2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Technology Award presented to Valora

LONDON, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Valora has won the 2017 European Convenience Retail Technology Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments technology and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London on June 14 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes Valora, with more than 2,500 convenience and foodservice stores in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Lux and France, for its k kiosk mobile loyalty application. Valora owns a broad network of kiosk formats across Europe, offering everyday convenience store merchandise, with more than 900 k kiosk locations in Switzerland in highly trafficked areas. Valora’s k kiosk app provides consumers with unique coupons, stamp cards and the highly innovative “share and care” feature. This feature creates a community of k kiosk app users interacting with each other; they have the ability gift treats like coffee, beverages and snacks to friends who also use the app technology.

“The award is a true recognition of our strong commitment to generate added value for our customers through new digital solutions,” said Michael Mueller, CEO of Valora Group. “With about 1.4 million daily customer contacts across the group, we are dedicated to drive customer loyalty through innovation. In order to do so, we are continuously building up digital talent—within our company and with the help of service providers such as Dealini, Liquid Barcodes and Nothing Interactive who supported us in the k kiosk app project.“

“Verifone is committed to innovative technologies and solutions, and applaud companies that are using technology to help gas stations and convenience stores enrich the consumer experience,” said Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems for Verifone. “We are delighted to recognize Valora for improving upon an award-winning software platform with further enhancements, showing that they are ahead of the curve with mobile technology in Europe.”

The European Convenience Retail Technology Award recognizes a convenience retailing company that is pursuing a significant and compelling technology initiative that benefits European consumers, and is making long-term investments in technology innovation.

At the June 14 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, winners were also announced for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year and the European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award.

Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.

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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

NACS Insight 2017 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award presented to SPAR Natural

​LONDON, Country, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Natural has won the NACS Insight 2017 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its SPAR Natural convenience store in Gran Canaria, Spain. The award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London on June 14 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

Launched in Gran Canaria, Spain, in January 2017, the retailer’s SPAR Natural format recognizes that trends in health and wellness are driving growth within the retail food industry, and is poised to grow significantly over the next five years. SPAR also recognizes the role that convenience stores can play in meeting the demands of today’s health-conscious consumers.

Judges agreed that SPAR Natural breaks new ground in health and wellness by providing a holistic approach to local customers seeking better health care, a healthier lifestyle and greater access to natural products and solutions for food intolerance. The convenience store communicates its healthy options with icons representing eight categories: Vegan (V+), Vegetarian (V), Organic (O), Gluten Free (GF), Wheat Free (WF), Dairy Free (DF), Lactose Free (LF) and Sugar Free (SF). In addition, store employees are able to share their expertise and answer customer questions about the products.

The store’s design utilizes natural materials and colors, and in-store signage throughout sets a relaxed tone that compliments SPAR’s brand proposition, “Life is better with a smile,” and the SPAR Natural slogan, “Eat healthy, live green, be free.”

Competition for this year’s Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was strong, with companies from Norway, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists.

Also garnering Honorable Mentions from the Grand Jury were Maxol’s M3 Mulhuddart for large format location and Lekkerland Frischwerk for small format location.

The NACS Insight Grand Jury consisted of: Frank Gleeson, Aramark Ireland; Dan Munford, Insight Research; Michael Davis, NACS; Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe; Joe Bona, MoseleyBona Retail; David Martin, M Worldwide; James Hallam, Accenture; Joe Barrett, Applegreen (2016 award winner); Santiago Ferreccio, YPF; and Markus Laenzlinger, Migrolino.

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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

 

2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award presented to REWE Group

​LONDON, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — REWE Group has won the 2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe awards dinner in London on June 14.

The award recognizes REWE Group for its leadership on developing and implementing sustainable strategies and making sustainability a core aspect of the company’s mission. Since implementing its sustainable practices nearly a decade ago, REWE Group views sustainability as both a process and a fundamental attitude that is firmly ingrained in its corporate culture.

Judges agreed that REWE Group is committed to being an industry pacesetter and instilling sustainability into the collective conscious of society. This commitment is based on REWE Group’s 2010 Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices, which exemplify that sustainability is a fundamental element of its business strategy. As part of its sustainable business practices, REWE Group assumes responsibility for its employees, works fairly with partners and suppliers, promotes more sustainable product ranges, acts in an environmentally and climate-friendly manner and serves as an advocate of biodiversity and a sustainable society.

“Focusing on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources, it is also good for business, and REWE Group demonstrates its commitment through its four pillars of sustainability: green products; employees; energy, climate and the environment; and social involvement,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola is proud to recognize REWE Group, which shares our passion for making a lasting, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

The European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award is given to a convenience retailing company that has pursued a sustainability initiative that has significantly improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement and prospects for continued financial strength.

At the June 14 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, winners were also announced for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year and the European Convenience Retail Technology Award.

Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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

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