The Charitable Heart Of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos was born in 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He lived a humble life and spent most of his early adult life doing humble work with his brother. They worked as ushers for different organizations during their annual meetings. This gave him a platform to rise slowly through the social status to where he is now. He is now a successful business person and a billionaire. He is also a husband, father and a grandfather. He is married to Betsy DeVos for 35 years with whom he is blessed with seven children and five grandchildren.

He started his career in business at Amway where he headed different departments like manufacturing and marketing. Due to his hard work, he was promoted to the position of the vice president of Amway. At this position, he was mandated to oversee operations in 18 countries. During his tenure, he was able to open up new branches for this company that leads to the companies growth with a record sales of over $ 4.5 billion.

Dick DeVos is also a sportsman and a sports fan. He acquired ownership of Orlando Magic, an NBA team in 1991. He went ahead and became the president of the club. The club has recorded good performance under his leadership to one of the best NBA teams. He held the teams presidency for three years. As an accomplished sportsman, DeVos holds a two-time champion record of the National Champion sailor. He also likes flying; he is qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot.

He also founded the Windquest Group. This is a private investment management firm that deals in technology and manufacturing sectors. Dick currently serves as the president of The Windquest Group. He is also a community leader and has participated in various charitable community initiatives and programs. He founded the Education Freedom Fund, which awards scholarships to children from less fortunate families in Michigan to further their education. Up to now more than 4,000 children have benefited from the program. Dick is also a member of Michigan State Board of Education. He has also seen to success various development projects like the $75M downtown arena and the $90M medical school. He is also a best-selling author of “Rediscovering American Values”, which was published in 1997 in seven different languages.

He started Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1990, where he became the president. This foundation is based in Grand Rapids-area. The foundation offers donations to various groups in the society like civic, artistic, religious and educational groups. Donations to institutions include the Kids Hope USA to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the West Michigan Aviation Academy through the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan. 

Search Bars May Be a Thing of The Past With Image Recognition

Traditionally, online shopping has always had one constant feature. That feature is the search bar which may end up being a thing of the past as originally reported on MIT Technology review. Two large companies on slyce.it are already testing out the technology which may make your search bar a thing of the past.

Shoes.com as well as Pinterest are turning to a technique known as deep learning to shake things up with how their users shop. With deep learning, they are developing programs which will allow users to shop with images, rather than keywords.

Shoes.com is utilizing the technology of tech startup Sentient to accomplish this approach. Initially, they will only be offering the image search feature with their women’s boots section of its Canadian store. Users simply click the “visual filter” button and the user is presented with a grid that makes up 12 of its varying styles. The user can then select the styles of interest to them to further match what type of styles they are interested in. By further drilling through the selection, the program then matches the user to choices based on items that match the unique characteristics of the styles chosen so far. Roger Hardy, the CEO of Shoes.com, has stated that there is evidence that visual search helps to increase sales. As a result he is considering expanding the search capability to other categories of footwear.

As for Pinterest, they have decided to allow users to select from images on its service to do their shopping. Users simply draw a box around an item featured on the service and the program will automatically return similar items, some of which will have a buy button attached to make purchasing easier.

These are not the first companies to turn to image recognition software to help drive sales and simplify search. Amazon’s most recent phone, the Fire, had an image search feature based on products that users took pictures of. In 2010 Google purchased Like.com. This service would find similar products to the one the user was viewing, as well as allow for customization by the user for important features.

Slyce is another technology company which is working with image recognition technology to help drive sales for its retailers. For example, if a user were to select a product on a website that is out of stock, Slyce technology allows for similar style examples to be displayed to increase the likelihood of a sale being completed. This technology is called Product Link.

Another product being developed by Slyce is Scout. Scout allows users to simply take a picture of a product that interest them, and the application will compare pricing for that item using image recognition technology. The application allows users to also clip coupons from some of the largest online couponing websites available.

With time we may possibly see less and less of our standard search bars when browsing online. Image recognition technology has continued to grow by leaps and bounds resulting in new innovative platforms for consumers to find exactly what they’re looking for.

The Healthy Pet Food Market

As humans we are educated to shop smart for our food, sticking to non-processed, fresh and healthy options. When it comes to our pets, we should make the same choices for them. Purchasing those incredibly cheap, grocery-shelf canned foods just isn’t the healthiest option even though it might be affordable. The dog food we choose for our beloved pet will determine how healthy they are and how long of a life they live, hopefully free of disease and health concerns. At dog food manufacturing companies such as Beneful, Freshpet Inc. and Blue Buffalo, refrigerated, healthy pet food is being created using whole foods, real meat and no preservatives. You may have seen Purina Beneful products in the pet food aisle at your local grocery store. Tubes of refrigerated dog food can be purchased and fed to your pet, providing much more nourishing ingredients to your furry children. Full of flavor, protein, real vegetables and fruit, gourmet dog and pet food is exploding on the $23.7 billion pet food market. While these gourmet foods tend to be a bit more expensive than the unrefrigerated, canned variety, pet owners feel better knowing what is in the food they are feeding their pet and knowing that it is safe and healthy for them. In addition to grain free pet food and chemical free kibble, Beneful and other dog food brands are dedicating themselves to using only the highest quality ingredients around. These foods are so healthy and so good, you could consider putting them on your own dinner table; if you really wanted to. A variety of different gourmet pet foods are available in order to better tailor your pet’s diet to their physical needs. Puppies have different nutritional requirements than senior dogs do and there are dogs who need to focus on weight management more than others. These Beneful gourmet food brands are not only healthy, but they are providing healthy options to all breeds and types of animals. Products will only get better as more developments are made and new recipes are designed. With flavors like lasagna and beef stroganoff, your dog will soon enjoy the types of foods you are having, but safely.