Kyocera Mita unveils BEE deal

first_imgOffice automation company Kyocera Mita South Africa has announced a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see 15% of the company being transferred to Nozala Investments and a further 20% being split equally between a trust for Kyocera Mita’s black employees and an executive retention trust. Nozala Investments is one of the country’s longest-established empowerment organisations, with a 13-year track record and a firm focus on black women’s empowerment. “In terms of the BEE scorecard, this puts us on Level 4,” Holborn said. “This is a great opportunity for our company to expand in all markets and make further contributions towards transformation by working with our dealers to help them meet BEE standards.” Focus on women empowerment “We are one of the very few office automation companies in the country that are a subsidiary of the manufacturer with direct representation,” Kyocera Mita South Africa director Wayne Holborn said in a statement this week. Holborn explained that criteria included in their search for a partner included that the company should be black-owned and, preferably, owned by black women; that they should have a solid track record and familiarity with the industry; and that they should be able to add real value to the business. “Kyocera Mita Corporation has taken the forward-looking decision to enter into a direct ownership transaction in support of local empowerment, rather than enter into an indirect empowerment arrangement.” “Nozala Investments scored well on all the above, and we look forward to a lasting relationship that will create great opportunities for all parties far into the future,” he said. “Another plus is that Kyocera Mita South Africa is a local company, run and managed by South Africans. We are confident that, with our reputation in both private and public sectors, we can add value by supporting Kyocera’s growth across all local markets.” Training and skills development The immediate advantage for Kyocera’s dealer channel is that their purchases from the company now meet government BEE compliance requirements. A ‘local company’ According to the statement, the deal focuses on training and promotion of black staff, and fits well with the company’s ongoing commitments, as evidenced by existing programmes in executive and skills development and social responsibility – such as support for the Potter’s House Training Centre in Soweto. 10 July 2009 Nozala Investments director Lorato Phalatse said the group had always been looking for an opportunity to enter into the office automation sector, and the deal gave them a chance to do so with a well-established, truly global player. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Kyocera Mita Corporation of Japan will continue to hold a 65% share in the company.last_img read more

Twitter Annotations Not Coming Soon, After All

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This spring at Twitter’s first developer conference Chirp the big splash was a forthcoming feature called Annotations. The feature will allow publishing software to annotate Tweets with a wide open variety of metadata, which could then be read and analyzed by other software. Annotations are going to be big, if and when they launch. At Chirp it was said that the Annotations feature would launch in the second or third quarter of this year. Now the company’s developer advocate, Taylor Singletary, said today on the Twitter developers list that it’s not going to work out that way. “We haven’t yet announced a release date,” he said in response to an inquiry, “and it’s still a ways in the future while we tackle some other projects.” We’ve got an inquiry in with Twitter asking what that means, but it seems clear that the company is slammed with technical challenges, has other priorities and wrongly estimated the roadmap for this very important part of the platform. (Update: see below.)Here’s how Annotations will work. It will allow publishing software to mark-up tweets with any kind of characteristic or namespace (local weather when and where a twit did tweet, for example) and any kind of value – cloudy with a chance of meatballs, for example. Twitter messages are fairly rich with metadata already and incredibly easy to analyze and build on top of, but Annotations would open that up so far the sky’s the limit.It’s worth mentioning that Twitter’s unveiling of Annotations at Chirp happened around the same time as, and was widely compared with, Facebook’s launching of personalized content widgets and tentacles expanding all over the web, among other things. Facebook shipped its announced project, for better or for worse.Twitter is BusyIn another email on the same list today, Singletary said that the processing of white-listing applications to ping Twitter’s servers with a production-level frequency was clogged with backlog, growing more critical in its evaluations and being re-evaluated.A whole world of independent developers, empowered with the ability to read and write data, will inevitably build cooler things than even the smartest company in the world. It’s one of those laws like a room full of monkeys and typewriters. And it’s the core value proposition of Annotations, too.Meanwhile, Twitter launched an official recommendation feature today that’s frankly, not nearly as exciting as the kinds of recommendation capabilities that independent developers have built (see Mr.Tweet or Twellow, for example). Hopefully the API for this feature will be turned into more fabulous things. A whole world of independent developers, empowered with the ability to read and write data, will inevitably build cooler things than even the smartest company in the world. It’s one of those laws like a room full of monkeys and typewriters. And it’s the core value proposition of Annotations, too.Numerous advertising technologies have been rolled out since Chirp as well. Annotations is a hugely ambitious strategy, and the squabbling over namespaces and standards was one that Twitter said it was going to let the market work out on its own. That made some people quite unhappy.We’ve asked Twitter for clarification on the revised Annotations roadmap and will update this post with the company’s response.Update: A Twitter spokesperson responded to our inquiry and said that yes, Annotations will launch. “We’ll still launch Annotations. The team that was working on Annotations is currently focused on our number one priority, which is site stability.” No doubt Annotations could themselves pose scalability challenges. They could at least blow our minds, if not a series of related servers.Below is an image of what each Tweet looks like under the hood right now, before annotations. (Click for full size view.) Each of those fields is powerful, but inflexible and defined by the company. Imagine a new one that’s open to being defined however a publishing tool sees fit. That’s the vision behind Annotations. Tags:#news#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Marketing Day: Real-time attribution, location modifiers & AdSense User First beta

first_img Posted on 1st September 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Your account structure might be hurting performance. Here’s why (and how to fix it)Aug 31, 2017 by Matt LawsonOversegmentation is often the enemy of automation. Columnist and Googler Matt Lawson talks about how a fussy account structure can tank AdWords performance.Why real-time attribution is (mostly) irrelevant, and what to do insteadAug 31, 2017 by Alison LohseTo get the most out of your marketing attribution, contributor Alison Lohse believes right-time insights are far more important than real-time data.Lookalike modeling breathing new life into old channelsAug 31, 2017 by Jordan ElkindColumnist Jordan Elkind explains how a mainstay of the ad tech industry is opening up new possibilities for online and offline targeting.Google says we don’t need no stinking location modifiers… or do we?Aug 31, 2017 by Andrew ShotlandGoogle recently stated that users are beginning to drop location qualifiers when searching for local businesses. But is it time for local SEOs to stop focusing on these terms? Columnist Andrew Shotland discusses.Google launches AdSense User First beta to test if fewer ads & better targeting can make more money for publishersAug 31, 2017 by Ginny MarvinThe beta is aimed at publishers who prioritize user experience.3 reasons I deleted your cold outreach emailAug 31, 2017 by Andrea LehrAre your cold emails ending up in the junk folder or trash? Contributor Andrea Lehr shares three common mistakes people make when writing cold emails and how you can avoid them.Lithium adds Jive-x tech to its customer community platformAug 31, 2017 by Barry LevineThe acquisition boosts Lithium’s customer communities in document management, event management and additional client companies.Fuze CMO: A single source of truth for customer data ‘collapses under its own weight’Aug 31, 2017 by Barry LevineThe former CMO of Eloqua, Brian Kardon, likes silos of data — as long as they have porous walls and are connected by unique identifiers.Buying a pre-owned domain? Check these 10 things firstAug 30, 2017 by Stephanie LeVonnePurchasing a previously owned domain can be risky, but columnist Stephanie LeVonne has some tips to help you vet the domain and ensure a smooth site migration.Survey: More consumers seeking to buy directly from brands vs. retailersAug 30, 2017 by Greg SterlingSurvey of 1,000 US adults contains lots of findings and implied recommendations for both brands and traditional retailers.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Business IssuesApple Confirms Sept. 12 Product Launch At New Headquarters, Wall Street JournalInstagram Says Hackers Obtained ‘High-Profile’ Users’ Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, VarietyContent Marketing10 Incredibly Useful Video Tools for Content Marketers, Convince and ConvertHow to Create an Enterprise Content Marketing Platform, Content Marketing InstituteThe Future of Content: Collaborating in the New Content Ecosystem, CMS WireE-Commerce5 Ways Brick-and-mortar Retailers Can Get Started in Ecommerce, Practical EcommerceDefining a Digital Commerce Strategy to Win: 4 Questions Every Brand Should Ask, Get ElasticTop Three In-Demand eCommerce Skills, MarTech AdvisorEmail MarketingSmart list management for savvy retailers, VerticalResponseWhats so Wrong with Email? 4 Glaring Email Issues to Inspire a Revolution, MarTech AdvisorYour Ultimate Guide to Black Friday Email Inspiration, Movable Ink BlogGeneral Internet Marketing5 Steps for Promoting Influencer Programs with Digital Advertising, Top Rank Marketing BlogDigital ad concerns have an unlikely winner: emerging markets, DigidaySigns Your Digital Strategy Is Broken (and How to Fix It), CMS WireInternet Marketing IndustryDrawbridge & Retargetly Bring Cross-Device Identity to Latin American Markets, WebWireSnapApp Joins Marketo Accelerate to Enable B2B Marketers to Better Engage Audiences Through Interactive Experiences, SnapAppXumaK Launches Product Business, Open Sources Foundation Technology, Market WiredMarTechVenkat Nagaswamy, CEO at MarianaIQ talks Martech Skills, MarTech AdvisorMobile/Local MarketingGoogle brings stickers and Bitmoji support to its Gboard for Android, TechCrunchMicro-Influencer Marketing: How to Run a Successful Campaign in 5 Steps, The Buffer BlogSocial MediaFacebook & Instagram Ads: Complete Guide to Targeting Options, MarketingProfsHow brand marketers hitched a ride on the solar eclipse in social media marketing, MarketingSherpa BlogHow to Build a Vibrant Community on Twitter, MarketoVideoHow YouTube perfected the feed, The VergeThe power of video in email marketing, MarTech AdvisorWhat’s driving the publisher pivot to video, in 5 charts (hint: ad $$$), DigidayFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Real-time attribution, location modifiers & AdSense User First beta HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Real-time attribution, location modifiers & AdSense User First beta Marketing Day: Real-time attribution, location modifiers & AdSense User First betaYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Hockey India calls off bilateral series with Pakistan

first_imgPakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy semifinal on Saturday.Taking strong exception to FIH’s “weak” censure to Pakistani players for their obscene behaviour after beating India in the Champions Trophy semifinal, Hockey India on Sunday decided that it would not host any event sanctioned by the world body until strong punishment is handed out to the offenders.The Pakistani players made obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their win last night but no action was taken against them by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after their coach Shahnaz Sheikh offered an apology.”It was a shameless and condemnable incident but the FIH took a very weak and feeble decision. It is not acceptable to us. We have made it clear to FIH that such sort of behaviour from sportspersons is not acceptable to Indians,” HI president Narinder Batra told PTI from New Delhi.”So we have decided not to host any FIH tournaments in India after the Women’s World League Round 3 scheduled in March, which includes the 2018 Men’s World Cup, if they don’t take any strong action against Pakistan,” he said.Soon after their 4-3 win, Pakistani players went into a frenzy and started celebrating their victory in a wild fashion. They removed their shirts, used foul language and made obscene gestures towards the crowd and media, prompting their coach Shahnaz to come into action and take away his players.Tournament Director Wiert Doyer, who was asked to carry out an inquiry into the matter, then spoke to the  Pakistani camp and said FIH has accepted their apology. But Batra said a mere apology is not enough.advertisement”If FIH rules and regulations permit such uncivilised behaviour then they should hold their tournaments in any other country not India because Indian culture and values don’t permit such acts,” the HI chief said.India and Pakistan were scheduled to resume their bilateral hockey series at a neutral venue in Dhaka soon, but Batra said India will not play any bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident.”We have decided not to play any bilateral or trilateral series against Pakistan until and unless the Pakistan Hockey Federation gives an unconditional apology for this incident in writing,” he said.The FIH also has to share the blame for the fiasco as they conducted a hurried investigation into the incident and came out with their views within hours.”The celebration of the Pakistani team contained some behaviour that warranted further investigation by me as Tournament Director. As a result I have spoken to the Head Coach of the Pakistan team, Mr. Shahnaz Sheikh and told him that the behaviour of Pakistan players went beyond what is acceptable to standards of the FIH,” Tournament Director Doyer, who was in charge of the investigation, said in a statement last night.”The behaviour in question concerned many members of the Pakistan team. It is difficult to find any particular miscreant, and it is possible that the behaviour of the players may have been a reaction. Shahnaz Sheikh has apologised and assured me that this behaviour will not occur again. Given these matters, I’ve decided that no further action is warranted,” he added.last_img read more