eBay further raises the standard of online commerce with the launch of an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™

eBay further raises the standard of online commerce with the launch of an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™

 

San Jose, California, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the past 20 years, eBay has set the standard for operating a trusted and safe marketplace, devoting substantial resources in a variety of trust and safety initiatives that enable more than 165 million global active buyers to shop our platform with confidence. But still, we know many consumers may be hesitant to purchase certain types of high-end merchandise online.

Later this year, eBay will be launching an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™, a service powered by a network of professional authenticators. The program is designed to boost consumer confidence when purchasing high-end merchandise. This is another step in raising the standard of online commerce to help every eBay customer find their perfect – from the new to the unique and everything in between.

eBay sat down with Laura Chambers – Vice President of eBay Consumer Selling, and lead of this new program – to hear more about the program.

Q: Tell me more about this authentication program?

Laura: eBay pioneered buying and selling online. We created the first ever ecommerce trust infrastructure at scale, making it safe and secure for consumers to transact. We’re currently developing a service that will further benefit both buyers and sellers on our marketplace. We know that many shoppers may be hesitant to purchase high-end products online. This service is designed to help quell some of those concerns – and in turn – enhance the opportunity for our sellers to get top dollar for their items.

Q: How will the authentication program work?

Laura: Throughout the course of the year, we’ll be testing and building out the foundation of the program, but the basic premise is there will be an authentication service powered by a network of professional authenticators that sellers and buyers can take advantage of.

eBay sellers who sell certain types of inventory, such as high-end handbags, will have an opportunity to opt-in to the authentication service for a fee when listing a product. In return, there will be messaging on their listing that highlights that the item will be reviewed by a professional authenticator before it’s delivered to the buyer. If the item sells, a professional authenticator will examine the item for authenticity. If the item passes inspection, the item will be forwarded to the buyer. To further bolster consumer trust in this program – if a buyer receives an item following inspection and it’s found to be inauthentic – eBay will refund the buyer two times the cost of the original purchase price*.

For listings within specific categories where the seller hasn’t adopted the authentication service, the buyer will still have the ability to utilize the service for a fee.

Q: Is there a certain category of inventory this service pertains to?

Laura: We’ll initially be focusing on areas within the fashion category, such as high-end handbags, as we know this particular set of inventory causes some consumers apprehension in their purchase journey. Based on our learnings, we’ll look to broaden the service out further.

Q: Who does the program benefit?

Laura: For buyers, the service adds another layer of trust to allow them to shop confidently. And for sellers, the service will be most beneficial for those who are looking to part ways with their high-value items, but don’t necessarily have a long established selling history on eBay. For our more established sellers, the service may not be as meaningful given they’ve likely established a trusted reputation, but it will certainly be available to all sellers.

Q: How does this program tie into eBay’s anti-counterfeit efforts?

Laura: We view this program as an extension of our existing industry-leading anti-counterfeit initiatives. We utilize a combination of sophisticated detection tools, enforcement and strong relationships with brand owners, retailers and law enforcement agencies to present our customers with a safe, trusted shopping experience. Back in 1998, we launched our best-in-class Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program, which allows more than 40,000 rights owners to quickly report possible counterfeit goods. Less than a fraction of a percentage point of all items listed on eBay were identified as potentially counterfeit. This program simply helps our buyers have more confidence on the great, authentic inventory that we have on the site – and enable our sellers to benefit from that confidence.

Q: What is the timing for launching this program?

Laura: We’ll be piloting various elements of the program in the coming months, and aiming to make this broadly available toward the end of this year.

* Coverage may vary by region. Terms will apply

Contact:

United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

Source: eBay

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Diebold Nixdorf to introduce new solutions to drive connected commerce for retailers at the NRF BIG Show

New technologies provide mobility and convenience to change the way consumers shop

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf will be introducing new solutions to drive connected commerce for retailers at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Show, the world’s leading annual retail event, Jan. 15-17 in New York. In booth #2879, Diebold Nixdorf will highlight solutions that support four key drivers in the retail industry— digitalization, individualization, automation and miniaturization—to transform the shopping experience for today’s consumers.

Today (Jan. 10, 2017), 56 percent of consumers feel that technology makes their shopping experience better. With 90 percent of transactions still completed in a store, brick-and-mortar retailers must anticipate the influence of digital and online channels by adopting interactive technologies.[1] The new K-One Kiosk solution was designed to digitalize the in-store consumer experience by quickly and seamlessly assisting consumers throughout their visit. The versatile, tailored solution can be easily adapted to changing consumer demands, with functionality for order taking, customer service, product information, ticket and lottery sales and even self-checkout.

Retailers will also be introduced to the latest innovations in automated checkout technology—from cash and card payment options to tablet and mobile integration.

  • The new compact SmartPay self-checkout solution enables consumers to scan and bag their items and pay using a mobile app, credit or debit card.
  • The recently introduced eXpress self-checkout solution can be used as an interactive kiosk or a payment terminal with a compact design that meets the industry’s demand for a miniaturized footprint.
  • The moPOS solution offers an easy and pragmatic way to integrate tablet technologies into the retail environment. The unique solution easily transitions from mobile to stationary featuring a tablet that connects to a mobile device hub to interact with stationary point-of-sale (POS) technologies such as printers and scanners.
  • The C6010 automates cash handling by securely accepting, counting and balancing notes as they are received by the cashier— removing the need for a cash drawer while increasing security and efficiency.

At just under 10 inches (25 centimeters) wide, the new Extreme Self-Checkout Concept is just one and a half times the width of a dollar bill. Its miniaturized footprint fits perfectly in any environment while providing the individualized experiences that today’s consumers expect. The new concept, together with Diebold Nixdorf’s mobile application software solutions, enables retailers to connect the entire shopping experience for consumers beginning at home in the planning phase. Consumers are then able to use their retailer’s mobile app to build lists and receive suggestions on the fastest route through the store, personalized ads and recommendations based on their location. As the consumer moves through the store, they simply scan the items they wish to purchase using their mobile device. Once complete, the consumer can bypass traditional self-checkout lines via the Extreme Self-Checkout Concept and leave the store.

The entire TP Application Suite, a comprehensive suite of software solutions designed to provide high-quality, seamless experiences for consumers and enable advanced functionalities in the retail environment, will be showcased in both the Diebold Nixdorf booth and the Zebra Technologies booth #1603.

To ensure smooth deployment, maintenance and operations of all systems and software solutions, Diebold Nixdorf offers a comprehensive services portfolio for retailers. At NRF, Diebold Nixdorf will demonstrate how retailers can achieve operational excellence through a virtual reality retail experience.

“Today’s consumers expect faster, more convenient and individualized shopping experiences,” said Thomas Fell, Diebold Nixdorf senior vice president, retail. “Our comprehensive portfolio of technology and software drives efficiencies by digitalizing the in-store shopping experience and automating and accelerating the checkout process to improve convenience for both retailers and consumers.”

Also in the booth, AEVI, a Diebold Nixdorf subsidiary, will demonstrate its secure, cashless payment solutions together with a global software marketplace for high-quality, value-added apps and services for merchant banks and acquirers.

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

[1] “Store Tech Trends H1 2016”, Planet Retail June 2016

Media Relations:
Renee Murphy
+1-330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

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

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

NCR together with Freshub to demonstrate Smart Kitchen Commerce solution at the NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO

A revolutionary offering delivering voice-activated, motion-friendly connected kitchen appliances using IoT platform

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leader in omni-channel technologies, together with Freshub will provide live demonstrations of groundbreaking Smart Kitchen Commerce solution as well as the innovative technology at work behind the scenes. This first-of-its-kind technology is bridging the physical and digital worlds by creating a kitchen controlled by both voice and motion technology while keeping consumers connected to their favorite retailers and eCommerce providers.

Combining NCR Retail ONE’s order service technology with the Freshub Smart Connected Kitchen gives retailers an opportunity to penetrate the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled appliance space, connecting consumer devices like refrigerators and stoves through the Internet, granting instant access to the retail ecosystem and a perpetual presence in the connected kitchens of consumers. Keeping with the trend of voice-activated technology, this development offers an intuitive way for consumers to order any item they may need the minute they need it – all completely hands-free.

“NCR has always been committed to providing innovative solutions to help our customers grow their business and thrive,” said Dusty Lutz, Vice President of Store Transformation at NCR. “Now, as the kitchen is becoming the center of the connected home filled with smart appliances, we are doubling-down on our efforts to empower our customers to benefit from this growing IoT trend. Our open NCR Retail ONE commerce hub is now fully integrated with Freshub Smart Kitchen Commerce, delivering next-generation convenience and seamless shopping experiences to consumers in their own kitchens.”

“Consumers are growing increasingly accustomed to operating devices – such as personal assistants – via voice commands, so it’s a natural progression for them to demand the ability to manage their groceries in the same way,” said Iri Zohar, Founder and CEO of Freshub. “Grocery retailers must consider adopting IoT technologies to help them cater to these expectations. Together with NCR, we are taking IoT capabilities further and delivering true omnicommerce, enabling consumers to restock their kitchens instantly using their voice or a simple wave of the hand.”

Freshub, a leading provider of Smart Kitchen Commerce technology, is the first solution provider to fully integrate NCR Retail ONE technology, an innovative commerce hub that will allow retailers to better address omni-channel requirements and position themselves for success in the new era of the Internet of Things.

The NCR Retail ONE and Smart Kitchen Commerce solution will be demonstrated January 15th to 17th at NCR’s booth, kiosk #3405, during the NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO.

About Freshub
Freshub is a leading business advisor, technology provider, and systems integrator in the Smart Kitchen Commerce ecosystem. Freshub brings grocery retailers and appliance manufacturers together to make the smart kitchen a reality, offering consumers full access to online supermarkets via kitchen appliances such as connected microwaves, kitchen music players, and smart bins. Consumers can add products to their digital shopping cart by simply waving the package in front of the appliance or via voice commands.

Website: http://www.freshub.com

About NCR Corporation 
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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

Media Contact:
Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Diebold Nixdorf introduces Extreme Self-Checkout Concept for the retail market that fits perfectly in any environment

Software-driven solution enables seamless end-to-end shopping experience for consumers

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, a leading provider of innovative self-service solutions to top retailers, is showcasing a new self-checkout concept for the retail market. At just under 10 inches (25 centimeters) wide, the new Extreme Self-Checkout Concept is just one and a half times the width of a dollar bill and fits perfectly in any environment. With the ability to serve as an automated teller machine (ATM), point-of-sale (POS) terminal and a self-checkout unit, the concept enables an unprecedented level of consumer convenience by connecting the physical and digital worlds of shopping to create a seamless end-to-end experience.

By accepting cash, card and contactless payments, the Extreme Self-Checkout Concept enables retailers to meet the needs of today’s consumers while driving the future of connected commerce. Additionally, the concept’s extremely small footprint enables retailers to free up valuable floor space. The addition of an EMV chip reader further eliminates the risk of card fraud by exclusively reading the cards EMV chip versus the entire magnetic stripe.

Working together with Diebold Nixdorf’s TPiSHOP mobile application, retailers are able to connect the entire shopping experience for consumers beginning at home in the planning phase. Consumers are then able to use their retailer’s mobile app to build lists and receive suggestions on the fastest route through the store, personalized ads and purchase recommendations based on their location. As the consumer moves through the store, they simply scan the items they wish to purchase using their mobile device. Once complete, the consumer can bypass traditional self-checkout lines via the Extreme Self-Checkout Concept and leave the store. Additionally, the flexibility of the concept enables retailers to offer a wide range of additional services to consumers in a self-service environment such as cash back, check cashing and bill pay services.

“As banks and retailers seek to enhance consumer experiences, the line between physical and digital channels will continue to blur. This concept enables retailers to embrace the future of consumer transactions while utilizing their current infrastructure and technology,” said Richard Harris, Diebold Nixdorf vice president, design and new technology incubation. “Diebold Nixdorf is uniquely positioned to guide both retailers and financial institutions through this complex ecosystem to deliver the future of connected commerce.”

The concept will be unveiled for the first time in Diebold Nixdorf’s booth #2879 at the National Retail Federation (NRF) BIG Show, the world’s leading annual retail event, Jan. 15-17 in New York.

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:
Renee Murphy
+1 330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com;

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

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Ferns N Petals Opens Up Its 1st Outlet in Manesar, Gurgaon

NEW DELHI, INDIA, 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Manesar, 10th January 2017: Ferns N Petals is one of the premium floral boutique in India which after having a strong foothold in Delhi is planning to increase its retail presence in Manesar too. With the addition of Manesar, FNP is now present in 93 cities with the help of more than 240 operational outlets pan India.

The outlet is located in Sector-86, near Microtek Green Burg, Gurgaon the store has an internal space of around 200 sq.ft which comprises of several floral arrangements, decoration for events like weddings and other individual parties too. Ferns N Petals has been delivering quality gifts with an unforgettable brand experience for quite some time.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Sharma, Vice President, Retail and Franchise, Ferns N Petals said, “Manesar remained untapped for very long time, we are trying to strengthen our hold in Manesar because it has been a fast developing city. We are looking forward to open up more such outlets to provide an excellent brand experience to the customers.”

Customers can find the stores packed with fresh cut flowers, dried flowers and other fresh and artificial floral arrangements. In addition to this people can also make their pick from scented candles, candle stands, glass vases, gift accessories, aromatherapy and potpourris that will make amazing valentine gifts for the significant other. In addition to the premium quality that the online portal has been providing, all the gifts are quite affordably priced to make the purchase quite simpler for the customers.

The company has an online store too where customers can fulfil their gifting needs easily. People can shop for flowers, cakes, personalized gifts, combos and hampers too which can be sent as a perfect valentine gifts for husband with a click of the mouse. And for all the last minute gift givers, the online portal has also come up with same day delivery options which gives customers the chance to ensure same day delivery of gifts with absolute ease. The impeccable packaging of the gifts makes the present a perfect pick for any given occasion.

About the Company:

Ferns N Petals online portal has been the one stop shop for all gifting needs. It started with a single store in 1994 and now has more than 240 operational stores running successfully all across the country. The store will ensure delivery to both national and international destinations with a simple tap. And to make it even more convenient for the customers, the online portal has come up with flexible delivery options which gives them a chance to ensure that the customers can place their orders the same day, next day and even at fixed time too.

Ferns N Petals group comprises of FNP Retail and Franchising, FNP E-commerce in both India and Dubai, The Flagship Store, FNP Select, FNP Gardens and GBM( giftsbymeeta.com). It company has been extending its reach to every possible place and meeting the needs and the requirements of the customers too.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Eshmeeta Kaur
Marketing Head / PR
Ferns N Petals Pvt. Ltd
(+91) 9582212653
eshmeeta.kaur@fnp.com
Website: www.fnp.com

GiftaLove.com: A Reliable Online Gift Store to Send Valentine Gifts Online!

Delhi, India, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Valentine’s Day is heading fast for the lovers to celebrate the awesome feeling of being in love. It is off course the most awaited and romantic day for the lovers to celebrate with their beloved. Couples in love find Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to revive their bond of love. Thus, greeting cards, flowers, heart shape cushions, balloons, cakes, soft toys, chocolates and many such gifting options are high on demand among the lovers during the approaching time of Valentine’s Day. Valentine gift is the most important thing shared between lovers to confess their heartiest feelings in an impressive way.

GiftaLove has thus introduced its latest range of Valentine’s Day Gifts 2017 for the people of India to find awesome and romantic token of love for their respective beloved. The range is full of amazing and impressive Valentine gifting stuffs to make choice for gifting him/her on the special day. Most importantly it is offering the ease to send Valentine Gifts to India for the lovers who are in a long distance relationship.

In a discussion about the facility to send Valentine Gifts online, the official representative of the portal commented, “Gifting is undoubtedly the best part of the Valentine’s Day celebration. A Valentine Gifts in fact helps a lover to express his hearty feelings, to confess his/her feelings to someone desiring, to make the special one feel special being in love and does lot more. Thus at GiftaLove, we consider all these facts and come up with Valentine Gifts that are thoughtful, heart winning and impressive. However, our services for Valentine Gifts delivery in India and abroad helps lovers across India and worldwide to send their token of love to their beloved residing far away.”

On the portal, there are plenty of attractive online Valentine Gifts catalogues that are inclusive of thousands of attractive Valentine gift selections like Ravishing Red Roses, Delights Only For You, Passionate Red Blooms with Greeting Card, 30 Romantic Blooms with Chocó Treats, Candles of Joy, Affectionate Combo, Express It with Flower Hamper, Hamper Full of Surprises, The Million Love, Heart Shape Flowers, View All, Heart for You, Romantic Red Heart, Heart Shape Roses for You, My Heart for You, Rosy Chocolaty Gift, Golden Love Combo, Sweet & Rosy Surprise, Hugging Pair, Kissing Couple on Boat, An Affectionate Gift Hamper, Essence of Love and many more.

Further in a discussion, the official spokesperson of the portal stated, “At GiftaLove, we focus on offering best gift selections online to the customers. Therefore, our gifting experts keep in tune to the latest gifting trends and keep on updating the ranges of gifts, flowers as well as cakes with most trending and heart winning options. In addition to all this our prompt delivery services across the globe, offer quick gifts delivery in India and across the globe.”

For the upcoming New Year 2017 celebration, the portal is now offering wide range of New Year Gifts which has to offer amazing gift option like Adorable New Year Hamper, Cherishing New Year Hamper, Mighty New Year Hamper, New Year Celebration, Yellow Festive Blooms, Inspirational New Year Hamper, New Year Golden set, Blissful New Year Hamper, Tree Of Life, Peace Divine New Year Hamper, Eminent New Year Hamper, New Year Card with Cad bury Celebration, Flower Hamper N Greeting Card, Relishing New Year Hamper, Romantic New Year Surprise, New Year Surprise, Sweet Mix Roses and much more.

About the Company:
GiftaLove is one-stop destination for everyone in search for impressive, unique and heartwarming gifts online. The portal offers gifts, yummy cakes and beautiful flowers for celebrations and occasions across the year. Now for upcoming Valentine’s Day, it is offering the facility of Valentine Gifts to India. People can also search for fabulous New Year and Christmas Gifts available online at the portal for online shopping at never before prices.

Contact-Details:
MR. Bharat
Marketing Head / PR
Primo Gifts Pvt. Ltd.
(91) 8882001155
support@giftalove.com
Website:- http://www.giftalove.com/

NCR Corporation announces the appointment of Marija Zivanovic-Smith as representative to APEC Business Advisory Council

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel technologies, today (December, 20, 2016) announced that the White House has appointed Marija Zivanovic-Smith to serve as one of three U.S. representatives to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

“At a time when the insights of business leaders are increasingly important to economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, we are delighted that Marija has accepted her appointment to ABAC,” said U.S. Ambassador to APEC, Matt Matthews.

Zivanovic-Smith will join ABAC counterparts from APEC’s 20 other member economies to advise APEC policymakers on issues affecting the region’s business climate. Created by APEC Leaders in 1995, ABAC consists of three business representatives from each APEC economy.  ABAC meets quarterly to discuss investment and trade policy recommendations and reports directly to the APEC leaders at an annual dialogue each fall.

APEC is the premier organization for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.  Under the APEC structure, the U.S. and 20 other of the world’s leading economies come together to facilitate regional economic integration through trade and investment liberalization, and tackle a wide range of issues critical to ensuring regional prosperity and economic growth.

“We believe Marija will make a significant contribution to the Council and effectively represent the U.S. business community on Asia-Pacific policy initiatives,” said NCR’s Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “As the global economy evolves and becomes increasingly driven by cross-border data flows, her strong voice on trade- and investment-friendly policies for emerging digital technologies, including the internet of things and big data, will be a tremendous asset to the Council.”

Marija is the vice president of corporate marketing, communications and government relations at NCR. She also serves as chief of staff to NCR’s Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. While leading a global team of marketing communications professionals, her key responsibilities include strategy formulation, promoting a consistent global brand based on NCR’s strong culture of innovation, and positioning NCR and its executives as trusted advisors to policy and community leaders worldwide.  Zivanovic-Smith serves on the the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  ITIC is an advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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

Media Contacts:
Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation
212.589.8428
scott.sykes@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Louis Vuitton City Guide included on the Apple App Store’s “Best of 2016” list

Louis Vuitton City Guide included on the Apple App Store’s “Best of 2016” list

 

Paris, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Louis Vuitton City Guide, which brings travelers an interactive experience as they explore the world’s most fascinating cities, has been included on the Apple App Store’s “Best of 2016” list. This prestigious recognition honors the innovative mobile app as Louis Vuitton continues to reinvent the art of travel, proposing unique addresses that capture the spirit and soul of the 29 destinations now available.

Louis Vuitton has been sharing its unique take on the world since 1998, when the Maison published its first City Guides, meticulously curated selections that span luxury hotels and charming guesthouses, gourmet restaurants and neighborhood bistros, fine foods stores and bustling street markets, must-see monuments and little-known sites…

Introduced a year ago, the Louis Vuitton City Guide mobile app brings alive the 29 cities around the world in its digital catalogue with thousands of regularly updated addresses. The vibrant City Guide spirit is captured through photographs, insights from writers, an arts and culture agenda and more, all enriching the experience for travelers as they discover the city.

The art of travel is resolutely interactive with the City Guide app, proposing even more little-known places for visitors to enjoy. This intuitive and very user-friendly app has been included on Apple’s “Best of 2016” list of the most innovative apps. Finding an address is easier than ever with the City Guides app thanks to a geolocation feature that shows nearby spots, plus filters for targeted search results. The app can send digital post cards too, or share addresses by email, text message and social network posts.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Kesko’s homepage ranked Finland’s best corporate website for the second consecutive time

Helsinki, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko’s homepage at www.kesko.fi has been ranked Finland’s best corporate website for a second consecutive time. The Swedish Comprend’s 20th Webranking survey ranks corporate websites on 50 criteria derived from company stakeholders’ needs and wishes.

The 50 largest Finnish listed companies were included in the survey. On a Europe-wide scale, the survey covered over 800 companies and the 100 largest companies globally. Kesko’s score was 92.2/100, which was several points higher from last year.

“This is a great proof of Kesko’s systematic development of digital services. Kesko aims to build the trading sector’s best digital services for the K-Group customers for shopping to be fun”, says Channel Director Harri Utoslahti.

Kesko ranked above the Finnish average on all website sections: homepage, about us, press, reporting, share, investor relations, governance, CSR, careers and website functionalities. In this year’s survey, Kesko was the only company to score full points for the company information section.

In the retail sector, the survey covered 41 European companies among which Kesko was ranked the best.

You can read more about the survey at http://comprend.com/webranking. Kesko’s website address is www.kesko.fi.

Kesko and K-retailers form the K-Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. The K-Group is the third largest retail operator in northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 30,000 people. Kesko has over 1,500 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most sustainable trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World). www.kesko.fi

Contact:
Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communications
riikka.toivonen@kesko.fi
tel. +358 105 323 495

Source: Kesko Group

Kantar Retail to highlight key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study at a webinar on 21st December

London, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chinese eCommerce market has continued to show spectacular growth. From 2014 to 2015, the market grew more than 30%, with a similar growth rate expected in 2016. It now far outstrips the U.S. eCommerce market by sales value (almost USD600 billion in China versus USD350 billion in the U.S.). It is not just the sheer size of the market that matters, but also its complexity. B2C and C2C channels are clearly defined. B2C remains the bulk of the market with 59% of the value traded. Online B2B has resulted in major value growth and new opportunities. This model allows major manufacturers to penetrate lower-tier cities and markets without setting up costly and often inefficient supply networks.

Kantar Retail will host an exclusive webinar on Wednesday 21st December in English and Chinese to highlight the key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study. The Webinar will be divided into two parts:

FMCG online performance review: This part will focus on the following key takeaways:

  • Overall FMCG category online landscape
  • Size of the category and segment
  • Best practices and key success factors
  • Category brand ranking
  • Online channel category’s distribution

Categories include personal care, household essentials, baby products, food and beverage, and alcohol.

Best eTailers ranked by manufacturers: This part will reveal the best eTailers as determined by manufacturers in each business area. This section will:

  • Review results from over 200 manufacturers on their China eTailer partners.
  • Summarize the factors that make high-performing Chinese eTailers successful.
  • Evaluate eTailers from five unique lenses: commercial strength, strategic strength, operational strength, marketing strength, and organization and capability.

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
victoria.bradshaw@kantarretail.com
T: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Source: Kantar Retail

WEBCOLLAGE ANNOUNCES MONTAGE AND OPENS ITS PLATFORM TO GLOBAL PARTNERS

Rich product content publishing platform integrates exciting new content options to enhance its offering to leading global manufacturers and retailers

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Webcollage, the rich product content publishing platform used by the world’s leading brands and retailers, has today announced Montage – a community of carefully selected Webcollage partners that will combine the brand-approved rich product content that shoppers demand, with a new generation of content that is now an integral part of the path-to-purchase.

Webcollage CEO John Federman says of today’s shopper: “There is no doubt that enhanced content — including images, videos, interactive tours, comparison charts, 360 views and other key product attributes – has created a more engaging experience for shoppers. It’s been measured to increase sales anywhere from 12-36%. But, now, shoppers have even more kinds of content that have been shown to drive conversion rates. User Generated Content (UGC) in the form of photos, videos and reviews from users and influencers are increasingly relied upon. So, it only makes sense for our new initiative, Montage, to respond.”

Montage will provide brands and retailers with access to an ecosystem of best in class technology companies, creative agencies and content service providers. This ecosystem can provide new and exciting content options including video, images, user generated content and reviews, that enhance the rich product detail pages already being syndicated by the Webcollage® syndication platform.

Webcollage CEO John Federman goes further to speak to the benefits of the initiative, “Montage is a win-win for partners, brands and retailers. Our Montage partners can access the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, which is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide; our manufacturer brands can syndicate other types of content at scale with no incremental development required; and our retail partners can add some of the most exciting new content technologies out there to their existing rich product content to further increase conversions and boost sales.”

Webcollage, has already teamed up with software vendors (ISVs) including Reevoo, Olapic and Gen Video.

Reevoo CEO Jonathan Callcut says: ” “Reevoo is very excited about partnering with Webcollage. They have a great platform, and through them we’ll have access to over 600 global retail partners. We know user-generated content in all its forms is conversion gold dust – so anything we can do to help brands to squeeze even more value out of what they’re already collecting is good news. And because the content is already there and ready to go, we should start seeing some good results really quickly.”

“Visual user-generated content has changed the way people shop online because it provides valuable, real-world context and creates a more meaningful brand experience,” said Pau Sabria, co-founder of Olapic. “Leveraging Webcollage’s syndication capabilities is a great way for brands to showcase their top customer photos consistently across multiple retail sites and influence the customer’s path to purchase.”

gen.video President, Jessica Thorpe says: “Working with social media influencers to create compelling branded video content is a top tactic for most marketers because of the proven impact influencers have to build trust, drive traffic and impact sales. Our partnership with Webcollage is a great way for gen.video to help brands and retailers tap into the power of influencer marketing and engage shoppers with the right video content, to inform and inspire their shopping journey. The turnkey nature of the Webcollage platform makes it very easy for authentic, engaging influencer video to be made available to shoppers to drive higher sales conversions.”

Webcollage established the industry standard for publishing rich product information to retailer websites. More than 1,000 manufacturers use the Webcollage platform to syndicate rich product content to a network of global retailer partners that includes more than 600 ecommerce websites, including Walmart.com.

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For editors

For more information about Montage visit http://www.webcollage.com/montage/

For partners: Bringing large scale distribution opportunities to ISV’s across the globe. For technology companies, independent software vendors, creative agencies and content service providers, Montage creates an opportunity to quickly, significantly boost distribution and grow their business.

  • Expand distribution: Webcollage’s strong client relationships connect partners with new distribution opportunities. Brands and retailers are always looking for new ways to energize their product pages.
  • Streamline and connect: Webcollage’s network of top brands and retailers is already in place. There’s no need for partners to negotiate or manage relationships. Montage is powered by the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide.
    • Maximize reach at the right moment: Content gets in front of shoppers while they shop.
    • Easy integration: The content distribution mechanism is already in place. It’s a simple feed-based approach — an API-based partnership where Webcollage does all the engineering.
    • Scalable & automated: The Webcollage platform is architected for growth and innovation.
  • Quick time to market: Get live on more sites, fast!
  • Deepen relationships: Agencies and service providers enjoy a greater level of integration with retailer sites.

For retailers: Bringing exciting new content options to help retailers sell more. Knowledge is power, and it also sells products. Montage gives retailers the chance to add excitement to the shopper journey with a combination of the brand-approved rich product content that converts, and new content of their choice from Webcollage’s network of partners, including:

  • User-generated content and digital assets
  • Influencer content
  • Shopper reviews *

*Shoppers trust a personal recommendation above anything else.

Nielson, 2015

This powerful combination is seamlessly delivered within existing content packages to product detail pages on a retailer’s site – creating a shopper experience that’s richer, more relevant and more compelling than ever before.

For manufacturers: Montage helps manufacturers rich content become even richer. Montage combines the brand-approved rich content that shoppers demand with a new generation of content: video, images, reviews and more, curated or created by our partners. This content is made even more compelling because it is displayed at the top of the product detail page.

  • User-generated content and digital assets *
  • Influencer content*
  • Shopper reviews

*Nielsen research shows that 92% of shoppers trust recommendations made by friends and family, and 70% of people trust online reviews and recommendations.

About Webcollage

Webcollage is the leading cloud-based content management platform for managing rich product information, and syndication across retail sites globally. Webcollage provides brands with the tools they need to deliver consistent content — from rich product detail pages, comparison charts, images galleries, interactive tours and product selectors – to power online sales conversions and improve the customer experience. Webcollage’s® syndication platform and global retailer network is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide. Webcollage is headquartered in New York City with offices in Ann Arbor, Cleveland, New York City, Silicon Valley, Rotterdam, Warsaw and Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.webcollage.com.

Twitter: @webcollage

Facebook.com/webcollage
LinkedIn.com/webcollage

ICA Sweden conducts IT investment worth approximately SEK 550 million during the period 2014–2019

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Sweden is conducting a large IT project aimed at modernising and improving the efficiency of assortment control, master data for product articles, and product supply. After evaluating a previously chosen solution for product supply, a new solution with better functionality and a more favourable investment calculation has been chosen. However, this entails that an impairment loss must be recognised for accumulated costs. The impairment loss amounts to SEK 148 million and will be recognised as a non-recurring item in Q4 2016 for ICA Sweden.

Of the three project components, the first two are proceeding according to plan and will be implemented in the near future. For the third component, product supply, the study that has been completed has shown that there are alternatives that better meet ICA Sweden’s needs than the previously chosen solution.

The entire ongoing IT investment is very extensive, and the total investment is worth approximately SEK 550 million during the period 2014–2019.

This information is such that ICA Gruppen is obligated to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:30 CET on Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Contact:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen
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Dutch e-commerce start up Zamro implements Intershop Commerce Suite as B2B omni-channel commerce platform

Intershop solutions enabled a record time development of 5 months supporting the rapid growth strategy

Jena, Germany, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG, the leading independent supplier of innovative omni-channel commerce solutions, has brought online another ambitious B2B client from The Netherlands. Zamro, part of the ERIKS Group, has selected Intershop to implement their B2B e-commerce platform, based on Intershop Commerce Suite including the Intershop Order Management.

Zamro is an ambitious and dynamic e-commerce company that was founded in February 2016 and has great ambitions for cross border growth and focuses on the rapidly changing behaviour of the technical B2B buyer. With its broad assortment of over 500,000 industrial components the start-up’s online offer is focusing on a one-stop shop proposition primarily directed at smaller and medium-sized business clients. Zamro aims to deliver “ease of order” to the industry, which is not yet that widely spread. Key focus is a perfect understanding of the customer in order to offer an excellent customer experience, comprehensive product information and the quick, reliable delivery of their orders. Unlike often still the case in the business client sector; catalogs, products, and prices in the shop are kept completely transparent. Visitors can access without prior registration regardless of the client.

Axel Köhler, member of the board at Intershop: “We are delighted that Zamro selected Intershop after intensive competitive analysis. This success mirrors Intershop’s B2B focus and confirms once again that our B2B omni-channel commerce solution is very appealing for ambitious medium-sized companies geared toward cross border growth.”

Floris Jan Cuypers, Founder and Managing Director at Zamro added: “As an innovative, rapidly growing company, we have in Intershop the support of an experienced partner for our ambitious B2B e-commerce strategy. The platform meets our demands for an innovative yet economical solution that is flexible and scalable enough to push our plans for growth ahead. We also appreciate the unbeatably short project duration that secures our swift market launch.”

Zamro designed a state-of-the-art commerce architecture, which is hosted in the public cloud by Carrenza. In this architecture the Intershop order management system has been integrated to on-board new suppliers and (international) warehouses quickly. The B2B platform, which offers a B2C experience, is instrumental to realize the international growth ambitions and initially went live in the Netherlands and Belgium.

About Zamro BV

Zamro is a young B2B eCommerce company offering technical components and tools for small and medium sized companies. With shops live in the Netherlands and Belgium it focuses on a rapid expansion in the European market. The main aim of the company is offering “ease of order” through a broad assortment, technical knowledge and great user experience. Zamro is part of Eriks group.

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Rakuten enhances services with Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy e-money service now compatible with Android Pay™ service

Tokyo, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., and Rakuten Edy, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Point Card shared point card service and Rakuten Edy e-money service have been made compatible with the Android Pay™ service, which will launch in Japan from December 13.

Android Pay™ is a digital wallet service provided by Google that can be installed from the Google Play Store. With the service, users can register e-money services, point cards and gift cards and utilize them in stores.

Rakuten Point Card is a service that allows users to earn Rakuten Super Points when paying at affiliated stores. Rakuten Super Points can be used on the Rakuten Group’s various services and in payments at affiliated stores. Rakuten Edy began offering an Android™ version of its Rakuten Edy app for Osaifu Keitai®-equipped Android™ from January 2011, and cumulatively, 100.9 million Rakuten Edy cards have been issued*1.

With Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy now compatible with Android Pay™, users are now able to manage their points and e-money through the service. For Rakuten Edy, in addition to being able to pay with Android Pay™, users can also confirm their Edy balance and usage history, as well as set up Rakuten Super Points*2. As it is also possible for users to charge their Rakuten Edy card using a credit card registered on the user’s Google account*3 with Android Pay™, there is no need for the user to register new credit card information at the time of set up.

By making its services compatible with Android Pay™, the Rakuten Group will create opportunities for new users to make use of the Rakuten Edy and Rakuten Point Card services. Going forward, Rakuten will strive to expand and enhance its services in order to increase the level of user satisfaction.

*1 The cumulative number issued as of December 1. Includes Rakuten Edy-equipped cards and Osaifu Keitai®.

*2 Only compatible with Android™ devices which are compatible with Osaifu Keitai®.

*3 It is necessary to register the credit cards on a Google account in advance.

* Osaifu-Keitai® is the registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

* Android, Android Pay and Google Play are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

Todd Sprinkle to become CIO of QVC

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, today (12.7.16) announced the appointment of Todd Sprinkle to Chief Information Officer. In this role, Todd will oversee QVC’s global IT organization spanning the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, China and at QVC’s global business services operation in Poland. Under his leadership, the QVC IT organization will continue to raise the bar in delivering a seamless and engaging multiplatform experience for customers and team members around the world. Todd reports to Mike George, President and CEO of QVC.

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the world’s most engaging shopping experience,” said George. “Our industry-leading technology and teams support multiple social, mobile and web platforms, live broadcasts reaching nine countries, and millions of customer calls and packages shipped each year. Todd’s expertise in ecommerce and broadcast technology will be instrumental in continuing to build agile world-class technology platforms to drive our growth and deliver outstanding service.”

Todd held various leadership roles with QVC since joining in 2007. Key advancements under his leadership include the development of the QVC for iPad App and QVC’s responsive design implementation. In addition, he has led the development QVC’s global content management strategy and key initiatives in IT strategy, planning and effectiveness.
Prior to QVC, Todd spent 12 years in senior-level roles at Turner Broadcasting. He began in IT, then transitioned to become Vice President, Network Operations, with responsibility for Broadcast Operations, Media Operations, Media Management and the Project Management office. Prior to Turner Broadcasting, Todd was with Macy’s where he worked in IT Application Development.

Todd is based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

Intershop supported BMW Group in the implementation of their new online shop

  • Customers can order more than 15,000 original parts
  • Extended search functions guarantee compatibility with various vehicle models

Jena, Germany, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — An e-commerce system on Intershop basis is now available to the BMW Group. Intershop also supported the BMW Group in the implementation of their new online shop. Customers of participating dealers can select in the new store from more than 15,000 original products ranging from accessories, spare parts, and lifestyle products of the brands BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, and Classic.

The platform based on the Intershop Commerce Suite digitizes the after-sales business of the BMW Group offering customers a 24/7 access. Additionally, it offers extended functionality such as the search for the matching product. After entering the vehicle identification number customers are shown exactly those parts and accessories that are compatible to their car or motorcycle. Upon selection of an item the online shop automatically suggests the associated components which are necessary for the placement into the vehicle. These detailed search functions leverage digitized vehicle data that date back until the early 1980´s.

Depending on the customer´s preference the selected products can then be shipped by one of the participating BMW dealers to the customers or can be picked up at their facility. The option of scheduling appointments for having the parts fitted in will be integrated soon.

Axel Köhler, COO at Intershop Communications AG comments: „On the basis of our Commerce Suite in this project Intershop has supported BMW Group in turning central promises of the digitalization into reality: better customer service and higher reach at increased efficiency. It´s the latest example of 15 years of successful cooperation of our companies.”

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Cumberland Building Society’s new online appointment booking service powered by Q-Flow enterprise software solution

London, United Kingdom, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (December 7, 2016) announced it is continuing to support Cumberland Building Society’s digital strategy with the launch of Cumberland’s new online appointment booking service, powered by Q-Flow enterprise software solution, which was delivered through NCR’s strategic partnership with Q-nomy.

The new system is part of Cumberland’s wider omni-channel strategy, integrating the diaries of the society’s branch advisors with multiple customer appointment booking touchpoints. This new booking system enables customers and potential customers to schedule branch or telephone appointments for any type of product, such as mortgage, current account or savings, directly from a mobile, tablet or PC. The system provides customers with available appointments at a range of branches. While customers benefit from this visibility, it also optimises the branch team’s daily activity, leading to enhanced productivity.

“Online appointment booking is a key step in our digital strategy,” said Chris McDonald, Cumberland Building Society’s Operations and HR Director comments. “With an increasing number of customers beginning their search on-line, and at a time which suits them, it is important that those customers are able to move seamlessly from a digital to a non-digital environment. Why should you have to wait until 8 am the following morning to book an appointment or request a telephone interview? The new system is incredibly easy to use and it is already showing major impacts in terms of our customer experience and appointment requests.”

The Q-Flow system went live in September 2016, replacing a system of manual appointment bookings that was only accessible until 8 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on weekends. During the system’s first month, a third of appointments were booked outside of its branch and contact team opening hours. 80 per cent of these bookings have been for mortgage enquiries.

The Q-Flow system also allows customers to request valuation appointments through Cumberland Estate Agents and uses a geo-locator facility to optimise the travelling time between appointments.

“Financial institutions today face the challenge of improving the customer journey while at the same time optimising operational efficiencies and business process,” said Simon Ronald, Vice President Global Business Development at Q-nomy Inc. “Together with NCR we combine our strengths to enable customers to deliver a true omni-channel experience where customer and the organization are always in sync. This omni-channel vision has proved a valuable element of Cumberland’s transformation strategy.”

Q-nomy works with NCR to deliver integrated software solutions to financial institutions around the world. Q-nomy’s solutions integrate with NCR’s branch transformation and CxBanking solutions to improve the customer experience and increase profitability for banks and building societies like the Cumberland.

Rachel Nash, Director Financial Services at NCR Ltd in the UK concludes: “For Cumberland, this is a major step into omni-channel banking and transforming the society’s customer experience. It is, however, just the beginning of the potential advantages that digital transformation can bring. This can range from adding telepresence to enabling complete meetings to be arranged and performed remotely, to document scanning that can further expand the possible pre-staging that can be done without a physical meeting. Cumberland’s own digital transformation will be exciting to see, and we look forward to helping to support it on every step of the journey.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

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

Source: NCR Corporation

Ten start-ups to present at the 2nd Demo Day of METRO / Techstars Accelerator

  • Ten start-ups make presentations at the second Demo Day of METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • Digital business models for the food service and hospitality sector presented to about 300 international investors and experts
  • Acceleration of digitisation in the food service and hospitality sector and new momentum for the entire industry
  • New accelerator programme focusing on digital solutions for retail to be launched in June 2017

Berlin, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the Demo Day, the 10 international teams of the METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars presented their innovative business ideas to about 300 global investors, experts and multipliers. The Demo Day marks the completion and highlight of the second round of the world’s first accelerator programme focusing on digital solutions for the food service and hospitality sector. After three intensive months in our co-working space in central Berlin – including comprehensive mentoring and coaching by leading industry experts under the leadership of METRO and Techstars – the founders now aim to attract more investors for their business concepts.

“Digitisation is increasingly asserting itself in the food service and hospitality sector as well. It’s our goal to actively shape this transformation and help our customers to become even more successful,” says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “With our accelerator programmes, we support innovations and help founders to test, improve and bring their ideas and solutions to market. We give them start-up assistance, provide support through our network and know-how, and are a critical companion and door opener. Many solutions simplify business processes, increase efficiency or improve the customer experience. In the end, the entire industry benefits from new business models and technological solutions.”

Ten teams from seven countries were selected from more than 600 applications for the programme in October 2016 and were each supported with up to €120,000. During the three-month accelerator programme in the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center in Berlin, the start-ups gained access to market expertise and to METRO’s customer and supplier networks. About 120 external mentors provided intensive support in more than 500 consulting hours dedicated to the start-ups. Many teams have successfully established products in the market or sharpened their business model and positioning in the accelerator.

“Highly motivated founders have refined relevant solutions for their customers in the accelerator. The great interest shown by investors at the Demo Day demonstrates that we are on the right track and confirms our course. We are helping new business models to grow and are connecting our customers with the digital world,” Koch says.

Three of the 10 teams redesigned their business models completely: Apparier, Frag Paul (Ask Paul) and Hyre changed their brand and positioning.

“The founders have made enormous progress in a short period of time and with a tight programme. We are proud to support them with our advice, expertise and network, and to move them forward. The 10 international teams show that innovations also enable growth in areas that have barely been digitised so far, such as the food service and hospitality sector,” says Alexander Zumdieck, Managing Director METRO Accelerator for METRO AG.

“METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars is a poster child and benchmark in the international start-up scene. In combination with the Demo Day and the alumni programme, we have created a unique platform for innovation and investment,” adds Jens Lapinski, Managing Director METRO Accelerator for Techstars.

The start-ups from the first programme also show positive developments. In cooperation with Lunchio, among others, METRO is currently building up a pilot project for digitised restaurants in major cities. Flowtify was able to refine its business model and gained another prestigious investor in High-Tech Gründerfonds. In total, eight of the 11 participating start-ups from the first programme have already been able to attract third-party investments in addition to the funds provided by Techstars and METRO.

The existing accelerator programme with a focus on the food service and hospitality sector will continue in 2017. Furthermore, METRO has launched another programme in cooperation with Techstars: the METRO Accelerator for Retail powered by Techstars focuses on digital solutions for the retail sector. Applications can be submitted until 12 March 2017.

For more information, go to www.metroaccelerator.com

Under the umbrella of the METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars, METRO and Techstars, in two programs, help international start-up teams in the development of digital solutions. One of the programs focuses on solutions for the hotel, restaurant and catering sector while the second program is aimed at the retail industry. In the framework of the three-month programs organised in Berlin, experienced mentors and experts will in each case help ten selected startups to successfully develop their own business further with regard to customers and investors. The METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars was launched in 2015 with a regularly hosted hospitality program that is the unique in the world. More information available at www.metroaccelerator.com

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 112,000 people around the world. In 2014/15, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. More information available at www.metrogroup.de

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of start-up programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster™. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from the idea to venture capital investments to M&A and IPO. For more information visit www.techstars.com.

Contact:

METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company
Corporate Communications and Public Policy
Telephone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
presse@metro.de

Source: METRO GROUP

Popeyes: Find Tailgating and Socialgating tip at FootballIsBetterWithPopeyes.com

Third party data shows 54% of NFL fans use a second screen while Homegating, 70% of NFL fans would rather Homegate than Tailgate

ATLANTA, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — First there was Tailgating, then there was Homegating, now Popeyes is recognizing the trend of Socialgating, the ever-increasing presence of that second screen wherever football fans are found. Whether at the game or at home, football fans all over the country are Socialgating with their social media communities of fans, sharing those moments that make the football season.

Sports Business Daily’s Top 20 Most Social Bowls for ’15-16 scored 3.2 million mentions on Twitter, even the ESPY awards describe their best play nominees in terms of how the play went viral. One of those plays was from the Inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

“Popeyes has long been a part of football celebrations and we have created our first-ever digital hub as a destination for what we proclaim as the newest trend in football – Socialgating!” said Hector A. Muñoz, Chief Marketing Officer – US. “It was a natural next step for Popeyes, who also sponsors the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. We know fans love to enjoy our food, especially our wings, during games. Mix that with how much social media allows fans to follow their teams and it’s a perfect combination.”

Third party data aggregated by Popeyes demonstrates the trend. The data is also available in the infographic linked here. Highlights from the infographic include:

  • 54% of NFL fans use a second screen (are Socialgating) while watching a game at home
  • 18% of fans will be Tailgating
  • 70% of fans would rather Homegate than Tailgate
  • Data from an hhgregg survey says that 1/3 of Americans are focused on social media at halftime; we say they’re Socialgating!

At FootballIsBetterWithPopeyes.com, Popeyes fans can participate in a series of instant win games, vote on their favorite Popeyes Pick, enter secret keywords found on Popeyes social channels and create the perfect Tailgating party with Popeyes Tailgating Tips. All the while earning points that translate into chances to win the grand prize, a trip to the Bahamas, home of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Weekly Prizes and Instant win prizes!

“Popeyes brings the flavor to any football occasion, and if you’re watching football and enjoying Popeyes, you’re making it even better,” said Muñoz. “We are inviting everyone to join us on the web, on their devices and through their social media platforms while enjoying our Bonafide® Spicy or Mild chicken, our incredible Boneless Wings and everything in between.”

Find Tailgating and Socialgating tips, and register to play by visiting us at FootballIsBetterWithPopeyes.com.

About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is a leader in the New Orleans segment of the foodservice industry and is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken concept based on the number of units. As of October 2, 2016, Popeyes had 2,631 operating restaurants in the United States, the District of Columbia, three territories, and 26 foreign countries. For more information, visit the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Web site at www.popeyes.com.

Media Contact:
Renee Kopkowski
404-459-4630
Vice President, Brand Communications
renee.kopkowski@popeyes.com

Coltrin & Associates (on behalf of Popeyes)
Jennifer Webb
212-221-1616
Jennifer_webb@coltrin.com

Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

BRP issues The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard

Boston, MA, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — One year after The Future Store Manifesto was published, BRP issued a scorecard to evaluate how retailers are progressing along the road to the “future store.” The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard, sponsored by Salesforce Commerce Cloud, highlights how retailers are changing their initiatives to align with the key future store imperatives: mobile, relevant, personal, ubiquitous and secure.

The digital world is infiltrating brick and mortar stores, where consumers are equipped with smartphones and a new set of expectations. Over the past twenty years, many in the retail industry have predicted the demise of the physical store. But the reality is, the store is still the foundation of retailing. It is where the tactile and sensory experience comes together for the consumer.

To succeed, retailers are infusing digital features into the store environment to personalize the shopping experience, compete more effectively with online pure-play retailers and exceed customer expectations. The store is not dead, it’s digitized!

“It is impressive to see how many retailers are making the five critical elements of the future store a top priority, however, many retailers have a long way to go,” said Ken Morris, principal at BRP. “The physical store will continue to be the heart and soul of retail operations for the foreseeable future, however, a transformation is in process. While the store isn’t going away, it’s already starting to get a whole lot more connected, mobile and smarter.”

“The unified consumer experience is table stakes today, and retailers know it. They don’t question  why they should do unified commerce. They question how – as in, how to break down the silos between digital and store systems to get to the omni-channel use cases. It all starts with a move to a single, real-time view of the consumer, prices and inventory availability across all channels,” said Eric Olafson, SVP Stores, Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

Here are a few of the key findings in this special report:

  • Mobile – 78% of retailers plan to use mobile POS to enable associates to complete a customer’s purchase on the sales floor by the end of 2018
  • Relevant – 58% of retailers plan to utilize geolocation within two years
  • Personal – 51% of retailers plan to offer suggested selling based on what is in the customer’s closet by mid-2019
  • Ubiquitous – 50% of retailers will allow a customer transaction to start anywhere, finish anywhere within five years
  • Secure – 88% of retailers plan to have end-to-end encryption (E2EE) implemented to ensure data security by 2019

About Salesforce Commerce Cloud

The Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store.  From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion.  With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud delivers customer satisfaction and growth from planning to launch and beyond.

For more information, visit commercecloud.com, call +1-888-553-9216 or email commercecloud@salesforce.com

About BRP

BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

For more information on BRP, visit www.bostonretailpartners.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

David Nauman
Vice President of Marketing
916-673-7757
dnaumann@bostonretailpartners.com

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BRP issueS The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard

 

Source: BRP

Newegg announces its most successful Black November to date

Strong Sales of VR and Gaming Notebooks Fuel the Most Successful Black November in Company History

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the holiday shopping destination of choice for tech enthusiasts, recently closed the books on its most successful Black November to date, driven in large part by strong sales from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. In aggregate, during this five-day period Newegg sales increased 19.1% year-over-year. In contrast, online shopping as a whole increased 15.2% over that same period (Adobe Digital Insights, November 29, 2016). Newegg outpaced e-commerce industry trends with strong sales of virtual reality (VR) equipment, gaming notebooks and video game consoles. Popular PC upgrade components and accessories such as graphics cards, SSDs and monitors were also popular.

With less than three weeks until Christmas, Newegg offers some helpful tips for holiday shoppers in search of the perfect gift:

Ship to FedEx Locations
With so many people shopping online this time of year, it’s no surprise thieves are out in force. Customers can follow these recommendations to keep “porch pirates” at bay:

  • Take advantage of Newegg’s new “Hold for Pick-up at FedEx Location” option for secure storage and convenient pick up
  • When shipping to residential addresses, customers can track their order status to know when their packages will arrive and limit how long they sit unattended at their homes
  • And for added peace of mind, customers can install an IP/Network camera to deter thieves, and capture valuable visual evidence if a package is taken

Get to Know Shipping Deadlines
When shopping online in December, it’s valuable to understand various shipping deadlines. This will save customers money and help them avoid the frustration of gifts that arrive after Christmas.

Make Well-informed Purchasing Decisions
Finding the perfect gift – especially tech products – can be a daunting task. Before making a purchase, make sure to browse some of the millions of customer reviews on Newegg.com. And Newegg’s customer service team is always on hand to offer expert advice and support before and after purchase.

Understand the Ins and Outs of VR
Some of the hottest sellers this holiday are products that bring VR into the home. VR requires powerful computers; it’s possible a component or two may need to be upgraded to ensure a flawless VR experience. Visit Newegg’s VR portal to learn what you need and how to check to ensure your machine is VR-ready.

Whether shopping from home or on the go, Newegg’s desktop, mobile and app-based shopping experience is second to none. For more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest holiday deals from Newegg, visit http://www.newegg.com/HolidayDeals.

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 28 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. Newegg operates Hybrid Centers in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Source: Newegg Inc.

Nedbank to become the first bank in South Africa to introduce NCR Interactive Teller

Nedbank becomes first bank in South Africa to deploy NCR’s Interactive Services software

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that Nedbank (JSE: NBKP), one of the largest banks in the country, will be the first bank in South Africa to introduce NCR Interactive Teller. Built on modern hardware, this software-based technology allows the user to complete up to 80 percent of transactions typically completed inside a physical branch with a live video teller at an ATM.

NCR has integrated its Interactive Banker, tablet banking software with the Interactive Teller to help Nedbank deliver amazing customer experience while boosting efficiency and increasing profits. This integration will enable Nedbank to leverage intuitive tablet enterprise technology to turn smart data into great customer service by using real-time customer information so the very best assisted service is offered at the most appropriate moment. The introduction of NCR Interactive Teller will allow Nedbank customers to execute all branch banking features outside of traditional banking hours, including: cash withdrawals above the daily limit, cash deposits, cheque deposit, cheque encashment, credit card payments, and money transfers.

“Offering exceptional customer experience and interaction remains a key growth strategy for us. The introduction of NCR’s innovative Interactive Services technology for the first time in the country, reiterates our commitment to deliver exceptional banking experience to our customers,” said Preni Naidoo, Executive, Self Service Banking at Nedbank. With NCR Interactive Teller, we are actually increasing access to banking services using technology, while maintaining the comfort of human interaction. This initiative will offer our employees additional time to better serve customers with more complex banking needs, and allow us to offer clients the convenience they need every day of the year.”

NCR Interactive Teller enables a centrally located teller to take full remote control of all modules on a specially equipped ATM while engaging the customer over two-way, real-time video conversation, delivering a highly personalized experience. NCR Interactive Teller can reduce operating costs by enabling video tellers to operate units deployed across multiple sites, reaching and interacting with more customers than ever before, without incurring traditional branch expenses.

“Consumers cannot always bank during traditional branch banking hours. They desire service at a time and location that is convenient for them,” said Dimitri Kanellopoulos, Country Manager, NCR Financial Services, South Africa. “Allowing customers to bank at locations and channels of their preference is at the heart of how financial institutions are evolving their branch and omni-channel banking services. We remain committed to deliver innovations that bring a new world of omni-channel interactions and help financial institutions to offer differentiated customer experiences.”

NCR Interactive Banker untethers staff from their desks offering the freedom of a mobile universal banker app able to view multiple live transactions that informs them who is in the branch, their account details and what they are doing. They can act promptly with assistance that is precisely targeted to the customer’s needs and real-time information on cross-selling opportunities, staff can act immediately and offer customers a product they are interested in.

About Nedbank
Nedbank Group Limited is one of South Africa’s four largest banking groups by assets and deposits, with Nedbank Limited being its principal banking subsidiary. Nedbank provides a wide range of wholesale and retail banking services and has a growing insurance, asset management and wealth management offering through four main business operations, namely Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, Nedbank Business Banking, Nedbank Retail and Nedbank Wealth. For more information visit www.nedbank.co.za.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

Media Contact:

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912. 261. 954. 583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Bunzl to present successful digitalization project with Intershop at B2B Online Conference, Amsterdam, 7-8 Dec 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop customer Bunzl is one of the key speakers at this year’s B2B Online event, which will take place on 7-8 December, 2016 in the Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam. Stephan Lucke, IT Director at multinational distribution specialist Bunzl, will share insights into the company’s recent B2B commerce project with Intershop. He will discuss lessons learned, future plans, and give hands-on advice on how to plan and complete a successful digitalization project.

Intershop experts will be available at the event to explain why an e-commerce platform should be the cornerstone of every B2B company’s growth strategy. Pursuing a forward-looking digitalization agenda is increasingly enabling B2B organizations to transform their business models, expand outside their traditional markets and enable operational innovation, as evidenced by Intershop’s latest research report, “Taking the fast track into the digital future of B2B commerce”. According to the report, four in 10 organizations surveyed claimed that digitalization has completely changed their business models, with 43 percent selling to customers that would not buy from them before. Forty-four percent said they were generating more total sales.

The B2B Online Conference is the digital marketing and e-commerce event for manufacturers and distributors. It will bring together over 200 senior practitioners to discuss solutions to all their digital transformation challenges. Through intimate, small-group formats, participants can learn how the top B2B companies in the world are planning, executing and achieving true digital transformation to improve online engagement. For more information, visit http://www.intershop.com/event-details/b2b-online.

About Intershop

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

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

Intershop Public Relations:

HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop

Der Coop-Metzger liefert zu den Kunden nach Hause

Coop@home eröffnet erste Online-Metzgerei des Schweizer Detailhandels

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop@home hat heute die erste Online-Metzgerei des Schweizer Detailhandels eröffnet. Unter www.coopathome.ch können Kundinnen und Kunden nach individuellen Wünschen ihr Fleisch zuschneiden lassen, genauso wie in ihrer Coop-Metzgerei. Der grosse Unterschied: Das Fleisch wird direkt nach Hause an die Türe geliefert.

Das vielfältige Fleisch-Angebot bei Coop@home erfreut sich grosser Beliebtheit. Besonders Geflügel und Rindfleisch werden rege gekauft, aber auch Schweine-, Kalb- und Lammfleisch sind sehr beliebt. Seit heute können Kundinnen und Kunden von Coop@home nicht nur aus einer grossen Auswahl an abgepacktem Fleisch auswählen, sondern sich das Fleisch in der Online-Metzgerei ihren Vorlieben entsprechend zuschneiden lassen. Die grosse Auswahl umfasst die beliebtesten Fleischspezialitäten, von Grillspiessli, über Entrecôte bis hin zu knochengereiftem Rindsfilet.

Fleisch, zugeschnitten auf die Kundenwünsche
Das eine Stück soll 100 Gramm wiegen und das andere 150 Gramm? Oder die Plätzli für die Eltern je 2 Zentimeter dick sein, diejenigen für die Kinder jedoch nur 1 Zentimeter? In der Online-Metzgerei können die Kunden ihre Bestellung genauso aufgeben wie in einer herkömmlichen Metzgerei. Das Fleisch wird danach von Hans-Peter Benz, dem Chefmetzer im Coop-Supermarkt Silbern in Dietikon, oder einem seiner Mitarbeiter frisch für die Online-Kunden zubereitet und von Coop@home nach Hause geliefert. Damit kommt die Fleischtheke zu jedem Kunden nach Hause, und dies unabhängig davon, wo er in der Deutschschweiz oder im Tessin zu Hause ist.

Kontakt:

Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

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Der Coop-Metzger liefert zu den Kunden nach Hause
Der Coop-Metzger liefert zu den Kunden nach Hause

 

Source: Coop

Wine.com announces the tenth annual Wine.com 100

San Francisco, CA, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today ( ) announced the tenth annual Wine.com 100. The only list based exclusively on customer preferences, the Wine.com 100 reflects the top wines purchased during the first 11 months of 2016. With over 25,000 unique wines to choose from this year, the list provides insight into consumer’s online wine-buying patterns. The complete 2016 Wine.com 100 list is available online at www.wine.com/100.

2016 Wine.com 100 highlights:

  • A white wine nabs the #1 spot: While the majority of wine sold on Wine.com is red wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand sold the most bottles in 2016. This highlights the power of a great brand at a fantastic value. It is the first time a white wine – and a wine from New Zealand – secured the top spot.
  • Cabernet remains King. 26 wines from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape are in the top ranks of Wine.com popularity, while Pinot Noir has 12 wines and Red Blends and Sauvignon Blanc represent 7 spots each.
  • Half are imports. Matching the overall consumer interest at Wine.com, the Wine.com 100 has 50 imported wines featured, led by Italy 13, France 9, and Chile 7. In domestic wines, California secured 43 spots and Washington State garnered 7, with California’s Meiomi 2014 Pinot Noir ranking #5.

“In the past year, our customers bought 25,000 unique labels from 4,500 producers making Wine.com the world’s largest wine store,” said Michael Osborn, Founder and VP of Merchandising.  “Today we offer 6,000 wines from California, 3,000 from France, and 2,000 from Italy.  This year, we’ve expanded our Live Chat Sommelier Service to 7 days/week, to help our customers navigate this huge selection and find something that suits their individual needs.”

“It’s such an honor to be so well regarded by Wine.com and all our fans of the Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015,” says Patrick Materman, Chief winemaker at Brancott Estate. “ We knew Marlborough was going to produce some pretty special wines when we first planted Sauvignon Blanc back in 1975, and it’s rewarding to see our wines being enjoyed by so many people across the US.”

A look back at the Wine.com 100 #1 wines:
2016:   Brancott 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2015:   Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
2014:   Caymus 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2013:   Viña Eguia 2007 Reserva (Spain)
2012:   Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
2011:   Tilia 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)
2010:   d’Arenberg 2008 Stump Jump Shiraz (Australia)
2009:   Cambria 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir (California)
2008:   Veramonte 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Chile)
2007:   Hogue 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)

The 10 most popular sellers on the Wine.com 100 this year:
1. Brancott Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (France)
3. Trivento 2015 Malbec Reserve (Chile)
4. Haras de Pirque 2011 Hussonet Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
5. Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
6. Rombauer 2014 Chardonnay (California)
7. Miraval 2015 Rose (France)
8. Clos du Val 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
9. Caymus 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
10. Borgo Scopeto 2013 Chianti Classico (Italy)

About Wine.com
Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores.  The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week on its mobile and full websites.  With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated retail wine distribution network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most locations, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping for pickup at over 2,000 FedEx Office locations.  The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year.  Wine.com’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.wine.com.

Press Contact:
Gwendolyn Osborn
Gwendolyn@wine.com
415-248-4402

Source: Wine.com

Intershop Communications AG announces Mr. Ulrich Prädel as the newest member of the Supervisory Board

Jena, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG is undergoing a change in personnel. From 1 December 2016, Mr. Ulrich Prädel will be the newest member of the Supervisory Board. Dr.-Ing. Harald Schrimpf, the present Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, has resigned with effect from November 30th, 2016 for personal reasons. On 29 November 2016, the District Court of Jena decided in favor of the recommendation put forward by both the Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors, making Mr. Ulrich Prädel the new member of the Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG until the next general shareholders’ meeting.

The Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors would like to thank Dr. Schrimpf for his commitment to Intershop and look forward to working with the new Supervisory Board member Mr. Prädel. Christian Oecking, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, explains: “We will continue the transformation process we began at Intershop with Ulrich Prädel as the new board member. He stands in excellent stead – not least due to Dr. Schrimpf’s involvement. Our top priority is focusing our sales and marketing on wholesales in particular.”

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

JCPenney.com features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores

JCPenney.com features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores
JCPenney.com features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores

 

Company Reveals Unique Online Gift Ideas Worth Every Penney

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Christmas, shoppers will discover a wonderland of gifts at JCPenney.com that will make online shopping worth their time, money and effort. As one of America’s favorite e-commerce sites, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] now features over 40 percent more online toys, apparel and home merchandise, along with exciting new product categories not found in stores. Backed by some of the most convenient shipping and pick-up options in the industry, the Company now offers free same-day pick up in over 1,000 JCPenney stores nationwide and most orders can be shipped to any JCPenney store in the country.

“To remain competitive and give more reasons for the shopper to choose JCPenney this holiday season, we’ve expanded the depth and breadth of our online assortment, which now has twice the selection of our largest JCPenney store,” said Mike Amend, executive vice president of omnichannel for JCPenney. “We’ve also introduced new product categories this year such as appliances, electronics, sporting goods, outdoor gear and more, while showcasing the strength of our most popular apparel and home brands, such as St. John’s Bay, Liz Claiborne, Stafford and Cooks that can only be found at JCPenney.”

UNIQUE GIFTS WORTH ORDERING
This holiday season, the Company has added more than 150,000 new items to its already expansive array of online merchandise. New categories include appliances, electronics, fitness equipment and pet care products. Additionally, customers will discover premium items such as flat-screen LED televisions, video games from Xbox®, PlayStation® and Nintendo® DS™, a harmonious assortment of musical instruments and kids’ toys, including trampolines and electric ride-on cars.

For shoppers seeking extraordinary gifts that stand out from the rest, JCPenney has added distinct gifts like the Melissa & Doug® license plate travel game, a dog treat launcher and inflatable six-pack abs as a way to spread cheer for under $20. Gifts including remote control cyber boxing robots, a desktop drum set and an Okuma ignite spinning reel are under $50, while a pair of Chicago Cubs wedge shoes and a Paw Patrol® tricycle make fun presents for less than $100. There is also a Razor® MX650 motocross bike and a red barn chicken coop that are among the extravagant items highlighted on JCPenney.com.

AN APP WORTH DOWNLOADING
Smartphone users are encouraged to download the newly redesigned JCPenney mobile app to make time spent on holiday shopping even more efficient. With the JCPenney mobile app, customers can make a payment on their JCPenney credit card, find the best money-saving deals or locate a nearby store to determine the availability of a particular item’s size and color. The mobile app enables shoppers to apply digital coupons online or in store and access their JCPenney Rewards. It also has an intuitive “Snap2Shop” function that leverages image recognition technology by snapping a photo of any object or image to find the exact or like item on JCPenney.com. In addition to shopping, app users can opt-in to receive mobile alerts and be among the first to know about the Company’s latest holiday sales and promotions.

SHIPPING DATES WORTH NOTING
Among the many incentives to shop JCPenney.com, the Company will once again participate in National Free Shipping Day on Dec. 16 with no minimum order requirement. All other dates through Dec. 22, JCPenney will offer free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more. To ensure that gifts arrive by Christmas Eve, JCPenney is offering a variety of seasonal shipping options with the following deadlines:

  • Online orders for in-store pickup should be placed by Dec. 16.
  • Orders using standard shipping of 3 to 5 business days must be made by Dec. 19.
  • Express two-day shipping on orders must be placed by Dec. 20.
  • Free next-day air shipping for orders over $49 placed by Dec. 21 at noon CST.
  • Next-day air shipping for $10 on orders over $49 placed by Dec. 22 at noon CST.

To view a curated selection of unique gift ideas available at JCPenney.com, please visit: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/1130_jcp_com_delivers_wonderland_of_gifts.html

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images and company information.

Source: JCPenney

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QVC announces the appointment of Bob Spieth to EVP of QVC’s Customer and Business Services

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, today (11.28.16) announced the appointment of Bob Spieth to Executive Vice President of QVC’s Customer and Business Services. In that role, Bob will lead the Customer and Business Services operations for both QVC and zulily. This appointment is part of the QVC Group’s vision to leverage best practices from both unique businesses to best position each brand for growth and enhance the customer experience. Bob will oversee Supply Chain, Customer Service and Experience, Operations Strategy, and Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services for both businesses, with the exception of zulily’s corporate facilities. He will also continue overseeing Vendor Operations and the Partner Services businesses for zulily. Bob will report to Mike George, President and CEO of QVC.

“Over the past year, we’ve found many opportunities to leverage the combined strengths of QVC and zulily, while at the same time preserving the unique identity of each company,” said George. “Bob’s new position is the latest example. Across both companies, our Customer and Business Services teams are passionate about making QVC and zulily great places to shop and work and we look forward to Bob’s leadership in further amplifying the strengths of both organzations. He has a proven ability to inspire diverse teams across multiple sites and focus everyone on clear, high-value goals and continuous improvement. Bob will help both QVC and zulily maximize our systems, processes and talent to deliver outstanding service levels.”

In his new role as Executive Vice President of QVC’s Customer and Business Services, Bob Spieth will oversee Supply Chain, Customer Service and Experience, Operations Strategy, and Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services for both QVC and zulily.
Bob joined zulily in February 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Bob expanded zulily’s Supply Chain, Customer Service and Studio Operations capabilities, and built a strong leadership team and innovative technology to drive service improvements and efficiencies.

Prior to zulily, Bob held several leadership roles with OHL, one of the world’s largest third-party logistics companies, where he served as President of Contract Logistics, and previously as CIO and Senior Vice President of Operations. Over his 14 years there, he helped build OHL from a small regional company to a $1.2 billion company with a global presence. Earlier in his career, Bob served as a General Manager with Arrow Electronics and as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company. Bob also was an Officer in the U.S. Army.

Bob will be based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa., and will also spend time at zulily’s Seattle headquarters.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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Best Buy Canada opens Google shops in four Canadian cities

Toronto, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a North American first: Best Buy stores in four Canadian cities are now home to large-scale Google shops, where consumers can fully experience the company’s family of hardware, like Pixel, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra.

Google Canada’s “shop within a shop” spaces were officially opened today at the Best Buy location in Mississauga’s Heartland Town Centre, along with three others in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The exciting collaboration is part of Best Buy’s redesigned Experience Stores, and today’s opening marks the official culmination of the large coast-to-coast renovation plan that saw upgrades made to more than a dozen locations.

“We are thrilled about the launch of our newly renovated stores and to showcase the new Google shops,” says Ron Wilson, President and COO of Best Buy Canada. “We are committed to providing our customers with the best service and the most exciting tech. We can’t wait for the public to enjoy the special in-store experiences.”

In October, ten smaller Google shops were introduced in Best Buy stores. However, today marks the debut of the significantly larger scale shops which enable Google to showcase its family of hardware in an immersive retail space.

“We’re proud of the collaboration with Best Buy and their new Experience Stores, particularly as the concept aims to enhance the traditional way of shopping and aligns with Google’s immersive approach,” said Janell Fischer, Director of Retail Marketing at Google Inc. “Google shops bring a whole new way for shoppers to experience and interact with our products, complete with trained Google guides who will be onsite to offer one-on-one tech help.”

At Google shops, guests can go hands-on with Google products in interactive and experiential spaces. Shoppers can also experience Portal, an immersive super-sized display where they can ‘fly’ over anywhere on the planet through Google Earth, explore what people around the world are searching for and play other fun Google apps.

In addition to booking 1:1 appointments with Google guides, customers can also take part in hands-on daily workshops to learn the ins and outs of Google tech and sign up for unique and fun seasonal events, led by YouTube creators, popular tech experts, and more.

Best Buy Canada continues to be a leader online, recently being named the Best Omni-Channel Large Retailer for the third time in a row at the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards.

“We’re really proud to bring Canadians together with Google’s tremendous new line of hardware, to experience the latest innovations first hand,” concluded Best Buy President & COO Ron Wilson. “This is exactly why we have redesigned our Experience Stores – to provide the perfect environment for enthusiastic people and bold new technologies to come together.”

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad ( www.geeksquad.ca ) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca , Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca .

For further information, contact:

Christine Tam
Manager
External Communications
Best Buy Canada
ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
604-809-3416

Source: Best Buy