David Jones has confirmed it will be opening a series of new food halls focused on providing premium food offerings to Australians.With the stores set to offer dine-in experiences, along with premium grocery items for sale, David Jones will commit AUD $100 million to the project over the next three years.David Jones previously attempted to venture into premium grocery retailing, establishing the Foodchain in 2000, before closing it by 2003 after the concept failed to take off.John Dixon, Chief Executive Officer of David Jones, however said customers today are increasingly telling David Jones that they view retail as a leisure activity and a “place to meet”.“Food drives footfall, it drives a greater frequency of shop and increases dwell time,” Dixon said.“Strategically food is going to play a very important role in terms of how we can differentiate ourselves from other retailers, it’s also something the online pure-plays can’t do.
Samsung is reportedly gearing to revive the Galaxy Note 7, its disastrous 2016 smartphone that was recalled after battery problems caused units to catch fire, with the limited release of a new model.The company hinted a few months ago that it planned to make such a move, but now we have more details.The Wall Street Journal reports that the Note 7 FE (that stands for ‘Fandom Edition’) will go on sale in Samsung’s native Korea as soon as July 7.Samsung will reportedly sell the phone, which will include a different battery and component set, for under 700,000 South Korean won ($616).It doesn’t look like a full launch, however, more like a move to shore up its brand in Korea.That’s because the Journal claims Samsung is preparing to release just 400,000 units, and there’s no immediate plan to make any available overseas.
Berlin-based GoEuro, the well-funded European travel planner platform, is looking to the Far East for business growth, announcing today that it’s inked a distribution partnership with Chinese travel booking platform, Qunar.Its hope: to capture some of the spending power of Chinese tourists wanting to take less well traveled routes around Europe.The startup confirmed to TechCrunch this is the first partnership it’s signed with another travel platform to provide its core data, and its first move into Asia.Qunar’s users will be able to search and book rail tickets to thousands of European destinations, via the GoEuro integration, including small towns and villages as well as major cities and tourism hubs.In a statement, Naren Shaam, CEO and founder of GoEuro, said: “With over 10 million visitors to Europe from China annually, our new partnership with Qunar, will provide us with the opportunity to highlight new European destinations to this rapidly growing market.We are absolutely delighted to partner with Qunar and continue to grow our efforts internationally.”
Almost every year my buddy Jack Deneut has helped set up PragueCrunch, our kind-of-semi-annual celebration of Czech startups.And it’s happening again this year!The event is on July 13, 2017 at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden.We’ll have Kozel and Gambrinus beer all night and traditional Czech pub food for purchase at the venue.Startups will have 90 seconds to pitch without about 90 seconds of questions from judges.To pitch please submit your startup here.
Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question.Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic radars.The company took Uber to court over its employment of former Google self-driving car executive Antony Levandowski, who it alleged harbored company secrets that were used to start Otto, the self-driving truck startup that Uber acquired last year.Levandowski, who has since been fired by Uber, founded Otto alongside a number of former Googlers in 2016.Like Waymo, Otto’s focus is not to replace truck drivers altogether, but rather to automate much of their driving in the name of increased safety and efficiency.So that might mean that a truck drives itself on long stretches of highway, allowing the human driver to get to the final destination faster, focus on other things during the journey, and maybe even take a rest.
By Maria Geokezas, VP of Client Services at Heinz MarketingOne of the most popular blog posts we do is the “How I Work” series that posts every Thursday.Over the last 3 years, we’ve interviewed a very respectable collection of B2B sales, marketing or business leaders.From industry leaders like Carlos Hidalgo, Craig Rosenberg and Meagen Eisenberg to the ‘unsung heroes’ that drive their organizations forward and motivate their teams’ success.Regardless of who is featured, I’ve learned something from each and every participant.To make the “How I Work” collection easier to digest and learn from, we’ve compiled these posts into a series of new eBooks.
by Justin Choi, Founder and CEO, NativoThis is the third in a series of columns in which Justin Choi shines light on the digital advertising ecosystem from different angles.Previously he focussed on “reach at all cost” mentality of advertisers and “fill at all cost” mentality of publishers.At the surface, the ad-supported media business is simple: publishers invest in content to attract consumers, advertisers pay publishers to reach those consumers, and in a perfect world those consumers buy the advertisers’ products.The fundamentals of this value chain have sustained the publishing and advertising business for nearly 200 years since The New York Sun pioneered the model in the 1830s.The culprits lurk within the labyrinthine lumascape of tech point solutions that have wedged themselves between advertisers and publishers.
Everything in digital media is going visual, including search.Platforms and brands have experimented with the technology for years to improve in-store experiences, increase engagement and retarget audiences.Consumers process images 60,000 times faster than text.74 percent of consumers say text-based keyword searches are inefficient in helping them find the right product online, according to visual search company Slyce’s 2015 report.The image recognition market will grow to $25.65 billion by 2019, a growth of 216 percent from $9.65 billion in 2014, according to global market research firm Markets and Markets.Point the Pinterest mobile app at everyday objects — a dress, a desk or a piece of fruit (Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp first demonstrated the tool with a pomegranate) — and it will return related images, even outside Pinterest.
Six months ago, some of the world’s biggest football clubs –Arsenal, Chelsea and FC Barcelona — joined together to form the Dugout, betting they could collectively form their own media entity.So far the signs are good, according to Dugout, which hit 10 million monthly unique users in May, with six in 10 of those coming from the U.K., Europe and the U.S. Over a third (35 percent) of Dugout’s monthly visits are from returning users.It’s a fast start that has piqued the interest of football chiefs keen to tap into the deluge of brand budgets going into digital media.That interest from football clubs pushed Dugout from hosting content created by 20 founding clubs when it started to 54 in less than a half a year.By the end of 2017, that figure is expected to top around 150 teams, according to co-founder and president Elliot Richardson, who is in discussions with another 40 clubs and wants to sign between 20 and 30 national federations to get close to that target.Similar deals with publishers, like the one it has with Sky, are also planned, as are those with individual players, with both groups encouraged to direct followers to their own profiles on the site.
Many publishers have wrung their hands over being at the mercy of Facebook’s algorithm changes.As a public company, Salon Media Group has to report its financial results.In its most recent full-year fiscal results, published on June 23, it disclosed its revenue fell 34 percent to $4.6 million year over year and traffic dropped 23 percent, declines it pinned on the twin forces facing media: Facebook and programmatic advertising.How it dealt with the blow from Facebook sheds light on the risks publishers face as they grow increasingly dependent on algorithms outside their control.Jordan Hoffner had been CEO of Salon for just a month when Facebook announced it would alter its algorithm to favor posts from users’ friends and family over publishers’ posts in June 2016.Before then, Facebook was doing well for Salon, said Annemarie Dooling, a former community manager at Salon.
As Instagram continues to co-opt and improve its premiere features, many of the brands who were experimenting on the platform — including Everlane and Cole Haan — have either scaled back their usage or stopped it altogether.While Instagram has Eva Chen dedicated to ensuring fashion’s top brands and influencers are consistently using the platform and its latest features, the Snapchat team has no comparable position.Instead, that’s left to Rachel Racusen, Snapchat’s head of communications, who handles such relationships across categories.“With Instagram replicating most of Snapchat’s capabilities, there’s no reason for fashion and beauty brands to maintain an actual account on the platform anymore,” said Kitty Tsang, a digital strategist at the agency Ready Set Rocket.“A brand’s owned audience on Snapchat is likely to be much smaller than it is on Instagram.”Indeed, the number of people using Stories alone — 200 million per day — has already surpassed those on Snapchat, which attracts 161 million per day.
To bring clarity to this phenomenon, Digiday spoke to six publisher sources who said they buy traffic on Facebook.They do this, they say, to fill insertion orders they failed to reach on their own, promote new products and to make money through the murky world of arbitrage.The rates that publishers pay to acquire traffic from Facebook widely vary.Another publisher said it pays between 2 cents and 5 cents per click, which means that its CPMs must be at least $20 to make its money back.Yet other publishers that pay for traffic on Facebook solely for the purpose of filling oversold inventory said they usually pay more than 5 cents per click.Facebook penalizes content that isn’t engaging by charging the publisher of that content more for its ads.
The idea of tracking kids or older loved ones with a wearable band isn't new, but the devices out there don't have great battery life.Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 1200 chips aim to fix some of these problems by riding a middle ground between high-end smartwatch and regular fitness band.The new chip, announced at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, uses a different slice of your standard cellular network called LTE IoT, a technology that promises to be more power-efficient.This technology isn't available everywhere yet.But when it is, these chips could connect trackers to the cellular network and last a lot longer.Qualcomm's previous generation of connected chips aimed at kid watches and elderly trackers, the Snapdragon Wear 1100, debuted in 2016 but required more frequent charging.
Your fingerprint scanners are going down next summer.As in they're going below the glass and behind the back of your phone, according to Qualcomm.At Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Tuesday, the chipmaker announced new fingerprint sensors that can work underneath your phone's display, through metal and glass, and underwater.Qualcomm expects the first commercial devices using fingerprint sensors underneath glass and metal to start selling in early 2018, while sensors that go under the display should show up by the summer of 2018.Qualcomm said it'll be providing samples for phone makers to work with starting this October.Moving the fingerprint scanner below phone displays is the next step for phone makers as they inch toward creating completely bezel-less devices.
Having shrunk the gap between premium and midrange phones, Qualcomm now wants lower-end midrange phones to get even snappier.Meet the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core chips -- built on a 14nm process, these new chips offer a load of performance improvements over its previous 435 processor, including longer battery life and snappier day-to-day and gaming performance.Qualcomm says it's the first time its 400-range of processors support Real-time Bokeh, which is the ability to blur the background of a photo in real time, allowing you to see just how your photo will turn out before you hit the shutter button.Other specs include LTE CAT 6 support, four hours more battery time compared with the Snapdragon 435, Quick Charge 3.0, USB 3.0 and support for displays with FHD+ resolution (that's 2,160 x 1,440 pixels).Expect to see the new chips on $200 and below phones, especially from Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Vivo, and Huawei.The release of a new processor comes about even as the chipmaker legal battles with Apple has escalated over licensing issues.
Coca-Cola China is on a mission to become the most loved soft drink among China’s 355 million teenagers, as it launches the latest iteration of the Share a Coke campaign.Now in its sixth year, the Share a Coke campaign has been a hugely successful part of Coca-Cola China’s marketing strategy, helping the brand to engage with its target audience of young people.The campaign has evolved over the years from bottle labels featuring people’s names to song lyrics, movie quotes and an Olympics’ themed campaigns which shared messages of support.Along the way, it has tapped into the things that China’s young people love and care about and has helped the brand snare the number two position in the sparkling soft drink category, behind Sprite.This year’s campaign, which rolled out this month, features the “Code bottle”, with packaging that aims to appeal to Chinese youth by adopting the codes and symbols they use to communicate.Coca-Cola China marketing director Shelly Lin told The Drum, “Nowadays in China, teens are using modern communication that is more than language and they have created a lot of new ways to express themselves.
The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’ is muxed based on editorial curation and algorithmic interpretation of your musical tastes.An updated Chill playlist will be delivered every Sunday to users who join the test group, which will roll out through the summer.Its focus, unsurprisingly, is chill-ass music.Theoretically, this should show you with music you may not be familiar with that fits the category, while simultaneously being music that you like and actually care about.While the 27 million Apple music users listen to a lot of different kinds of music, one of the prime themes is apparently that they all like to relax — and they use music to do it.This is where it gets tricky, because one person could consider Motorhead’s “Burner” the ultimate in smooth jamz, while another person might think that John Tesh’s Roundball Rock is the pinnacle of repose.
So, you are having challenges distributing your content and getting the traffic your article deserves, eh?If you depend on the spray-and-pray method to promote your content, you’ll have a tough time seeing significant results from your work.I’m on a journey to grow an e-commerce blog from 0 to 50,000 visitors a month, which I estimate is worth $118,000 in revenue year one.After setting up a plan to write content that ranks in Google, I need to start promoting that content.Otherwise, that content is as effective as a dog winning a marathon on a turtle.Of course there's a gif for that… (source)
A new kind of app is surprising and delighting Apple fans and technology pundits — and you can't even download them yet.Apple launched a new set of tools called ARKit earlier this month.The software, which has been in the works for years, allows developers to place virtual objects in the world when you look at it through your iPhone's camera.Apple hasn't revealed what apps it's cooking up internally with ARKit, but its armies of developers have already started to play around with the tools and figure out what they're capable of.And it seems like the emerging technology has found its first viral hit: Simple tape-measuring.It started with this quick demo by Patrick Balestra of an app called ARuler showing how to measure the length of a golf club.
Written and Hosted by: John MannesTito Hamze is gone — I haven’t been asking him about using the clips from his Vlog…hope he doesn’t mind…