Optimum Healthcare IT Again Recognized as Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm

Optimum Healthcare IT Again Recognized as Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare consulting services company, announces today that for the second consecutive year, it has been recognized as the Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm in the “2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” annual report. As rated by healthcare providers across the United States, Optimum Healthcare IT has earned the following recognition from their clients:

  • 2018 Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm
  • 2018 Best in KLAS for HIT Advisory Services
  • 2018 Best in KLAS for HIT Implementation Support and Staffing
  • 2018 Category Leader for Go-Live Support

Optimum Healthcare IT earned the 2018 Best in KLAS Overall IT Services Firm with a score of 96, which represents an increase from the award-winning 2017 score. The firm will be recognized on March 5, 2018, at the KLAS Awards Reception during HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Within Optimum Healthcare IT, we measure how well we are doing by what our clients tell us directly. We listen, we learn, and we work to deliver what our clients need and expect,” said Jason Mabry, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. “We view our client relationships as partnerships and are humbled that our clients have selected us as Best in KLAS for the second consecutive year. Our continued focus is working hard for our clients by enhancing our service lines and providing the highest levels of service possible.”

Optimum Healthcare IT is a result-oriented organization, with a successful history of providing excellence in service to healthcare systems nationwide. With a passion for the work we do, we are committed to delivering exceptional service, quality, and results to our clients. We work with our clients to identify their issues and explore the right solutions to fit their organizational needs with services in advisory, EHR implementation, training and activation, Community Connect, analytics, security, laboratory services, ERP, and managed services.

“Best in KLAS is more than a ranking. It is a recognition of vendors committed to delivering superior solutions,” said Adam Gale, President of KLAS. It gives voice to thousands of providers who are demanding better performance, usability, and interoperability in healthcare technology.”

According to the report, the overall IT services firm ranking is reserved for those firms that have a minimum of three separate IT services that meet the minimum KLAS Konfidence levels in three separate market segments. Optimum Healthcare IT is rated in four market segments.

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals, KLAS gathers insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trending data and statistical overviews. KLAS data is accurate, honest and impartial. The research directly represents the voice of healthcare professionals and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. To learn more about KLAS and the insights we provide, visit www.KLASresearch.com

About Optimum Healthcare IT

Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare consulting services company based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum provides world-class consulting services in advisory, implementation, training and activation, Community Connect, analytics, security, managed services, laboratory services, and ERP – supporting our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Our excellence is driven by a leadership team with more than 100 years of experience in providing expert healthcare staffing and consulting solutions to all types of organizations.

Visit www.optimumhit.com or call 1.904.373.0831 to find out how your organization can take advantage of our solution offerings.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Achieves 100,000 Sales Milestone in Europe

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Achieves 100,000 Sales Milestone in Europe Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

CYPRESS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acclaimed as the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid crossover, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has now reached a milestone of 100,000 units sold in Europe. The announcement comes as the Outlander PHEV is rolling out to dealers in the U.S. market, where the vehicle is set to build upon Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA)’s continued and proven sales momentum.

Despite an ever-growing number of competitors, the Outlander PHEV has stayed ahead of the pack as the only PHEV crossover in its class, and found a niche truly its own thanks to constant evolution of the model. When it made its debut, initially in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, the Outlander PHEV brought a new dimension to the European SUV segment. It was the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the region in each of the past three years (2015-2017)*. Now taking on the U.S. market, the Outlander PHEV will expand its horizons by filling consumer demand for PHEV technology in a highly capable crossover.

“The Outlander PHEV has been a game-changer for the brand since its launch in the European market, and we’re extremely proud of the industry strides it’s made ever since,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “As the latest addition to our U.S. lineup, we’re excited to welcome the Outlander PHEV to the Outlander family and offer our customers the best of both worlds – EV efficiency and SUV capabilities. The new CUV model arrives at a time when Mitsubishi continues to ride its recent sales momentum as the fastest growing non-luxury brand in the U.S. in 2017.”**

The Outlander PHEV has become Mitsubishi Motors’ technology flagship, with its plug-in hybrid electric architecture proving to be the core element of the company’s product strategy.

The Outlander PHEV is in the tradition of other engineering breakthroughs from Mitsubishi Motors, such as four-wheel drive (4WD) in 1936, electric powertrains in 1966 and SUVs in 1982. The Outlander PHEV is a mid-size CUV that offers an attractive combination of low environmental impact, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), active safety, excellent reliability and low running costs. Outlander PHEV also comes standard with DC Fast Charging capability, the only Plug-in Hybrid in the market featuring it.*** Using this system at commercial charging facilities, the vehicle will charge up to 80 percent capacity in as little as 25 minutes.

Developed from a fully electric vehicle, the Outlander PHEV has a unique architecture consisting of a front electric motor and a rear electric motor. This translates into benefits for drivers that include the larger cargo capacity of a CUV, a simpler layout and smooth operation, and the ability to cover long distances with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

For more information on Mitsubishi Motors, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

*Source: JATO Dynamics Global PHEV sales (Sep 2017)
**Source: Wards Auto December 2017 U.S. Light Vehicle Industry Sales Report
***Source: JATO Dynamics Limited Car Specifications USA Database (Nov 2017)

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research and development, marketing, and sales for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 360 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. Mitsubishi has been producing cars for over 100 years. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

JILL Jill Stuart Creates the Ultimate “It” Girl Collection for Macy’s

JILL Jill Stuart Creates the Ultimate “It” Girl Collection for Macy’s Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jill Stuart, known for her collections that marry feminine romanticism with downtown edge, has partnered with Macy’s to create JILL Jill Stuart, a limited-edition spring ready-to-wear line replete with wardrobe essentials for the girl with a packed social calendar. With creations worn within the fashion, socialite, and celebrity set, Jill Stuart’s coolly ethereal aesthetic has made her eponymous brand one of the most coveted in the industry. The JILL Jill Stuart collection that includes fanciful dresses and lightly structured tops, skirts, and pants, brings her unique point of view to Macy’s stores and macys.com in February.

“I’m so excited for this collaboration with such an iconic store as Macy’s is,” said Stuart. “It’s wonderful to be able to bring my clothes to the Macy’s woman. I can’t wait to see how she makes these pieces her own.”

A hallmark of the JILL Jill Stuart collection is the exquisite combination of beautiful floral prints and exceptional fabrics to create garments that are rich in texture and silhouette. Gardenia printed crepe is fashioned into breathtaking short and long dresses with cascading ruffles, while tops and dresses with accentuated shoulders and sleeves come to life in hibiscus printed bubble chiffon. Paper bag waist trousers and a moto jacket are rendered in chambray, while a jasmine printed version of the breathable textile composes a stunning ruffle-sleeved trench, tailored blouse, and corset crop top. Crisp, striped cotton tops, skirts and dresses offer a fresh take on the menswear infusion in womenswear, and classic eyelet gets new life in wrap skirts and sheer ruffled off-the-shoulder tops. The JILL Jill Stuart collection is lightly whimsical, yet architectural, and channels the ultimate Jill Stuart girl who is effortlessly trendy and always on the scene.

“Jill Stuart is rightly a favorite among the celebrity and scenester set, with covetable collections that are romantic and flirty with a modern, cool edge,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “The beautiful collection she’s created for Macy’s is quintessentially Jill Stuart, a range of dreamy ‘It’ Girl pieces that we’re thrilled to share with our customers.”

The JILL Jill Stuart collection, priced from $89 to $199, will be available for a special pre-sale on Macy’s mobile app and on macys.com beginning Feb. 1, and officially launches in 151 Macy’s stores on Feb. 15.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart, LLC is a women’s RTW manufacturer based in New York City. The company, founded in 1993 by Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis, began with accessories and innovations such as the fashion backpack, cocktail mini dresses and plaid kilt skirts. Jill Stuart gained international renown with the movie, “Clueless,” by designing the iconic kilt seen throughout. With a global following and over 300+ freestanding stores, Jill Stuart encompasses a worldwide presence with licenses from cosmetics, fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, timepieces to children’s wear. The Jill Stuart flagship store is located in the heart of SoHo with www.jillstuart.com e-commerce established in 2016. Jill Jill Stuart was launched in 2013 as an offshoot of the Jill Stuart Brand specializing in eveningwear dresses that is sold across the country at all major retailers as well as international retailers.

TA Restaurant Group Opens Fazoli’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TA Restaurant Group Opens Fazoli’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

WESTLAKE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The TA Restaurant Group (TARG) has announced the opening of a new Fazoli’s® restaurant in Oklahoma City West located at I-40, Exit 140 (South Morgan Rd.), in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The new Fazoli’s will serve their delicious variety of classic Italian dishes, baked pastas, pizza, Submarinos® sandwiches, entree salads and desserts – along with their unlimited signature garlic breadsticks. The restaurant dining room has seating for 100 people and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Oklahoma City West Fazoli’s is the third Fazoli’s restaurant operated by TARG, and its first in Oklahoma.

About TA Restaurant Group
The TA Restaurant Group includes more than 880 quick service, full service restaurants and other food outlets, including ten proprietary restaurant brands including Quaker Steak & Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride. The TA Restaurant Group is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, which offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada. For more information about TA and the TA Restaurant Group, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube, including franchise opportunities nationwide, please visit www.thelube.com.

About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands and the Minit Mart® convenience store brand. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.

About Fazoli’s®
With nearly 220 restaurants in 27 states, Fazoli’s is America’s largest Italian fast casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post’s five breakout fast casual restaurants and a FastCasual.com Brand of the Year, Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing record sales growth. Visit www.ownafazolis.com for details on development opportunities.

Vericool Signs Multi-Year Contract as Green Packaging Partner of Innovative Baby Food, Meal Delivery Service Raised Real

Vericool Signs Multi-Year Contract as Green Packaging Partner of Innovative Baby Food, Meal Delivery Service Raised Real Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

LIVERMORE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Vericool, makers of the only 100 percent compostable and recyclable thermal packaging, announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract with Raised Real, the subscription-based, meal delivery service created specifically for growing babies and young children. This month, Raised Real will start shipping its organic, nutritious and fresh meals in the world’s most reliable and sustainable packaging—the Vericooler III.

“The Vericooler III is the only cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and high-performing thermal packaging solution on the market today,” said Darrell Jobe, CEO of Vericool. “Our packaging provides Raised Real a very cool and safe way to nutritiously feed future generations and protect the environment, too.”

Vericool’s low-cost Vericooler III is proven to keep food products cold from packaging to receipt while at the same time significantly reducing landfill waste. The innovative packaging is moisture-resistant and has a molded design that virtually eliminates thermal edge loss, reducing the amount of required coolant and total packed weight. Plus, the packaging takes the guesswork out of disposal—it’s made from post-consumer plant fiber, making it RecyclapostableTM (100 percent curbside recyclable and compostable).

Raised Real has become a favorite of moms because it takes the work out of from-scratch, homemade cooking for babies and young children by eliminating the challenges of thinking about nutrition, prep and mess. The brand assembles organically-sourced, nutritionally complete, pre-portioned meals and flash freezes them to secure peak nutrition. Their meals are delivered to Raised Real members every two weeks.

“At Raised Real, we want our packaging to reflect our values of sustainability and quality,” says Santiago Merea, CEO of Raised Real. “The kids we are feeding today are the ones inheriting this world – and it is our responsibility to do our part. It is why our team sought out a partner like Vericool; we wanted to ensure our deliveries were safe, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly. With Vericool, our baby food deliveries will give consumers the ease and convenience of a meal delivery service, without the worry of creating additional waste.”

Vericoolers are not just a product, it’s a second chance movement—a very cool way to improve the health and well-being of people and our planet through packaging.

To learn more about Vericool and the company’s Vericooler III, visit the company’s YouTube channel or website: www.vericoolpackaging.com.

To learn more about Raised Real, visit www.raisedreal.com.

About Vericool, Inc.

Based in Livermore, Calif., Vericool delivers sustainable packaging that protects products, people and the planet. RecyclapostableTM Vericoolers® are the only high performing 100% compostable insulation and recyclable cold chain packaging in the market, making them the safest replacement for EPS/Styrofoam. Patented and patent-pending Vericoolers are cost-effective and reliable, ensuring that food, medicines and other temperature sensitive products stay cool from packaging to receipt. Customizable and high-performing, Vericoolers can perform to customer-defined ASTM and ISTA standards. Vericool is all about delivering second chances for people and companies to do the right thing for the planet. Those that get it—Vericooler it.

To learn more about Vericool Packaging, visit http://www.vericoolpackaging.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Raised Real

Raised Real is a first-in-class, innovative baby food delivery solution for busy parents looking for nutritionally-balanced meals designed for your growing baby. Raised Real baby food comes in pre-portioned, ready to steam and blend packages, with every recipe developed and tested by a PhD and registered dietitian. Each Raised Real meal is made with superfood ingredients sourced from organic and sustainable farms, delivered directly to your door. Raised Real empowers parents to make nutritious, healthy baby food at less than $5 per meal, without the mess and long prep times. Raised Real is available nationally.

Concordia Care and iHCFA Positioned to Support New NJ Law Requiring Electronic Filing of Medical Bills for Auto Claims, Free Implementation for Payers and Providers

Concordia Care and iHCFA Positioned to Support New NJ Law Requiring Electronic Filing of Medical Bills for Auto Claims, Free Implementation for Payers and Providers Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Concordia Care, Inc. (Concordia), a specialty risk-transfer company, has completed its acquisition of iHCFA, LLC, an industry leading clearinghouse specializing in the electronic processing of workers compensation and automobile bills, it is well positioned to support a recently passed NJ law signed this week. NJ State Bill S-2137 requires electronic submission of automobile insurance claims between health care providers and insurance companies or their third-party administrators (TPAs).

Under this newly enacted legislation, it is mandatory that all automobile insurance carriers, TPAs, and medical management companies who receive auto-related medical bills from health care providers accept and process the bills electronically. Further, it requires all healthcare providers and hospitals that submit over twenty-five (25) auto-related medical bills per month to now provide electronic bills for payment on standardized forms compliant with guidelines.

Joseph Berardo Jr., CEO, Concordia says, “The new legislation demonstrates the significance of electronic billing in streamlining processes and reducing costs. This continues to reinforce for us why iHCFA is an important acquisition at this time given its advanced tech-enabled capabilities in this space.” Concordia serves insurers, government entities, self-insured plan sponsors and other managed care organizations.

Dr. William J. DeGasperis, president, iHCFA, adds, “As a New Jersey-based company, iHCFA currently has contracts with majority of the major medical management companies in the State, covering most of the automobile policies impacted by this new legislation. This allows us to help clients to quickly comply by seamlessly connecting to all medical billing systems.”

NJ healthcare providers will benefit from enhanced management of their revenue cycles, with e-billing leading not only to faster payment, but also increased efficiency of direct point-to-point communication between the insurance carrier and the provider billing system.

Berardo adds, “Implementation of electronic filing of medical bills leads to an overall reduction in administrative costs and results in a more efficient process. Given the mandatory nature of this legislation, Concordia and iHCFA expect to waive any associated implementation fees for its payers and providers.”

To ensure compliance with the new law, contact Concordia to get on their implementation schedule. Contact: 973.795.1641 extension 2000; njebill@ihcfa.com.

About Concordia Care, Inc.

Concordia Care, Inc. (Concordia) is a specialty risk transfer, care-coordination company servicing insurers, government entities, self-insured plan sponsors and other managed care organizations. Through its Pathways 2 Recovery (P2R) care model, Concordia aims to improve patient-centered outcomes and reduce overall cost of quality care by applying best practices in a biopsychosocial-centric approach to manage complex challenges for the casualty, group health and auto markets. Concordia’s integrated business units include: Concordia Casualty, Concordia Behavioral Health, Concordia Group Health, and Concordia Ancillary. Concordia holds dual accreditations from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare Inc. (AAAHC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Visit www.concordiacare.com. Concordia is an MBF Healthcare Partners portfolio company.

About iHCFA

iHCFA, a New Jersey-based clearinghouse, specializes in electronically processing workers’ compensation and automobile bills with all supporting documents. iHCFA is an industry leader with the ability to connect to any medical billing system and link to more than 1,000 insurance payers and third-party administrators in all 50 states. For more information on iHCFA, visit www.ihcfa.com.

SmartPicture Technologies Releases Software Development Kit for Its PLNAR App

SmartPicture Technologies Releases Software Development Kit for Its PLNAR App Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SmartPicture Technologies, a dimensioning intelligence platform powering the best 3-D modeling experiences, announced today it has released a software development kit (SDK) for its augmented reality dimensioning app, PLNAR. Since its launch alongside iOS11 and ARKit in September 2017, PLNAR has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, and users have created a total of 40,000 projects.

The SDK serves as customers’ primary entry point to using PLNAR’s AR measurement capabilities and cloud integration features in their own apps or cloud platforms. Its release comes after the launch of a suite of PLNAR membership options for professionals, primarily in the home renovation, interior design and insurance industries.

“After listening to feedback from our professional users, we saw an opportunity to provide existing enterprises with a quick, easy way to implement AR dimensioning technology into their business models without requiring additional, extensive and costly iOS development,” said Andy Greff, CEO of SmartPicture Technologies and creator of the PLNAR app. “PLNAR helps companies close more opportunities by empowering their customers to measure spaces themselves.”

The all-in-one SDK—built for home improvement retailers, furniture providers, interior designers, online home product companies and others that require dimensioning capability—integrates seamlessly into existing business applications and empowers business partners to:

  • Condense development time from months or years to weeks;
  • Create their own branded solutions with a fully realized, customizable user interface to be “virtually there” for their customers;
  • Streamline user friction during the data capture process;
  • Measure objects, rooms, walls, windows, doors, islands and floors in 2-D and 3-D;
  • Easily plug into any sales process to assist customers as they are browsing products and determining space;
  • Self-configure the app, which was designed for AR with non-technical end users in mind;
  • Connect to PLNAR algorithms and APIs in the cloud.

“The PLNAR SDK will allow us to quickly implement AR technology into our existing Genpact Inspection Assistant product and stay at the forefront of emerging digital technology while continuing to redefine the insurance claims experience,” said Tim Schneider, business leader, Genpact. “By digitizing the dimensioning experience, we have created new efficiencies in how end users utilize our product and as a result, we’ve optimized the time that our inspectors spend onsite.”

For additional information and pricing, please visit https://pro.plnar.co.

About SmartPicture Technologies

SmartPicture Technologies is a venture-backed startup based in Austin, Texas. SmartPicture takes the traditional truck-and-tape measure estimation and claims process and replaces it with an augmented reality-powered SaaS dimensioning solution.

Triad Retail Media Signals Commitment to Data & Technology with New SVP of Products & Platform Appointment

Triad Retail Media Signals Commitment to Data & Technology with New SVP of Products & Platform Appointment Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Triad Retail Media, the leader in digital retail media, announced today the appointment of Joe Henson to the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) of Products & Platform. Reporting to CEO Sherry Smith, Henson is responsible for driving the company’s product strategy and leading the product development, implementation and deployment of Triad’s proprietary platforms. Henson’s leadership will enable Triad to develop a product strategy that empowers its retail partners to leverage deeper levels of data insights to transform the retail experience through shopper-based marketing.

“We are ecstatic to have Joe join the Triad team to take on this strategically important role,” said Smith. “Joe is an industry veteran of 20 years with a playbook of exceptional go-to-market product strategies and technological expertise. As we forge into the new year, we’re excited to have his leadership set the direction of our evolving product suite, allowing retailers to maximize the value of their media.”

Henson’s initial focus will be to launch a proprietary, shopper-based marketing solution that enables brands and retailers to target specific audience segments. This solution will use enhanced data capabilities that bring together specific data sets to identify macro and micro level shopper preferences. He will also work with the product and engineering teams to define and implement Triad’s product strategy and develop a roadmap of offerings that solves for critical needs within the market. These offerings will act as the bridge between various levels of the shopper funnel, from consideration to awareness, all the way to the completed purchase.

“I am excited to be joining Triad under the vision of newly appointed CEO Sherry Smith,” said Henson. “Triad is evolving as a company to stand out from the competition with unique products and platforms, with a focus on being smarter about data and leveraging it in different ways to address customers’ demand for a personalized experience. I’m looking forward to collaborating with an extremely talented team to bring to market a best-in-class system of connected technologies that allow our partners to utilize data to their full potential and drive measurable results.”

Prior to joining Triad, Henson most recently was Group VP of Product Platform and Technology at Catalina Marketing, where he built global platform strategies to grow value for the company’s clients. In this role, he served as a conduit between technology, analytics, sales, product management and media operations to synergize core functions across the organization. Before that, Henson held various senior-management positions within the technology industry, including at Q Interactive and Baxter, where he began his professional career.

Henson received his B.S. in Management Information Systems from Western Illinois University. He currently resides in the Tampa Bay area.

About Triad Retail Media
Triad Retail Media is the leader in digital retail media. It helps leading retailers create, manage and operate digital media programs, turning their highly trafficked websites into valuable publishing properties. Walmart.com, Toys”R”Us, CVS, Sam’s Club, Staples and Kohl’s are among the major retailers that rely on Triad Retail Media to pioneer how thousands of brands engage, inform and inspire shoppers to purchase. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, Triad Retail Media is a WPP company with 400+ team members. For more information, visit www.TriadRetail.com or its social media channels: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Maven Partners with Blockchain-Based Media Platform Po.et to Empower Independent Publishers

Maven Partners with Blockchain-Based Media Platform Po.et to Empower Independent Publishers Press Release from BusinessWire.com has been published today, Marcin Frąckiewicz, .

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maven (ticker symbol: MVEN) announced today it is partnering with Po.et, a blockchain-based open universal ledger for digital creative assets, to provide Maven’s content creators protection from improper use of their content and ensure fair monetization.

Po.et will provide Maven publishers with the ability to timestamp and validate their content and digital assets in an unalterable system which will automatically issue digital ownership certificates.

“Partnering with Po.et advances our strategy to provide Maven publishers with the greatest tools available to drive maximum monetization, distribution, transparency and security,” said Maven CEO James Heckman. “Maven’s vision and mission is perfectly aligned with Po.et’s. At the end of the day, we’re working to empower and protect independent publishers.”

Using cryptography, Po.et gives both publishers and content creators the tools to automate the licensing process without relying on third parties.

For Po.et, the strategic partnership provides them with scale and the ability to receive and cryptographically sign data from Maven’s thousands of professional content creators serving 40 million users.

“Maven is a perfect partner for Po.et for many reasons,” said David Bailey, co-founder of Po.et and chairman of the Po.et Foundation. “Maven’s thousands of content creators and 40 million-plus audience gives us scale and the opportunity to explore the potential of our technology in a big way. They have a world-class engineering team, which will make this technology integration seamless, and are led by a leadership team that has found success in digital media over the last 30 years.”

As part of the partnership, Bailey will join Maven’s board and Heckman will join Po.et’s board.

“David is a pioneer in the world-changing blockchain movement, and its an honor for us to work with him,” said Maven Board Chairman Josh Jacobs. “A visionary in emerging technology, David will help Maven identify ways to empower and protect independent publishers. His raw technical expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative thinking make David’s appointment a great addition to Maven’s board, and a huge win for the Maven coalition.”

Bailey is also the CEO of BTC Media, the first dedicated outlet for digital currency, and the publisher of Distributed, Bitcoin Magazine, and yBitcoin, which will soon begin distributing content as part of Maven’s independent publisher coalition.

Additionally, Heckman will join Po.et’s board of directors. “Being a part of Po.et’s board gives me the opportunity to contribute to an organization that advocates on behalf of Maven publishers,” Heckman added. “It also gives the Maven coalition a seat at the table with a forward-thinking organization whose mission is to help keep their livelihoods secure.”

About Maven
Maven, Inc., (ticker symbol: MVEN) is a coalition of Mavens, operating on a single digital publishing, advertising and distribution platform under a single brand. Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN.

About Po.et
Po.et — Proof of Existence 2.0 is a Bitcoin blockchain protocol that establishes an open, universal and immutable ledger for managing the ownership, attribution and licensing of creative digital assets. Po.et builds a bridge between creators and publishers and enables the discovery of new content and verification, authenticity and authorization of generated content through a truly transparent and timestamped system of attribution. Po.et is based in Singapore and the United States, with offices in Nashville and New York. For more information about Po.et, please visit po.et.

Duke Energy renews contract with biomass energy producer in North Carolina

Duke Energy renews contract with biomass energy producer in North Carolina Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy has renewed a long-term power purchase agreement with a 50-megawatt biomass facility in North Carolina, continuing the company’s pursuit to diversify its electricity mix with biomass and alternative energy.

Craven County Wood Energy (CCWE) in New Bern is a 24-hour-a-day baseload plant that supplies enough power annually to satisfy the energy needs of more than 30,000 homes for a year.

The facility uses mainly wood waste and poultry (turkey) waste to generate electricity. Throughout its 25 years of operation, the facility has been upgraded to use more poultry waste – going from 10 percent to 25 percent currently. It has plans to go as high as 30 percent.

“The increased usage of poultry waste will help Duke Energy better meet state mandates for renewable energy and makes the facility more valuable to the company and its customers,” said Gary Freeman, general manager of Duke Energy’s renewable energy compliance.

Duke Energy will buy 100 percent of the energy and associated renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the facility. A REC is a commodity equal to 1 megawatt-hour of renewable generation.

Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), Duke Energy must eventually meet 0.21 percent of its overall power sales with energy generated by swine and poultry waste. North Carolina is the only state with a renewable energy carveout for swine and poultry waste.

The poultry waste requirement is set to increase over the next two years, and the CCWE contract will provide Duke Energy with valuable RECs to meet the increased compliance requirements.

“We are pleased that we will continue to provide renewable, reliable energy that meets the needs of homes and businesses in our region – while also continuing to support not only our employees but 150 other families who supply us with goods and materials,” said Robert Van Ells, CCWE’s plant manager.

CCWE has about 50 employees and also supports jobs in logging, trucking, welding, parts supply industries and many other local merchants in the area. Its use of waste wood lessens the amount of materials going to local landfills. It is an important economic contributor to the region.

Craven County is excited about our continued, long-term relationship with Craven County Wood Energy. From employment, both direct and indirect, to alternative energy production, CCWE plays a vital role in the economic development of our community,” said Timothy Downs, director of economic development for Craven County.

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