75% of ANA members have diversity plans, but only 40% apply them to marketing

Dive Brief:

  • Seventy-five percent of members of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) have plans to hire suppliers with diverse backgrounds for their organizations, according to a new report shared with Marketing Dive.
  • While the majority of members have diversity plans, only 40% apply these strategies to marketing and advertising divisions, per ANA’s “The Power of Supplier Diversity” report. Additionally, 62% of companies cited identifying opportunities for diverse suppliers as a hurdle to their program while 54% reported difficulties in finding diverse suppliers.
  • Among members, 98% hope to diversify by working with women-owned businesses, 95% with ethnic/minority-owned companies, 90% with
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Sony to develop avatar robot with ANA startup

TOKYO — Sony looks to enhance next-generation robots from avatarin, a startup launched by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings, as interest grows in remote-control machines that can take the place of humans amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo-based avatarin lets users feel like they are somewhere else by seeing through the eyes of a robot and gaining other senses from the avatar. Plans call for using Sony’s artificial intelligence technology and sensors to improve the robot’s ability to recognize its surroundings, which could improve automation.

The partners see the new robots being deployed in settings such as store customer service and

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Coronavirus latest: Japan’s ANA to suspend spring 2021 hiring

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 3,679,499, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 254,199.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Friday, May 8

12:10 p.m. Japan’s ANA Holdings announces a temporary halt in hiring for spring 2021. The group, which includes the ANA and Peach airline brands, had planned to take on about 3,200 people and

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ANA will delay reception of aircraft to cut costs: president

TOKYO — All Nippon Airways will delay the delivery of aircraft as Japan’s largest airline makes moves to soften the financial blow from the coronavirus, President and CEO Shinya Katanozaka said in an interview with Nikkei.

The global outbreak has closed international borders and has essentially grounded the airline industry as whole. To ride out the turbulence, parent company ANA Holdings will engage in aggressive cost-cutting measures supplemented by relief funds, he said. 

“What is key is self-support,” Katanozaka said. “We’ll postpone receipt of aircraft and cut executive pay, among other measures. We pay most of the aircraft purchasing cost

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