arvato Financial Solutions verwerft AfterPay, een Nederlandse serviceprovider voor ‘betalen na ontvangst’

Gütersloh, Duitsland, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Achteraf betalen, of wel betaling na ontvangst van een besteld product, bijvoorbeeld via een (digitale) acceptgiro of factuur, is een betaalmethode waar veel online consumenten de voorkeur aan geven en draagt voor webwinkeliers bij aan een hogere verkoop.

Steeds meer Europese online retailers bieden hun klanten de mogelijkheid om na ontvangst te betalen. Om het betaalrisico en het opzetten van een eigen debiteurenmanagement afdeling- en systeem te voorkomen, besteden veel retailers het volledige achteraf betaalproces uit aan gespecialiseerde financiële ondernemingen.

“Het is onze visie om onze klanten – nationaal en internationaal – geïntegreerd te ondersteunen met alle benodigde en eigentijdse risicomanagementoplossingen. Door de aankoop van AfterPay kunnen wij onze klanten binnen Europa de populaire betaalmethode van betaling via factuur, Direct debit of digitale nota bieden, met betaalgarantie voor de retailer! Met name na de succesvolle samenwerking met AfterPay in de afgelopen twee jaar zijn wij er van overtuigd dat het verwerven van AfterPay de juiste stap was in de richting van een brede aanwezigheid in Europa,” licht Michael Weinreich toe, lid van de Raad van Bestuur van arvato AG en verantwoordelijk voor de business group arvato Financial Solutions. “Nu kunnen wij onze klanten binnen alle markten op een veilige en betrouwbare wijze ondersteunen vanuit een partner, van arvato Financial Solutions.”

“Wij voeren het volledige achteraf betaalproces uit, inclusief risicomanagement, acceptatie, inning en debiteurenmanagement van achteraf betaaltransacties. Dit doen we op een onderscheidende klantvriendelijke wijze. Hierdoor kunnen onze online retailers zich volledig richten op hun verkoop”, legt Stefan van den Berg, directeur en oprichter van AfterPay, uit. “We beschouwen onszelf als partners van de webwinkeliers, doordat wij als doel hebben de winkelier te helpen bij verhoging van hun omzet en conversie”. “AfterPay participeert actief in verschillende (inter)nationale partnerschappen en ontwikkelt daarmee nieuwe multi-channel innovaties rondom het betaalconcept ‘betaling na ontvangst’, wat onlineklanten een aangename winkelervaring biedt en de positie van onze klanten versterkt”, vult Michael Weinreich aan. “Door onderdeel te worden van de ambitieuze arvato Financial Services Group kunnen wij onze huidige dienstverlening verbeteren, grensoverschrijdende betaaloplossingen bieden in heel Europa en nieuwe financiële diensten introduceren voor zowel online retailers als consumenten”, zegt Stefan van den Berg.

Een gerenommeerde Nederlandse onderneming
Als oprichter en CEO van AfterPay, dat onder zijn leiding een leidende marktpositie heeft verworven, zal Stefan van den Berg verantwoordelijk worden voor de gezamenlijke activiteiten in de Benelux van arvato Financial Solutions. AfterPay heeft in Nederland exclusieve data en innovatieve instrumenten voor fraudepreventie ontwikkeld, die het risico op wanbetaling verkleinen en een hoge acceptatiegraad bevorderen. Ook is het ten alle tijde mogelijk de AfterPay betaaloplossing mobiel te gebruiken met mobiele apparaten zoals smartphones en tablet-pc’s. In 2013 begon AfterPay ook met activiteiten in België.

Meer informatie is verkrijgbaar via www.arvato-infoscore.de en www.afterpay.nl.

Over AfterPay

Sinds de oprichting in 2009 is AfterPay uitgegroeid tot de leidende leverancier van online achteraf betaaldiensten in Nederland. De onderneming biedt een totaaloplossing, inclusief verwerking, transactiebeheer, verzenden en innen van facturen, en dekt het volledige debiteurenrisico af voor opdrachtgever. De klantvriendelijke betalingsmethode is op de markt algemeen bekend onder de
merknaam ‘AfterPay’.

Bedrijfsprofiel arvato Financial Solutions

arvato Financial Solutions is een wereldwijd werkende financiële dienstverlener en is onderdeel van Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, als dochteronderneming van arvato AG.

De onderneming heeft circa 6.000 medewerkers in 18 landen, met een sterke vertegenwoordiging in Europa, Amerika en Azië, en biedt flexibele full-service oplossingen voor waardegeoriënteerd beheer van klantrelaties en geldstromen. arvato Financial Solutions is synoniem met professionele outsourcingservices (Finance BPO), met de focus op de geldstroom in alle fasen van de customer lifecycle – van risicobeheer en facturering tot debiteurenbeheer, de verkoop van inbare vorderingen en incasso. Een van de onderdelen waar wij ons op richten is het minimaliseren van de hoeveelheid wanbetalingen tijdens de startfase van de onderneming en bij het inningsproces. Daarom maakt ook het optimaliseren van de keuze aan internationale betalingsmogelijkheden deel uit van onze dienstverlening.

Als leverancier van financiële oplossingen werken wij voor circa 10.000 klanten, met name op het gebied van detailhandel/e-commerce, telecommunicatie, verzekeringen, bankieren en in de gezondheidssector. Hierdoor zijn wij de op twee na grootste financiële dienstverlener in Europa. Al uw financiële dienstverlening onder één dak. Professioneel. Betrouwbaar. Efficiënt.

Press contact:

Nicole Schieler
c/o arvato infoscore GmbH
Rheinstraße 99
76532 Baden-Baden

presse@arvato-infoscore.de
tel. +49 (0)7221/5040-1130
tel. +49 (0)7221/5040-3055
www.arvato-infoscore.de

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Matahari Food Business Sales Surged 16.2% In 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (“MPPA”) reports a healthy total store sales increase for 2013 of 16.2%. (unaudited)

MPPA’s added 19 new Hypermarts, 3 new Foodmart and 16 new Boston Health & Beauty in 2013. Total square meters added was 96,140.

At the end of 2013 MPPA operated 99 Hypermart, 30 Foodmart and 92 Boston Health & Beauty for a total of 221 stores.

MPPA’s SSSG for 2013 was 4.5% (unaudited). Strong fourth quarter SSSG of 5.6% was the highest increase of the past 4 quarters. The 4th quarter SSSG improvement supports improved consumer confidence and the successful implementation of new initiatives.

MPPA will continue the aggressive expansion into 2014 and will open over 20 new Hypermarts, 3 to 5 new Foodmart and over 20 Boston Health & Beauty. This will add over 115,000 square meters to the existing 648,215 square meters at the end of 2013.

MPPA’s total net sales are now fully contributed by Matahari Food Business “MFB”. 2013 annual results will be published in March.

MPPA has the widest geographic coverage and is the fastest growing fast-moving consumer goods modern multi-format food retailer in Indonesia and operates Hypermart, Foodmart, and Boston Health & Beauty. As of December 31, 2013 MPPA has 99 hypermarkets, 30 supermarkets and 92 health and beauty outlets operating in more than 60 cities across Indonesia.

MPPA is listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange.

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SM kicks off Autism Consciousness Week with Angels Walk

Manila, Philippines, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Cares and the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) will kick off the 18th Autism Consciousness Week with the Angels Walk for Autism on January 19, 2014, at the MOA Arena from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. SM Cares, the mall-based division of SM Foundation implements corporate social responsibility initiatives specifically geared towards persons with disability (PWD), the youth, women, Overseas Filipino Workers, the elderly and the environment.

The Angels Walk for Autism traces its roots in 2007 as the springboard activity for the National Autism Consciousness Week celebration. Former President Fidel V. Ramos signed Presidential Proclamation 711 mandating to increase the public’s awareness on autism and for the provision of programs and services for persons with autism.

This annual event, which promotes the realization of the rights and welfare of persons with autism and their families, is conducted in partnership with the Autism Society Philippines. Every year, an awareness event is mounted in celebration of the Autism Consciousness Week, and this is supported by organizations from the various private sectors and the government. Activities like this provide an opportunity for communities to have a better understanding and appreciation of the needs of the differently-abled members of society.

SM has always ensured that all its malls provide a second home to families with special needs and offer sufficient accessibility for PWDs. These efforts have earned for SM the distinction of the most PWD-friendly mall in the country. In all SM malls, there are dedicated areas for parking and disembarking for PWDs, special restrooms, ramps, braille signages, designated areas for PWDs in theaters and dining rooms, as well as utilities within accessible height like pay phones and wash room sinks. Mall security guards and personnel are also trained to respond to the unique needs of PWDs.

The Angels Walk is open to the public. Regisration is free. To know more about the Angel’s Walk, you may call Mr. Ranil Sorongon, Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Philippines at 09088631482.

SM Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
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10/F OneEcom Center
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Manila, Philippines
T:   63 2 857 0121
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W: http://www.sminvestments.com

La comunicazione, elemento strategico per creare valore e crescere

Bologna, Italia, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anche nel 2013 Conad si conferma leader nell’investimento pubblicitario, con una quota che è circa quattro volte quella di mercato (fonte: Guida Nielsen Largo Consumo). La notorietà dell’insegna è in crescita costante ed è ormai prossima al leader di mercato.

Lo scorso anno l’investimento in comunicazione è ammontato a 35 milioni di euro, con una crescita del 289 per cento rispetto al 2003. Sono punti di crescita “pesanti” perché testimoniano la strategicità dell’investimento – al top del mercato –, la capacità di innovare del gruppo e la crescita del valore della marca commerciale Conad. Con un duplice obiettivo: rafforzare la marca, puntando su notorietà, incremento del parco clienti e fedeltà, e creare valore, aumentando le vendite e la marginalità.

Per cogliere questi obiettivi, Conad ha posto al centro delle proprie strategie comunicative il socio – l’elemento che fa la differenza rispetto ai competitor –, un imprenditore preparato, moderno e responsabile nei confronti dei clienti.

Conad ha siglato un “contratto” con i propri clienti, puntando su una comunicazione imperniata sulla figura del socio, su dialoghi reali, quotidiani, e sulla capacità di soddisfare i bisogni del cliente anche a costo di “non dormirci la notte”. Un socio consapevole che comprendere viene prima di vendere.

Una comunicazione nuova, in cui la correlazione tra l’investimento economico e la crescita del prodotto a marca Conad tra le persone e nelle famiglie di clienti fidelizzati può produrre i suoi migliori effetti.

Persone che il direttore customer marketing e comunicazione di Conad Giuseppe Zuliani pone al centro della propria riflessione: “La comunicazione ha un ruolo determinante nella crescita dell’insegna e della marca commerciale. E’ per questo che, oltre all’ulteriore valorizzazione del pay-off Persone oltre le cose, abbiamo prodotto cinque nuovi spot televisivi, rilanciato la campagna radio e focalizzato la comunicazione sui prodotti freschi delle nostre linee. Comunicazione che per noi ha un ruolo fondamentale per sostenere non solo la marca Conad, ma anche lo sviluppo del gruppo e sulla quale anche quest’anno faremo investimenti di rilievo, confermando i 35 milioni di euro dello scorso anno. Ci focalizzeremo sul nostro cliente, per creare un dialogo continuo attraverso tutti gli strumenti di comunicazione in nostro possesso: il sito, la pagina Facebook di Bene Insieme, la ConadApp, a cui è andato uno dei premi DM Awards 2013 quale migliore progetto web delle aziende del largo consumo”.

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Publix Recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For

LAKELAND, Fla., US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 17th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix was ranked No. 75 on this year’s list — up from No. 77 last year — and was one of only 13 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

“We are often asked what makes Publix a great place to work,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “I’m proud to share that our people make the difference; their dedication to our customers, communities, our company and each other. Being recognized for 17 consecutive years is a testament to our strong company culture and diverse work environment.”

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity. More information about the survey and how companies were ranked can be found at FORTUNE’s website, www.fortune.com.

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JCPenney Announces Strategic Initiative to Advance Turnaround

  • Company to close 33 underperforming stores
  • Actions expected to generate annual savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014

PLANO, TX, US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced that as part of its turnaround efforts, the Company will be closing 33 underperforming stores across the country in order to focus its resources on the Company’s highest potential growth opportunities.

These actions are expected to result in an annual cost savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014. In connection with this initiative, the Company expects to incur estimated pre-tax charges of approximately $26 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and approximately $17 million in future periods.

Remaining inventory in the affected stores will be sold over the next several months, with final closings expected to be complete by early May. The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 2,000 positions. Eligible associates who do not remain with the Company will receive separation benefits packages. Meanwhile, the Company is continuing its plans to open a new store location later this year at the Gateway II development in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to reexamine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “While it’s always difficult to make a business decision that impacts our valued customers and associates, this important step addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores and position JCPenney for future success.”

Please click here to access the list of the planned store closures.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

Use of Social Media:
Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales trends, year-end liquidity and cost savings. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our turnaround strategy, customer acceptance of our new strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information and legal and regulatory proceedings. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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FORTUNE’s 2014 ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List Includes Wegmans, Ranked at #12

ROCHESTER, NY, US, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE announced this morning that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is once again on the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, this year ranking #12.   For Wegmans, this marks the 17th year in a row that the family-owned supermarket chain has appeared on the FORTUNE list.  Wegmans is one of only 13 companies that have been on the list since it began in 1998, and a such is recognized as one of 2014’s Best Companies All Stars.

“Our employees make Wegmans a place where customers feel happy and cared about, and my job is to make sure our employees feel that way, too,” says CEO Danny Wegman.  “What’s most important to us is that our employees feel that Wegmans is a great place to work.”

What FORTUNE Wrote About Wegmans:
“College students, take note:  Almost half of employees are 25 or younger at this family-owned grocery retailer on the East Coast.  Flexible scheduling, an employee scholarship program, and stretch assignments help young employees grow within the company, and 66% of jobs are filled through internal promotions.”

FORTUNE cover
Full list

The February 3 issue of FORTUNE magazine will be on sale beginning January 20.

Jobs at Wegmans
In 2014, Wegmans will be hiring for new stores it will open in Newton (Chestnut Hill), MA (spring) and Burlington, MA (fall). In combination, the two new stores will employ approximately 1,000 people.  There are also positions available at Wegmans’ existing stores and in manufacturing, distribution, and corporate.  Interested candidates should visit wegmans.com and click on careers.

Wegmans to Celebrate
Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, January 18, when cake will be served at every Wegmans store at a time selected by individual stores.  Stores will announce the time when cake will be served on signs posted in entryways.

Methodology:

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year’s list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute’s web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail fortunespecials@fortune.com.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.

Contact Information:  

Jo Natale, director of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110

FORTUNE PR Contacts: PR HOTLINE, (212) 522-4800
Danny Leonard (212) 522-0361; Kerri Chyka (212) 522-3651

 

Dunkin’ Brands Announces Global Marketing Partnership With Liverpool Football Club

Company Signs Multi-Year Marketing Agreement With Leading Football Club to Support Global Expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Brands

Liverpool, UK, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Liverpool Football Club (FC), one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs, to support global expansion of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. Under the agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts will become the official coffee, tea and bakery partner for Liverpool FC, and Baskin-Robbins will become the official ice cream partner.

The partnership will help both Dunkin’ Brands and Liverpool FC further engage with their fans around the globe through joint promotions, digital and print advertising, and appearances during pre-season tours. Dunkin’ Brands currently has more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, including nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in 33 countries and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins shops in nearly 50 countries. In 2013, Dunkin’ Brands opened 790 net new restaurants around the world, with 415 of these restaurants located outside the U.S. As a testament to its global fan base, Liverpool FC, an English Premier League football club, has over 200 Official Supporters Clubs all over the world in 62 different countries, including the UK, the USA, Spain, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Australia and South Africa.

“With 18 English league titles and five European Cups, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most renowned football clubs, so we’re very excited to partner with them as we continue to grow our two winning brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, around the world,” said John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “We look forward to working with Liverpool FC on a number of exciting marketing initiatives and engaging with football fans worldwide in the coming years through this partnership.”

Dunkin’ Brands’ marketing partnership with Liverpool FC continues the company’s strong and ongoing relationship with Fenway Sports Group, owner of Liverpool FC and the Boston Red Sox. The company also has a long-standing marketing partnership for Dunkin’ Donuts with the Boston Red Sox.

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with Dunkin’ Brands, one of the world’s most iconic quick service restaurant names. Dunkin’ Donuts will be our official coffee, tea and bakery provider and Baskin-Robbins will be our official ice cream provider, and we welcome both to the LFC family,” said Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer for Liverpool FC. “Fans across the globe will benefit from this partnership as Dunkin’ Brands looks to expand their business, bringing exciting partnership activation to new territories and ultimately helping to bring fans closer to the Club no matter how far away from Anfield they live.”

Key elements of the Dunkin’ Brands and Liverpool FC marketing partnership include:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts will become the official coffee, tea and bakery partner for Liverpool FC, and Baskin-Robbins will become the official ice cream partner.
  • Access to match day LED field board signage at Liverpool FC home games for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.
  • Joint participation in pre-season tours to boost guest and supporter engagement.
  • Access for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins in Liverpool FC global digital media, as well as print ads in monthly magazine and programs, and spots on Liverpool TV.
  • Liverpool FC tickets and autographed items for joint promotions and sweepstakes. 

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information about Baskin-Robbins, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com. For more information about Liverpool FC, visit www.LiverpoolFC.com.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About Liverpool FC
• Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields

• As a socially responsible business, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proactive role in its communities through its official charity, Liverpool FC Foundation. By delivering a range of award-winning programmes, the Foundation motivates and inspires children and adults, both at home and overseas, using football and the power of the Liverpool FC badge. Its contribution has been recognised by the award of a Community Mark from Business In The Community

• Liverpool FC is a global brand and works with leading edge commercial partners around the world providing unparalleled commercial opportunities.

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Pictured: Ian Rush, Philippe Coutinho, Nigel Travis, Ian Ayre

Pictured: Ian Rush, Philippe Coutinho, Nigel Travis, Ian Ayre

Empire Streamlines Organizational Structure

Stellarton, NS, Canada, 2014-1-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Empire Company Limited today announced the continued streamlining of its organizational structure to further reflect its transition to an operationally-focused grocery retailer with related real estate interests. This follows the October 2013 announcement appointing Marc Poulin as the CEO of both Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc.

Paul Beesley, previously the Executive Vice President & CFO of Empire, has been appointed Chief Corporate Development Officer for Sobeys Inc. In his new capacity Mr. Beesley will support the CEO in the development of strategic initiatives and growth opportunities.

Mr. Beesley, who played an instrumental role in the company’s recent acquisition of Canada Safeway, will report directly to Marc Poulin.

François Vimard has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Empire Company Limited. He will continue to serve in his current capacity as Executive Vice President, Sobeys Inc. where he has responsibility for the company’s Finance, Information Technology, Distribution & Logistics, Real Estate and Legal functions. Paul Jewer, Chief Financial Officer, Sobeys Inc. will continue to report to Mr. Vimard.

Stewart Mahoney will lead the Treasury and Investor Relations functions for both Empire and Sobeys and will report to Mr. Jewer.

These appointments are effective immediately.

About Empire Company Limited
Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses include food retailing and related real estate. With over $17 billion in annual sales and approximately $10.3 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, including franchisees and affiliates, employ more than 124,000 people.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 106 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 124,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

Media Contact
Andrew Walker
Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 214-6711