Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Implements Progressive Growth Plan
August 7, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Great Plains Holdings has successfully executed a strategy that will reduce its operating cost, increase its revenue, and keep its debt level at zero.
In April 2014, Great Plains reported that its Ashland Holdings subsidiary had completed the renovation of its head office in Wildwood, Florida, and several days ahead of schedule.
Ashland Holdings finished the first phase of the renovation February. The entire project encompassed two recently acquired, neighboring parcels of land. The first piece of land measures approximately 0.9 acres of land and contains one 1,400-square-foot corporate office building while the second parcel of land contains a manufactured home. Great Plains' always intended to occupy one or more of the five office spaces in the corporate office building and to lease the rest of the vacant offices to generate revenue.
When Ashland completed the first phase of the plan, it did so productively and under budget. It also reported that the first tenant lease had been executed and that tenant had moved in. The second phase of the project is what was completed in April 2014 and allowed for additional leases and cash flow for Ashland Holdings, which perfectly aligned with Great Plains' overarching goal to keep its debt low while increasing its income streams over the next year.
The renovation will reduce Great Plains' operating costs and alleviate the company's LiL Marc subsidiary of its annual warehouse leasing expense of $12,000. Great Plains plans to lease three of the office spaces inside the building to increase annual revenues by a projected gross of $18,000.
Management is quite pleased with the renovations to the company's headquarters, the cost savings expected from this project, and the rapid pace of this expansion strategy. Ashland Holdings has certainly demonstrated its ability to effectively establish and execute a progressive action plan.
For more information, visit the company's website at www.gtph.com
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Big Tree Group, Inc. (BIGG) Increases Access to Vast Toy Inventory
Big Tree Group is offering even more access to its extensive catalog of toys. The corporation has established and launched a new ecommerce platform, Afangta, to provide a choice of online services to its customers and supply chain partners.
An official agent for over 8,000 toy manufacturers in China, Big Tree supplies more than 180,000 types of toy products, more than 300,000 toys made of various materials, and its own line of construction toys—the Magic Puzzle 3D. All of these toys have an assortment of functions-learning, physical exercise and interactive play.
From its headquarters in the heart of Shantou, the leading location for toy manufacturing in China, Big Tree is improving global access to its products. Along with its other distribution channels (showrooms, websites, retail store channels and trade shows), customers can now shop for its products on its e-commerce platform.
E-commerce is one of the principal sales channels of the modern world, and Big Tree is counting on online trading to drive a large portion of its future revenue growth. Right now, Big Tree's customers include distributors, trading companies, and wholesalers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Europe, Mexico, South America, Asia and the United States. Through its Afangta platform, the company expects to build a strong web presence and attract more online, domestic customers at www.afangta.com.
The Afangta platform will provide a branded toy experience and a range of online ordering and product distribution functions:
Catalogue display - Through the Afangta site, domestic participants can view Big Tree's extensive inventory, including toys from its 21,500 square feet showroom in Shantou, China. The company will also be able to highlight its all-inclusive sourcing and distribution capabilities and continue to build and promote its brand as a trusted name that provides buyers with quality toys sourced from China.
Quality testing and assurance services - When making purchases online, customers can rest assured that the products Big Tree represents have gone through meticulous quality control tests at an in-house testing facility.
Payment guarantee services - Through a business arrangement with China Union Pay, Big Tree will provide third-party payment guarantee services to its customers.
Personalized custom product manufacturing services - Big Tree arranges for original equipment manufacturers to construct toys according to the exact specifications of its customers.
Bulk purchasing - Big Tree's Shantou subsidiary provides procurement services for global wholesalers and toy distributors.
Information exchange - The site will include an information exchange for toy consumers, channel partners, and manufacturers.
One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Addresses Multi-Cultural Diversity with ‘Prettie Girl' Doll Line
One World Holdings is stirring the U.S. melting pot with a line of African American or "black" fashion dolls named, "The Prettie Girls." The company's energy is supplied by Trent T. Daniel and Stacey McBride-Irby. Both Daniel and McBride are intent on making a significant, positive cultural impact through the doll category. After seeing generations of retail aisles dominated with Caucasian or ‘white' fashion dolls, the group pursued the origin of this phenomenon with a passion for syncing the appearances of doll offerings with what we look like as a country. Armed with evidence that the types of role models we serve up to our children in their formative years has a significant impact on self- esteem, the group embarked on addressing the void in supply for their product to make the vision a reality. Since 2010, their vision has never looked back.
While it would be easy at first glance to suggest One World Holdings' mission is to simply stock store shelves with black fashion dolls to adjust the cultural variance in these items, Trent T. Daniel makes it clear this is not the case. Not only does Daniel emphasize that his company is "not a black doll company," by virtue of their project name, One World Project, its message reflects a business model serious about achieving multi-cultural diversity in fashion doll lines. Daniel adds, "It's about all of us and not one particular group."
The Prettie Girls! differentiate themselves from one another by way of their physical attributes, individual stories, goals and inspirations, reeling in a positive image every little girl can embrace. Designed for play, The Prettie Girls! embody high values-based standards for the meaning of "pretty." Doll creator and designer, Stacey McBride-Irby, an African American, notes that when she was a little girl, she never had fashion dolls that represented her. It's no coincidence that the use of the word "pretty," in the company's doll line seeks to make the connection between the word and the fact that, "everyone wants to be pretty." Regardless of race, creed and age, the dream image involves being pretty.
The One World Doll Project creates a doll that is a friend and a partner in play for young girls. The project creates an image for their biggest and brightest dreams. For young women, it is a symbol of who they are and what they are able to accomplish. For connoisseurs, The One World Doll Project gives promise to stylish works of art that will become integral for growing collectors' market. In addition to the Prettie Girls! play line, the company adds a Signature Celebrity Collection. As an example, one doll, Cynthia Bailey portrays a businesswoman, model and reality star, currently featured on Bravo Network's Real Housewives of Atlanta™.
Consistent with Trent Daniels' assertion that they are not just a black doll company, The Prettie Girls!™ are diverse in culture, interests, and style. They are hip young girls who attend the Dream Academy of Excellence, a school where dreams can come true - but not without effort! The doll characters come from countries across the globe and no matter what they look like or where they are from they believe that beauty comes from within. The goal is to deliver the message that every girl is awesome and amazing. These upstanding doll citizens know we all live on this planet together and that we all can be friends. Admission to the group involves giving your best, respecting others and never taking anything for granted. Other linkages include getting excellent grades, helping within their communities, making thoughtful decisions and most importantly - taking responsibility for their futures.
About The One World Doll Project
Trent T. Daniel and Stacey McBride-Irby established The One World Project in 2010. The project is in pursuit of a way to make a significant positive cultural impact through the doll category. Its dolls are unique works of art, created for a growing market with an apparent void for something unique to experience - a doll that not only embraces contemporary girls of color but symbolizes the women they can become. The One World Doll Project's creation of The Prettie Girls!™ is an inspiring collection of multi-cultural fashion dolls which took years to develop. Currently making noticeable progress in the retail market, The Prettie Girls! are unique in their look, their backgrounds and their stories, capturing the essence of values and positive attributes that every little girl can embrace. Filled with soul, The Prettie Girls! set a refreshingly high bar for values-based standards for what we mean by, "pretty." The company sees these values worth reaching for across the globe, all the way up to the stars.
More information about One World Holdings, Inc. is available at www.oneworlddolls.com
Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Portfolio In-Line with Prevailing Cultural, Governmental, Logistical Forces in India
Pan Global continues advancing an attractive portfolio of sustainable energy, infrastructure and agricultural interests focused on the steadily growing market in India, with the recent grid connection of a 5.7MW small-hydro plant up in Uttarakhand (where around 70% of the population still lives in rural areas) being a prominent example of the company's strategy for helping to solve India's enormous demand for energy using localized generation with a low environmental impact.
With around 4.7% GDP growth for Q4 last year and despite a relative slowing in the economy, India remains one of the stronger growth markets globally for localized green energy solutions, especially mini-to-small hydro, with its ability to generate power from low flow-rate rivers without having to dam or create reservoirs. According to 2013 IEA data, well upwards of 24.7% of the roughly 1.27B people in India are still without access to electricity and this is a very conservative figure (some estimates say 400M or more), giving investors an idea of the potential which still exists for localized generation.
With the 2012 series of severe blackouts that left some 600M without power at one point still fresh in everyone's mind, reports like the recent one just in from the northeastern state of Arunachal should give pause. Frequent power cuts have crippled the main hospital in one of the oldest towns in the state, Ziro (12.3k people, encompassing Lower Subansiri district has around 83k people), leading to serious preservation problems at the blood bank. The 2012 blackouts, chalked up by analysts to unstable grid architecture and overloading, cost at least $100M (Economist Praveen Jha, New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University).
It is in this environment that PGLO is advancing a mix of hydropower, geothermal, solar photovoltaic and green building/energy efficiency vectors, as well as sustainable agriculture, where the company seeks to leverage their expertise and deliver vegetables and other in-demand crops via scaled hydroponic greenhouse production. High quality organic produce to feed India's growing population is a no-brainer (2.59 births per woman, while down from highs in the 1960′s of around 6, is still a major growth curve compared to 1.89 in the U.S.) and localized green energy solutions to provide clean electricity to go along with the food, make tremendous sense in light of the national grid's vulnerabilities and inconsistencies.
The new PM of India, Modi, who came in partially on the strength of former PM Singh's failures to handle the nation's growing electrical demand, just kicked off the start of a major project to lay a robust new transmission line further north of Uttarakhand in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as to put in two new 45MW hydropower plants, clearly showing the Indian government's drive to modernize India's grid, even up in the rugged Himalaya territory. Localized hydro solutions are a great way to help meet demand, but another growing vector is solar photovoltaics, which allow for even more localized micro solutions that can replace the mostly diesel generators in use by small businesses and households.
The report on the global green energy market by ResearchMoz out in May of this year pegs a compound annual growth rate of around 8.3%, projecting a market just under $832B globally within the next half decade alone. Growing demand for electricity from consumers in particular, who use an increasingly sophisticated array of technologies in their daily lives (requiring higher energy density), is setting the precedent for more stable supply solutions. This is especially true in India, where the solar market alone could be worth billions over the next decade according to the 2013 A.T. Kearney report ($7B in capital investment and $4B in annual revenues for grid-connected solar over the next decade).
The strength of the Indian solar market and clear growth potential for green energy in India has even led PGLO to start development on a solar installation and services ecommerce marketplace site, the Pan Solar Marketplace, in order to fully exploit the cultural, as well as governmental support for supercharging India's renewable infrastructure. Initially focused on rooftop solar, the Pan Solar Marketplace looks to bring together hardware developers, installers and customers, with an eventual migration into larger ground-based solar array projects as well.
MRSA Sidelines NFL Players, but Faces Strong Opponent at Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO)
Offensive linesman Carl Nicks was drafted into the NFL by the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 season, starting all 16 regular season games and helping the Saints win their first Super Bowl title. In 2013, Nicks signed a five-year $47.5 million deal with the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the start of an unarguably bright career. That same year, however, Nicks contracted a potentially deadly infection that required surgery and benched him for the season. While he didn't directly attribute his decision to the infection, the guard in June reached a $3 million settlement agreement with Buccaneers and recently announced his decision to "step away from the game."
Early in the 2013 season Nicks suffered a toe injury as part of a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areus (MRSA) infection he and two other teammates, Lawrence Tynes and Johnthan Banks, contracted at the Buccaneers facility. Fast-forward to date and Nicks has indefinitely left the football field. Tynes' football career also appears to be over, and Banks is expected to compete for a starting job.
Nicks' recent settlement and departure of the game corrals MRSA back into the spotlight, as it should be. MRSA is a bacterial infection that according to the Mayo Clinic has become resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. While the majority of infections occur in hospitals or healthcare settings, MRSA can be found in community settings that involve crowding or skin-to-skin contact and/or share equipment such as schools, daycares, locker rooms and gyms.
Good personal hygiene such as frequent hand/body washing, not sharing personal items like towels or razors, and keeping wounds clean and covered reduces the risk of MRSA infection. In hospitals, the same prevention practices can reduce MRSAs and other Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) by up to 70%, though the annual costs of treating hospitalized MRSA patients are still estimated to be between $3.2 billion and $4.2 billion in the United States alone.
MRSA-infected patients are likely to spend three times as long in a hospital stay at three times the cost, and are five times more likely to die than an uninfected patient. The statistics reveal a dire need for early detection of MRSA, though no such cost-effective device is currently available.
Under an agreement with leading European sensor developer Sgenia Group, Spain-based Zenosense is working to fill this medical need, developing an MRSA detection device designed to act like a "smoke detector" for MRSA. The system is expected to detect MRSA in the environment or infected patient, even before a patient demonstrates any obvious symptoms. After the alert, healthcare personnel can take appropriate measures to quarantine and eliminate the bacteria.
The Zenosense device utilizes Sgenia's established programming and patent-pending hardware, operating a single sensor to perform an infinite number of scans and creating tens of thousands of "virtual sensors." Zenosense's intention is that the device will be worn by individuals and placed in numerous sensitive areas in the healthcare setting.
Heading up the Zenosense team is a management team strongly experienced in high-level marketing in the medical sector. Zenosense is also supported by a scientific/development team of qualified personnel with extensive knowledge and experience in the development of sensors.
The potential for Zenosense's MRSA detection device is huge. Not just for the company, but for the public masses as well. The device has the potential to not only provide the healthcare system with billions of dollars in savings, but more importantly has the potential to save human lives. While it may be too late for the football careers of Nicks and Tynes, the threat of MRSA on the athletic field may have finally met its match.
BluePhoenix Solutions Ltd. (BPHX) Subsidiary Merges with Sophisticated Business Systems, Inc. to Create "Modern Systems"
Today, BluePhoenix Solutions announced its entry into a definitive merger agreement with Sophisticated Business Systems. One of BluePhoenix Solutions' wholly owned subsidiaries will be merging with Sophisticated Business Systems to form a new company branded as "Modern Systems".
The agreement is an all-stock transaction, where BluePhoenix will issue approximately 6.2 million shares to Sophisticated Business Systems shareholders and in turn receive 100 percent of Sophisticated Business Systems' shares. On a pro-forma basis, the revenue for the combined entities in 2013 would have been $14.3 million. Sophisticated Business Systems' Operating Loss in 2013 was nearly break-even at ($264K). Operational efficiencies and savings are anticipated to be realized through the merger as the new combined entity continues to progress towards break-even cash flow.
"We'll empower customers to make the best choice for where they are in the legacy lifecycle," BluePhoenix President and CEO, and incoming Modern Systems CEO Matt Bell said. "From incremental solutions to broad-based portfolio modernization, we'll leverage our technology and partner ecosystem to deliver modernized applications in a modern way- scalable, cost-effective, and fully managed."
Modern Systems will focus on deliver the widest range of solutions for transitioning legacy systems to modern platforms. It is anticipated Modern Systems will serve over 200 enterprise customers in the insurance, financial, and retail industries from offices in North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Furthermore, the newly-formed company will provide services for government entities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, and the Netherlands.
"For the last 15 years, BluePhoenix and Sophisticated Business Systems have been at the forefront of innovation in our niche. This merger accelerates the pace of that innovation," said Sophisticated Business Systems President and CEO, and incoming Modern Systems Board Member Scott Miller. "Combining our teams and new capabilities will make us more appealing to both customers and partners. With options ranging from rehosting to data replication to automated conversion, we have the most diverse range of services on the market, supported by the most experienced modernization resources in the world."
The merger agreement between both companies is subject to typical customary conditions, including shareholder approval and regulatory review. It is expected to close Q4 2014.
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