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In 20+ meetings and engagements with legislative offices and key leaders at CARB, the association shared scientific expertise and best practices that advance sustainable innovation
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Pictures of Fragrance Creators’ members with various California Assembly Members, Senators, and staffers
WASHINGTON, January 25, 2023 (Newswire.com)
From Jan. 20 through Jan. 24, 2023, Fragrance Creators Association (Fragrance Creators) members joined together in Sacramento, California, to share information that helps the state’s regulators and legislators advance policies that empower the fragrance value chain to accelerate sustainable innovation and meet evolving consumer needs. Over the course of three days, Fragrance Creators engaged with leadership at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as well as California Assembly Members, Senators, and their staffs. Discussions included education on deeper technical science, as well as the important role of fragrance in industry stewardship, sustainability, and consumer education.
During the meeting with CARB staff on Jan. 20, Fragrance Creators highlighted the safety of and science behind fragrance ingredients, the essential role scent plays in various products, and the innovative ways the industry is working to protect the environment. This meeting comes as the new CARB consumer product VOC amendments are beginning to come into effect.
“Fragrance Creators has had a longstanding relationship with CARB built upon mutual respect and science-based conversations,” said Amanda Nguyen, Fragrance Creators’ Vice President of Government Affairs and Legal. “Through that, we have found much common ground. As our members work to comply with the requirements of the VOC regulations and to communicate the challenges they pose, we are pleased to continue to strengthen our relationship. We extend our thanks to CARB staff for their time and look forward to working with them going forward.”
On Jan. 23 and 24, Fragrance Creators members had over 20 engagements with Assembly Members, Senators, and their staffs, including a briefing for the staff of key policy committees including the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, and the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. These meetings centered around the kinds of policies that promote sustainable innovation in the fragrance industry and beyond. Fragrance Creators also leads a coalition comprised of industry stakeholders and while in California hosted a briefing of this coalition to strengthen communication and coordination amongst industry.
“By meeting with legislators early in their legislative session, we are able to ensure they’re clear on the kinds of policies that will allow our industry to do its part to deliver more good for people and the planet,” said Farah K. Ahmed, Fragrance Creators’ President and CEO. “We will continue to leverage our network of over 1000 scientists and technical experts to educate key stakeholders in California, and beyond, throughout the year.”
Fragrance Creators Association is the trade association representing the fragrance industry at large. The organization represents the majority of fragrance manufacturing in North America and provides comprehensive representation on an array of matters. The association also represents fragrance-related interests along the value chain, which allows for better outcomes in advancing good for business and the public. Fragrance Creators’ membership is diverse, including companies that create, manufacture, and use fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design, fine fragrance, and industrial and institutional products, as well as those that supply fragrance ingredients, including natural extracts and other raw materials that are used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures. Fragrance Creators established and administers the Congressional Fragrance Caucus, ensuring ongoing dialogue with members of Congress and staff. The association also produces The Fragrance Conservatory, the comprehensive digital resource for high-quality information about fragrance. Learn more about Fragrance Creators at fragrancecreators.org—for people, perfume, and the planet.
Retired doctor and CFO of small retailer walks 24 miles at the recent Atlanta Trade show to get ready for the upcoming shopping year. Las Vegas is next.
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Image courtesy of Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., January 25, 2023 (Newswire.com)
Ron Silverstein, CFO of Absolutely Fabulous Unique Gifts & Decor, was never trained in marathons. However, at the ripe young age of 74, he is still walking one every time he goes to a gift show with his wife and owner of “Ab Fab,” Diane Silverstein.
While letting one’s fingers do the walking (online shopping) is a very popular method of shopping, many small businesses survive by doing leg work instead: searching through miles of booths and conducting face-to-face meetings with product creators before items make their way into a physical shop or online.
Why do small retailers still do all of this exercise, rather than simply doing their shopping online?
Over 85% of all retail sales still happen inside a brick-and-mortar shop, so this “old-school” method of filtering products through the lens of a buyer who has a pulse on the community is still very important. When asked how she filters so many options, Diane responds that she hears “… the family stories from my customers: their ups-and-down, their needs & their wants.” This type of human knowledge is not something that is included in shopping algorithms, so having a human use it to make shopping decisions leads to some surprise recommendations when customers come in the shop – stuff they would have never chosen by themselves – rather than the typical “people who look at this widget also look at this [slightly different] widget” type of recommendations shoppers see online.
Online drop-ship businesses are getting very good at tricking these recommendation algorithms with pricing reductions and fake reviews. These are not entirely illogical tricks, though, because pricing is still the primary driver of whether a shopper prefers an algorithm or a person. It is, therefore, very important for a brick-and-mortar retailer to price compare before making their own purchases.
Ron & Diane are currently resting their muscles from Atlanta and preparing for yet another marathon around the Las Vegas Gift Show at the end of January. This is a very important show for Ab Fab because it is where they will buy all of their toys for the upcoming year. Before even stepping foot on the convention center floor, Ab Fab scours through around 1,000 pages of STEM toy offerings, creates an initial list, cross-checks those with educator & parent recommendation lists (no promoted reviews), cuts the list down, and finally cross-checks this with the local school’s education schedule. Only once all of these steps are completed, are Ron and Diane ready for the next steps – “… many, many steps,” Ron laughs. “It’s worth it, though.”
The free, fully online course will enable students the opportunity to interview with Generation USA’s employee partners.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 25, 2023 (Newswire.com)
Generation USA and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates have partnered with Envision Credit Union on Generation USA’s Credit Union Member Services Specialist Program, part of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation’s (SECUF) Community Spark Program in Florida.
The tuition-free and fully online five-week program enables students to learn the basics of credit unions, call centers, account management, and online banking.
Credit Union Member Services Specialists work at credit unions as video tellers, in-person tellers, or call center representatives. They are responsible for providing exceptional member service through basic financial transitions and resolving member issues and requests.
Upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to interview with Generation USA’s employee partners.
“Now is a great time for people to seek opportunities to improve their financial lives, and we are very excited to partner with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Generation USA to offer members of our community a path to a rewarding career in the credit union industry,” said Hollie Maddox, SVP Chief Operations Officer, Envision Credit Union.
“We are thrilled about the growth of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation’s Community Spark Program in Florida,” exclaimed Samantha Beeler, President of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. “By partnering with Generation USA, we look forward to helping adult learners develop the skillsets needed to advance in today’s ever-changing workplace. While industries across the country are currently struggling to find and retain trained workers, we are proud of the collaborative effort by Florida credit unions to continue to improve people’s lives whether it is through credit union membership or by creating career opportunities for Floridians.”
Generation is a nonprofit that transforms education to employment systems to prepare, place and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. The global pandemic has led to an unprecedented surge in unemployment. Even before the pandemic, more than 75 million young adults were out of work globally and three times as many were underemployed — and 375 million workers of all ages needed to learn new skills by 2030. At the same time, certain jobs remain in high demand and 40 percent of employers say a skills shortage leaves them with entry-level vacancies. To date, more than 38,000 people have graduated from Generation programs, which prepare them for meaningful careers in 14 countries. Generation works with more than 3,900 employer partners and many implementation partners and funders. For more, visit usa.generation.org.
About League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates
The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates represents 311 credit unions throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and has a combined total of more than $165 billion in assets and more than 11.2 million members. LSCU provides advocacy, compliance services, education and training, cooperative initiatives, and communications. For more information, visit www.lscu.coop. Follow LSCU on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
About Envision Credit Union
Founded in 1954 by Leon County educators, Envision Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution focused on providing personalized products and services of exceptional value to members at the lowest possible cost. Today, Envision serves more than 61,000 members across 19 counties in Florida and Georgia. With over $800 million in current assets, it maintains a strong focus on giving back to education-based initiatives and upholding the credit union philosophy of people helping people.
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