Sprint Phone Recycling Goal Gets a Boost With Vespa USA Relationship

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] and Vespa USA announced a new customer contest to drive greater participation in Sprint’s Buybackprogram by offering customers a chance to win a new fuel-efficient Vespa LX 50 motor scooter. Between June 26 and August 20, wireless users who return their old or unused cell phones to Sprint can receive up to $250 instant credit toward the purchase of a new wireless device and will be able to enter to win one of six Vespa scooters athttp://sprint.com/govespa.

Winners of the Vespa scooters also will receive the new Samsung Replenish™, the fourth eco-friendly device from Sprint, one of its latest Android devices. All devices returned through the Buyback program either will be recycled or re-purposed to continue Sprint’s momentum toward its zero waste policy and 2017 goal to recycle nine mobile devices for every 10 sold.

With its recently announced Electronics Stewardship Policy, a key component of the company’s efforts to reduce improperly disposed e-waste, Sprint is providing customers responsible end-of-life solutions for their mobile devices. Since 2001, Sprint has collected more than 24 million phones for reuse and recycling. Currently, only 10 percent of phones in this country are recycled, leaving more than 140 million mobile phones in landfills each year.

“We are excited to join with Vespa to make this special offer available to new and existing Sprint customers,” said Matt Gunter, Sprint vice president of consumer marketing. “Our aim is to address the entire lifecycle of the mobile devices we buy and sell – it’s a win-win for our customers, for Sprint and for the environment. While we continue to educate customers on responsible ways to manage e-waste, this relationship with Vespa will draw greater attention and enthusiasm to our efforts. We hope to drive greater participation in our Buyback program and to encourage new customers to join us in this initiative.”

As part of Sprint’s loyalty program, Premier customers were able to participate in the sweepstakes in advance of the national promotion that started in April. The Premier customer sweepstakes offered 10 lucky winners a Vespa LX 50 and received a significant response, with more than 300,000 entries submitted. The Premier customer contest ended June 10.

While most participation in the Buyback program will occur in Sprint stores across the nation, customers will also have a chance to trade in their phones as part of the Sprint/Vespa “Green on the Go” Tour. The tour will start on July 2 in San Francisco and travel through Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Boston before ending in New York on Aug. 13. The events, with more information on location and times at www.VespaUSA.com are as follows:

– San Francisco: July 2, 3
– Los Angeles: July 9, 10
– Seattle: July 16, 17
– Chicago: July 23, 24
– Boston: July 30, 31
– New York: Aug. 6 and 13

At the events, customers can:

  • Trade in their phones to be recycled to see whether they can earn an instant credit toward the purchase of a new device or donate their phone through Project Connect.
  • Demo Sprint’s first eco-friendly Android powered device – the Samsung Replenish made partially from recycled materials and recyclable packaging.
  • Participate in a Vespa photo experience.
  • Learn more about the benefits of using a Vespa as an alternative mode of transportation – as part of Vespa’s Vespanomics program.
  • Enter for a chance to win a Vespa LX 50 scooter, Samsung Replenish and three months of Sprint wireless service at each of the six city stops.

“The decision to partner with Sprint was an easy one as we have the same goal: find ways to conserve resources for the betterment of our planet,” said Melissa R. MacCaull, vice president, Piaggio Group Americas. “Sprint’s popular phone recycling program and the use of Vespas as a viable form of alternative transportation to reduce oil and gas consumption, pollution and traffic congestion are two solutions Sprint and Vespa are putting forth and that Americans are embracing.”

Vespa USA, through its Vespanomics program, promotes the use of fuel-efficient motor scooters as an alternative form of transportation that can greatly reduce gasoline consumption and put more money back into the pockets of Americans. Vespa estimates that in the year 2020, if a fraction of licensed U.S. drivers converted a small percentage of their miles to a Vespa, gasoline consumption would be reduced by 3.9 billion gallons per year, resulting in a savings to Americans of more than $21 billion.

Winners of the contest will be announced following Aug. 20 no later than October 1. For more information on the tour dates and the contest, please visit www.VespaUSA.com. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter. To learn more about Vespa motor scooters, Vespanomics or to find a Vespa dealer in your area, please visit www.VespaUSA.com or like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/VespaUSA) or follow them on Twitter @VespaUSA.

Sprint GREEN ON THE GO VESPA SWEEPSTAKES

ABBREVIATED RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00a.m. EST on June 26, 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST August 20, 2011. For complete Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, visit Sprint.com/govespa. Sponsor: Sprint Communications Company L.P.

“Green On The Go” Tour Sweepstakes

ABBREVIATED RULES

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in jurisdiction of residence (whichever is older) at time of entry. Sweepstakes is offered only in San Francisco, California, Los Angeles, California, Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York. Sweepstakes begins at the dates and times as specified for each live event in the Official Rules. For Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, visit the Green on the Go booth at the live event. Sponsor: Sprint Communications Company L.P.

Sprint’s Sustainability Program

Sprint’s industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition. For the second year in a row, Sprint ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies on Newsweek’s 2010 Rankings of America’s Greenest Companies at No. 6, up from No. 15 in 2009. Sprint was also ranked highest among the wireless carrier industry on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.” Sprint also received Frost & Sullivan’s 2010 North American Green Excellence of the Year Award in Mobile & Wireless for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, proactive approach to the deployment of renewable energy, and aggressive cell-phone recycling efforts. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow@SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

 

instaVIN™ Motorcycle History Reports Now Available through CycleTrader.com

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–instaVIN™ (https://www.instavin.com) is now offering for a limited time instaVIN Vehicle History and Title Reports for motorcycles to in-market consumers and motorcycle retailers via CycleTrader.com, a Dominion Enterprises company. CycleTrader is the leading classified marketplace for motorcycles with more than 150,000 dealer and private seller listings.

“CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience”

instaVIN reports provide DMV title, salvage, insurance, total loss and other critical information to help identify title problems prior to purchase. This can help uncover potential buyer or seller fraud or expose other “worst of the worst” events that can affect a motorcycle’s safety and value. Vehicle details decoded from the vehicle identification number (VIN) such as year, make and model enable users to confirm the vehicle is properly represented.

Links to instaVIN reports are available on CycleTrader.com’s ad listings and resource pages as well as other locations on the CycleTrader.com site for a limited time. “CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience,” said Jim Irish, CEO of instaVIN. “This unique user interface provides a remarkably simple order process and ensures the proper vehicle is represented to the buyer. Users can purchase a report by entering a VIN number, then get the report instantly. They can also pre-purchase and return to www.instavin.com later when they have their VIN number available.”

When shopping for their next motorcycle during the limited time offer, buyers can purchase a single report for just $6.99. If they are looking at multiple bikes, they can select the 5 for $24.99 option, saving nearly 30%. Motorcycle dealers and private sellers can build buyer confidence by ensuring that the motorcycle they are selling is free of hidden problems. Sellers can share the instaVIN report with potential buyers by linking to the report on their CycleTrader.com ad listing.

InstaVIN reports contain information and data from private sources and through a partnership with the Department of Justice and AAMVA who administer the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). NMVTIS is the only vehicle history database in which all states, insurance carriers and junk salvage yards are required by federal law to report their data.

In addition to the insurance total loss and salvage auction information, instaVIN reports provide all state DMV title brand indicators such as salvage, odometer, rollback, rental vehicle, police use and flood, as well as title history, odometer history, vehicle specifications and accident information where available. Understanding a vehicle’s history is a critical step in any motorcycle purchase whether you are a dealer at auction or a consumer buying a used bike. Over 100 key data indicators are checked on every report. Visithttps://www.instavin.com/ct.php.

About instaVIN™

instaVIN™ provides vehicle history reports with critical data including real-time Government Title and Brand information and Junk/Salvage/Insurance Total Loss records. instaVIN reports include the most comprehensive, up-to-date data, all at a fraction of the cost of competitive reports such as CARFAX® and AutoCheck®. instaVIN offers reports on passenger cars and light trucks, modern and vintage motorcycles, RVs, buses, classic cars and heavy trucks. instaVIN has other products available at www.instavin.com such as a complete Bill of Sale Document service to protect you when buying or selling a vehicle between private parties. Also available is the Vehicle Valuator, a free tool that provides the average local retail asking price for similar vehicles in your area. Please see https://www.instavin.com.

instaVIN is a dba of MobileTrac, LLC, a San Diego, CA based company.

About CycleTrader.com

Cycle Trader, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the leading powersports marketplace connecting buyers and sellers to new and used motorcycles, ATVs, PWCs, and snowmobiles. With more than 150,000 vehicles available, Cycle Trader offers the widest selection of powersports vehicles online. Visit http://www.CycleTrader.com.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visithttp://www.dominionenterprises.com.

 

Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2011 Results; EPS Increased 127% to $1.34 on 49% Sales Growth

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported record first quarter net income of $47.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. By comparison, 2010 first quarter net income was $19.8 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2011 totaled $537.2 million, an increase of 49 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $361.7 million.

“Given our excellent start to the year we are significantly raising our expectations for sales and earnings for the full year 2011,” continued Wine. “We will continue to make prudent strategic investments and our strong balance sheet, with $346 million in cash on hand and only $200 million in debt at March 31, 2011, gives us the strength and flexibility to remain aggressive in identifying opportunities to accelerate growth. In addition, product innovation remains at the forefront of our strategy, as evidenced by our January launch of the all-new RANGERRZR XP(TM) 900 recreational vehicle and the Victory High-Ball(TM) custom cruiser, in addition to the March introduction of our model year 2012 snowmobiles.”

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Brammo Launches New Dealer Program with the Appointment of Scuderia West as Their Main Dealer for the San Francisco Bay Area

ASHLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The appointment of Scuderia West as a new Brammo dealer in San Francisco will ensure that Bay Area customers now have easy access to the Brammo range of electric motorcycles.

Brammo Enertia+ Electric Motorcycle (Photo: Business Wire)Brammo Enertia+ Electric Motorcycle (Photo: Business Wire)

The American manufacturer Brammo has partnered with this well-established motorcycle dealer on Duboce Avenue, San Francisco. Scuderia West has built up an enviable reputation over 20 years for its high levels of servicing, repairs and parts sourcing for both new and used motorcycles.

Established in 1991, Scuderia’s current facilities include a comprehensive showroom, sales and aftersales department, and full servicing facilities with workshops featuring the latest electronic diagnostic equipment.

“We are delighted to be the first motorcycle dealership to sign up with Brammo,” said Scuderia’s founder and owner, Don Lemelin. “Typically, our customers appreciate a motorcycle that is both well designed and performs flawlessly. Thanks to Brammo’s superior engineering and quality we know we can stake our reputation on these motorcycles.”

Brammo prices start at $7,995 less federal and state incentives for the entry-level Enertia, and rise to $13,995 for the top-of-the-line Empulse 10.0.

Commenting on this latest appointment, CEO of Brammo Inc., Craig Bramscher, added: “Brammo’s share of the US market is soaring and we have no doubt that the Bay Area appreciates the benefits of Brammo electric motorcycles. Scuderia West is becoming a Brammo Dealer at a very exciting time and we both look forward to providing Bay Area riders with world-class products and service. Brammo’s soon to be announced expanded product line is a great fit with the traditional high end motorcycle dealer and with Scuderia, we are off to a great start.”

Located at 69 Duboce Avenue, San Francisco, Scuderia West is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am until 6pm.

Brammo’s change in distribution will also benefit existing customers as all servicing and warranty of Brammo motorcycles previously sold through stores will be honored by Brammo’s new dealership network.

“We are always interested to talk with dealers about our exciting motorcycles and explore the opportunity of becoming a Brammo dealer,” said Craig Bramscher.

You can learn more about Brammo and follow our developments by using these links:

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