Lufthansa has agreed to buy parts of the Air Berlin group. Lufthansa has agreed to buy units of the insolvent Air Berlin group for 210 million euros ($US249m).The acquisitions include leisure airline NIKI, regional operator Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter, Air Berlin said in a statement Thursday.The deal still needs regulatory approval and German regulators have vowed to look at it closely.The statement said the combined purchase price would be subject to “adjustments upon the closing of the transaction’’.Lufthansa will take 81 planes and hire 3,000 people from Air Berlin as part of an overall investment of €1.5 billion, according to German media reports.The Lufthansa deal was widely expected but that did not stop Irish budget carrier Ryanair from threatening to take it to European competition authorities.The LCC, at on one stage flagged a s a potential buyer of Air Berlin assets, has been critical of the deal because it believes it strengthens Lufthansa.“We will be referring the matter to the EU competition authority in due course,” a Ryanair spokesman told the BBC.The German carrier is due to end operations at the end of the month and has warned staff that they need to look for new jobs.A widely reported letter to staff from chief executive Thomas Winkelmann and general representative Frank Kebekus said the airline would end flights on October 28 at the latest.Unlike the shock collapse of UK-based Monarch Airlines, airberlin’s demise was not unexpected after a string of losses and a decision by major shareholder Etihad Airways to no longer provide funding.It has been kept flying thanks to a 150-million-euro German government bridging loan that administrators are now optimistic can be repaid.It has been a bad period for European flyers with Air Berlin and Alitalia in administration, Monarch ceasing to trade and Ryanair grappling with rostering problems that have seen thousands of flights cancelled.
A 2019 US Back-to-School Shopping Trends survey of more than 1,100 consumers (parents and college students) revealed that an overwhelming majority of respondents will be doing their back-to-school shopping in store this year, with less than 2 percent of respondents stating that they plan to do all their back-to-school shopping online. The survey was sponsored by Sensormatic Solutions.An overwhelming majority of survey respondents will be back-to-school shopping primarily in brick-and-mortar stores across all product categories, including:School supplies: 86%Clothing/apparel: 82%Shoes: 81%Classroom supplies: 76%Backpacks: 61%Electronics: 47%Sporting equipment: 41%Dorm/apartment furniture: 32%Nick Pompa“Consumers still want to shop in store, especially for back-to-school,” said Nick Pompa, vice president and general manager of ShopperTrak, Sensormatic Solutions. “When shopping for young children, parents and students want to experience products first-hand before making a purchase. Although e-commerce continues to grow in popularity, back-to-school shopping still primarily takes place in physical stores with most consumers (62%) planning to shop at two or three stores this year.”- Sponsor – The State of the US Economy Doesn’t Disrupt Back-to-School The survey also found that back-to-school means back-to-spending for most US consumers this year. Nearly 58 percent have a flexible spending budget, while 27 percent don’t have a budget at all and plan to buy what’s necessary for the upcoming school year. Half of respondents (51%) anticipate spending the most money on clothing/apparel (51%), followed by school supplies like pencils and notebooks (19%).Interestingly, the state of the US economy and trade is expected to have little to no impact on back-to-school spending habits this year. Half of respondents (51%) said it will not impact their shopping budget this year. When asked the same question, 12% stated they plan to spend more this year compared to last year.“Having flexible and/or no budgets for back-to-school shopping presents an opportunity for retailers to upsell their customers in stores. To capitalize on this, retailers can provide a great shopper experience through engaged sale associates, quick and efficient operations, and available merchandise,” said Pompa. “In today’s hyper-connected world, these experiences are increasingly driving customer loyalty more than just reliable products and services.”Pompa added, “By looking at historical traffic data, retailers can identify ‘power hours’ when there’s the greatest opportunity for sales conversion, and ensure they have the right associates on the sales floor to optimize customer engagement. This is especially important as back-to-school shopping season continues to be an in-store tradition where customers want to ‘try before they buy’ and consult expert sales staff. It also helps retailers identify some of the quieter periods of traffic—a perfect time to make sure that shelves and displays are neat and well-stocked.”Back-to-School Stress Students aren’t the only ones dreading the end of summer. Thirty-one percent of respondents claimed that back-to-school shopping is usually extremely or very stressful.Respondents’ top issues for their back-to-school retail experience concerned inventory. Over 33 percent of respondents said their biggest complaint was out-of-stock items. Unorganized store presentation with inventory in disarray was the second largest grievance (18%). Additionally, respondents shopping for elementary school (37%), middle school (37%) and high school (35%) were more likely to complain about items being out of stock compared to those shopping for college (25%).“Today’s shoppers want to buy products where and when they want,” said Pompa. “Retailers can meet customers’ demands by implementing solutions for accurate, real-time inventory visibility. Not only are these technologies, like RFID, essential for a successful shopper journey, but they also create operational efficiency and are a huge sales driver. They also allow retailers to deliver on unified commerce fulfilment initiatives, such as buy online, pickup in store (BOPIS), buy online, return in store (BORIS), curbside pickup, and more.”Survey Methodology Sensormatic Solutions collected responses from 1,163 US-based consumers, 18 years and older, via a third-party provider to determine the findings of its 2019 US Back-to-School Shopping Trends survey. All the respondents plan to shop for back-to-school in 2019 with 39.8 percent shopping for elementary school, 27.9 percent shopping for middle school, 34.8 percent shopping for high school, 33.7 percent shopping for college and 4.3 percent of respondents were teachers themselves.Click here to learn more about how Sensormatic Solutions portfolio of loss prevention, inventory intelligence, and traffic insights solutions can help retailers improve the back-to-school shopping experience. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security issued a warning today that iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch have “critical weaknesses,” the Associated Press reports. The malware is delivered by an infected PDF that can affect the user’s device without them knowing. The same result would occur when a user visits a website with an infected PDF.This is one of the first malware weaknesses discovered for iOS. Android has an increasing problem with malware and rootkits but so far there has not been a significant weakness exploited on iOS (not counting the 120,000 iPads that were hacked last year which was really more the fault of AT&T than iOS). Is this just the first drip of a coming wave of mobile malware?According to a Google translation of the German Federal Office for Information Security, the exploit will give the attacker administrative privileges over devices which would include any data, email or contacts stored on the device. So far there is no official patch available for the exploit from Apple. But if you have jailbroken your iOS device, there is a patch available through Cydia.The exploit exists for all iOS devices running version 4.3.3. The agency stated that it “currently can not exclude that other versions of the IOS operating system are affected by this vulnerability,” (translated from German with Google Translate). Apple works with Good Technologies to help secure iOS and has been consulted by corporations that focus on mobile strategy such as Juniper. If there is already a patch for this exploit in the Cydia store than it is likely that the security companies like Good and Fingerprint Security (a popular security app for the iPhone) will have the loophole closed relatively quickly. Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market