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DEBATE: Would the trains run better with a ‘fat controller’ in charge?

first_img Scott CorfeScott Corfe is research director at the Social Market Foundation. and Andrew PendletonAndrew Pendleton is director of policy and advocacy at the New Economics Foundation. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. DEBATE: Would the railways run better with a ‘fat controller’? Commuters are right to be angry with the state of Britain’s railway network, with its unpalatable combination of high fares, delays, and trains so packed that one feels like a canned sardine.  This need not be the central state – the great growth in rail journeys has been caused by commuting in and out of cities, so it makes sense for integrated transport strategies to be regional.  Andrew Pendleton, director of policy and advocacy at the New Economics Foundation, says NO. Scott Corfe, research director at the Social Market Foundation, says YES. Only the state can take this view, but without control of the levers, it’s hard to see how rail and other public transport can be truly integrated and given strategic direction.  Opinion To get to grips with the chronic fragmentation and poor services on our railways, and to decarbonise, we need an overarching rail strategy, linked to a wider national transport strategy.  Under nationalisation, rail fares risk becoming a political weapon, frozen ahead of General Elections and leaving taxpayers  to pick up the shortfall. Further, with government under pressure to spend money elsewhere, rail investment risks being overlooked. Rather than nationalisation, what we need is a much better regulated private industry. A new, independent “fat controller” figure, overseeing the rail network, should manage a tougher regime – doing more to hold underperforming train operators to account and ensuring that fares are fair.    Read more: Culture secretary says “I have no ambition to become the fat controller of the BBC” Keith Williams, chair of the Rail Review’s expert challenge panel, is proposing the opposite of what is needed.  Main image credit: Robert Cianflone / Getty Images Understandably given this, there is a great deal of sympathy for the railways to be renationalised. But this would be the wrong solution to the problem.  Would the railways run better with an independent “fat controller” in charge, as recently proposed? Share Tags: Crossrail Network Rail MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 05: Bert Newton, dressed as The Fat Controller, is seen with a Thomas the Tank birthday cake to help celebrate the Thomas & Friends 70th Birthday Celebration at Flinders Street Station on March 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) Our railways should be in public hands, run for public good, and guided and scrutinised by passengers, unions and rail workers – not a bureaucrat or company shill, fat or otherwise. And, as with other public services, the state needs to be open to scrutiny, especially from those who use, work or depend on railways.  whatsapp whatsapp Thursday 18 July 2019 7:00 am We seem to be paying significantly more each year for a deteriorating service, with train punctuality at a 13-year low in 2018. last_img read more

Times Square shooting suspect caught in Florida after running out of gas

first_imgAdvertisementTags: gas shortageNew York Cityshooting Deputies investigate overnight shooting in Golden Gate June 10, 2021 Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Two teens arrested in Cape Coral shooting investigation June 16, 2021 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTLV) — The man accused of shooting two women and a toddler in New York City’s Time Square on Saturday was detained near Jacksonville. Farrakhan Muhammad was found and taken into custody at a McDonald’s located at 802 South Walnut Street in Starke, according to NBC affiliate WTLV. He was found in his car when it ran out of gas due to gas station closures in Florida, Spectrum News NY1 reports.A senior law enforcement official told NBC that NYPD detectives tracked Muhammad down by checking cameras that showed the suspect leaving Times Square to go to a hotel. There he changed clothes and was seen leaving with a woman believed to be his girlfriend.They were believed to be heading South, and there was a confirmed sighting in North Carolina on Tuesday. Right now, his girlfriend is being questioned to see if she knew he was wanted and whether she was knowingly helping to harbor a fugitive. AdvertisementA 4-year-old Brooklyn girl was one of three people hit by stray bullets when Muhammad reportedly opened fire during a dispute in Times Square around 5 p.m. Saturday.An NYPD officer was hailed as a hero after running with the girl in her arms to seek medical care. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Information Minister Wants to Ensure Successful Changeover from Analogue to Digital Television

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Hon. Olivia Grange, wants to ensure a successful switch from analogue to digital television when Jamaica decides to make the move.The Minister urged members of the National Steering Committee for the Digital Television Switchover to pool their talents to ensure a successful digital switch over in Jamaica.She was speaking at today’s(Feb 19) meeting of the steering committee, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.“We are all aware that this switch over process is not a task without its many challenges, particularly in the present global environment. But, if we accept that our development hinges, in large part, on our international competitiveness, and that access to information through the available technologies create opportunities not only for the development of our greatest assets, our human resources, but also for the development of our commercial sector, then our resolve must be greater than the obstacles that we face,” Miss Grange said.She said that the committee’s commitment and efforts must be guided by the recognition that the empowerment of citizens is central to national development.“We will look forward, therefore, to celebrating the switch from analogue transmissions to digital platforms, not because the transition facilitates high definition television and a greater number of channels, but because there is the legitimate expectation that we will have multiplied spaces,” the Minister said.Miss Grange also noted that with the digital switch over, Jamaica will be able to look forward to showcasing its musical, sporting, and artistic performances on multi media platforms.In addition, the Minister noted that the space made from saved spectrum availability, can be utilised for new telecommunication developments.Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Hopeton Dunn, said that the meeting was important, as it brought to the table many of the players, stakeholders and representatives of organisations integrally involved in the process.“The expectation is that we will all contribute in determining what is the pace at which this process will take place; what is the extent of the public engagement (in the process), (what) involvement we will encourage and, in the end, how we will actually implement this,” Dr. Dunn said.Since 2006, a number of countries, including the Netherlands and Sweden, have switched from analogue to digital television.The United States is expected to follow suit in June. Canada, Brazil, China and a number of other countries are expected to make the switch by 2015.Miss Grange said that Jamaica will be setting its own timetable for switch over, based on the recommendations of the steering committee.Digital television (DTV) is the sending and receiving of moving images and sound by discrete (digital) signals, in contrast to the analog signals used by analog TV. Information Minister Wants to Ensure Successful Changeover from Analogue to Digital Television InformationFebruary 20, 2009 RelatedInformation Minister Wants to Ensure Successful Changeover from Analogue to Digital Television RelatedInformation Minister Wants to Ensure Successful Changeover from Analogue to Digital Televisioncenter_img RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisementslast_img read more

Fostering inclusive growth through competition

first_imgFostering inclusive growth through competition From: Competition Bureau CanadaRemarks by Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of CompetitionCBA Competition Law Spring Online SymposiumApril 29, 2021CBA Competition Law Spring Online SymposiumApril 29, 2021(As prepared for delivery)GreetingsGood afternoon everyone.Thank you to the Canadian Bar Association for organizing this online symposium, and special thanks to Kaeleigh Kuzma as the Symposium Chair and to Navin Joneja as the Section Chair. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you.IntroductionMuch has changed in the last year. Events have only served to bring the importance of competition into ever sharper focus, especially as we consider the state of competition in important sectors like telecommunications and digital services. Put simply, competition now matters more than ever and it matters for all Canadians.So today I will talk about how competition can contribute to Canada’s economic recovery, and do so in a way that creates opportunities and reduces barriers for all Canadians – how it can support inclusive growth. I will provide an overview of how inclusivity is, and will continue to be, an important consideration in our work.Growth, measured traditionallyTraditionally, we have measured the benefits of competition in lower prices, and more choice, innovation, productivity and growth. But right now, productivity and growth are particularly top of mind, given current economic realities. Many leading economists have pointed to how important it is that Canada’s economic growth rate exceed interest rates to help us reduce our debt burden in the years ahead. While productivity fuels economic growth, much ink has been spilled on the fact that, for many decades, Canada’s productivity has been lower than that of other top countries such as the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.Competition is essential to increasing productivity. Competitive intensity pushes individuals, firms and markets to make the best use of their resources, and innovate by developing new ways of doing business and winning customers. Competition not only drives productivity, it also improves our global competitiveness and our standard of living.Fueled by the rise of the digital economy and the accelerated pace of economic concentration in digital markets, there has been increased focus on competition policy and enforcement around the world. And, if we go beyond digital markets, the post-pandemic recovery has further highlighted the importance of competition for our economic well-being. A recent International Monetary Fund article titled Rising Market Power – A Threat to the Recovery?, cites research showing that corporate market power in advanced economies has risen in recent decades and may present a risk to economic recovery. It highlights five priorities to address this trend, all of which put the work of competition agencies at the heart of the solution.This is why this year’s federal budget is so important for competition in Canada, as it acknowledges the importance of fair and competitive markets for economic recovery and sustained growth. More specifically, the Budget includes a funding proposal for the Bureau of $96 million over five years and an ongoing $27.5 million.Should we be successful in securing these funds, this is a significant step for the Bureau and we are committed to working very hard to seize this opportunity to strengthen competition in Canada on behalf of all Canadians.While it is the Bureau’s responsibility to protect and promote competition, we must work in concert with Canada’s policy-makers. And, now more than ever, productivity growth has to be our collective priority to ensure the future well-being of our economy. To this end, I’m pleased that the Bureau will be hosting The Competition and Growth Summit from June 1st to 3rd. During the Summit, we will bring together experts to discuss the role that competitive markets can play in driving economic growth in the wake of the pandemic. This will include leading thinkers from government, academia and business, as well as the heads of the competition agencies from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.Inclusive growthAs we consider Canada’s post-pandemic economic growth, we must also think about productivity and growth in a new way. We must think about the impact of our work on all Canadians. The Canadian Inclusive Economy Initiative says that, “when we talk about inclusion in the context of economic policy or economic growth, we focus on who shapes, participates in, and benefits from growth.”The last year has brought the need for more inclusive growth into sharp relief. The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted certain groups, exacerbated income disparity, and laid bare systemic racial- and gender-based discrimination.Some may ask whether competition policy has a role in driving inclusive growth. My answer is unequivocally, yes. Competition is a powerful tool to achieve this.As we continue to recognize the economic focus of competition policy, and the purpose and jurisprudence underpinning our law, it is essential to consider how we can support inclusive growth and opportunity for all Canadians. For consumers, opportunity may take the form of greater empowerment in the market place. For businesses, this may mean the opportunity to succeed or fail on the merits, free from anti-competitive conduct. For innovators, opportunity may mean being able to reap the rewards of invention and business acumen.One of the purposes of the Competition Act is to ensure that small- and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, have an equitable opportunity to participate in the Canadian economy. The plight of SMEs during the pandemic matters deeply for competition in Canada, because they drive dynamism in our economy through their entry and expansion. While government support measures have played an important role to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on SMEs, it is clear that many small businesses are hurting.Women have also unquestionably been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Women represented the majority of workers in industries most affected by pandemic-related restrictions — service, hospitality, and tourism.The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on SMEs and women is compounded when we consider that pre-pandemic biases can block certain groups from answering the door when opportunity knocks. A recent report from the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, found that stereotypes associated with entrepreneurship continue to create barriers for female entrepreneurs. This includes limiting opportunities for financing: “in Canada, men are four times as likely to receive venture capital and angel investments than women, while capital applications by women were dismissed 53% of the time, compared to 38% for men.” Barriers like these undermine fairness and economic efficiency and block economic participation for marginalized groups.Delivering Results for All CanadiansMuch like biases can act as barriers to entry, they can also impact the effectiveness of competition enforcement, advocacy and compliance. So, let me explain how the Bureau will strive to deliver the benefits of competition to all Canadians.First, we are focusing on areas of the economy that have the greatest impact on Canadians’ daily lives. We are doing this by engaging with Canadians through initiatives such as public opinion research, open calls for feedback, and by taking a more proactive and intelligence-led approach to our work. The information gathered through these activities helps us allocate our resources to enforcement and promotion initiatives that best serve Canadian consumers and businesses.Second, we are putting plans in action to increase the diversity of our workforce and governance committees. This will help us create a more productive Bureau and lead to better decision-making and better results for all Canadians.Third, we are asking new questions. It is clear that we need to consider cases where the potential damage may be lower to Canadians as a whole, but skewed toward particular segments of the Canadian population. This involves a deeper understanding of who is impacted by anti-competitive activity. In this regard, I’m reminded of the words of acting Chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter at the US Federal Trade Commission, for whom antiracism has been an important concern. In a 2020 interview, she said we must ask ourselves, “who’s harmed by this merger or this conduct? Who are the victims, and what is the harm? And what would our action change?”Lastly, the Bureau continues to push the research agenda and challenge assumptions. As many are aware, the Bureau is working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to champion further research on the link between competition and gender, an area that remains largely unexplored. Following a call-out for research proposals, the OECD received dozens of submissions, and seven research projects are moving forward. These projects will help us understand how gender can factor into many aspects of our work, including market definition, cartel behaviour and case selection. This also means working with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to identify gaps in our law. This is a top priority as we need to ensure that our law is fit for the digital age and fosters competitive markets that work for all Canadian consumers, businesses and workers.ConclusionIncorporating inclusivity in our work is something that we must continuously strive to improve. We will have inclusive growth front of mind as a factor when we prioritize cases and advocacy work. We will continue to pursue our competition promotion initiatives to foster inclusive growth and build a more competitive marketplace. And, where appropriate, we will consider the potential harm to marginalized groups when choosing cases and focusing our advocacy. Together, through the efforts of our dedicated employees, the Bureau will continue to fight for all Canadians through our actions.Thank you. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Canada, CBA, Commissioner, Economic Development, entrepreneurs, Federal, federal budget, Germany, Government, New Zealand, OECD, Small Business, U.S., United Kingdom, United States, womenlast_img read more

CU professor, regents testify for in-state tuition for American Indian students with Colorado ties

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 18, 2021 Calling it “an important step in recognizing past injustices,” a CU Boulder professor, two regents and alumni testified before the Colorado Senate Education Committee today, expressing support for a bill moving through the legislature that would grant in-state tuition to members of American Indian nations with historical ties to Colorado.Senate Bill 21-029, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Fenberg, D-Boulder, would mandate that public colleges and universities in Colorado provide in-state tuition classification to American Indian students from tribal communities with cultural, geographic and other historical ties to the state. Dozens of indigenous groups stand to benefit from this proposed legislation if it passes into law.On Thursday, the bill passed unanimously on a 7-0 vote out of the Senate Education Committee. It now moves to a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing before a full discussion in the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives.If the bill becomes law, advocates say it would increase college affordability and enable American Indian students to pursue their academic goals in a region many consider part of their ancestral homeland. Currently, nonresident American Indian college students, including those from tribes with Colorado roots, are required to pay out-of-state tuition rates.Andrew Cowell, a professor of linguistics and faculty director of CU Boulder’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, is an expert in the linguistic tradition of the Arapaho, a people of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions with historical ties to Colorado and the city of Boulder, home of CU’s flagship campus.During his testimony before lawmakers, Cowell said, “Native American peoples were forced out of Colorado at gunpoint. This was their home, and many of them still consider it to be part of their home. I work closely with the Arapaho people as a scholar, and whenever I am with them here in Colorado, they always talk about how good they feel to be here.“They share their stories and knowledge of this place, and a good deal of my work has involved documenting this knowledge. The in-state tuition bill is one very important step in recognizing past injustices, and in restoring the rights of ‘home’ to these and other tribes,” he said.Regent Lesley Smith, who is the board’s vice chair, and Regent Emerita Irene Griego also lent their support to the bill, with Smith calling it “a way to improve educational equity and remedy historical barriers to education experienced by American Indians.”Smith said CU adopted the university system’s first native land acknowledgement statement last fall, calling it an important step in articulating the university’s commitment to Native American students and their communities.“As leaders of a public institution, we know how critical access to higher education is for all students and that barriers to entry disproportionately impact underrepresented populations, including American Indian people,” she told lawmakers during her testimony. “Allowing these students to qualify for in-state tuition is just one important step we can take in eliminating the financial roadblock that out-of-state tuition rates can create.”Former Regent Griego, who served on the board for nine years, worked closely with campus stakeholders and the university administration to bring forward a resolution last fall asking the state legislature for statutory authority to offer in-state tuition to American Indian students with historical ties to Colorado. The board passed the resolution on Nov. 12.“We at CU recognize and affirm the ties these nations have to their traditional homelands and the many Indigenous people who thrive in this place––alive and strong,” she said during her testimony. “We also acknowledge the painful history of ill treatment and forced removal that has had a profoundly negative impact on Native nations.”Griego also told lawmakers, “It is incumbent upon institutions in Colorado, especially CU, to put action behind our words. A critical action step is to ensure we are providing educational opportunities for Native students, faculty and staff and advancing our mission to understand the history and contemporary lives of Native peoples.”CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano expressed gratitude for the testimony provided by Cowell and Regents Smith and Griego, calling the bill “a symbol of the university’s commitment to supporting the cultures, lives and communities of Colorado’s first residents.”“Each one of our campuses is located on lands that were historically inhabited by these great nations,” DiStefano said. “It is right and long overdue that we strengthen the ongoing presence of these communities at CU Boulder, Colorado’s flagship campus.”College-aged students who are members of American Indian tribal communities are far less likely than their nontribal counterparts to be enrolled in a higher education institution, with only 19% enrolled in college in 2016, compared to about 41% of the total college-aged population, according to recent census data cited during today’s legislative hearing.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsInclusive ExcellenceCampus Communitylast_img read more

Trinchero Family Estates Purchases Paso Robles Winery Facility

first_imgPinterest Share Facebook Email Home Industry News Releases Trinchero Family Estates Purchases Paso Robles Winery FacilityIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessTrinchero Family Estates Purchases Paso Robles Winery FacilityBy Press Release – December 28, 2016 443 0 AdvertisementTFE Bolsters Quality Production Capabilities in Key California Growing Region St. Helena, Calif., December 27, 2016 — Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) today announced its purchase of the Five Rivers Winery facility in located in the Paso Robles AVA. TFE purchased the site from Fetzer Vineyards, who has owned it since 2000. The Five Rivers property totals 46 acres which includes 15 acres of vineyards planted to Petite Sirah and a winery facility that is over 90,000 square feet. Fetzer Vineyards is consolidating its operations at its corporate headquarters in Mendocino County.Trinchero Family Estates plans to modernize the facility and add white wine capabilities to the site, which is ideally located in the midst of California’s premier Central Coast growing region. The purchase of the Five Rivers facility will be critical to the growth and investment in the premium and super-premium business that Trinchero Family Estates has made a priority in recent months. The facility will enable careful, quality-focused growth for numerous brands that source from Central Coast vineyards. President and COO Bob Torkelson commented, “The purchase of the Five Rivers facility allows Trinchero Family Estates to further expand our operations in the Central Coast region and ensure that our production of wines from that region are managed with the utmost emphasis on quality.”Trinchero Family Estates is the second largest family-owned wine company in the United States that began in 1948 with one storied brand: Sutter Home. Multiple generations of the Trinchero family continue to own and operate the Napa Valley-based business that now employs over 1,500 employees and manages over 10,000 acres of vineyards.About Trinchero Family Estates Trinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The TFE portfolio includes more than 40 brands including Sutter Home, Ménage à Trois, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Folie à Deux, Terra d’Oro, SeaGlass, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE also markets and sells a stable of notable brands including Joel Gott Wines, Charles & Charles, Taken Wine Co., and Bandit. TFE’s import portfolio also includes Angove Wines from Australia; Doña Paula Wines from Argentina; Carmen and the Wave Wines from Chile; and a spirits portfolio that includes Amador Whiskey Co and Tres Agaves Tequilas.   Visit www.tfewines.com to learn more.About Fetzer VineyardsA pioneer in regenerative winemaking, Fetzer Vineyards continues its legacy of hard work, rebellious thinking and crafting wines that make a difference. Since its founding in 1968, Fetzer Vineyards has consistently developed and implemented practices that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and ultimately regenerative, becoming the world’s largest winery to receive B Corporation certification, in 2015. B Corp certification standards, developed by the non-profit B Lab, are widely recognized as the highest standards for social and environmental responsibility in business. Ultimately, Fetzer Vineyards strives for the perfect relationship between land, climate and vine to regenerate communities and bring wines of remarkable quality and character to the table. Fetzer.comAdvertisement Linkedin Twitter Previous articleVictor Galindo, Production Supervisor, Cork Supply USANext articleAfternoon Brief, December 28 Press Release TAGSfeaturedFetzer VineyardsFive Rivers WineryTrinchero Family Estates ReddItlast_img read more

Lux Wines Launches First Ever U.S. Virtual Reality Tour with Allegrini,…

first_imgTwitter AdvertisementIconic Italian Wineries Utilize Advanced Technology to Bring Vineyards to Life AbroadNew York, New York. November 21, 2019. Three of Italy’s most prestigious wineries, Allegrini, Jermann and Renato Ratti, recently completed a two-city tour in New York City and San Francisco. The events brought each property to life for trade and media through the use of high quality, 360-degree virtual reality technology viewed on an Oculus headset. Each event was a success, featuring a seated tasting with virtual tours of the wineries and live comments from each producer. Winery representatives Marilisa Allegrini (Allegrini) from Valpolicella, Pietro Ratti (Ratti) from Barolo, and Felix Jermann (Jermann) from Friuli, were present at each event to present their wines and winery through the innovative use of technology. The tour visited New York City on November 4th and San Francisco on November 7th. The producers are all part of Lux Wines, an importer and purveyor of fine wines from around the world created by E. & J. Gallo Winery.“To be competitive in any major wine export market, it is important to connect with your customers,” comments tour participant, Marilisa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini Estates. “Virtual reality technology allows us to bring our vineyards, our winery, and our wines, to life for all of our partners abroad.”Allegrini, Jermann and Ratti are the first producers in the Lux Wines portfolio to utilize the virtual reality technology. For luxury wines and estates in their portfolio, Gallo saw an opportunity to use virtual reality to connect with key customers without the trip to Italy. “The virtual reality / 360 video tour allows us to transport and connect the media gatekeepers and sommeliers with these beautiful wineries and iconic families. It’s an exciting way for people to interact with the wines,” says Giovanni Nencini, Managing Director of Lux Wines.Lux plans to increase the use of virtual reality for trade and media tastings and eventually create an experience for consumers as well.ABOUT LUX WINES: Founded in 2014, LUX Wines is an importer and purveyor of fine wines from around the world created by E. & J. Gallo Winery as a distinct selling and marketing division. LUX Wines hand-selects truly singular, terroir-driven wines from highly acclaimed wineries around the world that transcend time and are deeply rooted in tradition. LUX is led by Managing Director Giovanni Nencini, who has a profound understanding of the fine wine business with more than 25 years of high-level experience in sales, marketing and exporting.  Nencini oversees an elite team of wine professionals who have lived, worked and traveled in the world’s most renowned winegrowing regions. For discerning American wine enthusiasts, LUX offers a growing international portfolio of iconic wines.Advertisement Pinterest Share Facebook Email Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Lux Wines Launches First Ever U.S. Virtual Reality Tour with Allegrini, Jermann…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessLux Wines Launches First Ever U.S. Virtual Reality Tour with Allegrini, Jermann and Renato RattiBy Press Release – November 21, 2019 328 0 TAGSLux Wines ReddIt Previous articleVIK Award Scholarship Announced Supporting Institute of Masters of Wine CandidatesNext articleMoët Hennessy at Vinexpo: A Mindful Forum on Living Soils Press Releaselast_img read more

Making First Impressions with Secondary Packaging

first_img Twitter Home Wine Business Editorial Making First Impressions with Secondary PackagingWine Business EditorialMaking First Impressions with Secondary PackagingBy Editor – September 24, 2020 874 0 Facebook Share Pinterest TAGSAffinity Creative GroupBarbara BarriellefeaturedFoley Family WinesJ VineyardsLouis Roederer Linkedin AdvertisementBy Barbara BarriellePresentation packaging has many forms and their structure is as important as their design. Boxes have to be made so that a bottle may be shipped without damage, that the label remains forward at all times, and that the recipient is blown away upon receiving the wine package.Dave Miller, Principal at Affinity Creative Group, explains why brands continue to employ presentation packaging and where it is effective. “Presentation boxes are used in the trade with customers as a launch box to present a wine that is new or a rebranding. The hope is that the buyer is impressed and orders the wines,” says Miller. “These packages are also used to present special or high-end offerings and to show appreciation for loyalty to members and very good customers.”Affinity Creative Group are specialists in customizing secondary packaging and integrating these special bottle presentations with a winery’s brand identity.Bob Kersten, Director of Strategy at Affinity Creative, focuses on implementing clients’ marketing plans in a holistic 360 degree approach and secondary packaging is part of the multi-faceted approach that includes digital marketing, social media, retail presentations, labeling and messaging. He feels that beautiful presentation packaging notches up the experience for the consumer.“Secondary packaging is an investment in consumer engagement, less of a package and more of an experience,” says Kersten. “It is a way for a brand to distinguish itself because it’s a break from the current norm of plain brown Amazon packages. A gorgeous presentation package distinguishes a brand; it is tactile and you want to touch it, feel it and it is a delight or surprise to open the package and find what is inside. Ideally, the consumer keeps the box around and reuses it. It creates a deeper connection with consumers and the (wine or spirits) brand.”Foley Family Wines is in the process of creating holiday and entertaining presentation boxes that encapsulate an assortment of their brands, reflecting the wine family and not just one brand. For example, a box slotted for this holiday season has what they call “something for everyone” until they choose a more fanciful name. Included in this package in a bottle of Chalk Hill 2018 Estate Chardonnay, a bottle of Sebastiani 2016 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Four Graces 2016 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. Another approach has been to group wines by varieties for an exploration of how terroir affects aroma and taste.“El Pino Club is a new brand for Foley Family Wines introduced this year that showcases site-specific Pinot Noirs from our best vineyard blocks in the Russian River Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Dundee Hills. The distinctive packaging is a big part of this wine to reflect the unique ‘personalities’ of each of these AVA’s and our winemakers’ signature styles.” Says Foley Family Brand Manager Deborah Olsen. “To launch the program this summer in our unique Covid environment, we were looking for secondary packaging that was ship-worthy and reflected the luxury nature of the brand. “Dave and his team worked to put together a custom three bottle presentation box with an outer shipper that safely delivered three bottle sets to our key customers. These are wines that are wonderful to experience side by side to appreciate the full range of Pinot Noir, so the secondary packaging Dave and his team developed allowed us to showcase the portfolio in a way that was on brand: both attractive, distinctive and informative.”When done well, investing in the secondary packaging can lead directly to increased sales. When J Vineyards launched the gift box for their Cuvée 20 NV Brut Sparkling  in 2019, they registered a volume increase of almost 20%.Louis Roederer created a special gift box for their iconic 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne which includes two limited edition champagne flutes created by French glassmaker Lehmann. This presentation packaging gift box was specifically designed for high-end champagne consumers that do not have the opportunity to enjoy champagne in restaurants or bars during the pandemic and was made available through wine.com. The luxurious and very tactile package is a perfect gift or personal indulgence to enjoy during a difficult time.There’s a wide range in the cost of different secondary packaging options depending on the wine’s price point and what the goal of the packaging is.“Affinity produces boxes out of wood, corrugated or a .060 or .080 or thicker rigid material mostly.  Wood boxes can be of pure wood, say pine, walnut, bamboo, or some other hardwood and sometimes of MDF composite, or they can be of corrugated or what we might call a rigid or set-up box. A set up box is a nicer presentation, particularly when it comes to a gift box. Corrugated is normally used if you need to be focused on costs,” says Miller.“What we design and the materials involved, like real wood of mahogany, walnut, pine or even olive, and the volume will determine if we make the box run in the US, Canada or China,” Miller explains. “And the additional costs would probably not be expected to be covered by the retail price but would be a marketing expense in the marketing of the wines.”Advertisement ReddIt Email Previous articleDomaine Bousquet Expands Gaia Range Introduces Four Exciting New WinesNext articleAfternoon Brief, September 24 Editorlast_img read more

Tele2 ups cost cutting target from fixed buy

first_img Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand Home Tele2 ups cost cutting target from fixed buy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 FEB 2019 Previous ArticleGoogle refocuses Android Things on smart devicesNext ArticlePublishers irked over Apple news service plans Tele2 drastically increased its cost reduction goal and slashed the timescale for savings related to absorbing newly acquired fixed business Com Hem into its core operation.In CEO Anders Nilsson’s (pictured) first financial results call since taking charge of the operator in November, covering Q4 2018, he updated the amount Tele2 aims to shed from annual costs to SEK1.35 billion ($147 million), with SEK900 million of that total to be delivered within three years.When it announced its acquisition of Com Hem, Tele2 had targeted annual synergy savings of SEK900 million, with half to be achieved in the first five years.The cost of integration is expected to reach SEK1 billion in the first three years, SEK400 million than first expected.Nilsson said once the integration process started, the company identified additional savings with the potential opportunity to make further structural changes “further down the line” in areas including IT, network and brand.“This next step is more transformational and would turn Tele2 into what it needs to be in the future, a truly integrated fixed-mobile convergence challenger.”StrategyIn addition to deeper cuts, on an earnings call Nilsson announced the company was set to launch a Com Hem mobile brand, as this was the “quickest way” to cross-sell mobile into its new fixed base rather than selling-in Tele2.Under its new management the operator will also change its strategy in the business segment in its home market of Sweden. Here, it aims to improve market share and revenue by focusing on “volumes rather than price”.During Q4, Tele2 recorded a net loss of SEK339 million compared with a profit of SEK461 million in the same period of 2017.The decline, it said, was due to the impact of deferred tax payments. In Q4 2018 it booked income tax charges across its international operations of SEK1.18 billion compared with SEK165 million in the same period of 2017. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world Tele2 set for exec team shake-up Chris Donkin Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Tags Author Related Anders NilssonCom HemTele2last_img read more

Cut Line: Less is more for TW; more of less Romo

first_imgIn this week’s pre-PGA Championship edition we examine Tiger Woods’ new limited schedule, Jordan Spieth’s limited progress and the limits of the AT&T Byron Nelson’s new home. Made Cut See you when we see you. When Tiger Woods opted to not play last week’s Wells Fargo Championship there was a light undercurrent of concern considering that it would mean a month between starts for the Masters champion. For a player with a medical history like Woods perhaps the concerns were understandable, but various posts on social media this week showed Woods practicing at Bethpage Black, site of next week’s PGA Championship. Woods has repeatedly said after last season’s 18-event campaign that he would not play as much going forward and his decision to skip the Quail Hollow event, which had been a staple on his schedule, appears to be proof of this new approach. There’s also a chance that between now and the start of the PGA Tour playoffs that Woods will make just five more starts. Given the results so far in his comeback it would be foolish to question his scaled-back schedule. Quality over quantity seems to be working just fine. Wanamaker Trophy half full. On the eve of the year’s second major, we are going to take the high road. The PGA Championship will sport the strongest all-professional field of the year with each of the top 100 players in the world rankings –  which, the PGA proudly says, has never happened before in a major championship –  and a lineup that features 34 major champions. Of course, the championship’s move to May will certainly be scrutinized next week at Bethpage Black, which probably won’t be at its mid-summer toughest considering the need for warm weather to groom rough heights. The highs next week in New York are forecast at 65 degrees with rain chances hovering between 20 and 40 percent. If that sounds more like fall football weather just remember last year’s triple-digit temperatures at Bellerive. New York in May doesn’t sound terrible now, does it? Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Being Jordan. On Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Jordan Spieth did what Jordan Spieth has done so many times in his career, playing his first seven holes in 5 under par. He followed that blistering start with a double bogey and two bogeys for a 3-under round, which has also become the norm for the 11-time Tour winner. Throughout Spieth’s recent swoon he’s preached patience and the message was no different on Thursday. “I’ve told you guys ahead of time it’s just a matter of time. This is different. I feel good. I feel like I’m really in the right place,” he said. Spieth, who is nine shots back after Day 2 in Dallas, may not be poised for a breakthrough this week, but at least he’s not becoming a prisoner of the moment. Tweet of the week: A lifestyle many would consider glamorous often conceals the reality of life on Tour. For the father of three it was an easy choice to leave it all behind for now. Your browser does not support iframes. Missed Cut Dallas stars? When officials relocated this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson from TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas, to Trinity Forest last year the idea was the upgrade would help attract a better field. But if the last two events are any indication it’s time to call this a failed experiment. Although Trinity Forest is in Dallas, it feels closer to the middle of nowhere and the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design is, well, turning out to be an acquired taste for many Tour types. Just two players from the top 20 in the world ranking, No. 3 Brooks Koepka and No. 19 Patrick Reed, are in this week’s field. The projected strength of field (219) is well below what it was when the event was played at TPC Four Seasons, which was also not the most popular stop but at least it was centrally located. The Nelson’s new spot on the schedule, before the PGA Championship, probably doesn’t help the event’s outlook either, but the tournament’s strength-of-field woes are starting to feel more and more self-inflicted. Sideshows. Not to pile on the folks in Dallas but it’s also time tournament officials stop sacrificing competitive integrity for gimmicky attention grabs. Tony Romo is playing his third Tour event in two years this week at the Nelson. After missing the cut the last two years at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, the former Cowboys quarterback did the same on his home course at Trinity Forest. He opened with a 5-over 76 on Thursday and followed that with a 74 on Day 2. When he signed his card, he was was tied for 148th out of 153 players. It’s worth pointing out his 74 was his best round ever on Tour. It’s also worth pointing out that Romo has played all three events on sponsor exemptions, which events are allowed to dole out however they wish. But when a player like Boo Weekley, a three-time Tour winner and former Ryder Cup player, can’t get into the field as the first alternate it might be time to reexamine the system.last_img read more