2020-06-12
CrossFit loses support after CEO’s racist comments
Since Saturday's tweet from CEO Greg Glassman, Reebok has left CrossFitCrossFit is in the news as a result of statements over the weekend from CEO Greg Glassman, who tweeted, “It’s FLOYD-19” on Saturday after the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation classified racism and discrimination as a public health issue. He also told several CrossFit gym owners on a Saturday Zoom call that he “does not mourn George Floyd” as reported by Mike Young, who wrote about his experience for Medium.com.His statements are making reference to widespread outrage over the death of Floyd, who died in Minneapolis two weeks ago while being arrested. The arresting officer knelt on Floyd’s neck, and despite Floyd’s pleading that he was in pain and couldn’t breathe, the officer didn’t let up. Floyd died a few minutes later. Since then, an anti-racism movement has spread across the world.CrossFit was already a divisive topic among endurance runners. As early as 2012, the company claimed it was able to produce race results similar to traditional distance plans through CrossFit Endurance with significantly less milage than a traditional marathon training plan and without a long run.However, Glassman doesn’t seem to support the anti-racism movement, and his brand is losing support as a result. Since his tweet on Saturday, Reebok, CrossFit’s principle sponsor, has decided to end its sponsorship, and many runners are speaking out against the brand. Steve Magness, running coach and author of the well-known book The Passion Paradox, tweeted on Sunday, “CrossFit is a brand. It is not a way of training or some secret exercise routine. People have done similar exercises without a brand for decades. The CEO demonstrated quite clearly where the brand stands. If you find CF valuable, that’s fine. But do so without the brand.”Article by Madeleine Kelly as posted on Running Magazine.Click here to view Reebok's profile....
2020-06-11
Farmers Insurance® Tees Up Sponsorships for Two Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour Players
Multi-Year Sponsorship from Farmers® secured for Willie Mack III and Kamaiu Johnson to support their APGA Tournament participation through 2021Farmers Insurance®, one of the nation's largest insurer groups providing customers a wide variety of home, life, specialty, commercial and auto insurance products and services, officially announced today a multi-year sponsorship deal with two APGA Tour players, Willie Mack III and Kamaiu Johnson. The APGA Tour is scheduled to resume on June 22 after events were postponed in March due to the coronavirus. The revised 2020 APGA tournament schedule is available online by visiting apgatour.org."As an organization that celebrates diversity and inclusion, we were proud to be able to host the first ever APGA Tour event during a PGA TOUR stop at the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open® and help the APGA Tour further its mission of inclusivity in the game of golf," said Jeff Dailey, CEO of Farmers Insurance. "We're happy to continue our support of the APGA Tour by sponsoring two of their exciting players, Willie and Kamaiu, hopefully enabling them to focus on doing what they do best—competing."The APGA Tour was established in 2010 as a non-profit organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The APGA hosts and operates professional golf tournaments, player development programs, mentoring programs and has helped introduce the game of golf to inner city young people."This is another breakthrough for the APGA Tour. One of the biggest obstacles to make it to the PGA TOUR has been finances and these sponsorship arrangements will be a game changer for two very talented players," said Ken Bentley, CEO of the APGA. "With the APGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open® and now the sponsorship arrangements with Willie and Kamaiu, Farmers Insurance has demonstrated leadership and vision in the effort to bring greater diversity to the game of golf."In January of 2020, the AGPA Tour worked with Farmers Insurance to host its first-ever tournament in conjunction with a PGA TOUR event at the Farmers Insurance Open, an annual PGA TOUR stop at Torrey Pines Golf Course. The 27-hole APGA Tour tournament was held on Torrey Pines North Course during Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, played simultaneously on the South Course. Farmers Insurance is committed as the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR event in La Jolla, CA through 2026."I'm excited to represent a great organization like Farmers Insurance," said Willie Mack. "The financial support and most of all the belief they have given me will go a long way to helping me achieve my goal of reaching the PGA TOUR.""I am beyond excited about the opportunity Farmers Insurance and the APGA Tour are offering me," said Kamaiu Johnson. "The APGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open was a great way to kick off the 2020 season. My goal next year is to go back on Torrey Pines but playing on the South Course. The arrangement with Farmers will go a long way to helping that happen."These new sponsorship arrangements add to the seasoned relationship Farmers has with PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler. Fowler, a brand ambassador for the national insurer group since 2012, engages in Farmers community and marketing initiatives, including charitable activities during the Farmers Insurance Open to benefit local San Diego community and first responder non-profits.Visit Farmers.com/Golf for more information about the insurer group's commitment to the game.Click here to visit Farmers Insurance's profile....
2020-06-11
Pride Lives Here: BMO Celebrates LGBTQ2+ Community Across the Country
This year marks BMO's addition to the LGBT Corporate Canadian Index with a 100 per cent rating for diversity and inclusion TORONTO, June 11, 2020 /CNW/ - With Pride Month now underway, BMO Financial Group continues its commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirited (LGBTQ2+) community through initiatives that eliminate barriers to inclusion. As a steadfast supporter of the Pride movement for more than 20 years, BMO is creating programs and resources that empower customers and employees, while also setting significant benchmarks for diversity in the financial industry. This year, the bank is commemorating Pride in everyday moments. "While tentpole Pride events are reimagined this year, we're reminded that Pride isn't where we go – it's what we feel," said Dan Barclay, Chief Executive Officer & Group Head, BMO Capital Markets. "Diversity and inclusion are core to our corporate values, and with so much uncertainty facing underrepresented communities, now more than ever it's critical that we continue to be a leading force for change, compassion, and inclusivity. Reaffirming our commitment to listening, learning, and celebrating our LGBTQ2+ customers and employees is one way we are expressing our allyship at this time." BMO Pride in Action As a part of BMO's Purpose to foster an inclusive society, the bank's ongoing support of the LGBTQ2+ community includes customer-driven initiatives and a focus on setting industry-leading standards for diversity and equality, such as: Earlier this year, BMO scored a 100 per cent rating as a Canadian constituent of the LGBT Corporate Canadian Index (CCI). Created by a BMO employee, the LGBT CCI identifies corporations listed on the S&P and TSX Composite Indexes that are promoting diversity by embracing LGBT inclusion. BMO Harris Bank has expanded its first-to-market adoption of Mastercard's® True Name feature in the U.S., allowing transgender and non-binary customers to use their chosen first name on the front of their Mastercard® credit and small business credit cards without the requirement of a legal name change. The program was first introduced for BMO personal debit and ATM cards in December 2019. Each year, through various donations and sponsorships, BMO supports many organizations across its footprint in Canada and the U.S., such as the Pride and Remembrance Run, The 519, CANFAR, Maison du Parc, Center on Halsted, the Chicago Pride Parade, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Further expansion of the comprehensive Gender Pronoun Initiative continues to give transgender, non-binary, and gender-fluid customers the agency to share their pronouns with BMO representatives. Robust social media and marketing campaign featured in branches across the country shines a light on the everyday moments where Pride lives for its customers and employees.BMO Pride in the Workplace  As a champion of inclusion, BMO Pride begins with its employees across the country. In promoting an equitable environment, BMO celebrates in the workplace with the following: BMO Pride Enterprise Resource Group – Comprised of more than 1,600 employees in Canada and the United States, this group drives awareness, encourages conversation, fosters personal and professional growth opportunities, and promotes an equitable and inclusive environment for all. With additional groups in Europe and Asia, there are more than 6,000 members and allies across BMO. Sharing Pronouns in Communications – As part of its expanded focus on employee education, mentorship, executive sponsorship, and talent acquisition, BMO now also encourages employees to state their pronouns in their email signatures across communication channels internally and externally. This year, BMO once again received a 100 per cent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, which rates workplaces on LGBTQ equality.Additional resources for employees include an internal podcast series that explores topics ranging from mental health to BMO's commitment to the LGBTQ2+ community, as well as a virtual parade where employees can share how they are commemorating Pride – wherever they may be. For more information on BMO's Diversity and Inclusion commitments, visit: https://corporate-responsibility.bmo.com/. About BMO Financial Group Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $987 billion as of April 30, 2020, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. SOURCE BMO Financial Group Click here to view BMO's profile...
2020-06-10
Walmart Canada raises more than $6.6 million for children's hospitals during COVID-19 pandemic
Walmart Canada wraps up spring fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network Canada and kids' health. Walmart Canada wrapped up their annual fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network Canada, raising more than $6.6 million for 14 children's hospitals across the country. Walmart associates collected donations at the checkouts at all Walmart stores across Canada from May 14 to June 7 as well as hosted bake sales, auctions and fun activities, supporting kids and families who rely on the care of children's hospitals and healthcare. Walmart also generously matched customer donations, with a corporate matching grant of $820,000. The fundraiser theme was "on the frontline to help kids live better" and the total raised is significant, especially considering the challenging times. Since 1994, Walmart Canada has grown to become Children's Miracle Network's largest corporate sponsor, raising and donating $155 million for the organization. "Every year, Walmart Canada consistently demonstrates their generosity and commitment to the cause of children's health, and this year is no exception," said Mark Hierlihy, CEO & President of Canada's Children's Hospital Foundations, who heads up Children's Miracle Network in Canada. "Even during a global pandemic, Walmart Canada associates and customers have understood that, now more than ever, children need their support, and have had an outstanding fundraising campaign yet again in support of children's hospital foundations across Canada." "We are very proud of the results of this year's campaign and our associates' and customers' unwavering commitment to children's health as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times," said Haio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. "For 26 years, Walmart Canada has been a proud partner of Children's Miracle Network, and together we continue to support the children in our communities who need us the most so they can live better." Every dollar raised through the Walmart campaign will be donated directly to the children's hospital of that community. These funds support the families and communities that Walmart serves and are used to provide lifesaving treatment, purchase needed equipment, fund research, support therapy programs, and support frontline workers in their mission to treat kids.  Click here to view Walmart's profile....
2020-06-10
Hisense to bring UEFA.tv to millions of fans by end of 2020
QINGDAO, China, June 10, 2020 /CNW/ -- UEFA today announced that Hisense, a UEFA national team football official sponsor, is bringing the UEFA.tv OTT app to a new audience of football fans worldwide with the launch on Hisense and Toshiba televisions. From today, the UEFA.tv app will be available on Hisense and Toshiba televisions in Europe through their VIDAA Smart TV operating system, which will then be deployed outside of Europe in the coming months. By the end of the year, Hisense intends the UEFA.tv app to be available on millions of televisions. Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director "Partnering with Hisense, a UEFA national team football official sponsor, to provide the UEFA.tv app on Hisense and Toshiba Smart TVs makes for a winning combination. UEFA is delighted to continue to bring incredible video content from our competitions to all fans and look forward to entertaining this new audience on the first smart TV platform to feature UEFA.tv." Guy Edri, VP of Business Development for Hisense's VIDAA platform. "I am delighted that Hisense is the first TV manufacturer to offer UEFA.tv on its televisions. Our mission is to bring the finest sports entertainment - both global and local - to fans at the touch of a button. Thousands of hours of great football matches and documentaries will now be available free of charge to Hisense and Toshiba smart TV owners all over the globe." UEFA.tv. Always football. Always on. Hisense viewers accessing the UEFA.tv app can enjoy a wide range of on-demand video content including match re-runs, highlights, magazine show programming, player features and more from across UEFA's competitions. They can also access the very best content from UEFA's historic video archive in the form of classic clashes, legendary players and compelling football storytelling. Throughout June and July UEFA.tv will be celebrating some of the greatest UEFA EURO moments with classic match re-runs, "On This Day" features, historic EURO goals, curated playlists and more. When it comes to live content, fans will be able to tune-in to match streaming from UEFA's youth, women's and futsal competitions, as well as live coverage of key UEFA competition draws. * Access - Hisense customers can sign up to UEFA.tv for free using a simple registration process within the app, while existing UEFA digital account holders simply log-in with their usual credentials. *Live match availability subject to geo-restrictions in certain territories; live UEFA event and match schedule subject to confirmation. About Hisense Hisense was founded in 1969 in Qingdao, China and for five decades has been committed to developing innovative consumer electronics products. Today, Hisense is a leading TV brand worldwide and a market leader in China, South Africa and Australia and also one of the largest manufacturers of white and brown goods, offering a complete home solution under one roof. The company has built 54 overseas companies and offices, and utilises 14 high-end international production facilities in China, Europe, Central America and South Africa. Hisense also has 18 research and development centres worldwide with the sole aim of delivering first-rate and affordable products that improve the lives of consumers. About VIDAA VIDAA is a Linux based open smart TV operating system, currently used on Hisense TVs. Established in 2014, it has - in just six years - become a strong global contender in the smart TV platform space. In 2020, VIDAA is introducing a completely new and revamped user interface named 4.0, which puts users and their way of consuming content at the core of the design. VIDAA will be preinstalled on new Hisense TVs as well as Toshiba Smart TVs manufactured by Hisense. About UEFA UEFA – the Union of European Football Associations – is the governing body of European football. It is an association of associations, a representative democracy, and is the umbrella organisation for 55 national football associations across Europe. Its objectives are, among other things, to deal with all questions relating to European football, to promote football in a spirit of unity, solidarity, peace, understanding and fair play, without any discrimination on the part of politics, race, religion, gender or any other reason, to safeguard the values of European football, promote and protect ethical standards and good governance in European football, maintain relations with all stakeholders involved in European football, and support and safeguard its member associations for the overall well-being of the European game. SOURCE Hisense For further information: Ginny Du, dujinni@hisense.com, +86-13789846707, www.hisense.com www.hisense.com click here for Hisense profile. ...
2020-06-09
Amazon Canada and The Walrus Announce the Shortlist for the 44th Annual First Novel Award
The Adult Novel and Youth Short Story awards will be announced on Thursday, June 25th SEATTLE, June 9, 2020 /CNW/ - (NASDAQ: AMZN) - Amazon Canada and The Walrus today announced the shortlists for the 44th annual First Novel Award (amazon.ca/firstnovelaward), which honours the achievements of Canadian authors and their debut novels, as well as young writers and their short stories. The winner of the grand prize will receive $60,000, with $6,000 going to each of the shortlisted authors. The winner of the Youth Short Story category will be awarded $5,000 and a virtual mentorship workshop with The Walrus editors.The finalists for the 2020 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, listed alphabetically, are:This year's shortlist for the Youth Short Story category, listed alphabetically, are:This year's panel of judges is composed of Liz Harmer, a Journey Prize and Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction finalist whose debut novel The Amateurs was a finalist for the 2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Shani Mootoo, author of multiple the novels including Cereus Blooms at Night (shortlisted for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the Booker Prize); and Anakana Schofield, author of recently published Bina: A Novel in Warnings (Knopf Canada, Fleet, Little Brown UK), and whose debut novel Malarky (2012) won the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The judge for the youth category is Chelene Knight, author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant (winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award). Read more about our judges here."Amazon Canada is proud to sponsor an initiative that helps Canadians discover talented, emerging local authors," said Mike Strauch, Country Manager for Amazon Canada. "Each of this year's shortlisted authors has a unique voice that deserves to be celebrated. We congratulate them on their achievements, and wish them the greatest success." Given the current circumstances, there will be no physical award ceremony and the winner will be announced virtually the morning of Thursday, June 25. The prize money will be awarded as usual, and author promotion will proceed as originally planned as Amazon Canada maintains its support of Canadian writers in these difficult times. All of the shortlisted novels are available on Amazon.ca, in print and Kindle editions. Additionally, The Western Alienation Merit Badge, Going Dutch, Aria, The Dishwasher, and When We Were Vikings, are all currently available as audiobooks through Audible.ca.Since its establishment in 1976, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award has helped launch the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels, André Alexis, Michael Redhill, Mary Lawson, Colin McAdam, Joan Thomas, and David Bezmozgis. For additional information about the finalists and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, visit amazon.ca/firstnovelaward or thewalrus.ca/fna/.About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.About The Walrus The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism in The Walrus and at thewalrus.ca, we produce national, ideas-focused events, including our flagship series The Walrus Talks, and we train emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management.The Walrus is invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens. For more information, or to book an interview, please contact amazon-pr@amazon.com, or at 905-466-3624. SOURCE Amazon CanadaFor further information: amirah@thewalrus.ca http://www.amazon.ca...
2020-06-08
Valvoline Announced as Newest Global Partner of Sevilla FC
Partnership logo to debut in first La Liga return match set for June 11Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, and professional European football club Sevilla FC today announced a new long-term partnership in which one of the most recognized and respected brands in the global automotive lubricant industry will team up with one of the fastest-growing clubs in world football.Valvoline has signed a multi-year global partnership agreement with Sevilla FC, which includes Valvoline appearing on the sleeve of the Men's First Team. The logo will be unveiled Thursday, June 11, when Sevilla FC plays Real Betis in the Gran Derbi in the first match of La Liga's return to action."We are proud to have Valvoline as a sponsor for the next three seasons, especially at a difficult time for the world and industry," said Sevilla FC Club Chairman, José Castro. "There is no magic formula here, but we love to link up with companies that have a winning spirit like ours. Valvoline has highlighted our way of living football, our passion and our history – and that's something that we celebrate and something that motivates us to continue achieving important milestones to enhance this important agreement.""Valvoline has a rich and storied history including being the first trademarked motor oil brand in the U.S.," said Valvoline Senior Vice-President, International, Jamal Muashsher. "We are excited to partner with another original in their industry in Sevilla FC to bring two brands together that share a never idle spirit and passion for winning."Both brands share a rich history of tradition and innovation in their respective fields. Established in 1866, Valvoline's heritage spans more than 150 years, during which time it has been on the forefront of motor oil technology – from introducing the world's first racing oil to creating the first high-mileage oil. Similarly, Sevilla FC celebrated their 130-year anniversary this year of their winning heritage on the pitch.Click here to view Valvoline's profile....
2020-06-03
Kids Help Phone Never Dance Alone-a-thon powered by BMO in Support of Youth in Canada
In Response to COVID-19, the 19th Annual Walk So Kids Can Talk Transforms into a New Virtual FundraiserKids Help Phone's annual Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is back for another year, this time with a twist. The new virtual Never Dance Alone-a-thon powered by BMO will take place across Canada this Sunday, May 31st, to encourage fundraising and spread awareness about the importance of supporting young people through an especially distressing and uncertain time.Since early March, Kids Help Phone has experienced a record surge in demand from youth experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of COVID-19. Increased isolation, school cancellation and social distancing are just a few of the reasons youth are reaching out, with call volumes increasing by more than 50 per cent. This year, more than ever, Kids Help Phone needs kids, adults, community organizations and corporations to come together to connect and demonstrate that no young person should ever feel alone – now, or ever.BMO has been a sponsor of Kids Help Phone's Walk so Kids Can Talk for almost a decade, last year, more than 9,000 walkers raised over $1.9 million for Kids Help Phone."While we can't physically walk together this year, as we've done since 2012, BMO – as presenting sponsor and long-time steadfast partner – is adapting to these challenging times in a new, virtual way with the first-ever Kids Help Phone Never Dance Alone-a-thon," said Dan Barclay, Chief Executive Officer & Group Head, BMO Capital Markets and National Walk Co-Champion. "Right now, young people in Canada are even more in need of access to Kids Help Phone's crucial counselling and support services. Every child deserves to be heard and helping those in need is at the core of how BMO lives our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good."On May 31, BMO is inviting everyone across Canada to dance in support of Kids Help Phone to ensure young people everywhere never feel alone and have a safe place to turn when they need help. Once participants' dances are filmed, they can upload them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or TikTok, using the hashtag #neverdancealone and tagging @KidsHelpPhone.Kids Help Phone provides 24/7 free, confidential, counselling and support services to over 1,500 young people every day. From trouble at home, to sadness, grief, identity, stigma, violence and abuse, kids can call a counsellor or text a trained-volunteer Crisis Responder for guidance, any time."Thank you to BMO for being by our side for over 30 years. Your support allows the young people of Canada to access support – especially now during these uncertain times," said Katherine Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "By pivoting from walking to dancing, we are spreading much needed joy. Together, we are mobilizing hope as funds raised are critical to allowing us to be there for young people 24/7."  Important facts about Kids Help Phone since COVID-19:Call volumes have sustained a new normal after two months of a sustained high volume since spike in mid-MarchOverall service increase since COVID-19:Up 63 per cent by text, and 55 per cent by phoneFurther increase in demand after tragic events in Nova ScotiaEating and body image continue to dominate conversations up 67 per cent since COVID-19.Predominately in Ontario and Toronto (+47 per cent since COVID-19)Quebec is experiencing relatively high reports of isolationMontreal specifically reporting more than 68 per cent of conversations focused on isolation since start of COVID-19Texting conversations about COVID-19 at 30 per cent91 per cent quality score for professional counselling in AprilKey Achievements of Kids Help Phone:Because of fundraising efforts and its partnership with BMO, Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone launched a pilot in February 2018; by November it was available nationally in English and French.In 2019, Kids Help Phone reached 1.9 million young people.Created the first support service in Canada to answer texts by severity versus chronology, ensuring youth-at-risk receive priority assistance."When COVID-19 made it clear we couldn't meet in person, we knew we had to find another way to continue to bring our employees and community together to fundraise for this important cause. The pivot to the dance-a-thon gives people a creative, fun way to virtually show their support for Kids Help Phone," said Karen Collins, Chief Talent Officer, BMO Financial Group and national co-host along side Dan Barclay. "Dust off your dancing shoes and join us, we'll see you on the virtual dance-floor on May 31st!"Every dance helps. Register for the Never Dance Alone-a-thon powered by BMO and join us this Sunday, May 31st from 3-4 p.m. ET, where AIR MILES and Jessi Cruickshank will be hosting a Facebook Live event in support of Kids Help Phone, with musical performances by Walk Off The Earth, Blanco Brown and a special appearance by Kids Help Phone Ambassador and BMO employee, Matthew Ravida.  Click here to view BMO's profile....
2020-06-01
Menulog delivers new partnerships with Rabbitohs and CommBank
Homegrown food delivery service Menulog has made a commitment to supporting its community through a number of financial initiatives and new partnerships.Sydney NRL club, South Sydney Rabbitohs, has announced its first Official Foody Partnership, with Menulog signing as an associate partner of the club for the 2020 season.Menulog marketing director Simon Cheng says as Rugby is a real passion for many Australians and a pastime best enjoyed with good food, supporting the NRL and the Rabbitohs was a natural fit.“We’re really proud to announce this partnership and to extend our support to the South Sydney Rabbitohs as their official foody partner coming into the much anticipated season relaunch," Cheng says.“Menulog has a long history of partnering with local businesses, having launched in Sydney in 2006, and so the alignment with the Rabbitohs and the opportunity it gives us to further support the community is really exciting.”Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly says the club is looking forward to working with one of the nation's biggest brands to bring new offers to its 30,000 members.“Menulog have done a fantastic job to become one of Australia’s leading home delivery businesses over the past 14 years. Our goals are aligned – the Rabbitohs and Menulog want to assist and support Members and the community," Solly says.“With no crowds able to attend games at the moment, there is no better way to re-launch this season than to jump on Menulog, order a meal for you, your family or your mates, and settle in to watch the mighty Rabbitohs take on the Roosters next Friday night, followed by the Melbourne Storm on Friday-week."Fans will get their first taste of the partnership on Friday, as South Sydney run out with a little extra “Menulog green” on their shorts, along with the now super-green Rabbitohs mascot, Reggie the Rabbit.Cheng says Menulog aims to make the at-home experience even better, offering 25% off for all 30,000 Rabbitohs members to help them enjoy the first game back.“We know that food orders increase, on average, 20% around major game days and so we thought what better way to launch this partnership to fans than by giving members an even bigger discount off their foody favourites," Cheng says.Data shows the most-loved foods to enjoy while watching footy at home are pizzas, burgers and wings, however cuisines on the rise include chicken and barbeque.While Sydney-siders are some of the biggest sports-lovers, orders increase across the country around sporting events.Menulog and South Sydney Rabbitohs will partner for the full 2020 season, with the view to build the partnership long-term.The home delivery service has also partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to offer eligible customers cashback via a CommBank app feature CommBank Rewards.The initiative is off the back of new research commissioned by the bank, which found the most notable shift in consumer spending habits is in the food and drink category.“CommBank Rewards is designed to give customers relevant and personalised offers for what they regularly spend their money on," CBA executive general manager everyday banking Kate Crous says. "As Aussies continue to stay home during this period a big part of their daily life is around meal time, and accessing food safely and easily by ordering online.”To support customers and drive more business for local restaurants, CBA and Menulog will offer CommBank Rewards customers $15 cashback when they spend $30 or more using their CBA credit or debit Mastercard when they activate and redeem the offer.“We know that during this time, restaurants, cafes and businesses are having to adapt their operations in line with changing government guidelines, while customers are choosing to spend more time at home to keep safe," Cheng says."This is why we look forward to introducing initiatives like this, so that our partnership with CBA can help give back to the community by enabling customers who rely on services such as ours, to discover their new local eateries and support local businesses.”The research also revealed the top changes in consumer behaviour, which included significant increases in Australians using contactless payments (46%), cooking meals from scratch (42%), spending time unwinding and slowing down (42%), and shopping online (27%).These preferences were further reinforced in how CBA Mastercard customers actually shopped.In the four weeks to May 9, these customers increased the number of online takeaway and food delivery purchases by 52% over the same time last year.Similarly, the number of online grocery purchases increased 37%, with purchases at liquor store increasing 72%.Article by Paige Murphy as posted on AdNews.Click here to view Menulog's profile.Click here to view the South Sydney Rabbitohs profile....
2020-05-29
Atlético Ottawa reveals inaugural home kit for 2020 Canadian Premier League season
At long last, the wait is over for Atlético Ottawa fans: the Canadian Premier League’s newest club unveiled its first-ever home kit on Thursday evening via a live Facebook event with fans that was also streamed on OneSoccer’s YouTube channel.The Macron uniform’s design for Atlético Ottawa’s inaugural season is reflective of parent organization Club Atlético de Madrid’s iconic red-and-white striped kit, which they’ve been using since 1911, but it also incorporates unique elements for the new CPL team and the Ottawa-Gatineau region.Just like Atlético Madrid, Ottawa will play in the striped shirt and blue shorts, with several Rideau Blue details at the jersey’s collar and sleeves, as well as a OneSoccer kit sponsorship.Like all Macron CPL kits, the Atlético Ottawa jersey has the league’s motto, “We Are Many, We Are One,” printed on the back, as well as the words “For Canadians, By Canadians” printed on the inside of the collar.Atlético Ottawa will also be the only CPL club whose 2020 home kit does not feature white shorts and socks.The back of the jersey features a large red Maple Leaf, which will be visible under the player numbers. It’s a nod to the club’s Canadian identity, as well as Atlético Madrid’s foray into the world of Canadian soccer. The blue detailing is said to be inspired by Ottawa’s iconic Rideau Canal.“Our inaugural kits demonstrate the club’s on-field identity that is all about courage, never giving up, and playing fiercely committed football for one another while off the field hard work, humility and family focus are core values,” Atlético Ottawa CEO Fernando López said.The new threads are popular among the players as well, it seems, with veteran Francisco Acuña telling CanPL.ca through a translator that he was impressed with the home uniform.“I don’t have to think twice before saying it’s probably the best jersey in the league, the prettiest jersey in the league,” Acuña said.“When I saw it I fell in love right away, and every time I would see it again, I liked it even more. I’d maybe have a bit of the audacity to say it’s one of the nicest jerseys I’ll be wearing compared to the other jerseys I’ve worn in my career.”The Mexican midfielder, who has worn the jerseys of such clubs as Tigres UANL and Puebla in his home country, also assured CanPL.ca that it’s even better in person than it is in pictures.Along with the kit unveiling event, Atlético Ottawa revealed the squad numbers its players will wear in 2020, so that fans can purchase customized shirts. Among the announced numbers are Acuña taking number 8, Ben Fisk wearing number 10, Malyk Hamilton with 2, and Antoine Coupland with 11.“Now more than ever, Ottawa is the city that unifies our country,” Atlético Ottawa president Jeff Hunt stated.“With the arrival of Atlético in the capital and with an aim of inspiring and mobilizing the local soccer community, we are beyond excited and proud to launch these incredible jerseys. I am looking forward to seeing the red and white stripes all over our city.”The new kit is immediately available for purchase on Atlético Ottawa’s official store website, with custom name and number printing also available. The home kits for the CPL’s seven other clubs, which were revealed on February 27, can be found alongside the Atlético Ottawa jersey at shop.canpl.ca.Article by Charlie O'Connor-Clarke as posted on Canadian Premier League.Click here to view OneSoccer's profile....