Meet Ace Foundation’s new All-Star
Roxie Schopp will have a busy 2017. The St. Louis-area third-grader was just named as the fifth annual Ace Cares for Kids All-Star.
In her new role, Roxie will become the national ambassador for the Ace Foundation, raising awareness for CMN Hospitals across the country.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roxie into the Ace All-Star family,” said Kane Calamari, President of the Ace Hardware Foundation. “Roxie’s strength, courage and selflessness are just a few of the characteristics that exemplify why she is the perfect Ace All-Star. Together, Roxie and her family, have transformed their extraordinary challenges into a platform to raise awareness for childhood cancers and generate valuable funds for research.”
Through the support of Ace’s vendor partner Duracell, the Ace Cares for Kids program enables Ace stores to raise funds for their local CMN Hospital using Roxie’s face and story as inspiration.
At the age of three, Roxie was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma with MYCN amplification, an aggressive pediatric cancer of the peripheral nervous system; she was only given a 35% chance of survival. Over the course of 17 months, Roxie went through an aggressive, multi-therapeutic regimen to treat her disease. Roxie’s treatment plan included surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy.
Following frontline treatment, Roxie was immediately enrolled in a two-year trial study at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital designed to combat High Risk Neuroblastoma’s 50 percent chance of relapse (of which there is no known cure). After successfully completing the trial, Roxie’s journey with CMN Hospitals continues, as she will remain an ongoing patient of The Late Effects Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s through early adulthood. Today, Roxie is a thriving third-grader with no evidence of disease.
Roxie was selected by the Ace Foundation following a nationwide campaign that gave every Children’s Miracle Network Hospital an opportunity to nominate a deserving patient. As the fifth-annual All-Star for the Ace Cares for Kids Program, a $10,000 donation from Duracell will be made to CMN Hospitals of Greater St. Louis in Roxie’s honor. In addition, Roxie and her family will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to attend the CMN Hospitals’ annual conference in Walt Disney World. Throughout the year, Roxie will make special appearances and will be treated to exciting surprises from Ace Hardware.
Over the past 25 years, the Ace Foundation has raised more than $80 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
True Value to celebrate “Independence” days
Networking, education, buying opportunities and 38 Special are all on the agenda for the upcoming True Value Spring Reunion, Feb. 16-19 in Anaheim, California.
The Chicago-based co-op will kick off with a Retail Best Practices Conference featuring two keynotes and eight tracks of education. In total 18 educational sessions will take place.
Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, will deliver the keynote speech, sharing his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, among other things. Also, author Chip Bell will deliver a presentation on customer loyalty.
On Feb. 17, thousands of True Value member retailers will hit the 500,000 sq. ft. show floor. Included in the layout will be a 30,000 square foot Assortment City, with specials and live demos. New to the layout will be a 4,000 sq. ft. Impulse Alley, showcasing ideas for end caps and countertop displays.
There will also be a Bargain Burners Reception with over 100 Reunion-only hot deals across all departments.
A Welcome Reception will take place outdoors at the Anaheim Convention Center, headlined by southern rock giants 38 Special.
Next Big Thing: The system upgrade
Besser Ace Hardware may be Arkansas's oldest hardware store, but modernized technology is making it more customer friendly.
The retailer, which was established in 1887, has served the downtown Little Rock community in its current location since the 1960s. When the operator embarked on a complete remodel however, it was time to replace its previous point-of-sale system with robust software.
"Our search for a new solution provider was focused on finding a technology partner and system that could improve our efficiencies and bottom line," said Steve Modi, owner of Besser Ace Hardware.
The store now features Epicor Eagle N Series software, a fully-integrated retail business management system. The Eagle solution is leveraged in more than 3,000 Ace Hardware store locations in North America, Epicor said.
"Because of the market-leading partnership Epicor has with Ace Hardware, in addition to powerful software functionality, we have no doubt that our business will be strengthened and more successful going forward,” Modi said. "With the user-friendly technology that Eagle N Series offers, our staff will be able to spend less time on tedious back-office tasks such as ordering, and more time with our customers — which will ultimately affect our bottom line positively.”
The system will also give users access to customer information and real-time inventory “with the click of a button.”
“We can speed to customer history and product stock status which is key for us to serve our customers better,” Modi said. “Eagle N Series is a great enhancement to our business and we are eager to see the benefits of the intuitive solution in our store.”