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NAHBS – Independent Fabrications Wounded Warrior Roadie and 3D Carbon Crown Lugs

first_imgScrews at the top of the dropout attach the seat stays and allow the break in the frame necessary to insert the belt.Event the bottom bracket lugs get the royal treatment.  The Corvid is a full custom bike that you order through your local IF dealer, where they’ll measure you and let you pick paint, cable routing, etc.  Frame and fork is $5,500 with the tinted clear coats or a translucent pearl sheen.  Lead time is about 4-6 weeks.This could be the ultimate crap-weather commuter.  Disc brakes, full fenders, studded tires and a Bailey Bagworks lunch sack up front.  And the bright paint job with reflective decals will help them find you if a snow plow shoves you into a drift.Logo and other “decals” were done in a puffy reflective paint.Sliding dropouts allow for weatherproof drivetrains like internal gear hubs or single speed.In a collaboration with Phil Wood, IF is building 40 of these special edition track frames that’ll get decked out with limited edition components celebrating Phil Wood’s 40th anniversary. Shiny blue bar tape and white hoods really top off an excellent tribute bike. The Corvid is Indy Fab’s full carbon bike.  It uses custom-made crown-shaped carbon lugs to really set it apart, and this model went a step further and threw on Zero Gravity brakes and Gates Carbon Belt Drive to get the weight down to about 13lbs.Normally, the Corvid comes with just a clear coat, which they’ll tint to give it a color sheen, but they went all out with this one. NAHBS 2010 – Independent Fabrications used their floorspace to showoff not just their frames and features, but also this special one-off Wounded Warrior Project steel Crown Jewel Special Edition road bike that’s being raffled off to raise money for the WWP.  The WWP has formed a new cycling team that’s training for the Road Runner Classic cycling race this April 24 in Albuquerque, NM, where the raffle ends and one lucky person gets this $6,000+ bike plus a custom fit from IF. More info on the raffle here.IF also had a sweet 13lb version of their Corvid carbon bike with custom 3D carbon lugs in logo-matching crown shapes, plus a track bike collaboration with Phil Wood to celebrate his 40th year of making bike parts…and a nasty looking snow commuter.  Check it all out after the break…center_img Hubs and gear get XL (Roman numerals for 40) cutouts. The XS is their ti-lugged carbon-tubed road bike, and this touring bike takes the high end frame and adds the utility of fenders and racks.This is their Super Commuter dressed up in a very outdoorsman paint scheme.  All it needs now is a gun rack and trailer for hauling home your game.last_img read more

Dogs Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Daffy

first_imgDaffy, 9, is a Bishon pondering her next move to lift spirits around Los Alamos. Daffy is a members of the John and Mary Arrowsmith family. Photo by Mary Arrowsmithlast_img

Livestock ship with 42 crew sinks off Japan coast

first_imgThe Filipino crew member was rescued late Wednesday after Japanese navy P-3C surveillance aircraft spotted him wearing a life vest and waving while bobbing in the water. The man, who is in good health, told rescuers the ship capsized before sinking, said spokesman Yuichiro Higashi at the Japanese coast guard’s regional headquarters conducting the search. (AP) In this photo released by the 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, a Filipino crewmember of a Panamanian cargo ship is rescued by Japanese Coast Guard members in the waters off the Amami Oshima, Japan Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. APcenter_img TOKYO – Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for a livestock ship with 42 crew members on board that a survivor said sank during rough weather a day earlier off a southern Japanese island, the coast guard said.last_img read more

WDW Passholder’s Adventures in Disneyland

first_imgShare This!Let me confess. Though I’m a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, my first love was Disneyland. Like many of us, my first introduction to Disney Parks was at Disneyland as a young child with my family. Through the course of my childhood and teen years, my family visited Disneyland three times (which was a lot on our limited finances!). Disneyland was also the destination of my first adult vacation, visiting there after I graduated college, in fact, that was my last trip to Disneyland, back in 2004. In 2008, I made my first trip to visit Walt Disney World, and have made it priority to go back as often as my pocketbook will allow!Disneyland, dressed to the nines for the 60th!Like any Disney aficionado, I keep up with blogs, websites, vlogs, and books written about all things Disney. I’ve been keeping abreast of the changes to Disneyland and California Adventure. When the opportunity came up for a work-trip which took me out to California (and only 14 miles from Disneyland!) I had to work in a trip to visit this magical place. Now, I knew my Disney World experience would only have a limited application to visit this west coast sister park. So, I made sure to pick up a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland to help fill in the gaps where my Disney World knowledge feel short.Like all of my experiences at either Disney Park, there is that initial excitement and bubbly feeling in my stomach, that “I’m actually here!” feeling. That’s universal. But I will say, once I walked under the train station on to Main Street, I immediately felt like I was in “bizarro” Disney (not in a bad way – cool down there DL fans!). It was like I was through the Looking Glass, it was familiar, it was Disney, it was magical, but it was different! Tomorrowland is still on the right of the Castle, and Adventureland is still on left, but the configuration of the lands took some navigating and getting used to.Though the Disneyland Railroad is down while they build StarWarsLand, you can still take a close-up look at the engine and the cars and take some great pictures!Let me impart to any “Worlders” planning to visit the “Land” some of my experience.SizeYou know that Disneyland is smaller than Magic Kingdom. It gives it that intimate and charming feeling. One impact you may not consider is that the smaller size of the park also means that the walkways are narrower. This can make the park feel more crowded and navigating around stroller parking lots and clusters of other families stopped in the walkway inspecting a park map a little trickier. This means in order to avoid a collision, you’ll need to be a bit more attentive to your surroundings because there is literally less wiggle room if you find yourself in a sudden bottleneck. This also makes the use of a Touring Plan, that much more valuable – it can help you stay ahead of the crowds and avoid these bottlenecks when possible.FoodThe Little Red Wagon on Main Street in Disneyland has made hand-dipped corn dogs a cult classic among Disney foodies. I learned from a friend, that you can get the same corn dog with fries instead of chips for less money and a shorter wait if you wonder over to the Stage Door Café over in Frontierland. Additionally, the Stage Door Café has plenty of outdoor seating with umbrella-covered tables, while the Little Red Wagon, though a classic fixture on Main Street, only really offers a few benches and curbs to crash on while you inhale your deep-fried goodness.Corn dogs are a Disneyland classic!Another tip, that’s more for California Adventure than Disneyland, are the cheddar biscuits at Carthay Circle. Let me just say that no menu description gives these delights the descriptive justice they deserve. Imagine little biscuits a little bigger than ping pong ball. The fact that they are fried gives the dough a little crust on the outside, and when you cut (or bite) into it you find a gooey center of creamy white cheddar, smokey bacon, and a slight zing of jalapeno. Add to it the gentle sweetness of the apricot butter served with them and you’ve efficiently pleased every taste bud you have in your possession. If you can’t get Carthay Circle reservations, or if you wallet starts to make whimpering noises at the prices on the menu – just ty to make some time to at least visit the lounge of this epic restaurant, have an iced tea or lemonade and these delicious nuggets from heaven. You won’t regret it.Cheddar Biscuits? Nuggets from heaven!Ok, ok, one last foodie tip. On those hot summer days, sometimes you want something cool and refreshing, but the giant ice cream sundaes or waffle cones just seem too rich. My insider tip, my own little addiction is at a little kiosk in Toontown. They’re called fruit chillers, and they come in Wild Cherry, Blue Raspberry, and Frozen Apple. These are not slurpees, they’re not smoothies, they not even really slushies, but the perfect blend of pureed ice and not-too-sweet fruit flavoring. I tried them all, and the Wild Cherry is my favorite, but I also enjoyed mixing the Wild Cherry and Blue Raspberry. If you happen in Magic Kingdom, you can find this treat at the Cheshire Cat Café in Fantasyland, but they only flavor they offer is the Raspberry Lemonade. Priced at $5, this is great treat to cool you down, but not fill you up.Fruit Slush available in ToonTown. An unheralded treat.MerchandiseIf you’re lucky enough to get to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration which ends on September 5, 2016, you’ll get the opportunity to peruse and purchase some amazing swag. These items are sure to be the gems of any collection and the options range from t-shirts to coffee mugs to Christmas ornaments. Otherwise, much of souvenirs and merchandise you find on one coast, you can find at its counterpart.60th Diamond Celebration MerchandiseEntertainmentI think Disneyland wins this category hands-down. In Disneyland, characters walk around freely, there are street performers at every turn, and World of Color and Paint the Night really put this resort over the top. I think Disneyland may offer more entertainment interactions throughout the park because of the frequency of southern California visitors, or it just may feel that way because it’s smaller size. But it really does feel like there’s magic and performances everywhere you look.DCA Newsies are a must-see!AttractionsThere are a lot of duplicate attractions that you’ve find in both Disneyland and Disney World. There are some nuances or nods to variety, but still have the same intent and feel. I give the edge to the Peter Pan’s Flight, Splash Mountain, and Jungle Cruise at Disney World. I think Disneyland does these attractions a bit better: Haunted Mansion, Small World, Mad Tea Party, Big Thunder Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters.The classic façade of it’s a small world at DisneylandYou really can’t compare Disneyland’s HyperSpace Mountain to Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain, that’d be like trying to compare the Matterhorn to Expedition Everest. For the record, HyperSpace Mountain became my all-time-favorite Disney ride after just one experience. Yep, folks, it’s that’s awesome.One of the most photogenic attractions.I can’t really offer an opinion on Pirates of the Carribean since the Disneyland version wasn’t available during my time there. But my memory of the initial scene, floating through a firefly-lit Louisiana bayou is pretty vivid, so if they kept that, then I think Disneyland wins that battle, too.Final ThoughtsSo, what is the point of this utter rambling of my bizzaro Disney experience? It’s to say that both parks offer such a unique and classic experience that you really should make time to experience both at least once in your lifetime. Am I going to be buying a Disneyland Annual Pass or Premier Passport any time soon? Nope, I still love Disney World. But I do love Disneyland, and don’t plan to wait another ten years before my next visit!What are your thoughts? Have you visited both parks? Do you have a favorite or a preference? Leave your comments below!last_img read more

Mandela exhibition travels to Paris

first_img24 May 2013 Nelson Mandela is travelling to Europe this year – multiple images of the icon will appear in Paris from 29 May to 6 July as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 and 2013. “Produced by the highly regarded Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the exhibition will celebrate Mandela’s relationship with the people of France, while offering a comprehensive historical overview of his epic life and times,” reads a statement from the museum. Just a couple of months off his 95th birthday in July, Mandela will be revealed in all his guises, in a multimedia exhibition titled Nelson Mandela – from Prisoner to President. “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in many books, documentaries and other tributes around the world,” says Christopher Till, director of the Apartheid Museum, which put together the original exhibition titled Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman in 2009. “We are delighted to present the exhibition Nelson Mandela: from Prisoner to President as one of the highlights of the opening week of the South African Season in France,” says Bongani Tembe, South African commissioner-general for the Seasons. The exhibition will be held at the Hotel De Ville in Paris.‘Layered glimpse of Mandela’ Till adds: “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations. It examines his undoubted strengths and greatness, but does not shy away from his self- acknowledged weaknesses too.” The exhibition will trace how Mandela built a new nation from the fragments of conflict, making full use of his strengths: love, persuasion, forgiveness and acute political acumen, “with a fair amount of self-deprecating humour sprinkled in for good measure”. The France-South Africa Seasons sees the successful cultural exchange programme, which has taken place between France and Vietnam, Croatia, India, Russia and Brazil, come to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. The Seasons’ aim is to foster a deeper mutual understanding and respect for the cultures of partner countries. Events will run between May and December and will include contemporary art, architecture, theatre, political discussions, literature, gastronomy, astronomy and sport, among others. These events will be staged in towns and cities across France, such as Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Saint-Malo and Strasbourg. More than 800 South African artists, musicians, dancers and actors will be flying to France and performing in 250 dance and theatre productions, 50 films, 100 music concerts, 35 workshops, 30 exhibitions and 40 residencies. Some 150 South African wines will help to sweeten bilateral relations. During the opening week of the season, from 28 May, the Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the South Africa flag. This will be repeated from 15 to 21 July, to coincide with Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.‘In the footsteps’ The Mandela exhibition follows in the footsteps of the former president – from his early life in the hills of the Transkei where his family had lived for generations, living a modest pastoral life, to his mission schooling, his entry into manhood and his first brush with and defiance of authority. It tells of his move to Johannesburg, his studying to be a lawyer, his political education, and his passion for fighting apartheid. He was one of the accused in the Treason Trial, but was eventually acquitted. His powerful oratory and leadership skills helped him to quickly move up the ranks in the African National Congress (ANC), and soon he was an underground fighter championing the armed struggle, as the notorious “black pimpernel” hunted by the apartheid police. The exhibition traces Mandela’s dramatic arrest in 1962 while driving a car – disguised as a chauffeur – back to Johannesburg after reporting on his overseas mission to Chief Albert Luthuli, then ANC president and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. A maquette of a recently installed sculpture to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrest near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal, will also be on display. Mandela was in prison on Robben Island when the top echelons of the ANC were arrested at Liliesleaf Farm on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, in 1963. He was transported to Pretoria to stand trial, and was sentenced to life imprisonment with the top brass of the movement, and taken back to Robben Island. Then he disappeared from public view for 27 years, until his unconditional release in February 1990.Secret dialogues The apartheid state, facing crippling economic and political isolation and unrest in the black townships, began a secret dialogue with Mandela. These events are shown in dramatic film footage in the exhibition, and include the resultant unbanning of all the resistance movements by the government. His release and first public address to South Africans are on exhibit. Four years of at times tense negotiations took place before Mandela took office in 1994 as the first democratic president. “The chapters in this long walk from prisoner to president are presented in an exhibition of 70 panels, between 3m and 9m long and 2.2m high, which graphically illustrate the life and times of Nelson Mandela and are organised on the basis of six themes: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman,” indicates the museum’s statement. Photographs, many of which have not been widely seen before, have been juxtaposed with the narrative describing the events linking all of these aspects of his life. Ten screens featuring historical film clips of Mandela commenting and speaking on the issues of the time are woven into the exhibition. A representation of his Robben Island cell, measuring 2m x 2.5m, in which he was incarcerated for 18 years, will be created. What is extraordinary about the exhibition is that it “seeks to show Mandela the human being, who acknowledges his shortcomings and sees himself as a single part of a much larger movement with many players who dedicated themselves to freeing South Africans from oppression, discrimination and prejudice in achieving the dream of justice and equality”. Nelson Mandela – from Prisoner to President was first developed and presented by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in 2008 to mark and celebrate his 90th birthday. Smaller versions of the exhibition have been erected in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, and Pretoria in Gauteng. It has also travelled to Argentina and Sweden. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Working Without Fear

first_imgMolly Fletcher knows a thing or two about being a game changer. She spent two decades as one of the world’s few female sports agents, working with hundreds of athletes, coaches and media personalities, before founding her own company in 2010. An athlete herself, she played varsity tennis at Michigan State University, where her experience instilled in her many habits that have kept her at the top of her game: discipline, resiliency, passion and teamwork.”There are so many parallels between the challenges and lessons I learned in the sports world and those that we face in the business world,” says Fletcher, CEO of The Molly Fletcher Co. and the opening general session speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place April 24-26 in Chicago.One of those parallels is the notion that our fears hold us back from being our best.In her latest book, Fearless at Work: Achieve Your Potential by Transforming Small Moments into Big Outcomes (McGraw-Hill Education, 2017), Fletcher provides play-by-play insights and field-tested strategies that show how to:– Trade self-defeating attitudes and self-imposed hurdles for a new outlook rooted in a sense of purpose and mission.– Defeat toxic thinking and push beyond your comfort zone to embrace new challenges and achieve your stretch goals.– Prepare to seize the moment when opportunity presents itself.– Shrug off the fear of failure and stop worrying about what other people think.She describes five habits, which she calls the “five trades,” that she says will give you insights into how to make small changes in your thinking and behavior to achieve more success and fulfillment.Her five fundamentals:– Trade defensiveness for curiosity. Defensiveness doesn’t help anyone move to a better place in life. It communicates that you don’t want or need support. You’re telling people you’d rather go on without them. Let down your guard. Ask “what if?” to elicit more information and to make room for positive energy and growth.– Trade the old story for a new story. Fear is a story we tell ourselves. Our fear is all about the but.”I would have spent more time doing what I love, but …” What if we traded all the buts for a new story of who, what, where, when, why and how we most want to be? Trading your old story for a better one is a fundamental act of fearlessness.– Trade bad stress for good stress. Don’t you love it when you get a second wind? A second wind can be the product of trading bad stress for good stress. But how do you pass from the familiar bad stress to the second wind? One way is by being intentional. That means getting clear and focused on what you need to be doing in the moment– Trade words for action. Thinking and talking about what makes us different and special is an important part of the process, but once we have a consensus on how, the way we are going to move forward is by taking action. Also, remember that how and what don’t matter without understanding why.– Trade comfort for clarity. Fear and comfort often go hand in hand. Comfort can signal that you don’t want to change, even when the change could make you happier. Choosing clarity involves work. It means collecting and sifting through practical advice. When you gather facts, you can better detour around your fears.”It takes awareness, it takes work, and it takes determination—but in the end, conquering your fear is a choice,” Fletcher writes. Desda Moss is managing editor of HR Magazine.last_img read more

Innovation Leading Us into the New Year

first_imgFollowing are a few article summaries that can provide you with a small taste of the original content available to you every day through our daily digital offerings, which are offered free through In addition to our daily newsletter, a comprehensive library of original content is available to our digital subscribers at no cost. Simply visit our website to gain free and ongoing access to all our content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Adding Value through Emerging Loss Prevention Technology and Data AnalyticsBy Mike Limauro Loss prevention technology, especially analytics, has evolved exponentially over the past few decades. And as this technology has evolved, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help optimize results.Opening the DoorsUp until recently, exception-based reporting was in the hands of a limited number of people, making the investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing the true potential to maximize the return on investment. The data mining solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior. The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments.- Sponsor – To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use these technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas. At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without, and the best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services, and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to simply protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I utilized a prescriptive analytics solution, partnering with a company that had a very progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability. We trained employees across all departments on how to use the solution to enhance daily functions. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. But by sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist in creating a broad range of successes by targeting individual requirements and unique challenges.Don’t limit yourself. The more data you push through your analytic software, the more uses you will discover. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Building a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which technologies are right for you and your organization. What current technology do you have, and how can it be used in a different way? What new technology will your company benefit from? Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process as they can make or break a program implementation.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork. As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.Botched Crisis Management at Wells Fargo?By Bill Turner, LPCRecently, the news seems to be reporting one crisis after another. The effectiveness of a company’s crisis management plan and execution can be a virtual make-or-break situation. Let’s take a closer look at Wells Fargo regarding unethical sales practices and the creation of phony accounts to boost sales numbers. All indicators are that Wells Fargo’s management scored poorly in their crisis management response. In fact, the Dow Jones business news called their efforts “a textbook case of botched crisis management.”Senators from both major parties have chastised Wells Fargo’s then-CEO John Stumpf over the company’s sales practices. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called it “gutless leadership and fraud.” The Wells Fargo team seemed unprepared and did not answer many questions from legislators about faulty sales practices. This ineffective response led to a $185 million fine.In the opinions of several former Wells Fargo executives, the root of the debacle stemmed from an insular culture that left it ill-prepared to effectively deal with a major crisis. Wells Fargo did respond by firing some 5,300 employees, but those layoffs only represented about 1 percent of its employee base. The bank would neither confirm or deny any wrongdoing, and Stumpf showed zero empathy, never saying he was sorry. At one point, an Oregon senator accused Stumpf of “scapegoating people at the bottom.”Wells Fargo’s crisis management missteps continued as it was reported that Stumpf became aware of the faulty sales practices as early as the fall of 2013. When he appeared before the Senate Banking Committee, he had few concrete answers.New CEO Tim Sloan got off to a rocky start when he announced a drop in profits while analysts were demanding more information on the crisis that had prompted his appointment. On the call, Sloan continually deflected questions and referred to the board’s continuing investigation.Wells Fargo’s crisis management efforts, at best, have been ineffective and, at worst, inexcusable for a company of its size. While crisis management and communication can be complicated, there are basic dos and don’ts that Wells Fargo seemed to be ignorant of or just disregarded. It is important that, in any major crisis, the top officer in the company is visible and is effectively communicating their response and direction. No executive should be expected to go it alone. Done right, effective crisis management takes a whole team that represents all critical functions of a company and prepares for a wide variety of issues that might arise in the future.While it is unclear if Wells Fargo has such a team or if they drilled to develop effective crisis management processes, it is clear that their actions have served to make the crisis worse, not better. Rarely is a company in a position to “tell all” during a major crisis. But they need to make every effort to show some transparency, empathy, and cooperation. “No comment,” especially from the top, doesn’t do any of that.Wages, Employee Performance, and Retail Industry Trends: Looking at Walmart’s New ApproachBy Jac Brittain, LPC Following an important topic that has been widely discussed throughout 2016, recent retail industry trends have explored the relationship between wage increases and the impact on employee performance. And as many employees and other interest groups across the country have expressed their opinions about wage increases and their impact on all involved, a recent New York Times article explored the subject and the potential impact that wage increases can have on employee performance by taking a closer look at the world’s largest retailer.A few years ago, Walmart, which once built its entire branding around a big yellow smiley face, was creating more than its share of frowns. Shoppers were fed up. They complained of dirty bathrooms, empty shelves, endless checkout lines, and impossible-to-find employees. Only 16 percent of stores were meeting the company’s customer service goals. The dissatisfaction showed up where it counts. Sales at stores open at least a year fell for five straight quarters; the company’s revenue fell for the first time in Walmart’s forty-five-year run as a public company.To fix it, executives came up with what, for Walmart, was a revolutionary idea. In early 2015, Walmart announced it would actually pay its workers more. That set in motion the biggest test imaginable of a basic argument: what if paying workers more, training them better, and offering better opportunities for advancement can actually make a company more profitable, rather than less?The results are promising. By early 2016, the proportion of stores hitting their targeted customer-service ratings had rebounded to 75 percent. Sales are rising again. At the store level, managers describe a big shift in the kind of workers they can bring in by offering higher pay rates. “We’re attracting a different type of associate,” said Tina Budnaitis, a Walmart manager. “We get more people coming in who want a career instead of a job.”From a loss prevention perspective, results from the annual National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) and other research conducted by Richard Hollinger, PhD, often considers the relationship between employee satisfaction, employee wages, and the impact of these critical retail industry trends on employee theft. How exactly would higher retail wages impact shrink in retail stores? Would higher wages influence overall store performance?Similarly, the research and content supported by Read Hayes, PhD, and the Loss Prevention Research Council also looks at retail industry trends and the many influences that support the motives behind employee theft, including employee wages and job satisfaction.In a volatile corporate world, an unexpected recession or management change, or rise of a new competitor, could upend any plans. But in the short term, the Walmart experiment shows pretty clearly that paying people better improves both the work force and the shoppers’ experience.As retailers look for answers to the ongoing threat of theft, fraud, and the many factors that impact retail shrink, let’s hope that these recent retail industry trends can have a similar impact on the loss prevention industry and our ongoing battle with retail industry shrink.Amazon Continues to Reshape the Retail IndustryBy Bill Turner, LPC The idea of shopping online for groceries is not new. Retail technology companies have tried over and over to fix what people hate most about grocery shopping—long lines, slow moving cashiers, and now the long wait for chipped credit cards to process. As history has seen, however, the retail industry is slow to change on one issue that is critically important when it comes to groceries—touching and feeling the product. There have been many technological advances to improve the grocery shopping experience. Some have worked; some have not.Self-Checkout. It has worked reasonably well for some retailers. But grocery checkout is often more complicated. Weighing produce, having to wait for clearance when purchasing alcohol, and malfunctioning scanners are all major frustrations for consumers. Many grocery chains are removing or scaling back on self-checkout.Delivery. Once upon a time, most grocers delivered. But the rise of supermarkets and the automobile virtually ended the practice. In the late 1990s, Webvan had some success in web-based grocery delivery. But they lost millions of dollars and went bankrupt in 2001. There have been others. Even some large supermarket chains began experimenting with online order and delivery. Arranging delivery windows and guaranteed availability of items ordered online have been major problem areas. Plus the consumer can’t squeeze the melons.Self-Scanning. Europe has seen some modest success around having customers self-scan grocery items with their smartphones and using apps for mobile payment, thus avoiding checkout lines altogether. Meanwhile, the US retail industry remains skeptical.Dash Away. Amazon took a swing at the online grocery market in 2015 by launching its Dash button. The WiFi-enabled devices are branded with specific products, and the customer simply clicks the button to reorder from their Amazon account when needed. But adoption of the concept has been far from overwhelming.Smart Appliances. The idea of your refrigerator keeping track of food inside and having a food purchase app is novel. Samsung has been pushing hard in this area. However, to date, technical glitches and the continual need to update software have been major hurdles.Mobile Payments. Mobile payments are catching on rapidly but still only represent 19 percent of all purchase payments. Again, technical glitches have prevented widespread adoption. The requirement to have a relatively new and sophisticated cell phone and concerns over privacy and data security are also major issues.Delivery Drones. Again, the retail industry remains skeptical. Amazon is hard at work trying to iron out logistical and regulatory issues to bring it to reality, but progress is very slow.The widespread adoption of online shopping for groceries isn’t here yet. But as we know, Amazon never gives up thinking about how to make shopping more convenient for the consumer. The Amazon Go grocery store is now in the testing stage. It is still some ways away as the concept is grounded in a brick-and-mortar store. The idea is to allow shoppers to walk into the store, select items, and walk out, totally skipping the checkout process. Everything selected gets automatically charged to the customer’s credit card. The system relies on a series of cameras and microphones. A customer’s smartphone is “tagged” when entering the store using the Amazon Go app. The system tracks the customer’s movements throughout the store. The customer’s selection of an item or returning it to the shelf is closely tracked by cameras. Payment is automatically calculated for all items selected and charged to the customer’s account. The customer simply leaves the stores with their purchases.The concept uses the latest technology to make grocery shopping more seamless for the customer. Will it happen? Maybe. But as we have seen, the US retail industry customer is skeptical. Loss of control, privacy issues, and other concerns still need to be overcome in order to make technology-assisted grocery shopping a reality. And how do you squeeze the melons? Time will tell.For more original news content, see the following articles:How the Right Retail Cash Management Solution Can Minimize the Costs of CashWill the Retail Industry Become Cashless?The Holidays Are Here. Are Your LP Plans in Place?Unreported Cargo Theft Incidents Make it Difficult to Grasp Scope2016 Data Breach Statistics by the NumbersBlack Friday, Other Retail Industry Holiday Shopping Trends ShiftingRFID Technology and Asset ProtectionCredit Card Fraud Goes Online for the Holiday SeasonAwareness of E-commerce Security Issues Is the First Step75 Years Ago: Pearl Harbor AnniversaryLP Magazine 2016—Wow! What a Year!E-commerce Has Not Killed Brick and MortarProfessional DevelopmentLP101 Investigations and Retail FraudKeeping Your Loss Prevention Job Search ConfidentialLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Program ElementsLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Safety Compliance InitiativesLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Identifying HazardsHow to Snag a Loss Prevention JobLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Safety Performance MeasurementsLPM VoiceYour Safe Can Do What? LP with Cloud-Based ManagementCan a Smart IP Video Solution Help You Solve Problems?Pre- and Post-incident Actions to Rebuff Negligent Security LawsuitsHoliday Crooks Are Here; Get Ready Inside and OutShould You Pay for Security Technology the Same Way You Pay for Theft?Has the Time Arrived for RFID?  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Nokia X Gets Axed By Microsoft

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Microsoft#Nokia#Nokia Lumia#Nokia X#Satya Nadella#smartphones#Stephen Elop#Windows Phone 8 center_img Related Posts Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will kill some of the Nokia X Android smartphones that Nokia released earlier this year.“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email explaining the 18,000 job cuts coming to Microsoft, including 12,500 from the Nokia division.See also: Why Microsoft Won’t Immediately Kill The Nokia X SmartphoneMicrosoft was never really happy that Nokia built and Android smartphone right before the acquisition of the smartphone manufacturer became official earlier this year. Reports said that Microsoft thought the Nokia Android phone was “embarrassing.” One source was overheard at a Nokia dinner at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February saying, “Microsoft is a Windows company.” Nokia twisted the fork on Microsoft a little bit with the Nokia X announcement, even if Microsoft claims to have known the plan all along. That’s why the Nokia X ran Android in the background but utilized Microsoft’s cloud and core services, instead of Google’s.At least that was the theory.In conversations with both Microsoft and Nokia executives at various industry events this year, each and every one said that there were no plans to kill the Nokia X series of Android devices.“Essentially the story is that Microsoft wants to connect the next billion people to the cloud,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia’s VP of product marketing for smartphones at Nokia before the acquisition, to ReadWrite in an interview in February. “What we bring is very wide reach. We have access to these consumers … We are a volume platform to connect the next billion people to Microsoft’s cloud and services.”When asked about what Microsoft thinks of the Nokia X smartphone during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, VP of Windows Phone at Microsoft Joe Belfiore hedged his bets.“We have a terrific engineering relationship with Nokia. What they do as an independent company is what they do. They will do some things we are excited about and some things that we are not excited about,” said Belfiore.As recently as Microsoft’s Build developer conference in April this year, Nokia VP of marketing for smart devices Hans Henrik Lund unequivocally said that the Nokia X would continue into a second generation.“Oh absolutely. Of course they will. Because again, it makes sense. Because we can get consumers onto Microsoft services as opposed than potentially going to Google services,” Lund said in an interview with ReadWrite.New Nokia X devices are unlikely at this point at Microsoft focuses on its Lumia portfolio. In an email announcing the layoffs to the Nokia team, former Nokia CEO and current VP of devices at Microsoft outlined the strategy for device manufacturing going forward.We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. Currently, three sizes of Nokia X Android smartphones running Windows cloud services are on the market around the world. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Jefferson City priest placed on leave

first_imgA Jefferson City priest is on administrative leave after allegations of what are called “boundary violations with minors.”Father Geoffery Brooke serves at Immaculate Conception Parish. The Missouri Children’s Division confirms they received a hotline call about the priest. The agency is heading up the investigation.The local diocese published a list of staff accused of sexually abusing children last fall.last_img

Ocean Hope Engineers Get Prison for Pollution Crimes

first_imgzoom Two Philippine engineers were sentenced to serve jail time for obstructing a US Coast Guard inspection in July 2015 aboard the cargo ship Ocean Hope at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the US Department of Justice.Cassius Samson, 52, the second engineer of the Ocean Hope, was sentenced a term of 12 months in prison followed by a year of supervised release, while Rustico Ignacio, 66, the chief engineer, was sentences to a term of nine months followed by a year of supervised release.In September 2016, both were convicted of conspiracy, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, by a federal jury in Greenville, North Carolina.The evidence showed that Ignacio and Samson attempted to cover up the dumping of tons of oil sludge and machinery space bilge water into the ocean before the ship arrived in the United States. In addition, defendant Samson committed perjury at trial.Several lower-level engineering crewmembers testified at trial that Samson regularly ordered, with Ignacio’s knowledge and approval, the pumping of oily wastes into the ocean over a period of months. On at least two occasions, Samson ordered the connection of a bypass hose, or “magic pipe,” to pump tons of thick sludge directly overboard.Coast Guard inspectors and laboratory testing confirmed the presence of heavy oils in overboard discharge piping.When the vessel arrived at the Port of Wilmington, the engineers ordered subordinates to lie to Coast Guard inspectors and to cover up evidence. Chief Engineer Ignacio presented inspectors with a doctored oil record book, in which false accountings of the ship’s production and disposal of oily wastes were recorded.Also convicted at trial were Oceanic Illsabe Limited, the owner of the Ocean Hope, and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited, its managing operator. Both shipping companies are based out of Greece. Sentencing of the corporate defendants is scheduled for early January 2017.last_img read more

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