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Akamai enhances web experience technology

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cambridge, Mass. – Akamai is introducing enhancements to its Akamai Intelligent Platform web experience solution including EdgeStart, which uses Akamai’s globally-distributed network along with accelerated rendering in the browser to help deliver portions of web pages to users immediately and decrease load time. New protocol optimizations are intended to help overcome highly congested networks.

In addition, browser support for the WebP and JPEG XR advanced image formats is designed to improve the user experience while maintaining image quality, and intelligent use of local HTML5 cache helps achieve performance improvement in the browser for second hit requests, and requests across similar pages on a web property.

The addition of new tools in the Luna Control Center is intended to offer Akamai customers greater predictability regarding optimizations before they are implemented, as well as visibility into exactly what their customers experience after specific optimization decisions have been made. Historical Real User Measurement (RUM) data can provide customers greater visibility into traffic trends and allow them to draw conclusions about ideal performance optimization strategies. Reporting on Adaptive Image Compression affords greater insight into image compression optimization based on the quality of a user’s connectivity.

“Increasingly, our customers’ users are demanding a near instant web experience,” said Mike Afergan, senior VP and GM, Web Experience Business Unit, Akamai. “What’s more, our customers are looking to improve their control and visibility. It is our mission to bring to market the web experience solutions that will help our customers realize their goals in today’s fast moving environment. With these exciting new capabilities, we believe we are doing just that. We are excited to see what our customers and partners will do with these powerful tools.”

The latest feature enhancements are available now across the company’s Ion and Terra Alta solution lines.

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Report: Whole Foods sees potential for 1,200 U.S. stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Whole Foods Market sees the potential to expand to 1,200 stores throughout the United States, which is nearly three times the number of locations it currently operates worldwide, the company’s co-chief executives co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said in an interview on CNBC on Tuesday.

Whole Foods is reportedly planning to open 1,200 new stores across the United States. In an interview on CNBC, Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said the company thinks 1,200 stores in the U.S., which is an increase from a previously stated goal of 1,000 new U.S. stores, is a realistic goal.

Currently, Whole Foods operates approximately 365 stores globally. The company has also stated it plans to expand to 1,000 stores located in the U.K., and Canada.

In addition, Whole Foods opened its first store in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 18. The 56,000-sq.-ft. store features a rooftop tap room and restaurant, a take-out venue from ramen chef Yuji Hariguchi, and a 20,000-sq.-ft. rooftop greenhouse built in partnership with Gotham Greens.

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Dorel seeks new CEO to replace segment leader

BY CSA STAFF

A search is underway for a new CEO to lead Dorel Industries recreational and leisure products segment following the departure of Robert Baird.

Until a replacement for Baird is named, Peter Woods, CFO of the recreational and leisure segment, will serve as CEO. Baird joined Dorel as president of the recreation and leisure segment in 2008 as part of a reorganization after previously serving in a senior leadership role at Philips Electronics. He also held key roles as companies such as Samsonite, Scott Paper, Bristol Myers and Procter & Gamble before arriving at Dorel.

"We are now initiating a search for Bob’s successor,” Dorel president and CEO Martin Schwartz said referring to the departure of Baird. “We thank Bob for his service with Dorel and wish him well in the future. Our recreational business has become a billion dollar operation. We have an excellent team in place throughout the organization as well as brands that are highly respected by both dealers and consumers."

Dorel is a company better known to consumers by the brands it offers such as Safety 1st, Quinny and Cosco in juvenile products and Cannondale, Schwinn and Mongoose in the recreational space.

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