February 2013 Recent Industry News
By: PowerSource Online
Paragon Communications Escalates Environmental Leadership by Disclosing Plastic Footprint
Telecommunications and Electronics Remanufacturer Partners with the Plastic Disclosure Project and EarthPeople on Corporate Citizenship Initiative
Bolton, MA (PRWEB)
Paragon Communications, Inc., one of the nation’s largest remanufacturers of enterprise and consumer electronics, has partnered with the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) to track and improve its plastic waste stream. Building on a foundation of environmental stewardship as a telecommunications and electronics recycler, PARAGON has voluntarily disclosed its plastic waste through the PDP, an annual disclosure process endorsed by the Clinton Global Initiative and other NGOs committed to conservation.
Mismanagement of plastic waste is a growing and serious problem. Approximately 85% of total global plastic used is not recycled. Instead, plastic waste has the potential to stay in the environment for hundreds of years, putting our food chain at risk. Conversely, by treating plastic as a resource, companies can often save or even make money, as well as minimize their environmental impact. The Plastic Disclosure Project engages with companies to help them measure and disclose their plastic usage, offering strategies such as an annual disclosure to prompt management, investors, and customers to consider plastic waste in their decision-making.
“PARAGON’s commitment to disclosing its plastic footprint demonstrates exceptional leadership in addressing a critical global issue. Our goal is for companies to follow PARAGON’s lead in using PDP as a tool to encourage innovation, seize economic opportunities from plastic waste, and reduce environmental impact,” said Andrew Russell, Director of the Plastic Disclosure Project. PARAGON’s voluntary plastic disclosure is a natural extension of a company whose purpose is to extend the lifecycle of products and keep toxins out of the waste stream. “With electronic waste representing 70% of toxins in our landfills, it is imperative that organizations put policies in place that specifically address this crucial growing problem. In turn, we are pleased to work with PDP to make sure our own waste is managed properly, including plastic,” said David Yered, president of the asset management division and V.P. of facilities for PARAGON. The company has also contracted with sustainability consultancy EarthPeople to identify further opportunities to improve its ecological footprint and overall corporate social responsibility strategy.
“In addition to operating on a strong foundation of environmental stewardship, we are proud to be creating so many jobs in the United States,” added Paul Gentili, CFO of PARAGON. PARAGON and its companies will bring approximately 200 employees to the Bolton economy when it occupies its new global headquarters in January 2013. PARAGON is also investigating incentives for integrating solar and other renewable energy technologies into its new facility. “I’m so excited,” said Bolton Town Planner Jennifer Burney. “The best thing, it’s a green company that fits in with Bolton.”
About Paragon Communications, Inc.
Paragon Communications, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest remanufacturers of enterprise and consumer electronics. Headquartered in Bolton, Massachusetts, PARAGON occupies a 300,000 square-foot campus stocked with an extensive inventory of recovered, refurbished and remanufactured telecommunications equipment. A partner of and Samsung, PARAGON and its companies draw on established relationships with original equipment manufacturers to offer clients flexible, scalable solutions. An industry leader in terms of expertise and domestic job creation, PARAGON leverages in-depth product knowledge across its enterprises through PartSmart™, a proprietary system and innovative service-based approach to asset management. For more information, please visit http://www.paragonnt.com.
About the Plastic Disclosure Project
The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) is a multi-stakeholder led initiative requesting corporations and institutions to assess and disclose their production, use, and handling of plastics and plastic waste. The goal is to create a world where plastic is used, but causes no impact on the environment, and by measuring one’s plastic use, it makes it much easier to manage, and treat as a resource. The PDP was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative, and is operated by Ocean Recovery Alliance, a Hong Kong and California based non-profit organization. For more information, visithttp://www.plasticdisclosure.org.
EarthPeople is a communications and consulting firm that transforms organizations through profitable sustainability strategies. Since launching in 2005, EarthPeople has provided advisory services, reporting, GHG and plastic disclosures, training, and specialized communications to clients from startups and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies and municipalities. For more information, visithttp://www.earthpeopleco.com.
Industry Veterans Launch Cloud Solutions Portal
Cloud Nation Launches Portal to unite Technology Providers, MSPs and Small Businesses
Seattle, Washington, January, 2013 – Cloud Nation today announced the launch of its Cloud Solutions Portal designed to allow MSPs (VARs) to deliver enterprise quality cloud solutions to small and medium size businesses.
Co-founded by industry veterans Tom Poole and Harry Brelsford, the Company’s announcement builds on a legacy of fostering the growth of IT professionals. An award-winning entrepreneur, Poole was involved in developing industry-leading B2C and B2B online communities. Over the last decade, Brelsford has grown SMB Nation into the largest independent community of SMB IT Professionals in North America.
Because cloud computing is completely changing the way SMBs manage their data, communications and infrastructure, members of the SMB Nation community began asking both Poole and Brelsford three basic questions:
- How do we learn more about the cloud?
- What solutions are available to help us work with clients interested in the cloud?
- How do you make money in the cloud?
These questions, coupled with the fact that cloud computing is expected to be a $176 billion dollar business by 2015, led Poole and Brelsford to join together to work on delivering a leading cloud platform for the SMB Nation community, which is based on more than just technology—it also includes education, certification, a unified billing platform, and significant sales and marketing support.
The launch of the Company’s Cloud Solutions Portal is also an opportunity for MSPs and VARs to reserve a Founding Membership within this new Portal. As a Founding Member of Cloud Nation, you will have the ability to participate and have access to the following components:
- Exclusive entry into our unique “all-in-one” cloud platform, available only to members.
- Technical and business education to get you started in cloud consulting.
- 100% Channel Friendly Platform.
- Margins between 15% and 30% monthly.
- Access to our unified billing engine, designed specifically for cloud based businesses.
- Member-to-member referrals (an easy and effective way to grow your business).
- A personalized, custom-built website.
According to some estimates, the number of small businesses embracing cloud computing will triple over the next three years. Recent surveys indicate that small and medium sized businesses are becoming increasingly frustrated when looking for an all-in-one cloud solution. With six out of 10 small businesses always willing to consider cloud solutions and four out of 10 preferring them, Cloud Nation’s announcement today appears to be timely.
“We are extremely excited about the platform we’ve developed over the last year. It is the result of significant input from our technology partners, our community of IT Professionals, and small and medium size businesses. They were all frustrated with the cloud ecosystem, and we thank them very much for their guidance in the creation of Cloud Nation,” Poole said.
Members of the SMB Nation community have also been excited about the anticipated launch of Cloud Nation’s Portal. “The effort required to put together Cloud Nation’s platform simply isn’t in the reach of your typical IT Professional. The effort it would take to negotiate deals with top technology partners, develop a platform to deliver unified solutions and then create the support platform to service is mind-numbing,” said Jay Weiss, CEO of Los Angeles-based Computer HMO, and longtime SMB Nation member. “In this industry, the only constant is change. For us to develop and manage diverse products ourselves is just not in the cards. Cloud Nation has delivered a simple and elegant solution that unites the cloud ecosystem. I’m excited and glad I’ve gotten in on the ground floor.”
To learn more about Cloud Nation, go to www.cloudnation.co, or call (800) 550-1424. You can also go to: http://secure.cloudnation.co/whitepaper/ to download our free white paper, which discusses why cloud is one of the biggest business opportunities available today.
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ABOUT CLOUD NATION
Cloud Nation provides a complete cloud solutions platform for MSPs and resellers to offer to small and medium size businesses. Founded by award-winning entrepreneurs, the Company brings over a decade of experience as the nation’s largest community of IT Professionals. In addition to a unified cloud solutions platform, the Company offers training, certification, and sales and marketing support for its members.
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