Eurostar and UK rail ticketing systems linked by Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu logoFujitsu Services (a leading European provider of IT services and solutions) and Eurostar, the high-speed international rail operator, announced last week that Fujitsu has connected Eurostar’s online ticket system with seven UK train operators’ systems. Fujitsu’s work means that travellers from 68 towns and cities across the UK can now book through-fares to Continental Europe on eurostar.com.

Previously travellers had to book domestic and international rail travel separately. Now, travellers from such cities as Leicester, Cambridge, York and Birmingham can just go to eurostar.com and book one fare valid for the entire journey to Paris, Disneyland Resort Paris, Lille, Brussels (and any station in Belgium), and 75 other connecting destinations in France – making the whole travelling experience easier and more seamless.

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Fujitsu Services extends Finnish bakery IT contract

Helsinki (eNewsWire) 20 December 2007 – Vaasan & Vaasan has renewed its IT infrastructure outsourcing agreement wih Fujitsu Services in Finland for the next three years.

More than 400 of Vaasan & Vaasan’s desktop computers in 15 towns across Finland are managed by Fujitsu’s Patja service. The Patja ICT operating model assumes overall responsibility for the support services, operation and development of customers’ IT infrastructure and operational applications.

The renewed agreement has been expanded to cover printing management, server capacity, Mobile Professional and lifecycle management for mobile devices. In addition, Vaasan & Vaasan’s e-mail and application platform, Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server, will be provided as service.

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BizzEnergy in low cost Smart Metering deal

BizzEnergyBizzEnergy, the UK’s leading independent energy provider, continues its commitment to disrupt the energy industry with today’s announcement that it has signed new contracts with leading Smart Metering companies, including a significant deal with Bglobal PLC. The move will give BizzEnergy’s business customers access to the lowest cost Smart Meters available on the market.

The deal will allow BizzEnergy to install thousands of Smart Meters into its existing customer base for free or a very low monthly charge, helping users reduce their energy bills and lessen their environmental impact. The move forms part of BizzEnergy’s commitment to moving 20% of its customers onto Smart Metering by the end of 2008.

Installing a Smart Meter takes the guesswork out of billing as it provides actual meter reads, via GPRS, to energy suppliers. Automated Meter Reading (AMR) through a Smart Meter enables customers to track and price their energy consumption by providing readings on a half-hourly basis. Businesses can use this information to move onto better, more energy efficient options in order to reduce bills and lessen their environmental impact.

Stephen Taylor, CEO at BizzEnergy, comments, “We are committed to shaking up the energy industry and improving the way it operates and Smart Metering is just one area of the industry where we have led innovation, being the first to offer our customers Smart Metering in 2004. This deal means we can help our customers have more control over how they use their energy and their impact on the environment – and all at a much better price.”

“Smart Meters have become an important tool in servicing customers in the energy sector,” said Tony Stiff, Commercial Director from Bglobal PLC. “Customers are becoming more concerned about costs and the environment, and this agreement with BizzEnergy will enable more people to manage these factors more effectively.”

Visit the BizzEnergy website for more information on BizzEnergy.

About BizzEnergy
BizzEnergy is a market innovator in energy. Set up in 2000, BizzEnergy is now the largest independent electricity supplier for businesses in Great Britain. BizzEnergy offers small and medium sized businesses a range of competitive energy tariffs, including several green options, as well as smart metering products to improve energy efficiency. BizzEnergy will be the first business supplier to allow its customers to fully serve and control their accounts online.

New look for online Icelandic product retailer

Reykjavik based Internet retailer Nordic Store has been relaunched with a catalog of new Icelandic products for the global market.

Reykjavik (eNewsWire) 14 December 2007 – Following a complete design makeover, online Icelandic product retailer Nordic Store has unveiled its new ice blue image.

The site now features a new user-friendly interface, improved security, powerful search tool and easy-to-navigate shopping categories. Shoppers can search for individual products or narrow their search to the most popular objects in a given category.

While fishing exports are well established, Iceland doesn’t export many of its popular goods and crafts to the world market. Internet retailer Nordic Store has stepped in to fill this gap by making some of the country’s most popular goods available online.

Nordic Store stocks a large selection of hand made items and high quality craft goods. The site also contains Icelandic food and drink products, woolen goods, Norse inspired jewelry as well as Icelandic maps, travel guides and books. A large number of the products on the site are impossible to find outside of Iceland.

Goods are also grouped into themes, including Vikings, Runes and Icelandic Horse. There is also a Christmas section which features Icelandic products such as Christmas beer, leaf bread, chocolate boxes, hand-crafted decorations and calendars for 2008.

People familiar to Iceland will find the helpful spirit of the locals echoed on the site through the personalized customer service. If requested, the operators can even track down particular goods and ship them out.

Visit Nordic Store for the latest special offers on maps, food, woolen goods and other Icelandic products.

Contact:
Thor Petursson
General Manager
Nordic eMarketing
Síðumúli 15
108 Reyjavík, Iceland
thor@nordicemarketing.is
(+354) 540-9500

Fujitsu wins Irish government IT services contract

The Revenue Commissioners, the tax and customs authority in Ireland, has awarded a two year contract to Fujitsu Services for ICT services and support.

Dublin (eNewsWire) 12 December 2007 – Fujitsu Services, a leading European supplier of IT services and consultancy, will provide strategic ICT architecture and maintain quality assurance for the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. The deal is worth 3m Euros and includes the option of a one-year extension.

Fujitsu and Revenue have a working relationship dating back several years in which the IT services firm has helped establish a number of infrastructure needs for the public services department.

Fujitsu Services has a widespread presence in Ireland, with an operation that includes more than 600 staff and a successful history in providing IT solutions and services to several public and private sector businesses and departments.

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Christmas supermarket delivery problems solved online

The grocery comparison site, mySupermarket, has made it easy for online shoppers to find highly sought-after delivery times during the busy Christmas period.

London (eNewsWire) 22 November 2007 – As the Christmas season approaches, delivery slots for orders at online supermarket become increasingly scarce. In the last few years supermarkets in the UK have run out of pre-Christmas delivery slots for online orders by around 15th December. The problem is compounded by the volume of orders as shoppers flock to the Internet to stock up on everything for Christmas and New Year.

The issue has prompted a high number of public complaints by people unable to find a delivery slot at their regular supermarket. They then have the time-consuming task of searching through every other supermarket website for an empty time slot. The problem starts around the second half of November as people rush to book in deliveries whilst they still can.

mySupermarket.co.uk, an independent supermarket comparison website, has come up with a hassle-free solution to the problem by allowing users to check all delivery slots across all supermarkets at once. mySupermarket allows users to shop online at four UK online supermarkets, Ocado (Waitrose), Sainsbury?s, Tesco and Asda, whilst comparing the prices and nutritional value of products across all four retailers.

The supermarket comparison website recently released figures which showed that the price of turkeys has risen by around 10% at all supermarkets since last year, while the cost of Brussels sprouts has soared by 203% at Asda. The survey, based on a comparison of 24 like-for-like products, concluded that Asda is still the cheapest for the Christmas food trolley even though it saw the biggest percentage increase.
To find out more about ordering supermarket groceries online visit: www.mySupermarket.co.uk.

Contact:
Louise Mackintosh / Sophie Raine
Mantra PR
+44 (0)20 7438 4910
sraine@mantra-pr.com

BizzEnergy appoints new CEO to drive company vision

BizzEnergyBizzEnergy hires former Yahoo! Regional Vice President to steer industry initiatives.

BizzEnergy, the UK’s leading independent supplier of energy, today announces the appointment of Stephen Taylor to the position of CEO.

Stephen, previously Regional Vice President at Yahoo! Europe, will drive a series of initiatives set to redefine customer provision in the energy market. This includes an e-commerce launch which will see BizzEnergy become the first business supplier to allow its customers to fully service their accounts online. Stephen brings with him over 20 years of high profile business experience across a range of industries.

BizzEnergy is a market innovator in energy, supplying small and medium sized businesses with a range of competitive energy tariffs including several green options, as well as smart metering products to improve energy efficiency. The company is headquartered in Worcester with offices in London and Stephen will divide his time between the two locations, reporting to John Devaney, Chairman of the Board. Stephen will look after all areas of the business with James Constant, COO, maintaining responsibility for the Worcester operations.

Stephen joins BizzEnergy following a distinguished career with a strong track record of growing innovative businesses. In his most recent role as Regional Vice President of Yahoo! Europe he assumed direct responsibility for the Yahoo! European consumer business, including the brands Flickr and Kelkoo, as well as developing and managing new partnerships such as the sports service with Eurosport. His past roles include founder of Securicor eSolutions, launch Marketing Director of Air Miles and European CEO of paid search innovator, Overture, which was sold to Yahoo! for $1.7bn.

“The next few years are going to represent an exciting phase in BizzEnergy’s development,” said John Devaney, Chairman of BizzEnergy. “Stephen’s extensive experience will be invaluable in helping meet the challenges and opportunities we are undoubtedly going to face. We are very pleased to welcome Stephen and look forward to working with him as we take the company forward.”

James Constant, COO BizzEnergy commented, “Stephen’s background and knowledge of business growth and the online market will be key in helping us drive forward our plans and realise our vision of redefining how business and consumers purchase their energy.”
“I’m excited to be joining such an innovative and ambitious company,” said Stephen. “BizzEnergy’s bold vision to shake up the energy industry makes this an exciting time to join and I look forward to working with John and the management team in making these plans a reality.”

Visit the BizzEnergy website for more information on BizzEnergy.

About BizzEnergy
BizzEnergy is a market innovator in energy. Set up in 2000, BizzEnergy is now the largest independent electricity supplier for businesses in Great Britain. BizzEnergy offers small and medium sized businesses a range of competitive energy tariffs, including several green options, as well as smart metering products to improve energy efficiency. BizzEnergy will be the first business supplier to allow its customers to fully serve and control their accounts online.

Femin women reach for the cream

A new sensual health cream has been flying off the shelves at UK women’s lifestyle website femin.co.uk.

London (eNewsPR) 16 October 2007 – The heat has been turned up at femin.co.uk with the revolutionary Oh! Sensual Health Cream. The special women’s cream has been creating quite a storm in mainland Europe and is now set to do the same for women in Britain.

Oh! Cream has been uniquely designed for women for sensual stimulation and intimate care. The product is full of natural aphrodisiacs like L-Arginine, ginseng, wild yam and ginkgo biloba, plus the stimulant green tea, and is imbued with the aroma and titillating effect of mint, which all contribute to a phenomenal sexual sensation and orgasm intensification.

The classically-packaged ‘female Viagra in a cream’ is easy to use and delivers mind-blowing results. Modern women may be sexually liberated but they often lead hectic lives. Stress and fatigue undermine and can even block sensual impulses which are crucial for maximum pleasure during sexual intercourse. Oh! Cream enables women to keep sexuality and intimacy within easy reach.

Oh! Cream’s smooth texture is derived from olive squalane, which has a softening effect and when combined with the aloe vera, rice oil and shea butter, provides a protective hydrating layer.

The most effective result can be had by rubbing a few drops of Oh! Cream onto the lower area of the clitoris, which gives a warm titillating feeling and increases sexual pleasure. After about three treatments there will be a noticeable improvement in blood circulation leading to a more profound sexual experience.

Oh! Cream is meant for external use but can be safely applied to the vagina. There is also no problem if mouth or tongue should come in contact with the cream. Oh! Cream does not contain any added fragrances as the natural plant extracts in the cream, such as mint and green tea, provide it with a mild fresh scent.

To find out more or buy Oh! Sensual Health Cream visit women’s lifestyle website; femin.co.uk

Contact:
Iris Gunnarsdottir
Femin Ltd
Renoir House,
135-137 New Bond Street,
W1S 2TG London
tel: +44 (0)207 491 0880
iris@femin.co.uk

mySupermarket and iPoints partner up

Online shoppers at UK grocery comparison web site mySupermarket.co.uk can now earn iPoints as well as their usual supermarket loyalty points.

London (eNewsPR) 12 October 2007 – mySupermarket has joined up with the UK’s leading online loyalty programme iPoints, to bring supermarket shoppers even more great benefits.

Online shoppers can now earn 2 iPoints for every £1 spent at mySupermarket.co.uk, plus they get an additional 400 iPoints on the first shop and still earn Clubcard or Nectar points. iPoints can be redeemed for a huge range of free activities and shopping, anything from DVDs and flight tickets to charity gifts and gourmet retreats.

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