Love is in the air.

By: Diana Alvear

From BFFs to Valentine’s Day to I Love Verizon week, there’s good vibes for all.

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On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Diana Alvear hosted a live Valentine’s Day quiz (which is now closed) and shared the following news.

I Love Verizon Week

The Consumer Group’s Customer Service team has been celebrating I Love Verizon Week all week long and — not surprisingly — we’ve heard it's one of their favorite times of the year. The team does everything from creating memes to sending fellow V Teamers eCards with "punny" Verizon phrases to creating personal versions of the Credo video.

Mix and Match

If you’re looking for fun plans for Valentine’s Day, why not stay in and enjoy all of your Mix and Match options? Here are two recommendations for you: Cinderella, with Whitney Houston and Brandy, is now available on Disney+ and perfect for the whole family. Or, if you can wait a couple weeks and get your kids to bed at a reasonable hour, you can enjoy The United States vs. Billie Holiday which drops February 26 on Hulu, featuring the talented Andra Day in the title role.

Improving the fan experience

Verizon Business announced we’re working with Zyter®, a leading digital health and IoT-enablement platform, to help improve sports and entertainment venue operations. Zyter ThermalAlert is a thermal imaging platform that monitors the temperature of fans and helps with streamlining quick access for fans on game day. This technology is already being put to good use at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, a Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband stadium.

A new 5G platform for retail

Verizon Business, along with Deloitte and SAP, unveiled an innovative retail platform, bringing 5G and MEC to the retail industry with the goal of improving store operating efficiency and enhancing the customer experience.

The platform can unlock retail in-store data with near-real-time analytics to improve customer engagement, inventory efficiency and associate productivity. This includes addressing challenges like out-of-stock items, plan-o-gram compliance and frictionless/cashierless checkout.

Supporting HBCUs

Did you know that Verizon has a strong partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? Our support for diversity in STEM is longstanding and recently we had a great conversation about why this partnership is crucial to developing the next generation of leaders. Check out the full conversation our very own Karyn Stetz had with Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, VP of University Advancement at Florida A&M University.

Who is your V Teamer BFF?

Do you have a best friend on the V Team? Why not celebrate that special bond by sending a pic and a brief explanation of why you two are simpatico to good@verizon.com. We’d love to share your story. You can also let us know on social as well.

Happy Lunar New Year!

2021 is the year of the ox, which represents stability and resilience — something that everyone may be in need of after last year. PACE is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration at 1:30 PM ET today with special guest and executive sponsor Matt Ellis. Check out more about the event on the web.

A great time to take your VZPulse

Today is the last day to take your VZPulse survey. This is an opportunity for you to let us know what you care about and it only takes five minutes. So if you haven’t already, be sure to take it as soon as you’re done reading this article — which is right now! Check your email for the invitation from Gallup.

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

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About the author(s):

Diana Alvear is new to the V Team family. In her previous life, she was a network correspondent and local anchor. These days, she juggles crafting communications with chasing kids and pets.

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