Lowe’s and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to fund the reconstruction of three area school gyms destroyed by the 2013 tornado in Oklahoma
Six-time NASCAR champ takes break from Chase to join Lowe’s for ribbon-cutting in Moore
MOORE, OKLA., 2014-10-6— /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its continued commitment to assist the communities impacted by the deadly 2013 tornado in Oklahoma, Lowe’s teamed with six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to fund the reconstruction of three area school gyms destroyed by the storm. On Thursday, Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, joined more than 40 Lowe’s employees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Highland East Junior High to celebrate the opening of the gyms.
Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation funded the new gyms at Highland East, Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary in Moore. The work was completed in time for all three gyms to be ready for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We’re extremely grateful to Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the generous donations to help us rebuild these gyms for nearly 1,600 students this year and for all those in the years to come,” said Dr. Robert Romines, superintendent of Moore Public Schools. “Without their donations, the school district would not have been able to complete these projects.”
Since the tornado touched down on May 20, 2013, Lowe’s has been assisting tornado victims across the region. Lowe’s donated $1 million to support immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts. While Lowe’s disaster relief partners provided search and rescue assistance at Plaza Towers, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers fanned out into area neighborhoods to donate relief supplies and help local families clear their properties.
“In the weeks following the storm, Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation reached out to officials to find out what we could do to help rebuild Moore,” Dennis Knowles, Lowe’s executive of U.S. stores, said at the ribbon-cutting. “We’re proud to help these three schools and their students rebuild, move forward and move past the damage inflicted by the tornado.”
Johnson, who opens the Contender Round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, returned to Moore to offer his continued support for rebuilding efforts. After last year’s tornado, Johnson teamed with Lowe’s to host a relief event at Lowe’s of Moore. Johnson and Lowe’s employees distributed a truckload of food and cleaning supplies and comforted local families.
On Thursday, Johnson met with students at Plaza Towers and Highland East. After the ribbon-cutting, he spoke with the Highland East girls and boys basketball teams about the importance of teamwork and applauded their resilience.
“After the tornado last year, it was so hard to see all of the devastation that Moore suffered. As a parent, I couldn’t imagine what the families were going through, knowing their children were in school and knowing that schools were hit,” Johnson said. “I was proud to partner with Lowe’s to help and excited that we had the opportunity to do more this year for the schools and students in Moore.”
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $7.7 million to various charities. The foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
About Moore Public Schools
The Moore Public School District, also known as Moore Public Schools, is the third largest school district in the state of Oklahoma, after Tulsa Public Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools, with an enrollment of 23,400 as of September 2014. For more information, visit www.mooreschools.com.
coop & spree launches a retail, business, and sports podcast called coop convos
The Retailer will interview CEOs, influencers, and professional athletes on a weekly basis
New York, New York, USA, 2022-Dec-23 — /EPR Network/ — coop & spree, the New York City based contemporary retailer, has launched a podcast called coop convos, which is all things business, retail, sports and wellness. Coop convos is hosted by coop & spree CEO and founder, Brooke S. Richman, who will interview various business leaders, tastemakers, and influencers in their aforementioned industries. Since Richman is an avid New York Knicks Fan (the Spree in coop & spree comes from her childhood pup’s name which paid homage to former Knick, Latrell Sprewell), she’s even interviewed and secured some former NBA stars.
The Podcast is available on over 10 platforms, and the first episode will likely air February 1st, 202 depending on the rifting process. To date, Richman has secured over 35 prestigious guests and has already recorded episodes with Stephanie Gottlieb, founder of Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry, Dale Stabler, wellness entrepreneur and co-founder of Sweats + The City, co-founder of the Orro + Theheard apps, and Allan Houston, the 2x NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks, Olympic Gold Medalist, and founder of FISLL,
Notable confirmed guests include Emily Faith Strauss, founder and designer of EF Collection, Helen Hall-Leland, CEO of Blender Bombs and Hustle Smoothie Bar, Alexa Leigh Meyer Mufson, founder and designer of Alexa Leigh, and John Wallace, former NBA star, current investor, philanthropist and New York Knick radio host.
During the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Richman moved temporarily from her NYC apartment to her childhood home in Greenwich, CT, where she learned how to code and created her e-comm website, coopandspreevip.com. Since her Elizabeth Street store in NYC was closed due to the pandemic, she had all her vendors ship her orders to her CT home where she fulfilled them. When she wasn’t opening new merchandise or packaging her clients’ orders, she would use Instagram live as a way to engage with her coop & spree audience, since she no longer could interact with them in person. She decided to start interviewing different designers and influencers, many of whom she knew and many of whom she had never met, and she absolutely loved it. So did her audience. It turned into a weekly tradition and the rest, as they say, is history. Not only did these weekly IG TV “interviews” create much needed connection at a time of unprecedented isolation, but also, they provided Richman, and coop & spree, with a new way of engaging with both customers and vendors.
Coop convos has the same format as Richman’s IG lives, where Richman focuses on each guest’s career path and personal story, in a relaxed format, that seems less like an interview and more like two old friends catching up. While the Podcast’s main goal is to provide valuable and informative insights and resources to those specifically interested in entrepreneurship, retail, sports, and wellness, Richman promises it’s also filled with lighthearted banter and just the right number of laughs.
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ABOUT COOP & SPREE
coop & spree, the brainchild of founder and CEO Brooke S. Richman, first opened in August 2014 in downtown New York City’s Nolita neighborhood as a multi-brand contemporary women’s apparel, accessory, and jewelry boutique. While it was solely brick-and-mortar by design when it opened, coop & spree had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now a full-fledged omni-channel retailer with over 70 brands. It operates both a physical store in New York City’s NoHoc neighborhood, via appointment only, and has an e-commerce shopping site. In addition to selling women’s contemporary apparel, accessories, and jewelry, coop & spree has expanded its product offering to include an extensive assortment of children’s apparel and accessories, health and wellness products, paper goods, novelty items and more. coop & spree was just listed this month as a winner on the Inc. Magazine’s Best of Business 2022 list in the “Lean and Mean” category due to its unwavering commitment to philanthropy, specifically to NYC based non-profits which help underprivileged youths in NYC. It’s been featured in publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, US Weekly, Huffington Post, Business Insider and more.
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New service helps European Impact Brands enter and sell on the US market
NEW JERSEY, United States, 2021-JUL-30 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Numerous European “impact brands” – or brands that have the potential to make a tremendous impact on American and other global markets – are struggling to find business entry strategies that work. Despite the quality or innovation of their products, they simply struggle to get noticed. Dispatch.d is a new company based in New Jersey that focuses on international market entry and exists to help European brands sell their products to an American market.
An impact brand is anything that has the potential to truly change the way consumers live at the global level. They may offer products that are cruelty free, plastic free, vegan or plant-based, sustainable and/or eco-friendly, fair trade, and numerous other attributes.
In today’s world, brand reputation is important, but as consumer awareness of climate change, fair trade practices, and healthy consumption increase, they continue to look for alternatives to even the biggest brand names. Dispatch.d exists to help European companies with amazing ideas get noticed in the American market, thereby giving them the opportunity to become that alternative and grow their reputations.
Dispatch.d is a full-service solution that handles every aspect of the market entrance strategy, including the logistics and the marketing. The company handles consolidation, freight, customs and duties on their clients’ behalf, and they even ensure that language barriers and compliance labeling are addressed. Dispatch.d works with European companies to build value-added bundles and kits that will improve their noticeability, then adds those bundles and kits to eCommerce channels across the region. It handles listings, inventory management, and fulfillment, too.
The best part is that Dispatch.d focuses on organic growth by using its expertise to supercharge demand for its clients’ offerings, thereby ensuring that sales are more than just fast fads. This unique service is accessible for everyone because Dispatch.d does not require payment until its clients’ products have started selling.
No matter how large or small a company might be, if the brand has the potential to make an impact on the world – whether through sustainability or fair trade – Dispatch.d can help it get noticed and grow. To learn more, visit the Dispatch.d website or fill out a short webform to get started.
About the Company: Dispatch.d is headquartered in New Jersey in the United States, and its sole purpose is to utilize technology to help impact brands of all sizes with all their international market entry needs. They provide end-to-end services that include logistics, marketing, and even inventory management and fulfillment, and their unique model means they don’t get paid until their clients get noticed.
Ecwid E-commerce integrated into Mono Platform
COPENHAGEN, Denmark / SAN DIEGO, Calif., United States, 2020-Sep-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mono Solutions and Ecwid have partnered to seamlessly deliver websites with enhanced e-commerce capabilities for small businesses. Mono Solutions, a leading provider of websites for small businesses, and Ecwid, a leading global software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-commerce company, have integrated to bring Ecwid’s E-commerce platform to Mono’s more than 80+ partners globally. With this new integration, Mono partners can resell Ecwid’s E-commerce capabilities as part of their integrated website solutions or as a standalone service.
“We’re thrilled to announce our integration with Ecwid, and the opportunities that it brings to our partners and their small business clients. The past half year has shown the true importance of providing small businesses with digital solutions that empower them to run their day-to-day operations online using technology. The addition of Ecwid E-commerce to the Mono Platform will enable our partners’ small business clients to gain access to more advanced e-commerce capabilities.” says Kim Mortensen, Chief Commercial Officer at Mono Solutions.
Mono Partners can provision Ecwid E-commerce subscriptions directly in the Mono Platform. Additionally, Mono Partners can build and manage Ecwid E-commerce directly in the award-winning Mono Website Builder. At a time when small businesses worldwide are digitizing their storefronts in greater numbers than ever before, this partnership will bring new simplicity for small businesses around-the-world to manage their website and shop online— all in one centralized platform.
“It’s more important than ever for small businesses to maximize their online presence,” says Scott Varner, Vice President of Business Development at Ecwid. “We’re excited that our integration with Mono will help even more small businesses, as well as enable Mono’s network of partners to offer Ecwid’s robust and easy-to-use e-commerce capabilities to their clients worldwide.”
Ecwid E-commerce is available directly in the Mono Platform starting September 2020.
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