H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

 

H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M will create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection.

“It is such an honor for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in PyeongChang. The designs will bring together sport, functionality and fashion and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,”

says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director.

The collaboration between H&M and the Swedish Olympic Committee started in 2013. Since then H&M has created the collections for the games in Sochi 2014 as well as the games in Rio 2016. H&M has also in-between these games created collections for six youth games.

“PyeongChang 2018 marks the third time H&M will dress Team Sweden. H&M brings fashion to the Olympics in a completely new manner. We are looking forward to getting dressed up in their new designs in February,” says Anna Lundin, Marketing and Communication Executive at the Swedish Olympic Committee.

“Being part of a big nations team, when all sports come together and to be representing your country; that´s what makes the Olympic Games special. The clothes are important for building that team spirit and H&M are awesome at creating that feeling. Their designs will make us want to go for gold. The Swedish team will for sure wear the clothing with pride,” says Henrik Harlaut, Swedish Olympic Team freestyle skiing, ski slopestyle.

Contact:

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

Source: H&M

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Block Foods AG strengthens its online brand presence using Intershop Commerce Suite as new platform

  • traditional Hamburg-based family-owned company digitizes sales of food products based on the Intershop Commerce Suite
  • Premium manufacturer invests in enhanced online brand experience and customer loyalty
  • Implementation and hosting by Intershop partner SignTEK in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

Jena, Hamburg, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Block Foods AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, uses the Intershop Commerce Suite as new platform to strengthen its online brand presence. Its hosting in the Azure cloud is handled by the e-business agency SignTEK, which was already responsible for the project implementation.

Block Foods AG, which belongs to the Block Group, comprises four independent companies that manufacture beef and convenience products under the Block House label. Known throughout Germany, they cater to the gastronomy, the hotel industry, wholesalers and food retailers. With the new shop platform, selected quality products are made available for the first time via its own online shop and various marketplaces.

With the launch of the B2C and B2B shops, the business and sales processes of the Block Group were to be gradually digitalized in order to achieve a convincing customer experience across all corporate divisions.

Thomas Mänecke, CEO of Block Foods AG: “Originally founded for the quality assurance of products in block-house restaurants, our production facilities have developed into independent, sales-boosting companies that meanwhile generate more than two thirds of their turnover from supplying external customers. Therefore, it was a logical conclusion for us to consequently realign our online sales. Now it assures a maximum of ordering convenience for our customers which ultimately strengthens the block-house brand. With Intershop and SignTEK, we’ve found what we were looking for: a future-proof, highly scalable commerce platform for our ambitious digitization strategy and a strong project partner who can help us in all aspects of the implementation of our plans.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, adds: “The German e-food market is still in its infancy when compared with other countries. Driving the right strategy based on high-performance technology in the most secure cloud offers plenty of room for profitable growth and the conquest of new customer segments. We are pleased to be able to support Block Foods AG, another renowned wholesaler, in the digital transformation of its business processes.”

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:
Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
mailto: pr@intershop.de

Source: Intershop Communications AG

DFS Group celebrates Lunar New Year 2018 ‘The Year of the Dog’ with a series of promotions, exclusive offers and in-store activities

HONG KONG, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, will celebrate Lunar New Year 2018 ‘The Year of the Dog’ with a series of fabulous promotions, exclusive offers and fun interactive activities at selected T Galleria and DFS stores worldwide throughout February 2018.

DFS Group’s 2018 Happy Lunar New Year campaign celebrates all that’s important about this very special time of year, also offering customers a range of exclusive offers from its Give Joy Together gift guide.

DFS President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing Sibylle Scherer said Lunar New Year is one of the world’s most celebrated festivals and is a time for family, friends, giving, happiness and good fortune.

“Our Give Joy Together gift guide, in conjunction with DFS’ 2018 Happy Lunar New Year campaign, is sure to delight anyone who visits our stores this festive season. As we welcome the Year of the Dog, we proudly thank our loyal customers and look forward to welcoming new shoppers who seek a warm, friendly and luxurious shopping experience that only DFS can offer.

“Our gift guide showcases all that is fun about giving and sharing, offering our customers the chance to show their appreciation to their loved ones, or treat themselves to something special this Lunar New Year,” said Sibylle.

In celebration of Lunar New Year 2018, DFS will host a range of exciting in-store activities, including ‘DFS Game’, a Pokémon Go-inspired game featuring the DFS Lunar New Year dog character Lolo, who will lead customers to ‘catch’ incentives, experiences or blessings in-store. The game will be available at T Galleria by DFS, Hong Kong, Canton Road, T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor, T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii and T Galleria by DFS, Sydney in February.

Other in-store activities include ‘Catch Your Luck’, a Fortune Tree and Wishing Tree with lucky prize envelopes, and a personalized charm giveaway set offer when customers take advantage of DFS Give Joy Together promotions.

DFS 2018 Lunar New Year exclusives also feature products from Tiffany & Co., Burberry and Coach, as well as the new Marc Tetro Westie and Boston Terrier cosmetic and tote bag range, a perfect gift to symbolize the Year of the Dog, and exclusively available for Hong Kong shoppers. Marc Tetro celebrates color, style and fun and demonstrates DFS’ commitment to stocking unique, world-class fashion, jewelry and cosmetics from design houses across the world.

DFS also offers customers savings on classic, timeless pieces from brands such as Estée Lauder, Anne Klein, Hamilton and Emporio Armani.

Products exclusively available at DFS this Lunar New Year include:

  • Estée Lauder – Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow & Lipstick, Limited Edition
  • Anne Klein – Blush Ceramic Watch with Genuine Swarovski Crystals Women’s Watch
  • Marc Jacobs – DFS exclusive Tote Bag
  • Hamilton – Ventura Elvis 80 Automatic Rubber Strap Men’s Watch – Receive a complimentary exclusive Elvis Presley tote bag with your purchase
  • Emporio Armani – CONNECTED Touchscreen Smartwatch
  • Bvlgari Serpenti Twist Your Time with Mother of Pearl Dial
  • Bvlgari Serpenti Twist Your Time with Red Dial
  • Swarovski Haves Bracelet, Pendant and Earrings
  • Tiffany & Co. Keys Fleur de Lis Key Pendant and Tiffany & Co. Keys Petals Key Pendant
  • Marc Tetro Hong Kong Pug Large Cosmetic Bag
  • Marc Tetro Hong Kong Westie Tote Bag

MEDIA CONTACTS:

press.enquiries@dfs.com

Source: DFS Group

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7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s a gold rush going on at 7‑Eleven®. On the heels of the launch of Hershey’s Gold bars, The Hershey Company’s first candy bar launch in 20 years, 7‑Eleven, Inc. strikes gold with its new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino.

The limited-time beverage treat joins Hershey’s Goldbars, already available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. The Hershey’s Gold candy bar hit 7‑Eleven shelves in December and already has become one of its top-selling candy offerings.

Calling it “the fourth flavor of Hershey bars,” Hershey describes its new confection creation as creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet. The golden-colored bar is a mix of buttery-sweet caramelized crème and crunchy bits of pretzels and peanuts. Hershey’s Gold bars (standard and king-size) are also available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. Through Feb. 28, 2018, candy-lovers can get a FREE Hershey’s Gold standard bar with the purchase of two standard bars at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

“When Hershey approached us about creating a new cappuccino drink flavored like a delicious new candy bar, we jumped on board,” said Shawn Barnes, 7‑Eleven senior category manager. “Our customers choose 7‑Eleven cappuccino and hot chocolate drinks to treat themselves, and our goal is to offer rich, decadent flavors you can’t find anywhere else. Hershey’s Gold is exactly that, and people love it – both as a candy bar and a cappuccino.”

The new 7‑Eleven Hershey’s Gold cappuccino mimics the rich buttery salty sweet taste of its namesake candy.  The retailer began working months before the new candy bar launched to develop the exclusive flavored cappuccino.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries, including 11,600 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:
7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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Paradies Lagardère and TripAdvisor open new travel essential stores at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP), the world’s largest travel site, announced today (February 01, 2018) two new travel essential stores at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) at Gate A14, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Terminal 4.

With more than 455 million monthly visitors, TripAdvisor helps travelers worldwide find the latest reviews and lowest prices. In addition to offering travel essentials, these TripAdvisor branded stores feature a large, interactive screen that travelers can use to learn more about the surrounding area. With just a tap, customers are able to easily access the latest TripAdvisor reviews and traveler photos for nearby hotels, attractions, restaurants and more to help them plan the perfect trip.

Quotes:

“Paradies Lagardère works with its airport and brand partners to create enhanced customer experiences and stay on the cutting edge of offering innovation and technology,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “The TripAdvisor travel essential concepts both include an interactive tool that’s entertaining, fun, and truly useful in helping travelers. We’re thrilled to continue to bring this pioneering travel essential store to airports throughout North America, and this unique store is a great addition to the already strong retail programs at IAH and PHX.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Paradies Lagardère and extending the reach of the TripAdvisor brand into the George Bush Intercontinental and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airports,” said Nicole Brown, Senior Director of Brand Partnerships, TripAdvisor. “The TripAdvisor travel retail store concept allows us to further our mission of helping travelers worldwide plan and book the perfect trip by offering them a convenient way to purchase all the travel essentials, as well as quick access to our more than 570 million reviews and opinions on 7.3 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions via innovative in-store touchscreens.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère is the leader in introducing new and innovative brands into the airport retail environment. The partnership with TripAdvisor began in 2016. The stores at IAH and PHX, along with the store at Toronto Pearson International Airport already exceeding expectations and sales, totals three TripAdvisor stores to open in less than six months. Paradies Lagardère will introduce one more TripAdvisor concept in 2018 in Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU).

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs.

We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mail to:nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

JACK & JONES sponsors Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship

JACK & JONES sponsors Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship

 

JACK & JONES announces a new partnership with the only American team competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the 2018 season, JACK & JONES will be featured on Haas F1 Team’s racecars and team personnel as the two brands join forces on several initiatives throughout the season. With this partnership, JACK & JONES aims to demonstrate its denim superiority together with Haas F1 Team.

At the track, JACK & JONES will appear on the back of the rear wing of Haas F1 Team’s racecars and on the drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

JACK & JONES is not new to Formula One. The brand’s longstanding commitment to current Haas F1 team driver Magnussen and former team sponsorships attest to that. The partnership with Haas F1 Team is a natural continuation of a strong company history within motorsports and Formula One in particular. Henning Nielsen, Head of E-Commerce & Marketing, JACK & JONES, explains:

“The dedication and professionalism it takes to be in Formula One aligns with the values we apply in our everyday approach to denim and menswear. We strive to be the best, just like Haas F1 Team. That’s why we have supported Kevin Magnussen throughout his career and why we have decided to join Haas F1 Team this season.”

Denim is the backbone of JACK & JONES, created with meticulous craftsmanship and preparation. One single pair of JACK & JONES jeans goes through 50 pairs of hands before it reaches the end consumer in the store.

“At JACK & JONES, we’re as dedicated to denim as a Formula One driver is to their racing, and that’s why our new partnership with Haas F1 Team makes so much sense for our brand,” Henning Nielsen elaborates; “Just as Haas F1 Team pushes its cars, drivers and crewmen to extract maximum performance, we do the same with our denim to ensure quality and comfort.”

During the 2018 season JACK & JONES and Haas F1 Team will set up several creative initiatives that explore the similarities between the two industries. Both brands promise to push the boundaries within both Formula One and Denim.

Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team, is pleased with the sponsorship;

“We’re very proud to announce our new partnership with JACK & JONES. It’s a brand built on hard work and attention to detail that has grown very quickly and delivers a quality product. While we are still relatively new in Formula One, our objectives and work ethics are very similar to JACK & JONES. The recognition JACK & JONES has in its marketplace is what we strive for in Formula One.”

For further information, please contact:
Malene Louise Lehmann Jensen
Public Relations, JACK & JONES
+45 5215 4875
malene.jensen@bestseller.com

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62
communications@bestseller.com

Source: BestSeller

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LightInTheBox launches new service that lets customers in the United States try on wedding gowns at home

BEIJING, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Feb. 1, 2018) announced that it has launched a “Cloud Fitting Room” service to allow customers in the United States to try on wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses at home.

Leveraging the Company’s self-operated fulfillment center in the United States, LightInTheBox will ship up to three wedding gowns or bridesmaid dresses at a time to customers across the United States and allow them to try them on at home and mail back before they make their final purchase of a made-to-order customized dress. Customers will be charged US$10 for this service which will initially cover the Company’s wedding apparel category and is expected to expand to prom dresses and other made-to-order special occasion dress categories in the near future.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “Based on customer feedback, we developed this service to allow customers to see and try on various dresses before they buy such an important clothing item such as a wedding gown or bridesmaid and prom dresses. We believe our innovative Cloud Fitting Room’ service will greatly improve our user experience by turning everyone’s home into a comfortable fitting room which they can share with their family or friends.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Investor Relations Contact:

Christensen
Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Christensen
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Trax brings its full suite of retail solutions to Greater China market

Trax will help CPGs and retailers operating in the Greater China Region (GCR) gather real-time intelligence on how their products are performing in store, and optimize their in-store execution to drive smarter sales strategies.

SINGAPORE, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Trax, the leader in computer vision and analytics for the retail and consumer goods industry, today (January 31st, 2018) announces its entrance into the Greater China market. Trax, which operates in over 50 countries and works with global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPGs) manufacturers and retailers, brings its full suite of solutions to this competitive, and rapidly changing market.

Trax’s breakthrough computer vision and analytics platform turns photographs of retail shelves into insights that can be used to improve in-store execution strategies. This ability to digitize the physical world of retail means that CPGs and retailers operating in the Greater China Region (GCR) can gather real-time intelligence on how their products are performing in store, and optimize their in-store execution to drive smarter sales strategies.

Trax is expanding its operations quickly in the GCR with the strong support of its investor, global private equity firm, Warburg Pincus. Trax expects to replicate the success it has seen in the US market, where it has grown exponentially in the past 18 months, and has now established offices in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. This latest announcement from Trax follows its recent acquisition of Quri, the leader in crowdsourced in-store conditions data for the CPG industry.

“Trax has built impressive momentum over the past year, with strategic partnerships, acquisitions and solid growth in global markets. China’s retail market is one of the largest in the world and we believe this is the right time for Trax to enter”, said Nancy Wang, Managing Director of Greater China Region at Trax. “The company is already serving many global companies like Coca-Cola and P&G in the market and we have had a very positive reception from local Chinese giants in the industry. As a result, we plan to open offices in Beijing, Shanghai and major cities throughout China. Not to mention, we are exploring the possibility of developing a large support center in China to support Trax’s projects globally.”

The Chinese retail landscape is becoming increasingly complex and requires CPG and retailers to ensure that they have full visibility of how their products perform across different store types. They need to be able to quickly identify issues such as out-of-stock items, incorrect shelf plans and improve speed-to-shelf for new product launches.

Trax is the only company in the world that has a fully automated, real-time platform for SKU level recognition that can work offline, or online. With Trax, global CPG clients see out-of-stock rates reduced by 10-15% and overall category sales increased by 3-5%.

“The Chinese retail market is highly sophisticated and competitive, which is pushing CPGs to excel, innovate and differentiate. Trax offers these companies the ability to transform the way retail execution is conducted” said Joel Bar-El, CEO at Trax. “We bring a new digitized experience which did not exist before. And unlike other markets, China is exceedingly open to embrace this type of innovation and the numerous advantages which our technology, solutions and services brings.”

Notes to editors

About Trax

Trax is the world leader in computer vision solutions and analytics for retail, ranking in the top 25 Fastest Growing Companies on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list. The company enables tighter execution controls in-store and the ability to leverage competitive insights through their in-store execution tools, market measurement services and data science to unlock revenue opportunities at all points of sale. Trax does this using smartphones and tablets to gain actionable shelf analytics in real-time. With over 175 clients, in over 50 countries, top brands such as Coca-Cola, AB InBev, Nestle, Henkel, PepsiCo and many more, leverage Trax globally to manage their in-store execution and increase revenues at the shelf. Trax is headquartered in Singapore with offices worldwide. To learn more about Trax, please visit www.traxretail.com.

Press Contact:

Fei Fei Ho
Global VP Marketing & Communications
Trax
feifei@traxretail.com
+65 9775 5569

Source: Trax

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

abercrombie kids announces partnership with aquariums across the US for its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’

 

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is passionate about enabling a sense of adventure and inspiring kids to learn through play and exploration.  In connection with its spring campaign ‘everybody can go on a sea-venture’ the brand is excited to launch a partnership with three of the most visited aquariums across the US: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.

The campaign, which aims to bring to life the idea of sea-venture both on land and at sea, will include unique experiences on site at each aquarium centered around exploration and education. Additionally, the brand will host local store events in each market, where customers will have the opportunity to meet an aquatic animal and enjoy special offers at the abercrombie kids locations.

At abercrombie kids, the team keeps the sense of adventure and play at the heart of everything it does, including through the clothes it designs, which are “made for play”, with details such as reinforced knees and added stretch. This same sentiment is applied to every area of the brand, as it looks to provide engaging content and experiences that inspire that same sense of adventure.

For more details on the specific events in each market, visit the links below:

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Glendale Galleria Mall on Sunday, February 4th, 11 am-2 pm. Learn more!
  • Check out more information HERE on the Member Activity Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific, happening February 1st and 2nd

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at the Mall of Georgia on Sunday, March 18th, 12 pm-3 pm. Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Georgia Aquarium’s Sleep Under the Sea program. abercrombie kids will be offering an exclusive experience available for A&F Club Members

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois

  • The abercrombie kids store event is being held at Woodfield Mall on Sunday, February 18th, 11 am-2 pm Learn More!
  • Check out more information HERE on Shedd Aquarium’s extraordinary experiences!

“We are excited for abercrombie kids to be partnering with these three acclaimed aquariums. We all want to inspire adventure and curiosity in children, and we look forward to seeing that come to life by sharing these unique experiences and events with our customers,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids.

In addition to the events and to support the aquariums, customers are encouraged to round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar in all US abercrombie kids stores, from now through April 2018.  100% of the funds will support the aquariums, their aquatic animals, and their conservation efforts.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and www.abercrombie.com globally.

About Aquarium of the Pacific:
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, the interactive Shark Lagoon, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages and citizen science conservation programs that help animals from endangered sea turtles to species inhabiting local wetlands. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, please visit aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

About Georgia Aquarium:
Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org

About Shedd Aquarium:
John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the first U.S. aquarium to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals by American Humane, the organization is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. www.sheddaquarium.org

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Gusweiler
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@anfcorp.com

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Company/globenewswire

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Otto Group announces the departure of Manufactum Group Executive Director Dr Christopher Heinemann

Hamburg, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dr Christopher Heinemann (48), Executive Director of the Manufactum Group, has decided not to extend his contract in order to take up new career challenges outside the Otto Group.

Dr Heinemann joined the Executive Board of the Manufactum Group in 2006 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008 following the company’s full acquisition by the Otto Group. Alongside the commercial Areas and HR, he most recently also held responsibility for the creative functions Product & Assortment, Text & Image as well as Marketing. He will continue to carry out these tasks in the transitional period before he leaves the Manufactum Group later this year.

“We very much regret Christopher Heinemann’s departure and express our thanks already today for his very successful work and extraordinary commitment”, says Dr Rainer Hillebrand, Deputy Chairman of the Otto Group Executive Board and Chairman of the Manufactum Group Advisory Board. “We wish him all the best and continued success in his personal and professional future.”

Max Heimann (43), Executive Board Member responsible for the Retail, Customer Centre, and Home Shopping Areas, as well as the food and beverages concept ‘brot & butter’, will additionally take over the commercial Areas and HR. A successor is currently being sought for the creative functions.

About the Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer knowhow and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.

Media Contact:
Martin Zander
Tel.: +49 40 6461 2820
Mail: martin.zander@ottogroup.com

Source: Otto Group

Barnes & Noble unveils the six finalists for its 2017 Discover Awards

  • Barnes & Noble Announces Finalists for the 27th Annual Discover Awards
  • Winners to Be Announced at a Special Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, March 7
  • Prize Pool for Winning Writers and Finalists Is More Than $100,000 with Winners Receiving a Year of Promotion from Barnes & Noble

New York, NY, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (February 1, 2018) announced the six finalists for its prestigious 2017 Discover Awards.

The Discover Great New Writers program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction books from authors at the start of their careers. Since its debut, the program has introduced readers to nearly 1,900 extraordinary literary talents, many of whom have gone on to become household names, including Matthew Desmond, Junot Díaz, Anthony Doerr, Zadie Smith, Cheryl Strayed, Colson Whitehead and many more.
The six winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards will share a cash prize totaling $105,000 and will be announced on Wednesday, March 7, at a private awards ceremony in New York City. The top winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $30,000 prize and a full year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists will receive $15,000 each, and third-place finalists $7,500 each.

The finalists for the 2017 Discover Great New Writers Awards are: 

Fiction:

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (Grove/Atlantic) – A haunting and poetic parable about change and renewal, chaos and survival.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) – The bonds between parents and children are tested in all directions in this timely and beautiful exploration of love and loyalty.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (McSweeney’s) – A darkly comic and unforgettable story about a young woman trying to make sense of her place in the world.

Nonfiction:

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty (Amistad Press/HarperCollins) – A culinary historian traces his family’s roots and the politics that surround the origins of Southern cuisine in this unique memoir.

Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder by Leah Carroll (Grand Central Publishing) – A brave and wrenching memoir of a broken family and a portrait of gritty, 1980s Providence, Rhode Island.

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (Norton, W.W. & Company) – An insightful and heartbreaking narrative that follows a growing community of itinerant workers: older Americans.

Books by the finalists can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Judges

Two panels of distinguished judges selected the finalists and will also select the winners.

Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:

Lauren Groff is the author of four books, including Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fifth book, Florida, is forthcoming in June 2018. Her short fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry award, has been in journals including the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Tin House, and has appeared five times in the Best American Short Stories anthology. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, an NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship among other prizes and fellowships. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of 10 books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent 10 years as book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, and is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.

This year’s nonfiction judges are:

Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of two collections of poetry, “Honey and Junk” and “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard,” both of which were published by W.W. Norton. Her food writing has twice been honored by the James Beard Foundation, and she is the author of Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters and the Making of a New American Food Culture, a 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of the novels Chang & Eng (a 2000 Discover Great New Writers selection), The Real McCoy, More Than It Hurts You and the memoir Half a Life. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books, Entertainment Weekly Must-Read Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program and a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship among other honors and awards. His next novel, The Queen of Tuesday, is forthcoming.

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is bestselling author of five books, including Love Is A Mix Tape (A 2007 Discover Great New Writers selection), Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, and Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke. His most recent books are On Bowie and Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World.

Books by the judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Discover Awards

Since 1990, the Discover Great New Writers program has connected readers with incredible, unforgettable stories which they may have otherwise missed.  In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the program has helped many emerging authors find their audience.

The Discover program’s selection committee is comprised of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers.

Forty-two books were handpicked for the program in 2016 from the 1,000+ submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from these, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover Awards.

Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include: Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and Abby Geni for The Lightkeepers (both 2016); Mia Alvar for In the Country: Stories and Jill Leovy for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (both 2015); Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (2014); Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St. Germain for Son of a Gun (both 2013); Cheryl Strayed for Wild and Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (both 2012); Joshua Ferris for Then We Came to the End (2007); Ben Fountain for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006); Alison Smith for Name All the Animals (2004); Anthony Doerr for The Shell Collector (2002); Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers (2001); Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996); and Chang-rae Lee for Native Speaker (1995).

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, please visit www.bn.com/discover or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at any of Barnes & Noble’s 632 stores nationwide.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 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 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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

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

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Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
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Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
aortolani@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

U.S. Bank and Diebold Nixdorf to enable Super Bowl to experience the future possibilities of connected commerce

Diebold Nixdorf contributes collaborative, innovative banking technology concepts at The U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in driving connected commerce, has partnered with U.S. Bank to showcase the future of banking at the nation’s largest sporting event from January 31 to February 4. During a fan festival open to the public, Super Bowl LIVE will host the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in downtown Minneapolis, which will include Diebold Nixdorf’s Essence concept, in addition to an e-commerce locker solution, U.S. Bank and Diebold Nixdorf will enable fans to experience the future possibilities of connected commerce through virtual payments demonstrations using contactless transactions and virtual currency.

At the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, fans will interact with Essence, Diebold Nixdorf’s streamlined, self-service touchpoint concept that transforms everyday transactions into modern encounters. Capturing the look and feel of the ATM experience of the future, and with a striking, modern appearance, Diebold Nixdorf’s Essence concept bridges the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions.

Fans will also be able to experience Diebold Nixdorf’s e-commerce locker concept, which will feature an opportunity to receive a limited, exclusive gift centered around the big game. Driven by mobile, influenced by data and embedded with security, Diebold Nixdorf’s e-commerce locker concept connects industry trends to create tailored consumer experiences across retail and banking. By scanning their wearable devices to see if they are a recipient, the guest will receive a congratulatory notification indicating in which locker they can pick up their item. The locker approach seamlessly merges online, mobile and store through a ‘click-and-collect’ model that is quick and convenient for consumers.

In the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, fans will also view a video wall of rotating content with fun facts on spending around the big game. In addition to Diebold Nixdorf, U.S. Bank has partnered with Visa® and Zelle for the event.

“Having the Big Game in our headquarters market in Minneapolis is truly a unique opportunity for us to showcase our community,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer for U.S. Bank. “We are particularly excited about the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge in partnership with VISA and Diebold Nixdorf as it will be a fun and interactive way for fans to engage in the future of payments. We believe fans will find this virtual contactless payments journey a truly fascinating experience.”

“We are thrilled to share our innovations centered on the future of self-service around the big game. Sporting events are one of the many opportunities the banking and retail industry have to provide a more dynamic and convenient customer experience,” said Richard Harris, vice president, design and concept development, Diebold Nixdorf. “Our collaborative partnership with U.S. Bank is truly bringing the future of connected commerce to Super Bowl LIVE. Through our presence at the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, guests will be able to experience firsthand the innovative products that will soon become everyday reality.”

U.S. Bank will take over McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant on the corner of Ninth Street and Nicollet Mallfor the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge as a part of Super Bowl LIVE. The lounge will be free to the public from January 31 to February 4.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 73,000 employees and $462 billion in assets as of December 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its branch and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, small business, wealth management, payment, wholesale and securities services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:

Mike Jacobsen
APR
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

ITV announces new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street

Co-op and Costa Coffee Storefronts To Appear On The Cobbles

LONDON, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ITV today (Jan 30, 2018) announces that it has agreed two significant new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street. In an ITV first, viewers will see Co-op and Costa Coffee storefronts as part of a new extended Weatherfield set.

Both facades will be fully branded and open for business in Spring 2018 with other assets such as posters, bags and cups integrated across the iconic soap.

The new agreements also include digital and brand-licensing aspects for both brands, enabling them to use Coronation Street assets and extend the partnership off-air.

Mark Trinder, Sales Director, ITV said: “The expansion of the Coronation Street set has given us a great opportunity to feature branded shop facades as more of Weatherfield is opened up to viewers. Incorporating product placement on this scale is something we have wanted to do for some time and we’re delighted with this exciting opportunity. We’ve worked really closely with the Coronation Street team to make sure we’ve got a great brand fit for Co-op and Costa Coffee with the nation’s favourite soap while still ensuring editorial integrity.”

Alison Jones, Customer Director at Co-op said: “Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer at the heart of local life and being close to the customer, which makes this a perfect match. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our brand on the world’s most famous street by unveiling a Weatherfield store and having further brand placements with our shopping bags.”

Eric Tavoukdjian, commercial marketing director for Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “Costa Coffee is delighted to be welcomed to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street as part of this innovative partnership with ITV. As the nation’s favourite coffee shop and a presence on the UK high street for more than 40 years, we feel it’s perfect to have a presence on one of the nation’s favourite and most iconic soaps. We’re looking forward to partnering with the ITV team to integrate the Costa Coffee brand into Coronation Street as part of this exciting Weatherfield set extension.”

First broadcast in 1960, Coronation Street is the longest-running soap on British TV and the most watched soap in the country. Product placement (PP) was introduced in the UK in 2011 and ITV led the way with the very first PP on British screens. In the same year the first peak time product placement was introduced in Coronation Street and since then ITV has brought together brands and programmes with PP agreements across the ITV schedule.

About Costa Coffee

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC.

With over 2,380 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for eight years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms.

ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.

About Co-op

The Co-op operates across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services and has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,800 outlets, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

For further information, please contact:

The Costa Press Team
CostaPR@whitbread.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Costa names Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore 2017 Book of the Year

London, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore has been named winner of the 2017 Costa Book of the Year. The collection, Dunmore’s tenth, explores the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both, and includes her final poem, ‘Hold out your arms’, written shortly before her death in June 2017, aged 64.

Dunmore is the second writer to take the overall prize posthumously in the Award’s 46-year history. Ted Hughes posthumously won the Poetry Award and Book of the Year in 1998 for Birthday Letters.

The announcement was made this evening (Tuesday 30th January) at an awards ceremony held at Quaglino’s in central London where Dunmore’s son, Patrick Charnley, accepted a cheque for £30,000, from Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa.

Wendy Holden, Chair of the final judges, said: “We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life-affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us.”

Holden chaired a final judging panel that included Contributing Editor to British Vogue, Laura Bailey; author and presenter, Fern Britton; actor Art Malik; BBC presenter and journalist Sophie Raworth; writers Piers Torday, Freya North and Simon Garfield; and poet Moniza Alvi.

Inside the Wave, published by Bloodaxe Books, is the eighth collection of poetry to take the overall prize. Poetry has a strong record in the Costa Book Awards, often winning the overall prize several times in a row. Most recently, Christopher Reid won in 2009 with A Scattering, followed by Jo Shapcott with Of Mutabilitya year later in 2010. The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, the first novelist ever to win the Book of the Year twice.

Inside the Wave beat the bookmakers’ favourite, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by bestselling debut novelist Gail Honeyman, family memoir, In the Days of Rain by author and academic Rebecca Stott, Reservoir 13 by novelist Jon McGregor and The Explorer by children’s author Katherine Rundell for to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious book prize in 2006. 2017 marks the 46th year of the Book Awards.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won twelve times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, eight times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

Luan Goldie wins 2017 Costa Short Story Award

Also announced at the ceremony was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Primary school teacher and former business journalist, Luan Goldie from Newham in East London, won the public vote and £3,500 for her story, Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns. Two runners-up, civil servant Chris Hunter from Teddington in South-West London and poet and short story writer, Frances Ainslie from Dunblane, Perthshire, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Established in 2012, this Award – run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is judged anonymously (ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process). It is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, and is open to both published and unpublished writers.

A shortlist of three stories was selected by a panel of judges – Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin and Kit de Waal – and then made available on the Costa Book Awards website for the public to download and vote for their favourite. Costa Managing Director, Dominic Paul, announced the winner and runners-up and presented them with their cheques.

For more information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

Notes for Editors:

About the Costa Book Awards:

The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

The total prize fund for the Costa Book Awards – including the Costa Short Story Award – stands at £60,000.

The award winners from the five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – each receives £5,000.

The overall Costa Book of the Year is selected from the five category Award winners with the winner receiving a further £30,000.

The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber).

For further information, please contact:

Amanda Johnson
Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity
Telephone: 07715 922 180
Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Alibaba Cloud launches its Malaysia City Brain initiative

Alibaba Cloud launches its Malaysia City Brain initiative

 

Kuala Lumpur set to be first overseas city to implement smart city solution

Kuala Lumpur, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today (January 29, 2018) announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country’s digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), the city council in the capital, at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysia City Brain initiative is a significant milestone because it’s the first time for the City Brain solution to be adopted overseas. It is developed on Alibaba Cloud’s robust cloud computing infrastructure and will support Malaysia’s digital transformation with cloud technology and artificial intelligence.

Powered by Alibaba Cloud’s large-scale computing engine Apsara, Malaysia City Brain offers a comprehensive suite of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by a diversity of sources in urban spaces through video and image recognition, data mining and machine learning technology. The power and functionality of the City Brain will enable Malaysian urban planners and city officials to upgrade their city governance and decision-making to turn the city into an intelligent one.

In the first phase of the program, the capital Kuala Lumpur will roll out the Malaysia City Brain for use in traffic management to improve mobility in the city. With its massive cloud computing and data processing capabilities, the City Brain can optimise the flow of vehicles and traffic signals by calculating the time to reach intersections. It will also be able to generate structured summaries of data, such as traffic volume and speed in particular lanes, which can be used to facilitate other tasks including incident detection.

In addition, City Brain can connect with various urban management systems including emergency dispatch, ambulance call, traffic command, and traffic light control. By integrating and analysing real-time data generated from these systems, City Brian can optimize urban traffic flow such as by identifying the quickest route for emergency vehicles to arrive at the scene within the shortest time frame.

As the City Brain’s functionality expands, enterprises, start-ups, entrepreneurs, universities, and research institutions will in the future also have the opportunity to access and leverage its artificial intelligence tools to drive a wide range of innovation.

On the crucial integration of artificial intelligence, Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, commented: “Cloud computing, data technology and AI has become fundamental tools for all companies and organizations to operate effectively. Building on this partnership, we are happy to see Malaysia become the first country outside of China to adopt the City Brain. Through the program, we aim to empower all Malaysian stakeholders in both the public and private sectors with the tools to enhance efficiency, advance innovation and succeed in the digital age. For Alibaba Cloud, this is the true meaning of inclusive technology.”

Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC, said: “The collaboration with Alibaba Group is another leap towards digitizing Malaysia where knowledge-sharing and the crossover of best practices transpire. As we set our sights on the future, we are excited about the prospects this partnership will bring to our community, and benefiting Malaysians with the tangible results of digital solutions.”

Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Program

At the same event, Alibaba Cloud also announced the Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Program, a big data crowd intelligence platform that brings together global data experts to collaborate and compete in developing solutions for real world problems. Backed by MDEC, the initiative aims to incubate 500 data professionals and 300 startups in Malaysia within two years by facilitating the use of world class data intelligence technology through Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing infrastructure and artificial intelligence capabilities.

The Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Program will be integrated into Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi global community which already boasts over 120,000 developers and 2,700 academic institutes and businesses from 77 countries and regions. By participating in these big data competitions, Malaysian experts will compete with, and learn from, counterparts across the globe to develop best-in-class data technology, keeping Malaysia at the forefront of the global digital economy.

Malaysia City Brain and Tianchi are just the latest step in a successful partnership between Alibaba and MDEC. In March 2017, Alibaba Group announced the setup of the first overseas e-hub under Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) in Malaysia. Alibaba Cloud has made significant progress on this endeavour since. In October 2017, Alibaba Cloud opened a data center in Malaysia, which became the first global public cloud platform in the country. The data center provides Malaysian enterprises with a local choice to build their businesses on a powerful, reliable and secure cloud platform.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organisations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

Media Contacts:
Crystal Liu
Alibaba Group
+86 186 0004 0770
yinan.qyn@alibaba-inc.com

Sindy Shi
Alibaba Group
+86 150 2192 5635
ruoyun.sry@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

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