Amazon bets on Prime Day in Latin America to battle local rivals

By Daina Beth Solomon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s total sales have soared during the coronavirus pandemic, yet in Latin America, the world’s biggest online retailer is locked in a dogfight with local rivals as it rolls out its Prime Day event in Mexico and, for the first time, Brazil.

During the Tuesday and Wednesday annual shopping event that spans 19 countries, the company will again showcase the discounts and free shipping that come along with a paid Prime membership – a strategy that has helped Amazon reel in repeat shoppers around the world.

Even so, analysts say Amazon faces an uphill battle in Latin America’s top two economies, where success or failure will set the bar for whether it can take on the rest of the region.

“Amazon in Latin America is not the monster that it is in the United States,” said Marcos Pueyrredon, president of Buenos

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NBCU ad boss adds local ads, Symphony, and new data unit to purview

NBCUniversal ad boss Linda Yaccarino is taking on a larger role within the media conglomerate as global chairman of advertising and partnerships, the company announced on Monday.

The promotion, effective immediately, positions Yaccarino, who has been spearheading an initiative to create a single ad-buying system that spans TV and digital, to unite more parts of NBCU’s ad business.

Yaccarino previously was chairman of advertising and partnerships, managing the media company’s portfolio of linear networks like NBC, digital platforms like Peacock, distribution partnerships, and client relationships.

In her new role, she adds to her purview NBCU’s local ads, company-wide marketing strategies, and a new data-strategy team that she’s charged with building. She continues to report to CEO Jeff Shell.

As part of the change: 

  • Local ads will be added to One Platform, NBCU’s all-in-one ad-buying system, which Yaccarino leads. The team that sells ads across NBCU’s local-TV stations and regional-sports networks,
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EASI: Bringing science and tech to students and teachers | Local News Stories

For over a decade local science teachers have banded together to form the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative. Together, these educators put on annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camps and provide teacher support.

Paul Anger is the EASI chairperson and one of the creators of the non-profit group in 2008. Anger is also the director for the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park campus, where the group holds their meetings and multiple youth summer camp activities.

“Teachers meet once a month to go over planning activities to help each other as teachers. A big factor is the extracurricular activities during the summer for the youth,” Anger said. “The idea is Discovery Park will be the hub of science and STEM activity of Graham and Greenlee County.”

Anger said over the years the initiative’s summer STEM camps have grown in popularity. While the cost of attending the three to four-day camps

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India offers Samsung and iPhone suppliers new incentives to boost local production

India is giving more than a dozen companies new incentives to invest in the country’s smartphone industry, bolstering an ambitious campaign from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rebrand the country as the world’s next manufacturing hub.



a person holding a camera: An employee tests the camera quality of mobile phones on an assembly line in the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn Technology Co., in Sri City, Andhra pradesh, India, on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., opened its first India factory four years ago, it now operates two assembly plants with plans to expand those and open two more. The company was integral to Chinas transformation into a manufacturing colossus, and founder Terry Gou has told India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Foxconn could help India do the same. Photographer: Karen Dias/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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An employee tests the camera quality of mobile phones on an assembly line in the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn Technology Co., in Sri City, Andhra pradesh, India, on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., opened its first India factory four years ago, it now operates two assembly plants with plans to expand those and open two more. The company was integral to Chinas transformation into a manufacturing colossus, and founder Terry Gou has told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Foxconn could help India do the same. Photographer: Karen Dias/Bloomberg via Getty

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India approves local smartphone production incentives for Apple suppliers

The Indian government on Tuesday said it was going to approve incentives to 16 companies, including a trio of top Apple suppliers, under a new plan to boost domestic smartphone production.

Smartphone manufacturing has become a cornerstone of a broader push by India to position itself as an export hub for consumer electronics and other products. The so-called “Made in India” drive will see $6.65 billion allotted toward a product incentive scheme to encourage local smartphone manufacturing.

Of the 16 companies approved in the scheme, three are prominent Apple supply chain partners: Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron, according to Reuters. Those companies, all of which help produce various iPhone models, must invest in local manufacturing to earn the incentives, however.

Although the Indian government did not specify how much Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron plan to set aside for local production, a previous report suggested that they could invest a combined

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Wildlife conservation undermines the rights of indigenous people and local communities in India

Wildlife conservation undermines the rights of indigenous people and local communities in India
Featured map in the EJAtlas. Credit: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

An interactive map developed by the Environmental Justice Atlas team at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals that certain forms of wildlife conservation undermine the rights of indigenous people and local communities living within protected areas across India.


The interactive map, led by ICTA-UAB researcher Eleonora Fanari and carried out in collaboration with India’s environmental organization Kalpavriksh, has been launched during the India’s National Wildlife Week. The map is a product of three years of extensive research covering 26 protected areas, carried out in association with numerous organizations, activists and independent scholars, struggling against violations across the ground and in the courts.

A strict protect-and-conserve model, favored by a powerful Indian conservation lobby, has increased the network of protected areas from 67 in 1988 to 870 in 2020. However, these lands

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Local Messages Open Up The Future Of TV Advertising

Cyril Daoud is the CEO of Hoppr, a global advertising innovator whose technology extends messaging and branding on digital devices. 

If you want to advertise during the Super Bowl, expect to pay $5.6 million for just thirty seconds of airtime. With an audience of 102 million people around the world on Fox and all its platforms, you’d think the bang is worth the bucks. Before 2020, that might well have been the case, but the 2020 Super Bowl was played on February 2 — right before the coronavirus shut down economies around the world.

In the post-Covid-19 dystopian advertising landscape, it’s difficult for brands to justify paying for even basic TV advertising, as sporting events are cancelled or shows can’t be made or are delayed. Major brands, from Pepsico to General Motors, are clawing back up to 50% of third-quarter spending — as much as $1.5 billion.

But

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Three dead after fire at Huawei facility in southern China: local government

By Brenda Goh

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Three people have been found dead after a fire at a facility belonging to Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] in the southern city of Dongguan on Friday, local authorities said.

The building, which was close to a Huawei research lab, was a steel structure that was under construction and was not being used when the incident happened, said the management committee of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake area, where it is located.

The fire was put out by firefighters on Friday afternoon, it added. Dongguan city fire rescue department earlier in the day said the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.

The Dongguan city fire rescue department later said that three people were found dead in the building who were from the facility’s property management company and that an investigation was under way. Local authorities had previously said that there were no casualties.

State media

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Local educators help shape the future of our workforce | Charleston’s Choice 2020

Being the chief of staff of the largest school district in the tri-county area has its challenges. But most importantly what it has is meaning. The day to day office stuff is exactly what you would imagine — hectic, busy, and lots of long days. But every single moment of that is worth it, knowing that I’ve had some hand in educating the children of Charleston County.

As a mother whose children attend Charleston County schools, I want the best possible education for them. As a product of CCSD myself, I want to ensure that children of this community receive the same amazing education I was afforded. And as a woman of color, I want to make sure that every black boy and girl who comes after me gets a fair and equitable opportunity as great as that of their peers.

Every day

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New study finds that large, multi-national organizations are not always crucial to local supply chains — ScienceDaily

From toilet paper to industrial chemicals, there’s no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to global supply chains.

But how important are large, multinational companies in maintaining both local and international logistic networks and should governments be so focused on maintaining larger organisations through subsidies and bail-outs over their smaller counterparts?

A new network analysis by researchers from the University of Sydney’s School of Project Management and the Centre for Complex Systems within the School of Civil Engineering has found that large, multi-national organisations are not always as crucial to local supply chains, and that it’s sometimes the smaller operators that can deliver the hardest logistic shocks to a community when disrupted.

“In the current context where a pandemic is spreading in the world, industry output has already been severely impacted and supply chains have been disrupted. The full effect of this will only become apparent in coming months

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