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America’s oldest pro ballpark needs our help

America’s oldest pro ballpark needs our help

first_imgIn this June 24, 2015, file photo, Mo’ne Davis, of the Anderson Monarchs, gets ready to bat against the Willie Mays RBI Birmingham team at Rickwood Field, in Birmingham, Ala. The field is the oldest ballpark in America but it requires at least a half-million dollars in repairs to get it back in playing shape. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)An elderly friend needs our help.Birmingham’s Rickwood Field is the oldest professional ballpark in America _ yep, it’s been around even longer than Fenway Park and Wrigley Field _ but it’s really starting to show its age.A couple of months ago, city officials shut it down. Major structural repairs are needed, not surprising for a stadium that’s approaching its 107th birthday.It’s going to take money _ a lot of money _ to get the gates open again.That would be money well spent.Rickwood Field is a virtual time machine, an irreplaceable link to a bygone era when America’s pastime was the only game in town.Since its opening on Aug. 18, 1910, more than 100 Hall of Famers have swung a bat or thrown a ball at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 12th Street on the west side of Alabama’s largest city, everyone from Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb to Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron.This was not only the longtime home of the Birmingham Barons, a minor-league team, but the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro League, a powerhouse squad from the ugly era of Jim Crow that included Satchel Paige and Willie Mays among its alumni.“Rickwood filled a role as kind of the cultural center for both the Caucasian and the African-American communities in Birmingham,” said David Brewer, executive director of a nonprofit organization that manages the park, Friends of Rickwood. “That’s significant in terms of American social history.”The Black Barons ceased operations in 1960, and Rickwood’s days seemed numbered when the Barons left 27 years later for a shiny new stadium in the suburbs.I certainly didn’t expect it to last much longer when I visited for the first time in 1991 .The green paint was peeling. The roof was leaky and worn out. Weeds sprouted between the seats. There were two scoreboards _ one for baseball, the other for football games that were also played there _ but neither worked. Surely, I thought, this stately little park would soon go the way of Forbes Field and Shibe Park and the Polo Grounds.But, somehow, Rickwood survived.City officials managed to stave off the wrecking ball, with help from a determined group of volunteers tirelessly raising money to address an ever-evolving list of repairs. Before long, Rickwood was as busy as it had ever been, with colleges and high schools taking the field in the late winter and spring, followed by a full slate of various adult and youth league tournaments through the summer and into fall. In all, it was used about 175 days a year.The Barons even returned, albeit for only one game a season. They called it the Rickwood Classic, a true throwback game played in the daylight, complete with fans in period clothing, umpires wearing bow ties, the lineups written in chalk on a board beneath the stands, and two teams decked out in old-timey uniforms.“It’s important not to be America’s oldest empty ballpark,” Brewer said. “We view the playing of baseball here as essential to the continued success of the ballpark.”There was no Rickwood Classic this season. After the ballpark was shuttered on April 7, the Barons substituted a “Turn Back The Clock” game, which was held Wednesday at their latest home, 4-year-old Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.A nice gesture.But not the same.The Barons hope to return to Rickwood in 2018, but that’s going to take a major financial commitment.Mayor William Bell told al.com the city is willing to spend a half-million dollars on needed repairs, but quickly added that “any other help we get is appreciated.” The Friends of Rickwood have a donation link on their web site and also set up a GoFundMe account that hopes to raise $25,000.As of late Friday afternoon, just under $2,000 had been donated.“It’s a very challenging project,” Brewer said. “Communities are wrestling with what to do with these old parks. Is it worth doing it? Is the money available? These are tough questions. You have to make both a cultural and economic rationale for doing this.”Until its most recent setback, Rickwood served as a de facto museum for fans who wanted to see what the game like at the turn of the last century. The park was open at least five days a week to anyone who wanted to take a look around. Brewer said he’s welcomed visitors from all over this country, and other countries as well.“People say very nice things in the guest book, beyond things like, `Boy, the grass looks great’ and `This place sure looks clean.’ They say things like, `This place is amazing. We traveled across the country and it was worth every minute to get here,”’ he related. “That tells us this is a project worth doing.”So, if you’re an avid baseball fan, or someone who appreciates American history, or maybe you’re just miffed that we inexplicably tore down true landmarks such as Yankee Stadium and Comiskey Park, consider making a donation to save the oldest ballpark we’ve got left. It’s at least as worthy as spending billions on all these shiny new stadiums.I’ll leave the last word to Bob Veale, from the story I wrote 26 years ago when I ran into the former major league pitcher on my visit to Rickwood.“It’s still a part of this neighborhood,” he said, the words as relevant now as they were then. “It’s a part of America.”___Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img
Cavani denies there’s a problem with PSG team-mate Neymar

Cavani denies there’s a problem with PSG team-mate Neymar

first_img “These things are created. I don’t know why these stories are created. The truth is that these are normal things; things that happen in football,” the Uruguay striker told Gol de Medianoche de Radio Universal. It wasn’t the first time, either. In the 57th minute, when PSG had a free-kick, the Brazilian Dani Alves hid the ball from Cavani and delivered it to Neymar.  “He [Neymar] has just arrived and like I said from the off we are keen for him to adapt in the best way possible. I think that’s been proven because you can see he is adapting quickly.”   EFE Neymar’s the most expensive football player in history after PSG paid Barça 222 million euros for him. On Sunday, in the 78th minute of the win over Lyon, though, Cavani refused to let him take a penalty — the Uruguayan took, and missed, it.  “I learned of the story just now talking with my brother, about people saying that Cavani won’t let anyone take penalties and that there’s a problem with Neymar. The truth is that there’s no problem.  IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 19/09/2017 at 11:34 CEST Footage from the PSG-Lyon game suggested differences between the two Edinson Cavani denied that there’s a problem with his team-mate Neymar after the two disputed which of them should take free-kicks and penalties for Paris Saint-Germain during their 2-0 win over Lyon at the weekend.  Cavani niega problemas con Neymar Cavani joined PSG in 2013 and scored 49 goals in 50 games in all competitions last season. 18/09/2017last_img read more

Ronaldo double secures Real comeback win over Bayern

Ronaldo double secures Real comeback win over Bayern

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo struck twice as holders Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.Bayern’s Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty but Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the winner 13 minutes from time when he was picked out by Marco Asenio and finished calmly.Vidal struck in the 25th minute when he evaded Nacho and met Thiago Alcantara’s corner with a thumping header to cap off a spell of Bayern dominance, but he blazed a penalty over the bar in first-half stoppage time following Dani Carvajal’s handball.Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer denied Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with fine stops but after Javi Martinez was sent off in the 61st minute following two quick-fire yellow cards, Real took control, leaving Bayern with much to do ahead of the second leg in Spain on Tuesdaylast_img read more

All-time great Jerry West wishes NBA would change logo

All-time great Jerry West wishes NBA would change logo

first_imgCanadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out READ: Jerry West believes Michael Jordan should be new NBA logoIn a recent interview on ESPN’s the Jump, the man nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” once again expressed his displeasure over the longtime symbol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I wish that had never gotten out that I’m the logo,” he revealed. “I really do. I’ve said it more than once, and it was flattering that’s me.”Although West appreciates the designation,  the low-key executive does not fancy the attention that comes with it. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I played in a time when they first started to try to market the league. There were five people that they were gonna consider. I don’t like to do anything to call attention to myself,” he said.The league started to use West’ image in 1969 when Alan Siegel of the branding firm Siegel+Gate stumbled upon the image of West during his playing days.Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has been reluctant to confirm that it is indeed West’s image, history.West, on the other hand, has been named an All-Star throughout his 14-year playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers.  He was named among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Gilas to form two squads for Fiba Asia, SEA Games NBA legend and Golden State Warriors executive Jerry West (left) poses with the “Splash Brothers” Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)Former NBA superstar Jerry West is known as an executive for the Golden State Warriors these days. But for hardcore fans, he’s certainly best remembered as the inspiration behind the league’s iconic logo.The 78-year-old Laker legend previously suggested that all-time great Michael Jordan replace his silhouette in the NBA’s trademark logo.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

US expands women’s basketball training and will pay players

US expands women’s basketball training and will pay players

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists USA Basketball loved the idea. The new training plan was announced on Saturday before the All-Star Game, with Bird, Taurasi, USA Basketball coach Dawn Staley and national team director Carol Callan in attendance.“I think as you get closer to the end of your time, you understand you can 100% have an impact as a player. Go out there and move the needle on the court with your play and winning, but there are other ways that I would like to have an impact and one would be this,” Bird said. “Getting paid gives players, who want the option, to stay at home and not go overseas in the winter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoining Bird and Taurasi for the training segments as part of the core group are Sylvia Fowles, Elena Delle Donne, Nneka Ogwumike, A’ja Wilson, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Chelsea Gray. The U.S. will also have a fluid group of players from the national team training pool join the core group.Many of the U.S. players, including Bird and Taurasi, have played in the winter overseas, where they have been paid potentially 10 times their WNBA salaries. Finding time to train with USA Basketball has been difficult because of the overseas schedules and the WNBA schedule. If the players are paid by USA Basketball, they have more of a reason to stay here. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? They can earn roughly $100,000 for participating in all the training sessions.“It’s legitimate, they knew they had to do it that way,” said Ogwumike, who has played in Russia and China in the winter. “That investment is what the players want. It’s quite amazing to afford that type of opportunity. Not just the investment in us, but the strategic nature of hitting different markets. We’ll have traveling tournaments.“I was in a moment where I played a half-season in China. Don’t know if I can go overseas again. I have so much available to me here, it would benefit me not to go overseas. For them to put that investment in, that’s huge.”The U.S. will get together in late September for the FIBA America’s Cup. The Americans will then get together in November and February to train and play in FIBA Olympic qualifying tournaments. The U.S. already has qualified for the Tokyo Games by winning the World Cup last fall. The Americans will also play exhibition games against college teams to train in the fall and winter.“Our three priorities are to train and prepare for the Olympics, amplify the profile of the women’s national team and raise the profile of women’s basketball as a whole by using the best players in the world,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley told The Associated Press. “Besides training they’ll be auxiliary events around our training. We’ll do some clinics for Boys & Girls clubs to spread the gospel of the women’s national team.”ADVERTISEMENT Tooley said the training idea is a smaller version of what the U.S. did in 1995-96 that kicked off its run of success.“That’s when our amazing run started,” he said. “It’s like bookends almost.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Benefits of township living MOST READ It’s all go for most scenic race in PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES US’ guard Sue Bird gestures during the FIBA 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup semifinal match between Belgium and United States at the Santiago Martin arena in San Cristobal de la Laguna on the Canary island of Tenerife on September 29, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)LAS VEGAS — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi want their USA Basketball legacy to be more than just winning medals.The four-time Olympic gold medalists came up with an idea for a training plan for USA Basketball leading up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics that would help the Americans go for an unprecedented seventh consecutive title: USA Basketball, which usually trains together only for short periods of time during a crowded calendar, would get a core group of eight players together for five training sessions over the next year. The players would be paid $2,000 a day at each of the training camps and games leading up to the Olympics, with the chance to also earn bonuses.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? 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Liverpool beat West Brom at Anfield

Liverpool beat West Brom at Anfield

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 at Anfield.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 22 – Liverpool survived a late scare to beat West Brom 2-1 thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.Having dominated proceedings from the first whistle at Anfield the Reds were unfortunate not to be further ahead when Gareth McAuley took advantage at a late corner and a 2-1 scoreline was not quite enough to topple Arsenal at the summit. Yet there was much to love about the Reds here, not least in the first half when Coutinho dummied brilliantly to pave the way for Mane’s 20th-minute opener and produced a neat turn and finish after his team-mate repaid the favour.They could, and should, have won by a more handsome margin but one clean sheet in nine matches tells its own tale.Liverpool made just one change to the side held by Manchester United on Monday, Adam Lallana back in place of England team-mate Daniel Sturridge.Lallana was involved early, linking with Coutinho to feed Mane on the right.There was a tangle of legs with Allan Nyom as the forward drove into the box but referee Neil Swarbrick allowed play to continue.Liverpool seemingly picked Nyom out as the weak link, Lallana, Mane and Nathaniel Clyne repeatedly causing the left-back strife.The opening goal was a free-flowing delight, the Reds building from the back when Coutinho’s brilliant, instinctive dummy caught a handful of striped shirts off guard.Emre Can strode into the space created by his team-mate’s quick thinking before laying off for Roberto Firmino on the overlap.Firmino’s cross was measured, creeping just over Nyom’s head and onto the boot of Mane who found the bottom corner on the volley.The goal underlined the home side’s dominance and seemed to rob Albion of belief in the process.A second might have arrived when Clyne’s whipped cross just evaded Can’s outstretched leg, but Anfield was celebrating again in the 35th minute.Baggies skipper Darren Fletcher failed to get Ben Foster’s sliced clearance under control and Mane was on to the mistake in an instant.He picked out Coutinho with a quick pass but there was still plenty to do, McAuley and Craig Dawson suckered by a feint and Foster beaten for pace at his near post.Liverpool’s passing and movement were just as smooth after the break, with West Brom at times chasing shadows as the ball zipped around their final third.Chris Brunt came on for Claudio Yacob at half-time, with James Morrison replacing Matt Phillips six minutes later, but Tony Pulis’ changes felt little more than cosmetic.Morrison had his pocket picked by Coutinho shortly after coming on, leading to another red surge that would have ended in a goal had McAuley not blocked Firmino’s shot.Foster also played his part in keeping things respectable, pulling off a wonderful save to keep out Dejan Lovren’s header from a corner.West Brom were over-run but resolute, Jonas Olsson the latest to prevent a certain goal when he dived bravely to smother Can’s effort from 12 yards. Coutinho, once again, had played the role of creator.Nacer Chadli, with four goals in his last four games, had a rare sight of Loris Karius’ goal in the 70th minute, a wayward effort that was nevertheless greeted warmly by the away end.That was nothing compared to the roar that greeted McAuley when the Northern Ireland international lashed home in the 82nd minute after reacting quickest to a ricochet in the area.Liverpool’s composure was lost as a result but they would have reopened their two-goal lead had Foster not made another fine block from Firmino.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA 19 TOTY announced: Liverpool ace makes XI but Kane and Salah miss out

FIFA 19 TOTY announced: Liverpool ace makes XI but Kane and Salah miss out

first_imgFIFA 19 has announced it’s hotly anticipated Team of the Year and some top superstars have missed out.The annual awards, which see players get huge boosts in-game, are always argued over and it’s not going to be any different this time. REPLY REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 1 RANKED Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk Liverpool fans have cause for delight and fury as while Virgil van Dijk is recognised for his defensive excellence there is no place in the side for Mohamed Salah, or goalkeeper Alisson.Elsewhere, Tottenham star Harry Kane could also have reason to be disappointed, although his spot is taken by Lionel Messi, so it is understandable.Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo also makes it thanks to his continued fine form in front of goal, despite moving to a new club aged 33.But there was no Neymar either as he is overshadowed by Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe.Some fans may be disappointed there is no right-back in the team, though, with Raphael Varane picked alongside Van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, and Marcelo, despite Real Madrid’s poor 2018/19 campaign.You can see the full FIFA 19 Team of the Year below… Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football Stories Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED no dice BEST OF huge blow 🏆 The #FIFA19 Team of the Year! 🏆GK: De GeaDEF: MarceloDEF: Sergio RamosDEF: van DijkDEF: VaraneMID: De BruyneMID: Kante MID: ModricFWD: MbappeFWD: Messi FWD: Ronaldo Forwards will be available in-game from 6 pm UK! #TOTY #FUT pic.twitter.com/jgF2Zg6Owv— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) January 7, 2019last_img read more

Fans poke fun at Kepa Arrizabalaga being benched by Maurizio Sarri

Fans poke fun at Kepa Arrizabalaga being benched by Maurizio Sarri

first_img REAL DEAL Sarri on dropping Kepa. You set that tone! #CFC #CHETOT pic.twitter.com/uRZpgg56Uh— 𝕚𝕀 ℙ𝕒𝕕𝕣𝕖 (@iIPadre) February 27, 2019 OFF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Surprised kepa dropped himself for such a big game #COYS— Colin Glyde (Mr G) (@TheRealMrGlyde) February 27, 2019 REVEALED Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Kepa has decided to give himself a rest tonight and start Big Willy in goal.Very thoughtful of him.#Kepa— Dean Cox (@DrGonzooooo) February 27, 2019 Despite Sarri playing down the incident as a ‘misunderstanding’, Kepa was fined one week’s wages and publicly apologised to both his manager and his teammates the following day.Speaking ahead of the match to BT Sport, Sarri explained his reason: “It’s a choice, it’s a message for my group.”When asked exactly what that message is, he defiantly replied: “We are a group and not 25 players. It’s my choice.”As expected, social media was littered with a series of hilarious memes and comments on the situation, which can be seen below. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Kepa decides to start himself on the bench. Interesting move by him.— Shubhransh (@arsenallSZN) February 27, 2019 Kepa Arrizabalaga dropped. I’d have started him. Then after 2 minutes subbed him off.— Paul “Jester” Winter (@pwlfc8) February 27, 2019 gameday cracker center_img punished Kepa Arrizabalaga’s decision to defy Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Sunday has cost him a place in the side for tonight’s visit of Tottenham.Willy Caballero has been given the nod to start at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Spaniard, who refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ shining targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Willy to get injured and Kepa refuses to come on – 4/1— Lundy (@Lundy1991) February 27, 2019 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January JIBE Kepa Arrizabalaga warmed up but has been dropped by Sarri Right decision to drop Kepa..— andy blake (@andrew75blake) February 27, 2019 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST CHELSEA NEWS REVEALED last_img read more

Disney Ticket Price Increase Happening Tomorrow

Disney Ticket Price Increase Happening Tomorrow

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIt’s that time again. Time when Disney annually increases their ticket prices. So this is your official warning. Rumors are indicating that tickets will be increasing in price for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World tomorrow, Sunday, February 12.Here are the changes that we are expecting to see for Walt Disney World: Pricing that includes a range of optionsAll new tickets will have an expiration date that the ticket must be used by. (Previously, only one day tickets expired.) Anyone with an expired ticket will be able to exchange it for a credit to purchase a new ticket of equal or greater value. Tickets that have been purchased prior to Sunday, February 12 will remain valid and not carry expiration dates.Guests can receive a $20 discount on any 3-Day to 10-Day Magic Your Way Ticket purchased in advance through Disney.The Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper Ticket will now be called Park Hopper Plus. Water Park Fun & More will be discontinued by itself.   The Park Hopper Plus will include the ability to visit more than two parks in a day, as well as a certain number of visits to your choice of Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Course, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course, or ESPN Wide World of Sports. Disney has recently been increasing ticket pricing in February for the past few years. Last year, Disney introduced seasonal pricing at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. With the seasonal pricing, each month is divided to include value, regular, and peak days. So, for example, if you plan to visit in September, you would pay value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the hectic holiday week of Christmas and New Year’s, you pay peak pricing. Keep in mind that seasonal pricing only impacted 1 day tickets. Those who purchase multi-day tickets or are purchasing an annual pass do not currently see seasonal pricing.I’ll make sure to have the full pricing details for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland for you as soon as they are released.If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this year, consider purchasing your tickets now and remember that our Price Comparison Tool can help you find the least expensive tickets for your needs.Savelast_img read more

Why RFID in Retail Is at a Tipping Point

Why RFID in Retail Is at a Tipping Point

first_imgIf you’ve been paying attention to retail technology lately — especially in the apparel industry — you’ve likely heard people talking about RFID. Recent research found that the number of retailers using radio frequency identification (RFID) tech in 2017 increased 39 percent over 2016, a substantial increase. So why are so many retailers getting on board with RFID? Because the future of omnichannel retail could be built on this technology.RFID tags and readers can provide many insights into what’s going on in stores and help keep customers happy at the same time. RFID adoption is a trend that’s likely to continue, as it presents many benefits for business including the ability to know what’s where at all times, to staff stores wisely, and to improve the bottom line.Improved Inventory AccuracyBrick-and-mortar retail stores have a lot to track. Stores are full of products, and new merchandise keeps coming in. Having accurate inventory is critical, not only to keep operations running smoothly but also to keep customers happy. If a customer can’t get the item they want in a store, they’ll likely head to another retailer to find it. Even worse, imagine a customer saw on the business’s website that a store had the product they wanted, but arrived at the store to discover that information was inaccurate.Real-time, accurate inventory prevents these kinds of mishaps. When retailers have accurate data, they can quickly find more of an item in the back, confidently post items online even if they only have a small amount of inventory on hand, and enable buy online, pick up in-store — the growing trend in takeout retail. With accurate data, retailers and customers both gain flexibility in when and where purchases happen.RFID Is Becoming More AffordableThe concept of RFID technology isn’t new, but we’re seeing substantial growth in retail now in part because the price might finally be right. In 2003, an RFID tag cost about a dollar (not an insubstantial amount if you consider retailers need to put a tag on every item), but now the price is down to about 10 cents. The goal for technology companies is for RFID tags to reach a penny each, which could lead to even more widespread adoption.Retailers can also choose from a variety of scanners and sensors for reading RFID tags. Handheld devices are usually less expensive than stationary sensors up front, but fixed RFID solutions often prove more cost-effective in the long run because they can help fully automate processes and reduce ongoing labor costs. Retailers can select the most appropriate RFID devices from these options based on cost, ease of use, and store layout.Employees Can Spend Time WiselyEmployee time is valuable, so having store associates spend time on the most important tasks (such as assisting customers) is preferable. Because RFID technology speeds up inventory and can instantly track down items, it frees up associates to spend time interacting with people in stores.The insights gained from RFID technology can also help employees do their jobs better. RFID data can inform retailers about the most effective product placements, suggest ideal store layouts, and reveal which products are most popular. All that information will help store associates make the store the best it can be and sell products to shoppers.A Better Omnichannel BusinessThe most successful retailers tend to be the most agile. They’re prepared to interact with customers wherever their customers shop, whether that’s in stores, on the website, or via a mobile app. RFID technology and related responsive retail technology make it possible for retailers to track everything faster and more accurately, a key capability in an industry where customers expect the items they want to be available when and where they want them.By reducing inaccuracies, reducing costs associated with monitoring inventory manually, and pleasing customers by providing the items they’re looking for quickly, retailers can see improved ROI for RFID, in addition to improved agility. These improvements can lead to transformed retail businesses.Learn more about the future of RFID in retail and the Intel® Responsive Retail Platform at our website. And don’t forget to stay up to date with retail technology trends at the IT Peer Network.last_img read more