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Welcome Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative…

The supply of ‘Personal Protective Equipment’ (PPE) for Health Services personnel and key workers has proved a major difficulty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Securing reliable sources for products that meet the required specifications continues to prove a considerable logistics challenge. This situation is also likely to get worse in the short term as people leave lockdown, and many governments around the world are now starting to advise that the wider population wear face masks and other personal protective equipment as a condition of relaxing social regulations and getting back to work.

The global demand for PPE products is therefore much greater than supply. The market is extremely volatile with pricing changing on almost a daily basis in regard to unit costs, transportation charges and factory production output demands.  There is also a large amount of poor quality PPE in circulation that does not meet the required EN standards and is supplied with inadequate CE certification and test reports.  Without background knowledge in PPE products it is understandable that many businesses are unsure regarding the most suitable PPE products for their specific use case, and they have no experience or idea how to correctly validate the quality of items from suppliers.  In addition, it is also extremely important that businesses do not order a higher grade of PPE products than required, which may inadvertently take essential stock away from frontline health workers where a high level of protection is required.

This is where our new collaborative business comes in, please welcome ‘Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative’.  Our initiative has been established specifically to counter these PPE supply problems and we are a collaboration of highly proficient business-people from the UK, China and Japan.  Due to our regional locations and applicable working time zones, we are able to operate around the clock, 24/7, to deliver product solutions that other suppliers would find hard to achieve.

Please see our promotional flyer below:

Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative Flyer

Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative Flyer

We specialise in sourcing, negotiation, technical requirements, logistics & planning, plus quality validation for high volume supply of equipment.  This combination of know-how and close working is an essential part of our strategy and is of paramount importance in the present market environment where there are many practical hurdles between the factory and the end customer. Using our expertise, we can establish new supply chains for PPE and other medical items from source, and back this up with market leading logistics; ensuring goods arrive safely to our customers and in good time.

We are specialists at sourcing bona fide, legitimate and high-quality PPE and other medical products from factories that other suppliers may have missed.  All the factories we use are ‘white listed’ for export and fully endorsed and verified against government systems in the country of origin.

We look forward to supporting your organisation through this difficult time and we are working hard towards a safer future.  Please ask us for more details if your require PPE for your business, or have any specific questions regarding how Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative can help your organisation.

To view more information and see our face mask brochures, please click on the following links: Type I, Type II, Type IIR face mask brochure and FFP2, FFPV2, FFP3, FFPV3 respiratory face mask brochure.

 

New COVID-19 Coronavirus section of our website now live…

We are pleased to announce a new COVID-19 Coronavirus category (https://www.intelligentvending.co.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/) has been launched on the Intelligent Wholesale website. This is being reviewed and updated regularly to ensure prices and offers are as up-to-date as possible. As with all COVID-19 related products we have supplied so far (the range is extensive and very rarely publicised!), we know that demand is unprecedented. You can therefore rest assured we are reviewing and updating all products added to this new section daily to ensure prices and offers are current and effective.

Our key area of focus via our eCommerce channel so far has been alcohol sanitiser. In our own opinion, Unicorn Hygienics were well ahead of the game with this and one of the first truly UK producers to predict the demand that was coming. While standard alcohol hand sanitiser retail suppliers still had their usual UK stock allocation available for day to day (non-coronavirus) business usage requirements, Unicorn capitalised on their extensive knowledge and experience from previous respiratory viruses in the marketplace. They quickly positioned themselves as a leader in the field, with one of the best hand sanitizing products available for consumers in the UK & Ireland markets.

The product is Pursan, and this already had a registered trademark going back to 2010. From our own experience with hand sanitisers, we strongly believe that their formula cannot be faulted. It had already been tried and tested in the market many years ago and fine-tuned to consumer needs.

Utmost respect must go out to Roger Pannell from the Unicorn group on this. He has always had a great eye for business and he never once took advantage of this crises for personal reward. His aim at every stage was to provide his trusted and loyal distributor partners with a truly world leading product, and a market edge that would help to keep their businesses going, whilst also saving people in the UK. Their Pursan product is truly exceptional and their product has remained at competitive pricing throughout the market fluctuations.

Our own staff at Intelligent Vending and Intelligent Wholesale, plus extended staff families have been using this product since day one of the coronavirus pandemic (and in some cases significantly high and repeated use throughout each day!) without any damage to our hands at all thanks to the added moisturiser and formulation of the product.

We have now extended our COVID-19 range to include the new Sterizen alcohol hand sanisiter & sanitising surface cleansing solution. This has been brought to us via Borg & Overstrom who are a leader in the high-end point of use water coolers and accessories category worldwide. The focus for their new Sterizen solutions is consistent with that of Unicorn Hygienic’s, but their retail offering is focused on smaller, handy, pocket size products that can be carried around by staff.

Their Sterizen 80% alcohol formula hand sanitiser is based on WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations. It is again a liquid and not a gel, and there is no unpleasant residue left of the hands. It is also great for repeated use and comes in both 150ml and 250ml atomiser spray bottles which are recyclable. Full SDS information and marketing information can be found on our website under the COVID-19 Coronavirus section, and both small cases, and bulk pallet offerings are available to clients with clear timelines outlined online to ensure transparency.

The little sister to the Sterizen alcohol hand sanitiser range is the Borg & Overstrom sanitiser surface solution. This is supplied in a lockable 150ml spray which is also pocket size. This product is NOT for hand use, but it is perfect for surface sanitizing of door handles, light switches, vehicle interiors, control panels, touch screens, shopping trolley handles and so much more. The Sterizen sanitising solution is suitable for anywhere that people touch regularly. Due to the ingredient formulation it is cheaper to produce than high alcohol content hand sanitiser, so it is ideal for any areas that people regularly touch and keeps costs as low as possible in relation to company staff safety. All SDS information is available for both Pursan and Sterizen products online, as well as other important marketing information.

A range of other products will also be listed shortly, but we are posting based on demand in terms of priority. Hand sanitisers are a huge, in demand product in these uncertain times, so it’s only fair they received the first introduction to our new COVID-19 Coronavirus section.

A range of other PPE items for the NHS and government departments are also available via our specialist advisers and personal protective equipment suppliers, so please ask if you have any particular sourcing requirements. For volume buyers such as government departments, healthcare, pharmacies & supermarkets, rest assured our product range is extensive (but all may not be listed online) and it continues to grow for this new category.

Please let us know if you require high volumes of medical 3-ply face masks, surgical 3-ply face masks, Face Fit FFP2 KN95 face masks, Face Fit FFP3 KN99 face masks or surgical gowns. We can supply millions of units at competitive prices with very short lead times direct from specialist manufacturers.

Our global network of trusted and certified factories can produce high quality PPE (personal protective equipment) items with very fast lead times. We also have dedicated cargo planes and logistics available to ensure quality inspections throughout production, speedy customs checks, and rapid delivery to our clients wherever they are located around the world.

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It is great to see British businesses prosper in hard times and the innovation of UK entrepreneurs flourish. Keep updated of the many products arriving in our COVID-19 Coronavirus portfolio shortly; hand sanitiser has been a life saver and extremely popular with all of our customers with some incredible reviews from clients.

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Keep safe everyone and watch this space….

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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