Devin is passionate about designing spaces for art and also incorporating art into existing spaces. From commissioning unique works of art, buying from local galleries or purchasing from retail websites, DFI can help in any art related capacity and work within any budget to curate and place artwork for your home or commercial space. With a degree in Art History and a certificate in Decorative and Fine Art Appraisal Studies from NYU, Devin has a trained understanding of the value of art. Her specific interest is in the relationship of art and space and she explored the significance of color, texture, placement, scale and context of art in space in her master’s thesis, "The Interrelationship of Art and Space: An Investigation Of Late 19th And Early Twentieth Century European Painting" which received the Joel Polsky Achievement Award from the ASID Educational Foundation and is featured in IIDA’s Knowledge Center. She was appointed a Graduate Internship at the National Gallery of Art in the Design and Installation Department and served on Washington State University's Art Selection Committee.
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Galveston's upcoming public transportation has some flair.
Four quaint, rubber-wheel trolley-like buses are being readied for the busy summer tourism season. They're anticipated to begin operating on the island by mid-May and will offer free rides this summer.
"The rail cars are going to take a year to be restored so the City will be using the rubber wheel trolleys along the rail line routes until they are back in service," Jaree Hefner, Galveston's Public Information Officer said. "Once the rail car trolleys are restored we will continue to use the rubber wheel trolleys on the Seawall route that runs from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens."
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The trolley-like buses are intended to facilitate transportation on the island, especially during peak travel months.
"By 2018 we will have three rail car trolleys running the downtown route and connecting to the Seawall via 25th Street and four rubber-wheel trolleys moving riders from one end of the Seawall to the other," Hefner explained. "The hope is to have residents and visitors park their cars and use the trolleys and Island Transit to move about the island to help ease congestion during our busier seasons."
Once ready, they will be operating seven days a week, depending on ridership and costs. There will be roughly 20 minutes between buses at each stop, and it will take about 45 minutes to get from Stuart Beach to Moody Gardens.
"At this point in time we are looking at running them from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., but those details are still be finalized," Hefner said. "For this summer, the trolley's will be free to ride to help build ridership on the new amenity!"
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
For years I lived an uneventful existence. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t unhappy either. I was just sort of stuck.
I had a good career, earned lots of money, and I had great friends and a loving family. You would think that this doesn’t sound too bad, but I felt unfulfilled and unmotivated. I repeatedly lived each day like the one before.
I looked around me and saw that everybody within my own circle of friends, relatives, and immediate family were no different. They too seemed stuck. They seemed unmotivated—like they were living their lives on automatic pilot.
I began to question why this was. Why do so many people just accept this pattern as normal, as if this is the way it is supposed to be?
I read hundreds of books on philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. I continued with this for a couple of years until I gradually I began to see things with greater clarity. I began to wake up. Then one day, out of the blue it just hit me, like a ton of bricks.
The key to unlocking my prison door was not contained in any books I read (although they did help me somewhat). It was in my ability to accept what “is” in this moment. So I now I make that choice.
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Fast-growing Schutz Shoes upgrades its fraud detection software to slash manual reviews and improve order processing.
Online orders were flowing into shoe e-retailer Schutz Shoes, the U.S. division of Brazilian-based shoe retailer Arezzo & Co., but the small team spent an increasing amount of time checking whether an order was fraudulent. When one employee on a staff of seven has to manually review the legitimacy of an online order, that’s time away from customers and other business, says Kimberly Gort, e-commerce manager for Schutz.
Schutz Shoes started selling online in 2014 operating its e-commerce site in the basement of its New York City store. That first year, Schutz had about $350,000 in online sales. In 2015, about half of its product catalog was available online and sales grew to $1.5 million. Now, with all of its products available online, Schutz Shoes projects about $3 million in online sales for 2016, Gort says. The retailer also opened a store in Los Angeles.
With triple-digit percentage growth comes growing pains. When the e-retailer received a modest five online orders a day, using the free tool from its e-commerce platform provider (Shopify Inc.) worked fine, Gort says. The plugin would flag orders that might be fraudulent, and the retailer decided to approve or decline such orders. For example, the tool flagged an order if the credit card and shipping addresses didn’t match, so a Schutz employee had to call the customer and determine if it was a legitimate order. Deciding what was and wasn’t fraudulent often was difficult, Gort says.
“There’s always a risk,” she says. “It was like we were playing roulette.”
The situation frustrated the retailer and the shopper, as some shoppers were blocked from placing an order or their order was delayed or they had to deal with a phone call from the retailer. Schutz was missing out on orders, devoting almost a full employee to manually check the orders and seek out consumers to verify information. As order volume and sales grew, the manual-review model no longer worked, Gort says.
In July, Schutz Shoes decided to integrate fraud detection software provider ClearSale onto its platform, choosing the vendor because it was used by parent company Arezzo. It took about two weeks to integrate the technology onto Schutz’s site, Gort says.
ClearSale factors in about 100 variables to approve or deny orders, and then has its 500-person team to dig deeper on flagged orders, says Rafael Lourenco, vice president of operations at ClearSale. Orders can be approved within three seconds, while an order that requires manual review will take 24-48 hours, he says.
The impact of adding ClearSale was almost immediate, Gort says, as Schutz Shoes was no longer on the hook to manually check flagged orders. The e-retailer now approves 94-96% of its orders, which is about a 5% increase from when it relied on its free plugin, Gort says.
ClearSale charges per transaction and takes a 0.4-1.5% cut of the sale. The commission is worth it, Gort says, as more sales are approved. In August, Schutz Shoes paid ClearSale $1,500. The retailer processed 1,200 online orders that month, 1,002 of which ClearSale reviewed in some capacity; of those 1,002 orders, 973 (97.1%) were approved.
ClearSale has about 2,000 clients, and more than 90% are retailers, Lourenco says. Across all of its clients, 93.5% of orders are automatically approved, Lourenco says.
Recently, ClearSale updated its formula with another variable to approve or deny orders. The feature factors in how long a consumer is on the website before she purchases. The shorter it is, the more suspect. However, this is only one variable and a short time between landings on the site and purchasing will not automatically flag an order, Lourenco says. The new feature increased ClearSale’s average approval rate by 1%, he says.
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Today, you can see enterprise IT departments having a hard time deciding whether or not to move to cloud. Many of which depend on traditional applications for their daily operations. Indeed, traditional apps are old but they usually serve business-critical functions. Pro Axia Consultants knows that a lot of people working in IT have encountered apps such as a five-year-old Java application or an owned .NET application that uses SQL servers.
Hundreds of articles available online had described the benefits of cloud-aware-apps, but this article aims to discuss some cloud benefits that were not usually mentioned in most of those articles.
Let's begin with cloud having the ability to adopt slowly. Companies being unsure where to start makes them put off cloud adoption. Cloud is not all about race; it should be considered by businesses as a process. In order for some enterprises to determine which parts of their application perform better and simpler to handle in cloud, they take their traditional, huge app and tease it apart to separate the pieces of the application.
Cloud is affordable, meaning you'll get more for less. Companies attempting to make their app work in the cloud will develop a version of it then call it a test and break it apart. Companies can spin up cloud servers and get rid of them, making it low-risk and high-rewarding. Its cost is only a small percentage of what companies are used to pay for traditional infrastructure.
Instead of hiring a full-time hardware specialist, cloud providers can handle much of the work involved in keeping the infrastructure running. Good news is that it is more affordable than hiring those full-time professionals. Delivering real value to the business includes new projects from the IT staff and cloud can help them fully concentrate on that matter.
Cloud is obviously one of the reasons why the nature of IT is being dramatically transformed. Cloud adoption allows your team to implement new agile development practices if your business involves software. With cloud, you can be sure that your business will stand strong amidst of the competition. The team at Pro Axia Consultants understands that the primary element vital to the survival of many businesses today is the ability to speed up the development lifecycle and reduce time to market.
Pro Axia Consultants also claims that every piece of a traditional app shouldn't be altered into a fully cloud-native app all at the same time to ensure that your business will not be left behind in the new generation of cloud IT. It is essential to find out first which components of your apps can live, and even succeed, in the cloud.
Build-to-suit buildings provide room for future expansions to current tenants. It is often viewed as a long-term investment which can be leased to several tenants according to reviews. Bacall Development and Associates can design a build-to-suit property that fulfills the needs of the tenants. The firm has well-known investors and developers of retail, office, hotel and congregate care assets in Southeast Michigan.
You will see some of the basic advantages of build-to-suit construction in the designing phase and in other areas including availability and reservation. The tenants can suggest ideas and goals during the designing phase of a build-to-suit development. The interior space is specifically designed to match the needs of the tenants.
It also allows tenants to choose their preferred location. And since build-to-suit developments are usually newly constructed, energy efficient construction materials were used and installed with the latest technology that can help tenants to save on operating costs.
Other tenants can also lease available space on build-to-suit locations, or do a reservation for future expansions. The rent for this kind of development is fully tax deductible over the full term of the lease.
In any case, Bacall Development and its associates also needs you to understand the disadvantages of build-to-suit properties since this matter is an important company decision. Build-to-suit properties require a long-term commitment and demand a good credit in order to gain financing. Moreover, it takes several years to construct a build-to-suit property.
Before engaging in a build-to-suit development, you must be knowledgeable of your long-term goals and needs. Make sure that the construction materials used along with the design and location of the property will benefit your company in the future. Include flexibility to your plans because there's always the possibility of growth and expansion to your business.
Reviews advise that one must also know the credibility of the developers. Choose a developer that has reliable capabilities and has an excellent experience in building industrial properties, and a developer who can act as a point of contact throughout the entire project to ensure a smooth process.
Decades of expertise in commercial real estate made Bacall and Associates Development one of the most respected firms in Southeast Michigan. The firm is well-suited for, and welcome your build-to-suit needs, joint venture, and other strategic alliance proposals.