Organization strategy – Ron Bercume http://ronbercume.com/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 09:56:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ronbercume.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-23-120x120.png Organization strategy – Ron Bercume http://ronbercume.com/ 32 32 Qatar Investment Authority invests $2.43 billion to accelerate RWE’s green energy strategy https://ronbercume.com/qatar-investment-authority-invests-2-43-billion-to-accelerate-rwes-green-energy-strategy/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 09:49:22 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/qatar-investment-authority-invests-2-43-billion-to-accelerate-rwes-green-energy-strategy/ RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index rose on Thursday, but September still marked a dismal month for the stock market, marked by persistent inflation, volatile gas prices and aggressive Fed hikes. The Tadawul All Share Index closed September down 7% in the month to hit 12,283 at the closing bell of Thursday’s session. This despite closing […]]]>

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index rose on Thursday, but September still marked a dismal month for the stock market, marked by persistent inflation, volatile gas prices and aggressive Fed hikes.

The Tadawul All Share Index closed September down 7% in the month to hit 12,283 at the closing bell of Thursday’s session.

This despite closing the last session of September in the green, with a gain of 2.11%.

Other Gulf markets also ended Thursday’s session in the green. The Qatari index closed up 1.2% while the Abu Dhabi index added 0.4%.

Despite this, there was a 0.8% drop in Dubai’s main stock market index.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue chip index climbed 1.3% on Thursday, reversing six straight losses.

Stock market news

Nahdi Medical Co. established Al-Sakhaa Integrated Solutions Co., owned by its subsidiaries in Egypt, to support the company’s business and strategy.

The Saudi Paper Manufacturing Co. has signed a SR166 million ($44 million) deal with Italian company Toscotec for a raw tissue paper roll production line.

Tourism Enterprise Co. and SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia have extended their Memorandum of Understanding to purchase three hotels in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam for an additional period from September 30 to November 30, 2022.

Tihama Advertising and Public Relations Co. and UK-based WPP plc have postponed their agreement to create a Bahrain-based holding group via merger until October 31, 2022.

Unitholders of Saudi Economic and Development Securities Co. will receive a cash dividend of SR 0.18 per unit for the period July 2 to September 30, 2022.

Retal Urban Development Co. shareholders have approved a cash dividend of SR2 per share for the first half of 2022.

Al-Baha Investment and Development Co. settled all Zakat claims for the years 2000-2010.

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Amazon’s Whole Foods raises prices for smaller brands and changes strategy https://ronbercume.com/amazons-whole-foods-raises-prices-for-smaller-brands-and-changes-strategy/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:13:14 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/amazons-whole-foods-raises-prices-for-smaller-brands-and-changes-strategy/ Whole Foods is raising prices for some emerging brands, according to food industry insiders. Whole Foods’ recent price increases are larger than expected, even with inflation. Whole Foods has spent years cutting prices on basic groceries to counter its “full paycheck” image. Whole Foods is raising prices for some emerging food brands, Insider has learned. […]]]>
  • Whole Foods is raising prices for some emerging brands, according to food industry insiders.
  • Whole Foods’ recent price increases are larger than expected, even with inflation.
  • Whole Foods has spent years cutting prices on basic groceries to counter its “full paycheck” image.

Whole Foods is raising prices for some emerging food brands, Insider has learned. The increases suggest a shift in strategy for the Amazon-owned grocer.

The price hikes have happened in recent months, according to brokers and consultants who advise food brands on their Whole Foods strategy as well as the founder of a brand that sells its products to the grocery chain.

Some of the increases have added up to a dollar or two to the over-the-counter prices of products that sell for $20 or less, people say.

Grocers regularly raise their prices to protect their margins and cover their costs. But people Insider spoke to said the increases were higher than they expected to see from Whole Foods, even with retail food prices rising at historically rapid rates.

The higher prices come after several rounds of price cuts at Whole Foods in the years after Amazon acquired the grocery chain in 2017. The price cuts were aimed at countering Whole Foods’ reputation for high prices. .

The price increases are also the latest sign that Whole Foods has lost its reputation as a starting place for emerging brands.

A grocery broker Insider spoke to works with an upstart food brand that sells three varieties of its products at Whole Foods and has seen prices go up on one variety but not the other two.

In at least one case, Whole Foods raised prices in some stores but not others in the same area, according to the broker. Historically, Whole Foods has maintained consistent prices on the same product in each of its 12 regions.

The broker said Whole Foods provided no explanation when contacting the company.

“I even said, ‘Can I talk to your pricing team?’ and they said ‘No, we can’t share that,'” the broker said. “There is virtually no visibility.”

Whole Foods did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Insider spoke with two brokers and a consultant as well as the founder of a brand that sells its products at Whole Foods and was hit by the price hikes. Brokers act as food brand advocates, especially when it comes to working with retailers to increase brand distribution.

A broker asked to speak anonymously for fear of retaliation. The identity of the broker is known to Insider.

“Consumers do not know that it is not the brand that drives up prices”

It is common for brands to have little control over the selling price of their products on store shelves.

Brands can offer retail prices to retailers. In practice, however, retailers often deviate from this. Reasons may include retailers’ own pricing strategy or costs passed on by distributors, such as United Natural Foods, Inc.

But Whole Foods’ recent price increases are bigger than expected, even with inflation, according to consultants Insider spoke to. Food at home prices have increased by around 13% since July 2021.

Sarah Delevan, a consultant to startup food brands, said two companies she works with have seen price hikes at Whole Foods in recent months.

In one case, a brand’s distributor increased its prices by 53 cents to offset rising costs. But on Whole Foods shelves, the price went up $2.

“When a distributor raises prices, it makes sense for a retailer to raise prices,” Delevan said. “What I take issue with is the disparity between distributor and retailer.”

Felice Thorpe, a consulting sales manager who works with small food businesses, said the brands she works with have had to raise prices just to cover the rising cost of goods.

“I fear the price increases at the retail level have been much higher than that,” she said.

Now, Delevan said, brands are concerned that customers are looking for cheaper alternatives or simply avoiding their products.

Few start-up brands can afford it, as many enter Whole Foods hoping to attract new consumers and entice them to buy, Delevan said. For decades, Whole Foods has been a destination for emerging brands looking to attract new customers and expand distribution.

“Consumers don’t know that it’s not the brand that drives up the price,” she said. “There is negative sentiment towards a brand that raises its selling price by $2 per unit.”

Leah Ferrazzani, the founder of Semolina Artisanal Pasta, told Insider that prices for her products at Whole Foods in Southern California increased this summer.

Ferrazzani had delayed raising the price of its products with its distributors and Whole Foods. Now, in addition to her margins, she is monitoring sales of her pasta to see if higher prices on the Whole Foods shelf are affecting sales.

“Fall is high season,” she said. “The next few months will really tell if the impact will be significant overall.”

Beverages at a Whole Foods grocery store

At Whole Foods in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Whole Foods could learn to live with its ‘full paycheck’ image

In the years since its acquisition by Amazon in 2017, Whole Foods has gone through several rounds of price cuts on its shelves.

Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey described the cuts as part of a “virtuous cycle” that would attract more business to Whole Foods. At the time, price and consumer studies showed Whole Foods was one of the most expensive grocers in the United States.

But the higher prices suggest Whole Foods could learn to live with its “full paycheck” image, said Nishant Shrikhande, senior retail, e-commerce and omnichannel insights analyst at Kantar.

Despite the reduction in prices of certain items, Whole Foods’ clientele remains affluent. The company’s Amazon Fresh concept targets a more budget-conscious shopper, Shrikhande said. Amazon has opened about 40 Fresh stores in the past two years, each emphasizing low prices and Amazon private label products.

According to Kantar data, 46% of Whole Foods customers have a household income of at least $100,000 a year. That’s higher than consumer incomes at most other national grocers, like Kroger, where 39% of customers have household incomes of at least $100,000.

“I think they’re really trying to see, ‘How far can we push this and how much do our buyers appreciate the quality of the products?'” Shrikhande said.

Delivery demand is also weighing on Whole Foods, he added. Over the past year, the chain has added delivery fees for Amazon Prime members and consolidated its delivery workforce. Even new Whole Foods CEO Jason Buechel acknowledged that delivering groceries is expensive.

“They’re trying to figure out, ‘Where can we offset those costs? Where does the buyer want and can stretch their wallet a bit?'” Shrikhande said.

Price increases are also one of the reasons emerging brands have had a harder time selling at Whole Foods over the past decade, according to a broker who advised brands that sold at Whole Foods before Amazon n ‘acquires the string.

While some of the changes predate Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017, others are more recent: under Amazon, for example, Whole Foods began charging fees to brands when the retailer rearranged products on the shelf, what the industry calls a reset.

In the past, Whole Foods charged lower fees, the broker said. The grocery chain’s regional staff were also more transparent with the brands on their choices.

“The climate at Whole Foods really had to come alongside the brand,” the broker said. “You really don’t see that anymore.”

The broker added: “These changes were already happening, but Amazon really locked them in.”

Do you work at Whole Foods or have information to share? Contact Alex Bitter at aitter@insider.com or via the Signal encrypted messaging app at (808) 854-4501

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Op-ed: Integrating a social mission into business strategy is worth the effort https://ronbercume.com/op-ed-integrating-a-social-mission-into-business-strategy-is-worth-the-effort/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:47:51 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/op-ed-integrating-a-social-mission-into-business-strategy-is-worth-the-effort/ By Jennifer Welsh Traditionally, the fall is when local charities and nonprofits in Ottawa prepare for their biggest fundraising campaigns, leading up to the all-important Giving Tuesday in December, when individuals are encouraged to donate to their favorite causes. But local businesses can make a year-round impact by partnering with charities, with the added benefit […]]]>

By Jennifer Welsh

Traditionally, the fall is when local charities and nonprofits in Ottawa prepare for their biggest fundraising campaigns, leading up to the all-important Giving Tuesday in December, when individuals are encouraged to donate to their favorite causes.

But local businesses can make a year-round impact by partnering with charities, with the added benefit of advancing their strategic agenda.

As someone deeply committed to building a startup, I’ve seen firsthand how you tend to be totally focused on survival, using brute force to get your product to market and onboarding clients. The challenges you face as you grow are different but equally stressful: keeping your customers happy, retaining great people, doing payroll, managing demanding investors, and adapting to stay ahead. on your competitors.

Giving back is not often on an entrepreneur’s agenda. However, when done strategically, integrating a social mission early into your business can be a huge benefit to your business. Giving back can help you build your network, attract talent, build a strong company culture, and position the company as part of a positive movement.

And this approach is also a major asset for the local associative ecosystem, for obvious reasons.

From my experience as a volunteer with iSisters Technology Mentoring, a local charity empowering women and gender-diverse people in need with life-saving IT and employability skills, I have seen how point the support of local technology companies has been essential throughout our history. From IBM (now Lenovo) computers donated in the early 2000s to recent program grants from Ciena and the Flex Foundation, we have been able to serve more learners more effectively through the support of our community.

Local tech companies also provided us with countless volunteer experts who helped us set up our learning management system, execute our data collection strategy, and manage our website analytics.

The most important aspect of choosing a cause is to genuinely care about the organization and its mission. Consult employees on the causes that matter to them; volunteering opportunities can also deepen your impact. Talk to a few local nonprofits to learn more about the work they do and the kind of help they need.

Strategically planning for your company’s social impact from the start sends a message to investors, employees and other stakeholders about your confidence in your company’s potential. These tangible benefits will help you champion your case:

  • Eighty-four percent of consumers would choose a brand aligned with a good cause, and 95% think it’s a good idea for businesses to support causes.
  • Socially responsible companies see 2.3 times higher retention; 60% of employees say that a sense of purpose is part of the reason they chose to work for their employer.
  • Being unique, interesting and caring is a very effective and inexpensive way to create value for your brand.

Jennifer Welsh is Chief Financial Officer at Indiva Ltd., a Canadian producer of cannabis edibles and other cannabis-based products, a Chartered Professional Accountant, and volunteer Treasurer on the Board of Directors for iSisters Technology Mentoring, a Ottawa-based women’s charity.

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NEW: Strategy formulation and implementation: everything you need to know https://ronbercume.com/new-strategy-formulation-and-implementation-everything-you-need-to-know/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 10:47:23 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/new-strategy-formulation-and-implementation-everything-you-need-to-know/ The Sunday Mail Memory Nguwi THE season of strategy reviews is upon us. Many organizations will embark on review and strategy formulation sessions. It’s an exciting time for those who do this process well. Unfortunately, for many it is a worthless ritual. The success of any organization depends on its ability to generate superior returns […]]]>

The Sunday Mail

Memory Nguwi

THE season of strategy reviews is upon us.

Many organizations will embark on review and strategy formulation sessions.

It’s an exciting time for those who do this process well.

Unfortunately, for many it is a worthless ritual.

The success of any organization depends on its ability to generate superior returns on the resources it employs.

To achieve this, an organization must align its resources and capabilities with the opportunities it seeks to seize.

It begins with the formulation of an effective strategy and culminates in its execution. Most organizations recognize the importance of having a well-designed strategy, but many struggle to execute it effectively.

As you embark on this journey, you must remember that 90% of business strategies are not implemented for various reasons.

It’s a frightening statistic.

Strategy execution is a critical differentiator between successful and unsuccessful organizations.

A well-executed strategy allows an organization to make the best use of its resources and capabilities to achieve its goals.

Many factors contribute to an organization’s ability to effectively execute its strategy.

This article will discuss the importance of strategy execution and the role of leadership in successfully executing a strategy.

1) Strategy can be defined as the process of choosing where to play and how to win. Strategy is about making choices and ensuring those choices are made. This includes deciding what to do and what not to do.

Most management teams struggle to make tough choices. They struggle to decide to exit specific geographic markets when evidence shows that those markets will never deliver profitable value. They find it difficult to abandon certain products or services when it is obvious that these products or services will never be profitable.

They find it difficult to kill certain companies because these companies eat value instead of creating value. These are all tough decisions you have to make when developing your strategy. Your strategy should center on where to play and how to win.

2) When it comes to executing a strategy, the ability to align the organization around a common goal is essential. Strategy execution is often a challenge for organizations.

Common challenges include lack of organizational alignment, difficulty in translating strategy into achievable goals, and inadequate performance measurement.

3) Many companies create what they call strategies when they are not strategies. The strategy should not focus on more than ten priorities. Focus on a few priorities resulting from a deep understanding of your business.

Spreading your focus and resources over too many things won’t help your business. I have seen strategy documents that span hundreds of pages. A good targeted strategy written with clarity should not exceed more than 30 pages.

Writing a thesis and calling it a strategy will discourage your managers from reading the document.

4) Who should be involved in developing your strategy? A good strategy should be consultative. Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to consult with your employees, customers and other stakeholders (pre-strategy formulation work) before going to a strategy formulation retreat.

The value of consultation is immeasurable. Employees are likely to support a strategy that they have contributed to its formulation. Either way, employees are the key to your business.

They know what works and what doesn’t. They know what customers complain about every day. They know what’s wrong with the plant.

If you give them the opportunity, they will tell you what they think should be done to solve some of the problems. You can use processes to leverage input from key stakeholders as you prepare for your strategy formulation session.

5) I’ve noticed that many leaders get distracted by focusing on which model to use to build business strategy. Don’t worry about patterns and instead focus on strategy development.

I usually use a combination of the balanced scorecard and the blue ocean strategy. Simplicity matters whichever model you choose. Whatever the model, the strategy must be clear, so that your lowest employees can understand it without further interpretation.

6) Once the business strategy has been developed, unfortunately, that’s where it stops. People meet again after 12 months to review a strategy they never implemented.

They still waste time coming up with another strategy, which is the same strategy with new dates. What a tragedy and what a waste of resources. Companies need to put in place a strategy execution mechanism to win.

First, the strategy must be articulated to all stakeholders so that you get their buy-in. Corporate strategy should trickle down to every department and individual in the organization.

The cascade process should ensure alignment of goals and targets across the organization. The cascading process should ultimately culminate in individual goals and targets. Others convert them into performance contracts.

seven) You need to hold people accountable for achieving your strategic goals and initiatives. Reward those who perform and censor those who don’t deliver. If there are no consequences for non-delivery or delivery, people won’t care.

8) Execution transforms strategic plans into actions to achieve strategic objectives and goals. It involves coordinating and mobilizing resources to implement plans and achieve desired results.

To be successful, execution must be aligned with strategy. This means that the organization’s resources and capabilities must be aligned with the opportunities it seeks to seize.

9) A well-designed strategy relies on a thorough understanding of the organization’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats it faces.

Strategy should be designed to exploit the strengths of the organization and minimize weaknesses, while taking advantage of opportunities and avoiding or mitigating threats. For a strategy to be effective, it must be executed successfully.

ten) Strategy execution is a process that can deliver the intended results and realize the expected value of an organization’s strategic plan. Many organizations struggle to effectively execute their strategy. Several challenges can complicate strategy execution, including inadequate planning, unrealistic assumptions, ambiguous or competing priorities, and inadequate resources.

Organizations can take specific actions at each stage of strategy execution to overcome these challenges.

11) Strategy execution challenges come in many forms. Decisions made in the past may no longer be effective, new competitors may have entered the market, or technology may have changed the rules of the game.

Regardless of the source of the challenge, organizations must have a process in place to respond to those challenges.

Even a great strategy can fail if not executed well. Strategy execution is a dynamic process that constantly evolves in response to changes in the external environment and internal capabilities of the organization.

Strategy execution follows a disciplined process that begins with the right culture. The right culture is built on trust, transparency and accountability.

Each of these elements is critical to successful strategy execution. Organizations with a disciplined approach to strategy execution are more likely to deliver key initiatives on time and within budget.

The execution of a strategy requires the coordination of resources and activities at all levels of an organization.

*Memory Nguwi is an Occupational Psychologist, Data Scientist, Speaker and Management Consultant – Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, a management and human resources consultancy firm.[email protected] or visit our websites https://www.thehumancapitalhub.com/ and www.ipcconsultants.com

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Qatar Sports Center’s global strategy to create new business opportunities for the private sector: QNB CEO https://ronbercume.com/qatar-sports-centers-global-strategy-to-create-new-business-opportunities-for-the-private-sector-qnb-ceo/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:49:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/qatar-sports-centers-global-strategy-to-create-new-business-opportunities-for-the-private-sector-qnb-ceo/ Qatar is set to experience “significant” momentum and growth after the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the country’s status as a global sports hub will be a driver for new business opportunities for the private sector, says CEO of the QNB group, Abdulla Mubarak al-Khalifa.“We expect to see an increase in business as this event […]]]>

Qatar is set to experience “significant” momentum and growth after the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the country’s status as a global sports hub will be a driver for new business opportunities for the private sector, says CEO of the QNB group, Abdulla Mubarak al-Khalifa.
“We expect to see an increase in business as this event (the FIFA World Cup) will benefit the economy far beyond the closing game, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), while developing the national entrepreneurship,” he said in an interview. to the special World Cup edition of The Business Year’s (TBY).
TBY has covered the Qatari economy for nearly a decade and this latest publication was produced in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Qatar Businessmen’s Association and the Businesswomen’s Association. Qatar business.
Qatar’s status as a global sports hub will be a driver for the private sector, although “we also expect to see strong growth in new projects beyond sports that will benefit the economy,” said The Minister.
“Strengthening regulatory frameworks pave the way for public-private partnership (PPP) projects, particularly in the education, health and tourism sectors,” he said, adding “as As the leading incubator for private sector engagement, we act as a one-stop shop for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Referring to its partnership with FIFA as an official Middle East and Africa supporter, he said, “This (partnership) will enhance QNB’s brand image and reputation around the world.”
The bank is looking to leverage innovation as a strategic enabler for businesses and individuals, he said, adding that changes in customer behavior have led to a shift to more convenient and remote channels. .
“This trend has accelerated our movement towards digitization and automation, which ultimately impacts our business and operating model. These trends are further exacerbated by the entry of new players such as non-banking, non-financial institutions, fintechs and bigtechs and leading to disruption through technological innovation and financial intermediation,” al-Khalifa said.
The QNB group extends through its subsidiaries and associated companies in more than 31 countries on three continents, offering a complete range of products and services. The total number of employees is 27,000 operating across 1,000 locations, with an ATM network of over 4,500 machines.

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Behind the Scenes at Louis Vuitton’s Aranya Festival: A Field Strategy for Post-Lockdown China https://ronbercume.com/behind-the-scenes-at-louis-vuittons-aranya-festival-a-field-strategy-for-post-lockdown-china/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 09:45:15 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/behind-the-scenes-at-louis-vuittons-aranya-festival-a-field-strategy-for-post-lockdown-china/ The brand also worked with two award-winning Chinese directors, Jia Zhangke and Wei Shujun, for the show’s opening with the aim of revamping it in the most culturally relevant way possible. The prelude to the show was supposed to tell a story between East and West through the prism of poetry. Create a global digital […]]]>

The brand also worked with two award-winning Chinese directors, Jia Zhangke and Wei Shujun, for the show’s opening with the aim of revamping it in the most culturally relevant way possible. The prelude to the show was supposed to tell a story between East and West through the prism of poetry.

Create a global digital storytelling

On September 16, Louis Vuitton broadcast the show live on eight social media platforms in China, including the official website, Weibo, WeChat, Douyin, Kuaishou, Smart TV open page, Tencent and Dewu.

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton China

Notably, Louis Vuitton is the first luxury brand in China to broadcast on the Dewu app and invite a significant number of influencers from the Dewu community to the event, both aimed at Gen Z and the fashion market. male in China.

Over the past two years, the house has been experimenting with live show broadcasts, but the 2022 edition of Aranya has reached a new record in terms of viewership, reach and engagement for the Chinese luxury market. By comparison, the brand’s womenswear show in Shanghai scored 210 million views in 2021.

“Imagination is at the heart of Louis Vuitton,” read the notes for the SS23 men’s show. “At the timeless heart of the Louis Vuitton studio is the belief that imagination – creation, craftsmanship, showmanship – can move and unite its viewers around the world.”

Comments, questions or comments? Email us at feedback@voguebusiness.com.

More from this author:

Rising star Samuel Ross’ big plans for China

Balenciaga’s NFT and Louis Vuitton’s Wechat moments: how luxury brands made the most of the 520 in China

Cautious Shanghai shoppers flock to reopened malls

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Association partnerships fuel RentSpree’s aggressive growth strategy https://ronbercume.com/association-partnerships-fuel-rentsprees-aggressive-growth-strategy/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 13:19:19 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/association-partnerships-fuel-rentsprees-aggressive-growth-strategy/ A partnership, through the California Association of Realtors, gives him access to a few hundred thousand agents and realtors who work with rentals. The company also works with the California Regional Multiple Listing Service, which is a multiple listing service for agents and landlords. Recently, RentSpree partnered with the Miami Association of Realtors, the nation’s […]]]>

A partnership, through the California Association of Realtors, gives him access to a few hundred thousand agents and realtors who work with rentals. The company also works with the California Regional Multiple Listing Service, which is a multiple listing service for agents and landlords. Recently, RentSpree partnered with the Miami Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest association of local real estate agents and RentSpree’s sixth partnership in Florida. With this agreement, more than 60,000 real estate professionals can access RentSpree’s software platform.

The idea is that larger organizations can amplify RentSpree’s offerings and owners of different groups can choose to sign up. According to Lucarelli, the membership rate through some partners is close to 40% – a level well above typical membership services. . Lucarelli attributes the high numbers to the decision to integrate RentSpree into the platforms of its various partners and to design this with easy-to-access APIs.

“He’s set in a path and a routine that people follow,” Lucarelli said. “It doesn’t require owners to come to our website to do it. They can stay on whatever platform they’re working on – like a multiple sign-up service – and just tick a box, then continue, and we’ll put it all together for them.

APIs and relationships

APIs are a key part of RentSpree’s platform, allowing owners to join the service with minimal effort.

Once in, RentSpree’s technology allows for flexible credit application for potential tenants.

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Shira Ovide joins The Post as Help Desk Strategy Editor https://ronbercume.com/shira-ovide-joins-the-post-as-help-desk-strategy-editor/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 21:01:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/shira-ovide-joins-the-post-as-help-desk-strategy-editor/ Announcement from Editor-in-Chief Lori Montgomery, Technology Editor Christina Passariello, and Personal Technology Editor Yun-Hee Kim: We’re thrilled to announce that Shira Ovide will join The Washington Post as Help Desk Strategy Editor, a new role aimed at expanding our groundbreaking work to help people make sense of technology in their lives. Shira, who joins us […]]]>

Announcement from Editor-in-Chief Lori Montgomery, Technology Editor Christina Passariello, and Personal Technology Editor Yun-Hee Kim:

We’re thrilled to announce that Shira Ovide will join The Washington Post as Help Desk Strategy Editor, a new role aimed at expanding our groundbreaking work to help people make sense of technology in their lives.

Shira, who joins us from The New York Times, will help launch, write and edit a newsletter in conjunction with The Post’s five-member support team. Shira brings a strong voice to the Help Desk’s mission to hold technology accountable and shape it to meet our needs as consumers, citizens, workers and parents. A dynamo of energy, curiosity and imagination, Shira will also work across departments to help dream up new formats to showcase Help Desk content and personalities in audio, video, live journalism and more. Again.

At The Times, Shira helped launch and writes On Tech With Shira Ovide, a newsletter about how technology is changing our world. For 2.5 years, Shira’s newsletter has been a unique, accessible, useful and user-friendly guide to understanding technology and its influences. She’s written about the opportunities to bring more people online and get the most out of digital life – and why the best tech is often the boring thing. She also shed light on how powerful tech companies are affecting free speech, how they have become as influential as governments, and how they are changing the livelihoods of people who make their living online.

Prior to The Times, Shira was a technology columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, where she was a 2019 finalist for the Gerald Loeb Commentary Award. For nearly a decade prior, Shira was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, covering technology and media and blogging about finance and trading. In that role, she once pointed out the uncanny similarities between an investor pitch for Facebook shares and a familiar email scam.

Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Shira graduated from Haverford College with a degree in political science and earned a graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School. She describes herself as an enthusiastic but terrible cyclist and a novice bird watcher. (She recently spent hours searching — unsuccessfully — to spot a black-billed cuckoo.) As a child, she was an avid reader of Zillions, a consumer interest magazine for children from the publisher of Consumer Reports. – a good start for a future Office Journalist Assistant.

Shira lives in New York, where she looks forward to connecting with New York Posties when she begins on October 3. Please join us in welcoming him to The Post.

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How a mid-cap fund uses a simple strategy to outperform the market https://ronbercume.com/how-a-mid-cap-fund-uses-a-simple-strategy-to-outperform-the-market/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 13:11:58 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/how-a-mid-cap-fund-uses-a-simple-strategy-to-outperform-the-market/ Sometimes keeping things simple and consistent is a strategy that can pay off against overthinking the market. For the Hennessy Fund Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 (HFMDX), relying on price selling and a formula that spans nearly two decades since its inception in 2003 has helped the fund outperform the market even amid market upheaval of […]]]>

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Chhattisgarh government develops strategy to explore rich minerals https://ronbercume.com/chhattisgarh-government-develops-strategy-to-explore-rich-minerals/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 17:57:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/chhattisgarh-government-develops-strategy-to-explore-rich-minerals/ Blessed with rich minerals, Chhattisgarh is developing a vast exploration plan for high-value minerals with a focus on lithium. Recent studies have indicated lithium deposits in the central and southern regions of Chhattisgarh. According to officials, work is in full swing to complete the formalities and extract the lithium, given the […]]]>


Blessed with rich minerals, Chhattisgarh is developing a vast exploration plan for high-value minerals with a focus on lithium.

Recent studies have indicated lithium deposits in the central and southern regions of Chhattisgarh. According to officials, work is in full swing to complete the formalities and extract the lithium, given the demand for the ore. The state stresses the need to adopt green technologies to explore for minerals as well.

“The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has identified a lithium block in the Katghora-Guchapur area of ​​Korba district, and the reconnaissance survey hints at high concentration lithium deposits,” said Anurag Diwan, co -Director of Mining Department of Chhattisgarh.

Lithium blocks were also located in and around Tongpal, Govindpal, Chitalnar and Puspal areas of Sukma district in Bastar, Diwan said. The region can be explored for lithium-bearing pegmatite. The surveyors found lepidolite, a mineral containing lithium, Diwan added.

In the Korba belt, analytical results indicate significant mineralization of rare earth elements (REE) and other rare metals. Similarly, a reconnaissance survey for gold and associated sulphide mineralization in the Barjor area of ​​Jashpur district reveals the anomalous gold value in the bedrock sample.

“Our priority is to assess the availability and quantity of high-value minerals like lithium, tin, gold, copper, nickel and diamond using the latest technology,” Diwan said. Lithium is used in the manufacturing process of glasses, ceramics and pharmaceuticals, in addition to aluminum and magnesium alloys. But the greatest growth potential is in the battery market, where lithium is used as an electrode and electrolyte material in disposable lithium batteries and in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

The Department of Mines recently held a conference to devise a strategy regarding the auctioning of mineral blocks and exploration for high-value minerals available in the state. Detailed deliberation has taken place with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to make Chhattisgarh a hub for high value minerals in the country.

So far, more than 100 blocks of potential minerals have been identified based on exploration undertaken by government agencies in Chhattisgarh. The state government had issued a tender for 40 blocks of minerals like gold, iron ore, limestone and bauxite. No less than 15 blocks were successfully auctioned.

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