Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .
Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
Kyle Symons and Rose Bailey took the honours when the Madibaz MTB XCO Series made a flying start with the opening Whip Snake leg in George at the weekend. Held on the Nelson Mandela University campus, race director Jan Venter said they were very happy with the outcome as the series entered its third year. Having started in 2016, the event, which is aimed at promoting mountain-biking in the region with an emphasis on developing cross-country skills, has grown rapidly in popularity. Riding in the elite men's category, Symons finished the five-lap course in 1:24:29, beating Hayden and Luke Cocksedge to the finishing line. Bailey completed the women's four-lap course in 1:18:07, ahead of Anuschke Smith. The pair now have the inside lane in the annual competition as points are added up over the four legs to decide the overall winners. With the weather showing a kind face to the cyclists, Venter said there was "a great turnout and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves". Adding lustre to the occasion were Ascendis Health riders Robyn de Groot and Sabine Spitz, who were the runners-up in last month's Cape Epic. However, they took on a largely ambassadorial role during the race. "They asked to be promotional riders rather than take up podium positions," said Venter. "They were there to show their support to the series but did not want to mess up the log-points for the local riders. "Still, having them there was great and Rose, who raced to keep up with them, certainly had her hands full. She did very well." He added that the large number of adult riders who attended the event, which caters for cyclists of all ages, added a good deal of spirit to the occasion. "Then there are the development riders and it really was good to see them getting better with each event. "A competitor such as Ian Jantjies from the Knysna Sport Academy is certainly a rider to watch in the future." Venter said the competition for overall honours would be keen, . . .
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 . . .
Organisers of the Madibaz MTB XCO Series, which has enjoyed rapid growth since 2016, are preparing for another bumper year when the first of four events takes place in George on Sunday. George campus sports manager Hugo Loubser said the series, now entering its third year, had developed into a highly successful product, with the landscape at the Nelson Mandela University venue ideal for races of this nature. A wide range of riders, from nippers to grandmasters, are gearing up to tackle the Whip Snake route, situated on the George campus, starting from 8.30am. "Given the conditions, it wasn't difficult marrying the whole concept of mountain-biking and the George campus, so we have definitely ticked that box," said Loubser. "Besides that, the routes have been developed in such a way as to promote our long-term idea of hosting more mountain-biking events. "In developing the routes we have always looked at what we can add to improve the experience for the riders and the level of participation." Loubser added that the structures around mountain-biking in the region were sound, with a lot of work being done at junior-school level. "Mountain-biking is an official sport code at many schools in the George area and as soon as you have that the whole profile of the sport is lifted." He said they were delighted that top South African mountain-bikers such as Matthys Beukes and Robyn de Groot had competed previously and been impressed with "what we offered". In a boost for Sunday's event, race director Jan Venter confirmed that De Groot and German Sabine Spitz, riding for Ascendis Health, would be competing in the elite women's category. "They will definitely raise the quality in the field," he said of the team who came second overall in last month's Cape Epic. He added that the series would follow the same format as in previous years after achieving much success. "This is the format we need for cross-country events and there will again be log . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa --February 2018 4% of employees agree blocking out noise increases their productivity.(1) Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction(3) and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day.(2) That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Managing Noise: In the Contact Center In the contact center, noise remains the biggest complaint among employees(4) and can negatively impact customer satisfaction.(3) But managing noise effectively can raise productivity,2 improve customer experiences(5) and impact the bottom line.(1) Plantronics creates technologies that manage noise to help contact centers be more effective and businesses be more successful. Let’s look at some common situations: Customer Service Representative (CSR) - Needs to handle urgent requests from customers quickly and efficiently. Key challenge: Hearing and being heard by customers. Help Desk Support - Manages intense, often lengthy, customer calls. Key challenge: Wearing headset all day (comfort, battery issues). Supervisor - Supports CSRs with call assistance and training. Key challenge: Background noise and audio quality on escalated calls. High-Level Support - Guides and supports CSRs on most challenging calls. Key challenge: Mobility within office to help with urgent situations. How do you handle these challenges within your business? Contact Center Solutions Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where . . .