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Pharma Logistics Breaks Ground on New Location

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 giugno 2019

Pharma Logistics broke ground today on its new facility on North Butterfield Road in Libertyville, Illinois. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Pharma Logistics leadership and staff, village officials and valued guests.The new 126,611-square-foot Pharma Logistics facility will be located near the company’s current corporate offices and will house new corporate office space along with a fulfillment center and eight loading docks. The new building serves to expand the company’s current operations taking place in both Mundelein and Libertyville.
“This new facility marks a significant step forward in Pharma Logistics’ growth,” said Michael Zaccaro, president and CEO of Pharma Logistics. “As a resident of this village where Pharma Logistics was founded, we are happy to be part of the growth and economic development here in Libertyville. The new state-of-the-art building will give us the room and resources we need to expand and better support the needs of our current and future customers.”Zaccaro and David Malecki, COO of Pharma Logistics, spoke at the event, along with Jim Brucato, President of Principle Construction. Principle Construction is serving as the general contractor on the project and Harris Architects provided design services. Construction on the building is expected to be completed in early 2020.

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xooox – A Ground-Breaking New Ride-Hailing App – Launches Across the Entire UK

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 maggio 2019

Invented by UK start-up, Perfect Data, xooox [pronounced ‘zooks’] provides more choice and wider geographical coverage than any other app, making it a one-stop shop for passengers nationwide. xooox also gives cab drivers the freedom to find their own fares and set their own prices, placing them in control of their livelihoods.With xooox, passengers can search for all available minicabs and other taxicabs in their area at that particular moment, choosing between rides based on a range of criteria, including the fare, type of cab, emissions, ETA, size, and accessibility. As xooox works anywhere in the country – including rural communities and the towns and cities where other apps aren’t licensed or viable – everyone can now use the latest in search technology to hail a cab.
xooox provides more control for drivers, including the ability to set their own fares. Any of the UK’s 400,000 licensed drivers – independent cabbies and minicab drivers – can use the new xooox driver app for free, with no commission charges.Unlike existing apps, which tell drivers which passengers to pick up and how much to charge, xooox gives drivers a live map of all local passengers searching for a cab, so they can choose their own work. Drivers set their own prices, decide which jobs they accept and define how far they will travel for a pick-up. They can even flex their offer in real-time.Darren Tenney, the ex-cab driver who founded Perfect Data, said, “xooox places drivers in control of their livelihoods. For too long, drivers have had two options – find their own fares without the help of technology or be enslaved to an algorithm that dictates how they work. With xooox, drivers are in charge of the tech, not the other way around.” xooox works in conjunction – rather than competition – with existing operators and minicab firms. Any operator that wants to supplement its advanced bookings with real-time journey requests – or wants to grow its pool of drivers – can use the xooox service for free. Each operator will get access to a live map pinpointing the location of their drivers, as well as nearby passengers.

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Women scientists gaining ground: High proportion of female participants at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 marzo 2015

unescoAn exceptionally high number of young female scientists will be taking part in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with the proportion of women amongst the 672 young scientists standing at 42%. According to data from UNESCO, only 30% of all researchers worldwide are female. The percentage of women amongst the Nobel Laureates is significantly lower still – 814 men, but just 46 women have received the award since 1901. This ratio is also reflected at the Lindau Meeting. A record number of 70 laureates are attending but just three are female. This year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is interdisciplinary and will take place from 28 June to 3 July in Lindau on Lake Constance. The list of participants has now been announced.“The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are future-oriented. This is indicated not least by the large number of young female scientists taking part. Their presence also sends out a strong message to their home countries to attract and retain more talented women in science,” remarked Helga Nowotny, co-founder and President of the European Research Council (ERC) from 2010 to 2013 and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.Burkhard Fricke, also a member of the Council, emphasised that no female quota was used in the selection of the young scientists: “The young participants were evaluated purely on the basis of specialist criteria. The quality of the applications has once again risen significantly which made selecting the best of the many candidates extremely challenging.” Students, doctoral students and postdocs from a total of 88 countries were accepted. They are conducting research in the Nobel Prize disciplines of medicine, physics or chemistry.The three female Nobel Laureates who will be coming to Lindau this year are the Frenchwoman Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008), the Australian Elizabeth Blackburn (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009) and Ada Yonath from Israel who became only the fourth woman in the history of the Nobel Prize to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009.During a panel on “Women in Science” at the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Elizabeth Blackburn remarked that there was now a pleasingly high proportion of women amongst science students but this was not replicated in lecturing and cutting-edge research. She called upon academic institutions to redouble their efforts to increase opportunities for women in these areas.

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Bricks and Clicks sales model gains ground in the automotive industry as dealerships turn to digitization to engage customers

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 gennaio 2014

london-centralLONDON, U.K. The disruptive influence of connectivity is changing the way business is conducted even in traditional industries such as automotive. High real-estate costs, expensive resources, and need for innovation to stay afloat have compelled many automotive dealerships to shrink store space by about 20 percent and resort to digitization for interactivity with the customer. As bricks and mortar gives way to a bricks and clicks sales model, European OEMs are pushing for standalone digital formats while North America seems to prefer digitisation within existing franchise models.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, The Advent of Digital Retailing and its Impact on Car Dealership Structures, finds that global passenger car companies are desperate to innovate and adopt a new retail model to the next generation of young car buyers, the so-called generation Y, a generation that engages through collaborative consumption and targeted digital marketing campaigns. Frost & Sullivan expects that by 2020, 60-70 percent of new car sales leads are likely to be generated by a digital platform, be it websites, mobile sites, social media or apps.Automotive major, Audi, is at the frontline of this change in retail network. Its digital showroom (Audi City), in an upscale shopping zone in London, presents the entire line-up of 40 models virtually. It encourages visitors to configure their dream cars on multi-touch tables, investigating all the possible options by themselves.“The halo effect of the digital showroom in the heart of the city is expected to drive sales to outer stores and potentially affect dealership network setups, both in terms of size and total number of traditional dealerships,” said Frost & Sullivan Director Growth Consulting Automotive & Transportation, Julia Saini.Car companies are also using fashion merchandising and combining lifestyle elements into retailing globally. Lexus Intersect Tokyo and L’ Atelier Renault, Paris conduct special events and exhibitions for new product launches, offering a strong automotive brand experience through lifestyle-related concepts of art, fashion, music, design, food and technology.The advent of digitization in car retailing has led to the development of new and additional performance indicators. It has seen the introduction of innovative sales strategies, and both cost reductions and additions in upfront investments. New KPIs such as brand awareness, digital engagement of customers, customer age, lead response time, and vehicle configurability satisfaction will be of increasing importance in future digital retail formats.“Better quality leads and easier follow-ups through integrated social media strategy define the success of digital showrooms,” noted Saini. “By 2016, automakers are expected to open more than 100 digital showroom/lifestyle stores globally, specifically aimed at enhancing both the retail and brand experience with limited on-floor physical inventory.”With European and North American OEMs expected to invest between $500 million and $5 billion in updating store technology, training staff, and digitally integrating various aspects of the car retailing process, soft digitisation technologies such as digital tools, signage and kiosks are anticipated to grow strongly in the short term.

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