UK’s Argos launches budget tablet for $160
She also importantly for Apple aggressively expanded Burberry’s retail footprint, both on the ground in the United States, Europe and China. Strategically, she closed many underperforming stores as well. She also oversaw the reinvention of Burberry’s online flagship, using the website less as a sales channel and more as a destination for brand-rich experiences like Art of the Trench , Burberry Bespoke and live, shoppable videos of its runway shows. Under Ahrendts, Burberry stores have become bigger, richer and more technologically advanced, the latter more than any other participant in the luxury sector. The crown jewel in Burberry’s retail empire is its 27,000-square-foot flagship store on Regent Street in London, which opened in September 2012 . As a retail experience, it’s impressive. Full-length screens wrap the store, transitioning between audio-visual content displays, live-streaming hubs and mirrors. At times, models walk between video screens; at others, rain begins to pour, climaxing in a thunder crack that shows on every screen and echoes in every space in the store, including fitting rooms. RFID chips have been attached to certain clothes and accessories so that when a customer approaches one of the screens in a fitting room, specific content say, information about a bag’s stitching and craftsmanship, or a video showing how a skirt was worn on the catwalk appears. SEE ALSO: Why Burberry Wants to Bring the Online Experience to Stores, and Not Vice Versa Ahrendts is largely credited for turning Burberry into a beacon of digital innovation. She has spearheaded many high-profile consumer-facing projects, broadcasting runway shows live in 3D, and embracing platforms like Facebook , Twitter and Google+ to reach millennial consumers. More impressive is her work on the back end, incorporating systems from Salesforce and SAP to improve internal and external communications, for example. (I highly recommend watching the video below.) There’s also Ahrendts’ longstanding admiration of Apple. In a 2010 WSJ.
30 launch – the fastest-selling tablet launch ever seen at the retailer. Argos is keen to tap into this growing segment as part of its reinvention from a catalogue-led to digitally-led business. Home Retail has posted five straight years of profit decline and hopes the change of direction for Argos will result in a 15% rise in sales to 4.5 billion pounds by 2018. Like Tesco’s Hudl, which is priced at 119 pounds, Argos’ MyTablet has a seven-inch screen, runs Google’s Android operating system, comes with pre-loaded apps and is enabled for internet browsing, TV, music, video streaming and social networking. However, MyTablet only has 8 gigabytes of standard memory compared to 16 on the Hudl. It also has a lower resolution screen, an inferior battery life and is only available in two colours versus the Hudl’s four. Both devices will compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which retails for 99 pounds, Google’s Nexus 7, which costs 199 pounds and Apple’s iPad mini, which sells for 269 pounds. “Millions of people have bought tablets during the last year but there is still around 75% of the UK population without one,” said Argos managing director John Walden. Market research company EMarketer estimates there are 19.7 million tablet users in the UK, up 39% year-on-year. Both Argos and Tesco sell a range of branded tablets. Sebastian James, CEO of Dixons Retail, Europe’s second biggest electricals retailer, said last month that although there is a market in Britain for cheap, basic tablets, consumers were often left disappointed by purchases.
Our players care and they’re going to get better.” At least one UK senior, running back Raymond Sanders, sounded optimistic that things will get turned around, starting with extra practices this week during the bye week before the Cats head to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State (3-3, 0-2). “We’re going to have a lot of fight. I can tell you that,” Sanders said after the loss to Alabama. “We’re going to call people out who’s not giving 100 percent every play, no matter the score. We’re going to see that. We’re definitely not going to be a team that gives up. “We’ve got a whole new season and me and some other guys are going to make sure of that, call people out after this film and see who wants to play and who wants to play the whole game and give 100 percent for the team to win.” While Neal Brown said he was “very disappointed” in his offense’s performance on Saturday night, which included a season low 170 yards of offense, the UK coordinator tried to provide some perspective. “The truth of the matter is we’ve played four top-15 teams in a row, three of the top defenses in the country,” Brown said of games against Louisville, which has the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense; Alabama, which has the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense; and Florida, which has the nation’s fourth-best scoring defense. As coaches, they have to find the positives from those games and try to build on them for the future. “We’ve got half the season left, so I think you look at it and say, ‘Hey, here’s what we did.
UK bank poised to pull plug on Somali remittances
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 UK bank poised to pull plug on Somali remittances Sponsored Links LONDON A British bank could soon be cutting a financial lifeline for millions of Somalis. Barclays is poised to sever its ties to Dahabshiil, one of the Somali expatriate community’s biggest money transfer services, as part of a larger reorganization of its business. Barring a successful last-minute court challenge, experts say the move will jeopardize 100 million pounds ($160 million) worth of payments made from the U.K. each year. Barclays’ move, part of an industry-wide effort to insulate banks from the risks associated with money-laundering and corruption, could force Dahabshiil to stop executing transfers between individuals within days. A court ruling had been expected Tuesday but was delayed because arguments ran late, the company said. Barclays did not comment ahead of the court’s ruling, but it and other British banks have been cutting high-risk clients after a slew of scandals involving money laundering and corruption. Somalia is a terrorism hotspot that has not had a functional government in two decades, and the flow of expatriate money to the troubled East African nation has repeatedly come under law enforcement scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic. Laura Hammond, a development expert at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, warned that canceling Dahabshiil’s bank accounts could make matters worse by forcing the Somali money transfer business underground. “It will be the perfect opportunity for those who want to send money to Somalia to fund terrorism or enable money laundering,” she said.