FashionSavvy Comedians Express A LightHearted Side Of Nordstrom For The Retailers OneOfAKind

first_imgSEATTLE — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its 2018 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign, debuting today in the U.S. and Canada. The company partnered with four fashion-savvy comedians for the one-of-a-kind sale, which takes place from July 20 through August 5. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Liza Koshy Daniel Levy Advertisement Hannah Simone FASHION-SAVVY COMEDIANS EXPRESS A LIGHT-HEARTED SIDE OF NORDSTROM FOR THE RETAILER’S ONE-OF-A-KIND ANNIVERSARY SALE CAMPAIGN – Daniel Levy (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.) The full cast includes Liza Koshy, multi-hyphenate entertainer: actress, Double Dare host and star of Liza on Demand; Daniel Levy, writer, producer & Schitt’s Creek actor; Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens comedian, New York Timesbestselling author, and actress; and Hannah Simone, New Girl actress. The campaign was shot by Mary Ellen Matthews, who is best known for her portraits of celebrity guests and the cast of Saturday Night Live, as well as videos she has directed for the show since 2010.This diverse group of individuals love fashion, have a great sense of humor, are passionate about their work, and express their style in a fresh way that Nordstrom believes will appeal to customers. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Phoebe Robinson Login/Register With: “Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast bring to the campaign.”The photo and video campaign will be featured on nordstrom.com/anniversarysaleca, on the retailer’s social platforms, and in the Anniversary Sale catalog. Advertising components include digital, print, out of home, radio, shopping bags, store windows and in-store displays. The comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card.COMEDIAN QUOTESLiza Koshy: “Nordstrom has a diversity of brands that work for many personal styles and body types. It’s really representative of our generation. And who doesn’t love a discount? I only shop sales.”Daniel Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”Phoebe Robinson: “I go way back with Nordstrom because I got my prom dress there in high school. What I love about Nordstrom is that they have easy, ready-to-wear stuff. You can get really cute clothes! And that they’re having a sale means you can get more clothes!”Hannah Simone: “When I grew up, my family moved countries every few years, and we lived in places with amazing bazaars and markets such as Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and India. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reminds me of these markets. It’s a diverse shopping experience with incredible options to buy from different designers. And you get a great deal!”The Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960s and is the company’s biggest event of the year. This one-of-a-kind event offers brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – then prices go back up after two weeks. Sale items include brand-new clothing, shoes, accessories, home items and beauty/grooming for men, women and kids, including limited-distribution brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Charlotte Tilbury and more. The company hopes to inspire and engage customers across price and style spectrums and create a sense of newness and discovery in-stores and online. Nordstrom cardholders have the exclusive ability to shop Anniversary Sale before everyone else during Early Access, starting July 12 in the U.S. (and July 17 in Canada). More information is available at nordstrom.com/anniversaryearlyaccessca.About NordstromNordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 371 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 237 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN. Advertisementlast_img read more

AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON NATIONAL HERITAGE DAY

first_img National Heritage Month Events featured in all islands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2014 – Culture is the soul of a nation; the finest expression of humanity and a record of a people’s evolution and advancement. From Salt Ponds, to the Conch Farm; from “going-in-the-field” to billion dollars luxury resorts; from the peaceful donkeys in Grand Turk to the Private Jets in Providenciales; from potato bread to Lobster in reduction sauce; Pepper Joy to Bambara Rum, as a people our cultural story demonstrates a culture in evolution and advancement and that my fellow countrymen is our Heritage. This is what has and will distinguish us from every other nation in the world. It is our unique marker, our signature across history and it is what follows us into the world even as it brings the world to us. And so, I call on you, as your Queen, with pride and affection for all that we are throughout our National Heritage Month, on October 13th; National Heritage Day and beyond, to embrace it. Let me tell you why our heritage means so much to me, and why in this wide, vast world, as we let our imaginations soar across our borders; we must keep our minds rooted firmly in our own historical truth:There are many ways to enter what is beautiful about us, what is humane and what gives us grace, but for me it is the music. We seem to breathe and live by a certain rhythm and melody. I feel it when I do not hear it. But as soon as I hear that Rake n’ Scrape, I feel like a bundle of smiles, and I see the humour, the practicality, the simplicity and the sense of dignity that is in our national character. You see, Rake n’ Scrape to me means a people who have little, but are content to make beauty even with the little they possess. There is something magical, warm and honourable about that. That is our heritage.Who can fail to see and feel something special about our people? We are all Sister and Brother. At every turn we are Cousin… “cuz” so and so. Speaking to us about family is like speaking about the elements of chemistry: we say: “She is my grandmother’s aunt’s husband’s second daughter, but she is my third cousin”. We are “Titter” this and “Babba” that. It is charming and funny, but underneath it reflects and confirms a tradition of respect amongst us, amongst generations of brothers and sisters that is dying in other places around the world. And yet, when the world comes to our shores, we welcome then into this culture of family. This too is our heritage.I love the land, our land – Beautiful by Nature, (Bountiful by Skill), as God intended and the angels obliged. And while I love the fresh mornings, or the Sweet Salinas at Salt Cay, the old world charm and gentility of Grand Turk, and as I am seduced by ambition by Provo’s luxurious race into the future, and made tender by North Caicos’ tending of the soil or Middle Caicos’ calm, where time seems still, and of course, the historical “swag’ of the “Big South”, it is the Flamingoes for me: They seem ancient and delicate. I love the fact that their colour comes from the interaction between what they eat and what the sea provides… because the sea is how we survived. This is also our blessed heritage.In some countries they have monuments and we have our little share. But ours is a remembered culture and a heritage to be acknowledged, remembered and celebrated. I am your honoured Queen and unlike other Queens, I am empowered by you only to issue decrees of love. Let us love what we are through what we have been as the path to what we must become. Let us live with the grace of our national story… and let us gain from and give to our heritage all that gives love, and so gives life to life.Shanice WilliamsMiss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014 Recommended for you Related Items:miss tci universe, national heritage month, shanice williams National Heritage Month ends New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibelast_img read more

Nancy Reagan gone but touched the Caribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The former first lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan on Sunday died at her home in California. Reagan is arguably most well known for her ‘Just Say No’ campaign of the 80s and 90s which was geared to young people and it encouraged them – not just in the US, but around the world – to say ‘no’ to drug use and abuse. In the TCI, a program inspired by this Just Say No initiative remains in the government high school system; that program is called DARE and brings Police officers into the school to forge friendlier relations with students and to act as a deterrent to crime. It may be the closest and only link the TCI has with the spirited Nancy Reagan, who passed away at the ripe age of 94; 12 years following her husband, President Ronald Reagan who died in 2004. Social Media on the job, what a study reveals Related Items:caribbean, died, nancy reagan, touchlast_img read more

How TEN Drove Revenue and Cut Costs By Overhauling Sales Ad Ops

first_imgIt was 2014, and TEN: The Enthusiast Network was at a turning point. The media business had changed dramatically, and digital advertising was becoming more time-consuming and labor intensive, and also a more important revenue source. The company found itself bogged down by inefficient processes in both its print and digital workflows. What’s more, Atwood says, by implementing credit card processing in Élan, TEN was able to run credit and post payments, simultaneously eliminating the need to manually post payments, reducing both errors and staff. Reconciliation with DFP, third-party reporting, and insertion orders was difficult. All in all, Atwood says, the MSGL Élan Web upgrade has moved TEN from a cobbled-together, inefficient workflow to a streamlined, automated, efficient set of processes that both reduces costs and increases revenue. It created one source of entry for all orders, beginning in the Élan CRM through porting to DFP and billing in the Elan digital module. Accounting systems relied on manual deferrals. Inefficient workflow required heavy staffing, and ad ops staff had to enter orders that had already been entered elsewhere. The company’s digital workflow was similarly challenged: Even systems for events and other media fell short of what TEN needed: As a result of the adoption of Élan Web, TEN experienced a whole slew of benefits, including: Digital orders were manually booked in DFP (DoubleClick for Publishers) with no visibility in internal systems until billing. After months of evaluation, establishing both priorities and key performance indicators, TEN decided to move to an integrated workflow using MSGL’s Élan Web software — including specific modules for CRM and commissions, print and digital, credit control, credit-card processing, and reporting. The workflow would help TEN reduce costs, enable reporting across all media, decrease errors and increase efficiency. Élan Web also tracks and posts deferred revenue eliminating manual journal entries. This reduced billing time for digital by four weeks. There was inadequate reporting across sales efforts, including pipeline, bookings, and billings. It increased accuracy in reporting commissionable revenue by using Élan reports based on billing and revenue recognition. Sales reps are now able to easily monitor what they are being paid in a given month. So TEN, in conjunction with Media Services Group (MSGL), began to plot a fresh start. The company had been using MSGL for years for various elements of its workflow, but now it needed something covering all of its workflows in a unified manner, across all corners of the company. The company was able to combine print, digital, and events on one invoice and create customized billing schedules. “We’ve been using MSGL for 20 years,” Atwood continues. “We upgraded to their new web version. What we wanted from MSGL was the ability to upload an order from a spreadsheet. We were getting spreadsheets from our clients. We asked MSGL for the ability to do that. Prior to Élan Web, we were manually trying to do our billing and pipeline reporting. This upgrade has been beneficial. The less pipes of data you’re using, the better, when it’s all coming from one system.” “Now, three years in, we are very happy with the software,” Atwood adds. Specifically, she says, the company, whose brands include Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Transworld Skateboarding and nearly 60 others, had a number of challenges the print side: It allowed the ability to tag orders for capping and third/fourth-party monitoring.  There was similar lack of reporting for pipeline, bookings and billings, as with digital advertising. Clearly, across the company, TEN’s processes needed to be fixed. And just as clearly, the technology infrastructure was woefully out of date. It allowed increased automation in reconciliation of orders with outside insertion orders to optimize and actualize digital campaigns. There were issues with delayed billing — all digital orders were entered by billing after month’s end, taking up to 90 hours, with further delays of three-to-four weeks when the finance department reconciled data. The company was using a paper and email workflow, with sales reps manually filling out insertion orders in Word and Excel and handing them off to ad ops to enter. Because of the duplication and manual entry process, errors were frequent in order entry, and data didn’t match throughout the process. Élan increased speed-to-book-and-serve orders in DFP by uploading large orders to Élan using Excel. Larger orders took 3-4 days to book in DFP versus mere hours in Élan. It increased the efficiency of the digital ad ops staff and timely delivery of campaigns. The ability to book late orders and go live quickly was enhanced. Here’s a look at the specific workflow modifications the TEN team took, thanks to the MSGL Élan Web upgrade: There was duplication, with sales reps entering orders separately in a CRM and into a Word or Excel doc. Élan Web enabled reporting at the advertiser and property level across all channels (print, digital, events and broadcast). And implementing MSGL’s Customer Portal will automate invoicing, thus eliminating paper invoices and tearsheets. URLs are embedded in the invoice to review tearsheets for print. For digital orders, sped-up cashflow by invoicing on time and accurately. The digital workflow lacked the tools to monitor creditworthiness. Events were billed in a miscellaneous module at month’s end, requiring manual entry by the billing team. It allowed TEN to decrease costs in the billing and ad operations departments.  All insertion orders are now sent from the system and signed and returned electronically, eliminating the need to email, fax or upload by salespeople. Manual insertion orders were eliminated. Using a simple entry in the CRM, sales reps are able to create pipeline reporting that doesn’t burden the reps with cumbersome order entry. “Our digital business has grown and our print has declined, and billing and tracking is extremely difficult,” says Pauline Atwood, senior director of accounts receivable and operations, noting that TEN — formerly known as Source Interlink Media and based in El Segundo, California — was formed from a combination of formerly independent companies with legacy workflow processes. “One of our big hurdles was going digital. We were entering orders after they had arrived. We had no visibility of what we were running. Our billing was taking weeks to enter. It was important for our cashflow to get our bills out and paid earlier.” “Customers can access the portal to see open and paid invoices, their aging and pay invoices via credit card or e-check,” Atwood says. “This workflow will also decrease costs. Customers can also buy remnant space or special deals posted on the portal.”  Élan Web eliminated multiple invoices for one contract and consolidated invoices, which were the cause of confusion, internally and externally. All order entry was moved upstream to the sales staff and support teams. For more about MSGL’s Élan software, click here.last_img read more

Nissans zeroemissions ice cream truck gets rid of the ICE

first_img4:38 Concept Cars Electric Cars Vans More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Nissan built an ice cream truck that’s efficient from start to finish News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeal Nissan Tags Share your voice 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 1 Comment 24 Photos Nissan Leaf long-term wrap-up: One year of electric feels Enlarge ImageShrug off the effects of climate change with a nice ice cream cone, served by a vehicle that’s doing its part to mitigate future effects of climate change. Nissan According to Nissan, there are some monsters out there who have a problem with ice cream trucks — not the idea of an ice cream truck or the thought of children sprinting out into the street, but the overall ecological footprint of such an endeavor. Thankfully, Nissan engineered a way around that, and it’s green from “sky to scoop,” as the automaker puts it.Nissan on Thursday unveiled its vision for a zero-emissions ice cream truck. And it’s not just the truck that is better for the environment — it’s the entire process in and around the idea of serving ice cream from a vehicle.The vehicle itself is a modified version of Nissan’s e-NV200 small van, which replaces the internal combustion engine (ICE) with a battery-electric powertrain. According to the automaker, some ice cream trucks get a bad rap because they have diesel engines that must remaining running to power the refrigeration system, which can lead to a whole bunch of gnarly emissions.But the e-NV200 doesn’t actually use the EV battery for keeping that ice cream cold. Instead, it uses Nissan’s Energy Roam system, which uses recycled Nissan EV batteries as a portable power pack that can deliver energy where it’s needed. Hell, even the ice cream itself is zero-emissions (minus, you know, the cow flatulence), because the creamery that makes the product — Mackie’s of Scotland — powers its farm with wind and solar energy.Even the experience of serving the ice cream is delightfully different. There’s no room to hang out in the back of the van, so the driver stands outside and serves ice cream directly to customers in a more personal manner. There’s a contactless payment terminal right on the side of the van. Instead of rolling around playing tunes, the van generates a What3Words code for its location, narrowing down its parking spot to a 3-meter-by-3-meter square. That way, kids don’t hear the music and immediately start shaking parents down for spare change, and there’s no worry about missing it.It’s just a concept, of course, so don’t expect this ice cream truck to show up in your neighborhood this summer. But nevertheless, it’s yet another unique approach to figuring out how zero-emissions tech can green up the auto industry beyond regular ol’ passenger cars. Green tech Nissanlast_img read more

After Harleen Sethi is Vicky Kaushal dating Malavika Mohanan

first_imgInstagramVicky Kaushal’s onscreen performances have generated the same kind of buzz that his off-screen life has. The interest around one of the country’s most eligible bachelors refuses to die down and rightly so! Well, ladies, brace yourselves as this particular piece of information might be very hard to digest.After breaking up with Harleen Sethi, Vicky Kaushal is allegedly seeing actress Malavika Mohanan. It has barely been a few months since Vicky Kaushal made news for his relationship with actress Harleen Sethi and then made subsequent news for their unceremonious break-up and now, the Uri actor is back in news for dating Ishaan Khatter’s Beyond The Clouds co-star – Malavika Mohanan.A pinkvilla report states, “Malavika is always talking glowingly about him to everybody. She likes him so much she cannot stop gushing about him and while Vicky is more reticent, he does these little romantic gestures, like dropping in and surprising her on the sets of one of her South films and taking her out for lunch. Vicky loves home-cooked South Indian food and often drops in on the Mohanan house in Mumbai like Thursday night. Even though he’s a Punjabi, he loves the South Indian style fish-curry and rice but on Thursday he was disappointed it was not there so Malavika pulled his leg on Insta by posting “Deprived of fish curry and rice. Life is not a Mani Ratnam film today.”Prior to this, Vicky Kaushal was also in news for his alleged closeness to Katrina Kaif and Bhumi Pednekar. Bhumi was cited as the reason for his breakup with Harleen Sethi. Needless to say, Malavika and Vicky look fabulous together and we hope this time, Vicky comes out in the open and accepts his relationship.last_img read more

South Korea vs Japan War time atrocities refuse to die new equation

first_imgFile picture of people protesting against the erection of the statue in TaiwanReuters/Tyrone SiuSouth Korea has been mounting pressure on Japan for over seven decades since 1945 to compensate for the latter’s atrocities during the colonization era that preceded for about 35 years since 1910, including subjecting many women to be captured and made “Comfort Women” for its armed forces.Though it has lingered for decades, a ruling by South Korea’s Supreme Court last year asking Japanese companies to compensate the South Koreans who were conscripted as forced laborers during World War Two turned the trigger to worsen ties between the erstwhile trade partners. Alarming indeed that both have upped the ante, irrespective of the looming danger from North Korea.Japan removed South Korea from its trade partners’ White List, citing an erosion of trust and imposed tighter controls on exports of materials, especially some key components used in smartphone chips. In a tit-for-tat move, South Korea on Monday said it would remove Japan from its own “white list” of countries with fast-track trade status.Apart from trade relations, last week, Seoul hinted that it would withdraw from the 2014 security pact with Tokyo on sharing military and strategic intelligence, especially against North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Under this pact, Japan used to share intelligence gathered from its satellites, radars, patrol aircraft and other high-tech systems on North Korea’s missile tests and its submarines, while it received in turn, some key information from Seoul’s military radars observing the border to detect North Korean launches, besides some information from spies and defectors from North Korea. However, both can live without the agreement as the US is still a member of some such trilateral pacts.On his part, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Japan’s economic retaliation is unfair as it owes to its colonial-era abuses, but never relented as his government moved swiftly to invest about 7.8 trillion won ($6.48 billion) over the next seven years to procure the vital materials domestically.”The government will pursue an elaborate and detailed strategy to more substantively develop our economy by taking Japan’s economic retaliation as a chance to turn good out of evil,” said Moon but the move is seen as distancing the role of US as a possible negotiator in the region.Some Japanese experts quickly pointed out that it was a signal from an emboldened South Korea. “South Korea under the Moon administration appears to be not as enthusiastic about the trilateral cooperation with Japan and the U.S. as South Korea used to be in the past,” Junya Nishino, a Korea expert at Keio University, recently said on a TV talk show, reports Reuters. “President Moon thinks the current framework is a legacy of the Cold War era and should be changed.”It remains to be an intriguing development that was never expected between the two trusted allies of the US in the Korean peninsula. Whether Trump offers his mediation and how far his offer will be accepted is another big question before the experts.last_img read more

BNP wants solution not conflict Moudud

first_imgMoudud AhmedSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has said his party is trying to reach an understanding with the government for the sake of better elections in the country.Saying that the BNP will contest the next parliamentary polls, he made clear the party’s position that they want elections under such a government which would have no political ambition.”That’s why, we’re tryng to reach an understanding with the govenment,” he said at a programme in Faridpur on Friday.Moudud, a standing committee member of the BNP, pointed out that the BNP did not hold any protest demonstration in the past two years to create confidence in the ruling camp.”We didn’t do anything (protest demonstration) which can embarrass the government,” he said adding that they hoped that the Awami League govenment would show democratic attitude to reciprocate the BNP’s gesture of doing peaceful politics.The BNP leadership has been demanding fair elections to be held under an election-time neutral government.Moudud emphasised that “the BNP wants solution, not conflict”.He made the observations while replyng to questions from journlaists after distributing scholarship among students at Palli Kabi Jasimuddin’s home at Gabindapur village of Ambikapur union in Faridpur.The BNP leader said, “The BNP does not do vindictive politics. If the government does not come to an understaniding, it would mean that it is afraid of facing trial for their corruption and plundering of resources once they are out of power.”Moudud, a former vice president and law minister, alleged that the government has no accountability. “Killing, plundering and rape are going on unabated in the country,” he added.Moudud Ahmed went on to say, “We’ll try to reach the understaing until the last moment. If the government does not respond to our demand, there is no alternative to movement.”last_img read more

37kg gold seized from Mathabhanga river

first_imgMap of ChuadangaMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh seized 320 gold bars weighing around 37 kilogrammes from the Mathabhanga river along Nastipur border in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga on Wednesday noon.Being tipped-off that a consignment of gold would be smuggled to India through the border, BGB members took position around no 80 pillar since the morning, said Iman Hasan, a commanding officer of BGB battalion.The BGB team challenged three people who were moving around the pillar around 3:00pm, he said.Sensing danger, the trio threw three bags they were carrying into the river and crossed into the Indian territory swimming across the river, reports UNB.Later, the paramilitary force members retrieved the three bags and found 320 gold bars inside those, Iman said.last_img

Popup catering over Eid

first_imgEid meals ready for deliveryEverything shuts down for the Eid holidays, even most eateries. So those who normally eat out or buy their meals on the way home, are forced to cook for themselves during Eid or depend on friends and relatives for their meals. For those who cooking is not a routine task, this becomes quite a hassle.But that’s what business is all about, supplying where there is a demand. And so Mekhla, Salsa Bili and Sharmin Jahan and others like them grab the opportunity to cook and home deliver food during Eid and other holidays when the city comes to a standstill.These culinary entrepreneurs pop up on the social media. A news media person, Sirajum Munira, posted a note on an online shopping platform asking if anyone could deliver food on Eid and the day after.She said, “All food shops close down for Eid. But for us who work throughout the holidays, this can be a problem. That’s why I looked for someone who can supply meals at this time.”Sirajum Munira’s post revealed many who were ready to home deliver food during Eid. Salsa Bili Jannat was one of them. Salsa Bili used to be a presenter and a researcher. As a mother of a young child, it is much easier for her to work from home. Her business is quite new, meeting the demand for those who need cooked meals. Now she has opened her own online page.She said, “I cooked for about 40 people during Eid. I have similar orders for the day after Eid too.”How does it feel having to work while everyone else is on holiday? Salsa Bili said, “I would be cooking anyway for my own family, so I just cook a bit more. That solves the customers’ problems and I can earn some money too.”Salsa’s customers are her acquaintances. Housewife Bijoya is a regular client. She said, “We get perfect homemade food here and it’s a big help during the holidays when everything is closed.”Like Salsa Bili, Sharmeen Jahan Chowdhury is also an entrepreneur. She used to be quite happy cooking at home and looking after her family. She never imagined taking up any such initiative. It was her son, a university student, who first hit upon the idea of channelling his mother’s skills into a business. He opened a Facebook page for her. Just two months into the business, Sharmeen Chowdhury’s kitchen already supplied 20 persons’ meals for Eid and has another 40 orders for the day after.“It feels good to be doing something,” said Sharmeen.“My customers come back again and again with orders. I feel a connection with them and it also feels good to be able to cook for them on Eid,” she added.Mekhla is there for those stranded without such food facilities on Eid. She is hearing-impaired but her husband Mahdi Masud was determined not to let this interfere with her work. She has a Facebook page now, Mekhla’s kitchen and regularly gets orders. Her husband and two sons deliver the food. She received meal orders for 300 people this Eid. “Mekhla began the food service just out of fun, but the business is now flourishing. This is an income for the family and it has also built us good relations with so many people,” said Mahdi.Delivering food to the homes is one of the main problems of this business. The existing courier services are unwilling to deliver food. So either the client has to come and pick up the food or the supplier delivers it. That’s why the business doesn’t expand too much, but they are happy with the way things are.Jesmin Akhter makes sweets, halwa and other desserts. Her daughter Salwa Mustafa lives abroad, and so Jesmin found herself with ample spare time on hand. That’s when she started making desserts. Her daughter opened a Facebook page for her called Mithai Monda. She makes the sweets and delivers them herself by car.Jesmin said, “I would make sweets for my daughter when she lived here, now my customers are my kids! They love my sweets on various festivals and that makes me happy.”*The report has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more