Bosses show little backing for Byrne

first_img“If we are the ‘main business representative body’ [as Byrne described them] then we are surprised that the Commissioner keeps reporting that there is ‘broad support’ for the plan,” said Chauvin.“That is because, from the very outset, UNICE has expressed high scepticism and has asked, from the very beginning, for clarification. “Maybe it’s time to get that clarification. The reform Byrne is proposing is far-reaching and could have an impact not only on consumers but the whole internal market. But we have not had a satisfactory response and we are not in a position to support it.”Chauvin admitted that industry was encouraged by Byrne’s initial promise to replace some of a patchwork of EU consumer protection laws covering many sectors with a single framework directive that would force companies to trade fairly with their customers.But he said this plan appears to have been scaled back and that the new directive might be an extra layer of red tape that will make life more complicated for companies – particularly small firms. “Now they [Byrne and his officials] are saying the broad framework could co-exist…it is changing, and moving like an amoeba – but the contours are not shaped,” added Chauvin. The linchpin of Byrne’s plan – to be in place when he leaves the Commission in 2004 – is a framework directive that would force businesses from plumbers to e-commerce bookstores to abide by common levels of ‘fairness’ in their dealings with customers. In an interview with European Voice last week, Byrne said a green paper outlining his proposals had received “a very good response” from business groups. However Jérôme Chauvin, head of company affairs at Brussels-based EU employers’ federation UNICE, suggested the Irish Commissioner’s statement was overly positive. The business group said it also has concerns over the way the Byrne blueprint will fit in with other pressing areas of EU policy.These include Commission President Romano Prodi’s proposals on European governance, the Convention on the future of Europe and a separate initiative on sales promotions, launched by Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.At the same time, UNICE said it was unclear how Byrne’s plans would affect industry’s efforts to police itself.last_img read more

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SRAM TT/Triathlon Bar End Shifters

first_imgSRAM unveiled their new “R2C” (Return 2 Center) at Ironman World Championships in Hawaii this year.  The bar-end shifters are intended for Time Trial and Triathlon aero bars and use a shifting method similar to normal road levers in that they snap back to the same position after each shift.Rather than remaining bent up or down and ruining the aero profile of your carefully crafted bike position, the carbon levers automatically snap into position pointing straight forward.  Weight is around 195g.  Read on after the “more” link to see the full press release with all the details and wind tunnel results…Click on the image to show full size.last_img read more

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Advance Auto Parts Names Brian Dan Vice President, Contract and Real Estate Counsel

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. ROANOKE, Va. – Advance Auto Parts has appointed Brian Dan as vice president, contract and real estate counsel. Dan will be responsible for overseeing all legal aspects of the company’s commercial contracts and real estate transactions. Dan will report to Sarah Powell, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and will be based in Roanoke, Va.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am excited to have Brian join our legal team,” said Powell. “He is a seasoned, senior-level attorney and business-focused leader who is accomplished and experienced in privacy and compliance, corporate, real estate and commercial law.” Dan most recently served as the founder and principal consultant of Reputation Assurance, a privacy and compliance consulting firm. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel at MeadWestvaco; director and assistant general counsel – business and commercial law for Circuit City Stores Inc.; and vice president – real estate law for Office Depot Inc. Dan holds a juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a master of accounting from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Russian plant grows with Gold Star

first_imgThe heaviest units – two of which weighed 54 tonnes and measured 14.5 m x 30.4 m x 3.7 m; and two of which weighed 28 tonnes with the dimensions 11.3 m x 2.25 m x 3.7 m – were first transported from Italy to the German port of Lubeck by road.From Lubeck, the cargo was shipped via ro-ro vessel to the port of St Petersburg, before being delivered by road to the job site in Torzhok City.The smaller OOG units and standard semi-trailers were delivered all the way from Italy to the construction site by road.  www.projectlogistics.filast_img read more

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Mike Clevinger Removed from Game with Upper Back Tightness

first_img Related TopicsIndiansMike Clevinger Patrick Kennedy CLEVELAND – Indians starter Mike Clevinger threw five innings today before being pulled from the game with upper back tightness according to the team.  Clevinger threw 75 pitches and struck out 10 Blue Jays before being pulled.“The hope is (why Clevinger was pulled) was an overreaction on our part,” Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game.“We’re going to get him worked up tomorrow, just because, when a guy has a bunch of adrenaline going, when he wakes up tomorrow morning, we just don’t want to guess.”On the day Clevinger struck out 10 Jays batters during the eventual Indians 3-1 win. Neil Ramirez started the sixth and struck out the side in order.Brad Hand got his sixth save of the season, earning a five-out save with a big double play in the 8th inning. Mike Clevinger said he will make his next start, despite leaving today’s with back tightness. #Indians— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) April 7, 2019last_img read more

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