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Hoppon Announces Launch of Hyperlocal Small Business Platform

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Hoppon announces a newly launched hyperlocal app and online grocery and food marketplace for shopping online. With the era of COVID, many shoppers are having trouble getting groceries, for example. Using an online marketplace for the Chicagoland area, shoppers can discover new shops and order it for pickup or delivery. The online grocery platform for Chicago provides a necessary service for vendors to list their shops and attract new customers.

Hoppon is looking for new vendors to join the platform. Vendors can sign up for free and list their shop and products to provide pickup or delivery through December 31, 2020.

"Hoppon is committed to helping small businesses during these difficult times. We are also entrepreneurs and understand better than anyone that we must help each other through this period. And we are here to help," said CEO of Hoppon, Shekar Dhandapani.

Recent data released in a GeekWire article reported in March 2020 42 percent of consumers got their groceries online. The data compared to 22 percent in the same 2018 time period. Over 50 percent of those surveyed by GeekWire saw the current pandemic "permanently boosting their willingness to buy groceries online."

Shopping online and utilizing apps had become the most popular way to shop due to convenience. COVID-19 has sparked a trend in online shopping. Consumers who buy their shoes and cars online realize they don't have the time or want to take the time to hit the grocery store. Customers at a physical disadvantage, such as the elderly or handicapped, see the safety in grocery delivery.

Chicagoland grocery stores, restaurants, deli, and other specialty food owners intent on staying in line with the growing trend can list their shop with Hoppon for online shopping. Adding an eCommerce option to a local store is particularly critical to smaller businesses that hope to remain competitive. Shifting operations to accommodate consumer demand will be vital to survival in the market long after the coronavirus is in our rearview.

Hoppon connects businesses, buyers, and consumers with merchants and vendors. It allows for convenient shopping and interaction between vendors and customers. Shops can list their shop and inventory for online shopping. Our platform ensures safe transactions and allows vendors to provide pickup or delivery to the nearby area.

Online marketplaces like Hoppon are a connection that provides a high level of service to consumers and businesses. From finding products to paying for them to getting deliveries, everyone benefits from a smooth, responsible service.

Small or independent grocers, craft food purveyors, specialty food services, and other food merchants in Chicago shouldn't assume they can't compete with their larger competitors. Signing on with Hoppon, a company that focuses on smaller businesses, can make a deli, restaurant, or bakery as accessible as a major chain.

"We also make it easy for vendors to get started," said Dhandapani. "Hoppon connects consumers with small or independent grocers, specialty food stores, craft food purveyors, and other quality food merchants in the Chicago, Illinois area. Grocers can sign up with Hoppon and select easily upload their available inventory through a CSV file or send the information to us, and we add it. Delis, bakeries, and even specialty food markets are using the platform to make shopping more accessible."

Hoppon also offers a variety of features for business owners comparable to large chain stores like order notifications, and email updates. Keep yourself tech-savvy, let valued customers stay in touch, and new customers discover you through Chicagoland's eCommerce supermarket like Hoppon.

Hoppon's features also include vendors' ability to run promotions to customers. Promotions empower shop owners to reach new customers and keep existing ones. We've added this feature to help vendors drive traffic to their online shop and to their physical shop.

"Marketplaces like this ensure that independent businesses can be technologically up-to-date and quick to serve consumers as giants like Amazon, Whole Foods, and Walmart," said Dhandapani.

Hoppon's app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Vendors can register for free to add their shop. Visit Hoppon to list a Chicago area shop here:

About Hoppon

Hoppon connects customers and hyper-local businesses with an online eCommerce platform. Hoppon helps local businesses get new customers and boost revenue. Hoppon is committed to helping small businesses during these difficult times. We are also entrepreneurs and understand better than anyone that we have to help each other through this period. And we are here to help. In addition, with more & more consumers embracing mobile-based shopping, running your promotions and advertising on Hoppon can get you, customers, in a relatively short period of time, that too at a fraction of the cost.

Hoppon connects consumers with small or independent grocers, specialty food stores, craft food purveyors and other quality food merchants in the Chicago, Illinois area. Grocers can sign up with Hoppon and select easily add their available inventory through a CSV file or to send the information to us and we add it. Delis, bakeries, and even specialty food markets are using the platform to make shopping more accessible.

We especially support the local specialty shops, including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Greek, and other ethnic restaurants, grocery stores, and small businesses. Hoppon has apps in Google Play and the Apple Store. For more information or to register your shop, visit

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Packform Steals the Show Once Again

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Packform, a company accelerating in the sphere of digital innovation, has further established its position as a startup to watch after being named the winner of a Gold Stevie(R) Award in the Tech Startup of the Year - Software category.

Packform, which has received substantial recognition since its launch, was also awarded a Silver Stevie(R) Award in the Startup of the Year - Business Services Industries category, in the 17th Annual International Business Awards(R) today.

The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2020 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories.

This prestigious award comes just one month after Packform was hailed as Most Innovative Startup of the Year in both the Technology and Business Services Categories at the annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

Packform is an online managed marketplace that has remarkably cooked up a storm within the packaging industry within months of launch. Its solution has completely revolutionized the way packaging supply and demand is traditionally managed and sold and has vigorously disrupted the existing status quo within an archaic industry to create something that is fast, nimble, automated and absolutely refreshing.

The start-up is founded by an impressive trio - Australia's top futurist and key thought leader on innovation and technology, Peter Williams, one of Australia's leading and most successful serial entrepreneurs, Philip Weinman, and former Vice President of Landsberg Orora, Preston Geeting.

"We are once again, over the moon to receive this incredible recognition," says Co-founder and Chairman, Philip Weinman. "Our goal has always been to lead through innovative disruption. It is so inspiring to see the journey Packform has been on and the energy that drives the growth we have experienced as a team. We know even greater achievements lie ahead of us and that is so exciting."

The company is committed to both innovation and supporting organizations that can benefit from its digital platform. Packform's technology has recently been used to assist with preventing the global spread of coronavirus. The company generously volunteered its technology to a charity in the United Kingdom to assist with much needed distribution of PPE and essential items.

"The greatest successes come from overcoming disruption," says Co-Founder Peter Williams. "Packform have been able to move quickly and adapt to new demands in the midst of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we have risen to the challenge.

"We are so proud of what Packform has achieved through adversity. We have been able to help customers and organizations when they needed help the most. The future is still so uncertain in all corners of the globe; however, we know that we can still help further and where there is uncertainty, there is always the opportunity for innovation."

About Philip Weinman:

Philip Weinman is a respected business leader and speaker who is regularly listed as one of Australia's leading and most successful serial entrepreneurs. He's founded many fast-growing companies and is a highly successful innovator, known for his track record of spotting a niche and disrupting industries with new products and services that change the sector and improve the way people live and work. Visit or for more information.

About Peter Williams:

Peter Williams was a Partner with Deloitte and Founder and CEO of Deloitte Digital, one of the fast-growing management consulting arms in the world that specializes in digital technology, with over 9000 employees in 29 countries. Prior to his time at Deloitte Digital, Peter founded Deloitte's e-business consulting group in Australia. Peter is one of Australia's key thought leaders on innovation and online, mobile & emerging technology. He works with many high-profile organizations such as Telstra, CSIRO, Holden, Victorian & Federal Governments and Meat & Livestock Australia.

About Preston Geeting:

Preston Geeting is the co-founder and director of Packform. After studying International Business at London Metropolitan University and Business Administration at California Lutheran University, Preston turned entrepreneur. Prior to Packform, Preston was Vice President for the publicly listed packaging company Landsberg Orora. He began as a sales representative and became one of the company's most successful brokers over his 18-year career.

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Fanplayr Announces Strategic Expansion to Accommodate its Growth

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Fanplayr, a leader in online behavioral personalization and AI for the past 10 years, today announced major changes to support significant growth in its business and customer base.

The company specializes in "converting online users into buyers" using analysis of shoppers' online behaviors. "As the pandemic takes its course, consumers are making a more permanent shift to online purchasing," says Simon Yencken, Founder and CEO of Fanplayr. "Retailers are allocating more dollars to their online strategies. They are also getting set for a longer online holiday season, so the time for retailers to act is early on."

Before the pandemic, Fanplayr had achieved 100% growth over the previous year, and the company recorded revenue growth of 87% over last year in Q2 of 2020. Contributors to Fanplayr's significant growth include:

* Growth in online sales. Key indicators of ecommerce success have increased consistently and simultaneously during the pandemic, driving growth in online-related businesses services. This rarely happens, even during peak holiday seasons.

* Movement away from tracking. Responding to anonymous online visitors became even more critical when third-party tracking policies changed in February 2020 in a movement to increase online privacy. Behavior personalization is uniquely responsive, without the need for cookies.

* Positive results for clients. Behavioral personalization directly drives sales, with clients seeing increased closure rates up to 120%.

* Providing customer care. As buying habits change from in-store to online, companies lose the ability to speak directly to their customers. "Behavior personalization has become the online equivalent of the proverbial salesperson," says Yencken.

In July, the company announced it would expand its offices in New York City to support its growing North American client base. During the same month, it appointed a Regional Sales Director for new offices in Manchester and London.

"In a scenario of global economic recovery, the expansion in New York and the opening of Fanplayr headquarters in UK are extremely positive signs," said Enrico Quaroni, VP Global Sales. The Palo Alto-based company now has offices on both North American coasts and in eight countries globally.

About Fanplayr

Fanplayr is a global leader in e-commerce behavioral data, using machine learning and AI to enable businesses to increase conversion rates and revenue, collect more leads, and retarget visitors with personalized recommendations during and after the shopping experience. Fanplayr is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with offices in New York, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Milan, London, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Tokyo.

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Bringing Connection Back During the Pandemic, ‘GO Live’ Exclusively Available on The Odd Market

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Odd Lot Foundation announced today they have developed a proprietary platform that allows sellers to subscribe to their GO Live platform enabling them to be connected with customers like never before.

Unlike chatbots and video response services that have you record a message, send to the owner, and then wait for a video reply, GO Live connects you live and in person immediately and on-demand. It's the brainchild of the husband and wife team, Phillip and Shelly Dane behind The Odd Market.

The Dane family has been producing events in Southern California for the past 30 years. GO Live is about connection, filling the void as events and stores are not operating due to COVID-19.

"We have over 3000 registered Sellers who attend our events to earn their living. In March, that cane to a sudden stop. People were losing their day jobs and no place to sell their wares. There were no events to attend and stores were shut down. GO Live was born out of COVID-19," said Phillip Dane.

After almost 5 months in development, GO Live is now live and on the Odd Market website:

GO Live is an affordable subscription service available to all Sellers on The Odd Market site. When a customer is on a product page on, they will see the Supplier (artist or maker) and a link to their bio, a link to all their other products, and the GO Live button.

When a customer clicks GO Live, the supplier is notified on an app with the option to accept or decline the incoming video call. If they accept, within seconds the customer is connected on a video call with the supplier.

Think of it as virtually walking into a boutique or craft show booth and being able to have face to face but with GO Live it's from the comfort of your home. A supplier could be home, on a beach. walking their dog and always available. In a time where connection is craved, GO Live delivers the solution. Customers feel confident when they can video call with the owner of a product. It's fun and personable and it's exclusively available on

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About The Odd Lot Foundation:

The Odd Lot Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to assist small businesses to increase recognition and sales. In addition to the GO Live platform, we are launching Meet the Makers (, an intimate look at what motivates, inspires, and drives the many small businesses that are selling or subscribed to The Odd Market. Up to 90% of all revenue generated through The Odd Market Online Store goes directly to the Suppliers.

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Launch Program Helps Companies Start Selling Direct to Consumers in China Via Cross Border E-Commerce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- ABC Showcase USA, a leading provider of cross border e-commerce services, international trade and logistics fulfillment, established in 2018, announced expansion of a comprehensive solution to help U.S. companies sell directly to consumers in China and S.E. Asia.

Cross border e-commerce is dramatically transforming the way foreign brands penetrate the Chinese market. In 2019 more than $200 billion dollars in commerce was transacted through cross border e-commerce in China and more than 600 million active online consumers are expected by 2023. Perhaps even more exciting, U.S. companies can start selling their products in China without needing to first commit to costly regulatory approvals, re-labeling or modifications.

The rise of cross border e-commerce has brought with it an unprecedented opportunity for American companies to tap sales directly from Chinese consumers. Even with the specter of protracted trade friction between the United States and China, cross border e-commerce offers U.S. brand holders a sensible work around to sell their products in China avoiding high tariffs.

New-to-export companies can begin selling their brands direct to consumers in China including in highly regulated product categories such as health supplements, beauty products, pet food, and packaged foods with no need to directly ship their inventory overseas and thus bypassing a traditional stocking distributor. The Chinese government has recently lowered duties on most consumer goods sold through cross border sales to 9.2 %. Coupled with the expanded Chinese individual personal exemption, consumers can now import up to 5000 RMB($720.00) duty free.

The team at Showcase USA has simplified the cross-border e-commerce process to offer companies a customizable solution to help quickly launch their products rapidly in China. Since the start of 2018, Showcase USA has managed the successful launch of U.S. apparel, beauty, packaged foods, supplements, and innovative consumer goods on and other leading cross border platforms. According to Mark Matsumoto, company co-founder," The expansion of cross border e-commerce has been a game changer for U.S. companies hoping to reach the vast China consumer market. We have developed a turn-key selling model that reduces risk and gives companies assurance dealing with a U.S. based company."

Leveraging the backbone of ABC Depot Logistics who established the 3PL and procurement arm for Netease/Kaola in North America, the ABC Showcase USA model provides brand holders a simple method to manage all aspects of the cross-border process selling on leading platforms including,, Pinduoduo, WeChat and others.

The ABC Showcase USA Store Program provides brand holders the following bundled support:
* Platform authorization and launch within 30 Days
* Product registrations with China Customs
* Translated product listings on ABC Showcase USA Storefront
* Management of inventory and logistics from Los Angeles or New Jersey Warehouse
* Payment collection from Chinese consumers
* Coordination of platform promotion, including facilitation of in-country social media campaigns and participation in live streaming events.
* 24/7 customer service support in China

California based companies can inquire about opportunities to leverage the California Export ICEP Program that may fully subsidize participation in the ABC Showcase USA Pilot Program - a 6-month trial to on board and start selling products on three of the leading cross border e-commerce platforms.

Don't miss your chance to leverage the biggest online shopping day in the world: Singles' Day on 11/11 which is expected to exceed $60 billion dollars. U.S. companies who take advantage of the program offered by ABC Showcase USA can actively participate in Singles' Day and other important online sales incentive days in Fall/Winter 2020.

About ABC Depot Logistics/Showcase USA

Founded in 2005 as a leading provider of end-to-end logistics solutions, combing air freight, ocean freight, warehousing, road rail, express packages and e-commerce services. Having established a strong reputation in the global logistics industry, ABC Depot was enlisted by Netease/Kaola in 2015 to establish a 3PL operation and procurement office in North America. ABC Depot has played a key role helping become the leading cross border e-commerce platform in China. The launch of ABC Showcase USA in 2018 offered brand holders the first affordable and comprehensive cross border e-commerce sales and support solution.

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Fanplayr Data Shows Retailers Are Making Up for Lost Sales

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Fanplayr, a leader in e-commerce intelligence, released figures that give clear insights into the adjustment consumers are making in light of significant lifestyle changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracking aggregate behavior across clients' sites, the data prove a shift from retail to online purchasing. The results are particularly dramatic in large clothing, sports and kids fashion retailers.

According to analyses of sites with over 20 million visitors per month, key indicators of e-commerce success have risen consistently and simultaneously during the period of time a particular market has been dealing with COVID-19. Visitor traffic, conversion rates and AOV (average order value) have all increased. Simultaneous increases in key indicators is rare, even during peak holiday seasons. Simon Yencken, Founder and CEO of Fanplayr states, "It demonstrates our clients are recapturing some lost revenues, namely 30- 40%, caused by limited or no store traffic."

For example, the Japanese market has been dealing with COVID-19 longer than the U.S. because of their proximity to the epicenter. Over the period of time from first reports of infection to today, online key indicators have all risen.

This information is critical for retailers scrambling to make up lost profits. It demonstrates that lost revenue from shelter-in-place and school closures can be recovered from increased online sales, and the overall impact can be mitigated even more with strategies to increase closure rates of shoppers.

As transactions move increasingly online, revenue attributable to AI and behavioral personalization is also increasing. Yencken says Fanplayr's behavioral intelligence responds to anonymous online visitors by understanding their intent, based on their online behavior, and then responding appropriately. This removes the need for third-party tracking to increase conversion rates.

"Companies must focus online to capture every potential sale," says Yencken. "Without segmentation strategies, companies are losing potential sales, something no one can afford to do in this business landscape."

About Fanplayr

Fanplayr is a leader e-commerce behavioral data, using machine learning and AI to enable businesses to increase conversion rates and revenue, collect more leads, and retarget visitors with personalized recommendations during and after the shopping experience. Fanplayr is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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Helping Powell’s Books and Small Retail Businesses Stay Operational During Pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Matter Supply Co. responds with a technology solution after Powell's Books layoffs. The company announced today that it will also donate significant efforts to create 20 eCommerce websites for small Portland-area retailers most threatened by closure during the outbreak.

Matter Supply Co. recently developed a Google Chrome extension to help Powell's Books become more visible to shoppers searching for titles on Amazon. Today the company launched its 20 in 20 Program aimed at supporting small brick and mortar retail businesses that are closed during quarantine without websites to sell their inventory.

The program will donate resources to create 20 eCommerce websites within 20 days for Portland business owners who apply and are deemed most at risk for permanent closure. Each site will be available to the selected applicants for $500.

The fee covers initial technology and ancillary service fees only. Portland small business owners can apply to the program now at

"I love this city. Seeing so many closed store fronts is really difficult. As a small business owner, I feel this is the best way to help my community right now," says Joshua Redshaw, Principal at Matter Supply Co.

The company believes this effort will have more immediate, positive impact on the local business community at a time when small business owners wait in limbo for legislative decisions and scramble to garner other means of support. Matter Supply Co. will pilot the program in Portland, with hopes to expand the effort to other cities in the near future.

"If we can create online stores quickly for small retailers that don't have them, it might help save their brick and mortar locations while we figure out what the future holds," adds Redshaw.

Matter Supply Co. is an independent, Portland-based digital product studio focused on creating digital products and technology solutions that address real problems that people face every day.

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Currency Notes Can Be Super Spreader of Novel Coronavirus 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- At a time when various governments and health bodies are still figuring out the different modes of transmission of novel coronavirus 2019, there are some spelled out precautions for which there is a universal consensus, says HexGn research. One of them is to avoid contact with the objects, people, surfaces, et all.

The option of isolation at home is not possible as people still need to buy food or step out for essential purchases, and in places where it is business as usual, nearly unavoidable. Financial transactions cannot be avoided whatever be the case, coins, paper money, ATM, card swipe machines, and even plastic cards, therefore pose a risk in such circumstances. It is no longer a debate about cashless economy, contactless is the way ahead.

Currency notes, coins, and plastic cards, due to its frequent circulation in daily life as a medium of exchange, could get easily contaminated by this Coronavirus. Previous studies across the United States, China, India, and other countries (Sharma and Sumbali, 2014) have revealed that 70-94 percent of banknotes and coins harbor various bacteria and viruses on the surface, even currency counting machines were harboring deadly pathogens. If this was not enough, another study by Kramer et al. in 2006, using laboratory simulations, concluded that bacteria and viruses could survive on the surface of banknotes or coins from one to thirteen days.

Avoiding currency notes and coins may not be enough; plastic cards and card swipe machines, too, may not be immune from contamination. Cards are never cleaned and the user needs to punch in the PIN on the payment terminal, which may not be disinfected after every usage. Professor Eike Steinmann at the Faculty of Medicine at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany has published a new analysis in The Journal of Hospital Infection. Professor Steinmann, by analyzing data from different types of Coronavirus, has concluded that many strains can live on surfaces such as glass, plastic, or metal, for up to nine days.

Governments and public health organizations can proactively educate people to use contactless payments systems that facilitate payment using digital wallets, QR code scan, or point and pay.

According to HexGn Research, contactless payments are a part of the FinTech sector, which attracted $46 billion in investments, 10 percent of it made into ventures specializing in payment systems and wallets. This could increase dramatically, as governments look for the immediate adoption of contactless payments being offered by existing players. This will lead to further fundraising to strengthen backend systems and onboarding new consumers. New players will also enter the payments and wallet segment, looking at the possible boom.

"To stem infection early on, it has become imperative for Governments to not only adopt but actively encourage the usage of contactless payments & transactions. This will provide a safer transaction option as we continue to fight with this novel Coronavirus," says Alex Kong, Founder and chairman of Hong Kong-based FinTech Unicorn, TNG Wallet.

Payments and Digital wallet companies could help in reducing the spread of Novel Coronavirus 2019 and embolden global health bodies in stemming this tide with minimal damage.

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After, Inc. launches QuickReg 2.0 with additional benefits for Manufacturers and their Customers

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc., the global leader in Warranty Marketing and Analytics Solutions since 2005, just announced the launch of QuickReg(TM) 2.0, the next iteration of its smart registration solution. QuickReg(TM), launched in March 2019, helps manufacturers drive higher registration rates by making product registration quick, easy and convenient for consumers through their preferred channel of choice.

"Our research has shown that there are four reasons for low product registration rates," says Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. "First, current registration processes are not convenient for consumers. Consumers won't do it if it's manual, time-consuming and requires multiple steps. Second, registration must happen right away, when consumers first get their products, or it won't happen at all. Third, with CCPA and the additional consumer data protection legislation happening across the country, registration solutions must give consumers control over their data and how it is used. And finally, although consumers are more willing than ever to share their data, they must feel they are getting value in return. QuickReg incorporates all of these requirements."

QuickReg(TM) initially offered two ways for customers to register their products. They could send the model number via text to a specified phone number, or take a picture of the model number and send it via text or email. This would launch an automated process where QuickReg(TM) would engage the customer in a two-way discussion, verify their personal information, and complete the registration process in a few simple steps.

QuickReg(TM) 2.0 gives consumers an additional option. They can scan a QR code or RFID tag on the manufacturer's product box, with the model number embedded.

"A majority of manufacturers are moving towards using QR codes and RFID tags for product identification, so we have enhanced QuickReg to accept it," says Baldwin. "We are excited about QuickReg's added functionality and the convenience it provides to manufacturers and their customers."

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About After, Inc.

After, Inc. ( is a global leader in the Warranty Services industry. Its predictive analytics, data-driven marketing strategies, reporting and program administration are second to none. After, Inc. has partnered with some of the world's top brands to help transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue / profit opportunities. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn. and with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of EPIC Insurance Group, a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm with 1,300 employees across the United States.

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Award-Winning Bay Area Nonprofit Now Accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum Donations through BitPay

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- AmericaSCORES Bay Area, the award-winning nonprofit that has been studied for its proven benefits to student learning, health, and social-emotional skills of over 2,000 low-income youth, has partnered with blockchain technology and design firm Totem Block and BitPay, the largest global blockchain payment provider, to become an early adopter in accepting cryptocurrency donations.

Cryptocurrency can provide a tax relief option and local end-of-year charitable giving opportunity for donors. Though 2% of all donations to charity-billions of dollars in the U.S.-in 2018 were made in cryptocurrency, very few nonprofits are able to accept cryptocurrency donations, and fewer still in the Bay Area, though it is the top location for cryptocurrency holdings worldwide. AmericaSCORES Bay Area's digital donation platform, implemented by Totem Block, steps into the gap and connects high net worth donors to actual impact and change in their communities.

AmericaSCORES has several programs with proven benefits to the health, social-emotional well being, and academic and creative skills of its youth. SCORES' after-school programs train kids to write poetry, play soccer, and go out into their communities to perform service projects. AmericaSCORES also funds the building of soccer fields in urban spaces, giving kids a green place to play.

Accepting cryptocurrency donations through BitPay helps SCORES keep going with their mission of empowering "poet-athletes" to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged and collaborative students and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

AmericaSCORES has been named a 2019 RWJF Sports Award Finalist, one of only 12 in the country. This award recognizes professional teams, individuals and organizations that strengthen and serve communities through sport. It was named a 2019 Presidents Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Community Leader. This honor was given to only 31 organizations or individuals. AmericaSCORES is 1 of 15 organizations to be recognized as a "Best Practice Honoree" from the Library of Congress for their unique literacy and poetry program.

"As blockchain payments continue to move mainstream, we are seeing an increase in donations from the crypto community to valuable causes like SCORES," said Bill Zielke, CMO at BitPay. "In accepting cryptocurrency donations through BitPay, SCORES can broaden its donor base who want to make donations using cryptocurrency while receiving settlements in US dollars."

The customer makes the donation and BitPay verifies the funds and accepts the Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash or Ether. SCORES has the option to take Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether or US Dollars or a split. If SCORES chooses to take 100% fiat currency, the US Dollars are deposited into their bank account the next business day minus a 1% fee BitPay charges for the entire process. This fee is significantly less than the fees charged by credit cards, allowing organizations to keep a larger percentage of overall donations.

"The ways in which people transact financially is changing, which means that philanthropy is also changing," said CEO of AmericaSCORES Bay Area Colin Schmidt. "Accepting Bitcoin is a natural next step as a greater number of people use it. Two percent of donations in 2018 were made using cryptocurrency, which may not seem like a lot until you think about the scale of philanthropy-hundreds of billions of dollars. We want to show that there are many ways to use cryptocurrency, which can practically benefit both an organization and a donor through transparency, securely and easily through a partner like Bitpay."

CEO of Totem, Jackie Morck adds, "We're proud to partner with America SCORES to help them implement all the technology they need to accept cryptocurrencies, and reach the right audiences in the industry. After implementing a donation portal, we've partnered with BitPay for its easy set-up, long-standing reputation, and history of working with nonprofits. We're happy to help America SCORES be innovators in their field and provide more options for donors through using this exciting new technology."

About America SCORES

Since 2001, SCORES has been delivering joyful learning opportunities to Bay Area children, giving students the support, skills, and confidence to meet new challenges and chart their own futures. Its mission is to empower its "poet-athletes" to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged and collaborative students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. AmericaSCORES delivers free, accessible after school youth development programs that combine soccer, poetry and service learning. It has programs in San Francisco, Oakland, Daly City, San Rafael, Hayward, and Redwood City schools. For more information visit

About BitPay

Founded in 2011, BitPay is the pioneer and the most experienced company in Bitcoin and blockchain payments. Its suite of products enables businesses to send and receive cross border payments, also enabling consumers to manage digital assets with the BitPay Wallet and turn digital assets into dollars with the BitPay Prepaid Visa(r) Card. The company has offices in North America, Europe, and South America and has raised over $70 million from leading investors including Founders Fund, Index Ventures and Aquiline Technology Growth. For more information visit

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Totem is a blockchain technology and design firm that partners with clients to build creative, cutting-edge development solutions for forward-thinking companies. Totem uses diverse experience in vertical industries, specialized technology insights, and world-class ecosystem to create blockchain applications that are real, viable, and innovative. For more information visit

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