DUBLIN, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 9, 2013) - Normally you wouldn't expect to see bears, bunnies and sock monkeys roaming the New York City area, but that will all change in a few days when the retail elite meet at the annual NRF show at the Jacob Javits Center, January 13-15.
Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, will be giving away build-a-bear smallfrys to benefit the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI). The Build-A-Bear Workshop® stuffed animals will be looking for new loving homes at the Epicor booth (#1805) during the annual NRF show, in exchange for a $10 donation to RetailROI.
RetailROI works to raise awareness and provide real solutions for the more than 400 million vulnerable children worldwide. Funds raised at the Epicor booth will support the organization's many initiatives to supply grants to charities that provide hands-on efforts in areas ranging from orphan and foster care to adoption support and child rescue from human trafficking.
"I recently had the honor of participating in a RetailROI vision trip to Liberia, and saw firsthand the tremendous opportunities and the help that we can offer -- from building classrooms to fixing property walls to ensuring every child has a desk," said Diane Cerulli, director, retail marketing for Epicor. "The impact of RetailROI is life-changing for children and institutions. I'm hopeful the build-a-bear smallfrys will draw enough donations during NRF to hit our fundraising goal of $10,000."
RetailROI is a charitable foundation under the umbrella of the Giving Back Fund, which was established to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide. It works to fund and bring awareness to the enormous needs of the orphans worldwide, to encourage other companies (retailers, vendors, manufacturers) to create internal programs to support mentoring, adoptions and foster parenting and to create avenues for volunteers to get involved. In addition, RetailROI seeks to provide opportunities to leverage their core strengths and abilities to help other charities in need in their local communities.
"Each of us can make a change in the world, and many times even the smallest gestures can make a big difference," said Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group and donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative. "The NRF Epicor/Build-A-Bear Workshop endeavor is just one small gesture to help make a difference in the lives of these children. The funds will be used to directly provide classrooms and computers for three schools we work with in the country of Liberia -- and donors can track our progress via video postings and blogs at RetailROI.org."
In addition to donating at NRF Epicor Booth 1805, retailers may also contribute donations and take home a Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friend at RetailROI's annual SuperSaturday Analyst Day, which will take place Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the PwC Auditorium in New York City. For more information, please visit http://retailroi.org/news-events-media/supersaturday.
Epicor Retail Solutions
Epicor provides advanced solutions for retailers seeking to streamline processes, integrate channels, leverage intelligence and inspire customers, to maximize profitability. The Epicor Retail end-to-end suite is designed to meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today's connected, cross-channel shoppers, and the business requirements of the most demanding softgoods, hardgoods and specialty retail environments in a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, discount, general merchandise, automotive aftermarket, lumber and building materials, nursery, and pharmacy. Thousands of leading companies -- from Aeropostale, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance and Build-A-Bear Workshop, to General Nutrition Centers, True Value Company and Under Armour -- trust Epicor to help them remain current, competitive, and consistently strong.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.
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