and Soukai Drug merge to form Rakuten Direct, Inc.

Tokyo, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Inc. today (JUNE 12, 2017) announced that the new company to be formed through the merger of Rakuten’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Inc. and Soukai Drug. Co., Ltd. on July 1, 2017 will be named Rakuten Direct, Inc. Noriaki Komori will assume the role of Representative Director & CEO at the new company.

Rakuten Direct, Inc. will provide e-commerce services for daily necessities. Through this merger, the new company will strive to realize improved efficiency in logistics infrastructure and information systems, expand the range of products offered and further improve customer service.

Overview of the new company

Name Rakuten Direct, Inc.
Location 1-15-6 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Name, title of representative Noriaki Komori, Representative Director & CEO
Business E-commerce services for daily necessities

Source: Rakuten Inc.

ScanSource Communications and Imago ScanSource merge into ScanSource Imago; announces new leadership team

Greenville, South Carolina, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — ScanSource Communications and Imago ScanSource today ( April 05, 2017) announced its new leadership team in the next stage of the integration of the two businesses. In support of that, the business unit will now operate under the name ScanSource Imago.

The dedicated sales leadership team is in place to support ScanSource Imago’s European operations. Paul Emery, Vice President, UK and Ireland, will be responsible for ScanSource Imago’s sales operations in the UK and Ireland. John Vickerage has been named Area Vice President of Northern Europe, with overall responsibility for sales in DACH, Benelux, Nordics, Baltics and Eastern Europe, and Nicolas Jouan has been appointed Area Vice President of Southern Europe, with responsibility for sales in France. Phil Boyd, Vice President of Merchandising, will lead the teams responsible for managing the vendor relationships.

In 2014, ScanSource acquired Imago, Europe’s leading value-added distributor of video and voice communications equipment and services. The integration of ScanSource Communications and Imago ScanSource will allow enhanced scale and focus on the growth of the business unit as a collective, across geographies and technologies. Resellers will have access to a greater line card of communications solutions – voice, video and data products – from a single source. ScanSource Imago will also deliver a greater range of value-added expertise, including services to assist resellers in delivering a broader range of communications solutions and services. ScanSource’s vendor partners will also have access to a greater number of resellers, new opportunities created by integrating the companies, as well as larger teams looking after their businesses, ensuring more avenues to promote and sell their products.

James Vickerage, president of ScanSource Imago, commented, “This announcement is an exciting next step in ScanSource Imago’s European journey. The continued integration of the companies allows us to build on the strengths of both organizations, while offering significant growth opportunities for our partners across Europe. I’m pleased with the strong leadership team we have in place, as they bring extensive experience from a business, operations and local market perspective.”

For more information about ScanSource Imago, please visit

About ScanSource, Inc.

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, focusing on point-of-sale, barcode, physical security, video, voice, data networking and technology services.  ScanSource’s teams provide value-added solutions and operate from two segments, Worldwide Barcode, Networking and Security and Worldwide Communications and Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its resellers and sales partners choose, configure, and deliver the industry’s best solutions across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America, and Europe.  In August 2016, ScanSource entered the recurring revenue telecom and cloud services market through its acquisition of Intelisys, the industry’s leading technology services distributor. Founded in 1992, ScanSource is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. ScanSource ranks #685 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, please visit


Melissa Andrews
Public Relations Manager
Phone: 864.286.4425

Source: ScanSource, Inc.

Rakuten subsidiaries, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. to merge

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (March 31, 2017) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. will be merged on July 1, 2017. Following this merger, Noriaki Komori will assume on the role of Representative Director & CEO at the new company.

Both companies are e-commerce businesses selling daily necessities, and both have stores on Rakuten’s internet shopping mall, Rakuten Ichiba. The merger will unify the two companies, which have highly similar business structures, to enable more efficient operations and further enhance the Rakuten Ichiba customer experience.

Rakuten Group will continue to streamline management resources and strengthen operation fundamentals in order to provide the best possible service to users.

Summary of merger

(1)   Schedule

Merger resolution at the shareholders’ meeting:, Inc.: March 31, 2017
Soukai Drug Co., Ltd.: March 27, 2017
Date of merger: July 1, 2017 (scheduled)

(2) Merger method will be the surviving company under absorption-type merger, and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. will be absorbed.
Overview of companies in merger

Company name, Inc.
(Company surviving absorption-type merger)
Soukai Drug Co., Ltd.
(Company absorbed in absorption-type merger)
Address 1-15-6 Tenjin

Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi


Kojimachimitsuba Bldg. 1F

3-5 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku


Name, title of representative Shunsuke Yazawa, Representative Director & CEO Noriaki Komori, Representative Director & CEO
Main business E-commerce, handling daily necessities with a focus on health-related products E-commerce, handling a wide range of products with a focus on daily necessities
Date of establishment November 8, 1994 August 11, 2000
Main shareholders Rakuten, Inc. 100% Rakuten, Inc. 100%

Post-merger details (following scheduled date of July 1, 2017)

Company name To be determined
Address To be determined
Name, title of representative Noriaki Komori, Representative Director & CEO
Main business Services relating to the sale of daily necessities through e-commerce

Source: Rakuten Inc.

RILA to merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands

Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In her opening remarks at the Retail Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Conference, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) President Sandy Kennedy announced that RILA will merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands. Beginning in 2017, the two will produce a single conference together than includes a retail-specific program track, in addition to Sustainable Brands’ usual program, which covers sustainability-led brand innovation across multiple consumer-facing industries.

“Over the last nine years, RILA’s sustainability program has evolved into an outcomes-oriented offering that provides retailers with the resources they need to excel at incorporating sustainability across their businesses,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “We are proud of where the program is today and we look forward to partnering with Sustainable Brands to take our event to the next level. In addition to the retail specific content that retailers value, the new conference format will expose retailers to the leading sustainability practices employed by other major industries.“This strategic partnership offers a giant leap forward for both communities – retailers and their brand customers – who are key partners of the value network required to shift consumer demand and behavior as well as serve that new consumer demand,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skryzniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands.  “Merging the two events will create a stronger gravitational pull for the two communities to share insights and collaborate more fully. We look forward to accelerating momentum together heading into SB’17 Detroit and beyond.”

In addition to this partnership, RILA will continue to provide separate networking events for retailers throughout the year to maintain our established community of sustainability professionals. This includes a member-only meeting at US-based Sustainable Brands event, as well as the usual member meetings throughout the year.

This valuable new partnership with Sustainable Brands will also allow RILA to direct its energy toward growing its offerings for environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing executives in retail – critical communities it has built over the last ten years.

Most notably, RILA will provide gathering places for those executives throughout the coming years. For environmental compliance executives, RILA will continue to host two annual meetings and other gatherings, as well as building its efforts to reform the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Center for Retail Compliance (CRC), a key pillar for news and tools. For energy executives, RILA will host regional educational workshops and two annual meetings alongside Edison Electric Institute (EEI)’s National Accounts Meetings, and engage DOE, Deloitte, IMT, MIT, and other partners to grow its energy programming. And for its newest community of responsible sourcing executives, RILA will host members-only meetings alongside the ELEVATE Leadership Series and Intertek Ethical Sourcing Forum conferences, and build partnerships with government agencies and other key stakeholders. And for all of these important groups, RILA will generate and share valued resources, keep members informed on relevant issues, and host virtual forums to connect, learn, share, and grow on an even more frequent basis.

“While RILA’s resources devoted to retail’s sustainability, environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing needs are growing, this partnership will allow us to direct those resources in even more targeted and valuable ways,” said Adam Siegel, RILA’s senior vice president for research, innovation, and sustainability. “I’m excited about the partnership with Sustainable Brands, and I’m also excited about the opportunities for these existing communities to grow even stronger.”

Major new additional announcements specific to RILA’s environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing offerings will be made in the coming days.

SB’17 Detroit will be held May 22-25th in Detroit, Michigan. For more information, read this Q&A between Siegel and Skryzniarz or visit here.

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.


Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017

Source: RILA