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

Dollar General to hold inaugural innovation and supplier diversity summit in April 2018

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Suppliers, companies and manufacturers with exciting new products who want to reach millions of consumers and partner with one of America’s fastest-growing retailers that is currently listed #128 on the Fortune 500 list and posted $22 billion in FY 2016 sales, listen up!

Dollar General is encouraging new suppliers and those who have not sold products to the Company within the past 18 months to apply to attend its inaugural Innovation and Supplier Diversity Summit in April 2018. The event aims to pair potential new vendors with respective Dollar General buyers and category managers.  Suppliers must sell items in at least one of the following categories to be eligible to attend:

  • Beauty, Personal Care and Over-the-Counter/Wellness
  • General Merchandise/All Non-Food
  • Grocery.

“As part of Dollar General’s continual commitment to provide quality products at everyday low prices to our diverse consumer base, we are thrilled to announce our first Innovation and Supplier Diversity Summit scheduled for this spring,” said Jason Reiser, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.  “Having the right products to best meet our customers’ needs is a foundational cornerstone at Dollar General.  As such, we look forward to meeting with potential new vendors, learning about relevant products for our customers and expanding the number of unique and specialized offerings available in our stores.”

To apply, interested suppliers, companies and manufacturers may submit their product information at www.rangeme.com/dollargeneral from Tuesday, January 30 through end of day on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Selected companies will be subject to a $500 participation fee and notified via email by Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) of the time, date and location of their meeting with a member of the Dollar General merchandising team.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,321 stores in 44 states as of November 3, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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Accenture Interactive recognized for innovation and artificial intelligence capabilities in transforming retail experiences

Report cites innovation and artificial intelligence capabilities as Accenture Interactive strengths for transforming retail experiences

NEW YORK, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture Interactive has been recognized as a Leader in the recently published “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Retail Digital Marketing Technology Services 2017 Vendor Assessment*” report.

The report highlights Accenture Interactive’s deep industry expertise and its ability to deliver end-to-end digital marketing capabilities to clients to reinvent retail experiences. In making its assessment, the IDC MarketScape noted that “innovation and application of artificial intelligence to retail marketing, an imperative in our view, is an area in which Accenture Interactive excels.”

Accenture Interactive was recognized for its ability to help retailers align their digital marketing technology strategies to evolving competitive realities, as well as its strengths in innovation with a broad portfolio of patents and strong retail-oriented start-up ecosystem and business strategy consulting services. The report also noted Accenture Interactive’s diverse agency and analytics talent.

The report evaluated Accenture Interactive and six other service providers on criteria for successful delivery of services that help retailers digitally transform their omni-channel marketing technologies.

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons

“Retailers are at an inflection point with their customers and are increasingly focused on connected digital experiences to remain relevant under the pressure of changing shopping behaviors,” said Bob Markham, managing director, Accenture Interactive. “We are honored to be distinguished as a leader in helping retailers transform their digital marketing capabilities, while also being recognized for our unique blend of creative talent, retail consulting, and technology acumen to deliver exceptional customer experiences.”

“Accenture Interactive continues to lead when it comes to delivering innovative and connected experiences for clients. By marrying the deep industry expertise of Accenture with the breadth of experience capabilities, Accenture Interactive continues to be a key player in helping top retailers achieve their digital marketing and transformation goals,” said Greg Girard, program director, Worldwide Omni-Channel Retail Analytics Strategies, IDC Retail Insights.

“We recognized the fundamental shift in consumers’ retail behaviors and the disruption to the industry and took some bold steps to further strengthen our digital marketing and technology services capabilities,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director and head of Accenture’s global Retail practice. “We are focused on developing the digital content and commerce strategies and platforms our clients need to provide hyper-personalized brand and buying experiences to their customers to reach the next frontier of digital commerce.”

*doc # US42556916, May 2017

About Accenture Interactive
Accenture Interactive helps the world’s leading brands transform their customer experiences across the entire customer journey. Through our connected offerings in design, marketing, content and commerce, we create new ways to win in today’s experience-led economy. Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest Ad Age Agency Report. To learn more, follow us @accentureACTIVE and visit www.accentureinteractive.com.

About Accenture
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.


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Zebra Technologies announces strategic partnership with RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation

Mutual Interest In Retail, Technology And Data Serve As Strong Foundation For Benefiting The Global Retail Industry

Lincolnshire , IL, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (9/20/2017), Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time visibility, announced its strategic partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) (R)Tech Center for Innovation. The partnership will focus on identifying and harnessing emerging technologies to the benefit of the global retail industry.

“Zebra is excited to partner in this effort to co-innovate, develop and offer new offerings, working with top retail executives and operational leaders. A critical goal for retailers is building a culture of innovation which we aim to help achieve. We look forward to our continued work with RILA as we develop next-generation offerings that will fulfill industry needs and expand operational visibility to improve the overall customer experience,” said Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies.

“Zebra’s proven leadership in innovative retail technology along with its record as a committed RILA partner makes the company an ideal partner for the Center. We look forward to working together on future endeavors that benefit both retailers and consumers,” said Adam Siegel, Senior Vice President of Innovation for RILA.

RILA and Zebra are partnering to further their shared vision of bringing emerging technologies that will enhance and enable solutions to address the challenges retailers face in a dynamic environment. One area of focus will be data security and sharing. Retailers are generating vast amounts of actionable data about processes and assets that can be leveraged to transform their operations to improve business performance and outcomes. As the retail industry leverages an increasing amount of real-time data to transform operations and the customer experience, both Zebra and RILA will have a focus on data security. This area of data security is just one domain example that represents their mutual expertise and broader involvement with the entire retail community.

In addition to partnering in the (R)Tech initiative, Zebra is a sponsor and partner on RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council which includes senior executives in retail focused on asset protection, loss prevention and risk management.

“As a participant in its Asset Protection Leaders Council, Zebra is engaged in advancing RILA’s broader ability to support and enhance its charter to reduce shrink in retail. Our joint efforts combined with our focus on bringing innovative solutions to market will allow retailers to focus on future growth,” Ed Tonkon, President, Zebra Retail Solutions, Zebra Technologies.

About Zebra 
With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About the RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation
U.S. and global consumers are driving change in retail as never before. Ubiquitous internet access, and changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles, have led to unprecedented disruption in virtually every industry; retail perhaps more than any other. This digital revolution continues to transform the way customers buy and interact with retailers and products. And the pace and depth of these changes is both unprecedented and accelerating. This new retail landscape brings with it many risks, but also many opportunities. To address this new reality, RILA sees an opportunity to help its members by forming a new (R)Tech Center for Innovation and an accompanying “(R)Tech” brand in the retail, innovation, and policymaking arenas. (R)Tech is a new term that describes the confluence of retail and technology; it is meant to impassion entrepreneurs for, and direct venture funding to, technologies, ideas, and startups that help the industry, and to reinvigorate retail’s reputation with innovators, the next generation of retail talent, policymakers, and the public.

ZEBRA and the stylized Zebra head are trademarks of ZIH Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  ©2017 ZIH Corp. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

Lafayette Plug and Play and Carrefour France Unite Their Expertise To Strengthen Open Innovation in Retail

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Lafayette Plug and Play innovation platform – an accelerator dedicated to retail and fashion created by the partnership between the Galeries Lafayette Group and Plug and Play Tech Center – and Carrefour France – the French largest food retailer – announce the signature of a new partnership with the aim of uniting their expertise and strengthening open innovation in retail.

With this collaboration, Carrefour will accelerate its open innovation approach, already well established within its businesses, thanks to the accelerator’s best French and international startups specialized in retail.

Carrefour will benefit from close relationships with startups and the setting up of pilots addressing various topics of robotics, supply chain and digital in order to support the French retailer’s e-commerce projects.

Lafayette Plug and Play will enable the acceleration of Carrefour’s open innovation initiatives thanks to various assets; for example, by setting up meetings on specific issues such as the analysis and use of data in the store. The Carrefour Innovation Department will also be involved in the entire selection process of Lafayette Plug and Play startups.

Lafayette Plug and Play’s startups will benefit from the sharing of experiences and an expanded network within the Carrefour Group.

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

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MANGO House space at Primavera Sound: Innovation, music and fashion converge in an experience-themed space

Barcelona, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO proposes experiencing the musical event of the year in a different way.Yesterday (May 31,2017), the brand opened its MANGO House space at Primavera Sound with an event attended by collaborators and friends, including Alma Jodorowsky, Daria Malygina, Steffy Argelich, Sophie Auster, Blanca Miró and Miguel Carrizo, among others.They all enjoyed a Californian-style BBQ accompanied by a session by the DJ Miqui Puig.

MANGO House is combining fashion and musical history in the same space.Its modern architecture and the use of wood give the installation a relaxed atmosphere, in the style of a recording studio.To recreate this cosy atmosphere, selected items of furniture and simple lines were used.

The house brings together a series of experience-themed actions and will be open to the public at Primavera Sound.Those attending will be able to enjoy a trip to deserted beaches thanks to virtual reality, select the music for the space, play Arcade machines,pinball or table tennis and photograph themselves in a photo booth.If they wish, they can share these moments on social media via free Wi-Fi access throughout the installation.In MANGO House there will also be a place to relax, either in the different areas of the house or in the hammocks in the garden zone.What is more, Nikki Lane, Weyes Blood and Núria Graham will offer acoustic concerts during the three days of the festival.

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Source: Mango

$350,000 funding for the inaugural class of LS&Co. Collaboratory fellowship program to accelerate innovation in sustainable apparel

Funding part of global fellowship program to accelerate innovation in sustainable apparel

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (May 24, 2017)  announced it is granting more than $350,000 to the inaugural class of LS&Co. Collaboratory fellows who are working to create a more sustainable apparel industry. The funding will go towards new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects include expanding a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.

The Collaboratory is an annual fellowship program for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who see design and sustainability as inextricably linked and are working to create a more sustainable apparel industry. Each year the program tackles different social and environmental sustainability challenges facing the industry, with this year’s inaugural class focused on an area that is critically important to the future of the apparel industry and the planet: water.

Following the Collaboratory workshop weekend held at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab, fellows submitted project proposals for reducing water usage or improving water quality with the opportunity to receive funding from LS&Co. to implement their solutions. The ideas selected represent some of the boldest, leading-edge ideas from leaders who represent the future of the apparel industry.

“Working with LS&Co. changed how we look at innovation by educating and challenging our team to think in a more holistic way about our impact,” said Kevin McCracken, co-founder of Social Imprints and a Collaboratory fellow. “With access to funding and mentorship from the most innovative team in the apparel industry, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in what we do and how we produce products.”

“To have the support of the entire team at an iconic brand and industry stalwart like LS&Co. makes me believe that we can truly make a difference in the apparel industry,” added Kavita Parmar, founder and creative director at the IOU Project and another Collaboratory fellow. “Water is the biggest challenge we face globally in the coming decades and our industry is one of the biggest users. To work together and take a shot at changing the course of our future is exciting and fills me with optimism.”

This year’s Collaboratory fellows had the unique opportunity to work through ideas and challenges with LS&Co. leaders and employee mentors along with sustainability and apparel industry experts as they developed concrete, tangible plans for reducing their organization’s water footprint.

“We were honored to bring together the next generation of global leaders to share ideas, aspirations and innovations for achieving a common goal of accelerating the sustainability of the apparel industry,” said Paul Dillinger, vice president and head of global product innovation, LS&Co. “We look forward to seeing the Collaboratory fellows’ water impact solutions come to life and inspire a future of empowered sustainable apparel makers.”

To learn more about all the fellows and see a full list of their projects, visit http://levistrausscollaboratory.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-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Andrea Hicklin
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Craftsman brand wins one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation

Craftsman brand wins one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation


Awards Celebrate 30 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation

NEW YORK, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Edison Awards, celebrating 30 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced that the Craftsman brand was voted a winner of one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation at the recent event at The Capitale in New York City.

The Craftsman® Flex Claw™ Hammer received a Gold Edison Award while the Craftsman Sidewinder™ Flat Tape and Craftsman Smart Lawn™ Connect Kit won Bronze Edison Awards.”I’m so proud of our product development team,” said Tom Park, president of the KCD Brands division at Sears Holdings. “They found a way to bring innovation to the most basic of tools – the hammer – by giving it more functionality with four clawing positions. Our Craftsman Sidewinder Measuring Tape makes you say ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ And the Craftsman Smart Lawn app allows you to view the tractor’s performance diagnostics, giving you peace of mind, plus money saving maintenance tips, weather tracking and more – everything you need to keep the best yard on the block.”

Edison Award Winning Products from Craftsman:

  • Built for speed and convenience, the versatile Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer allows you to drive nails with precision and pry boards with excellent access and leverage thanks to a jointed head. The head locks in four different clawing positions to access difficult angles. Made of forged carbon steel with a magnetic nail starter and rubber grip, this hammer is the new twist on a classic.
  • The Craftsman Sidewinder Measuring Tape features an exclusive design that allows the body to lie flat unlike traditional tape measures. Combined with a rear tang to hold the tape measure in place, it allows you to measure without the tape tipping over. It also has an auto blade lock, micro texture grip surface and a writable surface to note measurements that make it a “must-have” for the toolbox.
  • The Craftsman Smart Lawn Connected Riding Mowers provide the complete care system for your mower. Take command of your lawn care with the wireless-enabled Smart Lawn app from Craftsman. Just download the free Smart Lawn app to your smart device and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your mower using wireless technology. It notifies you when it’s time to change the oil, replace the air filter, replace blades and check battery status. Access DIY maintenance videos, the owner’s manual and shop for parts and accessories.

Winning an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.

“Our judges recognized Craftsman as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.

Craftsman at Sears
The Craftsman brand has been America’s most trusted tool brand for generations, woven into the fabric of the American lifestyle. And Sears is your first destination for Craftsman products, with the widest selection on the planet and the original home of Craftsman. Craftsman at Sears continues to develop innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability. This includes a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user and the demanding professional. In addition, Craftsman at Sears also includes lawn and garden products and tool storage. Plus, Craftsman at Sears is part of Shop Your Way®, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits when shopping at Sears stores and Sears.com/Craftsman.

About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

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For More Information,

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PR Director – Sears Holdings
(847) 286-9036

SOURCE: Craftsman at Sears


The Prada Group to host “Shaping a Creative Future” conference focusing on interplay between sustainability and innovation

MILAN, Italy, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Prada Group will launch “Shaping a Creative Future” on Monday 20th  nd Tuesday 21st March in Milan, a conference in partnership with Yale School of Management and Politecnico di Milano School of Management.

The event will focus on the interplay between sustainability and innovation, and feature a series of stimulating conversations, debates and discussions with leading international academic, creative and business figures, moderated by the two universities.

The first day, hosted at Fondazione Prada, will see representatives from leading businesses meet with Yale School of Management and Politecnico di Milano School of Management professors and alumni for discussions on sustainability and innovation.

On the second day, a plenary conference will be hosted at Prada’s headquarters, where reflections from the first day will form the basis of all debate. Professors will moderate a series of panels with business leaders and representatives of international organizations, who will debate the topics and add their inspiring insights and experience to the conversation. Students from both universities will contribute their research and theses on the topics to the event.



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Innovation to lead the way at the 22nd edition of MAPIC, 16 – 18 November, Cannes

Paris, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Innovation will lead the way at MAPIC this year, with a host of new exhibitors, pitching formats and conferences shining a spotlight on how retailers and developers can respond to today’s connected consumers.

Organized by Reed MIDEM, the 22nd edition of MAPIC – the International Retail Property Market – will be held in Cannes from 16 to 18 November.

“Looking at the line-up of innovative companies due to take in part in MAPIC this year, I am astounded at the level of talent and creativity that will be showcased. Without question, those retailers and real estate players coming to MAPIC will see for themselves innovative solutions that are up-and-coming, never-before seen and in some cases, truly revolutionary,” says Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC.

Pepper the Humanoid Robot
Softbank Robotics will be attending MAPIC for the first time this year with a very unique guest. Launched in June 2014, Pepper is the first social humanoid robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions. Pepper is well equipped with features and a high level interface for communicating with those around him. He can analyse expressions and voice tones using the latest advances in voice and emotion recognition. In a retail context, Pepper can welcome customers, drive traffic, give information about products and services and even collect data – in short he is redefining the customer experience.

Jet-Propulsion Underwear
Innovative French underwear brand Undiz has developed Undiz Machine; a revolutionary point of sale that provides customers with interactive devices allowing them to view and access all the offers in-store, regardless of the location of the products. Once a product is selected, it is sent in a reserve capsule by jet propulsion and once received, the customer can pay instantly. This is a true example of phygital shopping and MAPIC attendees will be able to see a live demonstration of the Undiz Machine on site. “The jet-propulsion system allows us to manage 600 to 900 capsules per day in store, with a peak of 150 per hour.  In our flagship Undiz Machine store, the figures indicate that a capsule is sent every six minutes. And after six months since opening, the digital terminals were used over a million times,” explains Sebastien Bismuth, Director General of Undiz.

Trends HQ
New to MAPIC this year is the MAPIC Trends Hub: a 1,000 m² space dedicated to showcasing the latest trends in the industry. Over 70 companies will be exhibiting in the Innovation Forum (housed in the MAPIC Trends Hub) and will be providing an entire range of innovative solutions to retailers and shopping mall developers, including digital signage (Samsung Electronics, ClearChannel, VIADIRECT); digital transformation (Symag); indoor mapping (VISIOGLOBE); data and analytics (Retency, ESRI, Coniq); shop fitting (SITOUR, POPAI FRANCE); as well as body scanning technology for retail (SIZZY).

Press Start for Innovation
Startups with solutions for shopping centres and point of sales will be pitching their solutions, services and technologies in the new MAPIC Startup Lounge (located in the Trends Hub). Over 30 startups will be alternating over the 3-day event in a series of pitching sessions. Diakse, Huntertainment and Skyboy are 3 exhibiting startups that propose virtual reality technology which can be used to greatly enhance shopping experiences, such as having a famous designer or stylist appear in front of a point of sales to provide shopping advice, or to have a celebrity welcome people to the store as part of a savvy marketing strategy.

Another solution that will be well-represented in the Startup Lounge is that of connected shopping and payments. From unique payment bracelet systems proposed by PayinTech, to mobile commerce payment systems developed by HEXAPAY. Another startup operating in the connected shopping sector is Think&Go, whose connected screens allow consumers to engage, interact and exchange information between images and phones, or watches, in less than a second. This solution can be used for marketing, service distribution, or direct payment on screen, paving the way for street e-commerce.

Let’s Get Phygital
Rapidly shifting consumer behaviour has placed online-to-offline (O2O) at the top of retailers’ agendas – with O2O being selected as the theme for MAPIC 2016.Two major changes are currently being observed in the industry: on one side, pure players are opening physical stores (the O2O phenomenon) and on the other, consumers are adopting a hybrid customer experience that combines online and traditional sales. Indeed, according to research commissioned by MAPIC, 70% of consumers search the web before concluding a purchase in store and conversely, 68% of consumers are researching in store before buying online.

For the first time at MAPIC, the conference programme (comprising over 25 sessions and 200 speakers) will have a dedicated O2O track, giving attendees a 360 degree view of the way the online meets offline in different markets and retail environments.

The O2O Experience – Welcome to my Phygital World (16 November), will be the key conference session on O2O and will discuss questions such as: What are the best digital solutions to increase traffic, business and revenues? Are pure players dead? How to integrate physical commerce into your 360° strategy? How do brands and pure players create the best physical experience to enchant their customers’ journey? Speakers include François Loviton, Director of Retail France at Google France, Wojciech Grendzinski, Vice President and Sales Director of IMS and Brian Kean, Head of Communications & Chief International Officer of Ulmart.

USA – Click to Bricks & Innovative Retail: Be Connected to the New American Dream! (16 November) will look at O2O from the US market perspective. Patrick McIntyre, Director of Global Retail at MARS and Darren Williams, Country Director of T2 Tea will feature on the panel.

For more information on the 2016 MAPIC, visit our pressroom.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIP CANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy in Milan for the retail real estate sector.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information, please contact:

My-Lan CAO
Press Director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 79 71 95 44

Jessica Whyte
Press Manager
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 46




Source: Mapic

Winecrasher.com launches revolutionary best value wine club

Napa, California, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winecrasher.com, announced today the launch of a new wine club based on the company’s unique “Crash Pricing” concept – which guarantees the best prices for critically rated wine.

In Winecrasher’s innovative concept, which was inspired by Hotwire/Priceline, the customer is shown all the info about a wine (rating, varietal, region and vintage) but the company only reveals the wine label and name of the winery after the purchase is complete. This discrete discount model allows Winecrasher to offer the greatest discounts on wines while protecting winery brands.

Winecrasher is extending this concept to it’s newly launched wine clubs which will offer customers a monthly subscription, for either three (3) or six (6) bottles of critically rated wines.

Each of the wine clubs is guaranteed the following:

  • The best price in the US market for each bottle
  • Each bottle sold has been critically rated by either Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Antonio
    Galloni’s Vinous or Burghound.
  • Free California shipping and only $9.99 shipping nationwide (excluding UT, MA, PA, AK and HI)
  • Super easy cancellation – just send an email

In addition, Winecrasher will offer a premium experience through its personally tailored wine club for anyone who wants to customize their selection.

“We wanted to create a club where people can try new wines, without preconceived notions, while learning about new regions. With the guarantee that they’re getting the best value,” said Winecrasher’s Co-Founder and Wine Director, Nancy O’Connell. Nancy, who will manage and select the club’s wine portfolio, also mentioned that “While we choose the wines based on our own impressions, sourcing only critically rated wine allows the added assurance that the customers receive a product of verifiable quality.”

“This wine club concept ties in to the whole philosophy of Winecrasher,” said Winecrasher’s Founder, Niv Nissenson. “We feel that people are tired of wine clubs that market obscure wines or put high markups on the bottles sold. We think that wine consumers are equally dissatisfied with clubs that make it very easy to join but difficult to unsubscribe. At Winecrasher we aspire to create a wine club where the best price is guaranteed, every wine is rated and it’s very easy to cancel”

Winecrasher’s wine club can be accessed in the following link:http://www.winecrasher.com/Wine- Club_c_61.html

About Winecrasher:
Launched in Early 2016 in California, Winecrasher.com brings a new and unique marketing concept to U.S. wine retail. Inspired by Travel Websites Hotwire.com and Priceline.com , Winecrasher utilizes “crash pricing” to provide it’s customers with the guaranteed best value in wine. Winecrasher provides customers with all the information about a bottle of wine (region, varietal, score etc.) but only reveals the name of the wine after the purchase is complete. This allows Winecrasher to offer the guaranteed best prices in the market while protecting winery brands from public discounting. A win-wine for consumers and wineries!

Contact-Details: niv@winecrasher.com 707 6378053


Carrefour: Increased visibility for 12 SMEs for their commitment to innovation and CSR

Massy, France, 2015-11-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour presents awards to 12 SMEs for their commitment to innovation and CSR

On 3 November 2015, Carrefour staged the second edition of the SME Awards, an event designed to reward 12 companies for which innovation, sustainable development and curbing climate change are all central to their growth strategy. The winners get increased visibility within the retailer or are listed in Carrefour stores.

Less than a month before the COP21 climate conference, this year’s edition focuses on the SMEs’ innovation and CSR initiatives
For this second edition, the SME Awards are giving prizes in 2 categories to companies which have adopted wide-ranging initiatives to prevent climate change, such as developing the usage of agro-ecology and implementing lorry-sharing or waste-reduction schemes. Prizes are also awarded to the most innovative products – new flavours, products which are particularly practical or client uses. For the 12 winning companies, these awards serve as a means of showcasing them in ways that they can choose: they are listed across the Carrefour network and their products get a higher profile in stores.

The 8 winners in the Innovation category were selected by a panel made up of the retailer’s customers and employees based on the innovative nature of the products in question and their marketing potential.
For the CSR category, a panel featuring representatives of the ADEME, the WWF and the Nicolas Hulot Foundation selected the 4 winning SMEs which have adopted a significant and long-term CSR policy. As one of the partners of the COP21, Carrefour is seeking to find ways of helping to curb climate change, in line with its own target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 70% between now and 2050.

Carrefour, partner of French SMEs
Carrefour is sticking to its well-established commitments and is continuing to support SMEs, stepping up the numbers of innovative and environmentally-friendly products that it sells in its stores. Through the way in which SMEs mobilise themselves, together with their flexibility and their presence at local level, they are able to innovate and develop local solutions that meet consumers’ needs. They are an asset that can be used to take up the challenges of retail in the future. What’s more, supporting its partners is – alongside tackling waste and preserving the planet’s biodiversity – the third key area in which Carrefour’s CSR policy is focused.

About Carrefour France
Carrefour has over 4500 stores in France operating in four formats (hypermarket, supermarket, convenience and cash & carry). For 50 years, Carrefour has been a partner in the daily lives of millions of customers, offering them a wide range of products and services at the lowest prices. So as to keep pace with new consumer modes and make shopping easier for its customers, Carrefour has developed a number of multi-channel solutions (e-commerce, Drive, Click and Collect, mobile applications). In all its activities the Carrefour group embraces its economic, social and environmental responsibilities, and is committed to the quality of its products and its customers’ satisfaction. For more information, visit: www.carrefour.com (press area), www.carrefour.fr. Or follow us on Twitter: @CarrefourFrance

Carrefour Press Office Tel: +33 (0)1 58 47 88 80 / presse_france@carrefour.com

List of winners: http://www.carrefour.com/sites/default/files/CP_PME_en.pdf


Carrefour: Increased visibility for 12 SMEs for their commitment to innovation and CSR

Carrefour: Increased visibility for 12 SMEs for their commitment to innovation and CSR