Srikanth Swaminathan Joins Investis Digital as Managing Director of Baroda Office

Investis Digital | August 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Srikanth Swaminathan as the Managing Director of our Baroda, India office. Mr. Swaminathan’s brings over two decades of extensive experience in technology leadership, delivery and digital transformation, program management, business development, practice management, and customer relationship management. 

This strategic appointment reflects the company’s commitment to maximize value for clients at every stage in their digital journey. 

In this role, Mr. Swaminathan will lead and cultivate talent in Baroda and further the company’s proprietary Connected Content™ approach to enhance its value proposition in delivering intelligent websites and digital experiences supported by its 24/7 managed service. As the Managing Director of the Baroda office, he will partner with various global teams to align the company’s strategic objectives with the needs of its clients.

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Cooler Screens Builds Visionary Leadership and Advisory Teams for Accelerated Growth

Cooler Screens | May 19, 2022

In response to accelerated growth, Cooler Screens is expanding its leadership and advisory board with industry leading talent from customer centric organizations to optimize the expansion of its platform, re-define and improve the in-store consumer experience and solidify the company as the world's largest digital media platform for retail. Cooler Screens was founded on the core idea that consumers deserve a far better experience than what is available today in bricks-and-mortar retail and the new leadership team will enable this mission. "This is retail media 2.0., and with a world-class team of accomplished innovators in place we are poised to not only bring the digital and physical worlds together and transform omnichannel marketing but also create an industry gold standard. This collapses the consumers' path to purchase into a few feet of retail space and a few seconds as opposed to traditional sequential ads that require much longer periods of time and much more physical space to drive sales," Cooler Screens Cofounder and CEO Arsen Avakian New Team Members Will Bring the Science of E-Commerce to Physical Retail Cooler Screens' leadership team additions include Lindell Bennett from Amazon as chief revenue officer and Shelly Schaffer as chief financial officer. Additionally, Cooler Screens' Chief Customer Experience and Operating Officer John Gomez was promoted and will take on additional responsibilities as president while retaining his former responsibilities. As chief revenue officer, Bennett brings extensive experience building new teams and businesses, while also launching new technologies and products. He will focus on helping brands capture the attention of customers already in the aisle, to build brand equity and increase sales simultaneously. His goals include establishing an insights-led revenue organization, strengthening the direct sales team, expanding distribution of Cooler Screens through programmatic partnerships, helping agency partners activate new in-store media opportunities and developing deeper omnichannel measurement for brands. "I spent over a decade helping define something new: the nascent retail media landscape," Bennett explained. "This experience is important because, at Cooler Screens, we are redefining the in-store experience by meeting customers where they are at – in the aisle – and finding new ways to help them make decisions while there. The question is, how do we make the experience better for customers while also providing an opportunity for brands to stand out? That's a question that I want to help answer, because there is a huge opportunity here for brands, not just in terms of messaging, but also in terms of measurement. I can't wait to help unlock this potential." In just over ten years at Amazon, Bennett held a number of US roles, leading enterprise CPG, running the mid-market and pioneering the enterprise cable and wireless business. He also spent time in Asia, leading the mid-market and enterprise sales teams for Japan, while also launching Amazon's first ad sales team in China. Additionally, he started and led the task force that built Amazon's narrative and reporting framework and was a key contributor to its brand-building and omnichannel measurement suites. As chief financial officer, Schaffer brings more than three decades of experience in financial and strategic planning, investor relations, business development, compliance and governance to her role at Cooler Screens, where she will be instrumental in accelerating and broadening growth across the ecosystem of retailers, brands, agencies, resellers and programmatic partners. Her extensive background has focused on technology and software, online platforms and branded consumer products in public, private and venture-backed companies, including The Coca Cola Company, Support.com, Yahoo, Mercury Interactive, Catalina Marketing, Nestle and more. Gomez, now Cooler Screens' president, chief consumer experience officer and COO, executed Cooler Screens' expansion in Walgreens, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Chevron, and CVS stores. Prior to joining Cooler Screens, he was president and CEO of KKR-owned Cardenas Markets, where he doubled the size of the $1 billion-plus food retailer. He also held the positions of EVP of operations, marketing and merchandising at Trader Joe's and chief operating officer at Argo Tea. New Advisory Board Members Will Inform Cooler Screen's Cutting-Edge Strategy Three leading growth and innovation experts will join the startup's advisory board: Andrew Appel, former president and CEO of the predictive analytics service IRI; Andrew Hill, chief data officer of global CPG marketer Unilever; and John Clavadetscher, who is transitioning from his full-time role as Cooler Screens' president and chief commercial officer. Appel, who was president and CEO of IRI for nine years, brings substantial experience in data and analytics to Cooler Screens advisory board. At IRI, he led the company's transformation from an insights provider to delivering growth as a technology focused Big Data global company. Over his approximately six years at Aon, Appel was CEO of two multi-billion-dollar divisions and was promoted to COO in his last year at the organization. Hill is responsible for Unilever's global data, advanced analytics, and information agenda spanning the full enterprise. He was named DataIQ's most influential person in data for 2022, as well as data visionary. Prior to coming to Unilever, he spent 20 years at global customer data science company Dunnhumby in leadership roles across North America and Europe. "Starting from the C-suite and advisory board and throughout the entire organization, Cooler Screens has assembled a team of innovators with a sure footing in uncharted terrain," Avakian said. "Their forward-looking leadership will put our technology at the service of consumer trust and the user experience. This is the team that can bring the data-driven science of e-commerce to retail, fusing these two channels to enable true omnichannel marketing." About Cooler Screens Cooler Screens is creating the world's largest in-store digital media and merchandising platform for retail. We transform retail surfaces into digital IoT smart screens that deliver in-store retail media and merchandising for the ultimate consumer experience at the intersection of commerce, context, and content. Cooler Screens has brought innovation, transparency, and relevancy to the channel with its audience-based point of decision platform that puts customer privacy first with certified identity-blind technology. With 90% of food, beverage and health category purchases still taking place in physical stores, Cooler Screens enables retailers to quantify and improve consumer experiences and allows brands to drive sales and build brand equity by connecting with consumers at the first moment of truth. Retail partners span grocery, drug, and convenience stores, including Walgreens, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Chevron, and CVS.

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D&H Distributing Offers Microsoft Surface for Business Devices to Partners

Microsoft D&H Distributing, Microsoft | July 27, 2022

D&H Distributing is set to begin offering the Microsoft Surface for Business portfolio of devices to its channel partners. D&H will provide the portfolio of devices including Laptop 4, Laptop Studio, Laptop Go 2, Pro 8 and Pro 7+. The portfolio also includes Pro X, Go 3, Duo 2, Studio 2 and Hub 2S. Along with Microsoft 365, these devices will play a major part in the distributor’s new modern solutions initiative. The strategy helps channel partners better deliver end-to-end, cloud-based software, hardware and services to a range of end-users. Jason Bystrak is D&H’s vice president of modern solutions “D&H is thrilled to add Microsoft Surface for Business, elevating our line card with this industry-leading computing solution for a range of verticals,” said Jason Bystrak, D&H’s vice president of modern solutions. “D&H is thrilled to add Microsoft Surface for Business, elevating our line card with this industry-leading computing solution for a range of verticals,” he said. This gives D&H channel partners a “compelling” option for providing a suite of devices and accompanying MSP offerings, Bystrak said. D&H is helping its partners grow their practices toward more midmarket opportunities. D&H’s Ongoing Focus on Work from Home, Business Continuity The addition of Microsoft Surface for Business devices is essential to D&H’s ongoing focus on work-from-home and business continuity. It supports the evolving needs of the market as the hybrid workplace continues to take shape. D&H said these Microsoft devices provide a new offering for its partners in target markets such as education and health care. The distributor will offer the devices in conjunction with the Microsoft 365 solution as part of a bundle. It will deliver the bundle through a monthly subscription. This allows companies to assign IT expenses to their operational budgets, as opposed to the capital budget. That provides a more economical way to maintain an updated computing environment. In addition, it plays into D&H’s ongoing built for growth initiative, which continues to bring new opportunities and options to promote its partners’ expansion and profitability. D&H’s Success Path to Cloud D&H will fold content around Microsoft Surface for Business into its Success Path to Cloud program. This gives partners resources, training and support to help them create a successful managed services practice that incorporates cloud solutions. D&H will bundle white-glove and deployment services along with sales of the Microsoft devices to support solution providers as they deliver this technology on site at school, medical or other facility campuses. Jason Jones is Microsoft‘s senior partner development manager for Microsoft Cloud. “D&H has an upstanding reputation built on supporting its partners and developing their businesses, helping solution providers take advantage of high-performance computing as part of a richly functional, cloud-enabled workplace,” he said. “As the market continues to get more complex, involving different degrees of hybrid infrastructures, we’re glad to extend our relationship with D&H to include our flagship Microsoft Surface for Business devices.”

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Blancco Named Sustainability Innovator of the Year at Channel Partner Insight’s US MSP Innovation Awards

Blancco | June 03, 2022

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At Blancco, we are proud of how we help organizations meet their ESG objectives and honored to have been selected as the CPI Sustainability Innovator of the Year.” Blancco is among the first recipients of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Green Economy Mark, an accreditation awarded to companies listed on the LSE’s main and AIM markets that generate at least 50% of total annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the green economy. Blancco was also recently named a winner in the Sustainable Service category of the 2021 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards, an honor given to companies that showcase innovative services that set a new standard for sustainability. About Blancco Technology Group Blancco Technology Group (AIM: BLTG) provides organizations with secure, compliant, and automated solutions that accelerate the transition to the circular economy. 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GetResponse Launches Enhanced Ecommerce Marketing Automation Solution

GetResponse | May 16, 2022

GetResponse, marketing automation software, announces the launch of an enhanced Ecommerce Marketing Automation solution. Ecommerce marketing automation helps online store owners scale their businesses in an automated manner increasing revenue and sales. "Though we've had existing partnerships and robust integrations with Ecommerce companies such as Shopify, Magento, PrestaShop, WooCommerce, and BigCommerce, it became clear to us through countless customer interviews that we needed to expand our Ecommerce automation solution, Inspired by this insight, we pushed our existing Ecommerce integrations to a new level and added additional features to better equip business owners to drive revenue seamlessly." Daniel Brzeziński, Vice President, COO and Head of Product at GetResponse The following set of enhanced features allow users to harness the power of automation to grow their Ecommerce stores: One-click integrations with leading Ecommerce platforms: Populate product inventory and customer data in GetResponse (no coding experience required). Advanced segmentation: Information on customer purchases, order history, and behavior on sites enables building segments for specific groups of customers and creating precisely- targeted marketing campaigns that convert. Quick transactional emails: Send automated purchase confirmations and trigger automated abandoned cart emails that remind customers about unfinished purchases. Promo codes: Synchronize promo codes from ecommerce platforms with GetResponse and seamlessly drag and drop them into newsletters, autoresponders, or automation messages. Product recommendations: The Product Recommendations Engine is a powerful, data-driven tool that learns customer preferences and potential needs based on historical purchases and behavior. The automation populates the section within an email with specific products relevant to each recipient on the list. Popups: Used to grab website visitors' attention, popups significantly increase site conversions and sales. GetResponse provides access to a code-free, drag-and-drop creator, where users can design popups and outline specific conditions on how they work. Prebuilt automation templates: Welcome new contacts, recommend products, recover lost sales, and use behavioral targeting easily with prebuilt templates and playbooks. Omnichannel: Utilize email, web push notifications, SMS, and popups for complete multichannel customer engagement campaigns that enhance sales growth. About GetResponse Founded in 1997, GetResponse, a simple-yet-powerful marketing automation software, has more than 20 years of experience empowering businesses to run online marketing effectively. Along with 24/7 customer support available in eight languages, GetResponse features more than 30 tools: email marketing, website builder, conversion funnel, marketing automation, live chats, webinars, paid ads, and more.

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