Somerville, MA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
The larger train stations in Italy are well-equipped to handle passengers needs with an array of amenities including pharmacies, banks, fitness centers, WIFI access and more. And now a free app called Around Station offers information on places to eat, how to get to the Metro or ticket office, and how to navigate the station in general. ItaliaRail provides the scoop on the big three:
Roma Termini, Rome
Roma Termini, the main train station in Rome, is the transportation hub of the city, the largest train station in Italy, and the second largest train station in Europe. It is here that the main Metro (subway) lines converge, trains leave and arrive from destinations within Italy and other countries in Europe, and the Leonardo Express train runs to and from the airport. With about 480,000 people buzzing through on any given day, its a busy place. The Termini boasts over 100 retail shops with everything from a pharmacy, to a post office, to a large bookstore (that sells books in English), and even a health club. If time permits, Bar Fondi, on Via Milazzo just a couple of blocks from the Termini, boasts some of the best espresso and cappuccino in Rome, not to mention delicious pastries and cakes.
Interesting factoid: On December 23rd 2006, in an official ceremony, Termini Station was dedicated to Pope John Paul II.
Milano Centrale, Milan
Italys second largest train station is truly a reflection of the city it services, with gorgeous high-end boutiques for the fashion-minded and high-tech amenities for business travelers. Its majestic architecture and many sculptures make it a destination in and of itself. Online reviews consistently report it is one of the most beautiful and efficient train stations in Europe. Travelers need not leave the station to find an array of shoes and apparel shops from internationally well-known brands such as Zara and Mango to Italian-made product stores like Carpisa and Geox. Milano Centrale even has an in-house chapel, for quiet reflection time. The exclusive Salmoiraghi & Vigan
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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) August 08, 2014
Aislelabs (http://www.aislelabs.com), the leading provider of mobile marketing automation platform, is announcing the first location-based clienteling solution. As brick and mortar retailers strive to offer a personalized client service in an increasingly mobile world, clienteling solution by Aislelabs enables them to provide one-on-one experiences.
Clienteling solution enables store associates to obtain real-time visibility on clients visiting the store. A mobile-friendly user interface displays detailed profile of each client, along with their precise indoor location inside the store and additional CRM and purchase history. Store staff can immediately personalize the service based on presented information.
Aislelabs offers mobile SDKs which utilize GPS, WiFi, and iBeacon-based location technology. Integration with CRM systems and marketing clouds enrich visitor information with transactional information and engagement data to provide a 360 degree video of every customer. An intuitive user interface with intelligent lead scoring empowers customer service and sales staff with customers’ shopping preferences, social profile, purchase history, past visit details, and other relevant information. Store staff can use this information to serve customers efficiently. For example, the staff can pre-select products based on customer preferences as they walk in, provide them help or support information by looking at past purchases, or engage in a relationship-building conversation by reading their posts on social sites online.
Several industry verticals, including banking, hospitality, car rentals, and high-end retail can immediately benefit from a location-based clienteling solution. Aislelabs clienteling product will be able to serve businesses in these industries to differentiate their customer service with a personal touch.
About Aislelabs Inc.:
Aislelabs is a technology company assisting retailers to increase sales through the power of big data analytics. We help our clients understand customer traffic patterns and behaviour inside and outside their physical stores in ways never before possible. This deeper understanding empowers our suite of products to deliver highly personalized omni-channel marketing tailored to in-store customers. Aislelabs’ technology transforms retail locations to smart stores, resulting in effective marketing, increased sales, and better customer satisfaction. We serve retail chains, shopping malls, boutique retailers, restaurants & cafes, event venues and public spaces of all sizes. To learn more, visit http://www.aislelabs.com/.
Good Things Come in Threes: Vinitaly International Returns to China for the Dalian International Wine Festival
Dalian, China (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
There is no question about Vinitaly Internationals plan to continue to strongly invest in what is now known as one of the most promising wine markets in the world: the country imported nearly 120 million litres of wine during the first 5 months of 2013 (+ 26% with respect to the same period in 2012) for a total value of 610 million US dollars (+14%). With a constant upward trend of per capita wine consumption (1,31 litres in 2012 with respect to 0,3 in 2003), China will most likely become the number one wine consumer in the world by 2015 (Source: VAFFANCINA.IT, 20 August 2013, http://tinyurl.com/ptxspmn).
The potential for Italian wine producers is huge and with its 7% share Italy already has a foot in the door. But the complexity of this market calls for strategic thinking and Vinitaly International seems to have found a way forward.
Back in the fall of 2013 the Ambassador of Italian Wine had already sent clear signs of its intentions by inaugurating a new office in Shanghai in order to better represent Italian wine producers and strengthen its presence on the Chinese market. Just a few weeks before, Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International, had also organized a round table with top Chinese importers and distributors in the historical center of Tianzifang recognizing the importance of a collaboration with the movers and shakers of Italian wine in China. The optimal solution for a collaboration amongst local importers and wine producers is to synchronize the various activities with regards to Italian Wine promotion and education in China Stevie Kim had said at the time emphasizing the strategic value of co-branding and co-marketing activities in view of Vinitaly China Chengdu, the new off-site showcase in program for March 2014. During the meeting a special focus was also put on the educational aspects of training potential buyers with the presentation of what would soon become Vinitaly Internationals new key project: the Vinitaly International Academy.
Nearly a year later the same top Italian wine importers are preparing now to travel for the third time in a row to a Vinitaly International event in Mainland China and present a series of Masterclasses aimed at helping Chinese consumers better understand the great diversity and excellence of Italian wine.
But why Dalian? With a population of nearly 7 million, the city is fast becoming the hub of Northern China excelling in its role as a port and an industrial, trading and financial centre. Dalian is also the home to the Haichang Group, that has acquired, in the past years, no less than 26 Chateaux in France. The huge oil-to-real estate tycoon also founded, together with the French Chamber of Commerce, the Dalian International Wine Festival, now at its third edition, with the aim of further promoting the citys already booming wine industry: Dalian has in fact become one of the top 10 wine consuming markets in China since 2009 with sales of some RMB 300 million of bottles each year (Source: HKTDC RESEARCH, 6 January 2012, http://tinyurl.com/kcnp4uw)
No wonder then that Vinitaly International has decided to go ahead in this new venture setting its bets once again on education: the format of Vinitaly China Dalian will be very similar to that of its last stop in Shanghai but with an even larger area of 120 sqm which will include an educational section and the Vinitaly Lounge. In the latter, attendees will have the opportunity each day to taste Italian coffee and soak up the atmosphere of a typical Italian Aperitivo thanks to the continuous support of two top producers of the Made in Italy Food and Beverage sector: Fabbri 1905 and MioEspresso.
Following the enthusiasm shown by attendees in Shanghai, the number of educational sessions has now risen to 12 including 9 Masterclasses organized in collaboration with the same top Chinese importers also present in Chengdu and Shanghai: SinoDrink, EMW, Venas Vinus, Chu Xiao, Insider, Amore Fine Wines, VM Fine Wines, Kelit and 100ITA.
The Vinitaly Area will also play host to three Executive Wine Seminars of the Vinitaly International Academy, presented by famous wine expert and VIA Scientific Director Ian DAgata.
The great thing about Vinitaly International is how it promotes Italian wine all over the world explains Ian DAgata In this light, VIA is exceptionally important for it is the teaching arm of Vinitaly International, and aims to help wine lovers and wine professionals everywhere better understand the intricacies of Italian wine…beginning with the almost 600 grape varieties that call Italy their home! China is an especially important market, where people have always shown great interest and passion for Italian wines and we are pleased and honoured to help our Chinese friends better understand and appreciate great Italian wines.
Day one will open with Brunello di Montalcino: Italys most classic: ageworthy Sangiovese wines (advanced level) followed on day two and three respectively by A panorama of Italys many great and diverse wines part 1 and part 2.
Veronafiere is the leading organizer of trade shows in Italy including Vinitaly (http://www.vinitaly.com), the largest wine event in the world. The 48th edition of Vinitaly counted some 155,000 visitors (+6%) in four days of event, of which 56.000 were international attendees representing 36% of the total. On 100.000 square meters, 4.000 exhibitors welcomed trade professionals, media and producers alike. The next instalment of the fair will take place on 22 25 March 2015. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine (http://www.vinitalyinternational.com) Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers, will unite international wine professionals on March 21st 2015 in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the 100 best Italian wines, as selected by Wine Spectator. In 1998 Veronafiere also created Vinitaly International to develop a global platform for the promotion of Italian wine producers in foreign markets such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong.
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