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COVID-19 face masks & our French partners ‘Antoine Health Care Ltd’

Intelligent Wholesale currently have access to extremely high volumes of CE & FDA compliant 3-ply surgical and FFP2 N95 respiratory face masks with short lead times via a close partner ‘Antoine Health Care Ltd’, a health & FMCG specialist in France.

Antoine Health Care Ltd have worked with the French government and other organisations such as ‘L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie’, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, as well as many other global Ministries of Health. They are a family business, engaged since 2004 in the health sector for risk prevention, and in distribution within the pharmaceutical networks and FMCG.

Antoine Health Care @ UNAIDS & WHO Antoine Health Care @ The Global Fund

Antoine Health Care Ltd is made up of two companies, with their own offices in the United Kingdom and Mauritius, which serve clients in the European Union and in Africa.  The dynamism of Antoine Health Care Ltd makes it possible to make the link between industry, trade and distribution (pharmaceutical and FMCG) and the directors are highly passionate and driven on all things health related.  With a direct presence on the European and African markets and with close links to government departments and health organisations worldwide, Antoine Health Care provide full turnkey solutions for retail sales, research activities and development in the areas of industrial rehabilitation, vocational training, and distribution activities.

 

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As a result of the unprecedented demand across the world for such products presently, and lack of availability via normal supply chains, Antoine Health Care Ltd have been working for some time to secure alternative volume access to quality products at acceptable and competitive prices, and with short lead times via their factory network.

Antoine Health Care UNAIDS & WHO

Antoine Health Care Ltd have access to both 3-ply surgical masks and FFP2 N95 respiratory masks in high volumes.  These are all high quality and conform to the appropriate standards and certifications.

We have a ‘notional’ allocated amount of units for the UK and Ireland, but orders must be received very quickly to avoid goods going to other countries. This is especially time sensitive at the present time due to the recent announcement by WHO (The World Health Organisation) that they are considering changing their current stance on recommending face masks as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.  The global pressure for supply of these items is therefore significant.

It is not possible for us to share further information about this opportunity online due to sensitivities regarding this health initiative.  However, the MOQ is 1 million units and we’re working hard to get these to the people in most need.

Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in receiving additional information.

 

Integracare Client Testimonial…

Thanks to Dan from Integracare for the amazing testimonial.

“Just want to say how much I appreciate the recent delivery of hand sanitiser, and that fact that you made good your promise regarding timescales – you have helped safeguard many vulnerable people we support.

I’m perhaps most grateful for the way in which your company undertook checks on our company before agreeing to supply us with a scarce and valuable product during the current COVID-19 crisis. Whilst some other companies and individuals are exploiting this crisis for financial or selfish gains, it’s refreshing to come across a company such as yours that has integrity and social conscience.”

At Intelligent Wholesale, we’re really pleased we could help! We’re going to continue supplying to businesses while we still can. Rest assured our distribution staff are fully protected with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

For single cases of alcohol hand cleanser only with a free spray, please click here: www.intelligentvending.co.uk/pursan1lcase

Unfortunately, due to high demand we are no longer able to supply larger pallet quantities at the present time.

Alcohol Hand Sanitiser 1 Per Case

Amazing news for UK businesses…

Amazing news for UK businesses announced on Friday 20th March. Thanks Rishi and Boris! This is greatly reassuring for everyone, and certainly a massive help for all businesses out there.

If you’re still looking for alcohol hand sanitiser, you can now purchase Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser by the case online to keep you and your staff safe. It’s soft on the hands, quick drying and contains moisturiser. It is also great for surface cleaning, shopping trolleys, door handles, petrol pump handles, light switches etc. In fact, pretty much anywhere that people touch! We’re even throwing in a free 500ml spray bottle with each case ordered!

For single cases of alcohol hand cleanser only with a free spray, please click here: www.intelligentvending.co.uk/pursan1lcase

Alcohol Hand Sanitiser 1 Per Case

For pallet orders of alcohol hand sanitiser (600 x litre screw cap bottles), please click here: www.intelligentvending.co.uk/pursan1l

Alcohol Hand Sanitiser 1 Litre

 

Pursan Alcohol Sanitiser for Smaller Businesses

Pursan alcohol hand sanitiser with 70% v/v alcohol is now available for smaller businesses. We’ve made this possible due to the high call volume received from smaller companies who can’t get hold of alcohol sanitiser which they need to ensure staff safety. Our Pursan alcohol hand sanitiser is currently in production and will be despatched by the case of 12 x 1 litre screw cap bottles PLUS 1 off x FOC 500ml spray bottle.

Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser Per Case

We’re also putting a limit on orders like supermarkets, with a max of two cases per business customer. This is to ensure even distribution to the people that need it. For larger clients they can still buy in bulk by the pallet from our website.

For single case quantities, please see Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser here

As the Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser product is a liquid and not a gel, it can be used in most spray containers that operate with water. It is an amazing product that leaves the hands feeling fresh and without residue.

Stock is limited and orders will be processed on a first come first serve basis.

The Magic of the Face

Facial recognition, also referred to as Biometric Artificial Intelligence, is regarded now as one of the top ways of identifying and verifying a person. It is so common place that we probably even have it in our homes, either through our consoles, phones or security systems. Growing up in the 80’s face recognition was something only for the James Bonds’ of this world, but the advances in the last decade alone have catapulted this incredible technology into the lives of us all. Facial recognition is already being harnessed by several industries; Law enforcement use it to serve and protect, retailers use it for crime prevention, Airports use it for security (and we even have the technology to use it on our Intelligent Vending machines, if clients desire it to deliver their project objectives! Wow!).

So where did all this catapulted technology come from? It’s true the last decade has really thrown facial recognition into the spotlight, but where did it start? Many believe that the 1960’s is where it all began with the work from Woodrow Wilson Bledsoe.  Bledsoe was an American mathematician, computer scientist and prominent educator. Born in 1921, he is regarded as one of the founders of artificial intelligence, making early contributions in pattern recognition and automated theorem proving. His work in the 1960’s included developing a system that could classify photos of faces manually, known as the RAND tablet (considered the predecessor of the iPad, in many circles). The RAND could be used to input horizontal and vertical coordinates on a grid, using a stylus that emitted electromagnetic pulses, this in turn could manually record the coordinate locations of various facial features; these could then be added to a database and when the system was given a new photo of an individual it could retrieve the image that most resembled it. [1] The technology of the era being so limited meant that the advancement in facial recognition were restricted but never the less it is seen as an important step in proving that face recognition was a viable biometric.

In the 1970’s a more well known milestone in facial recognition, “21 facial markers” was devised by Goldstein, Harmon and Lesk. Using 21 specific subjective markers such as hair line, lip thickness and eye width they were able to increase accuracy to the (still manual) facial recognition system.

The 1980’s saw linear algebra being applied to the problem of facial recognition, this became known as the Eigenface approach.  Scientists discovered they could accurately code a ‘normalised face’ in less than 100 values.

In the 1990’s the Eigenface approach was developed further and had been advanced to recognise faces within images. This was the first use of automatic facial recognition.

The following 20 years, has involved a lot of practical research and field tests including the Feret programme (creating a large database of facial images) and The Super Bowl, in the USA in 2002 where law enforcement trialed the technology, but were limited by its functionality in crowds. Facebook started using facial recognition in 2010 and continue to utilise it today along with Apple, Military and retail sectors.

So with all this incredible biometric technology all around us, should we be concerned at all? Is our privacy being compromised by the gathering of our own data through surveillance techniques or our phones when we are sometimes not even aware of it? Privacy campaigners express concern about governments and other authorities having access to the whereabouts, and activities of citizens 24/7, some of these concerns arise from biometric artificial intelligence being so advanced, it can be used to not just identify a person but show them other existing personal data like blog articles, photos, social networking profiles, internet searches etc.  This can make the public vulnerable on a number of levels for example; your facial signature could end up in a lot of places, hackers may track down images of you (or your face) online, this data may be sold, people can be left open to online harassment, stalking and trolling. It is also becoming less and less impossible to remain anonymous. [2] As the digital age advances and the need for identification and authentication of a person continues to elevate, is it our face that is going to be the key to the future? To action the opening of a bank account we would use our face, or going through customs at an airport we would use our face, access and unlock technology (including cars!) with our face, even the potential of paying for goods, withdrawing your money from ATM’s and verifying your age (therefore completely abandoning the need for a wallet at all!) all because of the magic of your face! It seems there can be no denying this technology, despite any concerns we might have as it seems to be the top way to verify and authenticate. I guess there is nothing left to do except put our very best face forward.

 

Footnotes

[1] /blog/brief-history-of-face-recognition-software/

[2] internetsecurity-iot-how-facial-recognition-software-works.html

 

References

1. /internetsecurity-iot-how-facial-recognition-software-works.html

2. /innovation/facial-recognition-works.html

3. /blog/brief-history-of-face-recognition-software/

4. /wiki/Woody_Bledsoe

5. /wiki/Facial_recognition_system

6. /govt/biometrics/facial-recognition

7. /blog/rand-review/2018/09/the-rand-tablet-ipad-predecessor.html

 

Period Poverty Initiatives

Period poverty is still one of the most prominent topics of today, with more and more companies approaching us for period poverty machines. Not only do we supply machines, we also supply branded sanitary products too; (we can also offer unbranded sanitary product packaging to clients when they buy in pallet quantities.)  All the packaging provided is specifically designed for vending equipment and made from both biodegradable and recyclable cardboard. We are currently pushing ourselves even further into ‘green’ mode and researching the possibility of offering an organic range of products. For companies that are interested in taking this initiative up for their organization, Intelligent Vending could provide them with the knowledge, machines and insight to reflect their own business needs.

 

The AVA countdown

Only 1 week to go until the live AVA show. The Automatic Vending Association are celebrating 90 years this year and we are very excited that the countdown is on. The event is bound to be epic with a range of activities over 2 days with opportunities to join in debates, participate in free workshops, meet and network with industry leaders, suppliers and customers. There is also some tasty food on offer and a chance to win a trip to the USA. The show is accessible for members and non-members so get your tickets now before its too late!

90 years of the AVA

Less than 2 weeks to go until the live AVA show. The Automatic Vending Association are celebrating 90 years this year and the event is bound to be super. There are a range of activities over 2 days with opportunities to join in debates, participate in free workshops, meet and network with industry leaders, suppliers and customers. The show is accessible for members and non-members and everyone we know is very excited about it. Let’s rock on for another 90 years.

The Snack Evolution is here

The wait is now over. SandenVendo have produced an insight into the future of vending machines and it certainly gets our attention. An innovative concept that further evolves the popular G-Snack range. It is the G-Snack Evolution and it has arrived at Intelligent Wholesale. What sets it apart from other machines on the market, other than the attractive and elegant design, is the central delivery port which avoids the need for consumers to bend down to receive their items from the lower bin area as with most standard systems on the market. The G-Snack Evolution also has up to 56 selections and comes with optical sensors as standard. To get your hands on this machine and more check out the range on our web-page.

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