Ecuador election: Analysts debate why neoliberal banker won

first_imgIbarra, EcuadorApril 30 — In the wake of the April 11 second round of the presidential election won by right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador has been torn by cleavages and violence from organized crime, whose roots are in the extreme poverty, rampant inequalities and elimination of the social welfare programs introduced by the 2007-17 government of Rafael Correa. Workers, Indigenous people led a general strike in Ecuador in October 2019 against austerity measures.The COVID-19 pandemic is a continuing nightmare, with hundreds of people on wait lists for a hospital bed. Here in the northern Andean city of Ibarra, more and more people are begging in the streets. Although progressive young economist Andrés Arauz of United for Hope (UNES) — the party associated with former president Rafael Correa — led in the first round of the election and was leading in polls, Lasso won the second round with a 5% margin or approximately 420,000 votes. There were many more null votes — 1.75 million — than usual. But Arauz won hardly any of the 1.8 million votes that went in the first round to the third-place candidate, Yaku Pérez of the Pachakutik party (PK). Pachakutik is the political arm of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). A regional analysis of the vote revealed Arauz won a large percentage of Afro-Ecuadorian votes.Lasso’s electoral victory increases U.S. hegemony in Latin America and legitimizes Lasso’s four-year unofficial co-governance with the unpopular President Lenín Moreno. This leaves the Ecuadorian working class, the Indigenous movement, and the “authentic left” or “other” left (to the left of Arauz and Correa), weakened and divided. CONAIE, the PK and the “other left” advised a null vote April 11. South American rightists praise Lasso’s winThe first to congratulate Lasso included rightist Colombian President Iván Duque and his fascist predecessor Álvaro Uribe, rightist President Sebastian Piñera of Chile and the nefarious U.S. agent Juan Guaidó in Venezuela. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed his plans to restore Venezuelan “democracy” with Lasso April 23.Lasso’s CREO party and the Social Christian Party suffered huge losses in the first round. They only control 30 seats (22%) in the National Assembly, compared to 49 (36%) for Arauz’ party. Only 2 out of 10 voters chose Lasso in the first round. Lasso’s election increases the misery for the working class, whose precarious downward slide during the last three years is well documented. The index that measures precarity rose at an unprecedented rate of 15% in 2020, the year of the pandemic. This rise reflects layoffs of hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, the continuing loss of private-sector jobs and International Monetary Fund-imposed austerity. The Moreno regime consciously failed to enforce existing labor protections during the pandemic, and his new legislation allowed bosses to easily discharge workers. Official data shows pauperization dramatically increasing since the Correa government — which had lifted 1.14 million out of poverty in ten years. Moreno drove 1.87 million people back into poverty in less than four years. And 1.17 million people are now in extreme poverty.Nonetheless, Moreno’s government survived the Great Uprising of October 2019. The worst president in Ecuador’s history, rejected by 90% of the population, repressed the rebellion and imposed even harsher austerity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning on May 24, with the inauguration of Guillermo Lasso as president of the Republic, the new government of Ecuador will be directly in the hands of the elite class of big businessmen, bankers and the corporate media, aligned with imperialism and the Latin American political right. Lasso will deepen the neoliberal business model. Lasso’s right-wing CREO party and the Social Christian Party led the cabal that has now privatized the Central Bank following April’s election. Lasso aims to privatize Social Security next. Both steps violate the 2008 Constitution on the way to dismantling the social program of Correa’s Citizen’s Revolution.Even the Public Defender of Ecuador condemned the Moreno regime’s repression of the plurinational October 2019 rebellion as a crime against humanity. The next year, during the terrible days of the pandemic, the class struggle evaporated. Moreno won and Lasso won. The October 2019 uprising was never discussed in the general election by any of the 16 parties. Yaku Pérez, the Indigenous candidate for PK, even supported the regime’s indictments against the leaders of the rebellion. But it was that October 2019 uprising that catapulted the PK into the National Assembly as a force, with 27 deputies.Corporate media liesThe dominant discourse promoted by the media painted Arauz as a puppet of Correa. And yet the Lasso-Moreno tight connection during Moreno’s rule was successfully hidden by a slick campaign supported by the corporate press, with millions of dollars spent on social media. Years of media lies have convinced many voters that Moreno’s right-wing regime was a continuation of Correaism. The corporate mass media began viciously attacking Correaism for waste and corruption during the latter half of Correa’s second term with great success. This tactic effectively covered up the violent neoliberal attack on the people. Indigenous communities in numerous provinces voted for Lasso. Many social organizations, including feminists and environmentalists, abstained or voted for Lasso in protest. No one has measured the depoliticizing effect of NGOs operating in the country. There isn’t a simple way to explain why hardworking, poor Ecuadorians chose the neoliberal class enemy over Andrés Arauz.The burning issue of access to abortion was barely mentioned in the general election, with the exception of Xavier Hervas, whose Democratic Left (ID) party won 16% of the first-round votes, attributed to his slick TikTok appeal to youth. The Constitutional Court waited until after the Lasso’s victory to declare the law prohibiting abortions in the case of rape unconstitutional.Debate among Ecuador’s political analysts Various Ecuadorian analysts are examining the lessons of the election from the viewpoints of the sectors of society they represent. We present some of them here.Marxist thinker Alejandro Moreano in an interview with Línea de Fuego said, “Moreno . . . will turn out to be more intelligent than all of us, because he survived the fiercest criticism.” Dr. Moreano observed that the day after the election, Moreno rubbed Lasso’s victory in the faces of the masses by raising the price of gasoline, which was a bitter reminder of the issues that triggered the October 2019 social explosion.Moreano called the election “an abominable thing. . . . Many Indigenous sectors voted for Lasso. How to explain that? After carrying out the gigantic strike that shocked all of Latin America? How do we explain that an Ecuadorian voted for neoliberalism after striking in October?”Moreano said, “All the Ecuadorian people opposed neoliberalism. Then Moreno responded using anti-Correaism . . . It’s not about Correa. No, no, no, no. It is a triumph of the Latin American extreme right.”In an April 16 Zoom forum, economist Gabriela Montalvo said, “There is a significant vote of women in favor of Lasso.” She faulted Correaism’s lack of appeal to women, saying “the urgent questions concerning feminism [must] be taken into account as a political priority. . . . “It is not just violence or abortion. There is the economy. Economic programs always aim at correcting unemployment by promoting construction.” She urged special attention to finding the jobs women want: “We have to start looking at their demands.”At the same April 16 forum, Franklin Ramírez identified three key aspects underlying the election outcome: (1) the neoliberal advance was catalyzed by violent “necro-politics,” the death-dealing politics of the pandemic that prevented any opposition from forming in the Indigenous movement; (2) the polarized Indigenous movement is torn apart by tendencies of the left, right and the center; and (3) the defeat of the Citizen Revolution by Lasso should have been anticipated. Ramírez said, “We knew that a unified right wing was coming, supported by the official apparatus and by the big media. The popular camp is fragmented.”Leonidas Iza,  president of the Movement of Indigenous and Campesinos of Cotopaxi, which supports his bid to be president of the powerful CONAIE, made the controversial claim that the “authentic left” didn’t lose. On April 5, Iza had criticized Arauz for not distinguishing himself from Correa, “who separated our organizations from their leaders, deepened the mining in Indigenous territories, persecuted and criminalized our leaders, struck down the intercultural bilingual education and did not respect the [Constitutionally protected] right to free, prior and informed consultation.”Iza tweeted: “Correaism lost but not the left. We continue to fight! It is time for unity of all popular sectors, we will make the streets and territories our field of resistance.” Pedro de la Cruz, an Indigenous leader in Cotacachi, Imbabura Province, tweeted a reply to Iza: “Mashi Leonidas, you are wrong. The Correaism that you are talking about has more than 4,232,000 brave citizens, who are not cowards, in the face of so much defamation and persecution, and who will be confronting the fascist right wing.”Ecuadorian historian Juan Paz y Miño is critical but optimistic. He writes: “Finally, it would be too naïve and unscientific to conclude that Lasso’s triumph is the ‘fault’ of any of the leftist sectors. . . . But the fact that Lasso’s triumph is the direct work of all the powerful forces that supported him has been underestimated.”Paz y Miño notes that Alejandro Moreano severely criticizes the actions of Yaku Pérez, and the alliance of Pachakutik with the Lasso forces, and credits Moreano for recognizing that, in spite of everything, conditions have been created for a “great anti-neoliberal front,” which regroups the left, a matter which, however, Moreano sees as difficult. Paz y Miño says that Moreano’s “approach is timely and true. Therefore, the political groupings that lead and guide the broad spectrum of the Ecuadorian left — the ones responsible for this task — will face the urgent challenge of achieving the unity and convergence that for decades has remained unconsolidated.” Political struggle inside CONAIEIn the first week of May, a new president of CONAIE will be chosen. CONAIE will debate its relationship with its political arm PK. If Iza is chosen president over Yaku Pérez during the CONAIE Congress, the Indigenous movement will have a leader with a class analysis. Iza says he will seek to consolidate the unity of the 180 social movements that constitute the Parliament of the People, which was instituted by CONAIE after the October uprising. That Parliament excluded Correaistas at the time. Now the divide between the two powerful forces that oppose Lasso is even greater, as reflected in the twitter exchange between Iza and Pedro de la Cruz. Both the CONAIE and Correaism are facing hard times. 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Vidalias Start Strong

first_imgIf winter’s here, can spring be far behind? It certainly seems far to Vidalia oniongrowers, whose big-money crop has to survive a perilous winter to become thesweet onion the world has come to love. Starting well, though, may mean no more than scoring first in a ball game.”We’ve got a long, long way to go before this crop is made,” Torrance said. “The onions are certainly starting better than in the past few seasons,” Torrancesaid. “We’ve gotten off to a very good start.” Vidalia onion growers ended the 1996 season on a dismal note. The season startedwith bad weather and got progressively worse until February and early-Marchfreezes finished the damage. Growers lost as much as $50 million. Near Vidalia, where the prized sweet onions get their name, growers weren’t quiteas far along. “We’ve got about 70 percent of the crop planted,” Hartley said. “A number of growers who set onions through December and into January arefinishing up now,” he said two weeks before Christmas. “We’ve probably got 90percent of the crop in right now.” “We’re a little ahead of schedule here,” Torrance said. Tattnall County farmersgrow nearly half of the sweet specialty crop. Both county agents said the onions started out well. “We had good transplants,”Hartley said. “That’s the key. We got good, pencil-sized, disease-free onions out ofour beds.”Tattnall growers planted as many or slightly more onions than last year, Torrancesaid. But they didn’t get ahead of schedule by starting early, which can lead toproblems later on. The onions can withstand some hard winter weather, but extreme freezes and highwinds can take a heavy toll. “We didn’t jump the gun on transplanting,” he said. “We started in earnest aboutthe second week in November. We just had good labor available. And we hadgood working weather. We certainly weren’t held up by rain.” “We needed a good start, if nothing else, for the morale boost,” said Terry Kelley,a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Vidalia onions are harvested in midspring, mostly during May.Controlled-atmosphere storage, though, now allows growers to stretch out the timethey can market quality Vidalia onions. With a long winter ahead, Vidalia onion growers aren’t counting any profits yet.But after some rough seasons in recent years, they’re happy with the way this onehas begun. “We’ve had pretty fair moisture in December, though,” he said. “We’re off to agood start.” In fact, the only hitch in the early planting, Torrance said, was a lack of rain inNovember. Some growers had to irrigate fields to get enough moisture into theground before transplanting in the early going. “Onion growers don’t like a lot of warm weather early on,” Hartley said. “Acooling trend is best. You don’t want to get too much growth on the onions tooearly.” At least the 1997 crop has gotten off to a good start. What growers want, he said, is weather cool enough to allow the onions’ roots toget a good head start on the rest of the plant. Onions take the hardest hit when temperatures drop into the low teens after aspell of warm, sunny days. That causes serious damage to fresh, tender growth onthe plants. “If growers could order their weather, they’d want nights around 38-45 degreesand days around 60-65,” Hartley said. And they’d want the winter cool-down andspring warm-up to be gradual trends. But the ’97 crop has started out much better, said Rick Hartley and ReidTorrance, county extension directors in, respectively, Toombs and Tattnallcounties, where more than 80 percent of Vidalia onions are grown.last_img read more

EU marks 25th anniversary of open-border Schengen pact with closed frontiers

first_imgAirports in all but five EU states are subject to restrictions on arrivals and flights, the Commission document said, warning about the disruption caused by such measures on the supply of goods, including essential ones such as drugs.”The very life of many of our citizens relies on unhindered movement across borders of workers, essential medical supplies and goods of first necessity,” Jean Asselborn, foreign minister of Luxembourg, where the town of Schengen is located, said on Thursday.He called for the lifting of checks and the reopening of borders as soon as possible.But even the founding members of the Schengen accord have shut their borders, despite experts’ advice that the measure is not effective against the virus.”I had heard in the news that the borders were closed, but I did not expect that there would be such strict controls. There’s nothing we can do about it,” said Dutch commuter Bart Jansen.He was trying to go to work from his home town of Breda in the Netherlands via a shortcut on Belgian territory, but was not allowed to enter Belgium.The two countries were, along with Luxembourg, France and West Germany, the signatories of the original Schengen agreement in 1985, 10 years before its application.  The European Union marked the 25th anniversary of its open-border Schengen agreement on Thursday with all its land borders shut or subject to heavy checks imposed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.The Schengen agreement, underpinning an increasingly integrated and united Europe, came into force on March 26, 1995.It initially abolished checks at frontiers between France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal. In the following months and years others joined, and today the Schengen zone has 26 members, including non-EU nations Switzerland and Norway. But on its 25th anniversary, the agreement is virtually suspended because of the coronavirus, which has frozen most economic and social activity, disrupted supply chains and turned most Europeans into prisoners in their own homes.”The COVID-19 outbreak is having a major disruptive impact on European cross-border mobility and transport,” an internal document of the European Commission said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus.The document, dated March 25, said all EU member states had introduced border restrictions or closures, with the exception of Ireland, which is not a member of the Schengen area and does not share any land border with EU states following Britain’s exit from the bloc.”There’s nothing we can do “center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bulldogs Place 2nd At Boys Track Sectionals-Host Trojans Take Team Crown

first_imgThe Batesville Boys traveled to East Central last night to compete in the Sectionals and to what ended up being a VERY long night.  The weather would not stay away.  In the middle of field event competition and just as the trials were finishing, the lightening and rain came in.  After an almost 2 hour delay, competition began again.  The Bulldogs stepped up to this challenge and brought home 4 individual Sectional championships and will have 9 events competing in Regional competition next week, 7 individuals and 3 relays.  With those performances, the Dogs secured a Sectional Runner up title to a strong East Central team.  Top 5 teams of the 13 team Sectional were: East Central-164, Batesville-118.5, Franklin County-74.5, Greensburg-73.5 and Oldenburg Academy-35.201819EastCentralSectionalClaiming individual Sectionals Championships were: Adam Moster-800m run (1:58.25), Joshua Myers-1600m run (4:39.55), Ean Loichinger-3200m run (10:21.25) and the 4 x 800m relay of JJ Kuisel, Johnathon Lynch, Benjamin Moster and Adam Moster (8:39.65).  Sectional Runner up titles and automatically advancing to Regional competition were: Johnathon Lynch-800m run, Joshua Myers-3200m run, Kent Meyers-high jump and the 4 x 400m relay of Adam Moster, Tyler Myers, Johnathon Lynch and JJ Kuisel.  And claiming 3rd place and also automatically qualifying for Regionals are: JJ Kuisel-400m dash, Gabe Gunter-high jump, Adam Bedel-discus and the 4 x 100m relay of Isaiah Riffle, Justin Heiser, Charlie Laymon and Sam Haskamp.  Congratulations to all advancing!Other scorers for the night and helping Batesville secure its second place finish were:5th place finishers:Benjamin Moster-1600m runTyler Myers-300m hurdlesKent Myers-pole vault6th place:Sam Haskamp-200m dashJustin Heiser-long jump7th place finishers:Sam Haskamp-100m dashZach Gutzwiller-pole vault8th place:Isaiah Riffle-200m dashDespite the crazy night with the delays and weather, we did have a few personal bests for the evening and they were:110m Hurdles: Manav Patel and Sam Robben300m hurdles-Tyler MyersLong Jump-Justin HeiserDiscus-Adam BedelAnd the 4 x 100m relay team: Isaiah Riffle, Justin Heiser, Charlie Laymon and Sam Haskamp.Congratulations to all!  Next will be the Regional competition at Warren Central High School next Thursday!  Good Luck Dogs!last_img read more

Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator Debuts on Film

first_imgA film version of Lee Strobel’s book The Case for a Creator has been released by Illustra Media.  The book, third in a series of best-sellers by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith) describes Strobel’s own journey from atheism to Christianity and how Darwinian had evolution played a big part in his youthful rejection of religion.  Strobel interviews various scientists and theologians who explain the evidence for intelligent design from the cosmic to the atomic, from galaxies to cells.    Incorporating footage from Illustra’s highly-successful ID films Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet along with new interviews, animations and subject matter (such as the fossil record) The Case for a Creator packages a wide variety of creation evidences into a one-hour package centered around Strobel’s spiritual quest.  One reviewer wrote, “This DVD is excellent.  It is just as high quality, if not more so, than the other Illustra productions.  It basically smashes Unlocking, Icons, and Privileged Planet into one disc.  It’s a wonderful resource.”  Access Research Network says, “As with previous Illustra Media documentaries, this one is chock full of stunning graphics, amazing animations, and a theater-worthy soundtrack.”    The DVD also contains bonus features with lists of additional resources.  Of special interest is a series of frequently-asked questions, answered in short interviews by by the scientists and theologians seen in the main film.  Click here for the producer’s film page.This DVD makes a convenient witnessing tool.  The prior three films mentioned above are all still excellent and go into more detail in their respective subjects.  But for people not willing to watch three hours of video, The Case for a Creator brings most of the best arguments together into a single, attractively-produced hour-long package.    Though some of the animations will look familiar, the film includes new animations of ATP synthase and other molecular machines, an enhanced look at the universe-generator from The Privileged Planet, a dramatic visualization of the precision of the gravitational constant, and more.  Viewers will get a kick out of the “monkey-typewriter” segment.  The story line revolving around a true testimony of a skeptic investigating the case for a Creator may make this film resonate with more viewers than one strictly about science.  Anything Illustra produces carries with it a reputation of production quality and content credibility unsurpassed in the field of creation/ID graphical media.  Get a quantity of these DVDs and start handing them out.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soweto’s world-class university campus

first_img7 February 2011The University of Johannesburg’s new-look Soweto Campus, refurbished to the tune of R450-million and boasting a range of new facilities and residences, was opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday.Motlanthe said that building a university or expanding an existing one was a clear indication of the intentions of the government, tertiary institutions and other stakeholders to invest in South Africa’s future.He said the campus would have a positive impact on the Soweto community and Gauteng province, while attracting students and academics from all over South Africa and the world.“The expansion of this campus will play a key role in addressing the developmental needs of the broader Soweto community,” Motlanthe said.The revamped campus boasts high-tech equipment in new computer laboratories, new lecture halls and residences, a student centre, law and health clinic, and sport amenities.Motlanthe said the campus would not only be an educational landmark and academic centre in the broader sense, but would also stand out because of its offerings of diploma programmes.“It will constitute an important part of serving the higher education needs of the area, both for Soweto and for the commercial and industrial heartland that is Gauteng.“I appreciate the very important area of historical context, which the university has taken the trouble to consider in this admirable project,” he said.Various buildings at the revamped campus have been named after apartheid struggle stalwarts such as Antony Mzwakhe, Enoch Sontonga, Robert Sobukwe, Bram Fischer, Ellen Khuzwayo, Nthato Motlana, Tsietsi Mashinini, Hector Pieterson and TW Kambule.University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Ihron Rensburg said university education and world-class educational facilities were not the preserve of the rich, but of all citizens, including the poor and marginalised.“Barely a few decades ago, education inclusion and academic freedom was a distant dream of our forefathers,” Rensburg said.“We also take note that Soweto has global significance for all people who value liberty and the human spirit’s quest for freedom.”Rensburg said the campus aimed to become an institution of choice for students, and to cultivate the rich intellectual and artistic talent that continues to emerge from the area.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were among the guests who attended Friday’s ceremony.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Kalmbach Feeds opens state-of-the-art feed plant

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A drive down US Route 23 to Upper Sandusky will reveal an imposing and impressive sight in the form of Kalmbach Feeds’ newest feed plant, the Ruth Elizabeth Kalmbach (REK) Facility.The new feed mill is just south of their existing operations and is made up of a concrete tower standing over 180 feet tall, surrounded by pre-engineered metal buildings for storage and operations.The facility is notable for more than just its size, boasting a hi-tech operating system with the ability to work with just three main crew operating its command center. Bulk feed processing means a non-stop workload for the plant, which will continue to increase its output volume as time progresses.Kalmbach introduced the facility to several clients, sponsors, and community members on Thursday.Watch the full video explaining the technical side of things with Chris Armstrong, plant engineer for Kalmbach Feeds, in the video above.last_img read more

How eCommerce Businesses can Take Advantage of AI

first_imgFollow the Puck In the last year, the eCommerce industry has expanded by over 25 percent, and this boom is projected to continue. With such a wealth of eCommerce businesses, and competition set to become even more fierce, staying visible and relevant has never been such a challenge for online retailers.The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has made competing in this crowded marketplace possible — even for small eCommerce businesses.Intelligent deployment of AI tools such as natural language processing (NPL), machine learning (ML), and data mining allows companies of all sizes to attract and retain customers with the minimum of input. Here are ten ways in which AI can help eCommerce businesses.1. Virtual Personal AssistantWhile this may not sound like an obvious place to start, research shows that the use of a virtual personal assistant (VPA) is rated as the most impactful AI tool by 31 percent of business executives. A VPA is a never-sleeping, never-tiring assistant who makes use of NPL to understand human speech and respond or take action as required. This is useful both as a time-saver for executives and as a tool for customers.2. Customer ServiceBy next year (2020), 80 percent of all customer interactions will be handled by AI. Chatbots are fast becoming an indispensable tool in customer service; as a replacement to call centers, they are significantly cheaper and more efficient. 67 percent of consumers have used a chatbot for customer service in the last year. This remains a tried and tested AI tool based on NPL and ML techniques. Chatbots can be integrated into shopping carts, online support, and order processes.3. Social ListeningSo much information is shared on social media, and by listening to what potential customers are saying. Businesses can gain insight into new markets and understand how their current products and strategies are working. Keyword or brand name tracking in social media can be performed efficiently through data mining. This data can then be condensed into actionable feedback to improve the customer experience and the brand’s reach.4. Predictive MarketingML tools analyze consumer data and optimize eCommerce sites to provide targeted marketing. Each consumer sees what they want to see — how they want to see it — and when they want to see it. The more customer data gathered, the better the optimization will be for that customer.Trawling through such a wealth of information in person would take years, but through machine learning (ML) and AI insights  these optimizations can be done quickly. Companies can continuously update information concerning their  customers with newer information — so that customers/clients remain engaged.5. PersonalizationWith so many companies and products vying for attention, consumers gravitate towards those sites that appear personal to them. Personalization is taking over how we buy. By utilizing information on customers that is widely available through their online presence, businesses can provide personalized ads, make relevant recommendations, and craft specific content for them. This would not be possible without the power of AI to sift through the data.6. Targeting Potential CustomersMarketing budgets are often wasted when sales teams don’t follow up with leads. In one survey, marketers revealed that 33 percent of their leads never receive a follow-up. Potential buyers fall through the cracks, but techniques such as facial recognition and predictive tools are allowing businesses to identify brand loyalties and product preferences of their customers.Using this information to offer more relevant suggestions and offers saves a lot of time and information sifting for customers/clients. Sales also get a boost from AI via new lead generation. High-quality prospects can be identified by analyzing the data of millions of potential customers and recognizing those who meet specific criteria.7. Becoming LocalNo matter where an eCommerce business is based, mining location-based intelligence from customer data allows them to appear local. By offering location-based offers, location-specific advertising, and predicting locational trends local customers can raise the efforts of businesses in their own towns. This extra level of personalization significantly impacts the utility of a site for users by prioritizing offerings that appear unique to their area.8. Efficient Data AnalysisNo human team has the capacity or time to accurately and thoroughly record, analyze, and digest the volume of data available from potential customers all over the world. eCommerce businesses that rely on user-driven feedback are falling behind those that use AI to gather and use information.Data mining and ML allows for efficient and timely processing of millions of datasets to assist with every aspect of a business.9. Integration Across PlatformsAs consumers become used to more and more technology in their homes and on their person, the expectation for these technologies to work together increases. Using AI to integrate a retail platform with existing devices, such as smartphones, fitness trackers, and even household appliances streamlines customers’ shopping experiences and attracts them to companies that offer these options.10. Optimizing SearchesML in an eCommerce site’s search function enables stores to “remember” the habits of each visitor, how they search and their preferences. Using this information the next time that customer returns speeds all service up for them. Intelligent searching is also possible with AI; by recognizing the user’s individual characteristics the technology can predict what each user wants almost instantaneously.Through analyzing product details and what is being searched for, complementary products can also be suggested proactively. Consumers are more likely to find and purchase more items on sites that utilize these technologies.eCommerce companies across the globe are already implementing many of these tools to increase their efficiency and reach wider audiences. Retailers like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba are heavily investing in AI technology. The beauty of AI is that is doesn’t require an Amazon-sized budget to stay competitive with these industry giants. CEO of BairesDev, a technology services company that specializes in software development, software outsourcing, and testing solutions. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#Artifical intelligence#Big Data#Chatbots#customer service#ecommerce#predictive marketing Nacho De Marco Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

10 months agoMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.Corriere dello Sport says United remain keen on the youngster, despite the dismissal Jose Mourinho. However, they now face competition from City.The 21-year-old centre-back had already been the subject of a rumoured €40m bid from Atletico Madrid over the summer.Now offers for Milenkovic from both Manchester clubs are being readied in the region of €50m.Milenkovic was purchased from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2017 for just €5.1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img