Ecwid E-commerce integrated into Mono Platform

Ecwid E-commerce integrated into Mono Platform

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group Cements its International Reach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About RCH Group

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

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

RCH Contact:

Nicola Cassoli

Director Marketing & Sales Italy

T. +39 0422365255

E. n.cassoli@rch.it

RCH Germany Contact:

info@rch-europe.de

T.+49 0681 9677 8752

Press Contact:

Fiorenza Mella

Xpresso Communications              

T. +31 715238210

E.: fiorenza@xpressocommunications.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

New website automatically issues XPAND Codes that can be read from 200 meters/700 feet


Smart city with XPAND Code

TOKYO, Japan, 2019-Dec-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — XPAND K.K., which develops and manages the spatial link XPAND Code, has launched XPAND Code Generator, a website that automatically issues XPAND Code. The paid version “XPAND Code Pro”, which has existed from before, can now be issued instantly through a credit card payment. Furthermore, a free version “XPAND Code Gratis” with ads that can be used commercially has been newly released.

Receiving support from the Japanese government and others, XPAND has been attending exhibitions in Europe and Asia since this summer to carry out PR activities to many users, but the launch of this site is expected to expand usage around the world.

“While touring Europe and Asia, I could feel a high level of interest surrounding XPAND Code. As there were inquiries regarding actual usage during events at cities in Asia and the Middle East, there were high hopes for the launch of a website for automatic issuance. From now on, I believe that new services that connect cities and smartphones will come out one after another,” said Nanmoku, Founder / CEO of XPAND.

XPAND Code is a barcode for space that was created during the design process for traffic signs. Nanmoku developed this as a way to expand information on signs while working on the designs of Tokyo Metro train information signs for the 2020 Olympic Games. This new barcode follows in the footsteps of EAN/UPC Code and QR Code links with your smartphone even from far away distances without ruining the design of the sign or scenery. XPAND Code is assumed for use in stadiums, airports, railways, buses, large commercial facilities, public institutions, outdoor advertising, etc. In addition to locations such as restaurants all over Japan, XPAND Code has started to be utilized in public transportation and public spaces.

In April, an experiment was conducted at Japan’s largest football stadium, and XPAND was able to get the experiment result that it can be read from more than 200 meters/700 feet. Since it was easy to read, it would be expected to read from a longer distance.

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In the second half of 2019, XPAND has received recognition from the Japanese government, the Tokyo Metropolitan government, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), and JCCI (Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in succession and has focused on exhibiting at shows in Germany, Indonesia, China, and Japan.

In January 2020, it will exhibit at “ISPO Munich” as one of 10 companies selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan government.

See more at:
https://www.j-startup.go.jp/en/news/news_190813.html
https://www.techradar.com/news/made-in-japan-tech-is-back-and-crazier-than-ever
https://www.ceatec.com/en/showfloor/detail.html?id=18359

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

XPAND Code now installed in about 1,000 small scale facilities all over Japan

XPAND Code now installed in about 1,000 small scale facilities all over Japan

TOKYO, Japan, 2019-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — XPAND K.K., that provides “XPAND.CODES”, the barcode solution for signs, has announced the exhibition at the IFA 2019, a historic exhibition held since 1924. From September 6 to 11, 2019, the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s leading exhibition of consumer electronics, will be held in Berlin, Germany.

XPAND has been selected as a startup company to exhibit in the Japan Pavilion of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) at the IFA/NEXT exhibition, a special side event of the IFA.

“We are planning to show demo video of long distance reading using XPAND Code and exhibitions of prototype products so we can let the world know about our barcode solution and we hope to develop new collaborations and business with new partner companies.” said NANMOKU Toworu, CEO of XPAND.

XPAND Code is a barcode for space that was created during the sign design process for railway stations for Tokyo Metro. This new barcode following in the footsteps of EAN/UPC Code and QR Code links with your smartphone even from far away distances without ruining the design of the sign or scenery.

XPAND Code has been successfully read at a span of 200 meters/700 feet at the Olympics/World Cup stadium.

XPAND Code is installed in about 1,000 small scale facilities all over Japan and it is now starting to be used at bus terminals. In the future, it is expected to be used at stadiums, sports venues, and public transportation.

For reading applications, 3 mobile applications and one web application can read XPAND Code including applications made by our company. In Europe, we collaborated with VisionSmarts SPRL (Belgium), resulting in “pic2shop” being able to read XPAND Code. Pic2shop, a high-performance barcode reader, is used by millions of users and is ranked 11th in the world as a barcode reader app.

The reading engine of VisionSmarts is used by applications by XPAND as well.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The barcode solution for signs XPAND.CODES now with Reader App for iOS


Multi-barcode reader that can read QR/XPAND/EAN Codes available on the App Store

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — XPAND K.K., which provides “XPAND.CODES”, the barcode solution for signs, has announced the launch of XPAND.CODES Reader App for iOS mobile device today. XPAND.CODES Reader is a free multi barcode reader that can read QR/XPAND/EAN codes quickly and with precision. It helps users to scan various barcodes whether near or far and to obtain additional information on smartphones. XPAND K.K. is also developing an app for Android devices.

“Through our collaboration with Belgium’s Vision Smarts, we have equipped it with a high-functioning reading engine, which you can use to read the XPAND codes displayed on the large displays inside of stadiums. The addition of our new mobile app allows for an experience of linking various spaces with the internet, making it the easiest and the most valuable barcode reader.” said Toworu Nanmoku, CEO of XPAND.

“When we set out to develop our barcode and QR code reader software, it was to read codes that were blurry or difficult to read on product packages. It is very exciting and gratifying to see XPAND take the technology in a totally different and useful direction.” added Benoit Maison, CEO of Vision Smarts.

XPAND.CODES Reader Features:

  • Point your camera towards the QR/XPAND/EAN codes to connect to the Internet
  • Long distance scan from more than 200m/700ft
  • Indoor mapping & navigation service inside shopping malls and exhibitions
  • No usage fees, no ads and no registering of personal information
  • The app requires only access to the camera for reading barcodes and to location information for navigation

The experiment was performed at a large stadium for the World Cup and the Olympics in Japan, and XPAND was able to get the experiment result that it can be scanned from more than 200 meters/700 feet. Since it was easy to read, it would be expected to read from a longer distance.

To celebrate its release, XPAND is scheduled to set up a site to issue free XPAND codes globally in May.

XPAND Code is a barcode for space that was created during the design process for traffic signs. Nanmoku developed this as a way to expand information on signs while working on the designs of Tokyo Metro train information signs for the 2020 Olympic Games. This new barcode follows in the footsteps of EAN/UPC Code and QR Code links with your smartphone even from far away distances without ruining the design of the sign or scenery. XPAND Code is assumed for use in stadiums, airports, railways, buses, large commercial facilities, public institutions, outdoor advertising, etc. In addition to locations such as restaurants all over Japan, XPAND Code has started to be utilized in public transportation and public spaces. The Tokyo Metro train information sign design won the IIID Award2017 (http://iiidaward.net/).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

The company’s highlights at EuroCIS 2019 will include:

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

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

Our most popular software solution for all android applications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW at EuroCIS 2019

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

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

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Smart Scale Co. Unveils World’s First IoT Smart Scale Container, “Stashaweigh™”, at New West Summit

Oakland, California, USA, 2018-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart Scale Co. announced today its October 11th launch at New West Summit of the world’s first IoT smart scale container for the cannabis industry. The patent pending “Stashaweigh™” is an industry-forward weighing device that utilizes the ease of Bluetooth connectivity via a smartphone app to make tracking and saving your cannabis history seamless.

Stashaweigh™ is the brainchild of inventor and entrepreneur Josh Lee, Founder and CEO of Smart Scale Co., which he created in 2017. Lee, in conjunction with a team of technology engineers, has a vision for smart data-sharing, powered by machine learning and advanced AI, that he hopes will shake up the cannabis market.

Lee recalls, “As a technology inventor I saw a lack of technology being built for the cannabis market that matched what was out in the mainstream marketplace. I chose to build the most technologically advanced stash container, the Stashaweigh™, a patent-pending IoT device that integrates a smart scale, connected smartphone app, and water and smell-proof container to manage your usage history by weight, day, time and strain.”

Stashaweigh™ allows its users to track and manage usage history through their smartphones, and gives accurate weight, date, and time feedback while storing precise dosage history during each session. The company will use machine learning and AI to track and predict user habits from around the country that give dispensaries, growers, scientists, and medical professionals tools to more accurately respond to consumer needs and trends.

“Our goal is not only to give consumers a secure device to store their cannabis, but to help them learn more about their usage habits, while giving them tools to manage their cannabis like never before. We are thrilled to launch our product at New West Summit, the industry-leading cannabis technology conference.”

Stashaweigh™ is the first container in a line of expected smart scale devices that make using, selling, prescribing, and growing cannabis smarter and more effective.

SOURCE: EPR Network

High-speed and Smart Billing Solution from Millennium India

MagicBox-Elite

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

About Millennium India

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

For further information, contact:

 K Ramanathan

Content Head & Media Coordinator,

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

Block-16, 2nd Main Road

Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai -600 058

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

Email: ram(at)Justransact(dot)com

NEW AT FAFGA 2018: ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM

NEW AT FAFGA 2018: ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM

TREVISO, Italy, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology is revolutionising the way in which we live and do business. In the hospitality industry where speed and quality of service is critical, organisations must embrace the latest POS technology if they are to maintain a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced digital world. FAFGA is the leading trade fair for the hotel and catering sector, taking place in Innsbruck, Austria from September 10th to 13th 2018.

Following a very successful show in 2017, RCH Group is returning to FAFGA for a second year to fortify its presence in the region and to demonstrate how its hardware and software smart selling solutions are revolutionising the Point of Sale as we know it. This time though, RCH Group will be represented by RCH Europe, the European operation launched in January 2018 and headquartered in Innsbruck. In Hall B0 on Stand 62A, visitors will see and experience a number of powerful cloud-based solutions, catering specifically to one or more points in the sales cycle. Each RCH product is based on decades of research and development and capable of interoperating with third-party systems.

The opening of RCH Europe in Austria has quickly enabled RCH Group to provide more effective and faster local support to its customers and reseller partners, further enhancing the trustworthy business relationships and high level of customer service that the company is renowned for. The increasing European customer base coupled with the necessity to have centralised operations to handle all regional deployments and after-sales technical support made Austria the ideal location.

“We attended FAFGA for the first time in 2017 and quickly discovered the exceptional opportunity the fair provided in accessing the right people within the hotel and catering business,” said Paolo Biasone, Sales Manager Austria and Germany at RCH Europe. “RCH Group has a long-standing history in providing POS solutions to the global hospitality and food and beverage industries. Given the increase of our European client base, notably in Austria and Germany, it therefore made absolute sense to base our European Headquarters in Innsbruck, close to our local customers. We look forward to meeting with current and new contacts at this year’s show.”

NEW at FAFGA 2018:

ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM
In response to end-users increased need for space reduction, RCH Europe will be launching at FAFGA an upgrade to the ATOS product range, which now comes complete with a wall mount and arm in accordance with the VESA Mounting Interface Standard. This thin mounting bracket provides an excellent space-saving solution for all catering facilities, allowing traders to mount the ATOS screen directly on to a wall, thus creating a clutter-free workspace. As like all RCH products, this new VESA mount is a functional, easy to use and aesthetic tool that is beautifully designed with the elegant Italian touch.

Additional Products on display at FAFGA 2018:

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.

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

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

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

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.

“RCH was the first European company to introduce an Android interface for use in POS,” said Paolo Biasone, Sales Manager Austria and Germany at RCH Europe. “The Point of Sale is shifting towards a cloud-based environment, allowing merchants to remotely monitor and manage their systems from any device. Our back office enables to monitor in real time the sales of each cash point from any device, such as a tablet, PC or smartphone and it also provides the full management of the system’s programming, including personal registry, operators, customers, system configuration, and so on.”

RCH’s products, characterised by a perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality, are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy.

More information about RCH Europe and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/. Further information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

Carrefour brings together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies on its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo

Carrefour brings together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies on its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo

 

Brazil, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between 19 and 20 February, Carrefour Brazil launched its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo, bringing together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies. Over two days, best practices and digital solutions were presented and discussed with a view to meeting the main needs of the retail sector. The event was in line with the company’s global strategy – “Carrefour 2022” – a plan unveiled in January in which the digital transformation was revealed as one of the Group’s mainstays for the next five years.

The programme included conferences chaired by ten innovation, digital transformation and entrepreneurship specialists, including Guga Stocco, a renowned specialist in digital platforms and creator of Banco Original, Gustavo Caetano, founder and CEO of Samba Tech, Eco Moliterno, Director of Creation in Latin America for Accenture Interactive, Sílvio Meira, scientist, teacher and software and innovation engineering entrepreneur and Michel Sciama, Head of Performance Products at Google.

The event was also attended by the Carrefour Group’s largest technology partners, who provided an overview of current trends in the retail sector, as well as the services and new digital solutions available: Accenture, Cisco, Dielbold Nixdorf, Dimension Data, Intel and Oracle as well as MasterCard, Unilever and IBM.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean

Global jeanswear leader introduces digital manufacturing capability that will eliminate potassium permanganate and other chemicals that have been used industrywide for decades in jeans finishing

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) announced a transformative new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean. Called Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), this new model replaces manual techniques and automates the jeans finishing process, allowing the company to reduce the number of chemical formulations used in finishing from thousands to a few dozen.

Traditionally, denim finishing – which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans – has been a highly manual, labor-intensive and chemical-reliant process. Digitization enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.

“Thirty years ago, jeans were only available in three shades: rinsed, stonewashed and bleached. Today those three shades have exploded into endless variations, all produced with very labor-intensive jobs and long lists of chemical formulations,” said Bart Sights, vice president of technical innovation at Levi Strauss & Co. and head of the company’s Eureka Innovation Lab. “We’re designing a cleaner jean for the planet and the people who make Levi’s® jeans, and we’re doing it on a scale that no one else has achieved to date.”

This new operating model is a major step forward in LS&Co.’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and accelerates the elimination of many chemical formulations that the company’s Screened Chemistry program identified as “phase outs.” Among the chemicals that will be eliminated is potassium permanganate, an oxidizer that is used industrywide to replicate authentic vintage finishes.

“This is a significant win for the industry,” said Robert Strand, executive director for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business. “It’s inspiring to see how LS&Co. used constraints to drive innovation, paving the way for a more sustainable apparel industry. This is an important step forward that I hope others will follow.”

Beyond eliminating many chemicals, Project F.L.X. is expected to reduce textile waste by more accurately making what the market needs and may also provide the opportunity to save water in the future. The company has already proved it can use nearly 100 percent recycled water in the final manufacturing stages with Project F.L.X. and is exploring the possibility of rolling out this water recycling capability more broadly over time.

To help unlock the benefits of digitally enabled design and development, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:

Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model Project F.L.X.

Advanced technology improves speed to market, brings final product decisions closer to the consumer and strengthens sustainability leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) – announced Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), a new operating model that ushers denim finishing into the digital era. Developed by the inventor of the blue jean, Project F.L.X. digitizes the design and development of denim finishing and enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, LS&Co. is able to radically reduce time to market and eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, LS&Co. achieve the ultimate balance of agility and sustainability, while upholding the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.

“Our goal was to tackle two predominant industry challenges — being able to respond quickly to changing consumer trends while making the manufacturing process more sustainable,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. “We are addressing both agility and sustainability without compromising the authenticity our consumers expect from us. This is the future of jeans manufacturing, and LS&Co. is well-positioned to lead the way.”

Specifically, this advancement enables the global jeanswear leader to:
• Replace manual techniques and automate the time-consuming, labor-intensive and chemicalreliant process of hand-finishing: For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has used handfinishing to accentuate worn, faded design elements on denim. By using lasers in new ways, finishing time is cut dramatically — from two to three pairs per hour to 90 seconds per garment, followed by a final wash cycle.
• Create “photo-real” finished garments digitally: By digitizing the finish design and development process, LS&Co. designers can now create finishes and final garments with a revolutionary new imaging tool. Built by LS&Co., this advanced imaging capability cuts finishing design and development time in half (from months to weeks and sometimes days) and is so accurate the digital files can be sent directly to the vendor and quickly scaled to mass manufacturing.
• Take advantage of on-demand and even hyper-local production capabilities: By delaying decisions on final products until much later in the process, LS&Co. can radically reduce its lead times from more than six months to as fast as weeks or days in some cases. This is made possible by staging garments that await their on-demand finish order closer to the market.
• Eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain: LS&Co. plans to reduce the total number of chemical formulations used in its finishing process from thousands to a few dozen. This is a major step forward in the company’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and furthers its goal of pioneering more sustainable apparel.

LS&Co. has already begun piloting this new model with strategic vendors and has started briefing some of its key customers. Benefits to retail partners include managing core replenishment more effectively, responding to seasonal trends with greater agility and creating greater opportunities for customer exclusives.

“One of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is ensuring we have the right products at the right time, as well as the ability to respond to our customers’ evolving needs with speed,” said Paige Thomas, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids at Nordstrom Inc. “The team at Levi’s is working toward this challenge by contributing to the future of the apparel industry as one that’s both agile and uncompromising on quality, while improving sustainability. We’re excited to be part of it.”

The rollout of this new digital platform will be phased over time, with a goal of being fully scaled in 2020.

“With this new model, we can deliver the authentic and iconic products we’re known for in an incredibly responsive and responsible way,” said Liz O’Neill, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “The advanced imaging capability is a game-changer for us and something that has eluded our industry for years. Key steps in the process are now concentrated into a digital file, eliminating time and waste.”

Project F.L.X. was built in-house at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab by a team of designers, developers, chemists and engineers who are passionate about revolutionizing the apparel industry to better meet consumer needs while also doing right by the planet and the people who work in the apparel supply chain. A number of LS&Co. team members were retrained and reskilled in software development and laser operations. Retraining will be a key tenet as this new model rolls out globally.

To help unlock the benefits of more sophisticated laser technology, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about the sustainability benefits of Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:

Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

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:
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Investor Contact:
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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

NCR to help retailers reimagine consumer engagement across physical and digital channels at EuroCIS 2018

NCR demonstrates how its innovations help converge physical and digital channels to meet the demands of both retailers and shoppers in an evolving industry

ATLANTA, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, helps retailers reimagine consumer engagement across physical and digital channels at this years’ EuroCIS. In hall 10, booth A04, NCR will showcase solutions that are improving engagement and creating enhanced experiences using a wide variety of technologies such as personalization, payment solutions and artificial intelligence in self-checkout environments. NCR’s digital services help retailers turn data into insights and identify areas to improve in-store efficiency and customer experience. At EuroCIS, NCR shows how it helps retailers combine all the technical and operational disciplines that they need to address their specific challenges.

The retail landscape is characterized by fierce competition, with customers constantly seeking the best deal. At EuroCIS, NCR will showcase how its relationship management solutions can combine the latest technologies with tailored promotions and campaigns to drive customer engagement across platforms and store formats to attract and retain customers. The NCR solutions feature an advanced promotion engine, segmentation builder and analytics capabilities to enable retailers to manage complex omni-channel promotions and to deliver offers via mobile, kiosk, or web. With personalized interactions, retailers can make better use of their customer data and drive measurable results.

Flexible payment options are an important part of a customer journey. While many retailers are capable of accepting e-commerce and in-store payments, they typically use separate systems for payments online and in-store. With WinEPTS, NCR is demonstrating a proven hardware independent payment solution that is omni-channel and omni-commerce ready, combining the online and in-store payments on one cloud based platform. In addition to any card, mobile or online payments, it can handle third party voucher payments as well as food vouchers and can create tax-free vouchers for eligible foreign customers.

As retailers are evolving their stores to suit changing customer demand, self-checkout technology is gaining traction across Europe. By including artificial intelligence in its newest self-checkout model, NCR is improving the ease of use and the security of the technology. The image scanner recognizes fresh produce items based on certain attributes such as colour, shape and size and automatically suggests matching items from the retailer’s assortment, eliminating the need to navigate through the complete menu. The same technology also helps prevent item switching as the system recognizes if the attributes of the item don’t match the selected produce.

“With every consumer expecting a different experience when they shop, retailers have unique demands and requirements for their specific digital transformation,” said Tom Chittenden, vice president and general manager of retail solutions at NCR Corporation. “We are helping retailers to rethink their business in fresh new ways and create solutions that address changing consumer behaviors and desires.”

At EuroCIS 2018, visitors to the NCR booth can experience how NCR satisfies the buy-anywhere, fulfill-anywhere demands of today and learn how its omni-channel solutions improve every consumer touchpoint along the shopping journey.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Diebold Nixdorf to showcase solutions for the future of shopping at EuroCIS

Storevolution™ program introduces new technologies throughout the consumer journey

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At EuroCIS, the leading trade fair for retail technology, Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) – the world leader in driving connected commerce – will present state-of-the-art technologies that enable intuitive journeys for shoppers across all channels and optimize the in-store experience. As part of its Storevolution™ consumer-centric approach, the company will showcase solutions for the future of shopping from February 27 to March 1 at Stand C26 in Hall 9.

Today’s retailers must be able to implement new touchpoints and technological applications quickly. This is where Diebold Nixdorf’s Storevolution™ program comes in: Customer centricity, store digitalization and high connectivity form the cornerstones of future-oriented retailing. A store-as-a-service offer that ensures technologies from various providers are supplied quickly and operated reliably can secure a retailer’s long-term success. For this reason, Diebold Nixdorf will place its focus at EuroCIS on innovations that cover all the processes along the customer journey.

    • In terms of implementing new customer journeys: “Scan & Go” is an option enabling consumers to use a mobile scanner to scan their goods themselves and pay for them at a self-service terminal when they leave the store. The advantage: All scanned items can conveniently be placed directly in a bag while shopping. Diebold Nixdorf supports this form of self-scanning with its new software solution Vynamic™ Mobile Shopper as well as with mobile hand-held scanners available in the stores. For consumers who want to use their own smartphone as a scanner, Diebold Nixdorf offers the Vynamic Mobile Shopper app, which enables customers to use their smartphones to scan items themselves. With “Pick, Pack & Pay,” Diebold Nixdorf introduces a consumer journey that makes it possible to quickly register items while not having to scan them. The use of RFID tags on the product or NFC tags that have been integrated into the shelf or electronic shelf labels allows the data of each item in the whole shopping basket to be digitally registered and forwarded to a payment station. At the station, customers then pay electronically or with cash, at which point they are given a receipt imprinted with a barcode that enables them to open an exit gate to depart the store.
    • The new, cloud-based software-as-a-service solution Vynamic Engage lays the foundation for cross-channel promotions and real-time campaigns that improve the shopping experience at every touchpoint. By capturing, combining and analyzing customer data, Vynamic Engage generates comprehensive customer profiles, enables retailers to personally address customers on the basis of earlier shopping patterns, promotes customer loyalty and ultimately creates higher revenues.
    • Diebold Nixdorf is also showcasing its proven BEETLE POS portfolio, including the BEETLE /iSCAN eXpress Hybrid – a checkout solution the customer or the cashier can operate. An additional monitor and a customer-facing scanner make it easy to switch between staff-operated and self-service mode depending on customer traffic, the number of items in the shopping basket and the availability of cashiers. Additionally, the BEETLE /iSCAN EASY SCO allows customers to scan items and pay for them either electronically or with cash. New features include the integrated recycling modules for coins and banknotes that automate cash handling. Together with a note recycler located in the store’s cash office, these modules lay the foundation for automated banknote processing.  Diebold Nixdorf is also showcasing two new all-in-one BEETLE /iPOS systems and has extended its portfolio to include a new payment solution based on a 6″ tablet that can be used anywhere in the store.
    • For its new generation of reverse vending systems, Diebold Nixdorf offers its customers CONCENTRATE (CONtrol CENter of TRAnsaction iTEms) – a modern fleet-management tool that condenses a variety of operational data into meaningful graphics and statistics. This enables store managers to monitor the status and performance of all installed systems through a Web interface both from their office and on the go. “In the digital age, consumers expect a personalized, networked and convenient shopping experience,” says Mark Brewer, senior vice president and managing director, Global Retail at Diebold Nixdorf. “Diebold Nixdorf’s software suite, extensive automation solutions, and services geared specifically to retail processes, help retail companies create better, sustainable customer experiences.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Contact(s):

Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Email: ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Fast Company names Starbucks as one 2018’s Most Innovative Companies

Fast Company names Starbucks as one 2018’s Most Innovative Companies

 

Seattle, 2018-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has been chosen as one 2018’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, which released its annual rankings on Tuesday. In recognition of the Starbucks FoodShare program, Starbucks is included among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Good.

In 2016, Starbucks entered into a unique partnership with Feeding America to create the innovative Starbucks FoodShare program – a leading a national effort to provide nourishing, ready to eat meals to people in need. To-date, Starbucks has rescued and donated more than 3 million meals. The program has also diverted 1.1 million pounds of food from landfills.

No traditional brick-and-mortar retailer is better positioned than Starbucks to continue leading the fight against hunger, by driving awareness, encouraging customers and partners to be advocates and creating a playbook for other companies to step up and help make a difference.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List honors leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors identified the most notable innovations of the year among submissions from thousands of pioneering companies.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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CVS Health recognized as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies List for 2018 by Fast Company

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, was recognized today (Feb. 20, 2018) by Fast Company as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies List for 2018. CVS Health was also honored as No. 7 on Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health.

Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies List recognizes leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. The list was curated from Fast Company’s Top 10 lists, which recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, including health. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies to create these lists.

“CVS Health is honored to be included by Fast Company on their 50 Most Innovative Companies list and as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health,” said Larry J. Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “As a pharmacy-innovation company, we are committed to finding new ways of delivering on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health and I am very proud that our enterprise achievements are being recognized.”

In 2017, CVS Pharmacy introduced a first-of-its kind prescription management system, ScriptPath. Using easy to understand icons, the new system was designed to improve patient understanding and enhance patient safety by simplifying how patients take medications and how caregivers give them. The personalized prescription schedule is generated by a proprietary scientific system which automatically reviews all of a patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescription information and prescribers’ instructions and uses clinical data to provide a schedule of the most effective times of day to take the medications.

In addition, CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business of CVS Health, launched Transform Diabetes Care in 2017 to help the company’s PBM members with diabetes lower A1C levels and better manage their condition. The program integrates PBM cost management strategies with personalized, high touch support including in-person pharmacist counseling, diabetes-specific coaching and care by a nurse practitioner at MinuteClinic. Enrolled members are also offered a connected glucometer, which shares their blood glucose levels with their pharmacist-led team via a health cloud, enabling the team to identify potential issues and intervene with one-on-one coaching.

CVS Pharmacy has also introduced a reimagined, health-focused store design with an expanded offering of health, beauty and better-for-you food options. As part of this effort, the company removed artificial trans-fats from all store brand products 18 months ahead of the requirement to do so and announced that chemicals of concern would be eliminated from nearly 600 store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.

To address the rising costs of prescription drugs, the company began offering a less expensive epinephrine auto-injector, generic Adrenaclick, for patients with life-threatening allergies in January 2017. CVS Pharmacy also introduced same-day, free prescription delivery in Manhattan in December 2017 and announced plans for nationwide next-day prescription delivery in 2018.

To strengthen the health of communities across the country, CVS Health announced that it would enhance opioid utilization management protocols, install 750 new drug disposal collection units in its retail pharmacies to collect unwanted medication and continue the Pharmacist Teach program, which brings CVS pharmacists into schools to educate students on the dangers of prescription drugs.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including FORTUNE’S Most Admired Companies, DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Points of Light’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies, Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Human Rights Campaign’s Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality and the Disability Equality Index’s Top Places to Work.

For more information about Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies List, please visit: www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2018.

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:
Erin Pensa
Director of Public Relations
401-770-4786
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Stockmann is now on WeChat’s Shopping section

Stockmann is now on WeChat’s Shopping section

 

Helsinki, Finland, 2018-Feb-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The popular Chinese WeChat application received its own Helsinki mini-application on the Chinese New Year’s Day on February 15 2018. Stockmann is one of the first companies in the app’s Shopping section.

Stockmann offers a discount coupon through the WeChat application. By showing the Stockmann discount coupon Chinese tourists can get a tourist discount for the products they buy.

“Chinese tourists are the fastest growing group and they represent, after Russians, Stockmann’s second largest tourist group in tax free purchases outside the EU. We want to offer even better customer service to Chinese tourists by WeChat”, explains Anna Salmi, Stockmann’s Chief Customer Officer .

WeChat Helsinki application offers information on sights, services and events as well as an interactive map. Users can also make a travel plan in the service. WeChat is currently being used by more than 960 million people.

Last autumn, Stockmann also introduced China’s most popular mobile payment service, Alipay, providing an easy, safe, and convenient way to pay for mobile payments. Read more.

For more information:
Anna Salmi
Chief Customer Officer
Stockmann
tel. +358 9 121 9459

Source: Stockmann

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Carrefour Belgium enhances its app with new functions

Carrefour Belgium enhances its app with new functions

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium has added even more functions to its app in a bid to make life easier for its customers. No more printing out – everything happens online.

We used to have plastic loyalty cards and paper discount coupons. Then we had computerised cards and coupons, but they still had to be shown to the checkout staff. Now Carrefour is going even further, adding a series of extremely practical new functions to its app in Belgium.

New features:
– The coupons are automatically displayed in the app. They just need to be activated so the checkout takes them into account when the customer shows their loyalty card.
– The application displays the number of bonus points that the customer has. Virtual cheques can be created in just a few clicks in the app and are used automatically when the customer goes to the checkout.
– Customers can use the app to choose their favourite special offers by selecting appealing supplier cheques. Then when they want to use them, they just have to tick the relevant boxes so that system takes them into account when they go to the checkout.
– The app can display a log of all purchases made in store, as well as orders placed online. Customers can search for and select their favourite products. They can complete, amend and place orders online, or send orders to a third person tasked with doing their shopping for them.
– The app can tell customers in which store a particular product is available.
– If the customer wants, the Carrefour app can let them know when their 250 favourite products are on special offer.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

MEDIA CONTACT

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Intershop welcomes Markus Klahn to its Management Board

Jena, Germany, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1), a leading provider of e-commerce solutions, today announced changes to its Management Board. As of April 9, 2018, Markus Klahn will join the current Management Board of Dr. Jochen Wiechen and Axel Köhler as COO (Chief Operating Officer). As such, Mr. Klahn will be responsible for the Company’s services portfolio.

Intershop customers are increasingly realizing their digitization projects on the basis of a cloud solution and related services. Accordingly, the further development of this segment is to be driven forward. This includes both the range of services offered and the adaptation of business processes for a cloud-driven business model.

Christian Oecking, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG, comments: “In addition to the further development of Intershop’s leading commerce platform and the support of digitization projects for customers worldwide, Intershop is currently undergoing a systematic transformation towards cloud business. The strengthening of the Management Board in this respect not only reflects the growing importance of the cloud business, but will also continue to support the Company’s own transformation process “.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, Intershop’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased to have the support we need, both in quickly bringing new customers onto the Azure platform and in adapting processes for a cloud-driven business model. Both will help to build on and accelerate the success we have achieved.”

Axel Köhler, CSO (Chief Sales Officer) will focus on developing new and existing customer business in order to achieve the Company’s ambitious objectives in terms of growth. He will be responsible for sales and marketing, driving forward the positioning of the cloud offering in the market.

With Markus Klahn, Intershop has gained an experienced sales and market expert for the management, particularly in terms of the market positioning of software solutions. As such, he will complement the Management Board team with his experience from previous management positions in medium-sized software companies. Prior to joining Intershop Communications AG, he was a member of senior management at Proalpha, an ERP provider, and most recently at Jaggaer, a pure SaaS provider in the procurement sector.

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

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

Intershop Public Relations

HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn will this summer open its first checkout-free AH to go store as it looks to make the shopping experience more convenient and personal. The store, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, will be located at a high-traffic location in Amsterdam and will be deployed with “tap to go” technology that allows customers to pay for groceries with a card or a smartphone without going through the register.

The planned opening follows a successful trial at an AH to go site at Ahold Delhaize’s support office in Zaandam, which saw a slight increase in sales after the pilot was launched. Nearly 80 AH to goconvenience stores in the Netherlands are scheduled to be equipped with the “tap to go” technology, making it available for thousands of customers every day.

Ahold Delhaize’s brands are constantly looking to make the shopping experience more seamless, propelled by new technologies and innovations. Brands across the U.S. and Europe are testing and experimenting with other innovative shopping methods to further ease the checkout process.

View a video of Albert Heijn’s “tap to go” here.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

RCH Group at EuroCIS: Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction key for customer satisfaction in retail

ITALY, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology plays a crucial role in the modern world of retail, affecting all areas of the sales cycle from inventory management right through to pricing and customer experience. EuroCIS is the leading trade fair for the retail technology sector, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 27th to March 1st, 2018.

RCH Group SpA is once again taking the opportunity provided by EuroCIS to demonstrate how it is responding to the requirements of this fast-paced digital era. Visitors to Hall 10, Stand E59 will view a range of hardware and software solutions based on decades of technological research and innovation. Each solution caters specifically to one or more points in the sales cycle.

“Convenience, personalisation, and speed of transaction are key success factors for customer satisfaction in retail,” states Michele Stecca, Director of Exports at RCH Group. “In our digital world, consumers expect multichannel sales points where they can decide if they want to shop online or physically instore via a self-service kiosk or with a cashier. Intelligent technology that can merge the old with the new, offline with online, providing tools to monitor and manage all aspects of the sales cycle will allow retailers to deliver a fast, convenient and personalised shopping experience while retaining customer loyalty.”

RCH’s products are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy. An RCH product is characterised by its perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality.

More information about RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.com/ Further information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

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

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

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

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

Investor Relations Contact:

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

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

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.