The Defense Commissary Agency: Yolanda Bowden named shopper insights chief; Willie Watkins selected chief of e-commerce

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yolanda Bowden has been selected chief of the shopper insights division for the Defense Commissary Agency, and Willie Watkins has been selected chief of e-commerce. Bowden’s selection is effective Jan. 25 and Watkins’ selection, Dec. 15, 2013. Both the shopper insights and e-commerce divisions were created after […]

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Sobeys Inc to sell 30 stores in Canada as part of its divestment program related to the purchase of Canada Safeway

STELLARTON, NS, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. today announced that binding purchase and sale agreements have been entered into with Overwaitea Food Group (“Overwaitea”) and Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (“Co-op”), that will see Sobeys sell 22 of the 23 stores it is required to divest as part of its October, […]

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The National Grocers Association announced its Creative Choice Awards “Best of Show” winners

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced its Creative Choice Awards “Best of Show” winners in the Marketing and Merchandising categories at a special reception, held during the 2014 NGA Show.  The “Best of Show” title is the highest award of the Creative Choice Awards contest. The Best of Show […]

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NACS Consumer Fuels Survey: Consumer optimism about the economy continues to inch upward after bottoming out in October 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumer optimism about the economy continues to inch upward after bottoming out in October 2013, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer sentiment. While the percentage of consumers who say that they are optimistic about the economy remains unchanged from last […]

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National Retail Federation: January 2014 retail sales flat due in part to severe winter weather

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country. According to the National Retail Federation – the world’s largest retail trade association – January retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat […]

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Leading trade associations form cybersecurity partnership

Arlington , VA, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Today leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining the trust of customers. Discussion regarding the partnership was initiated by the Retail Industry […]

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Nation’s leading low-price grocer ALDI won two nationally recognized awards

ALDI Offers Award-Winning Options at Unbeatable Prices Batavia, IL, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI, the nation’s leading low-price grocer, announced the win of two nationally recognized awards: Private Label => Store Brands 2014 Retailer of the Year and 2014 Product of the Year in the Kid’s Snacks category for SimplyNature Squeezable Fruit Blends. 2014 Retailer of the […]

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Edward Record to succeed Ken Hannah as CFO at J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

Plano, TX, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today announced that Ed Record has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective March 24, 2014. He will succeed Ken Hannah, who will remain chief financial officer through that date to ensure a smooth transition. As chief financial officer, […]

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SM Mall of Asia: 5th Pyromusical Competition kicks off on Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — An amazing display of fireworks and music will kick off on February 15, 2014, Saturday, 7:00 PM at the Seaside Boulevard of the SM Mall of Asia (MOA). The Festival will run for six consecutive Saturdays until March 22. A phenomenal showdown of lights and sounds from 10 […]

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S Group’s 2013 retail sales up by more than one per cent to more than €11.3 billion

S Group’s result for 2013 increased by 6.7% from 2012 and stood at €226 million. Despite the generally poor economic situation, S Group’s retail sales went up by more than one per cent to more than €11.3 billion in 2013. Helsinki, Finland, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2013, S Group’s total profit before extraordinary items […]

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Sainsbury’s started major recruitment campaign in London for its convenience stores

LONDON, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has started a major recruitment campaign in London to find 500 Team Leaders and 200 Managers for its convenience stores. The drive will bring in fresh talent to power the growth of Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores, with 60 new stores due to open in in London and the South […]

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Tesco: whopping 85 per cent of all Valentine’s Day bouquets are bought on the day itself

Cheshunt, England, 2014-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s the news that will shame many British men.  A whopping 85 per cent of all Valentine’s Day bouquets are bought on the day itself. And nearly three quarters of all boxes of Valentine’s Day chocolates are sold on February 14 –with a third being bought after working hours, […]

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Netherland’s department store chain de Bijenkorf implemented Intershop’s commerce platform to power its web shop

Jena, Germany, 2014-2-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netherland’s premium department store chain, de Bijenkorf, has implemented Intershop’s commerce platform to power its web shop, deBijenkorf.nl. The Intershop 7 solution replaces an existing e-commerce engine and was selected for its scalability, robustness and future-proof architecture. The de Bijenkorf web shop is designed to be an online […]

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METRO AG presents to shareholders the company’s progress made with its transformation process

Sales and EBIT guidance achieved in the short financial year 2013 Growth driving online and delivery sales increased Solid start to the new business year 2013/14 despite tough market conditions Supervisory Board elections: Fredy Raas nominated as a member of the Supervisory Board representing the shareholders Future Management Board remuneration to include Sustainability component Düsseldorf, […]

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Meijer announced major initiative to upgrade its apparel offerings

Best known for grocery, retailer recharges one-stop shopping experience with stylish mix and match apparel for the whole family GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 2014-2-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is best known for the freshness it offers in the grocery aisles, but more and more Meijer customers are now also looking across the center aisle for bright […]

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Wegmans Food Markets to celebrate grand opening of its 2nd location in Massachusetts on Sunday, April 27, 2014

NEWTON, MA, 2014-2-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today announced it will celebrate the grand opening of its second location in Massachusetts on Sunday, April 27, 2014. In advance of the grand opening, the second-level 10,500 square-foot wine, beer and spirits shop will open to the public on Saturday, March 29. Additional details on the grand […]

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H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB to open its first store in India

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) is proud to announce that it will open its first store in India. The first store will be a flagship, and is planned to open in 2014. Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-2-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The introduction of H&M to India will be the latest in a series of […]

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NRF’s Neil Trautwein comments on the Administration’s announcement on the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein on the Administration’s announcement on the Affordable Care Act: “The Administration should receive a gold medal for recognizing the enormous complexities of the Affordable Care Act, and its agility and flexibility in working with retailers and […]

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NRF, Hackett Associates: Retail Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports expected to drop 8.4 percent in February

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail […]

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BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales in January 2013 represent the strongest growth since March 2010

London, UK, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales were up 3.9% on a like-for-like basis from January 2013, when they had increased 1.9% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 5.4%, against a 3.0% increase in January 2013, the strongest growth since March 2010. The 3-month average total growth was […]

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BRC-KPMG: Online sales of non-food products in UK grew 19.2% in January vs. year earlier

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 19.2% in January versus a year earlier. In January 2013, they had increased by 13.5% over the previous year.  London, UK, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January, online sales represented 17.4% of total non-food sales of our Monitor, against 16.3% in January 2013. January online growth […]

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Foodstuffs North Island comments on speculation about job cuts at its Support Centre in Silverstream

New Zealand, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has reiterated its commitment to the lower North Island saying it will have a substantial presence in Wellington for the foreseeable future. The comment follows speculation that the company intends making job cuts at its Support Centre in Silverstream. Foodstuffs Auckland merged with Foodstuffs Wellington last […]

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Automotive aftermarket parts provider Advance Auto Parts, Inc. appointed Geno Coradini Vice President, Real Estate

ROANOKE, Va., 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets, today announced the appointment of Geno Coradini as Vice President, Real Estate. Mr. Coradini will lead the Real Estate Function including Lease Administration, Real Estate Development, […]

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Groupe Auchan finalized the acquisition of Real hypermarkets in Eastern Europe

Having obtained approval from the anti-trust authorities in Poland*, under certain conditions, Groupe Auchan has just finalised on February, 6th the last part of the acquisition of Real hypermarkets in Eastern Europe with the METRO GROUP. Croix, France, 2014-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — With these additional 57 Polish hypermarkets, Auchan now has 85 hypermarkets in the […]

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Intershop and PAYONE partner to deliver e-commerce solution combining omni-channel platform with payment processing system

Kiel / Jena, Germany, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAYONE, one of the leading non-bank payment service providers in Europe, is launching a strategic partnership with Intershop Communications AG, provider of one of the world’s leading omni-channel commerce platforms, according to a joint announcement made by the companies today. Intershop, an industry pioneer, has been […]

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Ahold repurchased 3,668,554 Ahold common shares for € 46.34 million between February 3 and 7, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 3,668,554 Ahold common shares in the period from February 3, 2014 up to and including February 7, 2014. The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.6306 per share for a total consideration of € 46.34 million. These repurchases were made as part […]

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Casino subsidiary Exito to acquire and operate 50 stores from the Colombian company Super Inter

Paris, France, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Exito, a Casino subsidiary, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire and operate 50 stores of the Colombian company Super Inter. Exito will acquire 19 stores in 2014 and will operate the 31 remaining ones, which are subject to a call option exercisable in 2015. Created in 1992, […]

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Kesko Corporation: 85,067 new company B shares subscribed for with Kesko’s 2007C options

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — By 24 January 2014, a total of 85,067 new company B shares had been subscribed for with the 2007C options based on Kesko Corporation’s 2007 option scheme. The subscribed shares have today been entered in the Trade Register. The whole subscription price of €1,041,220.08 is recorded in the company’s […]

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Wincor Nixdorf to demonstrate new omnichannel and mobile strategies at EuroShop 2014

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is demonstrating at EuroShop 2014 how retail businesses can easily and cost-effectively implement new omnichannel and mobile strategies to drive sales and operation efficiency and enhance the customer experience. The company’s solutions increase employee efficiency and business performance to ultimately improve the shopping experience for customers throughout […]

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Russia’s largest retailer OJSC “Magnit” announces 25.22% retail sales growth in January 2014

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-2-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT) announces 25.22% retail sales growth in rubles for January 2014. During January 2014 the Company opened (net) 36 stores. The total store base reached 8,129 stores (7,234 convenience stores, 161 hypermarkets, 46 “Magnit Family” stores and 688 cosmetics stores). […]

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