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Majority of Engaged Couples Register for Wedding Gifts Online, Personalizing Their Registries for Their Unique Lifestyles, According to The Knot 2019 Registry Study

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Couples Registered on The Knot Registry Are Choosing Household Items
From Retailers and Cash for Their Dream Honeymoon, New Home, Adoption
and Experiences

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, The
Knot
—the #1 wedding planning and registry
resource in the US—released findings from The Knot 2019 Wedding Registry
Study, the largest and most comprehensive wedding registry study of
engaged and recently married couples in America. The study unveiled how
couples are curating registries that are as unique and personalized as
the wedding itself, while leveraging multiple gift options for their
soon-to-be married lives. The majority of couples (60%) set up their
primary registries online (up from 33% in 2013) and almost all (97%, up
from 81% in 2013) manage their registries digitally.

The registry journey is an exciting part of wedding planning where
couples tend to discuss their personal styles, values and what their
future looks like as they decide on the products, experiences and funds
they’ll want to start their new life together,” said Kristen Maxwell
Cooper, editor in chief of The Knot. “With The
Knot Registry
, there are no limits on what you can register for,
whether it be a kayak for the adventurous couple from their favorite
retailer, a cash fund for a family car or IVF, or a charity that’s close
to the couple’s heart. And when couples sync The Knot Registry with
their personal
wedding website
, guests can easily find and shop for everything all
in one place.”

Couples are choosing their favorite retail products (97%), cash funds
for their future (20%) and charities (11%) on The Knot Registry.
Kitchenware continues to be the most popular registry category, with
bakeware (87%), cookware (84%), kitchen appliances (82%) and kitchen
accessories (81%) being the most popular must-haves. According to The
Knot 2019 Registry Study, cash registries are on the rise (from 27% in
2017 to 37% in 2019), with the average cash registry receiving $1,863 in
guest contributions. Cash registries help couples fund everything from a
down payment on a new home to honeymoon excursions—or even a lifetime
supply of sriracha! The majority of couples on The Knot Registry create
cash funds to help pay for honeymoon-related expenses (55%). Other
popular cash fund categories on The Knot Registry include funds for
dining; food and drink experiences (15%); household-related expenses
(15%); and personal hobbies and interests (9%) for the newlyweds.

The Most Popular Registry Items on The Knot
Registry

Wedding registries, on average, feature 111 different items and have a
total value of $4,695. To-be-weds are setting up, on average, two to
three registries, with retail registries remaining the most popular
choice among couples.

The Knot Registry is the most trusted and comprehensive all-in-one
registry choice for couples in the US. With options from homewares and
electronics to cash funds and charity, couples are able to personalize
their wedding registry to fit their needs and help them start the next
chapter of their lives together.

Couples are using their wedding registries to give back, with 11%
adopting a charity using The
Knot Gifts Back
, a proprietary charity registry program that allows
couples to attach nonprofits to their retail wedding registries. With
each registry gift purchase made through The Knot Registry, The Knot
donates a portion of that gift in the couple’s name to the charity of
their choice.

Top 5 Most Popular Products Registered for on The Knot Registry:

Top Registry Must-Haves for 2019 From The Knot Trusted Editors:

Most Popular Cash Funds Registered for on The Knot Registry:

1. Honeymoon-related expenses

2. Dining and food experiences

3. Funds for a down payment on a home

4. Physical and mental wellness

5. Continued learning and recreational classes

Top 5 Most Popular Charity Registry Selections on The Knot Gifts Back:

1. Humane
Society of the United States

2. St.
Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

3. American
Cancer Society

4. Make-A-Wish
Foundation of America

5. VOW

Couples using The Knot Registry are making a big impact. For example, in
2018, couples using The Knot Registry raised enough money for St. Jude’s
Children’s Research Hospital to provide 2,032 new toys for hospital play
areas and recreational areas at St. Jude housing facilities. Couples who
selected Feeding America as their charity of choice on The Knot Gifts
Back charity registry program provided 9,680 meals to families in need
through the funds raised by their wedding gift purchases. The Knot Gifts
Back is free for couples to opt into and doesn’t cost anything for
guests. The Knot is honored to offer a charity registry program that
simultaneously benefits to-be-wed couples and those in need.

For the full list of most popular registry items, experiences and
charities, plus recommendations from The Knot Editors, see The Knot
Registry Awards at https://www.theknot.com/registry-awards.

Top Wedding Registry Trends From The Knot 2019
Registry Study

RETAIL REGISTRIES CONTINUE TO REMAIN MOST POPULAR. Bakeware,
blenders and bed sheets on wedding registries aren’t going anywhere. The
majority of US couples (80%) have at least one retail registry. On
average, couples begin curating their registry about seven months before
their wedding day. Most to-be-weds (60%) curate registries with the goal
of upgrading their current household items, such as cookware, bakeware,
sheets and towels. When deciding which retailers to create registries
with, couples consider the products available (93%); variety of price
points offered (88%); if the retailer offers online management tools
(88%); how affordable the products are (84%); and if there’s a good
return/exchange policy (83%).

HONEYMOON REGISTRIES TAKE FLIGHT; NEARLY 1 IN 10 COUPLES CONSIDER
THEIR HONEYMOON REGISTRY THEIR PRIMARY REGISTRY.
Millennial couples
are all about experiences, and study data shows that newlyweds stress
the importance of having a honeymoon. Since 2010, honeymoon registries
have nearly tripled in popularity, with one in three (29%) to-be-wed
couples creating one. On average, couples receive $1,562 from guests to
put toward their honeymoon-related expenses, from first-class flight
upgrades to wine tours in Tuscany. While retailer registries continue to
be the most popular selection as a primary registry, honeymoon
registries are gaining traction, with nearly 1 in 10 couples (9%)
considering their honeymoon registry their primary registry.

MILLENNIAL COUPLES PRIORITIZE DIGITAL REGISTRY CREATION AND
MANAGEMENT.
From finding
inspiration
to booking
vendors
, millennials are turning to technology for all aspects of
wedding planning—and creating their registry is no exception. Nearly two
in three couples (60%) set up their primary registries online (up from
33% in 2013) and almost all (97%, up from 81% in 2013) manage their
registries digitally. Nearly 9 in 10 couples (88%) report prioritizing
retailers that offer registry management tools across digital platforms.
Mobile registry management tripled in popularity in recent years, with 4
in 10 couples (39%) reporting they managed their registry almost
exclusively from their mobile devices in 2018 (up from 13% in 2014),
using apps like the The
Knot App
.

WHILE SETTING UP WEDDING REGISTRIES, COUPLES THINK OF THEIR GUESTS. When
determining where to register, nearly all to-be-weds (98%) report being
concerned with how easy gifting and shopping off their registry will be
for guests. In order to streamline all the information about their
wedding celebration—including where to find and purchase wedding
gifts—the majority of couples (83%) report using their personal wedding
website
to share all the necessary information. The personal wedding
website is the most popular way for guests to find information about an
upcoming wedding, including finding and purchasing a gift for the
newlyweds.

1Source The Knot 2018 Guest Study

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resource offering
a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and
local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding
registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged
couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com
and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot
national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since
its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to
plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com
and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot
and @TheKnot onTwitter,
Pinterest
and Instagram.

Contacts

MEDIA
Melissa Bach
Senior Director, Public Relations &
Brand Marketing
pr@theknotww.com

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Are we there yet? Widespread use of Cryptocurrency with Maria (Masha) Prusakova (Crypto PR Lab) at TCE2019 Prague

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Cryptocurrencies are changing the world and most of the intelligent e-commerce/m-commerce startups and SMEs are quickly jumping on board. Whenever this is a long-lasting evolution period towards reaching a decentralized banking system, we will just have to wait and find out. However, the recent move by Facebook with the launch of Lybra is certainly stirring things up.

By now, the European Commission and European Union are knees deep into regulating the cryptocurrency market and conversations are always sparked around money laundering and so on.

Bitcoin has been certainly on a roll, but now all eyes are on the exchanges and the licenses that are granted for brokerage and exchange companies.

Cryptocurrency taxation is also a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders, and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services.

Generally, purchases and sales of cryptocurrency are not subject to VAT taxation in Europe, which is the birthplace of the value-added tax. Financial regulators and revenue services in most countries often refer to a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which ruled in 2015 that services for the exchange of bitcoin with any traditional fiat currency are exempt from VAT.

The widespread use of cryptocurrencies and the outcomes of a cryptocurrency driven society will be discussed at the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) by experts of the field.

Among these experts is also Maria (Masha) Prusakova, Co-Founder at Crypto PR Lab, who will join the speakers’ list at TCE2019.

About Maria (Masha) Prusakova

Maria (Masha) Prusakova is a French attorney and a PR specialist working with blockchain startups and crypto conferences. Masha started her journey in crypto in 2014 working on an early bitcoin algorithm trader ExGate with a former Lehman Brothers financier. In 2017, Masha joined M&A PR Studio, consulting ICOs and blockchain startups on public relations. In 2018, she co-founded Crypto PR Lab. Before her entrepreneurial career, she worked as an attorney in M&A for Clifford Chance LLP and Gowling WLG. As a private banker for Ultra High Net Worth individuals, Masha gained experience at UBS, LGT and HSBC private banks in Switzerland and Monaco.

The former right hand of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan at the World Economic Forum, Masha together with Sasha facilitates the participation of individuals and startups at the elite Davos Conference Week.

Masha is also an accomplished snowboarder. As a professional athlete, she represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as the youngest participant in the snowboarding halfpipe event.

Masha holds three Master’s degrees (Sorbonne, UC Berkeley) and speaks 4 languages: Russian, French, German and English.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Brussels Workshop Explores Challenges and Opportunities in the 4th Industrial Revolution

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On July 12, the CEIBS Insights 2019 Europe Forum series made its latest stop in Brussels for a special roundtable workshop on the theme of The 4th Industrial Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges for Europe and China. The event, co-hosted by European economic think tank Bruegel, brought together nearly 100 representatives from CEIBS, the European Commission, the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, and the EFMD, among others, for discussions exploring how China and Europe can balance policy and market forces to achieve sustainable technological innovation, how SMEs in both regions can leverage opportunities to expand into overseas markets, and how both sides can work together to improve bilateral cooperation.

Charge d’Affaires ad interim for the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union Wang Hongjian, a representative of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Ms. Elzbieta Bienkowskaand European Commission Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Impact & Sustainable Investment Strategies Mr. Patrick Child delivered keynote speeches at the event.

As CEIBS President and Professor of Management Li Mingjun noted in his welcome address, 2019 is a critical year for the Europe 2020 Strategy, and technological innovation is now crucial for sustaining Europe’s economic growth. As Chinafurther opens its doors to the outside world, he added, EU countries will discover new opportunities to take innovative technology from the lab to the market. “We look forward to establishing a foundation for communication with this forum,” Prof. Li said. “And to building a lasting and stable platform for the integration of innovation resources between China and the EU.”

Bruegel Director Dr. Guntram B. Wolff also welcomed participants to the event with a speech in which he noted the need to reflect together on current opportunities and challenges. He further added that the topic of the forum is important because “[it stands at] the intersection of new digital technologies, artificial intelligence and quantum computing, on the one hand, and industrial processes, on the other hand, and manufacturing processes. This interlinkage is at the core of the business model certainly of several economies in the EU, but also as the core of significant parts of the Chinese economy.”

Charge d’Affaires ad interim for the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union Wang Hongjian then offered a keynote speech on Innovation Cooperation Offers New Highlights in China-Europe Cooperation. In his speech, Mr. Wang emphasised that China and the EU should be more open and inclusive in their cooperation on innovation, should further align their innovation policies to achieve mutual benefits and should work to make long-term strategic plans. “Looking ahead, China and the EU are faced with shared challenges which will reshape the future of humankind, such as climate change, the new technology revolution, resources and environment challenges,” he stated. “China and the EU, as two major players, are duty-bound to join forces with a mind-set of reform and innovation, and to make a greater contribution to world peace, development and prosperity.”

CEIBS Distinguished Professor, Former World Trade Organisation Director-General and Notre Europe Honorary President Pascal Lamy continued with the next keynote speech of the event, in which he discussed the topic of Sino-EU Cooperation Under the New International Economic Order. In his speech, Prof. Lamy emphasised the point that, despite current challenges and uncertainties, there remains ample space for China and the EU to work together in areas of research and innovation. “We have a series of areas where we are already [involved in a lot of] cooperation, [including] food, agriculture, biotech, the environment and health,” he said. “So there are many reasons to move forward and enhance or foster and increase cooperation – many of them domestic and many global. This is how we should look at this picture.”

Bruegel Deputy Director Dr. Maria Demertzis moderated the first session of the day on the topic of Research and Innovation: Competition or Cooperation in the EU-China Context? Shanghai Institutes for International Studies President Chen Dongxiao, CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan, and Bruegel Senior Fellow Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers participated in the panel discussion, in which they took an in-depth look at how “co-opetition” (or co-operative competition) in the development of new technologies is acting as a driving force for the 4th Industrial Revolution and how complementary priorities and strategies represent bright prospects for EU-China cooperation.

Following the luncheon, EFMD CEO and Director General Eric Cornuel traced the history of CEIBS to Brussels as “the Heart of Europe” and reviewed some of its world-renowned achievements in academic innovation over the past 25 years. “There is no doubt that innovation is a catalyst for growth built on the foundation of creative drive, co-operation and openness,” Prof. Cornuel said, adding later that, “China and Europe more than ever should get closer and create a favourable environment for innovation, growth and mutual understanding. No doubt CEIBS is an instrument of this co-operation.”

CEIBS Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Economics and Finance Xu Bin then delivered a keynote speech on China’s Innovation Potential and Its Global Implication. In his speech, Prof. Xu noted that China’s investment in innovation has led to situation in which “it is inevitable that advanced countries will have direct competition with China.” At the same time, he said that the country’s development has resulted in increased demand for services imported to China and that companies seeking to maintain a competitive advantage “should make more effort to specialise in variety, in quality, and in brand.”

CEIBS Board of Directors Co-chairman and EFMD Honorary Chairman Dr. Gerard Van Schaik moderated the second session of the day, in which he invited participants to join a discussion on the theme of Industrial Approaches in Innovation Cooperation Between China and EU. Panellists featured China-EU Association President Luigi Gambardella; WINNER Technology Co., Inc. President and CEO Mr. Zhang Hongjun (CEIBS EMBA 2013); and DFKI Robotics Innovation Center Bremen Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner. During the course of the discussion, participants shared their views on key drivers, incentives and best practices for innovation, and offered suggestions on how China and the EU can work both independently and collaboratively to foster innovation in the future.

Today’s event was co-organised by CEIBS and Bruegel, with support from the EU-China Business Association, the EFMD, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, as is part of the CEIBS Insights 2019 Europe Forum series. The Europe Forum Series coincides with the on-going CEIBS 25th Anniversary Celebration and will wrap up in October with events in both Paris and London. For more details about these and other upcoming CEIBS events, please visit our events page here.

 

SOURCE China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

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48North Successfully Completes Planting at its 100-acre Outdoor Organic Cultivation Facility, Good:Farm

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48North Cannabis Corp. (“48North” or “the Company”) (TSXV: NRTH) is pleased to announce that it is has completed the planting of its first outdoor cannabis crop at its Good:Farm, Canada’s largest outdoor organic cannabis cultivation facility (3.7 million sq. ft. of cultivation space) in Brant County, Ont.

48North has successfully planted more than 250,000 cannabis seeds at Good:Farm. At the farm, 48North has planted 10 unique cultivars proven to be successfully grown outdoors; both high-THC and high-CBD strains were selected for planting. The Company expects two harvests annually at the Good:Farm. The first harvest is planned for late-August and will be exclusively the Company’s auto-flowering strains; the second harvest, of photoperiod plants is planned for mid-October.

Good:Farm, Canada’s first and largest outdoor organic cannabis facility, has the potential capacity to yield more than 40,000 kg of dried cannabis, at what 48North expects to be the lowest cost per gram in the country.

“Planting nearly 100 acres of organic cannabis outdoors was a significant accomplishment for the organization, relying on both established agricultural practices and innovative cannabis production techniques. Our team of expert farmers and growers ensured this ground-breaking task was a success,” said Jeannette VanderMarel, co-CEO of 48North.

48North has signed supply agreements for cannabis from its Good:Farm and other licensed production facilities, including:

  • An historic outdoor cannabis agreement with the Société Québécoise du cannabis for 1,200 kg of dried cannabis;
  • A supply agreement with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency for 2,460 kg of dried cannabis; and
  • A supply agreement with the Ontario Cannabis Store for 1,200 kg of dried cannabis.

To bring Canadians along on this journey, 48North is hosting a bi-weekly web series on Good:Farm. “See the Good” focuses on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned on the path cannabis takes from seed to sale.

Good:Farm has a number of strategic advantages, including ultra-low-cost cannabis as well as environment-friendly and energy-efficient production. In addition, the farm’s production will help address the current national shortage of recreational cannabis.

ABOUT 48NORTH

48North Cannabis Corp. (TSXV: NRTH) is a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on the health and wellness market through cultivation and extraction, as well as the creation of innovative, authentic brands for next-generation cannabis products. 48North is developing formulations and manufacturing capabilities for its own proprietary products, as well as positioning itself to contract manufacture similar products for third parties. 48North operates Good:Farm, a 100-acre organic cannabis farm that is expected to produce more than 40,000 kg of organic, sun-grown cannabis, securing a significant first-mover advantage in the production of low-cost, next-generation, extract-based cannabis products. In addition, 48North operates two indoor-licensed cannabis production sites in Ontario. 48North cultivates unique genetics at its wholly owned subsidiary, DelShen Therapeutics Corp. (“DelShen”) and processes cannabis and manufactures next-generation cannabis products at Good & Green Corp. (“Good & Green”), both Licensed Producers under the Cannabis Act. 48North has a growing portfolio of brands that include Latitude, a women’s cannabis platform (explorelatitude.com); Mother & Clone, a rapid-acting sublingual cannabis nanospray (momandclone.com); and Avitas, a single-strain vaporizer cartridge (avitasgrown.com).

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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words “could,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe,” “will,” “projected,” “estimated” and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on the parties’ current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements relating to the business plan and future operations of the Company. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including the possibility that the business plan described herein will not be completed, that 48North may not derive the expected benefits from such business plans, or that applicable regulatory approvals will be obtained to carry out the activities contemplated herein. The business of the Company is subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties. Please refer to the Company’s SEDAR filings for further details. Various assumptions or factors are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking information. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the parties. The material factors and assumptions include the Company being able to obtain the necessary corporate, regulatory and other third-party approvals, and licensing and other risks associated with the Cannabis Act. The forward-looking information contained in this release is made as of the date hereof and the parties are not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any forward-looking information contained herein.

 

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