Month: July 2019

Refresco agrees €16bn takeover bid from private equity group PAI

first_img© Refresco/Richard SinonRefresco agrees €1.6bn takeover bid from private equity group PAIPosted By: News Deskon: October 25, 2017In: Beverage, Business, Industries, Manufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions, PackagingPrintEmailRefresco has agreed a revised €1.623 billion offer from a private equity consortium including PAI Partners.Along with British Columbia Investment Management (bcIMC), PAI will press ahead with an offer of €20 per share in Refresco, representing a premium of approximately 22% on the average closing price since Refresco bought Cott’s bottling operation in July.Refresco’s major shareholders and members of the board with a stake in the company have all agreed to sell their respective interests, disposing of around 26.5% of Refresco, while the bottler will ‘unanimously recommend the offer’ to its remaining shareholders.Hans Roelofs, CEO of Refresco, said: “This offer represents a fair value for our shareholders and is yet another milestone for the company. The consortium fully supports our strategy [to buy and build] and with its track record, financial strength and understanding of our business, they can support the company whilst we accelerate our growth plan going forward.”PAI Partners returned with a €1.6 billion offer at the beginning of October, having had a €1.4 billion bid firmly rebuked in April. Refresco’s apparent willingness to negotiate this time round was a promising sign that a deal may be forthcoming, and management have now paved the way for a takeover.The rejection of PAI Partners’ initial bid may have been motivated by the Cott acquisition, which would have been in the pipeline at the time.Roelofs defended Refresco’s decision to go public with shares two years ago, only to recommend a sale to PAI Partners now.“Obtaining a public listing in 2015 was a well-considered decision and it has brought the company many opportunities,” Roelofs said. “However, we have also grown and prospered under private equity ownership. Our ownership structure is never a goal in itself. Rather, our focus remains on being in an environment that allows us to continue executing our proven strategy of buy-and-build.“The first time PAI approached us was prior to our public listing in 2015. They have always been impressed by our business and performance, and the agreement reached today reflects the important steps Refresco has realised since the IPO. Our latest acquisition of Cott TB, creating the world’s largest independent bottler with leadership positions across Europe and North America, is a truly transformational acquisition right at the heart of our buy-and-build strategy.”The bottler is in a completely different position now: the deal for Cott will significantly expand its presence in North America, and the prospects look good. Volume has risen: it was more than 600 million litres higher in the most recent quarter than in the fourth quarter of 2016, shortly before the first offer from PAI Partners, while revenue has moved beyond the €2 billion mark.“We are convinced that this is a good transaction for the company and all stakeholders involved and we therefore recommend our shareholders to accept the offer,” Roelofs continued. “Our focus of growing alongside our customers in the markets where we currently operate and expanding geographically remains unchanged. I look forward to this new phase of private ownership, and for all our employees and customers to capitalise on the opportunities ahead of us.”Frédéric Stévenin, managing partner at PAI, added: “Refresco is a high-quality business and an attractive consolidation platform in the beverage industry which we intend to fully support using PAI’s wealth of experience in the European food and beverage industry. We share the Refresco management team’s overall vision for the group and we are excited by the opportunity to work with them and the team at bcIMC to realise its potential.”Analysis: Who are PAI Partners?Based in Paris, the private equity group claims to have assets under its management worth €7.1 billion and portfolio sales of €14 billion from around 20 European companies with global reach. It’s a former investor in Yoplait, United Biscuits and Chr. Hansen, while its current investments in the food and beverage industry include the ice cream manufacturer R&R. PAI Partners acquired the ice cream company in 2013 for €929 million with a view to turning R&R into one of the world’s leading ice cream companies.As a result, the group has an interest in Froneri, the third largest ice cream player in the world and the result of a joint venture between R&R and Nestlé.Until last year, it also held almost all the shares in Swissport, the largest ground and cargo handling company at airports around the world, before selling its stake to a Chinese group for $2.8 billion.Share with your network: Tags: bottlingCott CorporationNetherlandsPAI PartnersRefrescoUSlast_img read more

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UK government announces freeze on beer wine and spirits duty

first_imgUK government announces freeze on beer, wine and spirits dutyPosted By: News Deskon: November 22, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, LegislationPrintEmailThe UK government has announced it will freeze duties on beer, wine and spirits, in the chancellor’s autumn Budget statement this afternoon.However, Philip Hammond said that the government will increase duty on high-strength, low-quality alcohol from 2019.The government has been under pressure to freeze duty on alcohol following Hammond’s decision in the spring Budget to increase spirits duty by 3.9%.In his Budget speech, Mr Hammond said: “Excessive alcohol consumption by the most vulnerable people is all too often through cheap, high strength, low quality products – especially so-called white ciders.“And so following our recent consultation we will legislate to increase duty on these products from 2019.”But he added that the move to freeze tax on beer, wine and lower-strength ciders shows a commitment to Great British pubs.He calculated that a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less in 2018, and a pint of beer 12p less.The Scotch Whisky Association had called for a reduction in tax on whisky after UK sales fell by more than 1 million bottles in the first half of the year, from 37.7 million to 36.7 million.The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) welcomed the freeze. Chief executive Miles Beale said: “We are pleased that the Chancellor has found his festive spirit and listened to the call from the WSTA and its members and has frozen wine and spirit duty.“He has shown the government is in touch with what consumers want and is supporting an industry which is proving to be a real asset to British business.“He has recognised that rebalancing the UK’s excessive duty rates is a win/win for both the Treasury, the wine and spirit trade – not to mention consumers. This decision will be celebrated by millions who will raise a glass this festive season.”Chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers Kate Nicholls also praised the decision.“At a time of rising costs, a freeze in the beer duty and a continuation of support for pubs on business rates is very welcome.“The ALMR has been pushing for a duty freeze across all alcohol types, and this positive action will help tackle rising costs, saving the sector around £116 million, as well as underpinning consumer confidence.”Share with your network: Tags: legislationUKlast_img read more

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Yoplait launches line of licenced yogurt pouches for children

first_imgYoplait launches line of licenced yogurt pouches for childrenPosted By: News Deskon: April 09, 2018In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, Marketing, New productsPrintEmailGeneral Mills-owned Yoplait aims to boost the appeal of yogurts among older children with the launch of new Star Wars and Avengers branded yogurt pouches in the UK.Additionally, as part a drive to grow Yoplait’s licensed portfolio, a pack of six 45g Disney Frozen strawberry fromage frais pots will go in store this month.Yoplait UK already offers licensed products aimed at younger children with Peppa Pig, Thomas & Friends and Paw Patrol. The two new pouch additions to the line-up are expected to appeal to youngsters aged between the ages of five and ten.General Mills senior brand manager for Yoplait Kids, Nina Shanahan, said: “Yoplait UK already leads the market in licensed yogurt products and this new activity is all about leveraging the top licensed brands in formats that have the most appeal to shoppers and their kids. To ensure the products have the widest appeal and to drive purchase, we’ve given them a £1 every day low price.”Star Wars and Avengers Yoplait yogurts both come in 4x70g multipack pouches in strawberry and raspberry flavours.The Disney Frozen strawberry fromage frais comes in 6x45g pots. All products launched in Asda in March. The new releases will be supported by in-store activation to excite family shoppers.Share with your network: Tags: General MillsUKYoplaitlast_img read more

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Gallery International Beverage Awards 2018 at Drink Japan

first_imgGallery: International Beverage Awards 2018 at Drink JapanPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: July 04, 2018In: Awards, Beverage, Business, FoodBev TV, Galleries, IndustriesPrintEmailThe winners in the International Beverage Awards 2018 have been announced as part of a special ceremony held at Drink Japan, the leading beverage event in Tokyo.Some of the industry’s most promising and innovative upstarts – as well as major companies including Voss Water, Ardagh and Ecolean – were rewarded in the inaugural edition of the International Beverage Awards.This is a selection of photos from the awards ceremony taken by FoodBev Media. 12► FoodBev Media group editor Alex Clere said: “The International Beverage Awards bring together FoodBev’s expertise in hosting leading industry awards schemes with the reputation and gravitas of Drink Japan, one of Asia’s leading beverage events. We are therefore very excited to have presented the winners with their trophies.”For more of FoodBev’s multimedia content, visit our multimedia channel or check out our FoodBev Flickr channel. Share with your network: Tags: awardsDrink JapanInternational Beverage AwardsVosslast_img read more

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Sainsburys to trial checkout free smartphone payment system

first_imgSainsbury’s to trial checkout free smartphone payment systemPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 14, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Retail, TechnologyPrintEmailSainsbury’s is trialling a new ‘scan, pay and go’ smartphone payment system at its Clapham store in the UK, which will enable customers to pay for groceries without needing to use a checkout.Shoppers can access the new service through Sainsbury’s SmartShop app, and then scan the products they want as they make their way around the store before paying from anywhere in the store using Apple Pay through the app.The trial follows the introduction of a similar system by retail rival Tesco in June and the launch of Amazon’s first checkout-free store in January, as retailers aim to meet changing consumer habits.Sainsbury’s estimates that the value of in-store contactless payments will reach $2 trillion by 2020, accounting for a third of in-store transactions, and that this new system will offer consumers another convenient way to pay in-store.Sainsbury’s group chief digital officer Clodagh Moriarty said: “Technology and changing customer shopping habits have transformed the way people buy their groceries.“Our teams are constantly working hard to bring new convenient shopping experiences to customers and we’re delighted to be the first grocery retailer in the UK to offer customers the ability to shop checkout-free.“The latest version of SmartShop, with its new payment feature, will make it super quick for customers to get in and out of the store for those that want to scan, pay and go.”Share with your network: Tags: mobile paymentretailSainsbury’sUKlast_img read more

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Eden Mill targets growth after purchase of Eden River Brewery

first_imgEden Mill targets growth after purchase of Eden River BreweryPosted By: Contributoron: February 04, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailScottish alcohol business Eden Mill has acquired English beer maker Eden River Brewery, as it looks to “drastically increase production”.The acquisition will enable Eden Mill to bottle and can some of its growing range in the north of England, allowing for quicker and smoother distribution as its retail channels continue to grow. The firm will continue to distil its gin and whisky and brew its beer at its home in St Andrews.Eden River’s bottling plant in Penrith, Cumbria, will increase production by an equivalent of 50,000 nine-litre cases per year – more than doubling Eden Mill’s current capacity.Eden Mill produces a range of craft beers, cocktails and gins. Last year, the firm released the first single malt whisky to be distilled in St Andrews in more than 150 years.Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “Thanks to a growth trend amongst our customer base and our ongoing partnership with big retailers such as Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, our acquisition of Eden River Brewery will allow us to drastically increase our production on many of our products.”Paul Miller, Eden Mill co-founder.He added: “Eden River Brewery is highly complementary to our business and we share commonalities in products and approach, making us hugely excited about our combined potential.”Jason Hill, director of Eden River, added: “When we were approached by Eden Mill, I knew immediately that this was the kind of company, and the right team of people we could work with. We all had a vision of the quality products and identified that highlighting the ‘craft’ aspects of our products would allow for us to expand yet stay personal to our customers.”He continued: “Like Eden Mill, our company is very hands on and we are invested in making sure we are part of perfecting our products from conception to consumption. Everyone here at Eden River is looking forward to a positive and prosperous new year.”Share with your network: Tags: craft beerEden MillginUKwhiskylast_img read more

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Tate Lyle collaborates with Long Life Dairy in South Africa

first_imgTate & Lyle collaborates with Long Life Dairy in South AfricaPosted By: Contributoron: June 24, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailTate & Lyle has collaborated with Long Life Dairy, a subsidiary of Unique Dairy, to create a range of long shelf life products in South Africa and enable more families with limited access to refrigeration to benefit from dairy.Developed using Tate & Lyle’s stabilisers and functional systems, the new range of affordable yogurt-style dairy snacks, bottled milkshakes and custard pouches do not require refrigeration and are shelf stable for up to one year.Tate & Lyle technical service teams in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lübeck, Germany, worked with Long Life Dairy’s development team to trial different recipe formulations. Long Life Dairy trialled products in Tate & Lyle’s pilot plant in Germany before selecting final recipes to take into full-scale production at the manufacturer’s new facility in Pretoria.“Many dairy products on sale in South Africa require cold storage and, although ambient shelf life milk and custard are widely available, there are few on-the-go dairy options for immediate consumption,” said Stefan Van der Berg, general manager of Long Life Dairy.“Ambient dairy is an exciting new sub-category for our business and we are exploring opportunities to introduce the new range to consumers in other African regions.”Neels Poerstamper, technical support manager South Africa, Tate & Lyle, added: “Using our innovative stabiliser ingredient blends, we are proud to have helped Long Life Dairy to create an innovative new product range that will help more families to enjoy the benefits of dairy, particularly those without access to cold storage.“This product innovation demonstrates how, with customers, we are providing access to nutritious and affordable foods, and delivering on our purpose of ‘Improving Lives for Generations’. The packaging, price point and long shelf life make the range particularly attractive to South Africa’s many solo traders, allowing them to capitalise on resale opportunities.”Share with your network: Tags: processingSouth AfricaTate & Lylelast_img read more

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Accessible Paths at 100 Acres

first_imgIMA and 100 AcresI recently had the pleasure of visiting the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).  According to the museum, “100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks.”One of the most interesting pieces of information I received about the art park was about the accessible trails.  The IMA has always done a fabulous job of explaining their accommodations for people with disabilities, and with the recent extension of 100 Acres they continue to keep accessibility in the forefront.I did take the ADA trails to test how accessible they were.  Some areas of the trails are paved while other parts are packed gravel.  Anywhere there are steps, there is a ramp equivalent.  The ADA trails are also more shaded than the non-ADA trails.I encourage you to take some time and enjoy the 100 Acres park.  Please read our post about accessibility in Indiana museums while you plan out the rest of your summer!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedIndiana Museum AccessibilityJanuary 11, 2010In “Accessibility Reviews”Indianapolis Museum of Art Focuses on Visitors with DisabilitiesDecember 2, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Accessible Adventures in IndianaJuly 26, 2017In “INDATA News”last_img read more

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Comcast Acquires Deep Blue Communications

first_img AcquisitionBrian EpsteinComcastDeep Blue CommunicationsManaged Enterprise SolutionsMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticlePegasystems Named a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs for Second Consecutive YearNext ArticleIRI and Influential Demonstrate Effectiveness of 5-hour ENERGY Influencer Marketing Campaign Comcast Acquires Deep Blue Communications PRNewswireMay 2, 2019, 8:37 pmMay 2, 2019 Industry Leader in Engineering, Installing, and Managing Commercial WiFi Networks to Complement Comcast Business OfferingsComcast announced it has completed the acquisition of Deep Blue Communications – a Latham, NY-based industry leader in engineering, installing, and managing commercial WiFi networks. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.“We look forward to delivering innovative solutions that will drive competitive advantage and growth in key vertical industries such as hospitality and entertainment.”The acquisition allows Comcast to combine the power and reliability of its advanced network solutions with intelligent, managed WiFi that creates greater efficiency for businesses and differentiated experiences for customers.“Customers will benefit from our expertise in advanced business and network solutions with Deep Blue Communications’ know-how in providing commercial, managed WiFi at scale,” said Bill Stemper, President, Comcast Business. “We look forward to delivering innovative solutions that will drive competitive advantage and growth in key vertical industries such as hospitality and entertainment.”Marketing Technology News: Vendasta adds MyCorporation to MarketplaceDeep Blue has made the INC 5000 list of the fastest growing companies for the last seven years, and emerged as a leading managed WiFi provider for retail and entertainment venues, as well as a certified provider for several leading hospitality brands.“At Deep Blue Communications, we are passionate about WiFi. This passion has fueled our 15-year growth into a leading provider of award-winning WiFi solutions that are reshaping the landscape of today’s hospitality and entertainment industries,” said Brian Epstein, CEO, Deep Blue Communications. “We’re thrilled to join Comcast and work with the Comcast Business team. Together, we will connect people, network and advanced applications to deliver ever-evolving network, guest and customer experiences.”Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth OfficerComcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, WiFi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.Marketing Technology News: Conduent Launches Innovation Center to Drive Customers’ Digital Transformationslast_img read more

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Ubimo Location Intelligence Allows Kinetic to Connect the Digital and Physical Worlds

first_img audience segmentationKineticLocation Intelligence TechnologyMarketing TechnologyNewsOOH campaignUbimo Previous ArticleSmall Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile BankingNext ArticleForging Ahead with Rapid Growth, JumpCrew Secures an Additional $7.2 Million in Series B Funding Round Ubimo Bolsters Kinetic’s Ability to Elevate Out-of-Home Media into the Omni-Channel Planning Process with Digital and Behavioral Data to Drive and Verify Impact Ubimo, a leading location intelligence technology company will enable Kinetic US, the leading digital innovator in out-of-home (OOH) advertising, to provide real-time audience segmentation to any geographic entity to improve OOH campaign performance for their clients.By incorporating Ubimo’s technology, Kinetic will be able to apply any digital data set to the location of OOH and digital-out-of-home (DOOH) properties, optimize plans and access audience segmentation and insights at the individual place level. Leveraging these capabilities, Kinetic can connect digital data, audience movement and physical locations across the US, ranging from OOH properties to stores, venues and other points of interest (POIs). The platform will also enable Kinetic to attribute foot traffic lift to OOH campaigns.“Ubimo’s platform will empower Kinetic to better align our clients’ OOH and DOOH campaigns to the dominant digital strategies, tactics and measurement they rely upon to produce their best results. We expect to develop more impactful, effective plans that work with mobile to deliver optimized solutions that exceed our clients’ business and marketing objectives,” said Michael Lieberman, co-CEO of Kinetic US.Marketing Technology News: UserIQ Brings Mobile Application Support to the Customer Success MarketThrough machine learning methodologies developed specifically for OOH media owners and agencies, Ubimo is able to define POIs and desired audience types and, for example, rank or index over- or under-performing OOH properties and create audience segments or expand audiences with predictive modeling as well as attribute the impact of a campaign on lift and foot traffic. Anonymized and aggregated data are used for campaign planning and execution, as well as in-campaign and post-campaign insights. Its platform Polaris is used by leaders in OOH, Shopper Marketing and Retail.“We have built a technology that allows marketers to run audience-based planning and attribution in the physical world. By layering digital, location, and aggregated behavior data with Ubimo, marketers can now understand what places attract what audiences and therefore define the best properties for a campaign,” said Gilad Amitai, COO of Ubimo. “This technology will allow out-of-home, which has traditionally been siloed from the wider media mix, to be a strong part of the omni-channel strategy. We are excited to work with Kinetic, and see the ways they will leverage location intelligence as part of their continued commitment to innovation and success for their clients.”Marketing Technology News: United Airlines App Crowned Best of the Best with Webby Award WinIn December 2018, Forrester identified the need to connect the physical and digital worlds, and recognized Ubimo as one of the most significant location intelligence platform providers. The leading industry analyst firm gave it the highest possible scores for performance and execution of roadmap criteria, and noted its ability to embed decision making actions and experiences, which resonate with those in the OOH space, like Kinetic.According to Out of Home Advertising Association of America, 4% of total U.S. media spend is OOH. The current forecasts peg DOOH growth at 10% every year over the next four years. This year alone, the expectation is that digital will account for around 37% of the overall OOH spend, which is a 35% jump from 2018.Marketing Technology News: Yes, Mailchimp is Expanding into a Full-Fledged Marketing Technology Platform Ubimo Location Intelligence Allows Kinetic to Connect the Digital and Physical Worlds for Out-of-Home (OOH) Advertisers MTS Staff WriterMay 17, 2019, 5:07 pmMay 17, 2019 last_img read more

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Opera Opens Early Access to the Worlds First Gaming Browser Opera GX

first_imgOpera Opens Early Access to the World’s First Gaming Browser, Opera GX Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 7:02 pmJune 12, 2019 The New PC Browser From Opera Lets Gamers Control Their Computer’s CPU and Memory Usage to Make Their Gaming and Streaming Smoother. It Also Features Twitch Integration and Numerous Customization OptionsThere are currently more than 1.2 billion PC gamers. Opera unveils the world’s first web browser tailored to their specific needs. The early access program to the Opera GX browser (for Windows) starts right now with an official launch planned later this year.“Opera GX is built for people who love games and spend a lot of time building their setups. We want to give them a browser to perfectly match their beautiful machines. I have a strong feeling this browser will resonate with the gaming world,” said Krystian Kolondra, EVP at Opera browsers.Opera GX features a new, gaming-inspired design and an array of features that let people not only customize the look of their browser but also limit their computer’s CPU and memory usage.GX Control lets you control the CPU and RAM usage by the browserThe GX Control panel is a brand new feature which lets users define how much of their computer’s CPU or RAM they are willing to let their browser use. By toggling on the circle, one can choose to devote a certain percentage of the computer’s resources to the browser. Opera GX will stay within these limits. This means that, unlike other memory-hungry browsers, Opera GX puts gamers in full control of their gaming and browsing experiences.“Running a game might require a lot of effort from your machine. Even more so if you are streaming while you play. Before Opera GX, gamers often shut down their browsers in order to not slow down their gaming experience. We came up with the GX Control feature to make people’s games run more smoothly without requiring them to compromise on what they do on the Web,” said Maciej Kocemba, product director of Opera GX.Gaming ready with Twitch integration Another handy feature for gamers is Opera GX’s Twitch integration. The browser lets users log into their Twitch accounts directly from the sidebar and will notify them when a streamer they follow goes live.The browser’s speed dial screen also features shortcuts to sites popular among gamers including Discord, YouTube and Reddit.Marketing Technology News: Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in JapanGX Corner for latest gaming news and dealsOpera didn’t stop at designing a browser for gamers. It also created the GX Corner, a place where gaming news from the Web will be presented along with curated gaming deals and information about new and interesting releases.Gaming design, sound effects and gaming hardware integrationWhen you first start or upgrade Opera GX you will be welcomed by sounds and an animation sequence inspired by gaming consoles. The sound effects and musical logo creation in GX are a result of Opera’s collaboration with the sound designer Rubén Rincón and the band Berlinist, who recently received a nomination in the BAFTA Games Awards for the original soundtrack to the GRIS game. The sound effects, as well as most browser features can be adjusted or switched off in the settings panel.Opera GX comes out of the box with a sleek gaming-inspired design with dark and red elements. Users can also choose a different highlight color from 10 suggested colors or go deeper and choose from 16 million possibilities using the extended color picker feature.“From the startup sounds to the look of the browser’s speed dial, Opera GX was designed to feel at home on any gaming setup,” added Maciej Kocemba.Opera GX comes with an exclusive set of wallpapers designed to match the browser and the large displays of gaming setups. It also includes Razer Chroma integration, which means that the keyboard, mouse and other Razer Chroma elements will adjust their colors to the chosen highlight colors in the browser.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series DOpera’s powerful features are thereOpera GX includes all the features present in the popular Opera desktop browser currently used by 65 million users. This means that, apart from the Twitch integration, users can also activate the Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook  or Vkontakte messengers in the sidebar to stay in touch with friends without the need to open separate tabs.Opera GX also retains the popular Video Pop Out function which makes it easy to “pop out” a video from the website it is being streamed on and watch it on top of other websites.Opera’s built-in ad blocker will safeguard that websites load fast and distraction free while the free, no-log browser VPN will let gamers safely browse the Web when using public WiFi.“At Opera, we want to set a new standard in browsing,” said Krystian Kolondra. “Today, no other browser is even close to having the kind of feature set you will find in Opera, and we hope people will enjoy the new additions coming with Opera GX”. Early access at Level 1 starts todayThe early access to Opera GX for Windows starts today at Level 1, during E3 in Los Angeles. Instead of the usual versions, the browser’s development will progress in levels. The initial early access version is designed for people who love games. They will also have the opportunity to shape the next versions, as Opera’s developers have added special “feedback” boxes throughout the browser, where particular features can be rated with one to five hearts. Opera also encourages people to provide feedback and wish lists via the Opera GX forums.Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers BAFTA Games AwardsKrystian KolondraMarketing Technology NewsNewsOpera browsersOpera GXPC gamers Previous ArticleAtari Brings the New Atari VCS Video Computer System to Life During E3 2019 — Launching Official Presale in Partnership With GameStop and WalmartNext ArticleCapgemini Announces Rapid Marketing Launch Program to Accelerate Digital Marketing Capabilities for Retailers and Brandslast_img read more

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ADARA Announces ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange the Worlds Leading

first_imgADARA Announces ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace MTS Staff WriterJune 14, 2019, 3:38 pmJune 14, 2019 Customers can now benefit from Traveler Value Score in Salesforce Service CloudADARA announced it has launched ADARA Traveler Value Score on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to deliver powerful travel insights to increase understanding of customers. Salesforce Service Cloud customers will be able to access the ADARA Traveler Value Score for millions of travelers, calculated from billions of real-time travel behaviors across ADARA’s global travel brand partners. The Traveler Value Score can inform service and customer care strategies such as direct call center routing, personalized messaging and relevant offers.ADARA Traveler Value Score for Salesforce ApplicationThe ADARA Traveler Value Score brings aggregated and scored traveler intelligence directly into Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud in a format that can be quickly and easily ingested into current processes, creating immediate opportunities to increase customer relevance and value. ADARA uses its predictive traveler intelligence platform to analyze billions of data points in order to deliver an accurate evaluation of an individual traveler’s potential value across booking, buying and other important activities. A brand who uses the ADARA Traveler Value Score within Salesforce Service Cloud will immediately see if their customer has a high potential to spend, and can make more accurate decisions for how to provide service as well as meet customer expectations.Marketing Technology News: Fox Corporation and Leading Agencies Join Project OAR to Provide Buy-Side & Sell-Side Guidance for New Addressable TV StandardADARA. Know What Travelers Need Next.ADARA empowers the world’s leading travel brands to grow the industry together. Built on the world’s richest travel data co-op, ADARA offers people-based insights for travel companies. Clients get a value-based understanding of their relationship with their customers, with travel patterns, trends and behavior from more than 850 million monthly unique traveler profiles across more than 200 of the world’s top travel brands. ADARA delivers critical intelligence to activate personalization and relevance throughout the customer journey for sustainable growth. Its offerings span the three core pillars – Learn, Act, Measure & Modify – to drive measurable outcomes at the customer level.Marketing Technology News: Bessemer Venture Partners Leads USD $13 Million Series a for Traction Guest to Accelerate the Global Expansion of Enterprise Visitor Management ADARAADARA Traveler Value ScoreMarketing TechnologyNewsSalesforceSalesforce AppExchange Previous ArticleTechBytes with Kevin Bennett, CTO and Co-Founder at KBMaxNext ArticleNativo Brings Breakthrough Attribution for Content to Travel Marketerslast_img read more

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UK Organisations Leaders in Adopting Business Automation

first_img Advance of AutomationEconomist Intelligence UnitMarketing TechnologyNewsRobotic Process AutomationUiPath Previous ArticleMonetate Exceeds $2 Billion in Influenced Revenue and Unveils New Brand Identity and Leadership at Cannes Lions 2019Next ArticleVisa to Acquire Rambus Payments Portfolio A New Survey Commissioned by UiPath Finds That Growing Business Challenges Are Being Addressed With Automation – With the UK Being One of the Four Countries Populating the Leader PackUiPath, the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, is releasing a new study that reveals the current and future progress of automation in organisations across the world. The survey, entitled The Advance of Automation: business hopes, fears and realities, was developed in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU). It questioned senior executives of mid- and large-sized enterprises in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore and the United States.Results from the survey revealed that the future is bright for the automation of business processes in the UK. The survey was broken down into ‘leaders’ – those making extensive use of automation technologies – and ‘laggards’ – those making moderate or limited use of automation. UK respondents were one of four countries populating the leader pack (11%). The other leaders are Germany, France and the US.67% of UK business executives report being satisfied with the results of their automation initiatives so far – and are experiencing business benefits as a result. 73% of UK firms expect their companies operating costs to improve as a result of automating business processes – whilst 65% predict revenue growth and 62% forecast increased profitability. As a nation, the UK is ahead of the curve when it comes to business automation. Nearly half (48%) of UK businesses describe their use of automation as ‘extensive’, whilst 48% describe their organisation’s progress with automation as advanced. 15% consider their progress to be very advanced.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceGlobally, over 90 percent of businesses already use technology to automate business processes, companies in every industry surveyed – including manufacturing, healthcare and financial services – find value in it. Furthermore, nearly one-in-ten businesses (88 percent) worldwide believe that automation will accelerate human achievement.There are few fields of organisational activity that are untouched by automation. That’s because it’s enabling businesses in every industry around the world to drive efficiencies by replacing manual tasks with automated ones. In the UK, the share of business processes currently being automated is being dominated by IT operations (67%), followed by administrative work and office management (60%) and customer service (58%). Key benefits observed from business process automation globally include:Focused employee attention on less repetitive, mundane tasks (91 percent)Increased capacity to handle volume (91 percent)New revenue sourcing (85 percent).84 percent of respondents globally report that the c-suite is the driving force behind automation initiatives for their business, with automation responsibility rolling up to the CEO (22 percent), CTO (29 percent) and CIO (17 percent). Over 70 percent of c-suite respondents also report that RPA and AI are a high or essential priority to meet their strategic objectives, predicting that it will make them more competitive as a business. Specifically, RPA is an extremely high priority to meet strategic objectives for 70% of UK businesses.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers “Business usage of automation is accelerating and widening to create opportunities for growth, and is encouraging greater creativity and innovation from employees as a result. We are pleased to see that business process automation has made considerable headway – but there is clearly room for organisations to improve their use of automation. We look forward to helping businesses drive their automation further, given the massive benefits they could experience as a result,” Bruno Ferreira, Area Vice President, UK & Ireland.There are still challenges that companies face when automating business processes. In Europe, data privacy and security concerns (32%) top the list of hurdles, whilst employee resistance is a close second (31%). This shows a crucial need for change management – and accordingly, 38% of UK firms consider providing education and upskilling as an important consideration for implementing business process automation.To enable companies to meet and advance their automation efforts, UiPath is delivering the leading RPA platform to create an automation first mindset – driving corporate boards and c-level executives to think and discuss “automation first”, as they have previously done with “mobile first” and “cloud first”.Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growthcenter_img UK Organisations Leaders in Adopting Business Automation MTS Staff WriterJune 25, 2019, 8:37 pmJune 25, 2019 last_img read more

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Sharpend Poaches Anthems Hollands to Boost Senior Team With First MD

first_imgConnected experience specialist SharpEnd has poached Anthem MD Rob Hollands to bolster the senior leadership team as its first managing director.Rob joins as part of an ambitious growth strategy, hot on the heels of ex-Dare CEO Michael Olaye, who was recently appointed as chairman.As SharpEnd MD, Hollands will report into founder and CEO Cameron Worth. He will take responsibility for the day-to-day running and management of the business, as well as leading the agency’s planned expansion to fuel its next phase of growth. Hollands will strengthen the agency’s strategic and creative thinking, industry partnerships and will form part of the senior leadership team.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVIn his role as UK MD of Anthem, Hollands led its transformation from a traditional brand design and packaging business into a successful connected content agency. Prior to that he co-founded – and sold – the award-winning digital agency UNTITLED.Worth says: “Rob has developed a name for himself in the space, particularly with regard to connected packaging, and is a proven leader focused on driving innovation, creativity and growth. I’m looking forward to Rob bringing his invaluable insight to SharpEnd and to our clients.”Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipHollands adds: “SharpEnd absolutely understands the world as a connected ecosystem and the enormous potential that this presents for brand building. I have followed SharpEnd as it has delivered groundbreaking activations and connected experiences for leading global brands;I look forward to supporting the agency’s growth as it helps clients across the board incorporate tech as a core part of their marketing strategy.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customers market newsMarketing TechnologyMD Rob HollandsMichael OlayeNewsSharpEnd Previous ArticleSalesforce Joins New Continuous Delivery Foundation As Premier MemberNext ArticleContentsquare Acquires Clicktale to Create the Definitive Global Leader in Experience Analytics Sharpend Poaches Anthem’s Hollands to Boost Senior Team With First MD MTS Staff WriterJuly 1, 2019, 6:40 pmJuly 2, 2019 last_img read more

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12 of 18 Congress MLAs in Telangana Dump Party After Election Rout

first_imgNew Delhi: In a huge setback for the Congress in Telangana, 12 of its MLAs Thursday met Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy and gave him a representation to merge the Congress Legislature Party with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).The Congress’s strength in the 119-member House came down to 18 after the party’s Telangana state unit chief Uttam Kumar Reddy tendered his resignation from the Assembly Wednesday after being elected to the Lok Sabha from Nalgonda. In a dramatic turn of events, Tandoor Congress MLA Rohith Reddy met TRS Working President and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son KT Rama Rao and pledged his loyalty to the ruling outfit.In March, 11 Congress MLAs had announced that they would join the TRS.Senior Congress legislator Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy said the 12 MLAs decided to work with the chief minister for the development of the state. He confirmed that they gave a representation to the Speaker requesting him to merge them with the TRS.”We held a special meeting of the Congress Legislature Party. The 12 members supported the leadership of Chief Minister KCR and wanted to work with him. We gave a representation to the Speaker and requested him to merge us with the TRS,” Reddy said.As 12 MLAs account for two-third of the Congress Legislature Party, which has an effective strength of 18, they will not attract provisions of the anti-defection law, officials said. If the Speaker accepts their request, the Congress may lose the Opposition party status as its strength will come down to just six.The AIMIM led by Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi has seven members in the Assembly, while the BJP has just one. The TRS won 88 seats in the Assembly polls held in December last year. AIMIMAsaduddin OwaisiBJPcongress First Published: June 6, 2019, 3:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Apple launches How to Shoot on iPhone 7 photography howto series

first_imgThe company has released a total of five videos at the moment, all of which are available on the Apple YouTube page (link below). In addition to those videos, Apple has also released a “How to shoot on iPhone” website that includes 16 guides. Topics among those guides include things like “How to shoot a backlit subject,” “How to edit a selfie,” “How to shoot a sunset silhouette,” “How to shoot during golden hour,” and “How to shoot a one-handed selfie.” Apple has long positioned the iPhone’s camera as a top consumer photography product, one capable of producing pro-level photos and videos including a certain Burberry fashion shoot. Mobile photography is more popular than ever and here to help improve the general quality of it is Apple, which has released a series of instructional guides and videos detailing how to shoot with the iPhone 7’s camera in particular. SOURCE: YouTube READ: iPhone 7 ReviewEach video is short, sweet, and on point — only a minute or so long but covering the exact steps necessary to take a particular type of photograph…assuming you’re using an iPhone 7, of course. The how-to guides touch on topics like portrait photography including the iPhone 7 Plus’s nifty depth-of-field feature. Other things like exposure control, different photo modes, and more make an appearance.center_img If you’re educated on the topic of photography, none of the videos are likely to help you much with the exception of those new to iPhone. The guides are a welcomed way to get fast and precise information about using the iPhone 7’s camera app in particular, though, as well as providing tips on best leveraging the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual rear cameras. Story TimelineGalaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T speeds testedThese magazine covers were shot with the iPhone 7 PlusGoogle’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7last_img read more

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Forgetful Now Alexa can juggle your crazy reminder list

first_imgAlthough Alexa could set timers before, when the alarm actually went off it was up to you to remember why you’d programmed it. Named timers, in contrast, allow users to set both a countdown and a reason for it. For instance, you could say “Alexa, set a three minute timer for my tea” and, after three minutes, the virtual assistant will not only flash its blue ring as an alert but read out the reason you set too.Meanwhile, with the addition of naming to timers, it’s also possible to check on their progress even if multiple are set at once. For example, you could ask “Alexa, how much time is left on my tea timer” and have that specific countdown detailed. Or, you could cancel specific timers individually by name.As for reminders, that’s set by time and date rather than a specific countdown. For more immediate reminders, you can just say “Alexa, remind me to mail the electricity bill at 3pm” and, come 3pm that day, the blue ring will light up and the assistant will read out the reason you set. There’s also support for more distant reminders, though. You could instruct “Alexa, remind me to call the dentist on Thursday,” or “Alexa, remind me to take the car in for service at 10am on July 15th.”NOW READ: Vaux cuts the Echo Dot’s cordAlthough a fairly small tweak to Alexa’s abilities, it seems likely that reminders and timers will be some of the most used functions. After all, the capability to set a quick reminder, before you forget, and without having to reach for your phone – or, indeed, do anything with your hands – could be a huge benefit in a busy home. Indeed, it joins the recent addition of iCloud Calendar compatibility in helping make Alexa a schedule-managing PA.Reminders and named timers are headed to Echo units in the US today. It’ll be added to Alexa in the UK and Germany in the coming weeks, Amazon says. Story TimelineThis Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friendAmazon’s Echo Look gives Alexa fashion-judging eyesAmazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video callsAmazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice Amazon’s Alexa can now remind users of specific tasks, with the ability to set not only an alarm but assign a reason for it too. The latest in Alexa‘s growing skillset on the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, it opens the door to far more useful reminders than simple alarms. Both reminders and timers are supported by the update. last_img read more

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Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart

first_imgAmazon announced this new Echo Show functionality today in a developer blog post. In that post, it named the first cameras that will be compatible with the Echo Show. Next, August, Amcrest, EZViz, IC Realtime, Vivint, Ring, and Arlo will be joining Logitech’s Circle 2 with this launch, giving you a rather wide variety of cameras to choose from.That selection is only going to get larger from here, as Amazon is also rolling smart home camera control into its Smart Home Skill API. This means that any developer will be able to integrate camera control into their Alexa skill without a lot of work – the Smart Home Skill API uses Amazon’s standardized Alexa language model, which should significantly cut down the time it takes to create a camera skill.Beyond the cool factor of having your Echo Show communicate with your smart home cameras, this integration also offers a pretty big advantage. Instead of having to pull out your smartphone to check your camera’s app for a live feed, you can simply tell Alexa to show you the feed from a specific camera and watch hands-free.For a lot these cameras, Alexa functionality is rolling out today. Others should be coming online shortly thanks to the beefed up Smart Home Skill API. This further cements Alexa as a hub for smart home activities, so expect to see a lot of camera manufacturers take advantage of Amazon’s new release.SOURCE: Amazon Earlier today, Logitech announced that you will soon be able to view a live feed of footage from its incoming Circle 2 camera on Amazon’s new Echo Show. It turns out that the Circle 2 is just the tip of the iceberg here. Amazon plans to incorporate Echo View functionality with a lot of smart home cameras from a bunch of different companies – in fact, you might already some of these cameras up and running in your house already. Story TimelineWith “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with AlexaAmazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 lessForgetful? Now Alexa can juggle your crazy reminder listAlexa’s Video Skills could make everything in your living room chattylast_img read more

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Update your iPhone and Mac right now ASAP

first_imgApple released two security updates this week, one for iPhones and iPads, the other for macOS computers like the MacBook. This set of updates is absolutely imperative for all users as it fixes a security hole that can potentially take over your device through a Wi-fi connection. Updating a MacOS device or an iOS device can be done right now right now – both can be gotten straight from Apple with the instructions provided below – and it’s EASY. Story TimelineUgly iPhone 8 leak: If this is real, you won’t be happyHello Kitty’s Pac-Man invasion begins today on iPhone and AndroidiPhone 8 launch on time but there’s still bad news warns analystMira Prism – a Daydream for augmented reality and iPhonesiPhone 2018: Samsung chip win leak comes under attack Multiple Flaws FixedThese security holes come courtesy of the serendipitously titled “Broadpwn” flaw. This flaw allows the hacker to execute code within your device after finding their way in through the front door – your Wi-fi chip, in this case. This flaw was discovered by Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence. This is only one of a wide array of security holes patched for MacOS and iOS with this update. Also fixed with this update is a method with which the attacker could spoof the user’s address bar. This would trick the user into thinking they’re logging in to a website they trust when in reality they’re logging in to the attacker’s site, thereby giving them all manner of private information – that was discovered by xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab.A fun one – if you find it fun having a completely unusable iPhone – is a Safari flaw (also fixed with this update). This flaw included a malicious or compromised website which could “show infinite print dialogs and make users believe their browser was locked.” The fix in this case was to throttle print dialogs – simple enough – discovered by Travis Kelley of City of Mishawaka, Indiana.How to UPDATEFor those with a MacOS device, the process begins in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Click the Apple logo, move your arrow down to “About This Mac” and click again. Inside the About This Mac screen, you’ll find the name of your latest update, it’ll be something like macOS Sierra, Version 10.12.3 (or something along those lines).In this screen there’s a button called “Software Update…” – click it. This will open the Mac App Store Updates screen. The first update available should be called “Software Update” and it should bring you up to speed. You might have to repeat this process a couple times depending on the age of your last update.For iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch device users, there’s a process which I’ve outlined in full – with pictures – above and below. The first step is Settings, then General, then Software Update. Inside Software Update there’s going to be a little mention about what’s coming your way.Agree to the update and make it download. Once this update is downloaded, it’ll begin to update your device, and all will be well once again. May god have mercy on your soul and the soul of your iPhone.last_img read more

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