Monthly Archives: June 2019

A Look At The Edinburgh Company Behind The Escape Room For The Red Bull Escape Room World Championship

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Before 2012, a Hidden door was impossible to find in the UK, as the country didn’t have a single escape room. Following HintHunt’s first facility in the country in North London, the country now has around 1,500 of the facilities.

The country’s love affair with escape rooms and taking on a Hidden door for themselves led to the Red Bull Escape Room World Championships being held in London. The championship is a contest of the best teams from across 23 countries to see who can claim victory, with the Slovenia boasting the win for 2018.  Of course, that competition needed its own escape room, specially designed to cater to the level of the competitors.

A Scottish escape room company, laconically named Escape, was responsible for building and operating the challenge room for the championship’s duration early in April. The room’s design was the work of Dr.Scott Nicholson, an escape room designer, and Brantford Games Network Research Lab Director, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

The room itself was designed by bringing together concepts in order to create a space aimed at testing six key problem solving skills, namely; creative thinking, logic, visual thinking, musicality, memory, and, of course, strategy. The good news is, people in London can give the room a shot for themselves, as Escape will keep it around and keep it running following the championships.

The 2019 iteration of the Red Bull Escape Room World Championships is only the second iteration of the event in the discipline, and was broadcast, live, for all the world to see.

Escape was founded back in 2014 in Edinburgh, and claims to the Scotland’s first escape room company. Regardless, the company’s since grown into a multinational operator, with more than 200 rooms across the world, with 150 employees in the UK alone.

Escape Founder Daniel Hill stated that escape games are only continuing to grow in popularity, and after Edinburgh played a key part in popularizing it, it’s only fitting that the world championship was held in the UK.

For Escape’s part, Hill says that it’s a privilege that they were tasked with building the unique escape room. For a company that just had one room to work with in Edinburgh back in 2015, with no clue as to whether or not they’ll even be popular, it’s such a miracle that they’re now thrust into the global stage.

Labelexpo Europe Show In September 2019 Opens Registration

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Companies that handle tradeshow logistics in Europe is familiar with Labelexpo Europe, as its considered by many to be the world’s largest label and package printing industry trade show. The event, a four-day show that displays the latest technology in the industry, is currently in its 40th iteration, and is now accepting registrations.

The 2019 iteration of the event has a motto of ‘Move your business forward’, with a focus on improving business strategies and to move the industry itself forward.

Managing Director Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo Global Series,  says that 2019 is a milestone year for Labelexpo as it celebrates 4 decades of operations, so they wanted to set it apart by making the biggest, most ambitious show to date. She notes that their industry is constantly moving forward, but it’s a constant that having the right tools and strategy is the key to success, and they wanted to reflect that in the year’s theme.

There’ll be plenty of need for tradeshow logistics, as the show already has more than 600 confirmed exhibitors, including big names like HP, Fujfilm, Epson, ABG, and others. This iteration of the Labelexpo Europe is supported and endorsed by several trade bodies; FINAT, Febelgra, EUQID, SPPES, UNFEA, and VsKE.

Alongside the exhibition, there’ll be three new show features that’ll be debuting at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

The Flexible Packaging Arena is a demonstration of two press lines; one digital, the other conventional, which produced indirect food contact flexible packaging, as adherent to the GMP’s latest standards.

The Brand Innovation Showcase are for brand owner visitors, where they can learn about key brands’ strategies, how to create an award-winning label and packaging designs, as well as take part in an exclusive tour of the suppliers’ stands, where they can experience live demos of the latest technologies and innovations in the industry.

Lastly is the Sustainability Insight Cafe, where the latest sustainable developments, both products and services, designed to support more environmentally conscious endeavors in the industry will be shown off.

Milburn stated that they’re proud to introduce three new features to the show for 2019, and that they’re very much looking forward to meeting with people throughout the course of the show.

Junk King acquires new investor

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Junk King, the California-born company, known for junk removal Orange County and across the country, recently got a new investor backing it, Norwest Venture Partners. The premier multi-stage investment firm recently announced that it made a strategic investment in the junk hauling company, with the transaction’s details remaining undisclosed.

Junk King was co-founded back in 2005, and has since grown into the largest junk hauling company in the US, with offerings in more than 100 cities across 35 states in the US, as well as 3 provinces in Canada. As of May 2019, the company has welcomed 5 additional franchisees.

Andreacchi was part of the transaction, and noted that, when he founded Junk King to handle junk removal Orange County and across California, he did not expect how much their franchisees would contribute to their brand. He’s proud to say that the franchising system behind Junk King has brought together people and organizations from diverse backgrounds and career paths in order to create the US’s leading junk removal business. He says that Junk King looks to climb higher as a team, and, with Norwest coming into the team and backing them, Andreacchi feels that the company can do anything it sets its sights on.

Junk King’s Board of Directors will be taking in 2 people from Norwest; General Partners Sonya Brown, and Stew Campbell.

Brown made a statement on the matter, saying that Junk King’s aim of delivering quality, environmentally-conscious service is something that calls to Norwest, adding that handling waste properly via recycling efforts is paramount. She states that Norwest is looking forward to supporting the Junk King team with new programs aimed at driving innovation in the industry at large.

Campbell also made a statement on the matter saying that Andreacchi and his team has built an industry leader of a brand, with the quality consumer experience to match. The technology, customer service, and processes that Junk King has, Campbell says, are all aimed at delivering top-notch customer experience on demand to both commercial and residential customers. Campbell explains that this is why Norwest chose Junk King, and why they’re excited to work with Andreacchie and his franchise network.

Danang’s Road To Becoming A Smart City

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Danang is a coastal city located in Vietnam which is slowly starting to gain popularity because of its white sand beaches and beautiful resorts. There are over a million residents residing in Danang which is becoming an urban city in a faster speed than expected. It is expected that by 2030, the population of Danang will be more than twice it is now. There are many reasons to love the city from the French village in Danang to the beaches and the locals.

Danang is also part of the ASCN or ASEAN Smart Cities Network along with 25 more cities in its pilot program. These cities are required to be under ASEAN member states before they can join. They were officially launched last year during the 33rd ASEAN Summit which was held in Singapore on November. According to the ASCN, their goal is to collaborate in order for the cities to achieve the same goal which is to become smarter and more sustainable.

Two years ago, there were 6.6 million tourists who came to Danang and this number is 19 per cent higher compared to the year before. The figure for that year was also higher by 4.8 than their expected target for the year. Out of the 6.6 million tourists, 65 per cent came were traveling domestically while the remaining number were international travellers but majority of them came from neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Lao PDR.

Economist Intelligence Unit survey revealed that 84 per cent of the people living in Danang think their city is also under the smart category because of the improvements that have been done especially to the environment. In the last few years, the city is making waves because of its leap towards urban development using sustainable methods and at the same time making sure information technology is applied.

The pilot e-government platform was released in 2014 in Danang and the system was able to host 1,196 public services through online. An additional 498 services have been offered to cover other needs such as public infrastructure, land use and water quality.

The city also launched a mobile application called Danabus which can be used by residents to monitor the routes of the local buses. This is helpful for tourists going to French village in Danang or any other landmark as they can easily commute.