December 21

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

first_imgDisney California Adventure3 Disney California Adventure6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, April 28, 2016 8 Disney California Adventure3 May 1 – 7, 2016 8 Disneyland Park6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Disneyland Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 9 Disneyland Park3 Wednesday brought extreme crowds at both parks relative to what usually see in late April. Mickey’s Fun Wheel – Swinging averaged 30 minutes, the highest average that we will likely see all summer. At Disneyland Park we saw Mickey’s House, Mr Toad’s Wild Ride and Pirates of the Caribbean hit crowd level ’10’s on their respective attraction level scales. WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 5 Disney California Adventure3 9 Disneyland Park3 Disney California Adventure8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, April 25, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS What to Expect This Week Disneyland Park4 The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted an increase in wait times as we head into the weekend which is pretty typical for off season crowds. Disneyland Park hit the maximum level on our scale Friday which is anything but typical. Thirteen attractions hit a crowd level 10 including Gadget’s Go Coaster at 24 minutes and Autopia at 35.center_img A level ‘5’ at Disney California Adventure on a Tuesday in late April is within reason but a level ‘9’ at Disneyland Park is not. Especially for a day labelled as ‘Value’ for single day ticket guests. Ironically, some attractions during the ‘Regular’ season on the weekend had shorter lines. On Tuesday, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin averaged 40 minutes, a clear level ’10’ on our scale. 7 Disneyland Park8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Sunday was the only day last week where Disneyland Resort crowd levels matched what we see historically during the last week in April. Wait times were the highest of the week although there was virtually no dip in wait times during the week despite schools being in session and no holidays on the calendar. Disney California Adventure3 8 Disneyland Park3 After a remarkable April it looks like May crowd levels might be a little more reasonable although still above historical averages. May is typically a great time to visit the Disneyland Resort with the warm weather and moderate crowds but if 2016 continues to break records, it will be important to stick to the touring plan and re-optimize often to take advantage of live updates to wait times in the parks.To see Disneyland Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin. Disney California Adventure8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Disneyland Park6 8 More extreme wait times at Disneyland Park on Thursday. Nine attractions hit a crowd level ’10’ when normally that number would be zero this time of year. Dumbo averaged 32 minutes as did Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Mickey’s House averaged 34 minutes, Mr Toad’s Wild Ride 26 minutes, Peter Pan’s Flight 45 and Star Tours 44 minutes. (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, April 29, 2016 9 Share This!How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?Last week, Disneyland crowds during the week continue to be much higher than history would suggest for the last week in April. Since 2012, no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ during the final week of April and most years the average crowd level is ‘4’. This year is different for some reason that remains a mystery. From our observations in the parks it feels like staffing may be contributing to the longer lines. Restaurants seem unprepared for the influx of lunchtime guests and rides seem to be operating at less than capacity. Staffing does not fully explain the increase in wait times during the week however. The ‘value’ pricing for tickets during the week may be a factor as well.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disneyland Resort Crowd Report: 10 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, April 30, 2016 In the previous five years no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘5’ on the last Monday in April. On the last Monday in April 2013, both Disneyland parks were a level ‘1’. This year, as has been the case with much of 2016, crowd levels are much higher. 6 9 Another crowd level ’10’ for Disneyland on Saturday thanks to average wait times like 48 minutes at Alice in Wonderland and 41 at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Disney California Adventure was busy as well with wait time averages like 30 minutes at California Screamin’ and 99 minutes at Radiator Springs Racers. (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, April 24, 2016 10 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, April 26, 2016last_img read more

December 17

RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council, Part II

first_imgEditor’s Note: Read “RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council, Part I.” For many years, the loss prevention and asset protection community has benefitted from the outstanding work provided by the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), which has conducted more than 120 real-world loss prevention research projects for retailers and our retail business partners. While both provide valuable information to the industry and may take on similar subjects, the APLC uses different methods and approaches the issues from a different perspective.“I’m active in both the APLC and the LPRC programs, and both are tremendous operations,” said Paul Jaeckle, LPC, vice president of asset protection at Meijer Stores and chair of the APLC. “They are both trying to solve critical shrink problems with the way that they’re approaching these issues, but it isn’t competitive. This is why I think you see a lot of companies participating in both. They’re both tremendous organizations that are just looking at issues from a different perspective.”The objectives of the APLC are defined based on the thoughts and needs of the individual retail leaders. There’s discussion amongst the individual leaders regarding the different topics, with decisions made based upon a collective approach to the subject at hand.- Sponsor – For example, approximately fifty asset protection pyramid heads participated in last fall’s APLC meeting in Nashville. During the meetings, eight different retailers hosted store visits, providing insight into their top asset protection challenges and their approach to solving those issues. Afterward, the group brainstormed on those experiences-what they liked, what they would do differently, best practices, and methods to mitigate the problems faced. This allowed the entire group to benefit from the ideas and opinions of the collective team, creating a win-win for the hosts as well as all the participants.“It’s really interesting to take part in these conversations because you’re able to hear how the individual retail leaders respond to the situation, the solutions that we come up with collectively, and the productive approaches that we learn about based on our conversations,” said Jaeckle. “Each retailer can then bring that back to their own program to determine how and whether it can benefit them.”Setting Things in MotionEach year at the annual RILA Asset Protection Conference, the APLC will gather to frame out what the emphasis is going to be for the next year. The process begins by looking at all the research gathered over the previous year, reviewing what was accomplished and identifying priorities that should be pursued moving forward based on those results. This will include a thorough recap that involves each of the retailers that participated in those studies.Other initiatives may involve scheduling APLC visits to different markets and different types of retailers, opening doors for each leader to experience the nuances and challenges of different or unfamiliar retail environments, different stages of program maturity and development, and different or unique retail cultures.For example, in 2017 APLC visited a retailer with a new and growing asset protection department. Collectively, the participants were able to review many of the different aspects of the culture and the program, offer feedback on what was seen, and make suggestions that could potentially help support this growing department.Another visit featured the opportunity to tour a fulfillment center environment. With the expansion of omni-channel retailing, leaders were provided with an idea of what an asset protection department faces when working more intimately with the digital customer.“For retailers now looking to get into the digital space, it was really eye-opening to see how the loss prevention department operates,” said Jaeckle. “Some of the things that we take for granted-like how to protect the brand, how to interact with the customers, and how you’re protecting your assets-can be much different in the digital space.”The various challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry will then be discussed, expanding the conversation to forge a comprehensive plan that will set the tone for the upcoming year. This helps keep all members focused on the spectrum of issues currently facing the asset protection professional and the topics most relevant in today’s retail setting.Nashville Shark TankThe recent event in Nashville took full advantage of the exceptional turnout, with an innovative approach to addressing retail shrink issues.“Bringing retailers together to look at new-wave ideas and innovation to help mitigate against loss is an exciting task in itself, but we also wanted to have a little bit of fun with it,” said Jaeckle. “So we decided to use the Shark Tank format.”Over the course of several months leading up to the Nashville meeting, RILA’s (R)Tech AP Working Group-comprised of retail executives responsible for identifying cutting-edge technology solutions that mitigate total retail loss-vetted start-up companies to identify game-changing technology they wanted to know more about. The group reached consensus on the top five start-ups to invite to Nashville. Each start-up was given the unprecedented opportunity to pitch their technology to several “sharks” (AP leaders) and the broader audience. The sharks challenged each start-up, asking pressing questions about the technology and its application to retail AP. Each pitch ended with the sharks indicating whether they were willing to enter into a pilot with the start-up.“In this particular environment, it was probably one of the best ways to make the presentations for all involved,” said Jaeckle. “Even those who watched from the audience were highly engaged, seeing the same value for their companies as what the sharks were experiencing. It was something completely new and different and something that hasn’t been approached this way in the industry.”The exercise proved to be both fun and productive, presenting asset protection leaders with a mechanism for thinking outside of the traditional box by taking a cutting-edge approach to solutions under the spirit of entrepreneurialism. It also provided the opportunity to help influence a start-up company by making suggestions on how to put it all together.For the start-up companies trying to get a foot in the door, it also helped provide real-time feedback on some of the things that they’re trying to accomplish, facing criticisms and feedback on how they can better customize their products and help solve some of the problems that retailers are confronted with.“The Shark Tank format provided a broad approach to opportunities in our business, but not in the sense that a provider was pitching something that was essentially off the shelf,” said Jaeckle. “This allowed us to essentially outline where we’re experiencing risk in our companies, looking at those issues under a genuine spirit of collaboration. It provided the cooperation between the start-ups in the retailers as well, collectively reviewing everything as a team.”How to Get InvolvedChange may be inevitable, but positive and meaningful change is typically the product of cooperation, flexibility, creativity, effort, and thought leadership. Nodding in agreement or pointing a finger in the right direction isn’t leading and isn’t enough to influence change. If we truly want to make a difference, our first step is to get involved.RILA’s Annual Retail Asset Protection Conference is April 29 to May 2 in Orlando. The Asset Protection Leaders Council will meet on Sunday, April 29, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. While membership in the APLC is limited to asset protection pyramid heads from RILA member companies, all retail asset protection pyramid heads are invited to attend this meeting even if your company is not a RILA member. Those who have an interest and any solution providers who are interested in sponsoring the APLC should contact Lisa LaBruno at lisa.labruno [at] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

November 18

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: May 14, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONAL Gaya: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev performs yogasana(B) Ajmer/Pushkar: President Ram Nath Kovind in Ajmer (A+B) Kozhikode: Mathrubhoomi CMD MP Veerendrakumarreceives Sukumar Azheekkod Award(B) Jammu: Suspected terrorist seen at Hira Nagar ofKathua district(A) West Midnapore/Howrah/Malda/Nadia: Panchayatelection in West Bengal(B+A) Delhi/ Allahabad/: Dust strom weather(A+B) New Delhi: BJP National Office Bearers & State Presidents meeting(B+A) Patna: Guest instructors of Labour Resource department (A) New Delhi: Ravi Shankar Prasad releases a publication(A+B) Jammu: BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh addresses pressin Jammu(B) Jodhpur: Salman Khan leaves for Mumbai(B) New Delhi: A Lotus flower at BJP headquarters(A) Patna: Family members and relatives mourn the deathof a kin who died in a wall collapse(B)INTERNATIONAL London: Turkeys President Recep Tayyip ErdogansBritain visit(B) Florida Keys: Manager Bette Zirkelbach and founderRichie Moretti release “Judy” a loggerhead sea turtle (B) Big Island of Hawaii : Hawaiian Volcano Observatory inthe Big Island of Hawaii(B) Lahore: A coalition of hard-line religious parties launched their election campaign for upcomingparliamentary election (B) Cannes: 71st international film festival, Cannes (A+B) Surabaya : Officers stand guard following an attack at the local police headquarters/related(B) Putrajaya : New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad chats with his staff member(B) Karachi: Supporters of Pashtun Protection Movementadvertisementchant slogans during a rally(A) Apaseo El Alto : Funeral procession for Jose RemediosAguirre, a mayoral candidate(A) Masaya : Anti-government protestors clash with riotpolice and government supporters in Masaya(A) Windsor: Britains Queen Elizabeth II attends the RoyalWindsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle(A) Baghdad : Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadrcelebrate in Tahrir Square(B) Osoyoos: : Aileen Azyan paddles a kayak after checkingon a family member in a flooded neighbourhood(A) Islamabad: Rehman Malik speaks at a press conference in Islamabad(B)SPORTS Valencia: Spanish La Liga soccer match(B) Ponte Vadra Beach: Players Championship golf tournament,(B) Genoa: Italian Serie A soccer match(B) Madris: Madrid Open Tennis tournament(B) Paris : PSGs Neymar arrives at the UNFP (Union of French Professional Footballers) ceremony(A) Langford: World Rugby Womens Sevens Series inLangford(B) Rome: Serie A soccer match(B) Mexico City: Mexican soccer league second-leg semifinal match(B) Boston: NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals inBoston(A) PTI PHOTO VNA DL DLlast_img read more

October 24

Civil Works on SCHIP to Begin First Quarter of 2019/20

first_img This was disclosed by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened debate on the Second Supplementary Estimates in the House of Representatives on January 15. Civil works on the South Coast Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of the 2019/20 Fiscal Year. The Lower House approved the Second Supplementary Estimates, which show that the Administration is to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this fiscal year. The Estimates reveal that the Budget has been increased from $791.11 billion to $802.56 billion. Civil works on the South Coast Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of the 2019/20 Fiscal Year.This was disclosed by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened debate on the Second Supplementary Estimates in the House of Representatives on January 15.The Lower House approved the Second Supplementary Estimates, which show that the Administration is to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this fiscal year. The Estimates reveal that the Budget has been increased from $791.11 billion to $802.56 billion.Approximately $1.7 billion has been reallocated from the SCHIP due to the slower-than-programmed project implementation.“The Government of Jamaica and the contractor are at an advanced stage of meeting all conditions precedent to first disbursement of the loan. The sum remaining in the Budget includes the sum required to meet payment of the management fee (US$1.142 million) and to cover preliminary activities,” Dr. Clarke noted.The Minister pointed out that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will start the procurement process for the project over the next few weeks. Story Highlightslast_img read more