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The details are still sketchy, but it looks like Apple plans on launching a demand-side platform of its own.

Digiday’s Ronan Shields broke the news on Wednesday.

According to a late July job posting on its career website, Apple is seeking a senior product manager with experience building a mobile demand-side platform and optimizing mobile campaigns using measurement and attribution. The job requires at least eight years of experience in product management, technical architecture for mobile ad platforms and “crafting mobile and web ad experiences.”

Although Apple has publicly denounced data-driven advertising in the past – CEO Tim Cook makes regular references to what he calls the “data industrial complex” – this DSP-to-be is not Apple’s first stab at ad tech.

Remember iAd, Apple’s ill-fated attempt at a programmatic ad network? The idea was to make Apple’s iAd inventory available programmatically through open exchanges. In 2014, Apple announced partnerships with Rubicon, The Trade Desk, MediaMath, Accordant Media, Adelphic, AdRoll and others.

But Apple discontinued iAd in 2016 due to data limitations and a lack of demand.

This time around it’s unclear whether Apple’s potential DSP will only serve ads on its own properties or on third-party apps and sites, too. It’s hard to imagine the latter, but you can’t rule it out.

In the meantime, Apple has been prioritizing its Search Ads business for some time and recently launched new ad formats in the App Store.

We asked the experts: Is it surprising that Apple appears to be launching DSP – and why will this succeed when iAd failed (or won’t it)?

  • Jenn Chen, president & CRO, Connatix
  • Maor Sadra, CEO & co-founder, INCRMNTAL
  • Subhag Oak, SVP, data & intelligence, Amobee
  • Omar Abdala, chief data scientist, Lotame

Jenn Chen, President & CRO, Connatix

It’s not all that surprising that Apple is planning to launch a DSP, especially when you look at its privacy-centric mission and the way that the industry is shifting.

Google, Meta and other walled gardens don’t have the same hold on the industry that they did when iAd was launched. With Google’s shifting timeline for third-party cookie deprecation pushing the industry toward cookieless solutions like contextual targeting, and with the focus on consumer data privacy increasing the value of first-party audience data – which Apple has a ton of – there is a very high likelihood that buyers will shift more budgets toward Apple’s DSP and away from Google and other third-party dependent platforms.

Plus, by creating its own DSP, Apple continues to push its privacy-centric mission, keeping Apple’s user data in a vault and preventing leakage while also controlling the advertising experience and protecting the user journey by prioritizing high-quality advertising.

Maor Sadra, CEO & co-founder, INCRMNTAL

When I read the news, my first thought was: “Only now?”

While I think that Apple launching a DSP is a no-brainer given that its ad business has been thriving, I also think that Apple will redefine what a DSP is and does. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting an OpenRTB standard here, but I would expect the Apple DSP – iDSP™ – to be fully integrated into Apple Search Ads, acting as an inventory extension vehicle for advertisers.

But I am curious about what privacy-by-design would mean in terms of targeting capabilities and how Apple will match the performance of other DSPs.

Subhag Oak, SVP, data & intelligence, Amobee

With Apple’s immense demand-side inventory and huge supply-side customer base, this move is a logical next step.

This offering would drastically differ from Apple’s failed mobile advertising platform, iAd, which provided no visibility into campaign executions and demanded premium pricing and inventory in terms of ad formats and standards only for iOS devices.

This time around, Apple plans to build a mobile-centric DSP, which hints at a cross-platform cross-device offering. It’s an exciting move and has a good chance of taking off, but only time will tell.

Omar Abdala, chief data scientist, Lotame

The only surprise would be if Apple didn’t launch a DSP. It’s been making aggressive moves into advertising starting with AppTrackingTransparency and going back to Tim Cook’s takeover of the company.

Would this have happened under Steve Jobs? That’s a more interesting question. Oh, how far Apple has come …

But this really speaks to the anticompetitive nature of the cookie-blocking and mobile ad ID-blocking they’re doing on the open web and in app ecosystems. It’s not a level playing field, and there has to, eventually, be antitrust action on this. Luckily, there’s a very large and well-resourced aggrieved party – Meta – that might push for that.

Will advertisers take a bite of the “poison” Apple? A few might if the incentives are attractive enough, but I’m doubtful it will gain significant traction at this time.

Responses have been lightly edited and condensed.

Wed, 03 Aug 2022 17:00:00 -0500 Allison Schiff en-US text/html https://www.adexchanger.com/mobile/why-would-apples-idsp-succeed-when-iad-failed/
Killexams : From IT to workforce to CX, agencies must justify their investments decisions in 2024

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Agency discretionary budget requests for fiscal 2024 should run the gamut of the Biden administration’s management priorities from equity and diversity to customer experience to the federal workforce.

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Agency discretionary budget requests for fiscal 2024 should run the gamut of the Biden administration’s management priorities from equity and diversity to customer experience to the federal workforce.

There are requirements in the 2024 budget guidance from the Office of Management and Budget to continue to build talent teams, to prepare for the future of work by reducing or consolidating office space and there is an entire appendix on combating climate change through investments.

One of the biggest pushes for 2024, however, is around evidence-based decision making. OMB is telling agencies to do more to build up their skillsets and capabilities to build “credible, relevant evidence that is critical for decision-making on agency priorities that are built into their budget submission to OMB,” the White House’s July 1 budget guidance, which Federal News Network obtained, stated.

It’s not new that OMB and Congress want evidence to be the basis for all budget decisions. It has been a long-standing goal of Congress starting with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and several other bills over the next almost three decades.

The latest attempt to push agencies toward that goal is the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018, which became law in January 2019. OMB doubled down on the law by tying the federal data strategy to it and then required agencies to develop a strategic plan for evidence-building that will last through fiscal 2026.

“The fiscal 2024 President’s Budget development process will prioritize relying on evidence when assessing budget justifications. Agencies should use evidence when it exists to inform budget proposals, and the evidence submission is an opportunity for agencies to highlight funding gaps in service of evidence-based policymaking,” the guidance stated. “The fiscal 2024 evidence submission, part of the agency budget request to OMB, is an opportunity for agencies to highlight proposals for improving their capacity for evidence-based policymaking and priority proposals for building credible, relevant evidence that is critical for decision-making on agency priorities that are built into their budget submission to OMB.”

Seeking ideas to reduce budgets

OMB set a Sept. 12 deadline for the 2024 requests. Typically, OMB will meet with and review the budget proposals over the following two months before sending the “passback” in November, usually right before Thanksgiving, to agencies with mostly final decisions.

The 2024 budget guidance offers few new or surprising requirements. It does, like in many previous years, ask agencies to submit a separate request that includes a 5% across-the-board discretionary reduction on everything but those funds included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“It is important for agencies to provide a budget at guidance, to provide the President options to sustain or augment critical investments and respond to emerging needs,” the guidance stated. “If an agency wants to provide budget options that deviate from this guidance, they may be provided as an appendix to your formal submission.”

To be clear, the 5% reduction are just ideas and the administration hasn’t yet signaled its budget plans for 2024.

What is clear from this guidance is how agencies are supposed to prioritize evidence-based decision making.

As part of their planning, OMB told agencies to identify up to five “highest-priority proposals” to use evidence and evaluation, statistics, performance and other analysis to improve.

“Agencies are encouraged to focus on proposals that advance evaluation, statistics, performance management and other analytic activities where capacity or capabilities are insufficient to meet agency needs for evidence-building, evidence use, and data-driven management, particularly when compared to other agency functions,” OMB stated.

Invest in learning agendas

The second requirement under the evidence section is for agencies to submit up to three proposals for which they will carry out program evaluations.

“The focus of these proposals should be to build rigorous evidence to Boost policies, programs, operations, service delivery, regulations or other government functions,” OMB stated.

Finally, OMB wants agencies to tie all of this back to their learning agendas.

While many agencies are still at the beginning stages of implementing these efforts, OMB says the 2024 request should include a discussion of challenges and proposed solutions to making progress with their learning agenda.

“Agencies may also highlight conditions and factors that may prevent them from executing priority evidence-building activities identified in their learning agenda or annual evaluation plans,” the document stated. “OMB is also interested in learning if an agency has identified any activities in their learning agenda or evaluation plans as being particularly well-suited for partnership(s) or execution by external parties without direct federal financial support.”

Outside of the evidence section, OMB’s budget guidance continues to push agencies down a well-traveled road.

It highlights the need for IT modernization and cybersecurity emphasizing the continued focus on the move toward a zero trust architecture and protecting high-value assets.

The guidance tells agencies to continue to address workforce issues ranging from the expansion of talent teams and internships to advancing the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative to addressing office space needs.

The investments in the talent teams should rely on:

  • Data dashboards and data-driven identification of the agency’s human capital needs and capacity gaps (including mission-critical and mission-support needs), helping to inform the agency’s Talent Team focus areas, human-capital program evaluation, and the agency’s human capital operating plan and HRStat reviews;
  • Positions that support Talent Teams and human-capital functions (e.g., industrial organizational psychologists, recruitment program managers, and data analysts);
  • Additional assessments of agency hiring to drive quality hires; and
  • Robust human capital programs within the agency — e.g., data, tools and funding for recruitment and retention flexibilities including child care subsidies, student loan repayment, and other tools.

The future of federal buildings and office space could have more clarity by 2024, which is why OMB is asking agencies to reimagine their workplaces and better understand current and future workplace trends.

OMB says the 2024 budget submission should identify:

  • The specific action(s) proposed (lease cancellation, renovation or repair and alteration, consolidation, disposal), inclusive of funding process;
  • The work model adopted within the space, and the details in support of the required resources, including: build-out, IT and telecom cabling, furniture, and move; and
  • Projected cost savings and/or costs avoided over a 10-year period.

The budget guidance also has a lengthy section around customer experience, combating climate change and ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in federal services.

Like with any budget this guidance, this begins a long process that likely will not come to completion until early next fall in the best case scenario. But what the guidance is one of the best policy documents the Biden administration has released in its first 18 months.

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Killexams : Stage Manager is very fantastic, in fact: Here are some arguments against hatred

It was Stage Manager, a new window management tool, that was the most noticeable addition to macOS Ventura at WWDC 2022.

Stage Manager, like other macOS window management tools, lets you tidy up the open windows on your desktop. As a convenience for individuals who value neatness and order, this function will be welcomed when it becomes available to all users in the autumn.

However, Mac users have been divided by the news. Some users find the functionality perplexing, particularly when it is used in conjunction with other macOS window management tools like Mission Control, Spaces, and Split View, rather than as a replacement. In my opinion, Stage Manager is the only tool I’ll ever use for window management going forward.

Makes your Mac’s desktop seem as a Mac’s desktop should look using Stage Manager

Everyone has seen the images that Apple uses to promote macOS at keynotes and on the company’s web page. There are just a few programmes running on the desktop, but they are all arranged in a way that is attractive to the eye.

We all know, of course, that the desktop that Apple displays to us is a sham.

Like a staged apartment or house, it’s stunning yet real residences don’t look like that. When we start working on our Macs, the programmes start piling up all over the place and the desktop seems more like that of a hoarder.

If you’re like me, you’ve tried to preserve a clean desktop for as long as you can remember, but the process involved too much time and effort: minimising programmes, distributing them over many desktops, and even utilising Split View.

Thanks to Stage Manager in macOS Ventura, what was once an impossible is now a reality. A crowded desktop might be managed in a manner that makes you believe you are far more organised than the reality is. No matter how much you want to hear it, Stage Manager reminds you: “You’re great, and so is your desktop.” Of course, this is all a farce. Work is always going to be chaotic.

For applications, Stage Manager is like Stacks

The Stacks are back! Probably not, but when it first appeared in Mac OS X Leopard, Apple applauded the functionality. In your dock, it created a folder for your files. After that, Desktop Stacks in macOS High Sierra grouped all of your files into nice little stacks based on type, date, or Finder tags.

It was a huge relief for many people who had dozens, or even hundreds, of files clogging up their desktop. It needed someone who could sprint like a speed runner in Where’s Waldo or a lot of aid from Spotlight, Apple’s built-in search feature. Apple included several clever desktop organisation features to make it simpler to find the file you’re looking for, even if you don’t have to do anything. Additionally, it made your desktop seem more orderly and less like the workstation of a psychotic person.

When I think about Stage Manager, I can’t help but draw a parallel with Desktop Stacks and how it works for applications. This isn’t always a terrible thing, either.

Apps, like files, can quickly clog up our computers. Despite giving efficiency advantages, Apple’s other window management tools were unable to address the issue of look. I had the option of using several desktops, but it would have resulted in two computers full of junk instead of one.

Stage Manager overcomes the aesthetic issue while also keeping everything arranged in a logical manner. It is possible to manage my workflow in a manner that allows me to bring up the group of applications that have been grouped together and that I often use at the same time or for the same purpose. It keeps my complete process at the tip of my fingers rather than buried behind a pile of other programmes.

What if I don’t want to utilise the Split View feature? Sure. My use of them, though, is decreasing.

It’s my favourite new Mac feature in years

Like Stage Manager, I’m struggling to come up with another Mac function that I like. My digital life is much more organised and serene now that I don’t have to deal with the distractions of my laptop.

If I’m being honest, the only other “feature” that makes me as happy as Stage Manager is Apple’s latest revamp of macOS with Big Sur. A new design for the Mac was long overdue (I’m looking at you, Mac alerts with your teeny-tiny close button). The upgrade gave the Mac a new lease of life, as if it were a brand new machine that didn’t cost anything. For those who really need a new computer and have the cash to spare, our selection of the top MacBooks for 2022 is a great option.

Stage Manager, on the other hand, is a feature of Big Sur, which is a whole new operating system. Because my work computer has to run macOS Monterey, I’m unable to use my favourite feature for eight hours a day. However, at the end of the day, I’m back at my desk.

Sun, 31 Jul 2022 08:04:00 -0500 Catherine A. Leal en-US text/html https://bestgamingpro.com/stage-manager-is-very-fantastic-in-fact-here-are-some-arguments-against-hatred/
Killexams : Apple introduces fifth developer beta for macOS Ventura

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Apple has provded developers with the latest build of the macOS Ventura version 13.0 beta, with the fifth build now downloadable to devices.

The latest betas can be picked up via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or through an over-the-air update on hardware running the beta software. Public betas generally appear within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Apple previously brought out the fourth beta on July 27. The third developer beta was issued on July 6. The second developer beta landed on June 22, while the first arrived following the WWDC keynote on June 6.

The final public version will arrive this fall, coinciding with its other milestone operating system releases.

The fifth beta is build number 22A5321d, replacing the fourth build, 22A5311f.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don't install the betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

Among the inbound features in macOS Ventura is Stage Manager for app management and multitasking, Live Captions for video, changes to Finder and System Settings, improvements to Spotlight, Continuity Camera, Passkeys, changes to Messages and Safari, and a brace of photo improvements, among other elements.

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Killexams : Meta Shows Concerns With Apple After Q2 Earnings Call
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Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) just reported its first revenue loss ever in 2022 Q2 results. While its financial performance was weaker than expected, Many investors are long the stock given its distinct cash flow, large Daily Active Users (DAU), and amazing track record of acquisitions. The concerns are also well known regarding the competition with TikTok, risks of its Metaverse investment, Apple's (AAPL) privacy push, etc. In this article, I will discuss some of my considerations around META's business conflicts with Apple and why it is worth a close look after this second-quarter release.

Apple's attempt to tame META

In latest years, Apple has made its 'privacy' efforts as one of its priorities. In 2018, Apple implemented privacy protection measures that required websites to stop tracking user behaviors and discard cookies if a site had not been visited in 30 days. In 2020, the App tracking transparency tool started to allow users to opt-in or out of tracking on different applications and obscure mobile identifiers (IDFA). All these measures make META's Ad targeting and measurement inaccurate. In fact, all advertisers and publishers will suffer from this. Apple's decision may hurt small businesses in reaching audiences and limit growth; so there are some risks to going too far with this. But we don't know what Apple will do next, which is a huge headwind for META.

META Ad effectiveness compromised

Of course, META will be impacted, but the question is, how serious is this? I think one consequence for sure is the weakening of its competitive position. Previously, META's IDFA-based device tracking was the best. Its capabilities to do multi-touch attribution models are the best. After Apple's policy changes, META may lose all these advantages to some extent. And META may have to compete with others on a contextual advertising basis instead of at the user level.

The last line of defense is still intact, for now

Fortunately, without IDFAs, Mobile measurement platforms (MMPs) like Appsflyer, Adjust, Tune and Kochava could still use fingerprinting which is basically a less reliable way to identify devices through IP addresses and operating systems. This is very hard for Apple to track because this information could be shared through the server-to-server connections, which is a blind spot beyond Apple's purview.

Fingerprints are around 90% accurate but are still tracked without user consent. Apple may completely ban this to prevent developers from transferring data to their servers. However, there is a couple of counterarguments. First, 90% doesn't mean a unique identifier to the individual because there is still a 10% chance of being random. Second, developers needed fingerprinting information to update their apps. If Apple bans fingerprinting, they have to block SDK updating until ad tech partners (e.g., AppLovin, Adjust) stop fingerprinting. This will lead to unnecessary costs for developers who Apple claims they will always protect.

Another solution for Apple is to respond by introducing a private relay that will hide IP addresses. But It is still in beta, and also slows users' internet down. So not ready yet. But who knows what will happen next? I think we all need to keep a close eye on this if we are investing in META.

Sales may slow down but it is not the end of the world

All being said, even if advertisers understand that META's Ad ROIs are not as effective as before, where will their money go to? They really don't have many options. As of right now, other than META and Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), those alternative ad networks have limited reach and their self-serve systems are less powerful.

The current environment is a good test for META as inflation, supply chain problems, recession, war, and the end of government stimulus all mixed together. People are traveling more, which leads to less spending on other categories. A slowdown is inevitable because less consumer spending will directly decrease the advertiser's budget.

As the table below, META's $28.15B revenue is still a lot higher than 2020 Q2 and 2019 Q2. META's average revenue per user is still around $10. In the short term, META's ad business is not going to disappear or be cut in half.

META vs GOOG Ad revenue

META vs GOOG Ad revenue (Author)

GOOG's ads are growing faster but it didn't suffer from Apple's privacy policies. I think META still holds its Ad positions. However, future uncertainties still exist.

Video adoptions are good, but App Tracking Transparency (ATT) issue is still out of META's control

According to the 2022 Q2 call,

Reels engagement is also growing quickly. I shared last quarter that Reels already made up 20% of the time that people spend on Instagram. This quarter we saw a more than 30% increase1 in the time that people spent engaging with Reels across Facebook and Instagram.

Personally, this is not bad at all. It clearly shows META's execution on videos. META's technology stacks will catch up very quickly given its strong capabilities in AI and software development. I don't think TikTok is eating META's lunch. The management has also expressed their confidence in delivering great long-term results in this area. Moreover, the recent news about META's decision to share Ad revenue with creators should work very well for its video platforms.

META can plan and adjust its investment in AI systems, Video platforms, and the reality lab. But Apple's ATT impact is still totally out of META's hands. As the conference call stated in last quarter:

On the $10 billion impact, we shared our estimated $10 billion impact on ATT last quarter to provide a sense of the order of magnitude, and we believe it's still to be that order of magnitude on the expected impact.

According to this the 2022 Q2 call, these headwinds continued:

we're also continuing to face targeting and measurement headwinds such as Apple's iOS changes, which we believe are contributing to the growth challenges across the digital advertising industry.

And Zuckerberg has recently told employees this:

So yeah, Apple is going to be a competitor. I think that that's pretty clear, but it's actually a very deep competitor. It's not just [that] they have a device that has some more features than us. It's a very deep, philosophical competition about what direction the internet should go in.

Bottom line

Overall, META is a cheap stock that has zero debt, strong cash flows, and buybacks with growth prospects and long-term investment for the future. No matter what metrics I use, the stock looks undervalued. The PS ratio has dropped to an all-time low of 3.75 (the chart below).

Historical PS ratio

Historical PS ratio (Seeking Alpha)

I think the market is discounting lots of challenges META faces. The threats of Apple should definitely be one that investors keep a close watch on.

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Killexams : Even Customs and Border Protection is getting into the green movement

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a green trade strategy. Among other things, it seeks to strengthen enforcement against what it calls environmental bad actors and to foster a greener worldwide supply chain. AnnMarie Highsmith is CBP’s executive assistant commissioner for Trade. She talked to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tom Temin: Let’s begin with how CBP can influence trade towards the green area. I guess my understanding was CBP facilitates cargo coming in and going out, maintains the data and ensures against prohibited cargo. But how else can you get deeper into the whole trade issue in that sense?

AnnMarie Highsmith: CBP is uniquely positioned to have a significant impact on the future of environmental sustainability in the United States. As part of our trade enforcement mission, we develop the green trade strategy in order to leverage our influence and authorities to support environmentally sustainable practices that will benefit the environment and the economy, while strengthening the resilience of global supply chain. So with the green trade strategy, we hope to set an example for industry and customs authorities around the world to follow, as we truly believe that sustainability and innovation are the future of trade. So the impetus for launching the green trade strategy really can be summarized into three parts. The first is that addressing climate change is a priority of the Executive Branch. The administration has issued multiple executive orders and policy statements that are focused on climate issues. And the green trade strategy supports the administration’s whole of government approach to addressing climate change. It also aligns with climate framework for the Department of Homeland Security. Second, climate change, and to your point, climate change and natural resource crimes have a clear nexus to our trade mission. latest studies have estimated that global supply chains may account for as much as 80% of the world’s total carbon emissions. So the cumulative impacts of climate change will affect our essential functions and the supporting infrastructure.

Tom Temin: Well, let me ask you about that. The supply chains account for 80% of emissions. What does that mean? I mean, the ships go back and forth, they have engines, they have smokestacks. Is that what you mean? Or is that the materials that are moving around?

AnnMarie Highsmith: That’s really both. It’s what comes to the United States, what merchandise comes to the United States and how it gets here, including how it processes through our own customs facilities.

Tom Temin: Well, let me ask you this then: Most of the trade in terms of the trade imbalance in the dollars is from China, which is the world’s biggest emitter of carbon into the atmosphere, and is not really doing a heck of a lot to mitigate that. And so how do we balance the fact that we can’t live without Chinese goods coming in, and yet that’s the biggest carbon source? How do you green up that piece of trade?

AnnMarie Highsmith: How do we green up that piece of trade? We seek to position ourselves in a leadership role from a global perspective to work through our international trading partners, international trade agreements that already include provisions for environmental provisions. The USMCA agreement, our U.S.-Vietnam timber agreement, U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion act, then to establish best practices globally so that our all of our trading partners get on board and see the importance and see actually not just the benefit for climate change, but also the financial benefits in running a sustainable green supply chain.

Tom Temin: And what would environmental greater enforcement by CBP look like? provide us a couple of examples of the types of thing that you have the power to enforce.

AnnMarie Highsmith: So right now we’re using our existing authorities to really, what we like called defund the unlawful trade of wildlife that’s covered under laws such as the Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora], and we’re working with our NGOs and international organizations to target environmental crime. So we’re talking about illegal logging, timber trade, the endangered fish, combating money laundering related to the illicit trade of minerals such as diamonds and gold.

Tom Temin: All right, and there’s another priority in your goal, and that has to do with research in green trade, some of the areas you’re going to be looking at.

AnnMarie Highsmith: We’re working to survey our international organizations and governments, such as the World Customs Organization and the European Union and engage with our industry partners, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions to solicit ideas and perspectives on incentivizing the adoption of carbon-reducing practices. Right now we have a really interesting project going on with the World Wildlife Federation and Virginia Tech to develop a targeting methodology for illegal logging and timber trade. And we’re collaborating with Global Fishing Watch to deter illegal fishing by improving visibility into fishing locations. And we’re also working with an NGO sustainable fisheries partnership on a project in the Baja California protected zone to save the endangered totoaba fish and the vaquita porpoise.

Tom Temin: Interesting. We’re speaking with AnnMarie Highsmith, she’s executive assistant commissioner for Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And the strategy and the carrying out of it will have to take place at the local level where CBP operates at all of the ports of entry and so forth. How do you push this down? And what do you see possibly changing in the practice of the officers on the line there that deal with trading partners day in day out?

AnnMarie Highsmith: Certainly. We have already taken steps to facilitate the movement of trade which by providing benefits and incentives to promote environmentally friendly trade practices. Our unified cargo processing, and free and secure trade or FAST programs have already resulted in an 85% reduction in idling-related emissions at the land border ports of entry. Additionally, we have a program AQUA Lanes [Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval], which allows trusted traders and trusted shippers at domestic seaports to clear crews prior to vessel unlading. And this has resulted in a reduction of approximately 5,844 vessel idle hours, and a decrease in total emissions at the U.S. ports. So we have those programs for facilitation but we’re also working to green our local facilities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. We have 26 projects underway that will upgrade our land border ports of entry to be more sustainable and energy efficient.

Tom Temin: That’s really a big point that you made with respect to truck idling and ship idling because sometimes these trucks kind of a common practice for trucks at transfer stations to idle sometimes for hours and hours, sometimes all night. And if you add up all those diesel trucks, it could be up to 6,000 hours change by the time we’re done talking.

AnnMarie Highsmith: Correct.

Tom Temin: And when ships themselves – so that’s part of this also then the emissions of the shipping vessels, which can be pretty considerable.

AnnMarie Highsmith: Yes, we’re taking a really holistic approach. All the modes of international trade and travel will be part of our green trade strategy. We do have the opportunity because as we noted at the top of this, 80%, up to 80% of total carbon emissions being related to global supply chains, we have the ability to move the needle and to look broadly at the sources of environmental degradation coming from our operations.

Tom Temin: And just a final question you mentioned, of course, CBP is part of Homeland Security. So there’s an overarching drive here related to the management agenda and to the administration priorities at the DHS level?

AnnMarie Highsmith: Yes, absolutely. DHS has its own climate change framework, and we are actively participating in that program. One interesting part of that program is the climate change professionals program which allows us to carve out specific roles and internships for individuals who are interested and motivated to work with us on this implementing this strategy. Also, DHS has a national climate resilience prize competition that we are looking to promote green trade innovation among our industry partners.

Tom Temin: All right, sounds like you’ve got a major project. This is not a short term thing, is it?

AnnMarie Highsmith: No, sir. We think that this will be an agency priority for many years into the future.

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Killexams : Juno Appoints Chief Product Officer and Chief Business Officer to Join Leadership Team

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 4, 2022--

Juno, a leading venture-funded sustainable proptech company, announced two additions to its growing leadership team. The company has appointed Tim Twerdahl to serve as its first Chief Product Officer and Menka Sethi to serve as its first Chief Business Officer.

Tim has over 20 years of experience creating products and services that customers love at leading technology companies including Netflix, Amazon, and Apple. Most recently, he served as Apple’s Vice President of Home & Audio Products, overseeing AirPods, Apple TV, HomePod, HomeKit, and AirPlay.

At Apple, Tim created the company’s first product team focused on the home by bringing together products and technologies from across the company to deliver new and innovative experiences to Apple’s customers at home. At Amazon, Tim led the Fire TV business, expanding the product line and launching Fire TV Stick, which became the best-selling product on Amazon during his tenure.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Juno team,” says Tim. “Juno’s mission-driven work to simultaneously address both the housing crisis and the climate crisis couldn’t be more important. Their thoughtful, design-centric, scalable approach to housing will allow people in cities across the country to live healthier, happier, more eco-conscious lives.”

Menka has over 20 years of experience as an architect and business strategist in the housing delivery space across a variety of roles, at companies including Meta and the American Battery Technology Company. At Meta, Menka drove the company’s global location strategies and led Meta’s decision to deploy $1B in housing investments to advance policy reform addressing California’s housing crisis. As part of this investment, Menka created and launched innovative partnerships and pilot programs to address gaps in housing policy and delivery systems. She also brought about cross-sector partnerships within academia, employers, and civil society to advance California State housing reform bills, and envisioned and operationalized Facebook’s $75MM Catalyst Housing Fund in partnership with local community groups, cities, LISC, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Foundation to finance affordable housing preservation and development projects in Silicon Valley. Following Meta, Menka served as the COO of the American Battery Technology company, where she led the operational and business strategies that scaled the company from $50MM to $1B in market value.

“Juno is a natural extension of my work designing, developing, and piloting innovative housing projects,” says Menka. “Juno’s approach to building housing with low capital intensity, high scalability, and a commitment to sustainability has the potential to drive significant improvements to the way housing is created and made available. I’m excited to work with the team to bring our vision of quality housing for more people to life.”

“We are delighted to welcome Tim and Menka to the Juno team at this important period of growth for the company,” says Jonathan Scherr, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Juno. “Their record of leadership and impact, paired with their shared vision for increasing the supply of more consumer-centric housing, make Tim and Menka the ideal partners as we scale Juno to bring more beautiful, sustainable, and affordable homes to cities across the country.”

At Juno, Tim’s first priority will be to build out the product, program management, and marketing teams to help deliver on Juno’s vision of delivering beautifully designed, sustainable buildings created using a system of mass timber components that are both highly efficient and earth-friendly.

As Chief Business Officer, Menka will be focused on Juno’s go-to-market strategies, leading the policy and partnerships work that will drive Juno’s business as it scales across the country.

Co-founded by Scherr and BJ Siegel, Chief Design Officer at Juno and former Senior Design Director of Real Estate and Development at Apple responsible for the Apple Store, Juno was launched in 2020 and is building the world’s first network of mass timber apartment buildings. The company is combining software and a proprietary building system to bring more sustainable, healthy, and efficient buildings to cities around the world.

ABOUT JUNO:

Juno is an integrated design and development company that creates extraordinary buildings with partner architects and engineers. The company uses software and scripts to accelerate the design process and connect building design to an increasing network of partner suppliers across the country and around the world. Juno partners with visionary developers and landowners to make better housing a reality for the next generation of city dwellers. Learn more at https://juno.co/.

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CONTACT: Alex Hollander

Juno Communications

press@juno.co

650.862.7917

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Killexams : Apple Deftly Navigates Challenging Supply Environment in Fiscal Q3 Earnings Results but Headwinds Loom

Apple Stock at a Glance

  • Current Morningstar Fair Value Estimate: $130
  • Star Rating: 2 Stars
  • Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Moat Trend Rating: Stable

Apple Earnings Update

Narrow-moat Apple (APPL) reported healthy fiscal third-quarter results that came in line with our estimates. We are maintaining our $130 fair value estimate and still view shares as overvalued.

While we remain positive on Apple’s ability to extract sales from its installed base via new products and services, we believe demand for Apple’s products is likely to slow in the next few quarters, following several stellar quarters of growth.

Third-quarter sales of $83 billion were up 2% year over year thanks to growth in iPhone (3%) and services (12%). The Mac and iPad segments fell 10% and 2% year over year, respectively, which we anticipated due to unsustainable COVID-19-induced work- and learn-from-home trends that boosted PC and tablet demand. Gross margin of 43.3% was down 40 basis points sequentially due to a seasonal loss of leverage and foreign exchange headwinds, partially offset by a more favorable mix.

Expecting Low-Single Digit Growth

Management refrained from giving explicit revenue guidance for the September quarter due to macroeconomic uncertainty, but we expect low-single-digit year-over-year growth led by the iPhone and services segments. We’re impressed that Apple now enjoys over 860 million paid subscribers (up from 825 million last quarter). Despite broader weakness in the smartphone industry, we expect Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 will enjoy strong demand in China, following multiple months of COVID-19 lockdowns in China that hampered consumer spending.

Inflation and Potential Recession to Slow Hardware Sales

However, we think broader hardware sales for the firm are likely to slow as consumers deal with inflation and a potential recession.

Supply constraints for the September quarter are expected to be lower than those experienced during the June quarter, though we suspect macroeconomic headwinds (inflationary pressures and recessionary fears) are likely curbing demand for Apple’s hardware products. The firm is also facing foreign exchange headwinds, which are expected to negatively affect September quarter sales by 600 basis points.

Abhinav Davuluri does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

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