Friday Press Review I October 16, 2020

  Friday Press review

Here are some of the most interesting articles of the last weeks selected by The Consultancy Group:

Rafael Nadal creates history to win 13th French Open, equals Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is the champion at Roland-Garros for an unprecedented 13th time, his victory over world No.1 Novak Djokovic elevating him level with Roger Federer’s all-time mark. The Spaniard delivered one of his finest performances against arguably his toughest rival to prevail 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday. It was his 100th match win on the clay in Paris, his 27th from 56 showdowns with the Serb. Rafael Nadal creates history, equals Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams. History was on the line for both men in their third showdown for the title on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Read more...

Milan Fashion Week: digital, a medium for strong ideas

Milan Fashion Week
Oscillating within virtual reality, the Milanese fashion week offered collections for both men and women for the very first time, totaling twenty-three offline shows and forty-one online. Fashion is reacting with strength and ideas. But the same question remains: during Covid times, could digital be the solution to the industry’s crisis? At the heart of Milan, the otherwise sizzling atmosphere during fashion weeks was troubled, constantly hesitant between a burning desire to resume and the fear of new contaminations. On via Montenapoleone, there was no celebrating either. Fashion has to adjust to Covid as well: during the first quarter of 2020, the business recorded a 30% drop vs 2019 year to date. Read more...

Orange parts with €144m for Paris 2024 premium partnership

Premium partnership
Global telecommunications firm Orange has been unveiled as the third premium partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The deal will see Orange, which became an official partner of the Paris 2024 bid in 2016, install its high-speed broadband networks at all Games venues so that fans can easily share photos and videos during the event. The first site to be connected with Orange’s fibre optic and mobile networks will be the future head office of the Paris 2024 organising committee in Saint-Denis in early 2021. Read more...

2020 LoL World Championship first stage audience peaks at 1.168m 

Team Liquid
The 2020 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship has broken more viewership records, with at least five matches from its first stage surpassing one million viewers, according to digital streaming data published by Esports Charts. The gaming competition, which is being held in China from 25th September to 31st October, saw a peak viewership of 1.168 million for the play-in stage matchup between Team Liquid and MAD Lions. The average viewership for the ten-team round-robin play-in stage was 714,000, up 35 per cent compared to the opening period for the 2019 World Championship. Esports Charts added that 29.664 million hours were watched in total. Read more...

Swiss non-profit foundation Origyn to authenticate watches via smartphone app in 2021

Counterfeiting is an endemic problem that luxury brands are seeking to stop at all costs. Take the watch industry for example. It is estimated that around 40,000,000 counterfeit watches are produced each year, contributing to significant undesirable ‘brand’ saturation, and around 1,600,000 ‘super fakes’ are produced per year, resulting in a loss of an estimated $224,000,000 in Primary Market sales. To counter this attack on luxury brands' reputation, the loss of sales, and the compromising of long-term trust between businesses, there is now a serendipitous opportunity for manufacturers to see counterfeits and their producers readily exposed; via ORIGYN, a Swiss non-profit foundation. Read more...

Verizon partners with Cisco to offer 5G stadium safety solutions

5G stadium solutions
Verizon Business has revealed that it is collaborating with Cisco to offer 5G stadium solutions to provide a ‘safer in-person experience’ during sporting and entertainment events. The two entities will combine Verizon’s 5G network and 5G Edge to interface with the Cisco Sports and Entertainment portfolio. As a result the solution will integrate with Cisco’s innovations such as the firm’s DNA Spaces to operate secure location analytics. Moreover, Cisco’s switching and data center technology, along with its connected venue analytics will also be used to ensure that venue safety is maximised. Read more...

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