PwC sees franchises sporting double digit growth, reports

(PRWEB) September 14, 2012, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC reports that PwCs Franchise Sector Indicator (FSI) released recently shows franchisors have continued to achieve double digit growth in the past 12 months. reports that Looking to the future, franchisors surveyed remain optimistic. They are forecasting revenue growth of 11 per cent in the next 12 months and 34 per over the next three years. Profit is tipped a little higher at 15 per cent for the next 12 months and 45 per cent for the next three years.

Franchisors also plan to add an additional 10 franchise units in the next 12 months and 31 over the next three years. Franchisors surveyed credited their growth to improved franchisee performance and strategic direction. also notes that finding suitable franchisees remains the number one challenge for franchisors with just over two thirds (68%) saying it is their biggest short term hurdle. Economic conditions were also cited as a challenge, along with funding.

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Expansion and Growth Strengthen The Princeton Companies Foothold as a Multifaceted Leader in Marketing Industry Expertise and Technologies

Claremont, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2012

Fresh on the heels of Princeton Fulfillment Solutions acquisition of Phoenix Marketing Services, Inc., and the merging of the organizations to form The Princeton Companies, Phoenix Marketing is well-positioned for sustained growth and maximum profitability. By combining the strengths of the groups and sharing resources within The Princeton Companies integrated network, Phoenix Marketing will continue to exceed the expectations of its wide-range of existing clients while seeking out new initiatives and business opportunities across the ever-expanding corporate landscape. According to Kevin McPhillips, president of The Princeton Companies, Phoenix Marketings expertise in key areas reinforces the organizations portfolio. Adding Phoenix Marketing to our company will bring particular strengths in creative services, traditional and digital printing, and online digital strategy, design and creativity, says Mr. McPhillips. With our traditional strengths in high-volume and one-to-one mail, warehousing, fulfillment and online infrastructure at Princeton Fulfillment, well have convenient, world-class capabilities to better serve our customers. David Bynum, president of Phoenix Marketing, agrees. By sharing our combined expertise, we can provide better services to our customers.

New Partnership, Expanding Capabilities

Along with The Princeton Companies growth, is the expansion of its strategic partnerships, the most recent being its alliance with Jagged Peaks FlexNet eCommerce fulfillment capabilities, whose web-based eCommerce technology will help optimize myriad operations across the company. By deploying Jagged Peaks EDGE web-based eCommerce technology in our warehouses, it gives us access to a fully integrated enterprise technology suite that spans everything from order management to inventory and warehouse management to transportation management, says Manny Ortiz, chief executive officer of The Princeton Companies.

New Era, New Leadership

Joining the Phoenix Marketing team at this new juncture is sales and marketing veteran, Inga Reynolds, who was recently appointed to the position of Vice-President of Business Development. With more than 25 years of marketing, sales and sales-management experience in the finance, insurance, travel, healthcare and hospitality industries, Ms. Reynolds brings with her a unique consultative approach to building relationships, facilitating growth, driving sales and implementing positive and profitable integrated marketing solutions to ensure her clients success. We are excited to have Inga Reynolds join Phoenix Marketing as the new Vice-President of Business Development, says Mr. Bynum. We look forward to working with Inga as she helps shape the business strategies that will ensure Phoenix Marketings continued success. Adds Ms. Reynolds, Im thrilled to be a part of the team here at Phoenix Marketing. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the organization and bringing my clients all the additional capabilities and resources Phoenix Marketing has to offer.

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Ashland Names Shanaa to Lead Technology and Growth Strategy for Ashland Specialty Ingredients

Wilmington, Del. (PRWEB) August 07, 2012

Dr. May Shanaa has been named group vice president, Technology and Growth Strategy, for Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH). The announcement was made by John E. Panichella, senior vice president, Ashland Inc. and president, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, to whom she will report.

Shanaa will be responsible for leading Ashland Specialty Ingredients global research and development (R&D) and applications capabilities, with direct operational responsibility for the units global research and technical centers. In addition, Shanaa will be responsible for business development, including leading the strategic growth plan for the business.

With Mays leadership and distinguished qualifications, I am confident we will be able to drive our application expertise even closer to the customer and continue our focus on solving their unique formulation challenges, said Panichella. We look forward to the perspective and experience May brings to this role as she leads the aggressive growth strategy for our new product innovations.

Shanaa most recently served as global vice president, Skin Care and Portfolio Management at Johnson & Johnson, where she also held the role of vice president, R&D, global beauty care. In this role, Shanaa was involved in more than 200 product launches per year targeting the skin, hair and deodorant markets. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Shanaa spent more than 18 years at Unilever in skin care, laundry and home care in the UK, U.S. and Italy, where she was vice president of R&D home care. In 2002, she received Brandweeks Marketer of the Year award for the successful launch of Dove* Nutrium* Bar & Body Wash. Shanaa earned her masters degree in analytical science and her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Hull in the U.K.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product performance challenges in key markets including personal care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings and energy. Using natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers and vinyl pyrrolidones, Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers comprehensive and innovative solutions for today’s demanding consumer and industrial applications.

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets.

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Poston Joins AchieveIt to Accelerate Growth of Execution Management and Strategic Planning Software Company

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012

AchieveIt, a leading provider of execution management and strategic planning software, announced today the addition of Michael Poston to its executive team as the company continues an aggressive expansion into commercial markets. Poston will be primarily responsible for online and offline marketing and public relations.

Poston holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Structural Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in quantitative methods, both earned at Vanderbilt University. His 16-year career includes extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, SEO, and product development.

“To have someone of Michaels experience and caliber join our team is humbling,” said Scott Regan, founder and chief execution officer of AchieveIt. “Michael has such a rare combination of talent that he can have an instant impact on our company. If we are the rocket, Michael will be our rocket fuel. He has that kind of potential for us.

Poston has a track record of accelerating sales growth for the companies he has worked with, which include small and large organizations, Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing companies, and technology firms. He has rich experience in business development, client acquisition and retention, digital platforms, and trademarks and patents.

In June, AchieveIt released Version 4.0 of its cloud-based software and reorganized the company to move into vertical markets outside of healthcare, where the company got its start. With Version 4.0, AchieveIt unveiled three new applications: ExecuteIt, AnalyzeIt, and ImproveIt. These applications help accelerate performance in strategic planning, strategy development, execution management, and performance improvement.

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Serving more than 100 clients in 30 states, AchieveIt helps organizations transform vision and goals into tangible business results by executing smarter, faster, and better. Through its suite of cloud-based strategy development and execution management applications, AchieveIt accelerates transformation through enhanced accountability, transparency, and execution. The company provides an innovative set of online tools to develop, monitor, and implement strategic and operational plans, performance and quality improvement projects, and leadership and management programs. A national thought-leader on strategy development and execution management, AchieveIt offers free strategic planning webinars and white papers on its website at

New 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports Forecast Distribution Industry Growth of 6.8% in 2012; Data Available for 19 Sectors

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

The 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Reportsthe seventh edition of this annual economic data reference guide include industry statistics, trend analysis, benchmarking data and forecasts for 19 sectors in the distribution industry, including industrial (–industrial-distributors/PARAMS/product/734); hardware, plumbing and heating equipment/supplies (–hardware–plumbing—heating-equipment-supplies-wholesalers/PARAMS/product/733); building materials and construction; electrical and electronics; and grocery and foodservice.

The wholesale distribution industry continued to grow faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2011, said Tom Gale, president of Industrial Market Information and publisher of Modern Distribution Management, which published the reports. Aggregate revenues of wholesaler-distributors increased by 9.3 percentage points more than nominal U.S. Gross Domestic Product, reflecting rebounding sales of a smaller base following the recession.

The fastest rate of growth in 2011 for wholesale distribution was in Oil and Gas Products, due to increased investment in shale formations; when accounting for inflation, real revenues in this sector actually decreased however. Industrial distributors saw the largest real rate of growth, with sales up 15.3% in 2011. MDM forecasts all wholesale distribution sectors will grow in 2012.

Total wholesale distributors sector revenues in 2010 were up 12.8 percent from 2009.

Visit to view all available distribution sector reports, also ideal for manufacturers and service providers conducting market research on the wholesale distribution channel. All 19 market reports are available for purchase in the 2012 Wholesale Distribution Economic Factbook, which also includes information on the overall industry. Order the Factbook at

These reports allow you to plan strategically for the year ahead with accurate current and forward-looking data on your wholesale distribution line of trade, Gale said. For example, learn how much sales and sales per employee have changed in your line of trade; how much weekly earnings have changed; which niches are producing the highest and lowest gross margins; how many companies are competing in your niches, and more.

These distribution sector reports, delivered in downloadable pdf, are invaluable resources for detailed distribution channel benchmarking data if you are managing, selling to or investing in a wholesale distribution company. The Wholesale Distribution Economic Reports use data from the most recent U.S. Annual Wholesale Trade Survey and reflect March 2012 government data revisions.

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Digital Broadcasting and Proliferation of HDTV to Drive Growth in Broadcast Switchers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) July 06, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn A key hardware component used in film/video production for selecting or switching between different video and audio signals from multiple sources, a broadcast switcher has evolved into an indispensable element of video broadcasting, and an integral part of the entire video transmission process. Switchers are used across the production world, including edit suite, remote trucks, and control rooms, among other production facilities. Such is the importance of switchers in broadcasting industry that without the same, a fully integrated video and television production cannot be realized. For instance, without a master control switcher, programs cannot be pulled together or achieve cohesion while moving from one program to another, thereby making it impossible to achieve a fully integrated television production.

The broadcasting industrys transition from analog to digital broadcasting and rapid proliferation of high-definition television (HDTV), thanks to regulatory requirements as well as consumer demand for high-quality video content, have especially set the stage for development of global broadcast switchers market. Digital broadcasting especially creates a business case for switchers, as they make it easy for broadcasters to select source video feed and route it, thereby making the process of digital broadcasting workflow more efficient. Also, with consumers demanding broadcast of major programs such as live sporting events and music concerts in HD format, the ensuing need for equipment that can enable broadcasters to add special effects to premium content has resulted in increasing the demand for switchers.

The recent economic recession however had its impact on the overall broadcasting sector, as weak budgetary conditions and tight credit markets put temporary breaks on high-value infrastructure investments, thereby slowing down broadcast activity during the period. TV broadcasters especially suffered twin blow in recent years as the global economic recession took its toll on production budgets and squeezed advertising revenue. Establishing new broadcast facilities typically involves huge capital investment for purchasing broadcasting equipment such as cameras, camera control units, lighting equipment, converters, controllers, cables, digital audio mixers, on-field audio recorders, mobile video studios, encoders, video conversion software and most importantly switchers or vision mixers. Lack of sufficient investments during recession therefore, not surprisingly, caused considerable delays in establishing new studios or upgrading the existing facilities, and launching new programs or channels, thereby affecting industry prospects for equipment manufacturers, including switcher manufacturers during the period. Recovery in global economy in the year 2010 and the accompanying resurgence in growth fundamentals such as rise in consumer demand for high-quality premium content, increase in video production, and improvement in capital spending by broadcasters however helped put growth back on track in the switchers market. Acceleration in high-value projects such as production automation, digitalization and migration to HDTV and 3D formats also has and will continue to drive demand for advanced switchers over the next few years. Additionally, with new studios, channels and OB vans being planned, new orders for a range of equipment including switchers will only increase further in the upcoming years.

With TV broadcasters across the globe promising 24-hour programming, bringing several television channels and programs in high-definition format, the need to cut broadcasting costs and improve efficiency becomes even more critical. Against this backdrop, production automation, which helps in creating more programs with high level of efficiency and reduced costs, is therefore rapidly gaining attention. This growing focus on production automation is in turn driving rich prospects for production automation systems and its key components such as switchers, which allow program directors to shift from one camera to other and cue in graphics, all in an automated environment. Demand for hybrid automation systems is especially strong and poised to benefit from this trend are component devices such as routers, character generators, and most importantly, switchers.

As stated by the new market research report on Broadcast Switchers, Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing regional market, with dollar sales from the region waxing at a CAGR of about 14% over the analysis period. Emerging markets such as India and China with booming broadcast sectors especially are making considerable investments in latest equipment design, thus driving opportunities for advanced switcher products in the region.

Major players in the global marketplace include Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., Broadcast Pix, Inc., Evertz Microsystems, Ltd., FOR-A Company Ltd., Grass Valley USA, LLC., Harris Corporation, IHSE USA, Ltd., Ikegami Electronics (U.S.A), Inc., JVC Professional Products Company, Kramer Electronics Ltd., Miranda Technologies, Inc., NEC Corporation, Ross Video Limited, Semtech Canada Inc., Snell Group, Sony Electronics, Inc., and Utah Scientific, Inc., among others.

The research report titled Broadcast Switchers: A Global Strategic Business Report announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections in US$ Million for major geographic markets including North America, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific and Rest of World.

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iRadeo Announces Major Growth Spurt; Musicians and Podcasters Flocking to Start Radio Streaming

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 01, 2012

iRadeo, a one-stop solution to create and broadcast your own radio stations and audio streams in just a few mouse clicks, is reporting significant growth in sign-ups, as users are looking to start their own radio streaming broadcast.

With a year-on-year growth that is outpacing the industry average, iRadeo is becoming one of the largest radio streaming companies in the world.

The rapid growth is further strengthened by iRadeos user friendly platform which is ideal for radio stations, podcasters, musicians, music fans, promoters and music labels who want reach a global audience.

The growth spurt follows a recent launch of upgraded radio streaming packages that offer additional disk space, unlimited band width to support mobile streaming, as well as iOS and Android Support.

iRadeos radio streaming packages start at 3GB of audio storage, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited stations. A FREE version is also available.

“Already helping thousands of broadcasters reach millions of listeners, iRadeo is strategically positioned for a new phase of growth, and supporting existing and new users of radio streaming with a limited ramp-up time. The upgraded iRadeo packages will allow musicians and podcasters to reach even more listeners around the world, says the company founder.

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iRadeo is an all-in-one solution for radio stations, podcasters, musicians, music fans, promoters and music labels. Our platform is easy to implement and scalable with a variety of plans to fit the needs of our users. No matter what your message is, iRadeo provides a powerful way to deliver it to an unlimited audience. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California., a Free Education Matching Service, Once Again in Growth Mode as Their NASCAR Team Drives Awareness

Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

While the news is filled with commentaries about the economy going down, not growing fast enough or going overseas, has continued its growth and plans to add 20% more staff this month. A special focus has been placed with hiring returning veterans and military personnel.

College Complete opened its office doors in Deerfield Beach, Florida in September 2010. In the year and a half since then, they have grown from 15 people to nearly 40 Education Advocates. Every Advocate goes through an internal training process to learn about the high standards that College Complete holds itself to, as well as about the schools and systems that are in place to ensure the each and every student is given the most accurate choices available.

By the time that training is complete, each Advocate is able to guide potential students through the process of identifying schools that fit their geographical and educational needs. This matching process is done at no cost to the student and is followed up with an email of recommended questions to ask once the student speaks with the individual school.

With such rapid hiring in its Florida Headquarters, has turned to NASCAR driver Justin Lofton to help get the word out to the public about the benefits of continuing education as well as about openings at College Complete.

Daniel Haim, CEO of College Complete said, We are extremely grateful to be able to have experienced the rapid growth that we have so far. I cannot thank the community, NASCAR fans and the students that we help enough to express how humbled we are.

The next group of employees will begin work at the end of June and executives at College Complete are already planning for additional hires this year with a goal of bringing their 2 year growth to 400% by the end of the year.

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Partnered with hundreds of educational institutions and across all types of education goals, including traditional college degrees, trade and vocational certifications, and professional licensure, College Complete helps students assess all of the information that exists in the public domain, allowing them to understand and make sense of their educational opportunities. Their services are free and available to anyone. Whether you are interested in Art and Design, Business, Computers and Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare and Medical, Science and Engineering, and much, much more; if youre an Electrician, a Nurse, an Automotive Mechanic, a Teacher, a Police Officer, or youre simply interested in learning Computer Programming, Networking, Web Development, or Graphic Design College Complete is available for you at no cost. You can reach them by filling out a form on their site or calling to speak with your personal Education Advocate at 877-543-2655. College Complete has an initiative to assist those in the US Armed Forces and their families and is able to assist in identifying schools that will not only provide the educational requirements of the soldier, veteran or family member but will do so in a cost effective manner.

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