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 8x8 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.

Lawyer Files Complaint against National Police Chief

BANGKOK, Well-known laywer Sittha Biabungkerd on Monday filed a complaint against national police chief Pol. Gen. Torsak Sukvimol and his wife on charges of money laundering. Sittha, the secretary-general of the Foundation of People's Lawyer filed a report with the Taopoon police station against Pol. Gen. Torsak and his wife along with two alleged mule account owners on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money and presented evidence to proceed with the case. The lawyer also revealed that he will continue to pursue the case to its conclusion and will introduce new evidence if available. He will also monitor the investigation to ensure it is conducted properly. If investigators neglect their duties, they will also face legal action for their failure. He said there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the national police chief is indeed involved in this case. Furthermore, Sittha questioned why Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin remains silent on this. If this were a leader of a foreign gov ernment, an investigative committee would be established to examine the high-ranking officials of that country. However, so far, there has been no action. At present, only the opposition has contacted and shown interest in the issue, as they recognize the genuine concerns of the public. This issue is considered significant as it is seen as a corruption scandal that has serious implications for the nation. The lawyer stated that he will continue to investigate the financial transactions of the national police chief and his relatives, especially donations made to various temples. It has been reported that donations have been made to another 2-3 temples, which are currently under investigation due to irregularities in transactions, similar to those exposed in a temple in Nonthaburi Province previously. Additionally, financial transactions providing monthly allowances to family members and police officers involved in arrests and crackdowns on wrongdoers have been discovered. Sittha concluded by admitting that he fears for his safety, as there is currently no one looking out for his security. Only opposition leaders have shown concern for his well-being during this time. He stated that he must take care of himself first. He ruled out requesting police protection because the more police are involved, the more fearful he becomes. Source: Thai News Agency

Thai stocks closed down 0.02 points.

Bangkok, SET closed today at 1,379.46 points, down 0.02 points (0.00%), trading value 38,240.09 million baht. SET closed today at 1,379.46 points, down 0.02 points (0.00%), trading value 38,240.09 million baht. Analysts Indicating that the Thai stock market is swinging sideways today, lacking new factors to support it, with pressure from 2 groups of sellers, namely the retail group, concerned about high competition. and the bank group from next week's expectation MPC cuts interest rates But there are still stocks in the energy group that are positive, receiving high oil prices, helping to support the market somewhat. Tomorrow's trend expects the market to swing sideways. Waiting to follow US employment numbers. and Thai inflation this Friday By giving a support frame of 1,373 points and a resistance level of 1,385 points. Source: Thai News Agency

The Criminal Court approves the issuance of an arrest warrant for “Big Joke” because there is evidence to believe he committed a crime.

Bangkok, The Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for 'Big Joke' because there is evidence to believe he committed a crime. Clearly stating that the case is under the jurisdiction of the criminal court At the Criminal Court, Ratchadaphisek Road, Pol. Maj. Gen. Tinnakorn Rangmat, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, investigating officer at the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Came to submit a request for an arrest warrant Pol. Gen. Surachet Hakphan, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police in the offense of conspiracy to commit money laundering and were officers working together to launder money According to the conspiracy according to the Anti-Money Laundering Act 1999, Sections 5, 9, 10 The request for an arrest warrant states that from the investigation into the money line connected to the case at Tao Poon Police Station, the request for approval of the arrest warrant was previously made. Gambling website case no. 4543-4547/2566 of the Criminal Court Later, some of the accused were arre sted. And there is Mrs. Pim (pseudonym) who is the manager of the BNK Master website. Previously, there was an application for an arrest warrant issued on March 12, 2024, which the court allowed to issue an arrest warrant for 4 suspects, separated into 3 police officers. and 1 civilian, while Pol. Gen. Surachet The court issues a summons first. In the past, investigators have issued a total of 3 summonses but have not been able to send the summons to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Police. Today, they came to request an arrest warrant. When the Criminal Court considers the request and is ready for investigation. Authorize the issuance of an arrest warrant Pol. Gen. Surachet Hakphan, Deputy Police Commander, the court reasoned that 1. The case has evidence to believe that it is an offense. 2. The accused has a circumstance of avoiding the summons of the investigating officer. 3. This case is under the authority of the Criminal Court It was reported that in the morning Pol. Gen. Surachet has submitted a lett er to the Chief Justice of the Criminal Court Please clarify additional facts. If a request for an arrest warrant is filed By explaining in summary that Pol. Lt. Col. Krit has written a letter requesting justice to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to help accept criminal case number 391/2566 Tao Poon Police Station as a special case because It is a case related to an online gambling website. There is more than 300 million baht in circulation, which has the investigative power of the DSI. In addition, this is a repeat of the criminal case against Criminal Case No. 724/2566 that has already been prosecuted. and believed that justice was not received from the legal proceedings of the investigative team which the Chief Justice of the Criminal Court received an explanation for consideration. Source: Thai News Agency

Open a technological crimes division in the criminal court – a money laundering division in the civil court

Bangkok, President of the Supreme Court Opening of the Technology Crimes Division in the Criminal Court. The Money Laundering Division in the Civil Court has assigned experts to the department to begin operations on April 2, ready to handle specialized cases. Create fairness and speed Mr. Sorawit Limprangsi, spokesman for the Court of Justice, said that today Mrs. Anocha Chewitsophon, President of the Supreme Court Along with Mr. Thani Singhanat, Secretary-General of the Office of the Judiciary, Mr. Yodchai Veeraphong, Chief Justice of the Criminal Court, Mr. Amornrat Kriyaphol, Chief Justice of the Civil Court. and the executives of the Office of the Judiciary, Criminal Court, and Civil Court attended the opening ceremony of the Technology Crimes Division in the Criminal Court. and the Department of Money Laundering and Civil Measures in the Civil Court. The guidelines for establishing the two new litigation departments are considered one of the important policies of the President of the Supreme Court, Art icle 2, "Fairness", aimed at developing case management. to create speedy justice with knowledgeable personnel Special expertise in each type of law, cases, performing duties for the people With transparency and without bias, which is a guarantee of rights and freedoms for litigants and the public in both civil and criminal matters. by establishing a technology crimes division in the criminal court The Office of the Judiciary and the Criminal Court have moved to ensure speedy adjudication of cases involving technological crimes. effective This is because technological methods or computer systems are currently being used as a tool to defraud the public and cause them to lose a lot of their assets. And the perpetrators use complicated methods. There are also many perpetrators who form a network to obtain assets and conceal crimes. Therefore, the investigation as well as the presentation of evidence to prove guilt in court must be fast and efficient. And it needs to be carried out by personnel with specific kno wledge and expertise in technological crimes. which the President of the Supreme Court signed the announcement The Office of the Civil Service Commission established the Department of Justice on March 13, 2024 and announced it in the Royal Gazette on March 18, 2024. Later, the Chief Justice of the Criminal Court issued an announcement to begin operations from March 1. April 2024 onwards As for the 'technology crime cases' that will be considered, they are criminal cases that are filed to punish individuals who have violated the Computer Crimes Act. fraud case Extortion or extortion of money Using the computer system as a tool Violations under the law on measures to prevent and suppress technological crimes Violations under the law on personal data protection This division has the authority to consider and adjudicate cases within its jurisdiction and those transferred according to law. Except for cases that are under the jurisdiction of the Narcotics Division. Human Trafficking Division It also considers orde ring orders regarding requests from officials in accordance with the law on computer crimes. Personal data protection law Laws on maintaining cyber security as well. As for the administration of the case department, there will be one judge as the head of the department. There will be a judge with expertise in technological crime cases as a permanent judge in the department, acting as a quorum, sitting on the bench to consider and adjudicate cases. and assisting the chief judge of the department in managing and carrying out various operations of the department in order. Money laundering division and civil measures in the civil court The President of the Supreme Court, as Chairman of the Judiciary Administration Committee (JCC), signed in December 2023 to establish a money laundering department. According to the guidelines of the Civil Court proposing the project In order to manage money laundering cases and civil measures efficiently in terms of speed. Confidentiality Protection of the rights of honest citize ns The current situation is amidst the rapid development of technology. The proceeds and benefits of many crimes Can be moved quickly via the internet. In addition to being laundered to turn into legal money through various channels such as financial institutions. stock market Use of digital assets Setting up companies and fronting businesses Foundations and Charities Moreover, the Civil Court is a court that has jurisdiction to consider cases according to Prevention and Suppression Act Financial support for terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, 2016, Section 14 of the Securities and Exchange Act, 1992, which will take civil measures against offenders who commit trading Unfair securities The establishment of this case department is therefore consistent and appropriate according to the current case environment which has new forms and complexity. As well as the mission of the civil court to take civil measures to consider and issue an order specifying a list of persons determined to h ave behavior related to terrorism or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Do not allow access to funding sources that can be used for terrorism and weapons proliferation. The administration in the department will appoint one judge to be the head of the department. There shall be a judge assigned to a specific department to consider and adjudicate cases as well. Which is another way to develop judges to have special knowledge and expertise. while reporting statistics on criminal cases The Anti-Money Laundering Act that was newly adopted by the Civil Court in the year 2023 (January - September) has 132 charges. The Chief Justice of the Civil Court has issued an announcement to begin implementation. Work from 1 April 2024 onwards. Source: Thai News Agency