World’s largest kiwifruit marketer Zespri appoints WPP global integrated team

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Global AOR led by VMLY&R and Mindshare will scale Zespri’s presence across 53 countries

Zespri International Limited has selected an interdisciplinary team of WPP (NYSE: WPP) agencies as its global Agency of Record (AOR) to deliver its brand proposition, “Make Your Healthy Irresistible”, through communications, experience, commerce and technology.

Zespri is the world’s leading kiwifruit brand, working on behalf of more than 4300 growers in New Zealand and around the world with operating revenues of US$2.2billion.

Jiunn Shih, Chief Growth Officer at Zespri International, said: “At Zespri, we are on a mission to help people, communities and the environment thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. As we enter a new phase of our journey with the refresh of our brand, we recognised the need to partner with a leading global agency group that shares our values and our belief that a brand with purpose can change the world for the

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Microchip Technology Stock is an Investment in the Machine Internet

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Everyone knows about microchip technology, but few know about Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP). MCHP stock has come back from a March market meltdown to hit higher highs.



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MCHP makes controllers. For years these were hidden inside hard disk drives. Now they’re behind the scenes everywhere, controlling your WiFi, managing power, acting as interfaces.

You don’t see these products. They’re component parts of other products. But it’s a pretty good business, with the Phoenix-area company producing $5.3 billion worth last year.

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It’s not a sexy business and it’s not always fast-growing. Microchip depends on other product manufacturers to buy its stuff. Sales for the 2020 fiscal year, ending in March, were lower than for 2019. They will likely be lower still this year.

Yet to read the financial press, MCHP is a hot stock. It deserves a look, although not for

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How PCIe Connectivity is Enabling the Need for PC Speed

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Since 2003, the PCIe connection has delivered enhanced computing performance and throughput with a smaller footprint on motherboards. A bastion for innovation, the PCIe serial bus has helped usher in new advancements in computing applications, from increased capacity drives for in-memory processing to larger-capacity scratch disks and GPUs for 3D video and graphics processing.

PCIe (peripheral component interconnect express) is an interface standard for connecting high-speed components. Every desktop PC motherboard has a number of PCIe slots you can use to add GPUs (aka video cards or graphics cards), RAID cards, WiFi cards or SSD (solid-state drive) add-on cards.

PCIe-driven hardware continues to push the future of computing. With every new generation of PCIe connectivity, we see both an increase in transfer speeds and the number of available lanes for simultaneous data delivery—allowing for larger volumes of data to be transferred and used in short order.

That’s why both flash

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AgriNovus Indiana Launches Producer-Led Innovation Challenge to Bring Together Indiana Farmers, Software Innovators

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AgriNovus Indiana, an initiative to fuel growth in Indiana’s agbioscience economy, launched the state’s first agtech innovation challenge, bringing together leaders in production agriculture and technology to fuel innovation.

Presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Producer-Led Innovation Challenge is designed to create new solutions that solve critical gaps in farm management software defined by a panel of three progressive Indiana farmers. The defined gaps will serve as the foundation for the Challenge that gives Indiana innovators until Dec. 4, 2020, to submit a proof of concept that could earn participants a $25,000 grand prize from the Purdue Foundry.

“Indiana is a proven leader in production agriculture and software innovation,” said Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “The Producer-Led Innovation Challenge provides a powerful platform for innovators and farmers to work together to make it faster, easier and more efficient to manage the

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Pilot Program Aims To Speed Up ID Authentications At Airports

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ARLINGTON, VA — Some travelers going through security checkpoints at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) may have a quicker time thanks to a new touchless “self-service” technology that aims to speed up the ID authentication process.

The Transportation Security Administration is piloting the technology that matches a traveler’s live photo with the image on their identification, confirming their flight information in near real time.

“In light of COVID-19, advanced health and safety precautions have become a top priority and part of the new normal for TSA,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske, in a release. “As a result, we are exploring rapid testing and deployment of this touchless, self-service technology. At the conclusion of the pilot, we expect to be able to determine how positioning the new technology will allow passengers to use it themselves thereby providing a safer checkpoint experience, while adding significant security benefits.”

The pilot program at

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Intuit Executive to Present at the Citi 2020 Global Technology Virtual Conference

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3 “Strong Buy” Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 6%

The bullish trend, which has been going on five months now, continues. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ set a new all—time high, and the Dow Jones is holding above 28,000, a level it has not seen since the end of February.But what goes up, must come down; even Superman must come back down to ground. This is true in the markets, too, and this basic fact of life is planting a seed of unease in some investors’ minds. That unease may only just be stirring, but it’s real, and it has sparked some interest in the classic defensive stock: high-yield dividend payers.These are almost a ‘traditional’ move for investors looking to protect their portfolios. High-yielding dividend stocks are less volatile than most of their peers. And the dividend payment ensures a steady income stream for investors. In effect, the return is

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Startup Factory Rocket Internet to Delist After Value Drops

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(Bloomberg) — Rocket Internet SE, the German company that aims to create and list tech startups, said it plans to withdraw its shares from the Frankfurt and Luxembourg stock exchanges after the value of its stock dropped about 15% this year.

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The company will offer 18.57 euros each for the shares, and will repurchase as much as 8.84% of its stock on the exchange through Sept. 15, Rocket said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rocket frequently traded above $10 billion in the months after its 2014 IPO. Initially, the company could point to success stories such as Zalando, now one of Europe’s largest fashion retailers, and Lazada, a Southeast Asia-focused consumer electronics company that was sold to Alibaba. But after struggling to replicate its early wins, the company’s seen its value steadily fall.

Rocket shares fell 0.9% to 18.78 at 11:51 a.m. in Frankfurt, giving the company a

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