Waitrose names Ben Stimson as Retail Director

LONDON, 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose today announced that Ben Stimson will become Retail Director on 27 March 2016, moving into the role vacated by Rob Collins who becomes Managing Director on 4 April following the departure of Mark Price to become Minister of State for Trade & Investment.

Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and has held a number of senior roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose. He is currently a member of the John Lewis Management Board and, immediately prior to that, he had been Director of Retail Operations at Waitrose for two years from 2013.

Rob Collins said: ‘Ben is a talented individual who has already made a great contribution to the Partnership. He’ll be a terrific Retail Director and an effective member of the Waitrose Management Board.’

After graduating, Ben worked as a management consultant and from 2001 – 2009 he held a number of senior marketing and communications positions at Sky. Ben has been on the Board of the Nationwide Building Society’s charitable Foundation since 2008 and became Chair in 2012. He lives in Teddington, Middlesex with his wife and two young children.

Notes to editors

Waitrose – winner of the best Supermarket¹ and Best Food and Grocery Retailer² awards – currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 62 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 51 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine, and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer surevey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

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Barnes & Noble extends partnership with Make, publisher of Make: magazine and producer of Maker Faire

  • Renewed Retail Partnership Builds on Last Year’s Success with Special Making Events Throughout the Year, Culminating in the Second Annual Retail Mini Maker Faire in November
  • Maker Activities Kick Off with the Unveiling of the New littleBits™ STEAM Student Set During Educator Appreciation Days (April 9-17) and the 50th Issue of Make: Magazine

 

New York, NY, 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced they will be continuing and expanding their partnership with Make:, publisher of Make: magazine and producer of Maker Faire, to build on the huge success of last year’s inaugural retail Mini Maker Faire. The retail partnership highlights both companies ongoing commitment to advancing tech literacy and bringing awareness to the Maker Movement, with special events, experiences and promotions throughout the year, all culminating in the second annual retail Mini Maker Faire in November. Barnes & Noble’s second Mini Maker Faire will once again deliver authentic, credible experiences that Maker Faire attendees have historically come to expect; all the while introducing, educating and engaging others to what the Maker Movement is all about.

“We are thrilled to renew this partnership as we continue to grow the Maker Movement,” said Sherry Huss, Vice President of Event Operations for Make: and co-founder of Maker Faire. “Barnes & Noble is one of our premier partners, plus the largest retailer of Make: magazine. Together, we are furthering our mission while creating value for Barnes & Noble customers by providing access to resources and tools so they can explore and follow their own making passion.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to continue our retail partnership with Make: and to have the opportunity to further the momentum we created last year with the first-ever retail Mini Maker Faire,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President of Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “This year, we’re focused on delivering even more Maker experiences by hosting Making events, participating in the creation of custom content and offering exclusive Maker merchandise both in-store and online. The year-long effort promises to continue providing a platform for educators, Makers, doers, creators, inventors and innovators. It will culminate in the second annual retail Mini Maker Faire in November, which will build on Barnes & Noble’s commitment to promoting tech literacy in communities across America.”

littleBits STEAM Student Set Unveiled Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Stores
The first in a series of Maker activities kicks off during National Educator’s Week (April 9-17), with the launch of the new littleBits STEAM Student Set at a special preview night for teachers and educators. The littleBits STEAM Student Set engages a student’s natural love of play and curiosity through fun, invention-based learning and comes with a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to make lesson planning engaging and easy. During Educator Appreciation Days, teachers and educators can come to Barnes & Noble for an exclusive demonstration of the STEAM Student Set, which will be featured alongside other new products for the classroom that will be announced in the coming weeks. The littleBits STEAM Student Set will be available for preorder at Barnes & Noble during Educator Appreciation Days and will be available starting in May.

“We’re delighted that our newest product, the littleBits STEAM Student Set, will be available for educators to experience and preorder at Barnes & Noble stores across the country during National Educator’s Week,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. “Our mission is to empower everyone to create inventions, large and small, and we know that Barnes & Noble will help us reach educators who are leaders in advancing this cause. We invite educators across the country to visit their local Barnes & Noble to witness firsthand how a product like littleBits can have a meaningful impact on how their students think creatively, collaborate and invent.”

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

 

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

About littleBits
littleBits is the New York based hardware startup that is on a mission to Democratize Hardware by empowering everyone to Create Inventions, large and small, with a platform of easy?to?use Electronic Building Blocks. The company’s innovative building blocks snap together with magnets to allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype with electronics independent of age, gender and technical background – no soldering, wiring, or programming required. littleBits breaks down powerful technology – from music with the littleBits Synth Kit, to the Internet of Things with the Smart Home Kit – and makes the technology accessible and easy to understand. The company was founded in 2011 by MIT graduate, TED Senior Fellow and cofounder of the Open Hardware Summit, Ayah Bdeir, and has grown to be a global leader in hardware. Bdeir was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, one of Inc.’s “35 Under 35” and “Entrepreneurs to Watch,” one of Entrepreneur’s “10 Leaders to Watch,” one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, and one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. The littleBits platform includes more than seven kits and 67 interoperable modules with millions of products sold in over 100 countries around the world.

The company was named in CNN’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch”, one of the CNBC Next List, and has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wired, Popular Mechanics. To learn more, visit littleBits.com.

CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Brita Muller
Marketing & Communications
Maker Media, Inc.
(415) 949-1423
brita@makermedia.com

Barnes & Noble celebrates upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with in-store events nationwide

Customers Are Invited to Participate in Events and Giveaways Ahead of the Highly-Anticipated Release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

New York, New York, 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is celebrating Batman v Superman Day at its stores nationwide on Saturday, March 19, in honor of the upcoming release of the major motion picture Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Friday, March 25). Batman v Superman Day will feature fun themed activities, including a trivia event happening exclusively at Barnes & Noble on March 19, and free giveaways including a special edition of the SUPERMAN/BATMAN Vol 1 comic book while supplies last.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trivia Event for teens and adults, sponsored by DC Entertainment™, will begin at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide at 7 p.m., and feature trivia stations dedicated to characters fromBatman v Superman including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. In addition to getting the opportunity to test their knowledge on all things Batman v Superman, customers in attendance can also enter for a chance to win one of three posters featuring images from the movie.

Select other activities for customers of all ages will also take place at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide on March 19 during Batman v Superman Day. Events could include a DC Comics™ Cosplay Showcase in which customers are encouraged to show up dressed in costume, DC Comics Storytimes featuring popular DC Comics titles like DC Super Heroes Storybook Collection and Batman Classic: 5-Minute Batman Stories, plus much more. Customers should contact their local store or visit the Store Locator (www.bn.com/storelocator) to find out what activities will take place.

Giveaways will also be available at Barnes & Noble stores during Batman v Superman Day, while supplies last, including a special edition of the SUPERMAN/BATMAN Vol. 1 comic book by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, paper masks in the likeness of Robin, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and more, a Justice League of America poster, and a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice bookmark.

For more information on Batman v Superman Day, customers should visit www.bn.com/batmanvsuperman or contact their local store.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

 

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

NCR Corporation to repurchase $250 million of its common stock

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced that it has commenced further repurchases of its common stock under its previously disclosed April 1999 and November 2000 authorized share repurchase programs. The repurchases, which resumed in February, are expected to total $250 million in 2016. These repurchases follow NCR’s successful $1 billion share repurchase in December 2015.

“Share repurchases are an important part of our capital allocation strategy,” said Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “Further, these repurchases are an indication of our confidence in future free cash flow, and our belief that the current stock price is very attractive.”

Any share repurchases will be made by NCR in compliance with, and at such times as permitted by, federal securities law and may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

As a result of the share repurchases, NCR is updating its full year 2016 guidance for non-GAAP diluted EPS to $2.85 to $2.95 from its previous guidance of $2.72 to $2.82 as well as its full year 2016 guidance for GAAP diluted EPS to $2.20 to $2.30 from its previous guidance of $2.07 to $2.17. In addition to updating full year 2016 diluted EPS guidance, NCR also reaffirms its full year 2016 and Q1 2016 guidance previously provided in its earnings call on February 9, 2016.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 550 million transactions daily across the financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/ncrgroup
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact

Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation
212.589.8428
scott.sykes@ncr.com

Investor Contact

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NCR Corporation
212.589.8468
gavin.bell@ncr.com

Note to Investors: This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “outlook,” “intend,” “believe,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could” and words of similar meaning. Statements that describe or relate to NCR’s plans, goals, intentions, strategies or financial outlook, and statements that do not relate to historical or current fact, are examples of forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements about NCR’s expectations for additional share repurchases in 2016 and non-GAAP earnings for 2016. Forward-looking statements are based on NCR’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate, and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are out of NCR’s control. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and there are a number of important factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including those factors relating to: domestic and global economic and credit conditions including, in particular, market conditions and spending trends in the financial services industry, fluctuations in oil and commodity prices and their effects on local, regional and global market conditions, and economic and market conditions in Russia and China; the impact of NCR’s indebtedness and its terms on NCR’s financial and operating activities; the impact of the terms of NCR’s strategic relationship with Blackstone and its Series A Convertible Preferred Stock; foreign currency fluctuations; NCR’s ability to successfully introduce new solutions and compete in the information technology industry; the transformation of NCR’s business model and NCR’s ability to sell higher-margin software and services; NCR’s ability to improve execution in its sales and services organizations; defects or errors in NCR’s products or problems with NCR’s hosting facilities; compliance with data privacy and protection requirements; manufacturing disruptions; collectability difficulties in subcontracting relationships in Emerging Industries; the historical seasonality of NCR’s sales; the availability and success of acquisitions, divestitures and alliances; NCR’s pension strategy and underfunded pension obligation; the success of NCR’s ongoing restructuring plan; tax rates; reliance on third party suppliers; development and protection of intellectual property; workforce turnover and the ability to attract and retain skilled employees; environmental exposures from NCR’s historical and ongoing manufacturing activities; and uncertainties with regard to regulations, lawsuits, claims and other matters across various jurisdictions. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in NCR’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including NCR’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. NCR does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) is a non-GAAP measure. It is included to provide additional useful information regarding NCR’s financial results, and is not a substitute for, or superior to, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, diluted EPS (GAAP).

NCR’s Non-GAAP diluted EPS is determined by excluding mark-to-market pension adjustments and pension settlements, curtailments and special termination benefits, and other special items including amortization of acquisition related intangibles, from NCR’s GAAP income (loss) from operations. NCR management’s definition and calculation of Non-GAAP diluted EPS may differ slightly from similarly-titled measures reported by other companies and cannot, therefore, be compared with similarly-titled measures of other companies. Non-GAAP diluted EPS should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, results determined in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP diluted EPS is reconciled to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, diluted EPS (GAAP), in the table below.

 

Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share (GAAP) to Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share and Diluted Earnings Per Share (non-GAAP)

Description Current 2016 Guidance Prior 2016 Guidance
Diluted EPS (GAAP) $2.20-$2.30 $2.07-$2.17
Restructuring Plan .10 .10
Acquisition-related amortization of intangibles .50 .50
Acquisition-related costs .05 .05
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $2.85-$2.95 $2.72-$2.82

Digital Insight launches Android Fingerprint ID to its award-winning Mobile Banking App

New feature to Digital Insight Mobile Banking App provides secure, fast and easy means to log in

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Digital Insight, an NCR company, today introduced Android Fingerprint ID to its award-winning Mobile Banking App. The new feature allows mobile banking users to use their fingerprints to authenticate their identities to log in on Android devices. For community banks and credit unions, the fingerprint authentication functionality will help reduce the costs associated with password resets, lockouts and call center inquiries, while giving end users a secure, fast and easy way to access their accounts via their smartphones and tablets.

Android Fingerprint ID is one of a variety of biometrics-driven authentication features delivered through the Digital Insight platform, including Apple Touch ID™ and EyeVerify’s EyePrint ID™. Digital Insight expects to make Android Fingerprint ID available to all of its mobile banking clients in May 2016.

Android Fingerprint ID allows bank customers and credit union members to log into their mobile banking application without entering traditional login credentials. This new feature gives end users the convenience to access their finances in a more simple and secure way, replacing manual entry of a username and password. Android Fingerprint ID will be available on any device that runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and has a physical fingerprint sensor that supports the Android Fingerprint API.

“Biometrics offer a compelling feature for mobile banking applications, driving benefits for the end user as well as the financial institution,” said Dan Weis, senior product manager for Mobile Banking, Digital Insight. “We believe that consumers will want varying types of biometrics based on factors such as personal preference, their finger dexterity, their device preference, and even how they are dressed.  Our introduction of Android Fingerprint Scan furthers our commitment to biometric authentication and continued top-of-the-line performance of the Digital Insight mobile banking app.”

Digital Insight’s mobile banking apps enjoy an average, blended app rating of 4.6 stars on the Apple App Store® and Google Play[1] and, according to a recent report, eight of the top 10-rated banking apps are powered by Digital Insight.

“At Cambridge Savings Bank we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our digital offerings and being the first bank through Digital Insight to launch Android Fingerprint ID for our mobile banking app is a great example of that,” said Dan Mercurio, Head of Consumer Banking, Cambridge Savings Bank. “By staying at the forefront of advancements in technology, we’re able to provide our customers with the convenient and secure banking experience that they have come to expect.”

About Digital Insight
Digital Insight, an NCR company, helps banks and credit unions achieve their goals and grow by offering innovative online and mobile banking solutions that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.  Our proven banking innovations give financial institutions the flexibility and control to engage more, increase retention and cross-sell effectively.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: digitalinsight.com, ncr.com
Get more banking insights at Banking.com
Twitter: @Digital_Insight
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/digital-insight

Android and Google Play are a registered trademark of Google, Inc. Apple, App Store and Touch ID are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. EyeVerify and Eyeprint ID are registered trademarks of EyeVerify, LLC.

News Media Contact

Jeff Dudash
Public Relations
NCR Corporation
770-212-5091
jeff.dudash@ncr.com

[1] 4.63 app rating based on a blended average of 238,946 user ratings across 559 Digital Insight clients’ Mobile Banking Apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play, August 2015.

NCR Corporation customizes the first ever financial kiosk solution in Taiwan for E.Sun Bank

NCR APTRA Connections to run on the bank’s multiple self-service touchpoints to deliver personalized ATM transactions and customized advertisements

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that it has customized the first ever financial kiosk solution in Taiwan for E.Sun Bank – “E.Sun iPayment Kiosk” – which includes bill payment, statement printing, and notes exchange to ease counter queues. The bank also selected NCR APTRA Connections software to run on the kiosk and a fleet of newly purchased NCR SelfServ ATMs to provide personalized ATM transactions and customized ATM advertisements to promote customer experiences and deliver targeted marketing programs.

The “E.Sun iPayment Kiosk” initially runs at one to two select branches in the first quarter. E.Sun Bank has a growing credit card business that has resulted in huge demand for credit card payment transaction volumes at teller counters. By integrating the NCR SelfServ 4 financial kiosk featuring 19-inch multi-touch screen together with other localized parts, NCR has customized a secure self-service option for settling credit card payments to reduce queues at counters. Customers can settle credit card bills by entering card numbers or identity card number, scan the barcode on the statements or pay by cash; customers can also settle bill payments at the kiosk directly to merchants’ virtual accounts via pre-selected debit accounts or by cash. Customers also can make account balance and reward points enquiries, as well as printing out credit card statements and other application forms at the kiosk.

In March last year, NCR deployed NCR APTRA Connections to run on 60 NCR SelfServ ATMs. NCR APTRA Connections enables E.Sun Bank to recognize their customers and display personalized greeting message, or even birthday greetings. Customers can customize their ATM menu by pre-selecting favorite transaction options that include their usual cash withdrawal amount, bill payments and bank transfers. A customized menu results in fewer screens to navigate and saves time – as much as 33 percent faster than a typical transaction. E.Sun Bank also can conduct region-based target marketing according to its own requirement by customizing the types of ATM advertisements to be displayed at any timeslot or any ATM locations. The bank plans to introduce more innovative marketing features in the near future.

“In today’s competitive banking environment, a bank’s winning strategy includes transforming the customer experience and improving operations to create brand differentiation,” said Keith Au, general manager of Hong Kong & Taiwan, Financial Services, NCR Corporation. “E.Sun Bank has been a pioneer in delighting customers with innovative services. NCR is excited in partnering with E.Sun Bank for the first time in entering this industry-leading project to transform the self-service banking landscape in Taiwan to a new level.”

About E.Sun Bank
E.Sun Bank started business on 21 February, 1992. In 2001, E.Sun Financial Holding Co., Ltd was founded on 28 January, 2002 to turn a new page for E.Sun. E.Sun Bank strives to offer all round quality services and brand promises to its customers. It operates 136 branches in Taiwan, 21 service points in six countries overseas, with over 7,000 staff.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Website: www.ncr.com; www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts

Winnie Sze
NCR Corporation
770-299-5100
winnie.sze@ncr.com

NCR Corporation completes acquisition of CimpleBox, Inc.

CimpleBox to help NCR meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of CimpleBox, Inc., a provider of simplified SaaS-based back-office software to restaurant operators and retailers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NCR is committed to helping restaurant operators and retailers with lower operational complexity leverage cloud and mobile technologies to take their businesses to the next level. Already integrated with the NCR Silver™ mobile point-of-sale solution portfolio, the CimpleBox software suite helps businesses reduce the amount of time spent on manual processes, consolidates data and scheduling across multiple sites and gives management visibility into the business and day-to-day operations.

“Our goal is to bring technology innovation and simplicity to small businesses to help them grow and be successful,” said Paul Langenbahn, President of NCR’s Hospitality Division. “This acquisition supports NCR’s strategy to provide businesses with all shapes and sizes with the solutions they need to modernize their operations.”

“The integrated NCR Silver™ and CimpleBox solution has delivered our franchise system a powerful platform to conduct everything from enhanced sales reporting to inventory management,” said Dave Guido, senior vice president of operations, at Bruster’s, a chain of ice cream parlors. “As a franchisor, we need to offer a higher level of functionality than some small business solutions deliver – and the combination of the two solutions more than meets our needs.”

John Eucalitto, president of Wayback Burgers, noted that the integrated solution is ideal for franchise restaurants, like his.  “We prefer to spend our time engaging customers and not managing complex technology,” Eucalitto said. “By further expanding its offering through CimpleBox, NCR provides us with the technology we need to improve our customers’ in-store experience and help our managers and employees streamline routine back-office tasks in a user-friendly manner.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Website: www.ncr.com; www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
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Zootopia earns the biggest three-day debut of all time for Walt Disney Animation Studios

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zootopia enjoyed a roaring domestic debut this weekend with $75 million—marking the biggest three-day debut of all time for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Internationally, the film began opening in mid-February, earning nearly $100 million over its first three weeks and posting an additional $64.7 million this weekend for a combined global total of $235.2 million. 

Domestically, Zootopia’s $75 million surpasses the $67.4 million three-day weekend total posted by Frozen during its Thanksgiving debut, the previous high for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. In addition, Zootopia now holds one of the top three domestic debuts of all time for an original film (not based on another property). Following on the success of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph,Frozen, and Big Hero 6, Zootopia is the latest in a streak of Disney animated hits to debut exciting new characters that are delighting fans across the world.

Internationally, Zootopia posted Disney’s biggest animated debuts ever in China and Russia, as well as the biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios openings in Germany and India. The film continues to hold strongly everywhere, topping the box office across Latin America and in Germany, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, South Africa, Italy, and Netherlands; in Thailand it has already become Disney’s biggest animated release ever. 

With international debuts still to come in Australia, Brazil, UK, and Japan, the spectacular audience and critical reception setsZootopia up for a long run around the world. The film currently has a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and U.S. audiences gave the film an A CinemaScore.

SOURCE: Disney

 

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Zootopia earns the biggest three-day debut of all time for Walt Disney Animation Studios

Zootopia earns the biggest three-day debut of all time for Walt Disney Animation Studios

Advance Auto Parts announces the appointment of Brad W. Buss and Reuben E. Slone to its Board of Directors

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that Brad W. Buss and Reuben E. Slone have been appointed to Advance’s Board of Directors. Their appointments will be effective today, March 7, 2016.

“We are pleased to welcome Brad and Reuben to our Board of Directors,” said John Brouillard, Executive Chairman of the Board for Advance Auto Parts. “Brad possesses almost 30 years of experience in the technology industry. His financial background and board experience will be a solid addition to our Board. Similarly, Reuben has over 20 years in the supply chain industry, with a strong change management focus. Their expertise and leadership will be great assets to us as we work to serve our customers better than anyone else and grow our company’s profitability.”

Mr. Buss recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer of Solarcity Corporation where he had served since 2014. Prior to his role with Solarcity, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from 2005 to 2014. Mr. Buss also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Cisco Systems, Veba Electronics LLC and Wyle Electronics, Inc. Mr. Buss has served on the board of directors for Tesla Motors since 2009 and Café Press since 2007. He currently serves as the Audit Committee Chair for Café Press, and was a former Audit Committee Chair for Tesla Motors.

Mr. Slone currently serves as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management at Walgreen Co., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains and part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Prior to joining Walgreens in 2012, Mr. Slone served as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and General Manager of Services for OfficeMax from 2004 to 2012. Prior to OfficeMax, Mr. Slone held various supply chain leadership positions with Whirlpool Corporation, General Motors Corporation, and Federal-Mogul Corporation. He also held prior consulting positions with Electronic Data Systems Corporation and Ernst & Young.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of January 2, 2016, Advance operated 5,171 stores and 122 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 73,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

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DICK’S Sporting Goods launches its first Team USA-themed TV and digital advertisements

PITTSBURGH, 2016-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, today launched its first Team USA-themed TV and digital advertisements as part of its sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The inspiring creative celebrates the journey and sacrifice made by Team USA hopefuls in their pursuit of their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. Campaign elements tell the story of the grit and determination shown by five Team USA hopefuls who work in DICK’S Sporting Goods stores as part of the Company’s Contenders program, which provides flexible work schedules and competitive compensation to qualified athletes.

The athletes featured in the commercial are a small portion of DICK’S roster of nearly 200 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Contenders across 35 sports who are currently employed at 89 stores in 32 states. Athletes featured in the 60-second commercial include:

  • Jon Jones (Track & Field – Shot Put) – Jones, who works in the team sports and fitness departments at a DICK’S Sporting Goods in Amherst, N.Y. is the reigning NCAA Champion in shot put. The recent University of Buffalo graduate became the school’s first-ever NCAA track and field national champion. Since graduating, the 24-year-old has turned his attention to international competition where he placed fifth at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto and earned a gold medal at NACAC Senior Area Championships in Costa Rica.
  • Jessica Medina (Wrestling) – The 29-year-old Medina is currently ranked as the number three woman in the U.S. in her weight class. Born in Chicago and raised in California, she has brought home several podium finishes in U.S. and international competition. She works at an Arizona-based DICK’S Sporting Goods.
  • Desiree Miller (Wheelchair Basketball) – 28-year-old Desiree Miller has already represented Team USA at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she and the women’s wheelchair basketball team placed fourth. When she isn’t training or competing with her team, she works in the team sports department at a Madison, Wis. DICK’S Sporting Goods.
  • Laura Ryan (Diving) – Laura Ryan works at a Georgia DICK’S Sporting Goods while she trains to represent Team USA in Rio. The 23-year-old University of Georgia graduate has won several collegiate and national titles and plans to attend physician’s assistant school on top of working, training and competing.
  • N’aithan Scott (Track & Field – Hurdles) – Scott, a U.S. Olympic hopeful in the 110m hurdles, works at an Arizona-based DICK’S Sporting Goods. In addition to his grueling training each day, he is a father of two and regularly volunteers to help teach children the importance of nutrition and exercise.

“Each and every one of these athletes is truly an inspiration and living proof of how sports make people better,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Telling their stories and providing an opportunity for our customers to get incredible advice and insight from them in our stores is something we’re proud to do.”

Over the course of the next few months, DICK’S will also debut numerous pieces of original content that tell the stories of more Contenders and give a deeply personal and intimate look at what it takes to make Team USA.

“As a competing athlete, it really means a lot to me what DICK’S is doing for Team USA Contenders. The ability to have a job that works around my training schedule is absolutely amazing,” said 2012 U.S. Paralympian and DICK’S Sporting Goods Contender Desiree Miller. “There is so much hard work and sacrifice that goes into earning a gold medal and working for a company that understands that is really special to an athlete like me.”

To supplement the support that DICK’S is providing to this current group of Contenders, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has also announced a commitment to support the next generation of Contenders.

For every Olympic and Paralympic Games medal that Team USA wins in Rio, the DICK’S Foundation will donate $1,000 to select youth sports organizations who are part of the USOC family to ensure future Contenders are able to play the sports they love. Each of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Contenders will have the opportunity to select an organization that will benefit from this program. A full list of benefitting organizations will be announced at a later date.

“Providing support for future Contenders is something that fully aligns with our brand beliefs and community-focused efforts around youth sports,” said Hobart, who also serves as President of the DICK’S Foundation. “Since its inception in 2014, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter program has provided a platform to address the youth sports funding crisis and show just how important youth sports are to our country. This pledge to donate $1,000 for every medal that Team USA wins at the Olympic and Paralympic Games is an exciting extension of those efforts.”

The new advertisements and newly announced financial commitment are just the beginning of a full set of marketing activations and original content from DICK’S leading up to Team USA competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. DICK’S will also release a documentary later this summer that provides an inside look into the journey of Contender Kerri Walsh Jennings as she chases her fourth gold medal for Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games. Additional original content will be announced over the next few months.

To house all of this content, and to serve as an online home for the Contenders program, DICK’S has launched dicks.com/TheContenders. This website will provide fans with profiles of the Team USA Contenders, updates on their Olympic and Paralympic Games journey and track the Team USA medal count and corresponding donation amount to the various, benefiting youth sports organizations.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 640 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room atDICKS.com.

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com