Retail marketing solutions company Firebolt Group recognized for its sustainability efforts

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novelty with a Vintage look

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

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

NEW Robust POS product

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

Software that maximises flexibility, hardware that maximises usability

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

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

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

Streamlined front-end operations, comprehensive back-end analytics

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire (in French)

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire (in Italian)

FlowerAura Is Ready To Recreate Your First Date This Anniversary

FlowerAura Is Ready To Recreate Your First Date This Anniversary

Gurugram, Haryana, India, 2018-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Making hearts smile wide, FlowerAura trades every couple’s dream to make them believe that together is a beautiful place to be. Lasting long as your eternal love for each other, the exclusive FlowerAura’s anniversary gifts collection is sure to leave every lovebird stunned and awestruck.

Commemorating another year of sharing sunsets and dreams, FlowerAura’s anniversary collection has come a really long way and is all set to celebrate the happy ever after milestone with precious anniversary gifts for parents comprising of flowers, love-inspired cakes, personalized gifts, photo lamps, cushions and beauty hampers, keychains, teddies, handmade chocolates as an anniversary gifts for wife or girlfriend.

Making December, a month to remember, the company’s founder announces, “The end of 2018 is all about weddings and anniversaries and occasions celebrating love and togetherness and to raise a forever toast to each one of these, our anniversary gifts are the best way to do so. For all the today’s and tomorrows, shopping these will be the best ever decision you’ll make and to make your celebration grandeur, our online delivery will make sure to hand-deliver love and romance at a lightning speed.

On Being inquired if anniversary collection has something special in store for the husbands and the boyfriends, he further exclaims, “ Our motto has always been to reach out hearts and our anniversary gifts for husband is the best things to hold on to. To all the ladies, who wish to convey that it is him their hearts talk about all day long, each of the tokens is priceless and worth presenting on the eve of the special day.”

Giving moments to cherish the sights of each other, relish warm hugs and bring them closer, FlowerAura’s together forever anniversary arrivals are sure to bind the love in the forever symphony.

SOURCE: EPR Network

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

DATA4 Brings Pioneering Payment Systems to Kiosk Summit 2018

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

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

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

Product Highlights at Kiosk Summit 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RebatesMe marks its 5th Anniversary with new logo!

Our new logo and rebranding are here, beginning a new journey for our company.

Portland, Oregon, 2018-Aug-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online shopping can be described as a great benefit for consumers worldwide. RebatesMe is the ultimate platform that helps shoppers all over the world earn cash back, no matter where you’re shopping from. It is among the top cashback sites offering coupons, discounts, and cash back services. After five years of rapid development, RebatesMe has brought global high-quality and cost-effective products to more than one million consumers from China and the United States, and now to the whole world. And its global brand influence is growing.

Striving to meet the needs of this change and to aid in future development strategy, RebatesMe officially launched the new logo on our 5th anniversary in efforts to further enhance the brand image and to continue upgrading its brand and service.

In the face of fierce consumer competition, economic benefits and good service are undoubtedly the two keys to winning the market. The new brand image is upgraded to link the brand value with the consumer demand. RebatesMe brings higher cashback to consumers and provides users with a better shopping experience.

RebatesMe has always been involved in overseas cash back shopping and has been actively cultivating the US market for many years all while continually expanding global business cooperation in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. All while still striving to accelerate the globalization of overseas shopping and consumer cash back. By expanding our overseas merchants, categorizing products and providing exceptional shopping tips, we are able to provide our shoppers both in the US and china with a more extensive choice of products with cash back.

At present, RebatesMe has cooperated with more than 3,000 merchants around the world. At RebatesMe, you can get the latest international e-commerce preferential information and enjoy the best-selling products globally. In addition, loyal users with VIP membership can also enjoy preferential treatment by learning about exclusive deals in advance, paired with our superior customer service, giving them an overall better experience in global online shopping.

In the past five years, RebatesMe has earned millions of dollars in cashback for its website users. And now on its 5th anniversary, RebatesMe will continue to be an unparalleled contender in e-commerce shopping around the world and excitedly anticipate a surge in growth with our rebranded image.

Related Link: http://www.rebatesme.com/?d=20416

Media contact:
RebatesMe, Angel Gao, 503-719-4367, angel.gao@rebatesme.com

How to Boost Your Retail Store Profits Absolutely Free?

How to Boost Your Retail Store Profits Absolutely Free?

Ecofabrik announces an innovative profit growth program for fashion boutiques and retail apparel stores.

Oxnard, CA, 2018-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ecofabrik Organic Gear is introducing a unique partnering for profits co-op program for selected organic apparel boutiques and fashion retail stores. This is a rare opportunity and perhaps a unique concept where Ecofabrik assumes all upfront costs associated with product sourcing/purchasing, importing, and warehousing including shipping and handling of products to their partner resellers. Once the “reseller partner” has been selected and approved, agreed upon earth-friendly products will be placed in their store. All products will be retail ready with hang tags and barcode labels affixed. Retailers will scan and sell the merchandise and pay Ecofabrik once a month for what was sold after deducting a generous percentage of the MSRP as the retailer’s share. Ecofabrik will also pay for the S&H if the retailer needed to return/replace any merchandise. Basically, this is a great opportunity for selected retailers to increase their market share and maximize their profits without risking a dime of their own.

Ecofabrik believes that many organic apparel products made from Bamboo, Hemp, and Organic Cotton are imported into USA from China, India, Bangladesh and other Asian countries. This involves product sourcing, negotiating with foreign suppliers, shipping agents and working with US custom authorities and clearing agents. This is a painstaking process that requires special skills, substantial cash investment and is fraught with supply chain risks. “We have developed in-depth expertise in import business over the past ten years which allows us to bring fair trade, quality products into the US market in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Homer Dakaz, a managing partner of Ecofabrik. “We will be extending this competitive advantage to our “reseller partners” to help increase ours & their market share and profitability with zero investment and no risk on their part.”

Ecofabrik’s Marketing Manager; Joe Ecosapien is inviting green businesses to contact him to learn more about this exciting opportunity. While he is very confident about the success of this program, he remains cautious as to how it will be perceived by the business community. “Some store owners will dismiss this outright as a laughably simplistic business model. A few, however, will be willing to give it a go as an excellent business opportunity. We will carefully select only a few like-minded “reseller partners” from each state in the USA to ensure the success of the program. However, a basic requirement of joining the program is to own a brick & mortar store and good standing within the business community of their geographic retail market”, said Joe.

Only green businesses; fashion boutiques and retail stores that sell earth-friendly casual apparel for men and women need to contact. Ecofabrik deals only in products made of organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and other earth-friendly/sustainable fabrics. A collection of these products can be seen at their website; www.ecofabrik.com

SOURCE: EPR Network

Dedicated Online Market Place for Handcraft Products and New Items, Treasure Box Shops, Introduces Training for Members

Anaheim, CA, 2018-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A New dedicated online marketplace for handcraft products, Treasureboxshop.com announces the launch of their services connecting handcraft makers to the market. The website is a complete solution for handcraft makers helping them to market their products, learn new skills to improve their business further and sell at the same time.

Created with the goal to provide a tailored community for handcraft makers and a vast marketplace for various handcraft products as well, TreasureBox.com is fast positioning itself as the go-to marketplace for such products. Safe and secure to use, the Treasure Box Shop is easy to navigate making it easy for interested buyers to browse through categories.

“We are happy to provide this type of solution and a great marketplace for handcraft lovers all over the world. Our goal is not only to help people find the best craft products out there, but we also want to create a safe, secure and easy to use online platform for handcraft sellers and buyers.” Says Nancy McEntire.

She says further, “You can learn how to create various unique DIY items and up your craft business through our top-quality training content available on our site. The goal here is to help your business improve and provide you the market as well.”

Sign up on TreasureBoxshops.com is free and interested sellers can join the community to start enjoying the fast-growing available opportunities.

SOURCE: EPR Network

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

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

man in suit giving 1000 dollars another man

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

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

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

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

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

Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium India

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Harald Xperience logo

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: 
Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
401-770-8868

SOURCE: CVS Health

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

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

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

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

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

Brand Details

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

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

Source: SSP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:
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www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

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

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

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

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office:
020 8718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

SOURCE: CVS Health

US Foods announces the appointment of Harvard Business School professor Sunil Gupta to the Board of Directors

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (March 06, 2018) that Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has been appointed to the Board of Directors effective March 1, 2018.

“Sunil is among the most sought-after experts in how technology is shaping business strategies in the digital era,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “His experience working with companies across a variety of industries, in addition to the breadth and depth of his marketing insight, will bring a unique expertise to our board.”

“We’re excited to welcome Sunil to the board as an independent director,” said Robert Dutkowsky, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “His leadership in digital strategy and marketing will be a tremendous asset.”

Gupta joined Harvard Business School in 2006. He has served as the Chair of the General Management Program for senior executives, Co-Chair of the Driving Digital Strategy executive program since 2013, and served as the Chair of the Marketing department from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business.

Before joining Harvard Business School, Gupta held positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, including serving as the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. He’s served on the advisory boards of several startups, as well as the board of the American Marketing Association.

He received his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and holds a doctorate in marketing from Columbia University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

Contact:
Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
(847) 720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods Holding Corp.

ShopRite celebrates the grand opening of its newest supermarket in Philadelphia

ShopRite celebrates the grand opening of its newest supermarket in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite today (March 05, 2018) announced the grand opening of its newest full-service supermarket in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 4. A special luncheon to introduce the new store to the community was held Feb. 28.

Located at 5597 Tulip St., the ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison will be operated by the Ammons family and their Ammons Supermarkets, LLC, which also owns the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue and a ShopRite store in Mullica Hill, NJ. The family’s newest store offers a large selection of freshly prepared foods, organic products and popular store brands, along with a community room, café, and store dietitian. To mark the opening, the Ammons family presented a $10,000 donation to the Philabundance Food Bank during Wednesday’s community luncheon.

The store, which will serve as the anchor of the Shoppes at Wissinoming, will bring affordable fresh food and produce to an area with little access to full service supermarkets. Planning for the store began five years ago, before the city’s beverage tax was proposed by the mayor and enacted in January 2017. That tax has led to beverage sale losses of nearly 60 percent for grocery store and supermarket operators in the city.

“Despite the challenging business climate in the city since the beverage tax was implemented, our family made a decision to move forward with this new store and keep our commitment to the community. We are excited to open another great ShopRite and are confident that this new, full-service supermarket will become a destination location in the neighborhood,” said Peter Ammons, who works alongside his father, brother and sister in the family’s supermarkets.

Customers who visit the new store will see that commitment fulfilled. The state-of-the-art supermarket includes fresh bake and floral shops; a seafood department with fresh, daily deliveries; meat department with trained butchers, and a large selection of organic and popular store brands such as ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry line. An on-site dietitian will also be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours and meal planning for customers.

The store itself is anchored with a large produce department and food court with grill, pizza station and custom bake shop. A conference room at the supermarket will also be available to civic groups for meetings.
ShopRite of Bridge & Harbison will employ close to 300 full- and part-time workers when it opens and the new shopping center and supermarket is expected to stimulate more investment in the community while giving local residents more healthy food options.

The store officially opened Sunday, March 4, at 6 a.m. and will operate seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

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John Lewis Partners undergo theatrical training with National Theatre

LONDON, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 500 John Lewis Partners are being trained in theatrical skills by actors working for the National Theatre to help them deliver outstanding customer service at the retailer’s new shop at White City, Westfield which opens later this month.  The initiative forms part of the retailer’s plans to respond to growing customer expectation for its shops to be inspiring places where customers go for style advice, exciting events and beauty treatments, as well as to buy products.

Every Partner recruited to work at the new shop from those who work in the stockroom to the Head of Branch is undergoing the training, which is run by Theatreworks, the National Theatre’s training service. John Lewis has turned to theatrical training because actors are outstanding communicators, and skilled at being on show and using their voices for long periods of time as people in retail do.  The training covers voice and body language skills used by actors to communicate authentically with confidence.

Peter Cross, Customer Experience Director for John Lewis said: ‘Retailers have talked about ‘retail theatre’ but as shopping habits change this has never been more important.

‘We’re investing in this training with one of the world’s leading theatre companies because actors are outstanding communicators and that’s an important element in offering outstanding personal service.’

The training sessions are led by experienced actors including Sarah Thom who originally trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and regularly works for BBC Radio 4, playing the character of Joan in the long-running comedy, ‘Clare in the Community’ and has often appeared on TV and on stage. Her TV credits include ‘Taboo’, Home Fires’, ‘Not Going Out’, ‘Doctors’ and ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’.

Sheila Chawla from the National Theatre who manages the training, said: ‘Our training sessions focus on the idea that communication is made up of not just what you say but how you say it.  So body language, voice and expression are all as important as our words.  We all find it more engaging when someone brings some of their personality to a conversation, meeting or presentation – and our training is all about giving you the confidence and the tools to do that.  It’s all about being yourself just with a bit more skill. We’re excited to be working with John Lewis on this project and to be able to share skills from the theatre that can help John Lewis Partners engage with customers in a fresh and authentic way.’

John Lewis’s White City, Westfield shop is the anchor shop of the new £600m extension at Westfield London, which has built a reputation as a world-leading shopping experience and entertainment destination.

Over four floors, the shop will include features not offered in other John Lewis London shops, including Loved& Found – a stand-alone boutique for new and contemporary brands – and &Beauty, John Lewis’s spa concept. The fashion floor will also showcase a new look including a dedicated personal styling studio, which is just one of the 23 services customers will be able to book via the new Experience Desk, offering a  a ‘concierge style’ service to help them make the most of the shop and its services.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK (35 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Finance offers a range of comprehensive financial services products – including Insurance, Foreign Currency, International Payments and the Partnership Card – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand. www.johnlewisfinance.com

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries:

For further information, please contact:

Mandy Pursey
Communications Manager, Corporate
Telephone: 07889 230522
Email: mandy.pursey@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

Amazon and Whole Foods Market launch Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Atlanta and San Francisco

Amazon Now Delivery at Whole Foods Market Lamar in Austin, Texas on February 5, 2018.

Prime customers can enjoy free 2-hour delivery for orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market; Ultrafast delivery from Whole Foods Market is now available in six cities through Prime Now, more to come in 2018

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market today (March 6, 2018) launched free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Atlanta and San Francisco. Starting today, Prime customers in neighborhoods of Atlanta and San Francisco can shop through Prime Now for bestselling items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. The service first launched last month in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach with plans for continued expansion across the U.S. throughout 2018. Customers can start shopping from Whole Foods Market selection at www.primenow.com or by using the Prime Now app available on Android and iOS devices.

“We’re happy to bring our customers in San Francisco and Atlanta the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Prime customers can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for free two-hour delivery. Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers in San Francisco. Prime members receive two-hour delivery for free and ultra-fast delivery within one hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Delivery from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can visit www.primenow.com or download the Prime Now app to enter their zip code to see if they are in the delivery area.

Contact:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Shopify Inc. announces the appointment of Amy Shapero as Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, Canada, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform, today (Mar 5, 2018) announced the appointment of Amy Shapero as Chief Financial Officer, effective April 2, 2018.

Shapero joins Shopify from Betterment, an online wealth-management service, where she has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. Previously, Shapero was Chief Financial Officer at Sailthru, a SaaS marketing technology provider, and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Corporate Communications at DigitalGlobe, a big data and analytics provider. Prior to that, she held Chief Financial Officer roles at Spot Holdings, a financial services company, and Standard & Poor’s, a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Shapero began her career as a CPA at Ernst & Young, followed by positions at Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“We’re excited to welcome Amy to Shopify as our new CFO,” said Shopify CEO, Tobi Lütke. “Amy brings extensive financial, operational, and strategic experience. This, combined with her deep knowledge of the technology industry and experience scaling high-growth companies, will be a huge asset to Shopify as we enter our next phase of growth and further our mission to make commerce better for everyone.”

Shapero will succeed Russ Jones, who has served as Shopify’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Jones will remain a strategic advisor to the company during a transition period.

“Russ was Shopify’s first CFO, and now he’s our first official retiree. He leaves behind an incredible legacy at Shopify, which includes taking us public. In the last seven years, Russ has been instrumental in growing Shopify from a 50 person company to a leading public SaaS company with over 3,000 employees. We’re very grateful to Russ for his valuable contributions and wish him all the best as he begins his well-deserved retirement,” said Lütke.

Shopify is also pleased to announce the recent addition of Jeff Weiser as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Shopify, Weiser served as Chief Marketing Officer at Shutterstock (NYSE), held multiple senior level positions with Beachbody (P90X and Shakeology), and performed strategy and analytics roles at SGN (Social Gaming Network), MySpace and Yahoo!. Weiser holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Craig Miller, Shopify’s former Chief Marketing Officer, will now focus exclusively on his role as Chief Product Officer.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 600,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Nestle, Red Bull, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kylie Cosmetics.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding Shopify’s appointment of its new Chief Financial Officer. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “will”, and “intends” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Press Inquiries:
press@shopify.com

SOURCE: Shopify

SONIC® Drive-In launches new advertising campaign featuring comedic powerhouses Jane Krakowski and Ellie Kemper

Television and Film Stars and SONIC “Two Guys” collaborate in commercial spots

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) brings the laughter with the launch of a new take on its iconic advertising campaign featuring comedic powerhouses Jane Krakowski and Ellie Kemper. In collaboration with the iconic “Two Guys” – consisting of improvisational comedians Peter Grosz and T.J. Jagodowski – the two pairs will be showcased in TV and online advertising while enjoying one-of-a-kind SONIC menu items from the front seats of their cars.

“Jane and Ellie are the ideal pair to cast for this new chapter of the campaign with their strong representations of our brand personality and they bring a fresh female perspective,” said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer for SONIC. “They exude the brand’s good-natured and fun-loving culture with their lively humor, in addition to being SONIC fans themselves. Jane and Ellie radiate authentic personalities ideal for the SONIC brand and audience.”

For more than a decade, the “Two Guys” have been synonymous with the brand’s amusing and energetic strategy to advertising. Krakowski and Kemper join the comedic, iconic campaign to mark an evolution of the SONIC commercials showcasing female comedians.

“Ellie and I have been the biggest fans of SONIC – and the hilarious commercials – for years. When we were presented with the opportunity to join a campaign that fully embraces comedy and improv, we knew right away this was going to be fun,” said Jane Krakowski. “We have always appreciated the comedy that Peter and TJ have brought to the SONIC ads and Ellie and I are honored to be the first female comedy duo to be in the SONIC car.”

The new commercial spots will feature upcoming SONIC products and promotions including the launch of the SONIC Signature Slingers, new cheeseburgers starting under 350 calories made with three simple ingredients: 100-percent pure beef blended with savory mushrooms and bold seasoning, becoming the first of its kind in fast food*.

“Joining the ranks of Peter and TJ feels momentous,” said Ellie Kemper. “Jane and I are so excited to share our take on a couple of friends hanging out at SONIC.”

Additionally, the spots will feature exciting new products throughout the summer and the SONIC Nights promotion, offering Half-Price Floats, Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes all made with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream, after 8 p.m. every day, starting today, March 5**.

*See menu for details
** For a limited time only at participating SONIC® locations. See menu for details.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Rebeka Mora
512-542-2804
Rebeka.Mora@Cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC

CVS Health Foundation announces $1 million new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing effort to making quality health care convenient and affordable for more Americans, the CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (March 1, 2018) extended its commitment to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) with $1 million in new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country. The new grants will focus on improving health outcomes for patients managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

“The rising cost of health care can make finding quality and affordable care harder to come by for many Americans,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through our support of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’re able to increase access to quality care, improve chronic disease management and care coordination to help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients and reduce health care costs in the communities we serve.”

The new funds, which bring the Foundation’s total contribution to NAFC to more than $4.5 million since 2015, will support increased access to quality care, as well as chronic disease management and prevention services. Grants, ranging from $10,000to $20,000, will be distributed to 49 free and charitable clinics in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

“The NAFC and our network of charitable health care providers are beyond grateful for the continued support and unwavering commitment we receive from the CVS Health Foundation,” said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC CEO. “Diabetes and hypertension are the top two diagnoses found among our patient population. This year’s funding will allow our Free and Charitable Clinics to focus on improving their patients’ health outcomes for these chronic conditions, and in turn improving the health of communities across the country.”

For more information on how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health, please visit www.cvshealth.com/NAFC.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and a Four Star Ranking with Charity Navigator.

For more information about the NAFC, please visit www.nafcclinics.org. Follow the NAFC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NAFClinics and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NAFCClinics.

Media Contact:
Mary Gattuso,
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation

Walmart Canada to utilize Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area in summer 2018

Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), helps reduce waste and lower carbon footprint of growing home grocery delivery market

VANCOUVER, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced today (February 21, 2018) an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. (Food-X), to Walmart.ca customers in Metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Walmart Canada will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area Walmart.ca customers in summer 2018.

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

Food-X comprises of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing SPUD customers in the Vancouver-area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
This agreement also expands on Walmart Canada’s commitment to make grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres like Vancouver – where there may not be convenient access to a Walmart Supercentre – and for customers who prefer to shop online.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart’s unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

When the service is up and running in summer 2018, Walmart customers will shop online at www.walmart.ca for Walmart products at Walmart’s low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.

About Food-X Urban Delivery Inc.
Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc. (SPUD). Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves five local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. SPUD is a leader in Western Canada’s local and organic food movement. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Media Contacts:

Food-X:
Peter van Stolk
peter@foodx.ca

Walmart Canada:
Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com

Source: Walmart Canada

Bitt.com signs MoU with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform

Barbados-based Bitt a portfolio company of Overstock.com blockchain subsidiary Medici Ventures
SALT LAKE CITY, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) portfolio investment company Bitt.com has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform.

Bitt has been working to position island nations in that region as global leaders in the adoption of digital national currencies, allowing everyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer to easily make digital domestic transactions.

This work has included actively building a financial ecosystem in the Caribbean that remedies the issues which people in the region experience daily, including high frictional fees from banks and other money services operations that make sending money in and out of the region cumbersome and costly.

“The people of Montserrat will benefit from increased financial inclusion, and a significant reduction in their need for cash to make payments for goods and services, or as a means of saving,” said Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.

The move by Montserrat follows last year’s declaration by the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde that digital currencies “may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions,” and that “virtual currencies could actually become more stable” than paper-based currency.

“For decades economists have spoken of ‘the unbanked’ and the difficulties they face because they are disconnected from the global financial system,” said Patrick M. Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com. “In recent weeks Bitt.com has launched a mobile app-based solution that allows people in Barbados to walk into a store and buy goods or services with digitized Barbados currency. Now, with this incredibly forward-thinking step by the premier and government of Montserrat, Bitt can begin bringing this technology to serve the poor, disconnected, and unbanked of that beautiful nation, and begin connecting them to a leading-edge blockchain-based monetary system. Then, as Montserrat goes, so goes the world!”

“We’re honored to assist Montserrat in meeting its objective of boosting financial inclusion while reducing reliance on cash while building resilient and sustainable socio-economic progress together,” said Rawdon Adams, CEO of Bitt.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

About Medici Ventures:
Launched in 2014, Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc., created to leverage blockchain technology to solve real-world problems with transparent, efficient and secure solutions. Medici Ventures has a growing portfolio of groundbreaking blockchain-focused investments, including tZERO, Peernova, Bitt, SettleMint, Factom, and IdentityMind, Spera and Symbiont. The company’s majority-owned financial technology company, t0.com, executed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offering in December 2016.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, Club O, Main Street Revolution, and Worldstock are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
ir@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Visa introduces a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data

Token Management Service: Smarter Tokens for a Connected Digital World (Photo: Business Wire)

Provides a 360-Degree View of Customer Payments Across Channels and Payment Types

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE: V) today introduced Token Management Service, a solution designed to unify management and secure customer payment data. Token Management Service enables an integrated view of payment preferences and behaviors across a merchant’s commerce platforms, processing environments, geographies, payment types and card brands.

Seventy percent of the world, or more than 5 billion people, will be connected via mobile device by 20201, creating the need for merchants to provide consumers with seamless digital payments that work securely, anywhere and on any device. Laying a foundation for this transition, Visa has developed Token Management Service, part of Visa’s CyberSource payment management platform.

Different token services deployed across multiple digital commerce environments create channel silos, preventing merchants from fully understanding payment behavior across their various customer touchpoints. Token Management Service helps enable merchants to unify payment token implementation in order to provide simple, innovative and seamless purchasing experiences. For example:

  • Customers can buy goods online, then pick them up in store, or make a purchase online and return items in-store.
  • Merchants can augment their customer engagement strategy with tailored loyalty programs and promotions to suit customer preferences and behavior, ultimately providing impactful customer experiences

“Our clients are seeking to create new integrated commerce experiences that unify their digital and physical operations to gain a comprehensive 360-degree view of their customer interactions,” said Andre Machicao, senior vice president, digital merchant products, Visa. “Today’s launch of Token Management Service brings merchants a vital capability to better service their customers by enabling them to embrace and create new, frictionless and secure payment experiences and maintain their competitive edge.”

Merchants can deploy Token Management Service with limited changes to their current IT infrastructure. When using the service, payment information is stored in secure Visa data centers. Merchants can benefit directly by reducing costs associated with compliance and minimizing security threats associated with keeping sensitive data on their own networks.

“Merchants operate in an omnichannel world where customers have the power of choice in shopping, namely – how, where, and when to buy. Consumers also value convenience and immediacy in their interaction with merchants and expect a streamlined payment experience regardless of their buying method or platform,” said Raymond Pucci, associate director, Mercator Advisory Group. “Providing a unified token management service as part of a layered approach to payment risk mitigation ensures a fast and secure checkout experience that strengthens the customer relationship.”

The latest addition to Visa’s innovative digital solutions for merchants, Token Management Service is a complementary solution to Visa Token Service, a payment network tokenization service developed by Visa in 2014. Visa Token Service has paved the way for innovative digital payments types, ranging from technologies such as Visa Checkout, to mobile wallets and payment-enabled IoT devices, including wearables, connected cars and appliances and mobile commerce in retail environments. Token Management Service will enable merchants to realize the value of payment-network tokens by simplifying integration into Visa Token Service and other payment network tokenization services.

For more information about Token Management Service, please visit: http://www.cybersource.com/tokenization

About Visa Inc.Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisavisacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

1 Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2015-2020

Source: Visa Inc.

Visa Inc.
Aida Hadzibegovic, 415-805-4242
ahadzibe@visa.com

CBRE Group, Inc. named to The 2018 Global Outsourcing 100® by IAOP®

Los Angeles, 2018-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (February 21, 2018) announced that the company has been named to The 2018 Global Outsourcing 100® by IAOP®. This marks the twelfth consecutive year that CBRE has been named among the world’s elite outsourcing firms across all industries.

The 2018 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. These lists are based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

“CBRE’s continued recognition by IAOP as a premier global outsourcing company highlights the quality of our professionals, our service offering and our ability to attract and build advantages for first-rate, global organizations,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE.

CBRE’s suite of integrated outsourcing services for occupiers of commercial real estate spans transaction services, facilities management, project management, and strategic consulting. CBRE continues to enhance these services through technology, talent recruitment, mergers-and-acquisitions and other strategic initiatives. It also has bolstered its capabilities within specific industry sectors, including: financial services, healthcare, and life sciences.

“In today’s economy, it is more important than ever for outsourcing buyers to be able to easily identify and select the right company for their outsourcing needs,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The Global Outsourcing 100 and World’s Best Advisors lists are the essential tools companies reference to make smarter decisions. They provide companies with valuable insights into the outsourcing industry, leading and emerging service providers and advisors, and key developments to watch.”

About IAOP

IAOP is the global association that brings together customers, providers, and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional and organizational development, recognition, certification, and excellence to improve business service models and outcomes. Our members and affiliates worldwide are digging deep at IAOP conferences, learning at IAOP chapter meetings, getting trained and certified at IAOP courses and workshops, and connecting through IAOP social media, all with one goal: better business results. Whether you are a customer, provider or advisor, new to collaborative business models like outsourcing, or you are an experienced professional, IAOP connects you and your organization to our growing global community and to the resources you need to get the results your company deserves and demands. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robert McGrath
212.984.8267
robert.mcgrath@cbre.com

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

SPAR Switzerland launches new customer loyalty card “SPAR Friends”

SPAR Switzerland launches new customer loyalty card “SPAR Friends”

 

Switzerland, 2018-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Switzerland has launched a new customer loyalty card “SPAR Friends” in all SPAR Supermarkets in the country, providing numerous benefits to cardholders.

Every week, SPAR Friends cardholders can enjoy discounts on products and every thousandth customer shopping with the SPAR Friends card receives a full refund of that transaction. A few very lucky cardholders will also stand the chance of winning one of 20 emission-free BMW i3 or Mini Cooper cars. The winners will be randomly drawn from the list of all SPAR Friends cardholders at the end of May.

The card does not require point collecting – customers benefit with each purchase at the cash register. Each week, in addition to the many SPAR promotions, SPAR Friends benefit from an additional four to five products available at promotional prices and featured instore.

The SPAR Friends customer card, which can also be used as a keychain, is available to all SPAR Switzerland customers aged 16 and older and can be found in any SPAR Supermarket in the country. All shoppers have to do is provide their name and e-mail address. If cardholders also indicate their home address, they will also receive at no cost the quarterly SPAR magazine featuring recipes, valuable promotional information and other interesting tips.

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About SPAR Switzerland

SPAR Switzerland, originally an independent family-owned company with a local shareholder structure, was founded in 1989, when it was granted the licence by SPAR International to operate the brand.

In 2000, the family-owned business was transformed into a holding company with three operating companies: SPAR Handels AG, TopCC AG and SPAR Management AG. This move helped to give the company a modern, future-oriented structure. The business has recorded steady growth over the years, combining corporate and independently owned stores, spanning forecourt retailing to large supermarkets.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

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