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Haveli Indian Restaurant joins Akela merchant network

OTTAWA, Canada, January 27, 2015 — Haveli Indian Restaurant in the Byward Market joins the Akela merchant network.

Akela is pleased to welcome Haveli Indian Restaurant (map) to its merchant loyalty network. Haveli, in Ottawa’s Byward Market, has been serving Indian cuisine for over 30 years. Haveli diners can collect points that they can redeem at a later time toward their meal purchases at the restaurant.

Along with our newest merchant, Akela’s merchant loyalty network comprises a mix of businesses in Ottawa and Montreal:

The single Akela membership ID lets individuals join any and all of these merchants’ programs!

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his/her scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card”, valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, while reducing the plastic card count.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

My Loyal One changes name to Akela

OTTAWA, Canada, August 8, 2013 — My Loyal One is proud to announce that it has officially changed its name to Akela.

The name Akela, which traditionally invokes concepts of leadership and strength of purpose, was specifically chosen to reflect the company’s strong focus on being a groundbreaker in paperless loyalty technology. “This name change is about more than a simple rebranding – it goes to the heart of what we want to achieve as a company,” comments Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “It is symbolic of our inherent commitment to ‘lead the pack’ in providing the smartest and most innovative loyalty program solutions for merchants and consumers alike.”

The transition to the new name, including a new website (www.goakela.com) and rebranded loyalty applications, is effective immediately. Existing members of the Akela loyalty network will soon be prompted to update their smartphone app with the new name, but otherwise their accounts will not be affected by the name change.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela launches e-Gift Card feature

Akela is pleased to announce that its innovative loyalty program platform now includes an e-Gift Card feature. Merchants and vendors in the Akela network can now offer their customers the opportunity to buy electronic gift cards for friends, family members, and colleagues.

The e-Gift Card feature is available to Akela merchants on a subscription basis. Each merchant who subscribes to this feature can provide customers with the option to buy e-gift cards – both in-store and online. In-store customers are able to purchase e-gift cards from a cashier or clerk (who can send e-gift cards to recipients on behalf of the customer). Online customers are able to purchase e-gift cards using a smartphone (via the Akela app) or from the web (via the Akela Member Portal or a secure shopping site available to the general public).

“Digital gifting is a natural extension of the online loyalty features we already offer, so we’re excited to integrate it as part of our evolving loyalty platform,” comments Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “The online purchasing and delivery of gift cards provides real value to merchants in the Akela network – it helps them grow and solidify their presence in a tech-savvy consumer market where purchases increasingly take place online.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his/her scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card”, valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, while reducing the plastic card count.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela introduces new loyalty platform features

Akela is rolling out several new features for the latest version of our loyalty program platform. The new feature set increases the value of Akela as a loyalty management solution and makes it even easier for smartphone users to enjoy the full benefits of Akela membership.

For Akela merchants, the following additional management features are now available:

Premium Subscription-Only Features

Akela now offers premium loyalty features that merchants can utilize on a subscription basis. Merchants can now subscribe to the Mass Email Campaigns feature (see the next point below). Additional premium features will be released in the near future.

Mass Email Campaigns (Premium Feature)

Send out automated mass emails to your loyalty program members. You can create your own mass email campaigns in which custom emails are automatically sent to targeted groups of members at scheduled intervals. Your members have the ability to opt out of mass emails, thus ensuring that your emails only go to those members who are interested in receiving them. The mass emailing feature is perfect for marketing, allowing you to set up mass email campaigns for advertising, promotions, newsletters, announcements, etc.

Visualize Your Membership Data

At the click of a button, you can visualize membership report data on a Google map. Based on the geographic information associated with each member account, you can view the locations of different members at a glance, which helps to focus your business insights and improve market analysis.

For Akela members, the following smartphone app enhancements are now available:

Edit Account Details from Smartphone App

You can now edit your Akela membership account details and change your password directly from your smartphone.

QR Code Support

The Akela Smartphone app now displays your Akela membership account number as a QR code (as well as a regular bar code).

“At Akela, we’re constantly striving to enhance the online experience for merchants and consumers alike,” comments Jaideep Lal, Akela President.

“These latest features provide increased flexibility and value for our users, and they can expect even more in the near future.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card,” valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers while reducing the plastic card count.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela President named one of Ottawa’s 100 Rising Stars

Akela President Jaideep Lal has been named one of Ottawa’s 100 Rising Stars of 2012 by Invest Ottawa (www.investottawa.ca), the key organization committed to advancing Ottawa’s globally competitive, knowledge-based institutions and industries.

As described by Invest Ottawa, “Rising Stars are entrepreneurs who are growing exciting start-ups, social enterprises and non-profit organizations, which have been in operation for less than 5 years. These entrepreneurs are visionary leaders, driving change across all industries and sectors, and are shining examples of entrepreneurial excellence in Ottawa.”

“It’s truly an honor to receive this wonderful support and recognition from my peers,” says Mr. Lal. “As President of Akela, I’m excited to be part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community that’s doing so much to generate wealth and jobs in the Ottawa region. We at Akela will continue our efforts to play a constructive role in this community.”

The accomplishments of Ottawa’s 100 Rising Stars will be formally recognized and celebrated on November 16, 2012, at the Ottawa Entrepreneurship Awards, which are taking place as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Ottawa (www.GEWOttawa.ca).

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his/her scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card”, valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, while reducing the plastic card count.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela App now available in French on iPhone

Akela is pleased to announce that its free Akela Smartphone app is now available in French on the Apple iPhone device. The company is also preparing to release the French version of its Akela app on the Windows Phone device; an official announcement of this will be made soon.

This latest version of the Akela app has built-in support for the French language. If the language setting of your phone is set to French, then the app automatically displays in French.

“As the excitement about Akela continues to grow, we’ve been getting repeated requests for additional language support, particularly from the many French-speaking consumers in Canada,” said Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “So we’re happy to introduce this French-language version of our smartphone app, which brings the benefits of Akela to a broader national audience.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela Smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, you replace your scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a unique Akela barcode, which is valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, you don’t need to scroll through your phone to find the right store – the same barcode works with all participating Akela stores. Akela makes it easy to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, right from your phone.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela joins Invest Ottawa as a portfolio company

Akela is pleased to announce its status as a portfolio company with Invest Ottawa (www.investottawa.ca), the leading economic development organization for the City of Ottawa.

Invest Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing Ottawa’s globally competitive, knowledge-based institutions and industries. As such, it delivers programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in Ottawa and the surrounding region. Client companies that are part of the Invest Ottawa portfolio can receive expert assistance on how to grow their business and connect or expand within their sector. Ultimately, the goal of Invest Ottawa is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business.

“Akela is excited to join Invest Ottawa’s portfolio of growing businesses,” comments Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “As a member of the thriving entrepreneurial community nurtured by Invest Ottawa, we’ll continue to play an active role in the creation of a sustainable, innovative environment in which all Ottawa-based companies can grow, become profitable and compete at the global level.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as a Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela Smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, you replace your scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a unique Akela barcode, which is valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, you don’t need to scroll through your phone to find the right store – the same barcode works with all participating Akela stores. Akela makes it easy to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, right from your phone.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela App now available in French on BlackBerry and Android

Akela is pleased to announce that its free Akela Smartphone app is now available in French on BlackBerry and Android devices. The company is also preparing to release the French version of its Akela app on iPhone and Windows Phone devices; an official announcement of this will be made soon.

This latest version of the Akela app has built-in support for the French language. If the language setting of your phone is set to French, then the app automatically displays in French.

“As the excitement about Akela continues to grow, we’ve been getting repeated requests for additional language support, particularly from the many French-speaking consumers in Canada,” said Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “So we’re happy to introduce this French-language version of our smartphone app, which brings the benefits of Akela to a broader national audience.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as a Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela Smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, you replace your scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a unique Akela barcode, which is valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, you don’t need to scroll through your phone to find the right store; the same barcode works with all participating Akela stores. Akela makes it easy to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, right from your phone.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

Akela Integrates with Maitre’D POS System

Akela is pleased to announce the official integration of its loyalty program platform with the Maitre’D POS software solution from POSERA Software. Restaurants and other service vendors using the Maitre’D POS system can now seamlessly deploy the Akela solution, allowing them to digitally register loyalty program members and conduct loyalty point transactions at the point of sale.

Akela seamlessly integrates loyalty program management into the customer service workflow of the Maitre’D POS system. During any customer transaction, the POS operator can easily add the customer as a member of the merchant’s loyalty program and then add or redeem loyalty points for the customer. The operator can also track each customer’s accumulated point balance. With the Akela features added, Maitre’D POS provides enhanced capabilities for merchants to promote and reward customer loyalty, enabling them to develop more effective marketing strategies.

Jaideep Lal, Akela President, said, “We’re excited about Akela’s integration with Maitre’D. We think the integrated solution will be of great benefit to restaurant operators who are eager to increase customer loyalty through points-based rewards programs.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card”, valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, while reducing the plastic card count.

Tel: (613) 830-4049
Email: info@goakela.com
Website: www.goakela.com

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