_img Communicates Effectively: Adapts oral and written communicationapproach and style to the audience and based on the message.Drives Engagement: Makes students feel welcomed, understood,and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling,challenging, and productive. Assesses student performance onpapers/examinations/projectsCommunicates with program director (and course coordinator ifteaching a multi-section course) regarding student difficulties orissues that ariseEnsures consistent content and testing, if a multi-sectioncourseCompletes annual self-evaluation of teaching performance; setsgoals for improvement Committed to Mission and Values: Has a clear understanding ofinstitution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their own learningjourney. Recommends course improvements for upcoming semester LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATIONFaculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by acountry’s ministry of education in the discipline being taught, andbe licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specificprograms.BUSINESS COMPETENCIESCommitted to Mission and Values – Has aclear understandingof institution’s mission and values. Has a passion forfacilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their ownlearningjourney.Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline – Compelledby theopportunity to contribute through research, scholarshipprofessionalpractice or creativity.Accountable -Takes personalresponsibility for own goals andoutcomes to ensure student success.Establishes clear expectations,follows through on commitments to students andholds themaccountable for assignments and performanceCollaborative – Works cooperatively withothers across theinstitution and beyond, including the community andthroughpartnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusiveand fair toothers.Communicates Effectively – Adapts oraland writtencommunication approach and style to the audience and based onthemessage. Also listens attentively to others.Drives Engagement – Makes students feelwelcome, understoodand valued. Creates a learning environment that iscompelling,challenging and productive.Academic Discipline Expertise – Hassufficient credentials,industry expertise and/or experience in the disciplineto teachaccording to the standards and qualifications required.Education Design – Designs learningexperiences closelylinked to learning outcomes including lesson planning,design ofproject, work integrated, group learning experiences, orinteractivelearning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy,andragogy and overalllearning effectiveness.Teaching Delivery/Learning FacilitationSkills – Managessmall, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms,monitoringand ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’timeand attention effectively.ADDITIONALCOMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual shoulddemonstratethe following competencies to perform the essential functions oftheposition:Core Ethics and Values Completes all course management requirements to meet programdeadlinesPrepares and delivers course contentMonitors student progress; gives feedback as appropriateFacilitates student participation in learning activitiesServes as student-to-university liaison The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin.last_img read more

Private schools to profit from A-level reform

first_imgA government-backed report has suggested that private school students will be more likely to secure an Oxford place after reforms to the A-level system are introduced in 2010.The report, conducted by the 1994 group that represents 19 leading universities, stated, “It remains to be seen how large a proportion of candidates achieving A* grades are from independent schools.If, as seems likely, this is a large proportion, a question will arise as to whether the introduction of the A* grade has had the effect of assisting research-intensive universities in widening access of undergraduates from a range of backgrounds.” The reforms will bring in A* grades at A-level for the brightest students as well as diplomas that combine vocational and academic study.There is some concern, however, that these changes will increase the gap between maintained and independent pupils, after four out of ten admissions tutors at the 1994 Group universities expressed reservations about accepting the diplomas over A-levels. Paul Marshall, Executive Director of the 1994 Group, said, “The new A* grade will clearly downgrade the currency of those who, from 2010, gain only three grade As.No student can be sure of a place at Oxford or Cambridge but the report suggests that where two or three A*s are held by applicants, this will make Oxbridge admission more likely than for those without such grades.”Many leading universities complain that due to the large number of students achieving straight A grades at A-level, it has become difficult to differentiate among talented applicants.As a result, the government will introduce the A* grade from 2010 for students with a mark of at least 90% in their examinations, which are set to include tougher essay-style questions.“If there is a warning in the report on the potential impact of the A*, it is there to ensure that corrective or compensatory action is taken before it is too late.”James Lamming, OUSU’s Access and Academic Affairs Officer, defended the introduction of the A* grade. He said, “When A grades are awarded to 25% of A-Level entries, the qualifications become much less useful at distinguishing the most talented students. Adding an A* grade seems a possible method of restoring this role.”Lamming added, “I would not want to speculate about their effect on access. However, it is important to remember that A-level grades are only one part of the admissions process.”by Rob Pomfretlast_img read more

Six-foot goddess statue disappears from Hugh’s ball

first_imgA six-foot statue of Venus di Milo mysteriously disappeared from the St Hugh’s Ball on 12th May.JCR President, Sara Polakova told Cherwell, “While the Ball was a roaring success, the morning after was tragic: both hired statues, one of Venus di Milo and the other of a generic Greek hero (which we fittingly nicknamed Dave) were reported missing. Dave was luckily retrieved later that day in one of the Hugh’s rooms, dressed in a gown, mortarboard and sunglasses, and clutching a Carlsberg. However, cheeky Venus was still missing. There was no success for days. No letter from Venus, no trace of her armless torso anywhere.”After frantic email correspondence with the other JCR Presidents, Venus di Milo was found a few days later at St Anne’s College. Polakova said, “a misunderstanding I’m sure. We were assured she got plenty of sleep and was fed regularly, which was a relief to us all.”The statue has now has been returned to the Committee, who are said to be greatly relieved as they were facing a £400 fine if the statue was not retrieved.This money was supposed to be invested into either the JCR or the Oxford Burma Alliance, an organisation with which St Hugh’s is closely affiliated.Lucy Garrett, Vice-President of the Ball Committee, commented, “We are of course glad to have the statue back as we are now able to put more money towards our charity, the Oxford Burma Foundation, rather than wasting it as the result of some guests’ stupidity.”The true identity of Venus’ kidnappers remains unknown. Maryellen Larkin, a visiting student at St Anne’s, was completely unaware of the fact that the statue had been found at her college commenting, “I have no idea how someone could have smuggled it out but it was fairly crowded.”Lucy Fielding, a guest at the ball, said, “I was very impressed with the organisation of the event and security was extremely tight, so I can’t imagine how someone managed to steal the statue.”Toby Huelin, a music student, said, “It’s really rather impressive that something so large could have found its way down to St Anne’s; I feel proud to be a Stanner.”Polakova also expressed her amazement at the feat adding, “Next time, I would advise against bringing a statue home from a night out; they might not talk much and are easy to keep, but they’re simply not something an average Oxford student can afford. With Venus di Milo in particular, you’re definitely punching above your weight.”last_img read more

Oxford politics professor wins Guardian Inspiring Leader Award

first_imgKarma Nabulsi is the winner of the Inspiring Leader Award, sponsored by HSBC, in the Guardian University Awards 2017.The Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, who researches and publishes on the political history of revolutions and social movements in the 19th century, and Palestinian representation, especially Palestinian refugees, was previously awarded the Special Recognition Award in the OUSU 2016 Teaching Awards.She is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and Public Relations, as well as being a University and College Union Equality Officer and a member of the staff BME network.Most recently, she directed the The Palestinian Revolution, an Arabic-English digital teaching and research resource sponsored by the British Academy.The project provides an open access 12-week course and resources in anti-colonial history, exploring Palestinian revolutionary thought and practice in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, which includes original documents of the period, and oral history interviews with activists. The project was developed over six years with scholars and universities across the global south, including South Africa, Palestine and Cuba.Commenting on the award, Nabulsi said:  “What is so fantastic is that, after being nominated by judges from the Higher Education sector, this award was chosen through a public vote… this is such lovely encouragement!”She told Cherwell: “This ‘Inspiring Leader’ award really belongs to those students at Oxford and across the UK who campaign daily on the important issues of equality, decolonising our curriculum, and protecting our universities’ freedoms, which are increasingly under attack. So it is congratulations to all of them: it is they who constantly inspire me with their courage, imagination, and hard work.”The awards, which aim to celebrate teaching excellence at universities, were presented by Lauren Laverne in an awards ceremony on Wednesday night.Of Nabulsi, the Guardian judges said: “Without her patience, dedication and commitment, the experiences of numerous students at Oxford and elsewhere would have been immeasurably poorer. She avoids all self-celebration, but it is hard to imagine a more worthy recipient.”The Guardian Universities Editor, Judy Friedberg, called the awards the “untef”, in relation to the government’s teaching excellence framework (Tef) , which, when released later in the spring, will allocate universities gold, silver and bronze ratings.Friedberg expressed hopes that the Guardian University Awards will function as an alternative to the way that the government pits universities against each other, claiming: “We don’t judge all universities by the same clunky metrics. We look for examples of brilliance in all types of universities—and then we trumpet those successes to Guardian readers around the world.”Photo credit: The Guardian/Alicia Canterlast_img read more

Trampled By Turtles Reveal Lineup For Their Festival Palomino

first_imgMinnesota bluegrass/folk band Trampled By Turtles has announced the lineup for their annual Festival Palomino, set to take place on September 17th at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. In addition to a headlining set by hosts Trampled by Turtles, the event will include performances by Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach‘s side project The Arcs, indie-pop artist Andrew Bird, UK folk-rock phenom Jake Bugg, Scottish indie-rock favorites Frightened Rabbit, Houndmouth, Elephant Revival, Margaret Glaspy, Aubrie Sellers, and The Brothers Comatose, as well as Minnesota-based acts The Murder of Crows, The Cactus Blossom, The Devil’s Flying Machine (featuring Charlie Parr), John Mark Nelson, Frankie Lee, and Trampled by Turtles offshoot Erik Berry Duo. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Festival Palomino website.last_img read more

Eminence Ensemble Releases Pro-Shot “Whipping Post” From NYE

first_imgBoulder, CO-based rock-fusion outfit Eminence Ensemble is coming off a breakthrough year in 2017, and is looking to keep the ball rolling in a positive direction moving forward. The group finished off the year with a support gig for Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore Auditorium to a packed house during the Chicago prog-rockers three-night New Year’s run. The sextet teamed up with Tour Gigs to release multi-cam, pro-shot video of their performance, and just dropped a meticulous version of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Whipping Post” from that night.Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Owner Scott Morrill Talks About The Music Scene In ColoradoIn addition to the video, the group also announced a major headlining play at Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday, February 3rd with support from Evanoff, Kessel Run, and Gaia’s Groove (purchase tickets here). It marks the first time the group will headline the Denver venue, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend.The group discusses the support gig for Umphrey’s McGee and the decision to play the Allman’s classic from the southern rock legends 1969 debut album, which heavily influenced Eminence Ensembles sound:“For us, having the opportunity to share the stage with our musical idols, Umphrey’s McGee, was a dream come true! Each member of Eminence Ensemble has been seeing them perform for well over 10 years and to share the bill with them during their 2017-2018 NYE run was nothing short of amazing for us!”The band continues, “We had discussed playing a cover leading up to the show, but we knew it would have to be a tune that showcased the talents of each member of the band.  After landing on ‘Whipping Post’ by the Allman Brothers, it became clear during rehearsals that this was song would be the perfect fit. The passionate tune allowed Nick Baum (vocals, percussion) to showcase his booming and unforgettable vocals. The opening bass-riff gives bassist, Zac Flynn, the perfect chance to release his thunderous bass lines to the masses. As the song progresses, Justin Neely (guitar/vocals) and Taylor Frederick (guitar/vocals) are able to each take a moment in the spotlight to attack a sections of shredding solos.” Check out video of the performance below:“Whipping Post” – Fillmore Auditorium 12/30/17[via Eminence Ensemble]Tickets for Eminence Ensembles headlining show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday, February 3rd with Evanoff, Kessel Run, and Gaia’s Groove are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.[Video Credits: Directed by – C.J. Strehlow / Filmed by – Rahm Carrington & Jake Sam —— Cover Photo via Phil Clarkin Photography]last_img read more

The New Frontier for Retail – “Everywhere Commerce”

first_imgi, iii, iv BRP’s 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey of Top North American retailersii McKinsey: Why Customer Analytics Matterv Deloitte’s The Omnichannel Opportunity Studyvi National Retail Federation, Top 40 Retailers with US Home Location While digital transformation has affected all aspects of our lives, retail is among the industries that have seen the greatest impact over the years. We read back in the Fall about how online shopping has led to the closure of over 5,000 stores in the US over the last twelve months.Yet, contrary to the naysayers, I believe that the brick-and-mortar retail store has the potential to survive and thrive. However, business as usual will no longer cut it – retailers must embrace digital transformation in all parts of their business.Customers want easyIt’s a truism but everything begins and ends with the customer. Today’s connected, tech-savvy consumer expects a highly personalized, seamless experience across every channel.In fact, BRP’s 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey of top North American retailers predicted that customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020.However, here’s the crunch – shoppers will turn away quickly if a retailer does not meet expectations. 51 percent say they will stop shopping at a retailer after just a handful of poor in-store shopping experiences[i].Integrating in-store and online experience As a result, retailers are looking for ways to build customer relationships and develop loyalty in a way that simply isn’t possible online. One route is to integrate the customers’ in-store experience with their online profile and develop an Intelligent Store that competes with and complements online shopping. The race is on to provide contextualized marketing, personalized care, effective product placement, and improved in-store assistance. The bottom line is that retailers need new insights at the door, through the shelves, and at the counter to get inside the mind of the customer and anticipate their needs.Customer analytics boosts sales and retentionThere are big rewards. According to a McKinsey survey, 50 percent of companies who master the art of customer analytics are likely to have sales significantly above their competitors. Companies championing the use of customer analytics are 6.5 times more likely to retain customers, 7.4 times more likely to outperform their competitors on making sales to existing customers (upsell and cross-sell strategies), and nearly 19 times more likely to achieve above-average profitability[ii].A silver liningThe additional good news is that despite recent data protection laws, shoppers are willing to share more data than ever before. 64 percent say they are comfortable with retailers saving purchase history and preferences but – and here’s the important caveat – only, if the retailer then offers more personalization[iii]. While 82 percent will research a product online before they visit a store[iv] interestingly, customers who shop using different methods spend more than double compared to those who shop only at brick-and-mortar stores[v].A strong retail legacyOf course, delivering a personalized customer experience across all channels requires the right technology and partnerships. Dell Technologies has a strong legacy and track record of delivery, having provided essential infrastructure to some of the world’s largest retailers over the years. According to the National Retail Federation, 88% of US retailers use Dell laptops or desktops, 78% use Dell EMC servers, while 80% of the storage infrastructure in US retailers runs on Dell EMC[vi].One Home DepotHome Depot is a great case in point. “For a growing number of customers, has become the front door to our stores,” said Daniel Grider, vice president of technology at The Home Depot. “Creating an interconnected customer experience across our online, in-store and mobile environments is what we call “One Home Depot.” To help us meet the evolving needs of our customers, we rely on innovative technology partners like Dell to help us increase business efficiency, virtualize our infrastructure, and support new workloads as we continue to grow.”Our retail solutionsOur existing solutions range from Dell thin clients powering POS systems, through Dell EMC Intel-powered servers, storage, and networking, including a strong video surveillance solution. Meanwhile, Pivotal has been transforming how various retailers build and deploy modern software.On the VMware front, retailers are increasingly using Pulse IoT Center to on-board, manage, monitor, and secure cameras, beacons, and gateways. Project Dimension Infrastructure will also soon provide retailers with the public cloud experience at the Edge, fully installed and managed by VMware.Engineered foundation for retail store transformationWhere to next? Within the Dell Technologies IoT and Edge Solutions Division, we’re now developing an engineered infrastructure foundation to make it easier for customers to deploy, secure, manage, and scale IoT solutions.This foundational infrastructure is optimized to work with inputs from both cameras and traditional sensors to cover a full complement of different use cases, when combined with various tools from the overall Dell Technologies portfolio and partner ecosystem.Simplifying surveillanceWhat does this mean on the retail shop floor? Together with Intel and our ISV and camera partners, we’ve been helping retailers transition from CCTV to IP based surveillance systems for years. As the first use case built on top of our engineered foundation, we recently launched the Dell Technologies IoT Solution | Surveillance to make it easier to deploy large scale surveillance offerings. We’re currently working on a roadmap of various other sizings for different customer contexts.Ideas from science fiction becoming a realityWhile today’s solution is primarily focused on security and loss prevention, we’re also increasingly offering extensions for computer vision that formally leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve retailer’s visibility into customers’ behaviors and preferences, with the goal of driving a better overall customer experience.As Ken Mills, our GM for Video Surveillance says, “Ideas from science fiction are becoming a new reality for both consumers and retailers.” Read here about the work that Ken and his Dell Technologies team are doing to empower retail surveillance with best-in-class AI and computer vision.A lack of interoperabilityDespite the competitive pressure to deliver value and innovative new service models, a common stumbling block for retailers is confusion about foundational technology choices and a general lack of interoperability and standardization across the retail ecosystem, especially with emerging technologies around sensing and analytics.This can make it daunting for retailers to know to where to get started or lead them to spend more time on plumbing and integration than on value creation. The bottom line is that the industry would benefit from collaboration on an open framework to enable retailers to focus on innovation instead of reinvention. So, what are we doing in this regard?Simplified tools for IoT innovationFor starters, we’re investing in tools to make it easier to leverage sensors that enable use cases such as people counting, logistics, inventory and electronic price tags. Additionally, VMware Pulse IoT Center provides retailers with a single point for monitoring and management their IoT infrastructure and is completely agnostic to devices and software used, which is important in terms of providing a consistent management experience across a heterogeneous environment.The Open Retail InitiativeWithin the broader IoT ecosystem, in April 2017, we helped launch the EdgeX Foundry open source project within the Linux Foundation to develop an open framework for interoperability between IoT devices and applications. In addition to our own ongoing inputs, the project has seen a steady increase in the number of supporting organizations and developers contributing across the globe.Signaling our support of retailers, we’re now delighted to be a founding member of the Open Retail Initiative (ORI), which was announced this week at NRF. Loosely-coupled with an Intel-led Commerce Working Group within the EdgeX Foundry project, the ORI is a coalition of industry participants, who want to create an open, scalable, and flexible ecosystem to accelerate innovation within retail.Reducing complexity and increasing profitabilityThe goal of the ORI is to reduce the complexity of capturing data from the physical store environment and streamlining the integration of that data with online and other operational systems data, for example, Point-of-Sale, CRM or ERP. This will enable merchants and retailers to more effectively realize the promises of IoT for improving consumer and employee engagement, on-premise assets, and inventory management.Move from saving money to making moneyI believe that accelerated development and deployment of digital capabilities will translate into a better experience for shoppers and increased profitability for retailers. With Dell Technologies, you can improve decisions throughout the retail value chain as you collect, aggregate, and analyze multi-channel data – improving margins, decreasing costs, enhancing sustainability, and reducing security risks.Our net goal is to help you excel at not only at “saving money” through general efficiency gains, but also “making money” through everything from measuring customer behavior based on demographics, to driving personalized experiences like real-time recommendations and offers, as well as managing environmental factors such as lighting, temperature and background music.Join the revolutionConnected customers are driving a revolution in retail. They want to buy anytime, anywhere and will reward retailers who can offer this flexibility. This is your opportunity to raise brand awareness, drive loyalty and value, and increase your profitability. Together, we can make the intelligent store and everywhere commerce a reality.Come visit us at NRF January 13-15th at VMware Booth – #1057, Level 1, Hall 1B to learn how Dell Technologies can help address your retail needs. Are you interested in joining the Open Retail Initiative? Learn more and join here. I’d love to hear your comments. Do stay tuned for more exciting news throughout 2019!Join the IoT conversation on Twitter @defshepherd, @delltech and @dellemcoemLearn more about Dell Technologies IoT solutions at more about Dell EMC OEM at our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page herelast_img read more

Partnering to Find New Paths Forward in Sustainability

first_imgNext year, we will begin to apply our knowledge from this initiative to other products within the Latitude and commercial PC portfolio. We’ve taken these first steps with our Latitude device to ensure the new processes can scale and have a bigger impact, but we know there is still much work to be done.How can we make this more sustainable? That’s what we’ll keep asking ourselves as we develop new products. As I’ve spent time in this process, I find myself considering the sustainability of the everyday items I consume from clothes to home goods to other electronics. From a sustainability standpoint, what do you consider when you make a purchase? As we look at the next decade, today Dell Technologies is setting forth new sustainability goals. But even before today (in fact, more than three years ago), we started exploring different materials to enhance the Latitude brand’s premium design and performance leadership and help move our sustainability goals forward.Although we use reclaimed carbon fiber in Latitudes today, we wanted to keep pushing and find new ways to use even more reclaimed carbon fiber in our devices. We kicked off the work with Carbon Conversions, a start-up based in South Carolina that has redesigned the process to produce carbon fiber non-woven fabrics.Through experimentation and benchmarking of 200 different types of material combinations with Carbon Conversions, we discovered a new reclaimed carbon fiber technology. By taking non-woven carbon fiber fabric, and instead of making parts out of it, putting it in the middle of woven carbon fiber fabric – a new process was born. The new material combination was more cost-effective and produced a lighter, yet durable, Latitude. The LCD cover of the Latitude 7300 AE is made from this new material combination which brings its recycled content to 18% while reducing the weight by 24 grams.It’s not just about materials. We’re managing sustainability holistically:With the use of waterborne paint for 100% of its painted parts to reduce VOC emissions by 89 percent.Keeping the end-to-end lifecycle in mind with ocean shipment, long lifecycle batteries and packaging with recycled content.last_img read more

Bellone Gives Suffolk State of the County Address

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gives his second State of the County address in Hauppauge on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone proposed streamlining government processes, warned of continued budget deficits and rallied for rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy during his second State of the County address Tuesday night.Between reflecting on his first year in office and doling out accolades, the first-term Democrat spent a significant portion of his speech reinforcing to legislators his plan to sell the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank—a local political hot potato. If its sale does not go through, explained Bellone, he’d be forced to close the facility.“The state of our county is that we are rebuilding,” Bellone, the former Babylon Town Supervisor, said before a packed legislative chamber in Hauppauge. “This is a county that has faced challenges before and always emerged stronger.”His address comes as Long Island waits for billions in federal Sandy aid dollars to begin flowing nearly four months after the historic storm that seriously strained government resources across the tri-state area.Bellone also reiterated support for the police department’s shift toward focusing on recidivism reduction, intelligence-led policing and improving the monitoring of sex offenders after he appointed Commissioner Ed Webber.Legis. John Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), leader of the GOP minority, questioned Bellone’s management skills and whether the county exec’s quest to speed up government would mean bypassing the legal processes established in the county charter.“It appears that were tripping over ourselves to save pennies, when dollars are flying out of the window,” said Kennedy, vowing to launch an inquiry into the recent record-setting blizzard in his 10-minute Republican response to Bellone’s hour-long speech.“Despite all of the changes that we have made to make our government smaller and more efficient, we still have a significant structural deficit,” Bellone said, meaning Suffolk still has more annual bills than recurring revenues after cutting 700 county workers. “While we’ve made great progress, we still have a long way to go.”last_img read more