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> ISTOBAL boosts growth and faces new business.
ISTOBAL, the Spanish leader in car wash and car care solutions for the automotive sector, boosts growth and faces new business challenges with a new corporate image. The company has redesigned its brand to support its expansion plan for the coming years which includes, as goals, international growth, high technology focused on product quality and reliability, and being close to consumers with efficient solutions and a pleasant user experience.
Yolanda Tomás, the company’s CEO for Product Development & Marketing, explained that “the change responds to our group’s need to ensure effective communication at a multinational level, and increase the knowledge and recognition of the ISTOBAL brand among our customers, employees, and consumers”.
The main expansion targets for ISTOBAL in the next few years include boosting growth in the US – where the company hopes to consolidate in the short term, to continue investing in Italy – currently the group’s second largest export market- to strengthen its presence in Germany, and to increase activity in South America.
The strong internationalisation strategy deployed to date has enabled the company to position itself internationally as the second European company in the industry. With 10 subsidiaries in Europe and America (in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Serbia, the United States and Brazil), the company is present in more than 75 countries worldwide, and its sales abroad account for 80% of its turnover.
ISTOBAL’s growth plan places the emphasis on the application of the latest technologies in the market. To that end, the company will continue investing in R&D. This budgetary item has increased more than 50% over the past five years based on the company’s commitment to developing more effective and reliable car wash solutions with a focus on quality.
“The main challenge ahead is to be able to adapt to technological changes; our efforts are focused on interfaces, communications and connectivity to improve the user experience when customers use our equipment”, underlined Tomás.
Being close to end users to identify their needs and improve their car wash experience is the third key axis for the company to continue growing.
In this regard, Yolanda Tomás stressed that “the company’s new mission and new values are reflected in the corporate image change and the concise but strong message we want to get through to all of our audiences: ISTOBAL is at your side, caring for your car.”’
> Gilbarco Veeder-Root Acquires Orpak Systems
GREENSBORO, N.C., May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilbarco Veeder-Root has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Orpak Systems Limited, subject to customary conditions to closing. Headquartered in Bnei Brak, Israel, Orpak delivers extensive technology solutions to oil companies and commercial fleets. Orpak has over twenty-five years of experience and a global track record of successful innovation and adaptation to diverse customer needs in emerging markets. Orpak will join forces with Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s retail and commercial fueling operations, allowing the combined company to offer the most innovative and comprehensive suite of systems for retail and commercial fueling operations.
The acquisition signals Gilbarco’s commitment to expanding its presence in high growth markets and to leveraging Orpak’s technologies relative to automating station and fleet management systems. “Orpak is an important part of our future growth engine. The Orpak team brings valuable expertise into the Gilbarco Veeder-Root family, allowing us to accelerate technology advancements,” said Martin Gafinowitz, President, Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “They also bring a team of highly skilled associates, a quality operation and a strong portfolio of customers that we look forward to serving.”
Orpak President and CEO, Shay Bakfan, noted, “Gilbarco has been an important Orpak partner for many years. This merger is a step forward for Orpak and an excellent opportunity to increase our reach through Gilbarco Veeder-Root, bringing our unique value to more markets.”
Gafinowitz added: “Orpak helps Gilbarco Veeder-Root solidify its position as a technology leader. I look forward to working closely with Shay and the Orpak leadership team to help us achieve our goals.”
Orpak will become part of Gilbarco’s organization, in a new division that will maintain the Orpak name. The division will continue to operate from its existing facility in Israel and subsidiaries around the world.
> BCHAZMAT Management Ltd hires long time Victoria marketing
and PR professional, John Espley.
May 17, 2017 - Saanich Peninsula based company, BCHAZMAT Management Ltd (BCHAZMAT) hires long time Victoria marketing and PR professional, John (Mtn Man) Espley, to be their new (and first ever) Director of Marketing & Communications.
Although a successful business since 1996, BCHAZMAT has been relatively unknown outside of key business or government circles. “it’s time to grow and get the word out concerning all the services and products we offer,” said Dave Rogers, president.
Up until February of this year Espley worked for Accent Inns / Hotel Zed and after 29 years found it time to look for a new challenge. “I was blessed to have a few options and going to work for BCHAZMAT seemed to be the perfect fit. Their business is so diversified and different than anything I’ve done before. They have the same values around supporting the community as I have and I’m really excited and looking forward to promoting their great products and services,” said Espley.
Espley and Rogers met through the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and then again through several community events they both supported.
“We knew we needed someone strong and connected to help us grow our business. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also willing to get in and get dirty when it’s all hands-on deck for a clean-up,” said Troy Archibald, Operations Manager.
Espley is a past chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, past president of Sales and Marketing Executives of Victoria, held a “with distinction” certification with the Canadian Professional Sales Association and thanks to Accent Inns, has been extremely active in community support for many years.
Espley’s first official event will be representing BCHAZMAT at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM which is being held in Victoria this May 2017
> Franklin Fueling Systems Appoints Jay Walsh as President.
MADISON, WISCONSIN USA - Franklin Fueling Systems announced today that Jay Walsh has been promoted to the role of President, Franklin Fueling Systems. In this role Jay will be responsible for leading the company and its employees based in 20 different countries throughout the world. Prior to this promotion, during his 22 years with the company, Jay held positions in technical service, sales, and product management. Most recently he held the role of Executive Vice President.
“My focus will remain on our commitment to providing products and services that protect human health and the environment, while delivering the lowest total cost of ownership to our customers,” said Jay Walsh upon the announcement. “As the leader in underground petroleum equipment, Franklin Fueling Systems will continue to build upon our mission to provide total system solutions to our customers worldwide.”
In addition to this appointment, Franklin Fueling Systems also announced that John Adrian has accepted a promotion to Senior VP, Sales, Americas/EMEA. In addition to overseeing sales for the Americas, John will use his experience and managerial expertise to assume sales responsibility for the European, Middle East and African markets.
Tony Hsu has also accepted a promotion to VP Sales, Asia. Tony’s vast experience and sales success in Asia Pacific markets will now be broadened to provide managerial support to the China market.
> MONEXgroup and AIR-serv Partner to Launch Canada’s First
Contactless Only Payment Solution.
Toronto, Canada – MONEXgroup and AIR-serv are pleased to announce the roll-out of Canada’s first Contactless Only Payment Solution at over 7,000 Tire Inflation and Car Vacuum machines – located at gas stations nationwide.
The innovative payment interface eliminates the need for coin, which has traditionally stymied users. Drivers can now pump their tires or vacuum their vehicles with the speed and convenience of secure payments that are as simple as a Tap. The new contactless payment acceptance technology is already installed in 550 locations between Ontario and Quebec, and is scheduled for full national deployment over 2017-2018.
Commenting on the successful introduction of the Contactless Only Payment Solution to its self-serve Tire Inflation and Auto Vacuum machines, Frank Merrill, Executive Vice President at AIR-serv Canada, states “This is a feature that we knew we had to have as fewer Canadians are carrying coin. MONEXgroup was the company that spearheaded the Tap Only solution and got it approved. We’re seeing an increase in usage of the equipment, and in customer satisfaction level”.
Ozzy Ersoy, MONEXgroup’s Corporate Relationship Manager, adds “We are thrilled to be able to partner with AIR-serv to successfully launch a groundbreaking Contactless Only payment solution that meets their high standards for performance in extreme conditions and ultimately benefits their customers with a seamless purchasing experience”.
MONEXgroup’s revolutionary unattended Contactless Only Payment Solution is the first of its kind in Canada as it is fully PCI certified for Tap Only transactions with support for Visa payWave, MasterCard Tap & Go, Interac Flash, and Apple Pay. There is no need for coin, chip & pin, swipe or insertion. Payments are instantaneous and effortless via contactless enabled credit or debit cards, or a mobile device.
The Contactless Only Payment Solution is advantageous for unattended vending machine or kiosk operators as the shift away from cash and coin continues to accelerate. Ruggedized weatherproof and indoor versions of terminals are available.
> Mac’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Positively Speaking to youth .
Mac’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Positively Speaking to youth Through Their Positive Ticketing Program Operation Freeze/Operation Heat
(Toronto, ON) – Mac’s Convenience Stores (Mac’s) is celebrating 10 years of working with Police Services and Crime Stoppers Programs across Ontario to recognize positive youth behavior, which has also reinforced that “doing the right thing” is also the “cool thing to do.”
This youth initiative, dubbed Operation Freeze and Operation Heat, provides police officers the opportunity to engage in the “positive ticketing of young people” who are observed doing random acts of kindness or exhibiting positive behavior in the community. The “ticket” is actually a coupon valid for a free small Froster during the Spring/Summer months and a Hot Beverage during the Fall/Winter months at all participating Mac’s stores across Ontario.
In addition to recognizing good behaviour by youth, positive ticketing offers opportunities for officers to interact with youth in a positive manner - some officers may again use the coupons to recognize youth for wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities, picking up trash, deterring crime or observing school crossing rules – while others may use the coupons as literal “icebreakers” to establish a rapport with youth in their patrol area. The intention is to ensure that the positive tickets legitimately reinforce the positive behaviour exhibited by a youth, by offering something of value.
“Positive community engagement is an essential first step to breaking barriers and building trust,” said Sean Sportun, ICPS – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s in Central Canada. “We are very excited about our 10th Anniversary of the positive ticketing program and the positive message it continues to deliver.”
Since the introduction of the positive ticketing program, more than 1.3 million positive ticket coupons have been strategically issued by police officers and Crime Stoppers representatives to recognize and motivate Ontario’s youth for their positive behavior.
> August 30 is National C-Store Day!
This summer, celebrate a Canadian first! National C-Store Day is on August 30th.
C-Store Day started six years ago in Atlantic Canada and is now going Canada-wide for the first time.
According to Satinder Chera, president of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association, C-Store Day has become such a major small business event in Atlantic Canada that there is no better time than Canada’s 150th Anniversary to make it a national celebration.
“C-Store Day is a real community-based event because convenience stores are an integral part of every community where they are located,” says Chera. “Local politicians and other community leaders volunteer to do 15-minute ‘shifts’ serving customers and fundraising, while store staff get really involved with special promotions and tasty giveaways like hotdogs, hamburgers and cupcakes.”
This year’s fundraising partner will be Children’s Wish Foundation, Canada’s largest wish-granting charity. Major corporate sponsors include convenience store retailers Parkwood Fuel, Couche-Tard, Needs Convenience, MacEwen and North Atlantic Petroleum.
“We’ve had a great C-Store Day partnership with the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association in Atlantic Canada,” says Rea Ganesh, National Director, Development Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. “And we’re very pleased and excited now to be part of this national event and expanding the opportunities to be able to grant more wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illness.”
C-Store Day 2017 will be a true coast-to-coast event ranging from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, to Victoria, British Columbia in the west. The names and locations of all participating retail locations will be posted online at www.cstoreday.ca.
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