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Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

Happy Returns, a technology, logistics, and service startup company that allows consumers to return online purchases in person instead of mailing them back retailers, is resolving a major pain point for online shopping with their “Return Bars”–making the returns process a more seamless experience for customers and more profit-margin friendly for businesses, and producing new customers for surrounding stores. In a survey of online shoppers, 68 percent preferred to return their purchases in person instead of mailing them back to retailers. Shoppers wanted to avoid the inconvenience of dealing with shipping centers, and to receive their refunds quickly. On average, a consumer sending back an online purchase through mail can wait anywhere from two weeks to a month to receive their refund. The process ties up their money, creating tension with retailers. Happy Returns addresses that issue by becoming the middleman between the online retailer and the customer. With Return Bars in Westfield Malls at Topanga and San Francisco, consumers can simply bring their eligible purchases in for an immediate refund, and Happy Returns takes care of the rest, handling the...

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Energy

More Solar Power Authorized in Israel

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016

Following a two-year freeze on any new solar energy development, the Public Utility Authority of Israel said Monday it will issue more than 1,000 megawatts of fresh quotas. The new power is being authorized to ensure that Israel achieves its goals of making 10% of the country’s electricity supply renewable by 2020, according to the PUA “[This] is great news for the energy sector in Israel and is expected to accelerate, in a short time, the volume of renewable energy produced from just 2% today to full compliance with the government’s objectives,” said PUA chairman Assaf Eilat. In a first for Israel, the solar developers will compete for tariff rates based on their own proposals rather than signing up for predetermined feed-in tariff rate in a process that will promote transparency and efficiency while minimizing the cost of electricity to the public. To Read More visit:...

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Entertainment

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015

Since Google completely overhauled its corporate structure, announcing that Larry Page would become the CEO of a new parent company called Alphabet, Sundar Pichai is more important than ever.

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Travel

Trattoria Il Mulino to Open in Hilton Nashville Downtown

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

Trattoria Il Mulino, the new casual chic restaurant concept from iconic Il Mulino New York, will open its fourth trattoria location at Hilton Nashville Downtown, a hotel owned and operated by Turnberry Associates. Turnberry is led by CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Soffer http://turnberry.com/about-turnberry/ownership/jeffrey-soffer.

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Happy Returns Makes Returning Items Purchased Online Easy

Happy Returns, a technology, logistics, and service startup company that allows consumers to return online purchases in person instead of mailing them back retailers, is resolving a major pain point for online shopping with their “Return Bars”–making the returns process a more seamless experience for customers and more profit-margin friendly for businesses, and producing new customers for surrounding stores. In a survey of online shoppers, 68 percent preferred to return their purchases in person instead of mailing them back to retailers. Shoppers wanted to avoid the inconvenience of dealing with shipping centers, and to receive their refunds quickly. On average, a consumer sending back an online purchase through mail can wait anywhere from two weeks to a month to receive their refund. The process ties up their money, creating tension with retailers. Happy Returns addresses that issue by becoming the middleman between the online retailer and the customer. With Return Bars in Westfield Malls at Topanga and San Francisco, consumers can simply bring their eligible purchases in for an immediate refund, and Happy Returns takes care of the rest, handling the processing and shipping of items back to the retailer. According to Peter Lowy, the CEO of Westfield Labs, which helped back the order online and return-in-store concept, “The world has totally changed, and retailers have fought back against Internet-only shopping,” Lowy remarks. “Now, retailers know they need a very good web presence and a very good physical presence to succeed.” Happy Returns benefits online retailers by easing e-fulfillment costs. For these companies, offering free deliveries and returns, along with re-processing returned merchandise is increasingly cannabilizing profit margins. In addition to handling returned merchandise, Happy Returns liquidates items retailers won’t accept back, and combines multiple items into returns instead of sending them back to businesses individually, cutting overhead and saving money. Co-founders David Sobie and Mark Geller created the precursor to Happy Returns with a successful in-store return program for their online shop HauteLook at Nordstrom Rack, called Return to Rack. Mr. Sobie was Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at HauteLook from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Geller was Head of Mobile at HauteLook from 2010 to 2015. He created and managed...

More Solar Power Authorized in Israel

More Solar Power Authorized in Israel

Oct 11, 2016

Following a two-year freeze on any new solar energy development, the Public Utility Authority of Israel said Monday it will issue more than 1,000 megawatts of fresh quotas. The new power is being authorized to ensure that Israel achieves its goals of making 10% of the country’s electricity supply renewable by 2020, according to the PUA “[This] is great news for the energy sector in Israel and is expected to accelerate, in a short time, the volume of renewable energy produced from just 2% today to full compliance with the government’s objectives,” said PUA chairman Assaf Eilat. In a first for Israel, the solar developers will compete for tariff rates based on their own proposals rather than signing up for predetermined feed-in tariff rate in a process that will promote transparency and efficiency while minimizing the cost of electricity to the public. To Read More visit:...

Westfield Corp: A Real Estate Powerhouse

Westfield Corporation is a very successful development company headquartered in New South Wales, Australia with retail destinations in London, New York, Illinois, Florida and all throughout California. They have a very powerful portfolio that consists of 34+ centres, along with their subsidiary company Scentre Group, which has locations all over Australia and New Zealand. Westfield is well known for providing high end retail development districts to many major cities all over the world. Westfield’s portfolio consists of superior design, construction, marketing, managing, and leasing. There have been 400 million individuals and counting that utilize their retail space generating an astounding $17 billion dollars. They continue to be a part of the social fabric of high end development real estate, commercial and retail projects. Westfield is one of the leading professionals of retail development with an ability to combine entertainment, fashion, leisure, and food to attract consumers to unique retail. They produce an economic stronghold with each development project and Westfield meets the highest expectations of modern consumers with a luxury design. They have used technology to bridge the gap between the consumer and real estate. You’ll experience a breathtaking shopping and leisure experience. There are partnerships in their portfolio which are in conjunction with other leading development institutions. Westfield Corporation’s CEO’s Peter Lowy and Steven Lowy have done a substantial amount of work to help the company grow in the past couple of years including building lasting professional relationships, acquiring new retail property, securing resources, and exploring new opportunities in a different market. Their contribution resulted in a remarkable first quarter report. UCLA recently invited Peter Lowy to attend as a keynote speaker during an event for the Anderson Forecast. He spoke about the possibility of transforming property development across the globe and securing economic success. They have a total of 34+ malls, 6,480 retail outlets, and a portfolio estimated at $30.1 billion dollars. They are proudly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Their new developments are edgy and meet the demands of shopping energetic professionals. Westfield Corporation has future stakes in the World Trade Center in NYC. It is set to redefine how you look at lower Manhattan. There will be over 350,000 square feet with a unique blend of local and global...

Donations Pledged to Help West VA Recover from Flood

Natural gas companies including but not limited to Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Stone Energy, Cunningham Energy (https://twitter.com/cunningham_eng), Mountaineer Gas Company, Columbia Pipeline Group, Apex Pipeline Services, Jackson Gas Company and Dominion Resources joined forces to make a donation of $350,000 to the West Virginia Red Cross.