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December 20, 2019

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: July 1, 2016

first_imgYou can use a plugin or manually add code if you want to display an author activity box that shows the user’s last login date in WordPress. Did you miss WordCamp Europe 2016 last weekend? Catch up on what happened with the WordCamp Europe 2016 Recap from WPEngine.CSS and HTMLAh, the memories. Do you remember all of these CSS image replacement methods? Which ones did you use? I used Fahrner, Phark, Phark with inline image, clip-path, and Nash. Fun discussion in the comments!If you’ve been wondering how to create a vertical slide-out menu with CSS transitions, this tutorial by Samuel Norton takes you through the process step-by-step. No JavaScript needed. Another trip down memory lane, as Zack Bloom talks about the languages which almost were CSS.Some interesting things missing from this proposal were any mention of units, all numbers being interpreted based on their context (font sizes were always in points for example). The Nielsen Norman Group and What Users Do research project on hamburger menus and hidden navigation damage UX showed that hiding navigation provides a worse user experience than visible or partially visible navigation.Stimulate user self-discovery in your product onboarding process, don’t assume new users want to learn how to use your product.Users don’t leave because they can’t figure it out — they leave because they don’t care to. While only supported in less than 65 percent of browsers, you may find the CSS text-align-last property to be useful in your projects. Using the CSS checkbox hack, Ana Tudor shows you how to recreating the Twitter heart animation with only one element, no images, and no JavaScript.What I Found InterestingWhat a wonderful idea! And one I wish more conferences would implement. HybridConf offers attendees a way to pay it forward, an initiative that allows you to donate additional funds beyond the conference registration fee. Donations are pooled together to offer free tickets to those who really need them. Want to get real-time feedback during your presentation? By adding real-time Q&A to your Google Slides, you can encourage your audience to participate and ask questions via their computer/computer devices during your talk. Happy birthday, Google+! Do you remember when it launched five years ago? I do. Our local social media group invited Google + VP Bradley Horowicz to speak about the new social network app.But none of the group leaders were able to get to the event on time, due to traffic congestion. I stepped up and acted as event host, introducing Horowicz to over 70 people gathered to hear about Google+. If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJune 23, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesEvery week I post a roundup of new web development and design resources I’ve learned about from the blogs I read and the people I follow on Twitter. This week’s roundup of resources highlights the recent W3C draft of the CSS Shapes Module, presentation and notes from last week’s UX…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 9, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn tips for getting started in user experience, find out how to set up Android TalkBack for accessibility testing, learn about using rem units in your designs, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: November 4, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how Gainesville, Florida used design-thinking to reinvent itself, find out what to expect in the upcoming WordPress 4.7 release, discover how video captioning bridges the digital divide, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links” That was fast! My friend Rian Rietveld spoke at WordCamp Europe last week about the state of accessibility in WordPress. She shared her resource post with text and slides; I’m honored to include the video of her talk, with captions! My Twitter feed is filled with announcements of online courses, but it’s rare for me to see reviews lately. This morning, I was pleasantly surprised to read this review of Susan Weinschenk’s UX Conceptual Model Design online course by Lacy White of UX Mastery. You’ll find an overview of the course and the presenter, along with pros and cons. AccessibilityMore than 14 million digital books will be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a partnership between the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, hosted at the University of Michigan.Learn how screen reader users navigate websites, break down information on complex pages, and what helps them find info in Heydon Pickering’s responses to the screen reader strategy survey. Did you know Microsoft Word default heading styles now pass Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA?Do you “see” what I “see”? Color contrast for default H1, H2 & H3 for Microsoft Word docs now pass to #WCAG 2.0 AA? #a11y— Jennie Delisi (@AT_NMT) June 30, 2016 Substitute “law firm” with any other business type in the title and ask the same question, Is Your Law Firm’s Website Accessible? WordPressWordPress 4.6 Beta 1 is available for download and testing. Check out Shiny Updates, resource hints, and native fonts in the admin.Integrated with the Wayback Machine, the new Archiver WordPress Plugin will auto-generate snapshots of your WordPress site. I really enjoyed Thomas Maier’s Lessons Learned From Plugin Support post. Though written about a WordPress plugin, the post offers excellent communication tips and advice for anyone providing support, whether for a digital product, or not.I’ve learned that most users appreciate hard work, a friendly tone and genuine concern for their problem. In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll find out what questions to ask before choosing a prototyping tool, learn how screen reader users navigate websites, discover how to use the text-align-last CSS property, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. Tweet of the WeekFamily firstBe kindWork hardBe humbleRespect allLaugh loudlyWrite moreDo your bestStay teachableShow gratitudeForgiveGive more— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 30, 2016User ExperienceWith dozens of tools to choose from, how do you select the best prototyping tool for your project? Fabricio Teixeira discusses what you need to ask before making a decision. First question he asks: do you really need a tool? Reminder: creating a good user experience is not only for the web.Moving to #carUX really opened my eyes as to how web-centric the #UX community is.— Emily Bowman (@awesomania) June 29, 2016last_img read more

December 19, 2019

Anton Haig: golf’s next big thing?

first_img7 February 2007Twenty-year-old South African Anton Haig moved into the top 100 of the official world golf rankings by winning the prestigious Johnnie Walker Classic at the Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket at the weekend.His victory saw him join the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo as winners of the event. His impressive performance also captured the attention of many of the game’s top players and commentators, including Sky Sports’ respected Ewen Murray.Murray says he puts Haig in the John Daly class for driving distance. That’s quite a statement, but it is the kind of statement that will draw golf fans to take a look at the young South African’s game. After all, powering drives way, way down the fairway is the most eye-catching aspect of golf.European Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke, a regular visitor to South Africa, is equally impressed, if not more so, by Haig. He reckons Haig hits the ball “miles” and has “a great short game”.A future major winnerIn fact, Clarke feels Haig has it all and is a future major winner in the making.He’s not the only Ryder Cup player to laud the rising star. Both Lee Westwood and David Howell expressed the opinion that Haig will become a top-10 ranked player.Haig’s win in Phuket, the most prestigious of the four he has so far claimed in his short career, was as much a victory for his parents as it was for his Haig. While he was growing up his father took a job managing a farm so as to raise the funds to send young Anton to amateur tournaments. That kept dad away from home, but today he surely feels the sacrifice was worth it.Both Haig’s parents were in Thailand to witness him sink the birdie putt that won him the tournament. It also secured him a much sought after European Tour exemption until the end of 2009.Inspired by Els and GoosenIf Westwood and Howell are correct in their assessments that Haig will become a top-10 player, then he will be venturing into an area currently occupied by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. The 20-year-old says he draws inspiration from the two South African major winners.Speaking after his victory at the Blue Canyon Country Club, he told reporters: “Ernie and Retief have been my heroes. They are awesome players and put a bit of ‘oomph’ for me to get to the top. They have great fighting spirit and never give up.”Growing up, says Haig, he eagerly followed their exploits, taking every opportunity to see them in the flesh when they played in South African events.Prior to the Johnnie Walker Classic, he had the opportunity to play a practice round with Els and Goosen, “What an experience!” he said. “I had never played with them before.”Els and Goosen impressedIt appears both the Big Easy and the Goose are equally impressed with Haig. After the Johnnie Walker Classic, Els predicted a big future for him, remarking on his booming drives, which he said are among the biggest in the game.“He’s very young, 20, and a big guy, even bigger than me. He hits it longer than I do. It’s a matter of getting experience and just playing,” said Els.Goosen, too, praised Haig’s driving ability, reckoning the young man powers the ball 20 to 30 yards further than he does. Goosen went on to remark that golf today is about length, and said once Haig gets that under control, “he’ll be good”. Coming from a man who is known for understating things, that is high praise.Goosen also commented on Haig’s positive, friendly approach to golf, noting that it is good for the game. The irony is that Haig described both Els and Goosen as down to earth. Yes, down to earth and brilliant golfers, much the same as he is.By breaking into the top 100 of the official world golf rankings, Haig became the seventh South African to crack the barrier, behind Els, Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Tim Clark, Rory Sabbatini and Charl Schwartzel. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

December 18, 2019

Cultural group writes own history

first_imgDidi Sydown in a dance scene from Johann Strauss’ opera Die Fledermaus. Gerald Samaai, principal tenor for the Eoan Group, during a rehearsal at the Cape Town City Hall. May Abrahamse singing the role of Rosalinde in Eoan’s 1962 production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.(Images: Cloete Breytenbach)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Hilde RoosEoan book project co-ordinator+27 21 808 2597Wilma den HartighA new book has been published to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Eoan Group, South Africa’s first grassroots amateur opera, ballet and drama organisation.Eoan – Our Story is the first book to tell the story of the relatively unknown group, which was established in 1933 by British immigrant Helen Southern-Holt, as a cultural and charity organisation in the former inner-city suburb of District Six in Cape Town.The publication is a project of the Documentation Centre for Music (Domus) at Stellenbosch University (SU). It was compiled by the Eoan History Project, with Dr Hilde Roos and Wayne Muller as editors.The Eoan Group played an important role in promoting the performance of classical music in South Africa, developing artistic talent and preserving the vibrant cultural heritage of District Six.This historic area is known for the forced removal of about 60 000 of its residents during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.The name Eoan comes from the Greek word ‘Eos’, the goddess of the dawn. In Greek mythology she is personified as the one who brings the hope of a new day. The group’s founder chose this name as it referred to her desire to bring hope and new opportunities to the community of District Six.Despite working under the constraints of apartheid, the organisation provided a platform where gifted actors, musicians and dancers could express their life’s calling.“Their story is inspirational. It is time to celebrate their memory,” says Roos.For many people who had talent, this was their only chance.“This is why the organisation was so important,” she says. “It gave people an opportunity to develop their talent and perform, even if these were limited opportunities.“There is no other group like this.”Important memories preserved in printThrough the book the Eoan History Project hopes to preserve the organisation’s history for future generations.The publication tells the story of Eoan’s establishment, but also shows the impact of the apartheid government’s racial policies on South African communities.“What is extraordinary about this group is that there is just about no other example in the country where the evolution of a cultural group and the development of the apartheid regime are so closely linked,” Roos says.When the Eoan Group started, their headquarters were situated in District Six and 15 branches were established throughout the Cape Peninsula by the mid-1950s. They offered a wide range of activities that included ballet, folk dance, speech, drama, singing, painting and sewing.After the destruction of District Six, the group moved to their new premises, the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone.Years later, documents and photos of Eoan’s productions were found at the theatre. The photos, permits for performances, letters and programmes were organised into an archive which has been housed at the SU Music Department since 2008.Roos says many stories about the group and its members were undocumented for years, and numerous oral accounts of their activities appear in this book for the first time.The book is an oral history and includes extracts from 47 interviews which have been structured in a narrative around themes such as opera and ballet productions, and is complemented by photos and other archive material.The interviews were done mainly with former Eoan members, most of which sang in the group’s opera productions.A bittersweet storyDuring the 1950s, Eoan performed to mixed audiences. But Roos says the group’s activities became more restricted as apartheid intensified in the 1960s.“It had a major impact on their performances, but they kept going amid the political difficulties,” she says.Eventually apartheid legislation completely prohibited mixed audiences. To comply with these requirements, the group applied for permits to perform in the City Hall for mixed audiences from 1966 onwards.Roos says the group suffered a setback when they were forced to accept financial support from the apartheid government’s coloured affairs department, which caused their standing and support in the community to suffer.“They were forced into a tricky compromise,” she says. “They needed funding to put on performances but they also didn’t want to betray their community.”Despite these conditions, they remained successful and popular, and this was widely reflected in ticket sales and media coverage.Outstanding performances, against all oddsDuring their artistic peak from the 1950s to 1970s, the group often performed to packed houses in Cape Town’s best concert halls.Eoan performed the first full-length indigenous jazz ballet by a local composer for a South African ballet group. The Square by Stanley Glasser was about gang life in District Six.From 1956 until the late 1970s the group had an active amateur opera section which performed at arts festivals and annual opera seasons and toured throughout South Africa (1960 and 1965) and the United Kingdom (1975).In 1956 they performed Verdi’s La Traviata in the Cape Town City Hall, Eoan’s artistic home before apartheid legislation forced them to move to Athlone.By 1977 they had eleven operas in their repertoire: three by Verdi, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Bohème, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.Making a name overseasSome of Eoan’s members went on to build successful international careers.“Many of them went abroad, got bursaries and took their chance at better opportunities,” Roos says. “Some big names emerged from the group.”They were mostly dancers, but a handful of singers also made it overseas, despite not having access to good vocal training in South Africa.One of the group’s success stories is Vincent Hantam. According to Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, Hantam danced most of the principal roles with Scottish Ballet from 1975 to 1991, and has performed with many companies on the local and international stage.Tenor Joseph Gabriels was discovered by Joseph Manca, musical director of the Eoan Group.“He had an exceptional voice,” Roos says.He received no musical or vocal training while in South Africa, but in 1967 he secured a bursary from the Schneier family of Johannesburg to study in Milan.In 1969 he won the famous Verdi competition in Busseto. He made his debut in 1971 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Canio in I Pagliacci – the first South African to sing there.The Eoan Group stopped performing operas in 1977, but the company still exists today and they focus on dance productions.According to the team who compiled the book, the interviews with former Eoan members show how much people invested into the arts through the group, the extraordinary circumstances in which they had to operate, and the influential role that the group played in so many lives.last_img read more

December 18, 2019

Cosmic proof of comet strike on Earth

first_imgAn artist’s rendition of the comet exploding in Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt.(Image: Wits University) Professor David Block, was one of four astronomers who studied the Hypatia pebble.(Image: David Block)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Sulaiman Philip“Let me remind the reader that everything that falls out of the sky always seems stranger than they actually are.” With these words, an anonymous reviewer on the esteemed science magazine Earth and Planetary Science Letters’ peer panel tried to dissuade the editor from publishing a collaborative paper written by a group of South African scientists.Its significantly dry title – Unique chemistry of a diamond-bearing pebble from the Libyan Desert Glass-strewn field, SW Egypt: Evidence for a shocked comet fragment – obscures the importance of the work done by the group; Professors David Block and Jan Kramers, Chris Harris and Dr Marco Andreoli. Comet strike proofIn a world-first, the work of these scientists, from the universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Cape Town and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) respectively, has provided the first concrete proof of a comet strike on Earth.In a presentation at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Block explained that while comets have inspired fear and wonder throughout history, they are simply small dirty snowballs that “contain pristine material from the epoch of the formation of our solar system”.“Comets always visit our skies … but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth.”In the mid-1990s, during an expedition to the Libyan Desert, Egyptian geologist Ali Barakat picked up a black pebble that seemed out of place. Barakat’s curiosity was piqued because of its unusual streaked appearance and the lack of any similar rock formations in the debris field. Tests on the rock in Egypt showed that its composition was unusual but Barakat and his team could not tell just how much.Barakat found the pebble in a 6000km2area of glass, believed to have been formed from a comet strike 28-million years ago. The comet heated the desert sands to almost 2 000 °C, creating a highly prized commodity, Libyan Desert glass, a fragment of which resides in a Pharaonic breast ornament belonging to boy king Tutankhamen. A promising pebble Barakat’s colleague, Dr Mario di Martino, called in Dr Andreoli to look at the rock because he believed the pebble may be a carbonado, but Andreoli was sceptical when his first round of tests results hinted that the pebble did not come from Earth.Andreoli has spent his career studying carbonado rocks, better known as black diamonds. The high hydrogen content of these carbon rock formations and the fact that they are found in just two locations on Earth suggested to scientists that they were formed as result of comet impacts.“Very early on I thought I was having a Narnia moment but I kept my emotions in check. It was only in 2011 when Professor Kramers’s anomalous results matched mine that I knew we had opened a new gate and a new door.”What excited the team most were the microscopic diamonds in the rock’s core.  Diamonds are produced deep in the earth where intense pressure acts on coal. They are also formed by the high pressure shock caused by a comet explosion.“Part of the comet impacted and the shock of the impact produced the diamonds,” says Kramers.Microscopic dust particles and carbon-rich dust in Antarctic ice are the only comet material found on Earth. The North American Space Association (NASA) and the European Space Station spend billions of dollars to collect micrograms of comet material but “now we’ve got a radical new approach to studying the material without spending billions of dollars collecting it,” said Professor Kramers.Professor Block added, “The pebble discovered in the field will help unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system.” International interestThe team named their pebble Hypatia in honour of the first well-known female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. As Dr Andreoli explained, “Comets are beautiful, mysterious bringers of life. To us Hypatia embodies all that. And we felt she deserved more than an asteroid and crater on the moon that no one knows how to find named after her.”Comets differ from asteroids and meteors with their thin atmospheres and regular orbits and the bodies are even thought to have sparked life on Earth.Hypatia’s importance lies in the fact that acts as a time capsule holding stardust from beyond our solar system.The ongoing research and study of the pebble has grown to include scientists from around the world, including Italian scientists from the universities of Bologna and Turin.For Professor Adam Habib, Wits vice-chancellor and principal, the fact that this significant discovery came as result of collaboration between South African universities was important.He believes that ongoing collaboration would lead to more ground-breaking work in other fields and show the world the quality of South African tertiary institutions.“If we want true freedom it can only be achieved when our minds are free. Work of this quality proves that we are on the road.”last_img read more

December 18, 2019

Airbus A350-1000 tipped to boost Cathay’s Australian capacity

first_imgA Cathay A350-900. Photo: Steve Creedy The Airbus A350-1000, currently doing a promotional  tour of Asia and the Gulf, looks set to become a permanent fixture in Sydney later this year as part of Cathay Pacific’s plans to boost Australian capacity.A final decision has yet to be made but  Cathay Pacific general manager South-West Pacific Rakesh Raicar said replacing  an A330 serving Sydney route with the biggest member of the Airbus A350 family was part of the airline’s planning.Cathay is expanding its reach this year with year-round services to Irish capital Dublin in March and to European political centre Brussels in June.A seasonal service to Copenhagen in Denmark begins in May and frequencies on popular routes such as Barcelona, Spain, and Tel Aviv, Israel, will be increased in 2018.The airline will also use the Airbus A350-1000 to connect its Hong Kong base to Washington, DC.  The flight to Dulles International Airport will be the longest in the Cathay network at 7,085 nautical miles (13,122kms).Raicar said the airline would use its fleet of Boeing 777s, A350-900s and A350-1000s to boost capacity to Australia.The airline currently has three daily flights to Sydney using Boeing 777-300ERs and one using an Airbus A330.“I don’t need to make any guesses what the planning would be for upgrading,’’ he said. “I would say that’s an ideal candidate for an A350-1000.’’Melbourne, which has two daily B777 flights and an A330 service, could see the A330 upgraded to a B777.The Hong Kong carrier has deployed its A350s extensively to Australia and continues to the country as an important market.Raicar believes the combination of frequency and network connectivity will continue to make the airline attractive to its target customer base of frequent business travellers.“So we’re doing two things together,’’ he said. “ One is we’re offering new destinations that you can fly to… and we are also thickening the high demand routes.“For example, if we see that the demand for a route is very high we add more frequencies, therefore adding more flexibility to those destinations.”The airline has in recent time experienced uncharacteristic losses as it battles stiff competition from mainline Chinese and other airlines.It reported a $US262m loss in the first half in the first six months of 2017and introduced a three-year restructuring program aimed at cutting costs and boosting returns.Raicar said the airline was seeing “light at the end of the tunnel”.He said cargo, which is particularly important to Cathay, had been a bright spot and the airline was also benefiting from growth in world economy“We’re a good cargo supplier in the market and cargo has seen growth in both revenue and yield,’’ he said.The Cathay executive acknowledged that there was now more competition on Australian routes from Chinese carriers and that Cathay had lost market share to some destinations.He conceded people would want to fly direct at the kind of prices Chinese carriers were offering.“You see a shift in demand there’s no doubt,’’ he said. “But our dependence on the secondary cities in  China has never been that that big.“So you’re seeing some degree of market shift to a direct airline but that market shift is off a small market base.“We continue to offer a great network, a great product out of Hong Kong.“And business travellers, particularly, still look at us as the right choice to travel over Hong Kong to whichever destination they want to travel.”In terms of overall competition, Raicar said the fall in yields on Cathay’s Australian routes had started to reduce as capacity into the country rationalised.He said  yields had declined by about 5 per cent in 2017 but that had been comprised of a fall of 8.2 per cent in the first half and 1.8 percent in the second half.“So there’s an uptick, “ he said. “It’s still declining – it’s not positive – but the rate of the decline has gone down.”last_img read more

December 17, 2019

5 Omni-channel Retailing Examples in 2018

first_imgAs online-only retailers continue to see expanded success, traditional brick-and-mortar stores must turn to new strategies to keep up with customer demand. Today’s retail environment demands that the customer shopping journey be a seamless one as it transitions from a physical store to a smartphone app to an interactive catalog (or social media page, or other digital tool) and back again.But executing such a complex blend of multiple channels isn’t a simple matter, and not every retailer has figured it out just yet. Here are a few omni-channel retailing examples that seem to be on the right track.Kroger. The major grocery retailer, which currently operates 2,782 stores in 35 states, rolled out a new omni-channel initiative, “Restock Kroger,” in the fall of 2017. Restock Kroger aims to be a data-driven approach to optimizing shelf space and keeping customer favorites readily available. Personalized offers and coupons are also part of the new initiative. According to a PYMNTS article, Kroger collects more food purchase data than any other US organization, so it only makes sense that the company would put that data to use. An integration between the company’s existing ClickList online grocery ordering service into other digital offerings, such as rewards and recipes, rounds out Kroger’s latest foray into the omni-channel space.- Sponsor – Nike. Nike has implemented omni-channel retailing by fully integrating their stores with their online presence in terms of both design and functionality. Both store and site are designed with a colorful, vibrant aesthetic that encourages exploration. Consumers can shop anywhere–online, in-store, via mobile–and order products to be shipped anywhere as well. In addition, the NIKEiD service is a unique offering that allows customers to design custom footwear and other merchandise for a fun, personalized design. This service is available online and in some stores, and store associates are trained to promote online options when they best suit a customer’s needs. In 2016, Nike took the added step of opening a richer in-store experience for shoppers in the Soho area of New York: the 55,000-sq-ft space boasts a mini basketball court, treadmill, soccer area, and customization shoe bar. Nike stores in China have even begun testing an immersive video game experience where customers can try out new shoes in a fantasy world. It’s an experience that e-commerce alone can’t offer.Macy’s. Macy’s has offered consumers an online shopping option since 1998, when the retailer first launched Macys.com. But the company has made innovative strides since that time as it reworks its digital strategy with the goal of a customer-focused, omni-channel retailing experience. In an effort to create a hybrid digital/physical retail presence, Macy’s has leveraged its huge network of retail locations as online fulfillment centers. Orders can be shipped from a store, and customers can also buy online to pick up items in the store. In addition, Macy’s has adopted radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track the specific location of a given product within the supply chain. The technology reportedly helps maintain inventory accuracy and gather data about consumer demand. A September 2017 article from STORES points out that “Macy’s has had strong results so far. The use of RFID substantially improved the rate of display compliance, which drove overall customer satisfaction. Inventory accuracy (as measured by gross unit variance) showed significant improvements as Macy’s could conduct more regular cycle counts of items tagged with RFID.”DSW. TotalRetail’s Top 100 Omni-Channel Retailers Report awards the number-one ranking to DSW, and for good reason. The shoe retailer tied with three other companies for the top spot but received the highest possible scores for omni-channel elements like “shared cart” (where brands and/or customer accounts can share a single online shopping cart) and loyalty points that can be earned and redeemed across channels. It’s likely that the retailer will maintain its strong focus on omni-channel as well: Roger Rawlins, who oversaw the company’s omni-channel strategy from 2014 to 2015, was named CEO in December 2015.Amazon. You might ask why the e-commerce king is on this list, but the execs at Amazon know that brick-and-mortar stores offer something valuable that even the most robust online shopping platform cannot: an innovative, memorable shopping experience. That’s why the company has begun to build a swath of physical stores, starting with grocery stores and bookstores, to serve as showcases and allow shoppers to browse and interact with products in person. Amazon’s physical locations have thus far placed a strong emphasis on a “frictionless” shopping experience in an effort to eliminate some of the hassles that usually come with shopping at traditional brick-and-mortar stores. For instance, the Amazon Go convenience store concept uses sensor technology to track items as they are picked up and added to carts; the technology then automatically charges the customer’s account when they have finished their shopping.These omni-channel retailing examples are not comprehensive, but they do give a good overview of what companies are doing in 2018 to stay on top of customer demands and retail industry trends.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated March 22, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

December 12, 2019

Military Families & Disaster Preparedness: Nutrition & Wellness

first_imgTo kick off our tour through MFLN’s concentration areas and how each one can contribute to disaster preparedness, this week’s Friday Field Notes will focus on Nutrition and Wellness.  The Nutrition & Wellness team at MFLN mainly focuses on applying research with education and counseling to meet the needs of military families concerning preventive and medical nutrition.When it comes to disasters, the food we consume can be impacted in a major way.  Every now and again, there are food emergencies (natural or manmade) that are called into question warranting public warnings or a halt in distribution and sale of certain items.  Nutrition and Wellness’s blog post, “Make Food Safe: Minimizing Your Risk of Foodborne Illness”, offers readers some practical strategies for protecting themselves and their families from foodborne illnesses whether they are preparing food, shopping in their commissary, or if they have lost power in their home due to a disaster.  As service providers, staying on top of the resources available in your community at the local, state, and nationwide level can greatly increase the ease of service delivered to the military families in your area, allowing them to maintain nutritional wellness in the wake of a disaster.Be sure to peruse some additional resources related to disaster preparedness and nutrition that are linked below:United States Department of Agriculture: The USDA has programs specifically for promoting food safety such as the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative, the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area, and the AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program to name a few.  Additionally, this handy brochure about the USDA’s Disaster Nutrition Programs offers information about programs for children in public schools who have experienced a disaster as well as information for families utilizing Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  Guides to specific state information are also provided with each program.Extension Disaster Education Network: Explore EDEN’s resource dashboard for relevant material by clicking on “Hazard” and then “Food Safety” at the right of the page.The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a worldwide organization for food and nutrition professionals. Their website offers educational articles and videos from professionals in the field specifically for food safety.  Regarding disasters, articles are available with considerations for shopping before a disaster strikes as well as food safety concerns after a disaster.  Feel free to reference this emergency preparedness tip sheet as well.Additional resources from Nutrition & WellnessFor more information about serving military families by addressing preventive and medical nutrition, check out more resources from the MFLN Nutrition & Wellness team like blog posts and webinars.  Follow them on Twitter as well!last_img read more

December 12, 2019

New Federal Form 1040 Impact on State Individual Income Tax Forms

first_imgThe impact of the newly designed 2018 federal Form 1040 on corresponding state individual income tax returns varies. Taxpayers may not see many changes to their state individual income tax return form itself for the 2018 filing season. Even for states making changes to the format of their returns, most are minor changes.2018 Federal Form Has Fewer LinesA glance at the 2018 federal Form 1040 reveals obvious differences in size and structure from previous years. The form is smaller and contains fewer lines. However, the reduction in content on the form itself led to the creation of six new schedules to be attached to the form as needed.One result of the redesign is that Form 1040 and its accompanying Schedule 1 contain similarly numbered lines. Taxpayers should take extra caution in gathering information from the new federal return and schedules. Care must be taken not to collect figures from the correct line number, but incorrect form or schedule.Starting Point Line ChangedSo far states have made few significant changes to individual income tax returns as a result of the federal 1040 form redesign. An exception exists with respect to states where the computation of state taxable income begins with federal:gross income,adjusted gross income, ortaxable income.In these instances, the state return now refers to a different line on the new federal Form 1040 to use as the taxpayer’s starting point.Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impact on State FormsTaxpayers may initially surmise their state returns changed with the federal return format revision. But a number of states added new lines or schedules as a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and not simply due to the new federal return formatting changes. For instance, a number of states added or changed lines and schedules to allow a deduction for personal exemptions after the disallowance of federal personal exemptions. A few examples of such states include:Maine,Rhode Island,South Carolina, andVermontSo upon closer look, many of the changes to state returns may be from TCJA adjustments.Other State Return Format ChangesOther than the starting point line number changes, the federal Form 1040 redesign resulted in few state form changes. Exceptions where states did make format changes include:Montana consolidated the Form 2, Montana Individual Income Tax Return, to better match the federal Form 1040 by streamlining the layout of the form.State returns no longer reference federal Forms 1040A and 1040EZ as they have been discontinued with the revision of the federal Form 1040.If nothing else, most state returns had to change references to different line numbers of or schedules to the new federal Form 1040.It remains to be seen whether states will make more substantial changes in their form design to follow federal in the future.By Tralawney Trueblood, J.D., M.B.A.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

December 12, 2019

Libor Hajek out 3-4 weeks with knee injury

first_imgNew York Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek will be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain. Hajek suffered the injury last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hajek has no goals and 5 assists through 27 games.Even though he had struggled, Hajek was a regular in the Rangers lineup until the injury. The returning Marc Staal will replace Hajek for the time being. 0 0 i Rate ThisShare this:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailMoreLinkedInTumblrPinterestPocket RelatedFan Confidence Poll: December 9, 2019Record Last Week (Sunday to Sunday): 2-2-0 (10 GF, 8 GA) Season Record: 15-11-3 (93 GF, 90 GA) Schedule This Week: @ LA, @ SJ, @ ANH Top stories from last week: The Rangers got smacked by Vegas, Alex Georgiev stole one against Columbus, the Rangers then lost to Montreal…There is no need to rush a defenseman following Libor Hajek’s injuryEven before the Rangers announced that Libor Hajek would be out for 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain, all eyes were on how the Rangers were going to adjust to the injury. The easiest answer, and the answer the club went with, was re-inserting Marc Staal, returning from an ankle…Game 64: Libor Hajek’s debutThe centerpiece of the Ryan McDonagh trade, Libor Hajek will make his Rangers and NHL debut tonight against Montreal. Hajek’s recall was very surprising, since he has struggled mightily in Hartford and is not even the best defenseman there. However the Pack are atrocious and it’s a terrible environment, so… TagsLibor Hajeklast_img read more