BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons World Travel Holdings Named One Of The 50 Most

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — World Travel Holdings announces being named as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplace in North America. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.“The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces have made the employee experience, engagement and recognition the highest priority. They understand how critical employee engagement is to company performance, and what a competitive advantage it provides,” said Aris Zakinthinos, Achievers General Manager. “The companies on this list serve as role models for other businesses by creating an engagement strategy that cultivates a high-performing workplace.”Engagement has always been and always will be a cornerstone of World Travel Holdings’ employee outreach. However, this year in particular, the company saw its commitment to engagement pay off right before its eyes. In the fall of 2017 hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on the Southeastern U.S., personally impacting more than 40 percent of its workforce. Employees from around the country stepped in to help affected colleagues through the company’s Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. Our employees came together and raised $20,000, which included a $10,000 corporate donation match and helped 30 employees rebuild their homes and lives.“It was truly heartwarming to see our engaged workforce come together and show such support and reassurance for coworkers whom they had never even met before,” said Loren Kennedy, vice president of human resources. “This year, we named our Achievers entry ‘Engaging the Remarkable Way’ because we want to engage our employees the way that they engage our customers and each other — by standing by and embracing our mission to ‘Deliver a Remarkable Experience.’The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.World Travel Holdings will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award at the awards gala on October 22, 2018, at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.About AchieversThe Achievers Employee Engagement Platform combines an award-winning employee recognition and rewards solution with an active listening interface to accelerate employee engagement. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative cloud-based platform can increase and align employee engagement to business objectives and success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Achievers connects with employees directly. It’s an always-on, open channel to hear and understand what matters to the individual, and then it closes the loop, delivering bite-sized, personalized actions for both employees and managers, so everyone is empowered to impact engagement right away. The Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement, and performance. To learn more about Achievers, visit us at http://www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.About World Travel HoldingsWorld Travel Holdings is the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company with a portfolio of more than 40 diverse brands. In addition to owning some of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, hotels, resort vacations, cars and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vast portfolio of licensed private label partnerships comprised of top leisure travel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands and prominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agency franchise and the country’s original host agency, and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its global presence includes operating multiple cruise and vacation brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices in Wilmington, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; New York, NY; and Chorley, England. For more information, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from World Travel Holdings.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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Flipkart Plans to Phase Out Desktop Ads Move to Mobile

first_imgA 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in less than 18 months has prompted Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform.”A year ago, 6% of our traffic was coming from mobile. In less than 18 months, that traffic is 10-fold. That shows the significance of what a mobile phone is doing for the consumers and consequently doing for us,” Michael Adnani, Flipkart’s vice president, retail and head of brand alliances, told The Economic Times.The company has also probably factored in the fact that many of India’s 240 million Internet users prefer mobile phones to access the web.Flipkart sees nearly 75 percent of its traffic coming from mobile app, while Myntra generates 90 percent from mobile platform. By shifting to app-only format, these companies expect the costs to come down, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for marketing purposes.The e-tailer is fast developing its mobile ad platform and will begin rolling out ads on its mobile within three months, Livemint said, quoting sources privy to the development. The company will persuade its ad clients to move their marketing initiatives to the mobile after it begins publishing ads on its app, the sources said.However, Flipkart will not put an end to publishing desktop ads immediately but aims to discontinue it gradually over the next year, the sources added.After Myntra announced that it would shut down its online website and move to app-only from 1 May, Flipkart also decided to go follow suit. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Internet users in the country are expected to go up to 580 million by 2018, with 70-80 percent of them using mobile phones to access the web.India is currently the third-largest Internet market globally with more than 243 million users.”As a mobile company, we at Cleartrip are always looking for quality mobile inventory, and Flipkart’s mobile app serves as a great platform for us to advertise,” Cleartrip chief marketing officer Subramanya Sharma said.Flipkart is witnessing about 8 million shipments per month, with users in small cities and towns accounting for two-thirds of its online traffic.Flipkart’s move to migrate to app-only format acquires more importance in these places as many do not possess desktop computers and have poor broadband access.”Brands will go where customers are going and it’s clear that Indian shoppers have taken to apps like nowhere else in the world. If Flipkart is getting such heavy traffic from the mobile app, it makes sense for them to show ads there,” said Dippak Khurana, chief executive mobile ad tech firm Vserv Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.last_img read more

A Look Back at Apple as it Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_img 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now » There were no fools sitting in that garage in California on April 1, 1976, when Apple was founded.That day, technology legends Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Computer, a company that would eventually go on to become one of the most iconic and valuable brands in the world.But who knew at the time?In the spring of 1976, these three young men were simply working on a computer and a dream that maybe they could become the next big thing in the budding technology industry. They had hope, a passion for technology, and wanted to build a true personal computer that could deliver to the average consumer something that was better than what they already knew.Wozniak was the inventor; Jobs the salesperson. In July 1976, Apple I, the company’s first computer, went on sale. It didn’t take long before things took off, and Apple I caught the attention of do-it-yourselfers. As sales started to rise, Apple Computer incorporated in 1977, officially growing from a hobby into a company.While Apple I was soaring and Apple Computer becoming a well-known name in Silicon Valley, Wozniak was hard at work on Apple II. Like the Apple I before it, the Apple II was successful. Before long, Apple had a slew of employees and revenue soaring well over $100 million by 1980. Apple had become the quintessential Silicon Valley success story.But as with any other company that grows so big so quickly, things started to change in Cupertino, Calif.Jobs was forced to deal with competing ideas, and a schism broke out internally as Apple Computer worked on building a graphical, user interface-based computer. There were two teams: Apple Lisa and Macintosh. After disagreements, Jobs left the Lisa team to head up the Macintosh effort. Like many other times over the years, he won. In 1984, the Macintosh, the spiritual predecessor to the Macs as we know them today, launched to the public.Although Macintosh launched to much fanfare and spawned the iconic “1984” commercial, trouble was afoot. Macintosh sales were not as strong as some had hoped and by 1985, Jobs was at odds with CEO John Sculley — a person he hired to manage the company he co-founded. Ultimately, the board chose Sculley over Jobs, and the Apple co-founder was gone.The ensuing years were troubling for Apple. Under Sculley’s leadership, Apple had difficulty finding its footing against increasing competition from other computer makers, notably Microsoft. Sculley and his team tried to fix the issues by launching more computers and expanding into new territories. Apple wanted to see if it could help its flagging business in the early 1990s by investing in speakers and cameras, and perhaps most interestingly, tried its luck with the now-infamous Apple Newton.As Apple’s shares continued to plummet and signs of a rebound waning by the moment, Sculley was ultimately replaced by Michael Spindler in 1993. His job was to turn Apple around and rediscover the secret sauce that had made the company successful nearly 20 years prior. Spindler’s efforts again fell short, prompting him to seek buyout offers from far more successful companies, including IBM and Sun Microsystems. Before he was ousted in 1996 and replaced by CEO Gil Amelio, Spindler and his board offered companies Apple on a silver platter for several billion dollars — a pittance compared to its current market value of $615 billion.Meanwhile, Jobs was hard at work at a new company he founded, dubbed NeXT. Having its own trouble finding a spot in a world dominated by Windows, NeXT was trying to make NeXTSTEP, its computer operating system pitched as a desirable alternative to Windows.Then Apple came calling back.In 1997, Apple acquired NeXT to get its hands on NeXTSTEP — and Jobs. It didn’t take long for Jobs to reassert himself at the company. Within months, Amelio was gone, leaving the board with no other choice but to give the chief executive job back to Jobs.The story from this point, of course, is legendary.Jobs quickly took the chainsaw to Apple’s business, eliminating ancillary projects and refocusing the company’s efforts on strong design and a desirable software experience. He also made several strategic acquisitions, allowing him to deliver built-in software, including video-editing tools, in Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X.It was in 2001, though, that Jobs and Apple started to soar. With its Mac business back to the basics and growing, Apple unveiled the iPod, a music player that would change the music industry forever. While the iPod had several competitors over the years, it was by far the most popular digital music player in the world. Indeed, it became a pop culture phenomenon, and it was rather common to see people scrolling the wheel on the device to hear their next track. Along the way, they had those white earbuds in their ears, showcasing to the world in now-iconic fashion that they were using an Apple product.As the iPod’s fame grew, the notoriously secretive Apple was looking to disrupt another market: smartphones.There were several companies already offering smart devices, such as Palm and BlackBerry. But Apple wanted to try something new. In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone, a device that relied on a touchscreen — not physical keys and hardware components like competing devices — to control its proprietary software. It was another crowning achievement for Jobs and solidified his position as one of the most ground-breaking technology executives in the industry’s history.In 2010, armed with a slew of successful products, Apple announced the iPad, a tablet that would sell exceedingly well for several years. Apple, once again, had a hit on its hands.All the while, Apple’s shares and profits were soaring. The company was generating billions of dollars in profits each quarter, shareholders couldn’t get enough of its stock, and despite some health issues, Jobs appeared to be firmly in control.Everything, it seemed, was perfect.But over the last few years, Apple has faced its fair share of challenges. Google’s Android platform has become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Several other device makers, including Samsung, have been delivering compelling alternatives to the iPhone. Meanwhile, the tablet market has cooled off, and Apple’s iPad business has been in free fall.In addition, the once-secretive company hasn’t plugged its leaks so well, and now, it’s not uncommon for many of Apple’s biggest announcements to be leaked before its press shows even kick off.Tragedy has also struck Apple. Following a years-long battle with cancer, Jobs died in 2012, leaving a massive void in Cupertino. Jobs handpicked his chief operating officer, Tim Cook, to take over Apple and lead the company into the future.The Cook era has been relatively stable. Despite the aforementioned concerns with Apple’s tablet business, the company is still generating record sales and boosting its cash coffers. Indeed, Apple is one of the richest companies in the world, and there are no signs of it slowing down.Looking ahead, like Jobs, Cook seems ready to see beyond Apple’s standard products. He’s already ventured into streaming with Apple Music and is reportedly working on entering new categories, including paid TV services. Most notably, Cook has reportedly assembled a secret team with one goal: to develop an Apple car.But that’s the future.April 1 is Apple’s day to look back on the successes, the failures, the rebounds, the retreats. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate what the company has become, and what it has done with technology to dramatically change our lives.Not everyone is an Apple fan, and there are many legitimate reasons for that.But looking at what Apple has accomplished in 40 years, at least on April Fool’s Day, it would be foolish not to tip one’s hat for all it’s done. April 1, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more