4me(R) Acquires StatusCast, Adding Incident Management Capabilities to Its Leading SaaS-Based ITSM Platform

The Acquisition Broadens the Reach of 4me® and Expands Its Capabilities by Integrating Real-Time Technology Service Status Updates for IT Teams, Service Providers and Customers

SANTA BARBARA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2024 / 4me®, the SaaS-based Service Management software platform for the modern enterprise, has completed the acquisition of StatusCast™. StatusCast is a cloud-based provider of incident management products. The acquisition strengthens 4me’s position in the ITSM market and represents another advancement in its efforts to assist companies in transforming their businesses with the most advanced and complete service management platform in the industry.

"Our mission is to make IT teams more productive while we directly help our partners and customers deliver great customer experiences. Our transformation of traditional service management is built on an advanced technology platform," said Kevin McGibben, CEO of 4me. "Integrating StatusCast’s leading capabilities for incident management and status updates with 4me’s core IT Service Management capabilities strengthens the IT operational power of our platform."

"We are incredibly excited to join the fantastic team at 4me," said Eric Warth, VP of Operations at StatusCast. "4me’s cutting-edge ITSM solution, with its emphasis on a comprehensive, service-centric, multi-tenant architecture, perfectly complements our mission to unify and automate status and incident communications. This acquisition is in line with our vision of transparently communicating with stakeholders relevant information efficiently so that teams can focus more on the incident than managing communications."

Companies like 8×8 use StatusCast’s features to ensure seamless productivity and enhanced communication with their customers. These features include public and private status pages, configurable notifications, and subscriptions for the public, partners or customers. They can provide information about service availability, current incidents or scheduled downtime.

4me will now be able to deliver the following benefits with the addition of StatusCast:

  • Real-time service status notifications. Status page updates and notifications will enable IT organizations to provide public status pages, internal and customer status pages reflecting availability and status, including degradation and downtimes of critical services, technologies, and applications.
  • Visuals of the status of the IT service catalog, which will integrate with 4me incident management, automatically allowing for faster mean time to resolution (MTTR) in outages and service degradations.
  • MSPs, Network Operations Centers, support and service desk teams can use StatusCast incident management to add a layer of automation and end-to-end capability for incident management and service level agreement (SLAs) management for their clients.

To learn more, visit https://www.4me.com/it-service-management.

About 4me

4me is transforming service management for the modern enterprise. 4me’s AI-forward, service-oriented, multi-tenant SaaS platform seamlessly connects teams to optimize IT service management. 4me’s ability to automate cross-functional workflows makes frictionless service delivery possible, significantly improving business outcomes. The 4me platform’s ease of use and deployment makes it the most advanced ITSM platform available today. Hundreds of organizations around the world look to 4me to elevate their Enterprise Service Management. To learn more, visit www.4me.com.

About StatusCast

Founded in 2013, StatusCast’s mission is to help IT departments and SaaS companies keep their employees and customers better informed when applications or IT infrastructure goes down. StatusCast is a communication platform for the enhanced and timely distribution of critical information related to outages and maintenance, enabling organizations to be as effective as possible when problems occur. StatusCast’s solutions are used by many of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies and SaaS brands.

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Formerra Unveils Evonik Alliance for High-Performance Solutions

Partnership expands reach with Evonik’s high-performance polyamides, including sustainable solutions.

ROMEOVILLE, IL / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2024 / Formerra today announced its new strategic partnership with Evonik, the global leader in PA12 and high-performance polyamides. This alliance enables Formerra to distribute Evonik’s polyamides and sustainable materials in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, these materials are accessible in Mexico courtesy of Formerra’s recent acquisition of Suministro de Especialidades.

Formerra has added PA12 and polyamides from Evonik to its lineup of high-performance material options for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.

Specifically, Formerra will distribute the following materials:

  • TROGAMID® CX (transparent and microcrystalline polyamides)
  • Sustainable grades:
    • VESTAMID® eCO (PA12)
    • VESTAMID® RFP (PA12)
    • VESTAMID® Terra (PA610 and PA1010)

Doug Zupan, Vice President of Operations at Formerra, expressed enthusiasm about the addition of this new supplier. "Joining forces with Evonik empowers us to supply top-tier materials for critical applications in automotive, aerospace, and industrial sectors. Evonik’s reputation in high-performance polyamide production and their commitment to sustainable solutions resonate with our vision of offering customers the best cutting-edge material options."

Craig Schmidter, Americas Director of Granules and Compounds at Evonik, added, "With Formerra’s vast network and deep technical support for performance-driven applications, they are the ideal choice for our polyamide products distribution. In short, Formerra is a great match because they offer the technical material selection and engineering support that customers and applications need to incorporate our high-performance materials."

Evonik products enable Formerra to enter new markets such as aerospace and oil & gas; Evonik will play a key role in helping Formerra to accomplish this growth. In addition, Formerra will be able to support current and future customers with logistics, warehousing, technical service, and speed to market.

The Formerra-Evonik collaboration will focus on providing substantial benefits to fuel customer innovation in multiple markets.

Formerra will exhibit next month at NPE2024: The Plastics Show in booth S39025 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

About Formerra

Formerra is a preeminent distributor of engineered materials, connecting the world’s leading polymer producers with thousands of OEMs and brand owners across healthcare, consumer, industrial, and mobility markets. Powered by technical and commercial expertise, it brings a distinctive combination of portfolio depth, supply chain strength, industry knowledge, service, leading e-commerce capabilities, and ingenuity. The experienced Formerra team helps customers across multiple industries to design, select, process, and develop products in new and better ways – driving improved performance, productivity, reliability, and sustainability. To learn more, visit www.formerra.com.

About Evonik

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €15.3 billion in 2023. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable, and sustainable solutions for customers. More than 33,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow.

Contact Information:

Jackie Morris
Marketing Communications Manager, Formerra
+1 630-972-3144

SOURCE: Formerra


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Global Sports Brand U.S. Polo Assn. Delivers Record $2.4 Billion in Retail Sales for 2023, Targets $3 Billion and 1,500 U.S. Polo Assn. Stores

WEST PALM BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2024 / USPA Global has announced that U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has delivered a record $2.4 billion in global retail sales in 2023.

The global sports brand’s record growth is the result of expanding its existing sizeable footprint across all regions around the world. U.S. Polo Assn. has seen a balanced growth strategy with significantly increased market share in more mature markets, such as North America and Western Europe, while delivering exponential growth in emerging markets such as Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and India. In fact, the brand is targeting to become a billion-dollar business in India alone, as U.S. Polo Assn. is an international power brand and the top-selling casual menswear brand in the country.

The brand’s footprint is a fast-growing presence across 190 countries, with over 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores and thousands of wholesale locations spanning department stores, sporting goods channels, and independent retailers, as well as e-commerce. U.S. Polo Assn. continues to climb the retail ranks as one of the largest global licensed sports brands in the world, ranking in the top five alongside the NFL, MLB, and NBA, according to License Global.

U.S. Polo Assn.’s strong execution has relied on a global focus regarding the brand’s worldwide store expansion. The brand has grown its global fleet to more than 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. stores, targeting over 1,500 in the next several years. For 2023, new stores and existing strategic stores around the world have been enhanced with a more elevated brand and sports concept, providing consumers with an authentic experience when engaging with the brand.

U.S. Polo Assn. also built on its successful digital strategies to generate record growth in e-commerce with some 50 brand sites in 20 languages in 2023. U.S. Polo Assn. continues to grow its digital presence and global momentum on social media, with some 8 million followers worldwide.

“Our global team and strategic partners around the world delivered another record financial performance in 2023 while also achieving many major milestones across our product lines and global expansion efforts,” noted J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPA Global. “We continue to execute our aggressive product, store, digital, and international growth strategies to further expand our global footprint in key cities and markets worldwide, while also increasing the overall interest in the sport of polo.”

Prince added, “Despite the many challenges over the past several years facing global retail, U.S. Polo Assn. was able to exceed our goal of $2 billion three years early and has set a target to hit $3 billion and 1,500 U.S. Polo Assn. stores in the near future.”

True to the heritage of the brand, U.S. Polo Assn. maintains a strong connection to the sport of polo. By signing a recent landmark multi-year global deal with ESPN, the thrilling sport now has exposure to a massive global audience, extending to many parts of the world with reach to millions of households and multiple digital channels. The sport’s iconic U.S. Open Polo Championship®, which is broadcast by ESPN, now sits alongside the elite company of The Masters and Kentucky Derby as one of the country’s most prestigious spring sporting events.

In addition, the USPA now owns the USPA National Polo Center (NPC), the sport’s premier destination in North America. The 2024 American High-Goal Polo Season has brought record crowds and sellout Sundays, with the best polo in the world from January-April. Nestled in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida, this outstanding venue spans 160 acres, encompassing multiple grass polo fields, fine dining, tennis courts, stadium seating, a swimming pool, and the NPC Retail Shop. Exciting updates to the world-class facility are slated for 2025.

“We continue to seek avenues and partnerships to expand into new global markets, as well as new and innovative areas of business. The combination of these factors, alongside our authentic connection to the sport of polo and outstanding global brand marketing, is the key to our global success,” Prince adds. “I am optimistic about the U.S. Polo Assn. global business maintaining its leadership position among its industry peers while gaining market share and our ability to reach over $3 billion in worldwide sales and 1,500 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores in the coming years.”

“Today, I am proud to say that our U.S. Polo Assn. global ecosystem is comprehensive of both the brand and the sport, with our $2.4 billion global sport-inspired brand, a global sports content platform with ESPN, and ownership of NPC, one of the sport’s most beautiful and prestigious venues,” concludes Prince.

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through more than 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast several of the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of sports fans globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing, and digital growth. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Modern Retail, and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world.

For more information, visit uspoloassnglobal.com and follow @uspoloassn.

USPA Global is a subsidiary of the USPA and manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPA Global also manages Global Polo TV, which provides sport and lifestyle content. For more sports content, visit globalpolo.com.

Contact Information

Stacey Kovalsky
VP Global PR and Communications

Kaela Drake
PR & Communications Specialist

SOURCE: USPA Global Licensing Inc.


SUBANG JAYA, The trendy outdoor ‘camping mode’ became Rapid KL’s concept in organising an iftar with 400 of its social media followers at the Putra Heights LRT station here which was turned into a ‘campsite’ for the fete.

Rapid Rail chief executive officer Amir Hamdan said the concept was to ensure that the participants get the best and most comfortable facilities such as toilets, prayer rooms and train facilities without having to crowd near the roads.

‘Like two years ago, we organised an iftar programme at Dataran Merdeka with an open-air concept, but as soon as we broke the fast, it started raining. So, for this year we decided to do it here besides providing convenience for the participants.

‘A total of 4,000 people registered to participate in the iftar programme but we only selected 400 people at random,’ he told Bernama during the joint iftar ceremony with Rapid KL, which was also attended by the division head of Prasarana Communications and Stakeholder Relations Department, Adli Abdul Karim.

An i
ftar participant, Nur Azlin Bahari, 24, said she and her friends were excited to break the fast together with this ‘camping concept’ after not seeing each other for a long time.

‘I got to know about this event from TikTok, so I invited friends who have not seen each other for a long time to join it,’ she said.

Fatin Suhailah, 24, said this was the first iftar programme she attended after the 21st of Ramadan.

‘Before this, I always followed the development and activities of Rapid KL on social media, and when I found out there was an iftar with this camping concept, I immediately invited my friends to register,’ she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Cambodia-ASEAN Business Summit Kicks off in Phnom Penh

The Cambodia-ASEAN Business Summit officially kicked off in Phnom Penh this morning under the presidency of Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The two-day event, organised by the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, ASEAN Business Advisory Council of Cambodia with the support of the Royal Government of Cambodia, especially the Ministry of Commerce in partnership with all international chambers and business associations in the Kingdom, attracted delegations from ASEAN member countries, most are key business leaders, policymakers and thought leaders.

Addressing the summit, Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister called on all the participants to pay attention to the ASEAN’s connectivity and technological innovations for the inclusive growth in the region.

The Cambodian Premier said that this event themed ‘Unleashing ASEAN’s Potential: Technology, Sustainability, and Inclusive Growth’ will be a catalyst for unlocking enormous potential of Cambodia and ASEAN.

Neak Oknha Kit M
eng, President of the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce said it is important for the private sector to further work with the respective governments in the region to further boost the bloc’s development.

‘Please join hands to further invest on digitalisation and other important catalyst to empower the bloc’s development in the right way,’ he underlined.

Neak Oknha Kit Meng said digital technology transformation is essential to unlock the economy through efficiency, productivity, and new ideas.

As such, he continued, further digitalisation is expected to boost the economy of ASEAN by US$1 trillion by the end of the decade.

Cambodia is at the centre of ASEAN, and is ready to become the strategic link for trade and collaboration within the ASEAN bloc, he stressed.

After the opening ceremony, at least three different panel discussions will be held with keynote addresses by Cambodian senior officials and experts, including, H.E. Sun Chanthol, Deputy Prime Minister and First Vice President of the Council for the De
velopment of Cambodia; H.E. Keo Rottanak, Minister of Mines and Energy; and H.E. Hem Vanndy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse