Working product – Urabandai SS Tue, 17 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Working product – Urabandai SS 32 32 Toronto’s Fable raises US$10.5 million to make online accessibility a reality for users with disabilities Tue, 17 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000

Alwar Pallai, CEO and co-founder of Fable, an accessibility platform, says the Toronto startup “focuses on businesses that have large digital teams and billions of users.”Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Fable Tech Labs Inc., a fast-growing Toronto startup that helps companies make their digital products more usable by people with accessibility challenges, has raised US$10.5 million in venture capital.

The funding was led by Kansas City-based Five Elms Capital and backed by former investors Difference Partners and Disruption Ventures as well as Toronto financier John Ruffolo, who uses a wheelchair after a near-fatal traffic accident in 2020.

Fable quickly established itself as a go-to startup for major clients, including Microsoft Corp. MSFT-Q, the parent company of Facebook Meta Platform Inc. FB-Q, Shopify Inc. SHOP-T, Slack Technologies LLC, Walmart Inc. WMT-N and Telus Corp. TT to ensure that their digital offerings do not overlook visually or hearing impaired users or those with mobility issues.

“We are focused on companies that have large digital teams and billions of users,” Chief Executive Alwar Pillai said. “We believe that by helping them, we unlock access to many more users on the net.”

Ms. Pillai and COO Abid Virani co-founded Fable in 2018, a year after earning a master’s degree in inclusive design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Ms Pillai said she had written her masters thesis on how to design technology for older people and how digital tools could play a role in ensuring they do not feel socially isolated.

Her early work experiences, including stints as an accessibility expert for the Ontario Ministry of Education and as a user experience designer for Rogers Communications Inc., led her to realize that companies rarely practice the “ideal experience” for customers with accessibility issues they learned about in school.

“I just saw the deficit in how we build products,” she said.

“What I noticed was that everyone was talking about accessibility and trying to make products accessible, but no person with disabilities was in the room to give their perspective. … For me, it was essential to make sure we bring diverse perspectives to the product and work in progress so that people are more aware and can make more informed decisions.Ultimately, if you have a more inclusive process, you will have an accessible product . »

Fable offers a subscription service, engaging hundreds of people with disabilities to research and test products as they are developed by its customers. Users share feedback on Fable’s Engage platform, which the startup’s customers then review to determine how to improve their products’ accessibility features. Fable typically charges tens of thousands of dollars per year to its customers.

Mr Ruffolo said that when he looked into space he realized that the market for products and services to help users with reduced mobility was “bigger than I thought”, covering not only hearing and visually impaired, but also stroke survivors, people with Parkinson’s disease and aging users. He made the investment personally. “It’s a huge market and it will be bigger due to the aging of the population.”

Microsoft started working with Fable last year. “The partnership began with Fable working with us to research user accessibility to Microsoft sites and services, and has grown to include learning modules on how developers with disabilities can use Microsoft products. to do their best,” said Dona Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer. at Microsoft Accessibility.

“Working with an organization that shares the same passion for developer accessibility as Microsoft has been invigorating, which is why we’re so excited for the latest fundraising news from Fable,” she added.

Microsoft is one of a handful of tech giants, including Apple Inc. and Inc., that have added accessibility features to their products. For example, they introduced automated captioning and voice-over screen readers to describe images in videos and photos. Microsoft also offered vision-enabled tablet software as well as hardware alternatives to the keyboard, mouse, and game controller to help people with reduced mobility who struggle with standard navigation tools.

Yet online technology journal Engadget said in its annual industry accessibility report last December that “large organizations have continued to make decisions that exclude people with disabilities.”

Five Elms partner Austin Gideon said in an interview that he thinks accessibility considerations in technology development “may be where [data protection] and privacy was a decade before European mandates changed the whole landscape. I think historically, accessibility may have been seen as reactionary,” where companies only reacted to lawsuits or complaints.

But given that around 15% of users need some form of assistance using the technology, companies are “really seeing [engaging Fable] as a revenue opportunity” to develop their potential market, Gideon added.

He predicted that Fable, which has also started offering video courses for companies to design more accessible products, could quickly increase its revenue. They currently cost between US$50 million and US$100 million over the next five years.

“We are incredibly impressed with the financial performance” of the 60-person business and its potential for growth, he said.

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Is the loan between individuals suitable for you? Sun, 15 May 2022 19:00:14 +0000

Earlier this month, Fi, a neobank announced that it would offer P2P loans to its customers with yields of up to 9%. Fi is just the latest fintech player to enter this space. In August-September 2021, two other companies – Bharatpe and Cred – made similar announcements regarding the launch of P2P lending.

P2P, or peer-to-peer, lending involves a digital platform bringing together borrowers and lenders, essentially playing the role of a bank. Since the process excludes the middleman role, P2P allows lenders to earn a slightly higher return than bank FDs. Interestingly, a message on Bharatpe’s 12% club app states that it will “reopen soon” for new investments while existing investors will continue to receive refunds. Typically, fintechs allow investors to access their money within hours or 1-2 business days. This is made possible by holding a certain amount as a buffer and betting that not all investors will redeem their money all at once.

“CRED Mint has no fixed lock-up periods, providing liquidity to members through our marketplace by allowing them to instantly request withdrawals after 7 days and earn interest for the duration saved,” a spokesperson for CRED Mint said. CRED.

P2P lending is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India. Only non-bank financial companies (NBFCs) that have a P2P license can provide such loans. Fintechs usually partner with NBFCs such as LenDenClub or Liquiloans. The maximum duration of this type of loan is 36 months. We can lend to the maximum 50 lakh on all P2P platforms. People who lend more than 10 lakh in P2P must produce net worth certificate of more than 50 lakh from a chartered accountant. However, an investor’s exposure to a single borrower may not exceed 50,000.

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P2P loans are personal loans and they usually pay an interest rate of 20-24%. These types of loans are taken out by individuals for purposes such as investing in their business, renovating their home, or family expenses like weddings. Borrowers are usually the self-employed or employees of the unorganized sector since employees of large companies can usually obtain personal loans from banks at lower rates. From the interest earned on the loans, a certain percentage is retained by the P2P platform (NBFC) and by the fintech platform, leaving the residual amount to the investor. In the case of Bharatpe, this amount is 12%, while in the case of Cred and Fi, it is 9%. Platforms like Fi and CRED say they filter out lower quality borrowers from the borrower base of P2P platforms. Therefore, the investor’s return is also lower. “Money invested in CRED Mint is lent to the community of trusted CRED members through CRED Cash, a CRED loan product. All CRED members have a credit score above 750. Members benefit from the elimination of commissions, inefficiencies and other overhead costs that eat away at typical returns and thus earn higher returns in the process,” said said the CRED spokesperson.

As a P2P investor, your returns depend on this simple math that goes awry due to rising defaults. P2P loan portfolios have NPA or non-performing asset rates. As long as the NPAs can be absorbed by the NBFC or fintech in the spread (the difference between the lending rate and the borrowing rate), the investor’s return is not affected. According to the Liquiloans website, gross non-performing assets as of March 31, 2021 represented 0.4% of the portfolio. This peaked at 0.6% in September 2020. For Lendenclub, the website shows a default rate of 3.48%. This figure peaked at 5.86% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The very different displays of risk suggest the absence of a standard calculation methodology. The Liquiloans website goes on to suggest that the NPA rate should be read cumulatively, over a loan cycle. For example, if the NPA rate is 5% for one quarter and the loan cycle is 2 quarters, you must deduct 10% of your return. “The credit default rate granted through CRED Cash has always been below 1%, the lowest among all existing credit providers. The money is also distributed among more than 200 borrowers to diversify and reduce risk,” the CRED spokesperson added.

P2P platforms argue that the risk levels are manageable despite the high interest rate. According to Bhavin Patel, CEO of LenDenClub, P2P platforms source borrowers from a variety of locations, including their own websites and apps, as well as other digital apps. The 20-24% interest rate is only marginally higher than what NBFCs charge, he added. “It does not follow that these borrowers are subject to default. P2P borrowers are generally low ticket size borrowers. The average size of our banknotes is approx. 20,000. These borrowers are not interest rate sensitive. Instead, they focus on the absolute amount they must repay. For example, 24% on a loan of 20,000 is 400, an amount that borrowers do not consider onerous,” he said. As an investor, however, this remains a high-risk product. If you’re interested in dipping your toes into it nonetheless, limit it to a small portion of your wallet.

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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s lengthy message on the changes Sat, 14 May 2022 02:47:07 +0000

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal posted a lengthy thread about recent changes to the team

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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal posted a detailed thread about recent changes to his team and why he made them at a time when the microblogging site is set to be acquired by the CEO of Twitter. Tesla, Elon Musk.

The lengthy post came a day after Twitter fired two senior executives and Mr. Musk announced that the $44 billion deal to acquire the site is currently on hold pending data on fake accounts.

Mr Agrawal said that “some have asked why a ‘lame duck’ CEO would make changes if we got bought out anyway”.

“The short answer is very simple: While I expect the deal to go through, we need to be prepared for all scenarios and always do what’s right for Twitter. operating Twitter, and our job is to build a Twitter every day.” he tweeted.

“No one at Twitter works just to keep the lights on. We take pride in our work. Regardless of future company ownership, here we are improving Twitter as a product and a business for customers, partners, shareholders and y’all,” he added.

The Twitter CEO added that he “will not use the agreement as an excuse to avoid making important decisions”.

“People have also asked: why manage costs now rather than after the close? Our industry is in a very difficult macroeconomic environment – right now. I will not use the deal as an excuse to avoid taking decisions important to the health of the company, nor any Twitter executive,” he wrote.

Mr Agrawal then added that he was ‘focused on the job’ and ‘you can expect more change for the better’.

“So what can you expect from me in the future? I am always focused on my job, and that includes making tough decisions when needed. I will continue to embrace the deep complexities of our service and our business. And you can expect more change for the better,” he wrote.

He added that he “will try to bring more transparency to the work we do.” “You won’t see any tweets from me about the ‘topic of the day’ or loudest soundbite, but rather about the ongoing, continuous and inspiring work our teams are doing to improve the public conversation on Twitter,” he said. he wrote.

He also thanked his team for their concentration and agility.

“Finally – so much gratitude to our entire Twitter team. They stayed strong and focused, sharp and nimble. They got the job done, like they always have. Forward,” he wrote.

The Fed runs the economy without knowing its speed limit Thu, 12 May 2022 11:03:00 +0000

The economy cannot go so fast without overheating. A big problem now is that no one knows exactly how fast it’s going.

Prior to the pandemic, the US economy seemed stuck in slow growth mode for some time. Productivity gains – the ability of workers to do more in a given amount of time – had declined, while an aging population meant that the number of available workers grew less rapidly than in the past. As a result, most economists estimated that potential gross domestic product growth, which measures how fast the economy can grow without causing inflation, had fallen. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that potential growth over the decade to 2019 averaged 1.7% per year compared to 3.1% during the 1990s.

The Covid-19 crisis has changed a lot of things, and one of the things it could have changed for the better is potential growth. New efficiencies developed during the pandemic look set to deliver lasting productivity gains, while the advent of work-from-home arrangements could ultimately increase labor supply.

Any increase in potential growth would count as good news for the Federal Reserve because it wouldn’t have to try to slow the economy as much as it would if potential is still low. And that would be good news for American businesses and workers, not only because it would reduce the risk of the Fed pushing the economy into recession, but because an economy that can grow faster can produce more in the form of profits. and salaries.

The problem is that there aren’t many indications of higher potential growth in the data. The Labor Department said productivity, as defined by what the average worker produces in an hour, declined at an annual rate of 7.5% in the first quarter from the previous quarter. Granted, these numbers can bounce back a lot from quarter to quarter, and the Q1 number was likely skewed by some of the same factors that led to a negative reading for GDP growth in the quarter.

In early May, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank had approved a half-percentage-point hike in interest rates in a bid to curb inflation, which is at an all-time high. high level for four decades. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

But since the fourth quarter of 2019, productivity has grown at an annual rate of just 1.1%. This compares to a rate of 1.3% in the five years before the pandemic. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate – the share of the working-age population working or looking for work – was 62.2% last month, which, although on the rise compared to the previous year, was still below its February 2020 level of 63.4%.

Productivity is difficult to measure and data is subject to very significant revisions. It is also possible that disruptions in the supply of semiconductors and other items will impose temporary constraints on productivity. It could therefore be that the underlying productivity trend has increased. It certainly looks like changes like reducing time-consuming in-person customer meetings, restaurants moving to digital menus and the like should make workers more efficient.

Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom thinks work-from-home arrangements, in particular, should improve productivity prospects. Worker surveys he helped conduct show that employers’ acceptance of work-from-home arrangements has sometimes increased after the pandemic. At the very least, it drastically reduces the time people spend commuting, which whether or not the time stuck in traffic is considered work time should help increase worker output.

Bloom also thinks work-from-home arrangements could potentially boost labor market participation. Older workers might delay their retirement and switch to part-time, for example, because doing half a day’s work takes much less time if that doesn’t include the hassle of going to the office.

However, it will take time to find out if this is actually true, just as it might take time for any of the hoped-for productivity improvements to show up in the data. Until inflation is brought under control and the labor market stops tightening, any optimism the Fed might feel about the economy growing faster will remain on hold.

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If everyone is working from home, why are commercial office spaces booming? | Genetic marks Sun, 08 May 2022 10:10:29 +0000

Meveryone enjoyed working from home during the pandemic. They’ve been able to spend more time with their families, adopt more pets, enjoy the magic of delivery services, binge Netflix, swap their suits for sweatshirts, and even start an unprecedented number of businesses. All of these reasons – and many more – are why so many workers want to keep doing the same, even as we try to put Covid in the rearview mirror.

For these employees, here is a warning: prepare for reality. Employers plan to bring you back to the office.

Otherwise, why would Facebook rent an additional 300,000 square feet of office space in New York to add to its already occupied 3 million square feet? Why would Google spend $2.1 billion on an office building in Manhattan and expand its “sprawling campus” in the city to house its more than 12,000 employees? These are tech companies whose business is cloud-based… so why expand the offices?

And why would Manhattan’s commercial real estate market be ‘rebounding’ with CRBE tracking this stuff reporting that rental activity is up 100% year over year? March 31? “We just reached 95% occupancy, which is the highest occupancy in the building’s history,” said a New York landlord.

It’s not just a New York affair, either.

In Charleston, South Carolina, commercial vacancy rates are below 2% and nearly 10 square meters of industrial space is under construction. In Jacksonville, Florida, 2021 has been a “big year” for commercial real estate investors, with all product types showing increases in market rent, occupancy and buyer interest. Northwest Arkansas commercial real estate has its lowest vacancy rate since 2005. In Philadelphia, Baltimore, Santa Clara and Chicago, there is a post-pandemic “boom” in commercial and residential properties mixed use under development. Iowa developers say industrial spaces “can’t be built fast enough.” Office vacancy rates continue to decline in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

If everyone is “working from home” – as we hear over and over again in the media – why is the market for commercial office space booming? Yes, there is more demand for warehousing thanks to all those Amazon orders. But it’s also because of something else: not everyone is going to work from home in the coming months. They come back to the office.

Of course, large companies are still slow to bring their employees back. Large organizations from Goldman Sachs to KPMG – worried about poor public relations and potential lawsuits – are tentatively allowing employees to determine their own arrangements. But that is changing rapidly. According to a new study from Microsoft, more than half of business leaders want their employees to come back to the office five days a week. Even GenZ-ers view remote work negatively!

So, will these workers return? They will have no choice.

We know that many employees are reluctant to come back to the office. Last week, a study revealed that more than half of Apple employees would like to quit their jobs because they prefer to work from home. Other studies – like this one and this one – have shown that workers overwhelmingly prefer to continue working from home rather than commuting. Who can blame them?

But even if employees want to work from home all the time, that just won’t happen. The reality is that small business workers across the country – who employ about half of our workforce – have been back in the office for some time now. When I visit my clients, which are almost all small and medium-sized businesses, their employees are at their desks. If you don’t believe me, take a drive around the suburbs of your city and look at the parking lots.

There is no doubt that work from home arrangements are now an essential benefit that companies must provide. My best clients are reorienting their work cultures and doing their best to provide as much flexibility as possible to their employees. But there will be a limit. I don’t know of any that are going entirely virtual and very, very few that allow their employees to work remotely more than two days a week.

That’s because employers know the real work is done when teams can be together, face-to-face, and collaborate, innovate, and yes, even socialize. They also know that working from home can be difficult for some, cause loneliness and depression for others, and also provide opportunities to avoid the work they are actually paid to do instead of pursuing their side businesses.

Working from home is here to stay. But – judging by what we’re seeing in commercial real estate – companies are expanding, not abandoning, their offices. Many employers are doing their best to ease the transition for their employees. But in the end, it’s business. And business is done in a workplace, which means coming to the office – at least most of the time – is a reality workers are going to have to deal with.

Indian Organic Baby Skin Care Industry to 2027 Fri, 06 May 2022 11:13:41 +0000

Dublin, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The report “India Organic Baby Skincare Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027” has been added to from offer.

Indian Organic Baby Skin Care Market reached a value of US$23.5 Million in 2021. Going forward, the market is expected to reach US$85.8 Million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR by 24% in 2022-2027. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, the analyst continuously monitors and assesses the direct and indirect influence of the pandemic. This information is included in the report as a major market contributor.

Organic skin care can be called the skin care regimen which largely involves the use of organic products. These products contain ingredients from organic farming, which are free from harmful components, such as synthetic fillers and artificial colors. A newborn’s skin differs from that of an adult and requires extra care and protection. Baby skincare products with organic ingredients as key components ensure optimum nourishment of their skin health while minimizing the chances of developing rashes or skin irritations, which are often caused by the use of skincare products synthetics.

Rapid urbanization and increasing western influences are among the major factors driving the organic baby care products market in India. Along with this, increasing internet penetration and aggressive promotional activities of brands on social media platforms are further contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, parents are increasingly aware of the harmful effects of baby care products made with artificial components. This coupled with the growing spending abilities has consequently led to a growing trend towards organic baby care products in the country. Booming e-commerce industry, expanding labor force and premiumization of products are some of the other factors that are creating a positive outlook for the market.

Key market segmentation

This report provides an analysis of key trends in each sub-segment of the Indian Organic Baby Skin Care Market, as well as a country and regional level forecast from 2022 to 2027. The report has categorized the market based on type of skin, product type and distribution channel.

Breakdown by skin type:

  • Flaky skin
  • oily skin
  • Dry skin

Breakdown by product type:

  • baby oil
  • baby powder
  • Baby soaps
  • Vaseline
  • baby lotion
  • Others

Breakdown by distribution channel:

  • Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
  • E-commerce
  • Specialty stores
  • Retail pharmacies
  • convenience stores

Breakdown by region:

  • North India
  • South India
  • Eastern India
  • West India

Competitive landscape

The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined with some of the key players being Bio Veda Action Research Co., Chicco (Artsana USA, Inc.), Dabur India Ltd, Emami Limited, Johnson & Johnson, Krauter Healthcare Ltd., Lotus Herbals Ltd., Mamaearth, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd., Pigeon India Pvt. Ltd., The Himalaya Drug Company and The Moms Co.

Key questions answered by this report

  • How has the Indian organic baby care market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the main regional markets?
  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the Indian organic baby care market?
  • What is the market breakdown by skin type?
  • What is the market breakdown by product type?
  • What is the market breakdown by distribution channel?
  • What are the different stages of the industry value chain?
  • What are the major market drivers and challenges?
  • What is the structure of the Indian organic baby care market and who are the main players?
  • How competitive is the market?

Main topics covered:

1 Preface

2 Scope and methodology

3 Executive summary

4 Presentation
4.1 Overview
4.2 Key Industry Trends

5 Indian Organic Baby Skin Care Market
5.1 Market Overview
5.2 Market Performance
5.3 Impact of COVID-19
5.4 Market Forecast

6 Market Breakdown by Skin Type
6.1 Scaly skin
6.1.1 Market trends
6.1.2 Market Forecast
6.2 Oily skin
6.2.1 Market trends
6.2.2 Market Forecast
6.3 Dry skin
6.3.1 Market trends
6.3.2 Market Forecast

7 Market Breakdown by Product Type
7.1 Baby oil
7.1.1 Market trends
7.1.2 Market Forecast
7.2 Baby powder
7.2.1 Market trends
7.2.2 Market Forecast
7.3 Baby soaps
7.3.1 Market trends
7.3.2 Market Forecast
7.4 Petroleum jelly
7.4.1 Market trends
7.4.2 Market Forecast
7.5 Baby lotion
7.5.1 Market trends
7.5.2 Market Forecast
7.6 Others
7.6.1 Market trends
7.6.2 Market Forecast

8 Market Breakdown by Distribution Channel
8.1 Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
8.1.1 Market trends
8.1.2 Market Forecast
8.2 E-commerce
8.2.1 Market trends
8.2.2 Market Forecast
8.3 Specialized stores
8.3.1 Market trends
8.3.2 Market Forecast
8.4 Retail pharmacies
8.4.1 Market trends
8.4.2 Market Forecast
8.5 Troubleshooters
8.5.1 Market trends
8.5.2 Market Forecast

9 Market Breakdown by Region

10 SWOT Analysis

11 Value chain analysis

12 Analysis of the five forces of carriers

13 Competitive landscape
13.1 Market structure
13.2 Key Players
13.3 Profiles of Key Players
13.3.1 Bio Veda Action Research Co.
13.3.2 Chicco (Artsana USA, Inc.)
13.3.3 Dabur India Ltd.
13.3.4 Emami Limited
13.3.5 Johnson & Johnson
13.3.6 Krauter Healthcare Limited
13.3.7 Lotus Herbals Ltd.
13.3.8 Mamaland
13.3.9 Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.
13.3.10 Pigeon India Pvt. ltd.
13.3.11 Himalaya Pharmaceutical Company
13.3.12 The Moms Co.

For more information about this report visit

  • Indian organic baby skincare market

		How do start-ups “think outside the box” for snacks and alcohol?
		Wed, 04 May 2022 15:03:00 +0000


It is estimated that in the UK, between a quarter and a third of all household waste comes from packaging, with a significant share going to food and drink.

Food packaging is notoriously difficult to reuse and recycle, due to the safety and shelf life qualities that multi-layered and flexible packaging brings to the product. In the convenience beverage industry, packaging and transportation are seen as the two biggest pain points. And of course, the heavier the package, the more energy it takes to transport it.

At the same time, the UK is working to decarbonise all sectors of its economy to reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Consumers also want to reduce their carbon footprint through the food choices they make.

As pressure mounts to reduce carbon footprints and meet consumer demand for more sustainable food and drink, nimble start-ups are reinventing conventional packaging. FoodNavigator hears how.

Sustainable snacking

The snacking industry faces many challenges when it comes to packaging. Not only are snack foods often fragile, but they also often have an irregular shape. Protecting snack foods, while ensuring extended ambient shelf life, is difficult.

Adding sustainability into the mix creates a number of new challenges.

British snacks start-up WARP Snacks, owner of snack brands Eat Real and PROPER, is working to solve these problems. The company has developed a plan to achieve this, which aims to reduce packaging, invest in renewable materials, completely reinvent packaging and collaborate with stakeholders.

WARP has made progress in some of these areas, Katie Leggett, sustainability manager at WARP Snacks, told delegates at the recent Futures Summit hosted by start-up network Bread & Jam.

Image source: WARP Snacks

Its PROPER brand, which makes flavored popcorn and lentil crisps, has managed to reduce, both in weight and size, the amount of film it uses in its packaging. He also did the same for the card used in his decks.

The investment in renewable materials is also evident in PROPER’s popcorn bars. Last year, the brand launched new packaging made from 30% recycled plastic. Leggett suggested the brand would be keen to do the same for the film in its popcorn and crisp packets, but a lack of available recycled content stands in its way.

The company has set itself the challenge of “completely reinventing packaging” with at least one product by 2025, and is collaborating with other stakeholders through the UK Flexible Plastic Fund, to work on plastic recycling solutions flexible.

Drink and dispose responsibly

In the UK, alcohol challenger brands are also working to reduce their packaging footprint.

Selecting the container in which a brand’s drink is sold – glass, plastic, aluminum or cardboard – can be a minefield.

If glass can be recycled an infinite number of times, it is often heavy to transport, and therefore energy-intensive. If aluminum cans are made from 100% recycled material, it significantly reduces its footprint – but not all cans are recovered (about 82% in the UK, but only 45% in the US). Cardboard is not infinitely recyclable and less than 10% of single-use plastic can be recovered from recycling.

Thomas Soden, co-founder and CEO of RTD cocktail brand Ace + Freak, sells his offerings in aluminum cans. Although aluminum cans are endlessly recyclable, when selecting beverage labels, Soden was surprised to encounter barriers to recyclability.


Image source: Ace + Freak

“We found that out of the three types of label material, two of them made the can unrecyclable,” he told Future Summit delegates. Ace + Freak selected a polypropylene label that can be removed and recycled as two separate raw materials.

Elsewhere, the canned cocktail brand is also reducing its footprint through recycling. The company does this in conjunction with its co-packing facility, whereby Ace + Freak reuses any excess boxes the third party may have. “It extends the life of that board…and it costs us less money. And I think [that comes from] this constant mentality of questioning everything.

Go off the beaten track

The global wine industry is dominated by glass packaging. An estimated 19 billion glass bottles are sold each year on the global market, suggesting that the sector is less reluctant to switch to more sustainable alternatives.


Image source: When in Rome

As 39% of the wine industry’s emissions are associated with packaging and transport, British start-up When in Rome – which understands that the two are intrinsically linked – is working to reduce this footprint.

Instead of using glass bottles to sell its wine imported from Italy, When in Rome works with three formats: cask-in-box wine, 100% recyclable cans and its newest paper-bottled wine.

The latter is essentially a bottle-shaped bag, explained Rob Malin, CEO of When in Rome. The paper bottle is made from 94% recycled paper and has an 84% lower carbon footprint than a single-use glass bottle.

Last year, Made in Rome was also the first wine brand in the UK to go public with its climate footprint through a partnership with Carbon Cloud. Malin sees the move as “just the start” of his commitment to “radical transparency” of the climate impact of his business activities.

Infrastructure Spotlight

The responsibility for tackling the problem of packaging waste cannot lie solely with start-ups.

A multisectoral approach, incorporating the public and private sectors, as well as consumers, is likely to be best adopted. And as WARP Snacks’ sustainability manager put it, it may not be the material itself that is the problem, but the “system in which they operate”.

“Plastic is not the enemy” Leggett told delegates, but for small businesses, “it is difficult to change the system”.

The lack of recycling infrastructure, for example, is a major barrier to recycling in the UK. While some flexible films can be recycled when consumers return them to certain retail stores, only WARP’s PROPER brand – which uses double-layer packaging – is eligible.

WARP’s Eat Real brand, on the other hand, uses a triple layer. “It’s because we export a lot of this product, so it must have different food safety requirements,” she explained. Therefore, Eat Real films cannot be recycled in the UK.

This is part of the reason WARP is looking to better engage with stakeholders, we were told: “We cannot solve this in isolation.”

Starlink coverage can make remote work far away Mon, 02 May 2022 22:03:41 +0000

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network allows remote workers to work anywhere — in an authentic sense. As long as an employee’s satellite dish has a view of the northern sky, Starlink can provide broadband access.

For employers, Starlink’s coverage means remote workers in places like rural Vermont, Louisiana and Pennsylvania can be more resilient than when using wired and wireless internet. As long as Starlink users have a generator, employees can potentially continue working even in the event of a power outage.

Starlink said users can expect download speeds between 100 and 200 megabits per second (Mbps), but speed and quality of user experience may vary. Some users interviewed for this story said dropouts or short service degradations can impact Zoom and Teams video calls.

After installing Starlink about 14 months ago at her home in rural Vermont, Christine Hallquist saw 200 Mbps downloads and 80 Mbps uploads. Those speeds have dropped since then as Starlink adds customers. During the day, when you use it for work, the data transmission rate is around 30 to 50 Mbps for downloads and 12 Mbps for uploads, she said.

“It’s better than nothing, and it enables remote workers,” Hallquist said. She sees it as a stop-gap until fiber internet is widely available, something she’s been working on as executive director of the Vermont Community Broadband Board in Montpelier. The council, which launched last year, is overseeing a five-year rollout of “every address” fiber in Vermont, a billion-dollar investment paid for by state and federal governments and telecommunications companies. The first building grants for fiber deployments were awarded last month, Hallquist said.

Tom Evslin, who lives in Stowe, Vermont, is also a Starlink user. Although he now has access to fiber internet, he keeps Starlink because he is interested in the technology and has blogged about it.

In short: Starlink for remote work

Good enough for remote work

“It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly good enough for remote work,” said Evslin, who has a long experience in enterprise technology, which includes co-founding ITXC Corp., a wholesale provider American voice over IP call company, listed on NASDAQ. company until its acquisition in 2004. In 2016, he retired as president of NG Advantage LLC, a compressed natural gas supplier, which he co-founded with his wife.

When Starlink service gets weak, there’s a “very brief point” of signal degradation, Evslin said. He doesn’t see the problem on his side, but “people I talk to tell me that I froze for a moment or gave up”. He said it doesn’t happen more than once every half hour or less.

Starlink coverage requires a clear northern exposure. Otherwise, trees or other obstructions may interfere with the signal.

It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly good enough for remote work.

Tom EvslinStarlink User

“Even if there are only a few branches in the way, you can count on a lot of dropouts,” Evslin said.

The problem of tree clogging is something Forrester Research analyst Glenn O’Donnell knows from experience. He works in the rural Pocono Mountains and, despite promises from a cable provider, has been unable to get an Internet cable in Pennsylvania. It uses Starlink.

Starlink’s coverage is a “godsend for anyone who wants to step into the boonies and experience that quality of life while still being connected to the real world,” O’Donnell said.

But, he added, “it’s not perfect”, noting that it suffers degradation of services because of the nearby forest.

O’Donnell said he could experience a total loss of connection during video calls. “Outages don’t last long enough for something like Zoom or Teams to give up, but it will tell you, ‘Hey, you got a problem here,'” he said. He said it wasn’t a prolonged outage, but even a few seconds can affect a call.

Software Workarounds

There are workarounds to improve Starlink. Hallquist’s house in Vermont also has DSL, but the quality is poor. And Starlink drops for a few seconds at a time during video calls. To solve the problem, she uses Speedify, a software tool that can combine multiple Wi-Fi connections. She uses Starlink, DSL, and cellular wireless connections in concert to compensate for any bandwidth drops. She called it “really wonderful” software.

Speedify “looks at latency and loss” in network packets, said Alex Gizis, CEO and co-founder of Connectify Inc., which makes the software. So if the network detects latency and gets, say, 2 Mbps from Starlink and 3 Mbps from DSL, it adds the bandwidth of both to create a stronger connection without changing the IP address, he said. .

SpaceX, which did not respond to questions from SearchHRSoftware, recently increased its Starlink service rates from $99 per month to $110 with a one-time hardware cost of $599. Analysts expect continued improvements as it increases its satellite coverage.

“A seamless connection depends on satellite and bandwidth availability,” said Vivek Suresh Prasad, a consultant with Northern Sky Research (NSR), a market research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It focuses on the satellite and space sectors.

SpaceX’s first phase involves deploying a network of more than 4,200 satellites, a plan approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the International Telecommunications Union. It currently supports over 2,000 satellites and added nearly 400 satellites in the first quarter of this year.

“More satellites in orbit will mean better connection reliability,” Prasad said, adding that SpaceX has received FCC approval for 12,000 long-term satellites.

In its latest VSAT and Broadband Satellite Markets report, NSR estimated that even with advanced fiber optic connectivity, the number of broadband satellite users in North America could reach 12.4 million households.

Starlink draws users to rural Louisiana

State Representative Mike Johnson, a campaign Republican from Pineville, Louisiana, announced Starlink’s upcoming availability last year on his Facebook page. He received more than 100 responses from interested people. He then held a mass video call with SpaceX’s Starlink officials, and some 400 people attended, “which is a lot for my area,” he said.

Starlink officials didn’t want the call recorded, “and they were very careful about the claims they made” about the service, Johnson said.

Starlink became available in his region in October and November last year, he said.

“The ease of setup was almost like an Apple product,” Johnson said. A user sets it up, plugs it in, gets a clear line of sight and finds a satellite, he said.

Johnson has heard of people in his district installing Starlink, and “overall it’s been positive,” he said.

Personally, Johnson said he didn’t see a difference between Starlink’s network and what he was getting from his wired internet. Louisiana, like Vermont, is also rolling out broadband with federal and state funds, but that will take several years, he said.

Johnson said a service like Starlink is going to have a significant impact on his district, given that some areas of his state don’t have good cellphone coverage. Real estate agents have told him that broadband access can increase property values ​​by 25%.

Patrick Thibodeau covers HCM and ERP technologies for TechTarget. He worked for more than two decades as a corporate IT journalist.

Frank Lampard is confident his hard work will get Everton to Premier League safety and praises ‘special’ performances from local lad Anthony Gordon | Soccer News Sun, 01 May 2022 06:06:46 +0000

“When you feel like things aren’t going your way, you have to fight your way out. That’s football. I’ve been there many times as a player and now as a coach, and the only way I know of is to Work your way out and work hard.”

We’re sitting in the stands at Goodison Park and Everton boss Frank Lampard is in a determined mood.

Still feeling the frustration of the decisions that went against his side through Stanley Park at Anfield last weekend, Lampard is clear in his belief in the quality of this Everton side and confident they will turn things around before the end. of the season.

But at the same time, he knows that only hard work will get them where they want to be on the final day.

This mentality was a hallmark of his playing career and he wants it to be the hallmark of the teams he leads.

After this afternoon’s training session at the stadium – which was held in front of the club’s sponsors and partners – Lampard quickly returned to the pitch alone, Common lengths of the Goodison pitch. “I wouldn’t call them shuttles,” he laughs. “I was more like a snail!” But it’s the mindset that counts.

“We have to have a very strong conviction,” he says. “When times are tough in terms of results and position, it’s important that you stay positive and know what you can do here and maybe things will work in our favor. We have to keep working in that Sens.”

Things aren’t getting any easier for Everton. After that tough test at four-time chaser Liverpool, they host Chelsea this Sunday.

Of course, for Lampard the game has added significance, given all he has achieved as a Chelsea player and his season and a half in charge. It will be his first clash against them since being sacked in January 2021, having finished in the top four and the FA Cup final in his debut campaign.

Will this familiarity be an advantage? “I don’t know,” he smiles. “It means you understand their quality and how they play because I’ve worked with most players up close and seen the things they can do. Maybe that helps a bit – but I don’t. I can tell after the game if it works in practice.”

Undoubtedly, however, Lampard played an important role in the development of two of Chelsea’s most important players: Reece James and Mason Mount. He gave them both their senior debuts at Chelsea and they became key figures at the club.

Mount is Chelsea’s top scorer and assist provider this season, while Thomas Tuchel, speaking after the 1-1 draw at Man Utd on Thursday, reflected on what could have been this season if the standout right-back James hadn’t struggled with injuries this term.

Lampard’s pride in what the pair achieve is evident.

“They’re great guys, really, really talented boys,” he says. “Nice attitudes, each in their own way, and I’m very happy for them because I know how they are as guys.

Lampard hands Mason Mount his Chelsea debut and praises the player’s attitude

“I have a close relationship with these two guys in particular and others I worked with there – Tammy [Abraham] went his own way, Billy Gilmour and Fikayo [Tomori] and it was a real pleasure to work with these players at the club.

“It’s great to see, I wish them very well in their careers and I have absolute certainty that they will succeed thanks to their way of being. Even if they have a lot of talent, they have a great desire to be the best players and they are already there now.”

Lampard has another young starlet in his ranks at Everton. The future of 21-year-old Anthony Gordon was unclear during his time under Carlo Ancelotti and a disappointing loan spell at Preston in the Championship. But he started 11 of Lampard’s 12 Premier League games in charge and showed the bite and drive the Evertonians were desperate to see at Anfield.

“I was really impressed,” said Lampard, when asked how local boy Gordon had risen to the challenge. “He’s becoming more of a man, more of a leader with every game, every day. His dedication and talent are enormous.

Anthony Gordon was refused a
Anthony Gordon impressed against Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield

“His feeling for the club, passing it on at such a young age is something quite special. I love working with him, I love him as a player. There are things he wants to improve and he can improve and that’s absolutely normal in terms of development. But what he’s doing for us right now is an absolutely huge player.”

Gordon’s trajectory and where it might take him is interesting. In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Lampard compared Gordon’s mentality to Mount’s. The Chelsea midfielder is a few years older and is now an England regular.

His feeling for the club: to pass this at such a young age is something quite special. What he’s doing for us right now is an absolutely huge player for us.

Frank Lampard on Anthony Gordon

So what must Gordon do to move up to this level in the future?

“Maybe a bit of end product,” says Lampard, referring to Gordon’s return of four goals and two assists this season.

“I would say that to his face and he would say that to me because he is so hungry to do well for the club. But when it comes to what he does, I can’t ask too much because he gives his all. He creates opportunities for us.

“Anyone watching the game [against Liverpool]he is up against one of the best right-backs in world football and everyone has seen the performance he has put in. Yes, that little end product but that’s completely normal, it will come naturally with development and the way it works.

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Gordon has been with the club since he was 11 years old and Lampard is keen to harness that connection between the talented attacking midfielder and the fan base that will fill the stands we sit in for the important game with Chelsea.

But does this perilous situation put more pressure on Gordon, given his links with Everton? “Yeah but in a good way because he’s a smart boy,” Lampard said.

“It seems to me that he knows how to take it and it’s good to have players in your team who feel that way. That’s what you want. That’s why fans are drawn to theirs because that they feel like they are local guys who care so much and I feel the same way as the person who will be sitting here on Sunday.

“The fact that he conveys that on the pitch for us is a good thing.”

Sunday May 1st 1:00 p.m.

Kick off 2:00 p.m.

It looks like what happens inside this stadium will go a long way in determining Everton’s fate. After Chelsea, they have Brentford and Crystal Palace here. As Lampard says, they need to exploit that advantage at home – and ignite that fan base with the determination they show on the pitch.

“They’re an incredible fan base,” he says. “The support in this stadium, we feel it. We have to engage them, we have to play with an intensity and a focus and the basics that they absolutely and rightly expect. If we do that and they support us, they make it a very difficult place for people to come in. We have to use that, it’s as simple as that.

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Everton manager Frank Lampard has said he did not expect to receive an apology from PGMOL after they were not awarded a penalty against Liverpool.

Lampard on the psychology of falling into the relegation zone

Everton’s defeat at Liverpool, coupled with Burnley’s victory earlier last Sunday, meant the Toffees fell into the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since December 2019. Ironically, on this occasion they beat Chelsea at home – and kicked off in poor form. for the visitors which led to Lampard being sacked by the London club.

But has being in the bottom three affected the mood in the Everton camp?

“I’m not sure,” says Lampard. “For me, it’s not because we understand our situation. It’s been very close since I’ve been at the club. It’s not easy to shoot that when you’re nearing the end of the season. reality is there anyway, whether we are one point, two points from the relegation zone or one or two points in. This situation is clear, we have to win games, we have to get points to stay in the league. To me, that just adds to the focus of what you need to do.”

Lampard on the tactical battle

How do Everton find a way to earn those three points against Chelsea on Sunday?

They recorded just 17 per cent possession at Liverpool and it was pointed out that Allan only managed one assist.

While Lampard will clearly want an improvement on those numbers, he says his side will once again have to bide their time without the ball – then strike when they do.

“Chelsea will have possession again,” he said. “We’re at home so we have to be patient up to that point because they want to lure you in with that possession and we have to be very smart with how we approach the game and understand that we have to be clinical in our times when we can attack or have possession.

“I think we did that pretty well at Liverpool, apart from the last bit, the last shot. Things didn’t go our way, I think we should have had a penalty, which was well documented, but we have to be clinical in both cases when we have our opportunities.”

Canon launches “Cinema Excellence Suite”, an industry-first experiential concept: “Excellence in Motion” for the film industry Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:44:00 +0000

The Cinema Excellence Suite will be set up in the streets of Bombay over a three-month period covering different locations, starting with Film City

Aims to familiarize members of the film industry, including cinematographers, DOPs, filmmakers, with the entire production workflow – from shooting to file delivery

Mumbai, India, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Canon India today announced the launch of the Cinema Excellence Suite, a unique platform to showcase its wide range of cinematic imaging technologies to the film community. With this versatile enablement, it will help introduce the EOS R System Mirrorless cameras and the full Cinema EOS camera production and post-production workflow experience directly to cinematographers, DOPs, filmmakers and film houses. production in Bombay; over a period of three months.

In an industry first initiative for the cinema segment, the Cinema Excellence Suite is Canon’s latest initiative in line with their videofirst strategy for the camera sector. Created in a portable format to ensure mobility, the suite will house cameras and lenses from Canon’s Cinema EOS series and RF system, as well as accessories from Atomos and Senneiser. To make the sequel more experiential, there will be a filming area as well as a fully-fledged post-production setup with the aim of acquainting audiences with the entire workflow.

The suite will feature the latest EOS R system mirrorless cameras – EOS R3, EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS R as well as advanced RF lenses and EOS cinema cameras EOS C500MKII, EOS C300 MKIII, EOS C70 and the latest EOS R5C. DOPs can also experience the Legendary Sumire Prime Cannon and EF Cine lenses.

Beginning its journey from Film City, the Cinema Excellence Suite will travel point-to-point on a pre-arranged schedule, with stops including famous production houses, film studios and major institutions with film-focused programs.

Commenting on the inauguration, Mr. Manabu YamazakiPresident and CEO of Canon India, said: “Cinema as an art has evolved steadily since its inception, but what remains at its core is the passion to capture audiences’ attention through impeccable storytelling. yesteryear to the new age movies we know today, visuals and therefore good imaging equipment play a vital role in crafting a compelling narrative and creating on-screen magic. At Canon, we focus on We are constantly striving to contribute to the world of cinema through our wide range of cinema products and solutions. With the goal of further strengthening our connection with moviegoers and filmmakers, we are delighted to launch the Cinema Excellence Suite, an industry-first initiative for film fraternity.”

Speaking about Canon Cinema Excellence Suite, Mr. Manabu added: “The suite will allow cinematographers and cinematographers to experience Canon’s comprehensive cinema portfolio first-hand and accordingly make an informed decision to invest in the right equipment.” India is renowned for having the largest film industry in the world, which is why, through this initiative, we look forward to an engaging response from the fraternity and further strengthen our presence in the burgeoning film segment.”

Mr. C Sukumaran, Senior Manager Consumer System Products and Imaging Communication Business, Canon India added, “Cinema as an art is the lifeblood of our country and Bombay is affectionately dubbed the “City of Dreams” giving birth to some of the most beloved films. We are strongly committed to equipping the cinema segment with the best technologies to capture every emotion on the big screen. Over the past few years, we have seen a massive increase in the consumption of video content, driven by the rise of digital content, streaming platforms and OTT production houses. In line with this phenomenon, we recently launched the EOS R5 C, which is a high-quality, high-performance hybrid cinema model. It brings to the table not only uncompromising video quality, but also unwavering image quality. To enhance the capabilities of our fraternity of extremely talented filmmakers, we at Canon are proud to launch a unique platform such as the Canon EOS Cinema Excellence Suite. The Suite houses the best of EOS R System mirrorless cameras and Cinema EOS cameras and is equipped with a filming area as well as a fully-fledged post-production facility with the aim of acquainting audiences with the entire production flow.”

Padma Shri Santosh SivanDirector, Cinematographer and Cinematographer and Canon EOS Cinema Ambassador, said: “I am very proud to be a Canon Cinema EOS Ambassador and even more so today with the launch of this exclusive mobile platform dedicated to cinema enthusiasts. While we cinematographers have access to a wide range of products in today’s world, the Canon Cinema Excellence Suite takes the experience of choosing the right imaging products a step above. It’s a very intriguing format in the form of a vehicle containing products and props, shooting areas, and a fully-fledged post-production setup. I look forward to being part of more unique activations like this with Canon that allow filmmakers to improve their craft with superior imaging technology.”

From an innovation perspective, Canon has introduced groundbreaking technology in recent years that has completely transformed the motion picture imaging industry. The sequel will also include Canon’s newest addition to the Cinema EOS series, the EOS R5 C, the company’s first camera to offer a 8K 60P Cinema RAW Light recording.

About Canon Group

Since its founding in 1937, Canon has been guided by the “Kyosei” philosophy of living and working together for the common good. Canon strives to create and deliver world-class products, becoming a leading global company by diversifying into new business areas around the world. Focusing on optical technologies, Canon produces office equipment, consumer and professional imaging devices, network cameras, healthcare and industrial equipment. Thanks to the close link between its global headquarters in Tokyo and regional headquarters in America, Europe, AsiaOceania, and regional headquarters in Japan, Canon combines its global and local operations organically. In 1996, Canon launched its Excellent Global Corporation Plan to serve society with advanced technologies and to become a trustworthy and responsible corporate citizen. The year 2016 was the first year of phase 5 of the plan. Currently, Canon enjoys a strong global presence of 376 subsidiaries worldwide, supported by 197,776 employees. (Data at December 31, 2017)

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Canon India Pvt. ltd. is the sales and marketing arm of Canon Inc., a world leader in imaging technologies. Founded in 1997, Canon India markets a comprehensive range of modern and sophisticated digital imaging products and solutions in India. The company now has offices in 10 cities across India with warehousing facilities at 6 locations and employs over 1000 people and over 850 distribution partners. cannon India has an extensive retail presence across the country through Canon Image Square (CIS) stores, PIXMA zones and BIS lounges. cannon india service reach extends to more than 632 cities covering 19,118 PIN codes across India – which includes 188 camera collection points, 15 camera repair centers, 294 printer repair centers, 191 dealers of copiers, scanners and large format printers. (Data at April 19, 2022)

In line with its corporate slogan – “Delighting You Always”, backed by world-class technology, Canon offers an extensive product portfolio, including digital production printers, large format printers, commercial printers, devices multifunction devices, document management services, inkjet printers and laser printers, document and check scanners, digital cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, motion picture imaging products, surveillance cameras and products medical imaging systems for multiple consumer, SMB, B2B, commercial, government and PSU market segments.

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