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Marketplace: "Jet.com would juice Wal-Mart's online sales"

08/05/2016

Marketplace: "Jet.com would juice Wal-Mart's online sales"

Photo: A customer shops at a Wal-Mart October 14, 2006 in Beijing, China. - Cancan Chu/Getty Images

Wal-Mart reported a higher than expected profit last quarter, but it’s no secret the company hasn’t been happy with its performance on the e-commerce front.

Reports say the retailer may be trying to change that by buying Jet.com, the upstart e-commerce platform set up as a rival to Amazon. But despite spending millions on tech and marketing, Jet.com is finding Amazon harder to take on than it thought.

Why would Wal-Mart take on Jet?

Well, Wal-Mart’s online sales have been ticking up, but not nearly as fast as Amazon’s. Brian Yarbrough is a retail analyst with Edward Jones. He said everyone in retail used to react to what Wal-Mart did – now, Wal-Mart is trying to keep up with Amazon. He said in short, buying Jet.com could mean more sales for Wal-Mart.  

“The Jet.com customer is a bit higher income than your average Wal-Mart customer," he said, "and I know Wal-Mart has talked about trying to move up the income scale, so it would give them an opportunity to maybe cater to a higher income customer.”

Larry Chiagouris is a professor of marketing at Pace University. He said if Wal-Mart buys Jet, it’s an admission that Wal-Mart couldn’t conquer online on its own. But he added if the two companies merge…they could.

“I think it’s going to be a formidable competitor to Amazon," he said, "simply because Jet will benefit from the existing purchasing power Wal-Mart has, and the existing sophisticated logistics and supply chain management that Wal-Mart has.”

Listen to the story: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/08/04/world/wal-mart-meet-jetcom

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Marketplace: "Trump is paying a price for being late to the TV ad party"

08/05/2016

Marketplace: "Trump is paying a price for being late to the TV ad party"

Photo: A screen displays Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivering his speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. - Win McNamee/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton and super PACs supporting her have budgeted $100 million for TV ads between now and the November election.  That’s around $97 million more than Donald Trump and his super PACs have set aside for TV ads. According to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“It’s such a stark difference that it’s hard to believe that they’re real,” said Sarah Bryner, the center's research director.

But numbers don’t lie.  And here are some others.  The Trump campaign reported raising around $80 million last month.  Now that he’s sitting on a pile of cash, will Trump finally break into TV? We don’t know. The Trump campaign didn’t respond to our interview requests.

But even if Trump decides to jump into TV now, he may not get the ad slots he wants.

“If the time slots are gone, they’re gone," said David Caputo, professor of Political Science at Pace University. "So that’s the disadvantage of being late.”

Listen to the story: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/08/04/world/trump-pays-price-being-late-tv-ad-party

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Downtown Express: "Code camp: Pace hosts tech 'collaboratory' for high-school programmers"

08/04/2016

Downtown Express: "Code camp: Pace hosts tech 'collaboratory' for high-school programmers"

Photo by Alex Ellefson. More than a dozen high schoolers participated in the 2016 STEM Collaboratory Camp.

Downtown’s Pace University helped high schoolers to hone their coding skills — while helping oysters clean up the environment — in its latest STEM Collaboratory Camp.

More than a dozen high schoolers created apps and websites to help volunteers work with the Billion Oyster Project — an organization dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in New York Harbor. The group of 17 students were split into four teams and paired with a mentor from Pace University’s computer science department, completed their projects during the program’s two-week summer camp.

Shaina Peters, 16, who has taken computer-science classes at Stuyvesant High School, where she will be a junior in the fall, said she enjoyed the opportunity to put what she has learned to practical use.

“I like how I’m able to think of something and then just build it,” she said at the program’s July 29 graduation.

Pace’s STEM Collaboratory camp, sponsored by AT&T and now in its third year, aims to encourage student’s enthusiasm for the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — while encouraging collaboration among its graduates.

“As you go out into this field of STEM, where it’s so competitive and really fierce, I want you guys to be more fierce,” Lauren Birney, head of the STEM Collaboratory, told the graduates. “But don’t lose that human aspect. The human aspect being that you can never be too compassionate, or too kind, or too gracious. That will never fail you.”

Read more: http://www.downtownexpress.com/2016/08/04/code-camp-pace-hosts-tech-collaboratory-for-high-school-programers

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San Francisco Chronicle: "Combative Trump poses dilemma for GOP leaders"

08/04/2016

San Francisco Chronicle: "Combative Trump poses dilemma for GOP leaders"

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaking at a campaign event in Daytona, Fla., has set off alarm bells within the GOP with a recent spate of contentious remarks. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images

. . . The GOP nominee “is taking what he did in the primary and doubling down,” said David A. Caputo, president emeritus of Pace University in New York.

Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Combative-Trump-poses-dilemma-for-GOP-leaders-9119039.php

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Computerworld: "HPE's Whitman endorses Clinton; will Trump retaliate if he wins?"

08/03/2016

Computerworld: "HPE's Whitman endorses Clinton; will Trump retaliate if he wins?"

 HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. Photo Credit: HP

. . . Does Whitman's endorsement matter?

Any evidence showing it is consequential is "more muted -- just as labor endorsements by union leaders do not always translate into support for the position taken or the candidate endorsed," said David Caputo, a professor of Political Science at Pace University and president emeritus.

The Clinton campaign is attempting to attract Republican and independent voters to its candidate and the endorsement of Clinton by business leaders "known to be strongly affiliated with the Republican Party should be seen as part of their strategy to win Republican and Independent support," said Caputo.

"One endorsement will not make a significant difference, but a large number might reinforce the Clinton campaign's assertion that Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president," said Caputo.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3104068/it-industry/hpes-whitman-endorses-clinton-will-trump-retaliate-if-he-wins.html

 

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Travel Market Report: "CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Miami Area"

08/02/2016

Travel Market Report: "CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Miami Area"

The Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photo: James Gathany

. . . Dr. Andrew O. Coggins, Jr., clinical professor of management with a focus on hospitality and tourism management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York, doesn’t believe the warning will have an effect on tourism in the area. “It's in a relatively small area of Miami that is off the normal tourist circuit,” he said. However, he expects that to change if the number of cases or affected area increases.

Read more: http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/CDC-Issues-Zika-Advisory-For-Miami-Area

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NY Daily News: "Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is a tale of two campaigns and strategies"

08/01/2016

NY Daily News: "Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is a tale of two campaigns and strategies"

Photo: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton offers her experience as the calm, conventional commander-in-chief. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

. . . The next few weeks will be framed “by both candidates fleshing out their themes and messages and making strategic decisions on which states they will concentrate on for the campaign,” according to David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

“The election will ultimately come down to turnout,” Caputo predicted.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-tale-campaigns-article-1.2732471

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Travel Weekly: "Trump: Hotels, resorts, casinos, politics"

08/01/2016

Travel Weekly: "Trump: Hotels, resorts, casinos, politics"

. . . Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, professor and chair of the department of political science at Pace University in New York, said that the ethics rules that cover conflicts of interest faced by executive-branch employees from cabinet-level appointees on down do not apply to elected officials, including the president.

And although many presidents have put their assets in a blind trust, which an independent trustee takes over so that the official cannot direct or advise on investment decisions, Lavariega-Monforti said that tradition was "essentially ceremonial, a tradition but not a requirement."

"Nevertheless, it's been a tradition recent presidents have followed," she said. "Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, both of the Bushes and Bill Clinton used the blind trust."

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Trump-Hotels-resorts-casinos-politics

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International New York Times: "Verizon's bet on future for Yahoo; One aim is to become a stronger contender for revenue from digital ads"

08/01/2016

International New York Times: "Verizon's bet on future for Yahoo; One aim is to become a stronger contender for revenue from digital ads"

. . . ''All Verizon may have done is purchase a weak player that was on its way to extinction,'' Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, wrote in an email.

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/560362/verizon-challenger-google-facebook.html

 

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Students Present Mobile Apps for Environmental Preservation at Pace University and AT&T’s “STEM Collaboratory Camp”

07/29/2016

Students Present Mobile Apps for Environmental Preservation at Pace University and AT&T’s “STEM Collaboratory Camp”

Over the past two weeks, students have been developing apps for the Billion Oyster Project

STEM Collaboratory Camp is one of several STEM programs AT&T is supporting this summer throughout the five boroughs

New York, NY – 17 New York City high school students participating in Pace University’s STEM Collaboratory Camp have designed apps to help elementary school students, teachers and citizen scientists collect and visualize ecological data for the Billion Oysters Project, an organization committed to oyster revitalization in New York Harbor. Sponsored by AT&T for the third consecutive year, the STEM Collaboratory Camp has partnered participating students with mentors for the past two weeks to hone their tech skills and introduce them to careers in STEM. The program concluded with today’s presentations of the students’ new technologies to family, friends, and the NYC STEM community on Pace’s New York City campus.

“AT&T is proud to continue to support the next generation STEM experts,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “What makes Pace University’s STEM Collaboratory Camp so special is not only how it is empowering our young people with valuable tech skills, but also how it shows them that those tools can be put to use to protect and preserve our planet. It is a privilege to work with Pace on such an important summer program.”

"This STEM camp is special in that it brings gifted and talented students from both public and private schools throughout the New York area together to celebrate science and practice the skills that will make them in-demand workers in New York's data-driven economy," said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University and creator of the STEM Collaboratory Camp. "AT&T's generosity combined with Pace University's commitment to providing STEM education opportunities to all students makes this program a life changing experience for these deserving students."

The School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University created the Pace STEM Collaboratory Camp to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines. The program is also focused on improving and supporting STEM education at the middle and high school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

During this summer’s program, participating students were able to experience the process of collecting data in the field to gain a unique user perspective. They were also taught how to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Google Charts and to incorporate those platforms to build a helpful prototype for the Billion Oyster Project. 

Along with app development, students participating in the STEM Collaboratory Camp this summer have had a chance to participate in events with government officials, civil engineers, and environmentalists.  They have also had the opportunity to pay site visits to Google, BuzzFeed, AppFigures and the Museum of Natural History.

In addition to Pace University’s Summer STEM Collaboratory Program, AT&T has continued its sponsorship of STEM summer education programs in all five boroughs. This includes continued support for the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative at Kingsborough Community College, the All Star Code and Girls Who Code, as those programs continue to reach new minds and teach STEM concepts to New York City students.

Also, for the first time this summer, AT&T is supporting the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria’s Tech Explorers Program, which is teaching 8th grade through 12th grade girls to design, program, and develop marketing for video games and apps for social change. AT&T is also partnering with the College of Staten Island’s Office of Continuing Education to offer its first ever summer STEM program for Staten Island high school students. In addition, AT&T is helping the QSAC STEAM Program to launch its STEM education initiative, which will provide autistic adults in the Bronx with valuable educational tools that will foster the development of tech-related skills.

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T: AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

About Pace: The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University prepares men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age.  Located in the financial capital of the world, the Seidenberg School offers a wide variety of courses and exposure to internships and work with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities.  Degrees and certificates are conveniently available on Pace’s campuses in New York City and Westchester County as well as online and in special programs.  Visit www.pace.edu/seidenberg.

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