p Britain’s biggest chain of convenience stores, McColl’s, is to expand its footprint further by lining up a possible takeover of Tesco’s One Stop outlets.Tesco is widely expected to be forced to offload the chain owing to competition concerns arising from its £3.7bn merger with wholesale retailer Booker, with the UK’s competition regulator thought unlikely to give its consent otherwise.Tesco could also be forced to divest itself of hundreds of Express outlets to ease the path of its merger, music to the ears of McColls boss Jonathan Miller who has ambitious expansion ambitions for his convenience store empire.Having just wrapped up the purchase of 300 Co-op stores Miller is targeting organic growth of 50 shops per year to add to its existing tally of 1,300 outlets – but any land grab of Tesco’s estate could turbo charge even these ambitious plans.Commenting on his intentions Miller remarked: “Whether it’s One Stop or a number of stores we would be interested in having a look.One Stop is very similar to our own model, so we would be the most logical business to acquire it.”
p Many retailers have chosen to highlight as a competitive advantage their dedication to community and humanitarian efforts.Consumers, such as millennials, increasingly value companies that emphasize improving the wider society, as noted in Deloitte’s recent Millennial Survey 2017.In this article, I’ll address three businesses that use social media to publicize their efforts toward improving humanity.Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade retailer in Akron, Pennsylvania with more than 50 retail locations throughout the U.S. What makes Ten Thousand Villages unique is its dedication to nurturing lasting relationships with its makers-suppliers across the globe, especially in third-world countries.Since its founding in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has helped over 20,000 makers in over 30 countries earn over $140 million.Throughout the years, the organization has shared in-depth stories of its makers on its Mosaic blog, as well as through social networks, such as Instagram.
p Adam Gross, the head of product at Heroku, has a long history in companies that now are some of the biggest players in technology, but he facilitated their growth back when they were still upstarts.Companies like Salesforce and Dropbox.His interests and expertise lie in app development and cloud infrastructure along with CRM and customer facing systems, two areas he finds "oddly related."Gross spoke at Google Ventures' Startup Lab workshop last year about the rules he's found that govern his approach to telling the story of the companies he works for and advises... /p
p Alex Williamson, the petrol head behind both the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed, has been named as the surprise pick to lead a revamp of House of Fraser department stores.Williamson will be installed as chief executive of the venerable retail brand at the end of July, placing him in the driving seat of a planned revival of the business.More accustomed to race cars than pedestrian traffic, Williamson will fill a role which has lain vacant since the departure of Nigel Oddy last year.Now owned by Chinese billionaire Yuan Yafei, House of Fraser will seek to turn itself around by culling the number of brands it carries, relaunching its website and doing more to target older female shoppers in a bid to arrest the decline in footfall.House of Fraser executive chairman Frank Slevin has made it his mission to transform the investment starved retailer into a ‘lifestyle-led experience’ by offering customers access to a range of cafes, restaurants and beauty treatments alongside in-store events.Justifying his decision to plump for Williamson Slevin said: “If you look at the Goodwood Revival, that is just the pinnacle of experience in every possible way.
p A senior government space scientist said China was considering mounting a mission to “capture” an asteroid and try to fire it into the moon’s orbit within a decade, state media reported.Ye Peijian, chief commander and designer of China’s lunar exploration programme, said at a meeting of space authorities in Beijing this week that the nation’s first batch of asteroid exploration spacecraft would probably be launched in about 2020, according to state media reports.Asteroids roam throughout our solar system, ranging in size from a metre to hundreds of kilometres across.Some cross close to Earth’s orbit, sometimes dangerously so.The later mission will explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, which is 210km wide and probably a remnant from the core of an ancient planet no longer in existence.The Chinese programme, however, is much more ambitious.
p AAC Technologies Holdings denied allegations of “dubious accounting practices” made by a leading short-seller that sent shares in the Apple supplier into free-fall.Gotham City Research, which is well recognised among hedge fund managers, said the acoustic parts maker used more than 20 undisclosed related parties to overstate its profits and to evade Apple’s labour standards.Gotham City is among the top five short-sellers worldwide in terms of campaign returns, well ahead of Muddy Waters, according to a recent rankings chart.In response to the accusations AAC shares plunged 10.5 per cent on Thursday to HK$99.4.It was the biggest fall since May 2010, and followed a record high of HK$114.2 at the end of April.AAC was the fourth-worst performer as the benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 0.4 per cent to reach 25,125.55, the highest closing level since July 2015.
p If you're a parent, you're probably familiar with the difficulty of throwing out your kid's artwork.Sure, every piece of macaroni art or a peculiar portrait has a strong sentimental value, but rationally speaking - you don't have infinite room inside your home to keep them all.Luckily, Keepy.me has a solution!This startup has developed an awesome app that enables you to digitally store all your kid's mementos and artifices, along with awesome features.It is designed to bring the family together while allowing every member who's a part of the private network to leave impressions in different formats - text, video, or audio.Read on to find out more!
p When it comes to building out your brand’s social media marketing strategy, one of your primary objectives is crafting a multi-channel amplification plan for sharing content that raises awareness, fosters engagement, and ultimately helps drive new leads.For many, this means mapping tactics and time to specific brand-owned social channels.Or to attach a marketing buzzword to this—employee advocacy.In fact, brand messages are re-shared 24 times more frequently when distributed by employees versus the brand, according to an MLS Group infographic.Now that we have that out of the way, you’re probably wondering how you get your employees on board or how to start an employee advocacy program.And let’s face it, your employees are probably engaging on their respective platforms while at work every day—and they may already be sharing content about your brand.
p Apple’s stratospheric growth rate looks set to continue unabated for some time yet – – despite an apparent stall in sales of its flagship iPhone – after its valuation topped $800bn for the first time.Even that figure could be dwarfed by the shower of riches up for grabs in the future, with US broker Drexel Hamilton of the belief that the firm could hit the $1tn milestone.Far from having peaked, a growing number of investors are of the belief that the technology firm is actually undervalued, with plenty of growth left in the tank.Hamilton has set a target price for each of Apple’s 5.2bn shares at $202 to take it over the magic number, significantly higher than the $153 they achieved by the close of play on Monday (8 May).This puts him somewhat at odds with prevailing orthodoxy that the public’s love affair with the iPhone may start to wane but with a market share stuck at 15%, Hamilton believes there is plenty of room for further growth even in a saturated market.
p Infertility treatment platform Haoyunbang receives undisclosed Series B in millions of USD /p p Haoyunbang /p p Founded in: 2014 /p p Financing status: Tens of millions in RMB (a few million in USD) for Series B financing in 2017 /p p Haoyunbang is an online to offline (O2O) infertility treatment platform that is committed to integrate reproductive resources all over the world to provide professional and reliable solutions for women who have trouble conceiving./p p Founded in 2014 in Beijing, it has so far accumulated 3 million users with more than 10,000 reproductive specialists from 30 partner hospitals.It mainly provides four different solutions for its users.Some users can have successful pregnancies through learning the content and information about pregnancy on its platform./p p There are also some users who have trouble conceiving and cannot be easily solved with the help of content and information on its platform, so they may need additional medical help to achieve pregnancy.Thus, the company introduces specialists to them based on their problems.
p Longtime vets tapped to help get cable net back on trackThere’s nothing a news outlet hates more than being the news.For Fox News Channel, it’s been nine months of lurid headlines involving sexual harassment, racial discrimination, abrupt dismissals and stacks of lawsuits.Harris Poll’s annual EquiTrend study, out last week, found Fox News fell 5 points among conservative-leaning viewers—“a statistically significant drop in their brand equity,” said Harris Poll’s vp of brand solutions Joan Sinopoli.exit last month of Fox News’ top-rated host Bill O’Reilly (Fox and O’Reilly paid $13 million over the years to settle sexual harassment claims against the host, per The New York Times), the latest shoe to drop was the departure of Bill Shine, who’d been promoted to co-president last July in the wake of the ouster of FNC CEO and co-founder Roger Ailes.Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch isn’t filling Shine’s role just yet, but as he searches for a new CEO, he has promoted two longtime staffers: Jay Wallace was named president of news and Suzanne Scott is now president of programming.
Footage from London's Royal Docks shows the world's most casual hero saving a cat from drowning in the River Thames.The black and white moggy is none other than Royal Docks office cat Felix, who "ended up in the drink while bravely engaging in a hostile territorial battle (ie running away) from another cat," reports the Royal Docks Management Authority.Said hero, currently unidentified, jogs over immediately, before laying down over the water and pulling the puss to safety.He then walks away with the classic British air of "I did what anyone would have done, no big deal" while Felix saunters off with the "I totally meant to do that" manner of all embarrassed cats.Royal Dock's cat Felix has had a difficult start to his bank holiday Sunday.Someone buy that man a cup of tea please... pic.twitter.com/R9bL8tuNoe
Explosion no.1Vivo has risen from being a company making devices exclusively for China to a company that can compete with international brands.This is mainly due to the impressive build quality and marketable features on their devices, though one of these may be less than accurate.In India, two of Vivo’s V5 devices have reportedly exploded while being charged.The first device exploded in a local mobile phone store while it was left to charge.The device’s rear panel largely melted off, leaving the phone looking like a charred, burnt mess.Explosion no.1The second incident happened a mere week later in Karnal, a city in the Indian state of Haryana.These two incidents happening consecutively have had people questioning whether they’re isolated incidents or not, something Vivo will probably want to clear up soon.Join GizChina on TelegramExplosion no.2Regardless, the damage has already been done to Vivo.
American Family Insurance, with creatives from BBDO New York, brought Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson to Atlanta for their latest spot.As a part of their “Insure Carefully, Dream Fearlessly” campaign, American Family has Hudson surprise street musician, Alex Guthrie, with a duet to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.”As he sets up Woodruff Park in Atlanta, Guthrie begins to sing.Then Hudson approaches him and jumps right in, reiterating American Family Insurance’s message that any dream is possible with the right support.“I’ve been living the dream that I had when I was seven years old, so to be able to help others realize theirs is inspiring,” said Jennifer Hudson in a statement.“Music has the power of connecting people and bringing the world together, and that’s what we achieved in these moments.”
IFA executive director Jens Heithecker expects Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 in Berlin this year."My personal perspective is that IFA would be the better place (to unveil the new Note smartphone)," he said at an IFA press conference in Lisbon on Saturday (22 April), reports the Korea Times."The big advantage is that we have a lot of media and journalists from all around the world in Berlin.It is not possible to bring them all together in other cities wherever it is, in August.Starting with the first generation Galaxy Note to Note 2, 3 and 4, Samsung chose the IFA trade show to showcase the devices.After that, it made New York the venue to unveil the Note devices targeting the North American market.
Silicon Valley Comic Con, now in its second year, took over the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. this weekend bringing with it thousands of attendees, dozens of costumed heroes and, well, a few robots, too.The event was formed by resident technophile – as well as famous Apple co-founder – Steve Wozniak and comic book maven Stan Lee back in 2016 as a Northern California extension of the massive celebration that takes place down in San Diego each year.While Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC, for short) shares its roots with its southern cousin, this show is slightly different in the sense that it’s smaller in scale and attendance and, instead of focusing solely on pop-culture, extends an invitation to local tech companies to partake in the three-day event.To that end Sony and Facebook both acted as sponsors to the event offering demos and giveaway gifts to attendees, while the convention floor itself played host to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).If game consoles, comic books, cosplayers and former astronauts are your scene, this is the place to be.But if you missed this year’s event, don’t worry – we scoured the show floor to find some of the most interesting sights of the show and compiled them in gallery form for your viewing pleasure.
Then your team was slammed with work when you came back after the new year - and suddenly it’s been four months since your company published a blog post or an infographic, much less released an eBook.If you take a practical, incremental approach to understanding what went wrong and fixing it, the entire process becomes more manageable and less intimidating.If you’re a fan of procedural dramas, get excited, because this is your chance to conduct your very own autopsy - on your content creation process.Behind the collapse of every content creation effort is a host of possible causes, and it’s your job to figure out exactly which ones apply to your case.Or maybe your leader lost his or her enthusiasm for the program, or had so many other things to do that signing off on new content fell to the bottom of the list.It’s hard to stay on track with content creation if you don’t have a content marketing plan that supports your broader business goals.
Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo personal speakers and AI bots are able to provide updates about your day, details on your commute and information that's specific to you.The problem comes when someone else who lives in the same space as the devices wants information personalised to them.With its latest update, Google is trying to address this challenge.Now it is possible to train the device to recognise and identify six different voices.This means it is possible to connect different Google accounts on the same Home and get a more personalised service.The company is using its artificial intelligence neural networks – that work in search and Google Translate – to identify different people.
Three co-founders of ride-hailing service Yidao Yongche (易到 in Chinese), announced their resignations today in a joint statement, following a recent spat between Yidao CEO Zhou Hang and the company’s controlling shareholder LeEco, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.In the joint statement, the three co-founders Zhou Hang, Yang Yun and Tang Peng said that they started to fade out from the management since LeEco appointed Peng Gang as Yidao’s president last June.They stayed with the company (job titles retained and a token amount of compensation paid but had no real power) to help facilitate financing and ensure a smooth handover of the company at the request of LeEco but found only unwanted interference and their reputations being maliciously attacked.LeEco bought a 70% stake in the ride-hailing service in October 2015 and became its controlling shareholder.Public information shows that Zhou, Yang, and Tang remain Yidao’s second, third and fourth-largest shareholder, each holding a 25.33%, 2.29% and 1.91% stake in Beijing Dongfang Cheyun Information Technology (北京东方车云信息技术有限公司 in Chinese), the operator behind Yidao.The verbal grenades may subside with the departures of these co-founders, but serious financial challenges have yet to be resolved for Yidao and LeEco.It all goes back to LeEco’s cash squeeze.Shallow-pocketed LeEco began to slash its spending on the ride-hailing service last year, as years of breakneck expansion into myriads of businesses, coupled with declining performances, has put a strain on the purse of LeEco.And LeEco’s cash spinner Leshi Internet Information (乐视网 in Chinese) even saw its 2016 net profit fall 3.19% year on year to RMB 555 million, the first decline since it went public eight years ago (in Chinese).This cash crunch has inevitably threw Yidao into turmoil, as the ride-hailing firm has been relying heavily on LeEco’s financial support to subsidize rides.In this ride-hailing market gradually cornered by Didi Chuxing, Yidao and other small players have had to continue their subsidy campaigns to woo consumers and drivers in hopes of a turnaround in this brutal contest.Yidao’s cash conditions have scarcely improved even after LeEco managed to secure an RMB 15 billion funding program from real estate titan Sunac in January, as the investments are meant to boost LeEco’s core business lines such as the company’s TV making and film production units, while those non-core and cash-burning ones are not in the picture.Word is out (which has not yet been officially confirmed) that Zhou found another potential investor Shunwei Capital and submitted an investment plan to LeEco in February.Yet the plan was scrapped as LeEco failed to reach consensus with Zhou on the sum of the consideration.And an even deeper reason may be LeEco’s fear of losing control of the company since Shunwei Capital is a VC firm set up by Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi, a longtime rival of LeEco.Zhou joined Shunwei two weeks ago.There are signs that LeEco is orchestrating a new round of financing for the besieged car-hailing service.
I'm fairly new to Facebook ads and have been testing and learning for a month.During this month I've spent $600 and made $800 in sales, however it takes a huge amount of my time to learn this.I want to invest my time into creating more value for customers.Tim Ferriss talks about outsourcing difficult tasks and I've recently learned that Russell Brunson doesn't ever even run fb/google campaigns, his "team" does it.So I'm wondering if any of you do this?How much should I pay?