NACS to advance its advocacy, events and education with SwiftIQ partnership

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2017-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS) and SwiftIQ, a leading retail insights, execution and measurement platform, have announced a strategic alliance.

The alliance, initially publicized at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in April, will advance NACS advocacy, events and education by bringing significant shopper, merchandising, data integrity and supply chain insights to the convenience marketplace to help retailers and their suppliers enhance food bundles, improve product offerings and gain operational improvements to drive cash flow.

“Swift IQ’s ability to analyze billions of retail transactions on-demand, including basket-level performance, foodservice, promotions, item correlations, size, seasonality and dayparts will bring an unmatched level of granularity and help convenience retailers gain tremendous benchmarks for success,” said Dae Kim, NACS vice president of research about the partnership.

“Considering the pace of the technological change in the industry, the need for basket-level data and continuous measurement of category management, promotions and supply chain initiatives is greater now more than ever. The ability to utilize artificial intelligence applications and basket-level data to optimize merchandising, foodservice and out-of-stocks is more important than ever,” explained Jason Lobel, CEO and Co-Founder of SwiftIQ. “We have worked with several top convenience chains are very excited to further our collaboration with NACS to help the community understand and leverage the power of basket-level data to drive business value.”

SwiftIQ data will complement NACS’s existing suite of data products: CSX, an online database that lets users benchmark and compare financial performance and operating trends against industry averages, and CTP, a program that conducts shopper intercepts on-site at retail locations to capture actionable insights based on customer perception, opportunity gaps and conversion rates for specific categories as well as effective forms of promotion that customers find engaging.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

Lulu Group International extends support to Dubai Cares’ mission to provide quality education to underprivileged youth

Lulu Group International extends support to Dubai Cares’ mission to provide quality education to underprivileged youth


  • Commitment is in line with UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’
  • MOU is signed following a pledge made by Lulu in March 2017

Dubai, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of the month of Ramadan and the Year of Giving, Lulu Group International, the UAE-based fastest growing retail chains and Dubai Cares have extended their long-standing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding MOU, whereby Lulu Group International commits AED 10 million to support Dubai Cares’ overarching mission aimed at positively impacting the lives of underprivileged children and young people in developing countries through education. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group International signed the MOU at Dubai Cares’ Office in Dubai.

Commenting on the partnership, Yusuffali MA said: “It is our great privilege to renew our support to Dubai Cares’ wonderful programs and initiatives, which continue to bring tangible change in the lives of millions of children and young people around the world. We have been associated with Dubai Cares since ten years and we look forward to continue our support for years to come. We are also thankful for the Rulers of this great nation for declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of ‘Giving’, which will certainly make the UAE one of the most charitable and benevolent countries in the world.”

Welcoming this generous contribution by Lulu Group International, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “We at Dubai Cares are proud to extend our partnership with Lulu Group International whose contribution is extremely valuable and will help us reach many more underprivileged children and young people and provide them the quality education they need to learn and prosper. What Dubai Cares has accomplished over the past 10 years, and what we aspire to achieve over the next 10 years and beyond, only becomes possible through the incredible generosity and support from partners and donors like Lulu Group International who genuinely believe in and support our cause and mission.”

Lulu Group International’s partnership with Dubai Cares spans over ten years, contributing mainly towards building schools in Gaza, Nepal and Lebanon as part of Dubai Cares’ “Adopt a School” initiative.

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young people in developing countries access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable.


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Source: Lulu Group


Philippines: SM Foundation ended 2015 on high note as four of its scholar-graduates topped the 2015 national licensure examinations for engineering

SM Foundation celebrates board topnotchers and donates 8 school buildings

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Foundation ended 2015 on a high note as it welcomed another first for its college scholarship program—four of its most recent scholar-graduates topped the 2015 national licensure examinations for engineering. These students are part of SM Foundation’s most recent batch of scholar-graduates. Of the total of 264 graduates for school year 2014-2015, 62 of finished with latin honors and academic distinctions.

The college scholarship also welcomed its newest batch of SM scholars for school year 2015-2016, opening new doors and creating new opportunities for 267 public high school graduates. These students have now joined the program’s 1,500 current SM scholars and are now enrolled in SM Foundation’s 84 partner schools nationwide.

Aside from its college scholarship, SM Foundation also provides opportunities for technical-vocational education for qualified public high school graduates who would like to pursue higher education for a shorter period of study. The scholarship is offered to equip today’s youth the right skills and competencies to fulfil the needs of today’s competitive labor market.

Through its two partner schools—Punlaan School and Don Bosco Makati Technical Institution—SM Foundation offers technical-vocational courses such as Food and Beverage, Automobile Mechanic, Fitter Machinist, Electro-Mechanical Technician, and Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. A total of 148 technical-vocational scholars graduated last year from this program.

As of end 2015, SM Foundation has already supported a total of 2,627 students nationwide for both scholarships.

SM Foundation also continued to support public education through its School Building Program. In 2015, SM Foundation completed eight school buildings with 32 classrooms. Each building is a 2-storey, 4-classroom structure which came furnished with 200 student armchairs, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards, four teachers’ desk sets and four toilets.

One of last year’s beneficiaries is the Wawang Pulo Elementary School in Valenzuela. With 868 students enrolled in the school, each classroom serves an average of 40-60 students per classroom. Before the new school building was donated, students borrowed rooms from the nearby Wawang Pulo High School Building for their classes while students from the special education class made use of the 2nd floor hallway.

This new addition, donated by project partners SM Prime Holdings, Inc., SM Foundation and Deutsche Bank Ag Manila, created a better learning environment for the students by providing permanent rooms to 395 students, of which 15 are special education students.

SM Foundation also ensures that its donated school buildings are regularly maintained by repairing and renovating its school buildings after every five years. In 2015, SM Foundation repaired 6 school buildings.

By end of 2015, SM Foundation has already donated a total of 75 school buildings with 227 classrooms and repaired 24 school buildings with 58 classrooms since its school building program started.

SM Foundation believes that education is a person’s strongest weapon against poverty. As such, it continues to commit itself in investing in its education programs to empower the youth in creating more self-sustainable communities in the future.


About SM Foundation
SM Foundation envisions a Philippines where everyone has the opportunity for self-improvement and the environment is sustained for future generations.

For more than three decades, SM Foundation has served as the social development arm of the SM group of companies. Using its vast reach and presence in communities all over the country, SM commits itself to creating a cycle of positive change through strategic and targeted approaches and investments in areas of food security and sustainable agriculture, health and wellness, education, sustainable environment, shelter and care for people with special needs.

SM Foundation will continue to create opportunities wherever it goes as proof that wherever we are, opportunities are sure to follow.

For further information, please contact:

Carmen Linda Atayde
Executive Director for Education
SM Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. 857-0100 local 1678


From left: Mark Anthony Teodoro (Ranked 3rd, Electrical Engineering), Mark Anthony Tiquio Ranked (3rd, Civil Engineering), John Angelo Cruz (Ranked 7th, Civil Engineering), and Jenes Borais (Ranked 8th, Civil Engineering).

From left: Mark Anthony Teodoro (Ranked 3rd, Electrical Engineering), Mark Anthony Tiquio Ranked (3rd, Civil Engineering), John Angelo Cruz (Ranked 7th, Civil Engineering), and Jenes Borais (Ranked 8th, Civil Engineering).