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Alliance AutoPropane Encourages Commercial Vehicle Fleets to Go Green
May 26, 2015

Bit by bit, our world is becoming greener,
and a major part of the equation is the rapid strengthening or
replacement of our current transportation systems by more fuel-efficient
and environmentally friendly alternatives.

Quebec’s Alliance AutoPropane, Canada’s fastest growing
network of certified propane/gasoline engine conversion centers, premier
equipment providers, and autogas fuel providers, has been leading the
way by enabling a growing number of vehicle owners to convert
immediately to propane autogas, an affordable clean-burning alternative
fuel that substantially reduces greenhouse gases and other harmful
emissions. With over 23 million vehicles worldwide running on autogas
today, it is the third most widely used vehicle fuel in the world behind
conventional gasoline and diesel.

In its mission to be at the cutting edge of advancements in
the field and to promote engine conversions at a large scale, Alliance
AutoPropane attended the National Propane Gas Association Southeastern
Convention & International Propane Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, which
took place from the 11th to the 13th of April 2015, member of Alliance AutoGas,

a North American consortium of more than 110 members. On April 16th, 17th, and 18th
Alliance AutoPropane was one of the 227 exhibitors present at the 2015
Montreal ExpoCam at Place Bonaventure, which attracted over 15,000
members of the trucking industry, where it showcased two Hybrid
propane/gasoline vehicles to encourage industry leaders to make
environmentally and economically sound decisions for their commercial

Transportation is one of the major global consumers of
energy, representing 20-25% of aggregate energy consumption and CO2
emissions. Autogas is among the lowest total carbon emissions fuels,
showing a 20% reduction of carbon monoxide, a 40% reduction of nitrogen
oxides, and more than 10% reduction of carbon dioxide versus gasoline or
diesel. Whether improving the environment is a corporate priority or a
sensible an answer to growing consumer concerns, converting vehicles to
autogas allows majors transportation companies to make instant
improvements in their sector and to highlight their ‘green’ fleets in
their branding messages.

Alliance AuroPropane recently added two new autogas fueling
stations to its Quebec network, bringing the total to fourteen. The
stations are located at 40 Boul. St. Joseph, in Lachine, and at 100, St.
Denis, in Victoriaville.

The organization is also inviting automobile journalist to
take its “AutoPropane Challenge” by booking test drives of hybrid
propane/gasoline vehicles.

Contact Information

Leeja Murphy
Agence Pink
514 213-0045

Freshslice Business Model Offers Fresh Benefits to Canadian Franchisees
May 26, 2015

Freshslice is disrupting the Canadian franchise
industry with a unique business model that puts profits back in the
pocket of the franchisee. Their distinct model offers low start up
costs, no advertising fees and no royalty fees, allowing the franchisee
to retain more of their profits and successfully grow their business.

Canadian franchise chain Freshslice pizza
is part of the $68 billion dollar per year franchise industry in
Canada. Unlike most franchises, Freshslice operates on a unique
franchise system where their partners are only required to pay a flat
franchise fee, free from royalty or additional advertising costs. This
is made possible through a centralized product system and business model
that has increased efficiency by up to 500% and allowed franchise
owners to retain 100% of their business profits.

“The Freshslice business model has provided new opportunities
for our franchisees to profit and grow in Canada” says Ray Russell, CEO
of Freshslice. “Many of our partners have gone on to open multiple
locations and we are eager to support them as they work to pursue their
entrepreneurial goals.”

To help support franchisees and their business, all partners
receive on-the ground training and financial support in opening and
developing their Freshslice location. As an added measure of support,
Freshslice’s in-house brand advertising and marketing services are
provided to franchisees at no extra cost from their initial opening and
onwards. Their unique restaurant franchise
model allows for ongoing strategic development with the help of a
proven business model, a low risk alternative for an entrepreneur.

“I bought my own Freshslice in 2007 and will be expanding
into my third location this coming year.” States Gurpreet Dosanjh,
Partner at Freshslice. “I have always felt encouraged in growing my
business, this has been a very rewarding and profitable experience.”

According to the Canadian Franchise Association, over 1
million Canadians, 1 in 4 working citizens, are directly or indirectly
employed by the Canadian franchising
industry. This lucrative industry has allowed Freshslice to expand into
74 locations throughout British Columbia and Ontario, with more
locations set to open this year.

About Freshslice Pizza

Freshslice Pizza is a Canadian franchised pizza chain focused on freshness, quality and value. Founded in Vancouver in 1999, Freshslice
has grown from a successful family-run business to a 74-store chain in
British Columbia and Ontario. Freshslice’s commitment to quality food
and outstanding service has won many awards, including the Consumers’
Choice Award for Business Excellence in 2007, 2008 and 2009. For a
complete list of locations, visit

Contact Information

Media Contact
Arianna Dametto
Talk Shop Media

Consumer spending continues to be strong: Moneris

Consumer spending rose nearly six per cent during the first quarter of 2015, says one of North America’s largest processors of debit and credit payments. Spending on home improvements, apparel and restaurants drove the 5.78 per cent increase, according to the Moneris Metrics Quarterly Report, suggesting suggests that “consumers feel confident enough to continue to spend on non-essentials,” according to Moneris CEO and President

Angela Brown. “For Canadian businesses, it was a great start to the year,” she said “Spending remained strong after the holiday season.” This marks the second consecutive quarter in which consumer spending has increased year-over-year. The end of 2014 saw a 3.84 per cent increase in spending, breaking an unprecedented nine-month flat streak.


The increase is trending upwards: 5.10 per cent in January; 5.51 per cent in February; and 6.70 per cent in March. In the first three months of this year, Canadians spent 12.86 per cent more at glass, paint and wallpaper stores and 11.33 per cent more at drapery, window covering and upholstery stores, boosting spending in the household category to a year-over-year increase of 7.23 percent, according to the Moneris scorecard.

Spending in restaurants was up 6.82 per cent with fast food seeing the highest growth (10.90 per cent) followed by bars and pubs (7.84 per cent).

Stores specializing in shoes and women’s accessories were big winners, with increases of 9.32 per cent and 7.27 per cent respectively. Pet stores also posted 7.04 per cent growth. Men’s clothing and family clothing experienced gains of 3.45 per cent and 4.25 per cent, respectively.


The entertainment category posted the lowest growth (0.82 per cent), including categories such as tourist attractions, movie theatres and recreation services. British Columbia led the way with an 8.93 per cent increase, with Nova Scotia posting the smallest increase, a modest 0.40 per cent gain. Ontario fell in the middle, reflecting the national average with a 5.9 increase.


Moneris’s quarterly report is based on analysis of credit and debit card transaction data from sales at merchants who utilize their payment processor.


Moneris Launches “Canada’s First Debit-Enabled Mobile Payment System”
November 5, 2013

Moneris Solutions Corporation, Canada’s largest debit and credit card processor, announced today the launch of “PAYD PRO”, Canada’s first debit enabled mobile payment solution with Chip & PIN technology to payments to be processed on the go.
It uses the Bluetooth technology to smartphones on debit and credit card payments via chip and PIN are going to accept.
“At Moneris, we are proud everywhere they strengthen the first payment processor in Canada for small businesses with the ability to process debit card transactions do business”, Moneris’ Jeff Guthrie said. “Canadians increasingly expect the freedom to each payment option will find it convenient, with any kind of a merchant organization, large or small to choose.

We have the goal of providing innovative, effective and safe solutions for retailers of all sizes, including smaller service as artisans, photographers, personal trainers and contractor undertakes. ” Moneris offers credit, debit, wireless and online payment services for merchants in virtually every industry and processes more than three billion transactions annually.

Today’s announcement follows a lot of publicity on Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to the new mobile payment startup Square and its year to date,
the. On Canadian soil Place tab allows individuals and merchants to accept credit cards on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet computer. The app supports the manual entry of card data or Swipe Card Reader by the square, a small plastic device into the audio jack of a supported
smartphone or tablet plugs and reads the magnetic stripe.

Moneris appears through the use of Bluetooth technology and the fact that nothing really has to the smartphone touching differentiation. His solution is a mobile application, so rather than the court reader attachment to an iPad, “PAYD PRO is a mobile application, the Bluetooth technology used to create a lightweight and portable companion device to connect to any Apple iOS and Google Android ™ Smartphone . ”
Knowing that the majority of the course actually focuses on the backend, in its ability to provide small businesses with real-time data analysis,
Moneris also stated that PAYD PRO provides eCommerce management tools,
including the possibility of all transactions from their mobile track device and send receipts via email.

Moneris Payd Pro accepts debit payments with SmartPhones
November 3, 2013

Merchants that want to accept debit card payments now have the option of using their smartphone or tablet to do so with a new hardware accessory from Moneris.

Launched today, Payd Pro is the first mobile payment accessory that will take debit card payments using chip and PIN technology. Other solutions on the market like Square and Payfirma will only accept credit card payments. Moneris also has been selling its Payd device for accepting credit cards on a mobile device for more than a year.

Rather than working as a dongle that connects directly to a headphone jack on a mobile device as other mobile payment solutions do, Payd Pro works via Bluetooth. The device is about the size and weight of a smartphone and also comes loaded with a suite of mobile commerce management tools that enable transaction tracking and sending receipts to customers via e-mail. Merchants use an app available for iOS and Android platforms to operate the wireless accessory. Moneris says the Payd Pro device will be compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Moneris announced the device on its Facebook page and was fielding some questions about its availability and operation.

Security concerns are addressed by encrypting card data at the time of the transaction, Moneris says. The portable device also uses Bluetooth encryption and prohibit unauthorized devices from accessing the tool or information passed through it.

Canadians are being invited to register now for the Payd Pro device. A monthly fee of $19.95 plus tax will be waived for the first three months for those that register before Feb. 28, 2014. The service includes 200 free debit transactions each month and a 2.75 per cent rate on credit card transactions.

The service will go live in February2014, Moneris says.