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Pizza + Free Classroom Equipment = More Sales

UPI's newest loyalty program strengthens customer relationships and online sales one pizza slice at a time!

Author: UPI Marketing Team | Posted: January 25, 2016

For over 25 years, UPI has been providing the supermarket industry with programs that increase basket sizes and purchase frequency while creating strong customer loyalty and bringing in new shoppers.


We are now offering these same opportunities to the pizza industry through a school promotion designed to differentiate brands and increase online ordering. Our Project Education program provides pizza businesses a unique opportunity to grow their business while creating strong customer relationships within their communities.


Through the Project Education school promotion, schools earn points when parents and local supporters purchase their pizza online from a participating pizza location. Participating schools will earn points with each online purchase during the 13 week promotional period. At the end of the promotion schools can order equipment for a class leading selection of over 2,500 educational items.


This new opportunity is completely turnkey. UPI will provide everything from mailing lists of schools in each stores marketing area to all the fun posters, reproducible letters and promotional materials schools will need to run and manage their program. Each school also receives a full color catalog containing more than 1,500 of the most popular classroom items that schools can earn.


Since our Power in Education program began over 25 years ago, it has provided over $200,000,000 in free educational equipment to participating schools. We are now excited to offer this same opportunity to businesses in the pizza industry!

Watch UPI's Chairman, Harry Guidotti, discuss this exciting new opportunity.

UPI would like to welcome its new intern, Dillon!

Author: Jeffrey Obuchowski, VP Operations | Posted: Sept. 2, 2015

Dillon Dezarn
Dillon is UPI's newest Graphic Design Intern. He is currently a student at PTI in Oakdale and will be graduating in October with an Associate in Science degree, Graphis Design. Dillon currently lives in Oakland, but is originally from Cranberry Township. During his spare time, Dillon enjoys exploring the great outdoors, swimming, playing video games and dancing.

Fun Fact: Dillon is an avid climber and has scaled much of Western Pennsylvania!

UPI in Omaha!

UPI’s Register Tapes for Education Team meets with stores owners at the Affiliated Foods Spring Show!

Author: UPI Marketing Team | Posted: Mar. 17th, 2015

Last weekend, Jeffrey and Brandy represented UPI’s Register Tapes for Education program at the Affiliated Foods Midwest Spring Show in Omaha, NE. The team had great success and met with store owners who currently participate in Register Tapes for Education. Additionally, our team discussed the program with new members of Affiliated Foods Midwest. These members were greatly interested in Register Tapes for Education due to its proven success in driving revenue, enhancing customer loyalty and creating a positive impact on the communities that customers call home.

To learn more about the Register Tapes for Education program, head on over to www.universal-promotions.com/loyalty.php or visit our program website at www.registertapesforeducation.com.

Exciting News at UPI!

UPI would like to welcome two new team members, Haley Rodemoyer and Telicia Kuchan!

Author: Jeffrey Obuchowski, VP Operations | Posted: Mar. 4th, 2015

Haley Rodemoyer
Haley is our new Graphic Design Intern. She is currently a student at PTI in Oakdale and graduating this April with an Associate in Science degree, Graphic Design. Haley loves Pittsburgh, as she has lived in the area her entire life. During her spare time, Haley enjoys playing the newest video games and watching documentaries about History.

Fun Fact: Haley is avid soccer player and is hoping the snow melts quickly, so she can get back out on the soccer field soon!

Telicia Kuchan
Telicia is a new full-time employee who will focus on outreach and support to our customers, program coordinators and store partners. Before coming to UPI, Telicia taught at The Academy Charter School, University Prep School in the Hill District and Peters Township School District. Additionally, she has a bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in professional writing, a bachelor’s from Franciscan University of Steubenville in biology, a Masters from Duquesne University in Environmental Science and a teaching certificate in biology and general science from Duquesne for both high school and middle school. We believe that Telicia‘s experience in teaching and education will be a great asset to UPI and our Customer Loyalty Programs for Schools. Telicia currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband Edward, and son, Damien. During her free time, she enjoys gardening and sewing.

Fun Fact: Telicia’s family owned a vineyard/winery for about 15 years. Their winery specialized in estate wines from their own French-American hybrid grapes.

We are excited to have them as a part of the UPI Team!

‘Tis the Season to Support Education

UPI’s new Supporting Education Program offers local schools a special fundraising opportunity this holiday season!

Author: Brandy Bosta Colbert, CRM Specialist | Posted: Nov. 10th, 2014

UPI has launched Supporting Education Program, a new educational initiative that helps raise funds for elementary, middle and high schools throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Supporting Education Program is the ideal holiday fundraising opportunity for local schools. This quick and simple program helps local schools raise money, while providing parents, family and friends discounts on purchases from top mall retailers and restaurants such as Rue 21, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Children’s Store, Aerie by American Eagle, Aldo Shoes, Saga, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and many, many more!

Participating schools offer Supporting Education discount cards to family and friends for $20 a card. Each card offers the shopper discounts from over 20 participating stores in each mall, totaling up to 50 times the cost of the card. Better yet, each card sale earns the school $10, which can be used to purchase much needed items for its students, such as new band instruments, sports uniforms, educational equipment or even school supplies.

Currently, three Pittsburgh Malls have signed on to participate in the program. These include Westmoreland Mall, Monroeville Mall and The Mall at Robinson. While Pittsburgh is the first city to offer this program, UPI’s Founder and Chairman Harry Guidotti is planning to “expand the program to more than 100 cities across the county with the goal to raise over $24,000,000 for schools nationwide.”

To learn more about the Supporting Education Program, please contact 412-831-8423 ext.3041 or visit www.project-education.net.

Fun Fore All Families!

Putting an End to Hunger!

Author: UPI Marketing Team | Posted: June. 4th, 2014

On Saturday May 31st, Universal Promotions helped Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank host its inaugural kid’s campaign to end hunger with “Putting an End to Hunger”, a miniature golf event at Chris Camp’s Fun Fore All Family Entertainment Center in Cranberry Township, PA.

It was a picture perfect day in Pittsburgh, filled with family entertainment, clowns, games and prizes, but the biggest prize for the families who participated in the miniature golf event is their donation will be helping 1 out of 5 children affected by child hunger and assisting those families facing food insecurity.

Sweepstakes vs. Contest

Understanding the Basics

Author: Linda Glace, Marketing Director | Posted: Apr. 14th, 2014

Understanding the basic differences between sponsoring a sweepstakes and contest is easy, however failing to recognize and utilize an entity that is experienced with U.S. state and federal laws and regulations surrounding sweepstakes and contests can prove to create difficulties both financially and publicly.

The words sweepstakes and contest are often used interchangeably, when in fact they are not. The definition of a sweepstakes is a “game of chance”, whereas a contest is defined as a “game of skill. In a sweepstakes promotion the prize winners are selected via a random drawing, in a contest promotion the prize winners are selected by a measurable skill.

When developing a sweepstakes promotion it is important that you do not inadvertently structure the sweepstakes into becoming an illegal lottery. What constitutes an illegal lottery: a) prize; b) chance; and c) consideration. Since sweepstakes are usually conducted to give entrants a chance to win a prize, it is the consideration element that must be addressed. For sweepstakes purposes consideration can come in many different forms, it can be from; a) a purchase transaction that gives an entrant an automatic or additional entry; b) completing a survey; or c) any burdensome behavior such as frequent store visits that an entrant must perform. To eliminate the illegal lottery aspect from a sweepstakes when you have chance, prize and what may be viewed as consideration as part of the sweepstakes you must offer an Alternate Free Method of Entry.

Let’s talk about contests or games of skill. Often these types of promotions are conducted as recipe contests, photo contests and essay contests. Typically a panel of qualified judges is selected by the Sponsor or Contest Administrator and the prize winners are chosen based on pre-determined objectives and criteria defined in the official rules.

In any case whether you are choosing to sponsor a sweepstakes or a contest, both types of promotions require a set of Official Rules and both must adhere to their specific guidelines and regulations. If you are not well versed in how to manage a sweepstakes or contest it will be worth your investment to seek out a professional who has the experience and knowledge in sweepstakes and contest administration.

The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund: Making a World of Difference

Author: Brandy Bosta Colbert, CRM Specialist | Posted: Apr. 4th, 2014

The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund, Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization that is managed by UPI employee Janet Southgate and her husband Richard Spear. Because of Janet and Richard’s dedication, time and hard work, this wonderful organization has helped provide food, shelter, education and much more to over 500 orphaned children in both Haiti and Columbia.

Hogar Infantil de la Madre de Dios

The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund was established in 2001 when it started supporting Sister Elsa Maria Ayala’s orphanage, Hogar Infantil de la Madre de Dios, located in Cali, Columbia. Since then, Janet and Richard’s charity has provided support to over 90 children who currently call the orphanage home.

In spite of the increased economic and political stability in Colombia, the children’s needs are still as great as ever. The mission of this orphanage has stayed strong as Sister Elsa continues to rescue orphaned and abandoned children from the mountains of Columbia.

Foyer des Enfants de Sion

In 2010, Haiti was rocked by a massive earthquake that destroyed many areas and homes. It was at this time that The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund decided to expand its goals and began helping Foyer des Enfants de Sion (F.O.E.S), an orphanage just outside Port au Prince that was destroyed by the earthquake.

Janet and Richard, along with various builders and contractors, worked together to help build a new home for 30 orphaned children. Recently, they have started a small school in the home for the resident children, and some very poor children in the community where they can read, write, learn and play.

Organization de Jeunes Filles en Action (O.J.F.A) and Notre Dame de Victoires

The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund also provides support to two other Haitian orphanages; Organization de Jeunes Filles en Action (O.J.F.A) and Notre Dame de Victoires. O.J.F.A is managed by a young Haitian lawyer couple who rescue abused girls and young women and provides them with food, shelter and an education. Notre Dame de Victoires, is run by Sister Altagrace, who has a home for 50 children and a school for 300 children in a very poor neighborhood of Port au Prince.

If you would like to learn more about The Cali-Haiti Orphanage Charitable Fund or make a donation, please contact Janet at janets@universal-promotions.com.

Update: Recently, the Red Cross awarded Richard their Good Samaritan Award for the foundation’s work in Columbia and Haiti. Richard expressed that he was “honored to accept this award on behalf of his generous supporters, without whom none of this would be possible.”

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