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New A&M Fast Fashion Report Finds Retailers Up Against a “Gotta Have It Now” Culture

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· 50% of respondents want to buy a fashion trend within the same week they discover it · 40% aged 18-44 will compromise brand loyalty for immediacy · 70% are buying most often for themselves and 50% said personal brand drives their purchases Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal’s Consumer Retail Retail Group (A&M CRG) today released its Fast Fashion report, The New Evolution of Fast Fashion, which looks at the growing role and influence of fast fashion across all of apparel retail. Based on a survey of ~500 U.S. consumers that was conducted in June 2022, the report focuses on changes in fashion shopping, analyzing changing consumer demands, speed to market and brand loyalty; and provides guidance for fashion brands navigating the current environment. The study finds that fast fashion is poised to retain much of the ground it has gained during the pandemic. “As trend-conscious fashion shoppers became accustomed to shopping online for a plethora of instantaneously available new designs during the pandemic, even some high-end fashion brands and retailers are finding they need to adopt a fast fashion mindset to be successful,” said study co-author Michael Prendergast, Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal’s Consumer Retail Group. “Retailers who are able to read social media sites for viral data indicators, deliver those or similar designs, and then adjust based on which ones do well or don’t on their own websites are on the right track.” The study also found that: · 49% of survey respondents buy their fashion trends online, while 35% shop for them in a mall · 32% get their fashion inspiration on social media, while 39% get it from retailer website · 30% of respondents purchase fast fashion at least once a week, while 65% purchase multiple items · Almost half of respondents said they’d check another retailer if a trend is not available; only 30% will check back with the same retailer for the same trend again “This craze reflects a massive opportunity across apparel retail—brands need to get the equation right and provide trends quickly and accurately, or risk losing out,” said Joanna Rangarajan, Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal’s Consumer Retail Group and report co-author. “Companies can take steps to shrink their calendar, adopt a flexible and rapid design-to-delivery model, and make bold, data-informed decisions to keep pace with today’s insatiable customers.” The report provides insights into key fast fashion focus areas for retailers and brands to compete and survive in this new retail world. As detailed in the analysis, consumers keep raising the bar on their expectations of instant and constantly changing gratification, and retailers have no option but to try and meet them. Study Methodology A&M CRG’s Fast Fashion survey was conducted in the first week of June 2022, polling around 500 U.S. consumers ages 18-65 across all regions in the United States through an online panel survey. Income, age, and gender demographics were based on U.S. Census distribution. The Alvarez and Marsal Consumer and Retail Group (CRG) is a management consulting firm that tackles the most complex challenges and advances its clients, people, and communities toward their maximum potential. CRG combines the best of A&M’s broader firm's bias toward action and practicality with deep consumer and retail industry experience. CRG partners with businesses across a wide range of categories including Food & Beverage, Beauty & Personal Care, Grocery, Mass Merchandise, and Apparel & Footwear to drive significant performance improvement. Contact Details David Schneidman dschneidman@alvarezandmarsal.com Company Website https://www.alvarezandmarsal.com/industries/retail/retail

July 20, 2022 10:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Society Pass (SoPa) Welcomes Mangan.ph, Philippines Leading Restaurant Delivery Service, to its Ever Expanding Next Generation Digital Ecosystem

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SoPa acquires Mangan.ph (“Mangan”), the leading local restaurant delivery service in Philippines Mangan.ph represents SoPa’s second acquisition in Philippines and its third overall F&B acquisition as SoPa continues to expand its digital ecosystem throughout Southeast Asia (“SEA”) SoPa creates a one stop food delivery solution in Philippines with both its grocery delivery service, Pushkart, and restaurant delivery service, Mangan Since its launch in December 2017, Mangan has onboarded over 500,000 registered consumers, over 80,000 social media followers, and over 1,200 registered restaurants as well as generating over 100,000 mobile app downloads onto its platform. Leveraging its +200 rider/driver network, Mangan completes over 800 food deliveries per day With this acquisition, SoPa has now amassed over 2.1 million registered consumers and over 6,700 registered merchants/brands onto its ecosystem Singapore, 20 July 2022 – Society Pass Incorporated (“SoPa” or “Society Pass”) (NASDAQ: SOPA), Southeast Asia’s leading data-driven loyalty platform, today announces the acquisition of Mangan.ph (“Mangan”), the leading local restaurant delivery service in Philippines. Founded in 2017, Mangan delivers restaurant food from over 1,200 partner restaurants through its over 200 rider network to its over 500,000 registered users. Thus far, Mangan has generated more than 100,000 mobile app downloads and accumulated over 80,000 social media followers. Operating in Pampanga, the culinary capital of Philippines, Mangan’s geographic reach extends to 16 other cities including Angeles City, San Fernando, Clark, Dau, Mabalacat, Guagua, Lubao, Tarlac, Bataan, Magalang, Pasig, Cabanatuan, Baguio, Lipa Batangas, Antipolo City, Dagupan City. The newly acquired business will be integrated into SoPa’s F&B vertical, Push Delivery Pte Ltd, along with Pushkart and #HOTTAB. ​​ Despite the recent re-opening of the economy and the easing of multiple restrictions, online home food ordering remains the new normal in Philippines, similar to trends in other parts of the world. The convenience of ordering-in coupled with the work-from-home set-up and continued preference to avoid crowds encourage patrons to order as often as they did during the past two years. Society Pass Philippines Country Manager, Arbie Pagdangan explains, “We enthusiastically welcome Mangan into SoPa’s growing loyalty and data ecosystem. We combine the robust technology and operational efficiency of Mangan with our own brand building expertise. Combined with Pushkart, which delivers grocery food to consumers in Metro Manila, and Mangan’s operating focus in the provinces, SoPa is creating a food delivery behemoth to serve the 115 million people of Philippines. SoPa aims to double the number of registered users to over 800,000 and drive app downloads to over 200,000 by the end of 2023. We look forward to building out our next generation loyalty platform as well as opportunistically acquire market leading companies in F&B, lifestyle, digital advertising and travel verticals in Philippines for the rest of 2022.” Ralph Rile, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mangan asserts, “When we started Mangan five years ago, our vision was to deliver delicious dishes from Pampanga's wide array of cafes and restaurants right to our customer’s doorsteps in a hassle-free way. We have witnessed tremendous success in our initial goals, and now, aim to expand Mangan beyond Luzon Island to other regions in Philippines. This is why joining forces with SoPa is our logical next step, and we are excited about the combined capabilities we will now bring to Mangan’s partners and customers.” Louie Alcantara Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mangan expounds, “In a short span of time, with our easy-to-use technology interface, Mangan has established a reputation of being the top online local food delivery service, achieving over US$2 million in gross merchandise value yearly. Leveraging SoPa’s marketing platform and capital, we aim to increase GMV multiple fold by the end of 2022.” About Society Pass As a loyalty and data marketing ecosystem in Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand and with offices located in Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Angeles and Bangkok, SoPa is an acquisition-focused e-commerce holding company operating 7 interconnected verticals (loyalty, merchant software, lifestyle, F&B, telecoms, digital media, and travel), which seamlessly connects millions of consumers and thousands of merchants across multiple product and service categories throughout SEA. SoPa’s business model focuses on analysing user data through its Society Pass loyalty platform and circulation of its universal loyalty points or Society Points. The Society Pass loyalty platform drives customer acquisition and retention for merchants. Since its inception, SoPa has amassed over 2.1 million registered consumers and over 6,700 registered merchants/brands on its platform. It has invested 2+ years building proprietary IT architecture with cutting edge components to effectively scale and support its consumers, merchants, and acquisitions. Society Pass leverages technology to tailor a more personalised experience for customers in the purchase journey and to transform the entire retail value chain in Southeast Asia. SoPa operates #HOTTAB Biz and #HOTTAB POS – a Vietnam-based POS, CRM and analytics technology solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, Leflair.com, Vietnam’s leading lifestyle e-commerce platform, Pushkart.ph, a popular grocery delivery company in Philippines, Handycart.vn, a leading online restaurant delivery service based in Vietnam, Gorilla Networks, a Singapore-based, web3-enabled mobile blockchain network operator, and Thoughtful Media Group, a Bangkok-based, a social commerce-focused, premium digital video multi-platform network. For more information, please check out: http://thesocietypass.com/. Media Contacts: PRecious Communications sopa@preciouscomms.com As a loyalty and data marketing ecosystem, Society Pass operates multiple e-commerce platforms across its key markets in SEA. Its business model focuses on analysing user data through the expected launch of its Society Pass loyalty platform and circulation of its universal loyalty points, which seamlessly connects consumers and merchants across multiple product and service categories to foster organic loyalty. Since its inception, SoPa has amassed over 1.6 million registered consumers and over 5,500 registered merchants/brands on its platform. It has invested 2+ years building proprietary IT architecture with cutting edge components to effectively scale and support its consumers, merchants, and acquisitions.Society Pass provides merchants with #HOTTAB Biz and #HOTTAB POS – a specialized POS technology solution, a comprehensive system for payment, loyal customer management, user profile analytics, and convenient financial support packages for small and medium-sized enterprises.In addition, SoPa operates Leflair.com, Vietnam’s leading lifestyle e-commerce platform, Pushkart.ph, a popular grocery delivery company in Philippines, Handycart.vn, a leading online restaurant delivery service based in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Gorilla Networks, a Singapore-based, blockchain/web3-enabled mobile virtual network operator.For more information, please check out: http://thesocietypass.com/. Contact Details PRecious Communications PRecious Communications sopa@preciouscomms.com Company Website https://thesocietypass.com

July 20, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Best Not Gamstop Casino 2022 Betbeard

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Poker players excluded by Gamstop can still play in offline gaming halls, or in foreign online casino sites that accept Gamstop players because they do not follow UKGC rules. Poker games are forbidden for online casinos licensed in the UK, especially for players signed to gamstop. If you regret signing to gamstop and want to play online poker then you need to play at betbeard not gamstop casino. Can you undo self-exclusion Self-exclusion can be undone in all bitcoin casinos, if you have been excluded from a bitcoin casino, you must contact their live chat and ask for your account to be reopened. The casino will ask you a few responsible gambling questions and if you pass them, you will be able to play slots. If however, you want to undo Gamstop self-exclusion, you will not be allowed to do it before its expiration date. Once the exclusion expires then it certainly can be undone. 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Self-excluded players can freely gamble online, playing online slots outside gamstop sites. Betbeard is a great bitcoin casino, striving to satisfy its players by offering thousands of slot games, and massive bonuses. Contact Details Betbeard Michael +359 89 784 8760 affiliate@betbeard.com Company Website https://betbeard.com/en/sport

July 20, 2022 04:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Back to School Shopping:

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Believe it or not, back to school season is just around the corner. According to a recent survey conducted by Shipt, the same-day delivery company, nearly 50% of teachers as well as over one-third of parents and caregivers (37%) plan to begin their back to school shopping this month (July). Recently, Chief Business Officer Rina Hurst participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss everything students, parents and teachers need to know before school is in session. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/PmN6Dm7gqiY Known for their personalized shopping experience, Shipt recently polled parents, caregivers, teachers and college students to uncover the top must-have school supplies for back to school shopping. Rooted in insights from the survey as well as proprietary data, Shipt created the Ultimate School Shopping Checklist, a shoppable list of school essentials to guide consumers what to buy, and how to save, this retail season. According to Shipt's Ultimate Shopping Guide, here are the top insights to know: · Write This One Down: While pens and pencils might seem like an obvious choice to be at the top of your list, more than half of parents say these are also the items that their kids run out of the quickest during the school year, so take advantage of back to school sales to stock up now. · No Back-to-Back Backpacks: More than 80% of parents plan to buy their kid a new backpack ahead of the school year – and what’s more, they happen to be a great way to incentivize your kids to get excited about back to school shopping because they can pick out a new backpack that fits their style so start by picking out a new backpack so shopping is fun for everyone! · Classroom SOS: For those looking to lend a helping hand, the top two items that teachers run out of the fastest in their classroom are pencils and dry erase markers. · Keepin’ It Cool: Whether you’re hosting, studying or late night-snacking, don’t forget to add a mini fridge to your dorm room must-haves this school year. Almost half of college students (44%) report that they plan to purchase a mini fridge this year. Along with a Shipt membership, this is a great way to ensure your college kids are eating healthy all semester long. To find out more information on Shipt and to download the Shipt app, visit www.shipt.com and follow Shipt on social on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For visuals and media assets, download our press kit here. About Rina Hurst Rina Hurst is the Chief Business Officer at Shipt, leading the company’s Business Development, Partner Success and Digital Site Experience teams. In this role, Rina helps spark connections by delivering an easy-to-shop digital site, launching new and innovative partnerships, and building creative strategies alongside retailers and CPGs to continually meet their unique needs for success. Rina received her MBA from Georgetown University and her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. About Shipt Shipt brings the store to your door. Through a community of Shipt Shoppers and a convenient app, Shipt provides personal shopping and delivery and is available to 80% of households in more than 5,000 U.S. cities. Shipt Shoppers go above and beyond, communicating in real time about preferences and substitutions. A curated marketplace of retailers, Shipt offers access to a variety of stores and product categories including fresh foods, household essentials, wellness products, office and pet supplies. Shipt is an independently operated, wholly owned subsidiary of Target Corp. Founded and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Shipt also maintains an office in San Francisco. For more information, visit Shipt's Newsroom. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 19, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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NBA Superstar James Harden Launches J-HARDEN Wine Through Equity Partnership with Accolade Wines

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NBA superstar James Harden announced that he has teamed up with Accolade Wines to release his first signature wine collection, J-HARDEN. The equity partnership is centered around a mission to make quality wine more accessible to all consumers. Available in a California Cabernet Sauvignon and a California Red Blend, customers can register for first release access to J-HARDEN at www.j-hardenwines.com. It is scheduled to be available to purchase online and through leading retailers across the United States beginning Sept. 1, 2022. Distributors include Vivino, Go Puff, Bevmo, and HEB. The recommended retail price is $16.99. “My entrance into the wine game is much bigger than just having my own label,” said Harden. “I have always seen the wine industry as a closed-door environment. Through my partnership with Accolade and the release of J-HARDEN, my goal is to make a high-quality product that can be enjoyed by the masses at a reasonable price. If you’re new to wine or an experienced enthusiast, I believe you’ll love this wine as much as I do.” Harden’s involvement in the J-HARDEN label goes far beyond an equity stake. Combining his love for fashion, art, style, and wine, Harden worked closely with the Accolade team to offer his input on the taste, look, and feel that match his personality. Harden added that his wine will be “smooth, full-bodied, and jammy.” “We share James’ passion for making the wine industry more accessible to the masses,” said Enrique Morgan, Accolade’s Managing Director of the Americas. “James brings so much positive energy and a high level of enthusiasm to this partnership that will be felt by anyone who picks up a bottle of J-HARDEN starting in September. We’re thrilled to be part of the same team.” Harden and his team will also have a role in the wine’s creative direction, design, and style. J-HARDEN’s label will include the likeness of Harden’s iconic beard with bright colors and a floral design inside a silhouette of Harden’s face. As a 10-time NBA All-Star and third-leading three-point scorer in NBA history, Harden plans to share his personal wine journey with fans on his social media accounts and introduce J-HARDEN to retailers and shoppers worldwide. The J-HARDEN label is a collaboration with Jam Shed, a popular global brand within the Accolade Wine portfolio. Jam Shed is the second fastest growing wine brand in the U.K., according to Neilsen Scantrack. About Accolade Wines Headquartered in Australia, Accolade Wines draws on a proud heritage, with Houghton established in 1836 and the first grapes crushed at Hardys winery in 1857, to become a world-leading provider of luxury, premium, mainstream, and commercial wines. With three of the top 10 wine brands in the UK and two of the top 10 in Australia, Accolade’s rich and diverse portfolio is made up of distinguished wine brands including Hardys, St Hallett, Petaluma, Houghton, Grant Burge and Banrock Station and modern wine brands such as House of Arras, Echo Falls, Madam Sass and Jam Shed shaking up the global landscape. Accolade is a fully integrated business, managing the entire supply chain from grape to glass. With more than 1400 employees in over 40 countries around the world, Accolade delivers approximately 276 million litres of wine to 130 countries every year. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com

July 19, 2022 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Telland Releases First of Its Kind Farmland NFTs on Telos Blockchain

Telos Foundation

The mint is currently underway on Telos EVM providing users with a unique opportunity to own collectable artistic NFTs representing access to yields from 100 square meters of physical land within the Proyecto Ecológico Nuestro Paraíso in the Northwestern region of Piura, Peru, South America. However, the use-case of Telland NFTs goes far beyond simple ownership. These land plots will contribute to the growth of local farmers' sustainable organic produce and a more robust economy in the region. Perpetual Rewards for Holders Users that mint one or more Telland NFTs will receive annual rewards in perpetuity, financially backed by the revenue generated from the South American farmland. Currently there are only 100 NFT parcels of land priced at $150 USD in TLOS tokens each available to mint. The rewards payment breakdown is as follows: Year 1 of ownership - Holder receives minimum guarantee of $30 (20% APR on NFT mint price) Year 2 of ownership - Holder receives a minimum guarantee of $50 (33% APR on NFT mint price) Year 3 of ownership - Holder receives a minimum guarantee of $75 (50% APR on NFT mint price). This minimum continues perpetually from year 3 onwards. The collection debuts at an ideal moment as accumulating land ownership is more challenging for millennials today than at any other time in our history. Furthermore, Telland NFTs offers holders a chance to generate passive revenue from a real-world asset that benefits the environment while omitting painstaking bureaucratic processes and paperwork. Telland is also a participant in the Telos Mission NFT contest, which offers NFT creators a chance to win substantial prize money and acclaim in the NFT community. The contest has over 60 submissions to date and Telland's participation provides yet another opportunity for value increase in the event Telland is announced a winner. Public voting begins on July 23, 2002, on the TaiKai Network. "We chose Telos primarily for two factors: the community and the technology. The vision of the founders of Telos was to create a community around the ideas of service to society and care for the environment. Telland wants to do just that by converting arid lands into farmlands that produce fruits with a high nutritional content that help the well-being of humanity. In terms of technology, the ease of creating and deploying smart contracts in the Telos EVM, the incredible speed and low cost of transactions was such that the decision to build on their network was simple." -Paul Gonzales, Telland Co-founder "Telland is an amazing example of real-world application of NFTs and a glimpse at the future of tokenised land and real estate. At $150 an NFT, these prove to be a very interesting way to gain exposure to the value of real estate. The idea of being able to buy and trade land rights with such ease is magical to anyone who has had the pleasure of making a traditional real estate purchase where the process is incredibly slow (taking 2-4 weeks) and requiring middle men and costly fees" -Justin Giudici, Telos Foundation CEO About Telos Live since 2018, Telos Blockchain (ticker: TLOS) is an ESG compliant Layer 1 smart contract platform that offers full-service compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts. The Telos EVM is the most powerful and scalable Ethereum Smart Contract platform built to power Web 3.0. Telos features a robust, third-generation, ESG compliant evolutionary blockchain governance system, including smart contracts, advanced voting features, and flexible and user-friendly fee models. In addition, Telos supports the blockchain ecosystem by serving as an incubator and accelerator for decentralized applications through development grants. Come build with us. About The Foundation The Telos Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization established as a promotional and funding body to advance the Telos Blockchain Network and provide support to network applications. Contact Details The Team hello@telosfoundation.io Company Website https://www.telos.net/

July 19, 2022 10:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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SOUTH CAROLINA MOM WITH 250 PAIRS OF KICKS FEATURED IN LATEST DROP OF SMALL-TOWN SNEAKERHEAD

Hibbett, Inc.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – July 19, 2022, Hibbett, Inc., an athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,100 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores nationwide, today announced the launch of the latest Small-Town Sneakerhead (STSH) episode. Single mother, small business owner and sneaker enthusiast, Rochelle Sullivan, takes viewers in and around her hometown of Lyman, a small mill town outside of Greenville, South Carolina and reveals her favorite spots and impressive sneaker collection. “Sneakerheads can’t be categorized as one type of person, they are unique and inspiring individuals connected by their affinity for sneaker culture,” said Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, VP Marketing, Hibbett. "With every episode this project adds new twists to the world of collecting, varied demographics, geography and multi-generational stories, sure to inspire like-minded people who are passionate about sneakers. We are grateful to the characters who are willing to talk to us and share their personal journey.” “I started collecting when I was about 12 because my brother was a high school athlete and I was drawn to all the cool sneakers the players wore at his games,” said Rochelle Sullivan. “I was then determined to save my allowance to purchase cool sneakers. I have passed the passion along to my 10-year-old son, Weston, who has been wearing all types of sneakers since day one. I love to include him in my hunt for new releases, take him back-to-school sneaker shopping locally and to sneaker conventions.” In the new episode of Small-Town Sneakerhead, Sullivan and her son lead cameras around to visit some of her favorite eateries and spots in and around Lyman. The crew stops by Red Hill Hot Dogs, Tyger River Ballpark, Greenville Falls Park and Hibbett Greenville. Sullivan says growing up in a small town like Lyman was great but its quickly growing and as it is becoming more diverse, she is looking forward to new types of experiences. Some of Sullivan’s favorite pairs in her collection include; Kobe 6 “Grinch,” Kobe 6 “Mambacita,” Sean Wotherspoon 1/97 Air Max and the Concepts, Patta and Atmos Air Max packs. “You don’t have to have a lot of pairs to be a Sneakerhead, you just have to love sneakers,” said Rochelle Sullivan. “I style my looks with sneakers first and then the outfit – if the sneakers are the statement piece then I keep the outfit neutral and vice versa.” “As Nike celebrates 50 years of excellence, it is great seeing stories of the love of sneakers being handed down from generation to generation,” said Matt Halfhill, Founder and CEO, Nice Kicks. “Whether it be in big cities or in small towns, Nike is part of many people's journeys as sneakerheads.” The new STSH episode featuring Rochelle Sullivan launches today across digital channels and social platforms including; Hibbett.com, NiceKicks.com, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. About Small-Town Sneakerhead In 2020, Hibbett launched the Small-Town Sneakerhead project to provide sneakerheads from all walks of life the platform to share their personal sneaker narrative. Produced in partnership with Nike and Nice Kicks, the series highlights the evolving sneaker scene and enthusiasts from across the country. Hibbett has featured collectors from East Buffalo, NY, Cheyenne, WY, Hampton, VA, Cape Girardeau, MO, Murphy, TX, Hopkinsville, KY, Lafayette, LA and Lyman, South Carolina with more coming soon. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

July 19, 2022 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT CUTZ FOR KIDS EVENTS IN HUNTSVILLE

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett | City Gear and New Balance host Cutz for Kids Back to School event at Hibbett & City Gear stores in Huntsville. Both stores located at 2250 Sparkman Drive, NW in Huntsville, welcome the public to stop by on Saturday, July 23rd between 12 noon and 4 pm to join the festivities. Kids of all ages will be able to get free haircuts on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Huntsville Hibbett | City Gear Cutz For Kids event are two of 19 being held across the country kicking off the new school year and helping kids head back in style. There will be free children’s haircuts from local barbers, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We put together this fun event with our generous partners at New Balance to support the neighborhood kids and motivate them to go back to school,” said Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc. “The concept was created about four years ago by one of our Associates and has been so well received, that now the event is duplicated across multiple Hibbett and City Gear markets.” About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

July 18, 2022 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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This Company Says It Has Set Its Sights High To Make A Continued Splash In The Specialty Beverage Market

Splash Beverage Group

Demand for convenience food and beverages and increasing concerns from consumers about what they’re ingesting are reportedly driving growth in the specialty food and beverage market. Data Bridge Market Research shows the specialty food and beverage segment is expected to grow 11.5% from 2020 to 2027. According to Mintel Analysts, outpacing conventional grocery sales, specialty food and beverages grew 10% between 2016 and 2018 to $148.7 billion in sales. Even hotter is specialty beverage, outpacing the growth of specialty food sales. “There’s a lot of excitement and surprise in the specialty beverage market. It’s a good place to be right now,” Mintel Senior Analyst David Browne said. “We’re fast approaching the point where specialty is 20% of all food and beverage sales. That’s a major milestone.” Mintel’s research showed that beverage sales are growing faster than food sales, up 13% and 10%, respectively, over the two years. The reason, according to Browne, is that consumers are looking for functional beverages promoting energy, mental focus, relaxation and digestive health. Top players in the specialty food and beverage market include Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM), DuPont de Nemours Inc. (NYSE: DD), Chr Hansen Holding A/S (CPH: CHR), Advanced Food Systems, AmTech Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), Hansen Holding and Tate & Lyle PLC (LON: TATE). But smaller companies seem to also be taking a growing piece of the pie. Fort Lauderdale-based Splash Beverage Group Inc. (NYSE: SBEV), which owns and markets a growing portfolio of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages through organic development, offers four beverage brands. Those brands are TapouT Performance, SALT Naturally Flavored Tequila, Copa di Vino single-serve wines and Pulpoloco Spanish sangria. Splash reports that it plans to continue expanding its portfolio, primarily through acquisitions and joint ventures. The company wants to work with brands that already have preexisting awareness where Splash can leverage its marketing and distribution expertise to expand the product’s regional presence. According to Allied Market Research, the global alcoholic beverage market was valued at $1.4 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow to almost $1.7 billion by 2025 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2% from 2018 to 2025. Allied believes the growth of the global alcoholic beverages market is driven by an increase in the global young–adult demographic, surge in disposable income and a rise in consumer demand for premium/super-premium products. The timing of Splash’s launch of its TapouT Performance drink may coincide with the global demand for sports drinks. The category now has a market size of $26 billion, representing a growth of nearly 8% in 2020. Allied research projects the market will grow to more than $36 billion by 2028 with a CAGR of 4.2% in the 2021-2028 period. For more information on Splash Beverage, visit www.splashbeveragegroup.com. Splash Beverage Group, an innovator in the beverage industry, owns a growing portfolio of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage brands including Copa di Vino wine by the glass, SALT flavored tequilas, Pulpoloco sangria, and TapouT performance hydration and recovery drink. Splash’s strategy is to rapidly develop early-stage brands already in its portfolio as well as acquire and then accelerate brands that have high visibility or are innovators in their categories. Led by a management team that has built and managed some of the top brands in the beverage industry and led sales from product launch into the billions, Splash is rapidly expanding its brand portfolio and global distribution. For more information visit: www.SplashBeverageGroup.com www.copadivino.com www.drinksalttequila.com www.pulpo-loco.com www.tapoutdrinks.com This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Splash Beverage Group +1 954-745-5815 Info@SplashBeverageGroup.com Company Website https://splashbeveragegroup.com/

July 18, 2022 09:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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