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Introducing the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art, the First Full-Frame F1.8 Zoom Lens for Mirrorless Camera Systems

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art lens. This is the world's first zoom lens with a constant F1.8 aperture for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. Available for Sony E-mount and L-Mount, this new wide-to-standard zoom spans several popular focal lengths from 28mm to 45mm, with image quality comparable to prime lenses. The SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art was developed as a full-frame successor to the SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art (for APS-C DSLR cameras), which in 2013 became the first lens in the world to achieve F1.8 throughout the entire zoom range. While offering the convenience of a zoom, this new lens does not compromise on optical performance. By effectively arranging 3 aspherical lens elements and 5 SLD glass elements, this lens suppresses various aberrations and achieves performance comparable to single focal length lenses, even surpassing the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art and SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, which have an established reputation for their optical quality. In particular, the 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art focuses on suppressing axial chromatic aberration, which is often noticeable in large-aperture lenses, to achieve images with minimal coloration on both the focus plane and bokeh, and to demonstrate high optical performance from open aperture. The minimum focusing distance is 30cm (11.8 inches) throughout the entire range, and the maximum magnification ratio of 1:4 is achieved at the 45mm focal length. Featuring internal zoom and HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) autofocus, and an optical design that minimizes focus breathing, the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art is well-suited for video work, including gimbal setups, thanks to its balanced design. The click/de-click switch and lockable aperture ring are designed to suit a variety of personal capture preferences, and the dust- and splash-resistant design also makes it suitable for shooting stills and video out in the elements. The SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art lens will be available for $1,349 through authorized retailers in the US in late June 2024. Learn more at the SIGMA America website: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/28-45mm-f1-8-dg-dn-a Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art The world's first* F1.8 full-frame mirrorless zoom. *as of June 2024 by SIGMA The world's first* full-frame, F1.8 maximum aperture zoom lens Excellent optical performance comparable to that of a prime lens High-speed AF and innovative features Supplied accessories: CASE, LENS HOOD LH878-06, FRONT CAP LCF-82 III, REAR CAP LCR Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: June 20, 2024 * Product appearance and specifications are subject to change. * This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA2845mmF18Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtZoom #SIGMADGDN The SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art is the world's first full-frame zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F1.8, delivering sharpness and clarity comparable to that of a prime lens. Already the pioneer of unique, large-aperture zoom lenses including the SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA introduces another fast, portable and versatile tool to its Art lineup. In addition to its unprecedented brightness, the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art delivers sharpness and clarity comparable to that of a prime lens throughout its entire zoom range. Also equipped with fast and precise AF and superior operability, this innovative optic turns a new page in the history of zoom lenses and their creative possibilities. It is a lens that will inspire full-frame filmmakers, while bringing unparalleled versatility to stills photographers. * As of June 2024 by SIGMA [Key Features] 1. The world's first* full-frame, F1.8 maximum aperture zoom lens SIGMA has successfully developed the world's first full-frame zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8. The SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art incorporates an inner zoom mechanism, a minimum focusing distance of 30cm across the entire zoom range, and a filter size of φ82mm. Despite its advanced feature-set, the lens weighs less than 1kg, making it a portable and versatile option for either hand-held shooting or a gimbal setup. Constant maximum aperture of F1.8 Once a privilege reserved only for prime lenses, the maximum F1.8 aperture allows full-frame camera users to expose hand-held in low light and produce beautiful bokeh, while enjoying the flexibility of a zoom. This unique optical achievement has been created through SIGMA's accumulated optical design experience and advanced production technology at the company's sole production base in Aizu, Japan. Practical and stable inner zoom Employing an inner zoom mechanism, the overall length of the lens remains constant when the focal length or focus distance changes. This means the lens is easy to use when shooting hand-held, highly stable when mounted on a tripod or gimbal, and more resistant to dust and water contamination. Consistent close focus The minimum focusing distance is a constant 30cm across the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4 at the telephoto end, providing excellent close-up shooting capabilities. As well as offering precise focus in confined spaces, the lens can therefore be used close to a subject without affecting sharpness when using the zoom. Premium build at a lighter weight By rights, such a fast zoom should be big and heavy, but while the lens's rigidity and durability protect its sophisticated optical design, this is achieved at a weight of less than 1kg. What's more, this reliable photographic tool uses a versatile filter size of φ82mm, meaning no compromise in portability or convenience. 2. Excellent optical performance comparable to that of a prime lens With each optical aberration meticulously corrected throughout the zoom range, the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art rivals prime lenses for clarity and definition. Thanks to its advanced coatings, the lens produces clear images, even in backlit environments, while focus breathing is thoroughly suppressed, bringing expressive power to filmmakers and photographers. The pinnacle of optical quality in a zoom Through the effective arrangement of 5 SLD elements and 3 aspherical elements, aberrations are rigorously corrected. Axial chromatic aberration, which is particularly noticeable with large-aperture lenses, has been thoroughly suppressed, and the lens delivers clear images with minimal coloration, from sharply focused details to large, smooth bokeh. Suppression of focus breathing When using regular lenses, the angle-of-view can change as focus moves from near to far, affecting precise composition. With the SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art this focus breathing is suppressed, enabling natural focus pulls when shooting video. Minimal flare and ghosting Flare and ghosting, which reduce image quality, have been largely eliminated using advanced simulation technology, ensuring the lens renders rich, high-contrast results in all conditions. In addition, in order to keep flare and ghosting to a minimum, the lens uses SIGMA's Nano Porous Coating and Super Multi-Layer Coating, producing superior resistance to backlighting and enabling clear, saturated images in all lighting conditions. 3. High-speed AF speed and innovative features The SIGMA 28-45mm F1.8 DG DN | Art delivers a range of professional features as impressive as its outstanding optical performance. With high-speed and adaptable AF, a durable weather-resistant structure, a de-clickable aperture ring, smooth manual focusing and on-barrel AFL buttons, all features combine to create a versatile photographic tool capable of responding to any situation. Faster focus with a linear motor The lens's AF mechanism uses an HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) to combine accelerated focusing speed with exquisite precision. And because the motor is near-silent it allows video recording without noise. Precise and comfortable manual focusing To deliver delicate and accurate manual focus, the lens employs a bi-wire driven focus ring with optimum torque setting, high resolution and an adjustable rotation angle between 90° and 720°*. This allows filmmakers to pull focus with organic smoothness, and photographers to focus manually with outstanding accuracy. * Only for L-Mount, and with compatible cameras. Aperture ring refinements The lens is equipped with an aperture ring as well as an aperture ring click switch and an aperture ring lock switch, allowing for aperture operation suitable for various shooting situations. Equipped with two AFL buttons Located on the side and on top of the barrel, two customizable* AFL buttons can be easily reached in either horizontal or vertical shooting positions. * Assignment of functions is limited to supported cameras and assignable functions vary depending on the camera. Built to withstand the elements In addition to a dust- and splash-resistant body*, the frontmost surface of the lens is coated with a water- and oil-repellent coating so that it can be used safely even in harsh outdoor environments. * The product is designed to be dust- and splash-resistant but is not waterproof. When using the lens near water, etc., take care not to allow large amounts of water to splash on it. If water gets inside the lens, it may cause a major malfunction and render the lens unrepairable. Includes locking petal-type hood A petal-type hood is included to shield the lens from light. It has a locking mechanism for secure attachment and can be reversed for easier storage. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups (5 SLD, 3 aspherical elements) Inner zoom Inner focus system High-speed AF HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Only cameras that are compatible with the function are allowed to use this function. Also, the items that can be corrected may vary depending on the camera, or automatic correction may be performed. * On a camera that allows selecting ON/OFF for lens aberration correction, set the various aberration corrections to ON (AUTO) from the camera menu. Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Nano Porous Coating Super Multi-Layer Coating Water- and Oil-Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button (2 locations) * Assignment of functions is limited to supported cameras and assignable functions vary depending on the camera. Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-mount only) * Only cameras that are compatible with the system are allowed to use the system. Dust- and Splash-Resistant Structure * The product is designed to be dust- and splash-resistant but is not waterproof. Take care not to allow large amounts of water to splash on the lens. If water gets inside the lens, it may cause a major malfunction and render the lens unrepairable. Petal-type hood with lock LH878-06 Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship [ Key Specifications ] The following specifications are for L-Mount. Lens Construction: 18 elements in 15 groups (5 SLD, 3 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 75.4 - 51.3° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 30cm / 11.9 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4 at 45mm Filter size: 82mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 87.8 x 151.4mm / 3.5 x 6.0 in. Weight: 960g / 33.9 oz. [ Product Barcode ] Product Name Barcode L-Mount: 0085126 612696 Sony E-mount: 0085126 612658 [ Accessories: Supplied ] LENS HOOD LH878-06: 0085126 941444 FRONT CAP LCF-82 III: 0085126 930028 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126 929879 [ Accessories: Optional ] SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 931834 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 930974 SIGMA PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 931100 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 82mm: 0085126 930714 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 82mm: 0085126 930844 [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ SIGMA Global Network: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/corporate/world-network/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/a024_28_45_18/ [ About SIGMA Corporation ] Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with dozens of award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. For more information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog. Follow SIGMA America (Photo): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Follow SIGMA Ameica (Cine): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Contact Details SIGMA Corporation of America Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 sigma.pr@sigmaphoto.com SDDPR Stacey Doss stacey@sddpr.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

June 03, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Just in Time for Father’s Day

SR Portables

Sunpower Renewables Pty. Ltd., just launching in the United States, just in time for Father’s Day. This Australian renewable energy solutions company has developed modern, efficient, and smart solar energy products that allow customers to achieve energy independence while being cost effective, long lasting, and environmentally friendly. These ‘Australian Made’ products, with cutting-edge technology, are designed for industrial, commercial, residential, and off-grid applications. “We are so excited to have our solar powered generators available in the United States, these items are created to empower every consumer to generate, store and use solar energy anytime, anywhere,” said Rahul Kale, founder of Sunpower Renewables. “These state-of-the-art, simple-to-use, and light-weight portable solutions have proven to be more sustainable & viable, both commercially and technically, than traditional solar and renewable alternatives.” SR Portables renewable energy generation and storage devices, ranging from hand-held to grid connected products, allow users to generate and store energy (from the grid, solar or external generators) and then intelligently release it to appliances based on user-programmed preferences to reduce the total electricity costs for the user. “From camping and powering homes to defense and humanitarian aid, these solar powered generators are your one-stop-shop for replacing portable diesel generators and home inverters,” said Kale. Sunpower Renewables are an all-in-one solution, fully integrating all the different components of the solar plant with additional features like an in-built Inverter, MPPT charge controller, a pure sine wave UPS, a reversible net meter and an in-built Li-Ion battery pack for energy storage. Integrating all these components into a single, compact, portable, plug and play product, which offers energy storage is a game changer for the renewable energy industry. Available on AMAZON, starting at $289. ### About Sunpower Renewables Pty. Ltd., Our core team of world-renowned energy experts recognized glaring gaps in the restrictive use of renewable energy across the globe. What began as a journey to implement existing options within the renewable energy ecosystem became the genesis for a revolutionary, new-age, sustainable concept. Inspired by the Latin phrase ‘avia pervia’ we set upon simplifying solar energy to make it easily available and usable to everyone. Our main objective was to provide energy independence to customers through accessible & easy-to-use renewable energy solutions with efficient energy storage for continuous power supply even during peak consumption. Contact Details absolute R relations Colleen Mathis colleen@absoluteRrelations.com Company Website https://srportables.com/

May 30, 2024 07:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Halving of BTFS Storage Rewards

BitTorrent

Singapore, May 28, 2024 – To sustain the growth and success of the BitTorrent ecosystem, BTFS is set to implement a halving on the next round of rewards for storage miners on the BTFS network. From 00:00 (UTC) June 25, 2024, the daily rewards for storage miners on the BTFS network will be halved from 15 billion BTT to 7.5 billion BTT. The BitTorrent File System (BTFS) is a decentralized file storage system that utilizes blockchain technology and peer-to-peer transmission. It allows users to store their files across multiple nodes in a distributed manner, enhancing file security and reliability. BTFS also offers rapid file transfer and access, giving users greater convenience in managing and sharing files. By integrating key features of the BitTorrent Chain (BTTC), such as cross-chain connectivity and multichannel payment options, BTFS significantly enhances user experience. Currently, the BTFS network is experiencing rapid growth with over 8 million nodes across the network, including more than 6 million super miners, according to BTFS SCAN. To support the efficient operations of these nodes, BTFS initiated a rewards program and has provided an aggregate of 25 trillion BTT since the launch of BTFS Mainnet in 2019. Every two years, the BTFS rewards halving will occur causing the rewards for all storage miners across the network to be cut in half. (Halving roadmap) Moreover, halving will also prompt miners to improve node performance by optimizing node operation and reducing waste. In addition, an upgrade of the official website for the BTFS technical community and the release of BTFS v3.0 Mainnet will be scheduled in sync with the halving. These developments are expected to improve the efficiency of the BTFS protocol, expand the user base, and enhance its overall functionality. Looking ahead, BTFS is committed to continuously refining its storage rewards strategies. The goal is to expand the network of nodes participating in file storage on BTFS, providing developers with an efficient, secure, and reliable storage solution boosting both the capacity and the transaction efficiency of the BTTC network. About BTFS The BitTorrent File System (BTFS) is both a protocol and a web application that provides a content-addressable peer-to-peer mechanism for storing and sharing digital content in a decentralized file system, as well as a base platform for decentralized applications (Dapp). The BTFS team has been working on the latest network operations and BTT market sentiment, etc., to make a series of dynamic adjustments such as upload prices and airdrop reward schemes. About BitTorrent Founded with a leading peer-to-peer sharing technology standard in 2004, BitTorrent, Inc. is a consumer software company based in San Francisco. Its protocol is the largest decentralized P2P network in the world, driving 22% of upstream and 3% of downstream traffic globally. Its flagship desktop and mobile products, BitTorrent and µTorrent, enable users to send large files over the internet, connecting legitimate third-party content providers with users. With over 100 million active users, BitTorrent products have been installed on over 1 billion devices in over 138 countries worldwide. Since November 2018, TRON (TRX), Binance (BNB), and Bitcoin (BTC) holders have the opportunity to purchase one-year subscriptions of BitTorrent or µTorrent products, including Ads Free and Pro for Windows. Pro includes anti-virus and anti-malware screening, file converting and playability in HD. Users can visit bittorrent.com or utorrent.com to learn more. Website | Telegram | Medium | X | Media Contact John Chen press@bittorrent.com Contact Details John Chen press@bittorrent.com

May 28, 2024 07:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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DB Schenker Americas Earns IATA Lithium Battery Transport Certification

DB Schenker

DB Schenker, a global leader in logistics and supply chain solutions, is proud to announce the successful acquisition of the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Lithium Batteries Certification for its United States airfreight operations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This significant achievement underscores DB Schenker's commitment to setting the standard for safely and efficiently handling lithium battery shipments, a critical component in today’s technology-driven market. John McDonald, EVP of Americas for Airfreight, DB Schenker, said, “The CEIV Lithium Batteries program, crafted by IATA, is an industry-recognized certification that represents a company's ability to meet the stringent guidelines and standards for the logistics of lithium batteries. The certification confirms DB Schenker's proficiency in the safe transport of these items, which are essential for powering a vast array of devices and systems essential to modern life and commerce.” DB Schenker embarked on a rigorous certification journey marked by a series of in-depth training sessions, self-assessments, and meticulous documentation reviews. Barbara England, Sr. Director of Operations for Airfreight, DB Schenker, said, “The process began with comprehensive training, where Air Export Operations personnel and Air Product Management teams completed the IATA Lithium Battery Logistics Safety Management Certification Program. Following this, DB Schenker conducted a thorough self-assessment to ensure alignment with IATA’s exacting standards.” Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said, "Congratulations to DB Schenker for achieving CEIV Lithium Batteries Certification for their operations in the United States. This accomplishment underscores the company's unwavering commitment to excellence in logistics within the rapidly growing sector. DB Schenker’s dedication to the safe handling of shipments is something their customers will undoubtedly value. Furthermore, the industry stands to benefit from the quality benchmark that they are helping to establish.” The assessment phase took place at DB Schenker's facility in Franklin Park, IL, where an IATA assessor meticulously evaluated the company's operations, processes, and adherence to the CEIV Lithium Batteries audit checklist. This checklist, featuring over 200-line items, required DB Schenker to demonstrate the highest level of precision and commitment to safety standards. Upon completion of the assessment, the findings underwent a rigorous validation process by IATA, culminating in the certification being awarded on January 29, 2024, with the notable distinction of zero non-conformities – a testament to DB Schenker's diligent preparation and dedication to excellence. The implications of receiving the CEIV Lithium Batteries certification are far-reaching for DB Schenker. This certification is not only a validation of DB Schenker’s unwavering dedication to safety and quality but also positions the company to meet the surging demand for the transportation of lithium battery products. Clients and partners can now have even greater confidence in DB Schenker’s capabilities to handle their shipments with the utmost care and expertise. Looking to the future, DB Schenker views this certification as a cornerstone of its ongoing strategy to expand its specialty in transporting dangerous goods. The company is already planning to extend the CEIV Lithium certification to additional global sites and is confident in pursuing further certifications for other dangerous goods, irrespective of the mode of transport. This certification aligns with DB Schenker's strategic vision to lead the logistics industry in safety, efficiency, and reliability. With the growing reliance on lithium batteries across multiple sectors, DB Schenker is well-prepared to support its customers with the highest level of service. The CEIV Lithium Batteries certification is valid for two years, during which DB Schenker will engage in continuous improvement and compliance to maintain this status. Refresher training for key personnel will be conducted, and new assessments will ensure ongoing adherence to the rigorous standards set forth by IATA. ### About DB Schenker Americas DB Schenker is one of the largest Integrated Logistics Service Providers in the Americas, with more than 10,000 employees in 123 locations providing over 27 million sq. ft. of distribution operations to its clients. DB Schenker's Americas presence includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States, and Venezuela. DB Schenker offers land transport and air and ocean freight, as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management services from a single source. With integrated partners across the Americas, DB Schenker provides the best combination of intimate local practices, knowledge, and global capabilities. About DB Schenker With around 72,700 employees at more than 1,850 locations in over 130 countries, DB Schenker is one of the world's leading logistics service providers. The company operates land, air, and ocean transportation services, and it also offers comprehensive logistics and global supply chain management solutions from a single source. Aiming for a sustainable future of the logistics industry, DB Schenker continuously invests in innovative transport solutions, renewable energies, and low-emission products for its customers. Contact Details Nicholas Leighton +1 949-478-5880 nick.leighton@nettresultsLLC.com Company Website https://www.dbschenker.com

May 23, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ToolsGroup Exhibiting and Franke Speaking at Gartner® Supply Chain Symposium/XPO™, June 10-12, in Barcelona

ToolsGroup

ToolsGroup, a global leader in retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, is thrilled to announce its participation at the upcoming Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2024 in Barcelona, Spain, June 10-12. The event will feature a presentation by one of ToolsGroup’s valued customers, Franke, an industry leader in home solutions, food service systems and coffee equipment, scheduled for June 11. During this session, Franke will provide insights from their digital supply chain transformation journey, showcasing how they optimized the performance of their complex manufacturing and distribution ecosystem using ToolsGroup's AI-powered S&OP solution, driven by its flagship tool, Service Optimizer 99+ (SO99+). Franke wanted to enhance demand planning efficiency through a synchronized and integrated process, reduce manual workload to focus on value-added activities, and improve collaboration. From advanced forecasting and robust S&OP processes, Franke implemented ToolsGroup's AI-powered solution to support end-to-end planning, increase efficiency and enhance visibility. "ToolsGroup's advanced tools are instrumental in supporting our S&OP process, providing integrated synchronization and full cross-functional transparency. This enables us to improve demand and supply planning, enhance collaboration, and achieve end-to-end data visibility, empowering us to run multi-scenario planning with confidence," said Alberto Nisoli, Global Head of Supply Chain Platform at Franke. "Franke exemplifies all the keys to success for a digital supply chain transformation project,” remarked ToolsGroup CMO and EVP of Growth, Kevin Young. “They set clear objectives for the initiative and began their journey by implementing SO99+ to optimize supply chain performance and deliver immediate value. The value was extended by digitalizing their S&OP processes to achieve cross functional transparency and synchronization of demand and supply across the organization. We are proud to partner with Franke and to play a part in the tremendous results they are planning to achieve.” ToolsGroup was recently recognized in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Supply Chain Planning Solutions. We believe this recognition underscores our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that empower businesses to optimize their supply chains effectively. A complimentary copy of the Gartner report is available here. Interested in learning more about ToolsGroup’s solutions? Schedule a meeting here and stop by kiosk #400. About Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™ Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo conference delivers must-have insights, strategies and frameworks for chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) and supply chain leaders to think big and drive real impact within their organizations. Dive into supply chain strategy and tech at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™ 2024 conference in Barcelona, Spain. For more information visit: https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/emea/supply-chain-spain Gartner Disclaimer: GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner and Magic Quadrant, Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo and Peer Insights are a registered trademark, of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Franke Franke Group is a leading global supplier of products and services for residential kitchens, the foodservice and convenience store segments, as well as the professional coffee making industry. With more than 60 companies, it is represented on five continents. Its over 8,000 employees are constantly striving to develop innovative, adaptable solutions to meet business partners’ and consumers’ current and future needs. The products and services of the three divisions enable partners to keep pace with developments in a rapidly changing world. Franke combines cutting-edge technology, functional aesthetics and integrated services to deliver efficient, smart and sustainable solutions. It creates kitchen worlds and coffee making systems that fit flexibly into the living spaces of today and tomorrow. About ToolsGroup ToolsGroup’s innovative AI-powered solutions enable retailers, distributors and manufacturers to navigate through supply chain uncertainty. Our retail and supply chain planning suites empower a new level of intelligent decision-making and unlock powerful business improvements in forecast accuracy, service levels and inventory – delighting customers and achieving financial and sustainability KPIs.. Stay in touch with ToolsGroup on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, or visit www.toolsgroup.com. Contact Details Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 mkahtan@rcn.com Company Website https://www.toolsgroup.com

May 21, 2024 10:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ToolsGroup Named Leader in Demand Forecasting and Supply Chain Management Software in 2024 Customer Success Report

ToolsGroup

ToolsGroup, a global leader in retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, is proud to announce its recognition as a “Market Leader” in the Spring 2024 Demand Forecasting Software Customer Success Report, published by FeaturedCustomers. This acknowledgment underscores ToolsGroup's commitment to delivering exceptional solutions and customer satisfaction in supply chain solutions. Kevin Young, CMO and Chief Growth Officer at ToolsGroup expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "We're thrilled to be recognized once again by FeaturedCustomers as a market leader in Demand Forecasting for 2024 and being further awarded Supply Chain Management Software Leader status. At ToolsGroup, we are dedicated to helping companies optimize their supply chain performance to meet or exceed their strategic objectives and business goals. It is very gratifying to be acknowledged based on the opinions of our customers." In this latest report, ToolsGroup was given the highest rated “Market Leader” award in recognition of having the top ratio of customer reference content, Demand Forecasting content score and social media presence and ratings. This recognition is in addition to the following FeaturedCustomers awards in 2024: · Customer Excellence Award | 2024 · Top Rated Software Award | 2024 · Customers Love Us Award | 2024 · Hot 100 Vendor Award | 2024 · Top 1000 B2B Software | 2024 FeaturedCustomers Customer Success report is based on over 1,600 pieces of verified customer reference content. A vendor’s overall customer success score is reached via a weighted average of their Content, Market Presence, and Company Scores. Of the vendors listed in the FeaturedCustomers’ Demand Forecasting Software category, only 16 met the minimum requirements needed to be considered for the customer success report. Additional Resources: The full report, along with ToolsGroup’s profile, is available for you to download here. See ToolsGroup’s listing on FeaturedCustomers here. Find out why customers are rating ToolsGroup so highly at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium in Barcelona, Spain June 10-12. Experience the latest AI-based solutions at Kiosk #400. Book a meeting with our experts today! About ToolsGroup ToolsGroup’s innovative AI-powered solutions enable retailers, distributors and manufacturers to navigate through supply chain uncertainty. Our retail and supply chain planning suites empower a new level of intelligent decision-making and unlock powerful business improvements in forecast accuracy, service levels and inventory – delighting customers and achieving financial and sustainability KPIs.. Stay in touch with ToolsGroup on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, or visit www.toolsgroup.com. Contact Details Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 mkahtan@rcn.com Company Website https://www.toolsgroup.com

May 15, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Apple Rush Company, Inc.

Apple Rush Company, Inc. (Otcpink:APRU), a leading player in the functional beverage industry, proudly announces it has cleared up final details of brand ownership with Bob Corr and Corr Brands, Inc. Tony Torgerud, CEO of Apple Rush, has negotiated a historical closing on the rights and trademarks of Corr Brands, Inc. In the transaction, Bob Corr has agreed to transfer the rights of the Corr Brands, Inc. trademarks and to forgo any royalties from previous agreements to give Tony and Apple Rush the best opportunity to succeed moving forward. Tony Torgerud said, “I have been negotiating for a year with Bob and he finally felt it was time to work out an agreement that would benefit everyone. Over the next couple months, all the required paperwork will be filed for transference and updates on all intellectual property held by Corr Brands, Inc. Not having to pay royalties will add thousands to the bottom line.” This agreement solidifies the future of the “Rush” family of brands that have been in the market since 1972. Bob Corr stated, “I want to see Apple Rush succeed and I feel the timing is right to get this deal done. I retired a long time ago and it is now time to write the next chapters of this story and with Apple Rush having its own production capabilities and its own tunnel pasteurizer, it is an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted. I have given up hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties, licensing fees and shares to enhance shareholder value.” With our pilot production abilities, we hope to do some reformulations to introduce a 2024 version of Ginseng Rush and the relaunch of the original Apple Rush flavor line. Apple Rush has held a license for 13 states and International distribution for the last 8 years and now owns the IP without paying the $5,000 per state license, another bottom line gain for all of our stockholders. About The Apple Rush Company, Inc. The Apple Rush Company, Inc., through its subsidiary APRU, LLC, is a distributor of CPG products under the trademarked Apple Rush brand, Element brand and other labels. The Apple Rush brand has more than 50 years of existence in the natural beverage industry. As a historical leader in the organic and natural beverage sector our goal is to now become a leader in the distribution of anhydrous hemp oil products nationwide. For more information, please go to www.aprubrands.com, www.element-brands.com, elementk.kratomwave.store www.alkhemicalroots.com with our expanded product portfolio. Safe Harbor Act: Forward-Looking Statements are included within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, products and services, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations including words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "could," "should," "will," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements and involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements. We are under no obligation to (and expressly disclaim any such obligation to) update or alter forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contact Details Apple Rush Company, Inc. Tony Torgerud +1 888-741-3777 dtorgerud@aprullc.com Company Website http://www.aprubrands.com

May 14, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fliphead: Redefining Fashion with Upcycled Garments and Couture

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In a fashion landscape increasingly defined by sustainability and conscious consumption, one brand stands out for its innovative approach to upcycling and eco-conscious couture. Fliphead, an Indian-based fashion label founded by two designers, Saumya from India and Mihkel from Estonia, is making waves in the industry with its transformative philosophy and commitment to reducing waste. Fliphead's journey began with a simple yet powerful idea: to reimagine fashion by giving new life to discarded materials. Through meticulous craftsmanship and a keen eye for design, Saumya and Mihkel have turned this vision into a reality, creating stunning garments that are both stylish and sustainable. At the heart of Fliphead's ethos is the concept of upcycling – the process of repurposing old or unused materials into new, high-quality products. By utilizing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, Fliphead not only minimizes its environmental impact but also adds a unique and eclectic flair to its collections. One of Fliphead's flagship offerings is its range of festival clothes, which are designed to capture the vibrant spirit of India's diverse cultural celebrations. From colorful saris transformed into flowy dresses to intricately embroidered jackets crafted from vintage textiles, each piece tells a story of creativity and craftsmanship. In addition to its ready-to-wear collections, Fliphead also offers a couture service that is truly one-of-a-kind. Catering to clients who crave individuality and sustainability, the brand's couture pieces are made exclusively from upcycled materials, ensuring that each garment is as eco-conscious as it is luxurious. What sets Fliphead apart from other fashion labels is its unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. From sourcing materials locally to partnering with artisans who share their values, Saumya and Mihkel are dedicated to creating a positive impact on both the environment and the communities they serve. As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental and social implications of their purchasing decisions, brands like Fliphead are leading the way towards a more sustainable future for fashion. With their innovative approach and dedication to upcycling, Saumya and Mihkel are not just changing the way we think about clothes – they're changing the industry itself. Contact Details Alex +1 302-597-6768 Apexreviews154@gmail.com Company Website https://fliphead.com/

May 13, 2024 04:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Upcoming SHARE Series Events

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SHARE Series will feature two events on Thursday, May 16th. At 2pm EST hear from Mary Winn Pilkington, SVP Investor Relations and Public Relations for Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO). At 2:30pm EST hear from Quentin Vennie, Co-Founder and CEO of Equitea. Both presentations will be webcast live on the SHARE platform. Interested viewers can register and attend for free at the Share Series website. Archived replays will be available for approximately 90 days following the events. About The Equitea Co. Equitea is dedicated to expanding pathways to wellness by creating better-for-you products at the intersection of access and self-care. Motivated by personal experiences with mental health and ADHD, Founder Quentin Vennie and his wife created Equitea to fill a void within the broader tea landscape. Together with co-owner Gwyneth Paltrow, they developed better-for-you, low calorie, low sugar iced teas that are both familiar and functional. Learn more about their products and story at equitea.com. About Tractor Supply Company For more than 85 years, Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO) has been passionate about serving the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers, homeowners, gardeners, pet enthusiasts and all those who enjoy living Life Out Here. Tractor Supply is the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the U.S., ranking 291 on the Fortune 500. The Company’s more than 50,000 Team Members are known for delivering legendary service and helping customers pursue their passions, whether that means being closer to the land, taking care of animals or living a hands-on, DIY lifestyle. In store and online, Tractor Supply provides what customers need – anytime, anywhere, any way they choose at the low prices they deserve. For more information on Tractor Supply, visit www.tractorsupply.com. About SHARE Series SHARE offers management teams a unique opportunity to tell their investment story to their growing retail shareholder base through a digital platform and expanded distribution network. SHARE is the only event that reaches 100% of the investment community, with a focus on investors who manage <$100M and do not file 13f ownership reports. This group includes family wealth offices, small hedge funds, regional investments advisors, and high net worth individuals, in addition to individual investors. Contact Details SHARE Series Dan Aldridge +1 404-740-0638 dan@shareconferenceseries.com Company Website https://share-series.open-exchange.net

May 13, 2024 01:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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