SPAR International releases Contact International 3 magazine

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amongst others, we feature the key themes arising from the 61st International SPAR Congress in Norway, where partners from 37 SPAR countries came together to share their annual highlights. We introduce the newly elected President of SPAR International, Graham O’Connor, and pay tribute to previous President, Leo Crawford, who led the SPAR worldwide organisation for the past 11 years. We also look back at the success of the 2016 European Athletics Championships, which marked 20 years of SPAR sponsorship.

To read these and other stories about SPAR worldwide, follow this link. Missed the previous two issues? No problem, the last page of the magazine includes a link to earlier editions.

The magazine is available in five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Italian). The link will automatically open the English language version. To switch between languages, simply click on the arrow next to the country flags on the menu bar.


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Source: Spar International releases fourth annual list of top cities in Canada with most pampered pets

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, released the fourth annual list of the top cities in Canada with the most pampered pets. This list was compiled by comparing per capita sales data for pet items purchased from from August 2015 to August 2016 in cities with more than 100,000 residents. Sales data was collected from products for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and small animals.

The top 20 most pampered pets cities in Canada are:

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Windsor, Ontario
  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • Gatineau, Quebec
  • London, Ontario
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Laval, Quebec
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario

Taking a closer look, the pet data reveals:

  • It Ain’t So Ruff for Regina Pets: Regina held on to the No. 1 spot overall in Canada and was the top dog in almost all of the categories, purchasing the most items for dogs, cats, fish, and small animals. Some of the most popular purchases were for biscuits, grooming products, and toys.
  • “Beware of…” Windsor and Halifax: After falling to No. 4 in 2015 from its No. 1 ranking in 2014, the city of Windsor rose back into the top three overall this year. Windsor also came in second in the dogs category (up from No. 3 last year). The biggest city jump this year was from Halifax, which rose six spots to No. 12 from No. 18 last year.
  • Bon-A-Pet-Treat: “Sit, give me your paw, stay!” Whether using them to train their pets or to simply reward them on a good day, Canadians were treating their pets with a whole lot of delicious goodness, with Regina purchasing the most treats followed by Richmond and Saskatoon.
  • Cities of a Feather Flock Together: Quebec’s Gatineau rose one spot this year to No. 6 overall, but also held on to its No. 1 spot in the bird category, with popular purchases including toys, feeders, and perch swings. Rounding out the top three in the birds category were the two neighbouring cities of Windsor and Kitchener.
  • Pets Just Wanna Have Fun: Residents in Regina, Richmond, and Saskatoon appear to be the most playful with their pets, purchasing the most toys for dogs, cats, birds, and small animals. Those three cities also know that cats and dogs want to look good, purchasing the most grooming items over the past year for their feline and canine friends.
  • Slimy, Slithering, and Scaly in Saskatoon: While Regina took the top spot in almost every category, it was Saskatoon that won out in the reptiles category, purchasing items including heat and lighting fixtures, hammocks, and thermometers.

The province of Ontario has the biggest bark with nine cities in the top 20, with re-entries from Ottawa and Toronto at No. 19 and No. 20 respectively.

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Intershop Communications AG releases newest version of its Commerce Suite

  • The Commerce Suite’s new, fully integrated order management functions ensure efficient end-to-end processes for seamless omni-channel commerce
  • New and improved B2B functions open up new markets for growth-oriented companies
  • More efficient processes for creating attractive customer experiences
  • Intershop Commerce Suite will soon be available in the public clouds of Microsoft and Amazon

Jena, Germany, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG is announcing the availability of the newest release of its Commerce Suite today. The leading digital experience platform helps B2C and B2B organizations of all sizes and industries to manage the digital transformation of their business processes, enabling them to offer their customers a genuine omni-channel shopping experience at every point of interaction.

The release contains new and optimized Intershop Commerce Management modules and has, for the first time ever, fully integrated the order management system Intershop Order Management 2.0 into the Commerce Suite. The Intershop Commerce Management is now available as version 7.7. With the platform, companies can select and use the module that best fits their specific business model, company goals and individual user requirements. Furthermore, the risks and investments associated with implementing new solutions are significantly reduced thanks to the Synaptic Commerce® approach, which allows the Intershop Commerce Suite to be easily integrated into various system landscapes.

Intershop Order Management 2.0 Fully Integrated for the First Time

The new order management modules of the Intershop Commerce Suite expand Intershop’s range of market-leading solutions for implementing an integrated omni-channel commerce strategy. This enables companies in many industries to adequately respond to their customers’ needs on and offline at any time. Moreover, through the deep integration of the order management system into the Commerce Suite, the system can now, for the first time, be used to display entire end-to-end processes and to orchestrate each step of a transaction across a company. This in turn facilitates the automation and channel-wide optimization of order, payment and invoice processing.

Additional Sales Paths Thanks to Expanded B2B Features

The new version of Intershop Commerce Suite contains many new and expanded functions that are designed to meet the needs of B2B customers. In addition to being able to more easily manage costs and offers, buyers can now access all of the products they require without switching shopping systems by using the new OCI (open catalog interface) PunchOut function. This new way of purchasing allows companies to more comfortably configure the access to their products.

Shaping the Shopping Experience More Efficiently

The expanded marketing functions of the Intershop Commerce Suite make the customers’ digital experience even more attractive, and content marketing managers can measure the effectiveness of their campaigns by looking at the customers’ perspectives in Design View. Furthermore, content and images are optimized for specific screen sizes and devices so that companies can increase the visibility of their products, thus significantly increasing sales. Intelligent access control allows you to design marketing campaigns in a more comprehensible, quicker and more efficient way.

Intershop Commerce Suite Availability in the Public Cloud

The Intershop Commerce Suite is now also available in the public clouds of Microsoft and Amazon, allowing companies to quickly pay off their investments. The public cloud feature is a flexible, secure and cost-efficient alternative to traditional local implementation and hosting methods, making it especially attractive to mid-tier companies. At the touch of a button, online businesses can now temporarily stock up on inventory when demand is high, or quickly and easily implement a regional roll-out.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, CEO at Intershop, adds: “Companies are faced with radical changes in their markets that are driven by the expectations of their customers and the strengths of their competitors. The new release of our Commerce Suite is an absolute must for anyone who has been waiting for efficient and forward-looking technology for digitalizing their business processes. It is the key to increased efficiency, an improved customer experience and the flexibility to tap into this potential.”

You can find detailed information about the new release at

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

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