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Wego Acquires Travelstop to Expand into Business Travel

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Ross Veitch and Prashant Kirtane

Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) acquired Travelstop, a revolutionary platform that simplifies business travel and expense management for companies globally. This strategic move will expand Wego’s reach into business travel and expense management.

The acquisition will also empower Travelstop to tap into Wego’s regional network and leverage its deep understanding of the travel industry to drive growth and provide enhanced services to their customers.

Wego has long been a leader in the travel industry, known for its innovative solutions and commitment to delivering exceptional and seamless travel experiences. Since its launch, Travelstop has emerged as a game-changer in the business travel industry, providing businesses of all sizes with a modern platform that streamlines travel management and automates expense processes.

By combining their resources and expertise, Wego and Travelstop aim to revolutionize the way companies navigate the complexities of corporate travel as well as contribute to the growth and development of the travel industry in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Travelstop,” said Ross Veitch, CEO and Co-founder of Wego. “This strategic move is in line with our vision of offering comprehensive travel solutions to businesses in the region. Together, Travelstop and Wego will empower businesses to streamline their travel and expense management processes, introducing new levels of convenience and cost-efficiency.”

Through this acquisition, Wego aims to address the unique challenges faced by businesses operating in emerging markets, such as fragmented travel options and manual expense reporting. The combined platform will provide businesses with a one-stop solution, enabling them to seamlessly manage their corporate travel needs while gaining greater visibility and control over expenses.

“We are excited about the immense potential that this partnership brings,” said Prashant Kirtane, CEO & Co-founder of Travelstop. “With our combined expertise and assets, we are confident in our ability to deliver an exceptional business travel experience to our customers. Our focus on product innovation and on customer satisfaction will enable us to set new industry standards and redefine the future of business travel.”

According to August 2022 ‘GBTA BTI Outlook Annual Global Report & Forecast’, the APAC and Middle East regions stand as the largest and most rapidly expanding markets in business travel. In 2023, APAC and the Middle East regions are set to contribute to 46% of the total global business travel expenditure.

As Wego and Travelstop join forces, both companies are excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings. By leveraging each other’s strengths, the combined entity is well-positioned to redefine business travel and expense management in emerging markets and empower companies to navigate the challenges of a rapidly evolving global economy.

About Wego

Wego provides award-winning travel search websites and top-ranked mobile apps for travelers living in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. Wego harnesses powerful yet simple to use technology that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airlines, hotels, and online travel agency websites.

Wego presents an unbiased comparison of all travel products and prices offered in the marketplace by merchants, both local and global, and enables shoppers to quickly find the best deal and place to book whether it is from an airline or hotel directly or with a third-party aggregator website. Wego was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Dubai and Singapore with regional operations in Bangalore, Riyadh, Cairo, Lahore, and Kuala Lumpur.

About Travelstop

Travelstop is a revolutionary platform aimed at modernising and simplifying business travel. Travelstop builds tools to help growing businesses manage their business travel and expenses more efficiently. Our mission is to empower businesses with tools that help them reduce costs and improve productivity. We’re a passionate team of problem solvers with significant experience in building scalable consumer travel and mobile platforms. Our team brings together expertise across product, design, and engineering from companies including Yahoo!, HomeAway and Expedia.

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Fifty 1 Labs, Inc Announces Acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC

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Company adds another patent to its portfolio with acquisition

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 18, 2024Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. (OTCPK: CAFI), a leading company in the sports supplement, sports equipment, and health and wellness industries, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC, a Florida-based company specializing in innovative throwing knives. Founded by Dragan Zivotic, a former member of the Serbian Army and an expert in knife throwing, Drago Knives plans to make significant contributions to the sports and outdoor equipment sector with its patent-pending design for throwing knives.

The acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC, marks a significant milestone for Fifty 1 Labs as it expands its portfolio into the growing market of throwing knives, an ancient practice with a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. Historically, throwing knives have been used across various cultures for hunting, combat, and sport, evolving over centuries into a popular activity for enthusiasts and professional competitors alike.

Drago Knives, LLC, will distinguish itself in this market with a unique patent-pending design that enhances the throwing knife experience. This design allows users to correctly place their fingers and hand on the knife, enabling quick proficiency in knife throwing—a skill that combines art, sport, and precision. This innovation not only honors the traditional aspects of knife throwing but also brings a modern twist that appeals to beginners and experienced throwers.

“We are excited to welcome Drago Knives into the Fifty 1 Labs family. This acquisition aligns with our commitment to providing high-quality, innovative products to our customers,” said Robert Clark, CEO of Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. “Dragan Zivotic’s expertise and passion for knife throwing have led to the creation of a product that we believe will set a new standard in the industry.”

Throwing knives are currently sold in select sports equipment stores, online retailers, and specialty shops across the United States and are gaining popularity among a wide range of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to professional athletes. The growing interest in throwing knives as a sport and hobby is evident in the increasing number of competitions and clubs dedicated to knife throwing, indicating a bright future for this segment.

Fifty 1 Labs, Inc is committed to leveraging its resources and network to further enhance the Drago Knives brand, expand its distribution channels, and introduce the sport of knife throwing to a broader audience.

About Fifty 1 Labs, Inc (CAFI)

Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. (Ticker symbol: CAFI), a publicly traded entity presently in the process of a name and symbol transition to become Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. from Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. This transformation accompanies the company’s ownership of three distinct subsidiaries entrenched within the domains of sports supplementation, fitness apparatus, and the realm of holistic well-being. These subsidiaries encompass 51, LLC, a distinguished brand specializing in sports supplementation; The Quickness, the proud bearer of a patent for pioneering athletic training equipment, meticulously crafted to amplify linebacker development; and Astound NMN, a beacon of excellence within the anti-aging sector, heralding the era of DNA reparation through its premium supplements. Guided by an unwavering commitment, Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. remains at the forefront of ingenuity, consistently presenting avant-garde solutions infused with state-of-the-art technology, poised to empower individuals in their pursuit of fitness and holistic health aspirations. Furthermore, Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. remains actively engrossed in the pursuit of strategic acquisitions, aimed at fortifying its portfolio by incorporating profit-generating enterprises into its fold.

About Drago Knives, LLC

Founded by Dragan Zivotic, Drago Knives, LLC, is based in Florida and specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality throwing knives. With a patent-pending design, Drago Knives aims to make knife throwing accessible and enjoyable for everyone, from beginners to seasoned throwers.

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Software and analytics company Buyers Edge Platform Accelerates European Expansion with Two Strategic UK Acquisitions

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Buyers Edge Platform, the leading software and analytics company providing data-driven insights and technology to the foodservice industry, announces its acquisitions of The Full Range and Delta Procurement, two prominent UK Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs). These acquisitions mark a significant step in Buyers Edge Platform’s rapid expansion across Europe, solidifying its position as a key player in the international procurement landscape. This announcement comes on the heels of Buyers Edge Platform recently securing a $425 million Preferred Equity investment from three prominent investors: General Atlantic, Blackstone, and Morgan Stanley.

These acquisitions align with Buyers Edge Platform’s broader strategy to create the largest Digital Procurement Network in Europe, mirroring their success achieved in the US. Through strategic acquisitions, new country partnerships, and organic growth initiatives, Buyers Edge Platform is set to transform procurement, offering exceptional value to foodservice businesses across Europe.

John Davie, CEO of Buyers Edge Platform, expressed his excitement about both acquisitions, stating, “We’re seeking the best and most powerful GPOs in each country in Europe and have been looking to bring both brands on board as we continue our mission to revolutionize procurement practices and empower businesses across the continent.”

Daniel Wilson, President of Buyers Edge Platform Europe, added “We are delighted to welcome the Full Range and Delta Procurement to the Buyers Edge Platform Family. We have hugely ambitious plans to expand our operations across Europe and look forward to working with the team members, supply partners, and customers of the acquisitions to achieve this.” Buyers Edge Platform has now completed 3 European acquisitions since January 2023.

The Full Range

Founded by Co-Owners and Directors Barry Knight and Nicky Prentice, The Full Range stands as one of the largest independent GPOs in the UK. Renowned for its comprehensive support and consultancy services, The Full Range caters to diverse sectors including hotels, bars, restaurants, and golf clubs. Their sterling reputation stems from a commitment to enhancing client purchasing efficiency while fostering strong supplier relationships.

Barry Knight, Director of The Full Range, expressed his enthusiasm about the acquisition, saying: “From the very first conversation with Buyers Edge Platform, it was clear we shared the same vision and values. We are both people-focused businesses who always put the customer first. Combining our UK market knowledge with Buyers Edge Platform technology and buying power will create the perfect environment to help our customers to thrive. We are excited to have joined the most powerful network in the foodservice industry and to share the opportunities this brings to hospitality owners across the UK.”

Delta Procurement

Delta Procurement, led by Dave Anderson and Nick Ryan, has emerged as a transformative force in the UK procurement service industry. With a focus on delivering absolute value at every link of the foodservice chain, Delta has earned acclaim for its tailored solutions and exceptional customer satisfaction. The company’s success underscores its commitment to innovation and customer-centricity.

“We have always put our clients front and center of all that we do and so are thrilled about the acquisition by Buyers Edge Platform as it represents a significant opportunity for our customers. By joining forces, we can now offer our clients access to cutting-edge technology and enhanced buying power, enabling them to streamline their procurement processes and drive greater efficiencies in their businesses. This acquisition marks a new chapter for Delta and our customers, and we are excited to continue delivering exceptional value and service as part of the Buyers Edge Platform.”

About Buyers Edge Platform

Buyers Edge Platform is the leading software and analytics company providing data-driven insights and technology to the foodservice industry. We connect entities throughout foodservice and empower them to run their businesses more efficiently by leveraging data and analytics. Buyers Edge Platform’s mission is to drive the foodservice industry from manual to automated with programs that benefit all stakeholders across the supply chain. Visit BuyersEdgePlatform.com to learn more.

Buyers Edge Platform recently announced a $425M preferred equity investment from a consortium led by General Atlantic Credit’s (“GA Credit”) Atlantic Park fund, alongside funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (“Blackstone“) and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value (“MS Tactical Value”). Buyers Edge Platform intends to leverage the new funds and partnership with GA Credit, Blackstone, and MS Tactical Value to support the execution of its continued growth initiatives, including platform innovation, strategic M&A, and European expansion.

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Graybar Acquires Blazer Electric Supply

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Expands presence in Southern Colorado

Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today announced that it will acquire Blazer Electric Supply, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, effective March 1, 2024.

Blazer Electric Supply is an electrical distributor that serves construction, commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. The company was founded in 2009 and operates two locations in southern Colorado. As a subsidiary of Graybar, the company will operate under the Blazer Electric Supply name. Trevor Blazer will serve as president, and the company’s employees will continue to support customers with the same products, solutions, and services.

“Blazer is a market leader in its territory, with comprehensive product lines, extensive capabilities and a reputation for outstanding customer service,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Graybar. “Blazer fits well with Graybar’s core values, our people-oriented culture and our long-term growth strategy. We are thrilled to welcome the Blazer team to Graybar and look forward to achieving even greater success together.”

“I am incredibly proud of our company and grateful for the employees who have been so instrumental in our success,” said Steve Blazer, president of Blazer Electric Supply. “This is an exciting new chapter for our company. Joining forces with Graybar presents a tremendous opportunity to expand our service capabilities and grow our business for the long term. It also allows us to sustain a distinctive culture and positive work environment for our employees. I am confident that we have a bright future as part of Graybar.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 325 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network, automate and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency.

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