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Could Technology Have Helped My Airplane Flight?


I recently made a Transatlantic Flight. Just KNEW it was going to be a horror show. Prepared as much as I knew how. Wore sandles instead of shoes. Luggage as light as possible.

Starting out, make sure you are happy with the “travel agent” you are using. Since I knew exactly where I was going and when, I stayed with a solid company I have used before: Travelocity. If I wanted to add some spice to my trip and try some new places, I might have gone to someone with maps, videos et al, like Hipmunk. Need to look even closer to flights? Check out FlightAware. See where every flight is in the sky. Maps of altitude and speed. The high and low prices paid for tickets on that flight. And, most useful of all: Its average for being early or late.

Concerned where you sit? Start with SeatGuru. Don’t choose a seat online until you’ve checked it here! You’ll find out if your seat doesn’t recline, doesn’t have a window, has a broken TV, and so on. No ugly surprises. Problem? Try SeatAlert.com. When you book your flight and find that only middle seats are available, what should you do? Panic? No — go here and ask to be notified if an aisle or window opens up. They often do, so you can swoop in and snag them.

OK, let’s turn our attention to the actual flight.

Use the airline’s “app” to check in — while you’re still at home. That way, you buy yourself a lot more time. You don’t have to be at the airport an hour before the flight; you’ve already checked in. Every major airline except Virgin has an app (and Virgin is working on one).

If you have an iPhone, add your electronic boarding pass to the built-in Passbook app. For Android, Google has PassWallet. Every time you have to show your boarding pass – at TSA Precheck (see next paragraph) and at the gate — you don’t have to unlock your phone or hunt for the right screen.

Now along comes something that could become the answer to our prayers: TSA Precheck.

Lot has changed with this program, which lets you breeze through security without taking off your belt, shoes, jacket, or underwear — and without taking your toiletries and laptop out. It is still growing. I first ran into it at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). For me, Brussels and London are the two “baddies”. Nice, France (my departure) is a “dreamboat” (coming and going)

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Public Transportation on the French Riveria


Our WebSite offers interesting and informative sections on:
Nice Airport
Ligne d’azur: Public Transport of Nice
Tramway de Nice
Railroads: Gare Nice Ville
Transports Alpes-Maritimes (TAM)
Bus Azur les Transports en Commun de Cannes, le Cannet, Mandelieu la Napoule
Envibus: Antibes Area
Compagnie des transports Communauté de la Riviera Française (Menton area)
Sillages STGA (Syndicat Intercommunal des Transports Grasse-Antibes) A complete, regular urban transport bus service for Grasse, Le Tignet, Pegomas, Antibes, Valbonne and Cannes central.
Bus Varmer A regular bus service for the area of Carros, Le Broc, Bouyon and Gattières
Passion Bus Another unofficial site about transportation in the French Riviera
Find out about busses in Monaco
Open House at the Tramway Maintenance Center
Transportation within the entire region

Date is June 19, 2012
Tram project approved – The Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has given the green light for Nice’s second tram line. The approval by Prefect Jean-Paul Drevet means work on the 758-million Euro  line will begin before the end of the year. The most difficult stage involves the construction of 3.2-kilometre long tunnel to the Nice Port, which will begin in 2013. The line should be up and running by 2017.

As the French saying goes ‘nine women cannot have a baby in a month’


Big Player in EDI Industry Visits Nice, France and talks to Penney


Recently we had the opportunity to talk with one of the “near great” visitors to Nice: Todd Gould, President of Loren Data. His company is the leading Electronic Commerce Communications Provider (ECCP) firm in the EDI industry. An ECCP is a neat way of handling all your EDI communications in a centralized and efficient manner. An ECCP replaces a VAN for you; but if your trading partner utilizes a VAN, an ECCP still interfaces with your partner through his VAN. An ECCP is far less labor-intensive for you than either AS2 or MFT (Managed File Transfer).

We met at a beach-front cafe right next to his hotel, the famous “Palais Méditerranée”. While Jen, his wife, went off to explore the “Monday Market” at Cours Saleya in the Vieux Nice, Todd kicked off our discussion with the statement: “Interconnects are what make a network a VAN”. We thought about it for a couple of seconds and quickly agreed with him. He is so very correct. If a network cannot (or will not) interconnect with all the trading partners, then it surely has no value added.

Companies (GXS specifically) are sabotaging the VAN Network by refusing to interconnect with other networks. Is this company trying to “corner” the VAN market or kill the VAN and replace with their own proprietary network? They already “ate up” (politely: mergers) some of their competitors. Bet they want to end up as the only way for a company to reach ALL their trading partners.

But Todd’s little company is going after them in the US Federal Court system. Sounds like they are really scared of him too.

The truth of the matter is that the growth of EDI is “sort of flat”. The big companies already have their trading partners ramped in, and the smaller companies do not have the “clout” to do the same with their even smaller partners.

We understand that a leading Supply Chain/Electronic Commerce online magazine will be addressing a new approach to increasing the number of new EDI implementations: “Hubs and Spokes, Spokes and Hubs”.

Much of the EDI community sticks with a VAN because it is an outsourced operation and because many of us hold to the old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”