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Pittsburgh Tech News Roundup!

Pittsburgh Tech News Roundup!

Article Published: May 18, 2015



Local parking tech firm to team up with CMU transportation research group to research & analyze traffic data and parking solutions in Western Pennsylvania

Faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute have reached a strategic agreement with local tech firm MeterFeeder, developers of an award-winning mobile parking app of the same name. The partnership will focus on leveraging MeterFeeder’s client relationships and technology platform in order to supply Traffic21 with anonymous parking data that the latter can use for its research. MeterFeeder will then apply that research to parking solutions in the marketplaces they serve.

“This data sharing relationship will support both organizations’ initial area of focus in western Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area, looking to provide solutions centered around parking location management, parking enforcement management and dynamic parking pricing. We look forward to working together to deploy this exciting research in our community,” said Traffic 21’s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, in a statement.

The partnership comes at a pivotal time in mobile parking management and for Pittsburgh-based MeterFeeder, whose app is currently live in the borough of Dormont, rolling out in Bellevue this month, and expanding into similar municipalities following shortly after. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority recently issued a request for proposals for a similar service, indicating a regional need for such a platform.

GiftCards.com Now Offering eGift Cards from CVS, Staples, IHOP, Applebee’s and Cabela’s

GiftCards.com, the largest online retailer of gift cards, today announced the availability of egift cards from CVS/pharmacy®, Staples, IHOP, Applebeey’s and Cabela’s.

Starting today, visitors to GiftCards.com will be able to purchase CVS/pharmacy, Staples, IHOP, Applebee’s and Cabela’s egift cards, redeemable at each business establishment. These digital cards can be purchased in any denomination starting from $10 to $500, and presented for any special occasion, from birthdays and anniversaries to graduations, holidays and more. eGift cards never expire, so recipients can buy something immediately or wait to redeem at a time of their choosing.

“It is exciting to see more of the top household brand names join us,” comments Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com. “We have been leading the migration to digital channels and it is reassuring to see merchants of this size and caliber join us in our mission.”

Digital gift cards and channels are the fastest growing segment within the $124 billion gift card industry. According toCEB/TowerGroup, egift cards accounted for five percent of total sales in 2014 and will climb to 8% or $11 billion by 2016. Unlike its plastic predecessors, egift cards can be delivered instantly, stored easily on the consumer’s mobile device and redeemed immediately. Recipients can use egift cards for online, mobile or in-store purchases.


SnapRetail, a SaaS online marketing solution for independent retailers, is providing its users with an easy entry into e-commerce. This is an extension to its core platform, an all-in-one tool for web, e-commerce, email and social marketing management.

In February, the company added an easy e-commerce feature, providing its users with an additional revenue stream at no additional cost. Now, more than 30 percent of SnapRetail’s website customers are actively selling online.

Through an integration with PayPal, a retailer can easily sell products online without any major investment into additional software or systems. Users simply connect their PayPal account, then place “Add to Cart” buttons on their websites.

In addition to the PayPal integration, SnapRetail is actively working toward integrations with other top point-of-sale and e-commerce solutions in various retail markets.

Learn more at snapretail.com


Bradley Brown Design Group has been selected as a winner in the Graphic Design USA 2015 American Web Design Awards competition for the design of the American Woodmark PRO Interactive Sales Tool. This winning sales tool provides an enhanced user experience for the Pro Contractor Market and can be easily viewed on any iPad or tablet. Virginia-based American Woodmark Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of kitchen and bath cabinets.

Judged by a nationwide panel of judges, the annual competition received more than 1,100 entries; with a highly selective one-in-five recognized as winners. For more than 5 decades Graphic Design USA has sponsored design competitions, the Web Design Awards has expanded into a highly anticipated showcase and has emerged as one of the most prestigious and, at the same time, the most democratic of all graphic communication contests. The competition is sponsored by Graphic Design USA magazine. An awards annual will be distributed in December 2015.

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