International law firm Gowling WLG has launched an online benefits portal that integrates a bespoke employee discounts scheme and concierge service for its UK employees.The portal, provided by Xexec, will provide UK staff with access to over 3,000 bespoke discounts, including vouchers for lifestyle, health and wellbeing products, cashback offers, and shopping cards for a range of retailers.The new scheme also includes a lifestyle concierge service that allows employees to get tickets to sports, arts, and entertainment events in the UK, as well as book restaurants, flights, and hotel rooms.The new portal enables staff to access the benefits whether they are at home, at work, or on the move. Gowling WLG, which employs 1,400 staff globally, delivered its previous employee discounts scheme on a largely ad-hoc basis via its intranet.Neil McKie (pictured), head of reward and performance at Gowling WLG, said: “We’re proud to be recognised as a top employer and we take employee benefits seriously. Not only does it allow us to attract and retain the best talent, but it also helps us get the most out of our teams.“I know that our team really values the range of benefits that [the new scheme] can bring to their lives both in and out of the office.”
Taxi and delivery organisation Uber is to introduce paid protection benefits and one-off life event payments for 150,000 independent contractors across the UK and Europe.The new funded benefits, effective from 1 June 2018, have been designed to help provide Uber drivers with greater financial security to ensure that life events, such as illness, injury or starting a family, do not cause financial stress.The Partner Protection benefits package, provided by insurance organisation Axa, covers Uber drivers for certain events while they are using the app to complete jobs, as well as insuring drivers for specific life events or occasions when not logged in or using the app.The benefits that apply when a driver is working for Uber include medical cover, which reimburses incurred expenses for medical costs not covered by normal public healthcare services such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation services and a doctor’s second opinion; an inconvenience lump sum payment if the driver is hospitalised for more than 24 hours; and a daily inconvenience payment for up to 30 days if a driver is unable to work due to an accident that happened while on a trip. Drivers’ dependants will also receive a lump sum payment if a driver dies while working for Uber, and funeral expenses will be reimbursed. Drivers are also able to receive a lump sum payment if they suffer a permanent disability as a result of an accident while working for Uber.Specific ‘off-trip’ events that are covered by the benefits arrangement include a one-off maternity or paternity payment and a one-off payment if a driver has to attend jury service. In addition, drivers will receive severe sickness and injury compensation. This means affected drivers who are medically certified by a doctor as unfit to work over seven days will be eligible to receive a daily payment for up to a further 15 days.Uber drivers must have completed 150 trips in the previous eight weeks to be eligible to receive the off-trip specific benefits and drivers who work for the organisation’s Uber Eats arm must have completed at least 30 deliveries in the past eight weeks to qualify.Around 70,000 drivers and couriers in the UK are expected to benefit from the new Partner Protection package.In a statement online, Uber UK said: “Uber wouldn’t be what it is without drivers and couriers; they are at the heart of the Uber experience. But along the way, we lost sight of that. We focused too much on growth and not enough on the people who made that growth possible. We called drivers ‘partners’, but didn’t always act like it. An important part of being a good partner is being a good listener.“Drivers have told us that they enjoy the freedom of being their own boss and choosing if, when and where they drive. But drivers have also told us they want more security and peace of mind; life’s ups and downs such as an injury, sickness or having a baby should not come with all of the additional financial stress.“Partner Protection is an important step in addressing some of the biggest concerns raised by our independent partners who rely on Uber. But the listening doesn’t stop here. We’ll continue to ensure that the voices of the drivers and couriers are heard as we take Uber forward together.”James Farrar, chair of the drivers’ branch at Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), said: “It’s good to see Uber is reacting to the pressure piled on by the IWGB’s campaigns and legal action. Sadly, this is once again a case of tinkering around the edges for a quick PR win, rather than dealing with the issue at hand. If Uber really cares about the workers on which the business relied, it should stop fighting us in court and give the drivers the rights they are entitled to under the law.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water warning has been lifted after a sewage spill in Fort Lauderdale.Raw sewage leaked into waterways and streets last week after two mains ruptured.Crews fixed both of them at Bayview Drive in George English Park and one underwater at Southeast 10th Avenue and Second Street.Officials said both pipes have since been sealed and the water is safe for swimming, fishing and other recreational activities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSVN) — Two local congresswomen are pushing for Haiti recovery efforts, Wednesday, on Capitol Hill.United States Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., looked into Hurricane Matthew’s drastic impact on the Caribbean nation.The congresswomen discussed Haiti’s weak infrastructure and the steps needed to help Haiti recover from the storm’s aftermath.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman caught on camera managed to purchase a Porsche Panamera with someone else’s identification at a Davie CarMax, according to police.Surveillance video captured the woman wearing sunglasses as she entered the car dealership along West 74th Avenue and West State Road 84 on May 8.She would later purchase the 2012 Porsche worth $47,000.“She essentially stole this Porsche from CarMax using someone else’s identity,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone.The dealership said the woman applied for credit back in April to purchase the luxury sedan.“When she was there, she had identification, social security card, an Illinois driver’s license, and she was able to pass the verification quiz to prove that this was her,” said Leone. “However, it was not her. The victim, who lives in South Carolina, has never even been to Davie.”CarMax issued a statement Wednesday night that reads, “We take this situation very seriously and are working with the authorities on the investigation.” Police said the Porsche thief is between 25 to 30 years old, stands 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and has short straight hair. She was last seen wearing sunglasses and high heels.If you recognize her, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
We need your assistance locating Dionisio Benedit who went missing on 10/26/18 from 380 NW S. River Dr. He was last seen wearing a white shirt & blue pants. If you come into contact with him, please call us at 305.603.6300 pic.twitter.com/4UUBFPakRn— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 29, 2018Due to his health, officials had been concerned for his safety, but he was declared safe and recovered, Tuesday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police have found a man who went missing in the city on Friday.City of Miami Police had announced that 57-year-old Dionisio Benedit was last seen near 380 NW S. River Drive on Friday.
If you wish you could get paid to eat chocolate for a living, your dream is about to become a reality.Mondelez International, the company that produces Cadbury and Oreo, is now hiring a number of Chocolate Tasters to work in the United Kingdom.No experience is needed, but the listing does say that candidates should have “tastebuds for detection” and a “passion for confectionery.” Applicants also should be “eager to try new and inventive products.”Tasters will work with a team to give their opinions, as well as collaborate to reach an agreement on taste.Unfortunately, the jobs are just part-time, with positions available to work 7.5 hours or 8 hours a week.Last year, Insider reports that more than 6,000 people applied on Linkedin for a similar position at the company.According to Fox News, applications are open until March 6. To apply, click here. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While leaving court, Salcedo said he was satisfied with the verdict.“I was never here to judge,” Salcedo said as he left the courtroom. “I forgave her, and hopefully, she never does that again to anyone else.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie woman who threw hot water in her boss’ face has been sentenced to serve jail time for the act.Jondre Thomas was sentenced Wednesday to one year in county jail and four years probation for aggravated battery with great bodily harm.She threw boiling hot water at her boss’ face at a truck stop off State Road 84 in February 2018.Thomas apologized to her former boss, Claudio Salcedo, in court on Monday after entering a no contest plea.“I’m so sorry that I reacted the way I did, and I do ask for your forgiveness. I am sorry for what I did to you. I really am,” Thomas said. “I’d like to apologize for my actions. I’m so very sorry that I hurt him. I know that I hurt him badly, and I feel very ashamed for my actions.”Surveillance video captured the attack that Salcedo said was prompted by Thomas being upset over a meeting about her work.“My face just started burning, which I thought that it was acid at some point because it just kept sizzling,” Salcedo said in February 2018.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 11:13 amThe National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for most of the Kenai Peninsula. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected. Sean Baines Meteorologist: “Essentially what we are looking at is snow is expected to accumulate this afternoon and the winds will pick up overnight. The snow with the winds will produce white out conditions.” The advisory is in effect starting at midnight tonight until 6am on Saturday. The advisory includes the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing. Travel will be very difficult. While the worst conditions will occur overnight, snow showers and gustywinds will persist in Homer and vicinity through at least midday Saturday, so occasional visibilities down to one half mile may persist. Blizzard conditions expected. Southwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.
Additional officers were on the road during the holidays to discourage Alaskans from participating in ‘risky’ behaviors like driving while under the influence and speeding. Tim Despain, Spokesman with the Troopers:“There are certain times of the year, including the holiday season, that there tends to be more people traveling and attending parties. Certainly there can be an increase in impaired drivers on the road.” – 39 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests– 13 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license– 64 REDDIs reported with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI– 212 damage only crashes, 18 injury crashes, & 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers– Of the 754 citations issued, 253 were issued for speeding and 12 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations Other highlights from this year’s patrols: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers issued 754 citations during their Holiday Enforcement Campaign, which ran from December 13th, 2018, through January 2nd, 2019.
Another of many Alaska great bands, Hope Social Club takes the stage twice throughout the weekend. Salmonfest is supported by and benefits several non-profit organizations on the Kenai Peninsula and in the State of Alaska. Two prominent supportors are the Kachemak Bay Conservation Soceity and Cook Inletkeeper. Both are longstanding Homer-based non profit organizations that seek to educate the public, and both protect and promote Alaska’s fish-filled waters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Salmonfest kicks off it’s three day event this weekend to emphasize and celebrate the connection of all Alaskans to the fish and the waters that “provide this magnificent resource”. On Saturday music begins at 11:15am and later Alaska’s Blackwater Railroad Co. takes the stage at 7:10PM followed by The California Honeydrops before headliner and Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz begins at 10:15pm. In addition, ARCHES Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula Fair Association have teamed up to help make Salmonfest a successful event. View the entire lineup of entertainment at Salmonfestalaska.org. Friday’s headliner and Grammy winner Ani DiFranco hits the Ocean Stage at 9:15pm followed by WookieFoot. Music opens at 12:30pm with Food For The Soul along with the Rainbow Girls first appearance in Alaska playing twice over the weekend, just to name a few of the many great bands.
Dominion, formerly Trader Publishing, was established in September 2006 following a division of assets between shared owners Landmark and Cox Communications. Lehman Bros., one of the financial institutions that helped Landmark Communications sell off the Weather Channel to NBC Universal and a pair of private equity groups for $3.5 billion, is now conducting a sales process for its publishing arm, Dominion Enterprises, FOLIO: has confirmed.Norfolk, Virginia-based Landmark reportedly has started distributing information to potential buyers interested in Dominion Enterprises. A Landmark spokesperson declined to comment when asked who the bidders are and how much Landmark is seeking for Dominion. Last year, Dominion’s revenues were nearly $1 billion.In January, Landmark retained investment banks J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic options for the entire company. Dominion Enterprises owns and operates more than 500 Web sites and magazines, including boating industry titles Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and PassageMaker.
With a motto of “online charts. made simple,” online startup iCharts is offering publishers the ability to create interactive charts to embed in online content. “The value of online content is shifting toward work that is easily linked, manipulated, annotated, tagged, highlighted, translated, and enlivened by other media,” said Seymour Duncker, CEO of iCharts. The goal of iCharts, Duncker said, is to make content searchable—particularly for niche audiences that are most likely to seek out targeted information—and keep users on the page longer.While Duncker declined to discose traffic figures, iCharts makes its charts “discoverable” by search engines, which he said increases traffic wherever these charts are used. The service can also supply branded landing pages for Web viewers that discover charts through search engines.Currently, iCharts’ largest publishing client is Springer Science and Business Media, based in Germany, in addition to a stable of bloggers. However, iCharts “recently signed up additional publishers in print who are using this service for online, as well as pure play online publishers,” Duncker said. The influential TechCrunch blog also uses this service [example here], along with Business Insider, which is set to adopt iCharts over the next few weeks.DIY Chart CreationWhile online chart creation is not a new concept, the ability to quickly create a chart on the fly by entering numerical data, or by converting an Excel spreadsheet into an interactive chart, is. “There are companies that provide Flash charts,” said Duncker, “but these require a programmer, which can be costly and time consuming.” Each chart has its own embed code that can easily be inserted into an online article. While Duncker would not disclose a price for this service due to the nature of its “custom deals,” he said that it is “a subscription service and available at a low entry point.”
Publisher interest in digital editions continues to grow, even as the Web site becomes the primary digital product for many. However, many publishers are just scratching the surface of what’s available to them, from embedded search and rich media to back-end audience measurement, which can be used to help plan future issues as well as convert to lead generation.The following story offers four case studies of publishers that are trying to take full advantage of their digital edition. For many, this continues to be a learning experience.Publisher: Campbell-EwaldProduct: Custom editions for Chevrolet CobaltPlatform: Zmags Publisher: Popular ScienceProduct: The Pop Sci Genius GuidePlatform: ZinioEarlier this year Popular Science launched the Pop Sci Genius Guide, a new digital edition which the magazine intends to be at the forefront of consumer adoption of e-readers. The Pop Sci Genius Guide will be published quarterly in 2009, with the first issue dedicated to the home entertainment experience.“We recognize that this is an extremely important direction the magazine needs to go—we’re making our product optimized for digital platforms in anticipation of the launch of really good magazine-optimized e-readers,” says editor-in-chief Mark Jannot. “We’re figuring out how we can optimize the opportunities digital delivery gives us and how to overcome the challenges of pixels on screen as opposed to ink on paper. Our goal is to integrate features that can be done digitally while at the same time not undercutting what a magazine does.”Popular Science also aims to make the Genius Guide a paid product and tested several price points from 99 cents to $4.99 with the first issue. “One of the things we’re emphatic about is not conditioning the audience to expect this for free,” says Jannot.The Genius Guide uses videos to introduce new features and offers layered sidebars without clogging up the layout. “We’ve worked with Zinio’s Flash developers to bring the pages to life with Flash animation,” says Jannot. “In some cases, as you’ve seen with the first issue of the Genius Guide, as you turn pages, it comes together before your eyes. We’ve taken the static, standard magazine form and found a variety of ways to animate it without throwing away the conventional two-page spread.”Jannot stresses that each item has a purpose. “On a flat magazine page, you’re limited to photos, illustrations and text,” he says. “With animations in the Genius Guide, we can start at a high focal length for a more general look, then zero in on something and draw the reader’s eye to what they need to look at. In the first Genius Guide, one of our favorite things was the box/PC you got, which opened up to zero in on what you look at, or turned your TV around to show exactly where plugs are. That’s obviously not possible in a flat, static magazine.”Jannot says that while advertisers were interested in the first issue, the publisher ran out of time before it got a commitment. “Advertisers had to overcome some preconceptions of the phrase ‘digital edition,’” he adds. “Some advertisers still think of that as an inferior, static, flat version of the magazine. We’re selling this as very leading edge. We think a very large chunk of circulation will be delivered this way.” Digital magazines are increasingly being used as a custom publishing platform. Advertising agency Campbell-Ewald tapped Zmags as the platform for a series of regionally targeted digital magazines as part of a Chevrolet Cobalt campaign aimed toward a young, tech-savvy audience. Each issue was geared to moving prospects toward readiness to buy and enable them to link directly to the Chevrolet Cobalt Web site in order to price out a custom vehicle.“We focused on the users themselves and partnered with bloggers and Cobalt enthusiast clubs,” says Joe Ferraro, art production manager at Campbell-Ewald Publishing. “The idea was to get actual users to share stories, as well as feature local musicians driving the Cobalt to and from their performances.”Campbell-Ewald incorporated rich media including videos of the cars in action and interviews with the drivers into each edition. The agency created a homepage to house the digital editions and formed relationships with some of the leading blogs, which pointed readers to their digital editions. “We didn’t want to just spit out what we could do in print but do something that fit the medium,” says Ferraro. “That included a lot of Flash-integration through which we created sidebars, call-outs and pop-outs. The editorial was readable and we could expand upon that edit when needed by use of Flash components to build out sidebars—we didn’t have to clutter the online page with a lot of text.”Video was embedded in each digital edition much like using an image in magazine layout. “Placement of the video was integral to the magazine layout,” says Ferraro.Campbell-Ewald produced seven different digital issues for the campaign and the South Central (U.S.) component ran for more than a year. The agency partnered with several Cobalt enthusiast events and says that the digital editions helped drive a 4 percent increase in attendance and a 45 percent increase in the number of vehicles at the events.Each element of the digital edition had a specific purpose, says Ferraro: “Nothing was ever done just because we could—we always had a strict purpose in mind.” Publisher: Advanstar Communications EuropeDigital Product: Pharmaceutical Executive Digest EuropePlatform: Nxtbook MediaAdvanstar’s European division has designed the 18,000-circ digital edition of Pharmaceutical Executive Digest Europe strictly for the digital platform. By tweaking the layout in a cleaner, more accessible way and keeping functionality simpler, the magazine has dramatically increased all the usage metrics that matter most.The first breakthrough was ditching the single-page portrait framework in favor of a landscape layout. “In a single-page layout, you have to use the zoom function,” says editorial director Peter Houston. “If you landscape it and increase the type size, it makes it easier to read.”Houston also bumped up the frequency to weekly and mirrored a strategy more akin to e-mail newsletters. (Increasing the frequency meant they could get away with shorter-form content.) By dropping the page count from 40 to 15, there was a noticeable difference in response. The front cover was dropped, too, taking the reader straight to the content. The magazine achieved as many pageviews in a week as it had in a month. And the average time spent per visit increased 20 percent.The robust analytics that digital editions customarily provide come in handy not just for readership behavior, but for incorporating social media metrics as well. Pharm Exec has a Twitter account with more than 500 followers and, according to Houston, more than 5 percent of visitors to the digital edition are referred from Twitter. Houston points out that a digital magazine is one part of a larger digital package. “If anyone says the future of magazines is in digital publishing, it’s really in integrated publishing,” he says. “And it’s using the digital channel for certain things. Twitter, LinkedIn and social media channels, e-mail newsletters and the Web site are all part of the answer to doing this properly. Just having the digital magazine would be a tough one.” Publisher: Premier Media HoldingsDigital Product: Premier GuitarPlatform: TexterityBy aggressively using the digital edition as a free version of the print magazine, Premier Guitar has leveraged its digital version to pull customers deeper into the brand experience. Web site visits are up significantly, and the magazine has almost doubled its print subscribers.While the digital edition has, in two years, passed the print version in readership with 32,000 opt-in readers (versus print’s 30,000), the benefits of having a platform trifecta—print, Web site and digital edition—far outweigh concerns of one medium cannibalizing the other. “We’ve seen a 70 percent increase in our paid print subscriptions and we’re now pushing an 80 percent sell-through on newsstands,” says managing director Peter Sprague.Readers tend to take smaller bites out of the digital edition but come back to it more often. “When you add up the frequent visits they start to look like the single longer visit with the print version,” says Sprague. But Sprague isn’t content to simply let the digital edition act as a gateway to the print magazine. A sweepstakes challenge asks readers to find three guitar picks planted throughout the digital edition for a chance to win a $100 gift card builds through-the-book readership. And videos—performance and instructional—have collected 2.5 million views among the 425 offered. Sprague is also creating custom, sponsored versions of the digital edition. A standard issue, for example, will alter its table of contents page to link to specific sponsor content in the magazine. The sponsor e-mails the magazine to its in-house list of artists, retailer customers and other manufacturers. “We charge them for this,” says Sprague, “but more importantly, we get to sample lists that may not be available to us.”
Newspaper publisher Media General has sold Virginia Business magazine to Virginia Business Publications, a newly-formed investment group that includes Bernard A. Niemeier, the magazine’s president and publisher.“We are delighted to be able to acquire a strong, long-standing, statewide brand that is the best in its category,” Niemeier wrote in a note posted to the magazine’s Web site. “The reputation of Virginia Business is excellent, and the quality of the executive audience it reaches is unsurpassed in the marketplace.”Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.”It doesn’t surprise me that the management would want to acquire it, but I am surprised that Media General would let it go,” Regional Media Advisors president Kim Mac Leod told FOLIO:. “Business publications—either journals or magazines, which this one was—often have shared advertisers with newspapers, so there is synergy and leverage that can advantage both the business publication and the newspaper.” Launched in 1986, Virginia Business carries a monthly circulation of 27,500. According to Niemeier, all of the magazine’s full-time employees will remain with the magazine.Based in Richmond, Virginia, Media General operates 18 network-affiliated television stations, and publishes more than 200 publications, including 21 daily newspapers and specialty niche titles. During the second quarter, Media General reported a net income of $20.6 million, compared to a net loss of $532.2 million during the same period last year.
FOLIO:: What was the takeaway from the first half performance?Marcom: The big challenge for the first half was that games advertising was really weak in the September to December period compared to the year before. The second half will be strengthened, thanks to the E3 games expo and a lot of new activity following that for the rest of this year into the next fiscal year.The combination of the severe recession and the relentless digital advance has clearly left the industry reeling. But these factors are forcing healthy change—the historic over-reliance on ad revenues to offset low consumer pricing for instance, has been shown to be barely sustainable during this recession. FOLIO:: Where do you expect to see growth coming from? Where do the print titles fit in?Marcom: As the dust settles from the combined impact of recession and the disruption to the newsstand last year, it looks like the real consumer appetite for our magazines is still as healthy as ever. We are spending a lot of time this year thinking about the fundamentals—improving our retail management, driving up pricing, improving our cover designs, working hard on ad sales staff development and relations with our core customers. Online, it’s all about building better user experiences to increase engagement at our core vertical sites. We are particularly excited about the growth of a couple of new products. Guitar Aficionado, a luxury lifestyle title launched last year by our music group, is building readership fast and opening doors to advertisers such as Ralph Lauren and Porsche who never knew Future before. Our quarterly World of Warcraft: Official Magazine, published in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, is leveraging decades of experience in games—we are marketing subscriptions exclusively online to World of Warcraft players, and shipping tens of thousands of fans around the world a lavishly illustrated magazine every quarter. The economics are very sweet. World of Warcraft: the Official Magazine is not a newsstand product, it’s a premium priced subscription product. The basic rate for four copies per year in the U.S. is $39.95. It’s marketed almost exclusively online through World of Warcraft’s own channels. That means the conventional economics—direct marketing, newsstand distribution—all fall away so you just have a very clean equation and you can put the investment against quality editorial. Our customer publishing segment is up 24 percent in revenue in the first half of 2010 and that’s another $500,000 of revenue. It’s a model we talk about when approaching other partners. For that to work, you need some kind of massive audience passion around a particular brand or game. The model of sharing risk upfront with our marketing partner and sharing rewards down the road is one we continue to have conversations about. We just announced a partnership with Best Buy for @Gamer. There is a lot of science about how we’re targeting prospects. Best Buy has a large database of customers and we’ll know how to target the magazine and tailor the product as it gets larger.And we are kicking around at least three or four new brand ideas—all of which, as it happens, seem likely to have a printed product as their foundation.FOLIO:: With the wholesaler collapse, 2009 was a rough year on the newsstand for much of the consumer category, including Future US. How have you responded? Howare newsstand sales trending in 2010?Marcom: The collapse was painful, but we’ve come out of it with a much surer grip on how we run the business. We have adjusted draws and distribution footprints, and expect to see both good gains in efficiency this year and also volume recovery across our core titles. Beyond that, I think the newsstand settled down to a much more predictable pace. We’ve done a lot of work to make draws more efficient and we’ve looked closely at the distribution of print, fine-tuned and restocked outlets that disappeared during the disruption last year and had another look at where we place copies. It’s a lot of basic hard work looking at where we’re putting the inventory. The shutdown of Anderson News in February 2009 plunged the newsstand efforts of many consumer publishers into chaos, but few were as affected as Future US. In 2008, Future US was among the top 20 newsstand publishers based on retail sales, according to a report by FOLIO: sister magazine Audience Development. However, in 2009, the combination of newsstand disruption and the drop in advertising around video games (games account for half of Future US’s total revenue) forced the company from profitability.In the first half of fiscal 2010 (ended March 31), revenue fell 10 percent to $33.5 million, due in part to a 6 percent planned reduction in the number of published products and a 23 percent drop in advertising revenue. But the company is looking to bounce back, putting a new contract in place with Time Warner Retail and improving to a 2 percent circulation loss in the first half of fiscal 2010, compared to an 18 percent drop in circulation in the first half of fiscal 2009, despite 50 percent fewer specials. FOLIO: speaks with president John Marcom [pictured above] about the plan to return Future US to profitability.
The House Armed Services Committee is slated to mark up the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill in two weeks, but because the Republican conference has failed to coalesce around a budget resolution the committee still doesn’t know exactly how much money is available for defense programs next year.While the annual policy bill does not actually allocate funding, the House Armed Services Committee tries to align its funding levels with the chamber’s budget resolution so the measure can serve as a guideline for defense appropriators, reported CQ Roll Call.Up to $18 billion in available funding is in question as the budget resolution approved by the House Budget Committee provides an extra $18 billion in base defense spending beyond the Obama administration’s budget request. The resolution, however, still adheres to the FY 2017 spending levels agreed to in October’s two-year budget deal, limiting base spending on national security to $551 billion and providing $59 billion in DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.In contrast to the administration’s request, the House framework would shift $23 billion from the OCO account to the base defense budget for a total of $574 billion in base defense spending in FY 2017. The Pentagon’s request only proposed shifting $5 billion to the base budget.If the House Armed Services Committee relies on the OCO account to augment the Pentagon’s base budget, it could lose the support of fiscal conservatives needed to advance the authorization bill to the floor, according to the story.The House Armed Services subcommittees are scheduled to mark up their portions of the authorization bill from April 20-21, with the full committee taking up the legislation on April 27. The Readiness Subcommittee will mark up its section on April 21 at 9:30 a.m. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The Army’s successful housing privatization initiative can be used as a model to guide future reforms of DOD’s real estate portfolio, two former high-ranking Army officials say in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal.“The program’s success shows how partnerships between business and the military can often achieve better outcomes than the military can achieve on its own. This is especially so when applied to the vast infrastructure that consumes more than $200 billion of today’s defense budget,” say Sandy Apgar, who served as assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment from 1998-2001, and Jack Keane, who served as the Army’s vice chief of staff from 1999-2003.Apgar and Keane suggest that other assets, such as offices, warehousing and maintenance, could be monetized and their performance improved.“If the Defense Department were authorized to follow the best practices of American business and shed 10 percent to 20 percent of its infrastructure-related costs, it could save $20 billion to $40 billion a year,” they state.They cite five principles of defense reform that the next administration should follow in launching new initiatives:integrate public needs with private means and methods;plan from the inside out — military-business partnerships start with the soldier and the family, not the budget or the building;act strategically, trading short-term gains for long-term benefits;cross institutional, functional and geographic boundaries — bypassing DOD’s vertical silos and risk-averse culture can eliminate overhead and produce outcome-based systems; andfocus more on best-value outcomes than least-cost activities.“Partnerships have shown that the Pentagon’s conventional contracting methods can be more costly in the long run while risking mediocre results,” Apgar and Keane say. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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