The festive season is all about the gathering of family and friends and having fun. You get to enjoy all your favorite meals and drinks. We cannot talk about drinks during holidays without mentioning wine. As the year draws to an end, an independent wine merchant, UK Vintners PLC which deals with the acquisition and sale of the finest wines has provided a list of the best wines you can get for the holiday season. The top five wines for the 2016 holiday season, chosen by experts at UK Vintners, are as follows.
Ducru Beaucaillou is one of the great options for the holidays. The wine originates from the Ducru Beaucaillou winery (among the oldest in the Saint-Julien appellation in Bordeaux, France). A bottle of the wine which is a decade old (from 2005) is dark purple in color and has an aged flavor.
Pichon Baron 1998- it is mature and ready for consumption this festive season. The wine blend has traces of black currants, charcoal, and sweet tasty oak. The amount of acid in it is low. Its origin is the Pauillac appellation in Bordeaux, France.
Beychevelle – the wine is from 2008 and is mature considering that the recommendation is to consume it within 15 years of bottling. The soft, fruity wine has a tinge of cranberry and raspberry.
Montrose 1998 – it comes from the St. Estephe region and is an excellent option for merrymakers this holiday season. Merlot grapes make up a large part of a bottle of Montrose 1998.
D’Yquem 2009 –considering that honey, apricot, sweet spiced pears and many other spices are included in the making of a bottle of D’Yquem, it is perfect for consumption especially after meals during the festive seasons. It gets its name from where it comes from Chateau d’Yquem in Graves, France. The place is famous for wine because they have been making them for around four centuries.
UK Vintners is an independent wine company which works hand in hand with an extensive network of wine traders, brokers and merchants in a bid to find the world’s finest wine. The company has a team of wine consultants who use their experience to come up with a list of the best wine and champagne for various occasions. The primary duty of the company is to provide the market with wine for investment and consumption. The other is to act as brokers for people/institutions which wish to sell investment grade wine held in a UK bond.
The dedicated team of wine consultants at UK Vintners utilizes their wealth of knowledge to guide their customers through the many options of wines available. If a client has any specification, he/she can always contact one of the team members. The company’s mission is to help their customers in choosing the most prestigious wines from some of the most famous vineyards in Spain, Italy, and France. Some of the clients look for wine for drinking while others wish to invest on the finest wines for sale in the future. Vintners in the UK have connections in the wine trade that enable them to handle all types of wine clients.
The CEO of ad agency Mullen Lowe says that smartphones are revolutionizing e-commerce and online sales. Jose Borghi says that proof of this is the fact that Uber is one of the strongest ranked brands in Brazil and Airbnb is rapidly climbing in terms of brand strength. Both Uber and Airbnb are online based platforms for taxi services and living accommodations. Uber takes advantage of on demand smart phone apps and Airbnb takes advantage of the internet to connect potential hosts with potential guests.
The Brazilian economy is in a recession right now but e-commerce continues to increase year after year points out Jose Borghi. Online sales increased over 15% in 2015 when compared to the previous year. It was worth around a $41 billion real (currency) market segment in the economy in 2015. By the end of 2016, forecasters project that e-commerce will rise by yet another 8%. The first quarter of 2016 saw more than 24 million online orders placed and revenue of almost $10 billion dollars.
An increase in online commerce despite a weakening economy has put traditional brick and mortar stores on notice continues Jose Borghi. E-commerce continues to rise because many online retailers offer lower prices, a vast product selection and all of this from the comfort of home without having to get up and go to a store. Smartphone applications also play a major role in the rise of e-commerce says the CEO of Brazilian ad agency Mullen Lowe formerly called Borghi Lowe. The apps allow people to purchase items faster and more conveniently straight from their phone even while on a train or park for example. In our world of looking for ways to do things faster and more conveniently, these smart phone apps are impacting the world e-commerce in a positive way by boosting sales.
Jose Borghi also states an interesting survey to purvey just how big a role smartphones now play in online commerce. A study done by Criteo in 2015 found that sales of items through smartphones and tablets now make up more than 50% of all online sales. After the fashion and clothing industry the travel industry is the most widely impacted industry by smartphones and online commerce. All retailers should realize this trend and adapt or miss out on a major market segment summarizes Jose Borghi of Mullen Lowe.
Not too long ago, Emily McClure published a review through Bustle Magazine on the effects of WEN cleansing conditioners on different profiles of hair, specifically her very fine hair. She tested out WEN Hair Fig version of cleansing conditioner for a week and then detailed her experience in a review for her readers. Being an enthusiast for hair care, Emily had known about WEN for a long time, but was skeptical because many products out there fail to live up to their hype. It turns out testing the cleansing conditioner was one of the best decisions she could have made, as it worked wonders for her fine hair, giving her the strength and fullness she’s always wanted. She even posted before and after pictures to show off proof of WEN’s amazing results.
In Emily’s case, she started to see results within a couple days of using the product, though she also did not use anything else in her hair and the effects at first were not what she wanted. She tweaked her routine a little big and she found that applying it early in the morning provided the best results for a good portion of the day. She also noticed that the recommended dosage was not good for her very fine hair, but a small portion worked best instead. By the end of her week period testing out WEN, she had been getting a number of compliments from her friends asking her what she had been doing, which quickly changed her skepticism into a love for the product.
WEN’s amazing effects are result of Chaz Dean’s effort testing the formula over and over to ensure it worked well on various different hair types and stayed within an affordable price that women on any budget could use it. Today, WEN products can be ordered on online exclusively, from retailers such as Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/bhp/wen-hair-care) and Amazon.
Doe Deere is the Founder and CEO of the cosmetics company Lime Crime. She was born in Russia. Then moved to the United States and was raised in New York. Doe feels makeup has more to it than just hiding imperfections, but rather should be used as a form of self-expression. She wanted makeup to be a feeling of what feels right in the moment, not just natural and self-enhancing. She decided to launch her own cosmetics company in 2008 that focused on allowing individuals to express themselves freely and openly.
The result of this was Lime Crime, a line of intensely pigmented, bold color, and vibrant makeup line. All of the products in the line are cruelty free and not tested on animals. The name for the company is a combination of her favorite color and to create makeup that was so outrageous it would break the law.
Her journey has made her an advocate and supporter of women owned businesses. She has spoken at many events about finding your own voice and following your passion and dreams. She also mentors many young women would have ambitions in business and she encourages all to ask for her advice on Instagram.
The idea for Lime Crime was inspired by the fact that Deere had a difficult time finding bright and color makeup to match the clothing she was designing in her clothing line. So she decided to make her own and eventually launched the makeup line. She is very hands on with her makeup line. She is involved with every step of development with all of her products. Deere also tests out every new makeup product before it goes to production.
Deere feels that trusting your gut and starting early are the keys to success for any woman wanted to have her own business. Also it is important to treat your employees and people around you with kindness and respect. She also continually donates to charitable causes which keeps her grounded. She feels educating yourself and knowing your brand are keys to success in the business world. Her husband Mark is one of her biggest influences.
Recently, an article was posted in onlinereputationreviews.com stating that customer can have a big impact on a company’s reputation. The author of this post stated that reviews can make or break a company’s reputation.
Overall, I disagree with this statement. A few bad reviews are not going to deter customers from purchasing a product or service from your company. Especially if they have done business with your company before and were happy with what they received. For example, imagine getting online and finding a pair of shoes you love. Someone says that the color was bad, and the material did not hold up well. Sure, this may be something you take into consideration when buying those pair of shoes. However, is this one review going to deter you from buying those shoes you love? Of course not.
Though, I can see where the author was coming from when he made his statement. If there are multiple reviews all complaining about the same thing, that might be something that would deter me from buying the product. With that being said, any positive reviews would make just as great of an impact on my decision in purchasing.
The thing people need to remember is that the author is talking about the company’s reputation being impacted. I believe this accusation is false. Just because people read a few bad reviews does not mean that everyone is going to stop buying what the company is selling them. Not only that, but not everyone takes the time to read reviews. A lot of people see something they like and purchase it immediately.
As long as people review products honestly, and the company creates high-quality items, no problems should arise. I do not believe reviews strongly impact a company’s reputation.
Bonar holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Doctorate Degree in International Business Development.
Bonar is originally from Scotland, attended universities in Scotland and England, and spent much of his early life in Europe.
Bonar has held a wide array of positions throughout his career. He began his professional career in 1969 as a procurement manager with IBM. After leaving IBM, Bonar worked as the Director of Engineering for QMS. Bonar has also held numerous sales and marketing management positions for several different companies.
In 1994 Brian Bonar launched his first entrepreneurial venture with the founding of Bezier Systems. Under his leadership, Bezier would develop the first SCSI printer. Bonar’s next entrepreneurial venture came in 2006 when he founded AMS Outsourcing, which specializes in helping companies outsource their non-core business support activities.
Bonar’s most recent business startup is a bit different. In 2016 he opened a restaurant, Bellamy’s Bistro, in San Diego. News reports indicate that he is also working on developing a 144-acre property in Bandy Canyon near San Diego, which will include a second larger restaurant.
Currently, Bonar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Board of 2 separate companies, Trucept and Dalrado Financial Services. He has been with Trucept since 2011 and under his leadership, Trucept has become a leader in providing temporary staffing and comprehensive human resource services to businesses throughout the United States.
In 2010 Dr. Bonar’s business accomplishments were recognized when Who’s Who’s named him distinguished business executive of the year for finance. Bonar is active in his community, serving organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, The Lions Club, and Escondido Children’s Museum.
From his roots with IBM to his current leadership of Trucept and Dalrada, Brian Bonar has succeeded in managing numerous business entities to success and has created several businesses from scratch. Only time will tell what his next great success in business will be.
Wearable technology has become one of the most significant advancements in both the technology and fashion industries. Today, many people wear a range of technology including watches, glasses, and other accessories. While these gadgets are already popular, it is likely to become only more popular in the coming years.
One way that technology is going to meet fashion is when it comes to active wear. For those that like to ride a bike, it can seem unfashionable to wear a helmet and other pads, even when they are helpful for safety purposes. In the coming years, it is likely that some advancements in technology will make safety features on the bike and on the rider even more discrete than before. A developer is currently working on a neckwear that a biker would wear while riding. When an accident occurs, this will act as an airbag and will work by protecting both the neck and head.
Those that work as firefighters, wearable technology could also become very helpful and help search and rescue team members save lives. The technology that is being proposed is an advanced glove technology that will come full equipped with a GPS, communication ability, and other components that will help firefighters find each other while on a search and rescue mission.
Technology is also being used to recycle old items into clothing. One company has been collecting and recycling bicycle inner tubes and have found a way to convert the items into clothing. The developer is also looking to expand their search in an attempt to recycle other items into clothes.
One of the leaders in the fashion and technology industry is Chris Burch, who is the president and owner of Burch Creative Capital. His company is a venture capital firm that specializes in providing capital to small businesses that are looking to grow. His investment strategy often focuses on tech companies that are working on an idea or project to help make the world a better place.
The types of violations typically reported by whistleblowers include Ponzi schemes, Front running, accounting fraud, Pump-and-dump schemes, mutual fund fraud, insider trading, and the use of bribery to retain or obtain business. Anyone can become an SEC whistleblower. All they have to do is voluntarily give original information related to the possible violation of the federal securities laws whether such violation occurred in the past, is about to occur or is ongoing. The whistleblower doesn’t have to work for the company to provide the information. However, the information must result in the SEC taking successful action which results in financial sanctions in excess of $1 million.
People who report securities fraud are provided with several protections. The SEC whistleblower program has an anti-retaliation provision which protects whistleblower that are employees. The program also offers complete anonymity if the whistleblower is represented by counsel. Once the whistleblower provides signs and submits a completed Form TCR when they make their anonymous submission to the attorney that attorney can act on their behalf with the SEC.
People are encouraged to become securities whistleblowers because securities fraud costs investors an estimated $40 million annually in losses. Plus whistleblowers can receive 10% to 30% of the monies recovered if the information they provide leads to the recovery of $1 million or more. The whistleblower can receive more than 30% if its a significant case and the amount of assistance they provided. The Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program is an important SEC tool that has helped to uncover a vast number of fraudulent activities and brought the perpetrators of the fraud to justice.
If you are aware of securities fraud and want to participate in the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program all you have to do is contact an experienced SEC Whistleblower lawyer. They will guide you through the necessary steps required for participation.