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

Smart Scale Co. Unveils World’s First IoT Smart Scale Container, “Stashaweigh™”, at New West Summit

Oakland, California, USA, 2018-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart Scale Co. announced today its October 11th launch at New West Summit of the world’s first IoT smart scale container for the cannabis industry. The patent pending “Stashaweigh™” is an industry-forward weighing device that utilizes the ease of Bluetooth connectivity via a smartphone app to make tracking and saving your cannabis history seamless.

Stashaweigh™ is the brainchild of inventor and entrepreneur Josh Lee, Founder and CEO of Smart Scale Co., which he created in 2017. Lee, in conjunction with a team of technology engineers, has a vision for smart data-sharing, powered by machine learning and advanced AI, that he hopes will shake up the cannabis market.

Lee recalls, “As a technology inventor I saw a lack of technology being built for the cannabis market that matched what was out in the mainstream marketplace. I chose to build the most technologically advanced stash container, the Stashaweigh™, a patent-pending IoT device that integrates a smart scale, connected smartphone app, and water and smell-proof container to manage your usage history by weight, day, time and strain.”

Stashaweigh™ allows its users to track and manage usage history through their smartphones, and gives accurate weight, date, and time feedback while storing precise dosage history during each session. The company will use machine learning and AI to track and predict user habits from around the country that give dispensaries, growers, scientists, and medical professionals tools to more accurately respond to consumer needs and trends.

“Our goal is not only to give consumers a secure device to store their cannabis, but to help them learn more about their usage habits, while giving them tools to manage their cannabis like never before. We are thrilled to launch our product at New West Summit, the industry-leading cannabis technology conference.”

Stashaweigh™ is the first container in a line of expected smart scale devices that make using, selling, prescribing, and growing cannabis smarter and more effective.


Tractor Supply Company to present at the Baird 2017 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (Nasdaq:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (June 01, 2017) announced its participation in the Baird 2017 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference on June 8, 2017. Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Barton, Chief Financial Officer, and Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, will attend this conference.

The Company’s 30-minute presentation will begin at 11:25a.m. Eastern Time on June 8, 2017. A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at IR.TractorSupply.com, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,617 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 152 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Kurt Barton: Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold: Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:  John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
Media:  Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Bon APPetit! HMSHost Launches Host2Coast App Featuring Dining Offerings at Airports across North America

Bethesda, Md., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the industry leader in culinary innovation, with more than 2,000 dining locations in airports from coast to coast, global restaurateur HMSHost launched a new mobile app for the convenience of travelers throughout North America. Host2Coast offers travelers the ability to easily locate dining options near them, view menus, and even pre-order their food at select locations. Host2Coast is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Travelers are always looking for ways to make their trips less stressful. The free mobile app Host2Coast makes it easy for travelers to better manage their time while at the airport. Travelers are able to find the nearest HMSHost-operated restaurant to their current location, view full restaurant menus, and pre-order and pay for their food from select restaurants directly through the app. Upcoming features will also include promotional offers, loyalty offerings, and trip details, among others.

“Host2Coast is the most comprehensive airport restaurant app available with information on thousands of food and dining locations in airports from coast to coast,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “With Host2Coast, HMSHost is meeting the travelers’ demand for convenience and speed of service by putting information directly in their hands while still providing great in-person customer service when they arrive at one of our dining locations. Host2Coast, the first app of its kind to be created by a food & beverage operator, is another way HMSHost is elevating the guest experience at airports.”

The initial launch of Host2Coast pre-order dining capabilities include select HMSHost-operated restaurants at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

Host2Coast will continue to roll out across airports in North America over the coming year. Through frequent upcoming enhancements, the app will continue to expand the number of participating airport restaurants where travelers can conveniently pre-order and pay for their food right from the app.

Throughout the next year, the app will evolve with new features including a loyalty program and additional traveler information that makes Host2Coast a key app for any traveler. Based on traveler feedback, HMSHost is also partnering with other mobile travel app providers to enhance Host2Coast’s capabilities to further improve the overall traveler experience.

HMSHost is dedicated to improving the traveler experience with innovative ideas, not only through technology, but also through high quality hospitality, exceptional guest service, access to leading dining options, and unique traveler experiences and culinary events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month and the Channel Your Inner Chef cooking competition. To learn more about HMSHost’s vision for the industry, visit the company’s innovation webpage and watch Innovation in Action.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost has been recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2016 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the ninth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the seventh year) by Airport Revenue News. HMSHost has also been recognized by Airports Council International-North America, receiving First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept for its Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.



Lina Mizerek





uBreakiFix Hits Major Growth Milestone with 500 Stores Sold

ORLANDO, FL, USA, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — uBreakiFix has officially sold more than 500 units across the United States and Canada, confirming its status as one of the largest and fastest-growing tech repair brands on the market. More than half of the 500 stores sold are already in operation, and the brand expects to have 425 in operation by the end of 2017.

“This is a huge milestone for our company, and one we could not have achieved without our committed team of franchisees, dedicated corporate office and loyal customers,” said Justin Wetherill, president and CEO of uBreakiFix. “We believe that everyone should have access to reliable, affordable tech repair, and we’re excited for the opportunity to bring our services to new and underserved markets across the U.S. and Canada.”

uBreakiFix has a competitive advantage in the tech repair industry due to its scale, its uncompromising commitment to customer service, its reputation for high quality repairs and its advanced internal systems and processes. uBreakiFix uses a sophisticated portal training system that allows technicians to train in-store and conveniently review techniques as needed, rather than spending time and money to train at the company’s Orlando headquarters.

“Serving our customers starts with thoroughly equipping our team,” Wetherill said. “Every level of the business operates with the customer experience top of mind. Whether it’s a technician, manager or franchisee, if they need something to better serve a customer, our corporate team is always available as a resource.”

“If I have an issue, there are at least five people at the home office at any given moment waiting to help me,” said franchisee Sedrick Bruno, who joined uBreakiFix in the summer of 2010. “The idea is for every customer to leave as a new spokesperson for uBreakiFix.”

Investing in its franchisees has been a top priority for uBreakiFix since the beginning, and all of its original franchisees have grown alongside the brand, with multiple units across markets.

“Justin and the corporate team understand that the key to the company’s success starts at the store level,” said Carlos Marmo, who joined uBreakiFix back in 2008 when it was just a side gig out of Wetherill’s bedroom. “That being said, they treat everyone like family. They truly move mountains to make our lives at the store level as easy as possible. Our supply chain, customer service and internal systems are unmatched, and the corporate team is constantly working to keep it that way.”

The brand’s seamless expansion throughout the continent reflects its commitment to safeguarding both the customer and franchisee experiences.

“As a growing company, Justin and the corporate team have a lot on their plates, yet they never overlook their franchisees or employees,” said Brenda Johnston, a new franchisee whose first location in Fair Lakes, Va. is slated to open in late November. “They always make sure we’re staying well informed on the latest company and industry developments, and they frequently check in with us to see how we are doing. As a new franchisee, the open-door policy is definitely appreciated.”

With 500 stores sold, the brand is more focused than ever on maintaining high standards for repair and customer service across all locations.

“The incredible amount of growth that UBIF has experienced in such a short amount of time is a testament to the brand’s prestige as a whole,” said franchisee Justin Murphy, who has been with uBreakiFix since 2010. “The systems in place create an enjoyable environment for both customers and employees.”

About uBreakiFix
Founded in 2009, uBreakiFix specializes in the repair of small electronics, ranging from smartphones, game consoles, tablets, computers and everything in between. Cracked screens, water damage, software issues, camera issues, and most any other problem can be repaired by visiting uBreakiFix stores across the U.S. and in Canada. For more information, visit ubreakifix.com.

CWS-boco International launched new B2B online store based on Intershop technology

  • Intershop Commerce Suite as platform for new international B2B online store
  • Individually tailored key-account stores with ERP and CRM integration for ultra-efficient procurement
  • Project expertly implemented by Intershop Platinum Partner diva-e

Jena, Germany, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CWS-boco International, a leading global provider of washroom hygiene and textile solutions, has launched a new B2B online store based on Intershop technology. At the heart of the new portal for business customers is the Intershop Commerce Suite, one of the top three digital commerce platforms across five key use case scenarios, according to a recent comparison study by IT research group Gartner. The new store solution was designed and implemented by diva-e, a high-end e-business service provider covering the entire digital value chain.

When the existing B2B system began hitting constraints, CWS-boco opted for the flexibility and exceptional scalability of the Intershop Commerce Suite. In addition to advanced B2B shops for its various subsidiaries, the company commissioned a number of individually tailored key-account stores. These cater exclusively to selected major customers, providing direct integration with back-end systems as well as custom branding and the relevant purchasing conditions. The result is a substantial improvement in the ease of procurement for large corporations with high order volumes. Long-time Intershop Business Partner diva-e used an agile process to develop tailored interfaces for SAP and Salesforce, provided customization of the key-account stores, and migrated all the relevant data from the old system to the new.

“Digital commerce is a key driver of our strategic business growth,” commented Alexander Krames, Team Lead E-Commerce at CWS-boco International. “A complete relaunch of our existing web store was absolutely essential in order to maintain our competitive edge. We’re extremely pleased with the new Intershop platform, both from a technological and a commercial perspective. Our B2B customers now benefit from a cutting-edge store and a more convenient shopping experience.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, added: “The new solution for CWS-boco further underlines the strengths of the Intershop Commerce Suite when it comes to modeling complex B2B scenarios. With the new business portal and tailored key-account stores, CWS-boco is investing in the future of B2B commerce, giving it the tools to respond appropriately to changing customer needs.”

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 atwww.intershop.com.

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

Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Argos research: technology will transform gyms over the next 10 years and bring virtual fitness into our living rooms

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A boom in wearable technology and Netflix-style workout services will transform gyms over the next 10 years and bring virtual fitness into our living rooms, according to new research commissioned by not-for-profit health body ukactive and leading health and fitness retailer Argos as part of National Fitness Day 2016 (7th September).

  • Six in 10 Brits (57%) expect to engage with personal trainers via TVs and computers in 10-years’ time
  • Almost two-thirds (66%) believe technological advances will keep them fitter
  • More than half think wearable technology will dictate their workouts
  • One in five (20%) think virtual reality will mean they can work out with their favourite athletes and sports stars
  • Four in 10 (38%) envision virtual reality enabling them to run or cycle world-famous races like the Tour de France
  • Other expectations include outdoor runs led by drones, anti-gravity workout rooms and machines that ‘trick muscles’ into thinking they’re working out
  • National Fitness Day 2016 to feature thousands of free activity sessions, including DDMIX dance fitness class by NFD Ambassador Darcey Bussell
  • For image annotations, see notes to editors

The study of 1,079 fitness fans suggests that by 2026 we’ll be able to enjoy virtual reality workouts with our favourite athletes, perform exercise sessions tailored to our own DNA and wear tech-infused ‘smart clothes’ which track our every movement.

More than half of respondents (57%) expect that virtual personal trainers on our screens will enable live workouts in our living rooms, with two-thirds (66 per cent) believing this brave new world of technology will enable us to stay fitter by building stronger connections between the gym and our daily lives.

Currently only used by around one in five fitness participants (22%), wearable technology looks set to play a major role in the future wellness landscape. One in two expect to do workouts based on trackable data, with 40% expecting their clothes to log their movement.

With nearly seven in 10 (66%) citing the gym as their main way of keeping fit currently, health clubs look set to remain a key source of fitness in the future, but not necessarily as we know them now. By 2026, a number of respondents think gyms could have pioneering innovations like anti-gravity workout rooms, studios capable of replicating different weather patterns and machines that ‘trick’ muscles into thinking they’re being exercised.

On the future commute to work, one in five (22%) expect roads to have jogging lanes next to cycling lanes, while 8% think we’ll have drones to guide our path and encourage us to run/cycle faster. One in three (33%) expect workout music to automatically match both our mood and tempo, while 8% think special spin class commuter buses will offer early morning fitness boosts.

Meanwhile at the office, respondents see a bright future for physical activity, with four in 10 (37%) expecting their employers to provide gym passes as part of standard company wellness programmes.

Undertaken in July 2016, the study of UK fitness users by non-profit health body ukactive and leading health and fitness retailer Argos has been released ahead of National Fitness Day on 7th September.

As the biggest annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK, this year’s National Fitness Day will see more than 5,000 sites hold special events, with thousands of UK leisure venues throwing open their doors to engage the public in free physical activity taster sessions and Argos staging workouts across its 800+ stores.

Legendary ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell will be leading a special National Fitness Day showpiece at Roof East in Stratford, overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park. Bussell will be putting the public through their paces with her DDMIX dance fitness class and says regular exercise is essential for all ages.

Darcey Bussell CBE, creator of DDMIX and National Fitness Day ambassador, said: “Important events such as National Fitness Day remind us of the necessity for everyone to lead active lives. Participation is key; it is good for our health and the health of our society.”

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic legend and ukactive Chair, said: “As physical activity and technology align, we’re entering a brave new world with exciting opportunities to get more people, more active more often.

“With two thirds of those questioned expecting to be fitter in future, there is significant growth potential for the sector, with workouts from the home making exercise more accessible and providing the chance to engage wider demographics in physical activity.”

“National Fitness Day is the start of this future and offers thousands of opportunities for people to engage with their local communities and have fun getting active.”

Professor Greg Whyte OBE, former Olympian, world renowned sport scientist, Physical Activity Expert and National Fitness Day ambassador, added: “Fitness has enjoyed terrific growth in recent years and as someone who’s passionate about getting Britain moving more I’m intrigued to see users’ forecasts of what the future holds.

“Much of my career has been spent working in Sport and Exercise Science and the continued surge of wearable technology means we’ll gain greater insights into how and why people move, enabling us to engage more people of all ages in exercise and turn the tide of inactivity.

“A lot of people slip out of their gym routines because life gets in the way, but the advancement of virtual classes and better wearables will help them to keep up the exercise habit and remain engaged.”

Stephen Vowles, Marketing Director, Argos said: “As a leading health and fitness retailer, Argos is committed to helping customers achieve their well-being goals. We are encouraged by their increasing desire to be more engaged in health and lifestyle improvements whilst also enjoying the fun of fitness.

“These days everyone wants in on the fitness-tracking trend which is why we are not surprised to have seen a 200 per cent uplift in weekly sales of Fitbit in the last year¹.

“Through our sponsorship of National Fitness Day we want to encourage people to realize the benefits of doing a little bit more every day – walking in the park, cycling, taking an exercise class – and we will be encouraging our 30,000 colleagues across 800 plus stores to do the same.”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, said: “With lots of taster sessions and free events, National Fitness Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage greater participation in physical activity, in line with our sports strategy.

“It’s great that ukactive is partnering with the private sector and that Argos will be helping to spread the message across the country to both consumers and their own workforce.

“Sport and physical activity can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, improving both physical and mental health – I hope as many people as possible get involved.”

Further details around National Fitness Day and information on how to sign-up to deliver events can be found here: www.nationalfitnessday.com

Notes to editors

For more information about ukactive or to arrange an interview, please contact Jak Phillips (ukactive) on 07958 119320 or email to: jakphillips@ukactive.org.uk or Jon Dale (Argos) on 07889 746297 or jon.dale@argos.co.uk

¹ First four weeks (cumulative) August 2015 (03/08/15 – 29/08/15) – vs last four weeks of July 2016 (04/07/16 – 30/07/16). Net sales increase of 200%.

² The research for Argos and ukactive was carried out online by ukactive between 21/07/16 and 29/07/16 surveying 1,079 UK fitness fans. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines.

Image 1: Depicts the Gym of The Future, set in 2026. On the left, we have members taking part in a virtual reality spin class simulating the Tour de France. In the central room, people are enjoying a zero gravity fitness class, set against a themed backdrop of the solar system. Out of the right window, track runners are preparing to receive their starter’s orders from motivational drones.

Image 2: Illustrates how technological advances will revolutionise the potential for fitness sessions in the living room. Here, a young mum is working out with her personal trainer on a virtual reality screen, using home fitness equipment. She is able to track her progress, vital statistics and all communications via the wearable technology on her wrist, which comes with an augmented reality display. Meanwhile, her young son is taking part a virtual reality football game, enjoying the benefits of exercise without even realising it.

About National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day, 7th September 2016, will once again be the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011. Realizing that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to ukactive in 2014. We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Just as last year, our aim to establish National Fitness Day as the most active day of the year hasn’t changed. We welcome thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and ukactive members who will be opening their doors to welcome you for a free half hour session in your area.

We know the benefit regular exercise delivers including a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why we started National Fitness Day.

Research shows if you exercise in company (with friends) you are more likely to stick at it; the social atmosphere creates a positive environment which importantly helps us to have fun.

About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit body for physical activity, working with over 4,000 members and stakeholders across the UK. We champion the fun, enjoyment and benefits of being active. As an organisation, ukactive facilitates big impact partnerships across the public and private sector, supporting partners in delivering their goals around physical activity. We grow and stimulate the value of physical activity to society as a whole – alongside specific sub-sectors where we have developed significant stakeholder relationships inc. social, political, economic, health, consumer, and financial.

ukactive also provides leading research and evaluation, insight and thought leadership, strategic project and stakeholder management, campaigning and promoting best practice for its partners.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

For more information, please contact:
Aoife Sweeney
PR Manager
Argos Republic of Ireland
email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

Source: Argos

Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology

Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology
Staples helps parents and students get back to school on budget with lowest prices on technology


FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is offering the lowest prices on technology this back-to-school season. Top brand laptops as low as $249.99, earbuds as low as $7 and an exclusive bundle deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 help parents and students get back to school on budget.

“Building on 30 years of back-to-school experience, Staples is in stock all season long with the latest technology and tech services backed by our 110% Lowest Price Guarantee,” said Eric Cayton, vice president, merchandising, Staples. “We make it easy for parents and students to get the right technology including laptops, tablets, PCs and tech accessories at the lowest prices.”

Amazing Technology Deals for Back To School
Among the top technology deals at Staples are:

  • Lightweight 15-inch laptops including the Dell® Intel® Pentium® Notebook and the Dell® Inspiron Notebook each priced at $249.99 for back to school.
  • Students can also save more than $300 with the Microsoft® Surface Pro 4 exclusive Staples® bundle ($999.99 with coupon code 85005) that includes the ultra-light tablet with Windows 10, the Microsoft Surface Dock, Microsoft Office 365 software and a wireless mobile mouse.
  • All laptops, desktops or all-in-one PC purchases at Staples also qualify for free 30 days of tech support and prices are backed by the Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.
  • College students and teachers can also receive exclusive offers by signing up at www.staples.com/exclusivedeals.

Streaming devices such as the Google Chromecast provide students with entertainment, wearable fitness trackers keep them moving and headphones help them tune out distractions and relax.

Must Have Tech Accessories
Students can keep their tech and tech accessories protected and organized with backpacks and accessories designed specifically for students with technology including:

  • Exclusive Designed by Students Back 2 Back Backpack ($49.99)
  • Jansport Digital Student Backpack ($54.99)
  • Jansport Digital Burrito Pouch ($17.99)
  • Jansport Pixel Pouch ($17.99)

The Staples Less List for School features lowest prices top tech essentials every student needs including Staples Earbuds ($7.00), USB Drives (8GB, 4-Pack $14.00), Display Calculators ($5.00) and Coppertop Batteries (AAA 4-Pack $4.00) and more.

Additional ways to save include the Staples technology trade-in program (get paid when you trade in old devices), weekly school steals and 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.

For media information, visit www.staples.com/btspr

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Kaitlyn Reardon

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) has donated $5,600 to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. The donation was a result of a charitable feature integrated into Diebold’s tradeshow booth at the recent 2015 ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits. For each person that visited the booth, Diebold pledged to donate two dollars to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, which is the official charitable partner of Flight 93 National Memorial.

“We thank Diebold so much for their very generous contribution. Through committed, strong partners like them, we continue our efforts to honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 by connecting people to this special place; educating future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001; and caring for this National Memorial,” said Henry C Scully, executive director, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Friends of Flight 93 include family and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, people nationwide who have been inspired by their acts of courage, and many residents of Western Pennsylvania who want to be part of the mission in a hands-on way. The organization focuses on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship.

“Diebold Security is extremely proud to contribute to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial,” said Tony Byerly, executive vice president, electronic security, Diebold. “We are honored to bring more awareness to Flight 93 National Memorial and assist in the endeavor to educate future generations about the Flight 93 story, maintain the highest standards of care for the memorial and provide meaningful experiences for its visitors.”

Visitors to the memorial can learn about the Flight 93 story from outdoor exhibits, a cell phone tour and interpretive programming in addition to the newly opened visitor center complex and learning center – a multi-purpose space used for educational programming, rotating exhibits, and special events; a two and a quarter mile system of pedestrian trails; and the dramatic flight path walkway and overlook.

Diebold’s donation is in support of Walk 93, a memorial walk held Sept. 26, 2015 with proceeds going to fund the building and maintenance of trails at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at www.diebold.com or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DieboldInc.

About The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial
Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official non-profit supporting partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. The Friends of Flight 93 is a registered 501 (c)3 organization, donations to which are tax deductible. The Friends of Flight 93 membership includes family and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, people nationwide who have been inspired by these acts of courage, and many residents of Western Pennsylvania who want to be part of the Friends’ mission in a hands-on way. To learn more about the Friends or to make a donation to support the memorial, visit www.Flight93Friends.org.


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Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

Citizen Watches Ambassador Kim Clijsters Misses Wimbledon

Citizen watches ambassador Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will miss this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The injury is the second suffered this year by Clijsters, after the first prevented her from playing in this year’s French Open. Clijsters sustained the new injury during her match against Romina Oprandi at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.

During the match, she skidded on the grass court and fell, twisting her right ankle which resulted in severe bruising and a tendon injury. The new injury is unrelated to her previous ankle problem and it is thought it could not have been prevented by the application of ankle tape.

The Citizen watches ambassador has been ordered to rest and will resume training in a month’s time to enable her to take part in this summer’s major US events such as the US Open, which takes place in late August. The event features Clijsters’ major sponsor Citizen watches as the official timekeeper.

Earlier this season, the player had to take time off to recover from shoulder and wrist injuries sustained as a result of the WTA tournament in Miami at the end of March. In early April, she injured her ankle whilst attending the wedding party of a cousin. She returned to the courts at the French Open but her lack of competitive play and training activity showed and she was ousted in the second round by the Dutch player Arantxa Rux, currently ranked 114th in the professional standings, 112 places below Clijsters.

Clijster has so far reached four Grand Slam finals and has won 34 singles titles in her career. She has also won 9 doubles titles with her partner, Japanese player Ai Sugiyama. She retired from the sport in 2007, playing her last tournament in Warsaw. Kim returned to the game in March 2009 initially aiming to participate in exhibition tournaments but returned to competitive tennis in August 2009. A few weeks later she returned to the US Open, the tournament she won in 2005.

To view over 7000 watches from more than 65 watch brands and to find out the latest developments in the world of watch brand ambassadors, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz is set to become the latest high profile celebrity to endorse TAG Heuer watches

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, reputable sources report that Diaz is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio as an ambassador for the popular, prestigious watch brand.

TAG Heuer watches, which are particularly popular in Diaz’s native US, have long been associated with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; prior to DiCaprio’s current role as ambassador, Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman both featured in TAG Heuer campaigns.

With sources pointing to Diaz being next in line to the TAG Heuer ambassador throne, the company’s reputation for attracting the Hollywood elite is as strong as ever.

Diaz can currently be seen in cinemas in hit comedy ‘Bad Teacher’, where she stars alongside ex Justin Timberlake, and was last year ranked by Forbes Magazine as the third highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

The actress’s box office appeal has spanned over a decade of cinema, from her breakout turn in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to dramatic roles (‘In Her Shoes’, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’), indie endeavours (‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’) and successful franchises (‘Shrek’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’).

Her new role as TAG Heuer ambassador will cast Diaz in a promotional role for the Swiss watch brand. Upon an official announcement, promotional shots featuring Diaz wearing a timepiece will be expected shortly afterwards.

TAG Heuer watches have provided watch fans and collectors with the best in Swiss ‘avant-garde’ since 1860. Many of the brand’s watches have gone on to become iconic examples of watch-making craftsmanship, including the Carrera line and the infamous Monaco. TAG’s long-established relationship with the field of motorsports means Diaz will feel right at home, following her stint behind the wheel of an Indy Race Car in the first ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie.

For more information on TAG Heuer watches and for all the latest ambassador developments, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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