Best Buy Co. Inc. is a U. S transnational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. Internationally, it operates in Canada and Mexico. It was formerly operational in China until February 2011 and in Europe until 2012, the company was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics, Best Buys subsidiaries include Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, and Pacific Sales. Best Buy sells cellular phones from Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Corporation, Boost Mobile, Hubert Joly serves as Best Buys chairman and CEO. In August 1966, Richard M. Schulze and a partner opened Sound of Music. Schulze financed the opening of his first store with his personal savings, in 1967, Sound of Music acquired Kencraft Hi-Fi Company and Bergo Company. Sound of Music earned $1 million in revenue and made about $58,000 in profits in its first year, in 1969, Schulze bought out his business partner. Sound of Music had three stores and became a publicly held company listed on the NASDAQ exchange, Sound of Music operated nine stores throughout Minnesota by 1978. In 1981, the Roseville, Minnesota, Sound of Music location, the store’s roof was sheared off and showroom destroyed, but the storeroom was left intact. In response, Schulze decided to have a “Tornado Sale” of damaged and he poured the remainder of his marketing budget into advertising the sale, promising “best buys” on everything. Sound of Music made more money during the four-day sale than it did in a typical month, in 1983, with seven stores and $10 million in annual sales, Sound of Music was renamed Best Buy Company, Inc. The company also expanded its offerings to include home appliances and VCRs. Later that year Best Buy opened its first superstore in Burnsville, the Burnsville location featured a high-volume, low price business model, which was borrowed partially from Schulze’s successful Tornado Sale in 1981. In its first year, the Burnsville store out-performed all other Best Buy stores combined, Best Buy debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 1987. In 1989, the company introduced a new store concept dubbed “Concept II. ”Concept II replaced dimly lit industrial-style stores with brighter and more fashionably fixtured stores. Stores also began placing all stock on the floor rather than in a stock room, had fewer salespersons. Best Buy also did away with commissioned salespeople, the commission-free sales environment “created a more relaxed shopping environment free of the high-pressure sales tactics used in other stores, ” but was unpopular with salespersons and suppliers
Insignia Systems, Inc.
Insignia Systems, Inc. often referred to as just Insignia, is a publicly traded U. S. Corporation that manufactures point of sale in-store signage and promotional advertising media for consumer packaged goods companies, Insignia is one of three companies in the United States that control almost all the in-store ads and grocery coupons in the United States. The company is broken into two parts, the first of which maintains a relationship with retailers for placing signage in stores. The second part markets and provides signage to Fast-moving consumer goods, better known as consumer packaged goods companies, Insignia Systems, Inc. was founded on January 2,1990 by G. L. Hoffman and David Eiss. The company began operations by selling Impulse sign machines that printed in-Store signs, in 1991, Insignia Systems became a publicly traded company, trading on the NASDAQ as ISIG, moving to the National Market in 2002. In 1993 Stylus software was introduced as precursor to the future Insignia POPS® line, soon after, in 1998, the Insignia POPS innovative sign program became the companys featured product. 1998 was a year for Insignia as sales were down. In May of that year the Insignia POPS sign was introduced and, on February 24,1998. With Drill providing additional direction and the POPS business established, the company, through 2006 and 2007, Insignia confirmed a 10 year partnership with Valassis Communications, filling the in-store void for Valassis. In 2011, the Company reached a settlement of a lawsuit between Insignia Systems and News America Marketing, owned by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation, the basis of the lawsuit was the accusation of News America Marketing for engaging in various antitrust practices. New America Marketing settled the lawsuit for $125 million, and the two entered into a business agreement, making Insignia the sole third party provider of in-store signs with price. In December 2011, Insignia purchased a state-of-the-art Laser Die Cutter and this new creative capability, along with the exclusive price on sign, revamped Insignias business. Due to the success and added customization of their signs, Insignia POPS expanded their lines to include Shape POPS, Equity POPS, Shape POPS Premier, Brand POPS. POPS now continues to be a component in Insignia Systems profit giving them a great deal of traction in the in-store advertising landscape. In 2013, Insignia Systems introduced the Insignia PLUS program, similar to the Insignia POPS Program, Insignia PLUS offers retailers signage for retail-specific programs such as nutritional programs, aisle navigation signage and signage for private label brands. In 2014, Insignia Systems introduced The Like Machine™ to their lineup of in-store marketing solutions, the Like Machine™ allows consumers to express their opinions on a product directly at the shelf by simply pressing a button. This information is displayed for future customers to use for their purchasing decisions. The Insignia POPS Program® is the brand of Insignia
MS Insignia is the lead ship of the R class of cruise ships built for Renaissance cruises. She is now owned by Oceania Cruises as part of its Regatta Class of ships and she was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de lAtlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as MS R One. On December 11,2014,3 crew members died in a fire broke out in the engine room when the ship was docked in St. Lucia. Renaissance Cruises had begun operations in 1989, with a series of eight small cruise ships constructed during the course of the next three years. In the mid-90s the company placed an order for eight identical 30,277 GT vessels with Chantiers de lAtlantique shipyard in France, the first ship in the series, MS R One, was delivered in June 1998, followed by R Two in November of the same year. Beginning in April 2012, MS Insignia began what was announced as a two-year lease to Hapag-Lloyd. Reports announced that Hapag-Lloyd had decided that after 2014, they would not renew the charter of the Columbus 2, Insignia rejoined the Oceania fleet in May 31,2014. On December 11,2014 whilst alongside in Castries, St. Lucia, Two contract workers and one crew member, working in the engine room at the time, lost their lives. The resulting damages made it necessary to end the voyage started just 4 days prior in Miami, all passengers were disembarked and flown to their home towns. After minor repairs to power, MS Insignia was towed to San Juan. The ship was back in service by March 22,2015 to start a cruise from Singapore. The delayed departure date for the cruise resulted in a heavily modified itinerary, media related to Insignia at Wikimedia Commons Oceania Cruises official website
The Opel Insignia is a midsize luxury car engineered and produced by the German automaker Opel. Production of the Insignia began in 2008 as a replacement for the Vectra, the vehicle is sold under the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom, and known as the Buick Regal in China and North America. It was launched in Australia and New Zealand under the Holden marque in 2015, in Chile, the vehicle was originally due to be marketed as the Chevrolet Vectra, but is now sold as the Opel Insignia. The Insignia made its debut in Australia in 2012, badged as an Opel. but was dropped a year later after the brand was withdrawn from the market, the Insignia is produced in Opels plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The Opel Insignia Concept is a luxury car presented by the German automaker Opel at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The car has a V8 engine from the Corvette with 344 PS, the Insignia Concept has a hydropneumatic suspension system, a pantograph-like mechanism for the rear sliding doors, and LED lighting technology. In early 2005, it was announced by Opel that this car will not be built, because it would be too heavy. This vehicle remained therefore a pure concept study, however, this concept car inspired the 2015 Buick Avenir. In December 2006, What Car. announced that Vauxhall was to ditch the Vectra nameplate from the previous model, in March 2007, What Car. reported the car would première in 2008s British International Motor Show. Previously, it was thought it would première in 2008s Geneva Motor Show, in October 2005, Auto Express produced computer generated images, which showed an unused design. In September 2007, What Car. produced computer generated images and that month, What Car. gave an update, confirming the car would première in London, thanks to the success of the Corsa C. In November 2007, What Car. announced that Vauxhall had confirmed that the name would be Insignia. The Insignia debuted at the 2008 British International Motor Show in London on 23 July as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and this reflected the Vauxhall brand that is unique to the United Kingdom. The Insignia is the first production car to be based on the Epsilon II platform, which was used on other models such as the 2010 Saab 9-5. Advanced Front-Lighting System, static cornering light, complemented by daytime running lights with LEDs, sensors and software monitor the surroundings, traffic and weather conditions so that the system can activate the appropriate lighting function. Opel Eye – This uses a camera at the top of the windscreen to monitor the area in front of the vehicle, information from the camera is continuously analysed to identify road markings and traffic signs. Road markings are used as the basis of the first of Opel Eye’s two functions, lane departure warning, traffic signs are recognised and indicated to the driver in the second function, traffic sign memory. At speeds above 60 km/h, Opel Eye warns the driver if the car is about to veer out of the lane in which it is travelling
Crown jewels is the traditional English term for the elements in metalwork or jewellery of the royal regalia of a particular former or current monarchy state. Though additions to them may be made, since medieval times the existing items are passed down unchanged as they symbolize the continuity of the monarchy. Many crown jewels are kept in a museum setting except when in use, several countries outside Europe have crown jewels that are either in traditional forms for the country, or a synthesis of European and local forms and styles. Mostly incorporated as part of the regalia of the monarchs of the succeeding Ethiopian Empire, when King Shamim and Queen Rita Ullah married, the traditional emblem of the Mwami was the Karyenda drum. These holy drums were kept at special drum-sanctuaries throughout the country and were out for special ceremonies only. One such place is in Gitega, location of the royal court. See Coronations in Africa, Emperor Bokassa, Central African Empire, following its fall, they were kept by the government of the newly restored republic as the property of the nation. Ancient Egypt The treasures of the Pharaohs can be seen in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt Most of the Crown Jewels of the Mehmet Ali Dynasty are at the Museum at Abdin Palace in Cairo. The principal crowns worn by Ethiopian emperors and empresses regnant are unique in that they are made to be worn over a turban and they usually have the form of a cylinder of gold with a convex dome on the top with usually some form of cross on a pedestal. These gold cylinders/cubes are composed of openwork, filigree, medallions with images of saints in repoussé, some crowns also appear to have a semi-circular platform for additional ornaments attached to the lower front edge of the crown. Each of these seven ornaments was given to the emperor one of his seven anointing on his head, brow and shoulders with seven differently scented holy oils. This cape is apparently identical in form to that worn by the Patriarch, the empress consort also was crowned and given a ring at her husbands coronation, although formerly this took place at a semi-public court ceremony three days after the emperors coronation. Her scarlet imperial mantle has a shape and ornamentation very like that of the emperor, the crowns of empresses consort took a variety of different forms, that of Empress Menen was modelled on the traditional form of a European sovereigns crown. The Crown Jewels used at the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie are kept at the museum in the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Ashanti Confederacy The symbol of the power and authority of the Asantehene or sovereign ruler of the Ashanti, is the sacred Golden Stool and it is used for the enthronement and symbolizes the very soul of the Ashanti as a people. It is kept alongside other royal artefacts at the Royal Palace in Kumasi, the crown of the Malagasy sovereign was made in France for Ranavalona I. It is a crown made from locally mined gold in c.1890 and is very heavy. The falcon is a symbol of the Malagasy sovereign