Intershop and ModusLink to demonstrate new e-commerce enablers at Internet World in Munich, Germany

  • Leading omni-channel commerce solution and fulfilment providers partner at Internet World to demonstrate unique approach to fast growth

Jena, Germany and Waltham, Mass., 2016-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Understanding that convenience and speed are the win-win scenario for omni-channel retailers striving for sustainable business growth, Intershop and ModusLink will be demonstrating new e-commerce enablers at Internet World in Munich, Germany. Due to the increasing complexities of today’s omni-channel commerce world, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to growth and expansion.  Consequently, ModusLink and Intershop have teamed up to provide solutions that adapt to and enable unique growth paths.  These solutions will be demonstrated at Internet World (Booth D216 in Hall B6, March 1-2, 2016). These vendors will also share an inspiring real-life industry case study of how global coffee brand, Tassimo, was able to rapidly expand its global omni-channel presence and experience a marked uptick in customer satisfaction with their shopping experience – in a presentation entitled “The Taste of Roasted Beans – How a Coffee Company Created the Perfect Online Shopping Experience” (4pm on March 1 in Info Arena 1).

Customers like Tassimo underline how Intershop and ModusLink have hit a winning formula to enable brands to take a customer-centric approach to omni-channel retail, tackling the very real issues of facilitating efficient integration for increasingly complex e-commerce landscapes and simultaneously adapting to a rapidly changing customer journey – a landscape that is especially true for established players with growth ambitions.

At Internet World, Intershop and ModusLink will showcase modular, out-of-the box solutions for speeding up e-commerce processes – with Intershop contributing the leading, highly flexible and scalable e-commerce solution and ModusLink putting the spotlight on its industry leading omni-channel fulfilment processes including its award-winning 4-minute-click-to-ship capabilities. For customers seeking a smoother path to fast growth and geographic expansion, Intershop and ModusLink provide a one-stop solution – having partnered to provide fully integrated turnkey solutions that deliver added flexibility to scale, while also boosting industry expertise for in-house commerce teams.

About ModusLink:
ModusLink Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK), is a global, omni-channel technology and fulfillment provider that gives clients real-time visibility into their end-to-end supply and demand chain operations, with expertise and facilities worldwide to manage forward and reverse logistics. The company’s operations are supported by more than 25 sites across North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. For more information, please visit www.moduslink.com and www.valueunchained.com, the blog for supply chain professionals.

ModusLink and ModusLink Global Solutions are trademarks of ModusLink Corporation.  All other company names and products may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
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Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the retirement of Monika Merz, president of Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific, effective May 31, 2016

WAYNE, NJ and TOYKO, JAPAN, 2016-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the retirement of Monika Merz, president of Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific, effective May 31, 2016. Her successor will be named at a future date.

As President, Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific, Monika Merz oversees all operations and business activities for the company’s more than 300 stores in Japan, Southeast Asia, Greater China and Australia. In this role, she has been responsible for the continued growth, profitability and success of the company in these markets. Since she started working at Toys“R”Us, Ms. Merz has been instrumental in the development of new store formats and merchandising concepts that have been successfully translated to other markets, ultimately strengthening the company’s position in the global marketplace.

Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. said, “I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Monika and to acknowledge her many contributions during her years with the company. She is a highly regarded leader who has inspired new ideas, demonstrated innovative thinking and unwavering passion for the business and grown our Toys“R”Us brand internationally, even through challenging times and market transitions.”

Ms. Merz’s retirement will bring to a close a remarkable career of nearly 20 years of continuous service to the company. She joined in 1996 as Vice President and General Manager, Toys“R”Us, Canada and was promoted to President, Toys“R”Us, Canada four years later. In 2007, Ms. Merz assumed leadership of Toys“R”Us, Japan. Her role was expanded to include responsibility for the company’s stores in Australia in 2011, and, later that year, Ms. Merz gained oversight of the company’s locations and corporate offices in Southeast Asia and Greater China when the company entered a joint venture agreement with Li & Fung to operate these formerly licensed stores.

“During my time at Toys“R”Us I’ve had many experiences and challenges, but I’ve always been supported by exceptional teams and leaders,” said Ms. Merz. “I’m proud of all that we have accomplished and confident that the work we have done to provide a fun and memorable shopping experience for customers will continue after my retirement. After more than eight years in Asia Pacific, I’m now looking forward to returning to Canada and a new stage in my life.”

FOR MEDIA USE: Download a photo of Monika Merz here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sc990c6c02f645e49.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 856 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has an annual workforce of approximately 66,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus andFacebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Elizabeth Gaerlan
973-617-5632
Elizabeth.Gaerlan@toysrus.com

Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
Alyssa.Peera@toysrus.com

Whole Planet Foundation kicks off its 2016 Prosperity Campaign

Whole Planet Foundation® provides opportunity for individuals to give back through microlending programs worldwide 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Planet Foundation is kicking off its 2016 Prosperity Campaign at Whole Foods Market with the goal of raising $3.5 million for microlending programs worldwide—enough to support 100,000 people with the chance to lift themselves out of poverty and start a new life. With a microcredit loan as small as $200, a woman can start or expand her business and improve living conditions for her family.

“We witness progress in global poverty reduction every year,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “Today 15 percent of the world’s population is living on less than $2 a day, and we want to change that. With thousands of shoppers joining our mission to alleviate global poverty through microcredit, we will see even more change as many small donations multiply over time, as the loans are repaid and re-loaned again and again.”

Through March 31, shoppers across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. can join the campaign online and in Whole Foods Market stores and communities:

  • By participating in one of hundreds of in-store fundraising events. Local store calendars offer details about upcoming events.
  • More than ever, shoppers can make an impact locally. Whole Planet Foundation is funding microcredit in 16 cities in the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico, and projects in Canada and in the U.K., where Whole Foods Market operates stores. For a complete listing of projects, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.
  • By watching “Living on One,” a film and tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty. The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just $1 a day for eight weeks in rural Guatemala. Available on Netflix.
  • By wearing their passion to change the world on Serengetee apparel, bags, and jewelry made with authentic fabric from around the globe. Each Serengetee purchase supports Whole Planet Foundation micro-entrepreneurs.
  • By rounding up at store checkouts: Every Whole Foods Market store will collect donations at the registers from March 1 to 14.  In microcredit, small change makes big change as the average first loan size in the developing world is $187.
  • By donating at wholeplanetfoundation.org or by setting up a team fundraiser to join together to help reach the goal of supporting 100,000 people with the chance for a better life.

Through $69 million in grants to microfinance institutions, Whole Planet Foundation has funded $­­­52 million in microfinance programs in 70 countries, positively impacting more than 7 million people worldwide. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation and the 2016 Prosperity Campaign, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.

EXPERTS

Philip Sansone
President and Executive Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Philip is the President and Executive Director of Whole Planet Foundation, overseeing operations, programmatic direction and financial management.

Joy Stoddard
Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.

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Whole Planet Foundation kicks off its 2016 Prosperity Campaign

Whole Planet Foundation kicks off its 2016 Prosperity Campaign

Rite Aid’s Innovation Challenge selected the Tri-Tip Walking Cane for development and sale in Rite Aid stores

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid’s first-ever Innovation Challenge has selected the Tri-Tip Walking Cane, an ergonomic walking cane, for development and sale in Rite Aid stores and online at www.riteaid.com. Created by Jamie Jordan, an engineer based in Grapevine, Texas, the Tri-Tip Walking Cane features three legs that function independently for added stability and also uses a spring-loaded, shock absorbing system, alleviating hand, wrist, shoulder and back pain commonly associated with use of a traditional walking cane.

“We congratulate and thank Jamie for participating in Rite Aid’s first-ever Innovation Challenge,” said David Abelman, Rite Aid executive vice president of marketing. “Rite Aid is excited to introduce the Tri-Tip Walking Cane to customers as part of our existing home health care offering, and we think it will be well received by patients and customers who use canes, as well as caregivers, as a safe solution for maintaining daily mobility.”

Rite Aid’s Innovation Challenge yielded more than 700 submissions from both Rite Aid associates as well as consumers. All submissions went through an extensive eight stage evaluation process conducted by Edison Nation Medical. Rite Aid partnered with Edison Nation Medical, a leader in consumer and healthcare innovation, to conduct a nationwide search for original product ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of Rite Aid customers.

“We are pleased that Rite Aid has selected the Tri-Tip Walking Cane as the first product to be introduced to their customers,” explained Gregg Smith, Edison Nation Medical partner and chief investment officer. “Creating more effective, efficient and safer healthcare through open innovation is Edison Nation Medical’s stated mission and Rite Aid’s adoption of the Tri-Tip Walking Cane is a perfect example of that mission being brought to life.”

Rite Aid expects the product to be available to customers in stores and online at www.riteaid.com later this year.

Edison Nation Medical is a healthcare innovation marketplace with deep expertise in open innovation, product development, and healthcare. Born out of collaboration with Carolinas HealthCare System (one of the largest public health system in the United States), Edison Nation Medical’s mission is to break down the barriers to healthcare innovation. We make this a reality by providing a clear and easy pathway through our open innovation platform for anyone – physicians, nurses, entrepreneurs, even patients and caregivers – to submit a medical invention idea for full evaluation and potential commercialization. Edison Nation Medical innovation headquarters is in Charlotte, NC with satellite offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information, please visit www.EdisonNationMedical.com or find Edison Nation Medical on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets’ pin-up campaign raised $39,854 during January for JDRF

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets’ pin-up campaign during the month of January 2016 raised $39,854 for JDRF (originally branded as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

“We’re proud to fortify our partnership with JDRF, not only through the Diabetes AdvantEdge and community nutrition programs that we offer, but with our support for this annual campaign to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “The funds that are raised help to make critical programs and services available to the children and their families who are managing its symptoms.”

JDRF is the leading global organization that is funding type 1 diabetes research, is developing better treatments and is dedicated to finding a cure. For more information, visit http://jdrf.org/

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employeeowned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub Price Chopper 518.379.1480 or
Jonathan Pierce, APR Pierce Communications 518.427.1186