Aulds receives ’A’ rating

first_imgAfter a fire destroyed its Inchinnan-based premises in Renfrewshire in September last year, Scottish retail and wholesale bakery Aulds faced a major challenge. The original plant had provided frozen desserts to a range of leading foodservice companies, as well as snack products to high-profile supermarket groups, such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s. And with Christmas approaching – traditionally the busiest period for frozen desserts – the company needed to find a way of building up sufficient stocks to meet customer demand. The company, which also has 44 retail shops supplied by a separate bakery in nearby Greenock, rapidly decided to construct a new semi-permanent facility. It awarded the building contract to temporary structure supplier De Boer. Following initial design and preparation work, it took less than five weeks from the first section of flooring to be laid until the facility was completed and all the necessary equipment sourced. The 210 Aulds staff returned to their new factory on November 14 and production started immediately.Within six weeks of the production line rolling again, EFSIS inspectors had carried out an audit of the temporary facility and awarded it an ‘A-Rated’ accreditation certificate – the highest possible. EFSIS auditors complimented Aulds on how much had been achieved since the fire and commended the high standards of the 2,250sq m facility. The plant features full air conditioning, temperature control, risk separation and full development kitchen and high-tech laboratory facilities. Having been without a factory for eight weeks, the run-up to Christmas proved challenging. But thanks to the hard work of staff and the support of suppliers and customers, Aulds was able to satisfy and retain its existing customer base and attain new business. Aulds production director Donald Burt says: “It is a great testament to our staff that not only did we get back into production so quickly but also received this award from EFSIS.”Aulds is now planning to build a new state-of-the-art permanent factory which it says will match the company’s ambitious strategy for growth in both UK and export markets.last_img read more

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Fit for purpose: Part 3 – the customer journey

first_imgThere is a simple rule in retail design that, for many years, has been a bit of a design myth: it’s the so-called Right Hand rule. Several food retailers have adopted this rule as the starting point of creating a successful customer journey and it is as simple as it sounds.The Right Hand rule has developed from the observation of shoppers and their natural inclination to head to the right-hand side of the store on entry. This is understood to be a comfortable and natural direction for customers and determines the position of display chillers, fridges and any other point-of-sale en route to the tills. The optimal flow should be a simple square movement moving to the right, up to the till and servery counter, moving to the left and exiting down the left-hand side of the store.Till and servery locations vary across all stores and are inevitably determined by property factors, such as power, water and drainage. But where possible, a counter directly opposite the entrance is the best location as favoured by many chains such as Pret A Manger. This enables staff to catch the attention of customers with direct eye contact on entry to the store and, by simply adding a raised platform behind the tills, staff can communicate with anyone at the back of the queue.What ultimately makes good customer flow is simplicity, movement and a single route with the full product range on offer and no need for retracing steps or crossing queues. Laying out products in a logical fashion, both in terms of fridges and hot cabinets in the store and planograms for product display, aids the overall flow and, in turn, creates a key element of a memorable experience ease of use. A memorable experience is also built on other elements, such as routine, brand awareness and expectation. Marketing your brand values is simple: while customers are queuing, they’re captured and have time to look. It’s also good to create a dedicated space in-store for promotions. It may just be a window, but it’s a place that customers habitually refer to for the latest product or store news. Finally, as with everything in retail, managing customer expectation is vital to any success. Whatever your brand values may say about your product or store, they have to be exceeded for a customer to return and spread the word.l Next month: are corner sites the best?last_img read more

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Live, 1:40 p.m. ET: Nationwide practice

first_imgREAD: Paint Scheme Preview: New Hampshire Follow Nationwide practice live here at 1:40 p.m. ET READ: Power Rankings Week 18 READ MORE: READ: Complete coverage from New Hampshire, Iowa Nationwide cars on track from 1:40 to 3 p.m. ET READ: Driver Reports at the halfway pointlast_img

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Ashley Wright Joins Kilawatt Technologies

first_imgShelburne, VT-November 13, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce Ashley Wright has joined the energy conservation software company as a Sales Representative. Ms. Wright will support the companys wholesale conservation partners who use Kilawatt’s products, based on the company’s EnerSuite software, to lower energy consumption, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gases in commercial buildings. Ms. Wright will also be working closely with organizations that are using Kilawatt’s LEED products to achieve valuable points in the Energy and Atmosphere section of the LEED certification for existing buildings. Ms. Wright graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2007 and currently lives in Burlington.Kilawatt Technologies is headquartered in Shelburne and is a leading information software company helping organizations around the world conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings with little or no capital investment. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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De Bruyne upbeat he’ll be fit for Manchester derby despite shoulder injury

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their Careers7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone Loading… Kevin De Bruyne believes he has a chance of being fit for Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.Advertisement De Bruyne was ruled out of Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory at Sheffield Wednesday — and boss Pep Guardiola was unsure whether he would be ready to face United.City’s medical staff found some minor damage to a ligament in the Belgian’s shoulder.But they do not feel the injury is serious and will give it as long as possible to settle down.Meanwhile, KDB’s team-mate John Stones reckons City can build on their run of five straight victories across four competitions.Their two cup wins followed a memorable 2-1 triumph at Real Madrid in the Champions League.And with four away successes in that five-match run, City make the short journey across town at the weekend in good heart.Defender Stones said: “We’ve got to be confident within ourselves and know what we’re capable of. But we’re humble about it which is a great way to go about yourself.“It was a tough night against Sheffield and to keep momentum going, coming off the back of those two games, they’re very positive signs for us.”#Football Kevin De Bruyne believes he WILL be fit for Manchester derby despite Carabao Cup final shoulder injury https://t.co/Tq0TwNkree— Football News (@soccerMeraki) March 6, 2020Read Also: Man City official dances in pants to celebrate Carabao Cup winSergio Aguero’s winner at Hillsborough means City have not been knocked out of a domestic cup in two years.Stones added: “I think the mindset of the lads is spot on. Sometimes clubs come away to places and almost think they’re going to push teams over.“We never do that and I think that’s why we’ve done so well in recent years.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The City superstar picked up a shoulder injury in last weekend’s Carabao Cup final win over Aston Villa.last_img read more

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Illegal gambling suspect jailed

first_imgHe was detained in the custodialfacility of the Banate police station. Joseph Santiago of Barangay Lagubang, Barotac,Nuevo was nabbed on the strength an arrest warrant around 10:30 a.m. on Feb.19, a police report showed Santiago was tagged as the No. 10 mostwanted person in Banate, Iloilo, it added. ILOILO City – Police arrested a mancharged with illegal gambling in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The court recommended a P20,000 bailbond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img

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Serena Williams matches on to face Sloane Stephens in third round

first_img Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much She was handed a further boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament. The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world No. 50 Caroline Garcia. Williams’ American compatriot Sofia Kenin, the No. 2 seed, continued her impressive form this year with a straightforward 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canadian Leylah Fernandez to progress into the third round. The reigning Australian Open champion Kenin is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows as she bids for her second Grand Slam title of the year, and of her career. “I feel like I found a groove. I’m really focused on every shot,” said the Moscow-born player who will take on 27th seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the next round. Read AlsoVenus, Clijsters bow out of US Open It was however not sweet song for Andy Murray as he was stopped from progressing to the third round by Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-2 6-3 6-4. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Twenty three Grand Slam champion Serena Williams continued her quest for record 24th title and 7th US Open title with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan at the Flushing Meadows on Friday. The 38-year-old closed out the first set with ease before a slight wobble in the second when she was broken twice by Gasparyan, before progressing into the third round. “I’m just happy to get through it and try to focus on the next round,” said Williams, who will take on 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in the last 32. A tournament victory next week would also see her break away from Chris Evert, on six titles, as the most decorated US Open champion of the women’s game in the modern era. Williams’ chances have been improved by the absence of several top players, included top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, over coronavirus fears or injury.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Heartland Park Topeka releases 2016 schedule

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. ­– It was just a few weeks ago that Heartland Park Topeka officials named John and Larry Lowrey as co-promoters of the dirt track.  This week the announcements keep coming for 2016.“We are very excited about getting back to racing at Heartland Park Topeka on the dirt track,” said Larry Lowrey, “Bringing IMCA into the mix is really going to jazz things up another notch.”The core of the 2016 season will revolve around the weekly race program. During the 2016 sea­son the weekly program will consist of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Sunday night will host each and every points race for the 2016 season. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., spectator gates will follow at 4:30 p.m., hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. and the first green flag race of the night will start promptly at 6 p.m.“A lot of people have asked us about what specials we are bringing in and that’s great,” said Larry Low­rey, “…but to our staff the most important thing to us is our weekly racers. The weekly racers are the ones that are putting on the show week in and week out. This season the excitement could get hot and heavy early with the talent pool of racers we have in the area and then you mix in the new faces that are going to be here to test the waters, it’s going to be fun.”The 2016 race season will consist of 14 points races and a season ending-special. Racing action kicks off with a practice on April 10 while the season opener is slated for April 24 and racing will come to a close with the Capital City Clash on Sept. 3.The Clash is the only Saturday night race on the schedule for this season. Extra money will be on the line in all four sanctioned classes on this night.“John and I also might be adding a special event or two so we could say this is our tentative sched­ule right now. There have been a lot of groups contacting us about racing at Heartland Park To­peka and that is exciting,” said Larry Lowrey.last_img read more

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Schools using an e-learning day or canceling classes for Red for Ed Action day

first_imgOriginal Story—Indiana legislators will likely encounter a sea of red when they attend Organization Day on November 19. Organization day at the statehouse is the start of the 2020 legislative session.As of Thursday night,  more than 7,000 Indiana teachers had registered to attend the Red For Ed Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse. Keith Gambil has been a public educator for 30 years. He’s also the President of the Indiana State Teachers Association. Gambil says teacher shortage and retention is a major problem for Indiana schools. Teachers are also rallying against the externship. The updated professional requirement was put into place a year ago. It requires teachers when they renew their licenses to invest time outside the classroom. ISTA is organizing the event. While ISTA always holds rallies or action days at the statehouse, they’re usually mid-session. This Red for Ed is meant to get legislators’ attention before the session starts. It’s also scheduled for a school day.Roughly 35 school districts across Indiana are either using an e-learning day or canceling classes to support their teachers. The Jennings County School Corporation issued a formal letter stating that school will be canceled Thursday as nearly 1/3 of the staff has taken a personal day on Thursday.  Their contracts state that personal days have to be given if requested.  The JCSC School Board stated a makeup day is scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2020. Statewide–Update—The Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation and the Fayette County Schools are adding to the list of schools canceling on Tuesday, November 19 to attend a state-wide demonstration at the Statehouse called the Red for Ed Action day.last_img read more

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PCP: Badgers’ MVP?

first_imgHolt:Scott Tolzien and the offensive line gave this Big Ten Champion team its identity. And for a team that set a program record in points per game (43.3), it’s hard to ignore such a prolific offense.But the defense, up and down as it was, came up big when it needed to. And defensive end J.J. Watt was what made the defense go. In my eyes, Watt was the MVP of this Badger squad. This isn’t a slight against Tolzien, who was phenomenal, or Carimi, who dominated some of the nation’s best defensive ends.But with Chris Borland out, all eyes were on Watt to be the playmaker on defense, and he didn’t disappoint.Against NU, the behemoth of a junior had three quarterback hurries (two that led to interceptions), a sack, two forced fumbles, three tackles for loss and a blocked PAT. He was everywhere. NU quarterback Evan Watkins can’t be blamed if he now dumps his trunks every time he sees the number “99.”And in talking about his performance against the Wildcats, Watt said he “was just trying to have some fun.” Just imagine what happens when he gets angry.With 21 tackles for loss on the year, Watt ranked third in the nation in that category and second in the Big Ten in sacks, with seven. He was tied for second in pass break-ups among Badgers, and that comes as a defensive lineman. He also recovered two fumbles, forced three and blocked three kicks.But as nice as numbers are, it’s the timing that counts.Montee Ball was unbelievable in getting the go-ahead touchdown at Iowa. But Watt blocked the PAT that allowed it to be a go-ahead touchdown. And with the game on the line, Watt got a just-barely sack of Ricky Stanzi to stall the Hawkeye’s would-be comeback drive. And with Terrelle Pryor leading a dangerous Buckeyes offense, who should get the huge and timely sacks, but Watt?As far as coming up in the clutch and making an impact on the game – any way he could – Watt was unparalleled on the UW defense. And while the offense was full of stars, Watt often shone alone on the other side of the ball. That’s why he’s UW’s MVP.Fiammetta:Average arm, average size, sort-of-fun-to-pronounce last name. It’s rule number one of selecting team MVPs: if they’ve got the name, they’ve got the award.That was stupid.But seriously, Tolzien’s a great name. You can say it in a number of ways, too. You can say it dramatically, with a pause in between Scott and Tolzien, “Scott…TOLZIEN!” Or, you can put some emphasis on the “ien” in Tolzien, a la, “Scott TolzieeEEN!” It’s funnier if you say it quickly too, kinda combining the name into one word, “ScottTolzieeEEN!”Just try it out. When I’m the next Brent Musburger (minus the booze), you’ll see.But if you don’t feel like waiting, I guess you can look to Tolzien’s stats as justification for his MVP candidacy – 2,300 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. His 169.80 efficiency rating is the nation’s fourth-best, and his completion percentage of 74.3 percent is No. 1.In all honesty, though, Tolzien (TolzieeEEN!) is the type of player that you can’t truly assess by stats alone. For instance, in that magical, holy-sh**-we-might-still-have-some-BCS-hopes upset of Ohio State in mid-October, Tolzien was efficient – 13-16, 152 yards – but he still threw an ugly pick. 81 percent completion percentage is phenomenal, but completion percentages hardly drop jaws. But make no mistake – and anybody that saw the game should be able to tell you this – the Badgers might not have put the Buckeyes away if it wasn’t for Tolzien’s ability to make the big throws when needed.That kind of talk, “make the big throws when needed,” sometimes gives the impression sportswriters are just too lazy and/or uniformed to develop a strong point. But the very next week after OSU, in Iowa, Tolzien led UW on a game-winning 15-play, 80-yard, 7:29 drive that won the game and simultaneously stopped the hearts of everyone watching. Tolzien completed two fourth downs on that drive – most notably the second, a fourth-and-four bullet to running back Montee Ball that cemented Wisconsin’s two-game return to national prominence.So, remember Tolzien’s presence on the Badgers goes behind his stats. It’s defined by his efficiency, his leadership (he’s one of six UW captains) and his kickass name. ScottTolzieeEEN!last_img read more

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