RILA issues statement on House passage of H.R. 1180 the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Arlington , VA , 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 2, 2017) the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, issued the following statement following the House passage of H.R. 1180 the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017:

“We applaud the House passage of the Working Families Flexibility Act and thank Congresswoman Roby for her leadership in introducing this important piece of legislation. As the nation’s largest employer supporting 42 million American jobs, flexibility is key to propelling our workforce into the future. Employees and employers alike have made it clear that they prefer innovative workforce policies — including the use of a flexible comp time option and an automatic payout for time not used. This legislation will help meet the needs of our dynamic workforce and keep the retail ecosystem growing,” said Evan Armstrong, vice president of government affairs for RILA.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

Contact
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

NGA urges House Financial Services Committee to oppose the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Arlington, VA, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today (May 2, 2017) urged members of the House Financial Services Committee to oppose the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (H.R. 10) as long as it contains a provision to repeal debit swipe fee reform. NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin issued the following statement during a mark-up of the legislation this morning:

“While banks and financial institutions enjoy a hefty 25 percent profit margin and earn nearly $79 billion each year in swipe fees, independent supermarkets operate on a one to two percent profit margin annually in a highly competitive market. Debit swipe fee reform brought competition and transparency into a marketplace that has historically lacked it by ensuring merchants have access to at least two competitive networks for routing their transactions. Congress should be protecting Main Street grocers from the price-gouging that’s historically taken place, not enshrining it into the law.”

Yesterday, NGA sent a key vote letter to members of the House Financial Services Committee urging them to oppose the Financial CHOICE Act. Click HERE to view the letter.

SOURCE: NGA

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Supermarket executives rallied on Capitol Hill to discuss federal policies

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 200 supermarket industry CEOs and senior executives, representing nearly every state from across the U.S., rallied on Capitol Hill to discuss federal policies affecting their businesses at the annual Day in Washington fly-in. Food retail and supermarket operator members from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Grocers Association (NGA), and the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE) met with lawmakers to discuss the increased market competition and transparency brought by debit swipe fee reform and reforming the tax code in a way that restores predictability and stimulates capital investment.

“The grocery industry is hyper-competitive, with stores competing for customers on price, quality and service every day and averaging a narrow 1.9% profit margin every year. Debit reforms have saved customers over $30 billion since 2010,” said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO, FMI. “Debit reforms brought transparency and predictability to the cost of accepting debit cards. Repealing these reforms would be an expensive step in the wrong direction.”

“As Congress prepares to consider tax reform legislation it’s important for the decision makers in Washington to hear directly from their main street supermarkets regarding the need for comprehensive tax reform,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Advocating for commonsense legislative policies, such as simplifying the tax code, achieving parity between pass-through companies and C-corps, and eliminating the death tax for family-owned businesses are important to our members so they can focus on expanding their business, creating more jobs, and boosting local economies.”

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About the Food Industry Association Executives
The Food Industry Association Executives is a national professional association representing local, state and regional food association executives since 1927, who in turn represent over 95 percent of the grocery retail industry. FIAE’s mission is to provide a forum for professional growth of the members’ employees and to serve as a vehicle for the interchange of ideas and advancement of the food industry agenda.

About the Food Marketing Institute
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.

About the National Grocers Association
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

SOURCE: NGA

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Auchan Retail launches health and well being initiative

Consumers and employees are increasingly attentive to their well-being and quality of life. It is in response to these aspirations that Auchan Retail launched this movement co-developed with our ecosystem in 14 countries.

Croix Cedex, France, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last March, Auchan Retail unveiled its vision: Auchan changes lives! But changing lives is not something that can be achieved by decree or which can be imposed. Auchan Retail decided therefore that it needed to give new meaning to its retailing business. This involves federating its stakeholders around a vast movement entitled: “Campaigners for good, healthy and local products”.

Initiated simultaneously in 14 countries, this movement takes the form of action and commitments by Auchan Retail for the benefit of its customers, employees, society in general and the planet as a whole.

This health and well being initiative was launched on 25 April 2017. Looking resolutely to the long-term, every month it will be enhanced through new achievements co-developed with the Auchan Retail ecosystem.

“Consumers and employees are increasingly attentive to their well-being and quality of life. It is in response to these aspirations that Auchan Retail launched the movement “Campaigners for good, healthy and local products”, co-developed with our ecosystem”. Together we will enable 8 billion inhabitants on our planet to live better, every day between now and 2025″ Wilhelm Hubner – CEO of Auchan Retail

SOURCE: Auchan

 

‘Schoolcampus’ bij Albert Heijn

‘Schoolcampus’ bij Albert Heijn

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vooruitlopend op het schooljaar 2017-2018 brengen Albert Heijn en Ronald van Zetten – die met V&D Concepthouse een aantal elementen van het voormalige V&D nieuw leven inblaast – de Schoolcampus terug naar schoolgaand en studerend Nederland. Vanaf 8 mei trapt de Schoolcampus bij AH af met de agenda’s als start van het schoolartikelenseizoen2017-2018. Vervolgens is vanaf eind juni de volledige collectie verkrijgbaar in de grootste winkels van Albert Heijn.

Deze collectie bestaat uit agenda’s, kaftpapier, schriften, schrijfgerei en alle andere benodigdheden voor het nieuwe school- en collegejaar dat eind augustus begint. Naast de bekende merken zoals Martin Garrix, Dylan Haegens, Paul Frank, Supertrash, Pip, Playstation, Pimpelmees, Replay, is ook een collectie met eigen signature verkrijgbaar. De thema’s dit jaar zijn o.a. Fun, Candy, Rock On, Neon, Bohemian, Kraft en Pink Cloud. De Schoolcampus bij AH is hiermee de meest uitgebreide aanbieder van schoolspullen in Nederland.

Marit van Egmond, commercieel directeur bij Albert Heijn, vindt het een logische stap: “We onderzoeken continu welke nieuwe producten en diensten we kunnen aanbieden in onze winkels. Dat doen we al 130 jaar. Uitgangspunt hiervoor is dat het producten zijn die dichtbij onze klanten staan. Een groot gedeelte van onze klanten heeft schoolgaande kinderen, gaat zelf naar school of zit in de collegebanken. We willen hen een aantrekkelijke keuze aan schoolspullen bieden.

Ronald van Zetten: “Schoolcampus is een waardevol concept dat erg werd gemist in 2016. Daarom zijn we verheugd te kunnen melden dat Albert Heijn en V&D Concepthouse de handen ineen hebben geslagen om deze jarenlange traditie op een nieuwe manier voort te zetten. Het is met trots dat we deze collectie kunnen presenteren in de grootste supermarkt van Nederland.

SOURCE: Albert Heijn

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

Ross Stores to release its 1Q 2017 earnings results on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dublin, California, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:  ROST) will announce its first quarter 2017 earnings results on Thursday, May 18, 2017. A press release will be sent out at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Company will also provide additional details concerning its first quarter 2017 results and business outlook on a conference call to be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 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 #14705120, through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 25, 2017.

SOURCE:  Ross Stores, Inc./ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Ross Investor Relations
investor.relations1@ros.com
Ross Stores, Inc.

H&M, KappAhl and Lindex launch initiative to help reduce consumption of plastic bags

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 1 One Bag Habit is launched jointly by H&M, KappAhl and Lindex. The initiative wants to contribute to reduced consumption of bags and an increased awareness about plastic bags’ negative environmental impact. The three fashion chains will therefore start to charge for their plastic bags and will donate the surplus from this sales to different causes that support sustainable development.

One Bag Habit is a joint initiative from H&M, KappAhl and Lindex where the members will charge for all plastic bags in store from June 1. All surplus from the sales of the bags will go to causes that drive sustainable development within social or environmentally related projects and each company chooses where the surplus will be donated. The initiative is a response to a coming EU directive to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

Our ambition with the One Bag Habit initiative is to facilitate and speed up the transition to a more sustainable consumption of shopping bags. We want to raise awareness about the bags’ negative environmental impact and we invite all retailers to join the initiative, says the three fashion chains in a joint statement.

About One Bag Habit: H&M, KappAhl and Lindex are initiators, and more retail companies are expected to join onwards. When participating in One Bag Habit, the members undertake to charge for all consumer bags as well as communicate about bags’ negative environmental impact and how consumer bags can be used in a more sustainable way. The companies also commit to offering recyclable consumer bags made from more sustainable materials. The surplus of the sales of the bags will go to different causes that drive sustainable development. Each member chooses to what cause and reports about the result yearly, on their home page and/or in their annual report. Initially the One Bag Habit will be launched in Sweden. The fashion chains’ joint ambition is to expand the initiative to their other markets.

About bags: Humanity has an important sustainability challenge in reducing the consumption of all kind of bags. Both plastic and paper bags have a negative impact on the climate. Even when the bags are made of renewable materials they are still very energy consumption in producing transporting and recycle. It takes 400 years for nature to break down a plastic bag. In the meantime it is distributed into small pieces and becomes a harmful ingredient in the food chain for both animals and humans. And bags made from cotton are also resource intensive, especially in the cultivation phase. It needs to be used 130-400 times to get down to the same level of environmental impact that is caused by a plastic bag. Simply, less bags need to be taken into use and the used ones needs to be used several times. The best option is to bring a bag from home instead of buying a new one when shopping. And make it into a more sustainable shopping routine that saves both the resources of the earth and our own economy. That’s what the One Bag Habit should contribute with.

More information about One Bag Habit can be found on www.one-bag-habit.se

SOURCE: Lindex

For more information contact:

Kristina Hermansson, Corporate Communications Manager
E-mail: press@lindex.com
Phone: +46 (0)31 739 50 60

 

EROSKI inaugura un nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Bilbao

EROSKI inaugura un nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Bilbao

  • El nuevo establecimiento responde al modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa actualmente en su red de tiendas
  • La apertura ha supuesto la creación de seis puestos de trabajo
  • La cooperativa colabora con más de 1.600 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compra de 600 millones de euros

Bilbao, España, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado bajo la enseña EROSKI/City en el número 1 de la Plaza Iturriondo del barrio bilbaíno de Zurbaranbarri. El nuevo supermercado responde al modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa actualmente en su red de tiendas y cuyas señas de identidad son el protagonismo de los alimentos frescos, el trato personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y la promoción de una alimentación saludable. Su apertura ha supuesto la creación de seis puestos de trabajo.

El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y productores locales en sus 300 metros cuadrados de superficie. Asimismo, cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, y las referencias saludables ganan peso con un surtido más amplio. El establecimiento ofrece productos de panadería y bollería recién horneados en horno propio para garantizar la máxima frescura a sus clientes.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en el programa de fidelización EROSKI Club, que en Bizkaia cuenta con casi 400.000 afiliados. EROSKI Club ofrece descuentos hasta el 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club.

Compras superiores a los 600 millones de euros

La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido la cooperativa comercializa más de 10.000 productos elaborados en el País Vasco. Cuentan con un especial protagonismo en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos y al que también responde el supermercado inaugurado en Bilbao.

Los alimentos frescos de temporada, junto con los productos locales, cuentan con un especial protagonismo en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos y al que también responde el hoy inaugurado supermercado de Bilbao. La cooperativa colabora con más de 1.600 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compra de 600 millones de euros, siendo el 60% compras al sector agroalimentario.

SOURCE: EROSKI

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

USDA FSIS: Blount Fine Foods recalls Beef Chile Colorado frozen meals due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blount Fine Foods, Corp., a McKinney, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 8,685 pounds of Beef Chile Colorado frozen meals due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled as Beef Chile Colorado, but the packaged product contains cheese enchiladas with milk as an ingredient. Milk is a known allergen and is not declared on the product label.

The frozen Beef Chile Colorado products were produced on Nov. 23, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 10-oz retail cartons containing “SAFFRON ROAD BEEF CHILE COLORADO WITH MESQUITE BLACK BEANS & GARLIC RICE” with “Best By” dates of “05/23/18 AP.”

The products subject to recall do not bear an establishment number on the packaging because the company was producing a U.S. Food and Drug Administration product. These items were shipped to distribution centers located in Pennsylvania and Texas.

The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media with questions about the recall can call Jack Acree, American Halal Company executive vice president, at (203) 202-3937. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the America Halal Company Consumer Hotline at (855) 562-2835.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

SOURCE: USDA FSIS

Congressional and Public Affairs
Felicia Thompson
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. recalls Ready-to-Eat fully-cooked quiche products

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., headquartered in Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 24,768 pounds of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) fully-cooked quiche products that were not presented for re-inspection upon entry to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

The products subject to recall were produced and packaged on Feb. 8, 2017, and are listed as follows: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 24-oz. individually-packaged plastic clam-shell containers of frozen “SCHNEIDERS LORRAINE HAM & CHEESE Quiche” with package code “62000 8096 9” on the individual retail containers.
  • 24-oz. individually-packaged plastic clam-shell containers of frozen “H.E.B. Chef Prepared Foods Ham & Cheese Quiche” with package code “41220 63400 9” on the individual retail containers.

The products subject to recall do not bear the USDA federal mark of inspection, but bear establishment number “Canada 277.” The products were shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Oklahoma for further distribution to retail stores nationwide.

On May 1, 2017, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., inquired about a shipment of products that were exported to the U.S. The following day, FSIS confirmed that there was a failure to present shipment and the products were already in commerce without receiving FSIS re-inspection upon entry into the United States.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Annemarie Dijkhuis, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. director of Public Affairs, at (905) 285-5151. Consumers can contact Heather Forbes, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. senior director of Product Commercialization and Consumer Engagement, at (877) 567-5326.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

SOURCE: USDA FSIS

Congressional and Public Affairs
Felicia Thompson
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Al Meera recognized for its efforts and achievements in supporting Qatar’s economy by Forbes Middle East

Al Meera recognized for its efforts and achievements in supporting Qatar’s economy by Forbes Middle East

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forbes Middle East, in partnership with the Minsitry of Economy and Commerce, recognized Qatar’s top 40 listed companies in a ceremony titled ‘Celebrating Qatar’s Success’, held recently at St. Regis Doha.

During the ceremony, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C), received an accodlade from Forbes Middle East in recognition of its fruitful efforts and winning achievements for the Company, the retail sector and Qatar’s economy, and for its impressionable role in supporting Qatar’s economy towards another successful era.

The Company took home the coveted trophy during a special ceremony that celebrated individuals and businesses that have made strides in taking the peninsula’s economic and social status to greater new heights. The event was held under the patronage of Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

The year 2016 has witnessed Al Meera’s crossing of several milestones, continued growth, and solid financial results. In addition to growing Net Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent by 22.9% and achieving a record-breaking QR 2.6 billion in Sales, the leading retail chain is nearing completion of its current 5 store expansion phase, which is part of the larger and purposeful 14-branch expansion plan, announced during 2015.

Before the end of 2016, Al Meera successfully opened two new branches, starting with the Bu Sidra Branch in October, followed by the North Sailiya (Al Miarad) Branch in December, which together contributed QAR 7.5 million to the year’s total sales. Shortly after, Al Meera’s Umm Salal Ali branch was launched in January 2017, followed by the launch of the Al Wakra (East) Branch in March 2017, and is now in the final stages of preparations for one more store located in Leaibab 2, which is expected to launch within the upcoming days.

The Company’s ambitious and steadfast expansion plan not only helps fulfill Al Meera’s growth strategy, but more importantly contributes to the urban development of the country’s various territories as well as its economic progress, in line with the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030.

Moreover, in the course of diversifying the country’s national economy and supporting local startups, Al Meera signed a first-of-its-kind MoU with QDB in December 2016, through which the Company is poised to play a pivotal role in promoting Qatari products by providing entrepreneurs with an established platform for marketing their products and facilitating the integration of incubated SMEs into its value chain.

On the community development front, Al Meera’s unwavering commitment to playing a positive role in the lives of the community in which it operates, culminated in winning the 2016 Qatar Social Responsibility Award for the Large Enterprises category. Moreover, Al Meera was recently honoured with the CSR Responsible Leadership Award by Qatar University, in recognition of its leading part in that field.

The success of the Company’s growth strategy, economic diversification initiatives and its multi-faceted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, resulted in Al Meera’s recognition as one of five Qatari firms in Marmore Mena Intelligence’s ‘30 most valuable non-banking companies in the GCC’ list.

SOURCE: Al Meera

Contact:

Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

NCR recognized as a Major Player in The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Retail Omni-Channel Commerce Platform 2017 Vendor Assessment

Duluth, Ga., 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailing today is not for the faint of heart. Hypercompetitive pricing pressure, inventory management challenges, experience-driven consumers and digital competitors have created a perfect storm for disruption. In order to adapt, forward-looking retailers are embarking on transformational journeys to deliver truly differentiated shopping experiences.

One vital solution that has emerged to help retailers navigate these transformations is the omni-channel commerce platform, a single system of record that unifies all aspects of the customer experience across all channels.

Leading industry analyst firm IDC Retail Insights has just completed the industry’s first independent evaluation of this market: The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Retail Omni-Channel Commerce Platform 2017 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US41453016, April 2017). The report evaluates solutions from 12 vendors across a variety of factors and provides metrics and context for retailers to evaluate potential vendors in this rapidly growing area.

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announces that it has been recognized as a Major Player in this inaugural report.

In its assessment of NCR’s platform, the IDC MarketScape highlights several strengths, including NCR’s cloud-based payments application and its use of an open ecosystem that connects retailer applications, NCR applications, partners and third-party vendors. This means that retailers have the opportunity to prioritize investments, minimize risk and maximize returns.

Global and regional retailers alike are using NCR’s Omni-Channel Commerce Platform to redefine the shopping experience and gain new levels of flexibility to quickly adapt new technologies into their retail infrastructure.

“The retail industry has changed forever and is being disrupted in virtually every way possible,” said NCR President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Benjamin. “We are proud to be recognized by the IDC MarketScape for our 130 years of innovation in retail technology, and look forward to continuing our work delivering solutions to help some of retail’s leading brands navigate digital transformation in the connected economy.”

“Retail is fundamentally changing,” said Ivano Ortis, vice president, IDC Retail, Manufacturing, and Financial Insights, IDC Europe. “To execute current and future customer journeys, retailers need a new unified customer experience architecture that will provide a seamless composition of customer services leveraging information, processes, and channels consistently.”

IDC predicts that by 2018, 30 percent of major retailers worldwide will adopt a commerce platform and recommends that retailers allocate 30-40 percent of the IT budget to commerce platform investments. (IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Retail 2017 Predictions, Doc # US40518816, Nov. 2016).

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market.  IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared.  The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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 nearly 700 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, Ga., 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 site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

NCR to participate in STEM-themed field day event at Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy

Students will build a field goal and a virtual hamburger

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced a volunteer partnership with hometown customer, the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, and future neighbor, Georgia Tech. Together the organizations will participate in a STEM-themed field day event at Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy on May 5, 2017. Hollis Academy is a PK-8 Education/STEM school in the Atlanta Public Schools.

During the event, students will build football field goal posts using NCR-provided supplies. Hollis Academy students will work to formulate measurements and angles to achieve an accurate, regulation-sized field goal. They will also consider the size and weight of the field goal and footballs in order to achieve maximum design points. Volunteers from NCR Software and IT teams, along with Atlanta Falcons players, will keep track of how many field goals are made.

In addition to the field goal station, NCR will provide a technology experience with a Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that lets users see, hear, and interact with holograms. Teams will work with NCR volunteers to build a virtual hamburger using augmented reality. This portion of the STEM Station will not be competitive but will serve as an interactive technology integration.

Throughout the two-day event, May 4-5, an expected 500 Hollis Academy students will be separated into teams by grade level. Student teams will compete on a point system for a prize at the end of the day. Falcons players, cheerleaders, and Freddie Falcon will present awards to the winners of each grade level on May 5. All 500 children participating in activities will be a part of the closing awards ceremony and will receive a NCR swag bag on their way out of the building – gear to get their summer off to a nice start!

“We are thrilled about this opportunity as one of our core beliefs as a company is to give back to the communities where we work and live,” said Yvonne Whitaker, NCR Foundation Lead. “Volunteerism is a great way to help others lay a foundation for their success, and Hollis Academy is a wonderful school that has the potential to change the lives of every student who walks through its doors.”

Atlanta Falcons players Ricardo Allen and Justin Hardy, Falcons Cheerleaders and Freddie Falcon will be onsite, May 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for STEM Stations assistance and the Closing Ceremonies. Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy is located at 225 Griffin St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314.

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 nearly 700 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, Ga., 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.

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