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Paris, December 4th, 2018

Highest level of commitment to Innovation rewarded with "Corporate Engagement Award" from startup accelerator Lafayette Plug and Play

Lagardère Travel Retail received the « Corporate Engagement Award » for its active involvement in the acceleration of startups from Lafayette Plug and Play’s Batch 5.

Corporate Engagement AwardThe award was given to the corporate partner who engaged the most in the Lafayette Plug and Play ecosystem as well as with its startups. The selection criteria covered many aspects including the number of pilots launched and commercial agreements signed with startups.

"This award is intended to honor the corporate partner who has demonstrated the highest level of commitment during the acceleration batch. We have created this award to put forth the work accomplished so far, but also to reinforce the relationships between all the partners of the ecosystem" commented Pieter Lammens, Director of Lafayette Plug and Play.


After less than a year of partnership with the startup accelerator Lafayette Plug and Play, this award highlights the travel retail operator's ability to capitalize on the startup ecosystem to address it business needs, to promote an innovative mindset within the company, and to build on this partnership outside of France.

"No less than 8 collaborations were undertaken in the past 6 months and over 100 Lagardère Travel Retail employees participated in Lafayette Plug and Play events or workshops - not only in France but also through Plug and Play's global network, with several ongoing discussions with the startup ecosystems in Singapore, Shanghai and the Silicon Valley", commented Romée Lamielle, Innovation Manager at Lagardère Travel Retail.

This award is also a clear sign that the company's Innovation Booster program is bearing fruit and that the energy and commitment of those innovation ambassadors are driving significant changes both outside and inside the Group.

Corporate Engagement Award - R Lamielle

Left to right: Romée Lamielle, Innovation Manager, Lagardère Travel Retail, Christian Kunz, Co-founder, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Lafayette Plug and Play

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ABOUT LAFAYETTE PLUG AND PLAY
As the first innovative platform fully dedicated to retail and e-commerce industries, Lafayette Plug and Play
is a startup accelerator created by the Galeries Lafayette group and the Plug and Play Tech Center. Located at the heart of Paris, Lafayette Plug and Play aims to support the development of French and international startups disrupting retail and e-commerce, by creating an innovative ecosystem around these industries. As part of its two annual classes, Lafayette Plug and Play offers entrepreneurs a tailored and supervised three-month programme.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL
One of the four divisions of the Lagardère group, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry. Operating 4,400 stores across Travel Essentials, Duty Free & Fashion and Foodservice in airports, railway stations and other concessions in 34 countries worldwide, Lagardère Travel Retail generates €4.5 bn sales (managed 100%).
Lagardère Travel Retail has a unique holistic approach aimed at exceeding travelers' expectations throughout their journey, and optimizing landlords' assets and partners' brands.