May 19, 2020

Apple and Major Publishers Slapped with Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iBookstore
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Apple and Major Publishers Slapped with Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple is making headlines again, but not for the release of a new top selling product. Wednesday the U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against the electronics giant and a number of major book publishers, citing their intent to raise electronic book prices, effectively limiting competition in the market.

Details listed in the lawsuit stated, "To effectuate their conspiracy, the publisher defendants teamed up with defendant Apple, which shared the same goal of restraining retail price competition in the sale of e-books.”

E-books, a medium which has experienced an explosive increase in readership in recent years, have been successfully sold by Amazon for an industry low of $9.99. Under the alleged agreement, Apple retaliated, with arrangements settling on a guaranteed 30% commission received for each e-book it sold.

U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers

Amazon’s deeply discounted prices – list prices for newly released e-books are generally $20 – have caused concern among publishers and booksellers who fear the online retailer’s domination of the market could drive down the price of books to a level that would be unsustainable for their businesses. Amazon recently halted support of the Independent Publishers Group, pulling their books from available titles after the distributor was unable to agree to their terms of agreement.

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Culling up to 90% of e-book sales in recent years, Amazon’s stronghold over the market has been reduced to 60%, publishers estimate. The iBookstore takes 10-15% of sales, with Barnes & Noble’s Nook responsible for 25% of e-book sales. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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