GG says food imports no longer guaranteed

first_imgRelatedGG says food imports no longer guaranteed By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE GG says food imports no longer guaranteed Governor GeneralApril 27, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO — The Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, has reiterated the need for increased food production, to ensure Jamaica’s independence and economic survival. Giving the main address at the annual St. Mary Agri Expo, at Gray’s Inn Sports Club, Annotto Bay, on Easter Monday April 25, the Governor General said current realities worldwide have made it incumbent on Jamaicans to produce more of what they eat, as it is no longer guaranteed that other nations can be relied on to supply what is needed. Stating that a number of factors have converged to create a shortage of food production worldwide, he said that reality has resulted in a steep rise in food prices worldwide, pushing approximately 44 million people into poverty. He said Jamaicans need to recognize this reality, and make a special effort to increase food production, which will not only enable the country to save foreign exchange, but will also play a significant role in ensuring that food security is achieved. In encouraging farmers to continue to diversify agricultural production, he praised them for the resilience they have displayed over the years, despite the challenges which confront them. Declaring that scientific research must always be used as a guide for the development and extension of the country’s agricultural production, he said history has shown that if the nation invests in agriculture, there is no limit to what can be achieved, as evidenced by the development of the Jamaica Hope cattle in Jamaica during the last century. In congratulating the organizers of the show for the success it has achieved, the Governor General described it as a wonderful and special event, which provides entertainment for patrons, while serving as a reminder of the need to appreciate the importance of growing the food we eat. The show marked the 26th staging of the St. Mary Agri Expo, organised by the St. Mary branch of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and showcasing the parish’s agricultural produce, as well as displaying value added products manufactured in St. Mary and other parts of the country. Major sponsor was the Jamaica Producers Group, with support provided by a number of other entities including the Cocoa Industry Board, the Coffee Industry Board, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Grace Kennedy, Seprod, the Jamaica Livestock Association and the Coconut Industry Board. RelatedGG says food imports no longer guaranteed RelatedGG says food imports no longer guaranteed Advertisementslast_img read more

Columbia Falls Wins 12th Consecutive Speech and Debate Championship

first_img Email Flathead County’s high school oratory excellence lives on.All of the valley’s five speech and debate teams brought home trophies from their respective state championship meets held over the weekend.In dominating fashion, Columbia Falls captured its 12th consecutive Class A speech and debate championship in Laurel by tallying a remarkable 280 points as a team.Among the individual state champions, Jerelyn Jones won original oratory and placed third in humorous interpretation, Jacob Hohman won informative speaking and was third in dramatic interpretation, Chloe Foster won memorized public address, Estevon Torres won dramatic interpretation and Annabel Conger and Colin Norick won policy debate. The team earned its 19th overall state title.“We are overwhelmingly proud of our state team. We had a very strong team this year, with 14 seniors and a full roster of dedicated competitors,” head coach Tara Norick said. “This is a group of kids who worked hard, practiced hard, stayed focused, and kept their eye on the prize. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing group of coaches – Alyssa Militello, Candy Gross, Alicia Gillan, and Barry Conger.”Whitefish, with an impressive 126 points, earned the Class A state runner-up trophy for the second year in a row. It marked the seventh second-place trophy since 2004. Makkie Haller captured the individual title in impromptu speaking.“We have had a great season and are thrilled to be able to bring the Bulldogs to the state tournament,” Whitefish head coach Carissa Shupp said. “Our kids worked hard this year, and it paid off here. We are grateful to everyone who supported the Whitefish team, and proud to bring home medals in several events.”At the Class AA state meet in Bozeman, two familiar teams placed in the top three. Glacier earned second and Flathead was third. Bozeman successfully defended its state championship by narrowly holding off Glacier in team points, 157.5 to 149.5. Flathead tallied 87.5 points and extended its streak of placing in the top three every year since 1973. The team took second a year ago. Glacier continued its own streak, placing in the top three every year since 2008. Glacier was third a year ago.Among individual winners, Glacier’s Te’a Mergenthaler and Zach Hill won duo interpretation, Aleesha Hillis won memorized public address, Brock Adkins won original oratory and placed second in dramatic interpretation, and Natalie Krueger won informative speaking. Flathead’s Grace Cady won impromptu.At the Class B/C state meet in Havre, Bigfork placed second with 85 points. Missoula Loyola tallied 149 points and won its 34th consecutive state title. It marked the sixth year in a row that Bigfork has brought home a top-three trophy. Last year’s team took third.Among individual winners, Grace Olechowski won original oratory for the second straight year, Riley Hoveland won memorized public address, Reuben Hubbard won impromptu and Anya Young won informative.“Having four state champions — sweeping the ‘memorized’ events — and having so many kids place really shows how hard these kids worked this year,” Bigfork head coach Charles Appleby said. “They gave up Saturday after Saturday, traveled on busses great distances at terrible hours both early in the morning and late at night, went against Class A and Class AA competition week after week, and were truly rewarded for their effort with their poise, confidence, endurance, and ability at the State tournament in Havre.”Appleby said this year’s team helped continue the growth of the talented program into a state contender in the years ahead.Individual ResultsClass APublic Forum Debate2. Ava Chisholm & Anna Nicosia, Columbia Falls4. Annabelle Smith & Katelyn Toland, Polson5. Cassidy Norick & Kelsey Wright, Columbia Falls7. Delaney Conger & Maggie McKeon, Columbia FallsPolicy Debate1. Annabel Conger & Colin Norick, Columbia Falls2. Zachery Kasselder & Ian Caltabiano, Whitefish4. Ian McKenzie & Danielle Schwalk, Columbia Falls5. Abby Lowry & Douglas Mercer, Whitefish6. Mary Ward & Shyane Williams, Columbia FallsLincoln Douglas Debate4. Mikel Knutson, Columbia Falls5. Sophia Spechart, Polson6. Gabby Merrell, Columbia Falls8. Tyler Brown, Columbia FallsImpromptu1. Makkie Haller, Whitefish2. Danny Morgan, Columbia Falls3. Willie Baltz, Columbia Falls5. Teigen Tremper, Whitefish7. Geneva des Lions – PolsonExtemporaneous3. Danny Morgan, Columbia Falls4. Zach Ade, Whitefish7. Alex Garate, Columbia Falls8. Makkie Haller, WhitefishMemorized Public Address1. Chloe Foster, Columbia Falls2. Zach Ade, Whitefish4. Joey Chester, Columbia Falls5. Geneva des Lions, PolsonDramatic Interpretation1. Estevon Torres, Columbia Falls3. Jacob Hohman, Columbia Falls5. Lizzy Olsen, Whitefish6. Naya Brigette, WhitefishHumorous Interpretation3. Jerelyn Jones, Columbia Falls4. Brandon Karberg, Columbia FallsInformative1. Jacob Hohman, Columbia Falls4. Danielle Rosenbaum, Columbia Falls5. Teigen Tremper, Whitefish6. Kennedy Payne, Columbia Falls7. Adia Saurey, WhitefishOriginal Oratory1. Jerelyn Jones, Columbia Falls4. Aidan Reid, Whitefish5. Miranda Lauria, Columbia Falls6. Grace Benkelman, WhitefishClass AAPolicy Debate8. Emma Trunkle & Jenna McCrorie, GlacierLincoln Douglas Debate4. Sierra Dilworth, FlatheadPublic Forum4. Keegan Siebenaler & Millie Espeseth, Glacier5. Annabelle Pukas & Josh Wolf, FlatheadLegislative3. Tristan Lang, Glacier4. Abigail Roston, Glacier5. Nick Brester, Glacier7. Aiden Drew, GlacierExtemporaneous Speaking3. Sophia Skwarchuk, Flathead7. Carolina Sierra, Flathead8. Reed Miller, FlatheadImpromptu1. Gracy Cady, Flathead2. Trey Shields, Glacier4. Sophia Skwarchuk, Flathead5. Trevor Woodward, Glacier6. Carolina Sierra, FlatheadDuo Interpretation1. Te’a Mergenthaler & Zach Hill, Glacier2. Nate Lorenc & Drew Lorenc, Glacier8. Toby Diegel & Anne Burtsfield, FlatheadHumorous Interpretation2. Drew Lorenc, Glacier4. Nate Lorenc, Glacier8. Zach Hill, GlacierDramatic Interpretation2. Brock Adkins, Glacier4. Aleesha Hillis, Glacier7. Kayli Burback, FlatheadMemorized Public Address1. Brock Adkins, Glacier2. America Mason, Flathead3. Rebecca Vance, Flathead4. Abigail Vanomy, Glacier6. Emma Thompson, Flathead8. Adain Fritz, GlacierInformative Speaking1. Natalie Krueger, Glacier3. Tristan Phillips, Flathead4. Sienna Riley, Flathead5. Julia Wynne, FlatheadClass B/COriginal Oratory1. Grace Olechowski, Bigfork7. Melissa Paulsen, BigforkMemorized Public Address1. Riley HovelandImpromptu Speaking1. Reuben Hubbard, BigforkInformative1. Anya Young, Bigfork5. Alex Buenz, BigforkExtemporaneous8. Ryan Shaw, BigforkLincoln Douglas Debate8. Cole Hider, BigforkHumorous Duo8. 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The legendary hockey player Haverčuk / Diena has passed away

first_imgThe 20th most successful player of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the fight against cancer. Haverchuk was selected by the Winnipeg Jets team in the NHL draft in 1981 with his first number, and the following season he made his debut in the strongest league on the planet. During his career, the striker spent nine seasons with the Jets, then five years with the Buffalo Sabers, half the season with the St. Louis Blues, and the last season and a half with the Philadelphia Flyers.Haverchuk climbed the regular ice championship in 1188 games, scoring 518 goals and scoring 1409 points, which puts him 20th on the league’s top scorers. In the Stanley Cup, he participated in 97 matches, scoring 30 goals and making 99 assists.He once became the youngest hockey player in the NHL, reaching the 100-point mark, but in 2006, Sydney Crosby broke that record. He was also the first hockey player to play 1,000 games in the NHL before his 31st anniversary.Significantly, in one of his 16 seasons, he did not participate in the Stanley Cup. True, only the last of them he made it to the finals. In 2001, Haverčuk was admitted to the Hockey Hall of Fame together with Vyacheslav Fetisov, Mike Garner and Jari Kurri.At the end of his hockey career, the Canadian began his coaching career. For the last ten years of his life, he led the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team in Bari Colts. Hockey players such as Aaron Ecblad, Mark Sheifel, Tanner Pearson and Ryan Sazaki have played in this unit under Haverchuk.last_img read more

Marshfield Brazilian jiu jitsu students test their medal

first_imgFor Hub City TimesHUDSON — Students of Ki Nagare Dojo’s Brazilian jiu jitsu program found success at the Saint Croix Valley Grappling Games held in Hudson on May 20.Coached by Cody M. Strey, Kade McManus, 16, placed first in the gi and second no-gi; Andrea Wentzel, 28, took second in her gi bracket; Mack Scheppler, 23, finished third in his gi bracket; and Clayton Green, 42, came in second in his no-gi bracket and third in his gi bracket.Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art and sport where two competitors attempt to submit one another with the use of throws, joint locks, and chokes. The sport is practiced with 100 percent resistance like wrestling or boxing.More information for the program can be found at

South Africa still a net food exporter

first_img3 February 2012 South Africa remains a net a food exporter, selling 30% more agricultural goods abroad than it imported in 2010, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published last month by the SA Institute of Race Relations. According to the survey by the Johannesburg-based institute, South Africa’s agricultural exports grew by 10% between 2008 and 2010, with total agricultural exports amounting to US$6.8-billion in 2010. During the same period, agricultural imports increased by just less than 1% and amounted to $5.2-billion. Agricultural exports stood at 5% of South Africa’s total exports in 2010, with agricultural imports accounting for 2% of total imports. The institute’s analysis was based on data supplied by the Foreign Agricultural Service at the United States Department of Agriculture. Netherlands SA’s biggest export destination The data revealed that the Netherlands was South Africa’s largest agricultural export destination, accounting for a little over 10% of South Africa’s total such exports in 2010, worth $700-million. Between 2008 and 2010, the demand for South African agricultural exports grew in Asia and Africa, while the proportion of such exports going to European countries declined. Argentina has remained South Africa’s largest source of agricultural imports since 2008, the survey found. However, the proportion of such imports from Argentina has fallen, from 17% in 2008 to 12% in 2010, when they were worth $628-million.Demand for SA produce ‘growing’ The ratio of South Africa’s agricultural imports to exports has increased since the mid-1960s, when the ratio of imports to exports stood at 1 to 5. In the decade between 1995 and 2005, the ratio of agricultural imports to exports stood at 2 to 3. In 2007, agricultural imports temporarily exceeded agricultural exports by a ratio of 11 to 10. “Recent data indicates that demand for South African agricultural products is not only holding steady, but is in fact growing,” Jonathan Snyman, a researcher at the institute, said in a statement. “Food security is an especially precarious state of affairs in sub-Saharan Africa, so it is a positive development that South Africa has maintained its status as a net agricultural exporter.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ancillary revenues up 22 percent as airlines extract cash

first_imgPhoto: Ruthann/commons. Airlines are getting smarter at extracting additional cash from passengers with a wider range of charges, fees and commissions expected to boost ancillary revenues by 22 per cent this year.The latest estimate of ancillary revenue from CarTrawler and IdeaWorksCompany predicts the cost of extra charges and revenues from areas other than fares will reach $US82.2 billion in 2017, with carriers such as Frontier, Ryanair, Spirit, and Wizz continuing to lead the charge.Read: World’s Best Airlines 2018That translates to just over $US20 per passenger for the 4.1 billion travelers expected to take to the air in 2017, or $US13.96 when the impact of frequent flyer programs is removed.Ancillary revenues have become big business for airlines and the 2017 study analyzed 184 airlines to arrive at its projection of activityThe report estimates the global figure has risen 264 per cent from the $US22.6 billion in ancillary revenues collected in 2010 to make up more than a tenth of 2017 global airline revenue.Ancillary revenues cover a wide a range of activities. These include additional “a la carte” passenger charges beyond the cost of a ticket for extras such as more legroom, food, drinks and luggage.They also include less obvious revenue streams such as the sale of frequent flyer points to partners and commission from hotel bookings.Low-cost carriers are the traditional masters of ancillary revenue and the report estimated the leading LCCs in 2016 derived almost 31 per cent of their revenue from extras, up from 25.5 per cent in 2016.These ancillary revenue “champs”  — carriers such as Ryanair AirAsia, EasyJet, Jetstar, Frontier and Spirit — represented 28 per cent ($US4.1 billion) of the 2017 increase.But it noted these carriers were changing to offer more options for business travelers, including fare bundles with more flexibility, better seating, fast-track airport service and, in some cases, frequent flyer benefits and lounge access.At the same time, traditional airlines were moving more aggressively to embrace “a la carte” practices such as differentiated seat pricing and fare bundles.An  IdeaWorksCompany analysis of 2016 revenue results showed traditional carriers and US majors accounted for $US32.8 billion of the $US57 billion earned from a la carte activities in 2016. This compared to $US16.8 billion for the ancillary revenue champs and $US7.4 billion for other low-cost carriers.Major US carriers, which contributed $US4.6 billion to the 2017 increase, have now widely introduced domestic basic economy pricing and are looking at introducing it on trans-Atlantic routes.The percentage of revenue earned from ancillary fees by US carriers jumped from 12.3 per cent in 2016 to 14.2 percent in 2017 thanks to a combination of frequent flyer revenue and baggage fees.“With few exceptions, airlines all over the world are moving to a la carte methods to provide more choices for consumers while boosting ancillary revenue,’’ the report said. “The pace of ancillary revenue activity quickens when major alliance members, such as Air France/KLM, American, Lufthansa, Qantas, and United embrace ancillary revenue methods.“The changes have a ripple effect through the oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliances which encourages member airlines to adopt the same methods to smooth commercial and operational connections.’’The report noted that airlines in America, Europe and Australasia that had introduced basic economy fares found that more half of passengers elected higher priced bundled options.“When this activity is matched by an ever-growing pool of airlines, the result is billions more ancillary revenue,’’ it said.Traditional airlines outside the US accounted for 41 per cent of the total increase in ancillary revenues 2017, or $US6.1 billion, as the contribution to overall income rose from 5.8 per cent to 6.7 per cent.Ancillary revenue at these airlines included areas such as excess baggage, extra legroom seating and revenue from frequent flyer partners.last_img read more

MH370 final report is just the beginning of a new search for the truth

first_imgThe final report into the disappearance of MH370 issued by Malaysia is not final for the relatives, the aviation industry or the conspiracy theorists.It is just the beginning of a new phase of the search into the most bizarre disappearance of modern history.The 495-page report is comprehensive but despite the pages of detail the authorities are “unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370.”It is a great shame that all the Malaysian authorities responsible for the aviation industry in March 2014 were not as thorough when MH370 disappeared.At the time of the disappearance, the Malaysian oversight of its airline industry was only 30 percent compliant with international standards.Read: Families disappointed in the MH370 report.It was as though everyone was asleep at the wheel on that haunting Saturday morning.Fighters should have been scrambled to follow MH370 as has been done many times around the world – including Australia – when a plane goes “silent.”The report raises the issue of the captain’s flight simulator but in stark contrast to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report backs away from any connection to the events of MH370.The Malaysian report says that the Royal Malaysian Police Forensic Report concluded: “that there were no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations.”However, the ATSB said that “six weeks before the accident flight the Pilot in Command had used his simulator to fly a route, initially similar to part of the route flown by MH370 up the Strait of Malacca, with a left-hand turn and track into the southern Indian Ocean.”The Malaysian report does, however, point the finger at human intervention.It says that the aircraft was under manual control not autopilot when it made the various turns and that it could not be established whether the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilots.The Malaysians also agree with the ATSB that at the end of the flight the plane was in a dive with no-one on control with the aircraft’s flaps retracted rather than a pilot controlled soft ditching on the ocean as suggested by some.It also states that some of the debris that was found was almost certainly from the interior of MH370 indicating a violent impact.It is certain that this report is not the end and hopes are high within the industry that US-based Ocean Infinity will resume that search for MH370 later in the year – possible just outside the areas of greatest interest as identified by the ATSB, CSIRO, UWA and the Independent Group.last_img read more

Casual Internet Use Is Good for Kids, 3 Year Study Concludes

first_imgThe ways young people use the internet everyday are transforming learning in ways that adults often fail to understand but represent major new opportunities that need to be taken advantage of by supportive educators. That’s the conclusion of a major new study by 28 researchers over three years released today by the University of California at Berkley and the MacArthur Foundation.Titled “Living and Learning With New Media,” the study articulates the value of social networking, text messaging and other forms of new media use better than anything we’ve seen yet. It’s a major contribution to our understanding of the new web and the way it impacts the world at large.Funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Series, the research is summarized in one two page document a 30 page white paper and a 12 part online book titled Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media. MIT Press will be offering a print version of the book soon.Leading education blogger Will Richardson pulls out some of his favorite parts of the study on his blog, some of which we excerpt below as well.Self Directed Exploration Uniquely MotivatingNew media allow for a degree of freedom and autonomy for youth that is less apparent in classroom setting. Youth respect one another’s authority online, and they are often more motivated to learn from peers than from adults. Their efforts are also largely self-directed, and the outcome emerges through exploration, in contrast to classroom learning that is oriented toward set, predefined goals.That makes sense, of course, but is it effective?New Forms of Learning Essential to Participation in Contemporary SocietySocial and recreational new media use as a site of learning. Contrary to adult perceptions, while hanging out online, youth are picking up basic social and technological skills they need to fully participate in contemporary society. Erecting barriers to participation deprives teens of access to these forms of learning. Participation in the digital age means more than being able to access “serious” online information and culture. Youth could benefit from educators being more open to forms of experimentation and social exploration that are generally not characteristic of educational institutions.What kinds of rolls can adults play in this?Adults Should Help This ProcessYouth using new media often learn from their peers, not teachers or adults, and notions of expertise and authority have been turned on their heads. Such learning differs fundamentally from traditional instruction and is often framed negatively by adults as a means of “peer pressure.” Yet adults can still have tremendous influence in setting “learning goals,” particularly on the interest-driven side, where adult hobbyists function as role models and more experienced peers.It’s a new world for those privileged enough to have access to the web. The consequences of these changes will unfold in years to come. Do schools need to adapt to these new forms of learning in order to keep functioning well? Perhaps. But perhaps for some learning subjects in particular traditional schools have never worked as well as they could in the future if they support these new collaborative styles of learning.This report is the end result of work done by 28 researchers over 3 years, based on interviews with 800 young people and 5000 hours of online observation. Check it out in full for yourself and let us know what you think. Tags:#E-Learning#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 Percent Retail Self-Checkout Market Growth Collides with Deployment Risks

first_imgSeveral data points in recent weeks led to this update on the state of retail self-checkout (SCO) deployments. Among these are the increased self-service stores openings with Asia / North America taking the lead, the evolution from stationary SCOs to multiple variations of scan-and-go applications, and new research, some of which you will only see in this article, on the theft challenges with these new autonomous solutions.My favorite story was a February 2019 article indicating that Walmart was transitioning from a consumer-powered to a store associate-powered “Check Out With Me” scan-and-go model, with shopper theft cited as one of the major reasons. “In one case, during the (consumer) Scan & Go rollout, a customer tried to leave a Walmart store with a cart of about 100 items, only 40 of which he had scanned.”Self-Checkout Is a Growth Retail ApplicationAccording to Greg Buzek at the IHL Group, retailers that have traditional self-checkout see about 40 percent of their transactions and 20 percent of their sales volume now taking place at self-checkout stations. About 20 percent of large retailers/restaurants are rolling out scan-and-go consumer options in the next twelve months, and 44 percent will have that option through their apps by 2020.- Sponsor – The SCO market is expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 10.3 percent in the forecast period. Sample North America retail chains either deploying or piloting the scan-and-go variation include Kroger, Dollar General, and 7-Eleven.With ten stores opened so far, the Amazon Go self-service store model could be a $4 billion business for the company by 2021. Over 500 Bingo Box self-service locations are already open in China.The Categories and the Generation GapForty-eight percent of US internet users believe that scan-and-go technology would make shopping easier, and 43 percent would rather try scan-and-go than wait in a checkout line. Favorite categories are groceries, home goods, and fashion items.Sixty percent of internet users worldwide would prefer to shop at other retailers, if they offered an Amazon Go-like experience. Not surprisingly in this digitally connected era, this jumps to 77 percent for consumers aged 18-34.The Retail Self-Checkout ChallengeLate last year, the Europe-based ECR Community Shrink and OSA Group published an extensive study quantifying the risk associated with self-checkout. Among the key findings:Data comparing stores with and without fixed SCO found that levels of loss were higher in the former than the latter, with some grocery case studies recording losses in the region of 33 percent to 147 percent higher.Stores where 55-60 percent of transactions went through fixed SCO can expect their shrinkage losses to be 31 percent higher.For a store with 50 percent of transactions being processed through fixed SCO, it can expect its shrinkage losses to be 75 percent higher than the average rate found in grocery retailing.Stores using scan-and-go technology could see overall losses in the region of 0.96 percent of sales—a 43 percent increase.The ECR report concludes that the data was not clear in its theft conclusions. Many assert based on their experiences that the losses are more likely to be mistakes and errors. Valuable guidance is provided on a framework featuring eleven themes that retailers can implement to manage the associated risks with the use of SCO technologies.Why Is Self-Checkout a Theft Target?The US-based Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) asked actual shoplifters” “Why would you use self-checkouts to commit theft?” Exclusive to this article, here is what is in the mind of a shoplifter:The Loss Prevention (LP) Cxx MomentAs the data clearly indicates, SCO is a major, growing retail application. According to multiple global retailers, it is a core element of their future innovation roadmap that meets the “must-have” of new, digitally empowered generations.In my globally delivered “The Disruptive Future of Retail” keynote presentation, I share this chart, where I elaborate that this autonomous transition is a major opportunity to evolve the retail industry.Digital transformation trends are leading to a collision between a technology-empowered consumer and increased theft opportunities. For loss prevention, the SCO challenge is one of those unique Cxx moments to evolve to differentiated strategies/technologies that securely enhance the value of the retail brand.The solutions to the SCO deployment risks are more intensive consumer/associate engagement for proper use and a new set of strategies and emerging technologies focused on frictionless consumer experiences. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Enterprise Search: Still Not a Reality For Most Organizations

first_imgThe goals and benefits of true Enterprise Search still elude most organizations.   While Enterprise Search technology has made big strides over the last decade, most organizations either don’t use it or have introduced implementations that reach only into collaborative systems and the corporate intranet.  Surprisingly, a report by Forrester shows that of organizations using Enterprise Search only half have included content management systems and file shares in the realm of searchable data, and only 18 percent of organizations have included line-of-business applications as searchable content.  You might well ask then, what’s the point of implementing Enterprise Search?The Forrester report shows that even in 2010 Knowledge Workers continue to complain that within their organizations that they are only able to find the information and documents that they are looking for about 50 percent of the time.  Many workers report that they prefer to search the Internet for information relevant to their job rather than use their internal search tools because it tends to be quicker and return relevant data more often.  Only 22 percent of workers say that they are using their company’s internet for finding and retrieving “team-only content”.Forrester found that employees at large companies (>5000 employees) use enterprise search 30+ percent times more frequently than employees of smaller companies, but interestingly, both groups report spending significant amounts of time searching for information to perform their job.  Larger companies have more resources to build out the infrastructure needed for Enterprise Search, but even with Enterprise Search tools available, search continues to be a bottleneck for people to effectively do their job.Not including all data stores into the range over which Enterprise Search can reach is one problem that impedes the effectiveness of search.  But there are also other problems that include out-of-date content and lack of information governance.  And perhaps the biggest roadblock to improvement is that many companies have still not made searchability of information in the enterprise a top priority.  While optimizing the findability of outward-facing web page data (SEO) is big business that many companies allocate large portions of their budget for, most companies do nothing to try to improve the findability of data within their organizations. Enterprise Search and Taxonomy projects are often at much lower priorities compared to other IT initiatives.  When IT managers were asked to rank the importance of various types of IT projects, Enterprise Search consistently ranked low.So the problem may not be one so much related to issues in the technology.  Organizations needs to become better aware of the benefits that good search tools and information governance would have on both employee productivity and quality of work, and they need to make search a higher priority in their organizations.  And Knowledge Workers need to bring this to the attention of their employers.last_img read more