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Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 giugno 2020

Bruxelles Monday 29 June 2020, 13.00 – 15.00 and 16.00 – 17.00 Antall building, room 4Q1. The meeting will be with remote participation (Members will be able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene)
– Artificial intelligence in education, culture and the audiovisual sector (lead committee: Culture and Education) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Kim Van Sparrentak (Greens/EFA, NL) – vote on a draft opinion (remote voting procedure on amendments will be open from 13.10 to 14.10 and final vote from 16.10 to 17.00, Brussels time)
– Addressing product safety in the Single Market – rapporteur: Marion Walsmann (EPP, DE) – discussion on amendments
– Artificial intelligence: questions of interpretation and application of international law in so far as the EU is affected in the areas of civil and military uses and of state authority outside the scope of criminal justice (lead committee: Legal Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE) – discussion on amendments and compromise amendments
– Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies (lead committee: Legal Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA, DE) – discussion on amendments and compromise amendments
– Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence (lead committee: Legal Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Svenja Hahn (Renew, DE) – discussion on amendments and compromise amendments.

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Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 giugno 2020

Bruxelles Monday 8 June 2020, 13.45 – 15.45 and 16.45 – 18.45 The meeting will be with remote participation (Members will be able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene).Debates with Commissioners
– Exchange of views with Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders on the adapted Work Programme of the Commission following the COVID-19 outbreak (16.45 – 18.45)
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will discuss with Commissioner Reynders the adjusted Commission Work Programme for 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak, and the future Consumer Agenda. Contact tracing apps, as well as current issues faced by the tourism sector, are also likely to be raised by MEPs.The Commission announced that it will present a New Consumer Agenda in the last quarter of the year to align consumer protection with today’s realities, notably cross-border and online transactions. The planned initiatives also aim to empower consumers to play an active role in the ecological and digital transitions.
– Towards a more sustainable single market for business and consumers – rapporteur: David Cormand (Greens/EFA, FR) – discussion of the draft report (13.45 – 15.45)
– Strengthening the Single Market: the future of free movement of services – rapporteur: Morten Løkkegaard (Renew, DK) – discussion of the draft report (13.45 – 15.45)
– Digital Services Act: adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online (lead committee: Legal Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Dita Charanzová (Renew, CZ) – discussion of compromise amendments (13.45 – 15.45)
– Intellectual property rights for the development of artificial intelligence technologies (lead committee: Legal Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Adam Bielan (ECR, PL) – discussion of compromise amendments (13.45 – 15.45)
– Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed (lead committee: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Adam Bielan (ECR, PL) – discussion of compromise amendments (13.45 – 15.45)
– Artificial intelligence in education, culture and the audiovisual sector (lead committee: Culture and Education) – rapporteur of the Internal Market Committee opinion: Kim Van Sparrentak (Greens/EFA, NL) – discussion of compromise amendments (16.45 – 18.45)

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Consumer Electronics Show di Las Vegas

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 gennaio 2020

Las Vegas Reinventare l’esperienza del consumatore unendo l’agilità di una startup e l’esperienza di 180 di storia e di innovazione. Si alza il sipario sul LifeLab (https://www.pglifelab.com/), lo spazio di oltre 350 metri quadrati in cui P&G mostrerà le sue ultime innovazioni al Consumer Electronics Show di Las Vegas. Oltre 4.000 aziende presenti, quasi 200 mila visitatori da 160 paesi: un palco scenico di livello mondiale, quello del CES di Las Vegas, a cui P&G partecipa per il secondo anno consecutivo, ribadendo la volontà di continuare a innovare in maniera dirompente per il bene dei consumatori.Entrando con i suoi prodotti, nella vita e nelle case di oltre 5 miliardi di persone al mondo, P&G sa bene quanto l’innovazione possa fare la differenza. Per questo sceglie il CES 2020, punto di riferimento globale per gli innovatori, per presentare alcune delle sue ultime novità.Una su tutti: il nuovissimo Heated Razor di Gillette, già premiato al CES 2019 come miglior innvovazione nel campo della rasatura, disponibile in Italia già a partire da Febbraio. Un rasoio high-tech che, primo al mondo, offre una continua sensazione di calore attraverso una barra riscaldata, capace di restituire il benessere di un asciugamano caldo ad ogni passaggio della lama.Appuntamento quindi nel LifeLab, l’area espositiva di P&G in cui scienza e tecnologia all’avanguardia incontrano la profonda conoscenza dei consumatori dell’azienda, dando vita a innovazioni ed esperienze capaci di apportare piccole-grandi rivoluzioni nella vita quotidiana. Del resto, P&G, con i suoi 6.700 scienziati, 37.000 brevetti ed un investimento in innovazione che supera i 2 miliardi di dollari l’anno è da sempre stata all’avanguardia nel lanciare sul mercato novità dirompenti. Prodotti che hanno segnato l’evoluzione dei consumi accompagnando generazioni di consumatori.«Vogliamo guidare il cambiamento e l’esperienza delle persone che acquistano e usano i nostri prodotti unendo l’agilità, la velocità e la capacità di adattamento delle startup, all’esperienza di oltre di 180 anni nel servire i consumatori, dichiara Franco Giannicchi, Presidente ed Amministratore Delegato di P&G Sud Europa. L’innovazione è parte del nostro DNA e in un contesto che cambia ad un ritmo sempre crescente, è necessario abbracciare le sfide del cambiamento per riuscire, sempre meglio, nella nostra missione di migliorare la vita delle persone oggi e per le generazioni future. Il CES 2020 – conclude – è un’occasione unica per presentare i nostri nuovi prodotti ma anche per confrontarci con altre aziende e talenti su innovazioni digitali e tecnologiche che cambieranno il nostro modo di vivere».Oltre al LifeLab, P&G sarà presente con il Presidente e CEO David Taylor al Research Summit della Consumer Technology Association (CTA) insieme alla Fondatrice e CEO di Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington e mercoledì 8 gennaio, Marc Pritchard (Chief Brand Officer di P&G) condividerà una presentazione sul ruolo dei marchi come forza per il bene globale in una C-Space Storytellers Session.

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British Consumers Are Not Ready for AI and Want Higher Levels of Personalisation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

UK consumers are not prepared for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and want brands to focus on delivering a seamless, personal digital experience instead, according to the results of a global survey commissioned by Acquia, the open digital experience company.Only two in five (44%) British consumers are looking forward to brands interacting with them via AI, such as chatbots and voice assistance technology, with four in five (81%) stating automated experiences with brands are too impersonal, in Acquia’s annual ‘Deliver the CX They Expect: Customer Experience Trends’ report.However, there is a distinct disconnect with the thoughts of consumers and marketers when it comes to AI, as more than seven in ten (72%) of UK marketers say that they are looking forward to the introduction of AI, while two-thirds (65%) say their customers want higher levels of personalisation than they currently offer.
Commenting on the findings of the survey, Steve Williamson general manager and senior vice president of EMEA at Acquia, said: “It’s clear that consumers want a simple, seamless, personal experience via their digital channels, when interacting with their favourite brands. While the marketing industry appears to have a burning desire to introduce AI in customer experience, they actually need to work on getting the basics right, and that starts with personalisation. To build long-lasting loyalty, brands need open, adaptable marketing and CX technology, to put personalisation at the heart of their customer experience strategy.”

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The Jefferies 2019 Global Consumer Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 giugno 2019

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF), a premier global nutrition company, announced today that its executives will be presenting at the Jefferies 2019 Global Consumer Conference on June 19, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.John DeSimone, Co-President and Chief Strategic Officer; Bosco Chiu, Chief Financial Officer and Alex Amezquita, Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategic Planning, are scheduled to participate in one-on-one and small group meetings, as well as a fireside chat at 10:30 am ET. Mr. DeSimone, Mr. Chiu and Mr. Amezquita will provide an overview of the Company and strategies to capitalize on global trends in health, wellness and entrepreneurship.The fireside chat will be webcast and available for replay on Herbalife Nutrition’s website, https://ir.herbalife.com. The Company welcomes investors, industry analysts, media and other interested parties to join the webcast to learn more about Herbalife Nutrition.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and programs – since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, and skyrocketing public healthcare costs, while also providing a means for entrepreneurs of all ages to pursue a business opportunity. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 giugno 2019

Baird 2019 Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference Thursday, June 6, 2019, 2:35 PM ETInterContinental New York Barclay, New York, NY
Participants: Glynis Bryan, Chief Financial Officer and Helen Johnson, SVP, Finance
The Insight presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://investor.insight.com/ where you can also view other recent Webcasts, downloadable slide presentations and other investor information.Insight Enterprises, Inc. is a Fortune 500 global IT provider helping businesses of all sizes – from small and medium sized firms to worldwide enterprises, governments, schools and health care organizations – define, architect, implement and manage Intelligent Technology Solutions™. Insight empowers its customers to manage their IT environments so they can drive meaningful business outcomes today and transform their operations for tomorrow. Discover more at http://www.insight.com.

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Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 maggio 2019

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), the low power programmable leader, announced that it is scheduled to host investor meetings at Baird’s 2019 Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference on June 4, 2019 at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel.Jim Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Sherri Luther, Chief Financial Officer will meet with institutional investors to discuss Lattice Semiconductor’s recent financial results, strategy and outlook.An audio webcast will be available at 4:20 p.m. Eastern Time on the investor relations section of http://www.latticesemi.com.Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) is the low power programmable leader. We solve customer problems across the network, from the Edge to the Cloud, in the growing communications, computing, industrial, automotive and consumer markets. Our technology, long-standing relationships, and commitment to world-class support lets our customers quickly and easily unleash their innovation to create a smart, secure and connected world.

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U.S. Bancorp to Speak at the RBC Capital Markets Financial Institutions Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 marzo 2019

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) announced today that Terry Dolan, vice chairman and chief financial officer, and Tim Welsh, vice chairman, Consumer and Business Banking, will present at the RBC Capital Markets Financial Institutions Conference. The presentation will begin at 9:20 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in New York City.To access a live audio webcast of the presentation, visit U.S. Bancorp’s website at usbank.com and click on “About Us,” “Investor Relations” and “Webcasts & Presentations.” A replay of the webcast will be available after the live event at the same location on the website and will remain posted for 90 days.U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $467 billion in assets as of December 31, 2018, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at http://www.usbank.com or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

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Launch of a Nonbank Consumer Credit Card Through One of the Credit Card Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 febbraio 2019

Partner Communications Company Ltd. (“Partner” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR), a leading Israeli communications operator, announces that further to the Company’s reports with respect to the examination of new potential growth engines, among others, in the fintech and finance industries and as part of its preparation for entry into the financial services sector, Partner published today an invitation to receive offers from credit card companies for the provision of services and the establishment of a customer club offering a range of financial products based on nonbank credit card.In the invitation sent to the credit companies operating in Israel, Partner seeks to receive offers for the provision of services from one credit card company, noting that the customer club will be based on an infrastructure of an international credit card company (Visa or MasterCard) and/or an international private label (American Express or Diners).This step is the first in a series of steps that the Company is working on as part of its activity formed under the name Partner Finance.Mr. Isaac Benbenisti, CEO of Partner noted: “The expansion of Partner’s activity into the financial sector is a first for a communications company in Israel. We are starting today a significant journey and just as we knew how to initiate a change in the multi-channel television market and in the area of internet services over fiber optic infrastructure, I am certain that we will be able to expand the competition in the financial sector and bring real value to customers and investors.This operation, as part of the formed operation Partner Finance, will benefit from the advanced technological capabilities of the Partner Group, using the development resources and know-how of our Information Technology division. After an in-depth process that included the examination of similar models in the world and working with start-up companies active in the field of fintech, we are now beginning the next stage of our entry into the finance world.”

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Europeans love (local) seafood, EU consumer insights study confirms

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 dicembre 2018

European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella reacts to the study: “European consumers tell us they want to have fish on their menu. It is our responsibility, as policy makers, to secure that our citizens can enjoy these tasty products in the long term. This means ensuring the sustainability of our fisheries, and we have progressed a lot on that over the last years. But also aquaculture plays an important role: farmed fish from the EU is a sustainable source of protein and other nutrients. In a low-carbon society, its role will only increase.” The EU is the world’s largest market for fishery and aquaculture products. We spend twice the amount of money on fish per capita as US consumers. Most important reasons? Because we think it is healthy (74%) and tasty (59%). The supermarket or grocery story is where most of us get our seafood, although many (40%) also prefer the local fishmonger. The products we buy are fresh or frozen; nearly 60% of shoppers avoids breaded fish products or ready meals. That said, we do need some help in the kitchen: only 27% of us are brave enough to buy the whole fish, not cleaned or fileted.Everywhere in the EU, consumers show a strong preference for regional, national or EU products. Preference for products from the European Union has increased in almost every country compared to the previous study (2016), with the highest increases in Hungary (+7 pp.) and Slovakia (+8 pp.). A strong consumer signal, mostly for the aquaculture community.
Talking about aquaculture, the study also explored, whether consumers make a distinction between wild fish, caught at sea or in rivers, and aquaculture (farmed fish). While more than a third of European fish consumers prefer wild products (35%), nearly one-third (32%) makes no distinction. Only 9% indicates a strong preference for aquaculture products.
Most consumers (61%) like to try new products and species. However, the limited offer (53%) and, especially, too high prices (70%) remain a barrier for consumers who would like to eat more seafood. This shows the importance of helping consumers discover lesser-known species, which can be much cheaper than the most common ones. This in turn can help to reduce pressure on the most exploited stocks, as it creates an outlet for ‘less traditional’ fish brought ashore because of the landing obligation.The study confirms the high level of trust (83%) that consumers have in the information they receive as result of EU regulations. No less than 75% of consumers find the product information clear and easy to understand. With 94% indicating its importance, the use-by-date, which says until when we can safely consume the product, is the number one type of information we are looking for.

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“Consumer Perceptions and Preferences of the Latest Digital Technologies, North America, 2018”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 novembre 2018

The overall research objective is to measure the current use and future decision-making behavior toward information technology and telecom in the consumer industry, specifically: Connected home, social media, landline phone service, wireless / cellular phone service, subscription television service (cable, IPTV, or satellite), internet access service, home electronics maintenance (set-top boxes, DVR, modem), live video streaming service (Sling TV, DirecTV Now, CBS All Access), augmented reality, and big data and analytics.A great deal is changing in the digital world when it comes to communications services. Is your company ready for the next generation of technologies, buyers, and megatrends? The rapid growth of new delivery models, contemporary content, and advertising mechanisms is waking up the traditional players.Technologies such as Siri, Google Home, and Alexa are setting the stage for a voice-driven world. Artificial intelligence and augmented reality will enhance our ability to gather information, communicate with others, and make better decisions. There will be a continued debate around the level of security and privacy versus convenience. The one trend that is certain is that consumers are driving the technologies that are being developed in the business world. That’s why this study is important for all technology vendors to read and utilize.

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The “Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Industrial, Enterprise, Military, and Consumer Products, Services, and Solutions 2018 – 2023”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 maggio 2018

This research evaluates the global and regional robotics marketplace including the technologies, companies, and solutions for robots in the Industrial, Enterprise, Military, and Consumer segments. The report includes detailed forecasts for robotics by robot type, components, capabilities, solutions, and connectivity for 2018 to 2023.This report also includes quantitative analysis with forecasts covering AI technology and systems by type, use case, application, and industry vertical. Forecast also cover each major market sector including consumer, enterprise, industrial, and government.The global robotics market is broadly segmented into enterprise, industrial, military, and consumer robotics. Major market segments that cross-over industries include Healthcare bots, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Autonomous Vehicles. Enterprise Robotics includes use of robots for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer services and support. Functions include internal business operations and processes, delivery of goods and services, research, analytics, and other business specific applications.With the substantial amount of capital behind global industrial automation, the industrial robotics sector will continue a healthy growth trajectory, which is supported by many qualitative and quantitative benefits including cost reduction, improved quality, increased production, and improved workplace health and safety.The military robotics market is an important segment from both an R&D perspective (e.g. many robotics innovations are funded by government/military projects) as well as cross-over into business and consumer markets such as the public safety arena. The consumer robotics sector is in its infantile stage, but is anticipated to exceed all other sectors in terms of scale, variety and impact in the long run.

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Rambus to Present at Baird 2018 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 maggio 2018

Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq: RMBS) today announced that Rahul Mathur, chief financial officer, will present at the Baird 2018 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference in New York on June 7, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The presentation will be available through a webcast which can be accessed on the Rambus Investor Relations website at investor.rambus.com. A replay of the presentation will also be available on the website following the event.Dedicated to making data faster and safer, Rambus creates innovative hardware, software and services that drive technology advancements from the data center to the mobile edge. Our architecture licenses, IP cores, chips, software, and services span memory and interfaces, security, and emerging technologies to positively impact the modern world. We collaborate with the industry, partnering with leading chip and system designers, foundries, and service providers. Integrated into tens of billions of devices and systems, our products power and secure diverse applications, including Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) security, mobile payments, and smart ticketing. For more information, visit rambus.com.

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Enhancements to McAfee’s Consumer Security Lineup Help Users Protect Their Data, Devices and Privacy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 settembre 2017

Family On Sofa With Laptop And Digital Tablet Watching TVMcAfee launched its newest consumer security lineup with additional features designed to better address the threats today’s connected users face. Building on the recently announced next-generation anti-malware engine, McAfee’s core security suite – which includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection and McAfee LiveSafe – now delivers even more efficient and effective protection from digital threats as the engine’s cloud-based behavioral analytics and machine learning capabilities expand.
Additionally, McAfee is advancing its capabilities to deliver on the vision of protecting what matters most to its customers in three key areas: connected devices in the home, online safety for kids, and online privacy. In the wake of recent consumer breaches, these new innovations now available within McAfee Secure Home Platform, McAfee Safe Family and McAfee Safe Connect are needed more than ever to help protect consumers. Savvy cybercriminals continue to seek new ways to intercept consumers’ sensitive data for their personal gain. Per the McAfee Labs Threat Report: June 2017, total ransomware has grown 59% in the past four quarters to 9.6 million samples, and total mobile malware has grown 79% in the same time to 16.7 million samples. This rise underscores the need for consumers to use security solutions that keep pace with the latest threats including protection from zero-day malware and ransomware. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Cloud & the Car: GM and IBM Present Use Cases that Actually Impact

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2015

londonLondon, UK The auto industry is currently buzzing with key words like autonomous cars, Big Data, IoT and cloud. This industry – once called conservative – is making more noise about emerging technologies than even the consumer electronics space. Apart from the clamour to demonstrate real business benefits, it even presents use cases in real time. Cloud is one such area. IBM, for example, showcases a cloud-based predictive maintenance and real-time diagnostics platform at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. This could possibly highlight a new era, in which IoT will not merely be used as a purchase puller but more as a tool that can impact internal savings and improve bottom line performance of auto manufacturers. Although having been here all along, cloud services are now coming into play, as approx. 90 percent of vehicles are expected to be connected by 2020. Everyone is talking about how data from vehicles can enable services such as predictive diagnostics, UBI and other consumer centric services. Cloud services however, are currently only being used to harness typical use cases such as ERP, CRM, marketing, talent acquisition and training. The justification of such a shift comes from IBM’s partnership with a Tier 1 supplier like Continental. The latter will be using IBM cloud services for their eHorizon solution by applying analytics and managing complex data streams. The idea behind such a partnership stems from the fact that there needs to be a collaborative effort from the industry to enable the cloud to harness benefits. In such a scenario Continental will have direct relationships with OEMs, and IBM would become their managed service provider for data analysis. What IBM has previously done was to process as well as return vehicle raw data using tools like SPSS and others. Now they have gone a step ahead. By using their IoT solution for the auto industry, they will be able to showcase insights for newer applications applying the raw data. Additionally, even secured data transfers and data privacy would be taken care of by help of cyber secured protocols which happen to be key challenges in the process of the cloud adoption. Such partnerships add great value to OEMs, especially premium OEMs. Take the classic case of an OEM which loses track of its customer beyond the vehicle sale. There is a significant opportunity with respect to product planning and other related elements which the OEM misses out on due to the lack of customer/vehicle data feedback. Among the auto OEMs GM seems to be leading the way with their internal route of having their own data centres along with their legacy powerhouse OnStar boasting of 4G LTE connectivity. All said and done, they have had OnStar for more than 15 years. Why couldn’t they harness its power to overcome related recall issues? A typical GM answer to this is their Driver Assurance program which is set up to understand component durability using OnStar’s embedded connectivity and cloud based servers.
GM’s prognostics entry is focused on three things namely the battery, starter, and fuel pump. It identifies diagnostic trouble codes which show up any kind of an irregularity on the functions of these elements that are transmitted back to their OnStar cloud server, which essentially means two things:
1. Reinstating the use of 4G LTE which is very practical in this case to understand the severity of fault code in real-time and
2. Off board algorithm processing, which means processing information in the cloud, negating the need for on-board processing that takes a toll on the on-board TCU requiring high computational capacity.
Basically this means that GM is not only minimizing their cost due to their in-house embedded expertise and cloud processing but it is also supporting customers with proactive monitoring of the vehicle. This is GM’s distinct edge to reduce recall/warranty issues and improve the bottom-line. Ford’s Microsoft Azure platform is another example, which is cloud based (OTA) updating where the goal of their FSDN is to keep vehicles up-to-date and relevant throughout the vehicle ownership period. The cloud and the car will not only achieve off board analysis in real time but can also aid OEMs harness critical data sets that provides them a medium of revenue prospects which directly influences their bottom line, example maintenance services opportunities and warranty analytics. OEMs who do not have an internal capability should ideally work with cloud based ecosystem partners to leverage their strengths in terms of managed services, reduced investments on licensing fee and real-time computational power. As for cloud based service providers, they are expected to generate revenues in excess of 50 percent by 2020 using high performance computing for the future of the automotive industry which will be determined by autonomous vehicles and cloud based connected car platform solutions. As well as the cloud helping OEMs keep in touch with customers once they have bought the vehicle, a new 3D car configurator solution uses the cloud to support OEMs and their customers at the point of sale. Frost & Sullivan has recently published a White Paper analysing a new 3D car configurator platform developed by IBM and ZeroLight offering a one-stop shop, omni-channel car configurator solution for OEMs and their retail strategy. For complimentary access to this White Paper, visit: http://corpcom.frost.com/forms/PR_3DCarConfigurator.

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Nuovo sito Aicig

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 febbraio 2012

Istituzionale ed elegante: è il nuovo sito web dell’Associazione Italiana Consorzi Indicazioni Geografiche, rinnovato nei contenuti e nella grafica che ne rende più accattivante ed interessante la consultazione. Uno strumento informativo chiaro e di facile consultazione, raggiungibile digitando http://www.aicig.it per chiunque desiderasse reperire notizie sul mondo delle produzioni a indicazione geografica al fine di contribuire alla diffusione della cultura delle Dop e Igp. La navigazione è stata riorganizzata rendendo subito accessibile dalla homepage la consultazione delle informazioni di base, il sito è ricco di contenuti e comprende spazi per i comunicati stampa e la bacheca dove verranno divulgati eventi e progetti realizzati e posti in essere da Aicig, dai suoi Soci o dai Partner e comunque rilevanti per l’interesse collettivo. Completamente rivisitata è la sezione dedicata ai Soci dove, oltre all’elenco completo, sono ora disponibili le schede relative a ciascun Consorzio con tutte le informazioni in italiano e in inglese e con i link di riferimento. Un ringraziamento particolare a tutti coloro che hanno partecipato e collaborato alla realizzazione di questo importante lavoro.

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Pack-Track’s Innovation of the Month: Easy-open and reclose TUC biscuits

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 dicembre 2011

Wrights Biscuits Packaging

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Efficient easy-opening and recloseability are two of the best ways to make a pack more consumer friendly, but they are scarcely seen on flexible packs in the biscuit sector, where tear-strips in roll-wraps fail all too often and the most reliable way of maintaining freshness is to store your biscuits in a tin. That’s why Kraft Foods’ LU TUC from Italy has been selected as Pack-Track Innovation of the Month.The familiar flow-wrap format has been modified via laser cutting the film in a wavy pattern to produce a very neat opening as the consumer peels back the self-adhesive film label that is positioned over the top. The dispensing aperture extends the full width of the pack and is large enough to allow the biscuits to be taken out easily. The consumer returns the label to its original position to reclose the pack and both the flow-wrap film and the label withstand repeated use without tearing or loss of quality.“What impressed me about this pack was the practicality of the solution created to add significant functionality to a packet of biscuits,” commented Andrew Streeter, Packaging Innovations Director of Pack-Track. “I like the simplicity of approach, coupled with excellence in execution – often a difficult trick to perform. For the consumer it is a clear beneficial differentiator, the TUC production team have retained the existing pack format and enhanced their skill base, plus the branding team have a stronger brand offering, no doubt IP protected too.” Streeter continues, “This is another example of laser technology with flexibles. The opening and reclosing performs well but the concept starts to degrade a little as the product is consumed and the ‘foundation of biscuits’ that helps the pack keep its shape is reduced. Still, I would say that is an acceptable price to pay for a significant step forward. Using a self-adhesive label adds cost but I am not sure the consumer sees it that way given the benefits it brings. I wonder if this and other laser cut or etched flexible packs are the start of a new format modification, in which case we will be capturing more of these applications on Pack-Track in the New Year,” concludes Andrew Streeter.

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Gibson’s Perilous Collusion with Extremist Greens

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 dicembre 2011

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel’s recent column is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the folly behind any business agreeing to partner with green groups. According to Strassel, Gibson is the “unfortunate victim of a well-meaning, if complicated, law [the Lacey Act],” when in fact the company has been deliberately targeted by “a toxic alliance of ideological activists and trade protectionists.” The Consumer Alliance made this point all too vividly in Empires of Collusion, a report released in 2010 highlighting the lengths that domestic paper-based industries, unions, environmental groups and Western retailers go “to stop the importation of pulp, paper and timber imports from Asian developing countries.” But the real story comes in the form of an important lesson for any business even considering a partnership with an extremist green group. As we noted recently, Gibson has long touted its relationships with green groups such as Greenpeace, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Rainforest Alliance, partnerships that were meant to bolster its environmental credentials and inoculate Gibson from scrutiny. FSC’s stab-in-the-back towards Gibson was particularly reprehensible. Following the government’s raid, FSC distanced itself from Gibson by pointing out that its wood products in question were not FSC-certified – questions should be raised to Gibson’s CEO if he finds FSC to be a truly reliable ally. Gibson was fooled into believing these alliances would be helpful for its business. The Gibson saga has demonstrated all too clearly that partnering with green groups only leaves a business more vulnerable to attack, especially if the business in question is as widely renowned as Gibson is. Gibson is now being made an example of. As the Consumers Alliance’s Andrew Langer so aptly pointed out.

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Global Survey

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 giugno 2011

London. Public and private transport commuters in Copenhagen, Seattle and Sydney are most satisfied in their journey experience, a global Frost & Sullivan survey reveals. Results from the second phase of Frost & Sullivan’s Urban Mobility research reveal, that Copenhagen topped the index with an average score of 82 points in the overall journey experience -public and private transportation – due to its high usage of non-motorised transport such as bicycles and integrated public transportation system. The global survey analyses consumer perceptions regarding different types of mobility and their acceptance levels of various mobility solutions based on different attributes. The Journey Experience Index (JEI) is calculated on the basis of speed, cost of travel, overall comfort and experience. Apart from Copenhagen European commuters in Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Paris were questioned for the survey. London has taken the European runner-up slot with a score of 68, followed by Frankfurt (64), Paris (62) and finally Moscow with a score of 61. Nevertheless, these European cities landed in the medium range of the index. Jakarta, Seoul and Rio de Janeiro made up the lower spectrum of the index. “Commuters in these three cities were mainly dissatisfied due to traffic congestion for individual transport and over-crowding in public transportation,” Mr. Vaidya continued. He added that Jakarta scored an average of 31 points, Seoul (37) and Rio de Janeiro (46).
The Journey Experience Index is part of Frost & Sullivan’s Urban Mobility research programme to track the mobility of 27,600 commuters and inner-city residents over a year across 23 global cities, covering weekdays and weekends. The survey is the first of its kind on a global scale which sheds light on how people travel globally, what their frustrations are and therefore what solutions they would like to see to improve their journey satisfaction. The second phase of the survey was conducted between December 2010 and February 2011 and involved 6,900 respondents from 23 cities.

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Vendere tecnologia su Ebay

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 giugno 2011

Guardando al numero dei prodotti acquistati su eBay.it, la categoria del consumer tech è la regina della rete già da qualche anno. Ma la tecnologia risulta in cima alla classifica anche per quanto riguarda i business e le imprese che sono decollate sul primo sito di ecommerce in Italia. Analizzando infatti i 5.000 venditori professionali qualificati come Power Seller su http://www.ebay.it, quelli attivi nelle categorie tecnologiche sono oltre 1.100 e vanno a costituire, da soli, il 23% di tutti i Power Seller. La qualifica di Power Seller definisce e “premia” quei venditori professionali che si caratterizzano per alti volumi di vendita mensili e per un elevato punteggio di feedback. Tale qualifica è quindi sinonimo di serietà ed affidabilità, nonché un notevole aiuto per gli acquirenti al momento dell’acquisto. Nella specifica categoria del Consumer Tech, i grandi volumi di vendita dei Power Seller sono testimoniati dal loro fatturato medio. Se infatti i 5.000 Power Seller fatturano mediamente 6.000 € al mese, i Power Seller nelle categorie tecnologiche superano di gran lunga tale valore fatturando in media 8.000 € ogni mese. Guardando al giro d’affari annuale, se complessivamente i Power Seller su eBay.it fatturano quasi 370 milioni di euro, nella sola categoria consumer tech si raggiungono gli oltre 115 milioni di euro all’anno. A conferma del luogo comune in base a cui è l’uomo quello maggiormente avvezzo ed interessato al mondo della tecnologia, ben l’81,7% dei venditori con negozi di prodotti consumer tech è uomo, mentre il gentil sesso è titolare solo del 18,3% delle attività imprenditoriali online in quest’area. La macro categoria del consumer tech include 5 sotto-categorie. Tra queste, quella che vanta il maggior numero di venditori è Informatica e Palmari, con 340 Power Seller; al secondo posto Audio, TV, Elettronica con 307 venditori professionali qualificati; seguono Telefonia e Cellulari (296) e Videogiochi e Consolle (116); a chiudere la classifica Fotografia e Video con 98 Power Seller.
Guardando a questi nuovi criteri più nel dettaglio, per quanto riguarda i volumi di vendita minimi mensili, dal mese di maggio 2011 si è passati dalla richiesta di avere un volume di vendita annuale minimo di 12.000 € o volume di vendita minimo di 3.000 € negli ultimi 3 mesi, alla richiesta di un volume di vendita mensile minimo di 2.500 euro in un periodo di 12 mesi. Mentre per quanto riguarda il numero minimo di transazioni, infatti, si passa da 4 oggetti venduti ogni mese ad acquirenti dello stesso Paese negli ultimi 3 o 12 mesi, ad un minimo 100 transazioni con acquirenti dello stesso Paese in 12 mesi.

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