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By: Raquel Wilson

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Today’s edition of Up To Speed Live was all about Turkey Day and how Verizon showed up big at the NYC Thanksgiving Day parade. Plus, we couldn’t let Black Friday and Cyber Monday pass without talking about new ways to shop for the holidays and take advantage of Verizon deals. Looking to give back to the community? We have some special donation opportunities.

Bringing the Thanksgiving Day parade across the nation and into your home

The 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a family tradition for millions (check out the video to find out Raquel’s parade tradition). But did you know It’s also an annual tradition for Verizon? We play an integral part of making the parade available to major networks so their customers can tune in and join the merriment.

Verizon Fios engineers were on the site a week ahead of time to provide connectivity to the vendors and public safety partners along the parade route.

This year, we upgraded our network along the parade route by equipping 14 sites with C-band, upgraded two sites from 150 megabits per second to 1 gigabits per second and more.

We’re always making our network even better, and our Test Force was on-site doing just that.

Deals to make your holiday jolly

Verizon customers with Samsung, Google Pixel and Apple phones are eligible for Verizon’s guaranteed trade-in offer. That’s any model, any condition, guaranteed – plus a tablet and watch for free.

Help our retail teams deck the halls with big-time savings

Support our retail teams by popping into a store for all your device, home and accessory gifts. Running low on time? Specialists are popping into select offices to bring the experience to you (that means you too, Basking Ridge).

Barbie Evans, a retail specialist running the Basking Ridge pop-up store, explained that they’re here to “make life a little easier” – and any purchase will be directly shipped to V Teamers.

Barbie’s favorite accessories

Barbie recommended any and all kinds of smartwatches for the health, wellness and sleep benefits (not to mention being able to put your phone down without missing a beat). She also suggests putting a tablet on your gift list for anyone who wants portability and a larger screen view.

Her favorite accessory of the season? Easy! Verizon’s great promotions.

Toys for Tots donation

Disney’s “Wish Upon on a StAR” AR charitable experience is a collaboration with Disney and Toys for Tots to give underprivileged children their holiday wishes in local communities nationwide.

If you’re in a participating office or Work Forward Engagement Hubs, bring in new, unwrapped toys for your local Toys for Tots chapter. (At Basking Ridge, bring your donation to the designated area near the Starbucks in the lobby.)

Stay on the lookout for a donation box at your hub and help make a child’s wish come true.

Verizon Business News

According to the 2023 Small Business Survey, online shopping is expected to out-sell in-store traffic this holiday season for the second year in a row.

The survey shows key trends among several hundred small businesses, with plenty of interesting findings. Want to know how AI is shaping the future of small business? You guessed it– just check the report.

Nasrin Top 10 CISO

Our Chief Information Security Officer Nasrin Rezai was recently named as one of the Top 10 CISOs in the U.S. by Cyber Magazine.

This honor recognizes the leading CISOs who are working to improve the cybersecurity measures within their respective companies, as well as ensuring that the data of their customers remains secure.

With more than 25 years in the technology sector, including 17 years in cybersecurity, Nasrin’s incredibly unique industry perspective is key to helping us keep our customers safe.

Up To Speed tour

Up To Speed is hitting the road! Last month, we had a fantastic time in Alpharetta, Georgia, and we’re heading to a new city the week of December 4. Will it be yours?

Tune in for a sweet episode! And speaking of sweets, here’s a hint: the very first chocolate factory in the United States was actually established in this city.

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

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About the author(s):

Raquel Wilson is a former adfellow and now on her way to becoming a communications pro. You can always rely on her to have a good book recommendation and a latte she probably paid way too much for.

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