Apple Store is a chain of retail stores owned and operated by Apple Inc. The stores sell various Apple products, including Mac personal computers, iPhone smartphones, iPad tablet computers, iPod portable media players, Apple Watch smartwatches, Apple TV digital media players and selected third-party accessories; the first Apple Stores were opened as two locations in May 2001 by then-CEO Steve Jobs, after years of attempting but failing store-within-a-store concepts. Seeing a need for improved retail presentation of the company's products, he began an effort in 1997 to revamp the retail program to get an improved relationship to consumers, hired Ron Johnson in 2000. Jobs relaunched Apple's online store in 1997, opened the first two physical stores in 2001; the media speculated that Apple would fail, but its stores were successful, by passing the sales numbers of competing nearby stores and within three years reached US$1 billion in annual sales, becoming the fastest retailer in history to do so.
Over the years, Apple has expanded the number of retail locations and its geographical coverage, with 506 stores across 25 countries worldwide as of 2018. Strong product sales have placed Apple among the top-tier retail stores, with sales over $16 billion globally in 2011. In May 2016, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's current Senior Vice President of Retail, unveiled a redesigned Apple Store in Union Square, San Francisco, featuring large glass doors for the entry, open spaces, rebranded rooms. In addition to purchasing products, consumers can get advice and help from "Creative Pros" – individuals with specialized knowledge of creative arts; the new design will be applied to all Apple Stores worldwide, a process that has seen stores temporarily relocate or close. Many Apple Stores are located inside shopping malls, but Apple has built several stand-alone flagship stores in high-profile locations, it has been granted design patents and received architectural awards for its stores' designs and construction for its use of glass staircases and cubes.
The success of Apple Stores have had significant influence over other consumer electronics retailers, who have lost traffic and profits due to a perceived higher quality of service and products at Apple Stores. Apple's notable brand loyalty among consumers causes long lines of hundreds of people at new Apple Store openings or product releases. Due to the popularity of the brand, Apple receives a large number of job applications, many of which come from young workers. Although Apple Store employees receive above-average pay, are offered money toward education and health care, receive product discounts, there are limited or no paths of career advancement. A May 2016 report with an anonymous retail employee highlighted a hostile work environment with harassment from customers, intense internal criticism, a lack of significant bonuses for securing major business contracts. Many Apple Stores are located inside shopping malls, but Apple has built several stand-alone flagship stores in high-profile locations, such as the one located in Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Several multi-level stores feature glass staircases, some glass bridges. The New York Times wrote in 2011 that these features were part of then-CEO Steve Jobs' extensive attention to detail, Apple received a design patent in 2002 for its glass staircase design. Apple has partnered with architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in designing and creating its original retail stores, has in recent years partnered with architectural firm Foster + Partners in designing its newer stores, as well as its corporate Apple Park campus. Apple has received numerous architectural awards for its store designs, its "iconic" glass cube, designed in part by Peter Bohlin, at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, received a separate design patent in 2014. Ron Johnson held the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Operations from 2001 until November 1, 2011. During his tenure, it was reported that while Johnson was responsible for site selection, in-store service, store layout, inventory was controlled by then-COO and now-CEO Tim Cook, who has a background in supply chain management.
In January 2012, Apple transferred retail leadership to John Browett. However, after attempts to cut costs, including reducing new hires and limiting staff hours, he was fired after six months telling a conference that he "just didn’t fit with the way they ran the business". In October 2013, Apple hired Angela Ahrendts from Burberry. Due to the popularity of the brand, applicants for jobs at Apple Stores are numerous, with many young workers applying; the pace of work iPad. Employees work for only a few years as career prospects are limited with no path of advancement other than limited retail management slots. Apple Store employees make above-average pay for retail employees and are offered money toward college tuitions, gym memberships, health care, 401 plans, product discounts, reduced price on purchase of stock; the retention rate for the technicians who staff the Genius Bar is more than 90%. A May 2016 Business Insider article features a lengthy interview with an anonymous Apple Store retail worker in the United Kingdom, where the employee highlighted significant dissatisfactions and issues for retail workers, including harassment and death threats from customers, an intense internal criticism policy that feels "like a cult", a lack of any significant bonus if a worker manages to se
Fezeka High School is a public high school located in Guguletu, Western Cape, South Africa. It is one of the high schools in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality; the school was founded in 1966, during the Apartheid era after black South Africans were not permitted to live in the city and were removed from areas such as District Six to Gugulethu and Langa. It was the second high school in the black township with Langa High School being first and I. D Mkize and Mabuwa. In August 1976, the school was part of the Soweto Uprising, a protest led by black students across South Africa against the Bantu Education Act, which forced all black schools to use Afrikaans and English as languages of instruction. In the 90s the school was moved to a new location when the old high school was re-purposed as a municipal offices; the students of Fezeka come from Western Cape and its suburbs, including Guguletu,Langa,Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Since 1999, under the direction of Monde Mdingi, Fezeka's school choir team has won over 35 national championship titles.
In 2012, Fezeka achieved 75.2% in the National Senior Certificate test in the province of Western Cape. Ludwe Nkomo - Pan African Youth Union / Commission & Ilitha Labantu - Community Development OfficialMcebisi Skwatsha – ANC NEC member
The 2019 America East Men's Soccer Tournament was the 31st edition of the tournament. The tournament decided the America East Conference champion and guaranteed representative into the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament; the tournament began on November 9 and concluded on November 16. Defending champion, New Hampshire, was the number one seed coming into the tournament. Both New Hampshire and Vermont were statistically tied for first place in the conference. New Hampshire broke the tie by defeating Hartford twice, while Vermont split their games with Hartford. New Hampshire was seeking a consecutive tournament win since UMBC 2013-2015 seasons. In the final round of the tournament, New Hampshire played #3 seed Hartford, the first and only goal of the game was kicked in by New Hampshire 3:27 into the game; this was New Hampshire's second America East conference title in school history. New Hampshire was the conference's lone bid into the NCAA Tournament, they hosted Fairleigh-Dickinson in the first round.
They would travel to 10 seed #13 Virginia Tech where they fell 1-4. This was New Hampshire's fourth appearance in NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. New Hampshire finished. Tournament MVP: Josh Bauer, New HampshireAll-Tournament Team: 2019 America East Conference Women's Soccer Tournament 2019 A-East Men's Soccer Championship Central