Greek food companies offered samples of their olives, oils, spreads and cheeses at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City this week, as economic turmoil worsened at home. Some got their exporting start with help from EU trade programs, and all were focused on building exports. "There should be a Greek shelf in every supermarket in the U.S. Americans are a very open people, they want to try things from all over," said Trifon Fotiadis, CEO of Arosis.
Companies succeed by decreasing costs or increasing sales, and a focus on customers can increase sales without necessarily adding costs, says "Shark Tank" co-star Daymond John. "Where your success comes from customers is as follows: When you do for the customer everything you can do after you have done what you are supposed to do," he says.
Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades.
More than 5,000 companies have filed applications for the new .bank domain, which requires 30 enhanced security measures and has a rigorous verification process. These companies "are taking a clear step to ensure customers' sensitive information receives an added layer of protection from cyber attacks," writes Chris Feeney, president of BITS, the technology policy division of FSR.
Washington, D.C.-based salad chain Sweetgreen has raised $35 million in a new funding round, which it will use to expand to more new markets, the company said. The chain has 31 locations, including units in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and it will open its second Los Angeles-area eatery next month.
A BCC Research report predicts the value of the worldwide self-monitoring health technologies market will hit $18.8 billion in 2019, up from $3.2 billion last year. The study also found that 81% of the roughly 21 million people who monitored their health using smartphones in 2013 were from the U.S., where self-tracking is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27.9% in the five-year period from 2014 to 2019.
Mozilla has joined the virtual reality race alongside Facebook and Microsoft, demonstrating a version of its Firefox browser with VR technology that could bring Web surfing to life. "If '[W]eb video' gets turned into '[W]eb VR,' it could be a game-changer," said Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla.
Fashion retailers including Gap and J.Crew have a chance to expand their brands by winning over men with personalized service, author and consultant Ken Cook writes. Turn store clerks into style consultants, use tech tools to create customer profiles, educate customers on style rules and reward them and their partners through loyalty programs, he advises.
A marketing authorization application for BAY 81-8973, a recombinant factor VIII compound, has been filed in Japan by Bayer HealthCare as a treatment for hemophilia A patients. Regulatory applications were also submitted in the U.S. and the European Union for the same indication.
CTIA has announced that the wireless industry is delivering on its promise to install anti-theft features on new smartphones, pointing to efforts by both carriers and manufacturers to adopt aggressive strategies that have curbed handset thefts. "As media reports indicated from San Francisco to New York City, these efforts are significantly reducing device thefts across the country," CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said.
The Inca Road, a 3,700-mile, terraced-stone trail that stretches through the Andes Mountains from Colombia to Chile, was built centuries ago, is still used today and is "the grandest engineering achievement of the pre-Hispanic Americas," writes Patrick Symmes. "You are talking about thousands of miles in some of the most rugged topography in the world," said Karen Stothert, an archaeologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The U.K.'s 10 offshore wind operators, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and The Crown Estate have completed the system performance, availability and reliability trend analysis project. SPARTA is a database that lets offshore wind operators share performance and maintenance information to cut costs and improve performance. "SPARTA is a great example of how the offshore wind industry is maturing by learning from best practice elsewhere," said Huub den Rooijen, head of offshore wind at The Crown Estate.
Vietnam Airlines is the first SkyTeam airline to add the Airbus A350XWB to its fleet, enabling increased service to Europe amid a loosening of travel restrictions in the country. "We strongly believe that this wide body jetliner is shaping efficiency for our long and mid-long haul routes in the future," said Vietnam Airlines' Trinh Ngoc Thanh.
This article lists five spa getaways that cater to guests looking for adventure, family time or a little pampering. Featured resorts include: Bardessono resort, Yountville, Calif.; Les Sources Caudalie Spa, Bordeaux-Martillac, France; The Spa at Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles; Vivamayr, with locations in Maria Worth and Altaussee, Austria; and the spa at Verdura Resort, Sicily, Italy.