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Qustodio Helps Schools Find the Missing Link Between Internet Use and Students Grades


Barcelona, Spain (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Schools may now be one step closer to finding out how students’ grades are affected by their internet use habits. Qustodio, the Barcelona-based start-up known for their Qustodio Parental Control product, today launched Qustodio Professional, a version of their software for educational organizations who want to supervise students activities on connected devices. The collected data gets reported back to the school who can then cross reference it with student performance.

In addition to reporting, Qustodio Professional does some other very important things for schools such as providing Internet content filtering and application controls. The tool also enforces time limits and can track down mobile devices. This is a key feature for schools that issue mobile devices such as tablets to students and need to limit their use to educational purposes, and find them when they go missing.

Qustodio is powered by a rich graphic user interface that allows users to manage devices and understand Internet and device use easily. This consumer-centric approach demonstrates Qustodio Professionals evolution from a consumer product. Its so simple and intuitive that it actually teaches you how to use it starting from installation, and unlike other classic enterprise solutions doesnt require dedicated IT personnel to set it up or maintain the product.

Another important differentiation is that unlike other network limited solutions, Qustodio Professional is network agnostic and continues reporting, filtering, protecting seamlessly whether the device is on school premises and connected to the school network or at the students home or connected to other networks.

Compared with other solutions in the market, it offers all-in-one remote management and content filtering tools at a fraction of the price of purchasing either of these tools separately in the business marketplace and includes a raft of great features that can actively help schools to manage internet and device safety and productivity:


Manage any desktop or mobile device from an intuitive online dashboard
Fits all size organizations: from a few students to large universities
Works on Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, Kindle and Nook devices
Helps the organization understand how time is spent online, how it uses apps and devices, and where to spot productivity and safety issues
Creates a safe web environment with education compliant web content filtering
Ensures that only approved or relevant applications and apps are allowed
Keeps track of mobile device location
Protects devices and students and works whether in school or at home
Can be used to proactively teach safer, better, more productive device and internet use

Pricing and Availability:

Qustodio Professional starts with a 30-day free trial (no credit card required). After that, its priced starting at $ 1.99 device/month. Special discounts apply for educational organizations and larger volume plans. The product is available now from the Qustodio website: http://www.qustodio.com/schools.

Partner Opportunities:

The company is actively seeking to grow its partner/distributor/reseller network throughout the world. To find out more about their partner program, please visit http://www.qustodio.com/partners.

About Qustodio:

Qustodio, founded in 2012, develops online productivity and security solutions for consumers, educational institutions and businesses. The company is well-known for its flagship consumer product, Qustodio Parental Control, that helps hundreds of thousands of families worldwide ensure safe and responsible use of connected devices. Qustodio is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain and can be found online: http://www.Qustodio.com, via Twitter: @Qustodio and on Facebook: Qustodio.







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Santander & Waitrose Talk Digital Payments and the Impact On Customer Experience


(PRWEB) July 29, 2014

Julio Faura, Head of Corporate Development, IT & Ops at Santander and Kevin Findlay, Interim Web, Mobile and E-Commerce Technology Leader at Waitrose will discuss how to harness digital payments to close the loop between the pre and post-payment experience, creating value and deeper relationships between the retailer, customer and bank. The free webinar is taking place on Thursday August 14th at 14:00 BST/15:00 CET.

There is so much discussion around enhancing the customer experience in retail, from in-store push notifications through to sophisticated loyalty programs; it would seem that developments around the POS (point of sale) have been left behind. This is not the case as mobile payment tech is making progress, but the dialogue between merchants, or those in retail, and the payments providers, namely the banks, appears to have stalled. This has left a fragmented payments space. In order to make mobile payments a reality in retail, collaboration between banks and retailers must begin now to create scalable platforms ready for mainstream adoption.

Justin Parker, project director at Open Mobile Media, stated: There is a distinct breakdown in communications between retailers and banks in regards to mobile payments. This is a very valuable part of the customer experience that can connect pre-payment and post-payment marketing activities that ultimately drive loyalty and sales. Its time to bring the banks and retailers together to create a highly automated and interactive payments ecosystem.

In just one hour, the webinar will highlight some of the core decisions that should be considered as retailers and payments experts design a POS experience in-line with todays mobile consumer behaviour. Open Mobile Media suggests that the webinar is appropriate for any marketing, digital, mobile and technology focused retail or finance executives that are responsible for driving digital payments and the in-store customer experience.

The webinar will take place on August 14th at 14:00 BST (15:00 CET)

To avoid missing out on this unique take on mobile retail, sign up here for free: http://www.openmobilemedia.com/mobile-payments-europe/webinar.php.

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Paws & Claws Collars ChainDrive to Manage Its Retail Store Operations


Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

Multidev Technologies Inc., developers of fully-integrated ERP and Omni channel solutions for retail, e-tail and wholesale announced today that Paws & Claws, a specialty pet retailer, has selected the ChainDrive Fully-Integrated Retail Management platform to improve store operations and to facilitate future growth plans.

To support its Canadian and cross border retail outlets Paws& Claws sought out a technology partner that was capable of delivering a combination of retail-specific expertise for the niche pet market, robust functionality along with a centralized architecture. Their distinctive business model needs along with their desire and commitment to offer superior customer service was at the forefront of their decision. They selected the ChainDrive platform for its scalability, dynamic POS and CRM along with its analytics and reporting capabilities.

Paws & Claws will be leveraging ChainDrives new POS software which will provide a single transparent version of transactions, CRM, fulfillment, inventory and all back end operations. Customized for the pet market, Paws & Claws will have the ability to quickly act on relevant, accurate data from inventory tracking and analysis to customer loyalty programs that nurture long-term engagement. Detailed analytical and reporting tools will allow Paws & Claws to gain insight into every aspect of their business and will permit them to set goals, priorities and make better informed decisions.

The CRM is a vital component as it will offer Paws & Claws enhanced customer visibility and detailed customer data capture complete with past purchase history, customer preferences, pet birthday reminders, grooming scheduling and much more.

We found that ChainDrives end-to-end solution has all of the functionality that we require to handle our specialty business. The ChainDrive platform will give us the opportunity to transform and modernize our multi-store environment, streamline our front-end and back-end operations and allow us to offer a new level of service and convenience to our customers, said Linda Butterworth, VP Technology, Paws & Claws.

About Multidev Technologies Inc.

Founded in 1997, the creators of Multidev Technologies recognized the need for specialized software in the retail industry and began to develop a solution that specifically catered to a focused niche of retailers. Today, 17 years later, Multidev has emerged as an industry leader that offers two distinct products; ChainDrive, for the multi-channel retailer and e-comDrive, for the web retailer. Designed and developed from the ground up, Multidev Technologies delivers complete and robust solutions to leading North American companies. Addressing the needs of Apparel, Footwear, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Specialty and Department Store retailers, Multidev provides the mid-size retailer, a sophisticated, completely Integrated Retail Management System.







Volpe Express Selects DDC FPO as Freight Process Outsourcing Provider for Billing Functions


Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Volpe Express, an elite less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) carrier, has selected DDC FPO, the world leader in freight process outsourcing, as its back office transformation partner to streamline its billing functions for enhanced time and cost efficiencies and overall more strategic business process management.

Volpe Express provides its customers with superior pickup and delivery service. As part of the five-year contract, DDC FPO, a division of the business process outsourcing (BPO) worldwide network The DDC Group, will leverage its global footprint, industry expertise and cutting-edge technologies to dedicate an LTL-trained, scalable team solely to delivering around-the-clock bill entry processing and reporting services to Volpe over a secure cloud-based portal.

Volpe, currently in the midst of upgrading its entire IT and voice infrastructures, as well as its user interfaces, has worked with DDC FPO to build a separate, secure web page. This web page will allow DDC FPO billers to seamlessly log in and efficiently conduct high-quality bill entry processing and reporting.

“It’s working extremely well,” said Wendi Fitzsimmons, Project Manager for Volpe overseeing the DDC FPO program.

“Typically in a system and department transition such as this, we would expect several bumps in the road. On the contrary, there has been very little to fix, and we are quite pleased with the results,” Fitzsimmons explained.

Utilizing a web page is new for Volpe, but it is also a slight variation from DDC’s regular approach to remote bill entry.

“They understood the risks and agreed to try it out. Its worked wonderfully, and we are very happy with DDCs cooperation,” she added. “In fact, the rollout was initially set to last until the end of August. Instead, it will actually be completed before the end of July.”

Volpe, which has grown approximately 20% in new business since its relationship with DDC FPO began, approached the vendor on a referral from partner Roadrunner Transportation Systems, another client of DDC. “After we saw the pricing, it was something we just had to do,” said Fitzsimmons. “We knew it would be a phenomenal savings for the company.”

Prior to selecting DDC, Volpe’s billing system was paper-driven as well as time-, labor- and dollar-consuming. According to Fitzsimmons, quality issues were rampant, causing a domino effect more detrimental than simply the initial cost issue.

Chad Crotty, VP of Sales for DDC FPO, is looking forward to raising the bar for industry peers in this new partnership: “Whether we are setting up networks or moving large amounts of data around the globe, technology is at the core of our business. It is inspiring to see a company like Volpe embrace technology with the same passion and intensity that we have.”

“Solutions that improve efficiency and save money will always be popular in this industry, but our list of capabilities will continue to adapt and grow with proactive, innovation-driven clients such as Volpe,” said Crotty. “As the transportation sector faces new challenges, we are enthusiastic about all the possibilities for how we can help its players overcome and excel.”

Volpe Express recently installed cameras in its entire fleet, equipping drivers with recording and panic button capabilities. Additionally, drivers can now utilize mobile tablet devices equipped with custom-built apps, which allow the drivers to view, comment on and complete their work orders; capture pictures of freight; and communicate instantly to dispatch for updates to their schedule. Volpe is also in the process of rolling out a new EOBR application, which tracks hours of service for the drivers, fuel use and idle time, and improves overall fleet performance.

About Volpe

Volpe is a family-owned, father-and-son business run by Dante Volpe Sr. and Dante Volpe Jr. (third and fourth generation). Volpe prides itself on going beyond customers expectations, by “providing service that satisfies”, the carrier’s motto since 1922. Volpe is always looking to find ways to ensure customer satisfaction, such as continuous investment in its equipment, facilities, and fleet, ongoing employee training and the highest safety standards. Volpe services the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic area providing LTL, TL, Warehousing and Distribution, Dedicated Fleets, Logistics Staffing, and Equipment Leasing services. Learn more at http://www.volpexp.com.

About DDC FPO

DDC FPO is a division of The DDC Group, a worldwide network of BPO experts and solutions. With operations across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, DDC’s 3,500-strong staff delivers services in over 20 languages with ahead-of-the-curve industry standards. DDC FPO’s customized solutions currently process 20% of all LTL bills in the United States and equip each DDC client with long-term cost containment and profitability. For more information, visit: http://www.ddcfpo.com and http://www.theddcgroup.com.







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Confirmit Genius Unearths Hidden Truths in Social Media and Free-Form Content

New York, NY and Oslo, Norway and London, UK (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Confirmit today announces the launch of Confirmit Genius, an innovative software solution for text and social media analytics. Confirmit Genius provides a powerful addition to Confirmits suite of solutions for Customer Experience, Employee Engagement and Market Research.

Answering the rapidly growing need for organizations to gain insights from the large volumes of unstructured feedback and content they gather, Confirmit Genius has been well received by customers and prospects alike. The solution uses advanced statistical techniques to assign categories and determine the sentiment by category for all types of unstructured text, including verbatim survey responses, social media feedback, web analytics, call center records, CRM data and more.

According to a February 2014 report entitled How To Use Text Analytics In Your VoC Program by Jonathan Browne, senior consultant at Forrester Research, Inc: Our analysis of the market shows that text analytics helps organizations provide more intelligent service recovery, drive continuous improvements in operations, and supercharge executive decision-making.

Terry Lawlor, EVP Product Management, Confirmit, explained: Today there is too much content and too little insight. Confirmit Genius addresses this challenge by mining both solicited and unsolicited free-form content, organizing the feedback according to the categories important to each business, analyzing complex and sometimes conflicting sentiments held within each piece of content, and linking to other data sources to provide wider context.

Two editions are available: Confirmit Genius Text Analytics, which provides categorization and sentiment analysis for free-form text, including verbatim and other unstructured survey data; and Confirmit Genius Social Analytics which captures social media feeds, online media feeds, forum comments, blogs and more, and provides a powerful environment for analyzing this data.

The two editions are integrated so that all social media feeds can be categorized and have a sentiment associated with each category. Confirmit Genius Text Analytics also integrates with Confirmit Horizons, ensuring that any free-form text captured into Confirmit SmartHub has the same categorization model applied and uses the same sentiment engine.

Terry Lawlor continued: Confirmits suite of solutions gives our customers the unique ability to correlate the Voice of the Market with the Voice of the Customer, enabling them to uncover hidden truths and easily adjust course to improve business performance. This is a very powerful capability for businesses across all sectors.

For further information about Confirmit Genius, please visit http://www.confirmit.com/what-we-do/product/confirmit-horizons/text-analytics.aspx.

About Confirmit

Confirmit is the worlds leading SaaS vendor for multichannel Voice of the Customer, Employee Feedback, and Market Research applications. The company has offices in Oslo (headquarters), Chengdu, Cologne, Grimstad, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Yaroslavl. Confirmit’s software is also distributed through partner resellers in Madrid, Milan, Salvador, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Confirmit powers Global 5000 companies and Market Research agencies worldwide with a wide range of software products for feedback / data collection, panel management, data processing, analysis, and reporting. Customers include Aurora, British Airways, Cross-Tab, Dow Chemical, Farmers Insurance, GfK, GlaxoSmithKline, GMO Research, JTN Research, Keep Factor, Morehead Associates, Nielsen, Research Now, Swapit, Swisscom, Symantec and The Wellcome Trust. Visit http://www.confirmit.com for more information.







HarQens Voice Advantage Recognized for Delivering Innovative Service to Recruiters


Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

HarQen was honored as a Silver Award winner at the inaugural Recruiter Service Awards (ReSIs) for its digital interview platform, Voice Advantage. The ReSI awards, held in Orlando, FL at the conclusion SHRM Annual Convention & Expo, are the first accolade to focus on innovative service excellence for recruiters. The ReSIs recognize ground-breaking recruiting products and services that help employers achieve recruiting excellence by optimizing the capabilities and performance of their recruiters.

Voice Advantage is a digital interview platform that allows recruiters to review candidates through on-demand and live digital interviews. Voice Advantage enhances recruiters review speed and efficiency while providing deeper insight into candidates cultural, energy, and communication skills.

HarQens Voice Advantage was awarded the honor by a blue ribbon Selection Committee composed of HR and recruiting executives from Hewlett-Packard, Hyatt, Meritage Talent Solutions, New Belgium Brewing, and Outerwall, Inc. The committee reviewed survey results from users of all the nominated products to determine the winners.

As Nan Weitzmann, Americas Talent Acquisition Leader at Hewlett-Packard and a member of the 2014 ReSIs Selection Committee, explained: The ReSIs recognize those solutions that provide a value-add to improve the recruiter experience. When recruiters are more effective and productive, the hiring process moves more quickly and enhances the overall candidate and hiring experience.

HarQen CEO, Ane Ohm, was especially excited by the committees recognition. We have received a number of awards for the work we do, but this one means the most. We set out to make recruiters lives better and the hiring process easier, and the feedback of our customers confirms our success in delivering on these goals. Its an incredible honor to have the people who use Voice Advantage cheer so loudly that we were awarded a ReSI.

The 2014 ReSIs were sponsored by Boxwood Technology and Simply Hired. In addition to the awards program, the ReSIs collects and publishes research on the best practices for supporting recruiting excellence in an increasingly competitive and global talent marketplace.

About HarQen:

HarQen was founded in 2007 and powers the award-winning Voice Advantage digital interview platform. Voice Advantage empowers businesses to interview and screen talent for every level of the job market and from every corner of the globe, to review candidates ten times faster, and to cut screening costs up to 70%. Voice Advantage was named Human Resources Executive, Top HR Product of the Year in 2010, Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor. (harqen.com)

About the ReSIs and the IAEWS:

The ReSIs have been established by the International Association of Employment Web Sites, the trade organization for the online employment services industry. The program is open to any employment site or vendor that offers a recruiting or sourcing product or service designed for use by employers. (http://www.employmentwebsites.org/recruiting-innovation-awards). The International Association of Employment Web Sites (http://www.EmploymentWebSites.org) is the trade association for the global online employment services industry. Its members include job boards, career portals, social media sites, aggregators, job ad distribution companies, ATS vendors, recruitment advertising agencies, and the companies which partner with them. Collectively, they currently power or operate over 60,000 sites worldwide.







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Tips for International Students Considering U.S. Colleges


Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

More and more international students are enrolling in colleges in the United States. This increase can be attributed to a number of reasons, including quality of education, future employment opportunities, cost, scholarships, social recognition, and opportunities for immigration. Combine this with several thousand colleges and universities to choose from, and the U.S. has options and educational opportunities for everyone.

The road to acceptance at a U.S. college or university will never be 100 percent stress-free, but there are ways to make the process easier, said Mandee Heller Adler, founder and CEO of International College Counselors.

Independent college advisors can help international students navigate the admissions process and offer tips on:

1. Deciding where to apply. Getting into a U.S. college is often more difficult for international students. However, a student can gain an advantage if he or she knows which schools are particularly interested in international students as a way to add diversity and cultural enrichment to their programs. Students may also prefer to be at schools with more international students. Being far from home can often feel lonely, and the presence of fellow international students to share the experience can ease culture shock.

2. Taking the required tests. Many universities require international students to take the TOEFL or IELTS as part of the application process. The TOFEL and IELTS test a students understanding of English. The minimum score requirement on each of these tests varies greatly, so be sure to check with each schools specific policies when preparing to apply. Oftentimes, if an international students native language is not English, the only exceptions would be if the student studies at an English speaking high school, or if the student earned a bachelor’s degree in a particular country like the United States, the United Kingdom or Australia, or Anglophone Canada. International students may also want to look into test-optional schools that do not require the SAT or ACT as part of the admissions process. Schools that do not use these scores can be found at Fairtest.org. However, it is best to check the schools web page for the most current information regarding test policies.

3. Building the resume with extracurricular activities. In addition to good grades, colleges like students who participate in extracurricular activities. Many international students do not have extensive resumes, so these activities can propel one international student over another in the admissions process. With these activities, a student should demonstrate to the admission committee some level of accomplishment, passion, initiative, commitment, and leadership. Activities can include drama, music, sports, dance, volunteer work, work experience or internships. Colleges prefer to see a few activities that show a students sincere dedication over a list of as many activities as possible.

4. Completing the application process. There are a number of elements that an international student needs to submit with an application. For one, students need to make sure colleges receive translated versions of transcripts or grades they require along with letters of recommendation. Essays are another area of the application that may cause problems for students of English as a second language. In writing the essays, international students should not try to Americanize or mainstream their applications. Schools want diversity. The goal is to stand out and not appear to be like all the other applicants.

5. Deciding where to attend. This is made more difficult because it is often impossible for students in other countries to visit all or any of the colleges being considered. Some countries have international fairs or Skype interviews so students can meet school representatives, but students should still try to visit the college prior to making their final decision.

6. Understanding financial aid. Financial aid in the form of grants, loans or need-based aid is usually not available for international students. Students should also look at each college’s financial aid services website to see if anything is available. Almost every school requires families to submit bank letters that confirm the family has enough money in the bank to pay for all four years of school. If a student does not need financial aid, they should let the college know. In many cases, international students who need financial assistance are less likely to get accepted. Students should research financial aid opportunities at EducationUSA, a service of the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education. The site offers a frequently updated list of financial aid opportunities.

7. Getting scholarships. Searching for scholarships can be a daunting process. For international students who want to study in the U.S., a good place to start looking for scholarships is a students own home country. Some countries provide assistance to students for international study. For example, a number of countries provide scholarships for students who do a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program, for example. Students should look into these options and research them fully. Some, but not all, of these require students to return home upon graduation. International students should also look at each college’s financial aid services website to see if there are any merit-based scholarships. A large number of colleges have merit-based scholarship programs specifically for international students. Additionally, many private companies offer scholarships to international students. A good place to start is with one of the many free search engines for scholarships. Keep in mind that students should never have to pay to find or apply for scholarships. Reputable scholarships never charge to apply.

International students who are not working with a college counselor who knows the application process and best schools for international students should be sure to contact the international affairs department of each college of interest.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE COUNSELORS:

International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications to domestic and international students.

The college counseling and college coaching services are tailored to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student. International College Counselors achievements include being recognized as one of South Floridas Top 100 Small Businesses in 2012.

Founder and CEO of International College Counselors, Mandee Heller Adler, is the author of the book, From Public School to the Ivy League: How to get into a top school without top dollar resources.

International College Counselors has offices in Miami Beach, Florida; Miami, Florida; Coral Gables, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; Boca Raton, Florida; Medellin, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela.







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