Technology at The Forefront in Making Securus The Leading Correctional Facility Communication Provider

Securus is an American security solutions provider that has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The company’s chief executive officer is Richard Smith, popularly known as Rick Smith. Securus is currently Americas biggest provider of inmate communication services.

 

Over the years, Securus has been trusted to provide the correctional facilities and other law enforcement agencies with highly secure information channels. The company offers its services to more than 2,600 correctional establishments that are found in 45 states in America. The number of inmates who are benefactors of Securus’ services is currently placed at over one million.

 

What makes the firm the most sought after in the provision of communication channels and technology to correctional facilities is the focus they’ve put in the designing of high-quality services and products to its clients. The firm’s clients currently include correctional facilities, government institutions and other private companies in need of tailor-made security solutions.

 

Securus technologies have been in the security solution industry for more than 30 years. Providing communication services is one of the areas the company has focused on. In July 2016, the company announced that it had made investments valued at $600 million.

 

The investment goes on to solidify the company’s commitment to providing security solutions and also sets it as a leader in the industry. The purpose of the investment is to acquire various patents and in the research and development of numerous technologies that are aimed at providing both robust and secure solutions to its Securus’ clients.

 

Securus clients have been providing positive feedback on the impact of the company’s technology in the respective correctional facilities. One such facility in an email thanked Securus for its services as the firm’s security was used in the rooting out of a corrupt member of staff.

 

The Secret to How Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Took on Amazon

Amazon usually is quite comfortable sitting atop the online apparel industry, despite years and thousands of clothing retailers trying to topple the giant from their perch. The online giant is raking in about 20 percent of all the online clothing sales, and leaving thousands to fight over scraps at the bottom of the market. Then you have Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, breaking free from the pack and doing what no one has been able to do before, give Amazon a real run for the money. Looking at the sales in the last three years, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has already made in excess of $250 million, something that certainly has gotten Amazon’s attention.

 

To get a better understanding of how Kate Hudson’s Fabletics was able to do the impossible, we speak with the CEO herself and get the dirt on what her secret is. To the surprise of most, the secret is all about reverse showrooming and membership perks, nothing more. This might seem hard for many to even comprehend, but it works for this women’s clothing company. To follow the money, we have to start in the local mall at the Fabletics retail stores. Women in the store are applying for their free membership, taking the Lifestyle Quiz, browsing the racks, and window-shopping til their hearts content.

 

Many of these shoppers leave the retail store without buying, can Kate Hudson’s Fabletics sustain record sales this way?

 

Leaving the store without buying is actually just part of the reverse showrooming sales process. Hudson says these women today are busy, and they are out doing their business and only have limited time to pamper themselves. They browse the store knowing each item that they try on is going to be uploaded to their online shopping cart at the Kate Hudson’s Fabletics website. Then they can return at their convenience to pick up shopping at their leisure.

 

From leggings, tank tops, to yoga pants, this athleisure brand has something for everyone. Add into the mix those membership perks we talked about earlier, and you can see why Amazon certainly has their hands full with Kate Hudson’s Fabletics. Those perks include help from a personal shopping assistant, free shipping for online orders, discounts on all the workout apparel, and the ability to return items without any questions. All this adds up to one thing, customer satisfaction, and they are showing their approval by breaking records as far as sales for this one online clothing company.

WHITNEY WOLFE, THE FOUNDER OF BUMBLE DATING APP

Match Group, which also owns Match.com, OKCupid and Tinder approached dating app Bumble with an acquisition offer of $450 million. Unfortunately, Bumble turned down offer from their competitors. There are vague reasons as to why they declined the offer with some speculating it would be due to the bad blood between Whitney Wolfe and Tinder. Before founding her own dating app, Whitney Wolfe worked for Tinder. At the age of 22 in 2012, she co-founded the most popular location based dating app Tinder. Wolfe worked as the VP of marketing and helped to launch the app and revolutionizing it. However, in 2014 she sued Tinder, internet conglomerate InterActive Corp and Match.com for sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Therefore an acquisition with Match Group would have meant that she would be working for a company she sued and left a few years ago.

About Whitney Wolfe

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1990, Whitney Wolfe holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Southern Methodist University. The 28 year old founded Bumble in December 2014. The app, unlike other dating apps allows women to be in control. If two heterosexuals match, the woman is the one to initiate conversation. If the free match does not respond in 24 hours the match fades away. Wolfe’s inspiration in designing the app comes from the negative comments she got while working for tinder where people and especially men had the freedom to post anything on your timeline. With the woman in charge, it will help curb cyber bullying on dating sites from men and women can now choose which prospects to respond to.

Most users of Bumble prefer it to any other dating site since chances of meeting with a prospect in person are high. The app has been re-designed and now users can enjoy other features such as Bumble BFF for friendship, Bumble for dating and Bumble Bizz for networking .Bumble prides in the current 20 million users in the platform with 50,000 users downloading the app every day. The company has about 70 employees with offices in Australia, Germany and London. Recently they relocated to a new office in Austin, Texas.

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Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Finally Giving Amazon Some Competition

Amazon has been sitting high atop the fashion e-commerce market for many years, and even though there are thousands of sellers trying to make their way in this space, Amazon is raking in nearly 20 percent of all the sales. That is a huge amount of sales, and the reason that Amazon has widened the gap to the nearest competitor. This may not be the case for long, as Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has been charging out of the pack and making a strong move towards the top. In just over three years, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has had sales of $250 million in women’s active-wear and workout clothing.

 

In order to get a clear understanding how could one company see such enormous success in only three years, we ask Hudson about her athleisure brand. What may come as a surprise to those in this niche is that Hudson says that she is seeing explosive growth in the company due to a combination of membership perks and the sales technique known as reverse showrooming. These are not new sales techniques, but they seem to be working when blended in this unique way. Take a look inside the Fabletics retail store in the local malls, here you find women shopping the racks for the latest in active-wear, trying on all the workout apparel, and even taking the lifestyle quiz to enhance their memberships.

 

In this highly competitive and crowded fashion e-commerce market, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has found a way to travel on the path of least resistance. One of the unique membership perks of being a Fabletics customer is every time you try something on inside the mall, it gets uploaded to your online account so that you can just keep shopping when it is convenient for you. The online inventory is much larger than the local retail stores, and since the sizing is not an issue because everything has been tried on, customers are buying more apparel based on impulse and exploding the bottom line at Kate Hudson’s Fabletics.

 

The membership benefits at Kate Hudson’s Fabletics are plentiful, including your own personal shopper, free online shipping, and discounts throughout the online and retail stores. The shopping assistant chooses one piece of active-wear each month and adds to your cart, just more perks to becoming a member of this workout apparel company. Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has what it takes to really give Amazon some serious competition this year.