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A Comfortable Fit with Apparel Awards PAGE 62 Looking Good at Baggage Claim PAGE 64 These rewards make an impact without the high cost Practicality and style are key in luggage and leather incentives Excellence In Motivation Unveils Reward Management Software By William Ng I ncentive software developer Excellence In Motivation has released RewardXpress, a Web-based set of applications for managing multiple corporate reward and recognition programs aimed at small to medium-size businesses that might not need or have the budget for a custom-designed program. The software suite provides database management, communications tools and a 2,500-item merchandise catalog and integrates EIM’s RewardTrac reporting and complianceanalysis tool. Users of the system have templates for adding and enrolling employees, maintenance tools for updating participant records and reporting functions. Employees can track their reward accounts with username and password functionality as well as automatic update notifications. All activities are performed over EIM’s secure Internet connection. A product in the suite, RewardXpress Unlimited, allows incentive managers to La Maison du Chocolat's Sweet Summer Rewards By Kassia Shishkoff E veryone is motivated by different things. Some want a flatscreen television, others a cruise vacation, others just a pat on the back. But most people would agree that good chocolate is a tasty way to reward anyone. La Maison du Chocolat, a gourmet chocolatier that originated in France, just came out with a new summer chocolate collection, Andalousie, full of brand-new flavors created by the company’s team in the Spanish region of Andalusia. "You will find chocolates that we never had created before," says Marie Kennel, corporate sales manager for La Maison du Chocolat, about the 2009 summer collection. The new chocolates are filled with honey, nut, mint, saffron and citrus flavors, inspired by The Andalousie features classically strong Spanish tastes. the flavors of Spain Whether it’s the summer collection or La Maison du Chocolat’s more traditional packages, anyone would appreciate a gift of gourmet chocolate as a reward, according to Horacio Fabiano, the company’s accounts manager. "Everyone loves these chocolates," says Fabiano. "Whoever is a lover of chocolate will be very happy to receive them." He also says that the spicy and orange flavors featured in the summer collection are particularly nice. La Maison du Chocolat may not offer gift cards, but in addition to their boxes and bars of chocolate they also have group tasting sessions with a master chocolatier. There are two types of classes to choose from. In one, guests learn the history of chocolate and La Maison du Chocolat as well as the process of chocolate making. In the second class, in addition to the history, guests learn how to pair coffees and teas with chocolate. Companies can customize their own sessions as well, although there are classes almost every Thursday and Saturday in stores. "We can move to the location of their choice and make it longer or shorter to adapt to the needs of our clients," says Kennel. La Maison du Chocolat can come to a meeting with clients or a convention, she says. La Maison du Chocolat offers many different chocolate items, from plain milk, dark or white to fruit-flavored varieties, and also dessert items like éclairs, macaroons, tarts and cakes. Among the most popular chocolates are the ganaches and truffles. Fabiano’s personal favorite? “All the chocolates,” he says. “I love them all.” 60 | Incentive | May 2009 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Incentive - May 2009

Incentive - May 2009
Editor’s Note
Cover Story
Incentive House Roundtable
Incentive Strategies
Travel News
Up and Coming Destinations
Florida Beaches
Marvelous Mexico
Size and Style Matter in Luggage, Leather
Dining Gift Cards
Gift Cards Aid Archdiocese’s Wellness

Incentive - May 2009