Canada_flagBENNINGTON, VERMONT- Global-Z International, a service provider specializing in the data hygiene of name and address data for global database owners recently announced the opening of new business entity in Canada, Global Data Quality Solutions Inc. (GDQS). GDQS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global-Z located in the province of New Brunswick, Canada.

GDQS was originated from a new requirement issued by Canada Post that became effective in January 2014. Canada Post’s requirement mandates all Canada National Change of Address (CNCOA) service providers and licensees must maintain a legal entity in Canada, and all CNCOA service operations must be performed in Canada. This regulation is intended to protect the security of Canada’s NCOA database by limiting access to that data from within the country.

“NCOA providers may transfer customer data to and from Canada for processing, so we don’t expect any service disruption to our customers, but the NCOA database itself must reside in Canada” stated Dimitri Garder, Executive Vice President of Global-Z. “We created GDQS in order to comply with the requirements without any interruption to the high level of services that our customers have come to expect from Global-Z.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact Us.

About Global Data Quality Solutions Inc. (GDQS)

GDQS is a data hygiene service provider that performs Canada National Change of Address (CNCOA) processing services for global database owners. GDQS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global-Z International Inc.

About Global-Z International

Global-Z International Inc. is an international contact data hygiene service provider in operation since 1989. The company services clients in the catalog, publishing, travel and entertainment, telecommunications, technology and retail sectors amongst others. Its clients include many leading global database owners located throughout the world.

~By Paul Harris, Sales & Marketing Assistant

Australia Post

Early in December 2013, Global-Z learned from Australia Post that they were soon to begin charging a royalty fee for use of their postal address file (PAF), which became effective on January 1st, 2014.

Global-Z is a long time licensee of Australia Post’s PAF file.  The PAF file helps us provide our clients with the leading address hygiene services for Australian data.  In order to reduce the impact of this change, we will be passing these royalty costs on to our clients without any price markup. These royalties will be in addition to our regular address hygiene service fees.

Our customers who have historically had Global-Z process their Australia data have already been contacted by us in December with details about the royalty-based fees Australia Post has added.  If you have any questions or concerns about this change and how it may impact your business, please Contact Us. We would be happy to help answer your questions.

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It’s that time again! We are getting ready for the 2014 annual Technology for Marketing & Advertising (TFM&A) conference in London. This year’s show will take place at Earls Court and the event will be co-locating with multiple different conferences.

This year the Global-Z team can be found in the Global Marketing Alliance (GMA) lounge. The lounge is located on the right side of the exhibit hall near the Direct Marketing Theater and Data & Marketing Theater (view floor plan here).

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you at the 2014 conference! Please Contact Us to schedule  a meeting during the show. We would love to talk to you about all our Direct Marketing and Data Quality services. We are also providing  live demos of our Real Time data processing capabilities.

See you in the swinging city!

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Want to enjoy yourself before the show? DMI Magazine will once again host the Global-Z co-sponsored networking social the evening preceding the TFM&A, on Monday, February 24th. We’ve got all the details here for you.

Jeff Couture

~By Paul Harris, Sales & Marketing Assistant

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Jeff Couture, Executive Director of the Vermont Technology Alliance (vtTA). The vtTA is a business association focused on supporting, promoting and expanding technology companies and jobs in Vermont. Through that role, Jeff has experience in association leadership, organization and membership development, event planning and advocacy. Previously he was a communications manager for IBM, serving at the primary spokesperson for IBM in Vermont.

 Global-Z- Why did you start the Vermont Technology Alliance?

Jeff- The Vermont Technology Alliance started as the Vermont Software Developers Alliance in 2004. It grew out of a gathering of software companies in the greater Burlington area who realized there was a large number of software and tech-related businesses in Vermont, but that this business sector was not always recognized or visible.  The organization was formed to encourage collaboration, share expertise, and provide a unified voice for Vermont’s software industry.

As the organization grew, Vermont companies in other tech business segments identified common needs and joined the Alliance. In 2012, the Vermont Technology Alliance name was adopted to better reflect the organization’s expanding membership and its mission to represent and support the state’s growing number of technology companies.

Global-Z- In our digital age, most all businesses use some form of technology to function. This can make the definition of a “tech company” become a bit ambiguous. How do you define a technology company?

Jeff- Our definition of a technology company is fairly broad, in recognition of the many types of businesses that create, use and manage technology.  It often focuses on companies involved in information technology, and encompasses the use of digital tools, networks, applications, data and analytics to create or deliver a product or service. For our organization, this includes software development and consulting, web design and development, information systems management and data processing, telecommunications and networking, game and app development, technology manufacturing, biotechnology, energy, technology-related sales and marketing, and others who support or do business with Vermont’s technology sector.

Global-Z- Why should anyone consider a career in Vermont if they want to work in the tech industry?

Jeff- Vermont has a strong reputation as a great place to visit and to live. Tourists flock here for the state’s recreation, beauty, small communities and downtowns. Vermont regularly makes national lists for its quality of life. What if you could live here and have a great tech career?  Well, you can. Vermont is home to a number of dynamic, fast-growing, innovative technology companies who are leaders in their fields and doing business worldwide. Many of these companies tend to fly under the radar – they’re not as well-known in the state as Ben and Jerry’s or are not located in a typical corporate high-rise – but they’re here, they’re successful and they’re hiring.

Global-Z- Recruiting good “techies” who want to live and work in Vermont can be a challenge for business in the state. What can businesses do to help build Vermont’s reputation as a technology state?

Jeff- One of vtTA’s goals is to draw attention to the number of tech companies that are based in Vermont – it’s one of the state’s best kept secrets. That’s why vtTA sponsors the annual Tech Jam trade show and works with state government to encourage marketing Vermont as a home for tech. There are a few large tech firms in the state, but many are smaller firms that have great opportunity and growth potential. As a business association we try to spotlight the collective strength of the industry as a whole, and communicate to job seekers that if you come to Vermont to work in tech, you can find opportunities.

Global-Z- What are your goals for the future of vtTA?

Jeff- We will continue to expand our membership, which today includes more than 150 companies and entrepreneurs, and to connect with tech businesses throughout the state.  We will continue to work with the Legislature and state Commerce Agency to support and promote the value of Vermont’s tech business sector. We’ll continue to provide and promote opportunities for the tech sector to network and collaborate. Among our planned projects this year is production of a third edition of our Tapping Tech publication, which highlights the positive impact of Vermont technology companies on the state’s economy, and a “Tech Summit,” to share ideas, address issues and plan for the future of Vermont’s digital economy.