Category: Information Technology

Enmarket’s New Technology Lets Mobile Users Bypass Checkout Lines

Enmarket’s New Technology Lets Mobile Users Bypass Checkout Lines

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket’s convenience stores just got more convenient with the installation of Skip Checkout, a new mobile-based application that enables customers to scan and pay for their goods with their phones and skip checkout lines.

The technology is available in all 124 Enmarketstores, making it the nation’s largest convenience store chain to adopt the technology.

“Customers who have the free Skip Checkoutapp can scan their purchases with the lens on their phone, pay with the click of a button, and flash their phone to the cashier on their way out the door, all without standing in line,” said Brett Giesick, President of Enmarket. “Even people who don’t use the app will benefit because this will speed up lines and enable our employees to work on even further improving the customer experience.”

Enmarket Mobile Payments

It sounds complicated, but it’s not. Here’s a step-by-step rundown:

  • Customers download the Skip Checkoutapp free from or your preferred app store, create an account, and link a payment card to begin using the technology. The app can be up and running in just a few minutes.
  • When you visit your Enmarketstore, open the app. Once you confirm your location, as prompted by the app, you are ready to shop!
  • Scan the barcodes of your items to add them to your shopping cart, where they will be stored until you are ready to pay. Items such as fresh fruit or hot dogs that don’t have a barcode can be purchased through a pick-list in the app.
  • Click the pay button to complete your transaction and charge your card. Then, on your way out of the store, flash your phone to an employee at the cash register to show you’re using Skip, and you’re done.

Age-restricted products such as beer may be scanned in the app, but those customers must still present their ID to the sales associate.

Customers have found the app very easy to use, and a fast, convenient way to shop.

“The process is smooth from start to finish, and the app is very easy to figure out how to use,” said Callie McIntosh, an Enmarketcustomer. “Enmarkethas really made it convenient to get in and out quickly. I use it every time I check out, and I still get a friendly acknowledgement from the employees on my way out the door.”

Enmarket employees received training to prepare for the rollout of the new technology. Employees are alerted every time a Skipshopper enters the store, and also when they have paid for their transaction, thanks to an iPad using Skiptechnology next to the cash register. Security features are built in as well.

“Convenience to our customers is fundamental to our business model,” said Giesick. “By investing in the latest technology, we are able to enhance that convenience. Customers can get in, get out and get on their way even faster with Skip Checkout. We’re thrilled to introduce this innovative technology to consumers in our markets. It has been very well received by the customers and employees who have been a part of our initial test phase.”

Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store Newsin 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country.

Matt Clements
Vice President, Marketing


State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8

State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokersand Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA.

During the morning event, five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community.

The goal of State of Small Business is to have current and relevant information available about the local economy, to help the small business owner make informed decisions in strategic business planning.

2019 State of Small Business presenters and topics include:

• Jen Bonnett, Savannah Economic Development Authority: Technology Trends;
• Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal: Freight Shipping Trends;
• Tony O’Reilly, president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region;
• Rhett Mouchet, associate broker at Colliers International Savannah: Commercial Real Estate Trends;
• Dean Burnette, managing broker at Best Business Brokers: Business Sales Trends.

Following their presentations, the speakers will hold a round-table review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners.

Michael Toma, director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern, will join the discussion to help interpret available information.

State of Small Business in Chatham County , Best Business Brokers

Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m.

During the event, there will also be displays from SCORE, UGA Small Business Development Center, and The Creative Coast, providing business resource materials.

This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required through

This event is sponsored by Best Business Brokers, Wells Fargo & Company, Savannah SCORE, The Creative Coast, UGA Small Business Development Center, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, Savannah Economic Development Authority, the city of Savannah, Small Business Assistance Corporation, Joe Marchese Construction, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah Morning News, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerceand the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

A PDF of all reports will be available on the Savannah SCOREwebsite,

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Best Business Brokers, SCORE Savannahand Carriage Trade Public RelationsFacebook pages. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav19.

For more information, visit

Best Business Brokers (B3) help people buy and sell businesses and commercial real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. The company is based in Savannah, Georgia. B3offers a variety of brokerage services, including confidential targeted marketing, potential buyers’ qualifications, showcasing, transaction negotiations, due diligence management, escrow process management, valuations and pricing, and closings. Their seasoned and award-winning business brokers are all licensed, commercial realtors. B3specializes in a multitude of industries, such as manufacturing-, technology- and logistics-related businesses and properties. Their headquarters is located at 6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405. For more information, visit http://B3Brokers.comor call 912-349-0940.

Wells Fargo & Company(NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargoprovides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargoserves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Companywas ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargoare also available at Wells FargoStories.

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

January Open for Business: The Value of Leadership Training

January Open for Business: The Value of Leadership Training

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC for the January session of their monthly Open for Business® series. This month’s topic is the value of leadership training, and Lee Beckmann, Leadership Southeast Georgia’s 2019 chair, will be the featured guest.

Lee Beckmann Open for Business

Lee Beckmann

The conversation takes place via Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 30, at noon. Interested parties can find more information here:

Open for Business® is a monthly online social media article review series, where current marketing articles are discussed that will help your business become more competitive. It is held on the last Wednesday of every month at noon via Facebook Live.

Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit

Cynthia Cradduck

Georgia Hospice Care Announces New Website Designed by Speros

Georgia Hospice Care Announces New Website Designed by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) GHC(formally Georgia Hospice Care) is pleased to announce the launch of a newly designed website —— for the hospice provider in Georgia and South Carolina. The new site was adopted to transition the company’s Georgia branding into a name that would enable mulit-state use. Additionally, the company was seeking to enhance capabilities of the website for recruiting and raising the visibility of their non-profit 501c GHCFoundation for donations to support the companies charitable activities.

GHC Website designed by Speros

The design took approximately eight weeks to create and implement the new site. Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the site features user-friendly navigation and a clean, professional design.

“The primary goal was to create a navigation scheme that made the site easy to use and informative,” said Lauren Dingus, web and graphics designer for Speros. “The group also needed a website that was interactive to include online forms, employment opportunities and a means for donations.”

GHCcoordinated the launch of the new website to coincide with the expansion of their hospice services into South Carolina.

“We enjoyed the process of working with Sperosand are thrilled with all aspects of the new website,” said GHCCFO and COO Kevin Gierc. “Our previous site was static with no interactive elements. This is a vast improvement for the families we serve.”

For more information, visit

GHCwas founded with the goal of improving the accessibility and quality of care available to those who live in the rural areas of Georgia and South Carolina. GHCprovides the care and compassion needed to ensure that patients live their final days with the respect and dignity they deserve. GHChas locations in Savannah, Jesup, and Brunswick. For more information visit

Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit, call 912-354-8900 or email

Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Felder & Associates Launches New Website Designed by Speros

Felder & Associates Launches New Website Designed by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associateshas just launched their redesigned website,

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company in Savannah, the site has been restructured to better feature the architecture and design firm’s growing portfolio of work specializing in historic preservation, architectural design, project management, construction administration and interior design.

Felder & Associates New Website

“It was becoming more apparent the old website was not structurally well suited to showcasing our increasing number of photos and content,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal. “We wanted a site that better reflected our company’s character and standards and behaved consistently in different browsers. I’m pleased to say the Sperosteam was able to accomplish that.”

Lauren Dingus, Speros’ director of web design and marketing, updated the site’s visible aspects, first by repurposing a video highlighting various steps of the design process. It is now featured prominently on the home page and provides background interest while visitors browse through the site’s streamlined navigation menu.

Divided into three distinct sectors, Felder & Associates’ updated project portfolio features a variety of residential and religious projects, as well as some of the firm’s best known commercial work.

“We were able to create a more organized project portfolio and to assist viewers looking for specific work, as well as press releases and award information,” said Dingus. “The new navigation makes it easier for viewers to stay on the site while they move around and find the information they need.”

Felder & Associates’ updated website also includes information about the firm’s history and its growing team of associates, as well as a news gallery. For more information, visit

Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association.

Recognition includes historic preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation award, the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects Design Award in Renovation and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design magazine.

Felder & Associatesis located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit

Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Marjorie Young to speak in Atlanta about Public Relations strategies to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers

Marjorie Young to speak in Atlanta about Public Relations strategies to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers

Did you know that 74% of consumers cite “word-of-mouth” as a key influence in their decision making? But most businesses leave so much good news on the table!

Marjorie Young, an experienced public relations consultant and founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will share her ideas about creating positive word-of-mouth when she speaks on Jan. 22 to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. The GABBmeets at the Georgia Association of Realtors building at 6065 Barfield Road, in Sandy Springs at 10:30 a.m., preceded at 9:45 a.m. by a free light breakfast and networking session.

The meeting is free and open to the public, but please fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming.

Young will discuss how small businesses can build a positive reputation simply by leveraging the great content that already exists in your business and in your marketing. Young founded Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. in 1995. Her firm creates positive word-of-mouth for businesses in the community and online by using reputation management strategies. She also does Crisis PR consulting and audits.

In 2017 the Savannah Chamber named Young Small Business Advocate of the Year. She currently sits on the Savannah Rotary, and Hospice Savannah board of directors. She is an avid hiker and walked Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2016.

The GABBis an organization of professionals who work with owners of Georgia businesses in important and complicated transactions: the sale of their businesses. GABBmembers help owners determine the asking price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for selling their business, identify and qualify buyers, and have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help maintain the confidential nature of the process. GABBmembers relentlessly pursue professional development so they can provide superior, ethical services for all customers and clients.

For more information on GABB, contact Diane Loupe at 404-374-3990 or georgiabusinessbrokers@gmail.comor Dean Burnette at dean@b3brokers.comor 912-247-3209.

Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

Savannah Vet, Dr. Jason King, Launches Pet Care Reminder App, “HEEL”

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology, has launched a new network app called “Heel!” that’s designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners.

Dr. Jason King

Dr. Jason King, CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology

The system sends reminders for medication or other recurring needs to pet owners via a smartphone app. An internet portal allows veterinary professionals to communicate with each other and the pet owner on prescription refills, therapy details, and other pet health issues.

“The app tames the problem of pet prescription compliance, allowing the sharing of reminders between pet parents, spouses, pet-sitters, and veterinary professionals,” King said. “Heel!also allows real-time updating of therapy details directly from the prescribing veterinarian to the owner’s phone reminders. Pet parents are able to request prescription refills with the convenience of one touch while veterinarians gain improved compliance and control. Pets, the center of the network, gain a seamless web of communication across their care team, which can remain entirely focused on the animal’s health.”

King is the founder and owner of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, which offers veterinary medical and surgical therapy for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.

“It’s unfortunate, but we see a lot of preventable deaths occur because pet parents don’t administer the prescribed medication regularly or to its entirety,” continued King. “As much of a convenience as this app is, it is also intended to save lives.”

He recently was recognized for his development of the Heel!app by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. He was selected as a winner of the organization’s inaugural BizPitch Savannahentrepreneurial competition in September 2018.

The Heel!app is available for download through online app stores or from the website

Jason King is the founder and CEO of Live Oak Veterinary Neurologyin Savannah, Ga., and developer of the award-winning “Heel!” veterinary network app. The practice provides medical and surgical therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles and offers diagnostic tools and advanced training in electrophysiology and neurosurgery. Dr. King graduated from the University of Georgiain 2006 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and is one of only 325 board-certified veterinary neurologists in the world. For more information, call 912-662-7544, visit

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.