Walmart Teams Up with Cruise to Pilot All-Electric Self-Driving Delivery

U.S. retailer Walmart and automated vehicle firm Cruise are collaborating to test the delivery of groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona. Under the scheme, consumers would be able to put an order from their nearest Walmart store and send it to one of Cruise's stand-alone, Chevy Bolt electric vehicles. Although cars can work individually, there will still be a human safety operator behind the wheel. The collaboration is part of the retailer's overall automated vehicle testing and efforts to consider the potential role of technology…

BMW Announces Its All-electric Flagship ‘iX’

Announced at the virtual NextGen 2020 event, BMW iX is the all-new, all-electric flagship vehicle launched by the German multinational company. Previously known as the iNext, the iX will be on the road by the end of 2021. The EV is said to have a new design, but matching dimensions of the existing X5 or X6. BMW has said that the vehicle will have around 300 miles of range and will accelerate 0-60 mph under five seconds. However, it has not unveiled its pricing yet. Coupled with the DC fast charging at 200 kW, the iX is…

Unruly and LG Electronics to Offer Smart TV Inventory Through Global Partnership

Video advertising platform Unruly announced a global partnership with LG Electronics that enables advertisers around the world to access native smart TV ad placements through its supply-side platform (SSP), UnrulyX. Expanding on the success of LG’s relationship with sister brand Tremor Video in North America, the company can now provide brands with unique reach and uncluttered, highly viewable placements that drive action across all LG Smart TVs and video within the LG Channels app globally. Marketing Technology News: …

IKEA, Electronic Arts and Other Global Brands Share How They Are Responding to Market Changes by Launching New Digital-First Experiences…

“Fast Forward,” the conference on accelerating digital innovation, will feature brands known for cutting-edge digital experiences Contentful, the leading content platform for digital-first businesses, announced its Fast Forward customer conference lineup featuring some of the world’s most innovative brands. More than 1,500 digital leaders and builders will attend the free virtual conference Oct. 29. They will learn how to build for the digital-first era and rapidly adapt to digital demands driven by the ongoing pandemic and…

Spectrm Launches Instagram Messaging Solutions for Brands

Spectrm launched Instagram Messaging Solutions, enabling brands to scale one-to-one messaging with Instagram's 1 billion users Consumer demand for messaging businesses is growing fast, accelerated by e-commerce growth due to COVID-19. In the first half of 2020, online spending in the US grew by 30.1% to reach $347.26 billion. The adoption of e-commerce increased from previously infrequent online shoppers by 160%1. With 75% of consumers now preferring to engage brands in private messaging channels vs traditional channels,…

Spectrum Evolution and VSatcast Accelerate NextGen TV Deployment Through Network Function Virtualization

Companies collaborate to deliver cloud-hosted ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Internet service Spectrum Evolution Inc. (SEI) and VSatcast Inc. (VSI) announce the successful implementation of the first "touchless deployment" of a Network Function Virtualization (NFV), cloud-hosted, Broadcast Internet service. This is a significant step in deploying the broadcast component of the 5G network and delivering broadband content and data services to home, office, and mobile end users on a one-to-everyone basis. Massive demand for video…

OpenText Makes Electronic Signature Accessible to Organizations of Every Size

With wet signatures no longer practical, OpenText Core Signature is now available for small and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises and their developers OpenText announced that it has expanded its electronic signature offering, which is now available to small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and developers. The offering includes a full feature, low-cost option of Core Signature for small and medium-sized businesses and the Core Signature Service for developers looking to integrate…

Bertram Capital Portfolio Company Spectrio Acquires Industry Weapon

Spectrio, a Bertram Capital ("Bertram") portfolio company and one of the nation's leading providers of customer engagement technology, announced that it has acquired Industry Weapon, a growing digital signage provider based in Pittsburgh, PA. The acquisition further augments Spectrio's suite of digital solutions, enhancing its strategic communications capabilities, and adding valuable third-party integrations to meet the needs of global customers. Industry Weapon's digital signage solutions enable clients to create…

Viamedia Renews Long-Term Advertising Partnership With Service Electric Cablevision

Cross-Media Local Ad Company Will Continue to Run Ad Sales on Behalf of Leading Operator in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre Viamedia, the leading cross-media local advertising company, announced today that it has renewed its long-term agreement with Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. (SECV) to continue running advertising sales for the company’s video ad services across the Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre markets. The new deal extends one of Viamedia’s longest-standing partnerships, having represented SECV for approximately…

Spectrio Acquires Industry Weapon

Spectrio, one of the nation’s leading providers of customer engagement technology, announced that it has acquired Industry Weapon, a digital signage company based in Pittsburgh, PA. The acquisition further augments Spectrio’s suite of digital solutions, enhancing its strategic communications capabilities and adding scalable third-party integration solutions to meet the needs of global brands. Marketing Technology News: InMarket Acquires Assets from NinthDecimal, Creating the Definitive Leader in Real-Time, Data-Driven…

8×8 Announces Strategic VAR Channel Partnership with Spectrotel to Help Organizations Transform the Digital Workplace with Cloud…

8x8 Announces Strategic VAR Channel Partnership with Spectrotel to Help Organizations Transform the Digital Workplace with Cloud Communications 8x8, Inc., a leading integrated cloud communications platform, announced that Spectrotel, Inc., a leading national next generation aggregator and managed services provider, has joined the 8x8 Open Channel Program as a strategic value added reseller (VAR) partner. Spectrotel is now offering the 8x8 Open Communications Platform™, which uniquely combines cloud voice, team chat, video…

Bidgely Together with Global Utilities and Energy Retailers Personalize the EV Experience Through AI-Powered Electrification Solutions

Bidgely continues to advance electrification initiatives with global utilities and energy retailers through applied artificial intelligence (AI) and personalization techniques proven to drive customer engagement and operational efficiencies. Bidgely equips utilities with the ability to identify electric vehicles (EV) in the home, create personalized customer load shifting incentives and pinpoint customers with a higher propensity to invest in EVs or solar PV. These data-driven insights generated through Bidgely’s advanced…

Bertram Capital Portfolio Company Spectrio Acquires Senior Living Media, an Osborn Company

Spectrio, a Bertram Capital ("Bertram") portfolio company and one of the nation's leading providers of customer engagement solutions, announced that it has acquired Senior Living Media, an Osborn Company.  Senior Living Media is a senior living communication and engagement technology company based in Duluth, Ga. The acquisition represents the tenth transaction completed during Bertram's ownership and the 34th acquisition since the company was founded in 2002.  The acquisition of Senior Living Media further augments…

Spectrio Welcomes Daniel Babb as Senior Vice President of Technology

Spectrio, one of the nation’s leading providers of customer engagement solutions, announced the appointment of Daniel Babb as Senior Vice President of Technology of the Tampa-based company that serves more than 100,000 customer locations nationwide. With a background that includes digital marketing and technology leadership and strategic organizational growth, Babb plans to leverage his expertise as he oversees Spectrio’s internal systems, infrastructure, and customer-facing products and technology. Marketing Technology…

Yottaa Offers Free RAPID CTRL for Travel and SMB Retail Brands

Leading eCommerce Acceleration Solution Provides Brands The Opportunity To Maximize Conversions From High Online Traffic During The Coronavirus Crisis Yottaa, Inc., the leading cloud platform for accelerating eCommerce, announced it is offering its RAPID CTRL product for free to some of the businesses most impacted by the coronavirus crisis: travel companies and SMB retailers and brands. Trusted by over 1,500 sites to improve digital experiences and increase online revenue, Yottaa is committed to advancing eCommerce…

Arrow Electronics Adds Actifio Solutions to its Portfolio

The agreement supports resellers engaged with Italian companies focused on accelerating the digital transformation processes Arrow Electronics, a global provider of technological solutions, has signed a distribution agreement in Italy with Actifio, a multi-cloud copy data management software provider. The agreement is already active in DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Benelux, Iberia, France, United Kingdom, and Ireland with the aim of supporting Arrow resellers with solutions that facilitate organizations in…

Spectra Helps Customers Modernize IT Architectures with StorCycle Software 3.0 and Enhancements to its Data Storage Portfolio

StorCycle Software Now Supports Linux and Windows; Advanced Functionality for the BlackPearl Object Storage Platform Improves Infrastructures for Demanding Workloads Spectra Logic, a leader in data storage and data management solutions, announced that StorCycle, its new Storage Lifecycle Management software, now supports Linux in addition to Windows operating systems, providing effortless data management for midsize and large enterprises. Spectra also announced enhancements to its BlackPearl Object Storage platform to…

Spectra Logic Announces SpectraLIVE, a Virtual Conference and Executive Meeting Program to Help Customers Maintain Business Continuity

Spectra is offering multiple virtual opportunities to connect and engage during these trying times Spectra Logic, a leader in data storage and data management solutions, announced that it will provide customers and partners with several virtual opportunities to connect and engage with Spectra leadership and product managers during this unique time of global uncertainty. With customers and partners in mind, Spectra has developed SpectraLIVE, a virtual conference and executive meeting platform, alongside its monthly webinar…

Amazon Beats Currys and Argos to Gain Biggest Share of Google’s Page One Searches for Consumer Electronics

New Searchmetrics study highlights importance of video and YouTube when consumers search for information on consumer electronics. It also reveals UK retailers of consumer tech may not be doing enough to satisfy informational searches Amazon.co.uk is the most visible website overall in Google’s UK page one results when people search for consumer electronics topics such as computers, laptops, video and mobile phones according to a new study by Searchmetrics. YouTube.com takes second place, ahead of both Currys.co.uk and …

Bestbuy Wins Biggest Share of Google’s Page One Searches for Consumer Electronics – Amazon Comes Second

Searchmetrics Q4 2019 study reveals retail websites are failing to satisfy informational searches for consumer electronics Bestbuy.com is the most visible website in Google’s (Google.com) page one results when people search for consumer electronics topics such as computers, laptops, video and mobile phones according to a new Searchmetrics study. Second and third are Amazon.com and Walmart.com. For searches related to mobile phones, t-mobile.com is the most visible on page one, followed by bestbuy.com. However, nearly…