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Pivoting Operations to Combat Covid-19

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Emergencies can bring out the best in people and corporations.  Manufacturers are converting their facilities to produce ventilators, gowns, and masks.  Non-profit organizations are collecting and distributing food and essentials.  Artists are releasing free content for those stuck at home.  In short, we're all in this together. While a portion of our business continues to support eCommerce operations, namely SKUpics and Sweet Personalization, the vast majority of our resources are idle.  So, with an array of computers with decent graphics capabilities sitting there, we began rolling out Folding@Home on some of our idle equipment.  This adds our computer power to a worldwide network aimed at finding additional therapeutic options to  combat and treat Covid-19 . At present, Folding@Home is processing at 470 petaflops, double the capacity of the next closest traditional supercomputer. Will it solve the problem?  Definitely not in its entirety, but it's at least a

Did Somebody Say “Camel-LNX”?

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Over the past few years, GTP has developed a wifi based proprietary system that we use throughout the company to upload photos without having to do so manually. Recently, we have been utilizing it in the Snow Tubing park at Camelback Mountain Resort and it has made day-to-day operations much more efficient. Quick turnaround times are often essential to the guests who are trying to make the most out of their time in a venue. Our previous transfer process relied on running memory cards back to the stand each hour which caused a delay for guests to view photos. This delay left some guests forced to view photos through our website. Now, guests no longer need to wait till the top of the hour before pictures are available to view and purchase. CamLNX is able to upload the photos automatically by using WiFi to transfer them directly from the camera to our system. Photographers no longer need to leave their location and are now able to capture more of our guests’ special moments. CamLN

A Sweet Experience Updated for You!

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Hershey’s Chocolate World is known for its Chocolate Tour Ride experience and the sweet treat you get at the end of the ride. Since the tour originally opened in 1910 at the factory, from its transition to the new building called Hershey’s Chocolate World in 1973, there have been many changes to keep the ride trending with the time period. There was even a redesign in 2016 which added in the digital animations of everyone’s favorite characters - Mr. Hershey Bar, Reese, and Miss Kiss. You can find the characters explaining the chocolate process throughout the ride. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors come from all over the world to see what Hershey is all about and take a trip through the famous tour ride. As the ride has changed over the past 30 years, Get the Picture has seen the technological advancements it has undergone. It was only fitting for us to update the photo experience for our guests as we entered the end of the decade to create an additional chocolatey experien

Cultural Connections: Learning Opportunity

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T ypically, students who participate in the exchange program work for one season. This past year one student, Anderson, decided to return for a second-year because he enjoyed it so much, and since he did such an impressive job in his first year, we were able to promote him to a Team Leader upon his return! His knowledge and experience were incredibly helpful throughout the training of all the new students this year.  He knew the best way to explain procedures and what to say to guests that helped to bridge the language barrier.  This also helped make everyone feel comfortable with asking questions, bringing up suggestions, and a part of the GTP family. At the end of the summer, we asked Anderson to write a little bit about his experiences here in American: "Even during 21st century there are still a lot of misunderstandings occurring in different countries due to different culture routines. But GTP Corp which cooperate with culture exchange institution supply opportunit

Cultural Connections: Community

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Every year, since 2013, we have had the pleasure of welcoming a group of students from China to come work with us. They are college-aged students who are here to gain experience in something related to their field of study. Some are studying business while others are studying various fields in the arts. While they are here learning, we are able to use this as an opportunity to learn about their culture and develop great, new friendships along the way. One student from our 2018 season wanted to get even more out of the program. Qiqi (Vicky) Wang decided that she wanted to make a difference in downtown Harrisburg where she was living for the summer. She felt like something was missing from the experience beyond just learning about our culture. She wanted to take it a step further and immerse herself into the culture by trying to help make the area a better place. Her efforts were recognized by Greenheart Exchange, who invited her to come back to speak at the Greenheart Global Leaders C

Delighting Guests with an A.I. Surprise

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Do you ever wonder what the HERSHEY’S Characters do on a slow day at Chocolate World?  They ride the ride, of course! We frequently see empty or partially empty cars in Chocolate World and we’ve now begun automatically inserting Milk Chocolate, Reese’s and Kiss characters in empty seats in their respective cars. A trivial task for humans, determining if a car is empty is actually a fairly challenging task for a computer.  Our initial attempts at traditional machine vision techniques were thwarted by significant inconsistencies in the seats so we decided to take another approach: Artificial Intelligence. Emily (age 10) helping to classify images and train our neural network Our VP of Systems and Engineering threw out the challenge of identifying empty seats to his two elementary-aged kids--Emily (age 10) and Paul (age 6)--who helped train our AI by sorting a representative sample of cars, giving them a real-world opportunity to see STEM in action.  The results were fed

Always Say it Sweetly

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When it’s time to say “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” or even just a simple “Thank You”, Hershey’s Sweet Personalization says it in three different ways. First, there’s the photo, then a written message, and finally, the chocolate. Hershey’s Sweet Personalization is a customized box surrounding a variety of Hershey’s products from Giant 7oz Milk Chocolate bars to a standard 2-cup pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Guests can customize each aspect of their order by submitting a photo, writing their message, and choosing which candy they would like wrapped. Folks are always looking for something to make gift giving extra special. Sweet Personalization brings that to the table with its customization. Our user interface is simple to use and gives immediate feedback to what the final product will look like. Though the Hershey’s Chocolate World location is the flagship of Sweet Personalization, it can also be found at the Hershey store in Times Square and Las Vegas, as well as on