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Rush gets Amrod delivered

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Rush has announces a new partnership with Amrod. The partnership, Amrod Direct, means that Amrod’s customers can now obtain quick access to a range of couriers, who will deliver their orders the moment they are ready for collection.

Says Amit Brill, co-founder of Amrod: “At Amrod we take pride in being at the forefront of innovation and enabling technologies. Partnering with Rush is part of our strategic and competitive approach to our business, as well as to our ongoing commitment to provide world-class services to our customers.”

As a courier aggregator, Rush provides an integrated platform for users to choose from a range of trusted courier partners. The platform enables customers to obtain quotes and compare couriers and their pricing, before making their choice based on reputation, price or delivery time.

Glenn Whittaker, founder and CEO of Rush South Africa, says that, once an Amrod customer’s order is ready for collection from its warehouse, the company informs customers via e-mail and provides them with a link to the Rush website (www.rush.co.za). Clicking on the link allows them to obtain the courier service of their choice and, once they have paid, Rush collects the parcel and delivers it to them immediately.

“We have spent the last 12 months integrating our systems with Amrod’s, tying back into their stock, warehousing and billing systems,” he says. “This means that we now know the volume matrix of every product in their warehouse and can factor this into our algorithms and determine the cost of a specific customer’s parcel instantly.”

This process eliminates the time-consuming process of the customers having to first contact Amrod to obtain a weight and size determination for their package, before wasting even more time tracking down various courier companies and obtaining quotes from them.

“Instead, Amrod customers now get the best of both worlds – they get immediate access to a number of couriers and can choose their service based on a range of factors, while also gaining the benefit of the large-scale cost efficiencies Rush offers. Furthermore, they also avoid the headaches associated with collecting the parcel themselves.”

The company’s current couriers are The Courier Guy, Skynet, Courier IT, Globeflight and Road Trip Courier, with more to come, says Whittaker. He adds that users of the Rush service now also have the ability to rate the courier they use, based on a five-star system. This means that they can also choose a service based on how well it is rated by other customers.

“Once their order is placed, customers receive a tracking number and are able to track the progress of their parcel via an online dashboard; right up until it reaches their door. Furthermore, the complete delivery process is monitored by Rush’s call centre (087 820 1748) and Rush also provides a parcel insurance option, underwritten by Hollard.

“I think the fact that an organisation as large as Amrod has chosen to partner with Rush demonstrates how effective our courier aggregator solution is. At the same time, their customers will appreciate the fact that they have more choice and that the entire courier process is now simpler, cheaper and faster for them. And of course, the more parcels we send every month, the greater the economies of scale we are able to leverage, and the more cost savings we are able to pass on to the consumer. This, ultimately, is what the Rush proposition has always been about: putting the power back into the hands of the customer.

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Samsung unfolds the future

At the #Unpacked launch, Samsung delivered the world’s first foldable phone from a major brand. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK tried it out.

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Everything that could be known about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range, launched on Wednesday in San Francisco, seems to have been known before the event.

Most predictions were spot-on, including those in Gadget (see our preview here), thanks to a series of leaks so large, they competed with the hole an iceberg made in the Titanic.

The big surprise was that there was a big surprise. While it was widely expected that Samsung would announce a foldable phone, few predicted what would emerge from that announcement. About the only thing that was guessed right was the name: Galaxy Fold.

The real surprise was the versatility of the foldable phone, and the fact that units were available at the launch. During the Johannesburg event, at which the San Francisco launch was streamed live, small groups of media took turns to enter a private Fold viewing area where photos were banned, personal phones had to be handed in, and the Fold could be tried out under close supervision.

The first impression is of a compact smartphone with a relatively small screen on the front – it measures 4.6-inches – and a second layer of phone at the back. With a click of a button, the phone folds out to reveal a 7.3-inch inside screen – the equivalent of a mini tablet.

The fold itself is based on a sophisticated hinge design that probably took more engineering than the foldable display. The result is a large screen with no visible seam.

The device introduces the concept of “app continuity”, which means an app can be opened on the front and, in mid-use, if the handset is folded open, continue on the inside from where the user left off on the front. The difference is that the app will the have far more space for viewing or other activity.

Click here to read about the app experience on the inside of the Fold.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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