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Rush gets Amrod delivered

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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Veeam passes $1bn, prepares for cloud’s ‘Act II’

Leader in cloud-data management reveals how it will harness the next growth phase of the data revolution, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

Veeam Software, the quiet leader in backup solutions for cloud data management,has announced that it has passed $1-billion in revenues, and is preparing for the next phase of sustained growth in the sector.

Now, it is unveiling what it calls Act II, following five years of rapid growth through modernisation of the data centre. At the VeeamON 2019conferencein Miami this week, company co-founder Ratmir Timashev declared that the opportunities in this new era, focused on managing data for the hybrid cloud, would drive the next phase of growth.

“Veeam created the VMware backup market and has dominated it as the leader for the last decade,” said Timashev, who is also executive vice president for sales and marketing at the organisation. “This was Veeam’s Act I and I am delighted that we have surpassed the $1 billion mark; in 2013 I predicted we’d achieve this in less than six years. 

“However, the market is now changing. Backup is still critical, but customers are now building hybrid clouds with AWS, Azure, IBM and Google, and they need more than just backup. To succeed in this changing environment, Veeam has had to adapt. Veeam, with its 60,000-plus channel and service provider partners and the broadest ecosystem of technology partners, including Cisco, HPE, NetApp, Nutanix and Pure Storage, is best positioned to dominate the new cloud data management in our Act II.”

In South Africa, Veeam expects similar growth. Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference in Sun City this week, country manager Kate Mollett told Gadget’s BRYAN TURNER that the company was doing exceptionally well in this market.

“In financial year 2018, we saw double-digit growth, which was really very encouraging if you consider the state of the economy, and not so much customer sentiment, but customers have been more cautious with how they spend their money. We’ve seen a fluctuation in the currency, so we see customers pausing with big decisions and hoping for a recovery in the Rand-Dollar. But despite all of the negatives, we have double digit growth which is really good. We continue to grow our team and hire.

“From a Veeam perspective, last year we were responsible for Veeam Africa South, which consisted of South Africa, SADC countries, and the Indian Ocean Islands. We’ve now been given the responsibility for the whole of Africa. This is really fantastic because we are now able to drive a single strategy for Africa from South Africa.”

Veeam has been the leading provider of backup, recovery and replication solutions for more than a decade, and is growing rapidly at a time when other players in the backup market are struggling to innovate on demand.

“Backup is not sexy and they made a pretty successful company out of something that others seem to be screwing up,” said Roy Illsley, Distinguished Analyst at Ovum, speaking in Miami after the VeeamOn conference. “Others have not invested much in new products and they don’t solve key challenges that most organisations want solved. Theyre resting on their laurels and are stuck in the physical world of backup instead of embracing the cloud.”

Illsley readily buys into the Veeam tagline. “It just works”. 

“They are very good at marketing but are also a good engineering comany that does produce the goods. Their big strength, that it just works, is a reliable feature they have built into their product portfolio.”

Veeam said in statement from the event that, while it had initially focused on server virtualisation for VMware environments, in recent years it had expanded this core offering. It was now delivering integration with multiple hypervisors, physical servers and endpoints, along with public and software-as-a-service workloads, while partnering with leading cloud, storage, server, hyperconverged (HCI) and application vendors.

This week, it  announced a new “with Veeam”program, which brings in enterprise storage and hyperconverged (HCI) vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading infrastructure systems. Companies like ExaGrid and Nutanix have already announced partnerships.

Timashev said: “From day one, we have focused on partnerships to deliver customer value. Working with our storage and cloud partners, we are delivering choice, flexibility and value to customers of all sizes.”

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‘Energy scavenging’ funded

As the drive towards a 5G future gathers momentum, the University of Surrey’s research into technology that could power countless internet enabled devices – including those needed for autonomous cars – has won over £1M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry partners.

Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has been working on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), an energy harvesting technology capable of ‘scavenging’ energy from movements such as human motion, machine vibration, wind and vehicle movements to power small electronic components. 

TENG energy harvesting is based on a combination of electrostatic charging and electrostatic induction, providing high output, peak efficiency and low-cost solutions for small scale electronic devices. It’s thought such devices will be vital for the smart sensors needed to enable driverless cars to work safely, wearable electronics, health sensors in ‘smart hospitals’ and robotics in ‘smart factories.’ 

The ATI will be partnered on this development project with the Georgia Institute of Technology, QinetiQ, MAS Holdings, National Physical Laboratory, Soochow University and Jaguar Land Rover. 

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI and the principal investigator of the TENG project, said: “TENG technology is ideal to power the next generation of electronic devices due to its small footprint and capacity to integrate into systems we use every day. Here at the ATI, we are constantly looking to develop such advanced technologies leading towards our quest to realise worldwide “free energy”.

“TENGs are an ideal candidate to power the autonomous electronic systems for Internet of Things applications and wearable electronic devices. We believe this research grant will allow us to further the design of optimized energy harvesters.”

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