Santa Monica furniture company leverages customer homes as showrooms

first_img February 11, 2019 at 10:54 AM 1 Comment HomeFeaturedSanta Monica furniture company leverages customer homes as showrooms Feb. 11, 2019 at 4:59 amFeaturedNewsSanta Monica furniture company leverages customer homes as showroomsAngel Carreras2 years agoNewsSanta Monica A furniture company is looking to bring their latest showroom close to its customers– their homes. Outer, a Santa Monica-based direct-to-consumer furniture company, has recently launched Neighborhood Showrooms, a concept that will display Outer’s outdoor furniture through a customer’s home.Through this concept, a customer would buy a piece of Outer’s outdoor furniture via Outer’s website (ranging from a pair of two armless chair sofas to a large three-piece sofa with two armless chair sofas) and have it in their space — small, big, apartment, Palisades mansion; Outer wants spaces of all sizes involved — eventually becoming a host for the furniture. By using homes as showrooms, the company can keep the cost of its products low. “The thing with furniture is its bigger and bulkier, people want to test it see it in person like with a sofa,” said cofounder Jiake Liu. “In the spirit of cutting out excess spending, customers can have a quality process at lowest prices. We don’t want to build retail show spaces. That’s where neighborhood showroom was born.”An interested customer would schedule an appointment with the host (who’d receive a background check provided from Outer) via Outer’s website and eventually see the furniture in someone’s living space as opposed to a finely curated showroom.“When you buy something, you trust the opinion of friends and family, then you do research on brands,” cofounder Terry Lin said. “We’re trying to take advantage of that.”Liu said the benefit of their idea is letting people see low-cost, high-quality furniture in a natural habitat as opposed to a glossy store with pushy salesmen. “Terry and I co-founded outer on a mission to bring people outside, to enjoy the outdoors. A lot of that is getting high-quality low-cost furniture to enjoy the outdoors in their backyard. The thing with furniture is it’s bigger and bulkier than most things — people want to test it out see it in person.”The concept would essentially make complete strangers living review avatars. Neighbors meeting and greeting in the name of lounging on that summer sofa.Outer’s website describes the idea as a “localized approach to engaging with people through the communities, cultures, and conversations that define the neighborhoods they live in.”Liu and Lin plan on honoring this statement with free next day delivery for Santa Monica and greater LA customers. Additionally, the company has plans for a series of activations in the city. Liu and Lin said they’ve spoken to the Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market about promoting and sponsoring events and plan to do more events centered around neighborhoods in Santa Monica.Liu says he’s happy the company will bring people together.“The high-level idea is just turning customers backyards into showrooms,” Liu said. “All types and sizes for homes in all settings. Customers can check an array of backyards and spaces, make an appointment with a host, check out a sofa, and two neighbors meet and connect in the process. That’s the high-level idea.”[email protected] best tile cleaning says: Thanks for finally writing about >Santa Monica furniturecompany leverages customer homes as showrooms – Santa Monica Daily Press Destroying the “Us and Them” Mentality – A Vision for Efficient Civil DiscourseCo-working spaces flourish in Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours ago Comments are closed. Tags :NewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 commentlast_img read more

Supreme Court rejects challenge to PA transgender student bathroom policy

first_imgmrtom-uk/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it has blocked a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district policy that allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.In 2017, a group of cisgender school students sued Boyertown Area School School District alleging a violation of bodily privacy, Title IX, and state tort law. The District Court and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals both upheld the school’s policy.“The presence of transgender students in the locker and restrooms is no more offensive to constitutional or Pennsylvania law privacy interests that the presence of the other students who are not transgender,” the 3rd Circuit wrote.The students, who have been represented by the Christian advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the justices declined to take up the case without explanation dealing a legal victory to transgender students. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A Key to Healthier Adult Diets: Healthier Baby Diets

first_imgAs the federal government weighs the first-ever dietary guidelines for children under 2, there’s evidence that the food habits of young kids influence their diet—and their health—later on. The science is still nascent and studies are generally small. But with childhood obesity on the rise and a growing understanding that the seeds of adult illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are planted in childhood, there’s increasing interest in how to shape the youngest palates. … Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media > Feeding babies the right healthy foods during a critical window of time may help set them up for better health as adults, emerging research suggests.last_img

Natalie, Fanie capture gold

first_img20 September 2004Natalie du Toit and Fanie Lombaard were expected to deliver top-class performances at the Athens Paralympics. Both athletes proved the hype was justified on Sunday, delivering world record breaking performances to win South Africa’s first gold medals of the Games.Du Toit smashes her world recordDu Toit, who will contest seven events in the swimming pool in Athens, started off with a bang in the 100 metres butterfly. In the morning heats she destroyed her own previous world record by nearly three seconds, with a time of one minute 07.69 seconds.In the evening final, she improved on her morning swim with a time of 1:07.54, leaving her about four-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest opposition, Canadian swimmer Stephanie Dixon.It could be the beginning of a rich haul for the Cape Town swimmer; she is also entered in the three freestyle events – the 50 metres, 100 metres, and 400 metres – the 100 metres breaststroke, the 100 metres backstroke and the 200 metres individual medley.Fanie fetches his leg, takes goldFanie Lombaard broke his own world record in the shot put for leg amputees, throwing 13.81 metres to better his previous mark of 13.52 metres. It gave Lombaard a comfortable victory over second-placed Viktor Khilmonchyk, who recorded a career-best throw of 13.19 metres.Lombaard is competing in his third Paralympic Games, and Sunday’s gold medal was his sixth in a superb career.However, his win almost didn’t happen. He very nearly left the athletes’ village without his competition leg. Luckily for the former Blue Bulls’ rugby star, sprinter Oscar Pistorius noticed that Lombaard’s leg was missing and asked about it. Lombaard rushed back and fetched it, and was early enough to catch the next bus to the competition.He next competes on Tuesday in the discus. His aim is to become the first man ever to crack the 50 metres mark.Silver for multi-talented FieldThere was another medal for South Africa when visually impaired Scott Field captured a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly. It was oh so close to gold too. Home swimmer Charalampos Tainidis won the race in 1:01.50 to Field’s 1:01.75.Field is a multi-talented sportsman. He and his brother Rory spearheaded South Africa to victory in the first ever Cricket World Cup for the Blind in 2000, with Scott named player of the tournament after scoring 763 runs at the astonishing average of 254.33.Other weekend resultsTadgh Slattery, swimming in the 200 metres individual medley final for athletes with cerebral palsy, came home in sixth place. Nathan Oliver, swimming in the butterfly final of the men’s S8 class, also finished sixth.Zanele Situ, a silver medal winner in the javelin in Sydney, managed seventh place in the shot put for athletes paralysed from the wait down. In the women’s discus, Jane Mandean finished sixth, Chennele van Zyl eighth, and Beverley Mashinini tenth.Multiple Boston Marathon winner Ernst van Dyk, showed that he is in fine form by winning his 1 500 metres wheelchair heat in a Paralympic record of 3:04.50. The new mark didn’t stand for long, however, as Frenchman Jean Jeannot bettered it in the very next heat.Nathan Meyer, a double gold-medallist in Sydney, won his 200 metres heat for arm-amputees.On the cycling track, Stephan Herholdt and Janos Plekker both recorded personal best times to qualify for the semi-finals of the individual pursuit.Pieter du Plooy was a winner in the men’s table tennis, beating Hatsuo Ono of Japan 3-0. Mark Nilsen also won, downing Greece’s Antonio Kalyvas 3-1.After the opening weekend of the Paralympics, South Africa occupied eleventh place on the overall medals table.last_img read more

Amazon finally enables product orders through Echo

first_img HomeDigital MarketingAmazon finally enables product orders through Echo Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 6th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Amazon finally enables product orders through EchoYou are here: An obvious feature has finally come to the Amazon Echo. Prime members now can talk to the device to order any Prime-eligible product that Amazon sells. Before this weekend, shopping via Echo was limited to reordering items from past Amazon purchases.Shoppers will need to have a 1-Click payment method already set up in their Amazon account, and they’ll need to have voice purchasing turned on in the Alexa mobile app. Setting up a four-digit confirmation code is optional.When shoppers use Echo to make a purchase, Amazon will first look for Prime-eligible products in their order history and offer those for purchase. If a matching item isn’t found there, Alexa will look for “Amazon’s Choice” items next and then search through all Prime-eligible products.In my brief testing, it worked pretty well. Beyond the expected voice recognition issues, Echo found items in my order history even if I didn’t use the full/official product name. In response to a purchase request, Echo will tell you the total price (including any taxes) and offer different sizes if available.In its weekly email to Echo owners, Amazon says “tens of millions” of products are available for voice purchase. The company’s help page explains that several product categories aren’t eligible, such as Apparel, Jewelry, Shoes and others.From our sponsors: Amazon finally enables product orders through Echolast_img read more

England vs India: Suresh Raina makes ODI comeback after nearly 3 years

first_imgSuresh Raina is back in the one-day international squad after a gap of three years as India continue to experiment with their middle-order in the 50-over set up.Raina, who last played an ODI against South Africa in October, was dropped from the limited-overs sides due to inconsistency with the bat and his failure to pass the yo-yo test.But the 31-year-old worked hard during his time away from the Indian team, scored runs in the domestic circuit and in the Indian Premier League and also worked hard on his fitness to make his way back in the national set up.India vs England 1st ODI Live Cricket ScoreThroughout his career Raina has played 18 knocks at No. 4 and scored 675 runs at an average of 45 with one hundred and six half-centuries. He has batted at No.5 on 81 occasions and has three hundreds with an impressive strike-rate and average.The Men in Blue are yet to figure out the permanent combination in the middle-order especially in the one-day team with just MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya being the constants to feature in the playing XI.Ajinkya Rahane and Kedar Jadhav were part of the team during the 6-match series in South Africa while Shreyas Iyer was also given an opportunity but none of them were able to cement their places in the side.India vs England: Rohit Sharma braces for high-scoring ODI series vs EnglandManish Pandey has also been given a longer rope but keeps moving in and out of the final XI.advertisementDinesh Karthik is also a part of the squad but wasn’t included in the XI against England on Thursday.Team India are looking at this series as a precursor for the 50-over World Cup which will be played in England next year and need to finalise their middle-order soon.KL Rahul seems to have sealed his place in the team thanks to his outstanding form off late. He is expected to bat at No. 3 with Kohli coming in at No. 4.”With the World Cup in England exactly a year later, in terms of preparations, it will be good for us to see where we stand as a team. What sort of combinations, targets can be available for us.”What we need to do to move forward as a team. This tour brings another challenge for us,” opener Rohit Sharma had stated at the pre-match press conference in Nottingham on Wednesday.Both Rohit and KL Rahul slammed a century each in the concluded T20I series, when asked about the chance of batting together in ODIs, he said, “I do not know where he will bat in ODIs. But he has been in great form. He is a quality player, wherever he will bat he will contribute. He wants to make a contribution in ODI team and will make an impact,” he said.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on the other hand, feels Rahul should bat at No. 3 with Kohli with at crucial number four position to provide solidity to the India’s batting line-up.Since the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August 2017, India have tried as many as six different batsmen – Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Ajinkya Rahane – at the number four position but Ganguly feels Kohli is the best bet for the crucial slot.”With Rahul at number three, and Virat Kohli batting at number four, I think the problem has been sorted out. And I firmly believe it is also the right thing to do in the ODI format as well,” Ganguly said. “I think that’s what Kohli is going to do (in the upcoming series) as well,” the former skipper opined,” he added.India will now be banking on Rahul’s form and Raina’s experience to dominate the ODI series in England after clinching the T20I series 2-1.last_img read more

Quebec government to spend 500 million to compensate taxi drivers reform industry

first_imgQUEBEC — The Quebec government will give the province’s taxi drivers $500 million in compensation as it moves to overhaul the province’s passenger transport industry.The Coalition Avenir Quebec government tabled a bill that seeks to reduce the number of costly requirements for taxi drivers and allow them to benefit from a dynamic pricing system like that used by Uber.Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel said the government will compensate taxi permit holders who’ve seen the value of those permits drop with the arrival of Uber and other ride-hailing applications.He said the legislation would create a more equal playing field among various companies competing in the industry by reducing taxi drivers’ costs and allowing them to adjust prices based on demand.But groups representing taxi drivers were angry with the bill, calling it a declaration of war. The industry has long argued that government hasn’t done enough to clamp down on Uber drivers, whom they say have been undercutting fares and operating outside the law.The bill introduced by Bonnardel would require all drivers to meet the same obligations. These include a standard class 5 licence (as opposed to the current 4C required for taxi drivers), a training course and a criminal background check.“We’re putting money back in taxi drivers’ pockets,” Bonnardel said. He said that by lowering the financial burden on taxi drivers, the industry will be able to stabilize and find its place in the market.That assertion was challenged by the taxi industry representatives, who accused the government of betraying them and acting as lobbyists for Uber.“It’s a declaration of war” and a “dark day for the taxi industry,” industry spokesman Abdallah Homsy said at a news conference.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Thousands of potholes creating major problems around the county

first_img February 21, 2019 Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- With all the rainy weather this winter, you’re likely to notice even more potholes.  Although Mayor Kevin Faulconer has made a pledge to repair more streets, it looks like the City of San Diego is still falling short in fixing many potholes.We talked to drivers who complained that the rough roads riddled with cracks and holes cause alignment problems. Some drivers noted that the holes are a safety hazard, when cars try to swerve around them.Since January of last year, more than 13,000 requests for pothole repairs were sent to the City of San Diego’s “Get It Done” app.After the request is made, the City can take action, but that doesn’t always occur quickly. City data shows the average repair request takes 22-32 days to resolve. Thousands of potholes creating major problems around the county Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more