International Retail Solutions Company Expands Retail Marketing Service Capability by Investing in South African Below-the-Line Agency Elevator Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May 2018 - International retail solutions company Smollan, recently announced the acquisition of a majority stake in leading South African below-the-line agency, Elevator. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Smollan’s retail marketing service capabilities, as they are now able to tap into Elevator’s experiential, activation, digital and employee engagement expertise. Elevator was formed off the back of a merger between established BTL agencies Stretch and Point Blank in January 2017. The merged entity has enjoyed significant growth over the past year and now boasts a 50+ staff headcount with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban; with a blue-chip client list that includes Cell C, Lipton Ice Tea, Chevron, Pernod Ricard and Standard Bank. “Smollan have an incredible reputation, both from a business and values perspective. While we’ve had a number of interested parties over the years, with Smollan it became clear that there were commercial synergies and an unmistakable cultural alignment that will lay the foundation for an unparalleled offering of impactful data driven experiences,” said Mike Silver, CEO, Elevator. “While we’ve just completed our first merged year as Elevator, we are very excited about the next chapter and being part of the Smollan Group, both in South Africa and internationally.” “We are extremely proud of this acquisition,” said Michael Smollan, Growth & Innovation Officer, Smollan. “Elevator, together with the other Smollan assets start to form the basis of a very powerful offering which will further enhance our capability in this area of our strategy. We have felt a great connection with the team and the business through the process and look very forward to what the two businesses can unlock together.” About . . .
Replace timeouts and tears with the Glitter Time Out Bottle (or use it as a meditation bottle). Its ingenious - instead of sitting and fuming in timeout, your little one is mesmerised by the glitter and has a healthy way to soothe themselves and work through their emotions. Photo: Pinterest If you’re a parent or teacher, you may be able to relate to some of these: Timeout and tears usually go hand-in-hand Your child has toys they never play with, but doesn’t want to let go of Moms and daughters need things that match West Pack Lifestyle, a national chain of retail stores across South Africa, came up with creative ways to address these common pain points for parents. The aim is to re-use (and revamp) old favourites, while enjoying interactive play time with the kids. If you don’t find these items around the house, West Pack stores have craft supplies, toys, frames and bottles to create these ideas. Time Out Bottle Replace timeouts and tears with the Glitter Time Out Bottle (or use it as a meditation bottle). Its ingenious - instead of sitting and fuming in timeout, your little one is mesmerised by the glitter and has a healthy way to soothe themselves and work through their emotions. Fill a plastic bottle or glass jar with ¾ hot water (the hot water helps the glitter glue to mix). Add glitter glue and glitter (the more glue used, the longer the glitter will stay suspended). The glue should settle in about 5 minutes (standard timeout time). Super glue the cap closed so your little one can’t open it again. DIY Picture Frames Re-use your child’s favourite toys to create this memorable photo frame. We used Dala craft paint to repaint the old frame and classic soldier figurines, and stuck down the toy pieces with Amos craft glue. Matching Glitter-Glam Shoes Glitter shoes are so easy and inexpensive to make at home. If it’s your first time, start with a plain pair of pumps or heels (without laces). The . . .
Johannesburg, May 15th 2018: South Africans moving to Canada as Investors under the New Quebec Investor Program with increased requirements in 2018 Many South Africa wealthy Business owners and High Net Worth Employed Managers have discoved a very discreet solution for moving to Canada without all the restrictions of age, education and language proficiency requirements. The number of applicants has increased by 25% each year since 2010,but still with very small numbers compared to other countries that saw massive demand for Canadian Investor Immigration under the Quebec Investor Program. The influx maybe in part due to VIP business immigration, the largest Canadian investor immigration law partnership between immigration consultants, lawyers and Quebec financial intermediaries for the Quebec Investor Program providing immigration services. The Quebec Investor Program of 2018 which will start in September is drawing a lot of attention from potential investors from all of South Africa interested in immigrating to Canada for its security, quality of life, Low Business Taxes, best access to Free Trade Agreements Worldwide and much more. Over the last few years, more than 200 South Africans have moved to Canada as Quebec Investor Selected Immigrant. It is expected that with the new requirement such as having a Net worth of 2.0M Canadian or 18M ZAR, demand from South Africans will not decrease as the program gets out .. no age limit is the key factor. Over the span of the last few years, Canada has welcomed the highest levels of immigrants in more than 100 years, this is a huge indication that the new policies established by the Government and the favorable condition for immigrants to settle in Canada are having the right impact. Economists believe that the increase of interest from the investors has increased tremendously this year after introduction of The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) 2018, which is the only Canadian Business Immigration Program that . . .
Monday, 14 May 2018 – A recent report published by Statistics South Africa on jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs in the last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs. [Source: parts extracted from https://goo.gl/yscCsq ]. Servest could not be more pleased to have contributed towards this number, it being 0.83% across the board of its service offerings. Although it reads marginally as a percentage, it should be viewed within the larger context of the provincial economy, which makes the actual number of jobs created by one company, rather significant. “Since launching the Servest head office and increasing our dedicated team in Cape Town on all levels, traction within the province has definitely increased – and this is only the beginning, says Steve Wallbanks, Servest’s CEO. Servest Cleaning division recently won the PMR diamond award for Cleaning Companies, who are doing the most in their sectors over the past 12 months, to stimulate the economic growth and development of the Western Cape Province. This is in line with the company’s commitment to doubling its 4000+ jobs in the Western Cape, almost a year ago. On 02 May 2017 Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters in Cape Town, at which time they were already employing over 4500 people. At the time, the company’s Group Head of Marketing,Farhaana Mohidien said “the Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” “We anticipated that our expansion would see the number of jobs double at an exponential level over the next 3 – 5 years and less than a year later, we are proud to report that we have contributed 0.83% to the overall job market in the Western Cape and 19% in respect of our company’s contribution that we envisioned at the time. We believe that we are on track to achieving the 4000 number of jobs over the next 5 years”, concludes Mohidien. Servest . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 14 May 2018, KaChing, the ticketless parking app is fast becoming a preferred payment method for parking. Just over seven months ago, KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres. The system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking much easier. This ticketless, cashless parking app is being installed at all 22 Netcare hospitals across the country. This will really add value to the hospitals, which serves as more than just a healthcare facility, it will also greatly assist in lessening the time it takes to park during emergencies. The drive in drive out experience uses number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit, which automatically picks up customer details and opens the boom; customers don’t even need to stop, which not only saves on time, but comes at no extra cost to the driver. It also provides for the safety of the driver, particularly at night or in big parking lots where security guards are not always close at hand. This, the first such parking technology in more than a decade makes your parking experience, a non-event - you no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payments to securely pay for their parking. In addition to the ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing currently do in excess of 1500 parking instances, per day. Other property management companies that have also come on board with this technology include GrowthPoint, Investec, Attacq, Resilient and Pareto. Whether you are stopping off to make . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 25 – Kodak Alaris announced today that its Information Management division will now operate under the name “Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business.” Starting today, partners and customers will see an updated website, logo, and social media presence. The parent company remains Kodak Alaris. For decades, the global technology provider has delivered information capture solutions for businesses. “Our new name is not about reinvention. It’s about reinterpretation,” said Don Lofstrom, President and General Manager, Alaris. “The division’s shift to Alaris puts greater emphasis on the image science expertise that helps clients make sense of data and information in their work. Rebranding will also help us target new markets, build new partnerships, and reach new customers.” Kodak Alaris has three other business units – AI Foundry; Kodak Moments; and Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. Each will continue to use its current name. Alaris Portfolio Alaris-branded offerings were introduced last year with the launch of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. The new brand marked the shift towards integrated offerings that combined scanners, software and services. “The name is new but our Alaris line of scanners are built with the same unwavering commitment to productivity, reliability, and quality that our customers and partners have come to depend on for years,” said Lofstrom. “The Kodak-branded products that customers know and rely on will continue to be available and are an important part of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. Consistent with our ‘future proof’ promise, all Alaris-branded software is backward compatible to work with our current scanners. The product portfolio includes both ‘Kodak’ and ‘Alaris’ branded scanners.” Industry Recognition As winner of Buyers Lab’s prestigious Scanner Line of the Year Award for an unprecedented third consecutive year, “Alaris continues to set the standard for what a scanner needs to be in the age of digital transformation,” . . .
A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .