PetSmart acquired one of the largest online and mobile platforms for pet adoption

Phoenix, 2016-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Inc., the largest pet specialty retailer and leading resource for pet adoption in North America, today ( Oct. 19, 2016) announced it has acquired AllPaws, one of the largest online and mobile platforms that matches those looking to adopt a pet with pets ideally suited for their home, family and lifestyle. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Pet adoption is core to our purpose-driven business, and the acquisition of AllPaws offers a smart technology platform to accelerate our in-store adoption program even further,” said Michael Massey, president and chief executive officer for PetSmart. “Our leadership role in pet adoption has led to a record-setting seven million pets adopted from our stores since we started the in-store adoption program in 1994. More than 3,000 current animal welfare partners — plus thousands of additional rescues and shelters — will be able to use AllPaws as a digital hub to promote adoptable pets, which we believe will result in even greater success in finding forever homes for pets across North America.”

Approximately 5,000 animal rescues and shelters across North America directly utilize AllPaws to promote their adoptable pets.

Thousands more animal welfare organizations will be able to use the centralized PetSmart AllPaws platform to create, populate and update detailed profiles for adoptable pets to increase their exposure and chance of being adopted. Prospective pet parents can then use AllPaws to search for pets by various search categories such as breed, age, gender, energy level, training stage, temperament and geo-location in order to find the pet best suited for their home, family and lifestyle requirements.

“We are thrilled to join the PetSmart family and to contribute to its mission of helping save pets’ lives through adoption,” said Darrell Lerner, AllPaws founder. “When we set out to develop AllPaws, we wanted to take a fresh and modern approach to pet adoption that combines a sophisticated, user-friendly functionality with deep social integration in order to connect prospective adopters with the best pet match possible. With PetSmart’s scale and PetSmart Charities adoption program leveraging more than 1,470 stores that serve as adoption centers, we believe AllPaws has found its forever home with PetSmart.”

The AllPaws pet adoption platform — free to all users — offers a comprehensive solution on the web and a fun, engaging mobile application experience on iPhone. Its iPhone app is frequently the top ranked adoption app on iTunes and has grown nearly every month since its launch in 2014. The platform has strong traffic, typically averaging 800,000-900,000 visits per month.

For every 30 seconds a PetSmart store is open, a pet is adopted, totaling 1,400 pets lives saved every day. Through these efforts, nearly 500,000 pets find forever homes every year.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,477 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption program with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

About AllPaws

AllPaws offers a fresh and modern approach to pet adoption that combines sophisticated online dating functionality and a deep social integration. Built by a team with deep roots in the online dating space, AllPaws has grown nearly every month since launch and has 850,000 registered users.

Contacts:
Erin Gray
623-516-3908
egray@petsmart.com

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

EarthLink Holdings Corp acquired Boston Retail Partners, LLC

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences, today announced it has acquired Boston Retail Partners, LLC (“BRP”), a highly regarded management consulting firm focused on the retail vertical. BRP’s experienced consultants work with leading retailers to deliver strategic solutions that address the business and technology challenges unique to the industry.

BRP provides technology strategy and consulting across the full breadth of retail solutions, including point of sale, e-commerce, customer relationship management, mobile, payment security, enterprise resource planning, order management and supply chain. Together, EarthLink and BRP will extend EarthLink’s capabilities in the retail sector to provide clients with deep expertise and end-to-end technology solutions that address the entire retail organization and improve customer engagement and loyalty. The transaction is part of EarthLink’s ongoing strategy to provide deep vertical expertise to its clients and to strategically expand its consulting portfolio with end-to-end solutions to best serve client needs.

“Retailers today often struggle with leveraging technology to create the retail experience of the future, including the shift to cloud-based solutions, the rapid rise of mobile, increasing bandwidth requirements and the prevalence of legacy systems. Many large retailers have relied on BRPs’ expertise and talented people to navigate these challenges,” said Joe Eazor, Chief Executive Officer and President of EarthLink. “We are excited to bring together our deep network expertise with BRPs’ proven track record of success, in order to enhance our already strong presence in this space.”

“Customers expect a consistent, personalized and satisfying shopping experience wherever, whenever and however they shop and retailers need a robust, fast, reliable, resilient network infrastructure to enable this real-time retail experience,” said Ken Morris, principal, BRP. “Delivering on that experience requires a different approach that sets the stage for unified commerce. According to our recent Customer Experience Survey, 75% of retailers indicated they have implemented or plan to implement a single, unified commerce platform within the next three years. Leveraging EarthLink’s network services and solutions with BRP’s retail expertise enhances our ability to help retailers successfully implement comprehensive unified commerce solutions that enable real-time retail.”

Headquartered in Boston, BRP has 40 nationwide employees.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About EarthLink
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp., NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences in a cloud connected world. We help thousands of multi-location businesses securely establish critical connections in the cloud. Our solutions for cloud and hybrid networking, security and compliance, and unified communications provide the cost-effective performance and agility to serve customers anytime, anywhere, via any channel, or any device. We operate a nationwide network spanning 29,000+ fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP coverage. To learn why thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, franchisors, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms, local governments, residential consumers and other carriers choose to connect with us, visit us at www.earthlink.com, @earthlink, on LinkedIn and Google+.

About Boston Retail Partners, LLC
Boston Retail Partners, LLC was founded in 2009 by retail industry-recognized thought leaders. BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to its clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology and process solutions. The company focuses exclusively on the retail industry and consults in three key areas: IT strategy, vendor selection and project implementation. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience & Engagement | Order Management
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Information Technology

The company is a recognized thought leader in the retail sector and continually takes the pulse of the industry through benchmark surveys including the industry-leading annual POS/Customer Engagement Survey they have published for 17 years. In addition, the company publishes benchmark surveys on Customer Experience/Unified Commerce, E-Commerce and Merchandise Planning. For more information, visit www.bostonretailpartners.com.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking” statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation:

(1) that we may not be able to execute our strategy to successfully transition to a leading managed network, security and cloud services provider, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(2) that we may not be able to increase revenues from our growth products and services to offset declining revenues from our traditional products and services, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (3) that if we are unable to adapt to changes in technology and customer demands, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer;
(4) that failure to achieve operating efficiencies and otherwise reduce costs would adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(5) that we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges;
(6) that we may be unable to successfully divest non-strategic products, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(7) that acquisitions we complete could result in operating difficulties, dilution, increased liabilities, diversion of management attention and other adverse consequences, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(8) that we face significant competition in our business markets, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(9) that failure to retain existing customers could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(10) that decisions by legislative or regulatory authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission, relieving incumbent carriers of certain regulatory requirements, and possible further deregulation in the future, may restrict our ability to provide services and may increase the costs we incur to provide these services;
(11) that if we are unable to interconnect with AT&T, Verizon and other incumbent carriers on acceptable terms, our ability to offer competitively priced local telephone services will be adversely affected;
(12) that the continued decline in switched access and reciprocal compensation revenue will adversely affect our results of operations;
(13) that failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits and rights-of-way could interfere with our network infrastructure and operations;
(14) that if our larger carrier customers terminate the service they receive from us, our wholesale revenue and results of operations could be adversely affected;
(15) that we obtain a majority of our network equipment and software from a limited number of third-party suppliers;
(16) that work stoppages experienced by other communications companies on whom we rely for service could adversely impact our ability to provision and service our customers;
(17) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(18) that our consumer business is dependent on the availability of third-party network service providers;
(19) that we face significant competition in the Internet access industry that could reduce our profitability;
(20) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers will adversely affect our results of operations; (21) that lack of regulation governing wholesale Internet service providers could adversely affect our operations; (22) that cyber security breaches could harm our business;
(23) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services;
(24) that interruption or failure of our network, information systems or other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results;
(25) that our business depends on effective business support systems and processes;
(26) that if we, or other industry participants, are unable to successfully defend against disputes or legal actions, we could face substantial liabilities or suffer harm to our financial and operational prospects;
(27) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future;
(28) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property;
(29) that we may be unable to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us;
(30) that unfavorable general economic conditions could harm our business;
(31) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (32) that our business may suffer if third parties are unable to provide services or terminate their relationships with us;
(33) that we may be required to recognize impairment charges on our goodwill and other intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position;
(34) that we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and we may be limited in the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes in the future;
(35) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our business and industry;
(36) that we may require substantial capital to support business growth, and this capital may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all;
(37) that our debt agreements include restrictive covenants, and failure to comply with these covenants could trigger acceleration of payment of outstanding indebtedness;
(38) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly cash dividends;
(39) that our stock price may be volatile;
(40) that provisions of our certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of control of the company; and
(41) that our bylaws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ flexibility in obtaining a judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees.

These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management’s expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

For media inquiries, contact

David Naumann
916-673-7757

Source: Boston Retail Partners,

Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

Northwich, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Hut Group, Europe’s fastest growing online Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer, has acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire. Operating across 50,000 sq. ft., Hale Country Club provides its 5,000+ members with best-in-class fitness, leisure, spa and beauty facilities.

The acquisition of Hale Country Club is a continuation of The Hut Group’s commitment to substantial investment in infrastructure to support the growth and durability of its core online Health and Beauty businesses. Similar recent investments by the Group include: the £120 million design, build and acquisition of a one million sq. ft. distribution centre; and £10 million invested during 2015 into the Group’s sports nutrition and weight management production centre.

The Hut Group will continue to expand Hale Country Club’s industry-leading health and beauty facilities for the benefit of the membership and the Group’s key brands, Myprotein and Lookfantastic.

Myprotein is the world’s largest online sports nutrition brand and, in re-branding the gym facility to Myprotein, Hale Country Club will become the focal point for the brand’s 200+ ambassadors. With a social media following of over two million, Myprotein’s ambassadors are elite athletes drawn from over 30 different sports and 30 different countries. Recent members to join #TEAMMYP include: Danny Willett, Masters Golf Champion 2016; Max Whitlock, the gymnastics World, European, Commonwealth and British champion and Olympic medallist; and Michael Bisping, the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World.

Retailing over 800 prestige brands, The Hut Group is the world’s second largest online beauty retailer. Members of Hale Country Club will now have access to this broader prestige brand offering as more brands are retailed within its spa, wellness pool, thermal suite and treatment facilities. Hale Country Club will be a focal point for the 90+ Look fantastic beauty ambassadors who, with a social media reach of 15 million, support The Hut Group’s commitment to prestige brands, product innovation and unrivalled infrastructure.

The Hut Group recently announced record results for 2015 with sales +35% to £334m (2014: £248m), EBITDA up +33% to £30m and £42.2m of cash generated from operating activities (2014: £38.2m). The Hut Group had a 2015 year-end cash position of £141.5m (2014: £54.6m), providing it with significant resources for further strategic initiatives.

Group Chief Executive Officer and founder, Matthew Moulding, commented: “As we continue to build enduring and scalable brands we are committed to investing in the infrastructure which supports our core online Health and Beauty businesses. This acquisition is a continuation of our investment strategy, with Hale Country Club & Spa’s unrivalled facilities providing a step-change in Myprotein and Lookfantastic.”

Media Enquiries:
media-enquiries@thehutgroup.com

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Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire
Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

 

Source:  The Hut Group