Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator now accepting applications

HARTFORD, Conn., 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Techstars today (Feb. 5, 2018 ) announced that the application period for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator is now open.

Last month, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, one of the world’s best startup accelerators, announced the formation of a three-year partnership and the launch of the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford. This mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will select 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in its first year.

The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which includes technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The materials range from plastics and metals to concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. The applications of additive manufacturing are endless.

Applications will be open until April 8, 2018, and the program will run in the third quarter of 2018. Similar programs will be run in 2019 and 2020, with 30 potential startups completing the process.

Startups will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence – Manufactory 4.0 – in Hartford, CT, and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses and bring new technologies to market.

Visit to apply. More information about the application process can be found here:

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at

Media Contacts:

Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs
Stanley Black & Decker
Phone: 860-826-3260

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

RILA opens applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

Arlington , VA, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retail brands, announced its call for applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards.

“As today’s top retail leaders gather at RILA’s CEO Forum, this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase new technologies that are transforming the industry,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “To move the industry into the future, our awards program will focus on technologies that create ultra-personal and ubiquitous shopping experiences. By streamlining the path to purchase, retailers are listening to the wants of consumers and creating seamless experiences, integrating the physical with digital. We look forward to connecting America’s retailers with industry innovators.”

The Awards will highlight innovations that enable retail’s future. Winners will be invited to showcase, pitch and network with the most powerful retail chief executives at RILA’s annual Retail CEO Forum January 21-23 in Tucson, AZ.

Applicants should focus their innovations on advancing Ubiquitous and Ultra-Personal Shopping, that is, shopping that will be invisible and ubiquitous, embedded into natural gestures and conversation, managed through a connected ecosystem, and considering all channels and all customers. The (R)Tech Center believes that this trend is driving change in the industry more than any other.

Applications are due on September 8. Learn more and apply at

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039

Source: RILA

Family history and consumer genomics leader Ancestry to migrate all of its applications and data to AWS

Global leader in family history and consumer genomics migrates to AWS to support its continued growth and gain important advantages in scalability, performance, security, and privacy

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jun. 8, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, will migrate all of its applications and data to AWS. By choosing the cloud with the most functionality, including a wide range of analytics and machine learning capabilities, Ancestry will be able to achieve superior scalability, performance, reliability, security, and privacy as it continues its global growth.

For its over 2.6 million paid subscribers, Ancestry analyzes and compares billions of historical records, tens of millions of family trees, and millions of existing customer DNA profiles to deliver data-driven insights that help customers develop a new sense of self. The company requires a highly scalable and secure IT infrastructure on which to store and analyze large volumes of sensitive information. Ancestry’s goal is to empower people to take their own journey of self-discovery, providing actionable insights that have meaningful impact. It offers customers a deeper view into their ethnic backgrounds, hints about their family history, and connections to possible genetic cousins.

“We’re providing consumers with insights that can transform their lives. By enabling people to dive deeper into themselves and the lives of the people and cultures that led to them, we help customers change their perspective on who they are and how they fit into the world that surrounds them. Accomplishing that requires that we securely manage and analyze an incredible amount of unique, personal data on a daily basis,” said Nat Natarajan, Executive Vice President of Product and Technology at Ancestry. “With our continuing growth, migrating to the cloud provides us with clear scalability and security advantages. AWS also provides us with the flexibility we need to stay at the forefront of consumer genomics, as the science and technology in the space continue to rapidly evolve. We’re confident that AWS provides us with unmatched scalability, security, and privacy, and we’re excited to move our data and applications to AWS.”

“Ancestry is doing amazing work to reinvent how people discover themselves through a unique combination of historical records, family trees, and DNA,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “Because AWS offers much more functionality than any other infrastructure provider, Ancestry can easily move existing apps, develop any new app their builders dream up, and leverage AWS’s expansive analytics and machine learning offerings to understand their data better and infuse their applications with more intelligence. We look forward to working with Ancestry as it goes all-in on AWS over the next year.”

Ancestry joins the growing list of customers going all-in on AWS, including 3M Health Information Systems, AOL, Acquia, Atlassian, Australia Health District, Blackboard, Change Healthcare, Discovery Communications, Dole, City of McKinney Texas, Clark Construction, DigitalGlobe,, Ellucian, Eliza Corporation, Enel, Fast Retailing, FINRA, GameStop, Hertz, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Kempinski, LexisNexis, Live Nation, Magazine Luiza, Matson, MetGlobal, Ministry of Justice UK, MPAC, Motorola, National Democratic Institute, Netflix, Nordstrom, Pristine, Qlik, Smiles, Sony New Media Solutions, Splunk, Suncorp Group, Talen Energy, The Guardian, Time Inc., Trainline, Twilio, University of Notre Dame, Vend, Vidyard, and Zillow.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

About Amazon

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

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 4 million people in the AncestryDNA network. Since 1996, more than 20 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 90 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, and Fold3.

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LVMH opens applications for its fourth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

LVMH opens applications for its fourth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers


Paris, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LVMH Prize is back for a new year! LVMH announces the launch of the fourth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, inviting designers to apply for the 2017 prize.

LVMH created the LVMH Prize in 2013 to recognize and support talented young fashion designers. In 2016, following a review of over a thousand candidates from around the world, the prize went to British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner, and a special prize was awarded to Canadian Vejas Kruszewski.

This year the jury welcomes Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was appointed Creative Director of Dior last July. The twelve-member jury counts nine creative directors of LVMH Maisons –  Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline) and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) – joined by Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (Advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of Corporate Patronage at LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group).

The international selection committee that establishes the shortlist of eight finalists counts 40 world-renowned fashion professionals, photographers, buyers, journalists, stylists and models, including Carine Roitfeld, Suzy Menkes and Karlie Kloss. This year the committee welcomes seven new prominent experts, reflecting the strong commitment of LVMH, as Delphine Arnault explains: “As the leader in our industry, the LVMH Group has a special responsibility to spot tomorrow’s talents and offer them the means to grow.”

In addition to a cash endowment, the LVMH Prize provides the winner with a mentorship and personal coaching to help her or him develop their business. Each year the LVMH Prize also recognizes three young fashion school graduates, who are invited to join the creative team at one of the Group’s Maisons for one year and receive a grant of 10,000 euros.

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is open to designers aged 40 and under who have produced and sold at least two women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collections. Applications are welcome starting today and can be submitted exclusively on the LVMH Prize website,, through February 5, 2017.


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

Source: LVMH


Best Buy Canada opens applications from secondary schools for its Best Buy School Tech Grant program

BURNABY, BC, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is now accepting applications from secondary schools for their Best Buy School Tech Grant program, the retailer announced today (November 30, 2016). Financial grants of up to $10,000 are available for schools across the country looking to improve their technology offerings for classes or programs for students in Grades 9-12. Schools can submit their online applications until Thursday, December 22, 2016 at

The School Tech Grant program exists to help reduce the economic and digital divide for youth by providing them with access to the technology they need to achieve their highest potential as they move into post-secondary education and the workforce.

“We continue to be inspired by the programs that Canadian secondary schools are offering today’s students, regardless of the resources they have available” said Andrea MacBeth, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “As our grants allows schools to outline exactly how much funding and specifically what technology is needed, we get an insight into the creativity of teachers and the desires of students as they strive to take learning to the next level.

The Best Buy School Tech Grants are available in two categories:

  • General School Tech Grants are a way for schools to improve or integrate technology in their classrooms to advance student learning. Previous winners have used these grants to support tech needs in libraries, special needs classrooms, and literacy programs.
  • STEM School Tech Grants are for schools looking to add technology to programs with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Previous recipients include investments in robotics clubs, math or coding programs, makerspaces, and digital media courses.

Tips for educators looking to write a successful application include:

  • Illustrating how the technology purchased will inspire, motivate and empower students in their studies.
  • Outlining how the technology will bring innovation or equality to the classroom.
  • Illustrating the impact this new technology will have on the student experience and potential for learning.
  • Ensuring that the list of new technology purchased with the grant is reflective of the case made for a grant.

Since the program started, Best Buy Canada has awarded $2.3 million in grants to more than 130 Canadian schools as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting students and education in Canada.

About Best Buy

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

Media contact:

Christine Tam
E :
T : 778.229.7532

Source: Best Buy

BESTSELLER opens applications for its International Business Trainee (IBT) Programme

BESTSELLER opens applications for its International Business Trainee (IBT) Programme
BESTSELLER opens applications for its International Business Trainee (IBT) Programme


BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now is your chance to become one of BESTSELLER’s next International Business Trainees!

Once again, we open up for applications for the International Business Trainee (IBT) Programme – a challenging two-year programme which focuses on creating business specialists within specific business units.

As an IBT, you choose a field of specialty for the entire programme. You can choose to be a trainee within Sourcing, Retail Management, IT Technology and Development, Sales, Finance, E-commerce and Design.

“We are proud of our International Business Trainee Programme, and it is our ambition that with this programme, we will educate some of our future leaders in BESTSELLER. The trainees will become part of a high-performance culture, where we are passionate about our work,” explains Anders Holch Povlsen, CEO and Owner of BESTSELLER.

The International Business Trainee Programme consists of three periods with practical work experience and four school gatherings which include both theoretical training and examinations. The first working period takes place in Denmark. For the following two periods, our trainees get the opportunity to gain work experience at one or two foreign BESTSELLER destinations.

Rasmus Hindbo, who began his IBT journey as a Retail Management IBT in September 2015, has experienced what it means to be a Business Trainee in a global organisation: “As an IBT, I have gained great work experience in both Germany and Italy –I have even started learning Italian!”

Rasmus stresses that in order to succeed as an IBT, one must thrive in a dynamic environment: “The culture in BESTSELLER is young and you never know what will happen tomorrow. To me it is very rewarding to be part of a highly dynamic international organisation and I learn something new every single day.“

Read more about our seven different IBT tracks and apply for the IBT Programme here.

+45 99 42 32 00


CarMax now accepting applications for its new store in Daytona scheduled to open in October 2016

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is currently hiring more than 40 employees for the company’s new store in Daytona. The store, scheduled to open in October 2016, is located at 800 N. Tomoka Farms Road and is CarMax’s 17th store in Florida.

CarMax is a growing company focused on personal and professional development and offers one-of-a-kind career opportunities that sets it apart from other retailers. Applications are now being accepted on the retailer’s website at

Who is CarMax Hiring?

  • CarMax is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions.
  • Available positions include sales, business office, and service operations positions including inventory, service advisors and technicians.
  • Technicians require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.
  • Many CarMax associates have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Macy’s.

Why Work at CarMax?

  • CarMax is committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency and respect. We live these values every day and they drive how we treat our associates and our customers.
  • CarMax offers unmatched training and support for associate career growth.
  • CarMax offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • Stores are equipped with climate controlled, state-of-the-art service bays with quality equipment, and associates also receive discounts on car purchases and other services.
  • CarMax is recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® (for 12 consecutive years), 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and 20 Best Workplaces in Retail, as well as one of TRAINING Magazine’s “Training Top 125” companies in America.

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 37 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contact

Beth Singer
CarMax Public Relations
(804) 747-0422 ext. 3447

Source: CarMax

Whole Foods Market now accepting applications for its future store in Fort Worth, Texas opening on Oct. 12

FORT WORTH, Texas, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open in Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, anchoring the Waterside development at 3720 Vision Drive. The 45,000-square-foot store will be the company’s first Fort Worth location and its 13th in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and will employ approximately 120 team members.

The new store is currently accepting applications for cashiers, prepared foods cooks, fishmongers, butchers and more. Individuals can learn more and submit their applications at

“We’re thrilled to open our first store in Fort Worth, and to give the community a shopping experience unlike anywhere else,” noted Dennis Berryman, the store’s team leader. “We look forward to bringing the high quality standards and pleasurable shopping experience our customers expect to the thriving Fort Worth community!”

Whole Foods Market’s local community liaison, Steffany Steichen, is already developing store partnerships and activities for the opening in October.

“Our location in the Waterside development couldn’t be better,” Steichen said. “We’ve really enjoyed exploring our new neighborhood and knowing our shoppers will have great access to outdoor recreational spots like Trinity Trail and The Grove. We’re also grateful for the warm welcome we’ve already received from so many local partners and businesses.”

In the aisles, customers will find a strong mix of local products as well as natural and organic favorites, including an extensive line of the company’s 365 Everyday Value items. Fort Worth shoppers can also register for Whole Foods Market’s rewards program online at Rewards offers include 10 percent off your first purchase as a new rewards member, a one-time offer for 15 percent off the department of your choice, and select free products.

Details and updates will be available at and


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market