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Monday, 24 November 2014

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Nelson as a Sales Associate with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Danielle is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she studied English and communications. She comes to us with a variety of past experiences in global sales and marketing, manufacturing operations and customer service roles and looks forward to contributing her strong knowledge of interpersonal relations, communication and problem solving skills to best support our client needs.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Rivard as an Account Executive with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Jay has comprehensive experience working with brands and retailers to develop a cohesive in-store marketing strategy for today’s ever fluid retail environments. Jay’s knowledge of the point-of-purchase retail industry has proven to be beneficial for his clients in executing a variety of merchandising programs within the sporting goods and active life style environments. Jay’s energetic and forward thinking nature will add to the continued success of the most innovative brands and retailers throughout the retail marketplace.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. (www.frankmayer.com) is an in-store merchandising, interactive kiosk and promotional marketing company. Founded in 1931, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s headquarters are located in the Milwaukee area with additional sales offices throughout the U.S.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

DAVACO announced today that the company has partnered with some of the largest quick service restaurant chains to manage and execute drive-thru optimization initiatives across North America. According to company executives, when it comes to drive-thru optimization, restaurant brands continue to place significant focus on speed, accuracy and profitability; but today’s brands are transforming drive-thru spaces to create a better brand experience for their customers.

Dallas, TX, --(PR.com)-- DAVACO, Inc. (www.davacoinc.com), the North American leader of high-volume programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has partnered with some of the largest quick service restaurant chains to manage and execute drive-thru optimization initiatives across North America. According to company executives, when it comes to drive-thru optimization, restaurant brands continue to place significant focus on speed, accuracy and profitability; but today’s brands are transforming drive-thru spaces to create a better brand experience for their customers.

“QSR brands are seeking new ways to build greater brand loyalty in a very competitive landscape,” said Rick Davis, Founder/CEO, DAVACO. “Given today’s fast-paced lifestyle, there is no doubt that the drive-thru is an important area of focus when it comes to pleasing your customers. While specific programs and overall objectives vary broadly from brand-to-brand, many of these transformations are driven by customers’ expectations of speedy service and added value.”

DAVACO, which specializes in the management and execution of high-volume rollouts and remodels, offers a wide range of services related to drive-thru initiatives. The company’s total solution approach encompasses all aspects of an optimization program, from pre-construction/site surveys to establish scope of work to final installation and quality check. “We are seeing traditional changes to the drive-thru—like the installation of dual lanes/signage and movement of order stations to accommodate greater capacity; digital menu boards to feature food, and back-of-house technology or equipment installations to expedite the ordering process,” said Davis. “But, we’re also seeing applications that have a more emotional or social appeal like digital monitors for entertainment/news; canopies or lighting for more comfort and convenience; and the integration of signage to highlight corporate values or charitable solicitation.”

With over 1,000 employees across the United States and Canada, DAVACO can quickly and efficiently roll out programs with consistency and speed to market. The company specializes in executing work at night, during non-peak hours or with a phased approach to reduce disruption to operations and profitability. “In addition, DAVACO understands the unique requirements of working as the liaison between corporate and owner/operators,” said Davis. “Our specialized approach expedites the process and assures a smooth execution across the entire chain.”

For more information on DAVACO’s restaurant services, visit www.davacoinc.com.

About DAVACO, Inc.

DAVACO is the leading total solutions provider of high-volume remodel, reset and rollout programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands throughout North America, including: ▪ Program and project management ▪ Fixture, equipment and graphic installations ▪ Digital signage and technology upgrades ▪ Hard and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site, marketing and pre-construction surveys ▪ Logistics and consolidation ▪ Design coordination ▪ Facilities maintenance programs ▪ ADA, safety and quality audits & remediation ▪ Sustainability ▪ Fixture and graphic manufacturing partnerships ▪ Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, DAVACO is based in Dallas, Texas and operates offices in Woodbridge, Ontario. DAVACO employs over 1,000 W-2 and T-4 employees across North America. info@davacoinc.com www.davacoinc.com ▪ info@davacoinc.ca www.davacoinc.ca

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Global digital media usage increased 13% to 5.8 hours weekly in 2013, driven by strong growth in mobile media in all major markets worldwide, online media in key emerging markets BRICs, and other digital media, particularly over-the-top video in developed countries, according to new PQ Media research. PQ Media released the second of three reports in the 2nd edition of its Global Media & Technology Research Series, which analyzes the changing media ecosystem from three critical vantage points: media operator revenues, consumer media usage, and consumer spending on digital content and technology.

STAMFORD, CT (PRWEB) - Consumer digital media usage is on pace to grow 12.3% worldwide in 2014, driven by double-digit gains in time spent with all nine mobile media channels, three online media channels and the surging OTT segment, according to the new edition of PQ Media's annual KPI benchmark report covering time spent with digital, alternative and traditional media. Surging global demand from iGens, Millennials and GenXers for mobile video, social media and videogames; online video and books; and over-the-top (OTT) video will push up consumer digital media usage 13%this year to 6½ hours on average per week, according to the PQ Media Global Consumer Usage of Digital Media Forecast 2014-18.

PQ Media defines and segments consumer digital media usage consistently across all 15 leading global markets by three broad platform categories (internet media, mobile media, and other digital media) and 21 specific media channels, including online and mobile video, online and mobile social media, online, mobile and console videogames, and digital OTT video and digital out-of-home (DOOH) media.

Of the three digital media platforms, consumer mobile media usage worldwide rose the fastest in 2013, rising 24% during the year, while consumers spent the most time with internet media at 2.58 hours weekly. OTT video was the most used digital media channel. Meanwhile, traditional media usage inched up only 1.3% in 2013 to 37.99 hours per week, a slight deceleration from 2012. Combined, overall global consumer media consumption grew 2.8% to 6 Hours, 15 minutes and 17 seconds daily.

“The most surprising result was the surge of OTT video usage, primarily due to the global expansion of Netflix and an increase in SmartTV penetration,” said Patrick Quinn, CEO, PQ Media. “This spurred reaction on numerous fronts including: a) Pay TV providers upgrading video-on-demand (VOD) services; b) networks placing more content onto free VOD services within shorter windows, c) the proliferation of new digital video-recorder services, particularly in Europe; and d) the announcement in 2014 by HBO, among others, that it will offer a stand-alone subscription-based streaming video service.”

Other major trends driving digital media usage:

  •     With the increase in smartphone and tablet penetration, internet usage has begun to exhibit decelerating growth as consumers access sites via their wireless devices;
  •     Despite major revenue gains by leading social media sites like Facebook, a transition is taking place as younger subscribers prefer to connect with friends on newer websites, such as SnapChat, Vine and market-specific sites.
  •     Videogame usage rose with the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation4, both on consoles and the digital extensions of the popular titles;
  •     Consumer exposure to DOOH continues to rise, propelled by networks expanding into new venues and locations, and even-year sporting events generating higher engagement with DOOH screens providing the latest results.

Looking at demographics, the study found that Gen X led all other age groupings with an average of 7.36 hours of digital media consumption, which may seem odd, given that Millennials are considered the most avid mobile and social media users. PQ Media noted the ranking is skewed by the BRIC countries, where older, wealthier people are more able to afford expensive digital media devices. Furthermore, iGens (those born since 1995), have the highest share of total digital media use worldwide, at 18.3%, fueled by their affinity for gaming across online, mobile and console platforms.

From a market perspective, the United Kingdom ranked first in digital media usage at 16.87 hours per week, followed by South Korea, Australia, Canada and the US. Several commonalities exist among these markets: broadband penetration rates exceeding 70%; over 50% smartphone penetration; growing demand for computer tablets; young men who are heavy console gamers; a range of OTT video devices and services; and advanced DOOH operators and signage deployments. But low penetration rates in emerging markets have translated into governments scrambling to invest in technology upgrades, some of which were linked to the 2014 sporting events, fueling the fastest growth rates for digital media usage in 2013, led by Brazil at a 21.1% gain, followed by Russia and India.

Going forward, consumer digital media usage is forecast to grow at a 10.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) worldwide in the 2013-18 period, reaching 9.60 hours per week in 2018, and accounting for 19.5% of all media consumption worldwide. Online media will remain the most often used digital media platform at a weekly average of 3.61 hours in 2018, while mobile media will remain the fastest growing digital platform, climbing at a 17% CAGR through 2018.

GenX will remain the largest users of digital media in 2018 at 12.05 hours a week, while digital media engagement among iGens will represent 31.6% of their total media consumption in 2018. In some countries, such as Australia, the iGens will use digital media more than traditional media. The U.K. will remain the market in which consumers use digital media the most at 25.55 hours weekly, while India will post the strongest increase during the 2013-18 period, rising at a 14.9% CAGR.

About the Report: This updated and enhanced report delivers media consumption data from the 2008-13 period, growth pacing for 2014, and the outlook for 2015-18. Included are exclusive analysis, rankings and forecasts of media consumption per week, growth, and fast-growing platforms & channels, as well as analysis of media consumption across five generation segments (iGen, Millennials, GenX, Boomers, Greatest Gen) and both genders. Global and market-specific data cover four regions, with detailed profiles of the Top 15 Global Markets, including the US, as well as media sectors, platforms, and channels.

About PQ Media

PQ Media is a leading provider of econometric data and strategic insights to executives in the global media, entertainment and technology industries. PQ Media employs a proprietary econometric methodology to provide clients with actionable strategic intelligence to achieve their growth objectives. The PQ Medianomics™ research system relies on comprehensive databases, proprietary algorithmic models and exclusive industry leader panels to track, analyze and forecast media operator revenues, end-user consumption and consumer spending in more than 100 digital and traditional media channels worldwide.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Customized imaging and BIOS sdd flexibility, reduces costs

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwired) - Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.'s new 4K DS87 digital player has improved processing power, increased data transfer efficiency, and is designed for a wide variety of applications. It drives up to three displays simultaneously and can easily connect to peripherals such as a receipt or label printer, bar code scanner, or others utilizing its serial ports or USB connections. Combined with Shuttle's customization services, the new DS87 offers a wide range of features that can save integrators time and money.

"Our new DS87 with Intel's HD4600 graphics produces stunning 4K images and can support up to three 1080P displays at once," said Marty Lash, director, sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.

Shuttle's new DS87 1.3L slim PC is also equipped with the Intel® H87 chipset supporting the latest fourth-generation Intel Haswell and Haswell Refresh 65W processors for fast processing performance. With integrated Intel graphics, 4K/Ultra HD ads or video content is eye-popping and attention-grabbing.

To meet the diverse demands of industry applications, the robust DS87 provides multiple I/O and high-speed storage interfaces including six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports that support up to 6 Gbps. The system features a body thickness of only 43mm and supports international VESA Mount standards designed for easy integration in places with limited space. With a built-in heat pipe cooling system and smart fan, the DS87 can operate nonstop and uses a mere 90W adapter to ensure high stability and long-term operation, even under the most demanding conditions.

A hallmark of Shuttle Computer Group is its ability to offer integrators imaging services and customized BIOS; these services are available to commercial clients considering the DS87. Shuttle assists its customers to define parameters and functions and automatically uploads specified BIOS in each unit to make installation and use fast and easy. This imaging offers integrators a way to quicken deployments and reduce costs while maintaining consistency.

The DS87 is currently shipping and is available through authorized Shuttle distributors, dealers, systems integrators and from Shuttle directly. It comes with a three-year limited warranty.

About Shuttle Computer Group

Shuttle Computer is the North American subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., a publicly traded company established in 1983. Shuttle specializes in small form factor PC hardware for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and interactive kiosks in the retail, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries as well as motherboards and bare bones systems. For more information, visit http://us.shuttle.com or call 1-888-972-1818.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Autotrader is the premier site in the UK to buy and sell new and used cars with over 350,000 cars online. With over 11.5 million unique users every month, the company continuously strives to make customers lives easier by deploying the best in digital developments.

At its new office in Manchester, Autotrader wanted to communicate brand awareness and company values to all employees, provide real time monitoring to its squads across Product and Technology, and provide access to KPI and business data to different departments. It also wanted to communicate promotional messaging to visitors (Customers & Suppliers) and enhance productivity, process workflow and employee engagement.

Autotrader wanted to display all of the above with a combination of passive signage and touch interactive environments. Access to various existing KPIs (not all with API access) was also required and the ability to playlist password protected web pages.

ONELAN's solution was chosen by Autotrader for its simplicity of use, flexibility with signage and touch in a single platform, and the access to managed services for creative and technical expertise of the platform in the shape of onemedia.

A ONELAN CMS is installed with 70 ONELAN Net-top-box (NTB) 630-mini subscriber players, 15 with Touch capabilities.

Customer Testimonial

'Overall the new digital signage is a great step forward compared to our previous setup.
We have significantly reduced the amount of screens we were using which means less of a management overhead.
Having two large touch screens with the software on is great, we can easily choose what we want to see on the screens, we currently have each screen split in four tiles each showing a different monitoring screen, if a particular screen is showing an issue I can easily touch the screen to enlarge it to keep our focus on the issue whilst we investigate root cause.'

About ONELAN

ONELAN is a global leader of digital signage and IPTV solutions and a proud investor in UK engineering talent. The company develops high quality, innovative solutions for all types of screen-based communications for applications including retail, advertising networks, corporate communications, education, health, public signage and hospitality.

With a solid foundation and long history of profitable growth, ONELAN is headquartered in the UK, with offices in South America, China and Germany. ONELAN has over 300 partners in 50 countries. The business has received numerous awards since its foundation in 2000, including most recently the AV magazine Digital Signage Project of the Year and the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. & LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, and BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced their recent collaboration to create the world’s tallest Planar® Mosaic™ Architectural Video Wall. The installation was unveiled in early November at a high-end Miami-area hotel as part of its grand opening festivities. This new hotel is situated in Surfside, Florida, nestled between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour.

To create stunning visual impact for guests as they arrive, Florida-based CMA was commissioned to install a towering four-story video wall in the reception area. CMA surveyed vendors across the entire digital signage spectrum and ultimately decided to feature BrightSign digital signage media players and Planar Systems displays.

“With a high-profile installation like this, it’s important that the deployment be artistically breathtaking with perfect synchronization and 24/7 reliability – that’s why we chose BrightSign and Planar,” said Cesar Cifuentes, founder and president of CMA. “The beautiful Planar Mosaic displays work seamlessly with BrightSign’s players to create a finished product that perfectly complements the look of the hotel.”

Adding to the allure, the hotel’s glass walls make the video wall visible from the street as well as the lobby. This impressive video wall brings landmark status to the hotel, helping it stand out among its peers in this stylish stretch of Florida coastline.

The Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solution allows the ultra-thin LCD display tiles to be mounted in any position relative to one another. This makes possible the towering video wall in which the twenty 55” displays are placed at a 90-degree angle to one another, creating a beautiful herringbone pattern. The displays’ unencumbered positioning flexibility, off-board power supplies and sophisticated imaging software enabled CMA to design and install the video wall in such a way that simply would not have been possible using displays from any other manufacturer.

“Our vision for architectural video walls is well demonstrated in this impressive hospitality installation,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “By consulting with the client in the first stages of the design process, CMA’s installation has become a focal point visible from the street, and is destined to be an iconic, instantly-recognizable fixture in the model Miami architectural landscape.”

Planar Mosaic video walls coupled with BrightSign’s media players give designers endless possibilities for creative expression. The installation is a stunning example of what is achievable when a cutting-edge integrator teams with a digital signage market leader.

Learn about Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solutions at www.planar.com/mosaic. And visit www.brightsign.biz for information about the company’s complete portfolio of digital signage media players.

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC is the global market leader in digital signage players, as named by IHS in its most recent 2013 Global Market for Digital Signage study which reported market share of all media players, STBs and PC-based signage solutions combined. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease-of use-and interactivity. For general company and product information, visit www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About Planar

Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

About CMA

CMA is a leading digital signage integrator, providing software, hardware and content development, as well as installation services across the United States and Canada. CMA solutions include video walls, digital menu boards, digital wayfinding, interactive touch applications, automation systems and more offerings across several verticals. Established in 1997, CMA is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For general company information and sales inquiries, please visit http://cmadigital.com.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DAVACO restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has built a unique expertise that helps global brands meet their brand standards and the execution requirements for franchisees and owner/operators.

Dallas, TX --(PR.com)-- DAVACO, Inc. (www.davacoinc.com), the North American leader of high-volume programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands, announced today that the company has built a unique expertise that helps global brands meet their brand standards and the execution requirements for franchisees and owner/operators.

"We know that a successful execution of chain-wide initiatives must include the involvement of all stakeholders," said Rick Davis, Founder and CEO, DAVACO, Inc. “And since our experienced management and execution teams have been on both the brand and in the owner/operator’s sides, we are able to develop mutually beneficial programs that considers the goals of all stakeholders. It’s not an easy task, but certainly an area of expertise that DAVACO has been able to apply with impressive success that ultimately benefits consumers.”

DAVACO offers a total solutions approach to program management and execution that is designed to foster longstanding client partnerships between corporate and franchisees. DAVACO, which specializes in high-volume rollouts, remodels and resets, says the company provides a single point-of-contact and a dedicated client team to provide ongoing support for a variety of initiatives—concurrently, and over the life of a brand.

“DAVACO’s total solutions takes a holistic approach to program management and execution while keeping in mind the goals of every stakeholder. We take the time to fully understand the intricacies of every program—and how it relates to both short-term and long-term business objectives,” said Rick Davis, Founder/CEO, DAVACO. “Then, we look for ways to add value to the program and streamline the entire process. Whether it’s meeting advertising and promotional schedules, supporting key market areas, decreasing costs, increasing efficiencies or assuring higher quality standards, DAVACO has the capabilities to engineer a better, smarter way to execute programs.”

According to company executives, the “total solutions” approach has contributed to high-quality customer service and longstanding relationships—many of which have been partnering with DAVACO for 10+ years. “We deliver consistency and quality that our clients can rely on,” said Davis. “We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve customer service, but we will never stray from the founding principles and the adoption of the DAVACO Way on each and every program for nearly 25 years.”

DAVACO was founded in 1990 and currently operates headquarters in Dallas, Texas and Canadian operations in Woodbridge, Ontario. The company works with a wide range of retail, restaurant and hospitality brands to execute corporate initiatives—from décor packages, fixture, graphic and digital installations to merchandising, surveys, and facilities maintenance programs—across a fleet of stores, restaurants and hotels. “It is a privilege to be a part of so many programs that require change in order to stay current and relevant with today’s discerning consumer,” said Davis. “Without the right expertise and resources, it is difficult for top brands in North America to execute their time-sensitive programs.”

About DAVACO, Inc.

DAVACO is the leading total solutions provider of high-volume remodel, reset and rollout programs for retail, restaurant and hospitality brands throughout North America, including: ▪ Program and project management ▪ Fixture, equipment and graphic installations ▪ Digital signage and technology upgrades ▪ Hard and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site, marketing and pre-construction surveys ▪ Logistics and consolidation ▪ Design coordination ▪ Facilities maintenance programs ▪ ADA, safety and quality audits & remediation ▪ Sustainability ▪ Fixture and graphic manufacturing partnerships ▪ Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, DAVACO is based in Dallas, Texas and operates offices in Woodbridge, Ontario. DAVACO employs over 1,000 W-2 and T-4 employees across North America. info@davacoinc.com www.davacoinc.cominfo@davacoinc.ca www.davacoinc.ca

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