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Written by on December 14, 2000

Miami

High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses

the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.

TRUCKING AHEAD: Ryder System Inc. announced a pact

between its Internet-based pFreight and Internet Truckstop and ProMiles Software

Development Corp. Internet Truckstop’s site can be used by freight haulers to

find loads ready for shipment, minimizing the number of miles a driver has to

cover with an empty truck. The site, says Kim Fricke, vice president for pFreight,

"started with basic load-matching and has progressed to a full-service program

for drivers. Our aim is to work with Internet Truckstop and ProMiles to create

the next step in the evolution of Internet-assisted trucking." Tony Stronheck,

ProMiles president, said the basic idea to ease the amount of paperwork a truck

driver has to deal with.

FURTHER DISCOVERY: Miami-based Discovery Networks

Latin America-Iberia announced it will launch in Venezuela and Colombia two of

its shows — Discovery Health and Discovery Travel & Adventure — in a

pact with carrier Supercable. Supercable executives put the number of their subscribers

at more than 3.5 million in the two countries. Discovery executives say the deal

means the entire Discovery lineup of shows will reach both countries. Discovery

Health, they say, features the latest in medical breakthroughs while the travel

channel features "dynamic hosts, nonstop action and the world’s most exotic

locales."

ONLINE CONTAINERS:

The Container Store in Dallas launched containerstore.com this month. More than

1,200 of the retailer’s most popular products are sold on the site, according

to publicists. "We are the best in the business of what we do — storage

and organization," said John Trailkill, e-marketing director at Container

Store. Among features, he said, the site has a Plan-A-Space function that lets

customers work with Container Store personnel to custom-design storage space using

Elfa, a brand-name wire drawer and shelving system.

VOLANDO ACQUISITION: Miami Beach-based Volando travel

services has acquired Stella Barros in Brazil to tap that nation’s estimated $43

billion annual travel market. "The acquisition," says Esteban Torbar,

Volando CEO and president, "is a very important step towards accomplishing

Volando’s vision to solidly itself as the leading travel organization across Latin

America." He said Stella Barros was founded in 1961 and through a network

of 30 offices now handles travel for more than 15,000 teens who annually visit

Disney World.

DOTS & DASHES:

Cogent Communications, self-described as an optical Internet service provider,

signed on to occupy Suite 1410 in the New World Tower, 100 N Biscayne Blvd….

North Shore Medical Center, 100 NW 95th St., launched QuikWeb where patients get

a temporary website to share news and photos about their new babies over the ‘net….

Flowergrower.com — a Miami-based B2B wholesale florist — said it is

signing up more than 20 retail florists a week nationwide to trade directly with

independent floral farms through Latin America and Holland…. The global consulting

firm NetJuice-Network — which specializes in Internet business solutions

— announced it has acquired Simedia, a Spanish software consulting company

in Spain, bringing to 300 the number NetJuice now employs at offices in Madrid,

Barcelona, Valencia, Lisbon, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Miami.

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