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Wireless Zone’s Significant 2019 Growth Paves the Way for Further Success in 2020

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (PRWEB) February 12, 2020
After 30 years in business, Wireless Zone® has proven its staying power in the rapidly evolving technology space. The nation’s largest wireless retail franchisor, which was first founded in 1988 as “The Car Phone Store,” has adapted well to the changing technology market over the past three decades and evolved into a mega-brand with more than 400 locations across the United States. Wireless Zone, Verizon’s largest franchise opportunity, continues to show significant growth in the rapidly evolving mobile and tech industry. The brand enjoyed an especially successful year of growth in 2019 and has put several processes in place to enjoy continued expansion in 2020.
Wireless Zone offers opportunities for existing independent wireless retail agents to convert their business into a Wireless Zone® franchise. In 2019, Wireless Zone® converted 20 such businesses into franchises, with two agent ownership teams transforming into franchisors. The company also added 18 locations through local franchisor acquisitions. Additionally, Wireless Zone® opened 12 brand new locations, including a major milestone of two new stores in the state of Tennessee.
“Wireless Zone is thrilled by the progress we made in 2019,” said Executive Director of Development Keith Dziki. “Wireless Zone® has worked very hard across our entire franchise system to stay relevant over the past 30 years, and in doing so, we’ve shown it is possible to have longevity and sustained success in the space. Wireless Zone worked extremely hard across the entire franchise system in 2019, and we can’t wait to expand our footprint in 2020.”
In terms of charitable efforts, Wireless Zone continued to give back to the communities it serves through its philanthropic arm, the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving, which donated a total of $670,000 in 2019. Of this amount, $203,000 went to the 203 local charities nominated by Wireless Zone franchise owners and/or corporate employees. The 203 charities represented a 60% increase over the number of charities nominated in 2018. Another $242,000 were allocated to 39 special project grant requests that came from those nominated charities. The remaining $225,000 went to the brand’s national charity partners, including Autism Speaks, Best Friends Animal Rescue, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Homes For Our Troops, Make-A-Wish, No Kid Hungry, Sandy Hook Promise and St. Jude Hospital and Research Center.
Individual franchisees also participated in many special projects and charitable efforts at the local level.
“Wireless Zone also did something new in 2019: We ran three in-store roundup campaigns and asked our customers to help support our national charities,” said Brian Murtari, Wireless Zone’s Chief Information Officer and Foundation for Giving President. “In total, these campaigns raised another $25,482.65. This includes $10,858.79 for Autism Speaks, $4,356.21 for Sandy Hook Promise and $10,267.65 for Make-A-Wish. We could not have done it without the support of the owners, managers and sales associates.”
Wireless Zone recently received major industry recognition for this growth: The brand ranked No. 51 on the latest Franchise Gator Top 100 list, 24 spots up from last year’s list, and jumped more than 100 places over last year’s ranking on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchise List for 2020.
In terms of 2020 growth, Wireless Zone seeks to open at least 10 new stores. The brand also wants to acquire 20 existing agent locations and convert at least 35 existing agent locations to the Wireless Zone franchise model.
“Wireless Zone has a loyal customer base in over 400 local communities across the United States, but we are far from finished growing,” Dziki said. “Wireless Zone provides strong corporate support for franchisees, a proven business model and the chance to be in the tech space. We welcome conversations with both new franchisees and existing business owners who want to represent the brand in their markets.”
ABOUT WIRELESS ZONE:Founded in 1988 as “The Car Phone Store,” the Wireless Zone® system has become the nation’s largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Each of the over 400 stores are independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone® system has been honored with Verizon’s “Best Customer Service” award for five consecutive years and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone LLC. For more information, visit http://www.wirelesszone.com.
ABOUT THE WIRELESS ZONE FOUNDATION FOR GIVING:The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving was founded in 2003 after identifying a need and desire to give back to our communities. Today the Foundation raises a substantial amount of money to support a large number of local charities and causes in the communities in which we do business. We also have time-honored relationships with our national charities including Make-A-Wish, Autism Speaks, Children’s Tumor Foundation and St. Jude’s as well as No Kid Hungry, Best Friends Animal Rescue, Homes for our Troops and Sandy Hook Promise. To learn more, visit https://wirelesszone.com/foundation/.                        

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Vya Expands Print Capabilities to Support Significant Growth in 2020

Vya has added a new Xerox iGen® 5/150 press and upgraded the capabilities of an existing press to increase capacity and redundancy to address growing demand for its print services.(PRWeb February 10, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/vya_expands_print_capabilities_to_support_significant_growth_in_2020/prweb16890918.htm

After Significant Beta Results, Crisp Launches Groundbreaking Forecasting Platform for the Food Industry

Press Release – updated: Jan 23, 2020 11:00 EST

NEW YORK, January 23, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Crisp, the developer of the first food demand forecasting platform designed to reduce global food waste while increasing profitability for food businesses, announced today that its software platform is now available to food industry suppliers, distributors and retailers.
During beta testing, which began in October, more than 30 companies tried out Crisp’s innovative, AI-driven approach to demand forecasting. Beta customers included brands with revenue ranging from $15M to $8B, such as Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, SunFed Perfect Produce, Nounós Creamery, Hofseth, REMA and Superior Farms.
“With Crisp, 10% more orders are being filled completely that would have otherwise been shorted and we have reduced scrapped inventory by 80%,” said Ken Rotunno, Senior Financial Officer, Nounós Creamery. “We have also reduced the time spent on weekly forecasting from two hours to ten minutes, changing the way we manage our business.”
“The UN estimates that the world loses about $400B worth of food before it even gets delivered to stores. The root cause of that inefficiency is slow and inaccurate data compounded by lack of collaboration within the food supply chain,” said Are Traasdahl, co-founder and CEO of Crisp. “With demand planners traditionally spending 15-20 hours per week in spreadsheets to develop a forecast that is quickly out-of-date, Crisp’s cloud-based platform is designed from the outset to enable customers to create a collaborative forecast in minutes.”
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the world’s food is wasted each year before reaching the consumer, which equates to more than 1.3B tons of food. Crisp provides real-time data forecasting tools solutions that help food suppliers, distributors and retailers solve inefficiencies in their supply chains and correct the imbalance between food supply and demand.
Food suppliers using Crisp have experienced an immediate positive effect on their bottom lines.
To learn more about Crisp, go to www.gocrisp.com.
ABOUT CRISP
While more than a third of the world’s food production is wasted before it reaches consumers, Crisp is devoted to creating a more efficient food supply chain via technology and data science. The Crisp platform uses every source of data available to create precise forecasts that enable food suppliers, retailers and distributors to optimize profitability while reducing food waste. Crisp was founded by entrepreneur Are Traasdahl, who previously founded both Tapad and Thumbplay. Tapad was acquired by Telenor for $360M, and Thumbplay is now iHeartRadio. To date, Crisp has raised $14.2M from Spring Capital, Firstmark Capital and Swell Capital.
Source: Crisp

The Year of Axe Throwing: Urban Axes Expands National Footprint, Fueling Significant Growth for 2020

Press Release – updated: Jan 16, 2020 09:11 EST

PHILADELPHIA, January 16, 2020 (Newswire.com) – ​Urban Axes, the country’s leading indoor axe throwing organization, today announced that it had a record-breaking year, achieving a series of milestones, all while leading the charge in introducing the nation to its newest favorite pastime – axe throwing.
In 2019, Urban Axes opened three new locations – Cincinnati, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; and Houston, Texas – employing over 200 people across its eight locations and giving more than $40,000 to local charities through their fundraising efforts. More than 250,000 people threw axes at Urban Axes last year, and the organization expects that number to only increase in the coming year as they look to continue their nationwide expansion.
“We’re really excited to introduce even more people to the sport of axe throwing this year,” said Krista Paton, co-founder of Urban Axes. “We have Raleigh, North Carolina, coming up next, along with a second location in downtown Houston (EADO). But we’re definitely not stopping there! As the first to bring axe throwing to the U.S., we’re known for offering the best axe throwing experience out there, and that’s something that we’re looking forward to continuing as we grow.”
According to a recent study, axe throwing was among one of the top activities that consumers spent their money on in 2019, and with nearly half a million people that have now thrown axes with Urban Axes since its inception in 2016, it’s clear that interest in the sport isn’t slowing down any time soon.
“We grew over 200% this year, which is crazy. It’s really a testament to our love of the sport as well as the sport itself,” said Paton. “It’s been so incredible over the last couple of years to see the excitement surrounding axe throwing grow within our organization.”
Urban Axes’ flagship location opened in 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, followed a year later by its second location in Austin, Texas. In 2018, the company went full-speed ahead, opening up three additional facilities – Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; and Durham, North Carolina. The organization is on track to continue expanding its national footprint in the coming year and has plans to hire another 100+ employees to help run its operations at its newest facilities.
For more information on Urban Axes, its plans for the future or to book an event, visit urbanaxes.com.
ABOUT URBAN AXES
Urban Axes is the country’s leading indoor axe throwing facility and the first-ever axe throwing organization in the United States. Founded in Philadelphia in 2016 by four friends, Urban Axes combines the excitement of indoor axe throwing with friendly competition in a social atmosphere. A founding member of the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF), Urban Axes also hosts recreational and competitive axe throwing leagues in which axe throwers can qualify to participate in local and international competitions. Urban Axes has locations in Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Durham, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona. Two additional locations are currently underway in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Houston, Texas. Urban Axes is a 21+ facility. 
MEDIA CONTACTCourtney OsgoodCKO PRcosgood@ckopr.com
Source: Urban Axes

Yamaha YPC-87R Piccolo Features Significant Enhancements for Better Intonation and Sound

“This is another example of how Yamaha listens and responds to the needs of piccolo players at all levels…they can just pick up this new piccolo and play,” says Brian Petterson, senior manager, Winds & Strings, Yamaha.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
Yamaha today introduced the YPC-87R piccolo, an exciting addition to the Yamaha line of flutes and piccolos.
Ideal for professional flute and piccolo players as well as those aspiring to reach their peak performance potential, the new piccolo responds to the current demands of players looking for a more agile sound, accurate intonation and better control at soft volumes and in the upper register.
Having consulted with musicians and experimented with many possible combinations of features, the Yamaha design team ultimately made four key innovations on the new model.
First, regular pads were upgraded to Straubinger™ piccolo pads to offer increased reliability in the seal of the tone hole. Additionally, the new piccolo features thicker body walls to allow for enhanced depth of sound, as well as a redesigned bore taper and a new headjoint with a slightly square embouchure hole. These alterations combine to provide more stable intonation and sound throughout the range for players at all levels, especially those performing in the most critical situations.
“This is another example of how Yamaha listens and responds to the needs of piccolo players at all levels,” says Brian Petterson, senior manager, Winds & Strings, Yamaha. “Many players who play multiple instruments need a reliable piccolo that shimmers with color and nuance — and they can just pick up this new piccolo and play.”
Pricing and AvailabilityThe Yamaha YPC-87R piccolo (MSRP: $5,750.00) is available now.
For more information, please visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2020 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 16-19, 2020, or https://yamaha.io/YPC-87R
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About YamahaYamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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Goverlan Reach 9.5 Delivers Significant Productivity and Compliance Gains for Customer Support Teams

New Incident Management Module Integrates Seamlessly with Service Desk Software Solutions to Deliver Multitude of Key Benefits
Press Release – updated: Jan 15, 2020 10:21 EST

MIAMI, January 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) – ​​​​Goverlan, the industry’s leader in Remote Support Software Solutions, announced today the latest release of its flagship product, Goverlan Reach 9.5, which includes a new Incident Management Module, integration with the major Service Desk Software Solutions, and a Security Advisory Board. 

Goverlan Incident Management Module 

Designed to integrate seamlessly with key Service Desk Software Solutions, Goverlan Reach’s Incident Management Module provides a single system for technicians to create, resolve, and close customer support tickets. This new module and integration enable complete automation of support ticket case notes, delivering the following benefits to the customer support team: 

Increased productivity of the support team.  Without the necessity to manually complete case notes, the team saves on average 2-5 minutes per ticket or up to 45 minutes per support team member per day.   

Dramatically improved insights and reporting. This includes accurate tracking of time-to-resolution; simple identification of the most common support issues and the most effective fixes; a complete history of what has happened to each machine. 

Build a better knowledgebase. All case notes are accurate, consistently notated, and complete, creating a rich, searchable knowledge base. 

Compliance with internal and external policies. 

Integrations with Service Desk Software Solutions 

Goverlan’s Incident Management Module’s zero-hassle integration with Service Desk Software solutions, plus powerful remote support features and automated case notes, boost efficiency, time-to-resolution, and compliance requirements. Currently, Goverlan’s Incident Management Module integrates with the following Service Desk Providers: ServiceNow, Jira Service Desk, Freshworks, Zendesk, ConnectWise Manage, Cherwell, Freshdesk, and ManageEngine Service Desk.  Other integrations are planned for future releases, please contact us for more details.    

New Security Advisory Board 

To adhere to cyber security best practices, Goverlan has launched a Security Advisory Board which lists the vulnerabilities identified in Goverlan and provides fixes. Goverlan is dedicated to ensuring the security of our customers’ IT infrastructure. As we identify issues and vulnerabilities, they will be addressed quickly.  More information about the Security Advisory Board can be found on the Goverlan Customer Support page. 

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Goverlan was founded in the late nineties in New York City with a goal to build software that solves help desk pain points specific to investment banks and financial institutions. More than 20 years later, Goverlan designs secure remote access software solutions for system admins, engineers, helpdesk technicians, and IT departments, across industries, with a focus to simplify remote IT Support. Used by thousands of customers in over 110 countries and 17 industries, Goverlan enjoys a stellar reputation in the IT support industry.  Learn more about Goverlan at www.goverlan.com.  Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. 

Source: Goverlan