May 28, 2020

COMMENTARY: Media, Media, on the wall …who’s the fakest of them all?

By Joel B. Liburd he one thing that the world probably is grateful to Donald Trump for, is his spotlighting of “fake news”. However, while Trump chooses to use the phenomenon to blame for all of his misfortunes and criticisms, his opponents argue that it was media manipulation that catapulted him to the White House. […]

Online stage and screen quiz

Cayman: CDS: Online stage and screen quiz this weekend (new format)! ONLINE QUIZ THIS SAT! We will be hosting a theatre and movie quiz vid vid chat on Sat 30th May at 8pm. Grab a pen and paper and join us for some fun and some challenging trivia questions, so that we can find some […]

Cayman: Incident in George Town, 27 May – man assaults police officer with pepper spray

From RCIPS Earlier this afternoon, Wednesday, 27 May, officers were responding to a report at an address off Walkers Road, when a man at the location obstructed them in their duties. The man brandished a machete and pepper spray, then assaulted officers with the pepper spray. He then fled the location. The affected officers have […]

Cayman: COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, 27 May 2020 – 3 more positives

Over 10,170 persons have been tested in the Cayman Islands, placing the nation at sixth in the world in per capita testing. ·         Of 359 tested today, 3 are positive, one of whom was a contact of a known person and the other two are community transmitted. ·         Finance Minister presented CI financial picture created by response […]

Colour your SEAT

For the first time, SEAT is offering its main models in the form of drawings for colouring An initiative to keep children entertained during their time at home or on holiday More than 25 models from the SEAT 1400 to the Tarraco, each with its own history and special features: Martorell, 27/05/2020. Now that there is […]

Data is the key to planning transport’s future say ITS (UK) Young Professionals

This week ITS (UK)’s Young Professionals discuss their reaction to the Coronavirus crisis, how it has affected them and how they see their jobs and transport changing in the future. Watch it here: ITS (UK) Coronavirus webinar week 8 Asked about how we will manage transport in the near future, James Bullen, Graduate Consultant of Intelligent […]

Coronavirus: Your Wed May 27 Briefing from Law360

By Media & Entertainment Law360 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 TOP NEWS How To Avoid Making The Blow Of A Pay Cut Even Worse Pay cuts have swept through major law firms in recent months, with many attorneys seeing double-digit percentage drops in their compensation. Financial experts say those who have been impacted must tread carefully […]

Cayman: COVID-19 Work Permit Holder Project Deadline

The Ministry of Community Affairs reminds the public that the deadline for submitting applications to its COVID-19 Work Permit Holder Project is Sunday, 31 May 2020. Please note that services as needed may be extended into June only on applications received up to the 31st May. For more information, contact 244-8000 or email [email protected] (GIS)

Cayman: GDP projected to contract by 11.4% – Min. McTaggart

Minister McTaggart Remarks About CI Economy at Today’s (Wed 27) Press Conference Speaking Notes: See also addendum “Response to media query re Tourism Accommodation Tax Waivers” Press Briefing Address by the Honourable Roy McTaggart, JP May 2020 Opening Good afternoon everyone, I thank you for the opportunity to engage with you and share information with […]

Audi further expands its e-commerce offerings together with retail partners worldwide

A range of digital offerings make it easier to accessnew and used cars Rollout of online reservation system in Europeanmarkets In Germany: online platform for purchasing new carsfrom dealer stock Ingolstadt, May 27, 2020 – Against the backdrop of thecoronavirus crisis, Audi is intensifying its focus on digitalsolutions for its customers. The company and its dealershipsare integrating e–commerce solutions for purchasing newand used cars in more and more markets. France is the pilotmarket for a new online reservation tool, and online sales ofnew cars from dealer stock have been launched inGermany. But virtual consulting and service offers are alsocontinuing to gain importance. “We’ve been engaged with the mega trend of digitalizationfor a long time now. Given the distancing required to containthe global coronavirus crisis, this has now picked up evenmore momentum worldwide,” said Sven Schuwirth, Head ofDigital Experience and Business at AUDI AG. “As a result, wehave been able to very quickly offer a variety of agilesolutions that enable a seamless digital customer journey.New e-commerce offerings in conjunction with ourdealerships play a key role here. We are increasinglyconverting our worldwide websites from purely informationaltools to true transaction tools.” An online reservation tool for in-stock vehicles from Audipartners went live in the French market this week. For a lumpsum of EUR 100, customers can immediately reserve availablenew and used cars from dealers via the Audi website andthus secure their dream car. The respective dealer will thencontact the customer directly and handle the contractualdetails and delivery of the vehicle, even to the customer’shome, if desired. This e-commerce solution will gradually berolled out to other European markets, with the rollout in Spainstarting in June. Another e-commerce project has meanwhile been launchedin Germany: On a new, Group-wide platform, customers willbe able to buy new cars around the clock directly from Audidealer stock. An initial pilot project with one Audi partner isnow underway, with additional dealerships to followsuccessively over the course of the year. “The aim is to offer acomplete digital solution that is contactless and available24/7, and that conveniently covers every step of the carpurchasing process from any location: from the purchaseusing various payment options to registration and personaldelivery to the desired location by our Audi partners,” saidMartin Wallenborn, Head of Business Development MarketGermany at AUDI AG. With respect to financing, the Audi pilot project is first starting with cash purchases. For the mediumterm, the company is focusing on an end-to-end digitalsolution for financing and leasing through Audi Bank. Theonline shop can now be accessed at https://kaufen.audi.de.This solution will also be rolled out successively in othermarkets worldwide. Audi already started online sales of used cars in Germany inautumn 2017. Around 130 Audi partners offer an average of4,000 used Audi models online here. This sales channel will bemoved to the new online platform by the end of the year. Thepremium mobility service Audi on demand has also beenavailable completely digitally since last year: Customers inGermany can book their dream Audi online for a period ofbetween one and 28 days at www.audiondemand.de The digital reservation and purchasing solutions also featurevarious tools for online service and consultation. With AudiLive Consultation, for example, Audi is further expanding itsdigital sales business, offering dealers and customers acontactless alternative to visits to a dealership. Theapplication connects sales and service staff with customersand potential Audi buyers with the use of data glasses, whichenables individual meetings to take place directly at andinside the car, regardless of location. Audi also recently started answering questions about itsvehicles’ equipment details by using video tutorials, such asthose at www.audi.de/erklaervideos. Most of the 60 videoscurrently available here apply across model lines and focuson various aspects such as operation of the navigationsystem. Audi dealers, especially those in China, have found creativedigital solutions in recent months to keep in touch withcustomers and to win over new fans. Audi opted for a purelydigital format when launching the new Audi A4 L, which is oneof the brand’s most popular models in the Chinese market.An interactive cloud workshop virtually connected Product,Design and Marketing experts from Changchun, Beijing andIngolstadt with around 800 media representatives. Millions ofinterested customers experienced a digital “Super CloudLaunch” that included augmented and virtual reality formatsin cooperation with a television station. In addition, ChineseAudi partners have made use of live streams, virtual realityshowrooms and 24-hour online consulting to stay in touchwith customers. The Chinese market has shown significantlyincreased interest in e- commerce. In the first three monthsof the year, the company almost tripled the total number ofits online transactions from 2019. This means that about onein six Chinese customers initiated their Audi purchase online.