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Zomato the best place to work

Another Step Towards Making Zomato The Best Place To Work

At Zomato, we’ve committed to work-life integration and workplace sensitivity as core to employee happiness. Last month, we went ahead with a new 26-week parental leave policy – a move that has been largely appreciated by our employees, the media and our peers. Through the feedback, we realised that whether folks were parents or not, they were touched by our empathy. It was humbling reading all the emails and texts.

We have always believed that a meaningful alignment of people’s personal and professional goals allows us to bring our best to work.

However, we can’t be done yet; there’s a lot of work to do. After all, parental policy can’t merely stop at leave policy, it must extend to parental care – and much more as well.

With this belief in our hearts, we recently inaugurated our first in-house creche — in partnership with Ipsaa — at our headquarters in Gurgaon. Parents in our organization with children between the age group of 6 months up to 7 years are now availing this option from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. And the entire facility carries zero cost for zomans.

Some of the activities provided here for the children include book reading, storytelling, clay modelling, music, sensory development, language and communication, motor skills and coordination, mobility and exercise. The creche has been designed keeping in mind a child’s need for space and nurture.

In our organization, there are several parents, who have been depending on family members or creches outside for child care. We have tried to lessen their domestic worries as they would be relieved to know that their children are barely a few steps away from them — at any given point of time. Most importantly, with this initiative, we hope to provide a stress-free daycare option for Zoman parents.

By all accounts, it has been an encouraging start but the idea doesn’t end here for us. We are already working on expanding this facility and introducing creches to other offices in various cities — where we have large teams.

[Courtesy: https://www.zomato.com]

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Zomato acquires Feeding India to weed out food wastage and serve underprivileged

Zomato Acquires Feeding India To Weed Out Food Wastage And Serve Underprivileged

With an aim to curb food wastage and provide food for unprivileged, Zomato has acquired not-for-profit organisation Feeding India. Both firms have been working together for the past six months and Feeding India team led by Ankit is now completely integrated into the foodtech unicorn.

As a part of the deal, Zomato will fund the entire salaries of the team – and some core initiatives like the development of the ‘Feedi.ng’ app.

The app will essentially connect donors and volunteers with an aim to serve at least 100 million underprivileged people every month. Zomato will also revamp Feeding India web portal and publish its quarterly financial report starting from October 2019, revealed Zomato’s blog by Deepinder Goyal.

Importantly, all the money with Feeding India will remain with the organisation and will be deployed towards its mission “food for everyone”.

Zomato has been working behind this social cause for a long time and collaborated with organsations like Feeding India, Robin Hood Army, and Akshaya Patra Foundation.

They have closely worked behind the project to find out the actual reason behind food wastage ranging from multiple levels like harvesting, transporting to major sources such as weddings, events, restaurants, hostels, and houses.

Among the aforementioned organisations, Feeding India had also collaborated with Zomato during Odisha cyclone. Both firms have provided  75,000 meals along with necessities for daily survival for a month to more than 16,500 people in the coastal state.

Further, Zomato’s 6 months effort behind the organisation has now started bearing fruit as it achieved a milestone of distributing 1.1 million meals a month to underprivileged from 78,300 monthly meals.

During the same period, the number of cities Feeding India is active in has risen from 65 to 82 and the number of Hunger Heroes (volunteers at Feeding India) has grown from 8,500 to 21,500

[Courtesy: https://entrackr.com]

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Nokia 5G radio

Nokia 5g Radio: Simple To Deploy On Top Of Another Vendor’s 4g

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are planning a rapid migration to 5G in order to improve user experience and create new value. They are therefore considering the most effective way forward for their future business, without disrupting their current business. Initial offerings of 5G will be tightly coupled to LTE networks to accelerate time to market, and this raises the key question addressed in this blog: are CSPs tied to existing LTE network vendors for their path to 5G?

The first phase of 5G-NR deployed in 2019 will use a Non-Standalone architecture (NSA) that couples the LTE with 5G-NR radio layers. These two layers are aggregated via an X2 connection which allows for simultaneous ‘dual’ connectivity between LTE and 5G radios.

Nokia has a simpler alternative solution that does not require X2 interworking between an incumbent and new vendor but facilitates a ‘new’ Nokia overlay with minimal support from an incumbent vendor. This solution uses a layer of Nokia LTE (in current 700 MHz, 1800 MHz or 2100 MHz bands, for example) that can be deployed simultaneously and seamlessly alongside a new mid-band 5G-NR carrier. This layer provides the anchor point for the 4G coverage network and ensures that the benefits of NSA architectures can be realized by new 5G-enabled mobile devices, without compromising the user experience of legacy 4G/LTE devices.

 

Enabling longer-term migration to unleash the full potential of 5G requires more than just an upgrade of the radio and transport network. A new core network (5GC) is needed to fully realize the flexibility and capability of 5G-NR including network slicing to support massive machine connectivity and ultra-low latency. The 5GC is designed with Stand-a-lone (SA) based radio architectures to allow the future services evolution unencumbered by the present and past core architectures.

SA solutions will be available starting at the end of 2019. The NSA standardization was accelerated in order to allow early 5G-NR trials and deployments and the SA standardization process is running approximately 6 months behind this. An SA solution cannot use LTE for the mobility anchor and therefore, low band 5G is required. A CSP can use this Nokia LTE layer with Nokia 5G-NR to rapidly launch non-standalone 5G, and then move to 5G Stand-Alone (SA) with low band 5G by using RF sharing with Nokia low band LTE. This solution offers the greatest flexibility to support a wide variety of new 5G use cases by unleashing the full potential of 5G.

 

CSPs do not need to be afraid of being locked into their existing LTE vendor on their path to 5G. With this solution, Nokia is the partner that shows the way forward, and has the only globally available end to end portfolio to make 5G a business success.

This is where Nokia’s 5G Future X architecture comes in to play. It provides the framework for those strong first steps to 5G. It means that a smart network fabric, with cloud native platforms and AI tools and secure communications are in place and will enable 5G network slicing for monetizing those new use cases, while efficiently using precious spectrum.

Nokia already has a range of 5G proof points. We have 30 commercial 5G contracts with CSPs and are approaching 100 engagements in total with CSPs who are evaluating and deploying 5G.

https://networks.nokia.com/5g/5g-in-action

We also have a range of business planning tools to identify the costs and revenue upside. https://apps.networks.nokia.com/5G-techno-economic-modelling

Whatever your plans for 5G, the important thing is don’t delay. It is closer than you think. The opportunity is there for the taking.

Share your thoughts on this topic by joining the Twitter discussion with @nokianetworks or @nokia using #5G. You can also watch Harri explain his thoughts on video and proudly present Nokia 3.5 GHz massive MIMO antenna at our Executive Experience Center in Espoo, Finland.

About Harri Holma

Harri is one of Fellows with Nokia Bell Labs with a focus on radio system performance, and he holds a PhD from the Helsinki University of Technology. And Harri’s a hard guy to keep up with. When he’s not busy lecturing or publishing his latest book (6 and counting), he’s out running marathons and training for his next triathlon.

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Colgate  Super Flexi Black-Virat Signature Edition

Colgate Launches The Super Flexi Black Virat Kohli Signature Series Toothbrushes

Mumbai, June 19, 2019: Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited launched the special edition of Super Flexi Black toothbrushes – the Virat Kohli Signature Series!

Available for a limited period – till August 2019 – the Colgate Super Flexi Black Virat Kohli signature series toothbrushes are available in markets across India. These limited-edition toothbrushes mark the first ever autographed range of toothbrushes by Colgate.

While the collaboration between Colgate and Kohli to come up with autographed toothbrushes is a first of its kind, the Indian Cricket Team captain has been associated with the oral care brand for a while now. And the launch of the Super Flexi Black Virat Kohli signature series comes at a time when Kohli is away for the World Cup, giving his fans another reason to celebrate. 

Talking about the limited-edition Super Flexi Black toothbrushes, Virat Kohli said, "I am as disciplined about my oral care habits as I am about my game and fitness, even to the extent of replacing my toothbrush regularly.

I have been using and also recommending Colgate toothbrushes to my friends/fans for years now, which is why the idea of doing a limited-edition autographed Super Flexi toothbrushes got me intrigued and excited - primarily because I haven't autographed a toothbrush before. And interestingly, it's a first for Colgate too! Also, it felt like a nice, new way to reach out to my fans, and at the same time encouraging good oral-hygiene. I hope people like it."

About Colgate Super Flexi: Colgate Super Flexi is India’s largest selling toothbrush. Its flexible neck reaches the hard to reach areas of the mouth for a superior clean with a gentle feel. It is available in three variants Super Flexi Base, Super Flexi Black and Super Flexi Sensitive.

About Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited: Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited is the market leader in Oral Care in the country. The company manufactures and markets toothpastes, toothpowder, toothbrushes and mouthwashes under the ‘Colgate’ brand, and a specialized range of personal care products under the ‘Palmolive’ brand. Colgate has been ranked as India’s #1 Most Trusted Oral Care Brand for the eighth consecutive year, from 2011 to 2018, by The Economic Times- Brand Equity -Most Trusted Brands Survey, conducted by Nielsen. For more information about Colgate's business and products, visit www.colgatepalmolive.co.in

(Courtesy: https://www.colgateinvestors.co.in/)

Image Courtesy: https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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Autonomous Vehicles and Data as the Fuel of the Future

Autonomous Vehicles And Data As The Fuel Of The Future

From being alerted to potential maintenance issues via remote vehicle diagnostic monitoring to automated calling for emergency breakdowns or targeted offers and infotainment content designed to enhance the overall travel experience, there are no shortage data-enabled use cases that focus on providing drivers and passengers new features and services.

Data is quickly becoming the new ‘fuel’ for the automotive industry. Forward looking automakers envision a future in which they have the ability to combine and analyze various pieces of information from different vehicle systems to reveal things like driving habits, frequently visited locations, tastes in music and numerous other insights into consumer behavior.

For the consumer on the other hand, assuming they are open to it, there are a plethora of benefits that can come from providing ready-made access to their data.

From being alerted to potential maintenance issues via remote vehicle diagnostic monitoring to automated calling for emergency breakdowns or targeted offers and infotainment content designed to enhance the overall travel experience, there are no shortage data-enabled use cases that focus on providing drivers and passengers new features and services.

However, as a 2017 McKinsey & Company Car Data Monetization Survey notes, “No matter which features car data can make possible, capturing value from them is not feasible if consumers do not see the benefit” and perhaps most importantly, “customers must trust that the data they share will be held and used responsibly.”

As our CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen said before ; “The inevitable implications of a data-driven economy are right in front of us and we now stand before a moral, ethical and public policy crossroads. How we collectively decide what the rules of the game for this new data-driven economy is, I would argue, one of the most important issues facing global policymakers today.”

In the near future, drivers might buy or rent software-powered services for the weekend, such as enhanced navigation capabilities, blind spot detection or even engine management and suspension software to prep their high-performance car for a racetrack or road trip.

Car makers will receive so much data from their vehicles out in the field in real-time that they will be able to improve their future models, right down to what buttons to swap out of the dashboard because no one uses them. It may be hard to believe but today, manufacturers know little about their vehicles once they’ve left the dealership. With connected vehicles, data flows back to automakers, enabling software updates in real time.

Putting Data to Work

In the future, data from sensor-packed and connected vehicles could even be packaged and shared with cities. Data showing a lot of braking, for instance, on a cold morning may alert city officials to a dangerous patch of black ice that requires salt.

In all ways, automakers will look to leverage the data that vehicles produce. And that amount of data is growing exponentially as software and electronics become the key differentiators among like classes of cars. Lux Research says that by 2030, electronics and software will account for 50% of car costs, up from about 30% today while the software opportunity in autonomous cars will grow from less than one billion to $25 billion.

Modern luxury cars are already marvels of software and electronic engineering, containing on average more than 100 million lines of code and six to eight operating systems. Indeed, just one connected car will generate more revenue than ten conventional ones . Additionally, eight in ten auto industry executives say data will fuel future automotive business models and 83% believe they will make money off that data.

With data a highly sought-after commodity, and many big tech companies building their business models on monetizing data, it’s important to note that at BlackBerry, it’s our sworn principle and mission to protect data, not to exploit it. We simply move it, and of course do so securely, as opposed to use it or profit off of it.

Cybersecurity Risks Mount

Despite the exciting opportunities they present, connected cars increase cybersecurity risks and that challenge must be met for autonomous vehicles to reach their full potential. Attack surfaces are constantly being added to vehicles via elements such as sensors, automated steering wheels, brakes, accelerators, infotainment systems, mobile apps and wireless key fobs .

Like any other product or ecosystem, as the number of connected ‘things’ grows within a vehicle, so too does the attack surface and the threat potential.

In recent years, nearly every OEM has experienced some sort of hack, driving home the reality that security cannot be an afterthought or bolted on. It has to be baked into vehicles and their components at every stage of the process. That means securing the supply chain, using only trusted components, in field monitoring and responding quickly to issues. 

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely of the author and ETAuto.com does not necessarily subscribe to it. ETAuto.com shall not be responsible for any damage caused to any person/organisation directly or indirectly.

[Courtesy: https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com]

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Project Prabhat : Empowering Communities

Project Prabhat : Empowering Communities

For Viji, a homemaker from Hosur, Tamil Nadu, the expenses of managing a six-member family on a single income was always a cause for worry. With three growing children making ends meet was a struggle.

Viji always sought opportunities to improve her family’s income. The Assistant Beauty Therapist course at the local Prabhat Livelihood Centre offered her the perfect opportunity to enhance her livelihood.

After completing her training at the centre, Viji set up shop at home. She offered basic beauty services, bringing in a few thousand rupees. Finally, her family began to see merit in her work and helped her apply for a loan to start a beauty parlour.

With several regular clients at her parlour, Viji’s business is running well. Their family income has tripled now.

Today, Viji has a team of six students at the parlour who help her manage the clients while she trains them. Viji aims to expand her parlour and offer advanced services to clients.

About Project Prabhat:

Project Prabhat, the *USLP-linked community development initiative of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), aims to build sustainable and inclusive communities around HUL sites. In the last five years, through focussed efforts on enhancing livelihood, water conservation and health & well-being, it has touched 2.95 million lives across 30+ locations and has over 5000 HUL employee volunteers involved in it.

*About the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP):

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands. The plan has three big goals:

  • Improving health & well-being for more than 1 billion
  • Reducing environmental impact by ½
  • Enhancing Livelihoods for millions

[Courtesy: https://www.hul.co.in/news/news-and-features/2019/project-prabhat-empowering-communities.html

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