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Allentown, PA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
Harbortouch, a leading national point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, has unveiled Harbortouch Echo, a sleek, built-for-purpose POS system that is considered a tablet killer. Harbortouch Echo combines the power and functionality of a traditional POS system with the simplicity and sleek design of a tablet-based system. The company has also redesigned its flagship Harbortouch Elite system with a thinner profile, streamlined design and dramatically improved performance over its predecessor. Both systems are offered as part of the companys ground-breaking free POS system program.
In recent years, there has been a lot of attention surrounding tablet-based mPOS systems, notes Harbortouch CEO Jared Isaacman. However, we have started to see a backlash against these tablet systems as merchants realize their limitations. These systems utilize underpowered consumer hardware and have limited software functionality both on the front-end and back-end. They often lack key features that businesses need to operate efficiently and offer limited back-end reporting capabilities. Harbortouch Echo delivers an answer to these problems in terms of both hardware and software.
The Echo software includes all of the front-end and back-end features businesses need, with functionality for both retail businesses and restaurants. There are no two businesses that are exactly alike, Isaacman stresses. As a result, we have developed unique module-based software for the Echo system which allows businesses to hide features they dont need in order maintain an uncluttered interface for simplicity and ease of use. This allows the business to make the system as simple or advanced as they require. This approach also enables the software to scale with the business.
Our built-for-purpose hardware is custom manufactured to stand up to the rigors of everyday use in high traffic restaurant and retail environments, Isaacman noted. Harbortouch Echo has an all-in-one design and brushed aluminum finish for maximum durability and a sleek, modern appearance. It features a 13.3 screen to deliver better usability compared to the considerably smaller screen size of the tablets in the marketplace today. The Echos base can swivel to allow the customer to sign on-screen for credit card transactions.
The redesigned Elite model shares the same sleek appearance and modern design elements as Harbortouch Echo to create a uniform style across the companys equipment lines. Harbortouch Elite features a 15 screen and includes more advanced features than Harbortouch Echo to cater to larger restaurants and retail stores. Three software options are available for Harbortouch Elite: Hospitality, Retail and QSR & Delivery.
Both models utilize hybrid cloud technology to provide the benefits offered by the cloud such as real-time reporting and redundant back-up while maintaining the advantages of a local system including faster speed and the ability to operate if the Internet goes down.
In addition, Harbortouch has also developed a proprietary networking technology called HTNET that creates an encrypted wireless network at the businesss location to deliver superior reliability and security compared to traditional Wi-Fi.
Another reason that many merchants have become disenchanted with tablet systems is the lack of support offered by their providers. Isaacman points out, Most of these tablet systems are developed by startup companies who dont have experience in the industry or have the ability to adequately support their customers. Merchants cant afford to wait for someone to get back to them if their system has a problem or they need additional training for new staff. In our 15 years in business, Harbortouch has had time to learn our customers needs and establish the support infrastructure required. We offer 24/7 customer support and extensive training and support resources.
Tablet systems have appealed to many business owners due to the perceived low cost compared to traditional POS systems. However, mPOS systems typically require a surprisingly significant up-front investment in addition to an ongoing monthly service fee. For example, in order to get set up with Square Register, a business owner needs to spend $ 500 for the tablet itself, $ 100 for the stand, $ 230 for a cash drawer, $ 220 for a receipt printer, and $ 120 for a barcode scanner. Those prices are directly from the companys website and are pretty standard among most of the tablet providers. Isaacman notes, Thats nearly $ 1,200 before the merchant even gets started and then theyre on the hook for a monthly fee in the $ 79-$ 99 range for as long as they use the service.
Harbortouchs free POS program, on the other hand, provides merchants with all the equipment they need to get started with absolutely no up-front costs. With this unique POS-as-a-service model, the only charge to the business is a monthly service fee of $ 69 per month for Harbortouch Elite or $ 39 per month for Harbortouch Echo. This program represents the lowest cost of ownership for any POS system on the market. In addition to the dramatic cost advantages, this approach offers many other significant benefits to the merchant such as free software updates and feature upgrades, access to innovative new services as they are released, 24/7 support, and most notably, free equipment replacements if their system ever breaks or malfunctions for as long as theyre processing with Harbortouch. Isaacman adds, This lifetime warranty on the equipment is unheard of in the POS industry and offers a tremendous value for any business.
Harbortouchs unique position as a provider of both POS systems and payment processing services ensures that the companys customers will always be able to support the latest payment technology such as EMV, NFC and Apple Pay. Harbortouch has also developed numerous innovative technology add-ons for its POS systems including online ordering, online reservations and tableside ordering.
For more information on Harbortouchs free POS program, visit http://www.harbortouch.com.
Harbortouch is a leading national supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, serving tens of thousands of businesses across the nation. The company offers an unparalleled free program that supplies a full-featured POS system to restaurants and retail businesses with no up-front costs. Custom programming, professional installation and onsite training are included with every order and award winning customer service and technical support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to offering state-of-the-art POS systems, Harbortouch also delivers a full range of merchant services such as credit/debit and gift card processing. For additional information, visit http://www.harbortouch.com.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
CT scanners have a buyer power score of 3.0 out of 5. According to IBISWorld analyst Keiko Cadby, this score reflects a medium level of buyer bargaining power due to changing regulations, robust demand and limited product options. High market share concentration, few substitutes and a medium level of product specialization reduce options available to buyers. However, expected patent expirations and the entry of more standardized CT scanners during the next three years are forecast to increase options and foster price competition, mitigating the rising average price of CT scanners.
Prices for these products have been increasing over the past three years primarily due to patent activity in new-and-improved CT scanner technologies, and their resulting premium pricing strategies, continues Cadby. Additionally, rising research and development (R&D) spending and wages have been contributing to product price increases as innovators have been struggling to improve image quality while reducing exposure to radiation. However, due to the increased availability of standardized CT scanners (which are far less expensive than their cutting-edge counterparts) and fierce competition among suppliers, average prices are not expected to skyrocket in the three years to 2017. Major suppliers of CT scanners include GE Healthcare, Siemens AG and Toshiba.
Demand for CT scanners is robust due to the rising number of adults aged 65 and older. The elderly demographic prompts the most demand for CT scanner diagnostic procedures than any other age group, primarily because of a growing culture of proactive and educated patients seeking preventative and diagnostic care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows previously uninsured patients to seek medical treatment and existing insured patients with better coverage to be more liberal with healthcare needs, boosting demand for new CT scanners. The wide acceptance and use of these products benefits buyers because most suppliers focus on existing contracts rather than reaching out to new markets. For more information, visit IBISWorlds CT Scanners procurement category market research report page.
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This report is intended to assist buyers of computerized tomography (CT) scanners. These devices utilize a series of X-ray photos taken from multiple angles to create cross-sectional images of a body’s internal structure to create 3D images. CT scans are used as a security measure for objects such as airport baggage. They are also used in medical settings to develop internal photos for nearly all parts of the body including organs, blood vessels, bones and the spinal cord. CT scans are also referred to as CAT and Multi-Slice CT (MSCT) scans.
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IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2014
Larry Flynts Hustler Club in San Francisco is kicking off the back-to-school season the right way with a celebration unlike any other. The club presents Back 2 School Girls, featuring Hustler Magazine September 2014 Cover Model Samantha Saint Performing Live! This event takes place Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20.
Theres no better place to celebrate back to school with the world famous Hustler Honeys at the Hustler Club San Francisco, said Axel Sang, director of marketing for BSC Management. Enjoy some live adult entertainment from Samantha Saint as well as delicious drinks and an exciting atmosphere. RSVP or purchase front row tickets today!
Samantha Saint will be performing live on stage in two shows each night. She is a pornographic actress and Wicked Pictures Contract Girl. She was recently the September 2014 Hustler Magazine Cover Model.
The event starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. both Friday, Sept 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20. Saints first show will be at 11:30 p.m. and the second show will be at 1 a.m. both nights.
Receive $ 10 off admission by texting SAINT to 33733 or RSVP online. Guests must present a valid ID at the door to redeem the discount.
VIP front row packages are available, which include the price of admission, a September 2014 Hustler Magazine signed by Saint, a guaranteed front row seat and a complimentary well drink or beer.
Join the Hustler Club at 1031 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94133 for a chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime show!
About Us: Larry Flynts Hustler Club is a world famous gentlemans club which delivers the ultimate adult entertainment experience to all their customers. Located in the North Beach district of San Francisco, The Hustler Club features two full bars, valet parking, private VIP booths, party packages, free limo service, concierge service and VIP bottle service. Home to the stunning Hustler Honeys, the party at The Hustler Club never truly stops, offering San Franciscos true afterhours entertainment until 4 a.m. all weekend long. Hustler Club San Francisco is always ready to accommodate all their guests and show them a great time. To learn more about Larry Flynts Hustler Club San Francisco, visit the Hustler Club website.
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Sweet Springs, Mo. (PRWEB) September 29, 2014
The leading provider of real-time educational marketing data, MCH Strategic Data, releases an infographic depicting the frequency of school personnel changes and the optimal time for education marketing. Data for the infographic was gathered through MCHs Monitor Service, a real-time data compiling service for sales, marketing and management professionals, allowing marketers to reach a quarter more of the market. This revolutionary K-12 data compilation ensures names are accurate, reducing bounce backs and delivering the highest marketing results.
Real-time updates mean real-time marketing, said John F. Hood, president of MCH Strategic Data. Every school makes updates during the summer, but 10-30 percent also make personnel changes each month of the school year, which is why we update our database frequently.
MCHs analysis reveals the greatest amount of staff personnel changes occur between July and September, pinpointing October as the peak time to reach new personnel. In several studies, MCH had 25 to 31 percent more unique educator names than similar lists, many of whom are first-year teachers, which studies show are more willing to buy supplementary materials.
Many education marketers believe it is the size of the list that matters, but it is accuracy that creates the best results, said Hood. MCH verifies school personnel and their contact information monthly, garnering more impressive marketing results. Plus, its less expensive, in some cases, half the price because of better quality names.
The infographic was created with data from MCHs Monitor Service, which provides quality updates of school and personnel data within five weeks or less of appearing on a school website, letting marketers reach potential customers as quickly as possible.
The full infographic is available for download at http://www.mchdata.com/monitored-schools.
About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data compiles comprehensive K-12 marketing databases, and provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, online, social media, and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than 5 million K-12 educators. With the launch of Infinite Access and Monitor Service, MCH is the unparalleled provider of solutions for education sales and marketing. The Sweet Springs, Mo. company focuses on business-to-institution markets, includes government agencies, hospitals, medical practices, schools, school districts, and churches. For more information, visit http://www.mchdata.com.
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Schiller Park, IL (PRWEB) October 08, 2014
Over its 20-year history, SMART Cars has looked to time-saving, client-friendly technological innovations to make travel smoother and life easier for enumerable Chicago-area companies and thousands of business and professional travelers worldwide. This year, SMART Cars Founder and CEO Stuart Rothstein is announcing three innovations to further set the company apart from the competition. This year, SMART Cars is learning to anticipate its clients unique travel preferences with some clever innovations.
SMART Cars isnt called SMART without reason. Looking back, the Chicago-based firm has always been the intelligent travelers choice in ground transportation. In the 1990s, SMART Cars was the first to discover the large, untapped market for upscale corporate/tourist travel in Chicago utilizing chauffeur-driven sedans to meet the needs of busy professionals.
In 2005, SMART Cars set the ground transportation industry standard with the introduction of its proprietary AVAN (Automatic Vehicle Arrival Notification) system software. Other companies rushed to copy AVAN because of its value in reducing travelers anxiety, often associated with the time of a vehicles arrival. AVAN does this by creating hi-speed connections among SMART Cars travelers, dispatchers and chauffeurs. And busy travelers value its thoughtful automated airport welcome messages and upcoming service reminders.
So whats new for 2014 and 2015? Its a big year for innovations. CEO Rothstein highlights three of them.
SMART Cars chauffeurs will have large-screen Apple iPad tablets equipped with specialized applications that give clients all kinds of benefits. Smart Cars Chauffeurs will use their iPad as a hand-held electronic billboard to greet clients at busy airports and hotels by name in large, illuminated letters visible from 30 feet away.
Additionally, the tablets will be used:
To instantly access the latest road conditions to save time and circumvent accidents and traffic hot spots.
To inform SMART Cars dispatch staff of a vehicles exact geographic location to minimize pickup location snafus.
To collect the client’s important travel related preferences for future personalized service.
To let clients, at their option, complete a confidential online review of the service they have just received. Client responses will be securely sent to an independent, third party company that provides SMART Cars with instantaneous feedback on and statistical trends.
The second important innovation coming soon is that SMART Cars will introduce a smart phone application that will allow for rapid reservation placement (each client’s profile is tied to the phone). Once a mobile pickup order has been placed, the client will be able to track the vehicles progress to the pickup location.
And third, SMART Cars will introduce new state-of-the-art Santa Cruz dispatch call center software. Santa Cruz integrates with both the new tablet and smart phone applications. This will enable quicker and easier reservation placement for those who enjoy speaking with their friendly customer service representatives (CSRs). In addition, it will enrich most of the current capabilities, such as sending a picture of the chauffeur and the vehicle along with the metrics currently being sent.
With these three innovations, SMART Cars promises to give clients an astonishing 99% traveler satisfaction rating on the following: accurate booking and ride-request information, on-time pick-ups and drop-offs, and personalized services honored and delivered. The SMART Cars team its call center, dispatchers and chauffeurs, are proud of its 20-year history as an industry leader and of its commitment to setting the gold standard for its loyal clients in the years to come.
About SMART Cars, Inc.
Since 1994, SMART Cars has been providing an exceptional transportation experience for its business and leisure travelers. Clients will enjoy reliable service, tastefully-appointed vehicles and professional, personalized attention from highly trained, certified and insured chauffeurs. For over 20 years SMART Cars remains the intelligent choice for business & leisure ground transportation needs around the world.
SMART Cars is here when needed with operations humming 24/7/365 Call now to book a ride (800) 871-7627.
SUNRISE, Fla. (PRWEB) September 30, 2014
Sheridan Healthcare, Inc., the leading anesthesia services provider in the nation, today announced that Adam Blomberg, MD, the national education director for Sheridan Healthcares anesthesiology division, will present at the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Developments annual conference, SHSMD Connections 2014. The conference will be held October 12-15 in San Diego, California.
SHSMD Connections is a four-day conference that draws in more than 1,000 professionals each year. The event gathers healthcare marketing, communications and strategic planning professionals from across the nation.
Dr. Blomberg and Jeffry Peters, president and CEO of Surgical Directions, will jointly present a session entitled Transforming Your OR for the Era of Falling Payments and Rising Quality Expectations. The presentation will cover tactics for surgery departments facing shrinking reimbursement and tightening quality requirements to turn their practices into highly profitable machines. With case studies from Memorial Regional Hospital in south Florida and NYU Langone Medical, participants will receive tools to evaluate current operating room performance and learn strategies to erase performance gaps. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, October 13 from 11:30am-12:30pm PT.
We are very proud to have Dr. Blomberg present at SHSMD Connections this year, said Andrew Greenfield, MD, executive vice president of anesthesia services for Sheridan Healthcare. The healthcare industry is in flux today, and it is increasingly difficult to balance quality medicine and profitability. Dr. Blombergs experience in the field will demonstrate that healthcare professionals who actively manage their ORs can succeed in this challenging landscape.
Dr. Blomberg is the national education director for Sheridan Healthcares anesthesia division. He serves on the Anesthesia Quality Committee at Sheridan, as the co-chair of the Clinical Education and Best Practice Subcommittee. He is also the vice chief of anesthesiology at Memorial Regional Hospital, Sheridan Healthcares flagship anesthesia practice in Hollywood, Florida. Dr. Blomberg completed his anesthesiology training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine.
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