Category: O

January 17, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Open Data troves held by tech giants will be forced open, to benefit consumers & level the playing field for rivals.  Further crackdowns likely: ban on sharing data across their businesses, unwinding of mergers, new rules/fines for use of personal data.  The pain will fall mainly on their reign over internet search, digital advertising, e-commerce &…

January 16, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Over Climate change is over; we’re in climate crisis now.  2020 will mark the turning point when weather becomes a more urgent priority than economic growth.  Governments representing 206m people have declared climate emergencies.  Future generations will have it hot, hot, hot Guessed the Word?        Series 53 (1/7)         pic: riaSopala

December 17, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Outdoor lights Outdoor lights symbolise the Christmas season.  Evolved from 17th c German tradition of lighting the tree with small candles. 1880 – 1st outdoor electric light display by Thomas Edison.  2 years later, his colleague, Edward Johnson made the 1st string of  lights, with 80 small bulbs.  Outdoor Christmas lights spark joy – &…

October 30, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Organic food 1962:  1st ‘no birdsong’ alarm on chemical pesticide dangers.  2019 – UK organic food market in 8th year of growth, on target to reach £2.5bn ($3.2bn, €2.9bn) in 2020.  Demand spreading from fruit & veg to other groceries, fish & dairy.  2018 growth of 5.3% outstripped non-organic, driven by independent shops, home delivery…

September 23, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Over-program “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it” worked when travellers over-programmed & wanted to know what they were going to do in advance.  Since 1841, the world’s oldest travel firm offered such tours, but didn’t adapt enough for what’s wanted now – unexpected experiences & adventures.  In an online world, 563 shops and £1.7bn ($2.1bn)…

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June 10, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Owe If you owe it to yourself, do you really owe it?  After years of quantitative easing (“printing money”), the world’s central banks own 1/5 of their respective countries’ debt. But central banks are owned by their States.  So, the owners of the government debt are the governments themselves.  Funny money Guessed the Word?   …

March 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Older Governments, educators & employers should invest in a new class of students: older adults. Many lack the post-high school education/ training firms need.  By 2025, nearly 1/4 of the US workforce will be over 55.  Adults do better at accelerated, month-long courses than in standard, 18-week terms Guessed the Word?        …

March 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Obituary A hobby can sow the seed of a successful business & lasting legacy.Rosa ‘Constance Spry’the original ‘English rose’ known for its fragrance & rosette form, was the 1961 product of an amateur breeding roses.  Went on to launch the most successful rose brand in the world by the time he died in 2018 Guessed…

January 23, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Omni-channel Clicks to bricks!  Omni-channel retail works as we prefer a memorable buying experience to just spending money on a product/ service. A physical presence drives the buyer back to the e-commerce portal – the fabled ‘halo effect’.  Innovative e-tailers jump from digital to physical, & reinvent themselves with a bricks-&-mortar shop Guessed the Word?     …

January 16, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Overlooked Most-overlooked amenity in hotel rooms: the ironing board. Business travellers!  Use it as a height-adjustable writing desk, dining table, or activity console. (Housekeeping can take care of your ironing) Guessed the Word?          Series 36 (1/7)              [pic: target]