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Unocoin Collaborates With CleverTap to Offer Its Users Omnichannel Customer Experiences

CleverTap

CleverTap, the modern, integrated retention cloud, today announced it has partnered with Unocoin, India’s first crypto exchange, to optimize, accelerate their user engagement, and provide a seamless omnichannel customer experience. Through this collaboration, and by integrating CleverTap’s solution into its app, Unocoin is now equipped to better understand user behavior and has the ability to create segments based on user activity, demographics, and other parameters. Unocoin will also be able to create hyper-personalized campaigns to engage with its audience across multiple channels at the right time with precise communication. “As a platform that helps individuals with investments into cryptocurrencies, we need to be cognizant of the exact needs of our users. Understanding a customer’s behavior on our app becomes vital as this helps us provide a tailored experience. Since awareness and understanding of cryptocurrencies at large is at a nascent stage, delivering precise communication becomes all the more important,” said Suhas SK, Senior Vice President - Marketing, Unocoin Technologies Private Limited. CleverTap enables Unocoin to keep track of app activity, in-app purchases, and returning users. Unocoin will also be able to personalize customer experience using real-time behavioral data with precise predictive recommendations, leading to engagement opportunities based on each user’s exact needs. “We are delighted to partner with Unocoin in their journey to make investing in cryptocurrency easy for all. With CleverTap Retention Cloud, Unocoin will be able to hyper-personalize the experience for every investor. Today, hyper-personalization is crucial at every point in a customer’s journey and is a key enabler to growth. We are confident that with our help, Unocoin will be able to grow and offer its customers exactly what they need,” said Vikrant Chowdhary, Chief Growth Officer, CleverTap. About CleverTap CleverTap is the modern, integrated retention cloud that empowers digital consumer brands to increase customer retention and lifetime value. CleverTap drives contextual individualization with the help of a unified and deep data layer, AI/ML-powered insights, and automation enabling brands to offer hyper-personalized and delightful experiences to their customers. 1,200+ customers in 60+ countries and 10,000+ apps, including Gojek, ShopX, Canon, Mercedes Benz, Electronic Arts, TED, Jio, Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, Papa John’s, and Tesco, trust CleverTap to achieve their retention and engagement goals, growing their long-term revenue. Backed by leading venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Tiger Global Management, and Accel, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in Mumbai, Singapore, Sofia, São Paulo, Bogota, Amsterdam, Jakarta, and Dubai. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. About Unocoin Started in 2013, Unocoin is a Bangalore-based technology startup and is India’s first entrant into the bitcoin industry. The company operates India’s largest (in Indian customer base) BTC-INR trading platform which enables Indians to buy, sell, store, use, and accept bitcoin. At its peak, Unocoin processed transactions worth more than INR 2B per month for its 1,300,000+ customers. The startup has been featured among the Top 20 companies in The Fintech20: India List, and have won prestigious titles like ‘The Golden SABRE award’ in financial communications for the project, ‘Bit-by-Bit: Building Bitcoin in India’ and ‘TECH30’ award from YourStory.For more information, visit https://www.unocoin.com/in Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release may represent CleverTap's belief in connection with future events and may be forward-looking statements, or statements of future expectations based on currently available information. CleverTap cautions that such statements are naturally subject to risks and uncertainties that could amount in the actual result being absolutely different from the results anticipated by the statements mentioned in the press release. Factors such as the development of general economic conditions affecting our business, future market conditions, our ability to maintain cost advantages, uncertainty with respect to earnings, corporate actions, client concentration, reduced demand, liability or damages in our service contracts, unusual catastrophic loss events, war, political instability, changes in government policies or laws, legal restrictions impacting our business, impact of pandemic, epidemic, any natural calamity and other factors that are naturally beyond our control, changes in the capital markets and other circumstances may cause the actual events or results to be materially different, from those anticipated by such statements. CleverTap does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or updated or revised status of such statements. Therefore, in no case whatsoever will CleverTap and its affiliate companies be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in conjunction with the information and/or statements in this press release or any related damages. Contact Details Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

July 14, 2022 04:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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APB Survey Indicates Positive Outlook for Homebuilder Market Despite Possible Recession

Association of Professional Builders

The Association of Professional Builders (APB), a leading business coaching service for custom home builders, with members in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, today provided additional insights on the homebuilder market in light of a possible recession that U.S. economists are predicting. While construction material costs, labor shortages, and other pandemic implications have arisen, the association remains optimistic about residential homebuilders’ businesses – provided that they know how to prepare for a possible recession. Recently, APB released findings from its annual 2022 2022 State of Residential Construction Industry (SORCI) Report. The report, compiled annually, surveyed more than 700 builders from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and was sponsored by Buildertrend, CBUSA, Buildxact, Xact Accounting and Builda Price. Key findings concluded that 68.9 percent of U.S. homebuilders focus on new construction and take on approximately 13 projects per calendar year. “Smart builders must factor in extended lead times, material price increases, and labor shortages. These factors are all combining to erode what little margins builders have left in their projects,” said Russ Stephens, Co-Founder of APB. “The residential home builders who will continue to succeed are the ones that have a good understanding of their financials; this includes protecting their profit margins with at least a 25 percent gross margin.” The 2022 SORCI Report indicated that the benchmark for fixed expenses is approximately 15 percent of the company’s annual sales for those building companies with over $3 million in annual revenue. 55 percent of the home builders surveyed also projected marking up their jobs by 25 percent or more based on their profitability in 2022. More than 50 percent (56.6 percent) of U.S. builders noted that they monitor their gross margins on jobs every month. Optimistically, 46.7 percent of the residential home builders surveyed indicated that they are on track to earn more money this year, surpassing $120,000 in annual salary, also with 52.7 percent of their jobs completed on budget. APB predicts that with demand now starting to reduce for home builders in the U.S., it’s imperative that builders address how they are marketing their business before it’s too late. “Sales have been relatively easy for builders to achieve over the past two years due to unprecedented demand which has led to a reduction in marketing activity for most building companies,” said Stephens. “However, as demand softens, it’s important that companies factor in the long sales cycle in the industry. This means they need to be generating opportunities right now in order to still be signing contracts in 6-12 months time.” The right understanding of the company’s operating costs, both fixed and variable, accounting for lead times, taking on specific jobs that don’t stretch the company too thin, and marking up jobs correctly to account for the materials and labor market, are all critical with a possible recession looming. As some of the jobs the home builders are completing are already booked out with a more than 18-month lead time in their schedules based on prior demand, the building companies that will still be operating in 2023 will stay close to their financials, recalculating their costs every 30 days. To find out more about the state of the residential construction industry, a free PDF of the report can be downloaded at https://go.associationofprofessionalbuilders.com/sorci-download. ABOUT ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BUILDERS The Association of Professional Builders is a leading business coaching service for custom home builders in the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It provides tested and proven systems for builders to scale and succeed, based on data, experience, and results. For more information, visit: https://associationofprofessionalbuilders.com. Contact Details The Hoyt Organization Alyson Campbell +1 310-373-0103 acampbell@hoytorg.com The Hoyt Organization Cinnamon Thompson +1 310-373-0103 cthompson@hoytorg.com Company Website https://associationofprofessionalbuilders.com/

July 13, 2022 08:40 AM Central Daylight Time

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Assembly Releases Newest Global Luxury Brand Report: New Horizons for Luxury in China

Assembly

Hot off the press – Global omnichannel agency Assembly is back with our much-anticipated global luxury brand reports. In 2022, we release a first-of-its kind-installment, focused on the market quickly becoming the most critical for luxury brands worldwide: China. Download your copy of: LUXE IN CHINA – New Horizons for Luxury Brands In 2020, it was reported that by the year 2025, China will contribute to half of all luxury goods purchases worldwide. Two years later and that trajectory is very much on track, as experts expect China to take its place as the world’s largest luxury personal goods market within the next three years. Not only are the trends we see in this market relevant to the brands seeking to win the hearts and minds of Chinese consumers – but they also point towards luxury’s future place in the lifestyles of up-and-coming generations around the world. Where China leads in technological advances and innovation and bold, new experiences, others often follow. In the 2022 report, we look at four key defining trends, with insight and examples of successful implementation and transformation done by global brands in the Chinese market: Emerging Media Formats Our Future in the Metaverse The Evolution of Offline Immersive Experiences New Consumer Engagement Beyond Brand We also look at media investment trends across key luxury categories, as a signal of the continued digitalization of luxe brand experiences. While challenging economic conditions and the continued effects of COVID are felt by all, luxury brands are creating vibrant, truly culture-defining moments to create closer connections with luxe consumers. Get your copy today. ABOUT ASSEMBLY: Assembly is made of the ingredients of the modern agency, bringing together data, talent, and technology to deliver a connected set of solutions for media + more to the best brands on the planet. We’re home to more than 1,500 of the industry’s top talent, who bring unmatched global omnichannel media expertise + data, technology, and business consulting capabilities that find change and fuel growth for brands worldwide. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. Visit www.assemblyglobal.com for more information. Contact Details Assembly Kelvin Lee, Associate Director of Marketing +852 2344 6477 kelvin.lee@assemblyglobal.com Company Website https://www.assemblyglobal.com/

July 12, 2022 09:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Global Leaders Decry the Trivialization and Hijacking of the ‘Apartheid’ Label to Attack the Jewish State

Combat Hate Foundation

Leaders from around the world spoke out last week against appropriation of the term “apartheid” from its historical South African context with the goal of defaming and isolating Israel by portraying it as a racist entity. At a conference co-hosted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), NGO Monitor, and the World Zionist Organization titled “ Trivializing History: How Anti-Israel Activists Have Hijacked the South African ‘Apartheid’ Label to Attack the Jewish State,” world leaders, diplomats, legislators, and policymakers discussed what must be done to restore the “apartheid” term to its proper context and delegitimize its use in discourse about a conflict to which it has no relevance. “Categorizing Israel as an ‘apartheid’ state is just plain antisemitic,” said Vice President of the European Parliament and Special Envoy on Combating Religious Discrimination Including Antisemitism Nicola Beer. “In my opinion, such characterization counters progress made in the region concerning the peace process, instead it deepens the rifts and fuels antisemitism around the world.” The conference was held in response to the global rise in antisemitism. The “apartheid” campaign questions Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state by framing Israel as an inherently racist state. During the past 18 months, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International published reports accusing Israel of “apartheid,” and the UN established two bodies where the claim of apartheid will be prominently featured. These attempts distort history of what happened during South Africa’s past system of institutionalized racial segregation. Continuous misuse of the “apartheid” conversation trivializes the suffering endured by true apartheid victims of the oppressive apartheid regime. “The suffering of South Africans under Apartheid was unique and attempts to apply the same label to Israel trivialize that history and are unacceptable,” said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jiří Kozák. “We consider this open antisemitism. By claiming that Israel is a racist endeavor is in violation of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism. Claims of ‘apartheid’ is not about questioning a particular policy, but about challenging the nature of the Jewish state.” “Whatever the world’s greatest and most unforgiveable crime is in any particular moment of history, the Jews will be accused of it,” said Member of the UK House of Lords Baroness Ruth Deech. “Those who accuse Israel of ‘apartheid’ are themselves racist in that their real mission is to deny the legitimacy of the only Jewish state in the world and if they got their way they would return Jews to dispersion, slaughter, and discrimination.” “Attempts to link South Africa’s past system of institutionalized racial segregation to the nuanced complexity of contemporary Israel-Palestinian relations debase history and trivialize the unique suffering of ‘apartheid’ victims,” U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar said. “We must acknowledge the dangerous effects of falsified name-calling.” “A lot of political prisoners during the Apartheid era would have loved to live as a Palestinian in Israel,” said Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the Budgetary Committee Niclas Herbst. “Applying the ‘apartheid’ label serves no purpose other than to delegitimize the Israeli state, demonizing the Jewish people and ultimately bring about Israel’s destruction,” said Former Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defense of the Republic of Ireland Alan Shatter. Alongside the conference, CAM released a public petition urging people to sign a pledge to “urge decision-makers at the international, national, and local levels to vocally reject and condemn the ‘apartheid’ libel of Israel.” NGO Monitor released a number of reports debunking the claims made by Amnesty International and other NGOs. Examples of such reports can be found here and here. These releases highlight their work fighting the “apartheid” libel. “We are combating the ‘apartheid’ calumny with a carefully orchestrated strategy and a dissemination of the truth and the facts,” Elan Carr, CAM Advisory Board Member and Former US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism, said. "The antisemitic ‘apartheid’ campaign will be defeated because it is built on lies and hate." NGO Monitor Vice President Olga Deutsch commented, “It is heartwarming to see how many officials rallied to denounce the ‘apartheid’ smear. Preserving the uniqueness of the ‘apartheid’ narrative is central for the South African people, but in the context of today’s event is also crucial for the global Jewish community facing violent antisemitic attacks. Strong message from our elected officials is imperative in setting the tone for the rest of us.” Watch a video of the full event here. The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is a global coalition engaging more than 500 partner organizations and 1.7 million people from a diverse array of religious, political, and cultural backgrounds in the common mission of fighting the world’s oldest hatred. CAM acts collaboratively to build a better future, free of bigotry, for Jews and all humanity. Contact Details Ashley Perry info@combatantisemitism.org Company Website https://combatantisemitism.org/

July 12, 2022 08:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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‘Ready for Ron’ Releases Research Illustrating Growing Positive Sentiment for DeSantis

Ready for Ron

Today, Ready for Ron, a draft committee encouraging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, released research it commissioned from Impact Social showing growing support for Governor DeSantis. The report shows positive sentiment for Governor Ron DeSantis grew 8 points from an earlier analysis released last week. Impact Social researchers analyzed the publicly available social media discussion in relation to Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump among swing voters from June 15 to June 29, 2022. Additional reports are expected every two weeks. Previous reports can be found here. “We carried out detailed language analysis of US social media discussions back to May 2016 to capture social media users into a database of 40,000 swing voters,” explained Phil Snape, Director at Impact Social. “With 40,000 participants, we are operating what is likely the world’s largest focus group – as big as a Football stadium.” The summary of Impact Social’s second report states: The last fortnight has been a productive period for Ron DeSantis which has seen his net sentiment jump 8 pts (-14 to -6) among floating voters. Within the positive conversation (+2pts 19 to 21), those hoping to persuade DeSantis to run for president will be delighted to see the leading topic within this discussion is how they prefer DeSantis to Trump (33%). It is worth emphasizing these opinions are posted without coercion or provocation. These floating voters are merely stating online how they favor the younger man as their next president. A small percentage (4%) are even outing themselves as Democrats before volunteering their support should DeSantis stand. Intriguingly, there is a feeling among his supporters that a sense of momentum is developing around his potential presidential candidacy. They speak excitedly about a poll in NH, an ‘endorsement’ by Elon Musk or simply muse that DeSantis’ ‘is where the smart money is’, that ‘Dems want Trump because they can’t beat DeSantis’ or that Fox will happily anoint him as leader of the GOP when the time arises. A downward trend in the number of negative posts against DeSantis (-5pts 33 to 27) will be welcomed by his camp. Yet their boss continues to take hits from across the political spectrum as some GOP voters see him as too right wing and pine for a leader dedicated to smaller government. That said, the majority of criticism stems from the left who see DeSantis as an overbearing authoritarian. They use DeSantis’ recent decision not to order Covid -19 vaccination for FL kids as a prime example of what he is capable of. This, together with perceived attacks on LGBT rights and support for gun laws increases anxiety among the left many of whom see him as a danger to America. All of which, given the ideological standpoint of the authors, might be music to DeSantis’ ears. “We are excited to see our efforts are paying off. Support for Ron DeSantis continues to grow. While we expect the attacks to increase, we are delighted his support base is increasing too,” explained Ready for Ron legal counsel and spokeswoman Lilian Rodríguez-Baz. “We are hoping to build one of the biggest grassroots movements ever, and with support growing like this, it will happen even more quickly than we anticipated.” Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. While ‘Ready for Ron’ is completely unaffiliated with the DeSantis campaign per federal regulations, it has taken the novel step of submitting a formal Advisory Opinion Request to the FEC seeking to share its growing supporter list with Governor DeSantis if the Draft succeeds and he announces his candidacy. Impact Social is a specialist social media, online monitoring, and analysis company. It uses big data software to track over 60 million online sites including Twitter, Facebook, all blogs, forums, and news websites. Whatever is said publicly, in the media or online it can follow live, 24/7 in 44 different languages. This is where reliance on algorithms ends. Once the data has been received its in-house experts read and analyze the content - often amounting to 1,000’s of individual posts. Impact Social’s unique methodology ensures unrivalled accuracy to show what has been said and its impact. Impact Social is the only company in the world providing this level of analysis. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with ‘Ready for Ron’ legal counsel, Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, or an Impact Social spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

July 11, 2022 10:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Volatus Aerospace Chairman Joins The Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation

Volatus Aerospace Corp.

Volatus Aerospace Corp. (TSXV: VOL) (OTCQB: VLTTF) ("Volatus" or "the Company") is proud to announce that Ian McDougall, Chairman of the Volatus Aerospace Board of Directors, has accepted the invitation of The Hague Court of Arbitration to join their Aviation Advisory Board. Located in The Hague, Netherlands and administered by the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, THE HAGUE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR AVIATION is a non-profit and modern specialized court of arbitration and centre for mediation for the global aviation industry. Its mandate is to provide practical and flexible arbitration and mediation solutions in accordance with international best practices, tailored to the needs of the commercial and private aviation sectors and focused on ensuring enforceability in over 160 countries pursuant to the New York Convention. “Ian will contribute deep aviation expertise and market awareness in both traditional aviation and the rapidly emerging drone sector,” said Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus Aerospace. “We’re proud of his involvement in this important and prestigious legal initiative.” “It’s an honour to be invited to participate on the Aviation Advisory Board for The Hague Court of Arbitration,” said Ian McDougall. “I look forward to the important work ahead.” About Volatus Aerospace: Volatus Aerospace Corp. is a leading provider of integrated drone solutions throughout Canada, the United States, Latin America and most recently in Europe. Operating a vast pilot network, Volatus serves commercial and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales and support, training, and design, manufacturing, and R&D. Through its subsidiary Volatus Aviation, Volatus carries on the business of aircraft management, charter sales, and cargo services using piloted, remotely piloted, and autonomous aircraft. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Forward-Looking Statement This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of the Corporation with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Often, but not always, forward-looking information 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 business plans and expectations of the Corporation; and (ii) 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 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 Corporation 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 Corporation, 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 reflects the Corporation’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 impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Corporation; meeting the continued listing requirements of the TSXV; and anticipated and unanticipated costs and other factors referenced in this news release and the Circular, including, but not limited to, those set forth in the Circular under the caption “Risk Factors”. Although the Corporation 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 Corporation 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. Source: Volatus Aerospace Corp. TSXV: VOL Contact Details Rob Walker +1 514-447-7986 rob.walker@volatusaerospace.com Company Website https://volatusaerospace.com

July 07, 2022 11:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New report finds US hybrid heating could cut national heating costs by $13.6 billion

CLASP

A new report from CLASP and the Regulatory Assistance Project ( RAP ) finds that the US could reduce national heating bills by $13.6 billion and cut annual CO 2 emissions by 67 MT, the equivalent of removing 14.4 million passenger cars for an entire year, by swapping air conditioners for heat pumps. The report, “ Combating High Fuel Prices with Hybrid Heating: The Case for Swapping Air Conditioners for Heat Pumps ”, advocates for households to replace existing air conditioning units at the end of their useful life with look-alike electric heat pumps - a technology that can both heat and cool indoor spaces. In this proposal, households would keep their legacy heat systems in place, using them to supplement the heat pump at lower temperatures. “AC retirements are a low-cost opportunity to bring super-efficient heat pumps into US homes,” said Matt Malinowski, report author and Director of Climate Research at CLASP. “Our report offers a robust argument in favor of making the swap, including huge cost savings for households and meaningful mitigation impacts.” Every six seconds a new residential furnace or air conditioner starts up in the US, meaning these households miss out on the opportunity to begin home decarbonization until that equipment is retired in 2035-2040. In contrast, 1.7 million oil, 3.1 million propane, 16 million electric resistance, and 33 million methane gas households across the country can benefit right now from swapping one-way ACs for hybrid heat pumps. Households will also reduce their heating bills by $77-$555 per year, while reducing CO 2 emissions by 11%-20%, depending on fuel. "The transition away from fossil heating in the US requires millions of new electric heat pumps to be installed in the next few decades,” said Steve Pantano, Chief of Research at Rewiring America. “But the opportunity is clear. We can tackle a big part of this challenge at a very low cost, save consumers money on their energy bills, and accelerate progress toward our nation's climate goals." The report, which extends the research in CLASP’s 2021 3H report, offers an analysis of the feasibility and benefits of household transition from oil, propane, methane gas, and electric resistance heating to hybrid heating systems in light of rising fuel costs and a desire to reduce fossil fuel dependence. The authors also recommend proven state and local policy tools to accelerate the adoption and overall availability of heat pumps. “Rerunning the numbers, the Hybrid Heat Homes idea makes even more sense this year than last,” said Nate Adams, founder of HVAC 2.0 and co-author of the 3H paper. “All fuel prices are up substantially, so savings amounts got higher. Particularly for rural areas with expensive fuels and lower income, it’s a boon for equity. And, of course, being able to run on renewables helps deliver true energy independence so we’re less prone to price shocks like those caused by events like Russia invading Ukraine.” Pushing for a swap from air conditioners to heat pumps over the next 5-10 years will smooth the way for full-building electrification and advance the United States towards its ambitious goal of achieving net zero by 2050. “Electrification of the existing housing stock is a big mountain to climb,” said Max Dupuy, coauthor of the report and Principal at RAP. “Every home is different. Our proposal to swap AC to heat pumps opens a clear path to get rolling.” CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. Contact Details CLASP Alexia Ross +1 339-222-4311 aross@clasp.ngo Company Website http://www.clasp.ngo/

July 07, 2022 09:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Provana Announces RMAi Support to Benefit the Credit & Collections Industry

Provana

Provana, provider of the industry’s first unified platform for compliance and performance management, today announced a significant contribution to the Receivables Management Association International (RMAi) Legislative Fund. With its growth and maturity in the Receivables industry, Provana has taken a more active stance in support of overall industry initiatives. Provana recently invested in a significant partnership with The iA Institute and in the NCBA Subcontractor Oversight Program. Provana also continues a multi-year active investment as a provider of RMAi Compliance Audits. “Provana is an important industry participant in credit and collections, providing solutions to many Receivables Management services businesses,” said Brian K. Williams, CEO of Crown Asset Management, LLC and member of the RMAi Board of Directors. “As Provana continues to grow and expand their services provided across the credit and collections industry, we appreciate their willingness and desire to give back to the overall ARM community.” “Our business has significantly grown within the credit and collections space,” said Sandeep Bhargava, CEO of Provana. “Whether it’s by providing reliable and cost-effective services to our clients, or world-class platforms to improve compliance, we are committed to the betterment of our industry. It’s only fitting that with our continued growth we should become more involved in advocacy initiatives.” “In everything we do, the more we help the credit and collections industry succeed, the better it is for our company,” said Karen Powell, COO and Co-founder of Provana. “Especially with today’s regulatory pressure and macroeconomic climate, we need to support our industry’s strongest champions, such as RMAi.” About Receivables Management Association International Receivables Management Association International (RMAi) is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 590 businesses that support the purchase, sale, and collection of performing and nonperforming receivables on the secondary market. The RMAi Receivables Management Certification Program and Code of Ethics set the global standard within the receivables industry due to the rigorous uniform standards of best practice which focus on protecting consumers. More information about RMAi is available at www.rmaintl.org. About Provana Provana’s compliance and performance management solutions are the first of their kind, providing effortless control over process-intensive and regulated operations. Available to large and midsize enterprises in the consumer finance, legal and healthcare markets, Provana technology is based on a decade of business process management (BPM), AI, RPA, regulatory compliance and secure data operation expertise. Provana BPM services operate in hundreds of client back offices. The Provana platform can be enabled with managed services and has modules for call analytics, consumer self-service, policies, procedures, disputes, complaints, internal & external audits, noncompliance resolution, licensing & insurance and BI for operational control. Learn more at www.provana.com. Contact Details Britney Schaeffer +1 469-774-2409 britney.schaeffer@provana.com Company Website https://www.provana.com/

July 07, 2022 07:50 AM Central Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise Owners André and Cindie Nel Grow Business in Costa Mesa, CA

Minuteman Press International Inc

In January 2020, André and Cindie Nel realized their dream of owning a business in the US by purchasing their Minuteman Press franchise located at 2930 College Ave., Unit C in Costa Mesa. “We have both always been entrepreneurs at heart,” says Cindie. As a dynamic husband and wife duo, André and Cindie have combined their strengths to create a highly successful Minuteman Press business in Costa Mesa, California, with strong growth since buying the business during the pandemic and through to today. Journey from South Africa to Costa Mesa Hailing from South Africa, André, as part of an owner run business, built a significant multi temperature logistics and distribution company for several large US fast food franchise brands. Cindie, through her strong sales and account management skills, built an innovative telecommunications brand. Cindie shares, “André, recognizing the value in investing in leading US Franchise organizations, set about purchasing a franchise in the US. Minuteman Press International, with its solid track record and stellar reputation not only in the US but in other global markets including South Africa, made the Minuteman Press franchise opportunity a front runner. This, combined with André being a college marketing major and me being a public relations major, meant there was an obvious synergy in the commercial print world, and this made Minuteman Press the perfect business opportunity for us.” Now operating in Costa Mesa for over two and a half years, André and Cindie have fully integrated themselves and Minuteman Press into their community. André says, “Costa Mesa is an inclusive community with businesses choosing to shop and support local and we have seen huge benefits in both supporting and receiving local support. Support includes not only business but also sharing facilities and neighborhood responsibilities.” “With so much being ‘virtual’ in today’s society, print is still something tangible that people can touch and feel and use to connect more personally with potential and existing clients. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of connecting with one another at every opportunity, be it postcards, brochures, apparel, signage, customized mailings, etc. Print is highly personal and society is craving more and not less of it.” -Cindie Nel, co-owner, Minuteman Press, Costa Mesa Building the Business in Costa Mesa To grow the business, André and Cindie have successfully differentiated themselves from the competition. André explains, “Earning our clients’ trust through personal service, quick turnarounds and over delivering on expectations sets us apart from our competitors. We’ve learned to understand each client’s specific requirements and tailor our solutions accordingly. Rather than be a ‘Jack of all Trades’ we strive to become an expert for their essential needs and grow into their requirements from there.” For Minuteman Press in Costa Mesa, key product growth areas include customized labels, stickers, books, and custom branded apparel. André says, “We’ve invested and skilled up in the label/sticker and book capabilities. We’ve realized the key is in-house, quick turnaround service. We are price competitive, however, not the cheapest in town. Our clients love our personal service, with pre-production samples and our ability to meet tight in-hand deadlines setting us apart from our larger competitors.” He continues, “We have also managed to grow our customized apparel business through a great partnership with a decorator with whom we work closely in understanding the balance between exceptional quality and meeting customer in hand dates.” When it comes to marketing the business, Cindie shares, “Our biggest growth initiatives have been online marketing through Google optimization, with our five-star Google Reviews being a massive contributing success factor. The Minuteman Press pedigree is also key in clients locating us through Internet search filters. Other major growth contributing factors have been personal networking and client referrals. One of our largest clients, a realty company, is a friend of ours and it’s rewarding to be a part of their marketing and business development success.” She adds, “When you’ve invested in paid Internet optimization and client referrals, it’s critical you answer the phone and email as quickly and as professionally as possible to ensure these opportunities are secured.” Why Minuteman Press? For André and Cindie, joining the Minuteman Press franchise family enabled them to realize their dream of owning a business while also providing additional resources and support. Cindie says, “Becoming integrated into the Minuteman Press franchise system has been seamless and successful due to the informative training at World HQ and the ongoing solid local support from our Regional VP Dan Byers and the local field team. Minuteman Press checks all the right boxes in terms of onboarding, operational and financial training, and franchise support.” She continues, “Additionally, where Minuteman Press hits the ball out the park is in the inclusive ‘Minuteman Press family’ culture where everyone supports each other in challenging times and cheers each other on and celebrates sincerely in each other’s achievements. This is what makes Minuteman Press the unique and special place that it is. During these unprecedented times we’ve all been facing, the kindness and generosity shown by our Minuteman Press family has been remarkable.” When asked about the rewards of business ownership, Cindie states, “Our biggest personal reward for owning our own business is that we get to remain connected with our children through time flexibility and the ability to support them financially. Our son, Ethan, is a Computer Science Engineering Major at UCSC. We love that we get to visit him and the beautiful campus and town of Santa Cruz. Our daughter, Madison, a Junior at San Clemente High School, is an aspiring actress and we love having the time and ability to share her dreams and passions.” Cindie adds, “Our professional rewards are how our clients have become our partners and friends resulting in doubling the turnover of our business in the brief two and a half years we’ve owned our shop. This has been achieved with the mindset that every project is about how we can add value to our clients’ businesses or employees. Without our strategic relationships with our suppliers and service providers this would be impossible, so we therefore value, support and deeply invest in these companies who are an extension of our family.” Advice to Others For others who are looking into owning a business, Cindie shares, “Our advice to business owners is to do as we did; learn from the best. The key to success is to know your local market and client base and to let them dictate what and how much to invest in in-house capabilities.” She concludes, “Become experts in your field. Never hand over a job that is anything less than exceptional and also package and label your orders in the manner that you as a client would like to receive them. Always be excited and enthusiastic about every job you do for your client and rewards will follow!” Minuteman Press in Costa Mesa is located at 2930 College Ave., Unit C, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/ca/costa-mesa/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

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