Carvana Drives into the Piedmont Triad, Expands North Carolina Presence

Greensboro and Winston-Salem Area Residents Can Now Buy a Car Online and Have it Delivered as Soon as the Next Day GREENSBORO, N.C. & WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), a leading eCommerce platform for buying used cars, doubled its market presence in North Carolina today, bringing a new way to buy a car to the Piedmont Triad. By visiting from the comfort of home, or on the go via tablet or mobile phone, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and area residents in High Point can now shop more than 10,000 vehicles, finance, purchase and even trade in their current vehicle in as little as 10 minutes. As soon as the next day, Carvana will deliver the newly purchased vehicle for free. Carvana saves customers valuable time and money with an online, transparent purchase experience. All vehicles are company-owned and Carvana Certified, passing a rigorous 150-point inspection, have never been in a reported accident, nor have frame damage. By visiting Carvana’s website, customers can view all features, imperfections and updated information about open safety recalls on the car's vehicle description page. To ensure complete peace of mind, Carvana offers all customers a 7-day test-own period to make sure the vehicle fits their life. Additionally, area customers who want to experience one of Carvana’s fully automated, coin-operated Car Vending Machines can road trip to Raleigh (N.C.) to pick up their vehicle. “We received a warm welcome in Charlotte and Raleigh, so we were eager to expand our free delivery into the Piedmont Triad,” said Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana. “We’re looking forward to showing even more customers in North Carolina that car buying can actually be a fun experience.” Carvana has delivered vehicles to customers in 48 states, and offers free, as-soon-as next-day delivery to residents in 47 markets: Albuquerque (N.M.), Continue Reading

Automated Fare Collection System Market Will Reach $12.9 Million By 2024

As per the report "Automated Fare Collection System Market by application (Bus, Toll, Train and Car rental), by component (Software & Services, hardware) by technology platform (Smart card, NFC, OCR, and Others), by geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of World), Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, (2016–2024)," The global Automated Fare Collection market was valued at $4.81 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $12.9 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 13.3% from 2017 to 2024. By application type, Bus segment, generated the highest revenue share of $1.28 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 13.6% in the global AFC market. Among major regions, North America AFC market was the highest revenue generating market valued at $1.6 billion in 2016. “The Asia Pacific region is going to witness the highest growth in terms of Automated Fare Collection Market. This is the result of developing and emerging countries concentrated in the region. Countries like India and China are focusing on various public transportation projects like trams, subways and BRT services, which are eventually assisting in the market growth”. To know more about the report, visit at North America generated the highest revenue in 2016, in terms of Automatic Fare Collection Market North America led the AFC market by generating a revenue of $1.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.5% during the forecast period of (2017-2024). Being a developed region, the automated fare collection technology is used nearly everywhere in the public transport services of U.S. However, Asia Pacific is supposed to witness the highest CAGR of 14.7%, as the number of developing countries is much larger in this region as compared to other parts of the world. Automated Bus Fare Collection system lead the market by holding approx. 27% of the market share. Continue Reading

Teens trash Spike Lee over Absolut Brooklyn vodka marketing presence in neighborhood

Spike Lee put Bedford-Stuyvesant on the cinematic map, but some teens think he sold out the neighborhood with his Brooklyn-themed Absolut Vodka promo. The kids did a survey of alcohol advertising posters and billboards in the area and found the logo designed by Lee dominated. "I've seen his movies. I was a really big fan. But he lost respect from me," said Shenel Gunnis, 17. "You're not supposed to be promoting stuff like that in areas that can barely afford food." She's one of 10 teens who scoured Bed-Stuy this summer, mapping booze promos for the Children's Aid Society. They tallied 56 and were surprised that Lee's limited-edition label - featuring the stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone - was the one that popped up over and over. Frank Moore, 19, said he'd like to tell the "Do the Right Thing" helmsman that's just wrong. "I'd be like, 'Why? Do you understand what you're doing ... that you're putting up an ad for liquor and you know there's an alcoholism problem here?'" he said. "My thing with Spike Lee is you should use your prestige and position of power to help the problem, not add on to it." Lee did not return a call left at his office and hung up on a reporter who reached him on his cell phone. A spokeswoman for Absolut had no immediate comment. The limited-edition bottle rolled out last summer is emblazoned with the phrase "A Spike Lee Collaboration." In the ads, the bottle is superimposed on a photo of Brooklynites on stoops.The teens felt Lee was trying to capitalize on borough pride."He was targeting us when normally he would make movies that would uplift our community," said Krystal Chapman, 17, a senior at the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights."I think it is hypocritical."Amaya Santos, 17, of East Flatbush, counted 28 Absolut ads in the Utica Ave. subway station."I thought, 'Spike Lee, What's going on here?' There's no reason why there should be 28 ads of the same thing in less than a mile," Continue Reading

6 new delicious reasons to head to Indianapolis City Market

With the addition of new vendors, the City Market's first floor is now 100 percent filled. Some of the city's established cooks are setting up new spots, and a few are turning in their nomadic ways for permanent homes.Regardless of whether you're a frequent market visitor or one who happens by every once in a while, you'll want to visit these new spots. The mouth-watering options likely will entice you — as will the urge to post it all on your Instagram. DuosOn Sept. 5, City Market welcomed of Indy's favorites — the "slow fast food" Duos, owned by Becky Hostetter, her husband David Hostetter and John Garnier. Duos' dishes are filling and nutritious, and have an international flair.The chefs satisfy different tastes based on their own — Becky Hostetter, a vegetarian, jokes she can convert tofu haters. Garnier is the mastermind behind the meat options. Duos Kitchen is at 29th and Meridian streets, and the eatery has a location in Eskenazi Health, as well as a food truck. What can you expect at the market? Duos' famous bowls, including the popular Balance Bowl, with beans, rice and spinach; Becky's Quinoa Bowl, with tofu, garbanzo beans, carrot and tahini dressing; the Leblebi Bowl, a Tunisian chickpea stew; and the Spring Roll Bowl, with rice noodles, sweet chili garlic sauce, scallions and tofu.Gomez BBQMichael Gomez's barbecue isn't trying to replicate the style of Kansas City, Mo., Texas or the Carolinas. Instead, he wants to hone a specifically Indiana flavor. Gomez has dubbed his style "craft barbecue" — a nod to the breweries he's worked with while cooking for their events around town. Gomez buys Indiana meats and fuels his wood-fired smoker with Hoosier hickory and fruit woods. He also incorporates his favorite parts of barbecue from other places and created a rub influenced by his Venezuelan background. In the land of pork, this translates to a pulled pork sandwich Continue Reading

Ford to double Silicon Valley presence; invests $75M

Ford, seeking to secure its future as a leader in autonomous vehicles, said today it plans to double the size of its presence in Palo Alto, Calif. over the next sixteen months and has invested $75 million in Velodyne, a developer of light detection and ranging sensors essential for self-driving cars.The Dearborn automaker said it plans to increase its team of researchers, engineers and scientists from 130 to 260 by the end of 2017.Ford also said Tuesday it is the co-lead investor in Velodyne along with Baidu, a Chinese internet search provider, also contributing $75 million. Baidu, with a market capitalization of $60 billion, has been called China's answer to Google."We view the next decade as really being defined by the automation of the vehicle," Ford CEO Mark Fields, said on CNBC's Squwak Box this morning. "So, our view is autonomous vehicles could have just have as significant of an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago."Fields also said Ford plans to make more announcements later today related to its view of how soon consumers should expect to see fully autonomous vehicles, or vehicles that can drive themselves.Industry experts believe self-driving cars will eventually help to improve automotive safety and reduce fatalities while making it easier for people to drive. Ford, at times, has been viewed as moving slower than competitors.Fields said Ford has been working on self-driving vehicles and connected cars for more than a decade.The automaker's investment in Velodyne, along with its commitment to rapidly expand its presence in Silicon Valley, also shows the automaker is doing more behnind the scenes than it has said publicly."Ford has a long-standing relationship with Velodyne and our investment is a clear sign of our commitment to making autonomous vehicles available for consumers around the world," Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president of product development said in a Continue Reading

Frontier ramps up presence across USA with 10 new routes

Frontier Airlines announced 10 new routes, expanding its presence in several key cities.Included in the expansion are four new routes to Orlando, three to West Palm Beach, three from St. Louis and two from Washington Dulles. Other cities getting new routes are Atlanta, Cancun, Chicago O"Hare, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers (Fla.), Milwaukee and Trenton (N.J.).Frontier's main hub of Denver gets one new route, but most of the other flights focus on the airline's other markets. That comes as the carrier has worked to lessen its dependence on Denver, where it faces intense competition from both United and Southwest.IN-DEPTH: Frontier Airlines adds nonstop to W. Palm Beach from Trenton (The Philadelphia Inquirer)Frontier senior vice president Daniel Shurz tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the carrier's growth strategy has been to find "profitable flying opportunities that are not in Denver. We are accelerating a process of looking to find other opportunities around the country."Frontier will phase in the new routes between Oct. 26 and Jan. 8. The details of Frontier's new routes are as follows:- Denver-West Palm Beach: Starts Oct. 26, four weekly flights on Airbus A319 aircraft- Washington Dulles-West Palm Beach: Starts Nov. 21, four weekly flights on Airbus A320 aircraft- Washington Dulles-Cancun, Mexico: Starts Nov. 22, Saturday-only service on Airbus A320 aircraft- St. Louis-Fort Lauderdale: Starts Jan. 8, three weekly flights on Airbus A319 aircraft- St. Louis-Orlando: Starts Dec. 21, three weekly flights on Airbus A319 aircraft- Milwaukee-Orlando: Starts Jan. 7, three weekly flights on Airbus A320 aircraft- St. Louis-Fort Myers: Starts Jan. 8, three weekly flights on Airbus A320 aircraft- Chicago O'Hare-Orlando: Starts Dec. 20, daily service on Airbus A320 aircraft- Atlanta-Orlando: Starts Dec. 14, five weekly flights on Airbus A319 aircraft- Trenton, N.J.-West Palm Beach: Starts Nov. 21, three weekly flights on Airbus A319 aircraftAmong highlights from some of Continue Reading

Virgin America to enter crowded LAX-San Jose market

Virgin America says it will begin flying from the Mineta San Jose International Airport on May 1, launching four daily round-trip flights to Los Angeles.San Jose's airport is only about 35 miles from Virgin America's main base at San Francisco International. Still, the carrier touted the addition of San Francisco's South Bay neighbor, saying San Jose "will expand the airline's presence in the greater Bay Area and bring new competition and economic growth to the region.""San Jose International Airport is important for Silicon Valley business travelers and it deserves more flight options," Virgin America CEO David Cush says in a statement announcing the new route.San Jose will become Virgin America's 21st destination when flights begin there in May.FULL STORY: Virgin America to begin San Jose to Los Angeles flights (San Jose Mercury News)The San Jose Mercury News lauds the new Virgin America service as "a coup for local airline boosters and passengers," saying "representatives of the city and Silicon Valley's tech industry … have campaigned to bring more carriers to the underutilized airport."Those leaders tell the Mercury News they hope Virgin America's flights will be the beginning of more to come at the airport.First, however, Virgin America will have to fight for its share of passengers on the busy San Jose-Los Angeles route.Four other airlines — Southwest as well as the regional affiliates of Alaska Airlines, American and United — all offer nonstop service between the cities. Additionally, Delta -- which has yet to make a formal announcement -- will begin Delta Connection service on that route on June 10, according to spokesman Anthony Black.Virgin America may "may find the waters are full of sharks" on that route, Hudson Crossing travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt says to the Mercury News.If Virgin America is able to make a dent in San Jose, could it add other routes?"We saw this as a low-risk way of putting our toe in the water," Cush Continue Reading

Qatar Airways ramps up U.S. presence, adds 3 new routes

Qatar Airways announced three new routes to the U.S., saying Monday it would begin flying to Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in 2016. The Doha-based carrier also said it would ramp up its service to New York, adding a second daily flight on its brand-new Airbus A350 jets.With the new routes, Qatar Airways says it will now fly from its Doha hub to all 10 of the largest U.S. metro areas. The airline's other U.S. destinations are: Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia and Washington Dulles. BOOKMARK: Add Today in the Sky to your favorites TODAY IN THE SKY: Qatar Airways is world's first airline to get the Airbus A350 USA TODAY: Airline, travel execs clash over subsidy allegationsOf course, the new routes come amid a widening trade spat focused on the three big "Gulf carriers." In that dispute, the three biggest U.S. airlines – American, Delta and United – contend Qatar Airways – as well as Emirates and Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates – receive unfair government subsidies. The CEOs of all three state-owned carriers have vigorously denied the allegations.As for Qatar Airways' new routes, the details of the new service are as follows.- Los Angeles: Daily service will begin Jan. 1, with Qatar Airways using Boeing 777 aircraft.- Boston: Daily service will begin March 16. Qatar Airways will use its new Airbus A350 on the route. Qatar Airways became the first airline in the world to put the jet into service in January. TODAY IN THE SKY: Now flying: The Airbus A350, the world's newest jetliner TODAY IN THE SKY: Qatar Airways completes move to giant new Doha airport- Atlanta: Daily service will begin July 1, with Qatar Airways using Boeing 777 aircraft. It's also worth noting that Atlanta is home to the headquarters and biggest hub of Delta, which seems to have taken the most-vocal role in denouncing the Gulf carriers. Qatar Air becomes the first of the three Continue Reading

New South Korea flights boosts American’s Asia presence

American Airlines launched its newest route to Asia last week, debuting daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth and South Korea's Incheon International Airport near Seoul.The first flight operated Thursday, landing in Seoul on Friday local time. The Seoul route gives American a new destination in Asia, a region where it's lagged behind its big domestic rivals.LOCAL REPORT: AA launches service to South Korea, with new flights from DFW (The Dallas Morning News)"American officials have acknowledged that they trail larger competitors United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which have robust networks to Japan and mainland Asia," The Dallas Morning News writes. "But American is using selected route additions and its partnership with fellow oneworld member Japan Airlines (JAL) to expand its Asian access to customers," the newspaper adds. PHOTOS: The new look of American AirlinesAA's Seoul-DFW route will be among those that it operates as part of its joint-venture agreement with JAL. The other Asian destinations that American flies its own planes to are Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo."South Korea's continued growth as a key business market has created increased demand for direct travel to and from the region," Chuck Schubert, AA's VP for network planning, says in a release. "This new route enhances our expanding global network and further establishes American's position as the preferred carrier for one-stop connections between Asia and major business and leisure destinations in North, Central and South America."AA will fly the route with Boeing 777-200 aircraft, adding that its in-flight experience will come "with special attention to the culture of the airline's Korean customers." AA says customers in-flight menus will include several Korean and Asian food options, including the "signature Korean dish" bibimbap. JAUNTED.COM: Surprisingly yummy airline Meals: Korean bibimbap on AA JAUNTED.COM: How to prepare for a trip to South Korea The new flights also Continue Reading

Disney turns to mommy bloggers for marketing help

Wendy Wright is a home-schooling mother of two, a prolific blogger and a self-described "Disney Nut." Her cats are named Mickey and Minnie, and her blog is filled with advice for visiting Disneyland, tips for holding Disney-themed parties and reviews of Disney movies. Wright's enthusiasm for all things Disney eventually drew the attention of the Walt Disney Company, which invited her to join a carefully vetted group of roughly 1,300 Disney Social Media Moms. The group of mothers — and a few fathers — are part of a Disney effort to incorporate the enthusiasm and influence of parents into its marketing efforts. Wright isn’t sure why she was picked, but guesses her online postings about Disney helped. "There's been a lot on social media about our trips to Disney," said Wright, who writes about technology, entertainment and other subjects from her home in Phoenix. "It's very obvious we are a Disney family." Disney moms are not paid, but they receive perks from the company for their efforts, including — for some — deeply discounted, four-day family trips to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, an event that is part vacation and part educational conference. Disney does not tell the mothers what to write or tweet about, and it doesn't require them to post. Still, this year’s social media moms event in May generated 28,500 tweets, 4,900 Instagram photos and 88 blog posts full of ride reviews and videos of kids meeting Disney characters. And the moms' postings are overwhelmingly positive. The theory is that mothers with a large online presence have the ability to influence travel and entertainment planning of other mothers. "For a big chunk of our guests, it's the moms who are making [travel] decisions," said Tom Staggs, Disney's chief operating officer. The mothers say they like having a connection to Disney — as well as the possibility of scoring a spot at the Social Media Moms Continue Reading