iPhone X arrives in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa

Cupertino, California, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (NOVEMBER 7, 2017) announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will arrive in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as Macau on Friday, November 24.

iPhone X features a gorgeous all-glass and stainless steel design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip with neural engine for powerful machine learning, augmented reality and immersive 3D gaming experiences, wireless charging and Face ID, delivering an innovative and secure new way to unlock, authenticate and pay. The TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID brings Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting to the front camera for beautiful selfies with a depth-of-field effect and enables Animoji, which captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements to bring emoji to life in a fun new way. A redesigned rear camera with dual optical image stabilization includes a new color filter, deeper pixels, an improved Apple-designed image signal processor and features Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, allowing customers to capture stunning photos and videos. The all-glass front and back on iPhone X feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in two beautiful finishes, silver and space gray.

Pricing and Availability

  • iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 (US) from apple.com, Apple Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers (prices may vary).
  • iPhone X will be available to customers beginning Friday, November 24, in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey.
  • iPhone X will be available to customers in Israel beginning Thursday, November 23.
  • iPhone X is available in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors will be available starting at $39 (US), while a new iPhone X Leather Folio will be available for $99 (US). Lightning Docks in color-matching metallic finishes will also be available for $49 (US), prices may vary.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts:
Michele Wyman
(669) 276-1208

Alex Kirschner
(408) 974-2479

Apple Media Helpline:
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Nedbank, Bytes Managed Solutions and NCR awarded ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ in Africa

NCR shares ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ award with Nedbank and Bytes Managed Solutions

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today ( May 8, 2017) announced it has been awarded the ‘Best Smart Branch Project’ in Africa at The Asian Banker Technology Innovation Awards ceremony. NCR shares the honor with Nedbank (JSE: NBKP), one of the largest banks in South Africa, and Bytes Managed Solutions, a leading technology company in Africa and an NCR partner.

The awards program is managed by a team of research analysts from Asian Banker Research with expertise in the banking industry in Asia, Middle East and Africa. The evaluation criteria are set out and form part of a rigorous and transparent process vetted by leading practitioners, independent advisors and an international panel of industry experts.

“NCR is honored to receive this recognition together with Nedbank and Bytes Managed Solutions as it validates our solutions that help banks transform and optimize their customers’ branch visit experience,” said Dimitri Kanellopoulos, Country Manager, NCR South Africa. “We will continue to innovate and deliver next-generation omni-channel technologies to transform the way consumers connect, interact and transact with businesses.”

The award-winning NCR technologies include NCR Interactive Teller, that allows a live teller to take remote control of an ATM to assist customers with up to 90 percent of transactions typically completed by tellers inside a branch. NCR was also recognized for NCR Interactive Banker, a technology that allows banks to leverage intuitive tablet enterprise technology to turn smart data into exceptional customer service.

“The move to NCR’s innovative Branch Transformation solutions has enabled us to deliver exceptional banking experiences, and encourages us further to introduce other innovations that optimize banking for our customers,” said Preni Naidoo, Executive, Self Service Banking at Nedbank.

The awards were presented in conjunction with the ‘Future of Finance Middle East and Africa Convention’ in Dubai, UAE on April 20, 2017. The ceremony featured elite bankers and fintech companies from across the region.

“The Asian Banker Technology Innovation Award recipients represent technology innovators in an increasingly competitive marketplace, and we are pleased to be recognised and rewarded for our solution,” said José Simoes, Senior Manager (Financial) at Bytes Managed Solutions.

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

About Bytes Managed Solutions
Bytes Managed Solutions (Bytes MS) is a services led, software driven and hardware enabled organisation that market, support and maintain enterprise-wide, end-to-end digital solutions and related services that enable medium to large enterprises to effectively deliver their offering to end consumers in South Africa and Africa. Bytes MS delivers solutions, Managed and Professional services to clients in the Financial, Retail, Petroleum, Oil&Gas, Hospitality, Gaming, Insurance, Telco&Media, Public Sector and Health Industries. These services are backed up by an evolving and extensive service footprint, supply chain, logistics and service management system. It supports in excess of 1,200,000 devices in more than 46,500 locations throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Bytes MS leverages on partnerships, thought leadership and capabilities to deliver world class integrated digital solutions through a strategic and focused appraoch enabling our customers to achieve their growth and success.Bytes MS is the exclusive distributor for NCR products in South Africa.

Bytes Managed Solutions is a division of Bytes Technology Group and wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron.

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 retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

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

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

News Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Seattle, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana hot brewed tea launch in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region today (October 3). Following the introduction of the popular Teavana Iced Teas this summer, customers will be able to explore 10 hot brewed teas, including jasmine pearls, green, black and white teas, as well as three Tea Lattes.

Joining the menu for a limited time is the Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha, a smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

Teavana’s hot and iced teas are now available at participating Starbucks stores globally. Explore regions around the world where Teavana tea beverages are offered to customers in Starbucks stores.

This fall, Starbucks® Teavana™ launched in more than 6,200 stores across 16 markets in the China and Asia Pacific region. These Starbucks locations offer a range of full leaf tea sachets as well as handcrafted beverages that were specifically developed for customers in the region.*

Matcha & Espresso Fusion – Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey – Traditional western black tea combined with tart ruby-red grapefruit, perfectly portioned in honey for a touch of added sweetness. This beverage is served hot, iced and sparkling, where available.

Iced Shaken Green Tea with Aloe and Prickly Pear – The familiar flavor of iced green tea paired with refreshing diced aloe and an exciting new syrup of prickly pear – a cactus plant native to the American Southwest.

Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls – This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor and is also served sparkling, where available.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

In early July, select Starbucks stores in EMEA introduced Teavana™ iced tea including one flavor available exclusively in the region:

Iced Blackberry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade – A refreshing iced tea blend that combines high-quality green tea with juicy blackberries, sweet raspberries and spearmint.

Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha – A smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

In mid-July, Starbucks unveiled handcrafted Teavana Shaken Iced Teas in more than 600 Starbucks stores across Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The company began offering hot tea beverages in these locations this fall. In addition to these markets, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia will offer Teavana hot and iced beverages later this year or by early 2017.

Teavana® Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade – This beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

United States and Canada
Teavana hot brewed teas launched in Starbucks U.S. and Canada stores in January 2015, joining a selection of Shaken Iced Teas the company had offered since 2013. Customers in North America can select from more than 27 different tea beverages, including tea lattes, shaken iced teas and brewed teas.

Teavana® Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong Tea – A balanced swirl of rich pumpkin and flavors of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and creamy vanilla, this rich and smooth cup of tea is a sublime indulgence for the body and mind any time of day

Teavana® Shaken Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade – Teavana black tea, mango and a hint of sweet passion fruit are shaken with a splash of lemonade to create this all day, every day iced refreshment.

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks



Levi Strauss & Co. announces the appointment of David Love EVP and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (September 7, 2016) announced that David Love, currently executive vice president, Global Supply Chain, and chief transformation officer, has been appointed executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa. Liz O’Neill, currently senior vice president, product development and sourcing, has been appointed chief supply chain officer. Love remains a member the company’s worldwide leadership team, and O’Neill will join the worldwide leadership team. Both will report directly to Chip Bergh, president and CEO of LS&Co.

Love is an LS&Co. veteran with more than 30 years of product development and sourcing experience throughout the supply chain. In his new post, he will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels, across Asia, the Middle East and Africa (AMA).

“David is a valued and trusted leader at LS&Co. who brings a deep understanding of how our business operates to his new role as AMA president,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO. “David has made significant contributions to the success of our business in his roles as the leader of our global supply chain and as our chief transformation officer. Liz has been a valuable thought partner and leader in driving substantial cost savings and increasing the quality of our strategic partnerships.”

Love joined LS&Co. in 1982 as a manager of technical services working in our manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. Since then, he’s held global positions throughout the supply chain, including production, product development, product services and sourcing. He has closely partnered with design and brand merchandising to encourage product innovation, increase speed to market and foster commitment to quality. Love is a proven operator — one who has consistently delivered outsized results by helping to unlock the value of the company’s global network and partnerships while championing sustainability.

O’Neill joined LS&Co. in 2013 to lead global supply chain sourcing and strategy. In this role, she is responsible for the global development, sourcing and delivery of LS&Co. products shipped to more than 100 countries. She has built strategic partnerships to improve supply chain agility while supporting investment in environmental sustainability initiatives and LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program. In her new role, O’Neill is also responsible for the company’s worldwide Terms of Engagement and Environment, Health and Safety. Prior to LS&Co., she spent 13 years at Gap, Inc., overseeing sourcing and production for Gap’s global brands. She has also worked for The Disney Store in Los Angeles and Abercrombie & Fitch in Ohio.

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 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Chris Ogle
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349

Media Contact:
Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.