Minecraft Maintains its Incredible Popularity as Sales Top 200-Million | Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

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Despite being 11 years old, Minecraft sales have officially topped 200-million copies, with a total of 126-million people playing the game monthly. Microsoft is detailing the latest sales figures just as Mojang Studios celebrates 11 years since the first Minecraft alpha build was originally released.
Microsoft has also seen a big increase in Minecraft usage during the pandemic. Minecraft saw a 25% increase in new players last month and a 40% spike in multiplayer sessions.
The Verge reports that in 2016, Minecraft sales topped 100-million, and the game hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. A surge in interest from YouTubers and nostalgia-induced playing saw Minecraft at the top of YouTube’s viewership stats last year.
With developers Mojang acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5-billion and 50-million copies sold at the time across all of its platforms including PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, the game has no doubt proven a smart buy. Incredible sales growth and momentum ever since has kept players returning to the game for years.

During its acquisition, Microsoft stated that they were interested in the game’s huge following, and the ability to attract future developer talent to the Windows platform.
Minecraft’s humble beginnings saw it start out as a bedroom project, distributed initially as a Java applet on a web forum. The game quickly captured the imagination of thousands of gamers who loved the indie game’s concept of allowing players to shape an environment by crafting and building constructions out of blocks.
It has spawned a giant community that creates replica objects and YouTube tips on how to play Minecraft that are regularly shared with millions of viewers. That popularity means Minecraft is essentially the digital equivalent of Lego blocks, allowing players to create their own worlds that can be shared and edited by others.
Charity through Minecraft
Rendog, with a healthy following on both YouTube and the streaming platform Twitch, set about organising an impressively large charity fundraiser over the weekend. According to Stuff, they managed to raise close to R2-million that will all go towards South Africans who are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown.

Due to the unbelievable generosity of thousands of people from all over the world tonight, we raised over £75000 for @SOS_Africa during our charity stream with Grian. To put it into perspective, thats over 300000 hot meals for South Africans in desperate need. THANK YOU ALL! RD pic.twitter.com/1wJE4V8IYD
— ReNDoG (@renthedog) May 10, 2020

“We were all completely overwhelmed with emotion,” he says. “Our staff in South Africa were following the event and were constantly in floods of tears.”
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Logitech sales surge as locked-down families, workers stay connected – Hardware- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Logitech International reported a big jump in sales of computer products during its fourth quarter on Tuesday as more people worked from home and families turned to technology to keep in touch during the coronavirus crisis.
Demand for video collaboration products boomed during the three months to the end of March as schools and offices shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, with locked-down staff relying on video conferencing equipment, software and webcams.
Families also connected via video conferencing as lockdown restrictions prevented them from seeing loved ones during the pandemic.
“As people shelter and self-isolate from each other physically, you need some way to get an emotional connection, and video is the way to do that,” Chief Executive Bracken Darrell told Reuters.
“It has accelerated a trend which was already moving sharply upward,” Darrell said.
Schools were holding lessons via video conference, while hospitals were using technology to lower the risks of infection, he added.
“In my home town Owensboro, Kentucky, they have mounted one of our video cameras inside a room with COVID-19 patients, and linked it to the nurse’s station,” Darrell said.
“This has enabled the doctors and nurses to enter less often and limit their exposure.”
During its fourth quarter, sales of video collaboration equipment jumped 60 percent and sales of webcams by 32 percent, the star performers as group sales rose 14 percent to US$709.2 million.
The Swiss-American company’s operating income on a non-GAAP accounting basis rose 23 percent to US$79 million, while net income rose 10 percent to US$71 million.
Andrea Mueller, an analyst at Zuercher Kantonalbank, said the operating results were better than expected, and the stock was attractive because of the company’s strong balance sheet.
Its shares were 6.6 percent higher in mid afternoon trading, the biggest gainer on the Stoxx 600 Tech Index.
Sales of gaming accessories – keyboards, mice, and headsets – also increased, by 8 percent, as people locked down at home tried to relax.
People were playing esports like motor racing against each other, and watching professionals compete as real life sporting events disappeared from the calendar, Darrell said.
“(They) are also having game nights and playing Monopoly and Scrabble remotely using our equipment to do it,” he said.
“It’s a way to connect with people when social distancing, and it will stay the way to connect with people even when social distancing is not required.”

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NYT ‘hastens’ transformation of ads biz as it braces for a 55% plunge in ad sales- Tempemail – 10 minute

The New York Times is speeding up the overhaul of its ads business after being hit by a slump in advertiser spend across print and digital – despite record subscriber figures.
The company reported quarterly ad sales of $106m – a dip of 15% from the $125m it made in Q1 2019. Digital advertising declined 8% year-on-year while print revenues dropped by 21%.
High volumes in reader traffic saw programmatic offer only some cushioning to the decline in direct sales. The Times noted particular drops in demand from the luxury, media, entertainment and financial categories.
The biggest hit to the quarter came in the latter weeks, when the coronavirus saw swathes of advertisers cutting, pausing or pulling spend. Based on the trends of the last month, chief executive Mark Thompson warned investors that advertising in the second quarter is likely to fall by 50-55% compared to a year ago, “with limited visibility beyond that”.
The rapid slowdown has prompted Meredith Kopit Levien, chief operating officer of the company, to “hasten” the multiyear strategy put in place to transform the company’s ads business.
The international media co will now focus on winning the media spend of a larger concentration of advertisers in a smaller number of earmarked categories such as tech, telecom and financial services. Kopit Levien explained the Times had seen better success negotiating “larger, multi-platform” deals with these clients in the past.
“I think it’s fair to say [that] in both print and digital we’ve got more pressure in our legacy categories, and I think we can assume that that will continue through the crisis,” she said.
The Times will continue to invest in products that tap into the first-party data and consumer insights gleaned from its subscription model, while its audio business will also be nourished. Podcast revenues grew by 30% in the quarter, primarily due to the success of The Daily, which Kopit Levien said had become an “even larger and more sought-after platform for our advertisers”.
“We do expect some softening of demand for both data-driven display and audio during the recession, but less so than in our legacy products,” she added.
Despite the plummet in advertising revenues, topline readership and subscriber numbers painted a more positive picture for investors. The company posted 587,000 new digital subscriptions from February to April, making Q1 the best quarter in its subscriber history.
It now counts more than 5 million paid-for digital-only subscriptions and more than 6 million total subscriptions across digital and print.
“The Times’s business model, with its growing focus on digital subscription growth and diminishing reliance on advertising, is very well positioned to ride out this storm and thrive in a post-pandemic world,” said Thompson.
“We believe that the company will emerge from this global crisis with a distinctive and valuable advertising revenue stream to complement a digital news subscription business, which is now by far the largest and most successful in the world. The revenue from those subscriptions – and our strong balance sheet – give us real confidence, not just that we can remain financially sound through the pandemic, but also that we can safely invest in our digital growth strategy and continue to hire new talent to help execute it.”

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Apple sales beat expectations but Tim Cook sees uncertainty ahead | Technology – Blog – 10 minute

Apple reported sales and profits that beat Wall Street expectations on Thursday despite fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, with Tim Cook saying China sales were “headed in the right direction” as that country reopens.
But the CEO said it was impossible to forecast overall results for the current quarter because of uncertainty created by the virus.
Apple reported sales of $58.3bn and earnings of $2.55 per share for its fiscal second quarter ended in March, above year-ago results of $58bn and $2.46, and above analyst estimates of $54.5bn and $2.27, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Sales of services such as streaming television content rose with billions of people locked in their homes, the company said. The segment, which includes iCloud storage as well as its streaming services for music and television shows, saw sales of $13.4bn, compared with analyst estimates of $12.9n, according to FactSet data. Cook said Apple had 515 million subscribers to apps and services, up by 125 million from one year earlier.
In a call with investors following the report’s release, Cook praised the company’s response to the pandemic. “Our global supply chain is profoundly durable and resilient, and we have shown the consistent ability to meet and manage temporary supply challenges like those caused by Covid-19,” he said.
With its global brand, few American companies have been exposed to the spread of the coronavirus like Apple, whose iPhone sales declined in the March quarter as device sales were forced to online-only in many places.
China, where the virus was first detected, is a major market for Apple, supplying about a sixth of its overall sales, and home to most of Apple’s contract factories.
Apple saw China sales of $9.46bn, down less than a $1bn from a year ago, a potential sign of how the company will fare as other markets emerge from lockdowns.
“While we felt some temporary supply constraints in February, our operations team, suppliers and manufacturing partners have been safely returning to work and production is back at typical levels,” Cook said.
Cook said that during the first five weeks of the fiscal second quarter, “we anticipated that that it was going to be a prolific and energetic period for Apple”. He previously expected Apple to hit its guidance of between $63bn and $67bn in sales.
The quarter quickly changed when the virus spread in China, hitting Apple’s supply chain and sales there, and then hit the rest of the world as Apple’s stores and contract factories came back online. Apple broke with its usual practice of providing an estimated range of sales for the current quarter.

“Given the lack of visibility, we will not be issuing guidance for the coming quarter, though we have a high degree of confidence in the enduring strength of our business,” Cook said.
In February, China kept factories closed and forced Apple to shut its stores there. Apple reopened its stores in China in mid-March and factories resumed production – but by that time, the pandemic had spread to Europe and the rest of the world, which has left Apple stores outside mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea shuttered.
The closures, along with lockdown orders in many major Apple markets such as the United States and Europe, have forced Apple and its biggest sales partners in the retail and mobile carrier industries to conduct most sales online or via curbside pickup, including of the newly launched iPhone SE.
Apple said iPhone sales were $29bn, down from $30.9bn the year before, compared with analyst estimates of $28.4bn, according to data from FactSet.

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Coles online sales growth halved by COVID-19 shutdown – Finance – Hardware – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Australia’s now globally infamous supermarket stampede to stock-up on toilet paper and pasta has come back to haunt Coles group, with online sales halving in its third quarter 2020 (Q3 2020), after the retail giant was forced to suspend online sales amid the crush.
Numbers reported on Wednesday by Coles reveal its once mighty online sales growth was cruelled in March after it put up shutters on its web store amid the enforcement of purchasing limits on certain product categories and severe supply chain strains that left shelves bare for weeks.
However Coles online sales still grew, and in retail you take double digit growth where you find it.
Coles online hit a respectable 14 percent in Q3 2020 in supermarkets, even if a way back from stellar growth of 27 percent in Q3 2019, when the retail giant stated online sales at more than $1 billion on rolling 12 month basis.
Like rival Woolworths, Coles suspended almost all of its online services in March to mitigate a massive surge of panic buying that also necessitated putting security guards on its shop floors to keep public order and prevent brawls over bog roll.
It has since gradually restored online services through its Coles Online Priority Service that triages grocery basics to those most in need, especially the elderly and the vulnerable, before attending to other customers.
There’s also been no let-up on the robotics and automation front, with Coles saying it “progressed automation projects with the contracts relating to the Ocado sites in New South Wales and Victoria well advanced.”
“Construction continuing throughout the quarter on the Witron distribution centre in Queensland,” Coles said.
Coles restored full online services on 22nd April after significantly bolstering its delivery and click-and-collect capacity and reorganising how it fulfils online orders.
An additional 12,000 staff have been pulled into Coles’ COVID-19 response effort with general manager of Coles Online and Strategic Projects, Karen Donaldson, saying hundreds of extra customer service agents had been to meet increased demand for online deliveries.
“Our team has worked really hard over the past few weeks to improve stock availability to help us fulfil customer orders,” Donaldson said last week.
“By reorganising our delivery windows we have been able to increase the number of slots available for customers.”
Woolworths on Tuesday announced it was roping in Uber drivers for deliveries, with orders hand-picked in stores and then passed onto Uber drivers, with Woolworths director of e-commerce, Annette Karantoni, describing recent growth in demand for home delivery as “unprecedented”.
Coles also expects online demand to stay elevated and is pivoting to deal with the change.
“Growth was supported by the expansion of the network and stronger seasonal volumes across the January holidays,” Coles told investors on Wednesday.
“Coles Online is now seeking to increase capacity to meet the demand of customers by recruiting more team members and extending and increasing pick and delivery shifts.”
Will supermarkets ever be the same again?
One thing that’s less clear, like so much of the current global pandemic situation, is what lasting changes will come to major grocery and retail and how it interacts with online.
It was only at the last set of annual numbers that Coles and Woolworths declared their online operations to be profit margin accretive rather than profit margin dilutive, a factor institutional investors track closely as online sales eat physical sales.
The key factor in achieving that was the heavy augmentation of click-and-collect where customers increasingly pre-ordered staples and then ‘shopped the store’ for incidental discounts, fruit and vegetables and other discretionary products.
Where that has landed now is anyone’s guess, but what is clear is that it will still be cheaper for customers to collect than to roll a truck, Uber or courier.
What we do know is that if social distancing requirements remain in place for some time, the way we physically shop will change considerably and the operating models of supermarkets, as essential services,  will need to change with that, especially around click and collect.
It won’t come in the quarterly numbers, but the likelihood of online staying margin accretive at either of the big supermarkets over the next year is borderline at best, but that’s unlikely to be something investors will mark down given how much retail trade has flowed to big grocery.
Coles Group put its total third quarter 2020 sales at $9.22 billion, up a whacking 12.9 percent from $8.173 over the previous corresponding period, with supermarkets accounting for $8.23 billion of that.
Bottoms-up Australia
One solid growth area Coles visibly played down in its results was booze, as Australian’s forfeited nights out and barbeques with friends or family for a night in on the couch with Netflix and a glass of wine. Or maybe a bottle. Or two.
“Liquor was negatively impacted by bushfire smog over capital cities and floods in January and February, before being impacted by COVID-19 later in the quarter. Liquor achieved comparable sales growth of 7.2 percent for the third quarter,” Coles said.
You read that right, despite a rubbish Christmas and new year, Aussies still managed to booze their way through the lockdown enough to stay on the right side of the ledger, fairly logical given pubs are shut.
Coles doubled down on online booze as well, calling out “refreshed websites” across all three “liquor banners, delivering online sales growth of 34 percent in the third quarter.”
That said, Coles isn’t exactly celebrating, noting it also set limits to liquor purchasing.
“Prior to the onset of COVID-19, the liquor market remained subdued as customer drinking habits were impacted by the bushfire smog and subsequent floods,” Coles said.
“Over the quarter there was strong growth in the spirits category, offset in part by lower volumes and beer and ready-to-drink categories during the period when bushfire smog impacted air quality in January.”
Forget Donald Trump mutterings. Nothing like a glass of 12 year-old single malt disinfectant before bed, and Australians know it.

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Google ad sales steady after coronavirus drop; Alphabet leads tech share rally – Finance- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

A drop in Google ad sales steadied in April and some consumers returned to using the search engine for shopping in addition to finding novel coronavirus information, parent Alphabet Inc said on Tuesday, sparking an 8 percent rally in shares.
The share rally to US$1,329.81 after hours brought the stock almost back to where it started the year.
Some financial and advertising analysts had estimated ad sales declines of up to 20 percent in the coming quarters, with hotels, airlines, film studios and other big spenders cutting ad buys because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Alphabet said search ads, its most lucrative business, saw revenue decline by a mid-teens percentage in late March compared with a year earlier and that the slowdown did not worsen this month.
The company also is working to lure money from advertisers that normally sponsor sporting events canceled by the coronavirus.
“While, obviously, there’s an impact on the economy and we’re not immune to that, the engagement from advertisers across our products and with our teams has been very robust,” Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai told analysts on Tuesday.
Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat still warned that she anticipated “the second quarter will be a difficult one” because the early April trends may not hold.
But Nicole Perrin, an analyst at ad consultancy eMarketer, said the first-quarter results matched “relatively optimistic scenarios” and left her “cautiously optimistic” about the current quarter.
Alphabet’s overall revenue in the first quarter was US$41.2 billion, up 13 percent compared with the same period last year.
The average estimate among financial analysts tracked by Refinitiv was US$40.29 billion, up 10.87 percent, expecting the slowest growth since 11.1 percent in the second quarter of 2015.
Alphabet was the first major US internet services company to report first-quarter results, offering a preview of what other companies might report in coming days.
Shares of Google’s top rival in ad sales Facebook, which had been down 8.6 percent this year entering Tuesday, rose 3 percent after hours.
Microsoft rose 1.2 percent in extended trading after rising 10.7 percent this year, and Apple rose 0.6 percent after entering Tuesday down 3.3 percent.
Shares of Amazon, up 28.6 percent this year as shoppers turn to it amid lockdowns, were up 1.25 percent after Alphabet’s results.
Virus challenges
A booming economy and rising internet usage have driven Google to record revenues in the last few years.
But the virus has split those two trends, with consumer spending now plunging and reliance on internet services surging.
While Google tools including Duo video chatting and YouTube have become essential to many users this year, the company largely does not charge for them and instead generates revenue selling ad tools as well as links, banners and commercials on its services and those of partners.
But more than 26 million people have filed for unemployment during the last month in United States, Google’s largest market for ad sales, erasing all of the country’s job gains in the last decade.
Google’s ads business generated about 83 percent of Alphabet’s revenue last year. It tends to flow with the broader economy, which explains Alphabet’s slower revenue growth in the first quarter.
Google ad sales in the first quarter were US$33.8 billion, with about 73 percent coming from search and 12 percent from YouTube.
“YouTube provided an upside surprise, with growth actually accelerating despite the impact on ad budgets from the lockdowns,” said James Cordwell, analyst at Atlantic Equities.
Revenue from YouTube grew 33.5 percent, slightly faster than during the previous quarter.
But Porat warned that the growth rate had slowed to the “high single digits” by late March and continued to decline in April for ads that were not meant to immediately spark a consumer purchase.
The company did not release the number of paid subscribers for YouTube services, after revealing it had 20 million last quarter.
About 5.5 percent of Alphabet’s revenue last year came from cloud services for which Google charges businesses, schools and governments.
This year, the company has extended various free offers to aid customers affected by the pandemic.
The cloud business generated US$2.8 billion in revenue, up 52 percent from a year ago.
Alphabet’s total costs and expenses rose about 12 percent from a year ago to US$33.2 billion, down from around 20 percent jumps in recent quarters.
Porat said first-quarter expenses included an increased reserve to account for clients unable to pay bills because of the virus.
With usage of Google’s services up but sales down, the company has pared hiring, marketing, office expansions and other spending plans.
Google just three months ago had said it would be spending heavily to add staff for its cloud business and other areas where it is challenging to unseat dominant competitors.
Alphabet’s first-quarter profit was US$6.8 billion, or US$9.87 per share, compared with the analysts’ average estimate of US$7.21 billion, or US$10.40 per share.

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Google drops charges on shopping service to counter Amazon’s surging ad sales – Finance- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Google said on Tuesday it would stop charging merchants to place products on its Google Shopping search page as it looks to win e-commerce advertising business from Amazon and other online retailers, just as they are struggling to supply customers with some items due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is the latest effort by Google to reinvigorate its Shopping service, which has been largely eclipsed by Amazon, where most online shoppers now start searches for products and merchants pay to feature prominently.
Google has up to now charged merchants whose products appear when users click on the Shopping tab on Google’s search engine.
Amazon, which charges merchants only to promote items high on searches but takes a cut of their sales, is increasingly eating into that business.
By adopting a system akin to Amazon’s, Google is hoping more merchants will put their products on its service, which will attract more shoppers and ultimately increase ad revenue as merchants vie to be featured.
“If you work with the ecosystem, there will be monetisation opportunities that come on top of that,” Google’s president of commerce Bill Ready told Reuters in an interview.
The new policy had been in the works for some time, Ready said, but was brought forward as some stores struggle to find buyers because of the virus.
Some merchants said they lost sales during the outbreak when Amazon stopped offering fast shipping on some products so it could prioritize what it called essential items.
Google’s plan will take effect next week in the United States and by the end of the year globally.
The move is a gamble for Google, as it may lead to a short-term loss of advertising revenue and does not guarantee an influx of new customers.
‘Amazon Compete’
Google executives have debated for months how best to push back against Amazon, rejecting the idea of spending billions of dollars to revamp the Google Shopping service, according to previously unreported accounts from 12 current and former high-ranking staff.
Staffers last year explored partnerships with delivery companies to match Amazon’s speedy shipping, but did not get the go-ahead from top executives to strike a deal, one source said.
Amazon has invested heavily in stocking warehouses and delivery drivers at the expense of its gross profit margins, which stand at about 40 cents on every dollar of revenue, according to Refinitiv data.
Google, which has no experience of such a physically intensive delivery operation, balked at a similar type of investment, which would cut its profit margins of about 60 cents per dollar of revenue, three sources said.
“It’s daunting the amount of capital and expertise it would take to run such a business, and even if you’re successful, are you just going to be number two?” said Jon Venverloh, who left Google last summer after 18 years, including some time as a director on Shopping.
Google declined to comment beyond Tuesday’s announcement.
Amazon’s tenfold surge in online ad sales over the last five years to 4 percent of the global market compared to Google’s 32 percent has created what some financial analysts call Google’s greatest-ever threat.
As Google leadership planned 2020 budgets last summer, some managers who oversee ad buying and selling software called for a coordinated plan to beat back Amazon on several fronts.
They used presentations entitled ‘Amazon Compete’ from Google sales chief Philipp Schindler’s strategy team that tracked the online retailer’s growing power, including consumers’ preference for its shopping search tools, three sources said.
The name recalled an effort dubbed ‘Facebook Compete’ that led to big investments when Facebook’s mobile ads business surpassed Google’s several years ago, five sources said. The project succeeded, with new ad formats and algorithms for mobile putting Google back on top.
But Google executives did not feel the same pressure to invest heavily to beat back Amazon, said forner Google ads executive Sreekant Lanka, despite Amazon’s aggressive hiring, acquisitions and sales efforts.
In 2019, Google had its worst sales growth in four years, but still added US$18 billion in ad revenue, compared with an estimated US$4 billion bump for Amazon.com to about US$12 billion.
Google’s steady ad sales growth as more spending moves online has enabled top executives to justify limited investments in shopping, sources said.
Buy on Google
Google also gets a cut of the purchase price when customers use the Buy on Google feature available on some products on Google Shopping, which lets people buy items using a credit card on file with Google without leaving the search engine.
Merchants benefit because shoppers are more likely to buy the fewer clicks they have to make. Google gets a cut of sales and details on consumer purchases for ad targeting, while still avoiding fulfillment.
But some stores are not sold. Jeff Cayley, CEO of bicycle retailer Worldwide Cyclery, said he pays Google on average 11 percent of sales for search ads taking shoppers to his website, compared with 15 percent when they purchase through Buy on Google.
“It seems like a way (for Google) to dabble in marketplaces, but it’s an uphill battle and a confusing experience for consumers,” Cayley said.
Google signed up about 4000 merchants for Buy on Google by the end of the last year, behind its targets despite temporarily discounting its cut on product purchases by about 20 percent, according to two of the sources.
While top executives last year initially prioritised big subsidies to attract shoppers, they later backtracked and even froze hiring in some areas to cut costs, according to three sources.
Last month, Google again suspended promotions and marketing plans because of concerns related to the new coronavirus.
Ben Frederick said he listed his Dr Frederick’s Original foot-health products through Buy on Google in mid-March when Amazon’s delivery times lengthened.
But he said just three Google orders had trickled in by last week.

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Nutanix Appoints New Sales VP and COO | Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

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Enterprise cloud computing company, Nutanix has appointed Keith Moran to Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas and Dave Gwyn to Worldwide Sales Chief Operating Officer, both effective May 1, 2020.
The role of Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas was previously held by Chris Kaddaras, who was promoted to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales in February of this year. The role of Worldwide Sales Chief Operating Officer is a new position.
“Keith embodies the Nutanix principle of ‘obsess over the customer and frontline,’ and is always focused on the long-term success of our customers. He’s built a highly collaborative team while creating an environment of candour and will be an extremely effective leader for the entire region,” says Chris Kaddaras, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Nutanix.
“Dave’s deep technical expertise, unmatched operations focus and superb sales leadership will play a critical role in the evolution of our global sales organization. I’m delighted to have both join my leadership team.”

Moran joined Nutanix almost 6 years ago as a Regional Sales Director, most recently serving as the Vice President of Sales for the Central Region. He has more than 20 years of technology sales experience, including leadership positions at NetApp and Simplivity. He holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
Gwyn began his career at Nutanix more than 8 years ago as the Director of Federal Sales and was most recently Senior Vice President of Sales for the U.S. West, East, Public Sector and Latin America. He began his career in software development, then moved into sales, holding positions at companies including Sybase, BEA and VMware before joining Nutanix.
Moran and Gwyn will respectively be responsible for helping to drive the company’s go-to-market sales and operations, while simultaneously transitioning to a subscription business model.
Both Moran and Gwyn will continue to act in their previous positions until replacements are appointed.

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Hulu’s head of ad sales Peter Naylor departs for Snap- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Peter Naylor, senior vice-president, advertising sales at Hulu, is departing the Disney-owned streaming service to become Snap’s first vice-president for the Americas.
Naylor will be responsible for growing Snap’s advertising business in the US, Canada and Mexico. He will take up the newly created role in May and report into chief business officer Jeremi Gorman.
Unlike Hulu, which operates a tiered subscription model, Snap is reliant almost entirely on advertising sales. Gorman said priorities for 2020 include improving measurement, devising new products and better servicing clients.
“As we continue to scale our advertising business across all geographies, we expect to build out teams in different verticals to support our rapidly growing ad business,” she told investors last week.
“This includes building a global partners team to work with our largest global advertisers to create seamless global planning, hiring more sales operations experts to continue to improve operational rigor in our sales teams and pipeline planning, and generally mature the ways our sales organization operates as we scale over the coming years.”
Meanwhile, Hulu’s ad sales team will now report into Rita Ferro, president of advertising sales and partnerships at the Walt Disney Company.
Naylor joined the OTT service in 2014 after seven years with NBCUniversal.
As Hulu’s user figures increased, the media vet went on to strengthen the streaming business’s commercial proposition, offering advertisers innovative formats such as pause and ‘binge reward’ ads. He also made an effort to win the advertising dollars of DTC brands with the expansion of a creative studio
Naylor’s departure follows that of chief executive Randy Freer, who left the company in January. Hulu’s chief marketing officer, Kelly Campbell, was promoted to president one month later.
Campbell will continue oversee marketing as part of her elevated role.

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Online retailer Harris Technology is emerging a winner in the race to fit out home offices and home schooling setups, revealing its sales in March more than doubled compared to the same time last year.
The company said in an ASX filing [pdf] that between its own e-commerce site and presences on Amazon Australia, Catch, Kogan and eBay, it generated $1.625 million in sales in March 2020, compared to $716,000 in March 2019.
“Total revenue for the March 2020 quarter is $3.4 million compared to the March 2019 quarter of $2.3 million,” the company said.
“Management attributes the increase in sales to strategically leveraging off the marketing and distribution power of the major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon Australia, [and] higher demand driven by the establishment of home offices and home schooling by consumers as a result of the current government requirements.”
Lockdowns of schools and workplaces have many more Australians at home than usual. 
Some companies, including SAP Australia, even gave staff one-off funds to improve their home office setups.
While much of the bricks-and-mortar retail sector has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, those with e-commerce operations selling household goods, technology and home furniture items have bucked that trend, and many continue to see record numbers of visitors and purchases.
Harris Technology’s managing director Garrison Huang said the company “will continue to improve sales with all the major line platforms and also from our own website.”
Wesfarmers-owned Officeworks said on its website that it is seeing “an increase in demand for many products”, including all manner of technology items and home office furniture.
“Our online delivery service is currently experiencing high demand,” it said in an update yesterday.
“This is resulting in some longer than expected delivery times as indicated below.
“Our distribution team is working extended shifts to ensure that you receive your order when required or as close to that time as we can.”
The company has a table of delivery delays by state and territory as it tries to meet the volume of online orders.

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