RILA announces the winners of the (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

Three Companies Spurring The Future Of Retail Showcase Technologies For Industry’s Most Recognized CEOs

Tucson , AZ, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retailers, today (1/23/2018) announced the winners of the (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards. The three winners, IamBotMultifold, and Persado, selected by RILA’s Board of Directors, the CEOs and heads of innovation for America’s largest retail brands, were featured in a showcase at RILA’s Retail CEO Forum this week in Tucson.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to have CEOs and chief innovation officers from America’s most well-known brands interacting directly with emerging companies that, through their own commitment to innovation, are enabling the future of our industry,” said RILA Senior Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Sustainability Adam Siegel. “We’re excited to recognize these three companies, who have embraced the charge from our consumers to deliver ubiquitous and ultra-personal shopping experiences and in turn, have developed game-changing technologies.”

RILA’s (R)Tech Center believes that one trend is driving change in the industry more than any other: the trend toward ubiquitous and ultra-personal shopping. The winners were hand-picked by America’s leading chief executives for their groundbreaking work in promoting the industry’s move towards shopping wherever, whenever through artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Details on the winners:

IamBot helps brands and retailers sell directly to customers through messaging platforms. It is the comprehensive conversational commerce solution based on the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. It seamlessly integrates with stores’ messaging channels to provide customers with the ubiquitous and super convenient shopping experience.

“We’re honored that IamBot was selected by this prestigious group of executives. We believe that conversational commerce is a key element of the industry’s future, and we are glad that these CEOs see that as well.”

Multifold Retail believes that Augmented Reality will change the way that consumers shop. They offer all the tools retailers need: content creation (3D model creator, editor & library), viewers (Augmented Reality & 360 degrees), marketing and advertising tools (social media, catalog, in-store/OOH campaigns) and tracking/analytics.

“We are so honored to have been selected for this award by such a distinguished group of CEOs. Multifold aims to make it easier for companies to create, manage and launch Augmented Reality experiences for their customers. Our patent-pending web-based AR solution results in a more streamlined user experience and works across the majority of smart devices. We look forward to sharing our story with RILA members.”

Persado is the Marketing Language Cloud; AI generated language that resonates the most with any audience, segment or individual. Imagine having a data scientist and a copywriter for each person in your audience; you get the language that performs and the analytics explaining why, resulting in more business and unseen insights. Comprised of the world’s largest database, with over a million words and phrases tagged and scored for consumer marketing, Persado’s Marketing Language Cloud enables brands to increase acquisition and retention while building long term consumer relationships.”Persado is proud to be selected as a winner of the inaugural (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards. We’re excited for the opportunity to showcase our technology and challenge retail leaders to introduce data driven decision-making in new areas of their organizations, specifically within marketing content creation. Today’s consumers seek to build lasting relationships with their favorite brands –– at Persado, we’re helping brands navigate these relationships and shape the future of marketing through the effective use of AI-generated language that resonates with any audience or individual.”

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. RILA, in partnership with Accenture, launched the (R)Tech Center for Innovation in 2017 to help retailers navigate the industry’s transformation.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

Carrefour announces winners of the 3rd Romanian edition of “Challenge of Suppliers” competition

Carrefour announces winners of the 3rd Romanian edition of “Challenge of Suppliers” competition

 

Boulogne-Billancourt‎, France, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third Romanian edition of Carrefour’s “Challenge of Suppliers” competition, organized by Carrefour in all 10 countries in which it operates, ended yesterday, October 2, in Bucharest, with the premiere of the three winners: 1st place – Toneli Holding, 2nd place – Nutricia Early Life Nutrition and 3rd place – Apilife Ro.

The aim of the competition is to encourage and reward innovation in the food sector, so that we offer our customers high-quality products and the choice of products that support a healthy lifestyle. The winner of the first place will have the opportunity to represent Romania at the Carrefour Group in Paris, where he will interact with the winners of the other countries.

In the competition, 27 products were registered by 22 suppliers, and the jury was made up by 3 Carrefour members and 4 public figures who support innovation and are pioneers of the segment in which they operate: Mirela Retegan – founder Gaşca Zurli, Cristina Bazavan – journalist and blogger, Cristian Birta – digital specialist and blogger, and Lăcrămioara Botezatu – CSR Media. They scored each project with notes from 1 to 5, and the winners are:

1st place: Toneli HoldingOul Free Range: is a superaliment, for which Toneli has invested in the re-technologization of two hen-breeding halls so that the birds live in a controlled environment where, while living freely, they are supervised from the food point of view.
Second place: Nutricia Early Life NutritionMilupa: The award-winning product is a practical solution to incorporate into a baby’s diet a fermented milk formula that has a role in preventing digestive disorders.
Third place: Apilife RoApipraline: the product is the ideal blend of apiculture products with the taste of cocoa fruit and was developed in Sibiu by Dr. Cornelia Dostetan Abalaru’s team.

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

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge winners announced

2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge winners announced

 

  • Additional winners at the event included Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, winners of the Pick Task, and MIT Princeton of the U.S., winners of the Stow Task
  • Contestants at this year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge were awarded $270,000 in prizes to support continued innovation within the robotics and automation community

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the results of its 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge with winners hailing from Australia, the U.S., and Singapore. Australian Centre for Robotic Vision from Australia succeed in the Grand Championship Combined Task to win the overall Challenge with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore winning the Pick Task and MIT Princeton of the U.S., winning the Stow Task. This year’s finalists demonstrated sophisticated solutions combining object recognition, pose recognition, grasp planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning, task execution, and error detection and recovery to successfully pick and stow unique items. Teams were judged based on how many items were successfully picked and stowed by their robots in a fixed amount of time. A total of $270,000 in prizes were awarded to contestants throughout the four-day competition.

The Amazon Robotics Challenge aims to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open solutions to the technical challenges faced in unstructured automation. This year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge was held during RoboCup, the leading and most diverse competition for intelligent robots and one of the world’s most important technology events in research and training. RoboCup and the Amazon Robotics Challenge were held in Japan at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall (Portmesse Nagoya).

“This year, we made some changes to the Challenge to make it even more difficult and to encourage broader participation from multiple robotics fields – and the response was exciting,” said Joey Durham, Contest Chairperson and Manager of Research and Advanced Development for Amazon Robotics. “The versatility of recognition capabilities in an unstructured environment and the dexterity of grasping mechanisms was truly impressive. What we’re most proud of with the Amazon Robotics Challenge is its celebration of robotic community and the venue it’s created to share and promote research in a fun and rewarding way. Congratulations to our winners and all of our contestants!”

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision team consisted of researchers, early PhD candidates and undergraduate students who combined computer vision, machine learning and a variety of robotic hardware to successfully complete both pick and stow tasks the fastest. Below is additional information on all winners.

Grand Championship in Combined Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st ACRV Australian Center for Robotic Vision Australia $80,000
2nd NimbRo University of Bonn Germany $40,000
3rd Nanyang Nanyang Technological University Singapore $20,000

Pick Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st Nanyang Nanyang Technological University Singapore $20,000
2nd NimbRo Picking University of Bonn Germany $10,000
3rd IITK TCS Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Tata Consultancy Services India $5,000

Stow Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st MIT-Princeton MIT-Princeton USA $20,000
2nd Nanyang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore $10,000
3rd MC^2 Mitsubishi Electric, Chubu University, Chukyo University Japan $5,000

Amazon is committed to supporting innovation in robotics and automation. The company utilizes a wide range of innovative technology within its fulfillment centers, including more than 100,000 Amazon Robotics drive units in over 25 fulfillment centers worldwide. Amazon Robotics drive units deliver items directly to employees at ergonomic work stations and help make associates’ roles more efficient to enable superfast delivery speeds for customer orders. The company currently has more than 90,000 full-time employees across its U.S. fulfillment network.

For additional information about the Amazon Robotics Challenge including contest details, participating teams, rules, FAQs and detailed results, visit www.amazonrobotics.com/#/roboticschallenge. For more information about RoboCup, visit www.robocup2017.org. A video from the event can be viewed here.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Media Hotline:
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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Shopify announces winners from its first ever ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition

Leading commerce platform partnered with NFL running back Marshawn Lynch to teach entrepreneurial skills to Bay Area teens

Oakland, CA, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today (July 17, 2017) announced winners from its first ever ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition, in partnership with Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, theFam 1st Family Foundation, and Hingeto.

Based on the success of his Shopify Plus Beast Mode® apparel store, Marshawn chose to partner with Shopify to create BEASTMODE-A-Business, a one-of-a-kind, entrepreneurial readiness program for Bay Area high school students. Over the course of three days, 30 local students attended workshops and seminars at Oakland Technical High School that covered a cross-section of skills required to start a business, and had the opportunity to build their own online ecommerce stores on the Shopify platform. Content included hearing from special guest speakers on how to create a powerful brand, craft effective messaging, and other educational seminars that supported the idea that with the right tools and mindset, anyone can become an entrepreneur.  The program culminated with each student pitching their business ideas in front of family, friends, and a panel of judges which included staff and merchants from Shopify, Marshawn, and Josh Johnson, quarterback for New York Giants.

“Growing up in Oakland taught me a lot about being focused and driven, but my experience didn’t really prepare me for building my business and other aspects of my career,” shared Marshawn. “I wanted to extend what I have been able to teach kids from my neighborhood on the football field and give them more skills that empower them to believe that anything is possible.”

Simone Hufana, 17 from San Leandro high school in San Leandro, and Mathew Galvez, 17 from Abraham Lincoln high school in San Jose, were the overall winners of the ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition.  They both won free Shopify Basic for three years, an opportunity to have their pop-up store hosted by Beast Mode Apparel in Oakland, deskspace at Hingeto, AdWords and Facebook Dynamic Ads credits, design credits with a Shopify Plus expert agency, as well as on-going product design and full marketing setup support.  The final eight received free Shopify Basic for two years, KIT basic for a year, AdWords credit, and an exclusive prize package from Bold Commerce that includes unlimited use Bold Apps for a year, a comprehensive site audit and consultation ($1,000 value), and $6,000 in developer design credit.  For participating in the program, all 30 students also received free Chromebook laptops preloaded with documentation on building a Shopify store, free Shopify Basic for a year, backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as clothing from Beast Mode apparel.

“I started my first company when I was 13 years old and what I learned from that experience has shaped who I am today – both personally and professionally,” said Harley Finkelstein, COO of Shopify. “I believe that teaching these students the skills and mindset they need to start their own entrepreneurial journey is an experience that will help them throughout their lives and careers.”

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

About Fam 1st Family Foundation

Fam 1st Family Foundation was started in 2006, but made official in March 2011. Fam 1st strives to improve the lives of children by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem. Fam 1st was founded by Joshua Johnson and Marshawn Lynch who have overcome a significant amount of adversity to become the successful businessmen and community leaders they are today. Fam 1st provides unique opportunities and programs for the youth to help them succeed in life, and has developed programming and camps focusing on computer science, architecture, literacy, entrepreneurship, and more. For more information, please visit http://fam1stfamilyfoundation.org/.

About Hingeto

Oakland based company, Hingeto is a Y-combinator backed company helping brands take inventory risk out of retail. They have two key solutions. 1) Working with brands like Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode to design & sell new on-demand products and 2) powering custom dropship systems for large retailers like PacSun; which they will soon release a Shopify app for.  Hingeto is a key solution for any company trying to grow its product assortment without inventory risk; which they believe is the future. Very soon Hingeto will debut their Shopify app to help stores add curated dropship products direct to their Shopify stores. Go to shopify.hingeto.com to join the waitlist.

SOURCE: Shopify

Nine Alshaya customers joined the growing list of winners in the PRIVILEGES CLUB Super Draw

Nine Alshaya customers joined the growing list of winners in the PRIVILEGES CLUB Super Draw

 

Nine Alshaya customers take home over KD 60,000 in quarterly prize draw

Kuwait, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nine more of Alshaya’s most loyal customers have joined the growing list of winners in the PRIVILEGES CLUB Super Draw, sharing prizes worth more than KD 60,000 in the most recent draw.

One lucky winner walked away with KD15,000 in the Super Draw, with three people winning KD 7,500 each and five winners of KD 5,000 each, all payable in Alshaya Gift Cards. The draw was made in the presence of a representative of the Ministry of Commerce.

The Super Draw is one of two prize draws that form part of the benefits enjoyed by members of PRIVILEGES CLUB. In the Monthly Draw, members earn one prize draw entry for every 5KD they spend at any of Alshaya’s stores, cafes and restaurants. Each month, 20 members win prizes worth KD 11,000. The Super Draw is held each quarter, and is open to members who spend more than KD1,000 in that quarter.

Alshaya’s 80 retail and dining brands include Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, Victoria’s Secret, Harvey Nichols, M.A.C., Bath & Body Works, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania. Starbucks customers who are members of My Starbucks Rewards can earn entries into the prize draws if their MSR registered phone number is the same as their PRIVILEGES CLUB number.

The next Super Draw winners will be announced in August, based on their spending in April, May, and June.

PRIVILEGES CLUB is open to everyone in Kuwait. It is quick and easy to join, and members can use a mobile app to follow their favourite brands, track their benefits and access their rewards more easily. Joining is as simple as downloading the PRIVILEGES CLUB app from the App Store or Google Play, or signing up in-store.

Details of all Alshaya’s brands, plus monthly and quarterly winners are published on the PRIVILEGES CLUB app and on http://www.alshaya.com/en/privileges-club. Customers can also connect with the programme on www.facebook.com/ThePrivilegesClub/ and www.instagram.com/theprivilegesclub/

Media Contact:

+965 2224 2475
+965 2224 3626
communications@alshaya.com

Source: Alshaya

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Rihanna presented awards to 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers winners

Rihanna presented awards to 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers winners

 

Paris, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The winners of the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers received their awards from Rihanna during a ceremony at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The jury selected Marine Serre as the grand prize winner this year, while Kozaburo Akasaka was awarded a special prize. Spotlight on the profiles and creations by the winners.

For its fourth edition in 2017, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers  was honored to have the awards presented to winners by Rihanna. The winners were chosen by a jury comprising seven creative directors of LVMH Maisons –  , J.W. Anderson (Loewe), Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), and Phoebe Philo (Céline) – along with Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of LVMH Corporate Philanthropy) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH Fashion Group).

The  Grand Prize went to French designer Marine Serre of MARINE SERRE, who will receive a 300,000 euro grant and a year-long mentorship from an LVMH team. Watch a video presenting the young prize winner and her clothes, which feature a creative combination of urban and sportswear with oriental inspirations.

The jury also gave a special prize to Kozaburo Akasaka of  KOZABURO. Watch a video presenting the Japanese designer and his subtly deconstructed menswear creations.

The 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers reaffirms the LVMH Group’s commitment to showcasing the work of emerging young talents and supporting their development.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Rite Aid’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest winners announced

Rhode Island Pharmacy Technician and Virginia Customer Each Win $2,500 Rite Aid Gift Card in Customer Service Sweeps

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is proud to announce the two winners of this year’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Amanda Bourque, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Coventry, Rhode Island and JoAnn Lankford, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Providence Forge, Virginia were selected at random from more than 13,000 unique entries. Established in 2003, the contest was designed to honor Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their commitment to providing outstanding customer care and service.

During American Pharmacist Month in October, Rite Aid customers had the opportunity to submit mail-in and online ballots nominating their favorite pharmacy team member. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Every nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team member was acknowledged with an official pin and a letter of commendation from CEO of Rite Aid Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

“As one of the most highly valued and trusted professionals in the industry, I am proud of the year-round commitment and effort our entire pharmacy teams display in order to help our customers lead healthier lives,” said Konrad. “I’d like to congratulate our two winners and each nominated pharmacy team member for continuing to deliver excellent customer care and service to those in the communities we serve.”

Amanda Bourque, Rite Aid’s winning Pharmacy Team Member, has been a pharmacy technician for more than five years at the store in Coventry, Rhode Island. Bourque is known for her friendliness and eagerness to consistently help customers while making them feel welcome.

“Starting her career with Rite Aid as a cashier, Amanda has continued to grow as an associate and pharmacy professional,” said Diane Kuriscak, Rite Aid pharmacy district manager. “Amanda is a valuable member of our pharmacy team, who is dedicated to providing caring moments of service to our customers and I’m so happy her hard work and strong work ethic has not gone unrecognized.”

Rite Aid’s winning customer is JoAnn Lankford of Providence Forge, Virginia. She participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Get to Know the Winners of the 26th Annual Discover Great New Writers Awards

Abby Geni and Matthew Desmond Are the 2016 Discover Great New Writers Award Winners

New York, New York, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (March 1, 2017) announced that Abby Geni’s The Lightkeepers (Counterpoint Press), a sublime debut novel about a young woman who finds herself at the center of a murder mystery on a remote island, and Matthew Desmond’sEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown Publishing Group), a finely reported narrative that puts human faces on a modern American crisis and will change the way readers view poverty today, are the winners of the 2016 Discover Awards for fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Each writer was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 and a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller.

Second-place winners are Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf), a heartbreaking and beautiful novel that follows two branches of a family—one in America and the other in Africa—over 300 years, and Hope Jahren for Labgirl (Alfred A. Knopf), a spirited memoir and a moving story of scholarship, friendship and the natural world written by a scientist at the top of her game. Each writer was awarded a $15,000 cash prize.

Third place was awarded to Jung Yun for Shelter (Picador USA), a riveting domestic drama in which a young father is forced to face his past—and his parents—in order to save his family’s future, and

Patrick Phillips for Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (W.W. Norton), a meticulously researched history of the author’s hometown, and an ugly and harrowing episode of American history. Each writer received a $7,500 cash prize.

The awards were presented this afternoon at a private ceremony in New York City.

The Discover Great New Writers Awards are presented annually in recognition of literary excellence. The six finalists for the Discover Great New Writers Awards were chosen by two panels of noted authors from the 42 titles handpicked by our booksellers for the Discover Great New Writers program in 2016.

Books by the finalists and judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store nationwide, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Jurists

Two panels of distinguished literary judges selected the winners.  Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:

  • Wiley Cash, The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed A Land More Kind Than Home (a Discover Great New Writers selection) and This Dark Road to Mercy. His third novel is forthcoming in 2017.
  • Benjamin Percy, the author of three novels, two story collections, and a craft book, including The Dead Lands, Red Moon (a Discover Great New Writers selection), and Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. His fourth novel, The Dark Net, is forthcoming in April 2017. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics®.
  • Emma Straub, The New York Times bestselling author of the novels Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (a Discover Great New Writers selection), as well as the short story collection Other People We Married.

This year’s nonfiction judges are:

  • Jennifer Finney Boylan, the author of 15 books. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders, was the first bestselling book by a transgender American. Her new novel, Long Black Veil, is forthcoming in April 2017. Boylan’s novel The Planets was a 1991 Discover Great New Writers selection.
  • Sloane Crosley, the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake (also a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor) and How Did You Get This Number, as well as the bestselling novel, The Clasp.
  • Brando Skyhorse, the author of a novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (a Discover Great New Writers selection), and recipient of both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Take This Man: A Memoir.

Previous Winners of the Discover Awards

Previous winners of the annual Discover Awards include Mia Alvar for In the Country: Stories and Jill Leovy for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (both 2015), Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (2014), Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St. Germain for Son of a Gun (both in 2013), Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (2012), David Sheff for Beautiful Boy (2008), Joshua Ferris for Then We Came to the End (2007), Ben Fountain for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006), Uzodinma Iweala for Beasts of No Nation (2005), Alison Smith for Name All the Animals (2004), Monica Ali for Brick Lane (2003), Dina Temple-Raston for A Death in Texas (2002), Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers (2001), Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996), and Chang-rae Lee for Native Speaker (1995).

Additional information about the 2016 Discover Award winners and judges can be found at www.bn.com/discover.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

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Senior Director
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(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

$105,000 prize pool for the winners of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award

  • Winners to Be Announced at a Special Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, March 1
  • Prize Pool for Winning Writers and Finalists Is More Than $100,000 with Winners Receiving a Year of Promotion from Barnes & Noble

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (February 1, 2017) announced the six finalists for its prestigious 2016 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The Discover Great New Writers program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction books from authors at the start of their careers. Since its debut, the program has introduced readers to more than 1,800 extraordinary literary talents, many of whom have gone on to become household names,including Colson Whitehead, Cheryl Strayed, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Anthony Doerr and many more.

The six winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards will share a cash prize totaling $105,000 and will be announced on Wednesday, March 1, at a private awards ceremony in New York City. The top winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $30,000 prize and a full year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists will receive $15,000 each, and third-place finalists $7,500 each.The finalists for the 2016 Discover Great New Writers Awards are:

Fiction:

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Alfred A. Knopf) – This heartbreaking and beautiful novel follows two branches of a family—one in America and the other in Africa—over 300 years.

The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni (Counterpoint Press) – A young woman finds herself at the center of a murder mystery on a remote island in this sublime debut novel.

Shelter by Jung Yun (Picador USA) – A young father is forced to face his past—and his parents—in order to save his family’s future in this domestic drama that is as riveting as it is profound.

Nonfiction:

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips (W.W. Norton) – An ugly and harrowing episode of American history is brought to life in this meticulously researched history of the author’s hometown.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown Publishing Group)– Detailed, first-person reportage puts human faces on a modern American crisis and will change the way readers view poverty today.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (Alfred A.Knopf) –This spirited memoir by a scientist at the top of her game is a moving story of scholarship, friendship and the natural world.

Books by the finalists can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Judges

Two panels of distinguished judges selected the finalists and will also select the winners.

Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:

Wiley Cash is The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed A Land More Kind Than Home (a Discover Great New Writers selection) and This Dark Road to Mercy. His third novel is forthcoming in 2017.  Cash is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, two story collections, and a craft book, including The Dead Lands, Red Moon (a Discover Great New Writers selection), and Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. His fourth novel, The Dark Net, is forthcoming in April 2017. Percy’s fiction and nonfiction articles have been published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics®.

Emma Straub is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (a Discover Great New Writers selection), as well as the short story collection Other People We Married. Straub’s fiction and nonfiction writings have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin House, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and The Paris Review Daily, and she is a contributing writer to Rookie.

This year’s nonfiction judges are:

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of 15 books. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders, was the first bestselling book by a transgender American. Her new novel, Long Black Veil, is forthcoming in April 2017. Boylan’s novel The Planets was a 1991 Discover Great New Writers selection. Boylan is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University; serves as the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD; and is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the Op/Ed page of The New York Times.

Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake (also a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor) and How Did You Get This Number, as well as the bestselling novel, The Clasp. Crosley’s work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, W, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Crosley is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Interview Magazine.

Brando Skyhorse is the author of a novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (a Discover Great New Writers selection), and received both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Take This Man: A Memoir. Skyhorse is currently coediting an anthology on passing, forthcoming. Skyhorse joined the Bennington College faculty in 2016.

Books by the judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/discover) or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Discover Awards

Since 1990, the Discover Great New Writers program has connected readers with incredible, unforgettable stories which they may have otherwise missed.  In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the program has helped many emerging authors find their audience.

The Discover program’s selection committee is comprised of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers.

Forty-two books were handpicked for the program in 2016 from the 1,000+ submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from these, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover Awards.

Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include Mia Alvar for In the Country: Stories and Jill Leovy for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (both 2015), Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (2014), Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St. Germain for Son of a Gun (both 2013), Cheryl Strayed for Wild and Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (both 2012), Joshua Ferris for Then We Came to the End (2007), Ben Fountain for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006), Alison Smith for Name All the Animals (2004), Anthony Doerr for The Shell Collector (2002), Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers (2001), Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996), and Chang-rae Lee for Native Speaker (1995).

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, please visit www.bn.com/discover or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at any of Barnes & Noble’s 638 stores nationwide.

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Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Going in sync with UAE’s vision towards a sustainable environment, LuLu Group International had combined forces with the ADDC to bring forth awareness towards conserving water through the #LuLuSaveWaterChallenge in March, 2016.

The campaign aimed at creating awareness and guiding the residents of Abu Dhabi in conserving water resources and rewarding them for the same. The initiative was conducted as part of LuLu’s commitment towards Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns. The top 53 winners of the challenge were awarded cash prizes. The first prize winner was awarded a cash prize of AED 50,000.00 while the runners up were awarded cash prizes of AED 25,000.00 each and other 50 consolation prizes were awarded cash prizes of AED 5,000.00 each. The campaign was held until June 2016 with more than thousand residents taking part in it. ADDC also conducted weekly seminars in various LuLu outlets for demonstrating on methods to save water and electricity. Moreover, Sunrise School also contributed to the campaign by encouraging students of the school to participate in arts and creative competitions throughout the period.
The campaign was also successful in the social media and throughout the period of the campaign, people shared selfies and pictures of methods to conserve water resources as well. ADDC also played a major role in providing data of water consumption and decision making as well.

Winners List: http://www.luluhypermarket.com/AE/all/winners

Contact:

Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716
headoffice@ae.lulumea.com marketing@ae.lulumea.com

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#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners
#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners

 

Source: Lulu Hypermarket

RioCan completes 2nd phase of the purchase of Kimco’s interest in collection of 22 Canadian properties

TORONTO, ONTARIO and NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2015-12-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) and Kimco Realty Corp. (“Kimco”) (NYSE:KIM) announce that RioCan has completed the second phase of the previously announced transaction to purchase Kimco’s interest in a collection of 22 Canadian properties selected by RioCan. The remaining three properties were acquired at a purchase price of $238 million, and RioCan assumed Kimco’s share of the existing in place debt of $104 million.

Additionally, in a separate transaction RioCan has acquired Kimco’s 50% interest in Tillicum Centre, a 468,533 square foot shopping centre inVictoria, BC at a net purchase price of $58.9 million (at a 50% interest) along with possible future consideration to Kimco based on additional potential residential density. In connection with the purchase, RioCan assumed Kimco’s interest in the in place mortgage financing of $32.5 million(at a 50% interest) that carries an interest rate of 2.9% and matures in May 2018. RioCan estimates that the acquisition is expected to generate incremental NOI of approximately $3.6 million on an annualized basis.

Tillicum Centre is anchored by Save-On-Foods, Cineplex, London Drugs, and Winners. Lowe’s has assumed 120,000 square feet that was previously leased by Target Canada. Other national tenants at the centre include Old Navy, Dollar Tree, and Ardene. In addition, Tillicum Centre has municipal approval for the potential development of a multi-storey residential development/intensification at the site.

The partners continue to market for sale a second group of eight retail assets, which are in various stages of marketing. There remains a third group of three transitional properties that were previously occupied by Target, which will be dealt with at a future date.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15.1 billion as at September 30, 2015. It owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 354 retail properties containing approximately 78 million square feet, including 49 retail properties containing 13 million square feet in the United States as at September 30, 2015. RioCan’s portfolio also includes 16 properties under development in Canada. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2015, the company owned interests in 710 shopping centers comprising 105 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia Devine
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973

Kimco Realty Corp.
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and
Corporate Communications
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

SOURCE: RioCan