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OPPO Find X5 Pro's ultra night video mode empowers the story of Joana Pastrana

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 March 2022 - OPPO celebrates International Women's Day in collaboration with Director Laura Sisteró to produce the story of Joana Pastrana, who is a world-class boxer and held the International Boxing Federation's mini-flyweight title for three years in a row. Her achievements were hard won through training and self-betterment. Joana Pastrana represents the spirit of OPPO's Save the Night initiative, which celebrates the empowerment of women who find they have to push harder and train longer in a world that can seem out of sync with their ambitions. (Shot on Find X5 Pro) A story of empowerment Joana Pastrana's story is told in a short film made in association with OPPO, directed by Laura Sisteró, and shot in part using the new OPPO Find X5 Pro. It shows what the night can be if we choose to make it so: "In the dark, I just saw an opportunity. While everyone went back home to rest, I was ready to chase my dream," says Pastrana. For her, the night was a time to work, and push harder. Competing in a male-dominated sport only made her self-empowerment more crucial. "I didn't see many women up there," says Pastrana. "I had to become my own role model. And from then on, I never stopped. I trained harder and harder. This was the only way to achieve my goals", she says. After three years of competing in the amateur circuit, Pastrana made her professional debut in 2016. At the time she was the only professional boxer in Madrid. By the middle of 2018 she was already a global champion in her weight class. Pastrana is an inspirational figure, an example of what self-motivation through empowerment can bring. Few could, or would even want to, box at a professional level. However, her words can inspire us all. She says, "the night can be the time to dream wide awake." It's a reminder that while dreams and aspirations may seem remote, they may be within reach. This is a sentiment worth celebrating. (Shot on Find X5 Pro) Behind the camera The aim of OPPO's Joana Pastrana short film was to offer a view into her world. She walks through the empty city streets at night towards her boxing gym, capturing images with the OPPO Find X5 Pro. She straps up her wrists and takes to the ring to train. As she sits at the end of the session, exhausted, Pastrana visualizes the match to come, when all her efforts will be put to the test. The film-making challenge was to capture the emotional and physical investment here in a 90-second format. Director Laura Sisteró's tools were the industry standard Arri Alexa camera and a less likely partner, the OPPO Find X5 Pro. OPPO Find X5 Pro can be the night companion. Its camera is optimized to produce stunning results, for stills or video, even in the most challenging lighting. An OPPO Find X5 Pro will record night-time memories, challenges, victories and defeats, which can form an important part of a motivational journey. The phone was put to the test in the shooting of this short film, used to film some of the more difficult scenes in the piece. The phone used by Pastrana to visually narrate her journey through the street in photo form. Shots of Pastrana training both in and outside the ring used the OPPO Find X5 Pro's Ultra Night Video mode. This marks a paradigm shift in the video quality of OPPO phones, bringing the quality associated with enhanced low-light stills to moving images. "I was quite surprised by the capabilities the phone has to take pictures at night," says director Laura Sisteró. A tapestry of software and hardware in the OPPO Find X5 Pro makes this a reality. Its wide and ultra-wide cameras use large, high-quality Sony IMX766 sensors. 5-axis OIS avoids motion blur and allows for longer shutter speeds, and OPPO's self-developed MariSilicon X NPU fine tunes the camera's advanced processing algorithms to suit each shooting situation. To create a night-time short film with the OPPO Find X5 Pro, take some of the creative choices made in the short film as inspiration. Note how Pastrana is not the only character here. The quiet atmosphere of the streets is brought into focus by the use of Pastrana's footsteps as the primary soundtrack to each exterior shot. This sits in stark contrast to the traffic noise of the first few seconds of footage, shot during the day. Director Sisteró plays with the shadows and light contrasts of the night-time city, and lets scenes bathe in the warmth of street light and the artificial lighting of neon signs. At night, each shadow can be an outlet for creative expression. This visual language is a key part of the telling of Pastrana's story ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5epW6JpoCw ). The phone is available from mid-March. Read more about the OPPO Find X5 Pro at the OPPO website. #OPPO Contact Details OPPO Media Contact press@oppo.com

March 08, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Ultimate Odds Announces Seed Funding Round

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Ultimate Odds, a next generation fantasy sports platform that combines sports betting lines and odds with fantasy players into one experience, today announced it has completed its seed funding round. Led by Philadelphia-based entrepreneurs Justin Batushansky and Jonathan Bierig, Ultimate Odds aims to launch its flagship fantasy sportsbook product in 2022. Participating in the seed round are gaming industry veterans Seth Young, the former Chief Strategy Officer at PointsBet who now holds the same title with Fifth Street Gaming; Benjie Cherniak, principal at Avenue H Capital and former Managing Director of Don Best Sports acquired by Scientific Games; and gaming industry investor and consultant Quinton Singleton, with additional support from Stephen Jurgella and 305 Ventures, a Miami-based venture capital fund managed by the co-founder of Simplebet, Joey Levy, among others. Fifth Street Gaming CEO Seth Schorr has also been named an advisor to the business. Ultimate Odds, offers an alternative to traditional wagering. It is bridging the gap between fantasy sports and sports betting by bringing the feel and process of sports betting into a fantasy sports format. The traditional fantasy starting positions like quarterback, running back and wide receiver are replaced with drafted bets, like the Chiefs moneyline, Jaguars over/under, a running back’s yardage over/under, and are played head-to-head with your opponent. The winner of each contest is determined by which player has the longest calculated parlay odds based on their successful drafting and management of their roster of “bets” on a daily or weekly basis. “We are thrilled with our seed investment team,” said Justin Batushansky and Jonathan Bierig, co-founders of Ultimate Odds. “Our investors understand there is a shortage of standout innovative and engaging games in the market. Ultimate Odds was created to bring the fantasy sports and sports betting world closer together because the players are often one in the same.” "The Ultimate Odds experience is not only highly engaging but also differentiates from the pack, presenting a true competitive gaming experience within the fantasy and sports betting space,” said Benjie Cherniak, principal at Avenue H Capital. “The offering is perfectly suited to an emerging generation of sports enthusiasts.” "I'm thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Odds journey. The game concept is fantastic, and I love the company's fresh approach to fan engagement,” said Seth Young, Chief Strategy Officer at FSG Digital and managing partner at The Strategy Organization "It’s unique, it’s compelling, it’s fun, and it also addresses a unique angle in the burgeoning affiliate market in the USA.” About Ultimate Odds: Ultimate Odds is a next generation gaming product that combines sports betting and fantasy into one highly engaging experience. Ultimate Odds is at the forefront of the US sports gaming industry with a modern product that educates new bettors and creates a competitive space for sports fans. For more information on Ultimate Odds, please visit: https://ultodds.com/ Contact Details HPL Digital Sport Michael Adorno +1 212-931-6143 madorno@hotpaperlantern.com Company Website https://ultodds.com/

March 03, 2022 09:01 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Over Ten Years of R&D in Imaging leads us to a New Era of Computational Video with the OPPO Find X5 Pro and MariSilicon X

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 3 March 2022 - The OPPO Find X5 Pro is the result of a decade of research and development in mobile camera systems. It started in the early days of computer vision algorithm experiments, breaking from the traditional model to work out how a phone camera should “think”. 2014 brought us pixel binning technology, where multiple sensor pixels are combined for better images in low light, while a demosaic technique is used to improve sharpness during the day. From 2014 to 2018 we saw the rise of OIS and computational photography that make capturing crystal clear night photos not just possible but easy. OPPO’s Find X5 Pro collates this knowledge and takes it to the next level with a particular focus on low-light video, where each frame has detail, clarity and dynamic range comparable with a still night mode photo. However, to get here OPPO had to solve a bottleneck it found around 2019, by which time OPPO phones used techniques like advanced AI noise reduction, multi-exposure night shooting and face recognition. These demand a lot of work to be done instantaneously, causing a spike in power consumption. The ultimate solution is also the key to the OPPO Find X5 Pro’s paradigm-shifting photographic power: OPPO MariSilicon X. This is a self-developed core imaging NPU designed with a laser focus on computational and AI photography workloads. It unlocks the processing power required for the OPPO FInd X5 Pro’s next-generation imaging capabilities. 4K Ultra Night Video Computational video is the new battleground for phone cameras. OPPO phones have made huge leaps in low-light photo performance in the last four years, but video introduces a fresh set of challenges. A phone can spend several seconds capturing and collating the data for a single still image. But the OPPO Find X5 Pro needs to generate 30 or 60 images per second for video, handling up to three billion pixels of information every second. The scale of the challenge is immense, necessitating the paradigm-shifting power of MariSilicon X, which is capable of up to 18 trillion operations per second. 4K Ultra Night Video is the key demonstration of this power in action. It offers low-light video with dynamic range and detail comparable with the OPPO Find X5 Pro’s night photos, bringing light to darkness and restoring subtle gradations that are so often lost. How? The OPPO Find X5 Pro’s 4K Ultra Night Video employs a combination of AINR, artificial intelligence noise reduction, and 3DNR to maximize the detail and dynamic range of your videos. 3DNR reaches beyond traditional techniques, comparing subsequent frames to best represent the motion of the real world. DOL-HDR also lets the OPPO Find X5 Pro capture two frames concurrently, for real-time HDR imaging free of ghosting. The power of OPPO’s MariSilicon X imaging NPU has made the impossible possible. Ultra Night Pro The OPPO Find X5 Pro also brings revolutionary upgrades to further improve the low-light stills photography performance established in the multi award-winning OPPO Find X3 Pro. It debuts OPPO's OPPO’s SLR-level 5-axis OIS. Both lens and sensor elements can compensate for moments in your hand, allowing for flawless image capture. In action, you see the OPPO Find X5 Pro generate pristine low-light pictures almost three times as quickly as the previous generation of OPPO flagship phones. What you don’t see is the bustling hive of activity that occurs behind the scenes. The OPPO Find X5 Pro camera creates photos out of multiple exposures, like an oil painter building up a masterwork using layer upon layer of fine glazes. Ultra HDR Photography and video Night photography and video are proving grounds for the OPPO Find X5 Pro camera. The dream of being able to capture not just stills, but also great video, in any situation has been realized. However, some of the same techniques are a crucial component in a host of other situations. Picture a bright sunset. The rich and brilliant oranges and reds of the sky sit in stark contrast to the dark foreground. A lesser phone might leave these foreground elements draped in shadow, but the MariSilicon X’s HDR fusion algorithm allows for up to 20 stops of dynamic range. It brings out every last fine detail without leaving the sky washed out, threatening to obliterate the swathes of color that come to define every great sunset image. OPPO’s Find X5 Pro is ready to capture these moments, where the sky seems alight with color, cascading off the contours of each cloud. The OPPO Find X5 Pro can achieve the same effect when shooting 4K video too thanks to DOL-HDR, constructing high dynamic range footage free of ghosting artifacts even when your subject is in motion. OPPO’s Find X5 Pro represents a generation leap for the hardware and software in phone cameras. It brings renewed creative control and a paradigm shift in low-light video. Only one question remains: what would you enjoy most about the OPPO Find X5 Pro camera? Contact Details OPPO Media Contact press@oppo.com

March 03, 2022 06:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Chew on This: How Choosing Almonds Can Help Jumpstart Your Wellness Routine

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/KK3MSRsDCKA Now a few months into 2022, sticking to New Year resolutions may be challenging, whether that means finally attending spin class, starting a daily meditation practice, making healthier food choices, or all the above. The current reality is more people are home, and snacking more frequently, but there is a conflict between people wanting to be healthier yet craving indulgent food and snacks. Lack of routine and unlimited kitchen access coupled with added anxiety and stress is the perfect storm for mindless eating. Many of us recognize what wellness looks likes and the benefits of maintaining a wellness routine but aren’t actually doing what we are saying. According to new survey conducted by Dynata and California Almonds – yielding a sample size of 6,000 adults representative of the U.S. adult population[1] – the majority of respondents agree that healthy eating (73%), exercise (70%), taking time to relax or meditate (69%), and practicing self-care (64 %) are top priorities. And 74% plan to continue to prioritize self-care and changes to their wellness habits as we emerge from the pandemic. Most of us consider wellness important in our lives, but less than half (47%) admit to practicing wellness rituals daily. Less than half (48%) report healthy eating as a regularly practiced wellness routine. We could all use a friend in wellness, aka, a reliable source to keep us feeling our best. Snacking on almonds is a great place to start: Almonds are rich in nutrients that contribute to improved mental well-being and feeling energized to be at your best A balanced, happy lifestyle includes at least one serving of almonds as an essential part of your daily wellness ritual. [1] The study yielded a total sample size of n=6,000 with a margin of error of ± 1% at a 90 percent level of statistical confidence. Subgroup analysis was conducted to understand nuances across audience segments, with a priority on the following: Millennials (n=1,573) Almond eaters (n=1,884; defined as weekly+) Millennial almond eaters (n=595; almond eaters defined as weekly+) Families with children in the household (n=1,641) One serving of almonds (28 grams) has 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat. It also provides 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 20 percent of recommended magnesium—which aids in the production of energy in the body—and 50 percent of your daily Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and supports immunity. For more information visit: www.almonds.com Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 02, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Spiceology Teams Up With Marley Kitchen to Launch Taste-Good, Feel-Good Line of Seasonings

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Spiceology, a leading spice and flavor company, is announcing its collaboration with Marley Kitchen, the food-driven brand created by members of Bob Marley's family to share the soul and spirit of the Caribbean. Now available for purchase, the line of Caribbean-inspired seasonings was developed with the culinary support of Cedella Marley and the Marley Family. “We’re advocates for experimenting with flavor while nourishing the mind, body and soul, and one of the most important aspects of that comes down to what we put in our bodies,” said Cedella Marley of Marley Kitchen. “We knew we wanted to work with Spiceology to bring our interpretation of the flavors of the Caribbean to life because of their commitment to high-quality ingredients and lack of fillers. We value this as a family and a community and felt confident that working with Spiceology would help us bring our flavors to tables around the world.” Inspired by some of Bob Marley’s favorite dishes and his health-forward focus on food, the new blends, One Love, One Heart and One World, were intended to be paired with whole foods, grains and vegetable-forward dishes. One Love ($14.95): Hemp Heart & Honey Ginger Butter Blend - This warm and sweet blend offers flavor notes of earthiness from Hemp Hearts and Turmeric, richness from Butter Powder, and a warm sweetness from Honey Granules, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Ginger; this blend is ideal for granola, yogurt, lamb, rice pilafs, quinoa, hummus, compound butter, and Jamaican toto bread. One Heart ($14.95): Jamaican Curry Blend - Drawing inspiration from traditional Jamaican curries and African flavors, this blend is warm but not spicy, complex yet approachable. With strong notes of Coriander, Mustard, Cumin, and Ginger, this blend was designed to elevate chicken, fish, lentils, and legumes. One World ($14.95): Cardamom Coconut BBQ Blend - With the perfect balance of sweetness, citrus and heat and inspired by traditional Berbere blends of Africa, this blend’s layers of warm and tropical ingredients were thoughtfully added in, including Turmeric and Coconut Sugar. Try this on lentils, legumes, fish, stews, and chicken. “While creating these blends, we prioritized ingredients like Hemp Hearts, Ginger, Fenugreek, and Turmeric,” said Chef Tony Reed, Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships. “These are ingredients with amazing flavor that are good for you, while also bringing the flavors of the Caribbean to life. Whether you’re making granola or a curry, these blends offer flavor profiles that might be new to many home cooks and some chefs and will be fun to experiment with.” The blends can be found on Spiceology.com and are available in individual 9 oz glass jars and a 3-pack of 2 oz glass jars. For more information, see here. ABOUT SPICEOLOGY Founded in 2013, Spiceology is the fastest-growing spice company in America and is on a mission to bring the magic back to spices, the world’s first currency. The chef-owned and operated, one-stop spice shop develops innovative blends and offers over 400 ingredients that are ground fresh in small-batches and shipped fresh to consumers and chefs. Spiceology’s “experiment with flavor” ethos is not only embraced through excellent ingredients and unique combinations, but also through responsible business practices designed to create a better world with diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of the workforce. Spiceology products can be found on spiceology.com, in specialty retailers and grocers, in restaurants around the US, and as far away as Australia and Dubai. Visit spiceology.com for more information or to place an order, or follow Spiceology on Facebook and Instagram. For recipe inspiration, visit here. ABOUT MARLEY MERCHANDISING LLC. The Marley brand honors the timeless values of Bob Marley by uniting people around the world under the banner of One Love. Marley Merchandising, LLC, a wholly owned Marley family entity, owns, licenses and markets a portfolio of Marley consumer brands globally, including: House of Marley®, Marley Beverage Co™, Marley Natural®, Marley One™, Marley Kitchen®, Marley Coffee®, and Bob Marley®. For more information, visit bobmarley.com and @bobmarley on social media. Contact Details Spiceology Cassidy Levine +1 908-770-7880 cassidy@spiceology.com Company Website https://spiceology.com/

March 02, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Gym Aesthetics announces the launch of Gymetaverse and the first avatar Ares from the Gym A X Dustland Runner NFT project in The Sandbox

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STUTTGART, GERMANY - Media OutReach - 2 March 2022 - As the metaverse evolves around society, various industries are falling in line to get in on the ground floor for one of the biggest movements the world has ever seen. NFTs (non-fungible tokens) will soon begin to take over commonplace assets like concert tickets and sports cards, ushering in a new era of innovation and exclusivity. Bridging the gap between the fitness world and the metaverse, Gym Aesthetics is proud to announce the development of Gymetaverse and its partnership with OliveX to launch Gym A X Dustland Runner NFT avatar series on Sandbox, giving users access to The Dustland Runner. OliveX, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (“Animoca Brands”), which has entered into a Licensing Agreement with Marvel Entertainment for the development of digital fitness content. The fashionable and dynamic German fitness apparel company is launching the exclusive NFT series to compliment OliveX’s mobile game to enhance life’s experiences beyond physical and temporal boundaries. Gymetaverse seamlessly integrates the concept of the gym and metaverse to provide an interactive new experience to gym lovers. Amid the current societal landscape where in-person fitness is limited, Gymetaverse is eliminating the confines of a traditional neighborhood gym or fitness center. Users can accomplish their fitness goals anywhere through virtual workouts, including more engaging fitness activities and immersive gamification of fitness within a digital space to accomplish one’s wildest dreams. The Gym A X Dustland Runner NFT Avatar series developed by Gym Aesthetics and OliveX is a collection of 10,000 playable NFT avatars for the Sandbox, each with unique utility that goes beyond the standard simple NFT. As a leading NFT project to launch with OliveX, the collection Gym A X Dustland Runner introduces its first NFT avatar Ares; one of the leading characters in the club. Ares is an amateur boxer of the Gym A X Dustland Runner who strives to become a professional boxer. Growing up as an orphan due to the loss of family in the war, Ares is an introvert who merely relies on boxing to temper his inner strength. For more infomation and upcomig announcements, please visit Gymetaverse and the Gym A X Dustland Runner official discord: https://discord.io/gymetaverse. In addition to gaining exclusive access to The Sandbox, Gym A X Dustland Runner NFT holders may also access to OliveX’s fitness mobile game The Dustland Runner. The Dustland Runner is the world’s first Move-To-Earn audio fitness game, powered by $DOSE token. Players who connect their wallet on the Dustland website ( www.thedustland.com ) will be entitled to its first “Kettlemine NFT”, named after the first of the seven settlements in Dustland, which is accessible to anyone with a valid MetaMask wallet. Dustland Runner official discord: https://discord.gg/775hMGpCaV About Gym Aesthetics Gym Aesthetics is a fashionable and dynamic German fitness apparel brand appealing to both the aesthetics and the functional needs of its customers worldwide. Founded in 2013 Gym Aesthetics is the brainchild of two Bosch engineers serving the automobile industry, Phil and Aleks, and two professional YouTubers and athletes, Karl and Ralf. Its initial flashy wide stringers and short, thigh hugging shorts stormed the German bodybuilding community with enormous success, and rapidly achieved cult status. 2017 marked a new chapter for Gym Aesthetics when an Asian fund company spotted its potential and invested in the German brand to further reinforce its brand image, and expand its product range and market share globally. About OliveX (BVI) and $DOSE OliveX (BVI) Limited is building a fitness metaverse where players can work out at home, in the gym, or outdoors to gain in-game rewards. These experiences are linked together with $DOSE, which can be attained as a reward in one experience and spent in another. Gym Aesthetics Website: https://us.gymaesthetics.com #GymAesthetics Contact Details Roy corporate@gymaesthetics.com

March 02, 2022 04:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Outset Brings a New Beginning to Skincare

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Today, globally recognized actor Scarlett Johansson and her co-founder, entrepreneur, and beauty/fashion executive Kate Foster Lengyel, announced the highly anticipated US launch of The Outset, a modern collection of consciously clean, minimalist skincare essentials free from trends, harsh ingredients, and gender/age stereotypes. Anchored in purpose, The Outset celebrates The Start of You™ from product to mission, an ethos of optimism and empowerment also woven into philanthropic efforts that foster new beginnings for people and the planet. After years of serving as the face of several luxury beauty brands, Johansson made the conscious decision to step back from endorsements and immerse herself in the business of beauty with the ultimate goal of developing her own brand that represented her vision and values, but more importantly, answered unmet consumer needs. She spent five years educating herself on the industry, formulations, product development and brand identity, and partnered with Foster to conduct in depth market research to better understand what consumers wanted. With a vision to create a modern classic in skincare, Johansson and Foster were validated by what they learned and set out to develop an accessible approach to prestige beauty that is clean, reliable and democratic, proving that less is not only more, but what is in demand. The full range includes a thoughtfully curated collection of five skincare essentials that can be used as a full regimen or paired with your existing skincare, as these formulas will not compete with other active ingredients. Products are all under $55 and available on TheOutset.com beginning March 1, 2022. “I wanted to create and represent a brand that felt true to me, something real and intimate that others could see themselves in, too,” said Johansson. “The Outset was inspired by my own skincare ritual - a consistent routine of cleansing, prepping and moisturizing that keeps my skin on track and camera ready. I’ve found that great skin starts with the basics, and consumers we spoke with similarly expressed a desire to return to the essentials.” No matter where you are on your skincare journey, The Outset offers a simplified skincare solution that allows you to begin again. In a world of overcomplicated skincare routines and active ingredients that can irritate, The Outset believes that less is more and takes the guesswork out of skincare by offering skin-friendly, effective formulas that can be used by all. “The Outset provides benefit-driven formulas that don’t disrupt the skin barrier and instead work to preserve skin for the future,” said Foster. “Through our research, we found that 96% of prestige beauty consumers are generally happy with their skin and are more focused on preservation rather than transformation. The Outset is where simplicity and purpose meet; we help consumers find freedom in the uncomplicated through non-toxic yet effective formulas that nourish skin of all genders and generations.” Inside every product is The Outset’s signature Hyaluroset™ Complex, a clean ingredient blend that acts as a botanical alternative to hyaluronic acid. This nourishing powerhouse complex provides immediate and lasting hydration, plumping the skin to help reduce the look of fine lines while improving radiance. THE COLLECTION The Cleanser / Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser ($32) The Prep Serum / Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum ($46) The Moisturizer / Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer ($44) The Night Cream / Restorative Niacinamide Night Cream ($54) The Eye Cream / Smoothing Vitamin C Eye + Expression Lines Cream ($42) At the heart of the line is the Daily Essential Regimen, a simple 3-step effort inspired by Johansson’s own daily routine: (01) Cleanse, (02) Prep and (03) Moisturize. This minimalist and clean approach is represented via a tightly curated and refillable skincare system that includes The Cleanser, The Prep Serum and The Moisturizer to soothe, hydrate, and rebalance the skin. The Outset excludes 2,700 potentially harmful ingredients to meet only the highest clean beauty standard, a “free from” list that is twice as long as standard beauty brands. Any ingredients that are incomplete, questionably sourced or unsatisfactory were banned. The Outset is fragrance-free, vegan, gluten-free, and nut allergen free, dermatologist and allergy tested, suitable for sensitive skin, and Leaping Bunny certified. Designed with sustainability in mind, the packaging incorporates glass, bio-resin and/or post-consumer recycled materials where possible, and product cartons are made with FSC certified materials. The brand is also a member of 1% for the Planet and has pledged to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. “The Outset means a new beginning, which feels more relevant than ever at a time when we are all starting over and pressing the reset button,” said Johansson. “It took years for us to build a brand that was backed by quality and purpose, and I’m thrilled to finally share The Outset with the world. It’s an exciting beginning for me, as well.” For more information, images or quotes, please contact: BPCM Laura Schroeder, Director, Clean Beauty & Wellness, lschroeder@bpcm.com About The Outset: The Outset creates purposeful skincare products that are consciously clean and mindfully designed to elevate your everyday. Envisioned by Scarlett Johansson and her co-founder Kate Foster Lengyel, The Outset believes that clean and effective skincare should be universal, accessible and essential. Driven by values of radical simplicity, conscious minimalism, and universal optimism, The Outset helps people embrace the elemental and find freedom in the uncomplicated. The Outset is where you begin, again. theoutset.com | @theoutset on Instagram and TikTok About Scarlett Johansson: Scarlett Johansson is Founder and Chair of The Outset, a new clean beauty brand focused on simplicity via consciously clean ingredients and mindfully designed products. A Tony and BAFTA winner and two-time Academy Award nominee, Johansson is the highest grossing female actor of all time. She was most recently seen in the final installment of the Avengers film series, Avengers: Endgame, and reprised her role as “Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow” in the highly anticipated stand-alone film Black Widow. She earned Academy Award nominations for her work in Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach, and in Taika Waititi's JoJo Rabbit. Other recent roles include Sing and Sing 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Lucy, Under the Skin, Ghost in the Shell, Isle of Dogs and Her, which earned her a Best Actress Award at the Rome Film Festival. A champion for giving back, Johansson has served as Global Ambassador for Oxfam and RED, and has actively supported philanthropic organizations including USA Harvest, Feeding America, AmfAR, Meals on Wheels, Solar Responders, Soles4Souls, and Planned Parenthood. About Kate Foster Lengyel: Kate Foster Lengyel is co-founder and CEO of The Outset. Foster is an entrepreneur and executive from the beauty and fashion industries. Her first foray into entrepreneurship was as founder and CEO of a digital platform focused on word-of-mouth product recommendations, which was acquired by media powerhouse Meredith Corporation in January 2020. Foster’s knowledge of e-commerce, marketing and brand strategy was built through a career of leadership roles at companies including the beauty division of Victoria’s Secret and Juicy Couture. Foster holds three degrees: an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MPS from the Fashion Institute of Technology concentrating in Beauty Marketing and Management and an AB from Colgate University. Foster volunteers her time as a mentor for Colgate’s Entrepreneurship Program and resides in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children. Contact Details Laura Schroeder lschroeder@bpcm.com

March 01, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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iTradeNetwork Offers Two Introductory Webinars on OrderMaestro—The Foodservice Industry’s Best-In-Class Ordering And E-Commerce Platform

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iTradeNetwork, the food and beverage industry’s largest network, will be hosting two webinars to introduce its new solution—OrderMaestro, a branded mobile ordering experience that streamlines and automates ordering and inventory for the foodservice industry. Each webinar is designed for a specific OrderMaestro customer segment—distributors or operators—and will be hosted by Mike Anderson, iTradeNetwork’s Vice President of Sales Solutions. Webinar details: OrderMaestro for Operators | March 10, 2022, at 2 p.m. EDT / 11.a.m. PDT OrderMaestro for Distributors | March 17, 2022, at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT OrderMaestro solves the unique, complex challenges that distributors and operators are facing today. With thousands of competitors on the market, OrderMaestro gives distributors a competitive advantage by delivering a best-in-class e-commerce solution that customers love. For operators, not only does OrderMaestro make their teams faster and more productive with a simplified ordering experience, but it also gives them the visibility to maximize purchasing compliance and uncover new contracting opportunities across geographies, categories and operating units. OrderMaestro customers increase productivity, reduce costs and drive revenue growth with a host of valuable features. Webinar attendees can look forward to learning more about how operators and distributors can: Combat labor shortages with an intuitive, easy-to-use mobile app - no formal training required. Use smart barcode scanning and voice recognition technology to place an order or take inventory in as little as 3 clicks. Collect rich, comprehensive data on the products that are being purchased across their organization or customer base. Build in-app promotion programs that create new sources of revenue and even distributor loyalty programs. Collaborate in real time with alerts and in-app messaging and save the hours spent communicating through phone calls and emails. Take inventory from a mobile device in any environment, online or offline. About iTradeNetwork iTradeNetwork, Inc. is the leading global provider of supply chain management solutions for the food and beverage industry. Built upon deep industry expertise, a rich data foundation and the industry’s most extensive trading partner network, iTradeNetwork’s collaborative solutions allow distributors, manufacturers, operators, retailers, suppliers and wholesalers of all sizes to reduce cost, grow revenue and strengthen trading partner relationships. Today, iTradeNetwork’s growing customer list includes thousands of companies globally. For more information, visit: https://www.itradenetwork.com/. Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-971-3991 itn@landispr.com Company Website https://www.itradenetwork.com/

March 01, 2022 06:03 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Restaurant Delivery Software Provider VROMO Partners With Restaurant SaaS, Host Kitchen Tech Startup KBox Global

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Restaurant operators and host kitchens looking to make their delivery operations more efficient and profitable can now take full advantage of a lucrative new partnership between the restaurant delivery software provider VROMO and Kbox Global, a UK-based startup that turns underused commercial kitchen spaces into takeout delivery hubs. Together, the companies will optimize digital sales and create a more efficient delivery model for host kitchens, generating much-needed new revenue streams for restaurant operators. VROMO automates the entire delivery solution with a wide range of features, including route optimization, order stacking, driver ETA and live order tracking. The solution seamlessly integrates delivery service providers with restaurant operations for the fastest, most efficient delivery, resulting in exceptional customer experience. The system is designed for in-house delivery but offers a hybrid solution. This means restaurant brands can “overflow” orders to a range of third-party fleets such as DoorDash drivers when volume exceeds the restaurant’s driver capacity. Operators never have to reject an order, third-party fleet partners receive additional volume, and all parties benefit from the VROMO ecosystem of cohesive restaurant and food delivery operators. “Our goal is to become the No.1 delivery management software for restaurant brands, and we’ll do this by offering the best software solution and the most comprehensive range of third-party delivery fleets to our partners around the globe. We look forward to growing this partnership with Kbox because of their unparalleled focus on the operator's experience. Their tech solutions were built by operators, for operators, and we look forward to them bringing these insights to the U.S. market,” said VROMO CEO Brian Hickey. Salima Vellani, CEO of Kbox Global, commented, “We are delighted to partner with VROMO ahead of our rollout to hundreds of new locations across the U.K., Australia and the U.S. Having looked at several delivery software tools, we found VROMO to be the standout product, and we are confident that together we can create the most efficient delivery model possible for our operators.” This partnership marks a major milestone for both companies and aligns with the increasing popularity of digital ordering for both in-restaurant and off-premise. Throughout 2021 and early into 2022, VROMO signed several international-partnership deals to enhance its offering for both restaurant and third-party delivery partners. In recent months, the company has announced partnerships with DoorDash, Deliverect, Square, Stuart and the RMDA. About VROMO VROMO provides a customizable delivery management solution for the restaurant sector. The software automates the entire delivery management operation and enables restaurants to use a combination of in-house delivery staff, drivers from marketplace platforms and/or drivers from local Delivery Service Partners. Visit http://www.vromo.io/ for more information. You can also find VROMO on LinkedIn. About Kbox Built by operators for operators, the Kbox suite of software enables any foodservice operation to be digitized for off-premise and on-premise ordering. In one easy-to-use solution, Kbox provides customer-led in-venue, takeaway, first-party and third-party delivery solutions for any foodservice operator. With machine learning powering the platform, Kbox’s proprietary menu-optimization solution enables operators to increase revenues, reduce wastage, improve labor efficiency and potentially even add additional revenue streams through virtual brands. The Kbox solution is powering kitchens in the U.K. and Australia and is now bringing its industry-leading solution to the U.S. More on how Kbox works, including a tech demo, is available here — see how you can say goodbye to multiple devices, manual entry, mistakes and lengthy admin processes. Contact Details Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 tracy@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://vromo.io/

March 01, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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