Tompkins Solutions Partners With Loko AI to Deliver Innovative Automation Technology to Logistics Operations Worldwide

Tompkins Solutions, a leading supply chain consulting and material handling integration firm, recently partnered with Loko AI, a pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) company. This strategic new partnership will help usher in a new era of AI automation technology to logistics operations worldwide. 

 

“We are immensely proud to be working side-by-side with Tompkins Solutions and their amazing leadership team to fill a huge gap and demand in the supply chain and logistics industry,” said Joseph Zaki, founder and CEO of Loko AI. 

 

Loko AI’s automation platform, “Caretaker,” offers a complete suite of AI software, dashboards and camera sensors that autonomously monitor, collect and report production metrics for large 3PL, distribution and fulfillment operations. The flexible system can be configured to monitor a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Worker optimization
  • Worker safety 
  • Space efficiency
  • Productivity 
  • Warehouse management software integration

 

“We are very excited to partner with Joseph and his team at Loko AI,” said David Latona, CEO of Tompkins Solutions. “This groundbreaking technology will help logistics operations across the world increase efficiency and productivity while creating a safer and more secure environment for their workforce.”

 

The market demand for Loko AI’s Caretaker is clear evidence that the industry is in the middle of an AI revolution. With their innovative solutions and combined decades of experience, Loko AI and Tompkins Solutions are uniquely positioned to fully unlock the possibilities of AI in the supply chain and logistics space.

 

Latona and Zaki will both be at Manifest 2023, January 31 to February 2 at the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. Zaki will also be participating in the panel, “Cyber Threats – Navigating Challenges We Face as an Ecosystem,” in room 208-210 at 2:35pm on Thursday, February 2.

Sue Grant, Founder of The Literacy Project, named one of “OC’s Most Influential of 2022” by The Orange County Register

Through Sue Grant’s leadership in 2022, The Literacy Project raised enough funding to scale to four additional states – New Mexico, Texas, Philadelphia and Washington – targeting thousands of other under resourced children in low-income families. The reading program is offered “free of charge” to students performing far below proficiency standards and at-risk of illiteracy.  Sue Grant collaborated with her team to successfully produce their first two in-person fundraisers since the pandemic and conduct several digital online fundraisers. All of the proceeds went directly to fund the #1 item on their wish list which is to bring the gift of literacy to additional school districts that have been identified in the “2022 OC Report of the Conditions of Children.” Additionally, Sue Grant led the charge to see The Literacy Project hire more exceptional talent to lead these reading programs. To date, the organization has helped over 10,500 children learn to read while promoting and supporting over 47,250 family members in pursuit of elevating family literacy.

To learn more about The Literacy Project or to get involved, please visit: https://www.literacyproj.org/ 

Connect with Sue Grant on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suegrantforliteracy

Products and pH: Why It Matters

By Original Sprout

In today’s world, it can be challenging to determine which skincare products are actually safe for our families and ourselves. With so much conflicting information out there, sorting through everything to find good ingredients is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. 

At Original Sprout, we understand the difficulties families can face when it comes to finding safe skincare products – so we have made it our mission to help customers identify the best skincare ingredients, as well as the ones to stay away from.  

One thing people are increasingly paying attention to is the pH balance in their skincare products. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, lower numbers indicating acidity, and higher numbers indicating alkalinity.  

Knowing the pH level of your skincare products can help you determine if they are suitable for your skin type and if they will be gentle enough for regular use. Not convinced? Here’s why pH levels matter – especially for your little ones.

OUR SKIN’S PH LEVELS PROTECT US 

When choosing a new skincare product, a basic knowledge of your skin’s pH balance can come in handy and help you pick a safe product. 

Our skin is naturally designed to protect us from bacteria and other pathogens. One of the ways it does this is by maintaining a slightly acidic pH balance, usually around 5.5. This acidic environment helps prevent bacteria from growing and multiplying on our skin, keeping us safe from infection and other skin problems.

The importance of maintaining a balanced pH on our skin cannot be overstated. Not only does it protect us from bacteria, but it also keeps our skin healthy and glowing by preventing dryness and irritation. That’s why it’s essential to use safe skincare products that are specifically formulated for your skin type so they don’t disrupt its natural pH balance.

When we ignore pH levels and use products with certain ingredients, we can weaken our skin’s natural defenses. Commonly-used skincare ingredients that can jeopardize your pH defenses include…

  • AHAs
  • Retinoic acid
  • BHAs

Unfortunately, many of the products that are used to treat acne can actually damage your skin’s pH levels, leading to further irritation and breakouts. To avoid this, opt for “pH-optimized” skincare products. These products are designed with your skin’s natural pH levels in mind, so they won’t disrupt the delicate balance of your skin and cause further damage. 

Does Your Skin’s pH Level Affect Your Acne Breakouts?

In many cases, yes. If your skin’s pH balance is off, it increases your chances of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema – especially when the pH level is too acidic.

Can Other Things Besides Skincare Affect Your pH Balance?

Your skin’s pH levels can be affected by a number of things outside of the products you use, including your genetics, age, diet, and environment’s humidity. 

What Happens When Your Skin’s pH Gets Too High?

If your skin’s pH is too high (alkaline), it increases the chances of dry and irritated skin. The lipid layer of the skin may be compromised, which can also result in an overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria (propionibacterium acne). 

CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND PH LEVELS 

Many parents are unaware that off-the-shelf soaps can be harmful to their young children’s skin. Many soaps contain harsh ingredients that can strip away the natural acid mantle of the skin and raise its pH levels, which can lead to a variety of skin issues. 

To ensure the safety of your children’s delicate skin, look for safe skincare products specifically designed for young children.

Infants and babies have particularly sensitive and delicate skin that is thinner than adult skin, making them more vulnerable to the harsh chemicals found in many skincare products. This is why it’s essential for parents to be aware of the pH levels of their baby’s skin and to select safe skincare products 

The ideal pH level for a baby’s skin should be higher than that of adults, as this will help protect their delicate skin from irritation and other potential harm.

Not only should you use a pH-balanced soap, but you should also use a safe moisturizer on babies and toddlers after bath time. By choosing safe and natural products, parents can ensure that their baby’s delicate skin stays healthy and protected.

To read the full article visit: https://originalsprout.com/blogs/news/products-and-ph-why-it-matters

MGOL – Boustead Client MGO Global Operator of The Messi Store Announces Closing of $8.625 Million Nasdaq IPO

Boustead Securities, LLC (“Boustead”) client MGO Global Inc., operator of The Messi Store (Nasdaq: MGOL,”MGO Global” or the “Company”), announces the closing of its initial public offering (the “Offering”) of 1,725,000 shares of common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their overallotment option to purchase 225,000 shares, at a price to the public of $5.00 per share. The aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering, including the overallotment, were $8,625,000, prior to deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and Offering expenses.

Boustead Securities, LLC, Sutter Securities, Inc. and Revere Securities, LLC acted as the underwriters for the Offering.

A registration statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-268484) relating to these securities was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and was declared effective on January 12, 2023. The Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the Offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

A copy of the final prospectus relating to the Offering may also be obtained from Boustead Securities, LLC by way of emailing requests to offerings@boustead1828.com; or by calling 1-949-502-4408; or by request by standard mail to Boustead Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Capital Markets, 6 Venture, Suite 395, Irvine, California 92618, USA.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

2023 Graziadio Executive Speaker Series

Join us for a seminar in which a variety of high-level executive guest speakers, across a range of industries, bring real-world and experiential learning to the virtual classroom environment. These one-hour sessions allow leaders to offer valuable insight into the current and future business challenges of decision-makers. They also discuss the key highlights to their professional success and provide an opportunity to build students’ and alumni networks. 

Upcoming events are listed below:

Sascha Doering (MBA ’05)
Head of Operations (North America)
Automobili Pininfarina

Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM PT
Location: Virtual
Register via website

 

René Bonvanie
Advisor to Startups & VCs and
CMO Emeritus of Palo Alto Networks

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM PT
Location: In-person | Wilburn Auditorium, Drescher
Register via website

 

Carmi Zlotnik
President of Television
Legendary Entertainment

Date: Friday, February 17
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM PT
Location: Virtual
Register via website

How Breaking A World Record Can Boost Your Marketing Campaign

By Guinness World Records North America, Inc

Most likely you know Guinness World Records because of their iconic book and have seen news or social media posts about impressive record-breaking feats from around the world. However, have you ever wondered what impact breaking a world record can have on a brand’s marketing strategy? 

Commercial brands can also use the power of record-breaking to propel their marketing strategies and increase their reach. A campaign can instantly gain global recognition by licensing the Guinness World Records logos and word mark for use across campaign assets before, during, and after the attempt.

Whether companies are looking for a unique way to launch a product, celebrate an anniversary, engage employees, or boost a marketing campaign there is basically a world record for each objective. Guinness World Records offers a wide array of record categories that can take place on-site or online, to reach local or global audiences.

The consultancy services division at Guinness World Records specializes on helping brands find the perfect record to meet their campaign objectives and are on hand to offer advice and creative ideas at each stage of their record-breaking journey.

Attempting and holding a Guinness World Records title can prove to be a powerful tool in communicating and certifying a company’s accomplishments. 

To see examples of world records by companies from around the world, here’s a brief round up with some of the most exciting commercial records of 2022:

 

Most laptops toppled in a domino fashion

On 13 May 2022, the impressive amount of 2,910 laptops were put together in a long, curvy line on the floor of Technology Recyclers’ headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA to break the Guinness World Records title for most laptops toppled in a domino fashion.

Technology Recyclers is a computer and electronics recycling company that decided to attempt this world record title as a fun way to highlight the importance of what they do.

 

Most couples eating a single piece of spaghetti simultaneously

Eating a shared piece of spaghetti as a pair, before the pasta breaks or leads the two participants lips to meet, is known as an ‘Italian Kiss’.

Upgrade Estate brought 433 couples together to break the record for the most couples eating a single piece of spaghetti simultaneously in Ghent, Belgium, on 13 May 2022.

The housing association creates and manages buildings for students, young professionals and mature growth businesses with a strong focus on connecting people.

 

Largest uncut emerald

The world’s largest uncut emerald, unearthed in Zambia, weighs in at an extraordinary 7,525 carats (1.505 kg / 3 lbs and 5.09 oz).

The emerald was first discovered by geologists Manas Banerjee and Richard Kapeta and their team in July 2021 at the Kagem mine located in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province.

The gigantic gem was named Chipembele, meaning “rhino” in the local indigenous dialect of the Bemba people of Zambia.

 

Largest macaroni and cheese

On 29 July 2022, Schreiber Foods Inc. achieved the Guinness World Records title for the largest macaroni and cheese with the help of their employees in Logan, Utah, USA.

The American food company cooked a super-sized macaroni and cheese weighing in at a whopping 2,151 kg (4,742 lb 2.29 oz), setting a new world record.

 

Fastest towed bicycle

Austrian athlete Elias Schwärzler pushed his mountain bike to the limit, breaking the record for the fastest towed bicycle by racking up a speed of 272.934 km/h (169.593 mph) in Schipkau, Germany on 22 May 2022.

The 26-year-old professional mountain biker and influencer regularly films stunts featuring the humble bicycle on his YouTube channel.

 

Is your company or organization ready to break a world record in 2023? Find out more about Guinness World Records here. https://gwr.co/3XGXgc8

Your Before-You-Kill-A-Campaign Checklist

You’ve done all your keyword research, kept abreast of emerging trends, and reviewed the analytics prior to launch. You have an established digital footprint and a strong online presence across multiple digital marketing channels. This advertising campaign should be driving targeted traffic to your website, but for some unknown reason, it isn’t.

With PPC advertising generating twice as much traffic as SEO, and with that PPC traffic 50% more likely to make a purchase than organic traffic, it behooves you to figure out exactly what’s wrong with your ad campaign. So how do you figure out what’s happening when a campaign just isn’t working? More importantly, at what point do you stop a marketing campaign and start over? Here is a ready-made list of things to check before you kill a campaign so you can decide when a marketing campaign is not working. Read the full article here to get the full list of tips:

What to Try Before You Kill a Campaign:

  • A/B testing: Surprisingly, less than 20% of digital marketing teams take the time to perform A/B testing. Don’t make this all-too-common mistake. Test keywords, images, headlines, offers, fonts, and your CTAs (calls to action) on the campaign itself and your landing page.
  • Review Analytics: Take your analysis a step further and check your landing page’s traffic, the icons visitors clicked on, your ad’s CTR (click-through rate), etc.
  • Verify Landing Page: Your landing page and ad’s content must be cohesive. An ad campaign with a high CTR – alongside a landing page with a high bounce rate and low conversion rate – means the content and ad don’t match.
  • Review Targeting Settings: Ensure your ad’s targeting settings address the proper age, gender, geographical location, and device type used by your audience.
  • Check Your Competitor’s Ads: Sometimes, the best way to change your PPC campaign is to see how the competition’s ads look and feel. 
  • Run a Search Query Report in Google Analytics:  Run a search query report. If specific keywords bring up your ads – but those keywords aren’t your focus – then add those to your negative keywords.
  • Create Local Landing Pages: Often, the best way to improve a PPC campaign’s performance is to personalize it. Consider making your landing pages more in tune with your local audience. 
  • Check Your Remarketing Strategy: If you’re running re-targeting or remarketing ads, then double-check all the content, links, and images.
  • Bring on an Expert: Outsource an expert advisor like those at Hawke Media to see if they can find something you missed. 

 

Use All the Tools at Your Disposal

Google Analytics provides multiple tools to determine precisely what’s working with your ads and what isn’t. Google Trends will help you stay up-to-date with recent news and events to keep keywords relevant and tuned into customer preferences.

Digital Advertising and Marketing Consultations from Hawke Media

Hawke Media is a full-service digital marketing and branding agency with a proactive, tech-savvy, and resourceful team of media marketing experts.

It all started in 2013….

Tim Ballard spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. However, in 2013, Ballard and a team of former government operatives left their careers because they wanted to do more to fight the trafficking and exploitation of children. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a nonprofit organization, was founded with a mission to rescue children from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

Since its inception, O.U.R. has gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Ops Team consists of former CIA, past and current law enforcement, and highly skilled operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. While International Operations utilizes a sustainable rescue model of direct intervention to bring freedom and healing to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, we also fight to protect children in our own backyard. We work closely with law enforcement by providing cutting-edge, specialized tools to expand and amplify their anti-human trafficking and exploitation efforts in the U.S.

We continue to go to the darkest places and progress is made everyday thanks to the help of local partners and generous supporters. Because of amazing donors, O.U.R.’s operations and aftercare efforts have led to the rescue of over 6,000 survivors and the arrest of over 5,000 predators. We have expanded into over 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states. While the fight to end human trafficking is huge, we’re optimistic. Together we can make a change. Join the fight today!  https://www.ourrescue.org/join-the-fight

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4 life-changing self-care ideas that don’t take time

By Petra N.

Self-care that doesn’t take any time? In fact, when you do these things, you can even get time back on your calendar. How? Self-care is not just about what we do, but also about what we don’t do.

In this post, we’re going to explore some ideas that you can use to care for your mind and sanity. Because mind care is self-care.

 

1. Saying “no”

Whether it’s FOMO or pleasing people, we frequently say “yes”, just to feel overwhelmed or rushed as we squeeze in one more thing. And we may feel guilty when we finally turn something down. Sound familiar?

Saying “no” is one of those superpowers that—when we do it mindfully—can invite calmness and tranquility into our lives. When we say “no” to something, we inevitably say “yes” to something else. Weighing our options based on not only what we’re saying “no” to, but also what it’s opening up space for, will make saying “no” easier.

If you’re familiar with ayurveda, an ancient natural medicine from India, you’ll appreciate this: our constant “rush and go” lifestyle vitiates vata dosha, the first-line and most common culprit in mental, emotional and physical imbalances. This can also push pitta dosha out of balance. In Western terms, our fast-paced lifestyle creates a stress response in our bodies.

Managing the hustle mindfully helps keep vata at bay. So, say “no” to recharge. Say “no” to relax your mind so creativity can flow through you. Say “no” to give yourself the space to focus and become more productive. And last but not least, say “no” to reset for a better mood.

 

2. Giving yourself permission

…to be perfectly imperfect. Striving for perfection is a pitta trait in ayurveda. We even use terms like “giving 110%” to something. I’ve written and talked about this issue before, so it’s no surprise that I love this article by University of Utah Health on the problem with our 110% culture.

Choosing wisely how you use your energy and becoming intentional in your actions are key to self-care that helps create sustainable, positive results for your body, mind and spirit.

As a reminder of my priorities, I like to give myself the 5-5-5 test: will this matter in 5 days? In 5 weeks? In 5 months? Or, you can even do 5 years. Because sometimes good enough is good enough and in the end, the extra 20% will not make a difference.

Along the same lines, ask yourself if a meeting is really needed or if the topic can be handled in an email. Or, are you even needed in the discussion?

On the flip side, see if Slack is really the best way to collaborate or if a call is more productive. And does it need to happen right now, distracting you from what you’re focused on, or can it wait?

The bottom line is this: you just can’t bring 110% to everything, every time. Pick your battles. Pick them wisely and intentionally. Give yourself permission to reclaim your calendar and time.

 

3. Laughing for self-care

You didn’t see this coming, did you? Haha. Laughter is the best medicine. It’s no joke that laughter relieves stress and tension, but did you know that it leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after and laughing 10-15 minutes a day can burn 40 calories? That’s the equivalent to losing 3-4 pounds a year.

Other benefits include strengthening your immune system, boosting your mood and even increasing your lifespan.

Laughter therapy is a thing. Laughing doesn’t require any time. You can literally do it at your desk, while cooking, in your car or in the shower. Anywhere, really.

 

4. Digital detox

I’ve written about why digital detox should become a part of our routine. Since writing the original post, the average screen time has reached 6 hours 58 minutes a day globally, with a nearly 50-minute per day increase since 2013. What’s even scarier is that 49% of 0-2-year olds use smartphones and gen Z spends 9 hours a day in front of a screen.

A little known fact is that taking good care of our sense organs is key to our health (and productivity). Too much screen time is a form of sense organ overuse, which can create imbalances in the body and mind, ultimately affecting our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Giving yourself the permission to turn off your phone, silence it, not respond to texts or calls right away is not only good for your health, but it also frees up time and space for you to just be and enjoy the moment.

Caring for your mind and senses is just as important as caring for your body. And as you can see, self-care doesn’t always mean carving out time for a massage or activity. It can be as simple as rewiring existing habits and activities in ways that put your wellbeing first.

 

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Built On Vision Launches Revolutionary Cloud-Based Construction Management Software Suite – BOV One

Built On Vision (https://builtonvision.com), is a cloud-based construction project management and controls software company based in California, serving clients worldwide. Their team delivers the only software integrating cost, revenue, scheduling and real-time comprehensive data analysis tools into a simple, easy to buy, and easy to use, application.. 

The construction industry and construction projects are consistently and constantly faced with bleeding budgets and missed deadlines; Built On Vision has developed software to mitigate these material challenges in the industry. The company’s mission is to support every phase of a project, from forecasting and scheduling to project execution. Its state-of-the-art forensics tools are commonly relied upon by industry experts in their evaluations, recommendations and testimony.

BOV One offers:

  • Powerful schedule analysis 
  • Advanced forensic tools highlighting setbacks & unseen opportunities that seek  to avoid and guard against litigation
  • Job forecasting including cost & revenue forecasts, allowing for precise project planning
  • Multi-language translation to support global projects

As the construction industry continues to grow, the need for next-generation SaaS-based project control solutions is at an all time high. Ensuring profit margins are maximized and project outcomes are successfully achieved, Built On Vision created software recognized for providing real-time insight into critical issues impacting construction projects  throughout their entire life cycle. Going beyond standard project management, BOV One employs industry leading project controls to reduce risk, thereby driving a higher return on capital intensive projects. 

“Using a powerful analytics software platform should be an integral part of each project as it can analyze, compute and highlight both efficiencies and inefficiencies in seconds,” said Michael Saddik, CEO of Built On Vision. The powerful tools we have developed are backed by engineering experts with decades of experience measuring, analyzing, and strategically improving performance to create software that eliminates human error and ensures success.”

Built On Vision software is currently deployed across multi-site construction projects across the United States, Canada and South America. In 2023, a funding round will be opened to support company growth and enhance Built On Vision’s product suite.

About Built On Vision

Established in 2015, Built On Vision is a cloud-based project portfolio management software, integrating data from scheduling software, traditional ERP and job costing systems providing project managers and other users instant access to deeper details on cost drivers and associations. This includes real time analyses of costs, project controls to minimize risk, cash flow, and forecast stability; remote collaboration; cost/revenue item association with scheduled activities; and much more. Hailed a “crystal ball for construction” by Constructech Magazine, Built On Vision provides services worldwide, is recognized as a Red Herring Top 100 Global Award Winner and IMPACT Award Winner for Best B2B App of the Year. For more information or a demo, please visit BuiltOnVision.com.