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Social media stars will explore new ways to share how simple, fun and invaluable Blast is to unlock unlimited potential in all players’ swings

SAN MARCOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blast Motion, a leader in motion analysis, performance insights and content for athletes, today announced the launch of a dynamic ambassador team. The team features new signees Haley Cruse and Paige Halstead, 2 of the world’s top softball influencers on social media, and will grow to include a number of other current and former pro softball players and coaches as well as some of the game’s top NIL athletes. In addition to working with Blast’s engineering team to provide input into future Blast products and services, Cruse and Halstead are looking forward to creating a variety of sharable content to cultivate engagement and empowerment among the softball community utilizing the Blast Softball swing analyzer (sensor), mobile app and Web platform.

As a standout athlete at University of Oregon, Cruse led the team in hitting for 4 straight years becoming the first player in the program’s history to achieve this feat; played in the Women’s College World Series twice (’17 and ’18). She’s now a pro player with the USSSA Pride, and an audience of over 1 million social followers. Her dedication to growing the game and ability to create engaging content that both resonates within the sport and transcends softball made her an ideal partner to help launch Team Blast.

“I believe Blast can advance the sport of softball even more than they already have, and I’m excited to join the team,” said former University of Oregon and current USSSA Pride player Haley Cruse. “Blast understands that there are many types of swings, and their solutions have helped me immensely. I look forward to helping other athletes understand how easy and powerful it is for Blast to analyze their swing from a different perspective, so they can make adjustments and continue improving.”

Halstead attended UCLA, where she was the Bruins’ catcher for 4 consecutive years culminating in trips to the Women’s College World Series each year and earning the National Championship title in 2019—the 118th in UCLA Softball’s storied history. She simultaneously played for the US Junior Women’s National Team for 2 years, and was 1 of the youngest members to join the Olympic Team while attending college. Upon graduating, Halstead played professionally for Athletes Unlimited and she has since committed her time and energy to coaching players in both strength and conditioning as well as softball skills training. She has grown her reach on social media to nearly 800,000 followers and counting; has mastered creating a variety of entertaining and educational content. With her finger on the pulse of the latest training methods and technologies, in both softball and baseball, as well as producing amazing content and being an advocate for mental health awareness and empowerment with female athletes, she adds incredible dimension to Team Blast.

“I’ve seen the impact that Blast has had first-hand, using their solution myself in training before, during and after college as well as in coaching other athletes,” said UCLA National Champion as well as former Team USA and pro softball player Paige Halstead. “By teaming up with Blast, we will open the eyes of players to different ways of helping them reach their full potential. Together, we want Team Blast to expand the positive impact that Blast has made in the softball world as a whole and with the younger generation.”

Using their talents and reach across Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the ambassadors will collaborate with Blast to create training videos featuring swing tips and tricks to help players improve as well as generate content that showcase their personal goals, results, perspectives, personalities and behind-the-scenes journeys.

“Just like Haley and Paige, Blast is obsessed with sports and helping coaches as well as their players train smarter, compete with greater confidence and generate game-changing results,” said Blast Motion Director of Digital Marketing Austin Hurwitz. “Our mission is to develop best-in-class solutions, helping athletes at all levels achieve greatness and grow the game. We’re absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Haley and Paige, to engage the softball community like never before.”

Blast’s powerful swing improvement solutions provide motion analysis, performance insights and content that push the limits of player development. Powered by the #1 Swing Analyzer in the game, Blast Softball and Blast Baseball are trusted by more pro, college, elite travel ball and academy teams, coaches and players; Blast Golf is trusted by over 200+ Tour professionals. All of Blast’s solutions are proven with the most swings in the game, and engineered to deliver unreal results at every level of play.

Blast Softball combines sensor-based swing analysis with curated video clips in an easy-to-use mobile app. Players at any level can get real-time feedback with a solution designed to help them train smarter and get better, and coaches can leverage premium services with advanced metrics, training insights and player management to unlock their players’ potential.

About Blast Motion:

Based in San Marcos, California, Blast Motion is an information company that provides motion analysis and performance insights. By intelligently combining the biomechanics of movement with sensor data, video capture technology, and cloud-based software services, Blast has redefined the way people coach, recruit, train, analyze, and improve their game. For additional information, please visit https://blastmotion.com/ and follow Blast on social media (Baseball: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok; Softball: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok; Golf: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok; All Sports: YouTube, LinkedIn).

Contacts

Donovan Prostrollo

Senior Director of Marketing

Blast Motion

dprostrollo@blastmotion.com
707-338-2679

The Exchange uses fractional NFT technology to expand ownership of iconic, real-world objects

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Jupiter Exchange, an alternative asset exchange using fractional NFT technology, announced that it has closed on a $5 million seed funding round led by White Hilt Capital. Jupiter curates iconic objects and makes fractional ownership available to anyone through its digital marketplace and exchange.

“We are thrilled to finally introduce Jupiter to the world,” said Loren Dealy Mahler, CEO of Jupiter Exchange. “Beauty belongs to those who appreciate it, and we are grateful to White Hilt Capital for sharing in that vision and partnering with us to facilitate expanded ownership of the world’s most beloved items. Our team has been working around the clock to bring Jupiter to life, and we look forward to establishing our presence at the intersection of blockchain technology and financial markets.”

“As a global financial institution, we look for impactful investment opportunities where technology is leveraged in an established but archaic market segment,” said David Mazaheri, Managing Partner of White Hilt Capital. “Historically, the alternative asset market is inefficient and participation has been closed to all but a few high-net-worth investors. By leveraging NFT technology, Jupiter is expanding ownership opportunities to anyone who cares about maintaining a diversified portfolio of investment-grade assets. Whether someone feels passionate about an item or just wants to explore new investment opportunities, Jupiter has created an ecosystem of tools that enable that pursuit.”

Jupiter Exchange establishes a simple process where the ownership of each carefully curated item, such as fine art, cars, sneakers, and pop culture memorabilia, is minted as an NFT and fractionalized into individual ownership tokens. Once sold out on the Jupiter marketplace, the item is listed on the Jupiter Exchange and available through a traditional bid-ask model.

To join the waitlist and receive information when assets are available on Jupiter’s marketplace, visit www.jupiterexchange.com

About Jupiter Exchange

Jupiter Exchange facilitates ownership of the world’s most iconic objects by leveraging fractional NFT technology to give anyone the opportunity to own the things they’ve always dreamed about.

Contacts

Media:
Tamara York

Tamara York Public Relations

Tamara@tamarayorkpr.com

As an official partner in the all-new TikTok Content Marketing specialty, Sprinklr is now the only TikTok Marketing Partner supporting organic and paid content on TikTok

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CXM #AdvertisingSprinklr (NYSE: CXM), the unified customer experience management (Unified-CXM) platform for modern enterprises, today announced an expanded partnership with TikTok as an official partner in its all-new TikTok Content Marketing Specialty that is a part of the TikTok Marketing Partner Program. Sprinklr was TikTok’s first advertising partner in 2020, and the addition of the Content Marketing Specialty makes Sprinklr the only platform capable of helping marketers manage, execute, and optimize both organic and paid content campaigns on TikTok.

Previously, brands were managing content natively on TikTok, making it impossible for them to scale content globally, ensure the required level of governance, and integrate TikTok into larger marketing strategies.

Through this integration, Sprinklr clients like PUMA and Citizens Financial Group will be able to:

  • Manage: Organize, schedule and publish content on TikTok
  • Understand: Access and track customer profile and video metrics in real time for organic and paid content
  • Respond: Monitor and engage with comments in order to connect and grow with the TikTok community

“Using Sprinklr’s unified platform to streamline the way we create and govern our content on TikTok is a huge game changer for us. As a global brand, seamless content management across our social media channels is essential to creating effective, engaging customer experiences around the world. Now, we can save a tremendous amount of time managing paid and owned strategies, and can put more energy into developing new ways to connect with the creative TikTok community,” said Ivan Dashkov, Digital Culture Creative Director at PUMA.

“Citizens is one of the largest financial institutions in the United States and we are in a period of rapid growth. It is essential to have a unified customer experience management platform that makes it easy for us to manage social activations and programs across the enterprise in one place, with strong governance,” said Sharifah Niles-Lane, Citizens Senior Vice President, Social Media Director. “Sprinklr’s expanded partnership with TikTok, one of the fastest growing social media platforms right now, will help us better engage this highly-coveted audience and reinforce our efforts to innovate and align our paid and organic efforts.”

“At TikTok, we are always building and looking for new opportunities to make it simpler for brands to be more creative and to meaningfully engage with our community. We are excited to welcome our new content marketing partners and collaborate with some of the most strategic and trusted leaders in the advertising industry. These partners will provide marketers with simple, effective tools to engage with their audiences, store and schedule their content, and understand their performance in real time,” said Melissa Yang, Head of Ecosystem Partnerships, TikTok.

“The ability to manage content on TikTok has been one of the most in-demand features for Sprinklr customers, and we’re thrilled to grow our partnership with TikTok by expanding upon our strong advertising capabilities with additional content marketing support,” said Jim Tomanchek, VP, Global Strategic Alliances for Social and Messaging Channels at Sprinklr. “As we continue to enhance Sprinklr’s platform, we’re always focused on strengthening our partnerships to help brands deliver human experiences by engaging with customers on the channels of their choice.”

AVAILABILITY & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Sprinklr’s publishing integration with TikTok is generally available for all clients globally
  • For more information on Sprinklr’s partnership with TikTok, please click here

About TikTok

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.

About Sprinklr

Sprinklr is a leading enterprise software company for all customer-facing functions. With advanced AI, Sprinklr’s unified customer experience management (Unified-CXM) platform helps companies deliver human experiences to every customer, every time, across any modern channel. Headquartered in New York City with employees around the world, Sprinklr works with more than 1,000 of the world’s most valuable enterprises — global brands like Microsoft, P&G, Samsung and more than 50% of the Fortune 100.

Contacts

Press
Austin DeArman

pr@sprinklr.com

Customizable email marketing campaigns enable salons, spas, and medspas to enhance client engagement, boost bookings, and drive retention

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boulevard (www.joinblvd.com), provider of the client experience platform purpose-built for appointment-based, self-care businesses, today announced the launch of the Boulevard Marketing Suite, a collection of tools that help customers streamline and simplify their email marketing strategy. Seamlessly integrated into the Boulevard dashboard, the suite enables self-care professionals to quickly and easily create, execute, track, and maintain email marketing campaigns that are both targeted and customizable. With the Boulevard Marketing Suite, self-care businesses can create better client experiences and boost revenue by filling slow days and last-minute openings, rescuing lost clients, and reminding loyal ones when it’s time to book.

Unlike competing email marketing solutions that rely on traditional usage-based pricing, the Boulevard Marketing Suite leverages a pay-for-performance model for automated campaigns through which customers only pay for appointments booked. This performance-based approach ensures customers enjoy an ROI-positive outcome every time they execute an automated campaign.

“In today’s digital age, targeted email marketing is essential to engaging with and retaining clients long after their first appointment,” said Shanalie Wijesinghe, director of education, Boulevard. “Historically, executing an email campaign has not only required expertise in marketing automation, but also significant time and resources – two things most self-care professionals don’t have in abundance. The Boulevard Marketing Suite alleviates that challenge and takes the stress and guesswork out of email marketing with beautifully branded and personalized campaigns that require little in the way of time, effort, or expertise.”

The Boulevard Marketing Suite allows users to leverage customizable templates that build brand awareness and match the specific email marketing needs of single- and multi-location salons, spas, and medspas. With the Boulevard Marketing Suite, users can leverage both one-time blasts that are ideal for general announcements, newsletters, promotions, and business updates, as well as automated, always-on campaigns that enable professionals to stay in touch with clients and unlock new revenue.

Additional key benefits of the Boulevard Marketing Suite include:

  • Intelligent design. Boulevard’s intuitive, easy-to-use campaign builder helps self-care professionals customize every email to match their brand, messaging, and creative goals.
  • Seamless integration. The new marketing suite integrates seamlessly with the modern design aesthetic and simplified workflow of the Boulevard dashboard, eliminating the need for professionals to learn a new solution or pay a third party to host their client list and enabling them to enjoy the simplicity of having all the tools they need in one place.
  • Data-driven targeting and insights. Automated campaigns with Boulevard Marketing Suite leverage intelligent algorithms and safeguards to deliver the right message to the right client at the right time, while also providing deep insights via robust performance reports. Users simply select their campaign goal and customize their campaign messaging. Boulevard does the rest.

The new marketing suite further bolsters the breadth and depth of capabilities available to users of Boulevard’s client experience platform. In addition to powerful appointment scheduling and messaging functionality, Boulevard also provides full payment facilitation capabilities, making it the only booking solution in the self-care industry that offers complete end-to-end payment facilitation. Boulevard now processes more than $1 billion in payments annually. More than 25,000 professionals in more than 2,000 salons and spas across the nation rely on the Boulevard platform to deliver personable, enjoyable experiences to their clients through online appointment scheduling, messaging, and payments that are simple, elegant, and reliable.

The launch comes as Boulevard continues to garner significant industry and workplace recognition. Last month, the company was named to the inaugural SMBTech 50 list recognizing high-growth startups that serve small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, earlier this year, Boulevard was named one of dot.LA’s hottest startups of 2022.

The company was also recently named one of America’s Best Startup Employers for 2022 by Forbes, ranking 33rd on the prestigious listing of the 500 best startup employers in the U.S. Additionally, Boulevard recently achieved Great Place to Work® certification for 2022 and was named one of the 50 Best Small Companies to Work For by Built In LA. With its commitment to a fully remote workforce, Boulevard has more than doubled the size of its team in the past 12 months and continues to hire.

Pricing and availability

The Boulevard Marketing Suite is available now and accessible via the Boulevard Dashboard. One-time blasts are available to all Boulevard customers for just $0.01 per email, with the first 500 emails per location free each month. Automated campaigns are available to all premier or enterprise customers and are billed on a pay-for-performance basis at a rate of $2 per appointment booked.

About Boulevard

Boulevard offers the first and only client experience platform purpose-built for appointment-based, self-care businesses. Boulevard empowers business owners and professionals alike to deliver personable, enjoyable experiences to their clients through online appointment scheduling, messaging, and payments that are simple, elegant, and reliable. Founded in 2016, Boulevard has earned the trust of thousands of salons and spas across the nation by delivering the world-class technology and genuine, human, personable service they deserve. To learn more, visit joinblvd.com.

Contacts

Company Contact:
Scott Desiere

Boulevard

sdesiere@blvd.co
619-952-3758

Media Contact:
Lauren Tascan

Fluid Group

lauren@candorcontent.com

Technology empowers users to make ESG-informed decisions in day-to-day activities that drive the core business

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–E2open Parent Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ETWO), a leading network-based provider of a cloud-based, mission-critical, end-to-end supply chain management platform, announces the release of its second-quarter technology update, with innovations across all solution suites to enable clients to make better business decisions through a more connected and sustainable supply chain. The 22.2 release includes the introduction of a new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) capability to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions when booking transportation for any mode in any region.

“Measuring and reporting carbon emissions related to supply chains is just the first step,” said Pawan Joshi, executive vice president of product management and strategy at E2open. “It creates a baseline to assess your footprint and an ongoing measure to track against net-zero commitments or regulatory compliance. Yet, it falls short of the larger goal of systematically reducing a company’s carbon footprint. By surfacing emissions information during logistics planning and tendering, companies can now make ESG-informed tradeoffs and decisions that consider carbon impact, as well as cost, delivery and carrier options. This E2open technology complements existing global emissions tracking capabilities in our transportation management solution and empowers users to actively lower their greenhouse gas footprint when planning or moving goods.”

This latest innovation is part of E2open’s larger strategy to improve the quality of life and our planet through connected technologies and sustainable practices related to making, moving and selling goods.

“There is a misperception that sustainable practices are inherently more expensive. This is largely untrue when it comes to supply chain,” continues Joshi. “In the end-to-end supply chain, there are many opportunities to remove structural waste and improve productivity and service, while at the same time reducing costs and carbon footprint. The key to unlocking value is to understand, manage and empower users to actively reduce ESG risk within the day-to-day activities that drive their core business – this can’t be done with an overlay. We’re delighted to launch this innovation to help clients make better business decisions that meet their financial, service and environmental goals.”

Some of the primary enhancements in E2open’s 22.2 technology release include:

Channel Shaping

  • A new analytics dashboard evaluates collateral usage and partner performance to identify the best resources to maximize return on marketing investments. In addition, brand users can now create effective marketing templates themselves to further improve the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
  • An actionable dashboard up-levels partner experience by allowing partners to view accrued earnings, get alerts when at risk of missing minimum thresholds or deadlines to earn rebates, and provide visibility into more earning opportunities. This helps maximize partner benefits of working with the brand and promotes sales growth by offering brands value-added information on how to help partners improve their performance.

Demand Sensing and Business Planning

  • A new feature gives supply planners greater flexibility by allowing them to override plans when a significant input exists that sits outside of standard supply modeling. This flexibility enhances plan quality beyond modeling while increasing planner productivity.
  • Adding product mix planning to the S&OP process enables planners to review the depth of the product line and define a distribution profile across product hierarchies on-the-fly. This helps set an optimal mix at a customer or channel, resulting in improved product portfolio performance (revenue/profit) and increased planner productivity with instant calculations.
  • A new feature automatically adjusts forecasts to reduce bias and better align with historical analysis. This further improves forecast accuracy and reduces service risks associated with under-forecasting.

Global Trade Management

  • In response to the wide-ranging sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus, E2open rapidly incorporated changes for more than 60 restrictive measures on imports and exports published across 39 countries since the last product release. There have also been more than 140 restricted party list updates, with the addition of more than 8,400 entities.
  • E2open’s proprietary trade content database, Global Knowledge®, continues to expand coverage to provide deeper compliance and screening capabilities. The addition of three new jurisdictions (Somalia, Melilla and Canary Islands) to the global tariff coverage increases the number of countries, territories and regions to 225. Our restricted party lists now include the Acuris Politically Exposed Persons list and six other regulatory lists, bringing the coverage count to over 785.
  • U.S. Customs filing functionality was updated in response to many U.S. government trade remedy actions, including tariff-rate quotas, reinstated exclusions and Harmonized Tariff changes. Once imports are filtered, users are alerted to potential restrictions or additional reporting requirements, and the appropriate tariff code is automatically inserted, making the importers’ decision-making process easier.
  • Enhanced customs filing capabilities help clients manage the major compliance changes in the Netherlands Declaration System (DMS 4.0). Traders and declarants can continue smooth customs operations and benefit from a more secure and efficient customs process on a connected E2open platform. Furthermore, direct customs filing capabilities have been enhanced to comply with new country declaration requirements for the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Sweden (NCTS), and Denmark (ICS) filings.
  • Duty management capabilities have been updated so companies can take advantage of the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This trade agreement between 10 ASEAN countries, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Korea lowers trade barriers and improves access to new markets at lower costs.

Transportation and Logistics

  • With more companies focused on sustainability, E2open transportation management now provides visibility into greenhouse gas emissions when planning or tendering freight moves. Users can now proactively reduce the carbon footprint of moving goods by making ESG-informed tradeoffs and decisions that consider cost, transit time and now emissions. A new interactive timeline view lets dispatchers monitor route plans and make alternative plans where necessary to help ensure customer commitments and delivery restrictions are met.
  • With the tremendous increase in e-commerce shipments, the need for efficient parcel services is essential. Parcel shippers can confidently use E2open, a FedEx Diamond Tier Compatible Partner, to ship via FedEx® International Priority Express and the new FedEx® International Connect Plus (FICP), a new FedEx Express International, day-definite, e-commerce shipping service in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.
  • Enhanced visibility into contract obligations, including transportation commitments, allows forwarders to consider this information when selecting preferred carriers (in addition to emissions, cost, transit, and service).
  • New functionality streamlines payment using vouchers to compensate truckers for container moves in countries where the traditional prepaid model is not permitted by law. Through integration with PayCargo, shippers can initiate payments for rated bills of lading invoices, speeding up cargo release from the carrier.

Supply Management and Collaborative Manufacturing

  • Enhanced self-service alerting allows client administrators and power users to specify order collaboration exception notifications. New advanced search criteria and free-form expressions enable power users to use mathematical, conditional, and logical operators to define alert triggers for complex supply issues.
  • Improved supply event processing provides clients with full access to outbound signals across all suppliers and locations. Enhanced data flow between brand owner ERPs and their suppliers’ systems allows clients to process more events, accelerate the pace of business and make better-informed supply decisions.
  • An expanded library of risk and quality metrics provides deeper insights into critical quality issues to improve sourcing decisions and overall supply chain performance. These key performance indicators provide greater visibility into test request progress, failure test requests, pending buyer approval test requests and an overall test request summary.

As a cloud-based platform, E2open consistently brings the best in channel and supply chain management technology to customers. To learn more about the full breadth of updates in this quarterly technology update, clients may join E2open’s 22.2 product release webinars through the MyE2open portal.

About E2open

At E2open, we’re creating a more connected, intelligent supply chain. It starts with sensing and responding to real-time demand, supply and delivery constraints. Bringing together data from customers, distribution channels, suppliers, contract manufacturers and logistics partners, our collaborative and agile supply chain platform enables companies to use data in real time, with artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive smarter decisions. All this complex information is delivered in a single view that encompasses your demand, supply, logistics and global trade ecosystems. E2open is changing everything. Demand. Supply. Delivered.™ Visit www.e2open.com.

E2open and the E2open logo are registered trademarks of E2open, LLC. Demand. Supply. Delivered. is a trademark of E2open, LLC. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Media Contact:

5W PR for E2open

e2open@5wpr.com
718-757-6144

Investor Contact:

Adam Rogers

AVP Investor Relations, E2open

adam.rogers@e2open.com
515-556-1162

Corporate Contact:

Kristin Seigworth

VP Communications, E2open

kristin.seigworth@e2open.com

New marketing solution enables measurable, omnichannel campaigns at enterprise scale and allows marketers to break through digital noise; driving notable company growth

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lob, the leading direct mail automation platform, today announced the launch of the company’s flagship product, delivering the marketing industry’s first-ever end-to-end direct mail automation platform to enable intelligent mail and transform the antiquated process for marketers. With this platform, Lob is building upon past successes with their direct mail APIs and reinventing direct mail campaigns for marketers–making it a necessary part of their marketing strategy and tech stack. The powerful, easy-to-use SaaS solution simplifies marketers’ direct mail efforts, and makes direct mail intelligent with hyper-personalization, measurable ROI and campaign analytics, and automated workflows for omnichannel campaigns—all at enterprise scale. Unlike other solutions, Lob’s platform manages the direct mail process end-to-end from concept, to print, all the way through to delivery and campaign optimization.

It’s ever-important for marketers to get smart about the way they do direct mail to connect with consumers and break through the digital noise. Consumers are increasingly craving the tangible—in fact, 67% of people see physical mail as being more personal than an email and 90% of millennials think that direct mail is more trustworthy and reliable. According to Lob’s State of Direct Mail report, 67% of marketers say direct mail provides the best ROI of any channel they use. Lob’s platform enables marketers to make direct mail campaigns fast, scalable, and hyper-personalized and allows for continuous testing and optimization. With Lob, brands see a massive decrease in direct mail costs and a 27% increase in ROI of omnichannel campaigns.

“We are disrupting the old way of executing direct mail campaigns and making it a tech-enabled function for the modern marketer. We are empowering businesses to reach millions of homes and offices each day and connect with their customers on a deeply personalized level, all while learning from those interactions,” said Ritu Kapoor, chief marketing officer of Lob. “We are connecting marketers’ digital and physical approaches, synchronizing traditionally disparate functions at a massive scale, and enabling marketers to send millions of unique pieces of direct mail within one campaign. And, just as important, we’re shrinking the timeline it takes to get mail in hands—enabling marketers to execute direct mail campaigns in days versus many months.”

To support these market changes and consumer desires, Lob’s platform is built for the marketer and provides critical benefits such as:

  • Easy-to-use SaaS-based technology, enabling marketers to execute campaigns as needed: scheduled for a specific date, ad-hoc last minute, or triggered by another marketing initiative
  • Ability to send mail with no scale or frequency minimums or limits
  • Strategic zero-touch print and delivery priority network across the U.S., eliminating the need to manage multiple touchpoints in the process
  • Seamless integration into existing tech stacks
  • Minimal wastage with built-in address verification and quality controls that prevent bad mail from going to printers; for context, industry standard indicates that 20% of addresses are entered incorrectly
  • Eco-conscious mail

“Before using Lob’s platform, our direct mail campaigns were time-intensive, and the associated workflows were costly. On top of that, we weren’t able to measure our successes or failures,” said Malin Dettmann-Levin, CRM lead at Marley Spoon. “With Lob’s automated direct mail capabilities, we’ve increased productivity and saved precious marketing dollars. In just one quarter, we’ve seen a higher conversion rate and a lower cost per reactivation with each campaign sent—this is a huge contribution as it’s already a fifth of all paid reactivations. We’re also able to increase campaign ROI by testing, optimizing, and personalizing our retargeting mailers, while ensuring our direct mail campaigns are in sync with other related marketing initiatives, like email sends. I’m excited to see what we can do to leverage Lob and direct mail even more.”

Lob’s platform launch builds upon its best-in-class API foundation and underscores the company’s evolution and rapid growth. To date, the company has transformed the direct mail process for over 10,000 customers, including some of the world’s largest enterprises like Wayfair, CapitalOne, Booking.com, and Verizon. Through Lob, customers have sent almost 1Billion pieces of mail. Lob has made significant executive hires in the last six months alone, including Ritu Kapoor, chief marketing officer; Cory Hogan, chief revenue officer; Nicole Dunn, VP of customer success, and Summer Hahnlen, senior director of customer success and direct mail expert.

“When I started Lob eight years ago, I set out to build a company that solved a complex problem and connected the physical with the digital, and direct mail fits right into that bucket and is ripe for automation,” said Leore Avidar, CEO and co-founder of Lob. “Lob is on the precipice of its next phase, and the launch of our platform is the ’curtains up’ moment for that. I’m excited to see the positive impact we make on the marketing industry and in the enterprise SaaS space.”

For more information, visit https://www.lob.com/.

About Lob

Lob is the only direct mail automation platform for the digital age. Lob’s platform automates the direct mail execution process for enterprises, at any scale – from creation, printing, postage, delivery, and sustainability with end-to-end analytics and campaign attribution. Over 10,000 businesses trust Lob to transform their direct mail to intelligent mail.

Founded in 2013 and based in San Francisco, Lob is venture-backed by Y Combinator, Polaris Partners, Floodgate, and First Round Capital.

Find out more about Lob on our website: https://lob.com.

Contacts

Megan Nealon on behalf of Lob

V2 Communications

Lob@v2comms.com

European discount giant teams with Symphony RetailAI for enhanced promotions, allocations and ordering across the enterprise

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symphony RetailAI, a leading provider of end-to-end, integrated AI-powered merchandising, marketing and supply chain solutions for retailers and CPG manufacturers, today announced a deepening relationship with Action, Europe’s fastest-growing non-food discounter. Based on results from trial phases that yielded compelling business results, Action is applying Symphony RetailAI across the enterprise for optimal allocations and promotions.

“The powerful results we achieved in initial rollout phases give us the confidence that Symphony RetailAI enterprise-level automation and intelligence will enable us to scale effectively amid our continued rapid growth,” said Jack Eijkman, supply chain program manager, Action. “In addition to addressing new functional areas like allocations and promotions, we will be using Symphony RetailAI Insights for internal visibility and to share forecasting information with our vendors. This deeper level of collaboration with suppliers will help us successfully navigate continued supply chain challenges.”

“Growth-oriented retailers like Action succeed by innovating and leveraging integrated, AI-powered solutions that scale with the business,” said Chris Koziol, CEO of Symphony RetailAI. “We are pleased to extend the relationship with Action to deepen their data-driven capabilities in promotions, allocation and supplier collaboration to increase automation, better serve their growing customer base and drive measurable business impact.”

About Action

Action (action.com) is the fastest-growing non-food discounter in Europe, with an increasingly diverse range of 6000 products in 2000 stores for 11 million customers per week. An additional eight million shoppers visit the Action.com website every week. Action employs more than 65,000 people in 10 countries with 124 different nationalities. In the Netherlands, Action has 401 stores and 20,000 employees. Actions offers a constantly surprising range of items at the lowest prices while continually improving products in terms of both quality and durability. The promise of Action: low prices, big smile.

About Symphony RetailAI

Symphony RetailAI is a leading provider of end-to-end, integrated AI-powered Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain Solutions for retailers and CPG manufacturers worldwide. Harnessing the power of AI, our solutions enhance agility, performance, and revenue growth across the retail value chain from source to consumer. Trusted by hundreds of the world’s leading retailers and manufacturers, Symphony RetailAI serves more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, including 15 of the top 25 global grocery retailers, 25 of the top 25 global CPG manufacturers, thousands of retail brands, and hundreds of national and regional chains. At Symphony RetailAI, it’s about more than transforming retail – it’s about building a culture of contributing to positive change: Symphony RetailAI achieved Great Place to Work Certification in all nine countries for which it was eligible. More at Symphony RetailAI.

Contacts

Adrienne Newcomb

Ketner Group Communications (for Symphony RetailAI)

adrienne@ketnergroup.com

In Major Industry Shake Up, Key Leaders from IBM AI Applications Practice, Kevin Reese and David Ricketts, Join enVista for Opportunity to Lead the Omnichannel Industry from the Forefront and Provide Clients the Most Innovative, Modern Global OMS, POS and Supply Chain Solutions Available in the Market Today

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#LeadersenVista, a global software, consulting, managed services and automation firm optimizing and transforming physical and digital commerce, today announces that it has hired Kevin Reese as EVP of Commercial Commerce and David Ricketts as Vice President of Sales for Enspire Commerce OMS and omnichannel solutions. Reese and Ricketts join enVista from IBM and bring more than 40 years of combined OMS experience.


In a notable industry coup, Reese and Ricketts are making the strategic move to join enVista in response to mounting market demand for enVista’s next generation OMS, omnichannel and supply chain solutions. Reese and Ricketts will have the opportunity to provide clients with robust and mature next gen, cloud-native omnichannel solutions delivered on a common data model and to further accelerate momentum for enVista’s market-leading OMS.

During Reese’s five-plus years at IBM, he served in multiple roles, most recently as Distribution Market Leader, AI Applications where he led commercial integration for IBM’s Sterling OMS and B2B Supply Chain Management solutions for Distribution. Ricketts is one of the most respected and successful OMS sales leaders in the industry, having led OMS sales results for the last six years at IBM and dominating commerce and OMS sales in the market over the last 15 years.

enVista CEO, Jim Barnes, said, “I am extremely pleased to have Kevin Reese and David Ricketts join our organization. In the world of global omnichannel and supply chain solutions, they are incredibly well-known and respected. Kevin and David bring deep domain expertise and a profound understanding of how to help clients leverage the right strategies and technology to rapidly overcome omnichannel complexity. They are talented individuals in and of their own right, but the fact that they are joining together as a powerhouse of talent for our Enspire Commerce Practice is a testament to the strength of enVista’s solutions, our vision and leadership in the market, and our continued momentum.”

Reese said, “I am excited to join enVista and to help more companies strategically drive their business initiatives. Having seen enVista’s omnichannel solutions firsthand, I am extremely impressed with the flexibility, extensibility, scalability and comprehensive capabilities they provide. enVista’s unified commerce solutions and the results they deliver are the industry’s best-kept secret.”

Ricketts added, “enVista’s Enspire Commerce solution is a modern, enterprise platform powering commerce and delivering new levels of agility and profitability for brands like GNC, Spencer’s/Spirit Halloween, Serta, Titan Brands, and more. I can attest it is indeed the ‘best-kept secret’ in the Commerce Industry and is poised to change the face of commerce. I look forward to helping more companies accelerate and maximize their omnichannel and supply chain results with enVista.”

All of enVista’s omnichannel solutions have been strategically built from the ground up as microservices-based, API-first, cloud-native and headless (MACH) architecture and are delivered on an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) to rapidly integrate and scale. enVista’s Unified Commerce Platform includes order orchestration, enterprise inventory availability, store fulfillment, customer care, point of sale/mobile point of sale (POS/mPOS), dropship, marketplaces, subscriptions, PIM, mobile fulfillment, shipment experience management and AI/ML.

Named one of “The Seven Providers That Matter Most” in The Forrester Wave™: Order Management Systems, Q2 2021, enVista’s OMS received the highest scores in the order orchestration, reporting and analytics, and delivery model (tied) criteria.

Visit enVista’s website or Order Management System webpage to learn more.

About enVista:

enVista is a global software, consulting, managed services and automation firm, optimizing and transforming physical and digital commerce for the world’s leading manufacturers, distributors, 3PLs/LSPs, and omnichannel retailers. enVista uniquely optimizes and transforms physical and digital commerce – optimizing supply chain efficiencies to drive cost savings, and unifying commerce to drive customer engagement and revenue. These comprehensive capabilities, combined with enVista’s market-leading Unified Commerce Platform, Enspire Commerce and the firm’s ability to consult, implement and operate across supply chain, transportation, IT, enterprise business solutions and omnichannel commerce, allows mid-market and Fortune 100/5000 companies to leverage enVista as a trusted advisor across their enterprises. Consulting and solutions delivery are in our DNA. Let’s have a conversation™. www.envistacorp.com

Contacts

Kinsey Loebig, kloebig@envistacorp.com

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2022 CEIR Index Report, which analyzes the 2021 business-to-business (B2B) exhibition industry performance and provides an economic and exhibition industry forecast for the next three years.

“Between 2019 and today, the relevance of the CEIR Index Report is evident,” said CEIR CEO Cathy Breden, CMP-F, CAE, CEM. “The economic impact figures greatly helped in supporting messaging to business media and in communicating the value of the exhibitions industry to our elected officials. As the industry continues to recover, we will be able to provide valuable insights comparing performance pre-pandemic to current day, and sectors poised to recover with those sectors that will face challenges.”

“Nothing tells the story of the business-to-business exhibitions industry like the CEIR Index Report,” added Tommy Goodwin, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA). “The Index is the foundation of the advocacy story that ECA shares with policymakers in Washington, D.C. and across the country about how our industry drives economic growth, puts people to work, and supports small businesses nationwide.”

The CEIR Index Report provides data on the U.S. B2B exhibition industry across 14 key sectors. As an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, the CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four key metrics to determine overall performance: net square feet (NSF) of exhibit space sold; professional attendance; number of exhibiting companies; and gross revenue. The 14 industry sectors are:

  • Business Services (BZ)
  • Consumer Goods and Services (CG)
  • Discretionary Consumer Goods and Services (CS)
  • Education (ED)
  • Food (FD)
  • Financial, Legal and Real Estate (FN)
  • Government (GV)
  • Building, Construction, Home and Repair (HM)
  • Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Inputs (ID)
  • Communications and Information Technology (IT)
  • Medical and Health Care (MD)
  • Raw Materials and Science (RM)
  • Sporting Goods, Travel and Entertainment (ST)
  • Transportation (TX)

A forecast update of the CEIR Index Report will be presented at the CEIR Predict conference on 15-16 September 2022 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. This year’s conference examine the impact of the pandemic on the exhibition industry, and possible scenarios for the next three years.

“In the baseline scenario, impact of COVID-19 diminishes and the exhibition industry should see a dramatic rebound in 2022, exceeding 100 percent year-over-year increases in almost all 14 sectors, albeit from a low base in 2021,” said CEIR Economist Dr. Allen Shaw, Chief Economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. “By the end of 2023, the exhibition industry is expected to fully recover. Nonetheless, performance by sector will diverge depending on its secular (long-term) trends and underlying macroeconomic conditions.”

Click here to purchase the 2022 CEIR Index Report and/or individual sector reports.

CEIR appreciates the support for the Index Report from 2022 Predict partners:

Collaborator

Freeman

GES

Orange County Convention Center

Synchronicities

Visit Dallas

Visit Orlando

Associate

Fern

mdg, A Freeman Company

Contributor

CORT Events

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Map Your Show

Maritz Global Events

MGM Resorts International

New Orleans & Company

Oscar & Associates

TVS

About CEIR

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) serves to advance the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering knowledge-based research tools that enable stakeholder organizations to enhance their ability to meet current and emerging customer needs, improve their business performance and strengthen their competitive position. For additional information, visit www.ceir.org.

Contacts

Media Inquiries:
Mary Tucker

Sr. PR/Communications Manager

+1 (972) 687-9226

mtucker@ceir.org

Millions of Shopify merchants can now integrate sticky.io into their storefront to launch and manage subscription offers with ease

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–sticky.io, a leading ecommerce platform provider for subscription management and recurring billing, today announced sticky.io Subscriptions is now available on Shopify. sticky.io’s new application integrates directly with Shopify and leverages its native UI to allow its millions of merchants to configure flexible subscription offers fast with customizable billing models and dynamic discounting options.


sticky.io’s subscription commerce platform helps merchants easily get new products and promotions to market, providing ultimate flexibility in subscription models and intervals that fit their unique business. Brands also have the ability to offer mixed-cart checkout with sticky.io’s application, so their customers can purchase subscription and single-sale products in one transaction. With access to a merchant portal for management of customer orders, subscription analytics and expert support, Shopify merchants are equipped to capture more revenue and scale their business.

“Ecommerce merchants of all sizes are increasingly turning to the recurring subscription model to increase customer lifetime value,” said Brian Bogosian, sticky.io’s president and CEO. “We are excited to join the Shopify ecosystem with a natively-built subscription solution that helps merchants quickly generate recurring revenue while providing their customers with an integrated checkout experience.”

With the new integration, Shopify merchants can automatically install the sticky.io Subscriptions application in a few clicks, follow the in-app setup instructions to launch quickly and pay no monthly platform fees for six months if they start by December 31, 2022. Terms and conditions apply.

Key features available with sticky.io Subscriptions to Shopify merchants include:

  • Billing Models and Discounting: Create flexible subscription offers and discounting options, including standard and prepaid subscription types
  • Subscription Management: Apply bulk updates to billing models on multiple products to simplify subscription management
  • Product Management: Configure billing models (frequency and discount subscriptions) within the native Shopify admin portal
  • Consumer Portal: Enable consumers to self-manage their active subscriptions and take actions to pause, skip a cycle, cancel and more
  • Email Notifications: Automate transactional email notifications for subscriptions with a native Klaviyo integration
  • Customer Retention: Support multi-currency, mixed-cart processing and avoid involuntary churn and capture failed payments with automatic dunning
  • Subscription Analytics: Track new subscribers over time, forecast rebills by product and monitor churn metrics to identify trends
  • Reliable Support: Count on sticky.io’s expert team via in-app live chat, helpful onboarding guide and technical trainings for support when it’s needed

“At the core of Shopify’s ecosystem is our community of developers who give merchants access to critical commerce technology,” said Sid Murlidhar, Director of Partnerships at Shopify. “We’re happy to welcome sticky.io Subscriptions to the Shopify App Store, bringing its insight and experience in subscription commerce to Shopify’s millions of merchants.”

About sticky.io

Headquartered in San Francisco, sticky.io® is a leading subscription commerce platform that helps brands build lasting bonds with customers. Consumers today expect authentic and personalized experiences when they interact with brands. Being able to deliver the right message and offer at the right time can mean the difference between loyalty and churn. With 400+ partner integrations, supporting 71 million subscriptions and processing more than $4 billion in transactions annually, sticky.io is a flexible, API-driven solution built to maximize recurring revenue. To learn more, visit www.sticky.io.

Contacts

Stephanie Mattson

sticky.io

smattson@sticky.io
(813) 418-6534

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#altaninsights–Altan Insights, the alternative asset intelligence platform, recently launched its investor-facing application, marking the first prong of a robust data and insights offering across the alternative asset landscape. On the platform, investors can discover new assets, research category performance, and track their entire portfolio across fractional alternative asset marketplaces. Until now, investors struggled with disparate reporting from individual marketplaces or otherwise endured time-consuming, manual consolidation efforts. “This represents a big leap forward for the industry, as investors can now gain a holistic view of their holdings in an easily-digestible dashboard, just like they’re used to seeing on stock investing platforms,” says Altan Insights’ CEO, Russell Lieberman.

As part of the effort to empower more informed alternative asset allocations, Altan Insights is focused on providing institutional-grade research across asset categories. The first such report, focusing on first quarter performance in the sports collectibles market, was recently featured in Axios Sports and Huddle Up.

Founded in March of 2020, Altan Insights began by fostering a community for alternative asset investors to learn from one another. “As securitized collectibles and art marketplaces proliferated, we identified a glaring gap in the market, as there was no independent source of analytics, tools, and research to help guide investment strategies across marketplaces,” Lieberman noted. “Over time, the goal is to provide dearly-needed data and insights to alternative asset stakeholders in both securitized and unsecuritized areas of the market.”

Developing productive working relationships with alternative asset marketplaces while remaining a fully independent platform has allowed Altan Insights to stay wholly focused on serving investor needs. Those relationships have expanded to include several leading auction houses across categories.

Altan Insights has raised a $4M seed round to continue building out its industry-leading platform. The round is being led by Slow Ventures with participation from additional existing investors, Courtside VC and Operator Partners, as well as new investors including Alexis Ohanian and Good Friends. Lieberman added, “This funding will fuel the next stage of growth for our company as we look to further establish ourselves as the leading independent platform in the space.”

About Altan Insights

Altan Insights is the leading platform for intelligent alternative asset investing. Built on top of the most comprehensive dataset in the industry, our platform enables investors to track, analyze, and understand their entire alternative asset investment portfolio. Altan Insights’ powerful tools, in-depth analytics, and institutional-grade research empower modern investors to navigate the growing alternative asset landscape with confidence. For more information, visit altaninsights.com or follow @AltanInsights.

Contacts

Media: Russell Lieberman, contact@altaninsights.com

Auto QA accelerates quality assurance and coaching workflows for faster business-improving impact at scale

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Observe.AI, an Intelligent Workforce Platform that transforms contact centers through AI, today announced the launch of Auto QA – the first adaptive automation solution that boosts agent performance to drive faster impact on customer experience and revenue generation.

Auto QA accelerates the QA lifecycle for contact centers, increasing the speed and scale at which teams extract valuable insights to improve agent performance. By offering unprecedented granularity of control, Auto QA allows teams to tailor automation to business needs and increase the volume of coaching insights by up to 1,000X.

Unlike other solutions that use rigid, hard-coded automation logic, Auto QA offers maximum flexibility on a sliding scale of human agency. This allows contact centers to test, tune, and validate machine-driven results, and achieve the optimal balance of human efficacy and AI-powered efficiency. Human talent is kept in-the-loop precisely for strategic areas where they can make the greatest impact, instead of wasting time and effort on tedious manual tasks.

Furthermore, Observe.AI’s “glass box” AI model enables contact centers to operate with complete data transparency and develop a culture of trust.

“As part of our mission to create purpose-built, business-centric AI for contact centers, we believe in a collaborative symbiosis between human and machine intelligence,” said Swapnil Jain, Co-Founder and CEO of Observe.AI.

“Auto QA is human-informed automation at its best, empowering contact center employees to lead on creativity and strategic thinking while tasking AI with efficiency and scale. While other vendors have attempted this, Observe.AI is introducing new levels of fine-tuning for QA automation. The result is a comprehensive, consistent approach to quality assurance and agent coaching that delivers tremendous business value.”

Observe.AI’s platform leads in transcription accuracy for richer conversation intelligence and has processed nearly one billion minutes of customer interactions in the last year alone. The company’s innovations in contact center AI are fueled by its best-in-class engineering talent, who possess decades of collective expertise in areas like machine and deep learning, neural networks, natural language processing, and other advanced speech technologies. Observe.AI’s engineering and data science headcount has doubled in the last 12 months, and will continue to grow thanks to the company’s recent $125 million Series C funding round.

“The traditional approach of sample-based quality monitoring is ineffective and exposes you to compliance risk, particularly with a mix of remote and on-premises workers. Invest in quality monitoring platforms that can automate the QA process at scale and process a larger volume of interactions.”

Forrester: Streamlining The Contact Center For The New Normal, authored by Senior Analyst Vasupradha Srinivasan

For more information about Observe.AI’s Auto QA and to request a demo, please visit:

www.observe.ai/platform/auto-qa

About Observe.AI

Observe.AI is an Intelligent Workforce Platform that transforms contact centers by embedding AI into customer conversations, optimizing agent performance, and automating repeatable processes that drive revenue and retention. With Observe.AI, contact centers can surface intelligence across every interaction, giving employees highly accurate, actionable feedback using baked-in coaching and evaluation workflows, and improve key business metrics across every customer touchpoint.

Observe.AI is trusted by hundreds of customers and partners, including Pearson, 23andMe, Accolade, Group 1 Automotive, and Public Storage. Backed by Softbank Vision Fund 2, Zoom, Menlo Ventures, Scale Ventures and Nexus Ventures, Observe.AI is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Bangalore, India. For more information, visit www.observe.ai.

Contacts

Brands2Life for Observe.AI

Monique Pelletier

observe@brands2life.com
415-610-7500

The .FM TLD now offers nearly 100 new emoji-based characters for use in domains.

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DomainNames–BRS Media, a diverse and growing media e-commerce firm that assists traditional and interactive media companies build and brand on the power of the Internet, today announced that dotFM, the .FM Top-Level Domain Registry, has once again extended Emoji based Domain Names, to include nearly 100 new emoji characters. Emoji domains are a domain name with an expressive digital image or icon in it.

Over 4 Years Ago, dotFM launched Emoji-based Domain Names. Today emojis are successfully incorporated in all aspects of consumers’ online conversations; mobile devices, social media, texting, messaging, and now web domains. Emojis in Domains are Safe, Stable, Secure, SSL & SEO optimized and work with all browsers. This release includes the Melting Face, Mirror Ball (Disco Ball), Ninja, Coin, the Troll and other new single emoji domains, now available at https://get.fm/singleemoji.

“Emoji Branding is the next frontier in Creative Digital Marketing, and we look forward to the originality of dotFM clients in benefiting from this expansion,” remarked George T. Bundy, Chairman & CEO of BRS Media, Inc. “dotFM is excited to be one of only a few prime TLDs to support emoji-based domain names and thrilled to announce this addition.”

dotFM pioneered the ‘Industry Specific’ domain space over 25 years ago and the .FM Top-Level Domain continues to be at the forefront of innovative technology, with this new expansion of Emoji based Domain Names. Emoji Domain Names are now available based on Unicode Consortium Emoji Version 14.0 standards using single code point, and allowing a mix of letters and emoji characters under the top-level .FM, as well as the dotRadio extensions, .RADIO.fm and .RADIO.am.

Today, the .FM TLD is one of the best recognized and most successful rebranded Top-Level Domains in the history of the Internet and represents some of the most innovative brands in Broadcasting, Podcasting, Streaming and Social entertainment. The comprehensive portfolio of registrants not only includes broadcasters, Internet radio, podcasters, and the music community but also interactive companies, premier social media ventures, and streaming entrepreneurs worldwide.

The .FM Top-Level Domain as Emoji’s are available directly from dotFM (https://dot.fm), as well as through Retail Registrars (https://get.fm/registrars) like: HexoNet, Porkbun, iWantMyName, United Domains, Gandi.net and many more. Information about .FM Domains, Domain Spotlights, Premium Domains and Emoji Domains are available at https://Get.fm/Emoji.

About BRS Media, Inc.:

Based in the South of Market district (SoMa) of San Francisco, CA, BRS Media was established in 1995, and has been featured as one of the fastest growing privately held companies by the SF Business Times and Inc. Magazine for five consecutive years. Its portfolio of leading online properties includes: dotFM® & dotAM®, spotlighting Domain Innovation and Brand Registry Services for media based .FM and .AM domains; dotRadio™ extensions .RADIO.am & .RADIO.fm, Radio’s only truly Open & Innovative Domain Extensions; Main Street Branding™, helping Clients Assemble a World Class Identity and iRadio® Service. Main Street Branding and dotRadio are trademarks; and dotFM, dotAM and iRadio are registered trademarks of BRS Media, Inc.

Contacts

Junaid Siddiqui

BRS Media Inc.

Email: jsiddiqui@brsmedia.fm

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edgility, Inc. launches EdgeAi as healthcare’s first operationally embedded AI with Explainability. EdgeAi exposes the internal mechanics of machine learning and deep learning systems in human-understandable terms. Trust in AI model predictions is paramount if care providers and administrators are to accept the decisions based on them. EdgeAi generates a standard label for transparency of the prediction model, leading to better AI adoption and open-box development.


EdgeAi natively incorporates Explainability so humans can understand the inputs and the results,” said Justin Falk, Edgility’s Chief Technology Officer. “In contrast to the traditional AI ‘black-box,’ which even the developer rarely understands, EdgeAi surfaces the logic to the end-user.

As an early Edgility partner, University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland is at the forefront of utilizing EdgeAi predictions and insight while revealing the data and logic that creates each forecast prediction. “At UH, we utilize EdgeAi to predict discharges and expose the factors that influence the prediction visible to all end-users,” said Sam Brown, UH’s VP of Logistics and Systems Operation.

Built into Edgility’s Smart Operations and Orchestration platform, EdgeAi predictions are mapped to specific levers of action toward achieving a particular outcome.

UH is at the forefront of utilizing AI to build a culture of trust,” said Cliff Megerian, MD, FACS, Chief Executive Officer of UH, Jane and Henry Meyer Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair. “Paired with our strong strategic plan and operating model, we are achieving the advantages of being a unified health system, enabling future investments that advance care and help make UH the most trusted caregiver in Northeast Ohio.”

EdgeAi’s predictions are translated into orchestrated actions and behaviors through Edgility’s Smart Operations Platform, making this a closed-loop intelligence and action engine. “The future of problem-solving demands demystified algorithms,” said Balaji Ramadoss, co-founder, and CEO of Edgility. “EdgeAi enables health systems to construct their own AI factory to curate datasets and run thousands of learning cycles and algorithms.”

Without a clear mapping to the next behavior, AI outputs are ineffective,” said Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, Chief Quality and Clinical Transformation Officer at UH. “At UH, we utilize the EdgeAi prediction to hardwire behavior to fractal management models to drive accountability and action.”

EdgeAi is built on Edgility’s Cognitive Platform and closes the “AI–action” loop in real-time. With over 2 million patients orchestrated just in 2021, the capability within EdgeAi will benefit millions more and transform patient care by bridging the current AI opacity.

EdgeAi is available for all existing clients utilizing Discharge as a Service®, Intelligent Transfers as a Service®, Hospital at Home Orchestration, and Staffing and Huddle Orchestration.

About Edgility, Inc.

Since 2016, Edgility has provided health systems with Smart Operations and Orchestration platforms. From care coordination and population management to quality of care to revenue leakage and emerging business opportunities, Edgility’s Operations Centers and EdgeAi orchestrate operational workflows and remove process fragmentation. Edgility partners with health systems to help tackle their most significant operational challenges. For more, visit edgilityhealth.com

University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio

Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including five joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit UHhospitals.org.

Contacts

Heather Holland

Edgility, Inc

heather@edgility.io
www.edgilityhealth.com
(813) 431-5588

DENVER & SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”), one of the world’s largest physical commodity trading companies, and Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PLTR, “Palantir”), today announced the development of a technology services platform for carbon emissions calculation, reporting and collaboration across commodity supply chains.


A consortium approach enables participants across global energy and commodities supply chains to model lifecycle carbon intensities and allows industry participants to work together for enhanced visibility and reporting. The platform aims to increase transparency of emissions from the production, transformation and transportation of commodities across the supply chain. This will enable participants to better understand lifecycle emissions related to their indirect operations, to benchmark against other participants and identify opportunities for lower carbon pathways.

This project marks the first time Palantir will go to market with a partner on carbon emissions tracking. Leveraging Trafigura’s expertise in global commodity supply chains, Palantir’s Foundry operating system will be configured to provide consortium partners with an accurate calculation of carbon intensity across supply chains, beginning with crude oil and refined products, and concentrates and refined metals.

The announcement builds on the work already done over the past year by Palantir and Trafigura, with the initial pilot already having built scenarios across ten million carbon pathways using actualized commodity shipments by integrating Trafigura data and metrics supplemented by third-party data.

“Our customers are increasingly asking us for visibility into the lifecycle emissions of the commodities we move as they prepare for regulated Scope 3 emissions reporting and more generally for Net Zero,” said Jeremy Weir, Trafigura’s Executive Chairman and CEO. “The complexity involved in commodity supply chains requires robust cooperation across the industry and a technological solution that can enable meaningful decisions and change. We are delighted to jointly deliver a solution to market with Palantir, whose technology can manage the complexity and data security required to provide additional services to our customers and the market.”

“The collective action required to address many of our most pressing global challenges requires more than resolve or a shift in political priorities,” said Alexander C. Karp, co-founder and chief executive officer of Palantir Technologies Inc. “It requires a shared understanding of the facts based on data. We have built software platforms that deliver that shared understanding by enabling institutions across entire industries and sectors to collaborate and model the world in which they operate.”

About Palantir Technologies

Foundational software of tomorrow. Delivered today. Additional information is available at https://www.palantir.com.

About Trafigura

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. At the heart of global supply, Trafigura connects the world with the vital resources it needs. Through our Oil & Petroleum Products, Metals & Minerals, and Power & Renewables divisions, we deploy infrastructure, skills and a global network to move commodities from where they are plentiful to where they are needed most, forming strong relationships that make supply chains more efficient, secure and sustainable.

Trafigura also owns and operates a number of industrial assets including a majority share of global multi-metals producer Nyrstar and fuel storage and distribution company Puma Energy; and joint ventures Impala Terminals, a port and logistics provider, and Nala Renewables, a power and renewable energy investment and development platform. With over 1,000 shareholders, Trafigura is owned by its employees and employs over 13,000 people working in 48 countries. Visit: www.trafigura.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements may relate to, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding the expected benefits of our software platforms. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and were based on current expectations as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management as of that time with respect to future events. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to meet the unique needs of our customer; the failure of our platforms to satisfy our customer or perform as desired; the frequency or severity of any software and implementation errors; our platforms’ reliability; and our customer’s ability to modify or terminate the contract. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in the filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

Contacts

Trafigura Press Office: Tel +41 (0) 22 592 4528 – media@trafigura.com

Palantir Media: Lisa Gordon – media@palantir.com

Television Ads Humorously Look at Celebrities’ Healthier Lifestyles

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#JUSTEgg–Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology on a mission to create healthier, more sustainable foods, today launched a new ad campaign. Building on the brand’s honest, straightforward tone from previous campaigns, the new “Really Good Eggs” blitz features tennis star Serena Williams and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, both investors in the brand, eating JUST Egg as part of their healthier lifestyles. Actor JB Smoove reprises his role as cheeky narrator in this new series of ads, poking fun at celebrity perks like personal trainers and nutritionists while pointing out that everyone can eat tasty, cholesterol-free eggs from plants just like the world’s most famous people.

Williams, known for her powerful style of tennis that has earned her 23 grand slam victories, is depicted at home in her kitchen, surrounded by a team of experts calibrating every moment of her day, including preparing her perfectly plated JUST Egg breakfast sandwich. Movie star Gyllenhaal is scrambling a pan of JUST Egg after finishing a new, trendy workout that only celebrities know about. Both spots humorously contrast the absurd lengths celebrities go for their high-performance lifestyles with the ease and deliciousness of JUST Egg’s plant-based eggs, which, in addition to being free from cholesterol, have 69% less saturated fat than a chicken egg, and contain 5 to 7 grams of plant-based protein per serving (depending on the JUST Egg product).

The ads will air on television in major markets like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City and will appear nationally on connected TV platforms and social media. To watch both ads, visit ju.st/ads. Billboards will also go up in these major markets, delivering short, humorous lines in large font such as “Eat it for your heart. Or the deliciousness. We don’t care.”

According to research conducted by JUST Egg in partnership with Numerator1, consumers across the age spectrum are choosing plant-based products primarily to improve their health. This campaign will shine a light on why JUST Egg is healthier compared to conventional eggs, like having no cholesterol and 69% less saturated fat. In the United States, the plant-based egg category grew rapidly in 2021 with a 42% increase in retail dollar sales, according to data from the Plant Based Foods Association, the Good Food Institute and SPINS. In the past three years, plant-based egg sales in the U.S. have grown more than 1,000% and JUST Egg represents more than 99% of the market.

“I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t actually have a scientist in my kitchen. It’s not that exciting in there. But I do have JUST Egg,” said Serena Williams, referencing a humorous scene in the ad she appears in. “I eat to live, so JUST Egg helps me feel and perform better. But it’s also delicious – I don’t think my family can even taste the difference between JUST Egg and chicken eggs. I’m also all-in on the mission: how can we make healthy, sustainable options accessible to everyone? JUST Egg is making a real difference, and I’m proud to partner with them and be a shareholder in the company.”

“I’m excited to be partnering with JUST Egg,” commented Jake Gyllenhaal. “I’m eating more plant-based for my health, and JUST Egg makes it easy and delicious. I also recognize the impact our food system has on our planet, so JUST Egg’s mission is important to me. And, honestly, who can turn down being narrated by JB Smoove?”

The campaign includes a variety of extensions. In early June, JUST Egg will launch a series of giveaways in partnership with brand ambassadors including celebrities, athletes, and creators, where one lucky winner will receive an exclusive kit featuring some of each person’s favorite items for the kitchen and gym. And throughout the summer, fitness creators across multiple platforms will create recipes featuring JUST Egg paired with their favorite workouts, demonstrating how JUST Egg fits into their active lifestyles.

This campaign debuts at an exciting time of growth and opportunity for JUST Egg. As of April, the company has sold the plant-based equivalent of 250 million eggs, saving 9.1 billion gallons of water, avoiding 43.6 million kilograms of CO2e and sparing 13,446 acres of land. JUST Egg products are now available in approximately 44,000 retail points of distribution and more than 2,200 foodservice locations including national partners like Caribou Coffee and Peet’s Coffee. JUST Egg is No. 1 in household spend and consumer loyalty among branded eggs and recently surpassed 2 million U.S. households. Recent approval for JUST Egg’s proprietary mung bean protein in the EU has paved the way for a fourth quarter launch of JUST Egg in Europe, while other recent launches in South Africa and South Korea build on the brand’s growing international presence, which also includes Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

To view the ad spots featuring Serena Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal, click here. For billboard creative and other campaign assets, click here.

About Eat Just, Inc.

Eat Just is a food technology company with a mission to build a healthier, safer and more sustainable food system in our lifetimes. The company’s expertise, from functionalizing plant proteins to culturing animal cells, is powered by a world-class team of scientists and chefs spanning more than a dozen research disciplines. Eat Just created America’s fastest-growing egg brand, which is made entirely of plants, and the world’s first-to-market meat made from animal cells instead of slaughtered livestock. The company has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies,” Entrepreneur’s “100 Brilliant Companies,” CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” and a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. JUST Egg has been named among Popular Science’s “100 Greatest Innovations” and Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” and the history-making debut of GOOD Meat was heralded as one of 2020’s top scientific breakthroughs by The Guardian, Vox and WIRED.

For more information on JUST Egg, visit https://ju.st.

Contacts

Contacts:

Andrew Noyes or Carrie Kabat

press@ju.st

The Fuel Growth Podcast is Hosted by Sugar’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Clint Oram, and Sugar’s Global Customer Experience Director, Lizzy Overlund

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SugarCRM, provider of the award-winning AI-driven CRM platform, has launched Fuel Growth – a new podcast series about the journey to success and what it takes to propel businesses into high gear and growth.

Each episode features high-impact interviews with seasoned business leaders about how they achieve real results and keep the momentum going in both their personal and professional life. The podcast is geared toward mid-market companies seeking advice to turn their ideas into reality, narrowing in on the right growth equation.

The podcast hosts are Clint Oram – entrepreneur, startup advisor, and business strategy executive, and Lizzy Overlund – customer experience coach, customer whisperer, and voice of the customer leader.

“Every mid-market business has been in a place of wanting to accelerate company growth. The Fuel Growth podcast explores the simple but provocative question with our guests: ‘How do you ignite the next phase of growth that is right for your company?’” says Clint Oram, Fuel Growth Co-Host and SugarCRM Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to speak to the brightest and best founders, C-suite executives, business authors and market commentators to hear their origin stories and what fuels their growth.”

“Mastering the art of the customer experience is one of the most vital elements to business growth strategies today,” says Lizzy Overlund, Fuel Growth Co-Host. “Our inspiring guests share where they are doubling down on the experience factor – whether it’s the product experience, the brand experience, the customer experience, or the employee experience. Or blending them together in new ways to build customers for life and achieve sustainable business success.”

In the first episode of the podcast series, Peter Holt, Chief Executive Officer of The Joint Chiropractic, joins Fuel Growth to share how his team successfully grew the company from a small, single-digit franchise business to a national franchise with over 700 locations. Holt talks about the power of franchising, the critical importance of listening to franchisees and consumers, and how to consider the competitive advantages businesses can exploit in their markets.

Click here to listen to the podcast available on multiple streaming sources.

Fans of the podcast can contact fuelgrowth@sugarcrm.com to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast, or to become a guest on the show.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM is how marketing, sales, and service teams finally get a clear picture of each customer to help businesses reach new levels of performance and predictability. Sugar is the CRM platform that makes the hard things easier.

Thousands of companies in over 120 countries rely on Sugar to achieve high-definition CX by letting the platform do the work. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Sugar is backed by Accel-KKR.

For more information about SugarCRM, visit: www.sugarcrm.com.

Contacts

Erin Lutz

Lutz Public Relations and Marketing (for SugarCRM)

erin@lutzpr.com
949.293.1055

Intends to Show Ms. Drake and Her Boardroom Faction Misappropriated and Unlawfully Used Corporate Resources and Violated Court’s Temporary Restraining Order

Believes Ms. Drake Lacks Credibility, is Unfit to Continue as CEO and Director, and Must be Replaced by World-Class Aerospace Leader Mark Tucker

Launches www.SaveAerojet.com

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD) (“Aerojet Rocketdyne” or the “Company”) Executive Chairman Warren Lichtenstein, who collectively with his affiliates and the participants in his solicitation owns approximately 5.5% of the Company’s outstanding shares, issued the following statement regarding the trial of Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO Eileen Drake for misusing corporate resources, which starts today in the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”):

“We look forward to proving at the trial that Ms. Drake and her allies misappropriated and unlawfully used corporate resources and violated the Court’s Temporary Restraining Order. Shareholders will finally be able to learn material details about these misdeeds and see the desperate measures Ms. Drake has used in her attempt to gain control of the Company.

We believe shareholders should have the benefit of this new information and the Court’s ruling before having to vote in the election contest so they can make fully informed decisions regarding the future directors and leadership of the Company. In our view, Ms. Drake has betrayed shareholders’ trust by misusing their resources and is unfit to continue to lead the Company out of the hole she dug prior to the termination of the Lockheed Martin Corporation merger. In contrast, our CEO candidate, Mark Tucker, has the integrity, experience and strategic acumen needed to drive superior value for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s shareholders, customers and employees.

We look forward to the conclusion of the trial and the Court’s decision.”

The Lichtenstein slate also launched www.SaveAerojet.com, where shareholders can find useful information about the election campaign, Mr. Lichtenstein’s vision for future value creation and Mark Tucker.

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Certain Information Concerning the Participants

Warren Lichtenstein and SPH Group Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“SPHG Holdings”), who together with the other participants named herein (collectively, the “Steel Partners Group”), intend to file a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be used to solicit votes for the election of its slate of highly qualified director nominees at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”). This communication is being sent in the individual capacities of the members of the Steel Partners Group, and not by or on behalf of the Company. No Company resources were used in connection with these materials.

In the event that a special meeting of shareholders is called, the Steel Partners Group intends to file a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be used to solicit votes in connection with the proposals to be acted upon by stockholders at such special meeting.

The participants in the proxy solicitation are anticipated to be SPHG Holdings, Steel Partners Holdings L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (“Steel Holdings”), SPH Group LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“SPHG”), Steel Partners Holdings GP Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Steel Holdings GP”), WebFinancial Holding Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“WebFinancial”), Steel Excel, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Steel Excel”), Steel Partners, Ltd., a Delaware corporation (“SPL”), Warren G. Lichtenstein, James R. Henderson, Joanne M. Maguire, Audrey A. McNiff, Aimee J. Nelson, Martin Turchin and Heidi R. Wood.

As of the date hereof, SPHG Holdings directly owned 1,497 shares of Common Stock, $0.10 par value, of the Company (the “Shares”), WebFinancial directly owned 3,482,572 Shares and Steel Excel directly owned 465,427 Shares. Steel Holdings owns 99% of the membership interests of SPHG. SPHG is the sole member of SPHG Holdings. Steel Holdings GP is the general partner of Steel Holdings, the managing member of SPHG and the manager of SPHG Holdings. Accordingly, each of Steel Holdings and Steel Holdings GP may be deemed to beneficially own the Shares directly owned by SPHG Holdings. SPHG owns 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of WebFinancial. Accordingly, Steel Holdings, SPHG and Steel Holdings GP may be deemed to beneficially own the Shares directly owned by WebFinancial. SPHG Holdings owns 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Steel Excel. Accordingly, each of Steel Holdings, SPHG, SPHG Holdings and Steel Holdings GP may be deemed to beneficially own the Shares directly owned by Steel Excel. As of the date hereof, SPL directly owned 60,546 Shares. Mr. Lichtenstein is the Chief Executive Officer of SPL. Accordingly, Mr. Lichtenstein may be deemed to beneficially own the Shares directly owned by SPL. As of the date hereof, Warren G. Lichtenstein directly owned 207,953 Shares. An additional 526,695 Shares are held by a “rabbi trust,” the receipt of which has been deferred by Mr. Lichtenstein pursuant to the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plan for Nonemployee Directors. Such 526,695 Shares are not deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. Lichtenstein. As of the date hereof, James R. Henderson directly owned 48,107 Shares. An additional 83,986 Shares are held by a “rabbi trust,” the receipt of which has been deferred by Mr. Henderson pursuant to the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plan for Nonemployee Directors. Such 83,986 Shares are not deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. Henderson. As of the date hereof, Audrey A. McNiff directly owned 5,112 Shares. An additional 3,988 Shares are held by a “rabbi trust,” the receipt of which has been deferred by Ms. McNiff pursuant to the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plan for Nonemployee Directors. Such 3,988 Shares are not deemed to be beneficially owned by Ms. McNiff. As of the date hereof, Martin Turchin directly owned 108,066 Shares. Additionally, Mr. Turchin beneficially owned indirectly an aggregate of 12,500 Shares held in several trusts of which he is a trustee. An additional 5,886 Shares are held by a “rabbi trust,” the receipt of which has been deferred by Mr. Turchin pursuant to the Company’s Deferred Compensation Plan for Nonemployee Directors. Such 5,886 Shares are not deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. Turchin. As of the date hereof, Joanne M. Maguire, Aimee J. Nelson and Heidi R. Wood did not beneficially own any securities of the Company.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect Steel Partners Holdings L.P.’s (“SPLP”) current expectations and projections about its future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. SPLP identifies these forward-looking statements by using words such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “will” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to SPLP and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to SPLP’s business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows; material weaknesses in SPLP’s internal control over financial reporting; fluctuations in crude oil and other commodity prices; substantial cash funding requirements that may be required in the future as a result of certain of SPLP’s subsidiaries’ sponsorship of defined benefit pension plans; significant costs, including remediation costs, as a result of complying with environmental laws or failing to comply with other extensive regulations, including banking regulations; the impact of climate change legislation or regulations restricting emissions of greenhouse gases on costs and demand for SPLP’s services; impacts to SPLP’s liquidity or financial condition as a result of legislative and regulatory actions; SPLP’s ability to maintain sufficient cash flows from operations or through financings to meet its obligations under its senior credit facility; risks associated with SPLP’s business strategy of acquisitions; losses sustained in SPLP’s investment portfolio; the impact of interest rates on SPLP’s investments, such as increased interest rates or the use of a SOFR based interest rate in SPLP’s credit facilities; reliance on the intellectual property owned by others and SPLP’s ability to protect its own intellectual property and licenses; risks associated with conducting operations outside of the United States, including changes in trade policies and the costs or limitations of acquiring materials and products used in SPLP’s operations; risks of litigation; impacts to SPLP’s WebBank business as a result of the highly regulated environment in which it operates, as well as the risk of litigation regarding the processing of PPP loans and the risk that the SBA may not fund some or all PPP loan guaranties; potentially disruptive impacts from economic downturns in various sectors; loss of customers by SPLP’s subsidiaries as a result of not maintaining long-term contracts with customers; risks related to SPLP’s key members of management and the senior leadership team; SPLP’s agreement to indemnify its manager pursuant to its management agreement, which may incentivize the manager to take unnecessary risks; risks related to SPLP’s common and preferred units, including potential price reductions for current unitholders if additional common or preferred units are issued, as well as the lack of an active market for SPLP’s units as a result of transfer restrictions contained in SPLP’s partnership agreement; the ability of SPLP’s subsidiaries to fully use their tax benefits; impacts as a result of changes in tax rates, laws or regulations, including U.S. government tax reform; labor disruptions as a result of vaccine mandated by the United States federal government. These statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and no assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Investors should read carefully the factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of SPLP’s filings with the SEC, including SPLP’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, for information regarding risk factors that could affect SPLP’s results. Any forward-looking statement made in this press release speaks only as of the date hereof. Except as otherwise required by law, SPLP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances, or any other reason.

Contacts

Longacre Square Partners

Joe Germani / Greg Marose

jgermani@longacresquare.com / gmarose@longacresquare.com

Okapi Partners

Mark Harnett, 646-556-9350

mharnett@okapipartners.com

MediaAlpha will continue to power auto and home insurance comparison ads for the next four years, providing valuable monetization for The Zebra, while giving carriers in the MediaAlpha marketplace access to The Zebra’s vast audience of insurance shoppers

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MediaAlpha, Inc. (NYSE: MAX), the insurance industry’s largest customer acquisition marketplace, today announced a four-year extension of its agreement with The Zebra, the nation’s leading insurance comparison site. As part of the agreement, MediaAlpha also expands its exclusivity across all paid auto and home insurance listings. This new deal reflects the success of the two companies’ relationship, which dates back to 2015, and gives auto and home insurance carriers advertising in the MediaAlpha marketplace exclusive access to The Zebra’s audience of millions of monthly users, who are looking for the best deals on insurance. The Zebra maintains access to MediaAlpha’s industry-leading marketplace for insurance carrier demand, in addition to the industry’s most sophisticated publisher tools and capabilities, to maximize value for their supply inventory.

The Zebra enables consumers to quickly and easily compare quotes from multiple insurance carriers simultaneously, simplifying the insurance shopping process and helping consumers save time and money. By working with MediaAlpha, The Zebra is able to complement the insurance comparison shopping information it already provides with targeted listings from the nation’s top carriers, enhancing the overall consumer experience while driving revenue.

“As the leading online destination for insurance comparison shopping, The Zebra offers the insurance advertisers on our platform the quality and volume they look for when deciding where to spend their customer acquisition dollars,” said MediaAlpha SVP, Supply Partnerships, Keith Cramer. “We work with more of the nation’s leading carriers than any other technology provider, and our platform provides the best-in-class tools and control that publishers need to maximize revenue from paid listings, making this an ideal partnership of industry leaders.”

“The MediaAlpha platform provides an exceptional technical integration that ensures our users have the easiest possible path to quote and buy auto and home insurance,” said Jeff Smith, VP of Sales and Account Management for The Zebra. “Their open exchange gives The Zebra a substantial variety of carrier options to share with our customers and the ability to test multiple strategies at scale to optimize our business. We’re looking forward to continuing working with their team of experts that enable us to be at the forefront of a rapidly changing landscape.”

About MediaAlpha

MediaAlpha provides the leading marketplace solutions for buyers and sellers of vertical media, with more than 375 million consumer searches annually and over 1,900 active advertisers and publishers on our platform. Our programmatic advertising technology powers 330+ million transactions annually, representing over $1 billion in spend on brand, comparison, and metasearch sites across insurance, travel and other industries.

For more information, visit www.mediaalpha.com.

About The Zebra

The Zebra is the nation’s leading, independent insurance comparison site. With its dynamic, real-time quote comparison tool, consumers can identify insurance companies with the coverage, service level, and pricing to suit their unique needs. The Zebra compares more than 100 auto and home insurance companies and provides agent support and educational resources to ensure consumers are equipped to make the most informed decisions about their insurance. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, The Zebra has sought to bring transparency and simplicity to insurance shopping since 2012 — it’s “insurance in black and white.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation statements regarding our expectations regarding the new agreement with The Zebra and the expected benefits to the companies and their users. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and our financial performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “would,” and “outlook,” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words or phrases of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond our control. Accordingly, we caution you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

There are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements, including those more fully described in MediaAlpha’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2022. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. MediaAlpha disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this press release.

Contacts

Kristen Morquecho

Digennaro Communications

mediaalpha@digennaro-usa.com

The Zebra

press@thezebra.com

BOISE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI), in cooperation with its supplier Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. (“Smithfield”), has voluntarily recalled seven ReadyMeals and deli-prepared products that contain a bacon topping due to possible contamination with metal pieces. The USDA’s recall announcement can be found here.


Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume these products and to dispose of them or return the product to their local store for a full refund.

The select ReadyMeals and deli-prepared items were available for purchase under the following store banners and locations: Albertsons, Safeway and Lucky located only in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

There have been no reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Media and consumers with questions can contact Jim Monroe with Smithfield at 757-365-3559 or the Smithfield consumer contact line at 1-844-342-2596. Consumers can also contact Albertsons Cos. at 1-877-723-3929.

Product Recall Details:

Product Name

Size

Packaging

UPC

Sell Thru Dates

Store Names

States

Ready2Heat Chicken Breast Bacon Mac and Cheese Small

14oz (397g)

Packaged in black and gold foil containers with a clear lid and a scale label

2-94840-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/21

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Ready2Heat Chicken Breast Bacon Mac and Cheese Medium

1lb 8oz (680g)

Packaged in black and gold foil containers with a clear lid and a scale label

2-94841-00000

 

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/21

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Ready2Eat Turkey Panini (cold)

N/A

Packaged in a 6×6 clamshell

 

2-15153-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/21

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Turkey Panini (hot)

N/A

Wrapped in foil paper

2-15055-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/18

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Ready2Eat Turkey Bacon Wrap

N/A

Packaged in 5×9 plastic container

2-15009-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/21

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Bacon Breakfast Burrito (cold)

N/A

Wrapped in a foil paper

2-10545-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/21

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

Bacon Breakfast Burrito (hot)

N/A

Wrapped in a foil paper

2-10544-00000

All Sell Thru Dates up to and including 5/18

Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky

CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, UT, WY

 

 

Contacts

Jim Monroe, Smithfield

757-365-3559

Smithfield consumer contact line

1-844-342-2596

Albertsons Cos.

1-877-723-3929

 

 

 

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