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UNK IoT service startup means reaching the production chains in Colombia

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UNK, a Chilean startup that monitors the supply chain with IoT, is betting to enter Colombia by 2021 with an estimated investment of half a million US dollars. 1044 Total views News  The Chilean startup UNK, a service company that monitors the supply chain with the Internet of Things ( IoT ), is on the verge of closing a capital raise for USD 500,000 to project itself in the production and supply chain in Colombia by 2021. This was announced by the newspaper Financiero in a note recently published in its digital edition. The Chilean firm that created a solution with the Internet of Things (IoT), helps restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies – and now the mining industry – to monitor humidity and temperature in the food and drug supply chain, with in order to extend its useful life, thus avoiding large losses, improving the profitability and efficiency involved. The CEO and co-founder of the UNK, Jaime Torres, maintains that: “We are building business cases and we hope to have clients by the middle of next year . Currently, the startup is in talks with a local Corporate Venture Capital to raise financing, which will allow the firm to reach the Colombian market through a distribution model with the Chilean company TI Sonda.  According to Torres, they hope to finalize the negotiation in the coming weeks.
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The article details that the startup already operates from March 2020 – with the same distributor – in the McDonald ‘s fast food chain in Peru . Currently, they are in ten branches and their projection is aimed at closing this year with 30 more branches. Likewise, and under an intermediary model, it is in the Mexican market in Monterrey , where its technology is occupied by four clients, such as the Oxxo stores  .

How does it work 

The service offered by UNK, as highlighted by Jaime Torres CEO of the firm, comes to replace manual temperature recording systems , which basically correspond to people who leave a paper record two to four times a day without achieving precision, no monitoring, no alerts and no remote control of food temperatures. The solution consists of sensors – the size of a matchbox – with Internet of Things (IoT) and Software as a Service. This automatically records the temperature and humidity levels in the supply chains, thus detecting the behavior of the equipment and the validation of energy efficiency. The data captured by the sensors is sent to the platform where the startup’s client companies visualize the supply chain and receive alerts via email and text messaging, in case there are problems in the variables. They are fully end to end and take care of the entire process.
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Similarly, with this service, it is possible to maintain processes, since more than 240 records are offered per day, without cables, without human intervention and 100 percent in the cloud, it does not depend on any equipment that the client has. In the same way, it complies with the standards of the health authority and reduces waste, not only due to temperature management, but also due to theft control, among other factors.

About UNK 

After the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, Torres comments that, rather than being affected, “we have become a strategic ally for companies in the measurement and control of temperature, humidity and other variables at a distance” . “We support our clients in their operation. We help them in quality by improving their maintenance cycles and automating processes with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive maintenance algorithms. Our team ranges from technology, research and development to operation and service management, and our assurance that we can move forward without hesitation, ”says the CEO of UNK. UNK offers IoT solutions for the food and pharmacy industry. They specialize in catering, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, and food producers. They work with the quality and maintenance areas. They are currently developing a regional strategy, with the support of mentors and investors who know the food, pharmaceutical and retail industries.
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In 2019 he won the Open House call made by UDD Venture for the SSAF-I fund, receiving investment from Corfo for the expansion of the business. Apart from the temperature and humidity variables, at the end of last year, they developed a new product with Artificial Intelligence (AI), to predict failures and generate reports. Among the initial clients, Coca Cola Andina, Agrosuper, McDonald ‘s and Aramark stand out, the latter being one of the two food service providers with which it closed business this year. Sodexo and Aramark are joined by 37 other clients, mainly from the pharmaceutical industry, such as SantePharma and Salcobrand.

Digital transformation in the supply chain

The current situation to which the world is exposed, has imposed some key trends that impact the economic sector, among which stand out new technologies , the growth of e-commerce and sustainability, which has accelerated some changes that were underway , such as Big data, robotics, blockchain , artificial intelligence, automation or the internet of things, forcing the industry to bet on digitization. Therefore, it has become essential for companies to have an intelligent supply chain that exploits the digital and technological resources currently available. The use of blockchain in the supply chain has generated benefits for many companies, for example the supermarket chain Walmart has teamed up with IBM to track pork from China . Unilever and Dole have also used IBM’s expertise and adopted the IBM Blockchain to improve the traceability of foods such as bananas, chocolate, and chicken. Another obvious example is the platform block chain Sawtooth of Hyperledger , working in conjunction with IoT to improve supply chain products the sea. IoT sensors are attached to harvested fish to assess shipping location, transport temperature, movement, humidity, and more. The expansion of technology 4.0 has revolutionized the supply chains that already use in the internet of things, the automation of artificial intelligence and real-time analytics to optimize, accelerate and predict their operations.

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New OnePlus 9RT: Specs, launch date, colors revealed

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 9 RT’s launch date and specifications have been revealed by OnePlus ahead of its official announcement.

According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9 RT will go on sale in China on October 13, or next week.
Although the new OnePlus smartphone will be unveiled in China first, it is expected to make its way to India as well. In India, the OnePlus 9 RT has yet to be announced.

The Snapdragon 888 SoC will power the OnePlus 9 RT, which will be paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will have a 120Hz E4 screen and a 4,500mAh battery that will charge at 65W. The primary camera on the 9 RT will be 50 megapixels.

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

The phone maker also revealed that the 9 RT will be available in two colour options: black and grey, and that pre-orders will begin on October 13 in China, with the first sale on October 19.

We’re still four days away from the launch, so expect more information regarding the OnePlus 9 RT in the days leading up to it.

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Meaning of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO and CMO: Calling each executive by name

The adoption of business terms and technicalities from English-speaking organizations is increasingly widespread, and acronyms that describe executive positions are often favorites when used by those responsible for the areas of the company. The use of acronyms such as CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CMO has become widespread, both in more traditional organizations such as startups and other technology-based companies.

But what is the meaning of these acronyms?

If we pay careful attention to its definition, we will see that the meaning of CEO and the rest of the management figures of companies are much simpler than you thought.

What is the CEO of a company?

The CEO of a company is the acronym corresponding to the acronym for Chief Executive Officer, which in Spain we usually know as CEO or Executive Director. He is the head of administrative management and direction in the company.

Who is the COO?

It comes from the Chief Operating Officer and can be translated as Director of Operations or Chief of Operations, responsible for the daily operations of the company such as production, logistics, etc.

What does CFO stand for in English?

CFO is the abbreviation for Ch IEF Financial Officer. In our business culture it corresponds to the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibility is the economic and financial planning of the company based on the objectives established by the board of directors, generally made up of those responsible for each area that we are analyzing in this post.

What is the CIO of a company?

It comes from the acronym for Chief Information Officer. Their role is attributed to the person responsible for the company’s information technology systems and usually falls into different professional profiles depending on the organization’s structure. Thus, the position of CIO may be the counterpart of the systems manager, although there is ambiguity in its implementation and it is often confused with the CTO, which we explain below.

What does the acronym CTO stand for?

It is the abbreviation of Chief Technology Officer and it is usual to give it the same treatment as the system manager in an erroneous way by many companies. The main difference is that while the CIO is responsible for the company’s information services at the process level and from the planning point of view, the CTO is the technical person in charge of the development and correct operation of the information systems from the point of view of execution.

What is a CMO in a company?

It corresponds to the acronym of Chief Marketing Officer and its translation in our business language is that of Marketing Director as the head of sales and product development, among other functions.

Its application in practice is different according to the structure of each organization, and there may be various combinations in the hierarchy of these executive positions. In general, the meaning of CEO of the company falls on the highest part of the organization and has as subordinates the executives responsible for each area, who report directly to this CEO to make his decisions. However, in other organizational models, the position of CEO held by its president as the visible image in communication and public relations of the company, delegating the highest decision-making authority to the COO.

The meaning of CEO extends

This definition nomenclature of executive positions in companies does not end here. Many of these terms did not exist a few years ago, and the increasing specialization of departments in large organizations gives rise to new positions, which after the meaning of CEO and the other positions that we have seen evolve into new figures such as the CSO (Chief Science Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), CLO (Chief Legal Officer) among many other definitions of executive positions.

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Coworking: Need or Opportunity?

Many times when it comes to undertaking we see that there are a great multitude of impediments that stop our initiative.

One of the most obvious, especially in times of crisis, is financing. That is why a work modality called coworking has proliferated in Spain for a few years. But what is coworking?

The foundation of coworking is to bring together professionals from different fields in the same space where they can develop their activity, which means significant cost savings. In other words, it’s like having roommates with whom you share expenses.

Surely, you have heard a friend talk about a coworking space, collaborative work, cost savings, … So far great, but the philosophy that underlies this type of work is even broader. The work tends to be increasingly multidisciplinary and many times, as entrepreneurs , we cannot cover the requests of a potential client.

We are going to put an example. Let’s imagine that we are a freelance professional specialized in Online Marketing and we have several accounts as a Community Manager.

As you are self-employed, but you are not motivated either by being in your pajamas all day locked at home listening to music, or worse, some gossip program that they give in the morning on TV – not to mention going to work in a library where the WIFI is slower than on your first Smartphone – you decide to try a coworking space where you have all the comforts for a small price and from which you can always “run away” if things don’t go well for you.

One fine day comes the opportunity to create a Social Media plan for a company. Within this Plan the creation of a corporate blog, the creation of videos,… to which you obviously answer: “no problem!” Is contemplated, since it is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

Once you dismiss the client, you sit in your chair and a cold sweat starts to run down your forehead thinking “now how do I do all this?”

From its programming, database creation, corporate identity creation … to the creation of promotional videos and a long etcetera.

Suddenly you raise your head like a meerkat in the African savannah and you see Nika, that nice girl who is a web designer and a little further on you see Alfon, that “compi” with whom you go out for beer on Fridays when you finish ” currar ”and it turns out that in addition to working as an illustrator, he has a hobby which is making videos, especially for his friends, and on top of that, it’s really good!

Et voilá! You already have a fully qualified team to carry out your project… and who knows if a future company. This idea is what underlies the coworking philosophy : Being able to create flexible collaborative environments that adapt to the needs of projects or clients.

Obviously, cooperative work has its advantages and disadvantages. Creating a multidisciplinary team for a project can be complicated, since managing the team is not an easy task when the participants do not share a mutual philosophy or common goals. Therefore, it is important to create a team that complements each other both on a human and professional level, and above all that wants to move the project forward.

From my own experience, if you want to develop your own project and do not have funding , it is better to make it very clear to the participants the delivery times and what their role in the team is. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time trying to coordinate people than working directly on your project.
“Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and merge.” Voltaire

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