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Who’s Afraid of a Green Monster When You’re Getting Engaged?

Craig Hewitt, COO of The Paper Store, recently got engaged to his now fiance, Mark Christopher, during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston.

Craig (left) and Mark managed to agree to get hitched, enjoy the game and take photos, and they did all that without any trouble from the famed Green Monster.

Other than the Red Sox early season struggles, it sounds like a great day all around!

Congratulations and best wishes, Craig and Mark!!!

Developing More Agile Solutions by Developing More Agile Teams

Recently, the product development team in Milan gathered for a two -day training class on Agile requirements. The class was led by colleague Ryland Leyton, the author of “The Agile Business Analyst.”

Product Managers, Business Analysts and Development Managers spent time enhancing their ability to develop agile solutions.

From left to right, workshop participants included:

Amit Dutta (Marlow), Amanda Bowen (Marlow), Ornella Giuriola (Milan), Nicola Candoni (Vicenza), Ryland Leyton (Atlanta), Norman Weikert (Chemnitz), Massimo Solcia (Milan), Giuliana Cassano (Milan), and Maurizio Vaggi (Milan).

Not pictured, but also participating were Monica Foieni (Milan) and Giorgio Crippa (Milan).

Going Live at REI in MIlan!

In what has been a banner period for go-lives, we are excited to announce our latest implementation success story at REI in Milan. Together with help from our implementation team, REI is now live on our Merchandise Lifecycle Management solutions.

On site in Milan to support the go-live are Aptos colleagues Davide Balzarotti (left), Francesca Varnelli (center) and Daniele Lombardelli (right).

Congratulations to the entire combined team, and best of luck to REI going forward!

Going Live at DP Sports in Leon, Mexico!

Several Aptos colleagues were in Leon, Mexico this week to help the team at DP Sports, a Dportenis brand, go live on our Store solutions.

Pictured here are several colleagues from DP Sports, as well as Aptos colleagues Ayat Dekis, Bob Warash and Bogar Munoz, celebrating a job well done.

Special thanks to our hosts, including John Stone, Pedro Benitez, Frank Fernandes and Alejandro Salas. It was a great trip all around!

Congratulations, everyone – and now on to the next location!!!

Thinking Retail Forum, Milan: Set and Ready to Begin!

The team is all set and ready to go for today’s Thinking Retail Forum in Milan, Italy. Dozens of retail executives are expected to gather to discuss the latest trends in Merchandise Lifecycle management and Omnichannel experiences.

As you can see here, the registration desk is fully prepared for their impending arrival, and the stage looks beautiful as well.

Here’ hoping for a great day, everyone!

Thinking Retail Forum, Milan: Colleagues Gather Before the Big Day

As pre-event tasks for our Thinking Retail Forum in Milan drew to a close earlier today, the team found time to relax, unwind and share a meal together in the city.

With over 70 executives registered to join them at the Forum tomorrow, a good meal and a good night’s sleep will serve them well.

Pictured here, after dinner and some reportedly “very good wine” are (from left) Albane Noel, Kate Hill, Daniele Bonura, Denis Busato, Richard Willis and Alberto Riva.

Sounds like it was a great meal. Good luck with the Forum tomorrow, everyone!

Thinking Retail Forum, Milan: Preparations are Underway, Powered by Chocolate!

Our 2019 Thinking Retail Forum series continues this week with an event tomorrow in Milan. Over 70 executives are registered to attend, and the team is hard at work preparing the conference center for the event.

One of the sessions will feature Lindt Chocolates, and as you can see in the shopping cart, they very generously contributed lots of their delicious chocolate to the event. Not pictured here (because they still have some chocolate crumbs on their lips, perhaps???) are colleagues Kate Hill and Albane Noel, apparently taking a “rest break” from setup responsibilities.  Hmmmm.

Hope the event is great,…

Congratulations Colleague of the Month Valter Paiotti!

It’s already time again to tally all the “Way to Go” cards awarded in March and to pick a winning Colleague of the Month. March was a banner month, as over 75 Way to Go cards were sent, and 67 colleagues were recognized by their peers.

The winner of the drawing from all the cards was Milan-based Senior Product Developer Valter Paiotti, pictured here at his desk, waiting to help his colleagues and earn more Way to Go cards this month!

Well done, Valter – Congratulazioni!

Aptos Execs Celebrate a Major Milestone with (What Else?) a PBR

Friday represented the official end of our second fiscal quarter, and while we are not yet at liberty to disclose the details, we can say that on that last day we officially came to terms with a hugely important client that will help us bring Aptos ONE to market in their stores all around the world.

Pictured here are Aptos execs Mike Verdeyen (left) and Noel Goggin celebrating the milestone partnership with a beer. Note Mike’s ever-present Pabst Blue Ribbon. Mike never celebrates without his beloved PBR, and this news is a great reason to celebrate with one – or more!!

A Planning Mystery Man Revealed

Milan-based Planning VP of Solution Design & Modeling Daniele Bonura was in the US last week for meetings with colleagues and clients, and while visiting one client, the team encountered the happy-faced ping pong table and gear. Daniele had some fun with it, and colleague Ivan Fernandez, who snapped the pics, told us at Trending that the International Planning Man of Mystery had arrived on the scene!