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Embracing the Local Culture…and Chapulines

Several colleagues from three continents recently gathered for a sales meeting in Mexico, and while there LATAM-based colleagues Brando Garcia (back left) and Ivan Fernandez (back right) treated Milan-based Daniele Bonura (far left) and Oregon-based Peter Charness (far right) to some local Mexican flavors. On the menu (in addition to tequila, of course), were Chapulines, or grasshoppers. The edible insects are typically toasted with garlic, lime juice and salt containing extract of agave worms, lending a sour-spicy-salty taste to the finished product.

As you can see here, Daniele hopped right in to experience the local flavor!

 

Networking and Educating During Inexmoda Event in Medellin

Aptos recently sponsored the latest event organized by Colombian retail association Inexmoda, and our presence was felt all over the event. Pictured here, at left, is Aptos VP Ivan Fernandez with NetLogistik colleagues Diana Casa and Angel Torres. Ivan and Diana presented during the event, and Aptos also sponsored meals and participated in the expo hall, pictured in the right.

By all accounts, it was a great event as we continue to expand our presence in the Colombian market. Congratulations everyone!

Aptos and NetLogistik Talk Retail Transformation in Colombia

Aptos and strategic partner NetLogistik recently partnered in Medellin, Columbia to host a presentation at an event organized by Colombian Retail association Inexmoda. During the popular session, Aptos Vice President Ivan Fernandez (pictured at bottom) and NetLogistik Retail Expert Diana Casas (top) shared their perspectives on how Colombian retailers must transform in order to succeed in omnichannel retail.

Hope the session – and the event – were a great success!

Colleagues Gather in Manila to Plan for a Meeting…and Celebrate

Several colleagues gathered in Manila, Philippines this week for an important client meeting. After a full day of prep and planning, they went to dinner together to continue the conversation and, as Senior Solution Engineer Peter Walker described it, “embarrass” APAC RVP Zaki Hassan by ordering cake to celebrate his birthday.

By the smile on Zaki’s face, we’d say he looks both embarrassed and happy – and we do hope it was a happy one!

Colleagues Score Some Goodies from Planning Round Table

As previously reported here on Trending, our Planning Round Table drew an enthusiastic group of planning executives eager to talk about the issues facing them in today’s retail market. Participants were also treated to a Dior-inspired afternoon tea, and colleagues Shaun Britton (l) and David Sheekey (r), were happy to take a few of the leftover goodies home for late-night snacking at home.

Well deserved, gents, after a great job helping lead the round table conversations!

Important Conversations, Networking and High Tea at Planning Round Table

In addition to great conversations and networking opportunities, participants in our Aptos Planning Round Table hosted at the Berkley Hotel in London were also treated to afternoon tea as part of the festivities.

Pictured here is one of the stylish place settings awaiting participants as they took their seats at the round table.

Aptos Planning Round Table Fosters Important Conversations

Recently Aptos invited a select group of UK retailers to participate in our first Aptos Planning Roundtable at the Berkeley Hotel in London. The participants were eager to talk about the issues and opportunities they all face in today’s challenging retail climate. Discussion topics included hyper-localization, planning in a fast moving retail environment and measuring success in omnichannel merchandising.

Before the event concluded, participants were already clamoring for another chance to gather and share ideas and solutions. Sounds like a brilliant event all around!

Aptos Cares: Canadians with Big Hearts Raise Big Bucks through Big Bike Race

This afternoon, 22 Montreal colleagues pedaled their way across town in support of the 2019 Heart and Stroke Big Bike initiative.  Colleagues in Montreal have been supporting this important cause, which helps raise funds for the Heart&Stroke Foundation, for over 10 years.

This year the team raised $7,630 (and counting)!  The money was raised by the riders, a donation from Aptos and from a 50/50 raffle in the office. Kudos to Stephen Springer for taking on the role of team captain and lead motivator!

C’est formidable, mes amis!!!

Planning Pioneers and Good Friends Reunite in Melbourne

As previously reported here, Aptos Senior Solution Engineer Christine Girodroux was in Australia for meetings last week. While there, she took time out to head to Melbourne to reunite with long-time friend and fellow planning technology pioneer Andrea Hunt. While no longer colleagues, Chris and Andrea do share a lot of history, and together they helped define and shape modern planning solutions.

Oh, and they also happen to share a friendship with one of the editors of this Trending page, a planning-expert wannabe and great admirer of their expertise and talents, who wishes he were there last week!  ;^)

Planning Experts Get Together in Australia

As people North of the equator begin to enjoy the summer months, people in the Southern hemisphere have begun their winter season. And all this talk of seasonality is a perfect segue into the caption this post, which highlights deep planning expertise from both hemispheres, as they gathered in Australia to talk products, clients and trends affecting planners all around the world.

Pictured here are US-based Senior Solution Engineer Christine Girodroux (l) and Australia-based Commercial Director Chris Fegan as they take a break from their work to share a smile and snap a selfie.

Hope the meetings went well, you…