Unhappy shareholders demand progress by GM

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. – Their proposals all were voted down, but that didn’t stop dissident General Motors Corp. shareholders from grilling Chairman Rick Wagoner over the automaker’s declining market share and plans for the future at the annual meeting Tuesday. Although Wagoner opened the 2 1/2-hour meeting with a speech touting progress the company has made in its turnaround plan and on advanced technology, several shareholders expressed dismay at the pace, saying GM is in crisis and the board has not moved quickly enough to demand change. “In my opinion, this company has turned around so many times, we’re going in circles. And that circle is leading us right down the drain,” said shareholder James M. Dollinger of Flint, Mich. Shareholder John Lauve of Holly. Mich., said time is running out for GM’s comeback. “The board has not demanded the necessary changes now,” he said, pointing out that GM has lost 10 percentage points of market share in the past 10 years. Wagoner told shareholders the company’s North American turnaround strategy is working faster than expected with cost cuts and new products to grow revenue. He said the company has made progress with the United Auto Workers in becoming more competitive, but more needs to be done in upcoming national contract talks this summer. GM, he said, needs to “further reduce our still unsustainable health care bill, which was a staggering $4.8 billion in 2006.” Since 2005, GM has cut $8 billion in annual costs, shed more than 34,000 hourly workers and rolled out more than 20 new models since November 2005 to try to regain sales lost to Asian competitors. Although it earned $62 million overall in the first quarter, the company lost an adjusted $85 million on its North American operations. Last year, it lost $2 billion, an improvement over a loss of $10.4 billion in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Boost for Donegal company as Aldi gives them €7M juice contract

first_imgSupermarket giant Aldi has given Ballybofey company Mulrines a huge boost.The chain agreed a one-year contract extension with the juice producer Mulrines that will see the business provide over €7 million worth of Irish-made fruit juices and smoothies to Aldi’s 137 stores nationwide.Under the new agreement, Mulrines will increase the volume of product it supplies to Aldi by over 20% year on year. It will also see several new innovative products developed exclusively for Aldi customers, including a premium 100% Irish fresh apple juice.Mulrines is one of Aldi’s longest-serving suppliers in Ireland, partnering with Aldi since 2002.Since 2003, it has also worked with Aldi’s UK business and will supply 1.8m units of juice products to Aldi UK stores this year.With production facilities and orchards in Ballybofey and Kill, Co. Kildare respectively, Mulrines has created first-class Irish fruit juices and smoothies since 1919. It employs 180 people across production, sales and innovation roles. It is the only juice producer in Ireland that grows its own fruit, processes it and sells the finished product. This year, Mulrines is celebrating being in business for 100 years.Welcoming the new agreement, Peter Mulrine, CEO of Mulrines said: “The new contract extension is great news for our business and for Aldi shoppers, who will now get the chance to enjoy even more of our home-grown and produced juices. Our ongoing success is down to our unwavering focus on product innovation, quality and responding to ever changing customer preferences.”Aldi’s Group Buying Director, John Curtin said: “We know that for our customers, Irish produced products are always their first choice. Mulrines share our passion for making the very best Irish products available to consumers at prices that can’t be beaten. We are looking forward to continuing to work with them to bring many new and exciting Irish fruit juices to our customers.”Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores. It is investing more than €500,000 in year two of its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 137 stores.Aldi also recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for suppliers that transact up to €300k annually with Aldi. Aldi will sell over €700 million worth of Irish goods this year, sourced from Irish producers, manufacturers and suppliers across the country. Boost for Donegal company as Aldi gives them €7M juice contract was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALDIcontractjuiceMulrineslast_img read more

South Africa, look how far we’ve come: Zuma

first_img14 February 2014 President Jacob Zuma used his sixth State of the Nation address on Thursday night to highlight South Africa’s achievements over the past five years, while acknowledging that more needs to be done to tackle growing youth unemployment. As expected, Zuma reported at length on progress in the country’s infrastructure programme since 2009. Among the completed projects he highlighted were the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg, which is now used by more than 100 000 people a month, with similar systems under construction in Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Rustenburg. The country’s harbours and ports have been improved, 1 500 kilometres of new roads and road lanes lanes have been built countrywide, construction of new rail lines is under way in Mpumalanga, and a 700-kilometre fuel pipeline has been built between Durban to Gauteng to transport four-billion cubic litres of petrol, diesel and jet fuel a year. The Gautrain rapid rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport carries over 1.2-million passengers a month, and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will spend over R120-billion over the next 10 years on buying new trains and further improving the country’s transport system. Transnet, meanwhile, will be spending R300-billion on transport infrastructure under its market demand strategy, which it has begun implementing. To realise the economic potential of the Western Cape and the West Coast, the government had launched the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone and opened two new factories in Atlantis outside Cape Town. To improve the water supply, two large new dams, the De Hoop dam in Limpopo province and the Spring Grove dam in KwaZulu-Natal, had been completed, while phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project was expected to be launched soon. Construction was also continuing on the country’s new power stations, Medupi in Limpopo, Kusile in Mpumalanga and Ingula near Ladysmith, together employing more than 30 000 workers. “We continue to explore other sources of energy, in line with the Integrated Resource Plan for Energy,” Zuma said. “The development of petroleum, especially shale gas, will be a game-changer for the Karoo region and the South African economy.” Zuma said that on average the economy had grown at 3.2 percent a year from 1994 to 2012, despite a global recession which had cost the country a million jobs. South Africa’s national wealth, measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), had grown to more than R3.5-trillion. There were now 15-million South Africans with jobs, the highest in the country’s history, with over 650 000 jobs created in 2013. “This is still not good enough,” Zuma said. “The unemployment rate still remains high. Youth unemployment in South Africa continues to be of concern, as it is throughout the world.” The government would have to work together with business and labour to grow the economy at rates above five percent to be able to create the jobs the country needed. South Africa continued to face the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment, Zuma said, and tackling these challenges had become a central focus of all democratic administrations. Zuma said the National Development Plan (NDP) was a viable plan for driving South Africa’s socio-economic development, eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Happy 22nd Pi Day

first_imgTags:#news#web Image Credit: QwantzFor the hardcore, the Joy of Pi has listed the first ten thousand digits for you to peruse, or if you’re particularly keen, why not try to take the crown from Japan’s Akari Haraguchi, the current record holder for being able to recite the first 100,000 digits of Pi from memory.An interesting coincidence; today also happens to be Albert Einstein‘s birthday.Update: oops – 22nd, not 21st Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija davis Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today is Pi Day; the day the first three digits of Pi, 3.14, match the calendar date, March 14, and this year it’s official according to Congress, which last week voted 391-10 to designate today as National Pi Day in an attempt to raise the profile of science and math in education.The first Pi Day celebrations were held at the San Francisco Exploratorium when the now retired Larry Shaw decided the day was worth commemorating. Since then, the annual geek celebration has grown and is now held across the United States at universities, museums and even some folks’ homes.So what is Pi?It’s a mathematical constant representing the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter. It’s also an irrational number, with an infinite number of decimal places and can’t be written as a ratio of two whole numbers. According to Physics Central, supercomputers have been able to compute Pi out to over 1.3 trillion decimal places without seeing a pattern emerge. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Debate around Recording Interviews

first_imgAs most of you know, we have been actively recording our interviews since we opened our doors as Wicklander-Zulawski in 1982. While we use the recorded interviews to illustrate the techniques in our training sessions, we also use them as a means to monitor and measure our investigators. If a supervisor is simply evaluating interviewer performance based on the subject’s written statement and whether or not the case was successfully closed with an admission and written statement, she may be missing crucial information on the process.Recording interviews provides outstanding feedback to the interviewer that can’t be replicated by simply sitting in and observing the conversation. Undoubtedly, the supervisor will miss any number of potential critiques because he is listening in real time. The other problem with this mentoring and evaluation strategy is it requires the evaluator to be present at the time of the interview. Being present may be cost prohibitive or time sensitive because of other commitments.The recording provides an accurate reflection of what happened, when it happened, and how things were said that could never be replicated by an in-person evaluator. Review of the recording can provide significantly more relevant critiques to the new interviewer since he can actually see his behavior and hear his own words and the effect that they are having on the subject. There’s also an opportunity to evaluate behavioral clues that may have been present or verbal statements that could have led the interview in an entirely different direction. We find in our after-action evaluations of WZ interviewers that we can be particularly successful in identifying difficulties or strengths in the conversation.- Sponsor – Many of the participants in WZ‘s Elite Training Days agreed that their organizations’ legal teams are reluctant to use recordings, feeling that an investigator’s testimony is sufficient to defend the company against litigation. It is our feeling that times are changing, and there will be an expectation of a recording that will satisfy what actually occurred during the conversation between the investigator and subject.We are seeing a significant change in policing across the country, first with the advent of dash cams in squad cars and more recently with body cams worn by officers. The quality of these videos and perspective is often limited, leaving open to interpretation what was actually happening at the time of the incident. But without question, the preliminary response from police departments using cameras has been a significant reduction in citizen complaints.One of the most widely reported studies of the use of body cams was conducted by the city of Rialto, CA, which reported use-of-force incidents reduced by 59 percent and citizen complaints by 87.5 percent. Other departments have seen similar reductions in use-of-force and citizen complaints since the use of body cams was instituted. It is likely that the body cams significantly alter the police-public encounters since both are consciously aware the conversation is being recorded. This should translate into significant savings on litigation costs and expenses associated with these types of use-of-force or complaint incidents.Clearly, the officers are aware they are being closely monitored and are thus focused on adhering to their training in handling field incidents. Recording interviews also seems to encourage interviewers to stick closely to the training model chosen for their conversation in a more formal interview setting in the station. The use of the recordings holds the officers accountable to the community in both the formal interview setting at the station and infield encounters.In a recent expert-witness engagement, the plaintiff’s attorney broached the question of recording interviews. During our testimony relating to recordings, we focused on the differences between an established interviewing room in a law enforcement facility and those who would have to record in a remote location or store facility that was not set up for recordings. In response to these questions, we noted that there were cost considerations a company must evaluate in providing its investigators with recording equipment, as well as maintaining and storing it, preserving the recordings, and reviewing the recordings, to name but a few.In the business world, there is always going to be a close examination of the return on investment before any capital expenditures are made. Because of the random nature of recording in the field, there would also be issues relating to recordings that were incomplete because of equipment problems, audio that was garbled due to microphone malfunctions or background noise, and potentially the space available to remotely store the recording. This does not even mention the possibility of human error compromising the operation of the equipment, which may come into play as well.The debate continues…Check out the full article, “To Record or Not to Record,” which was published in LP Magazine in 2016. This excerpt was updated January 30, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Enjoy free running? Choose from these pairs!

first_imgBARE SOLESReebok RealFlex With a minimalist construction on the upper, RealFlex gives a sock-like feel. It has 76 sensors on the soles, positioned strategically to adapt to all surfaces and promote natural movement. @ Reebok and other sports retail stores, `4,999 upwardsNike Free Light-weight and flexible, they feature segmented soles which provide cushioning to protect your feetwhich means no cramps or pulls. The breathable uppers keep your feet cool. Tip: Wear one size bigger with towel socks to let your toes flex. @ Nike and other sports retail stores, `5,995 upwardsVivobarefoot UltraA minimalist pair that has a plus-size toe box to let your toes splay, perforated uppers to allow your feet to breathe and thin soles that provide excellent ground feel. With removable socks, and an elastic lace system helps fasten quickly. @ select sports stores, `3,950 upwardsThe Coach Says…Purnima Mahato, Trainer, Deepika Kumari, ArcheryDeepika has always been a very focussed playera crucial attribute of an archer. She puts in a lot of hard work and has a natural flair for the sport. From anchoring to finishing, her technique seems nearly perfect. The only area that she needs to work on is her judgement in windy conditions. Deepika practises eight hours a day and her physical training session lasts for one and a half hours every day. It includes mostly running and stretching workouts. Alongside physical workouts, she practises quite a few mind techniques, such as concentration and imagery training. Have an aspiring archer at home? Make sure that she starts early, ideally at the age of 7 or 8. Also, get her to do stretching workouts to increase flexibility. As told to Saswati SarkarGo Bare!You know that you need the right kind of footwear for a workout. Some claim to keep your feet cool, arched and tone up your butt. Now, experts are focussing on barefoot running. In a study done by Nike Sports Research Lab, 20 pairs of bare sole athletes had pressure-measuring-insoles taped to their feet. What was found was that, when allowed freedom, our toes flex and grip, creating muscle usage up through the rest of the body. When wearing minimalist footwear, a runner tends to land upon the lateral part of the forefoot, allowing the heel to drop. Want to try it yourself? Turn the page. >>> Manavi Siddhantiadvertisementlast_img read more

Three PR and Social Media Measurement Tips From KD Paine

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Apr 29, 2009 8:06:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Social Mediacenter_img Webinar: Marketing in a RecessionWant to learn effective ways for generating leads and marketing in a economic downturn?Download the free webinar for tips and tricks to drive more visitors and leads to your website! A main criticism of social media is that it’s impossible to measure its impact.  Not so, says KD Paine, author of the new book “Measuring Public Relationships.” Paine has made a career of social media measurement; in addition to her recent book, she is also the founder and CEO of KD Paine & Partners LLC and writes her own blog, PR Measurement.Recently, HubSpot’s Rick Burnes caught up with Paine. He spoke with her about today’s marketplace, ways to form relationships with stakeholders and some current success stories.On Ford’s Social Media Success From the video above: “They say, ‘Ford is not like the other three,’ and because they’re not like the other three, that’s why they’re selling cars. That’s their key message, and you can track that through social media.”On Measuring Reputations From the video above: “All those things [like reputation] are intangible, but you can make them very measurable.”On Measurement PrioritiesFrom the video above: “Figure out what’s not working; don’t try to justify your existence.”Check out the full conversation here (we apologize for some scratchy audio during the conversation):last_img read more

How Marketers Can Avoid Getting Stuck like Accenture in a Tiger Woods Brand Sandtrap

first_img  have all given us the power to influence our own marketing destiny and the brands we represent. Use common sense to avoid pulling a Tiger Woods on your company. Be sure that what you are writing and saying about your company is something that can be backed up. An article in the Though Inbound Marketing gives you  Webinar: Rethinking Marketing Develop your own content Be careful of your associations Originally published Dec 14, 2009 2:45:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 Topics: more control of your brand – Oftentimes businesses make a decision to partner with someone or in some way tie their fortunes too closely to those of others. Be picky about which sites you link to and thought-leaders you associate yourself with. Be extremely careful and be sure to completely vet those associations so you don’t get caught up in someone else’s trouble. , news-oriented and on-message it will be harder to be caught off guard by sudden shifts in public opinion. It allows customers to respond more swiftly to perceived changes in your brand and thusly quicker for you to snuff pending problems out. Often the busy-ness of business makes us take our eye off the ball. By staying on top of your business and industry trends you will be more aware by default. As a result, you may make better decisions. You don’t want to get blindsided do you? Ask Tiger how well that works in both golf and life. to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Branding – If you are consistently generating content that is  . It takes the onus off of spokespeople and outside agencies who can damage what you have worked so hard to build. Here’s a few simple ways to accomplish that.  during a crisis, there still is great responsibility. Social networking and our ever-expanding arsenal of i change your methods and the way you do business today keyword richcenter_img nstant publishing tools Stay aware “In business, credibility means a lot and honesty means a lot, and Accenture wants to be a company that can be trusted,” David Arluck, in independent sports marketing executive said. “Obviously Tiger Woods did some things that betrayed the trust of people who were close to him, and I can see how they would want to distance themselves from that. Oh and if you have some skeletons in your closet, you may never be able to start fresh, but you certainly can  Though our readers may never have a shot at having a highly visible (and expensive) person like Tiger Woods representing their company, it’s important that you realize the amount of  Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? Download the free webinar states it pretty clearly: ATIS547 influence inbound marketers have over their own brands – There is no better way to make sure your messaging is accurate, consistent, and produced on a regular basis than to start developing your own remarkable content. We can hear you saying that you don’t have the time to do this, but that is simply an excuse. You need to make the time. The level of control that content creation gives you over your brand image could protect it from collateral damage caused by other’s misfortunes.  Over the weekend, Accenture cut Tiger loose. They didn’t want to be tied to the new image that Tiger has ‘crafted’ for himself. Accenture is a high-end consulting company that works in the business-to-business space and is generally associated with Fortune 500 companies. Accenture used to be the perfect match for someone like Tiger. A similar fate met world famous swimmer Michael Phelps when he was let go by Kellogg’s after caught on camera indulging in an illegal activity. . All you need to do is read the papers to see how quickly one can fall from the mountaintop and into the valley. Just ask Tiger. New York Times photo by Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Convincing Your Boss in the Value of Social Media [Marketing Cast]

first_img the number of people Marketing Takeaway: Have you faced challenges when explaining to your senior management that social media is worth your time and effort? In this episode of the Originally published Nov 29, 2010 2:00:00 PM, updated October 01 2013 .  Share Examples of Success Topics: Follow the Steps of Your Customers , David Meerman Scott outlines a few ways to make this argument more convincing.  and on David’s blog, using certain networks, but also the These are just a few ways in which you can demonstrate the value of social media to your senior management and erase their doubts about emerging technologies. As David says, “Try to get your executives, board members, whoever is providing the push-back, to divorce their fear of this stuff from the reality of what people are using to communicate today.” Research which platforms host your target audience and focus your engagement efforts there. Social Media Web Ink Now “If your existing and potential customers, and the media, and the analysts are using social networking, then you have to be using that too,” says David. “So, it is a really easy decision.” There are reports announcing not only Pick a case study in your industry and share it with your boss. David points out that people are often fearful of emerging technologies and of “investing time and money into something that is new.” That has been the natural response of many companies when first PCs and then Email got introduced into office spaces. “The same thing is now happening with social media,” notes David. People Are Fearful of New Technology .  As an industry leader, you shouldn’t fear new technology but figure out ways to leverage its power. Marketing Takeaway: profiles of these audiences Weekly Marketing Cast HubSpot’s case studies page There are tons of case studies from various industries and organizations that provide compelling examples of successful usage of social media for business. For instance, you can find a few on Inbound Marketing Marketing Takeaway: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more