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Shutterfly Brings Joy

06/01/2020

Today we read that Shutterfly has spent more than $750,000.00 supporting communities during the COVID19 crisis.  they've made direct donations to communities in need, and are producing cloth face masks.  They've created an app for photoshoot backgrounds and rolled out #CreateThanks where children can share their artwork honoring everyday heroes.  

Amazing work from an incredible business! That’s why we love our retail partners at Connections By The Specialist Works.

Read about it here: http://svdaily.com/shutterfly-brings-joy-and-gives-more-than-750000-in-donations-to-help-communities-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

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Wayfair Celebrates Education

05/19/2020

As a way to show appreciation for the dedication of teachers during these uncertain times, our friends at Wayfair are giving 2 exceptional US teachers new furnishings, supplies and storage. Connections by TSW applauds any celebration of education! 

 

Nominate an ‘exemplary educator’ here: https://wayfairwinaclassroom.typeform.com/to/apisX8 

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Headspace, for FREE

05/14/2020

Our friends at Headspace are offering a free one year subscription for those in the US who find themselves unemployed.  A bit of mindfulness and meditation to help calm your mind in trying times.  

A new series of meditations specifically for these circumstances are going live soon.  

What amazing generosity. 

Sign up at https://lnkd.in/giQkE5X

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What's Possible Bitesize: Connected TV

05/11/2020

We at Connections by TSW are eagerly awaiting the second installment of What's Possible Bitesize. This week's curated webinar is entitled A New Age: Connected TV Advertising. 

Connected TV is the fastest growing form of AV media. Where has this surge come from? And what does it mean for paid advertising?

Get your questions answered live by Jamie Clilverd this Wed 13th May | 2pm BST (7am EST)

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3dA6G1Q  

#whatspossible

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THG sends PPEs to Manchester

05/07/2020

Connections by TSW retailer The Hut Group have used its global supply chain to bring 3.5million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment to their local healthcare system of Greater Manchester.  Masks, Gloves, Shields, and gowns will be delivered to frontline NHS workers.  

Read the full article here: https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2020/05/the-hut-group-donates-25-tonnes-of-ppe-to-greater-manchester-nhs/?utm_campaign=the-hut-group-donates-25-tonnes-of-ppe-to-greater-manchester-nhs&utm_medium=rss&utm_sour

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What's Possible Bitesize Debut

05/06/2020

The What’s Possible Bitesize debut HOW TO BUILD BRAND TRUST WITH SPEED AND CONFIDENCE was a complete hit!   

Sally Weavers and Jen Smith from Craft brought amazing insight into the components of trust building.  Brands are judged by their Competence, Dependability and Integrity, and in this current climate, by their Focus of Motivation.   

See for yourself at: https://www.workcast.com/AuditoriumAuthenticator.aspx?cpak=8294397166865138&pak=122939842798958

We can’t wait for next week’s installment A New Age: Connected TV Advertising with TSW’s Jamie Cliverd.  Register here: https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=6678821163728538 

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Sam’s Club Concierge Services

05/04/2020

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  For Sam's Club, members’ wellbeing is the impetus for innovation. 

As we read in Forbes Magazine, Sam’s Club now offers Concierge Shopping for seniors and at-risk members.  A staff member comes to the car, gets the list of necessities, brings the items back to the vehicle, loads them, and payment is made on the spot.  At risk members never have to leave the safety of their car.

Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherwalton/2020/04/30/sams-clubs-new-concierge-shopping-service-for-seniors-sets-a-high-bar-for-retail-innovation/#4d8d63c45203

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Sam’s Club $1mm Donation 

05/01/2020

We love seeing stories about generosity in times of uncertainty. Sam’s Club is donating $1 million for Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) to use supporting businesses impacted by COVID19. 

Grants of up to $10,000 will go to small businesses in underserved communities.  

Read the full article here: https://talkbusiness.net/2020/04/sams-club-makes-1-million-donation-to-small-business-support-fund/?utm_campaign=sams-club-makes-1-million-donation-to-small-business-support-fund&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss 

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In Support of Good Wine

04/30/2020

This week we came across an uplifting item about Naked Wines.  In support of small vintners being hit hard by restaurant closures, Naked Wines has set aside $5 million to spend on stock that was previously intended for temporarily shuttered venues.   

Independent winemakers from the US, UK and Australia have a chance at a new business opportunity, and Naked Wine’s customers will have an opportunity to try new wines.  A win-win in these trying times.  Cheers! 

Read the complete article here: https://www.essentialretail.com/news/naked-wines-5m-support-package/ 

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