Food Marketing Institute announces the appointment of Dana Mullen to its regulatory team

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announces the recent appointment of an experienced food and drug attorney, Dana Mullen, to its regulatory team. Mullen will join FMI Chief Regulatory Officer Stephanie Barnes in helping guide the association’s public policy and regulatory efforts.

Prior to joining FMI, Mullen was an Associate Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP where she advised domestic and foreign clients regarding compliance with global food additive and food packaging regulations. She also assisted clients with submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), addressing food-contact substances and processes used in post-consumer recycled plastics. Prior to Mullen’s work as an Associate Attorney for the firm, she was a summer associate for their food and drug and environmental practice groups.

She also earned experience with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Honors Law Clerk, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a researcher. She earned her B.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University and graduated Wake Forest University School of Law. Mullen is an active member of both the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

FMI Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Hatcher said, “We welcome Dana and her experience helping businesses navigate regulations and strive for reasonable action. She will certainly complement FMI’s talent and experience advising its member companies on federal rules across our industry’s priority issues.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (08.09.2016) REI, the national outdoor specialty retailer and consumer co-op, launches REI Garage, a new digital store that offers a unique shopping experience for best-in-class, off-price products handpicked by co-op experts. REI Garage replaces REI Outlet and features a focused product assortment of only the top closeout products and brands that its members love.

“The outlet space is way too complicated and confusing right now, and the shopping experience feels unnecessarily chaotic. It’s too hard for consumers to sort between genuine, first-rate products, and gear that was made specifically for the second-tier market. REI Garage is a complete rethink of this space. We are curating gear so that the shopping experience is clearer, simpler, and less pressured. We’re working with vendors to find top-tier closeout product and offering it at the best possible prices. This is a very different approach from how most companies operate in this space, and we think it is more aligned with the experience customers expect at REI,” said Mark Seidl, REI’s divisional vice president of Digital Retail and general manager of REI Garage.

Over the past 18 months, the co-op engaged its members to redesign REI outlet. That process led REI to build REI Garage around three promises:

  • Quality first: REI Garage offers products that share the same standard of quality as REI’s full-price business. The only difference is that REI Garage products are closeout items.
  • Distinct shopping experience: REI Garage provides a separate shopping experience that is designed for the off-price shopper, but still offers the convenience of a shared shopping cart with REI.com and returns in store.
  • Stand behind its products: All products are backed by REI’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Each product sold by REI Garage is purposefully selected by a team of expert buyers to ensure high quality, varied assortment and the best deals. All products are new and unused end-of-season closeouts and previous-year models purchased specifically for REI Garage.

REI is unique in its ability to offer these exclusive deals. The co-op’s trusted relationships with vendor partners allows it to have the best access to closeout products, and with decades of expertise the co-op can offer the best closeout gear and apparel to members.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Contacts:

U.S. and Canada: 1-800-426-4840
International: 1-253-891-2500
Fax: Dial 1-253-891-2523

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REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage
REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage

 

Source: REI

Barnes & Noble to host special “Vinyl Day” on August 13 to celebrate its growing selection of vinyl records

New York, NY, 2016-Aug-10 — /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 that it will host a special “Vinyl Day” on Saturday, August 13, in celebration of its growing selection of vinyl records and related products such as turntables, music magazines and more (www.BN.com/VinylDay). An entire day dedicated to vinyl records and music, Vinyl Day will take place at all of Barnes & Noble’s 640 stores nationwide and will feature exclusive albums, signed vinyl editions and giveaways, with select stores hosting live music appearances and events. Exclusive special offers for Barnes & Noble customers will also be available on Vinyl Day, with details to be announced in the coming days.

“Barnes & Noble has become the ultimate destination for all things related to vinyl music. Our customers can shop an extensive selection of vinyl records, turntables and the leading lineup of magazines and books, at any of our stores nationwide. No other retailer can offer as comprehensive an experience when it comes to vinyl music,” said Chuck Gorman, Vice President of Music and Video at Barnes & Noble. “To celebrate our ongoing commitment to music, Barnes & Noble is excited to bring back our customer-favorite Vinyl Day on August 13, featuring offers on vinyl and turntables, as well as special events at select stores nationwide.”

Major events being held during Vinyl Day include the following:

Kiefer Sutherland at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC
Renowned 24 actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland will appear at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on Vinyl Day for a discussion of his first studio album,Down in a Hole, with Entertainment Weekly Editor Clark Collis. The event starts at 2 p.m. and fans will be able to have their vinyl edition of the recently released album signed by Sutherland.

Crosley Turntable Truck at Barnes & Noble in Louisville, KY
Barnes & Noble is one of the leading retailers of Crosley turntables, and to celebrate the great partnership between the brands, the Barnes & Noble store at the Paddock Shops in Louisville, KY (Crosley’s hometown) will host the Crosley Cruiser Mobile Record Store. The Crosley Cruiser is a 20ft box truck that has been transformed into the ultimate spinning record store. Customers can enter the truck to experience an air-conditioned oasis of sound, where they’ll be able to charge their phone, watch a big TV playing classic music clips, and try out three turntable listening stations. The truck also features one of Crosley’s Rocket Jukeboxes blasting music inside and out while customers flip through records and soak up the good vibes. To round out the experience, Barnes & Noble is creating a record pop-up shop at the store, featuring vinyl music and turntables for sale, as well as coffee and food from the Café. Any customer who makes a Crosley purchase at the pop-up shop will have the opportunity to pick out a free item from a special selection of merchandise. This event starts at 9 a.m. and will also feature giveaways of signed vinyl records from Megan Trainor, Gregg Allman and more.

Jordan Smith Signing Barnes & Noble Exclusive Vinyl Album at The Grove in Los Angeles
Jordan Smith, who showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the best-selling artist in the history of The Voice and the winner of Season 9, is appearing at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Vinyl Day to sign copies of the vinyl edition of his debut album, Something Beautiful, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. For more information, fans can visit www.BN.com/VinylDay or contact Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

Music Industry Expert Michael Fremer Speaking at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ
Michael Fremer, the senior contributing writer to Stereophile Magazine and a vinyl record expert, audio critic and music reviewer, will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ, on Vinyl Day at 2 p.m. Fremer will speak about the resurgence of vinyl, the state of the industry and will take questions from audience members on anything related to music. This event will also feature giveaways of signed vinyl records from Peter Gabriel, Megan Trainor, Greg Allman and more.

Founders of U-Turn Audio at Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA
The founders of U-Turn Audio will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA, on Vinyl Day at 2 p.m. The trio will speak to customers about vinyl music and the importance of having the right turntable to get the full vinyl experience. U-Turn Audio was founded in 2012 with a mission to make great vinyl listening simple and more affordable. They build and test each turntable by hand in their Boston workshop, and their products are available at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

Additional in-store events that will take place at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, which will vary from market to market, will include “Guess That Side Trivia” where participants guess whether a song is from Side A or Side B of a vinyl record, a “Name the Album Cover” game and a “Freeze Dance” event for kids. Plus, stores will be booking special events including expert guest speakers from the local music scene, Vinyl Collectors’ Showcases where enthusiasts can display their collections, and school music group concerts. Customers should contact their local store or visit the Store Locator (www.bn.com/storelocator) to find out what activities will take place.

On Vinyl Day, customers that purchase any Crosley product, or any two vinyl records, will receive a free exclusive Crosley tote bag, while supplies last. Other exclusive special offers for Barnes & Noble customers will also be available on Vinyl Day, with details to be announced in the coming days. For more information on everything that’s happening at Barnes & Noble during Vinyl Day, visit www.BN.com/VinylDay or follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

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®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® 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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CONTACTS:

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

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

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Rakuten launches service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate — “Rakuten Music”

Tokyo, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced the launch of “Rakuten Music,” a service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate through an iOS or Android app.

Rakuten Music was designed and developed as a “one-stop music service” allowing users to listen to and buy music seamlessly. Registered users are able to use their smartphones and tablets to select music or artists of their choice from among approximately 3 million pieces of Japanese and international music, ranging from the latest J-POP hits to famous international recordings and songs, which they can enjoy listening to anywhere anytime. New tracks are planned to be added regularly, and the service aims to make 20 to 30 million songs available within the year. Moreover, CDs, music-related DVDs, and Blu-ray products sold through Rakuten Books will be displayed on the search engine results pages and information pages for each of the artists. Tapping on the product names will allow users to obtain coupons offering a 5% discount on purchased products, as well as purchase them immediately through Rakuten Books.

The app also has a comprehensive “recommend” function*1 that can recommend songs and playlists optimized to the individual user’s tastes based on listening habits. The more the service is used, the more it is able to propose personalized playlists and songs to suit user tastes, bringing users into contact with a variety of music for a variety of situations and moods.

Users can sign up for the “Standard Plan”*2 on Rakuten Music offering use of all functions and unlimited streaming of all music for approximately a month. The fee is 980 yen (including tax) for 30 days if the payment is made using Rakuten ID Payment, or 1,080 yen (including tax) for one month if the payment is made using an Apple ID. The service may be enjoyed free of charge for the first month after registration*2, *3. Moreover, users may switch to a “Light Plan” (*4) after signing up for the service, which offers 20 hours of music streaming. The Light Plan costs 500 yen (including tax) for 30 days if the payment is made using Rakuten ID Payment, or 600 yen (including tax) for one month if the payment is made using an Apple ID.

To commemorate the launch of the service, users who sign up for Rakuten Music for the first time between today and August 31, and continue to use the service until Saturday, October 1, while making payments using Rakuten ID Payment will be awarded 500 Rakuten Super Points*5. A campaign*6 will also be run for users who continue using Rakuten Music until the first day of the third month after signing up where they will become eligible to be awarded three times the normal number of Rakuten Super Points when shopping on Rakuten Ichiba or Rakuten Books every Wednesday during their term of registration.

As the share of fixed rate (subscription-based) music streaming services in the domestic market continues to grow, Rakuten will offer users new and highly convenient services that fuse digital music streaming with e-commerce, while at the same time promoting sales of packaged media, including CDs and music DVDs, to vitalize the overall music industry in Japan.

*1 The systems for, e.g., the Personalized Recommend function, have been provided by Sockets Inc.
*2 Registration is automatically renewed (charged) every 30 days for payments made using a Rakuten ID, and every month for payments made using an Apple ID.
*3 The fee for the Standard Plan will be charged automatically after the free trial period.
*4 Some of the music will not be available through the Light Plan.
*5 The campaign is subject to changes or cancellation without prior notification. Please refer to the campaign page for more details (http://books.rakuten.co.jp/event/music/campaign/ichiba/).
*6 Users must submit applications every Wednesday to become eligible for the campaign. The maximum number of points awarded is 200. The campaign is subject to changes or cancellation without prior notification. Please refer to the campaign page for more details (http://books.rakuten.co.jp/event/music/campaign/ichiba/).

Source: Rakuten

Diebold announces the appointment of Octavio Marquez as SVP and managing director, North America and Latin America

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) today announced that Octavio Marquez has been appointed senior vice president and managing director of the company’s business in the Americas.  In this new role, Marquez will lead the company’s North America and Latin America operations to drive further growth and take advantage of the growing presence of global and multinational banks across both regions.  Thomas Signorello, Diebold senior vice president and managing director, North America, is leaving the company to pursue a new career opportunity.

“Since joining Diebold in 2014, Octavio has done a tremendous job in transforming ourLatin America operation, driving service revenue growth in the region and effectively integrating our Brazil business to create a more efficient, cohesive organization,” saidAndy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer. “Financial institutions across the Americas are driving much of the growth in branch transformation and digital touch points, which are highly dependent on software and services. Octavio’s proven track record in cultivating customer relationships and establishing and growing software and services businesses will be invaluable across the region.”

Throughout his career at several technology companies, Marquez has delivered results – demonstrating the ability to launch and sustain growth, deliver operational improvements and solidify his organization’s market position across international territories. Prior to joining Diebold, Marquez spent most of his career leading multi-country organizations atEMC and HP where he led sales, services, outsourcing, marketing and manufacturing. A native of Mexico City, Marquez earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City.

Photo available at http://news.diebold.com/photos/leadership

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered nearCanton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at www.diebold.com or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DieboldInc.

Contact:
Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@diebold.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
stephen.virostek@diebold.com

SOURCE: Diebold, Incorporated

Alibaba Cloud announces partnership with HTC Corporation to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality solutions

Beijing, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced strategic partnership with HTC Corporation (‘HTC’), the pioneer in innovative smart technologies. Both companies will join hands to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality (“VR”) solutions for customers worldwide.

Leveraging the advanced cloud computing technology of Alibaba Cloud, the companies will focus on developing breakthrough innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting. The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem, and extend ‘Viveport’, HTC’s VR app store to Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing platform.

“Cloud computing has continuously broken the boundaries of what we thought possible, accelerating the rate of innovation. The partnership between Alibaba Cloud and HTC will bring two of the world’s most disruptive technologies together to bring more value to businesses looking to leverage VR and cloud. This partnership will accelerate the development of VR technology in China and encourage widespread, global adoption.” said Ge JIN, Business Architect Director at Alibaba Cloud.

“We are excited to partner with Alibaba Cloud, as we believe it will be a landmark collaboration between VR and cloud computing industries. By leveraging computing expertise and the developer ecosystem built on Alibaba Cloud, HTC Vive will provide more reliable, stable services to VR solution developers with better access to China market,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.

Cloud computing and VR technology complement each other on commercial applications. With the algorithm capacity and infrastructure provided by cloud computing technology, the ultimate experience of VR can be greatly enhanced by increasing definition, minimizing system crashes and conserving bandwidth. On top of that, the development of VR technology requires powerful and flexible infrastructure support from the backend to supply visually rich and interactive contents to the audiences, in which cloud computing technology can improve the efficiency and lower operation costs.

Alibaba Cloud has successfully helped a VR team from Zhejiang University to render a three-minute 360-degree 3D VR video in only 3 days. The required computing capacity for the video was 100,000 processor cores and is the equivalent to non-stop processing by a 12-core high performance server for more than 8,000 hours.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

About HTC
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

About Vive Virtual Reality System
Vive is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality system developed in partnership by HTC and Valve. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive allows true-to-life interactions and experiences thanks to an adjustable headset displaying stunning graphics, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360˚ absolute motion tracking. For a convenient and safe experience, Vive incorporates essential functionality from your phone and features a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world. Working in concert, this system immerses you visually, physically and emotionally in the virtual world. For more information on Vive, please visit www.vive.com.

Media Contacts:

Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 15021925635
ruoyun.sry@alibaba-inc.com

Shunna Hsieh
Alibaba Group
+886 988566310
shunna.hsieh@alibaba-inc.com

Xin Liu
HTC
+86 152 1059 6698
xin_liu@htc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

Alibaba Cloud’s new program allows international technology partners enter China market through its Global Marketplace and AliLaunch program

Beijing, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today unveils its Global Marketplace and AliLaunch program for technology partners. This new program allows international technology partners to enter China market through Alibaba Cloud’s initiatives.

By leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s leading cloud computing expertise, AliLaunch assists technology partners overcoming common obstacles that international companies have when expanding into China including scalability and technology compatibility. Through AliLaunch, these partners can leverage a variety of value added offerings such as joint ventures, marketplace partnerships and wholesaling to capitalize on this growing market.

“The introduction of AliLaunch demonstrates Alibaba Cloud’s ongoing commitment of building a global cloud computing ecosystem, which connects SaaS developers and business partners from different countries on a unified platform. The AliLaunch program and Global Technology Partners Marketplace serve as the perfect platforms for making different software products accessible to businesses and organizations in China. We are aiming to build AliLaunch as the TMall1 of the cloud computing industry, with more technology partners added in the future,” said Mr. Sicheng YU, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.

As the first step in creating the cloud computing TMall for the China market, the AliLaunch program can serve as an online “store” where enterprises in China will have access to different technology partners and can deploy software or services in a convenient and quick way through Alibaba Cloud. AliLaunch currently lists 11 technology partners from United States, Europe, Japan and Thailand, including SAP, SUSE and HERE. The technology partners cover a diversified mix of software products in different categories, including operating systems, network infrastructure, security, databases and streaming media. The market paves the way for technology partners like SAP to explore the China market further through its strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud.

The Global Technology Partners participating in Alibaba Cloud’s marketplaces include:

  • SAP – As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP HANA One, a cloud-based, in-memory data management solution will be available on Alibaba Cloud’s China marketplace
  • SUSE – providing reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility
  • HERE – offering maps and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems. HERE helps people navigate their lives with ease and confidence
  • Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) – offering business intelligence software Pentaho, that brings together diverse data types to help companies better use data through open source technology
  • Check Point – providing customers with industry-leading solutions and a complete security architecture, protecting them from cyberattacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware and other types of threats
  • AppScale – an open source application platform allowing developers the freedom to run Google App Engine applications in any public or private cloud, bringing applications where the business requires
  • AppEx Networks – providing SD-WAN services, enterprise-grade connectivity and VPN, allowing companies to inter-connect their headquarters, branches, and data centers; and expedite the data transport and access to public clouds and SaaS applications worldwide
  • Haivision – providing media management and video streaming solutions for world’s leading organizations to communicate, collaborate and educate
  • Hillstone Networks – offering a broad range of security solutions for enterprises and data center networks – whether physical, virtual, or in the cloud
  • Wowza Media Systems – enables organizations to harness the power of high-quality live and on-demand audio and video streaming by reducing the complexities of delivery to any device
  • TrueIDC – data center and cloud provider in Thailand, offering a full range of data center and cloud services

1 As China’s largest third-party platform for brands and retailers, Tmall is Alibaba Group’s B2C platform dedicated to providing a premium shopping experience for Chinese consumers in search of top-quality branded merchandise

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

Media Contacts:

Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 15021925635
ruoyun.sry@alibaba-inc.com

Crystal Liu
Alibaba Group
+852 6378 5626
crystal.liu@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

London & Cambridge Properties granted permission to extend its headquarters on The Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford

London, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first stage of a major new speculative development in the Black Country is poised to begin later this year after London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) was granted planning permission.

Dudley MBC planners have given the leading West Midlands-based property and development company the go ahead for the first phase of a 260,000 sq ft extension at its flagship business estate in Kingswinford.

Andrew Preston, industrial portfolio manager at LCP, said work on developing four industrial and warehouse units totalling 130,000 sq ft on land to the rear of its headquarters on The Pensnett Estate is now likely to begin in Q4 of 2016. Completion is anticipated in late 2017.

“We’re very pleased to have been given the go ahead for our new industrial development,” he said. “Void levels are low on the estate and enquiries from companies looking to move here is high, which demonstrates a clear demand.

“It’s a major investment for LCP that will reap huge benefits for the local economy and will also bring hundreds of jobs to the area when both phases are completed and up and running.”

The Pensnett Estate is one of the largest secure business estates in Europe, and home to 170 businesses in over 2.4 million sq.ft of commercial property. Two years ago, LCP invested £1.5 million on Progress Point, a speculative development on the estate comprising 21,000 sq ft of high quality warehouse and industrial space.

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) has been supporting LCP with this latest development, having received Site Investigation Funding. Both parties are working together to obtain next stage gap funding to bring the site to market.

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source:  London & Cambridge Properties

DynamicAction secured $15 million in new funding from lead investors Accenture and West Coast Capital

SILICON VALLEY, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — DynamicAction, provider of the most advanced analytics solution specifically designed for retailers, today announced it has secured $15 million in new funding and entered into an alliance relationship with Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Lead investors in the round include Accenture and West Coast Capital.

Through the alliance agreement, Accenture will become a reseller and service provider for DynamicAction’s solution. This complements Accenture’s analytics capabilities, which include the Accenture Insights Platform, a cloud-based, end-to-end analytics solution designed to simplify analytics and deliver real-time, actionable insights to businesses across industries. DynamicAction becomes the newest addition to the portfolio of early stage technology companies in which Accenture has taken a minority ownership stake through Accenture Ventures.

“At the heart of Accenture’s strategy is the drive to continue to help clients be more agile in this competitive environment,” said Jill Standish, global managing director of Retail at Accenture. “Our investment in and alliance with DynamicAction is unique, as it brings together Accenture’s deep retail delivery capabilities with a cloud-based analytics firm that is solely based on profit optimization. The more challenging this market becomes, the more critical it will be for retailers to operate with the agility and speed of an industry leader like Amazon. DynamicAction’s solution focuses on the retailer’s most pressing needs, which are to increase full-price sales, improve margins, curb the discounting addiction and capitalize on demand.”

DynamicAction’s top five retail clients experienced 91 percent full price sell through in 2015, and DynamicAction customers on average increased profits during the 2015 holiday season at a 27 percent higher rate than their revenue (which increased 11 percent YoY). The funding comes on the heels of rapid growth for DynamicAction, with revenue growing 172 percent YoY and retail client renewal revenue approaching 100 percent.

West Coast Capital, led by Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, was an original investor in DynamicAction and continues to support the company’s mission of relentless innovation with this most recent investment. Existing investors also include London-based Frog Capital, global communications services group WPP and global growth investor ePlanet Capital. Built by a former retail CEO, former IBM Smarter Commerce Chief Strategy Officer, and former Chief Scientist at Amazon, the technology far exceeds retail big data solutions in the market, with more than 600 algorithms built specifically for retail.

“We are delighted to welcome Accenture as an investor in DynamicAction,” said Sir Tom Hunter. “Global retail is going through incredible change, and where there is change, there is opportunity. Data analytics will be at the forefront of that change, and DynamicAction’s world class software will help retailers navigate a more profitable path in the face of heightened competition.”

“We’ve had the unique opportunity to witness the world’s most innovative retailers, from Cole Haan to Tesco, improve their operational efficiency, their decision making paradigm and their profitability with DynamicAction technology,” said Paul Davidson, Managing Partner at West Coast Capital, and member of the DynamicAction Board of Directors. “This company has bucked the trend of hype-before-substance and managed to build a world-class product, with the top retailers in the world as clients, and truly revolutionize the way that retailers look at their metrics and run their businesses.”

Industry analyst Benjamin Gresham, Frost & Sullivan, agrees: “DynamicAction quickly established itself as a David amongst Goliaths. Competing with major players such as SAS, Oracle and IBM, DynamicAction has positioned itself as the solution that retailers desperately need.”

DynamicAction drives retail profitability and provides artificial intelligence-enabled analytics to retailers across the globe, including Tesco, Brooks Brothers, Sur la Table, Nine West and El Corte Ingles. With clients in 120 countries, Accenture helps nine of the top 10 retailers in the world solve the toughest challenges in retail.

“As we look to the future of big data in retail, Accenture and West Coast Capital have proven themselves as the frontrunners and trusted navigators of retail innovation,” said John Squire, Chief Executive Officer of DynamicAction. “This investment and alliance partnership with Accenture allows us to help the world’s largest retailers navigate the troubled waters of modern day retail. As they seek to create meaningful, long term relationships with their customers, and do so profitably, retailers will benefit from the strength of Accenture’s deep analytics insight and industry expertise, with DynamicAction’s unparalleled data science team, corpus of algorithms and data-driven infrastructure.”

New release of DynamicAction, integration and partnership with Demandware
DynamicAction also announced its latest product release, including new omni-channel features and usability enhancements – all designed to help retailers identify profit opportunities faster. DynamicAction’s software helps retailers more easily visualize and analyze opportunities and understand the relative size of the opportunity or problem. Opportunities are grouped by seven main categories for retailer merchandisers: conversion, inventory, profit, views, price, returns and order cancellations, and range.

DynamicAction also announced it is a certified Demandware partner, with a Demandware Certified Cartridge that automatically passes information about orders, products, inventory positions and customers to DynamicAction. The cartridge makes it easier than ever for retailers to implement advanced analytics capabilities, as eCommerce platform data now takes under an hour to deploy with DynamicAction.

ComCap LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to DynamicAction.

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 approximately 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 www.accenture.com.

About DynamicAction
Better decisions. Faster action. DynamicAction is the most advanced analytics solution specifically built for retail merchandising teams.

Connecting and analyzing millions of data points from every part of a retail organization, DynamicAction uses more than 600 proprietary algorithms that encapsulate hundreds of collective years of retail knowledge to pinpoint margin-eating disconnects in the business, prescribe the precise actions to take and accurately rank those actions by financial impact. Merchandising and eCommerce teams run more efficient organizations, sell more at full price, curb the discounting addiction, capitalize on demand and increase profit.

Retailers across the globe, including Brooks Brothers, Sur la Table, El Corte Ingles, Tesco, Nine West and Cole Haan, rely on DynamicAction to make better and more profitable decisions in order to get to action, faster.

Leading analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recently declared, “DynamicAction has Moneyballed retail. There’s a new way to run retail organizations—with a clear understanding of data and immediate actions to improve performance.”

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, DynamicAction has offices in London and Dallas.
Connect with us at www.DynamicAction.com and @Retail_DnA on Twitter.

About West Coast Capital
West Coast Capital is the private investment vehicle founded and funded by Sir Tom Hunter and his family in 2001. For more information, please go to westcoastcapital.co.uk.

Contacts:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Kathleen See
DynamicAction
+ 1 512 794 8876
dynamicactionpr@ketnergroup.com

Source: Accenture

Coles Supermarkets in Australia adds NCR RealPOS XR8 at its future POS terminals

SYDNEY, Australia, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that Coles Supermarkets, one of Australia’s largest supermarket retailers, has chosen to improve customer checkout experiences and operational efficiency by adding NCR RealPOS XR8 as its future POS terminals. Coles plans to upgrade more than 4,000 POS units in the next financial year.

NCR RealPOS XR8 is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor in one of the smallest form factors in its class. The XR8’s compact design allows it to fit into nearly any retail environment; while its unique new design enables front or rear peripheral configuration, which simplifies cabling and service accessibility. In addition, all input/output connections are behind a locking door for added security. NCR’s image recovery button lets store associates easily restore a corrupt POS system within seconds.

“As our long established partner, NCR provides us with innovative solutions that allow us to deliver the best retail experience to our customers,” said Nick Delija, IT GM at Coles. “NCR’s latest innovations, such as the NCR RealPOS XR8, make serving customers faster and easier while allowing us to use a single platform for conventional and assisted checkouts.”

NCR is supporting Coles in its store checkout operations with a range of innovative hardware and software solutions. Coles operates more than 780 stores and processes more than 20 million customer transactions each week. Last year, Coles named NCR as the winner of the Coles Supplier of the Year Award for Outstanding Services.

“Our collaboration with Coles has grown from strength to strength with every new addition of NCR’s solutions to improve its customer services every day,” said Avi Shaul, director for Sales, NCR Retail, “The new RealPOS XR8 solution helps round out our RealPOS family, offering Coles an added choice of POS configurations and designs to deliver exceptional checkout experiences.”

NCR provides advanced point-of-sale technology for Coles Supermarkets and Coles Express stores, and real-time solutions for Coles’ popular loyalty program flybuys.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, 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: www.ncr.com; www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912.261.954.83
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR

Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution

Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution
Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that The Commercial Bank Q.S.C., Qatar’s first private bank, has become the first bank in the country to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by innovative solution from NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution that will help the bank to speed-up authentication and accelerate ATM transactions making every customer interaction an exceptional experience.

NCR has also signed an agreement with Commercial Bank to help transform their banking channel with innovative software and Omni-channel technologies over the next few years to help them achieve their simple but powerful promise – everything is possible.

Commercial Bank Chief Operating Officer Samir Sheikh said: “Commercial Bank continues to focus on improving customer experience and providing greater convenience for customers by continuing to invest and innovate in the Bank’s security system. Finger vein technology is the first-to-market innovation that will give customers easy, secure access to our ATM machines and will set a new authentication technology standard to protect our customers’ accounts.”

The finger vein biometric authentication technology uses pattern-recognition techniques based on images of human finger vein patterns beneath the skin’s surface to identify individuals and verify their identity. This new technology allows Commercial Bank to add another level of authentication to the ATM channel over the standard card and pin verification to further promote security of the ATM and customer data.

“NCR is working closely with Commercial Bank in their transformational journey of being a truly world class bank offering the latest in omni-channel technology and innovations to improve efficiency, increase revenue and lower cost of operations” said Hicham Yamout, Country General Manager, NCR Qatar. “The introduction of the first ever finger vein biometric authentication technology reinforces the bank’s commitment to offer safe banking environment and enable faster transactions.”

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

About Commercial Bank
Commercial Bank has total assets of QAR 127 billion as at 30 June 2016. As a full service commercial bank, the Bank offers a full range of corporate, retail and investment banking services as well as owning and operating exclusive Diners Club franchises in Qatar and Oman. The Bank’s countrywide network includes 31 full service branches and 174 ATMs.

Profitable every year since incorporation in 1974, continual investment in technology and human capital, together with a strong capital base, provides a solid foundation for continued growth. A successful diversification strategy has expanded Commercial Bank’s GCC footprint through strategic partnerships with associated banks, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) in Oman and United Arab Bank (UAB) in the UAE. NBO, the second largest bank in Oman with total assets of OMR 3.5 billion as at 30 June 2016, has 60 conventional branches and 6 Islamic branches in Oman and 1 branch each in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAB is headquartered in Sharjah, with total assets of AED 22.5 billion as at 30 June 2016, and operates 25 branches across the emirates in the UAE. Building on the successful execution of the Bank’s expansion strategy to date, Commercial Bank completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Alternatifbank in Turkey in July 2013.

Commercial Bank enjoys strong credit ratings of (A2) from Moody’s, (A+) from Fitch, and (BBB+) from Standard & Poor’s. The Bank is listed on the Qatar Exchange and was the first Qatari bank to list its Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange. Commercial Bank’s Swiss Franc bond issuance in December 2010, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, was the first public bond issuance by a Qatari bank in Switzerland. Commercial Bank’s latest bond issuance in June 2014 and June 2016 are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Commercial Bank was awarded “SME Bank of the Year” for 2016 by The Asian Banker based on its wide-ranging achievements over the past three years, specialised team and customer focused products and services for SMEs. Commercial Bank also won the “Best Contact Centre” award at The Gulf Customer Experience Awards 2015 for outstanding customer service. In recognition of its CSR activities benefitting the Qatari community, Commercial Bank was awarded the “Best CSR Report”, at the Corporate Social Responsibility awards ceremony for organisations in Qatar.

The Bank is dedicated to supporting Qatar’s community and social infrastructure through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and sponsorship of various events. Title sponsorship of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters reflects the Bank’s promotion of excellence in sports and its keen interest in enhancing Qatar’s international sporting reputation. www.cbq.qa

About Alternatifbank (ABank)
ABank was established in 1991 and has been listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange since 1995. Commercial Bank became the majority shareholder in ABank in 2013 holding a 74.24% stake, following the acquisition of ABank shares of 70.84% from the Anadolu Group and 3.40% through a public tender offer. Anadolu Group remains a significant shareholder retaining 25% of shares in ABank. Currently the Bank owns 75% of ABank shares.

ABank is a mid-size Turkish bank that predominately serves medium-sized companies through a country-wide network of 54 branches in 20 cities. ABank provides commercial/corporate banking services and products, with a special focus on the growing segment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. ABank’s main product ranges cover trade finance instruments, working capital finance, cash management, and portfolio management.

At 30 June 2016, ABank had total assets of TL 14.8 billion, total loans stood at TL 10 billion, customer deposits of TL 7.2 billion and shareholders’ equity of TL 1.2 billion. http://wwweng.abank.com.tr

About 01 Systems
01 Systems is a leading software solutions provider, with more than 30 years of innovation in the fields of enterprise signatory management, content management, business process automation and branch digitization. Focused on the financial sector, 01 Systems assists more than 300 customers globally, to efficiently process/authorize millions of daily transactions. 01 Systems Website at http://www.01systems.com.

Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
921.261.954-583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Commercial bank Media contact:
Ibrahim Al-Emadi
Head of Corporate Communications
Commercial Bank
Tel: +974 4475 4748
ibrahim.alemadi@cbq.qa

Source: NCR

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Currys PC World’s top 24 products predicted to be Christmas top sellers

LONDON, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Currys PC World today announces their Christmas Advent Calendar: the top 24 products they predict to be flying off the festive shelves.

The predicted list of the most sought-after tech unveils that shoppers are set to be buying into the connected world this Christmas, with smart gadgets and connected devices making up over half of the list. Kitchen appliances are anticipated to remain popular, with a quarter of the top spots taken up by coffee machines, blenders and baking accessories, as will audio devices and large screen TVs, says the retailer.

Currys PC World 2016 Top 24 Christmas Predictions:

  • Fitbit Blaze
  • KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM150PSBCL Stand Mixer
  • HP Spectre 13-v050na Core i5 Laptop (World’s thinnest laptop)
  • SAMSUNG UE55KS9000 Smart 4k Ultra HD HDR 55” Curved LED TV
  • Polaroid Snap Instant camera
  • Apple Watch
  • Sony XB7 Megasound
  • Ninja Nutri Ninja BL480 Blender
  • HP 3720 (World’s smallest all-in-one printer)
  • Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable
  • Nespresso Prodigio
  • Orbotix Sphero Ollie
  • Bar Craft Luxe Lounge Boston Cocktail Shaker
  • Panasonic 4k Ultra HD camcorder
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • Eddington Copper Cookie Cutters
  • Lenovo all in one PC
  • TILE Gen 2 Bluetooth Tracker
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera
  • Dell XPS 13-9350 Laptop
  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7″
  • GoPro Hero Session
  • Goji Collection Premium Bluetooth Headphones
  • MASON CASH Bake My Day Measuring Cups

Smart Christmas
Connected gadgets are expected to be a huge hit this Christmas, with everything from fitness trackers and smart watches to connected coffee machines and smart toys making the top 24 list.

Both the Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch feature within the top ten, showing the sustained popularity for wearables and smart watches. The Fitbit Blaze allows wearers to track, monitor and improve their fitness through GPS, a heart rate monitor and smartwatch features, while the Apple Watch puts everything at your fingertips, whether it’s an appointment reminder, health monitoring or iPhone notification.

Nespresso Prodigio, the first connected Nespresso coffee machine also claims a place on the list. Allowing customers to auto-order capsules and schedule a brew from their smartphone, the popularity of the product shows that UK consumers are jumping on board with the connected world and Internet of Things.

With smart toy revenues predicted to soar, this Christmas will see Brits embracing the trend. With smart toys and VR both featured on the hit list, including Orbotix Sphero Ollie and Samsung Gear VR, Currys PC World expects customers to have a truly digital Christmas.

Baking Me Crazy
The nation remains obsessed with all things kitchen this festive season, according to Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer. From baking along with GBBO to clean eating and courgetti spaghetti, the top 24 is filled with kitchen gadgets designed to impress your party guests.

KitchenAid’s Artisan Stand Mixer continues on from its success last Christmas and takes a top spot once again, sweeping in at second place. In a variety of colours, in pastel and bright, this can turn any budding baker into a seasoned pro and transform kitchen counters.

Following on from this is the Ninja Nutri Ninja BL480 Blender (both the BL450 Sage & BL480 Mocha with auto IQ are exclusive to Currys PC World). With an impressive power of 1000 W and Pro Extractor blades which spin at 21,000 RPM customers can create delicious smoothies and juices; the perfect gift for those tucking into a New Year, New You diet plan.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Party
Audio purchases are expected to be a huge hit this Christmas with megasound speakers, in particular, leading the way. Add impact to your Christmas party with the Sony GTK-XB7B Wireless Megasound Hi-Fi System, which has extra bass, wireless music streaming and atmospheric LED lighting; listen to Christmas classics on the Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable, for the authentic rich sound of vinyl; or soak up the festive atmosphere solo and on the go, using the Goji Collection Premium Bluetooth Headphones (exclusive to Currys PC World and in a variety of colours, including this season’s must-have; rose gold).

No party is complete without photos to prove it and, this Christmas, the trend for polaroid pictures is only set to get stronger. Both the Polaroid Snap Instant camera and Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera claim a spot in the top 24. Available in a wide variety of colours (from yellow and blue to raspberry and grape), these cameras offer an exciting and instant way to capture those special Christmas moments.

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For more information or imagery, please contact:
dixonscarphone@mcsaatchi.com
0207 544 3600

Source: Dixons Carphone

Currys PC World launches new campaign – ‘Get Started’ to highlight its new lifestyle based segmentation of laptops

LONDON, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, 4 August 2016, Currys PC World unveils its new campaign – ‘Get Started’. The cross-channel campaign looks to champion consumers’ passions and ambitions in a move to highlight the retailer’s new lifestyle based segmentation of laptops to make the shopping experience easier and less techy.

‘Get Started’ will be amplified through multiple platforms and channels combining digital, PR social and above the line content to appeal to consumers on every level.

The retailer’s new slick and impactful ATL creative showcases a beautifully choreographed display of the retailer’s HP laptop range. The storyline centres around the idea that laptops provide a springboard for people to fulfil their dreams and embark on new ventures, so that they can achieve what they want to do.

The spot features laptops ‘dancing’ in creative formations linked to photography, being a DJ and becoming an online florist, inspiring viewers through both functionality and emotion.

The creative also highlights Currys PC World’s trade-in policy and its in-store customer service offering to help transfer data from an old laptop to a new one, as well as get the product up and running.

Working with retained creative agency AMV BBDO and media agency Blue 449, Currys PC World’s new ATL campaign will feature across TV, print and digital platforms.  The campaign launches on 4th August with a 30 second TV spot running until 31st August.

The digital activity, also live throughout August, will feature first hand experiences around passions and ambitions from key social influencers across fashion, fitness, travel and photography. The content will focus on how they got started in their field and how using laptops enabled them to explore and develop these passions. Nearly 60 pieces of content will be produced and amplified across the influencers’ own channels and the Currys PC World platforms, which will be supported by an integrated PR, social and content campaign led by M&C Saatchi PR and 1000 Heads.

The campaign forms part of Currys PC World’s ‘Computing Leadership Forum’ strategy to showcase innovation and new technology, with an underlying message of value and relevance. By working closely alongside manufacturers including Microsoft, HP and Intel, the retailer aims to drive consideration and purchase opportunities in an ‘always on’ world both for the short and long term.

Head of Marketing for Computing at Dixons Carphone, Rob Stacey, says: “As market leaders we want to play our part in inspiring people to upgrade to a new laptop and make choosing a laptop a little less daunting. Our new user-friendly segmentation and amazing services can really help with that.”

International Account Manager for HP, Celine Chapron, says: “We’re working with Currys PC World to ensure our vision, to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere comes to life.   Through our portfolio of PCs we engineer experiences that amaze. It doesn’t matter the customer age, their day to day job, evening hobbies or weekends passions, it’s about offering differentiation to customers with colours, beautiful design, and the latest tech features with no compromise.”

AMV BBDO Creative Director, Rob Steeles, adds: “The new creative taps into people’s dormant ambitions. We want consumers to realise that with the right tech, and Currys PC World’s expertise, there’s never been a better time to kick-start something new. Reinvigoration was also key for the look and feel of the spot, so we gave the visual treatment plenty of energy accompanied with an up-tempo track. The ad grabs attention and inspires people to take action.”

CREDITS
Project: Get Started
Client name & job title: Gary Booker – Chief Marketing Officer for Dixons Carphone
Creative agency: AMV BBDO
Format: TV, Press, Digital and Radio
Creative team: Brett and Slim
Creative leaders: Steve Stretton and Rob Steeles
Account team: Mark Graeme, Charlie Martyn, Sarah Hore-Lacy and Luke Hickey
Planning: Tom Claridge and Rob Sellars
TV production: Holly Pienaar
TV admin: Cate Killeen
Lab: Matt O’Brien
Project management: Paul Glucklich
Design: Ian Mills

 

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

For more information, please contact the Currys PC World press office:

M&C Saatchi PR
curryspcworld@mcsaatchi.com
0207 544 3600

Source: Dixons Carphone

Ross Stores, Inc. to announce its 2Q2016 earnings results on Thursday, August 18, 2016

DUBLIN, Calif., 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ROST) will announce its second quarter 2016 earnings results on Thursday, August 18, 2016. A press release will be sent out at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Company will also provide additional details concerning its second quarter 2016 results and business outlook on a conference call to be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Participants may listen to a real-time audio webcast of the conference call by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website located at www.rossstores.com.

A recorded version of the call will also be available at the website address, as well as via a telephone recording at 404-537-3406, Passcode #60158976, through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 25, 2016.

Contact:

Julie Chapman
925-965-4535
juliea.chapman@ros.com

Source: Ross Stores, Inc.

Office Depot survey reveals only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to Support Early Education Preparation

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the results of an early education preparation survey whose findings uncovered that while almost all educators feel support of parents with children younger than school age is important, only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to do so.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative recently surveyed more than 3,000 educators regarding their perceptions of family readiness to prepare children for kindergarten, and the tools available to educators to support them in communicating and working with families.

A few key findings from the survey:

  • 97 percent of educators felt that communication between districts and parents before students were school aged was important or very important as part of school readiness preparation.
  • 77 percent of educators felt that parents had some of the tools they needed to prepare their children for school yet needed help from educators in those critical years before kindergarten, while 23 percent of educators felt that parents did not know how to prepare their children for kindergarten.
  • 23 percent of educators reported having sufficient tools to effectively reach out to parents, while nine percent of educators reported having nearly no tools to support their work in parent communication.
  • For those educators who have some support in communicating with parents, 69 percent indicated the need for help in using those tools to be effective in their work.

“The survey findings show the increased demand for learning initiatives that equip educators with tools to more effectively work with families,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “We are proud to partner with school districts around the country to address the critical unmet needs of students and affect positive change at home and in the classroom.”

As part of its “Committed to Learning” initiative, Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts to solve the challenge of reaching parents of children who aren’t yet registered for school. The company conducts research and provides targeted mailing lists, and facilitates the creation and mailing of educational information, including tips, encouragement and other materials, to help education begin at home.

“Committed to Learning” has led the company to convene a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. Having worked with thousands of school districts for more than two decades, Office Depot, Inc. has solidified a belief in the principles of equity, mastery and collaboration for successful student outcomes, and adopted a student-centric approach that maximizes district budgets while delivering solutions and expertise to meet the changing needs of students today.

Find out about Office Depot, Inc.’s education solutions at business.officedepot.com/education.

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications
In April 2016 the Center for College & Career Readiness conducted a survey of educators on behalf of Office Depot Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative. A total of 5,208 educators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, Teachers and more) participated in the survey.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Contact:

Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Abby Van Uum
512-200-5341
abigail.vanuum@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Nordstrom announces celebrity performers for its store opening galas this fall; events to benefit Six Toronto Charities

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHO/WHAT: Nordstrom kicks off the openings of its new CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre stores with two in-store galas featuring celebrity DJs, including Toronto’s very own superstar comedian, actor and renowned DJ Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hannah Bronfman, and Brendan Fallis. Along with being among the first to preview the new stores, attendees will also be treated to cocktails, gourmet fare, desserts, fashion shows, shopping and music from local bands Dwayne Gretzky and Sean Jones.

These galas will benefit Covenant House Toronto, Humber River Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), SickKids Foundation, St. Michael’s Foundation and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Nordstrom underwrites each gala so 100% of proceeds will benefit these six organizations. Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre opens on Friday, September 16, 2016 and Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre opens on Friday, October 21, 2016.

The honorary gala committee for both events includes Glen Baxter, Nadia & Nick Di Donato, Lynn Factor & Sheldon Inwentash, Ellen Fine, Jessica Jensen, Joshua JensenNagle, Ainsley Kerr, Merle Kerr, Jeffrey Latimer, Rossana Magnota, Melissa Martin, Juliana Sprott, Julia West and Richard Wernham.

EVENT DETAILS: Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre Opening Gala

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WHERE: 260 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2L9

TIME:  7-10 pm; Fashion shows in Dundas Square at 8:00 pm & 9:00 pm

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJs KillaxKels and Grand Theft, and local super group Dwayne Gretzky, featuring members of July Talk and Born Ruffians.

FASHION: Two tented runway shows featuring fall designer collections; special appearances by Canadian designers, Wing Yau of celebrity-favourite jewellery WWAKE and 19-year-old fashion wunderkind and LVMH prize finalist, Vejas Kruszewski.

Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre Opening Gala

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WHERE: 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

TIME:  7-10 pm; In-store fashion shows at 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm & 9:00 pm

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ/Comedian Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Music/DJ set by Hannah Bronfman, Brendan Fallis and Sophie Jones. There will also be a performance by Sean Jones.

FASHION: In-store fashion shows featuring resort collections; special appearances by Canadian designers Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Steven Tai, representing his eponymous line of progressive, luxe sportswear.

TICKET INFO: Tickets are $150 per person for each gala. To purchase tickets, go to www.nordstromrsvp.com/toronto. For special accommodations or other questions, email eventrsvp@sickkidsfoundation.com or call (416) 813-5283. Valet parking will be provided at both events.

About Covenant House Toronto
As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto provides the widest range of services and support under one roof. More than a place to stay, they provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing- on-site and in the community as well as education and vocation support and more. Gala proceeds will help them offer their services to as many as 250 at-risk, trafficked and homeless youth every day.

About Humber River Hospital Foundation
Humber River Hospital Foundation supports the patient care provided at Humber River Hospital – one of the largest hospitals in the GTA and now home to North America’s first fully digital hospital. The Foundation’s current focus is on raising $225 million for the new Humber River Hospital which opened on October 18th of last year– this is the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history. Money raised will be put towards this campaign and will help fund equipment needs in the new Hospital. This will ensure their care teams have access to some of the world’s most advanced medical technology to care for their patients.

About Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) champions childhood cancer care. When a child is battling cancer, they ensure that the child and family have lifelong access to the best care for the best possible outcomes. Gala proceeds will help provide financial support to families to help ease the burden when their child is in cancer treatment; it will fund services dedicated to ongoing survivor support, knowing that childhood cancer survivors endure medical challenges into adulthood; and it will fund research that advances cancer care for all children with cancer.

About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. SickKids Foundation relies on community support to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Gala proceeds will support the hospital’s highest priority needs including strategic capital projects and research, enabling them to enhance the patient and family experience, and facilitate the recruitment of world-class experts.

About St. Michael’s Foundation
St. Michael’s Foundation supports St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto’s leader in critical and trauma care, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1892 to care for the sick and poor of Toronto’s inner city. St. Michael’s is a teaching and research hospital renowned for providing exceptional patient care. Gala proceeds will support their position as Canada’s premier critical care hospital with new resources like the 17-storey Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, the twice-as-large Slaight Family Emergency Department and other crucial renovations and improvements.

About Women’s College Hospital Foundation
Women’s College Hospital Foundation raises the critical funds needed to support Women’s College Hospital, the only hospital in Canada dedicated to advancing health for women and a global leader in conducting groundbreaking women’s health research. With a mandate to lead the way in improving the health system for all people, WCH is also focused on delivering innovative solutions that address the most pressing health system challenges facing Canadians today. Proceeds directed to Women’s College Hospital Foundation will drive forward the institution’s work in women’s health research and health system transformation.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:

John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3018

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.