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Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, sells diamonds at Borsheims Fine Jewelry in Omaha, NE, during the 2011 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting.
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IRCE 2009, Boston, MA and Glen Ellyn, IL (PRWEB) June 16, 2009
Thanx Media (IRCE booth 731), a leading provider of integrated solutions for online retailers and media companies, announced today that its client, Nebraska Furniture Mart, has seen an double-digit percentage increase in sales since deploying Thanx Media’s Endeca site search and merchandising solution on its online store. The deployment was a key part of a series of recent investments in retailer’s online channel and was a central piece of a recent and on-going website redesign. Nebraska Furniture Mart has also tapped the solution’s Merchandising Workbench tool suite, empowering marketers to quickly self-create new localized content and monetize areas of the site without the need for IT or development cycles. As a result, Nebraska Furniture Mart’s eCommerce team can boost sales and sponsorship revenue while eliminating dependencies on valuable technical resources.
Nebraska Furniture Mart’s site search and merchandising approach offers a cutting-edge example of new applications of ‘searchandising’ – applications that go above and beyond the up-sell, cross-sell and related-products approaches synonymous with search-based merchandising tools. Two examples of the retailers approach include localized content creation and display, as well as brand-specific, search-triggered landing pages.
“The merchandising tools available with the Endeca solution open up a wealth of new tactics we can apply to our multi-channel strategy, and really set it apart from other solutions on the market,” said Jeffrey Douglas, Internet Marketing Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart. “We’re now evolving and updating aspects of the shopping experience that we never would have attempted in the past, either because they would have been cost or resource prohibitive.”
For example, Nebraska Furniture Mart operates stores in Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City. Departments and product lines vary by location. Using the new tools, Douglas and his team created different elements of the online experience that would dynamically appear based on the location of the online shopper. If the shopper is accessing the site from Kansas City market – where the retailer features a high-end design business – distinct products and design services are automatically displayed and prominently promoted on the website.
Another example includes the creation and monetization of brand-themed zones of the online store. Nebraska Furniture Mart’s brick-and-mortar stores feature a Sony Store boutique – a branded store-within-a-store. Using the Endeca Merchandising Workbench, the retailer has been able to create a similarly branded section of the site, thus introducing new means of monetizing virtual floor space in a way that mirrors proven offline merchandising approaches.????
“Thanx Media lowered the barrier to entry for adopting and deploying state-of-the-art software without using up our limited IT resources. And they proved to be a great partner in the process,” said Jeff Olson, Senior Programmer/Analyst at NFM. “When you combine best-in-class search with tools like Merchandising Workbench and Site Boost automated SEO, you empower the business while freeing up valuable technical resources to focus on improving other complementary aspects of the multi-channel shopping experience.”????????
Thanx Media offers an extensive range of Endeca-based offerings and services, including their SaaS Endeca On-Demand hosted site search solution and new Site Boost automated SEO.
“Nebraska Furniture Mart is among our most innovative clients, both in their use of merchandising control and their focus on building a consistent and differentiated multi-channel strategy,” said Paul Matker, CEO of Thanx Media. “Their unique approaches to localization and monetization illustrate the type of value that the Endeca platform can deliver above and beyond state-of-the-art search and navigation. Our goal is to make this technology accessible to an increasingly wide variety of multi-channel and eCommerce operations.”
About Nebraska Furniture Mart:
Nebraska Furniture Mart was founded in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska by Rose Blumkin in the basement of her husband’s jewelry store with a $ 500 investment.? In 1983, Warren Buffett purchased a majority interest in Nebraska Furniture Mart and made it part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. In 2006 Nebraska Furniture Mart added the ability to buy online through its web site, nfm.com.? Offering furniture, flooring, appliances, electronics and computers, Nebraska Furniture Mart just completed its 72nd year of consecutive growth. ?Nebraska Furniture Mart continues to maintain it’s tradition of selling cheap, telling the truth, and providing the greatest selection and service.???
About Thanx Media:
Thanx Media is an enterprise solutions company that focuses on providing integrated solutions for B2C and B2B online retailers. The Deliver Commerce Framework, which identifies business problems and recommends the appropriate solutions, continues to fuel Thanx Media’s growth. These solutions are proven to improve conversion rates, increase revenue per order and boost customer retention. Thanx Media delivers the unexpected with best-of-breed products, industry best practices and a focused attention to business needs. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Thanx Media is a private company with North American operations. For more information, visit thanxmedia.com.
(PRWEB) July 1, 2009
The explosion of the Internet has led to immense developments in nearly every industry, especially aviation. From thousands of aviation forums, online transponder tracking, online flight bookings, and so much more.
A new business has been launched this week that seeks to do for private aviation what Expedia has done for commercial travel. Listjet.com is a website that allows users to request quotes for charter flights, then sources the best rates from hundreds of qualified aircraft partners. All aircraft partners must meet rigorous safety requirements, including and exceeding all ARG/US safety standards and comprehensive pilot and crew background checks.
Once a flight has been sourced and booked, Listjet does not stop until every detail is perfect for your flight. Listjet has enlisted the services of Bruce Greenberg, a hospitality expert with years of experience in the luxury hotel business to help meet the needs of every guest. Each charter is assigned a “Flight Liaison” who ensures all needs are met and exceeded; from your choice of catering to hiring flight attendants with nursing experience for ill travelers, the sky is the limit.
Shail Silver, an enthusiast of aviation and business, founded Listjet.com earlier this year. Silver, like most web based business owners, is a young entrepreneur who has a deep passion for aviation and saw a need for his service. A resident of Toronto, Canada, he received his private pilot’s license at the age of 20 and has been active in the industry since. Silver says, “There has been a disconnect between online business and excellent customer service, Listjet aims to bridge this divide with our hands on approach to jet charters”.
Listjet enables customers to charter a private jet with the reliability, safety, convenience and privacy that is said to exceed all expectations of executive travel. Chartering a jet enables customers to travel on their own schedule and to several secluded destinations many air carriers cannot reach. Traveling with your own schedule and needs in mind, 24 hour 7 days a week aircraft booking and availability, avoiding flight delays, membership fees, maintenance fees, and other airline and private ownership hassles encompass some of the benefits of chartering a private jet with Listjet.
The beginning of 2009 presented one of the worst economic storms to hit the aviation industry. Aircraft deliveries and flight hours are down, layoffs are up and rising, everyone in the industry is feeling the pinch. The NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) says its the worst is over. Brian Foley, a highly respected analyst of the aviation business, says, “more bad times ahead, its a mountain to climb”. The private charter business caters to the wealthiest citizens across the globe, its no wonder that when markets are down worldwide, the global elite have closed their pocketbooks. In private aviation there are slumping aircraft production rates, even with European use growing. Many of the top business managers in the world, including billionaire’s Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, argue that private jet travel is the “cost of doing more efficient business.” The NBAA has predicted that the Charter and FBO business will rebound soonest, as a recovery has already begun in the early part of the second quarter of 2009.
Listjet is in the forefront of web based personal service and has an infrastructure built for rapid growth. It will be interesting to see if this new economy is ready for Listjet to take off.
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San Antonio, TX (Vocus) October 9, 2009
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission assembled nearly 200 public library leaders, community supporters, broadband providers, and local and state leaders for the Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in San Antonio, to discuss how to improve and sustain high quality Internet access in the Texas public libraries. The Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit provides an opportunity to understand the value of community partnerships and the possibilities of technology as well as in-depth discussion about possible connectivity solutions and next steps necessary to reach improved connectivity speed.
Currently, more than 200 Texas public library systems lack Internet connections fast enough to meet the most basic needs of patrons, and many more report speeds that are inadequate to meet the true demand of their community. Ironically, some of these public libraries offer the only technology lifeline to their communities.
This is the first of two Texas summits that is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its pilot Opportunity Online broadband grant program. Texas, along with six other states, has been invited to participate. The grant program supports public libraries as they seek to improve their broadband connectivity and calls for a broadband sustainability strategy, to be developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to ensure that public libraries continue to improve and maintain adequate connectivity for patrons.
The summit included a comprehensive analysis of Texas current broadband climate and the future of technology access in Texas public libraries. Stephen Abram, a library futurist, spoke about future library services and applications driven by technology that will influence how Americans use computers and the Internet, and why reliable, sustainable broadband connections in libraries will be essential to ensure library patrons can use these programs to improve their lives.
Keynote speaker Graham Richard, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and partner of public libraries, highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships on the local and state level to prioritize funding for improved connectivity in public libraries.
Peggy Rudd, Texas State Library and Archives Commissions director and librarian, led the summit and represented the agency.
Every day we are reminded of the value of Texas public libraries, Rudd said. Todays public libraries provide traditional services, but a growing number of patrons depend on library Internet access to apply for jobs, further their education, run businesses or stay connected with families and friends. This summit and grant program will help better meet these increasing personal and community needs by improving library connection speeds.
Building on dialogue and ideas generated at the summit, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is currently working with an advisory groupincluding Commissioner Todd Staples of the Texas Department of Agriculture, former Governor Mark White, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Chairman Sandra J. Pickett – to develop a strategy to increase and sustain broadband connections in all Texas public libraries. Texas State Library and Archives Commission will now work with libraries across the state to support their Internet connectivity upgrade and create a long-term state sustainability strategy.
The summit highlights the vital role libraries play in connecting communities to information and knowledge through technology, said Jill Nishi, deputy director of U.S. Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What is needed now is long-term collaboration among government, business, communities, and library leaders to ensure that public libraries can continue to provide the high-speed Internet access their patrons need to improve their lives and thrive.
Connected Nation worked closely with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to support the event development and execution. For more information about the Texas Opportunity Online Summit, please visit http://www.opportunityonline.org/snapshots/texas/ or contact us at 1-866-882-3081 or tx1summit (at) opportunityonline.org.
About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all peopleespecially those with the fewest resourceshave access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. More information is available at http://www.gatesfoundation.org.
About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:
The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to preserve the record of government for public scrutiny, to secure and make accessible historically significant records and other valuable resources, to meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities, to build and sustain statewide partnerships to improve library programs and services, and to enhance the capacity for achievement of individuals and institutions with whom we work. Since 1909, TSLAC has carried out a commitment of making information work for all Texans by providing history and genealogical services, federal and state government documents, electronic research, and library services. TSLAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For more information, go to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us or email pio (at) tsl.state.tx.us.
About Connected Nation:
Connected Nation is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that expands access to and use of broadband Internet and the related technologies that are enabled when individuals and communities have the opportunity and desire to connect. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology availability and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered around a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. Connected Nation is also working with technology leaders to implement Every Citizen OnlineSM, a public-private partnership program to enable computer ownership and broadband use in low-income and unconnected homes. For more information about Connected Nation, visit http://www.connectednation.org.