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Minuteman Press Franchise in Naples, FL Shares Growth Strategies, Overcomes Hurricane Ian

Minuteman Press International Inc

David Ogden purchased the Minuteman Press franchise in Naples, Florida, in January 2021. In the two years since the purchase, David has successfully grown the business by expanding high-demand products and services as well as the key acquisition of independent printing business Sunbelt Printing in September 2022. David says, “The resulting sales growth in business after bringing Minuteman Press and Sunbelt Printing together is over 400% year-over-year.” Around the same time as the acquisition and planned relocation to a new 4,100 sq. ft. facility, Hurricane Ian hit Florida on September 28, 2022. David shares, “What an experience. I purchased Sunbelt Printing and found a new building to move into. The movers were scheduled to get us moved on September 28, 2022. It turns out it was the same day Hurricane Ian hit the Naples/Ft. Meyers area. Needless to say, the move was postponed, and all of our original planning was out the window. Finding contractors to get the electricity where we needed it and all the other moving parts involved had to be reorganized and rescheduled.” David continues, “We did it, and it took more time and patience than I expected, but we finally succeeded and are now in our 4,100-square-foot facility. We have grown really fast since the move and the acquisition, so it’s a good thing we were able to overcome Hurricane Ian and complete the move.” Today, Minuteman Press in Naples is located at 771 Airport Rd. N., Units 4 & 5, Naples, FL 34104. Journey from Cairo, Egypt to Naples, FL David Ogden first moved to Naples in 2013. He shares, “I owned a printing company in Cairo, Egypt, while my family and I lived there. When we left in 2013 and moved to Naples, I still owned the printing company in Egypt, and my brother-in-law took over day-to-day management. Today, I own Minuteman Press in Naples as well as two other companies not in the printing industry.” As someone with experience in the printing industry and as a business owner, David explains why he chose to join the Minuteman Press franchise family: “I chose Minuteman for several reasons. First, it was an existing franchise and a ‘fixer-upper.’ I also liked the company's history, the clear and present franchise support, and of course, their capped royalty structure. Finally, I knew from the day I started the training program for new owners with Mike Jutt and Pete Taglino that I had made the right decision and Minuteman Press was the right franchise brand for me.” David continues, “I did my homework before buying Minuteman Press in Naples, and I talked to many existing owners. All of them agreed the support received from Minuteman Press International was outstanding. After purchasing the business and when the paper supply chain issues occurred, it shook me at first. But then I had a great conversation with our Regional VP Larry Trimble, who helped put it in perspective and provided guidance. From that day forward, I have taken the ‘failure is not an option’ approach, and it has worked out great. I have fantastic support from our regional rep Mark Geller, and Larry Trimble. They are part of our team, know my business well, and are part of our success.” 3 Keys to Growing the Business David highlights the following three key ways he has grown the business over the past two years: Providing high-demand products and services, including direct mail. “ We have a large direct mail customer that does 6-10K pieces of first-class mail per day with us. We also have many smaller customers that do various-size mailings and Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) postcards. Mailing is about 20% of our business and a fast growth area, and so we are investing in direct mail even further with new equipment.” Listening to clients and meeting their needs. “I make time to meet and talk to customers at our front desk. I always ask new customers, ‘What other kind of printing do you use?’ About 70% of the time, I discover new potential business. For example, our very large direct mail customer came from asking that one simple question, which added $30K per month in new revenue.” Learning from other owners by attending the Minuteman Press World Expo. “I learned a great deal at the Minuteman Press World Expo last year and took those ideas back to my team. As a result, we have increased a lot of central facility work, which has benefited our business's overall mix. One of the best takeaways from the Expo was the President’s Million-Dollar Owners panel, where successful owners from all across Minuteman Press answer questions from other franchisees. I sat and listened to every one of them talking about buying independent printers and merging them into their own businesses. I decided then and there to go home and buy another printer. Six weeks later, I purchased Sunbelt Printing.” Acquisition of Sunbelt Printing The acquisition of Sunbelt Printing certainly proved to be a huge boost for Minuteman Press in Naples. David shares, “Minuteman Press sends out regular mailings to independent printers asking them if they have a plan to retire or have an exit strategy, and they explain the benefits of selling their business with the help of Minuteman Press International. The owner of Sunbelt Printing was looking to sell and was ready to retire. After many meetings with that owner and weeks of negotiating, I bought Sunbelt Printing and merged that business into my existing business. Both were about equal in revenue per month at the time of the merger, and as I said previously, the resulting growth in business after bringing the two together is over 400% year-over-year.” David continues, “Our regional rep Mark Geller helped coordinate and execute the merger of the two businesses. He also helped us with specialty contractors to get equipment like large cutters moved and re-installed. In addition, Mark regularly helps me train new employees.” What’s next for David Ogden and Minuteman Press in Naples? David answers, “We are excited to keep serving our clients with high quality printing, marketing, and mailing services. I love building relationships with our customers and look forward to continuing to grow together. I’m also in talks with another independent printer about buying their business. We will see where that leads us.” Minuteman Press in Naples is located at 771 Airport Rd. N., Units 4 & 5, Naples, FL 34104. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/fl/naples/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

March 06, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Volatus Aerospace Secures Annual Recurring Contract to Expand Pipeline Corridor Surveillance in Eastern Canada

Volatus Aerospace Corp.

Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV: VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) ("Volatus" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Canadian Air National Inc., has signed a 3-year master service agreement with a leading pipeline operator to provide pipeline right-of-way asset and environmental monitoring throughout Ontario. The agreement, signed on March 2nd, is estimated to generate revenues of up to $5M over the next three years with margins within historical norms for jobs of this nature. Volatus Aerospace provides data gathering and analysis services to the oil and gas sector through its subsidiaries Canadian Air National and Synergy Aviation. In total, the Company provides pipeline right-of-way surveillance services across Canada from Kitimat, British Columbia to Ottawa, Ontario. Combined with weekly patrols on an annual basis, the Volatus Group patrols over 1,600,000 kilometers of pipeline. “Light aircraft and helicopters remain the most common solution for pipeline monitoring, but drones are the future,” says Glen Lynch CEO of Volatus. “We are enhancing our competitive advantage by introducing drones and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft in the months and years ahead to supplement and replace conventional aircraft. This will save our clients money, make processes safer, and reduce green-house gas emissions.” “Our oil and gas clients need reliable data,” added Ben Ruszkowski, Vice President of Business Development at Volatus' subsidiary Synergy Aviation. “We provide them with cost effective, environmentally friendly, and high-quality data solutions to protect their right-of-way assets and the environment using our proprietary technology.” According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), 840,000 kilometres of pipelines safely transport liquids, such as natural gas, and crude oil, across Canada. The requirements for maintaining pipelines are heavily regulated by Provincial and Federal authorities. Regular aerial surveillance is a key method of compliance and protection used to anticipate, prevent, and mitigate environmental hazards and potentially dangerous conditions such as pipeline leaks and erosion, encroachment by vegetation, or third-party activities like construction, digging, and plowing. About Volatus Aerospace: Volatus Aerospace Corp. is a leading provider of integrated drone solutions throughout North America and growing into Latin America and globally. Volatus serves civil, public safety, and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, as well as R&D, design, and manufacturing. Through our subsidiary, Volatus Aviation, we are introducing green and innovative drone solutions to supplement and replace traditional aircraft and helicopters for long-linear inspections such as pipeline, energy, rail, and cargo services. Volatus is committed to carbon neutrality; the fostering of a safe, equitable and inclusive workplace; and responsible governance. Forward-Looking Information This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs, and current expectations of the Company with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Often, but not always, forward-looking information and forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or statements formed in the future tense or indicating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” (or other variations of the foregoing) be taken, occur, be achieved, or come to pass. Forward-looking information includes information regarding: (i) the anticipated benefits of, and estimated revenue to be generated by, the master service agreement; (ii) the business plans and expectations of the Company; and (iii) expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Forward-looking information is based on currently available competitive, financial, and economic data and operating plans, strategies, or beliefs of management as of the date of this news release, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors may be based on information currently available to the Company, including information obtained from third-party industry analysts and other third-party sources, and are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. Any and all forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflects expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Forward-looking information and forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to it and on assumptions it believes to be not unreasonable in light of all of the circumstances. In some instances, material factors or assumptions are discussed in this news release in connection with statements containing forward-looking information. Such material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the anticipated benefits and revenues of the master service agreement to the Company; the commercialization of drone flights beyond visual line of sight and potential benefits to the Company; meeting the continued listing requirements of the TSXV; and including, but not limited to, those factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Information Form under the section “Risk Factors”. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this news release and, other than as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release Source: Volatus Aerospace Corp. TSXV: VOL Contact Details Rob Walker +1 204-955-2647 rob.walker@volatusaerospace.com Company Website https://volatusaerospace.com

March 06, 2023 07:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Volatus Aerospace Expands Electric Utilities Business in US with Acquisition of Sky Scape Industries, LLC.

Volatus Aerospace Corp.

Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV: VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) (“Volatus” or “the Company”) announced today that it has signed an arm’s length definitive agreement to acquire Sky Scape Industries, LLC., a New Jersey based company providing airborne intelligence data services. Founded in 2014, Sky Scape Industries uses remote sensing techniques to provide comprehensive inspection services including facility, structural, line, and right of way for power utilities, emergency response for oil and gas, and façade inspection services for property management. The company utilizes crewed and uncrewed aircraft and has operated nationwide in over 24 states. “Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace Corp. commented, “the addition of Sky Scape brings significant opportunity for margin improvement through synergies with our existing business units. It further expands our service offering and continues growth in core sectors including power utilities, oil and gas, and façade inspection.” “Joining Volatus provides Sky Scape with the resources needed to fully leverage and expand its customer relationships,” said David Yoel, CEO of Sky Scape. “The extensive Volatus pilot network, existing fleet of crewed aircraft, helicopters, and drones enhances Sky Scape’s offering, and their expansive sales team will help drive our growth.” Under the terms of the agreement, the total purchase price, subject to an earn-out provision, is approximately C$845,000 (US$620,000), paid as follows: An initial payment of approximately C$422,500 (US$310,000) in the form of newly issued common shares of Volatus Aerospace Corp. The number of VOL shares to be issued will be based on the share price at closing or the prior 30-day VWAP, whichever is higher. Volatus shall have the option to make the first payment in cash in lieu of shares. The earn-out payment of C$422,500 (US$310,000), will be payable twelve (12) months after closing, in the form of additional Volatus shares issued on the share price of C$0.65 or the prior 30-day VWAP, whichever is higher. This payment is conditional on Sky Scape retaining approximately C$1M of inspections already contracted for 2024. This announcement is in line with the Company’s objectives to continue expansion in the US Market as well as growing its presence in large scale aerial intelligence services for oil and gas, power utilities, rail, construction, engineering, and inspection industries. The acquisition of Sky Scape Industries is anticipated to close on March 31 st or such other agreed date conditional on satisfactory completion of due diligence, approval of the respective Board of Directors, key clients, and regulatory approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. About Volatus Aerospace: Volatus Aerospace Corp. is a leading provider of integrated drone solutions throughout North America and growing into Latin America and globally. Volatus serves civil, public safety, and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, as well as R&D, design, and manufacturing. Through our subsidiary, Volatus Aviation, we are introducing green and innovative drone solutions to supplement and replace traditional aircraft and helicopters for long-linear inspections such as pipeline, energy, rail, and cargo services. Volatus is committed to carbon neutrality; the fostering of a safe, equitable and inclusive workplace; and responsible governance. Non-IFRS Measures This news release includes certain terms or performance measures that are not defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), such as “annual recurring revenue” (“ARR”) and gross margin. ARR used in this news release refers to annual revenue generated from multi-year contracts and the Company derives gross margin by subtracting costs of goods sold from total revenue and dividing such number by total revenue. ARR and gross margin are not recognized, defined or standardized under IFRS and accordingly, the Company’s definition of ARR may differ from definitions used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. ARR should not be considered a substitute for or considered in isolation from measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Forward-Looking Information This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs, and current expectations of the Company with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Often, but not always, forward-looking information and forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or statements formed in the future tense or indicating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” (or other variations of the foregoing) be taken, occur, be achieved, or come to pass. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the business plans and expectations of the Company; (ii) the closing of the proposed Transaction and timing thereof; (iii) expectations related to the Transaction and anticipated benefits thereof, (iv) opportunities for significant gross margin improvement and other anticipated benefits of the transaction to the Company; and (iv) expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Forward-looking information is based on currently available competitive, financial, and economic data and operating plans, strategies, or beliefs of management of the Company as of the date of this news release, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors are based on information currently available to the Company, including information obtained from third-party industry analysts and other third-party sources, and are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. Any and all forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflects expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Forward-looking information and forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to it and on assumptions it believes to be not unreasonable in light of all of the circumstances. In some instances, material factors or assumptions are discussed in this news release in connection with statements containing forward-looking information. Such material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the completion of the Transaction and timing of completion; satisfaction of all closing conditions to the Transaction; the anticipated benefits of the Transaction to the Company; TSX Venture Exchange approval of the Transaction; and anticipated and unanticipated costs and other factors referenced in this news release, and including, but not limited to, those factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Information Form under the section “Risk Factors”. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this news release and, other than as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release. Source: Volatus Aerospace Corp. TSXV: VOL Contact Details Volatus Aerospace Corp Rob Walker +1 514-447-7986 rob.walker@volatusaerospace.com Company Website https://volatusaerospace.com

March 02, 2023 07:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Apple Shareholder Demands More Transparency on China; Seeks Removal of Tim Cook, Al Gore from Board of Directors

National Legal & Policy Center

Ahead of Apple Inc. ’s annual meeting on March 10, National Legal and Policy Center is calling upon its fellow shareholders in the company to support its proposal to provide greater transparency about its risks of doing business in China, and to join the organization to oppose the reelections of CEO Tim Cook and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to the board of directors. NLPC is sponsoring a “Communist China Audit” resolution at the meeting, which seeks an annual report to shareholders that addresses “the nature and extent to which corporate operations depend on, and are vulnerable to, communist China….” The item is Proposal No. 6, found on page 82 of Apple’s proxy statement. NLPC’s response to the Apple board’s opposition to its proposal was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in mid-February. NLPC also reported to the SEC last month its opposition to the reelections of Cook and Gore to the company’s board of directors. An excerpt from NLPC’s filing on Cook says: Since taking over as CEO in 2011, Mr. Cook has failed numerous times to live up to what he says are Apple’s ethical standards, and he has made multiple strategic mistakes that have cost the company billions of dollars. These include labor rights failures, privacy violations, and overreliance on China. But he is shielded from accountability, in part because of his position on Apple’s board. He should be removed as a director so the proper chain of command can be restored. An excerpt of NLPC’s filing on Gore states: Mr. Gore has held a position on Apple’s board since 2003, despite having no relevant experience in technology or core business functions. His primary benefit to the board is his supposed climate change expertise. However, Mr. Gore’s public reputation is inconsistent with his track record, his carbon-intensive lifestyle, and his actual investments. Instead, he has used his public advocacy as a tool for personal enrichment. In addition, his political activism poses to Apple a reputational risk that is not worth his limited skillset. “It may be counterintuitive for shareholders to ‘upset the Apple-cart’ with our proposed changes, since the company is always among the highest valued in the world,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “But Corporate America is slow to recognize the threat from China, just like companies were caught by surprise by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and had to scramble to exit suddenly.” “We don’t want to see a repeat if the saber-rattling communist government actually attacks Taiwan,” Chesser added. “Tim Cook was blindsided by China’s ‘zero COVID’ crackdowns last year and Apple’s holiday sales suffered greatly as a result, so he needs a ‘time-out’ while the board monitors his leadership further. And at this point Al Gore is a cartoon caricature who is routinely mocked and scorned – he needs to go as well.” ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

March 01, 2023 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Part 5 of Legal & General’s new study on the U.S. Gig Economy analyzes the relationship between freelancing and free-thinking and the independent mindset that drives independent workers

Legal & General

- 1 in 5 respondents say they could not work in a corporate setting - 61% say working when they want is the most important consideration - 56% say doing the work they want to do is the main benefit - 40% of gig workers have life insurance, including those with partners and children - Just 2% say they want to leave the gig economy as soon as possible A fifth segment of a broad new study sponsored by Legal & General Group ( LGEN, LGNNY ), U.S. Gig Economy, Part 5: Gig Workers’ independent mindset opposes corporate team-think, was released today. The report continues narrating original research on the changing nature of work in the U.S., people’s relationship to it, and what employers should be thinking about in order to attract back talent. The study looks into shared traits manifested by this group of workers notwithstanding the tradeoffs they sometimes make in order to maintain their independence. This fifth report in the data-rich study, Gig Workers’ independent mindset opposes corporate team-think, explores some of the attitudes common to the gig working mindset, and how they often find themselves bucking the tide of traditional employment even amid the challenge of labor-related legislation such as California’s AB5 and New York State’s S2052. With more than half (53 percent) of study respondents saying that not having a boss is the main benefit of gig work—a figure that rises to 63 percent among non-office workers—there is a sense of purpose and moral choice as much as necessity among many freelancers. The study found that the vast majority of gig workers have long since made their peace with earning most of their living working independently. Verbatim responses received ahead of the survey paint a picture of fierce, sometimes humorous independence, and in some cases a libertarian point of view. Controlling what work they do and when they work, and negotiating their own pay, are highly valued aspects of being able to work this way. “Even as we see companies developing a sense of purpose beyond profit, a large percentage of American gig workers have been reflecting this trend in microcosm. When it comes to how they earn their living, they land hard on the side of purpose, individualism and free thinking. With the ranks of freelancers growing, large employers will clearly have to take a good hard look at what they are offering their salaried workers beyond a steady paycheck. The labor environment is changing, and the private sector, increasingly looking to be agile, needs to change with it.” Sir Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive, Legal & General Group Gig workflow sometimes at odds with government intervention Legal & General’s study looks at the complex and multifaceted societal and financial factors behind independent work, including the implications of recent government policy initiatives and gig workers’ attitudes toward them, as well as what is still missing for many to feel secure in life and society. “U.S. policymakers are taking notice of the growing gig economy and are clearly trying to enact changes intended to protect these workers from exploitation. It will be interesting to see the balance that needs to be achieved between offering a safety net to this worker population, while maintaining those same freedoms that motivated them to work independently in the first place. We hope our research can help inform this conversation, even as we progress toward better social and financial safety nets.” John Godfrey, Director of Levelling-Up, Legal & General Group Future segments of this research will look in depth at gig workers’ outlook and financial situation around retirement planning; what it would take to get gig workers to go back to the traditional workplace; and a closer look at the pandemic fallout for gig workers. To receive a pdf of any of these reports, please email Meir Kahtan/MKPR at mkahtan@rcn.com. Notes to editors The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions. About the Study Legal & General undertook proprietary research into the attitudes and changes U.S. gig workers are experiencing in relation to their work situations and financial outlook. The U.S. Gig Economy research was compiled using original survey data from 1044 U.S.-based workers aged 18 to 60 who are neither students nor retired, and who earn at least 60% of their income from gig work. The data was collected via online survey fielded to individuals sample sourced from YouGov’s US panel. The Legal & General-designed survey was scripted and hosted on Gryphon, YouGov’s proprietary survey scripting platform, and the field work took place between August 19 and 31, 2022. Key demographics such as age, gender and region were allowed to fall out naturally. 20 questions were designed to understand facts about earnings, drivers of and barriers to gig working, financial product ownership & financial capacity when coming across adverse situations, and future expectations of being involved in the gig economy. Verbatim comments were captured by Legal & General in research carried out in June 2022. About Legal & General Group Established in 1836, Legal & General ( LGEN, LGNNY ), is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.4 trillion ($1.7 trillion) in total assets under management* of which a third is international. We also provide powerful asset origination capabilities. Together, these underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions: we are a leading international player in pension risk transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone. *as of December 31, 2021 The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions. Contact Details Meir Kahtan Public Relations, LLC Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 mkahtan@rcn.com Company Website https://www.legalandgeneralgroup.com/

March 01, 2023 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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ToolsGroup Announces Significant Enhancements To Its Industry-Leading Demand Planning Solution

ToolsGroup

ToolsGroup, a global leader in retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, has announced the latest version of its Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+) software, making major advancements in its forecasting and demand sensing capabilities. This is just the latest of the company’s significant strides towards making supply chains a force for good by helping organizations guarantee service, reduce excess stock, and increase profits. “ToolsGroup SO99+ improved the accuracy of our forecasts for slower moving items by 5-10%,” said Sarah Voorhees, Vice President of Demand and Inventory Planning at American Tire Distributors. “Better probabilistic forecasts translate into better fulfillment, helping us reduce inventory, carry less safety stock, and increase revenue through fewer stockouts.” With the release of v8.60, ToolsGroup aims to further improve customer experience and supply chain performance with expanded capabilities that now deliver: - A New Product Introduction (NPI) Dashboard that provides an interactive display for SO99+ NPI forecasting. The dashboard enables immediate what-if scenario planning for all the attributes that may impact the performance of a new product introduction, a deeper understanding of the variables that affect the success of a new product launch, and the rationale supporting the projections for the launch forecast. - Automatic Forecast Model Backtesting that eliminates the typically time-consuming, manual calibration process of configuring, defining, and simulating forecast models, delivering significant forecasting accuracy improvements nearly automatically. - Re-Forecasting Based on Pre-orders that empowers users to incorporate actual orders into probabilistic forecasts to better determine future demand, improving short- and medium-term forecast accuracy while enabling customers to respond quickly and proactively to market changes. - Machine Learning Speed and Accuracy Enhancements, thanks to the implementation of new light gradient-boosting machine functionality (LightGBM) into the SO99+ machine learning engines. By incorporating this advanced modeling technique, SO99+ delivers unmatched machine learning scalability and results, ensuring faster processing and major forecast accuracy improvements. - Flexible Forecast Aggregation that simplifies demand planning by allowing demand teams to plan at the aggregate level, while retaining the variables and details necessary for accurate supply planning processes. This ensures higher-quality, more flexible forecasts because SKUs are no longer restricted to a single hierarchical view. “As businesses continue to face significant disruptions across their supply chains, new challenges are constantly rising to the forefront. Demand planners need to be able to act quickly and decisively,” says ToolsGroup CEO, Inna Kuznetsova. “With this release, we have improved the power of our demand planning and demand sensing abilities in SO99+ and further enable our customers to navigate uncertainty and make the most informed planning decisions faster. More accurate forecasts translate into less waste and greater customer satisfaction, making supply chains a force for good in demand.” These exciting new capabilities add to the industry leading innovations in SO99+ which include: - Probabilistic Forecasting that combines historical, real-time, and other demand-relevant data into an probabilistic model that determines the possibility (and likelihood) of a range of outcomes, accounting for risk and enabling greater planning dexterity. It seamlessly self-adjusts to a wide variety of demand behaviors, generating optimal forecasts in uncertain demand scenarios. - Demand Sensing that helps users better leverage granular data to capture changes in the market before they happen, ensuring proactive adjustments in demand planning and lower downstream latency while still delivering optimal service levels, ensuring fewer lost sales and increased revenues. - Self-Adaptive, Frequency-Based Forecasting that effectively forecasts both fast-moving items and products with intermittent demand by capturing network-wide changes and events and accounting for both order size and order frequency, delivering the most accurate forecast available. - Machine Learning Engines that are mapped to every unique attribute that can affect a forecast, from seasonality and promotions to causals and external factors, ensuring the most accurate and robust forecasts on the market. With SO99+, ToolsGroup provides the power of dynamic planning to over 365 customers across 45 countries, enabling intelligent decision making at the speed of business that transforms supply chain performance. Customers report a 5-10 percentage point improvement in forecast accuracy and a 3-5 percentage point increase in service levels while simultaneously achieving a 20-30% inventory reduction. Built-in automation cuts the planning workload by up to 90% and helps companies reduce waste by 10-30%. For more information about SO99+, read our blog on the 8.6 release HERE. ToolsGroup’s innovative AI-powered solutions enable retailers, distributors, and manufacturers to navigate through supply chain uncertainty. Our retail and supply chain planning suites empower a new level of fast, intelligent decision making and unlock powerful business improvements in forecast accuracy, service levels, and inventory - delighting customers and achieving financial and ESG KPIs. Stay in touch with ToolsGroup on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, or visit www.toolsgroup.com. Contact Details Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 mkahtan@rcn.com Company Website https://www.toolsgroup.com

February 28, 2023 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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i2Coalition Launches Ethical Web Data Collection Initiative to Promote Industry Best Practices

Ethical Web Data Collection Initiative

The initiative is an international, industry-led consortium of web data collectors focused on strengthening public trust of the web scraping industry, and developing principles that will lead to greater accountability Web data aggregators (“web scraping”) gather available data from around the Internet; enabling consumer confidence, commercial innovation, and community safety. To drive further awareness of and public trust in this crucial digital ability, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) has announced the launch of the Ethical Web Data Collection Initiative (EWDCI). This international, industry-led, and member-driven consortium of web data aggregation business leaders is focused on encouraging dialogue and improving digital peace of mind for consumers and companies. By establishing the EWDCI, the i2Coalition seeks to foster cooperation within the data aggregation industry and build a framework to establish an open, participatory process around the development of legal and ethical web scraping provider principles that will lead to greater accountability. The EWDCI is actively seeking more members of the data scraping field dedicated to establishing best practices to join and help shape the initiative’s early efforts. “The public deserves digital peace of mind, and ‘scraping’ doesn’t have to be a dirty word when it is done responsibly, but responsibility needs defining,” said Christian Dawson, the i2Coalition’s Executive Director. “As with any industry in these early stages, it has a unique opportunity to have a hand in how it is developed and perceived.” The web data aggregation industry is young and growing, and the founding members of the EWDCI are committed to serve as the voice of this emerging industry. This means collaboratively building public trust in the practice of data aggregation, promoting ethical guidelines, and helping businesses make informed data aggregation choices. Founding EWDCI members include five companies: Coresignal, Oxylabs, Smartproxy, Rayobyte, and Zyte. Web scraping enables business innovation and competition, provides consumer benefits—including serving accurate information and comprehensive pricing—and facilitates thorough data analysis for academic and public safety purposes. Some noteworthy use cases include: E-commerce price intelligence, including up-to-the-minute comparative information on same-item pricing across the internet Jobs and real estate listing aggregation Social listening and brand monitoring Alternative data for investment decision-making Businesses performing a thorough review of consumer trends and competitor companies worldwide to best position themselves for success Companies scanning the Internet data for illicit uses of their intellectual property Businesses confirming validity of marketing spend via ad verification Data aggregation companies supplying pro-bono scraped data to academic researchers, providing them vast data stores for essential research To properly provide these benefits to consumers, companies, and the public at large, data aggregators need to follow ethical practices. Such dedication will serve to further understanding of the data aggregation practice and process, and further the adoption of this technology. Key to this is a safe and community-minded application of aggregation, and therefore a positive reputation for the practice and its practitioners. The i2Coalition is the leading voice for businesses that build the internet, and has spearheaded the creation of similar efforts to create standardized industry benchmarks—such as the VPN Trust Initiative, which determined and promoted best practices for that vital industry. “The EWDCI aims to reach companies with this message of ethical data aggregation, as well as to educate consumers at large and legislators worldwide in the interest of informed, empowered action,” said Dawson. “This will promote industry-led stewardship of important—and already widely adopted—technology in the interest of solving any present challenges and setting the industry up for forthcoming success.” To learn more about the EWDCI, please visit www.ethicalwebdata.com. To become a member, please email Hilary Osborne. To learn more about the i2Coalition, please visit www.i2Coalition.com. About The Ethical Web Data Collection Initiative The Ethical Web Data Collection Initiative (EWDCI) seeks to foster cooperation in the web data collection and aggregation industry and leverage collective first-hand knowledge and insights to advocate for beneficial technical standards and business best practices regarding the aggregation of data. The EWDCI is dedicated to serving as the voice of the industry, collaboratively strengthening public trust in the practice of Data Aggregation, promoting ethical guidelines, and helping businesses make informed data aggregation choices. About the i2Coalition The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) is the leading voice for web hosting companies, data centers, domain registrars and registries, cloud infrastructure providers, managed services providers, and related tech. The i2Coalition works with Internet infrastructure providers to advocate for sensible policies, design and reinforce best practices, help create industry standards, and build awareness of how the Internet works. The i2Coalition also spearheaded the creation of the VPN Trust Initiative, which determined and promoted best practices for that vital industry. Contact Details Aaron Alberico +1 202-744-0786 aalberico@raynoravenue.com Company Website https://ethicalwebdata.com/

February 28, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top Fashion Brands Use AI-Driven Omnichannel MySizeID And Naiz Fiz To Deliver The Right Size The First Time Around

MySize, Inc.

By Ernest Dela Aglanu, Benzinga Shopping for clothing online, while convenient, can at the same time be very difficult, especially because the buyer can't try the clothes on first. All too often, they may receive apparel that doesn't fit – sometimes marring an otherwise great experience. A survey conducted by Power Reviews revealed that clothing topped the list of items returned by customers who purchase online. Clothing led with 88% returns, followed by shoes at 44%, and electronics at 43% as the most returned product categories. The survey further explained that the top three reasons people gave for returning an item were that it didn't fit (70%), the item was damaged or defective (65%), or the item didn't match the description (49%). These fit-related problems are costing retailers worldwide $642.6 billion, and only 48% of returns can be resold at full price. Even worse, an estimated 5 billion pounds of returns end up in landfills. To help solve this nagging problem and ensure customers receive clothing and other items that fit, MySize Inc. (NASDAQ: MYSZ) (TASE: MYSZ.TA), an omnichannel e-commerce platform and provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven measurement solution, has been partnering with a growing list of top retailers. Since 1999, the company has developed products such as MySizeID and recently acquired Naiz Fit to enhance customers' shopping experience by helping them find the perfect fit while driving revenue growth and reducing costs for its business clients. MySize says it is helping fashion brands and retailers use AI to create virtual try-on experiences. Now, customers can use their smartphones to create a profile and then virtually try on different clothing items. Top Fashion Brands Are Using MySize Technology Interestingly, some big brands have adopted MySize AI-driven measurement solutions to enhance customer experience while maximizing profits, serving as a testament to the quality of their product. In May last year, Denim brand Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE: LEVI) revealed that it was adding more digital tools like MySize technology to help customers find the right size jeans as part of its mandate to grow direct-to-consumer sales. The company said it would implement two new digital fit features to its site: a predictive fit algorithm and a photo bank of products on people of different body types. Forint S.p.a., a leading Italian maker of uniforms for customers including the Vatican, Italy’s Presidency, and the Senate, in December 2022, selected the MySizeID sizing solution for its business. The company said it would offer MySizeID to all its business-to-business customers, providing a smarter and easier way to interact, resulting in a seamless experience and more accurate service. Another company that has adopted MySize's technology is Estudio de Moda SAS, a leading Colombia-based retail company with a portfolio of brands, including Diesel, Celio, Superdry PLC (LON: SDRY), Marithe François Girbaud, and Replay. The company announced on January 5 this year it will implement MySizeID sizing solution on its Diesel Colombia e-commerce site. Apart from the announcements mentioned above, MySize has entered into agreements with Temperley London, a luxury British fashion brand, and 7 For All Mankind (Brazil), a premium global clothing brand, to license its MySizeID apparel sizing solution. Also, after a year of proven success with Levi Strauss & Co. Turkey (Levi's Turkey), Dockers (Turkey) decided to integrate MySize's proprietary AI-driven sizing technology solution. According to the company, the successful integration of the MySizeID widget has reduced return rates for a subsidiary of the world's global leader in jeans wear. MySize believes that its technology, compared to others, can provide several advantages to consumers — especially including a better fit the first time — and retailers, who can save money because returns are reduced. People are also more likely to buy more when they are confident about fit. The technology also benefits the environment as it reduces waste associated with returns, carbon footprint, and clothing being discarded. This article was originally published on Benzinga here. MySize, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYSZ) (TASE: MYSZ.TA) is an omnichannel e-commerce platform and provider of AI-driven measurement solutions to drive revenue growth and reduce costs for its business clients. Orgad, its online retailer platform, has expertise in e-commerce, supply chain, and technology operating as a third-party seller on Amazon.com and other sites. MySize recently launched FirstLook Smart Mirror, a mirror-like touch display that provides in-store customers an enhanced shopping experience and contactless checkout. FirstLook Smart Mirror extends MySize's reach into physical stores and is expected to contribute to revenues through unit sales and recurring service fees.MySize has developed a unique measurement technology based on sophisticated algorithms and cutting-edge technology with broad applications, including the apparel, e-commerce, DIY, shipping, and parcel delivery industries. This proprietary measurement technology is driven by several algorithms that are able to calculate and record measurements in a variety of novel ways. To learn more about MySize, please visit our website: www.mysizeid.com. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Or Kles, CFO ir@mysizeid.com Company Website https://mysizeid.com

February 28, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Midtown Group Ranks No. 99 on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

The Midtown Group

Inc. magazine today revealed that The Midtown Group is No. 99 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Mid-Atlantic list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Mid-Atlantic private companies, based in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Mid-Atlantic economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses. “We are honored to be recognized by Inc. Regionals as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America," said Helen Stefan Moreau, President and CEO of The Midtown Group. "Our growth is fueled by our team's love for what they do, their unwavering dedication, and the trust our clients have placed in us to provide top-notch staffing solutions. This recognition is a testament to their hard work and our commitment to delivering exceptional service and driving innovation in the staffing industry. " Founded in 1989, The Midtown Group has grown significantly over the years, expanding its services and geographic reach to become a trusted partner to organizations of all sizes. Launched as a staffing firm, the innovative company now offers a full spectrum of staffing solutions with an emphasis on always offering top-notch customer service. “This year’s Inc. 5000 Regional winners represent one of the most exceptional and exciting lists of America’s off-the-charts growth companies. They’re disruptors and job creators, and all delivered an outsize impact on the economy. Remember their names and follow their lead. These are the companies you’ll be hearing about for years to come,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Mid-Atlantic, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/mid-atlantic. About The Midtown Group The Midtown Group (Midtown) is a certified small, woman-owned business that provides temporary staffing and professional services across 34 states. Over the past 33 years, Midtown has evolved from a staffing firm to an organization capable of providing full service solutions. We make a tireless effort to meet and exceed the requirements of our clients and candidates in an ever-changing market. Currently, we manage more than 1,500 candidates and more than 140 clients across the nation. We’re recognized as one of the best staffing firms in DC, as a perennial winner of the “Best Place to Work” award by Washingtonian, The Washington Business Journal, and Inc Magazine. More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals Methodology The 2023 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2019 and 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2019. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2019 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. About Inc. Media The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com. Contact Details The Midtown Group Colleen Gallagher, OnWrd & UpWrd +1 315-447-2331 cgallagher@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://themidtowngroup.com/

February 28, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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