• The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival announced that they had secured a three-year sponsorship from Ohio Humanitiesa statewide nonprofit that says its mission is to “share stories to spark conversations and inspire ideas by running programs and awarding grants that support storytellers across the State, from museums to journalists to documentary filmmakers”.
Terms were not disclosed. The organizations said in a Press release that in addition to serving as the festival’s title sponsor, Ohio Humanities “will sponsor films for distribution and awards at the festival, free public access statewide to sponsored films and panel discussions, and development of the Big Watch initiative encouraging Ohioans to watch, discuss and be inspired by documentary films.”
Rebecca Brown Asmo, executive director of Ohio Humanities, said in a statement, “For 50 years, Ohio Humanities has had a rich history of supporting documentary film projects that tell the stories of Ohio or are produced by filmmakers. with roots or ties to our state. We are thrilled to continue this tradition through our partnership with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.”
This year’s Chagrin Documentary Film Festival will take place in person from October 5-9, and then via the festival’s streaming platform from October 9-16.
The festival announced in April that it had launched its first fundraiseraiming to raise $1 million to purchase and renovate a Chagrin Falls building for permanent residence that supports year-round programming.
• Diebold Nixdorf takes a big step towards reducing the amount of thermal paper receipts in transactions.
The Hudson-based company, which describes itself as a connected commerce provider for the retail and financial sectors, this week launched a paper-reducing product called Vynamic Digital Receipt.
Here’s what it does, according to This article from the trade publication Retail Customer Experience: Consumers can receive digital receipts via a QR code at the point of sale without needing to register or via their retailer’s app so they have them available whenever needed. Retailers can add accessible promotions and offers to build customer loyalty, while saving costs and reducing environmental impact.
The publication notes that in “the traditional approach of using thermal paper, millions of printed receipts are produced, forcing retailers to incur unnecessary expense and negatively impacting the retailer’s sustainable footprint.”
Retail Customer Experience notes that with Diebold Nixdorf’s new product, “retailers have the ability to present a QR code on a screen facing the customer at the point of sale, while customers can then scan that code without the need for The digital receipt can then be stored on the customer’s mobile device without worrying about storing or fading physical receipts.”
Digital receipts can also be integrated into retailers’ existing apps and customers can be invited to join a loyalty program.
You can also follow me on twitter for business and Northeast Ohio information.