New service helps European Impact Brands enter and sell on the US market

NEW JERSEY, United States, 2021-JUL-30 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Numerous European “impact brands” – or brands that have the potential to make a tremendous impact on American and other global markets – are struggling to find business entry strategies that work. Despite the quality or innovation of their products, they simply struggle to get noticed. Dispatch.d is a new company based in New Jersey that focuses on international market entry and exists to help European brands sell their products to an American market.

An impact brand is anything that has the potential to truly change the way consumers live at the global level. They may offer products that are cruelty free, plastic free, vegan or plant-based, sustainable and/or eco-friendly, fair trade, and numerous other attributes.

In today’s world, brand reputation is important, but as consumer awareness of climate change, fair trade practices, and healthy consumption increase, they continue to look for alternatives to even the biggest brand names. Dispatch.d exists to help European companies with amazing ideas get noticed in the American market, thereby giving them the opportunity to become that alternative and grow their reputations.

Dispatch.d is a full-service solution that handles every aspect of the market entrance strategy, including the logistics and the marketing. The company handles consolidation, freight, customs and duties on their clients’ behalf, and they even ensure that language barriers and compliance labeling are addressed. Dispatch.d works with European companies to build value-added bundles and kits that will improve their noticeability, then adds those bundles and kits to eCommerce channels across the region. It handles listings, inventory management, and fulfillment, too.

The best part is that Dispatch.d focuses on organic growth by using its expertise to supercharge demand for its clients’ offerings, thereby ensuring that sales are more than just fast fads. This unique service is accessible for everyone because Dispatch.d does not require payment until its clients’ products have started selling.

No matter how large or small a company might be, if the brand has the potential to make an impact on the world – whether through sustainability or fair trade – Dispatch.d can help it get noticed and grow. To learn more, visit the Dispatch.d website or fill out a short webform to get started.

About the Company: Dispatch.d is headquartered in New Jersey in the United States, and its sole purpose is to utilize technology to help impact brands of all sizes with all their international market entry needs. They provide end-to-end services that include logistics, marketing, and even inventory management and fulfillment, and their unique model means they don’t get paid until their clients get noticed.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Retail marketing solutions company Firebolt Group recognized for its sustainability efforts

LONDON, 5-Jan-2021 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Firebolt Group, an innovative software, and hardware marketing solutions company for leading global brands, earned the prestigious Platinum EcoVadis Medal. The platinum medal is the highest distinction awarded by EcoVadis, an independent platform that assesses companies’ social and environmental performance. This recognition places the Firebolt Group among the top 1 percent of companies assessed by EcoVadis.

“We are thrilled to earn this distinction and to be recognized alongside an elite group of companies. Innovation is in our DNA, and our continued focus on integrating sustainability into everything we do has had a tremendous impact. I am proud of our team’s efforts to help ensure a better tomorrow,” said Philip Ochtman, CEO.

Philip was recently a guest speaker at the Sustainability Forum 2020 where he was invited to share Firebolt’s story. Firebolt’s efforts on sustainability started many years ago with their introduction of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly LED signs, an alternative that uses 85% less power than traditional neon or fluorescent tube lighting. Additionally, Firebolt works to ensure that products can be easily dismantled and recycled at the end of the product’s life. The company also redesigned its packaging materials reducing the use of plastic drastically and having the rest recyclable. Firebolt will continue to reduce its carbon footprint with the goal of being carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Along with the EcoVadis Platinum medal, Firebolt was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 POS companies by Creative Magazine. Firebolt continues to reinvent itself. When the pandemic hit, Firebolt pivoted to manufacture PPE and ventilator parts for the GE program, and recently retooled its successful live event platform to be an online virtual event platform.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Ecwid E-commerce integrated into Mono Platform

Ecwid E-commerce integrated into Mono Platform

COPENHAGEN, Denmark / SAN DIEGO, Calif., United States, 2020-Sep-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mono Solutions and Ecwid have partnered to seamlessly deliver websites with enhanced e-commerce capabilities for small businesses. Mono Solutions, a leading provider of websites for small businesses, and Ecwid, a leading global software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-commerce company, have integrated to bring Ecwid’s E-commerce platform to Mono’s more than 80+ partners globally. With this new integration, Mono partners can resell Ecwid’s E-commerce capabilities as part of their integrated website solutions or as a standalone service.

“We’re thrilled to announce our integration with Ecwid, and the opportunities that it brings to our partners and their small business clients. The past half year has shown the true importance of providing small businesses with digital solutions that empower them to run their day-to-day operations online using technology. The addition of Ecwid E-commerce to the Mono Platform will enable our partners’ small business clients to gain access to more advanced e-commerce capabilities.” says Kim Mortensen, Chief Commercial Officer at Mono Solutions.

Mono Partners can provision Ecwid E-commerce subscriptions directly in the Mono Platform. Additionally, Mono Partners can build and manage Ecwid E-commerce directly in the award-winning Mono Website Builder. At a time when small businesses worldwide are digitizing their storefronts in greater numbers than ever before, this partnership will bring new simplicity for small businesses around-the-world to manage their website and shop online— all in one centralized platform.

“It’s more important than ever for small businesses to maximize their online presence,” says Scott Varner, Vice President of Business Development at Ecwid. “We’re excited that our integration with Mono will help even more small businesses, as well as enable Mono’s network of partners to offer Ecwid’s robust and easy-to-use e-commerce capabilities to their clients worldwide.”

Ecwid E-commerce is available directly in the Mono Platform starting September 2020.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Touch Displays: InFocus JTouch solutions now available to order with first customer shipments planned for October 1st 2020

Touch Displays: InFocus JTouch solutions now available to order with first customer shipments planned for October 1st 2020

PORTLAND, OR, United States,  2020-Sep-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — InFocus Corporation and celexon Europe today announced an exclusive master distribution agreement to market, promote, sell and support the entire portfolio of Interactive and collaboration solutions, including the new JTouch 00 Series, JTouch 40 Series and Mondopad software solution to channel partners throughout Europe.

JTouch displays offer something for every space, including classrooms, boardrooms, or small huddle spaces, the new JTouch line includes features to make meetings and lessons more productive. The displays are based on new technology which provides 5th generation IR bonding, 20 points touch, anti-glare coating, and anti-fingerprint protection. Users can utilize the 4K business-grade touchscreen with embedded Android 8.0 and a suite of apps for casting, whiteboarding, viewing documents, and browsing the web.

Mondopad suite harnesses the requirements of modern meetings from video calls, presenting and content collaboration into a single platform optimized for touch displays. Mondopad software is also now available as a standalone package ready to install on most Windows 10 devices, expanding the solutions reach to mobile and home office users.

“We are extremely happy to sign this alliance which continues the InFocus’ distribution strategy and brings focus and commitment to the strategic relationship between the two industry leaders. Celexon is the perfect partner for our industry leading product offering and robust pipeline of exciting new products and technologies, in our strategic category of collaboration solutions,” said Daniel Gibson, Sales Director EMEA, InFocus.

InFocus and celexon have an extensive history of success and a shared focus on providing the latest technology solutions to customers. celexon’s geographic coverage and value-added services will work to improve InFocus’ already winning portfolio, increase our speed of business and allow InFocus to expand its reach throughout Europe.

“We are pleased to extend our long-standing partnership with InFocus through this strategic step. InFocus’ distributors and resellers throughout Europe can now access the strong celexon infrastructure to reach their customers quickly with solutions when needed”. said Jens Gehring, Director, celexon Europe.

This focused investment and return to display business in Europe supports our growth strategy in Europe and marks a turning point for InFocus’ business. “Together with celexon, we will bring greater business value and world class backing to our channel partners and customers across sales support, marketing and technical enablement. JTouch solutions are available to order from today and first customer shipments are planned for October 1st 2020” concluded Daniel Gibson.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group Cements its International Reach

RCH Group’s New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA, leading provider of retail and restaurant POS solutions, announces the launch of RCH Germany based in Saarbrucken, Saarland Lander. Expanding upon the existing presence of RCH in the international markets, this new base will augment RCH’s operations in the German and Austrian Countries, as well as beyond.

RCH Group designs, manufactures and sells telematic recorders, fiscal printers, and POS (Point of Sale) hardware and software. Their products, all designed in Italy, are recognised in several markets for their advanced technology, intelligent design and ease of use.

As RCH continues to expand, they are committed to being able to provide country-specific support to regions where they are securing increasingly significant market share. Germany constitutes one such market – particularly in light of RCH’s growing provision of solutions which meet the recently implemented TSE fiscal reporting legislation. More than merely serving the German market though, the expansion of RCH in Germany is a step towards strengthening and growing the company’s customer portfolio across the continent.

By opening a new headquarters in Saarbrucken, RCH is able to keep its finger even closer to the pulse of market needs; particularly in the field of catering, restaurants and food and beverage service. RCH’s product offerings in this field help to not only ensure that businesses are TSE compliant, but also offer a host of benefits which can bring genuine competitive advantages to their users; providing levels of data analysis capable of completely revolutionising the entire supply chain process: from menu design and purchase, to stock control, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), full financial/tax compliance, and beyond.

This means that because of the exceptional value offered by RCH products, even small, single unit businesses can benefit from levels of commercial insight previously only available to large scale operations. However, by virtue of its cloud-based approach to information management and third party integrability, RCH systems are also ideal for coordinating the activities of large-scale, multi-outlet restaurants and retail businesses. RCH products are truly capable of catering to the full spectrum of operators.

“This is an exciting time for RCH Group and marks an important milestone for our company as we further expand our presence in the heart of Europe,” says Stefano De Pra, CEO of the company. “The German market is particularly suited to the nature of RCH products, which places a focus not only on technological innovation and intuitive user experience, but also pays heavy attention to solidity, style and aesthetics”.

This expansion has been possible due to the exceptional performance that RCH secured in the period of 2019-2020, seeing the launch of a number of new products across a range of new geographical markets, as well as the formation of a collaboration with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) – whose slogan of ‘endless passion’ echoes the mindset of RCH themselves.

This growing demand for RCH products and their increased recognition in the industry, combined with the need for centralized operations to manage all regional distribution and after-sales technical support, led RCH to choose Germany as a complimentary operational and strategic base to its existing offices in Treviso.

More information about RCH Group and RCH Germany is available at http://www.rch-group.com and http://www.rch-europe.de

About RCH Group

The RCH Group of companies offers advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, entertainment, hospitality and franchising markets.The Group’s innovative products include cash registers, automatic cash desks and cloud-based back office services.

Founded in 1969, RCH Group has grown into a global organization, comprising of several companies with a presence in 40 countries worldwide. It is renowned for its successful combination of advanced product engineering with distinctive design. Headquartered in Northern Italy, RCH Group has operational offices in Austria, Vietnam, China, and Asia, as well as a vast network of partner resellers.

RCH Contact:

Nicola Cassoli

Director Marketing & Sales Italy

T. +39 0422365255

E. n.cassoli@rch.it

RCH Germany Contact:

info@rch-europe.de

T.+49 0681 9677 8752

Press Contact:

Fiorenza Mella

Xpresso Communications              

T. +31 715238210

E.: fiorenza@xpressocommunications.com

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RCH’s partnership with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) to help develop the cash desks of the future

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH continues to champion the highest level of restaurateurism by forming an alliance with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE), one of the world’s most prestigious culinary institutes. This alliance will see JRE integrating the RCH brand into their social media and press statements, along with presence on the website and JRE annual guide.

In return, and in recognition that the creativity of gastronomy needs to be supported by effective business practices, RCH will be engaging in a range of collaborative activities with JRE to help encourage and develop the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs, both in terms of the creative and commercial ambitions. This will include both event sponsorship and product support.

JRE, one of the most prestigious culinary organisations in the world, brings together young Restaurateurs and Chefs who share their talent and passion for food with likeminded people. Founded in 1974 in France, JRE is now active in 16 countries with 350 affiliated restaurants and is looking to expand on a global scale. With over 180 Michelin stars and 4,000 Gault&Millau points between them, members of JRE combine a love of creativity and innovation with a respect for local products and tradition.

The key slogan for JRE is the idea of ‘never-ending passion’, and this closely echoes the mentality that RCH seeks to embody within their product range. In developing cash register systems for a number of industries, RCH seeks to get deeply involved in the intricacies of their clients’ operations – understanding how the EPOS process impacts the full business model, and not merely the cash-taking elements of operation.

Resultantly, RCH have developed products – such as the ATOS range – which are perfectly positioned to augment restaurant operations on nearly every level. Not only are RCH systems deisgned to compliment the aesthetics of the dining environment, but they also provide levels of data analysis that can completely revolutionise the entire restaurant process; from menu design and purchase, to wastage control, to Customer Relationship Management (CRM), to full financial/taxation conformance, and beyond.

A key aspect of the partnership with JRE will be RCH’s endeavours to develop parts of their ATOS system to specifically compliment the needs of JRE. In this way, RCH is able to develop a long-lasting, committed relationship with JRE, providing mutual benefits: RCH gains knowledge not just of existing market trends that could be integrated into future product updates, but the progressive, creative innovations that JRE are at the forefront of. Similarly, JRE are able to integrate top-level commercial technologies into their operations – significantly improving the efficiency of their booking and reservations processes, along with a whole host of other benefits.

Fillipo Saporito, President JRE Italy, says of the partnership: “When my wife and I opened the ‘La Leggenda dei Frati’ restaurant in 2002, the first big goal was to be part of this big family. Today I am proud to be the leader of this family, and I do so with commitment and passion, giving my deepest thanks to all of the partners who join us, and echo our own sense of passion and dedication.”

Stefano de Pra, President & CEO of RCH Group SpA, adds his own insight, stating that “It would be tempting to draw from our Italian roots as reason for why we are so committed to the forwardance of the restaurant community through our partnership with JRE – the Italians of course being famed for their exceptional cuisine. But in reality RCH is an international operation, and JRE has an international reach”. De Pra continues: “A love of good food is the language of every culture, not just ours. This collaboration sees us not just supporting upcoming restaurateurs, but benefiting from their verve, determination, insight and creativity to help us develop the cash desks of the future.”

RCH looks forward to developing its first collaborative event with JRE. Until then, it wishes all operators within the restaurant trade the best of luck and keep being inspired by passion.

More information about RCH Group Spa is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

About JRE
Jeunes Restaurateurs (JRE) is an association of young chefs in Europe which has been breathing new and fresh life to the culinary arts since 1974, in keeping with their slogan “Never-ending passion.” In doing so, JRE combines cuisine of the very highest standard with the courage to introduce innovations to the culinary tradition of the respective region. Jeunes Restaurateurs has restaurants in 16 European countries – around 80 of them in Germany alone. These include establishments run by famous chefs known from TV, such as Alexander Herrmann and Cornelia Poletto. More info to be found here: https://www.jre.eu/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Virgin adds to VIRGINIC case new groundless litigation against 3 more small startups

MIAMI, Florida , U.S.A., 2020-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Group do not trade in… Virgins! Furthermore the word ‘virgin’ is itself a common word and an arbitrary one when used in connection to Virgin’s various business pursuits. For context purposes, here’s some more fun with trademarking Apple.

The word itself, Apple, is a common word and contrary to popular belief it is possible to trademark a common word. This is allowed because the word is arbitrary when used in connection to the manufacturer of iPhones and computers etc. Apple doesn’t sell apples, and neither does the Apple Rubber Co and many others who also own the trademark to the word ‘Apple.’ Multiple companies can own the trademark to the same common word, as long as the products they sell aren’t so similar that they cause confusion for consumers.

In spite of being a globally recognized brand, Virgin is currently pursuing a court case against a small online beauty company named VIRGINIC LLC, attempting to force them to close their store and demanding a hand over of their website domains and social media accounts to Virgin Group.

VIRGINIC LLC is a startup with a visionary desire to keep creating chemical-free, allergy-free, raw face cream formulas, for the direct benefit of an organic-minded female consumer. VIRGINIC brand name is to recall beyond-organic level of purity with no chemical additives and a holistic approach to ethical and all natural sourcing. Their production practices are mindful of protecting the planet through sustainable packaging materials and supporting local farming for ingredients sourcing. Yes, they are lovely people with an ethos that we can all support as it’s hard not to.

As for Virgin, they don’t sell cosmetics currently and neither do they have any intention to do so in future. From our common sense lesson in trademark law this should be an open and shut case, should it not? It seems crystal clear that two companies selling completely different products with names using a common word in an arbitrary manner, no virgins being sold, should both have the right to trademark that word.

Or in this case an invented word similar to that word, it would be like Apple vs Appleic. What’s more in the UK where this case started 2 years ago, a quick search reveals many companies trading under the word ‘Virgin’ offering various services. They’re able to do so for the reasons already stated above.

So why would Virgin target a small startup that doesn’t even use the name “virgin” and doesn’t trade in phones, planes and spaceships but natural face creams? It appears to be nothing more than pure speculative spitefulness by certain lawyers needing to justify their retainer and earn exorbitant fees from their client.

One can almost imagine those lawyers idly examining new trademark applications looking for marks that look somewhat similar to their client’s, no matter how tenuous the connection and salivating over the thought of the juicy fees to follow.

This sort of behavior is no better than the ‘ambulance chaser’ stereotype that looms large in the public’s imagination. In fact, under common law there was historically an offence referred to as ‘barratry’ referring to people who are “overly officious in instigating or encouraging prosecution of groundless litigation” or who bring “repeated or persistent acts of litigation” for the purposes of profit or harassment. Sadly for VIRGINIC, this is no longer an offense in England and Wales. Now the turn is for the US court system to judge on the merits vs manipulative discourse of Virgin’s lawyers justifying their retainers.

Some of the investigative journalists following VIRGINIC case point out that the actual litigation is indeed pointless and harassing in nature. Furthermore it is destructive and punitive. VIRGINIC was already denied the appeal in UK, Virgin got paid £35,000 but since that wasn’t enough, Virgin’s lawyers proceeded to open more lawsuits against VIRGINIC in more countries, including countries where VIRGINIC doesn’t trade.

VIRGINIC refused to commit business suicide and close the shop, just because Virgin said so. Virgin’s lawyers responded by opening personal lawsuits against key employees and managers of VIRGINIC in both US and UK, using an alter ego theory as a legal crutch. In David vs Goliath cases, a big corporation can starve a small company financially to death, break their spirit by forcing them to give up simply because a small company is no longer able to afford piling up legal fees (in this case internationally) – a common tactic of a common bully.

Virgin opened personal lawsuits against shocked and distressed key employees and managers of VIRGINIC calling them in Wyoming court an “alter ego” of VIRGINIC company itself. When VIRGINIC and its management heroically kept refusing to be destroyed, more personal lawsuits were opened in the court of England.

VIRGINIC stated on their website that they felt it was morally wrong to close the business and stop making natural cosmetics for people with allergies that asks for them every day, just because a multi-billion dollar attacker has such a wish. In response to that, Virgin’s lawyers just recently added to the ongoing lawsuit 3 unrelated to VIRGINIC start up companies (in both court of both Wyoming, US and London, England) – companies where VIRGINIC employees used to work based on same “alter ego” legal crutch theory, causing even greater surprise to all spectators and a real financial damage to other small entities that stated no connection to VIRGINIC.

VIRGINIC announced on their social media that directly due to high legal fees causing hardship to its business half of their employees had to be laid off. At the expense of a great personal toll to those individuals and at a great loss of human capital in general, Virgin is further magnifying the damage caused.

If any business case is the personification of vicious, pointless litigation that only serves to enrich overpaid lawyers then this is it. Let us hope that a fairytale ending lies in store for the good folks at VIRGINIC and their spirit of not giving up on their dream, with a deserved comeuppance for the villain of the piece.

SOURCE: EPR Network

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February (16-20), RCH Group will be exhibiting at EuroShop, the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. On booth #G49 in Hall 6 the company will introduce a number of new POS solutions – responding to the future-oriented and dynamic trends of the retail industry and building upon the technological and aesthetic capabilities that sit at the core of RCH’s product development.

Improving the strategic abilities of small and medium operations with improved analytics and accountancy

A key element of RCH’s attendance at the show will be the international debut of the WALLE 8T – a product which aims to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and increase the ability of small and medium retail operations to engage in effective fiscal management and financial analytics.

WALLE 8T constitutes a POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products standard, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying interface and functionality, allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

With intuitive front-end operability and highly flexible back-end analytics and accountancy features, even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.

In addition to the WALLE 8T, RCH will also be demonstrating a range of new product evolutions, with a focus on meeting the aesthetic needs of retail outlets.

Novelty with a Vintage look

Whilst RCH always prides itself on the technological developments that increase the functionality and usability of its products, there is also recognition that supporting the strategic goals of customers will not always spring exclusively from technological innovation alone. The aesthetics and atmosphere of retail venues are key strategic components for a business, and cash registers constitute an incredibly visible element within a store.

For this reason, RCH is proud to introduce the Cortina 59. With metal drawer and printer, the Cortina embodies a stylish, vintage design that fits well into retail environments that are seeking a more nostalgic aesthetic that reminds of past cash registers. Available in five different colours (white, black, blue, red, yellow), the Cortina 59 doesn’t just meet the functional needs of a commercial environment, but in itself becomes a beautiful centrepiece – actively contributing as a piece of decoration and functional furniture. Electronic based capabilities with all of the RCH functionality you expect, embodied in true mechanical charm.

NEW Robust POS product

For retail environments that do favour a modern and slick aesthetic, at the other end of the RCH design spectrum is the A-IRON. Part of the ATOS 15 range – and therefore embodying all of the usability, versatility and functionality expected from RCH’s signature line – the A-IRON combines aluminium and steel into the physical POS unit to enhance an image of modernity and elegance, with clean lines and a solid appearance.

President and CEO of RCH Stefano De Pra, stated: “Our path to innovation is a combination of creativity and market needs, elegant design and functional aspects. Technological innovation sits at the core of our products – as its beating heart, but a diverse range of beautiful external aesthetics makes them fit-for-purpose in a variety of retail contexts. The novel products we are introducing this year at EuroShop will meet the expectations of an international market that appreciates reliability, the use of resistant, robust materials and considered design that combines to create easy-to-use and decorative POS products.”

More information about RCH Group SpA and its products is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group, provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and public administration sector has introduced an all-in-one solution for retail businesses seeking to streamline their POS and fiscal operations. The WALLE 8T promises to significantly improve the ability of small and medium retail operations to efficiently perform, manage and monitor their financial and fiscal operations, and access data which can be key in strategic development of the firm.

“With the WALLE 8T we are seeking to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and present new solutions which are particularly relevant for small and medium sized retail operations, who until recently have been limited in their access to effective fiscal management and financial analytics” said Stefano Di Pra, CEO and President of RCH Europe. “The ease of use, high levels of configurability and accessible range of data outputs – which can all be accessed remotely – mean that even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.”

Software that maximises flexibility, hardware that maximises usability

The WALLE 8T constitutes a physical POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying the interface and functionality allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

Remote and real-time access to data with the Cloud RCH store

Moreover, the Android software deployed on the WALLE 8T unit allows for complete cloud-based management of all front and back end operations. This means that all processes can be managed remotely providing much greater flexibility in the way that fiscal affairs can be handled – especially in operations which maintain multiple sales sites. Details of financial operations are collated and presented in accessible and easy-to-read graphs and charts, and updated on a real-time basis to facilitate more reactive and dynamic analysis of sales activities. Additional elements such as disaster recovery allow users a much greater peace of mind in maintaining undisrupted monitoring and reporting of performance.

Streamlined front-end operations, comprehensive back-end analytics

Certainly, the WALLE 8T system integrates all of the front-end usability which is to be expected of RCH POS products.  With its high degree of intuitiveness which places important functions front and center, and significantly reduces the training time needed to use the systems. But it is not just this which sets the WALLE 8T apart. Instead, it is the back-end analytics and accountancy features which make the WALLE 8T and cloud-based Android operating system an important development in RCH’s range of solutions. Particularly important for countries which are introducing new and increasingly complex fiscal reporting laws, the WALLE 8T system has the flexibility to deliver data in a functional and easy-to-understand way, adaptable to the needs of the business and their operational context.

More information about the WALLE 8T and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-group.com/http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Universal Pen Launches Redesigned Web Site in France to Enhance Customer Experience

Universal Pen Launches Redesigned Web Site in France to Enhance Customer Experience

DUBLIN, 2019-Oct-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Universal Pen recently redesigned and relaunched its French website from
 www.penseurope.com/fr/ to www.pens.com/fr/. French customers will notice that the domain is not the only change to note as the website now has a brand new modern design that is easy to use. Through the revival of its website, Universal Pen aims to provide better services to its customers by making the ordering process more intuitive, ensuring that ordering personalized promotional products becomes faster, easier and more convenient than before!

The relaunched website includes enhanced tools and options for customers to search and filter products by color, material, and price, making it the perfect search for a promotional product to promote your business. The French site remains the last one to be put back online so that Universal Pen can continue to best meet the needs of its customers online. The company plans to improve and redesign all of its sites globally in order to host them on the pens.com domain around the end of the year. Universal Pen is a brand owned by Cimpress, combining low prices directly from the factory, excellent customer service and a wide range of fully customizable color products to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses can afford to promote themselves in a professional and profitable way.

SOURCE: EuropaWire (in French)

A whole new browsing experience and many surprises for National Pen customers

A whole new browsing experience and many surprises for National Pen customers

DUBLIN, 2019-Oct-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Pen launches the new Italian website now available at www.pens.com/it/ which will completely replace the previous one www.penseurope.com/it/. The change of domain is not the only change that will be noticed by Clients but it is a new site completely renewed both from a graphic and a technical point of view. The navigation will be very simple and the ordering and personalization process will be just a click away. The site has been optimized to buy easily from any device, quickly, easily and wherever you are.

The New Site includes features that will simplify the search for the perfect gadget as a filter to organize the search based on color, material or budget that meets the needs of customers. The New Site is born from the care that National Pen places towards its customers, giving proper attention to their needs and offering solutions. The launch of the Italian Site is one of the important steps in this renewal process that will involve all the other countries in the world where National Pen has been operating for over 50 years. National Pen, a brand acquired by Cimpress, a world leader in customization, offers a wide range of promotional products that can be customized at factory prices and provides customers with an excellent Assistance Service. National Pen deals with small and medium-sized companies that want to promote their business by relying on professionals to maximize the results of their advertising investments.

SOURCE: EuropaWire (in Italian)

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA will again exhibit on EuroCIS 2019, which is the leading Trade Fair for Retail Technology taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 19th to 21st, 2019.

The company’s highlights at EuroCIS 2019 will include:

ATOS 15 Elegant
Looking for top of the range elegance at your Point of Sale? Atos 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology. Featuring all the functionality and connectivity of the Atos15M, the Atos 15 Elegant comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base.

ABOX 3 2.0
Bringing a smart revolution to the POS, Abox 3 2.0 is an 80-mm all-in-one Android solution that is bursting with potential. The unit comes pre-loaded with RCH’s renowned open-standard based on ATOS Android software allowing it to remotely connect with any compatible Android device, such as a printer, a tablet and so on. The Abox 3 2.0 has been intelligently designed to deliver heightened efficiency while saving a maximum of space at your sales point. The compact unit is integrated with a 10-inch, 16:9 capacitive touch screen which makes the monitor more responsive to gestures with your fingers such as swiping and pinching.

Our most popular software solution for all android applications.

ATOS Software: Easy Integration with Third Party Applications
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

Innovating in the evolution of electronic cash systems. Automation adding fast and safe transactions, advanced cash and staff management and innovative POS.

This year for the first time, RCH Group will have group-member, DATA4, exhibit its innovative payment systems on its stand. DATA4 manufactures advanced self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically. All of DATA4’s automatic payment solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

The Cash Desk K2 range includes the XL, Slim and the most recent WALL version.

Cash Desk K2 XL
A payment kiosk can now be a valuable point-of-sale and an additional revenue generator thanks to the Cash Desk K2 XL. The device is integrated with a 43-inch monitor, digital signage technology and self-service payment capabilities. This innovative solution communicates each option and activity to the consumer via the screen, resulting in a more personalised experience in choosing and purchasing goods.

Cash Desk K2 XL is modern in design and style, yet elegant and simple, featuring a frontal area backlit by LED. Furthermore, its uninterruptible power supply ensures that all the transactions are safely executed for 20 minutes after a power cut occurs.

NEW at EuroCIS 2019

Cash Desk K2 WALL
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, this compact wall and desk version includes a 17″ monitor and a self-service electronic cash system that can be customised for different applications such as events, food & beverage, retail, wellness and sport facilities.

Across the product range, there are common themes: harnessing the most modern and flexible solutions – particularly making use of cloud-based technology, and increasing convenience and efficiency for the client, particularly in streamlining accounting and cash management processes. Innovative use of both hardware and software in combination drives a solution-based approach to POS cash management and electronic ticketing – and always with a focus on distinguished, stylish and modern Italian design. Enduring elegance, innovation and simplicity of function are what set RCH products apart, and will all be in evidence in Hall 9, Stand B51.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Non-Dairy Toppings Market: heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams across European retail stores and hypermarkets

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 2018-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Europe non-dairy toppings market revenues continue to head north, as the growing vegan population ramps up demand for non-dairy ingredients. Shelves and aisles across European retail stores and hypermarkets have been observed with heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams. Higher visibility of non-dairy products on retail shelves substantiate the heightened demand for ingredients used to process such products, and non-dairy toppings are no different. Over the years, the number of Europeans preferring non-dairy dairy products has increased significantly, and by second quarter of 2018, over one percent of European population was identified to be vegan, says a report published by Fact.MR on non-dairy toppings market.

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A Potion out of Niche – Translating Vegan Folks to Value

The number of vegan population in the UK alone has increased by 350% within a decade. Among the people who have embraced veganism in the U.K., nearly 63% are women. Observing this shift, leading UK retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have introduced new range of vegan products. While the demand for vegan products and ingredients has amplified in Western Europe, frozen desserts and ice-creams are witnessing a surge in demand.

According to Fact.MR’s study, the popularity of non-dairy products is relatively higher in Germany, with over 60% of the Germans showing interest in non-dairy ice creams and frozen desserts wherein non-dairy topping is used for processing. Non-dairy ice cream ingredients which accounted for a mere 1% of the total ice cream ingredients demand in 2012, have grown up to sizeable 8% share in a span of five years in Western European countries.

The non-dairy toppings market has also been aided by celebrity endorsements and word-of-mouth by influencers on social media. This population base has translated into a sizable market for non-dairy topping producers, which have realigned their strategies to leverage the unfolded white space in European food & beverages market.

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Lactose-averse Individuals Supplementing Non-dairy Toppings Demand

People who opt for non-dairy topping based products had to compromise with their choice of food, and lactose intolerant population group forms the leading chunk of this population group. Lactose intolerant individuals are allergic to food that contains dairy products, and are on targeted dietary plan such as Whole30 and the Paleo diet. With about 65% of European population reckoned to be lactose intolerant, and North European countries leading the list, the widespread preference and adoption for non-dairy topping is evident.

Furthermore, companies engaged in production of dairy based products also received consumer feedback of introducing key brands in non-dairy variants, and a few handful of market actors considered. European food & beverages market witnessed over 35 such product launch in last six quarter with non-dairy claims and almost 15 of those using non-dairy toppings.

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SOURCE: EuropaWire

 

 

High-speed and Smart Billing Solution from Millennium India

MagicBox-Elite

Chennai, India, 2018-Oct-09 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Keeping its endeavor to empower retailers with latest technology to enhance their business, Millennium Soft-tech India today introduced yet another advanced and multi-functional, yet affordable Android Desktop POS solution for Indian businesses who hitherto are striving for futuristic and high-speed POS devices to extend customers with best-in-class in-store experience.

 

MagicBox ELITE Android desktop POS terminal is strikingly similar to MagicBox Plus, which the company has unveiled to small and medium retailers last month, but with a few add-ons. One of the striking features Elite offers is an in-built 3-inch thermal receipt printer (160 mm per sec with auto-cutter) which intends to benefit wholesale and larger business enterprises to speed-up their checkouts and provide customers with more detailed purchase orders, bills and receipts.

 

MagicBox Elite has 11.6-inch screen touch display with HD resolution and IPS technology provides good readability even under bright sun. Bluetooth (4.0), NFC (optional) technology, 2- line LED customer display and Wi-Fi are the other highlights of this POS terminal. The compact, well designed and rugged desktop POS terminal also comes with plenty of USB connectors to connect hardware devices such as external printer and barcode scanner.

 

Commenting on the release of new desktop POS terminal Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium Soft-tech India, said: “Indian retailers are hard-pressed to meet growing customer demand and challenges posed by large peer groups who are equipped with latest billing and store management solutions to offer the best shopping experience to customers.”

 

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director, Millennium Soft-tech India Pvt Ltd.

“The advent of supermarkets and smart stores in the neighborhoods are compelling retailers to come out of traditional retailing practices and adopt modern technologies as customers, armed with mobile technology, want to connect with retailers through multiple touch-points. So, whoever offers flexible transaction windows, get more customers and business. MagicBox Elite intends to help retailers of any size provide fast and advanced billing solution to customers while automating several in-store activities such as inventory, sales, payments, purchases and CRM,” Bhaskar further stated.

 

The new MagicBox Elite comes with user-friendly retail software application, and shop owners can easily perform GST billing, accept multiple payments, manage inventory in real time, send offers and discounts to valued customers, manage CRM and loyalty programs and generate sales reports for better business forecast and management. Accessible on Cloud, retailers can get store information in real time anywhere and can take crucial business decision on the go.

 

MagicBox Elite offers versatile POS solutions for retailers belong to myriad business verticals. From small, medium to large grocery stores, departmental stores, food stalls, bakery shops, diagnostic and testing labs to medical stores, dairy business, electrical and home appliance showrooms, footwear shops and hospitality industry can use Elite to provide the best-in-class customer experience,” concluded Bhaskar.

About Millennium India

 

Established in 2002, Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd has been in the forefront of providing Point of Sale (POS) technology products and solutions to Indian businesses through astute marketing strategy supported by huge partners’ network across India.

 

Having associated with world’s leading POS brands, Millennium understands the growing demands of retailers better than anyone else irrespective of their size, stature and nature of business, and offers comprehensive, advanced and sustainable solutions to enhance their businesses.

 

Headquartered in Chennai and having branches all major cities in India, Millennium has a clear vision of empowering millions of unorganized small and medium enterprises spread across the country by automating their transaction activities and make them competitive with established market peers.

 

As the national distributor of leading multinational POS brands including Epson, Posiflex, Casio, Toshiba, Honeywell, Godex, and Opticon, Millennium offers POS solutions to corporate brands, retail giants and SMEs across India.

For further information, contact:

 K Ramanathan

Content Head & Media Coordinator,

Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd, G-19,2nd Floor,

Block-16, 2nd Main Road

Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai -600 058

Phone: +91-9384612789/ +91-917 666 2020

Email: ram(at)Justransact(dot)com

Millennium India Releases Smart and Cost-effective POS Solution for Retailers

NEW DELHI, India, 2018-Oct-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Millennium Soft-tech India today unveiled yet another powerful android smart POS – MagicBox Plus – device with advanced features suitable for small and medium retail businesses who hitherto have been struggling to match with big businesses in providing best-in-class customer experience and enhanced store operations.

Millennium, which pioneered in providing integrated POS technology for Indian retailers, earlier in July has introduced hand-held Smart Mobile POS device for small shop owners to help them transact both indoor and outdoor seamlessly while managing inventory, payment, reports and analysis and customer engagement activities.

“Our new offering, MagicBox Plus android desktop POS is ideal for retailers who prefer smaller, sleeker, cheaper and yet powerful POS solution to drive business operations seamlessly,” says Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium Soft-tech India.

The compact desktop POS device comes with industry-best retail software ideal for general and food and beverage retail applications which include grocery shops, stationery sellers, departmental stores, ice-cream bars, bakery and sweet shops,  food courts, fine dining, takeaway, bar, to name a few.

“MagicBox Plus, while automating several manual functions such as inventory, sales, credits and billing, helps store owners generate valuable reports and analysis for better planning, CRM and loyalty program, GST billing, order taking, mobile banking and staff management,” says Bhaskar, who also heads India’s premier e-commerce portal Justransact.com exclusively for POS products and technology.

MagicBox Plus Android (6.0) device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon615, octa-core processor, 8GB memory and 1 GB RAM, which can host powerful retail POS software. Despite small in size, MagicBox Plus offers integrated 2-inch (58mm) printe and NFC (optional) technology along with 11.6-inch HD adjustable touch display and elegant but rugged design to customers. Bluetooth (4.0) and Wi-Fi are the other highlights of this POS device.

The pre-loaded software supports critical features such as anytime-anywhere billing, inventory management, spot offers/discounts, loyalty program, and many more. Through this device, retailers can access their store remotely in real time using cloud technology which saves critical data and keeps it secured from potential loss, pilferage or malware intrusion.

“Retailers get cost-effective, integrated, compact and a complete POS solution with cloud application facility.  With this (device), retailers can save a huge overhead cost and considerable retail space while offering customers sophisticated business environment,” concludes Bhaskar.

DATA4 Product Highlights at Kiosk Summit 2018: Cash Desk K2 Slim; ATOS 15 ELEGANT; Open Standards-Based Hardware; Functional and Elegant Designs

DATA4 Brings Pioneering Payment Systems to Kiosk Summit 2018

TREVISO, Italy, 2018-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — DATA4, manufacturer of innovative self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically, will showcase its latest POS innovations at Kiosk Summit 2018 on stand 6. Kiosk Summit is Europe’s only dedicated event for organisations and individuals, who utilise self-service technology to interact with their clients, streamline their customer journey and gain increased efficiency by using cutting-edge interactivity. The event will take place on September 27h next in London.

This year, DATA4, RCH Group-member, will exhibit its innovative solutions integrated with RCH’s advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and the public administration sector:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to return to Kiosk Summit this year and demonstrate to visitors how our revolutionary payment kiosks can be an additional Point of Sale,” said Michele Stecca, General Manager, DATA4 Srl. Cash Desk K2, in particular, is already proving its worth in helping to reduce queues and the need for people management in busy airport terminals, exhibitions, cinemas, museums and restaurants. In today’s rapid-paced world, the right tools and technology must be in place to streamline the customer journey and speed up the transactions process while at the same time ensuring the highest standard of service. DATA4’s state-of-the-art payment systems make this possible.”

Product Highlights at Kiosk Summit 2018

Cash Desk K2 Slim
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, Cash Desk K2 Slim is an automatic device specifically destined for electronic payments. Eliminating the task of handling cash transactions results in a product that’s thinner and smoother in the movements. The device boasts a fast and simple user interface, indicating each operation to be carried out step by step with the aid of visual indicators (LEDs). A multi-lingual and interactive menu allows customers to pay for their goods or services in three easy steps.

For the merchant, the self-service Cask Desk K2 Slim can significantly improve and streamline operations so that long queues are avoided, cash handling is eliminated, and staffing requirements and labour cost are reduced. For the catering industry, hygiene can be improved as the person responsible for preparing foods no longer needs to handle physical money.

ATOS 15 ELEGANT
ATOS 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology and comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base. Efficient hardware coupled with intelligent software makes ATOS 15 Elegant the ideal tool for any Point of Sale. The unit comes with an optional rear customer display that completes its maximum expression of functional elegance. This customer display is available in two different sizes, allowing the merchant to either present the customer with a list of purchased items or alternatively to display its own graphics visualising the consumptions on sale. This back graphic display can be cleverly used as an advertising tool to broadcast the latest news and in-store promotions, giving added value to any POS.

Multiple connections including Ethernet, USB and Micro SD allowing the ATOS 15 Elegant to pair with printers, tablets and scanners are all standard. An NFC reader, an MFC magnetic card and an I-Button are additional options with this innovative and eye-catching POS system.

Open Standards-Based Hardware
All of DATA4’s and RCH’s innovative solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

Functional and Elegant Designs
Highly intelligent on the inside, elegant and compact on the outside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. A DATA4 and an RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

More information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Millennium Soft-Tech Launches All-in-one Android POS for Retailers

New Delhi, India, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Millennium Soft-Tech India, a pioneer in delivering innovative Point of Sale (POS) technology products and solutions to the fast-growing retail Industry in India, today launched an array of powerful Android billing solutions under MAGICBOX brand series for retail establishments who can now experience ease of doing business while achieving supreme customer engagement.

Millennium offers four variants of MagicBox to retail businesses – MagicBox Mobile POS and desk top series MagicBox-Plus; MagicBox-Elite and MagicBox-Pro which are suitable for small, medium and large retail businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a breakthrough POS technology, MagicBox Plus, Elite and Pro can make stores generate unique shop code in the form of 2D barcodes to enable customers pay through their smart phones.

Speaking on the release of MagicBox POS series, Mr Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and director of Millennium Soft-Tech India said: “MagicBox devices are an attempt to automate Indian retail industry where almost 90 per cent of our retailers are still using traditional means to transact and manually operate critical functions like stock management, sales records, purchase data, CRM and employees’ performance. Through MagicBox we are offering them unmatched technology to automate their operations in affordable cost. Also, retailers can utilize Cloud to back-up their critical sales and other data thereby saving huge overhead cost. MagicBox variants are made as plug-in-and-transact types which intend to help retailers improve sales and better shopping experience for customers.”

MagicBox M-POS

Targeting micro level unorganized retail businesses such as petty shops, tea shops and other small and medium businesses such as kirana /grocery or convenio stores, who are finding hard to match up to their technologically advanced peers, MagicBox – Mobile POS terminals are hand held mobile POS devices with 2” receipt printer, 2D barcode scanner and powerful billing software which can do anytime-anywhere billing, customer relation management, inventory tracking and accept myriad of payments – cash, card, cheques, e-wallets or e-coupons.

The other highlights of this M-POS device include – 5.5” touch screen, Wi-fi / GSM and Bluetooth compatibility, Powerful Quadcore Processor and long battery life. This device is being packaged with a pocket-sized payment terminal for transaction through credit/debit cards.

MagicBox Plus

MagicBox-Plus Android desktop POS has been made for retailers who are looking for smaller, smarter, yet powerful mobile POS solutions. The Android (6.0) device has Qualcomm Snapdragon615 octa-core processor, 8GB internal memory, ideal to host POS software and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility. Despite smaller in size, MagicBox Plus offers integrated 2-inch (58mm) printer and NFC (optional) technology along with 11.6 HD adjustable touch display and elegant but rugged design to the customers.

The pre-loaded software application supports critical features such as anytime-anywhere billing, Inventory management, Spot offers/discounts, CRM, loyalty program, to name a few.

MagicBox Elite

MagicBox Elite Android desktop POS terminal is almost similar to MagicBox Plus but with a few added features. One of the striking features Elite offers is a 3” receipt printer which will be useful for traders who want to make invoices and larger billing functions.

MagicBox Elite has 11.6″ screen touch display with HD resolution and IPS technology provides good readability even under bright sun. Bluetooth (4.0) and Wi-Fi are the other highlights of this POS device. The compact desktop POS terminal also has plenty of connectors (4 × USB, 1 × microUSB and a card slot).

MagicBox Pro

MagicBox Pro is the large desktop POS terminal having 14-inch full HD resolution adjustable touch display and can be used for multiple functions in any size of retail environment. MagicBox Pro offers two options – 0ne with a single front-end display and the other has extra customer display fitted on the back side. Customer display screen has two sizes : 7-inch and 14-inch.

 

Business owners can choose the size according to their requirement. The second display screen makes customers see the billed items. MagicBox Pro has eight-core processor which gives plenty of power. The whole system is running on Android 6.0 Operating System. The other highlights of this POS terminal are an integrated 3-inch (80mm) high-speed thermo-sensitive printer (200 mm/s) with a cutter and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director and CEO, Millennium India

About Millennium India

 Established in 2002, Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd has been in the forefront of providing Point of Sale (POS) technology products and solutions to Indian businesses through astute marketing strategy supported by huge partners’ network across India.

Having associated with world’s leading POS brands, Millennium understands the growing demands of retailers better than anyone else irrespective of their size, stature and nature of business, and offers comprehensive, advanced and sustainable solutions to enhance their businesses.

Headquartered in Chennai and having branches all major cities in India, Millennium has a clear vision of empowering millions of unorganized small and medium enterprises spread across the country by automating their transaction activities and make them competitive with established market peers.

As the national distributor of leading multinational POS brands including Epson, Posiflex, Casio, Toshiba, Honeywell, Godex, and Opticon, Millennium offers POS solutions to corporate brands, retail giants and SMEs across India.

For the latest news and informative blogs on Point of Sale technology, visit us @ https://www.justransact.com/knowledgebase/pos-technology-blog

 

For Media Contact

K Ramanathan

Content Head & Media Coordinator,

Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd, G-19,2nd Floor,

Block-16, 2nd Main Road

Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai -600 058

Phone: +91-9384612789/ +91-917 666 2020

Email: ram (AT)justransact (DOT)com

Cash or card! Global Retailers Linger on Paper Over Plastic!

Chennai, India, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail businesses, irrespective of size, accept payments through multiple modes (cash, card, mobile, internet banking, wallet, etc) but still many of them prefer cash over card to avoid regulatory complexities and hence devoid customers of their shopping rights and experience.

man in suit giving 1000 dollars another man

According to a survey by TD Bank recently, globally 70 per cent of SMEs prefer cash and cheques over card or online transactions. Though handling physical cash or cheques may be difficult, still cash rules in most of the Point of sale (POS) counters across several advanced countries in US and UK and developing countries like India and Brazil.

Retail experts agree that global POS market is still remain scattered and needs to be organized with the help of advanced technology. While the data has revealed that about 20% merchants use traditional POS systems, cloud-based POS systems by 17% while 24% retailers accept online payments.

Earlier, researches on global retail industry had indicated that though merchants and consumers were inclined to use new retail (POS) technology, they preferred cash to other mode of payments.

Consumer preferences and governments’ initiative to support cash-less payment have compelled retailers to accept all forms of payments, says Doug Mearkle, a senior official from TD Bank, which surveyed over 600 small retailers to understand how they are responding to modern transaction systems, cloud-based POS technology, cashless payment options and receptive to innovative ideas. The business owners surveyed were chosen from across fast growing economies and belonged to industries such as health care, retail, construction and entertainment.

TD Bank has indeed used the survey to create awareness among the merchants as to how various payment options and POS applications can be integrated in a single POS system to enhance business growth and effect customer experience.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium India

As far as India, the digital payment system is fast catching up though there are still some teething problems such as inhibition to shift from conventional to modern business system, acceptance of card payments due to high transaction charges and low penetration of debit/credit cards and online payment options among rural folks.

“POS applications can be integrated into a single system to provide small business owners a potent tool which can perform multiple functions and offer several researched data which they can use for business betterment. Modern POS systems can provide some crucial business data which retailers can’t get following traditional methods,” says Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium India, a pioneer in introducing POS technology to Indian retail merchants.

For example, a small retailer who sells grocery or ready-made clothing can forecast daily sales and plan to improve sales and profitability. An integrated POS can help him to decide on staff strength on particular day or occasion, understand the inventory position or requirement, number of customers visiting the shop on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis and individual customer’s buying pattern.

Though small-business owners are aware of the new features and advantages, but still there are some misconceptions and inhibitions which stop the majority of them from adopting the POS innovation, Mearkle concludes.

So to say, it is difficult to “cash” on the modern POS technology to improve business by some retailers!

 

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Editor-Media coordinator,

Justransact.com & Millennium India,

Millennium Re-tech Ventures India Private Limited,

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Ambattur Industrial Estate,Chennai-600 058.

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New augmented reality app to visualize dishes in restaurant menus in 3D format

Harald Xperience logo

HELSINKI, Finland, 2018-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harald Xperience Ltd. is the first company in Finland to introduce an application with AR aimed to enhance the customer experience in restaurants. The application called EatX allows the customer to visualize the various dishes in 3D format by moving a smartphone or tablet on different items on the menu.

According to Jaana Kettunen, producer and CEO of Harald Xperience, EatX brings the restaurant experience to a whole new level. The customer sees the dish together with additional information, which makes it easier to decide what to order. Kettunen reveals that EatX will be launched at the trade fair for the restaurant and catering industry in Helsinki, 14-16 March 2018.

The menu of the restaurant “På Kroken”, created by chef Magnus Ekström, will be used as an example, including a 3D presentation of the dessert served at the prestigious Nobel banquet.

Kai Lindevall, producer and chairman of the board, points out the almost limitless potential of AR technology in the field of consumer goods, events and entertainment: “You can get any product to ‘speak’ and tell its story.”

Lindevall says the next AR application of Harald Xperience will target the hotel industry, helping hotel guests to access useful information in a natural and unique way by using AR. The needs of families with children will also be addressed.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Fair Oaks, CA, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s announced the promotion of two key leaders within the organization; Kevin Konkel’s promotion to a newly created role as Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising.

“This is an exciting time for Raley’s – we have built a strong leadership team that will support the advancement of our vision and purpose,” said Mark Foley, Chief People Officer.

Kevin Konkel previously held the title Senior Vice President, Operations and in his new role will lead operations in all Raley’s banners and pharmacy operations. He will also lead store design and construction, operations administration, distribution and asset protection. Konkel is a proven industry leader with nearly 40 years of service to the Raley’s organization.

Paul Gianetto will serve as Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising. Gianetto is an industry leader with more than 35 years in the grocery business and a graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program. He joined Raley’s in 2008 and has held many roles in merchandising. In 2017, Gianetto was promoted to Vice President of Center Store. In his new role, he will manage strategic pricing, private label, sales & merchandising for both center store and perishable departments.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced and proven leaders in Kevin and Paul. Both epitomize servant leadership and Raley’s family values,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President. “I am confident, Kevin and Paul will continue to help guide the organization toward our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

Konkel and Gianetto will continue to report to Keith Knopf, President who, along with Michael Teel, Chairman & CEO, will continue to lead the strategic direction for Raley’s.

Learn more about Raley’s Leadership team.

Contact:
For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

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CVS Health recognized with 2018 PBMI Excellence Award for Care Management Strategies

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (March 7, 2018) that the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) awarded the company the 2018 PBMI Excellence Award for Care Management Strategies. The award recognizes the ScriptPath Prescription Schedule, which was developed by CVS Health to help provide a consolidated view of a patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescriptions with an easy-to-understand schedule showing how and when to take each medication.

“We are pleased to be recognized with this award for our industry-leading work to bring the ScriptPath Prescription Schedule to patients as we help them on their path to better health,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “For CVS Health, this award validates our efforts to develop innovative programs that improve patient engagement and medication adherence, better manage chronic diseases like diabetes and help clients keep their health care costs down.”

The average American adult fills nine prescriptions annually, with people older than 65 filling an average of 20 prescriptions a year. Unfortunately, approximately half of patients report being confused about how and when to take their medications, contributing to the 50 percent of patients with chronic conditions who stop taking their medications within the first year of diagnosis. Further, studies show a 5.7 percent to 6.8 percent decrease in adherence for each dose added to a medication regimen. For patients who are not optimally adherent to prescribed therapies, hospital readmission rates increase by as much as 69 percent, which can result in annual U.S. health care costs between $100 to $300 billion.

The ScriptPath Prescription Schedule offers patients with chronic conditions and complex regimens a personalized prescription schedule with easy-to-understand icons explaining which medication to take, when it should be taken and how much should be taken in each dose. It is designed to improve patient understanding and safety and help simplify how patients take their medications. The schedule is generated by our proprietary Clinical Engine, a robust scientific system created by CVS Pharmacy, which automatically reviews all of a patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescription information and prescribers’ instructions. Using clinical data, the Clinical Engine slots a patient’s medications into up to four dosing times per day morning, midday, evening and bedtime and recommends dosing times for each medication based on the most effective times of day for the medications to be taken. Deborah Adler, a designer known for her past work on Target’s ClearRx prescription packaging system and the inventor and lead designer of the new ScriptPath system, worked with the CVS Health team to develop the easy-to-understand icons and an intuitive layout for each of the ScriptPath offerings.

In addition to the Prescription Schedule, CVS Pharmacy is in the process of rolling out the ScriptPath Prescription Label and Prescription Overview to all stores nationwide this spring. This will extend the use of the easy-to-understand design of the Prescription Schedule to the label on the prescription bottle as well as the prescription bag tag.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
401-770-8868

SOURCE: CVS Health

Kroger to host First Pitch and Town Hall events at the Natural Products Expo West event in Anaheim, California

CINCINNATI, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is excited to announce its participation in the Natural Products Expo West event in Anaheim, California to continue building relationships with emerging brands.

“This is Kroger’s 16th year to participate in Expo West,” said Jill McIntosh, Kroger’s vice president of natural foods. “Through our exclusive First Pitch and Town Hall events, we are increasing our presence and accessibility at the Expo. This year is our biggest activation. We will have more than 40 Kroger representatives participate, ranging from buyers and category managers to merchandising executives.”

Kroger anticipates a robust number of suppliers engaging with the company’s representatives during its First Pitch event, which provides innovative, ready-to-go-to-market businesses the opportunity to present their products to the retailer.

“Our customers’ appetite for better-for-you products continues to grow year-over-year. The natural foods category has become mainstream—it is no longer a niche market,” added Ms. McIntosh. “Along with growing our Simple Truth® brand, which reached $2 billion in annual sales in 2017, we will continue to focus on developing new partnerships at micro and macro levels to expand this category. Innovation is key in this space and this is one of the reasons we have attended Expo West since 2002 and recently started our Natural Foods Innovation Summit series.”

Kroger’s Town Hall will focus on its merchandising leaders sharing the Restock Kroger plan along with hosting discussions about ecommerce and Kroger Precision Marketing powered by 84.51° in front of an anticipated group of 500 individuals representing more than 270 suppliers. During the event, industry leaders, including CPGs and Kroger’s own Simple Truth® and sustainability experts, will lead a panel about sustainable practices, a focus of the natural foods industry.

The Town Hall will also feature a celebrity chef tasting that spotlights Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, which aims to end hunger in its communities and eliminate food waste in its company by 2025. Kroger is partnering with three distinguished chefs—Roy Choi, Phillip Frankland Lee and Chelsea’s Messy Apron—to host the event.

Kroger will host its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit this June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference

CINCINNATI, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 7, 2018) announced that Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The presentation will broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event.  The presentation will be available in an archived format for one week following the conference.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

United States, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened an American diner at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The units join two previously opened markets opened by SSP America in 2017.

Paul Loupakos, Vice President of Business Development commented, “Liberty Diner and our two markets have been tailored specifically for EWR and will result in quality passenger experience that draws higher throughput and ultimately maximizes revenue. The concept of Liberty Diner is on trend given a current focus on nostalgia and elevated comfort food, but it also is a classic concept with broad appeal.”

As the 16th busiest airport in North America, Newark Liberty International Airport welcomes over 40 million passengers per year, and employs approximately 21,000 people. The airport contributes an estimated $27.2 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, generating about 188,000 total jobs and $10 billion in annual wages and salaries.

“We’re excited to partner with SSP America to continue enhancing the traveler experience at Newark Liberty Terminal B,” said Iris Messina, Westfield Vice President, Leasing. “A tribute to a classic American diner, Liberty Diner will surely delight customers and put smiles on their faces.”

Brand Details

Gateside Fresh Market (two units—Terminal A):  Gateside Market is the traveler’s grab & go haven for healthy eating. At EWR Gateside Fresh Market delivers on the ever-present ethos of using the freshest foods possible to bring travelers a market laden with hand-picked, nutrition-packed, wholesome nourishment that today’s consumers seek. From artisan sandwiches packed with premium fillings, to whole fruits, top-shelf salads and a wide range of snacks and drinks, multiple grab & go options abound for hungry passengers with no time to waste.

Liberty Diner (Terminal B):  Created specifically for Newark Liberty International Airport, Liberty Diner offers a unique and inviting environment that pays full, glorious tribute to the iconic style of the traditional American diner.  Serving classic American dishes—from breakfast favorites of bacon, eggs, pancakes and waffles available all throughout the day, to double-fisted burgers, chocolate shakes, meatloaf sandwiches and expertly grilled sirloin steaks—Liberty Diner’s ample 3,853 square feet space, will sit proudly and majestically in Terminal B’s international, global showroom attracting all passenger demographics with its inviting atmosphere, abundant seating and guaranteed street pricing.  Liberty Diner serves as a gleaming star attraction—relaxed, receiving and retro— the way American casual dining began.

Source: SSP

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SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is set to open a new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport.

The new bar, which will open at the beginning of March 2018, will feature a menu that has a focus on local dishes, recipes and ingredients and will offer steaks, burgers, sausages and bacon, all of which will be locally sourced.

The bar will serve international beers, on draft and in bottles, as well as boasting a modern international and eclectic wine list. It will also offer a range of premium spirits.

An in-house bakery will serve a variety of freshly baked cakes and muffins, along with grab and go sandwiches, and freshly ground barista coffee.

Drawing inspiration from Northern Ireland’s Giants Causeway, Sip & Stone highlights the history and heritage of the local area. The modern, contemporary and natural design of the new restaurant creates the perfect “sit back and relax” environment for passengers as they begin their journey at Belfast International Airport, and will be open all day from breakfast to the last flight.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said: “SSP has innovated this space from a traditional food village, to a modern concept, with an environment that is in tune with the needs of the aspirational customer. In the development, we’ve worked closely with the airport to underscore Belfast’s culture and culinary traditions.”

Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International Airport, said; “Belfast International Airport is in an exciting phase of growth with over six million passengers expected to travel through the airport in 2018. It is essential to provide facilities that meet the growing needs of our leisure and business customers and we are pleased that SSP has invested in these new facilities.  I’m sure passengers will enjoy sampling some iconic culinary delights that will be on offer at Sip & Stone.”

Source: SSP

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The Starbucks Foundation announces investment and partnership strategy with Malala Fund aimed at empowering women

The Starbucks Foundation announces investment and partnership strategy with Malala Fund aimed at empowering women
  • The Starbucks Foundation’s multi-year strategy will promote leadership and economic empowerment opportunities for women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities
  • Partnership with Malala Fund will expand the organization’s Gulmakai Network of education champions in India and Latin America
  • Malala Yousafzai curates an exclusive playlist for International Women’s Day to be played in 10,000 Starbucks® stores across the U.S. and Canada on March 8

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 130 million young women and girls around the world do not have the opportunity to go to primary or secondary school, representing a generation of young people with limited ability to access economic opportunities, create their own livelihoods, and become leaders in their communities[1]. In many rural, remote communities around the world, that challenge is made exponentially worse by poverty, conflict, and gender inequality. Recognizing this global crisis – and the opportunity to drive long-term impact and social change – The Starbucks Foundation announced today a multi-year investment and partnership strategy aimed at empowering at least 250,000 women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities globally by 2025.

To launch this effort, The Starbucks Foundation unveiled a new global partnership with Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai’s organization, Malala Fund, towards a shared vision that an investment in young women and families can have a transformative impact on communities. Through this partnership, Malala Fund will work with Starbucks to promote girls’ education and expand leadership opportunities for young women in coffee and tea growing communities in India and Latin America.

“I want to thank Starbucks for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future. With their support, Malala Fund will help educators and activists in developing countries get more girls in school,” Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate and co-founder of Malala Fund.

The Starbucks Foundation’s partnership with Malala Fund will build on its ongoing investments in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities worldwide with organizations like Mercy Corps, Eastern Congo Initiative, and Heifer International which since 2005 have collectively impacted more than 450,000 people. With a deeper focus on women and families, Starbucks will also be able to accelerate its broader goal to improve the lives of at least one million coffee farmers and workers by 2025.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

The Starbucks Foundation aims to promote leadership opportunities for women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities to break down barriers to education, clean water and sanitation, and economic opportunities. Through its multi-year strategic partnership with Starbucks, Malala Fund will expand its work in advocacy, investment, and amplifying young women and girls’ voices, including growing its Gulmakai Network of education champions to coffee and tea growing communities in India and Latin America. The partnership will help expand non-traditional educational opportunities in those communities and scale leadership opportunities for young women with a goal to inspire the next generation of civically engaged leaders. Starbucks also plans to connect partners (employees) with Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network champions to create additional leadership and engagement opportunities.

“We believe women and families hold the key to long-term empowerment and social change,” said Virginia Tenpenny, executive director for The Starbucks Foundation and vice president, Global Social Impact at Starbucks. “Looking ahead, we want to ensure our partnerships connect women with education and leadership opportunities needed to create healthy homes and sustainable livelihoods – for themselves, their families, and future generations. We are proud to join with Malala Fund to invest in young women so they may become leaders in their communities and achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

Malala Yousafzai Creates Starbucks Playlist for International Women’s Day 

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Starbucks today announced Yousafzai will share a specially curated playlist of songs by female artists from 16 countries to be played in more than 10,000 participating stores across the U.S. and Canada. The playlist is also available on the Starbucks page on Spotify.

Towards a Shared Future in Sustainable Coffee  

Starbucks has a long history of working with coffee, tea and cocoa origin communities to address their most critical needs such as access to water, sanitation, health and education. With The Starbucks Foundation’s focus on advancing leadership and economic opportunities for 250,000 women and families by 2025, the organization will build upon this work and help ensure even more families benefit. Through its global partnerships, Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation are helping to improve the lives of at least one million people in coffee communities with the following initiatives:

  • A commitment to 100% ethically sourced coffee – through partnerships with Conservational International and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, Starbucks is championing a global effort to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural commodity.
  • More than $20 million in Origin Grants from The Starbucks Foundation since 2005 to organizations like Mercy Corps, Eastern Congo Initiative, Heifer International and others to support smallholder farming families with vocational training, increased access to water and health services, and greater economic opportunity in coffee and tea-growing communities.
  • A commitment to invest $50 million in the Starbucks Global Farmer Fund to provide financing to coffee farmers. By providing access to capital, farmers have the ability to make strategic investments in their infrastructure, offering the stability they need to manage ongoing complexities so that there is a future for them and the industry. To date, the Fund has invested more than $22 million in loans impacting more than 40,000 farmers.
  • Farmer Support Centers in key coffee producing countries around the world, including Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, China, Guatemala, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. There, farmers get free access to the latest findings of Starbucks top agronomists, including new varietals of disease-resistant trees, and advanced soil management techniques. Starbucks goal is to build upon traditional growing methods to help farmers continue to improve both the quality of their crops, and their profitability, ensuring the future of high quality coffees for everyone.

About The Starbucks Foundation

Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation has strengthened communities around the world by advancing opportunities for youth, veterans, refugees and coffee, tea and cocoa farmers and their families, supporting communities affected by disaster, and promoting civic engagement. The Starbucks Foundation is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law, and receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations. Learn more at https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/starbucks-foundation

About Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear. Learn more at www.malala.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Amazon to create more than 1,500 full-time jobs with its first Missouri fulfillment center

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Mar. 7, 2018) announced plans for the first Missouri fulfillment center to be located in St. Peters, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace. Amazon currently operates a sortation center in Hazelwood, where it employs hundreds of associates.

“We’re excited to continue growing our team with our first, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Missouri,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our ability to expand in Missouri is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”

Amazon employees at the more than 800,000 square foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“Amazon’s choice to locate in Missouri speaks to our strength as North America’s logistics center,” Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development said. “Our central location, international airports and extensive highway, rail and river networks position Missouri as an ideal location for this new facility.”

“We are excited to congratulate Amazon for yet another investment in Missouri,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “Amazon is a great partner to Missouri and it was an honor to be a part of the Missouri team. We are thrilled they will be creating jobs and investing to improve the lives of Missouri citizens.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“All of us in St. Peters are excited to welcome Amazon to ‘My Hometown’ and we’re looking forward to them joining the St. Peters family with 1,500 jobs for our region’s well-trained workforce,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. “With Amazon’s tremendous investment in our region and our commitment to facilitating quality economic development projects with our ‘FasTrac’ process we believe this will be one of their most successful projects – ever.”

“We are pleased that Amazon has chosen the City of St. Peters as the site for its new fulfillment center,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “This is a major investment that reflects the growing shift to e-commerce and will add more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs in St. Charles County. Amazon’s decision is just one more indication that St. Charles County is being recognized as an exceptional place to live, work and do business.”

Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 12,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“We were thrilled to work with Amazon in partnership with the City of St. Peters, St. Charles County and Missouri state officials on the company’s new investment in our region that will bring more than 1,500 jobs,” said Tom Chulick, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “Amazon’s decision to continue investing in the St. Louis region by locating their first fulfillment center in St. Peters highlights our region’s strategic national location, strong transportation infrastructure and superior quality workforce.”

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:
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www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon Studios closes directing and writing deal with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan

The “Manchester by the Sea” Filmmaker will have an Exclusive Directing and Writing Deal with the Studio

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive first-look deal with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan. The two-year deal for directing and writing will cover both film and television projects.

Lonergan and Amazon Studios worked together last year on the critically acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, which won Lonergan an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a nomination for Best Director. Manchester by the Sea is available now for streaming and download on Prime Video.

“I’m thrilled to renew my connection to Amazon Studios. They’ve done amazing work wherever they’ve turned their attention, they did a perfect job with Manchester by the Sea, and it’s a pleasure to be in business with them again,” said Lonergan.

“Kenny is one of the finest directors and storytellers of our time,” said Jason Ropell, VP of Worldwide Motion Pictures, Amazon Studios. “Following our successful and memorable partnership on Manchester by the Sea, we are excited to further our relationship and continue supporting his visionary work.”

Lonergan’s upcoming projects include Howards End, a four-part limited series starring Hayley Atwell, and the play “Lobby Hero” starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Bel Powley & Brian Tyree Henry, set to premiere on Broadway in March at the Helen Hayes Theater as a Second Stage Production.

Lonergan is represented by WME and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP.

About Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios brings bold and innovative series and films from top tier and up-and-coming creators to customers in over 200 countries and territories. Original productions range from daring and timely subject matter such as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq; to the critically hailed The Grand Tour, Mozart in the Jungle and Man in the High Castle. In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Amazon Prime members. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win Oscars for Manchester by the Sea(Best Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor, Casey Affleck) and The Salesman (Best Foreign Film). Recent notable releases include the box office success The Big Sick, which is one of the top streaming films on Prime. Upcoming films in 2018 include Nash Edgerton’s Gringo, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth and Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.

About Prime Video

Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Original series like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sneaky Pete, and kids series, Tumble Leaf, and Amazon Original Movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, and Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and Apple TV or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Marks & Spencer appoints Starcount to help enhance customer understanding and predict future buying behaviour

LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (06 February 2018) announces the appointment of data science company, Starcount, as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plans. The partnership will help enhance customer understanding and insight through personalisation of M&S’ loyalty and CRM programmes including M&S’s Sparks Card.

Sparks, which currently has over 6 million members, is a key tool for customer insight and engagement and central to helping M&S become a digital-first retailer. Starcount, led by Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby, will utilise its pioneering and innovative approach and technology to map out customer passions in order to predict future buying behaviour.

Starcount’s appointment follows a Marketing Team restructure last month to ensure that the team is more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the business. Marketing and customer engagement play a significant part in M&S’ transformation ensuring it is faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.

Rob Weston who was appointed Marketing Director, Brand & Customer as part of the restructure, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Starcount in my new role. Sparks plays a huge part in helping with our transformation and having the best partners will enable us to focus on achieving a seamless experience for our customers.”

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount, said: “We are delighted to be working with M&S and partnering with them on predicting their customers’ wants and needs. Starcount’s expertise is the science of purchase and intent, understanding the ‘why’ behind M&S customer purchases to help deliver growth, profitability as well as a seamless customer experience.”

Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programme for the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:  

  • A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme
  • An acceleration of the UK store estate programme
  • The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau
  • A new Technology Transformation Programme
  • Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network
  • The restructure of the Customer, Marketing & Digital Team

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office:
020 8718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

CVS Health installs 14 new medication disposal units inside CVS Pharmacy locations in Rhode Island

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (March 6, 2018) that the company has expanded its safe medication disposal program inside select CVS Pharmacy locations in Rhode Island to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could be diverted or misused if left in people’s homes. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch, and Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves joined representatives from CVS Health at a Pawtucket CVS Pharmacy store to launch the program today.

“With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we witness the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” said Tom Davis, Vice President of Professional Services for CVS Pharmacy. “Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts in Rhode Island is an extension of the initiatives in place across our company to fight the opioid abuse epidemic and fulfil our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The 14 new medication disposal units that will be installed inside CVS Pharmacy locations in Rhode Island will supplement an additional 14 units CVS Health has donated to police departments across the state. Nationwide, CVS Health has donated more than 850 units to local law enforcement, collecting more than 140 metric tons, or more than 300,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

Attorney General Kilmartin said, “I applaud CVS Health for recognizing that to effectively tackle and defeat the opioid epidemic in this country, all stakeholders need to work together in a coordinated effort. Expanding the company’s prescription drug disposal kiosks to stores across Rhode Island will make it easier for customers to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription opioids and other prescription drugs before they can be abused or diverted for illicit purposes.”

The expansion of the safe medication disposal program to 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company’s strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017. As part of that effort, the company also said it would align opioid utilization management with CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place.

This work builds on ongoing company initiatives, including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. More than 300,000 teens nationally including more than 3,600 in Rhode Island have already participated in the program. CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including Rhode Island.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health