Aflac has released its newest television commercial, "Duck Does Yoga," with it first appearing during the CMA Music Festival last week.
The commercial continues Aflac's campaign of contrasting activities that the duck doesn't perform well to how quickly the company pays claims -- often in just four days.
In the latest installment, titled "Duck Does Yoga," the lively feathered fowl finds itself quite out of place in a serene yoga studio. The ad opens with calming music playing as yoga students begin their class with deep breaths in and out.
The tranquil scene is quickly interrupted by the duck loudly exhaling, "Aaa-flaaaac." After a few puzzled glances around the room, the instructor continues through a series of poses that the duck attempts to perform.
One student eventually comments to a friend that the duck is "not that great at yoga." The friend agrees, but adds that when she slipped a disk in her back, Aflac paid her claim in less than four days. The Columbus-based company sells supplemental health and life insurance policies in the U.s. and Japan.
The commercial closes with the duck a little too calm. It's snoozing on the floor, a towel under its head as a pillow.
TSYS inks deal with Metrobank Card in Philippines
Columbus-based credit-card and payment processor has signed an agreement to license its PRIME payment transaction processing system to Metrobank Card Corp. in the Philippines.
Metrobank is a joint venture between it and Australia New Zealand Bank and is one of the largest card issuers and merchant acquirers in the Philippines' market.
TSYS said Metrobank will use PRIME to manage its multi-payment card issuing and merchant acquiring business. The contract also covers other services, including credit, loyalty, collections, dispute and charge-back management, as well as fraud monitoring.
"We chose TSYS after an in-depth analysis of global vendors and their payment processing solutions. TSYS stood out for us, not simply as a vendor, but as a provider who could support our future vision and growth ambitions," Riko Abdurrahman, president of Metrobank Card, said in a statement.
TSYS does business with about 400 clients in 80 countries around the world, employing more than 9,800, nearly half of those in Columbus.
Village Mall gets improvements and name change to 'Auburn Mall'
Hull Storey Gibson Companies, owner of the Village Mall, it will change the name from Village Mall to Auburn Mall and make improvements to the interior and exterior of the property.
Improvements will include new signage, an electronic reader board, and installation of historical photographs and inspirational community murals throughout the inside of the mall.
"The city of Auburn deserves an enclosed mall that reflects its reputation as a wonderful place to live, work, visit and receive an education. We are working closely with Mayor Ham's office and the Auburn economic development team to improve the mall, attract national retailers to the community and create a first-class shopping experience," Jim Hull, managing principal of Hull Storey Gibson Companies, said in a statement.
Work to improve Auburn Mall will begin this month, the company said, with the installation of historical photographs and community murals. Exterior improvements will begin later this year and continue into 2015.
Hull Storey Gibson Companies, headquartered in Augusta, Ga., operates 21 enclosed malls, 20 shopping centers and 18 free-standing buildings comprising over 13 million square feet across Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Columbus companies can apply for Excalibur Awards
The Technology Association of Georgia, in collaboration with the Business and Technology Alliance of TAG, is seeking applications and nominations for the 2014 TAG Excalibur Awards.
The awards recognize Georgia companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology, typically provided by a third-party, to solve complex issues and processes in business and education.
"There are a number of companies in the Columbus area that leverage technology to solve critical issues," said TAG President and CEO, Tino Mantella. "I urge tech-enabled companies from the local area to apply."
Interested companies have until Aug. 29 to be considered for this annual program. Semi-finalists will be selected by the Excalibur judging committee. Companies selected as semi-finalists will then be required to meet with the judges for an interview.
There are five categories -- Small Companies, Mid-sized Companies, Large Companies, Educational Organizations and Most Creative Solution.
The TAG Excalibur Awards ceremony will be held Oct. 24 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
To apply visit: https://tagonline.wufoo.com/forms/2014-excalibur-awards-application/.
If you would like to nominate a company, visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/excalibur-awards/excalibur-nomination/