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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…

Product Developers Gather in Milan

Several members of our Merchandise Lifecycle Management development organization gathered for meetings in Milan, Italy last week. The Milan team was joined by UK-based Product Director Gordon MacDonald. While in town, the team hosted Gordon for, as Program Manager Giuliana Cassano reported to Trending, “A typical Milanese dinner in a very nice restaurant.”

Gordon, the guest of honor, was seated at the center of the beautiful table, and Giulian tells us that it was a great meal, enjoyed by all.

Aptos Cares: Friendly Food Drive Competition

This month Aptos colleauges in Atlanta joined forces for a friendly competition to gather food and essentials for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Together, the Atlanta office collected 2,039 pounds of items, including a variety of food and even diapers!

Aptos is proud to give back to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for the fourth year in a row. Great job everyone!

Career Day at the Milano Fashion Institute

Colleagues Matteo Aglio, Flavio Sollevanti (left) and Francesca Varnelli (right) spent the day today participating in Career Day activities at the prestigious Milano BOCCONI University. The team gathered to meet the 2019 graduating class from the Milano Fashion Institute (MFI) at Bocconi University.  We are excited to have the chance to meet this year’s graduates, as Francesca was herself a graduate of MFI just a couple years ago.

By all accounts, the time was well spent. As Matteo told us at Trending, “Good day, good stuff, good people!”

The Aptos Way: Bloodies and Beignets Highlight Big Easy Breakfast

Our Atlanta office recently hosted a “Breakfast in the Big Easy” celebration, including food, drinks and a little downtime.

As these photos indicate, the breakfast didn’t disappoint. Bloody Marys, Beignets, and several other New Orleans delicacies all made an appearance.

As they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler, y’all!”