The Paper Store Adds Aptos Digital Commerce Suite and Warehouse Management to Support Growth

This week we announced that The Paper Store, the largest family owned and operated chain of specialty gift stores in the Northeast, has selected the Aptos Digital Commerce Suite with integrated Enterprise Order Management and the Aptos Warehouse Management solution, extending its investment in the Aptos Singular Commerce platform. 
Over the years, Aptos’ Singular Commerce platform has helped to support The Paper Store’s expansion, enabling the retailer to add 50 new stores and become one of the Northeast’s most recognizable retail brands with more than 70 locations.

Pictured here is one slide from The Paper Store CEO Tom Anderson’s presentation that he delivered at Aptos Engage, highlighting how personalization has helped fuel their growth.

Want to learn more about their success and continued investment in Aptos? Get the full story here.

Aptos Announces the Launch of Aptos Labs

Earlier this week, Aptos officially announced a significant multimillion-dollar investment in Aptos Labs, the company’s dedicated innovation development team focused on helping retailers create enterprises built for rapid change.

With an emphasis on ongoing innovation, yielding new capabilities and intensifying return on investment, Aptos Labs is developing a cloud-native, mobile-first and unified commerce services platform. The platform will foster an active supporting community of retailers, software partners and system integrators, empowering retailers to quickly onboard new capabilities and create differentiated and personalized customer experiences.

Pictured here is Aptos CTO Mike Verdeyen discussing the news during Aptos Engage, our annual user conference.

Want to learn more about this exciting new development at Aptos? Get the full story here.

Aptos Cares: Montreal Colleagues Rally to Support Local Flood Victims

Recent rains combined with tremendous snow melt to inundate parts of Quebec, including Montreal, with historic floods. Thousands of people had their homes were damaged destroyed by the flooding, including several Aptos colleagues.

The local Aptos Cares committee decided they could help, and simply walked around our office, asking colleagues to help support those affected by the floods. And, as we have come to expect from Aptos colleagues, the team collected $1,576 for their friends in need, and Aptos matched the contributions dollar for dollar.

Pictured her are our Apto Cares team members in Montreal: Chantal Guyon, (far left), Melanie Atcovitch, Michael Holland & Stephanie Haddad (far right). Thanks to you four for managing the process and collecting the funds, and thanks to all who helped contribute to our friends and colleagues: a true expression of the Aptos Way.

TruRating Leaves the Shark Tank Victorious…and Rewards Aptos with Cupcakes!

Last week during Engage, our annual user conference, Aptos produced an Innovators Shark Tank session, where we invited four young and interesting companies to present their solutions to conference attendees and to our sharks (Joe Skorupa and Vicki Cantrell).

At the conclusion of the program, attendees voted for the solution they believed could have the most immediate impact on their customer experience, and TruRating emerged from the tank victorious.

As the winners, TruRating will be featured in our booth during the NRF show in January. To thank us for inviting them, the team at TruRating sent Aptos VP of Alliances (and Shark Tank mastermind) Danny Rosenoff a box of cupcakes decorated with our two companies’ logos, as pictured above.

A pretty nice gesture from people just released from a shark tank, don’t you think? Thanks, Joe, Alan and Georgina – and see you at NRF!

Aptos Cares: Hard at Work, or…Hardly Working?

Earlier today we published a post about how several Atlanta colleagues spent their day helping clean up a community park in Atlanta. And , as she always does, intrepid Trending supporter Kim Chrzanowski sent us a few photos to accompany the post.

Well, when the Now Trending staff opened the first attachment from Kim, we saw that it was a typical group shot of the team that participated in the project. So, we posted the photo with the news of the day.

Then…we opened some of the other attachments, and perhaps the truth has now been exposed! It appears that Shannon Phillips was PERHAPS not working as hard as he would have us believe, while poor Charlie Clark was doing doubled duty!

And Megan McBrayer (left)???? We’re not at all sure how she feels about the whole situation. The look on her face could either be saying, “What the heck, Shannon, get to work!”  Or… that look could be saying, “What the heck, Shannon, it’s MY turn in the wheelbarrow!”

Either way, we love the photo, the team spirit, and the commitment to community. Thanks to you all for bringing the Aptos Way to life.


Aptos Cares: Atlanta Park Cleanup

Sometimes taking care of our community sometimes means exactly that: taking care of, well, our community.

This morning, several Atlanta colleagues spent their mornings helping a local tech organization clean up a local park. 

As a result, the community is a safer, cleaner place to be.

Thanks  – and well done – to all our cleaner-uppers (from left to right): Shannon Phillips (kneeling), Allen Wier, Christina Ruiz, Jaimin Shah, Megan McBrayer, Lindsey Bedingfield, and Charlie Clark.

Engage 2017: More than Just a Toe in the Water

All Aptos colleagues are known for going “all in” to support the brand, but rarely do we take it to the level that Solution Consultant Sid Suss did last week.

When informed by his team that man sandals were forbidden at our pool deck party during Engage, he decided to brave the wrath of his entire team (rumor has it especially the wrath of one POS consultant who shall remain nameless) and bare his toes for the party.

To minimize his punishment, however, he made sure that his toes were on brand and flying the Aptos colors. To that we say, WELL PLAYED, Sid!

Engage 2017 Photo Booth Fun: Sharks!!!!

Another of the many awesome photos from the photo booth during the Customer Appreciation Party at Engage last week.

Featured here: (from left) Shark Tank participants  Sandeep Bhanote, Harlan Eplan of Radius8, Aptos CEO Noel Goggin, and Alan Outlaw and Georgina Nelson of TruRating (front). 

Engage Photo Booth Fun: Solution Consulting

Just one of many photos from the photo booth during the Customer Appreciation Party at Engage last week.

Featured here: The Aptos Solutions Consulting Team

RBTE 2017: Continuing the Conversation During After-Show Reception

According to our colleagues at the show, the Aptos stand during the RBTE was buzzing with talk of singular commerce and seamless experiences.

There was so much to talk about, in fact, that the conversation continued well into the evening at our after-show reception held at the The Society Bar Hilton Olympia, where colleagues, partners, clients and prospects gathered last night.

We just have one question after publishing this photo — is it 5:00 yet????


RBTE 2017: Happy Hour Brings in the Crowds!

The Aptos stand has been quite popular throughout the entire RBTE event, but perhaps never so much as when we opened the stand for happy hour drinks!

London colleague Sam Hargreaves tells Now Trending that there were over 30 retailers squeezed on our stand during happy hour yesterday!

A huge success by all measures!

May the Fourth Be With You: Atlanta

As noted here previously, “May the Fourth Be With You” did not go unmarked at Aptos.

In addition to a celebration in our Newburgh, New York office, we also marked the day in our Atlanta headquarters as well. As Atlanta colleague (and super-awesome Trending contributor) Kim Chrzanowski noted, our Atlanta friends had a blast showing off their Star Wars “skillz” in what  turned out to be an intergalactic Star Wars trivia contest.

By the looks of this photo, all participants were fully engaged in the contest, following the immortal words of Yoda: 

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Thanks, Kim – as always!!!!