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CHICAGO & LEESBURG, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Information Resources, Inc. (IRI™), a global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail, media and over-the-counter health care companies, and GuestMetrics, the leader in capturing point-of-sale (POS) data from restaurants and bars in the United States, today announced they have increased their data collection from restaurants and bars by 50 percent for a total of more than 15,000 on-premise locations. IRI and GuestMetrics offer the most comprehensive view of the shopper, with POS data now being gathered for the on-premise channel. The on-premise channel represents total consumer spending of more than $680 billion. This is a major step forward, since on-premise tracking information has been traditionally scarce, especially in comparison to the robust tracking capabilities available in off-premise channels, such as grocery and drug. So now, restaurant operators and their suppliers can track and manage their business in the important on-premise channel in a similar manner as retailers and CPG manufacturers do in the off-premise channel with IRI and GuestMetrics’ data. In just over a year, the exclusive alliance between IRI and GuestMetrics has produced impressive results for restaurant and alcohol companies eager to drive growth and increase market share. “To date, we now have 30 of the largest alcohol suppliers in the country as clients, and on the restaurant side, we have included either census-level data or key franchise groups from half of the 10 largest chains in the country,” said Brian Barrett, president of GuestMetrics. “Our alliance with GuestMetrics has proven to be tremendously impactful,” said Piyush Chaudhari, president of the Americas and Global Strategy, IRI. “The expansion of our solutions to include on-premise data supports CPG manufacturers and suppliers to the food service industry with the strategic insight and tactical knowledge to allocate resources in a way that optimizes ROI.” GuestMetrics collects check-level data from the point-of-sales (POS) systems of over 15,000 restaurants and bars generally representative of the broad on-premise sector across geographies, and with respect to the makeup of casual dining, bars/clubs, fine dining and lodging. GuestMetrics turns billions of raw transactions into intelligible information that is transforming the business operations of everyone from the independently owned bar/restaurant on the corner, to multinational chains, to the food and beverage companies that supply them. Please visit www.GuestMetrics.com for more information and to schedule a free demonstration. IRI fundamentally believes that delivering differentiated growth for clients requires deep, highly integrated partnering with a variety of best-of-breed companies. As such, IRI works closely with a broad range of industry leaders to create innovative joint solutions, services and access to capabilities to help its clients more effectively compete in their various markets and exceed their growth objectives. IRI is committed to its partnership philosophy and continues to actively enhance its ecosystem of partners through alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations. The IRI Partner Ecosystem includes such companies as GuestMetrics, BlueKai (an Oracle company), The Boston Consulting Group, comScore, Datalogix (an Oracle company), Experian, GfK, GuestMetrics, Ipsos, Kantar, MaxPoint, Millward Brown Digital, Mu Sigma, Oracle Social Cloud, Rentrak, SPINS, Univision, MasterCard Advisors and others. IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market, consumer and media exposure information, predictive analytics and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter health care industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses. Move your business forward at www.IRIworldwide.com.


CHICAGO & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and over-the-counter healthcare companies, announced today the acquisition of Datasea, one of China’s leading analytic services and market research companies, which has deep knowledge and expertise in the retail and CPG industries. “We are building a Chinese company powered by the latest global insights, analytics and technology and bringing the latest tools and technology to this market,” said Andrew Appel, president and chief executive officer, IRI. “The agreement represents the most recent execution of IRI’s strategic commitment to dramatically increase our geographic footprint to meet the global market research needs of our clients. “It also complements other facets of IRI’s strategic direction, including expanding our data assets and leveraging this data with advanced analytics, plus consumer and shopper marketing services that enable our clients to achieve sustained levels of more rapid growth. We look forward to integrating IRI and Datasea’s strengths to bring enhanced offerings to our clients.” This purchase is the latest step in IRI’s growth strategy. In 2013, IRI completed the acquisition of Aztec, a leading provider of market measurement and related services in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. It also acquired FreshLook Marketing, which offers data and consulting services to the fresh food industry, in 2013. Datasea is a leader in providing analytic services and market research in China. Its services center on six areas: customer research, brand research, satisfaction and loyalty programs, new product testing, advertising impact evaluation, and distribution strategy. Its concept of market research includes three elements: an unbiased and proven research methodology, experience in understanding the story behind the data, and a focus on driving actionable and pragmatic recommendations. Clients include CPG manufacturers and retailers, as well as companies in related industries, such as quick service restaurants (QSRs) and cosmetics. It maintains offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jinan, supported by a nationwide service network. IRI and Datasea clients will gain significant benefits as a result of this partnership. The combined entities will build unique and powerful solutions for manufacturers and retailers based on five key areas: deep big data expertise, best-in-class technology, shopper targeting and activation, supplier collaboration and joint business planning, and commercialization of solutions. The complementary strengths of the two entities will ensure all clients receive higher-quality data and services. Immediate plans include integrating IRI and Datasea’s existing consulting and analytics services and initiating a series of retail gateway programs designed to support retailers’ performance, basket analytics, pricing and promotion, assortment strategy, and shopper targeting. In the near term, this will expand to include market measurement, e-commerce/digital/social/mobile marketing, and media targeting and activation. “It has been a dream of mine to bring advanced analytics and related services to the Chinese market. We are eager to bring to our clients the analytics, products and solutions IRI offers worldwide, as well as share our expertise on the rapidly growing Chinese market,” said Mr. Lyu Liangming, founder and chairman, Datasea. “We share the common goal of working with clients to help them better understand the markets they serve and convert that understanding into long-term, sustained levels of growth. Understanding today’s markets is increasingly complex, with shoppers more demanding of their manufacturers and retailers, and this acquisition will help these organizations meet these expanded needs.” Datasea was founded in 1996 and offers strong local competence and a nationwide network in China. Datasea services include analytics that help clients develop enhanced pricing strategies, efficient promotions, improved effectiveness in-store, forecasting, next-generation marketing mix modeling and assortment optimization. Its concept of market research includes three elements: an unbiased and proven research methodology, experience in understanding the story behind the data, and a focus on driving actionable and pragmatic recommendations. Datasea maintains offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jinan, supported by a nationwide service network. The company has received multiple honors from the Chinese government and other organizations. IRI fundamentally believes that delivering differentiated growth for clients requires deep, highly integrated partnering with a variety of best-of-breed companies. As such, IRI works closely with a broad range of industry leaders to create innovative joint solutions, services and access to capabilities to help its clients more effectively compete in their various markets and exceed their growth objectives. IRI is committed to its partnership philosophy and continues to actively enhance its ecosystem of partners through alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations. The IRI Partner Ecosystem includes such companies as The Boston Consulting Group, comScore, Datalogix (an Oracle company), Experian, GfK, Intage, Ipsos, Kantar, MasterCard Advisors, MaxPoint, Millward Brown Digital, Oracle Data Cloud, Rentrak, SPINS, Univision and others. IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market, consumer and media exposure information, predictive analytics and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter health care industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses. Move your business forward at www.iriworldwide.com.


DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/27lb5l/market_research) has announced the addition of Plunkett Research Ltd's new report "Market Research, Business Intelligence and Opinion Polling Industry (U.S.): Analytics, Extensive Financial Benchmarks, Metrics and Revenue Forecasts to 2022" to their offering. Vital industry-specific data including metrics, benchmarks, historic numbers, growth rates and forecasts that will save countless hours of research. - Market Research, Business Intelligence and Opinion Polling Industry (U.S.) to reach $31 billion by 2022. - Market Research, Business Intelligence and Opinion Polling Industry, including Average EBITDA, Operating Ratios and Sales per Employee. 1. Comprehensive overview of an industry's financial results, ratios, vital statistics and metrics in one package 2. Complete benchmarking of the industry and its top companies 4. Complete data for benchmarking a company to its industry and to specific leading companies 5. Benchmarking this industry to all U.S. industries 6. Deep profiles and financial histories/operating ratios for up to ten top U.S.-based companies This Industry Compared to All Industries - Comparison of Revenues, Profits and Taxes to All Industries Industry Results, Publicly-Held Companies (U.S.), Average for all Companies 5. This Industry's Financial Data, U.S., With Revenue Projections to 2022


Jordan's Minister of Environment, H.E. Dr Taher Shakhshir, has announced his position as a member on the Islamic Reporting Initiative's (IRI) Advisory Council, to work towards furthering sustainable and ethical business practice in Jordan and across the Islamic world. Speaking of the Minister's partnership with the IRI, H.E. Dr Shakhshir says: "I am pleased to announce my position as a Member of the Islamic Reporting Initiative's Advisory Council. The Government of Jordan is committed to realizing a green economy and such an advisory role to the IRI will further strengthen our objective. With the IRI's mission to support businesses in the application of, and reporting on, culturally-relevant sustainability measures, it represents an excellent opportunity for the Ministry to contribute to the practical implementation of the nations' green vision from the bottom-up". Earlier this year, Jordan's Environment Ministry signed an agreement to prepare plans to develop environmental projects to achieve sustainable development. "The objectives of such plans are wide-reaching, and include building the adaptive capacity of communities and organizations in Jordan to prepare for future challenges. The IRI represents a tool which will encourage and facilitate best practice to achieve this and more" - H.E. Dr Shakhshir. Launched in 2015, the IRI has rapidly gained momentum and support from businesses, governmental and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions worldwide. The IRI aspires to be the first, integrated reporting standard for CSR based on Islamic principles, and will enable organizations to inclusively assess, report, verify and certify their CSR programs through a culturally-relevant and impact-oriented approach. It has potential to be of benefit to organizations in over 50 countries, being of particular relevance to members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Already, the initiative has partners from more than 20 countries across the MENA region, Asia and Europe, representing a diverse range of business sectors. Drs Daan Elffers, Chairman of the IRI: "We are honoured and delighted to have H.E. Dr Shakhshir on the Council. Such international and multi-sector collaboration will bring to the IRI extensive expertise, and ensure thorough and appropriate inclusion of culturally-specific elements while meeting the highest international goals of sustainable business practice". Introductory video: https://youtu.be/A5pUFdE7gWk The Advisory Council welcomes further applications by individuals and organizations to contribute to the continuing development of the IRI. For information on collaborative opportunities with the IRI visit http://www.islamicreporting.org.


IRI fundamentally believes that delivering differentiated growth for clients requires deep, highly integrated partnering with a variety of best-of-breed companies. As such, IRI works closely with a broad range of industry leaders to create innovative joint solutions, services and access to capabilities to help its clients more effectively compete in their various markets and exceed their growth objectives. IRI is committed to its partnership philosophy and continues to actively enhance its ecosystem of partners through alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations. The IRI Partner Ecosystem includes such companies as The Boston Consulting Group, comScore, Datalogix (an Oracle company), Experian, GfK, Intage, Ipsos, Kantar, MaxPoint, Millward Brown Digital, Oracle Data Cloud, Rentrak, SPINS, Univision and others. IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market, consumer and media exposure information, predictive analytics and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter health care industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses. Move your business forward at www.iriworldwide.com.

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