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why had he returned to France when he did

Le 21 janvier 2016, 04:27 dans Humeurs 0


This answer had a happy effect upon the audience. Cries inexaltation of the well-known good physician rent the hall. Socapriciously were the people moved, that tears immediately rolled downseveral ferocious countenances which had been glaring at theprisoner a moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him outinto the streets and kill him.

On these few steps of his dangerous way, Charles Darnay had sethis foot according to Doctor Manette's reiterated instructions. Thesame cautious counsel directed every step that lay before him, and hadprepared every inch of his road.

He had not returned sooner, he replied, simply because he had nomeans of living in France, save those he had resigned; whereas, inEngland, he lived by giving instruction in the French language andliterature. He had returned when he did, on the pressing and writtenentreaty of a French citizen, who represented that his life wasendangered by his absence. He had come back, to save a citizen's life,and to bear his testimony, at whatever personal hazard, to thetruth. Was that criminal in the eyes of the Republic?

The populace cried enthusiastically, "No!" and the President ranghis bell to quiet them. Which it did not, for they continued to cry"No!" untill they left off, of their own will.

The President required the name of that citizen. The accusedexplained that the citizen was his first witness. He also referredwith confidence to the citizen's letter, which had been taken from himat the Barrier, but which he did not doubt would be found among thepapers then before the President.

The Doctor had taken care that it should be there- had assured himthat it would be there- and at this stage of the proceedings it wasproduced and read. Citizen Gabelle was called to confirm it, and didso. Citizen Gabelle hinted, with infinite delicacy and politeness,that in the pressure of business imposed on the Tribunal by themultitude of enemies of the Republic with which it had to deal, he hadbeen slightly overlooked in his prison of the Abbaye- in fact, hadrather passed out of the Tribunal's patriotic remembrance- until threedays ago; when he had been summoned before it, and had been set atliberty on the Jury's declaring themselves satisfied that theaccusation against him was answered, as to himself, by the surrenderof the citizen Evremonde, called Darnay.

On-demand alcohol-delivery startup Saucey raises $5.4 million more

Le 29 décembre 2015, 05:05 dans Humeurs 0






Saucey, an L.A.-based alcohol-delivery company, has raised $5.4 million in Series A funding led by Bullpen Capital, with participation from earlier and new investors, including Blumberg Capital, Structure Capital and HashtagOne.

Saucey, which has now raised $10.2 million altogether, is competing against a dizzying number of alcohol-delivery companies. In addition to direct rivals like Drizly, Thirstie and Swill, delivery companies like Postmates and Instacart are increasingly focusing on new categories, including alcohol delivery. Amazon is also beginning to offer beer and wine delivery in a growing number of cities you beauty hard sell.

Some CEOs might find the landscape daunting. In a chat with TechCrunch yesterday, Saucey CEO Chris Vaughn didn’t seem deterred by his company’s many challengers, partly because the market opportunity these companies are chasing is humongous, and partly because he thinks Saucey can become the favorite of regulators in the states where it operates.

We chatted with Vaughn yesterday about the company. Our conversation has been edited for length.

TC: You were working for a series of startups in L.A.; what motivated you to leave and start Saucey?

CV: I guess I caught the tech bug in college, so after school, I wound up going to work for a couple of startups, including a company called textPlus, where I met and became super-good friends with my Saucey co-founders.

As for the idea, my girlfriend at the time — now my wife — is an operating room nurse, and she’d come home and want something to drink. We’d be halfway through dinner and she’d ask, “Can you get some wine?” I found I was always running out to get this stuff, and that maybe 80 percent of the time, it was last-minute, on impulse. I talked about that with Dan [Leeb, now Saucey’s chief product officer] and Andrew [Zeck, its CTO], and they were like, yes, let’s do it Cloud Hosting Provider.

TC: Were liquor stores easy to convince?

CV: It was fall of 2013 when we got started, and we met with at least 40 to 50 liquor retailers who said no. Finally, a guy in his early 30s who’d inherited his dad’s West Hollywood store said within a minute, “Yeah, that’s awesome.” So we [started working with him]. He was doing about $300,000 a year in sales, and in that first year, we brought him an additional $600,000 in sales.

We were working nights and weekends and eventually made the move and left textPlus. We were doing all the deliveries ourselves. Sometimes, there would be a spike in demand and we’d only realize afterward that, oh, “The Bachelor” season had started.

TC: How many employees do you have today?

CV: We have 25 full-time employees and work with 2,300 couriers.

TC: Are these Uber and Lyft drivers and people who drive for other services?

CV: Most have a professional courier background or drive for Postmates or Instacart and are used to interacting with customers and navigating around cities. We spend a lot of time optimizing our courier routes, so the average courier [delivers] substantially more orders than with these other services. When they’re going to the [liquor] store, the chances are they aren’t picking up one order but three or four, so they can be efficient with their time.

TC: How are drivers paid?

CV: On a per-order basis; it’s a flat fee per order, plus a percentage based on how big the cart is. If they’re delivering a big order, they’ll get 50 cents for every additional item in the cart.

If we open a new territory or new zone, couriers are still paid per order, but we’ll guarantee an hourly minimum to ensure we have coverage no matter what.

TC: Do you insure them?

CV: They bring their own insurance. We also do background checks on everybody.

TC: What about your customers? How do you make certain they’re of legal drinking age?

CV: We require an ID to be checked and scanned on every single order. It doesn’t matter if you’re a super-loyal customer of ours or you’re 100 years old. When you check out, you have to provide ID on delivery. And you have to be the person who placed the order. If someone’s wife answers the door and says her husband [who ordered from Saucey] will be back shortly, we don’t deliver.

TC: Do underage people try to game the system? And what happens with product you can’t or won’t deliver?

CV: Not many people try to game the system. We’ve never advertised to colleges or college campuses. Some [of our rivals that] operate on the East Coast tried to fuel that early growth by hitting fraternities, sororities, football games. We weren’t going to do that.

If you do order and you don’t have an ID or passport, you’re charged a service fee of $5.50 and we return the [alcohol] to the store.

TC: You say Saucey has positive unit economics — by marking up products? Through delivery fees? Both?

CV: We have no order minimum and no delivery fee. What we do to get there is by poring over pricing for tons of retailers in the area and working with them on education. We’ll tell them, “Your Tito’s Vodka is priced right, but this other product is priced astronomically.” Because we charge them a fee based on the order volume we send them, they might fold that into the price on Saucey, but it works out to around the same price as [if you were to shop at the store yourself]. We work with BevMo and other [bigger] retailers, so pricing is cheaper than at the corner liquor store PPC.

TC: Saucey is available in several California cities and Chicago. What’s next?

CV: California is the biggest market by far, accounting for 20 percent of retail consumption, which doesn’t include on-premise consumption, like at restaurants. L.A. alone sees upwards of $5 billion a year in sales, and the broader U.S. industry sees $113 billion in retail sales a year.

We’ll move into Texas and Florida in the future; they also feature big markets. The longer-term vision is to provide customers with everything you’d expect to find if you were going to the store yourself: mixers, snacks, cocktail packages, cheeses.

TC: Will you get into food delivery?

CV: I don’t think we’ll expand into food. Delivering food is extremely difficult. All the companies that deliver food are losing tons of money.

I think alcohol is a different shopping experience for people. A BevMo attached to a Whole Foods does well. Why? Because people think of alcohol separately. You might get a bottle of wine at Whole Foods, but you’ll shop separately for more. In fact, more than 80 percent of wine is consumed within just a few hours of being purchased. It’s a prime category that you’ll see catch up to other kinds of online sales in coming years.








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Le 14 décembre 2015, 07:29 dans Humeurs 0

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