Accenture expands digital transformation capabilities for retailers with the acquisition of German-based consultancy dgroup

HAMBURG, 2016-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire dgroup, a German-based consultancy that delivers end-to-end management consulting services to help companies achieve digital transformation. The acquisition will increase Accenture’s digital consulting capabilities in the German market and strengthen the broad range of services Accenture provides to support digital transformation, primarily for retail and consumer goods companies.

dgroup, which was founded in 2001, employs approximately 60 people and has locations in Hamburg and Dusseldorf. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

dgroup provides a range of services, primarily for retail and consumer goods companies, which include e-commerce and multi-channel services, online marketing and analytics, application development, IT architecture and project management. It offers consulting advice and methodologies to support digital innovation and it provides clients with transformation and execution services to develop new digital ventures.

“The acquisition of dgroup will help expand Accenture’s leading combination of digital transformation capabilities in Germany,” said Michael Brueckner, managing director, Accenture, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. “dgroup’s local market experience coupled with Accenture’s global reach, industry knowledge and technology expertise will enhance Accenture’s capabilities and talent in digital and management consulting, bringing together a highly skilled team focused on digital excellence. Not only will Accenture have a greater presence in the digital market, we will be better placed to make our extensive global digital transformation capabilities available to all clients.”

“dgroup has established a reputation for agile approaches to digital transformation and execution in Germany,” said Mathias Gehrckens, co-founder and managing partner, dgroup. “We are excited to join the global Accenture family and adding our knowledge and expertise to Accenture’s global capabilities. Together we will bring new value to a greater range of clients.”

“Retail and consumer goods companies are among the most affected by digital disruption. Millennial consumers in particular expect digital interaction and a personalized customer experience. To meet the future needs of these digital consumers, retail and consumer goods clients are rethinking their commercial operating models and require increasing support for digital transformation,” said Brueckner. “This acquisition supports Accenture’s strategy of building digital capabilities to provide end-to-end digital transformation services.”

In 2015, dgroup won the brand eins award for “Best Consultancy 2015″ and was among the “Top 10 Management Consultancies for Internet / Media”.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

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These include, without limitation, risks that: the company and dgroup will not be able to close the transaction in the time period anticipated, or at all, which is dependent on the parties’ ability to satisfy certain closing conditions; the transaction might not achieve the anticipated benefits for the company; the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; the company’s business depends on generating and maintaining ongoing, profitable client demand for the company’s services and solutions, and a significant reduction in such demand could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if the company is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; the markets in which the company competes are highly competitive, and the company might not be able to compete effectively; the company could have liability or the company’s reputation could be damaged if the company fails to protect client and/or company data or information systems as obligated by law or contract or if the company’s information systems are breached;

the company’s results of operations and ability to grow could be materially negatively affected if the company cannot adapt and expand its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings by new entrants; the company’s results of operations could materially suffer if the company is not able to obtain sufficient pricing to enable it to meet its profitability expectations; if the company does not accurately anticipate the cost, risk and complexity of performing its work or if the third parties upon whom it relies do not meet their commitments, then the company’s contracts could have delivery inefficiencies and be less profitable than expected or unprofitable; the company’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company’s profitability could suffer if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful, and the company may not be able to improve its profitability through improvements to cost-management to the degree it has done in the past; the company’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability;

the company’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; the company might not be successful at identifying, acquiring or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; the company’s Global Delivery Network is increasingly concentrated in India and the Philippines, which may expose it to operational risks; changes in the company’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in the company’s treatment as an Irish company, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s results of operations and financial condition; as a result of the company’s geographically diverse operations and its growth strategy to continue geographic expansion, the company is more susceptible to certain risks;

adverse changes to the company’s relationships with key alliance partners or in the business of its key alliance partners could adversely affect the company’s results of operations; the company’s services or solutions could infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company might lose its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others; if the company is unable to protect its intellectual property rights from unauthorized use or infringement by third parties, its business could be adversely affected; the company’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace;

if the company is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; any changes to the estimates and assumptions that the company makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; many of the company’s contracts include payments that link some of its fees to the attainment of performance or business targets and/or require the company to meet specific service levels, which could increase the variability of the company’s revenues and impact its margins;

if the company is unable to collect its receivables or unbilled services, the company’s results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be adversely affected; the company’s results of operations and share price could be adversely affected if it is unable to maintain effective internal controls; the company may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

Anthony Hatter
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Source: Accenture

PetSmart announces opening of 12 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending May 1, 2016

Announces Store Expansion Plans for Remainder of the Year

Phoenix , 2016-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Inc. today announced that it has opened 12 net new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending May 1, 2016. PetSmart’s continued expansion of its store footprint in key markets in the U.S. and Canada is part of its long-term growth strategy and will further strengthen its position as the largest specialty pet retailer in North America.

The company opened 50 net new stores in 2015 and expects to open approximately 80 net new stores in fiscal year 2016.

New stores were opened in the first quarter in the following locations:

  • Albertville, Alabama
  • Tempe, Arizona
  • El Centro, California
  • Goleta, California
  • Van Nuys, California
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Scarborough, Maine
  • Marlboro, New Jersey
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Colombia, South Carolina
  • Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

The new stores average over 12,000 square feet with service offerings such as grooming and pet training.

“We are ramping up efforts to expand our footprint in North America and are actively identifying and evaluating opportunities in both current and new markets,” said Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of real estate, strategy and initiatives. “Our customers prioritize convenience, and we are listening and responding. Our aim is to focus on consumers’ localized needs and we’re pleased to have more opportunities to engage with and serve customers, and to be active in supporting pets and pet parents in these communities.”

PetSmart recently strengthened its real estate team with the promotion of Ryan O’Sullivan to vice president of real estate and the addition of Ryan Hill as a vice president of real estate and development.

PetSmart operates 1,466 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,, and – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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NCR Corporation released the fastest, most secure version of its transaction processing solution Authentic

New software delivers PA-DSS 3.1 compliance and improved security

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that it has released the fastest, most secure version of its transaction processing solution, Authentic, which is the first major payments platform to be compliant with the PA-DSS 3.1 standard.

Authentic is an intelligent transaction-processing platform designed for today’s fast-changing payments business, and the new release delivers more than 55 new features and improvements. It has become the next generation payments engine of choice for retail banks, card issuers, acquirers, payment service providers, ISOs and merchants around the world. Authentic is designed to keep customers in control of their payments environments, while giving them functionally rich, secure, resilient and scalable performance across all payment channels.

This release enhances Authentic’s transaction orchestration capability by offering parallel routing to external services. Along with enhancements in the previous releases that enable the fast creation of web service interfaces, these orchestration enhancements are important for financial organizations as they publish APIs for a wide range of banking services and for omni-channel transaction processing.

Authentic’s enhanced security includes the ability to secure and encrypt different types of connections into or out of Authentic; PGP encryption of imports and exports; and the option to enforce TLS 1.2, if required. Authentic also supports SafeNet HSMs and continued support for Thales and Atalla models – increasing choice and flexibility for customers.

The new version expands on the previous card production functionality improvements, now enabling customers to more easily perform account maintenance tasks such as managing the status of an account, handling lost/stolen cards or blocking or closing an account. It can also improve the processing of card applications by enabling batch imports of cards to be processed, as well as supporting card production through easier management and handling of data.

Authentic’s transaction processing capabilities are a key part of NCR’s CxBanking offering, continuing NCR’s commitment to staying at the forefront of its customers’ requirements.

“From its inception, Authentic was built to deliver the ultimate balance of configurability and ease of use. The new release delivers even greater flexibility for users when orchestrating transaction processing, ensuring they have a system that can meet their needs both for today, and for a rapidly changing and uncertain future,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments Solutions at NCR. “In addition, the changes we have made to the card production functionality in this version, and our future plans in this area, will make choosing Authentic an even easier decision for financial institutions who need a system that is designed from the ground up to meet the challenges they face every day.”

Authentic supports a full range of payment applications. It can be used as a payment gateway, to power consumer payment service hubs or omni-channel systems, and to drive all major ATM and POS devices, scaling from support of small gateway systems, to global networks. It delivers conventional card-switching services as well as supporting digital banking and eCommerce. Authentic also incorporates issuer authorization and stand-in functionality.

Authentic’s compliance with the PA-DSS 3.1 standard is part of the wider compliance for the NCR Payment Suite, comprising Authentic and Fractals.

Authentic is used by customers around the world, including some of the world’s largest financial institutions, processors and a global card scheme. It is proven to be highly scalable and robust, achieving in excess of ten thousand transactions per second in performance tests. By deploying Authentic as their EFT system, customers can operate a multi-faceted payments business from a single platform. Authentic can accept any type of transaction from any device, source or system, authorize and authenticate it, and route it to any destination.

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.

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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John Buchholz
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR