Bloom & Wild powers same day delivery across London with On the dot - RealWireSaturday, December 8, 2018
When launched in 2013, co-founders Aron Gelbard and Ben Stanway set out to use technology to make it the UK's most loved flower brand. However, Bloom & Wild faced the challenge of rocketing consumer demand for immediacy and control over delivery. To ensure it innovates at every stage of the customer journey and provides its customers with the ultimate in delivery convenience for any occasion, while retaining quality of service, Bloom & Wild had to find a same day delivery partner. The perfect partner would understand the brand to doorstep concept, would be able to provide additional support at peak times such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day but more importantly, would have the technology to provide that cutting-edge customer experience that Bloom & Wild needed.With longer term plans to launch its same day delivery service across other UK and European cities, Bloom & Wild also needed to find a partner with scale and a large network. After going out to tender and comparing five vendors, Bloom & Wild selected On the dot. On the dot stood out for its couriers’ expertise and professionalism, national coverage, scalability and technology.The roll-out of the service only took three weeks to complete. On the dot’s technology also integrated directly into Bloom & Wild’s website for a seamless customer experience. Today, the UK's top-rated flower company manages thousands of deliveries per day and offers customers the ability to select a two-hour delivery window of their choice that day, between 9am and 6pm, London-wide, 5 days per week.“Online shoppers today expect their orders to be delivered quickly and with exceptional service. If you fail to get this right, consumers...https://www.realwire.com/releases/Bloom-Wild-powers-same-day-delivery-across-London-with-On-the-dot
Blue botanical food colour with spirulina and butterfly pea flowers - FoodNavigator.comSaturday, December 8, 2018
It is a substitute to water, and as a result it's very low calorie, which consumers might prefer to a juice or a smoothie. Scaling it upSome natural colours can be challenging, however, to scale up to industrial manufacturing with uniform results across ingredient matrices.When Mars took the decision to replace the artificial FD&C Blue #1 (known as 'brilliant blue') in M&Ms, the hunt for a natural, shelf-stable and taste neutral vibrant blue that was equal in functionality was a long and drawn out process.It requested the US Food and Drug Administration approve the microalgae for use in confectionery and gum and got a positive opinion in 2013, but is still looking for other sources.Neil Willcocks, vice president of global research and development for the Wrigley division of Mars told The New York Times the search has been ... the most complex technical undertaking that any of us have ever seen in the history of the company.Going forwardNonetheless, the trend for ‘healthy additives looks set to continue. a href="https://cdn-a.william-reed...https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/05/16/Blue-botanical-food-colour-with-spirulina-and-butterfly-pea-flowers
Bavaria election: German conservatives lose their fizz - BBC NewsSaturday, December 8, 2018
CSU oust its leader, Horst Seehofer. But this election illustrates the complexity of the challenge faced by so many of Europe's large established parties. It's not simply the rise of the far right. It's that voters are walking away in favour of smaller, newer movements. Bavaria's political landscape, once a near certainty, is fragmenting fast. With a force the old centre can no longer resist.
'Little Britain' in Germany's Rhine region lives on borrowed time - DW (English)Saturday, December 8, 2018
In the meantime, the Blackburn family has managed to get the deadline to shutter Little Britain postponed until mid-September. The next step is a meeting that the district administrator, Achim Hallerbach, set up to bring together Blackburn and the mayor. "The tank, using the property from the municipality, the row with the neighbors, misinformation, custodianship so much has come together," says Hallerbach. Blackburn and the mayor need to sit down and talk, he stresses. Little Britain...https://www.dw.com/en/little-britain-in-germanys-rhine-region-lives-on-borrowed-time/a-44907634
German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attackWednesday, October 17, 2018
IT specialists to look into the matter.
In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach.
Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled.
The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine.
The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there.
A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years.
The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states.
German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega MosqueWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in CologneWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.
Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s.
Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome.
They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.
The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.
The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.
The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state.
Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance.
Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist diesWednesday, October 17, 2018
Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629