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The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcomes Summer With Route 66 Summerfest Sweepstakes


Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) June 10, 2015

The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street, and the New Mexico Jazz Festival, is offering travelers a chance to celebrate summer along the “Mother Road” in Historic Nob Hill with its Route 66 Summerfest Sweepstakes.

Now through June 25, interested parties can visit http://www.VisitABQ.org/66summerfest to enter for a chance to win a unique prize package made for two.

The Route 66 Summerfest package, valued at more than $ 680, includes:


A fun-filled day at Route 66 Summerfest
Two-night stay at Hotel Cascada
Admission for four to the Hotel Cascada Water Park
Admission for two to the NM Jazz Festival Show
Admission for two to the Albuquerque Museum
Sunday brunch for two
Dinner or lunch for two
$ 200 VISA Card to be used for airfare, gas or shopping

Albuquerques annual Route 66 Summerfest spanning one mile of Historic Nob Hill will take place on Saturday, July 18. Central Avenue will be filled with live music and entertainment, a car show, shopping, kids’ activities, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and more.

Cruising Route 66 is a must-do while visiting Albuquerque, as the city is home to such an amazing stretch of the historic road. This festival offers visitors an opportunity to experience the best of Route 66 culture with great entertainment, food, fun and an abundance of neon, said Tania Armenta, Chief Operating & Marketing Officer of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In addition to signing up for the sweepstakes, registrants can request a free 2015 Albuquerque Visitors Guide, which helps to make trip planning easy and fun.

Revisit the past while enjoying the present at the Route 66 Summerfest.

The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For more information, visit http://www.visitalbuquerque.org, http://www.facebook.com/VisitABQ or http://www.twitter.com/VisitABQ.







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SmithGroupJJR Launches New Leadership Team


Detroit, Mich. (PRWEB) May 19, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., has named Mike Medici, Russ Sykes and Troy Thompson as managing partners to assume corporate leadership of the firm. The three were elected by the SmithGroupJJR Board of Directors at the firms annual meeting on May 18, 2015.

Medici, Sykes and Thompson replace Carl Roehling and Randy Swiech, who since 2001 served as president & CEO and chief operating officer, respectively. Both Roehling and Swiech will continue to practice with the firm and remain on its Board of Directors. David R. H. King continues in his role as chairman.

Were the countrys longest practicing architecture and engineering firm, and we take that legacy very seriously, King said. Our objective is to preserve our long-standing reputation for excellence while positioning the firm for future success.

Mike Medici, AIA, becomes the firms 12th president in its 162-year history. In the role of president and managing partner, he will head SmithGroupJJRs eight client industry-focused practices and firmwide marketing. A 34-year veteran with the firm, Medici formerly served as Learning Practice leader. He started with SmithGroupJJR at its Detroit office in 1981 and nine years later relocated to direct the firms office in Phoenix. Over the ensuing two decades, the office rose to become one of Arizonas top ranked architecture and engineering practices. In 2009 with the firms addition of a Dallas location, Medici was tapped to oversee both offices until he was promoted to Learning Practice leader in 2013.

Medici, whose areas of special expertise include design excellence and sustainability, has led several of the firms most significant projects of the past decade. They include the $ 135 million, LEED Platinum Energy Systems Integration Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy, completed in 2013 at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. In Arizona, Medici was principal-in-charge for the firms design of Chandler City Hall, an award-winning municipal complex and destination in downtown Chandler, Arizona; and SmithGroupJJRs first Net-Zero Energy project: the new Phoenix regional office for DPR Construction. A registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Medici graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture followed by a Bachelor of Architecture.

Russ Sykes, PE, LEED AP, managing partner, will lead SmithGroupJJRs 10 offices and focus on the firms project delivery process and operations. Previously, he managed the Science & Technology studio at the Detroit office and also served as director of China operations. Sykes joined SmithGroupJJR in 1985 as an electrical engineer and through the years was promoted to management roles at the firms 200-employee Detroit office, including director of operations and office director. In 2013, he was integral in SmithGroupJJRs establishment of a new office in Shanghai; as a managing partner, Sykes will continue to champion the firms growth in China.

Sykes is a recognized authority in technically complex projects. Among the SmithGroupJJR projects for which hes currently serving as principal-in-charge are the 468,000-square-meter (5-million-square-foot) automotive research and development center in Changchun for First Automotive Works, Chinas top manufacturer of passenger cars and commercial trucks and busses; and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a 230,000-square-foot national user facility under construction in East Lansing, Michigan for nuclear science funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, scheduled to be operational in 2020. A professional engineer, Sykes graduated with a Bachelors degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Troy Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, managing partner, will direct SmithGroupJJRs initiatives in talent development, research, knowledge management, and innovative planning and design tools and processes. He formerly served as the director of operations for the firms Washington, DC office, having joined the firm in 2006 as a principal in the Learning and Cultural studios.

A specialist in historic preservation, Thompson has played a major role in growing the firms Cultural Practice. For SmithGroupJJR, he served as principal-in-change for the two-year, $ 12 million renovation of the White House Visitors Center. The 16,000-square-foot space offers a unique educational experience that complements a tour of the White House while alternatively serving as a standalone experience. In 2014, Thompson was appointed to the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS), a non-governmental international organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites. Thompson is a registered architect and member of the AIA, Association for Preservation Technology International, and the Society of Architectural Historians. He holds a Masters degree in American History from George Mason University, preceded by Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Philosophy degrees from Ball State University.

Election Concludes Six-Year Process for Leadership Succession

The election of Medici, Sykes and Thompson as the firms new leadership team concludes a six-year succession process undertaken to continue the 162-year-old firms legacy and take it into the future. Realizing that the transition needed to be seamless, management appointed a succession committee to determine desired qualities and skills; ultimately, a team of three individuals was recommended to provide the firm with greater capacity for innovation and growth. Following, a separate nominating committee selected Medici, Sykes and Thompson as best suited to direct the firm based on their diverse and complementary skillsets and aptitudes. Between fall 2014 and the May 2015 Board election, the three embarked on a process of shadowing outgoing President & CEO Roehling and Chief Operating Officer Swiech.

Medici, Sykes and Thompson are underway with a long range planning process that will address key issues in design, diversity and the environment. Each continues to reside in their original office location Medici in Phoenix, Sykes in Detroit, and Thompson in Washington, DC.

Medici, Sykes and Thompson reflect on SmithGroupJJR in a new video, SmithGroupJJR: This is How We Roll, during which they talk about the firms delivery of innovative, sustainable, and technically superior projects around the world.

SmithGroupJJR (http://www.smithgroupjjr.com) is a recognized integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm in the U.S. The 900-employee firm has office locations across the U.S. and in Shanghai, China and is organized into eight client industry-focused practices: Health, Workplace, Learning, Science & Technology, Cultural, Campus, Waterfront and Urban Design. SmithGroupJJR is one of the nations top ranked in sustainable design with 124 LEED certified projects and 360 LEED accredited professionals.







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Cheetah Software Executive Lays Out Omni-Channel Plan for Retailers


Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2015

Cheetah Software Systems President and COO, Manish Kapoor, was featured as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Latin America Retail Congresshop, the largest retail show in South America, which took place at Parque Central in Santiago, Chile on May 5th and 6th, 2015.

The 5th annual event, sponsored by America Retail, XPG Consultnet and Diario Financiero hosted retailers and industry experts from various organizations to discuss issues relevant to the industry and address IT & omni-channel innovation. The international exhibition brought together retailers and suppliers to share global trends, challenges, opportunities, best practices and success stories.

In his keynote presentation, Manish enlightened audience members on Last Mile logistics and what retail logistics leaders are doing to be successful citing that retailers must have customer-centric strategic distribution network design for faster and larger outreach. To provide your brand experience in every case, you have to own the Last Mile. Manish mentioned key factors that attribute to strong growth for leading e-tailers are reduced cannibalization and conflict between its stores and e-commerce, faster order fulfillment and delivery and increased coordination across digital and physical channels.

In addition to discussing the importance of the Last Mile for retailers, Manish shared how the retail supply chain has evolved into a customer driven pull economy presenting Macys and Amazon as a standard in the US for engaging their customers through omni-channel retailing.

Among several world-class industry experts invited to speak as panelists on various topics, Manish also served on panels for innovative supply chain logistics in the retail industry.

Links:

(Exhibition summary)

http://america-retail.com/industria-y-mercado/con-gran-exito-comenzo

(Exhibition website)

http://www.congresshopretail2015.cl/pag_expositores.php

About Manish Kapoor:

Manish Kapoor, President and COO of Cheetah Software Systems, is one of the leading industry experts in logistics, especially Last Mile, with a relentless passion for customer experience and operational efficiency using disruptive technologies. Previously, Manish was the Director of Worldwide Last Mile at Amazon where he helped launch Amazon Fresh and Sunday delivery in the US while expanding delivery services worldwide. Prior to that, Manish served at FedEx as VP and Managing Director of Network Operations where he led the successful transformation of the FedEx Office Omni-Channel operations and the design and launch of FedEx SameDay City, a local courier service.

About Cheetah Software Systems, Inc.:

Cheetah is the precision logistics and live route optimization platform of choice for top-performing companies in LTL, courier, medical/healthcare and retail delivery. Cheetah dynamically manages fleets, routes and schedules in real-time so that every vehicle on the road drives fewer miles and makes more on-time deliveries. It automatically adjusts to incoming business orders and changing conditions while synchronizing your entire organization with visibility and dynamic decision support for drivers, dispatchers, customer service reps, managers and others. Cheetah makes your business better at every turn. Customers include leaders like Macys, Ward Trucking, Cardinal Health, JS logistics, Central Freight, and many, many others. Find out more at http://www.cheetah.com.







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Pulse Evolution Corporation to Host Investor Conference Call on April 8, 2015

Port St. Lucie, Florida (PRWEB) April 03, 2015

Pulse Evolution Corporation (OTC:PLFX) will conduct its first investor conference call as a publicly listed company, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00am EST, hosted by John Textor, Executive Chairman, who will discuss the following topics:


The Pulse Evolution Business Model, including a discussion of the near-term monetization opportunities associated with the Companys pioneering role in the new form of entertainment, known as Virtual Performance, and the ownership and exploitation of Digital Likeness Rights.
Review of Start-up and Development Stage Initiatives and Operating Results, a discussion of successes, failures and second stage objectives.
Capitalization and Liquidity, including public disclosure of recent Third Fiscal Quarter consummation of $ 3.97 Million financing and rights participation agreements.
Report on Existing Agreements and relationships with the estates of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, including extension and expansion of exclusive relationship with Elvis Presley / Authentic Brands Group.
Capitalization, development and production of The King, an original, full-length musical, featuring a hyper-real animated performance of the legendary musician Elvis Presley. The King is scheduled to open in Q4 of 2016, and then roll out in major cities around the world.
Pending Strategic Partnerships and Acquisitions, including the planned acquisition of important enabling animation technologies, the acquisition of holographic display technologies for the mobile market and the expectation of alignments with specific major entertainment and consumer products companies.
Business Segment Expansion, including the launch of Pulse Biologic, and International Development and Capital Joint Ventures, including current discussions with potential partners in Singapore and Tokyo.

Conference Call and Web-link Details

The conference call will begin at 11:00 EST and will be broadcast live over the Internet and telephone via the following:

Web conference link: https://meetingvisuals.webex.com/meetingvisuals/j.php?MTID=m3af9dafa52d24162a989f9406e39cb3b

Audio conference information: Participants’ toll-free dial-in number (U.S. and Canada):

(855) 803-7434

International dial-in number:

(704) 288-0506

Meeting number: 593 854 105

About Pulse Evolution Corporation

Pulse Evolution Corporation (Pulse or Company) is a next generation technology and intellectual property company, established to produce specialized, high-impact applications of computer-generated human likeness or digital human beings for utilization in entertainment, life sciences, education and telecommunications.

In its first year of operation, Pulse emerged as the leader in the new, globally relevant digital performance industry. The Company acquired the digital likeness rights of three late celebrities – Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and produced the Virtual Michael Jackson Show at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. This performance was broadcast live to more than 11 million viewers and generated (estimate) more than 98 billion Internet impressions in the weeks that followed.

The Company is focusing initially on the entertainment and media marketplace, which is expected to generate $ 2.152 trillion in worldwide revenues by 2017. Pulse plans to produce digital media product that will penetrate every sector of this industry, and be consumed by global audiences on the growing variety of screens and stages available today from theaters and television, tablets and phones, to stages and dynamic live performance venues around the world.

The Companys goal is to expand into life sciences, education and telecommunications and to become the worlds leading developer and producer of digital human beings. Company leadership believes Pulse will accomplish this goal by owning, or materially participating in, the intellectual property rights of a substantial portfolio of human likenesses that produce high-margin, recurring revenues from a broad array of digital human applications around the world. The Company has recently launched a 75% owned subsidiary, Pulse Biologic, to pursue opportunities in surgical simulation, life sciences and medical applications.

Today, the applications for digital humans are obvious and in high demand in the entertainment sector. Tomorrow, digital humans will drive globally relevant – and highly lucrative uses in surgical simulation, military simulation and telecommunications.

http://www.pulse.co

Contact:

Melissa Santiago

melissa.santiago(at)pulse.co

Pulse Evolution Corporation

(772) 345-4100







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RoadOne Intermodal Logistics selects ThinkLite to retrofit Randolph Massachusetts facility.


Natick, Massachusetts (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

On any given day, dozens of trucks pass through the checkpoint at RoadOne Intermodal Logistics, loading and offloading freight in its expansive warehouse facility. With long operating hours typical of a warehouse environment, electric consumption for RoadOne is significant. With the recently imposed electric rate increases for Massachusetts businesses, the cost of lighting the RoadOne facility was expected to increase by over 30%.

Our business runs on very tight margins, said Ken Kellaway, President and CEO of RoadOne. Looking at an electric rate increase this significant in 2015, we set our sites on preserving our margins, and thats why we selected ThinkLite to do a lighting retrofit of not only our warehouse, but also of our corporate offices and operations adjacent to the warehouse.

Mike Andersen, ThinkLite Vice President, North American Sales met with Kellaway and his team to develop a plan for the ThinkLite retrofit. The ThinkLite solution is unique as we have developed breakthrough LED and induction lighting technologies that allow us to retrofit existing fixtures with new highly efficient lamps.

Typically, the cost of converting a facility of this size to energy efficient lighting requires replacement of the fixtures, and that makes the cost extreme, if not prohibitive. ThinkLite proposed simply changing the bulbs keeping the cost of the project manageable and the payback period short- only 24 months.

ThinkLite retrofit existing 400-watt metal halide lamps in the warehouse with custom 200-watt Induction lamps that brought significant improvement to the overall lighting quality. When we were told our energy consumption in the warehouse would be cut in half and we saw how much brighter the warehouse was during the demo, it was an easy decision, said Kellaway.

For the corporate and office environment, a variety of fluorescent lamps including traditional T8 as well as U-shaped lamps were replaced with ThinkLites revolutionary driverless LED T8 and LED U Shape tubes that fit in directly into the existing fixtures, and have a lifespan of up to ten years with little or no degradation of lighting quality.

ThinkLite did a remarkable job from start to finish and even secured a 70% project rebate from our electric utility, said Kellaway. We have a network of over 40 facilities nationwide and we look forward to working with ThinkLite on a retrofit plan that will secure RoadOne electric savings year in, year out.

Any business with the need for great lighting and the desire to significantly reduce its electricity cost will benefit from ThinkLite, said Andersen. We are pleased to be RoadOnes lighting partner and look forward to a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.







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Whipsaw Designs Score Both 1st AND 2nd Place in the 2015 Spark Product Design Awards





HUBB Lifetime Oil Filter


Whipsaw Inc, the Silicon Valley-based Industrial Design and Engineering firm that creates innovative products for companies around the globe, announces that 4 of their recent product designs have been highlighted by the 2015 Spark jury, including the honor of both 1st AND 2nd place out of 37 winners. Reserved only for true world-changing designs, the highly coveted Spark! (above Gold category) was given to 5 design entries this year and Whipsaw received the top 2 out of these 5 highest awards. Spark! went to the HUBB Oil Filter and the Leitz Icon Label Cartridges. The Whipsaw team also won 2 additional Bronze Awards for the Mimosa C5i and the Leitz Icon Labeling System.

“Whipsaw is proving that designs can be both sustainable and efficient,” said Spark President Peter Kuchnicki in reference to Whipsaw’s top 2 winning entries. “They can even be beautifulwho’s ever seen a lovelier oil filter!

Spark is unique among design competitions because it is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the modern fact that most designers work collaboratively across disciplines. Spark sees technology as a great enabling tool that is helping all of society to be more creative, productive and innovative, and recognizes design that supports this view. Spark is also aspirational, believing that design is a process for improving our life and the planet by making significant, positive changes in the world.

We appreciate the Spark program because it sees design as a holistic endeavor that aims to improve the human condition, honoring not just pretty design but also important design said Dan Harden, President/CEO of Whipsaw Inc.

The award winning Whipsaw designs are:

HUBB Oil Filter (Spark!) a re-usable and highly efficient stainless steel and aluminum automotive oil filter with a standard mount, compatible with any car or truck. HUBB has a lifespan of more than 50 years.

Leitz Icon Label Cartridges (Spark!) environmentally friendly label cartridges for the Leitz Icon Labeling System, made out of recycled paper pulp and biodegradable plastic.

Leitz Icon Labeling System (Bronze) – a wireless, compact and portable label printer to conveniently print labels directly from apps on a smart phone or tablet.

Mimosa C5i (Bronze) – a new type of wireless receiver known as a hotspot-to-the-home gateway. It brings broadband Internet service into ones home without needing cable or fiber optics.

About Whipsaw:

Whipsaw is an Industrial Design & Engineering consulting firm located in Silicon Valley California, with a focus on innovative product design, development & branding. Whipsaw creates highly successful products across many diverse fields including consumer electronics, housewares, wearables, medical, computing, scientific, and business equipment. Whipsaws clients range from large corporations like Avaya, Cisco, Clorox, Dell, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, SunPower and TP-Link plus exciting startups including Apnicure, Avinger, Dropcam, Highfive, Livescribe, OM Signal and Yubo.

Whipsaw has been widely published; has brought hundreds of hit products to market; has won over 200 Industrial Design Awards; and has creations in the Smithsonian Institution Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.







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Washington SmartCEO Honors MorganFranklin Consulting Managing Director Leigh Ann Schultz with Brava Award



Leigh Ann Schultz


July 15, 2015 (PRWEB) July 16, 2015 — Washington SmartCEO has recognized MorganFranklin Consulting Managing Director Leigh Ann Schultz with the Brava Award. The Brava Award honors 40 of Greater Washingtons exemplary women each year for their leadership, philanthropy, and mentorship. Schultz leads the Corporate Investigation & Dispute Solutions practice and serves as a member of the Womens Initiative Executive Leadership Committee at MorganFranklin, a D.C.-based, strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor.

Schultz will be profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO alongside her fellow winners with backgrounds in consulting, technology, and nonprofit management. All of this years winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 30, 2015, that will gather more than 300 local executives as well as previous winners.

When I say Brava at the conclusion of a play, it is both a thank-you for the artists culmination of hard work and talent that resulted in an excellent outcome, and a way to say, I wish I could see more, said Schultz. I am deeply grateful for this award and recognize that the second part of Brava, or doing more, has just begun for me more dedication to employees, more driving business growth, and more philanthropy.

After acquiring more than 20 years of Big Four accounting, industry, consulting, and regulatory experience, Schultz joined MorganFranklin to lead the Corporate Investigation & Dispute Solutions practice where she helps companies deter, manage, and remediate corporate investigations or anti-bribery claims. Leigh Ann is a dynamic growth market-focused leader advising high-growth companies and providing high-stakes solutions. She has led numerous buy-side and sell-side activities and leverages her deep experience in post-merger integration and operational process improvement. Alongside her demanding professional life, Schultz makes charity and community involvement a priority. In 2012, she brought Girls on the Run, a national program that encourages girls through interactive lessons and running games, to her daughters school and then served as a head coach for three semesters. She has served on the advisory board for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind since 2013, and since 2014 has served on the Global Good Fund Leadership Development Council and the advisory board for Hopecam. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind serves the visually impaired as well as those who are both visually and hearing impaired. The Global Good Fund engages high-potential young leaders in fellowship and mentorship. Hopecam supports children undergoing cancer treatment with technology to aid connection and help patients overcome social isolation.

MorganFranklin leadership was excited to nominate Schultz for the award, noting: Leigh Ann looks at a fork in the road and chooses the path that may include the most challenge but also the greatest rewards. Shortly after joining us, her contributions quickly began to shape the growth of our firm.

To learn more about SmartCEO and the Brava Awards, visit http://bit.ly/1HiCjpV

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About MorganFranklin Consulting

MorganFranklin is a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor. The company provides strategic thinking and hands-on support to help public companies, fast-growing private companies, and government clients manage growth and maximize performance. The firm delivers strategy, accounting and transaction services, risk and compliance, and information management and technology solutions. MorganFranklin is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has supported clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. http://www.morganfranklin.com | http://www.morganfranklinfederal.com

MorganFranklin Consulting is the brand name referring to the global organization of MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC.

Media Contact:

Melinda Holler

PR9(at)morganfranklin(dot)com

MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC

703.564.7525







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Factor Finders Announces Record Month for New Factoring Leads

Factor Finders is thrilled to announce the companys biggest month ever. For the first time since its launch, the invoice factoring service provider received in excess of 200 incoming leads. Thanks to a combination of inbound marketing efforts and a dedicated network of co-brokers, Factor Finders received 217 new factoring leads in June.

Factor Finders is pleased to have referred deals to 39 different invoice factoring companies. Referrals spanned a variety of industries such as transportation, manufacturing, staffing, healthcare, engineering, construction and B2B service providers.

June referrals include:


A Greenville, SC manufacturing facility with $ 200,000 in monthly billings
A Chicago, IL trucking company with $ 150,000 in monthly billings
A Minneapolis, MN trucking company with $ 100,000 in monthly billings
A Boston, MA biotech research firm with $ 70,000 in monthly billings
A Detroit, MI start-up temporary staffing agency with $ 5,000 in weekly billings

Factor Finders is a B2B funding intermediary that matches business owners with the best factoring company for their unique needs. Founded by a seasoned factoring professional, Factor Finders understands the needs of small businesses and uses that expertise to identify the optimal funding source for clients. Visit http://www.factorfinders.com for more information about Factor Finders invoice factoring services.







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Homeschool Student Takes 3rd in Southeast Super Trucks Race

Rock Rapids, IA (PRWEB) June 01, 2015

Tal Davidson, a 16-year-old homeschooler racing in the Southeast Super Trucks Series, earned his first top three finish of the season on Saturday, May 23, at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee.

Davidsons early-season success is an extension of his 2014 campaign, where he was named Rookie of the Year at Hickory Motor Speedway, a short track in North Carolina known as the Birthplace of NASCAR Stars. Overall, Davidson, who has been racing competitively since he was only seven, entered this year with a career average finish of 4.9.

While Davidson is used to setting the pace at the track, he often struggled to understand new concepts in a classroom setting at school, making it difficult for him to keep his focus and catch up to the speed of a lesson.

Those frustrations led Davidson to try homeschooling with Monarch online curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications, which has increased his enjoyment for learning, while giving him more time for racing and working on his truck with his step-dad and uncle.

With Monarch, youre always doing something productive, said Davidson. I have more time to understand the material and apply it to real-life situations. It also generates a feeling of self-satisfaction, which increases my productivity. Monarch is perfect for my kind of learning.

In addition to racing, Davidson volunteers with Coats for Kids, a charity in his hometown of Morrisville, North Carolina. He works with his mother and grandmother to collect and deliver donated coats. He said the feeling is indescribable when giving to those in need.

You go and give a coat to a kid who doesnt have a coat, and its the best thing that has ever happened to him, he said.

Davidsons racing season continues when the 12-race Southeast Super Trucks Series resumes on Saturday, June 6, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, South Carolina.

Visit https://www.aophomeschooling.com/monarch_plans?utm_source=CNW&utm_medium=PressRelease&utm_campaign=TalDavidson for more information on Monarch online curriculum.

About Alpha Omega Publications

Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to Christian schools and homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials for thousands of students through curriculum, educational books and games, support services, family entertainment and an accredited online academy. Visit https://www.aophomeschooling.com/?utm_source=PRWeb&utm_medium=PressRelease&utm_campaign=TalDavidson or call 800-622-3070.







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How Coach Houses new website design achieved a 36% increase in online orders



The new Coach House website design

Coach House is the UKs largest trade only B2B furniture and giftware supplier, having supplied trade clients with design-led furniture for over 35 years. Coach House has a dedicated themed showroom in Lancashire, that covers over 25,000 square feet, showcasing their extensive 14,000 product lines which are sourced from around the globe. These products include traditional furniture, design-led accessories, high quality giftware, and much more.

The next step for Coach House was to bolster its multi-channel shopping approach; which meant the website needed reinvigorating. The old website was becoming rather stale and outdated, and also required extra functionality to increase B2B sales.

Xanthos was appointed to build the new website, due to having 13 years of experience in building bespoke ecommerce websites. Coach House required a design which reflected its prestigious position in the market, alongside providing a top experience for customers to browse its extensive product range online.

Coach House had a number of clear aims in mind for the new ecommerce store:

Improve the look and feel of the website to reflect the style the brand offers
Provide an efficient and simple ecommerce system for trade customers to order online
Implement a mobile-friendly web design for mobile device compatibility
Upgrade the AspDotNetStorefront software to the latest version
Fast and simple navigation through improved menu and search features

Xanthos got to work on helping Coach House achieve its vision, and created a website which provided the style and functionality needed. Xanthos focused on delivering the following:

AspDotNetStorefront upgrade


AspDotNetStorefront is powerful ecommerce software which allows easy content and product management, with deep configuration options to allow for full customisation of the website. Xanthos upgraded the Coach House website to the latest build of the AspDotNetStorefront platform, giving it the latest ecommerce features to help drive sales.

Responsive Web Design


Xanthos built the website with a fully mobile-responsive web design, which means it is mobile-friendly as the design responds to the size of the device it is viewed on. This provides customers with an intuitive user experience, on whichever mobile, tablet, or desktop device they may be using.

On-site search


Xanthos implemented its own powerful on-site search feature, which makes it as easy for customers to find their desired product. The search includes predictive instant product display search features, so customers can view potential products as soon as they start typing.

Mega Menu


The new mega menu allows quick and easy navigation through the extensive product range that Coach House has on offer. It also provides a strong administrative structure which dynamically updates the layout and product list when the catalogue is updated. Xanthos also added functionality in order for images to be incorporated within the mega menu itself, allowing for the customisation of position and size of the images.

Back in Stock notifications


Xanthos implemented a back-in-stock email alert system. Customers can choose to be alerted when a particular product line is back in stock. They will then receive an email prompting them to return to the site and order. The site also allows customers to pre-order any items which are out of stock, so customers can still get the products they desire.

Quick Order Form


The quick order form allows fast and efficient conversions, allowing customers who know what they want to purchase multiple products by merely entering the relevant product code and quantity, and checkout in a flash.

Inspiration page


The Coach House Inspiration Page allows visitors to directly shop the look. Coach House provided a range of different interior designs featuring products off the website, with quick access to the product pages being listed below.

Ecommerce features


In order to improve on conversions, certain ecommerce features were added to enhance the shopping experience on-site. This includes adding a section for recently viewed items, a wish list for customers to add items for future checkouts, and a product sort filter to allow customers to drill down and find their desired products via price, name, or stock availability. As the site is specifically B2B, it also only displays product prices when a customer is logged in.

Within two months after the website had launched, these new and improved website features helped Coach House achieve a 36% increase in online orders.







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