by: David JulienMobile wallet providers made a huge push to acquire users this past holiday shopping season – encouraging consumers to manage card payments through a smartphone app. As an example, Google Wallet offered a compelling incentive by promising users $5 for each person they referred who signed up. Smartphone users could refer up to 20 friends (earning up to $100), while their referred friends also received a $5 gift!An optimistic study from VentureBeat projected that 30% of U.S. users would adopt the mobile technology for the holidays. But the jury (and the data) is still out as to whether gambles like this worked.A customer experience quandary: Convenience vs. peace of mindIt’s not surprising that the large players in this new arena have been having a hard time building a customer base. While these providers may be focusing hard on technical capability and device support, consumers are weighing the emotional pros and cons. In the age of sophisticated identity theft, loading all one’s highly confidential payment data onto their phone is no small decision. Sure, it sounds appealing to access mobile wallet convenience from any device, and it’s handy if your favorite merchants support it. But many customers have valid concerns about privacy and security, and many merchants are still not equipped to accept mobile wallets. In the VentureBeat study, 69% of smartphone users said they weren’t sure which stores would accept the type of mobile payments they use. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on 6 October 2020 that “Varaždin Klipič “ received a European trademark geographical origin. “Varaždinski klipič” is a handmade wheat milk pastry made from smooth wheat flour, milk, sunflower (or vegetable) oil, yeast, sugar and salt, which is used to make a thin dough which is then stretched, cut into strips and rolled into sticks. at least 25 cm which must have 4 folds on each side. The surface of the sticks is coated with egg and sprinkled with cumin seeds. Baked “Varaždinski klipič” has a crispy, lactic-sour taste that initially gives the impression of softness on the palate, and then melts in the mouth. The outside is dark yellow to golden in color, smooth and firm in consistency, while the inside texture is white in color, soft and loose. You can see the product specification “Varaždinski klipič” here. Thus, “Varaždinski klipič” was entered in the register protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and is protected throughout the European Union, and the consumer is guaranteed a purchase authentic product. The Republic of Croatia now has 27 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication. The process of protection of the name began in February 2017, when the Association of Chefs of Varaždin County submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for protection of geographical indications called “Varaždinski klipič”, and the production area includes the geographical area of Varaždin County. In addition to the now registered name “Varaždinski klipič”, other already registered products are: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljannik Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorje mills, Pag cheese, Bjelovarski kvarg Brač varenik. Photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board
The caution on lap nine bunched the field together again. Drake continued to ride the extreme top groove on the racy surface but Bowers was a rocket off the bottom side and grabbed the front spot coming off turn two and left the race for the runner-up. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 11) – Steven Bowers Jr. is known as one of the top IMCA Modified drivers in the Jet Racing Central Region. On Saturday night at the Quick-Quarter of Springfield Raceway, Bowers became the first repeat winner in six Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified events by taking the top spot from Trevor Drake following a lap nine restart. In a tight battle behind Bowers, Drake had a constant battle with Jody Tillman and Andrew Smith and Shawn Walsh were in the thick of the battle before completing the top five. Bowers started the 20-lap feature from seventh and let the pack start to loosen up before making his charge. Drake had grabbed command on lap four and was trying to put distance between his 12d car and the rest of the field. IMCA Modified racing presented by Bad Boy Mowers continues Saturday, July 18 with race time set for 7 p.m. Bowers now has two wins and a close second place finish, to Ken Schrader on opening night, to show for his thee Springfield Raceway starts this season.