Longleaf Services has signed a third-party logistics agreement with La Vergne-based Ingram Content Group Inc.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.
Starting the fourth quarter, Ingram will begin to manage warehousing, fulfillment, print-on-demand and e-book content for Longleaf Services clients.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based University of North Carolina Press launched Longleaf in 2006.
"Longleaf Services recognizes that the future of publishing requires adapting the business model," Mark Ouimet, Ingram Publisher Services vice president and general manager, said in a release. "We are pleased that they have chosen Ingram solutions to grow their business and enhance the services they provide to their important academic clients."
A Mexican company marketing a pre-paid debit card that connects to any smartphone or tablet won this week's startup competition at the Southland Southern Culture and Technology Conference. The company will receive $110,000 from the contest's 11 judges — with the stipulation that that money be the final $110,000 of a $4 million round that Sr. Pago executives plan to raising.
Sr. Pago was selected from a group of 10 early-stage companies that pitched at the conference. Its card will be sold at Best Buy or about $50.
“We were pretty surprised,” said Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, CEO of Sr. Pago. “As a Mexico-based company, we knew we would bring diversity to this conference, and it’s a very good thing for Southland to be this open to an international company.”
Separately at Southland, PandoDaily Editorial Director Paul Carr revealed that the staff of the website selected Nashville-based musical instrument maker Artiphon as their favorite company and said they will fork over a financial prize soon.
Cloud-based video surveillance and security company Smartvue Corp. has reached a milestone by securing its 25th patent.
Founded in 1996 in North Carolina and headquartered in Nashville, the boutique technology company has made local headlines the past few months with the announcements of additional employees, a new headquarters office space and a Series A investment round of $3.85 million. (Read more here.)
However, the patent number (the company recently secured three patents to reach No. 25) is one of particular note, according to Jake Neu, a patent attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
“Twenty-five issued patents represents a strong culture of innovation and recognition of the importance of intellectual property rights to sustained growth, which is particularly impressive for a company of Smartvue’s size,” Neu said.
A.J. Bahou, president of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association and a solo practitioner, said the Smartvue effort is a “strong display of innovation” for a company with fewer than 100 employees.
“It shows Smartvue is constantly innovating and that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is recognizing the company,” Bahou said. “It shows the company is putting a lot of effort into research and development and coming up with innovative ideas.”
Smartvue Founder and CEO Martin Renkis said he has placed an emphasis on landing patents, in part, as a way to differentiate the company from others.
"We are proud to be one of the leading patent holders in Tennessee,” Renkis (pictured) said. “Smartvue has always focused on innovation in cloud video surveillance, and this is a major milestone for our company and investors."