Aptos Cares: Fundraising Thursday in West Brom

Colleagues in our Providence Place offices in West Bromwich, UK, worked together today to organize several fundraising activities, including a raffle with prizes donated by our customers, a bring and buy cake sale, a photo booth, and  colleague Jemaine Karara‚Äôs mum came in to offer neck and shoulder massages to the office for donations.  All money raised is going to very worthwhile local causes: Calm & Celtic FC foundation. 

Some of the Aptos colleagues getting in the spirit in the photo booth area include Jaz Banger, Ryan Mather, Jemaine Karara, and Holly Francis.

Special thanks to Melanie Naisbitt and Julie Hill for helping organize the day, and to Sam Hargreaves for the submission to Trending. Well done everyone…cheers!

Tag Team: Solutions Consulting Krew Brings the Brand to Austin’s Graffiti Park

While in Austin for our Strategy Day with RSR, Jay Shields took the Solutions Consulting team on a hands-on tour of Austin, including a visit to the famed Graffiti Park, a 3-story shrine to crowdsourced street art.

In addition to more personal pieces, the team worked together to leave Aptos’ mark on the park as well. 

We  at Now Trending think it looks sharp, you guys. You may even have a chance to get up in Austin, if you ask us!

Well played, RJ Granchelli, Allen Wier, Jared Snelson, Ayla Griggs, Will Stephenson, Michael Ford, Jay Shields, Sid Suss, Chris Maragoudakis, Jess Johnson, Doug Baz and Victoria Moore!

RSR Strategy Day: Colleagues Talk Retail Tech Future with Nikki Baird, Paula Rosenblum

Several Aptos colleagues gathered in Austin this week for meetings with Nikki Baird and Paula Rosenblum of Retail Systems Research for a strategy day, where the team spent quality time with Nikki and Paula discussing emerging trends and technologies and how they might impact retail in the future.

During a break, the team took time out for a group photo, too, as seen here. Paula (left) and Nikki are shown in front. In the back row are Nicole Crowe, Jay Shields, Victoria Moore, RJ Granchelli, Sid Suss, Will Stephenson, Doug Baz, Jess Johnson, Michael Ford, Chris Maragoudakis, Ayla Griggs, and Allen Wier.

By all accounts it was a great day. Thanks to “Team RSR” for an informative, impactful day!

Colleagues Gather in Austin for Strategy Day with RSR

Nikki Baird and Paula Rosenblum of Retail Systems Research are in Austin this week along with several Aptos colleagues from around the country for an intense day of retail and technology strategy discussions.

Pictured here are several members of our Solutions Consulting team as they gathered in Austin last night. Front row, from left to right: Michael Ford, Jay Shields, Ayla Griggs, Chris Maragoudakis. Back row, left to right: Sid Suss, Victoria Moore, Will Stephenson, Allen Wier, and Jared Snelson.

Here’s to a productive, informative, and effective week, everyone!

The Aptos Way: 62 Years (Combined) Together…and Counting!

Montreal colleagues Stephen Springer and Gerry Montreuil give new meaning to the word “colleagues.” These guys have been together at Aptos since…wait for it…1986.  They both started in the hardware department in 1986, and through all the  trips, trials and tribulations…from shared shabby motel rooms as they roamed the states with tool kits and soldering irons in tow…to weddings and funerals…these two have remained friends, and colleagues.

Its a pretty amazing work relationship and friendship that has lasted longer than the technology they worked on. 

Pictured above are Steve and Gerry circa 1992, and today (insert). Thanks for everything, you guys…and here’s to 31 more!

Engage Europe: NA Marketing Colleagues Begin Long Trek Home

After a busy day helping produce Engage Europe in Sotuh Coldfield, Birmingham, England, Marketing’s “North American contingent” began to make their way home by sharing a van to Marlow. We have an office in Marlow, where the team will gather tomorrow before making the short trip to Heathrow, where the trek home will begin in earnest.

Pictured here, from front left, are Vanessa Trainor, Nicole Crowe, Chris Cottos, Cary Thelen, and the ever-elusive Kristen Miller. Well done, friends – safe travels home!


Aptos Cares: Montreal Bikers Raise the Most in All of Quebec!

As you can see by this photo a whole bunch of colleagues from our Montreal office got together to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. And raise money they did! Their total collections of almost $11,000 was the most of any team in all of Quebec!

As team member Michael Holland told Now Trending, “Once the sun finally came out in Montreal, a group of 27 riders hopped on this massive bike and went for a spin – but not before grinding out some serious support from dozens of other Aptosians, friends and family.  And it’s not unusual for this team to lead the way as a top fundraiser in Quebec – last year we crossed the $10k mark with corporate donations from Aptos and Hypertec – this year we reached that goal with individual contributors alone!”

Congratulations to the entire team , including the following colleagues:
Donald Palumbo  Michel Demers ; Debbie Havill; Reetu Bhatti ; Edita Vanetsian; Angie Lazanis; Alexandra Theofanis; Chantal Guyon; David Gillett; Elena Boguslavsky; Karen Belding; Kim Swaffield; Kosta Vlogiannitis; Luciano Cannucci; Melanie Graham; Michael Pajuk; Pierre Martin; Scott Bernstein; Shapoor Marolia; Sherif Moussa; Scott Revelle; Stephen Springer; Valerie Austin; Marc Magar; Thanh T. Duong; K. Grant Wark

Engage Europe 2017: Setup Continues as Final Countdown Begins

Engage Europe is only hours away, and hundreds of retail industry executives are beginning to gather at the Belfry Hotel and Resort in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. As attendees converge, members of team Aptos from both sides of the pond, including Jo Kelly, Diane Gane, Sam Hargreaves, Chris Cottos, and Cary Thelen are all working together  to produce an amazing event. As you can see from this photo taken earlier this morning, setup is progressing nicely! 

Good luck to all, and stay tuned to Now Trending for further updates throughout the event!

Aptos Cares: Newburgh Colleagues Help Habitat for Humanity

Once again, our Newburgh colleagues pitched in to help the local Habitat for Humanity program build houses for those in need. Habitat for Humanity partners with families to create strength, stability, and self-reliance through their home ownership and repair program, and this year several Newburgh colleagues pitched in to help. 

Pictured here on the job site  are, from left to right, Bobbi Boyea, Larry Vuchanovich, Leslie Berrios and Paul Gapay, with Gregg Yano in front.

Well done, everyone, and as always Newburgh, you are totally engaged with your community. Thanks for all that you do.

Engage Europe: Sneaking in a little Sightseeing Before the Big Event

Several North American colleagues are making their way across the pond, heading to Engage Europe, being held in  Birmingham, England, later this week. Pictured here are Atlanta colleagues Sarah Roberts and Nick Leeper, who found time to see a few sights in London before heading to Birmingham for the big event.

Here we see them, as Sarah says, “Straight off the plane… No sleep, no shower, but going to hit up all the good spots. We did grab a bus ride and hopped off at Buckingham Palace.” Which is where they took a moment to snap this selfie.

Here’s to #EngagingLondonDifferently…have fun and here’s to a great event!


IRCE 2017: Visit Aptos, Enter to Win TUMI Bags

To celebrate our recent announcement that TUMI has selected our Enterprise Order Management solution, we are hosting a free raffle in our booth at this week’s IRCE show in Chicago.

To learn more about how we can help you engage differently, no matter when, where or how shoppers interact with your brand, visit us at booth #1101, and be sure enter the drawing for the awesome TUMI gear, as pictured here  with Atlanta colleague Joe Stokan.

Hope to see you there!

IRCE 2017: Aptos Hits the Road to Talk Commerce

Several Aptos colleagues converged upon Chicago this week to help us participate in the 2017 edition  of the Internet Retailing Conference & Exposition (IRCE). Thousands of people have gathered here to talk technology and commerce and to explore new ways to engage customers differently, no matter when, where or how they shop.

Pictured here, Sales VP Shane Desrochers greets a booth visitor as the show opened Tuesday morning. In Chicago? Please visit us at booth #1101