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thINK hosts nearly 400 Canon Solutions America inkjet customers, partners, and print industry experts at eighth annual thINK Ahead Inkjet User Conference

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Nearly 400 Canon Solutions America inkjet customers, partners, and print industry experts attended the eighth annual thINK Ahead 2022 Inkjet Users Conference for learning and networking teamed with fun and health and wellness activities hosted at the newly renovated luxury property, The Boca Raton. 

BOCA RATON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — thINK, an independent community of Canon Solutions America inkjet customers, today announced nearly 400 Canon inkjet customers, partners, and print industry experts came together in Boca Raton, FL for the eighth annual thINK Ahead 2022 Inkjet Users Conference to experience thought provoking keynotes, educational sessions, press demos and networking opportunities. In addition, attendees participated in optional health and wellness activities, all hosted at the newly renovated luxury property, The Boca Raton. (Hear what attendees think of thINK Ahead 2022!)

Highlights from thINK Ahead 2022 included:

  • Inspirational Keynote Speakers: thINK Ahead 2022 keynote speakers encouraged attendees to thINK outside the box. First, Enigmatist & Magician David Kwong demonstrated how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase our powers of persuasion and influence. Then, Tariq Meyers, Co-Founder and CEO at Untapped and Lyft’s first-ever Head of Inclusion & Diversity, shared what he’s learned about creating belonging and empowerment in the workplace.
  • Educational Sessions: Attendees chose from a variety of educational sessions designed to address the challenges and opportunities print industry leaders are facing today. Session topics ranged from addressing the labor shortage and solving supply chain issues to risk management and postal reform.
  • Canon Update: Francis A. McMahon, Exec. Vice President, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America and Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Sr. Vice President, Canon Production Printing took the stage to share Canon’s strategic vision and the future of print.
  • Canon Americas Customer Innovation Center Tour and Press Demos: Attendees visited the Canon Americas Customer Innovation Center to take part in press demos and get an in-depth look at the innovations changing the printing industry.
  • Canon Inkjet Print Innovation Wall: From a finished mail product that replicates the look of an envelope (including a poly window) to address the envelope shortage to impressive finishing techniques and full-color, variable data print showcasing the quality of Canon inkjet, thINK Ahead attendees were inspired by the Canon Inkjet Print Innovation wall. Take a look at what they saw and get inspired! 
  • Partner Pavilion: Attendees enjoyed dynamic, engaging conversations, and tapped into the expertise of Canon Solutions America inkjet partners in the thINK Ahead Partner Pavilion.
  • Inspirational Closing Keynote: Attendees left inspired by the closing keynote from Francis A. McMahon, Exec. Vice President, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. In his keynote entitled, “Leadership: Inspiration, Influence, Perspective,” McMahon shared the importance of leadership and best practices to create dynamic, high performing teams.
  • Fun, Networking, and Health and Wellness Activities: From the Cabana Nights poolside dinner party to optional health and wellness activities including pickleball, yoga and an historical tour of The Boca Raton, attendees were able to connect with one another personally and professionally.

In addition to the great learning and networking, the thINK Ahead attendees donated more than $16,000 over the three-day event to the thINK Peace fundraiser campaign to support the children of Ukraine. “Our nation is divided on so many issues, but one thing we are not divided on is the war in Ukraine,” Francis A. McMahon, Executive Vice President of Canon Solutions America shared with thINK Ahead attendees, encouraging them to participate in the thINK Peace fundraiser. Attendees that donated received a free thINK Peace t-shirt. Donations are still being accepted on thINKForum.com.

“Each and every year the thINK Board collectively agrees, ‘it was the best thINK Ahead ever’ — and we all truly believe that; it just seems to get better and better every year. To hear customers and thINK Ahead partners say the same thing is very rewarding,” said Todd Roth, thINK Board President. “We look forward to seeing everyone back in Boca again next July for thINK Ahead 2023!”

thINK Ahead 2022 earned rave reviews from attendees and sponsors alike:

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“I thought the USPS 10-year Plan and Postal reform session was excellent. Postal is one of the biggest opportunities we have, and there were many ideas that came from that session that can lead to great strategy shifts for our company and clients,” said John Barthen, Chief Operating Officer, ComGraphics. “Three of us from ComGraphics came to thINK Ahead 2022 and what we’ve learned is that we have not been using everything Canon and the thINK community offers us to our fullest advantage, and we are going to change that. There are multiple resources we can tap into that can help us accelerate our business and we intend to do that,” added Sr. Account Executive Ben Hendrikse. (View the video of thINK Member benefits).

“I’m not a sociable person, but I did more socializing in the three days at thINK Ahead than I’ve done in years. The people here are just so friendly and easy to talk to, and we all have so much in common. It’s interesting to hear others sharing frustrations that I faced many years ago, and I find it easy to mentor them on their journey, while others I talk to do the same for me, opening up new ideas for how I might address the challenges I’m dealing with today. It’s just an amazing community dynamic that is great to witness and be a part of,” said Matt Morgan, K&H Printing.

“It’s great to see the thINK community all back together again—and it is obvious others feel the same; it’s an amazing turnout! We sponsor thINK Ahead every year because our customers are here, and they expect us to be here. As busy business leaders, they want to be efficient with their time and learn about our new technologies while they learn about print industry trends and ways to enhance their business,” said Hank Martin, Manager Strategic Partnerships, with Platinum Partner BCC Software. “Anything we can do to enhance our customers’ experience, we want to do. We are here to support them and have been here every year since the thINK community started eight years ago.”

About thINK Forum

thINK is an independent community of Canon Solutions America inkjet customers, solution partners, and print industry experts, and Canon Solutions America is a proud executive sponsor. Led by some of the most successful inkjet service providers in the country, it provides a forum for members to network, gain knowledge, discuss common challenges, and share best practices. For more information, visit thinkforum.com.

Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc. in the United States and elsewhere. All other referenced product names and marks are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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Leading Livestream Shopping Retailer QVC Collaborates with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on Home Décor Line

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The Exclusive BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling Launches on all QVC Apps Beginning January 26

WEST CHESTER, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — QVC®, the premier home décor retailer and leader in video commerce and multiplatform shopping, today exclusively launches The BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Created with an approach of ‘where style meets function,’ the collection features curated home décor items meant to take the work out of home decorating and help beautify and transform homes. Exclusive to QVC, Jennie and Tori’s home collection is now available for purchase on QVC.com, with Jennie and Tori making their live on-air debut on QVC January 26 at 8 p.m. EST and on all QVC digital streaming platforms. QVC is part of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP).

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“QVC specializes in effortless yet sophisticated home accents and décor, all at affordable prices. The BFF Collection with Jennie and Tori is an excellent addition to our roster of expert and celebrity brands in the home category,” said Karl Schroeder, VP and GMM of Home Merchandising, QVC. “QVC’s powerful live video commerce platform is the perfect place for Jennie and Tori to share the story behind their passion for home décor and how they worked with our in-house Design, Development, and Global Sourcing team to create these exclusive pieces.”

Best known for starring in the iconic TV show “Beverly Hills 90210,” Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling bring you The BFF Collection. Their elevated designs are both functional and stylish and will liven up any room in your home, making the collection luxurious yet accessible.

With a Beverly Hills-inspired energy and color palette, The BFF Collection presents a fresh spin on home décor and textiles. The debut collection will feature 11 home décor finds, including functional entertainment carts, storage ottomans, everyday trunks, apothecary jars, etched glass canisters, illuminated hurricanes, decorative pillows and throw blankets. Textiles featured throughout the product line include geode, marble and acrylic accents. The collection will range in price from $49 to $242.

“Our 35-year friendship was our inspiration for most of the pieces in the collection. During the design process with QVC, we reflected on all our joyful and happy memories together and designed pieces that we would want to use in our own homes,” said Jennie Garth. Tori Spelling added, “collaborating with QVC allowed Jennie and I to share the stories behind our creation of each piece. We cannot wait for the world to see how much love was poured into this collection – we are so proud and excited for it to come to life.”

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For more information, visit QVC.com and search “The BFF Collection.” Get social with Tori and Jennie @torispelling and @jenniegarth to learn more about their long-storied friendship and journey to creating The BFF Collection, exclusively for QVC.

About QVC 

QVC® is a world leader in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms.  QVC empowers shoppers with knowledge and shares insights in a lively and engaging way.  QVC offers an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products – from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry – and connects shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories and award-winning customer service.  Based in West Chester, Pa., and founded in 1986, QVC has retail operations in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Italy.  Worldwide, QVC reaches more than 200 million homes via 12 TV channels, which are widely available on cable/satellite TV, free over-the-air TV, and digital livestreaming TV.  The retailer also reaches millions of customers via its QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience, websites, mobile apps and social pages.  To learn more, visit corporate.qvc.com, follow @QVC on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow QVC on PinterestYouTube or LinkedIn.   

Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP) is a Fortune 500 company that includes the Qurate Retail GroupSM portfolio of brands as well as other minority interests and green energy investments.  Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in vCommerce and comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. For more information, visit qurateretailgroup.com, follow @QurateRetailGrp on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.  QVC and Q are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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New iOS and Android App Promises to Alleviate Boredom and Difficult Decision Making

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Woman-owned “ThingstoDuo” allows users to search for activities and make decisions with a coin toss.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Now available on iOS and Android, ThingstoDuo provides users the opportunity to browse for things to do or sort by categories ranging from “Family Fun” to “Night Life” in a simple and streamlined interface. Not only does ThingstoDuo provide users a simplified way of exploring and socializing in their local community, but it also aids in decision making – allowing users to add two or more selections to an animated coin toss that randomly chooses between.

New iOS and Android App
ThingstoDuo
“Top Things to Do” search category in the ThingstoDuo mobile app.

“The idea is to get people to spend more time actually doing things rather than planning them,” said Kilane Garrett, founder of ThingstoDuo. If users find themselves particularly fond of a location they have visited or want to save it for later, they are able to save the location as a “Favorite” under their user profile, which also allows for profile customization with a section for a profile photo and bio.

Businesses have the option of promoting exclusive discounts to users on the app, however, paid promotions are limited “in order to provide businesses with adequate screen time.”

About ThingstoDuo
Founded in September 2022, iOS and Android app ThingstoDuo allows users to search or sort by category, learn about local businesses, receive exclusive discounts, and make decisions with the flip of a coin. ThingstoDuo aims to make sure you spend less time making plans and more time doing them.

If you would like more information on ThingstoDuo or would like to download the app, please visit thingstoduo.com

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Source: Things to Duo LLC

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Blue Compass RV Kicks Off Nationwide Rebrand Redesign With Blue Compass RV Tampa

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Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Blue Compass RV, one of the nation’s largest providers of sales, service, and protection products to the recreational vehicle market, celebrates their recent rebrand by beginning a series of store transitions throughout 2023, kicking off with rebrand of Blue Compass RV Tampa (previously RV One Superstores Tampa).

Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

After rebranding the company in late 2022, Blue Compass RV will begin the outfitting and rebranding of its impressive portfolio of over 100 dealerships across the country. With the goal of having each dealership included seamlessly under the Blue Compass RV umbrella, each store location will receive both an interior and exterior upgrade to boast the new name and logo of Blue Compass RV.

“We are on the heels of our rebrand announcement and cannot wait to begin showcasing the unified Blue Compass RV brand to our consumers,” says Blue Compass RV Founder, CEO and President, Jon Ferrando. “We are excited to kick off our rollout of nationwide rebrands in 2023 with the rebranding of our flagship store in the Tampa market here in our company’s home state of Florida at the same time of the Florida RV Supershow one the largest RV shows of the year.”

Blue Compass RV Tampa, one of the top performing dealerships in the country has won numerous awards as the top selling Jayco motorized dealers year after year. The ribbon cutting event unveiling the new Blue Compass RV store branding took place on January 17 at the Blue Compass RV Tampa store.

The updated branding consists of a blue-hued logo, featuring a sun-drenched landscape of mountains accessible by a road of possibilities – best seen through a vehicle purchased at a Blue Compass RV location. Rolling out to over 100 stores throughout 2023, RV customers will be treated to an elevated store experience that directly reflects the Blue Compass RV brand.

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To learn more about Blue Compass RV, please visit: https://www.bluecompassrv.com

Blue Compass RV

Blue Compass RV is a leading recreational vehicle retail company in the United States with a focus on providing an outstanding experience for recreational vehicle customers in new and used sales, service and parts, and customer financial services. RV Retailer has over 100 RV stores in 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Regional store brands include: RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Floyd’s RV, Harper’s Camperland, Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel, Cousins RV, Camper Clinic, RV Outlet USA, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV, Tom’s Camperland and Blue Dog RV, which sell a wide range of new and used RV brands with thousands of RVs in inventory.

Blue Compass RV has a great management team led by founder Jon Ferrando, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President. Jon Ferrando was instrumental in building America’s largest automotive retailer from start-up to over $20 billion in revenue. Blue Compass RV’s leadership team has over 250 years of automotive and RV retail industry experience.

SOURCE Blue Compass RV

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