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Press Release : SPAR EMERGES BEST SUPERMARKET OF THE YEAR 2016

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SPAR EMERGES BEST SUPERMARKET OF THE YEAR 2016

SPAR, the largest hypermarket store chain in Nigeria has been named best supermarket in Nigeria.
According to the African Quality Institute, organizers of the African Quality Awards,
SPAR Nigeria was nominated from a list of other supermarkets operating in the country based on the supermarket’s hypermarket’s quality standards and relentless service in offering Nigerians the best products at the best prices.

The African Quality Achievement Awards (AQAA) is an Annual event initiated at celebrating leadership innovation and creativity in quality management in Africa.

The Award ceremony which took place on Thursday, September 9th at the Sheraton Hotel and Tower Ikeja, Lagos is an initiative of the African Quality Institute in collaboration with IBMN Integrated Services, The Certified Institute of Quality Management and the Pan African Quality Organization. Dignitaries representing various industries and businesses nationwide were present at the event.

SPAR as a hypermarket store, takes cognizance of the various kinds of shopping missions and adapts its products and services in respect of Choice, Quality, Service and Value to translate the entire shopping experience into a World Class One.

SPAR understands the soul of the Nigerian consumers. Over 5 million customers walk into its outlets annually, choosing products and services supplied by over 1,000 small, medium and large entrepreneurs and manufacturers from across Nigeria. Today, SPAR employs over 2,000 people from every section of the society.

Speaking on the occasion, SPAR spokesperson John Goldsmith, thanked the organizer for acknowledging the efforts of SPAR team in consistently delivering quality in terms of product offerings, choice of products, customer service and retail store infrastructure across its 10 stores in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

He added that to deliver consistent quality across all its stores, SPAR team is continuously monitoring the quality deliverables. Being a hypermarket SPAR offers a very wide range of products starting from Grocery & Household, Bakery & Butchery, Fruits & Vegetables, Hot Meals, Wine & Spirits, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Consumer Electronics, Large and Small Home Appliances, Mobile Phones, Laptops & Tablets, Perfumes, Watches & Jewellery and Furniture. Quality deliverables for each product categories are very different from each other which necessitates setting quality standards for each product category and a continuous measurement against the benchmarks.

When it comes to quality service delivery, SPAR replies on its retailing training programs for all their staffs across levels and locations. SPAR in Nigeria is a part of worldwide chain with a global presence across 42 countries which gives it access to World Class Training programs and Best Practices. SPAR takes human capital development very seriously. In the recently launched SPAR store in Calabar, GMD, Mr Haresh Keswani engaged directly with the new team in training and grooming the new recruits to equip them with the required skill sets to deliver world class shopping experience.

It’s very important to stay connected with the shoppers, get feedback on continuous basis to make sure their expectations are being met. The shoppers evolves continuously and so the quality standards and processes has to be improvised and periodically revamped to deliver the shopper expectations. SPAR has opened multiple channels to capture the voice of their shoppers through dedicated Hotline Numbers, Emails and Social Media Platforms. John Goldsmith added that with the proliferation of Facebook and Twitter, growing number of shoppers prefers to reach us through them. Attending to customers is no more confined to Store Operating Hours, it has become 24 x 7 job and SPAR has put a dedicated team to address this. Customer Feedback both compliments and complaints are taken very serious and are routed to all the concern function for immediate resolution and to make the future training programs more robust.

Working towards this end, SPAR remains unswerving in ushering positive socio-economic changes in its host communities. This approach remains embedded in the hypermarket’s ethos even as they rapidly expand their footprints deeper into Nigeria. The Artee Group is working on an aggressive roll out plan of SPAR stores across Nigeria. Apart from strengthening the presence in the existing cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar, SPAR stores will penetrate new geographies like Enugu, Asaba, Kaduna, Ilorin to name a few.

About SPAR Nigeria
SPAR in Nigeria is a part of an international retail chain originating from Holland. Franchised to Artee Industries Limited in 2010 for Nigerian operations, SPAR Hypermarket stores has retail space of over 33,000 m2 spread across 10 stores, serving over 5 million shoppers annually  SPAR stores are located in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

About SPAR International
SPAR, a Dutch multinational retail chain has global presence in 42 countries across 4 continents with over 12,000 stores. Apart from Nigeria, SPAR boast of its presence in Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique. Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe to name a few.

For more information about SPAR Nigeria visit www.sparnigeria.com

Social media handles
Twitter: @SPARNigeria
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPAR.NG/
Instagram: @spar_nigeria

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9Mobile In Trouble Again As New Owners ‘Teleology’ Pull Out Of Telco

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9mobile in trouble again. According to reports reaching me , Teleology Holdings, the new owners of 9mobile ,may just have withdrawn from further participation in the 9mobile project.

If you could recall during the 9mobile crisis , Teleology acquired 9mobile, previously  Etisalat, in November 2018 —  eight months after it made an initial $500million non-refundable deposit to acquire the telco, and a cumulative 10 months after the takeover was billed to have been finalized.



Teleology Holdings, led by Adrian Wood,  a pioneer Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, eventually won the final bid — ahead of Airtel, Globacom, Smile and Helios.

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Teleology Holdings’ successful bid for 9mobile was successful due to the quality of its proposed seven-man management team led by Wood, and was approved by the NCC Technical Evaluation Committee, the 13-member bank lending syndicate as well as the acquisition finance provider, Afreximbank.

 

9mobile Woes Continue

However, according to developing reports, Teleology Holdings has become extremely uncomfortable with actions taken outside of the agreed business plan, since their initial takeover, considering it has been blocked from concluding a management services contract with the local joint venture, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

The proposed management services contract would have enabled Teleology Holdings and its team of experts oversee the implementation of the its elaborate business plans including funding proposals — but that so far been impossible.

 

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Wood is understood to have resigned from the boards of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (trading as 9mobile) as well as Teleology Nigeria Limited, and has already communicated his current disenchantment with the 9Mobile project to his confidants in Teleology.

According to Woods, 9mobile is an exciting opportunity to build a revolutionary mobile network that could be the pride of Nigeria. Unfortunately, it appears that we will not be able to participate. We now must stand down from further work on the 9mobile project.”

Has 9mobile become the new Econet? We can’t tell. Let me know what you think in the comments

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How Google Plans On Replacing Android With Fuschia OS Soon

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You probably don’t need telling that Android is a very powerful and versatile operating system but Google is working on something that might end up as the direct replacement  – Fuschia.

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In this post, I’ll be explaining why Fuschia may actually replace Android
Kernels
Kernels are the core of any operating system, they provide the basic mechanisms around which the os can be built. A lot of the problems Android faces today is as a result of the fact it was built around the linux kernel whicj was not originally intended for it. 
As a matter of fact,  Android OS was originally meant for digital cameras so on it’s core it isn’t exactly specialized for what a smartphone should do
So what about Fuschia?
Fuschia is based on a completely different Kernel with 2 key benefits.
1. It is designed with the smart connected feature in mind
2. It’s more specific in its code and can be built on a wide range of devices
This kernel is called Zircon .
 So what’s the benefit ?
The reason that Fuschia is powerful is that this kernel runs on completely everything from phones abd TVs to Fridges and traffic lights.
One OS for everything. As more devices enter people’s homes, this would mean seamless integration among devices.
Your music could switch to your speaker when you enter a room and continue in your car when you get in.
Also Fuschia would be built around the idea of voice commands. Less tapping , More talking.
Fuschia would also solve one of the major problems of Android which is Fragmentation.

Fragmentation
Fragmentation is the reason most Android phones don’t perform as well as their hardware is capable of.
This exists because Android is a bit of a mess. It has software, kernel and drivers all working together in a slightly different configuration on each device.
That’s why Google just can’t push an update to any device out there. These 3 aspects have to be decoupled manually.
Google has little control of how users experience Android on 95% of phones.
This is a problem because these OEMs don’t have an incentive to keep your device updated. They prefer you get a new device if you want to upgrade so they can make more money.
Fuschia is cleaner built with updates in mind. Fuschia would help Google regain control of the end user software experience.
Fuschia is also written on the Flutter software development kit which is important because this runs on Android too. This would make sure Android apps run on it. You don’t expect Google to start from scratch with the already vast library of apps and games available.

So the big question –
When will Fuschia Replace Android
Considering that brands always make the 10th version of their products seem like the peak of their current product line. Android 10 might be replaced by Fuschia OS.
If it’s not, then we should be looking at the next couple of years.

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Unbelievable – Glo, 9mobile, NTEL Customers To Be Cut Off From Calling Other Networks

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NCC has given MTN and Airtel approval to bar Glo and 9mobile customers from calling their network over failure to pay Interconnect Debt.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted disconnection approval to mobile network operators (MNOs) to disconnect owing colleagues over rise in interconnect debt and failure of the affected operators to pay.

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NCC has asked MTN, Airtel and IHS to disconnect, on partial basis, services to Globacom, Ntel (MNOs) and interconnect exchange points including Breeze, Exchange, Solid, Medallion and Niconnx.

The implication of this development is that over 35 millions of subscribers would soon start to experience service disruptions.

While the affected operators have between the next 10 and 21 days, starting from 18th Dec to make amends or risk disconnections,

The Commission also said it has approved the Disconnection of Ntel and Globacom from the facilities of IHS in accordance with Section 103 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.

The Commission informed that 9Mobile, Smile and Swift are also to be disconnected from IHS facilities and ATC Wireless Infrastructure Limited.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Ntel and Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel and MTN, but will be able to receive calls. Furthermore, Ntel and Globacom will be disconnected from the facilities of IHS.”

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