High street retailer Argos launches its new Spring / Summer 2014 range with more than 42,000 products available

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading online high street retailer, Argos, launches its new Spring / Summer 2014 range this Saturday 18 January 2014, with more than 42,000 products available across toys, consumer electronics and everyday household items and family essentials.

The new range includes over 19,000 new lines, with more than 11,500 prices either lowered or frozen. Shoppers wanting great value for money can also benefit from over 750 market leading offers in the form of ‘WOW’ deals, which can be found in the catalogue, on argos.co.uk and its mobile site and apps.

Internet sales now represent 46 per cent of all Argos sales and transactions on mobile devices, account for 20 per cent of all sales¹.  With Check & Reserve available on thousands of products, shoppers can benefit from the ability to collect their order from one of around 735 stores nationwide as soon as they need it.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEW SPRING / SUMMER RANGE INCLUDE:

SPORTS & FITNESS

The exclusive fitness range from celebrity Davina McCall returns this season with the addition of new brightly coloured Vinyl Kettle bells. Celebrity trainer Matt Roberts’ exclusive range has also grown to include new free weights and cardio equipment. For those keen to incorporate technology into their workout, the newest edition to the FitBit family is the Force which tracks activity and displays instant stats and is set to be a top pick.

OUTDOOR

For those wishing to make the most of their gardens this spring, the new outdoor furniture range includes two and four seater bistro sets as well as patio furniture to cater for larger outdoor spaces. Campers can also have fun with new adult retro cartoon Superman and Wonder Woman sleeping bags.

HOME & FURNITURE

Argos’ ColourMatch brand continues to span all rooms in the house, with refreshed bright colour choices in home furnishings. A ‘distressed’ range of ready assembled wardrobes, trunks and cupboards, and a Melissa ‘bling’ bed with diamante padded headboard detail, are new in children’s furniture this season.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

There’s even more choice in colour and style for the kitchen this season with new ColourMatch kettles and toasters in Bubblegum Pink and Jellybean Blue. New lines from the Kenwood Nostalgia Chef Collection and kMix range include hand blenders and mixers, which are set to be popular lines with budding bakers this season. A hand mixer and blender are new to celebrity chef James Martin’s exclusive line of food preparation equipment.

TOYS

Great value outdoor toys for Spring / Summer from Chad Valley include a Paint Your Own Gnome kit and bubble-making lawnmower, both included in Argos’ popular ‘2 for £15’ offer. There is more garden fun with a giant inflatable basketball set, which will make even grown-ups feel small next to it! Other highlights include the Little Tikes Minnie and Mickey Mouse Cozy Coupes. Designed especially for Argos, you won’t find these Disney character adaptations of the classic Cozy Coupe anywhere else.

New for Barbie fans this season is the Hairtastic Salon Playset, exclusive to Argos, and on the back of popular slushy makers last year, the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker enables kids to make their own ice cream treats at home in minutes! 2014 is a big movie year for toys with the new LEGO® Bad Cops Pursuit play set, enabling kids to re-enact a key scene from LEGO® The Movie out next month.  Ready for the launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction, fans can get an Optimus Prime 12” figure – great value at just £9.99. Teksta the robotic puppy has also had a makeover – Dalmatian style!

NURSERY

Argos will stock its biggest ever nursery range this season, with over 1,900 product lines, including new premium brands such as Hauck, Babybjorn, Babystyle and Concord. There are new baby products from Chad Valley and an extended Mama & Papas range available for the first time, which includes the popular Armadillo Pushchair, in five fun colours.

TECHNOLOGY

Argos has grown its tablet range to include an explosion of colour choices, with 60 tablets now available including top name brands. The exclusive Bush22” customisation full HD LED TV / DVD Combi, has new interchangeable pink polka dot and racing car patterned surrounds, perfect for a child’s bedroom or playroom.

Music lovers will be excited with a new line of Sony MDR headphones, offering great sound and clarity, fronted by Irish band The Script. Hand-held speakers get a revamp in the form of the small, but powerful Beats Pill, from the very popular Beats by Dr Dre range. Pioneer also releases its new wireless and Spotify-enabled speaker, alongside Acoustic Solutions’ unique designed Bluetooth Speaker. Budding photographers will be excited by the Canon SX170 PowerShot IS which gets you 16 times closer to your object, as well as shooting HD movies. Fun for sporty-gamers this season will be in the form of the Wii Fit U with its new Fit Meter and Wii Balance Board, giving those keen to get into shape some extra assistance.

PERSONAL CARE

Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton adds a splash of colour to his new range of hair styling tools and Lee Stafford’s Argan Oil Collection looks set to be a top pick for those wishing to create beautiful glossy curls. Philips’ YS534 Click & Style Electric Shaver is set to be a top grooming product for men this season.

JEWELLERY

Argos welcomes two new collections to its handpicked ‘Designers at Argos’ offer, from award winning Sheffield jewellery designer Jessica Flinn and Burkmar jewellery. In addition, new trend-led collections Raw Earth, Bejewelled and Craft Market, include bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces, and will grab the attention of any fashion-forward shopper.

CLOTHING

Emma Bunton returns with her fifth exclusive collection at Argos, offering a range of fashion-led clothing for girls and boys. Highlights for girls include, a hot pink tutu dress and cute new bow-adorned wellies. Guitars, skull and crossbones and stripes all feature for boys. Superheroes reign supreme this Spring / Summer with new Iron Man 3 boys’ pyjamas and cute Batman and Superbaby outfits for little ones. And new parents attending a special event can now get baby occasion wear at Argos, such as the white netted occasion dress and smart waistcoat set for boys. All the kids’ favourite characters return this season, with fun nightwear, t-shirts and hoodies featuring Peppa Pig, Disney Princess and Angry Birds. Tweens planning slumber parties will love the new Monster High and 1Direction hooded onesies.

TOP 10 BEST VALUE DEALS

  • VAX S7 A+ Steam Mop – now £79.99, save £100 (122/4603)
  • Exclusive 7” Tablet Acer B1-710 –  now £89.99, save £10 (107/9559)
  • Canon PowerShot 16X optical zoom camera – half price, now £89.99 (166/5420 black, 162/3895 red)
  • Rattan Effect 4 Seat Patio sofa set – save £50, now £199.99 (146/6904)
  • Hitachi 42” Smart TV – save £160, now £289.99 (147/4680)
  • HP Pavilion 15.62 laptop, Intel Core i3, 8Gb, 1TB laptop – save £100 on this new thinner laptop in the colour of your choice, now £399.99 (146/7752 blue, 144/6704 White, 143,2835 red, 147/3612 purple)
  • Qualcast 1300W Electric Mower – save £30, now £79.99 (191/9451)
  • Hygena Ashton Ottoman Storage Double Bed (black) – half price, now £199.99 (158/4927)
  • Oil Drum Charcoal BBQ – half price, now £49.99 (184/3716)
  • Dyson DC35 Animal Cordless Handheld Vacuum cleaner – £269.99, with free accessory kit worth £56 (406/8196).
  • Wood Slow Close Toilet Seat with Easy Clean System – half price, now £19.99 (142/3057 white, 142/9408 black, 158/9991 natural pine, 167/9193 light oak finish).

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

¹Based on Home Retail Group’s latest published trading figures covering the 18 weeks from 1 September 2013 to 4 January 2014.

The new Argos SS range will be available to customers online and in stores from Saturday 18 January 2014.

If you would like a copy of a catalogue, or any prices or images, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.  Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

 

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 42,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 635 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2013. Argos serves around 124 million customers a year through its network of around 735 stores.

In the financial year to February 2013, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 30,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

Paris, France, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forty internationally-renowned experts from the world of fashion—including editors from prestigious publications, prize-winning photographers, heads of cultural institutions and industry executives—have accepted the invitation to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. Their task will be to select the ten finalists who will present their collections to the jury.

During Paris Fashion Week (end of February – beginning of March 2014), the 30 finalists chosen by the LVMH Prize team from among the hundreds of applicants from around the world— including Asia, Africa and South America as well as the United States and Europe—will present their work to the panel of experts, who represent the multiple creative facets that shape today’s fashion universe. The showroom at LVMH headquarters will be the last stage before the ten young finalists present their work to the prestigious Prize jury.

Candidates have until February 2, 2014 to enter the Prize competition.

The Panel of Experts is posted on lvmhprize.com:

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion (London)
Sarah Andelman, Creative director of Colette (Paris)
Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron&Baron (New York)
Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large for Style.com (London)
Mariacarla Boscono, Supermodel and muse (Rome)
Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)
Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)
Godfrey Deeny, Editor at large, Fashion, for Le Figaro (Paris)
Patrick Demarchelier, photographer (New York)
Babeth Djian, Editor in chief of Numéro (Paris)
Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)
Jo-Ann Furniss, Writer, editor and creative director (London)
Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)
Stephen Gan, Founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York)
Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)
Katie Grand, Editor in chief of Love Magazine (London)
Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Co-founder and chief Executive of the Webster (Miami)
Adrian Joffe, Chief executive officer of Dover Street Market International (London)
Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)
Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)
Linda Loppa, Director of Polimoda (Florence)
Natalie Massenet, Founder & Executive Chairman of Net-a-Porter (London)
Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)
Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue (New York)
Sarah Mower, Contributing editor of Vogue US (Londres)
Camilla Nickerson, Stylist (New York)
Lilian Pacce, Fashion editor and writer (Sao Paulo)
Jean-Jacques Picart, Fashion and Luxury Consultant (Paris)
Gaia Repossi, Creative director of Repossi (Paris)
Olivier Rizzo, Stylist (Antwerp)
Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris)
Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum (Paris)
Marie-Amelie Sauvé, Stylist (Paris)
Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)
Charlotte Stockdale, Stylist (London)
Tomoki Sukezane, Stylist (Tokyo)
Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel and philanthropist (Paris)
Louise Wilson, Course Director of the Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London)
Dasha Zukhova, Editor in chief of Garage Magazine and Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)

Jury:

Eight creative directors from LVMH Fashion Houses including: Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon et Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) ;

Delphine ArnaultJean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group).

To find out more about the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize visit the prize website: www.lvmhprize.com

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Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

Internationally-renowned experts to join the panel of experts for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize

 

BJ’s Charitable Foundation distributed 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations

Recipient organizations focused on supporting vital, basic needs –Education, healthcare, hunger prevention and self sufficiency

Westborough, MA, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Charitable Foundation announces the distribution of 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations that support the health and overall well-being of children and families residing in the communities surrounding BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.

“BJ’s is not your average chain,” said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “If we have a club in your community, you better believe that we consider ourselves a part of that community too, and we strive to help our communities grow and prosper because when they thrive, we do too.”

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated over $19 million to more than 2,200 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals between 10/12/2013 – 01/10/2014. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Detailed information regarding grant recipients and amounts follows.

Education 

•    Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Hartford CT: $5,000 to provide books, thumb drives and headphones for low literate adults for the Job Readiness Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT: $3,000 to provide training, programs and newsletters for mentors and educational materials for the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy Program.

•    Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct-service program-related portion of salaries for job coaches and teachers while the district transitions to the new math curriculum in the Implementing Common Core Standards in Math Program.

•    National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc., Dover, DE: $5,000 to purchase customer credit reports for the Stand by Me Financial Coaching program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL: $5,000 to supply food for college tours and program supplies for the College and Career Exploratory Program.

•    Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Inc., Jacksonville: FL, $5,000 to support public transportation bus cards, GED test fees and a portion of the program-related direct-service salary for the program coordinator of the Expanded Horizons Literacy Program.

•    Hibiscus Children’s Center, Inc., Jensen Beach, FL: $5,000 to supply educational materials and a portion of the program-related, direct-service coordinator’s salary for the Literacy Program at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter.

•    United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc., Leesburg, FL: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of salaries for teachers in the Rally for Reading Program at Clermont Elementary School.

•    Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to purchase books for StoryTime performances and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the StoryTime Coordinator  for the StoryTime Program.

•    East Lake Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries for Junior Program Assistants for the After School Program.

•    Future Foundation, Inc., East Point, GA: $5,000 to provide gas, healthy snacks and curriculum guide sets for the Reed House Learning & Teen Center After School Program.

•    Children’s Restoration Network, Roswell, GA: $10,000 to provide educational items and extra curricular activity supplies and to pay the direct service program-related portion of the salary of the Coordinator for the Project One-on-One Program.

•    United South End Settlements, Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase supplies, copies, GED Math Books, Reading Comprehension Books, ESOL Pronunciation and IXL online software and membership for Adult Basic Education and ESOL Program.

•    Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Boston, MA: $10,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a social worker who provides mental health assessment, treatment and care coordination for the Kid’s Day Therapeutic After-School and Summer Program.

•    The City on a Hill Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to fund numeracy supplies and recruitment tools for the CoaHCORPS Tutorial Program.

•    Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA: $10,000 to support mentoring session and classroom support supplies, volunteer training, advertising, recruitment and payment for the direct service, program-related portion of stipends for three site team leaders for the Revere AARP Experience Corps Program.

•    Vietnam Veterans Workshop, Inc., Boston, MA: $2,500 to provide textbooks, training material and office supplies for the Veterans Training School Program.

•    School On Wheels of Massachusetts, Inc., Brockton, MA: $7,500 to purchase transit passes for college students, backpacks, books, dorm supplies, fees and various items not covered by financial aid for the Educating Children and Youth Impacted by Homelessness Program.

•    Epiphany School, Inc., Dorchester, MA: $5,000 to provide reading enrichment materials, special education support materials and program-related field trips and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries for the teachers of the Reading Enrichment Program.

•    Child & Family Services, Inc., New Bedford, MA: $5,000 to support a portion of travel costs and the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries of the program coordinator and case worker for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater New Bedford Program.

•    The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc., Roxbury, MA: $10,000 to fund a portion of e-readers for middle school and high school students, scholarships and cultural- and college tour- trips for the Victory Generation Program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Nashua, NH: $5,000 to purchase Build-It Kits and FIRST Lego Robotics supplies, as well as an online educational tool (Kids College) for the Project Learn Program.

•    YMCA of Princeton, NJ, Princeton, NJ: $5,000 to fund the salaries of the teachers who provide instructions for youth receiving homework help and tutoring in the Princeton Young Achievers Program.

•    Summit Academy Charter School, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000 to fund SAT practice guides, career readiness guides and computer licenses for SAT/PSAT preparation software for the College Preparation Program.

•    Compeer West Inc., Buffalo, NY: $4,800 to fund stipends for volunteers and to purchase tickets to sporting and other community events, as well as gas cards to offset travel costs for the Compeer for Kids Program.

•    East Coast Assistance Dogs, Inc, Dobbs Ferry, NY: $5,000 to purchase instructional supplies for the ECADemy Program.

•    Korean American Family Services, Flushing, NY: $5,000 for textbooks, playground balls, paper, storybooks, art supplies and transportation for one field trip for the Hodori After-School Program.

•    Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY: $10,000 to fund supplies and snacks for the summer component, a portion of transportation costs, as well as a portion of the direct services program-related salary of the bilingual teacher for the Together to Kindergarten Program.

•    Harlem Academy, New York, NY: $12,500 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the school counselor, transportation, entry fees, lunches for two mentoring field trips and supplies needed for after-school for the Mentoring and Tutoring Program.

•    Harlem Center for Education, Inc., New York, NY: $5,000 to purchase iPads, learning tools, SAT Prep class materials and after school curriculum materials for the Middle and High School College Access Program.

•    Association to Benefit Children, New York, NY: $5,000 to for learning tools, school supplies and art supplies for ABC’s Youth Services Program.

•    Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Inc., New York, NY: $4,960 to purchase computer tablets, LEGO Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) software and LEGO simple and motorize mechanisms base sets for use in The After School Community Learning Centers STEM Program.

•    Northampton Area Public Library, Northampton, PA: $1,700 to fund a subscription to the TumbleBook Library and supplies for the Family Storytime 2.0 Program.

•    Connection Training Services, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase vocational training program learning tools and supplies, printing costs for class hand-outs, construction trades tools (including tool belts for participants) for the YouthBuild Program.

•    Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, Inc, Warwick, RI: $10,000 to fund training and activity materials, mentor recruitment events and memberships, mentor background checks and direct-service program-related portions of program coordinator salaries for the Literacy Mentoring Program.

•    Girls For A Change, San Jose, VA: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the program manager, as well as team supplies, including markers, paper and craft supplies for the Girl Action Teams Program.

 

Healthcare

•    AmeriCares Free Clinics, Inc., Stamford, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion salary for a nurse practitioner in the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport Program.

•    Riverside Community Care, Inc., Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to provide grocery gift cards, mattresses, diapers, baby wipes, blankets and therapeutic play games for use in the Family Clinic Program.

•    Cape Cod Healthcare Inc., Hyannis, MA: $5,000 to purchase mobile wireless conference phones, as well as the phone installation and training, for the CCHC Interpreter Program IPOP Fund Program.

•    Coltrane LIFE Center, Inc., Concord, NC: $4,100 to purchase healthcare and first aid supplies, as well as the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the health care coordinator for the Adult Day Healthcare Services Program.

•    Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Matthews, NC: $5,000 to fund medical supplies and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the registered nurses performing the spirometer tests for the COPD Patient Program.

•    NH Children’s Trust, Inc., Concord, NH: $4,000 to provide fifty Face-to-Face training packets, staff travel to training, staff development and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Strengthening Families Program director.

•    Cayuga County Community Health Network, Inc., Auburn, NY: $5,000 to purchase dental supplies for the Brush to Crush Cavities Program.

•    Children’s Health Fund, New York, NY: $10,000 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a full-time pediatrician for the New York Children’s Health Program.

•    Mature Services, Inc., Akron, OH: $5,000 to fund mileage reimbursement for errand services provided for homebound clients of the Homecare Program.

•    Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA: $5,000 to supply disposable dental supplies including patient bibs, tray covers, syringe tips, sponges and amalgam, as well as small parts for handheld dental instruments for the Free Dental Care for Uninsured Families in Chester County Program.

•    Rhode Island Free Clinic, Providence, RI: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Clinic Nurse in the From Crisis to Care: A Statewide Model of Coordinated Healthcare for Uninsured, Low-Income Adults Program.

•    Virginia Dental Association Foundation, Richmond, VA: $5,000 to purchase disposable dental supplies and one-step denture unit templates and to pay to repair or replace small dental hand instruments and other dental equipment for the Mission of Mercy Program.

 

Hunger Prevention 

•    Hands on Hartford, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the MANNA Community Pantry Program.

•    Martin House, Inc., Norwich, CT: $5,000 to pay for food for the Basic Needs Program.

•    Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., Vernon, CT: $3,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Program.

•    Food Bank of Delaware, Inc., Newark, DE: $12,500 to fund fuel, tolls, repairs, maintenance, storage boxes and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the driver for the Expanded Fields of Hope Program.

•    Lutheran Community Services, Wilmington, DE: $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

•    HOPE HELPS INC, Oviedo, FL: $5,000 to provide food and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the food pantry and resource coordinators for The Kids of HOPE Enrichment Program.

•    Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to provide food for the Increasing Food Distribution Program.

•    Victory Programs, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 for food for the Boston Living Center Nutrition and Meals Enhancement Program.

•    The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc., Boston, MA: $15,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program.

•    Rosie’s Place, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to fund food for the Women & Children at Rosie’s Place Food Program.

•    Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., Lexington, MA: $2,100 to purchase food for the Therapeutic Nutrition For Elders Program.

•    Open Pantry Community Services, Inc., Springfield, MA: $5,000 for non-perishable food and groceries, infant formula and diapers for the Emergency Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Action Council of Howard County, MD. Inc., Columbia, MD: $5,000 to provide food, as well as seeds and small plants, for the Howard County Food Bank Program.

•    Farmer Foodshare Inc, Chapel Hill, NC: $5,000 to purchase fresh local produce for the Pennies on the Pound Food Market Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey: Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Cherry Hill, NJ: $5,000 for food for the Family Assistance Program and Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc., Morristown, NJ: $10,000 to buy food and supplies for the Outreach Center Program.

•    Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc. (NESF), Newark, NJ: $7,500 to purchase food for the Food & Clothing Pantry Program.

•    Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Toms River, NJ: $3,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of salary of the Volunteer Coordinator for the Easing Hunger Program.

•    Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY: $11,000 to purchase 11,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Stocking Our Shelves Program.

•    Foodlink, Inc., Rochester, NY: $12,500 to buy food for Foodlink’s Cooking Matters Program.

•    Capital District Community Gardens, Troy, NY: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the outreach assistant for the Squash Hunger Program.

•    Mobile Meals, Inc., Akron, OH: $12,500 to purchase meals and supplements and to pay for fuel and vehicle maintenance for the Meals and Supplements for Children, the Disabled and the Elderly Who are Unable to Pay Program.

•    Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, Avon Lake, OH: $5,000 to purchase food, household supplies and personal hygiene products for the Hunger Prevention Program.

•    Cleveland Foodbank, Inc., Cleveland, OH: $7,500 to provide food for the Children’s Nutrition Initiative Program.

•    Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase food for Vivian’s Pantry Emergency Food Bank Program.

•    Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington, VA: $5,000 for perishable food for the General Distribution Program.

•    FeedMore, Inc., Richmond, VA: $10,000 to purchase food for the BackPack Program.

 

Self Sufficiency

 

•    Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the Resident Services Coordinator salary for the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust’s Project Success Program.

•    New Haven Diaper Bank, Inc., New Haven, CT: $7,500 to supply diapers for families in need through the Diaper Distribution Network Program.

•    Family Promise of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL: $4,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a case manager, fund transportation expenses, as well as purchase hygiene items and cleaning supplies, for the Back to Work, Back to Home Program.

•    The Center For Drug-Free Living, Inc., Orlando, FL: $4,000.00 to purchase food, household cleaning and laundry supplies, clothing for school, job interviews and work in the Helping Others Make the Effort (H.O.M.E.) Program.

•    Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for four Child Services Coordinators (CSCs), who develop and implement recruitment plans to find adoptive parents for high-risk youth in foster care and to help fund venue rental and refreshments for Adoption Parties/Information Events in the Child Services Program.

•    Crittenton Women’s Union, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase home supplies, literacy materials and refreshments, fund staff travel and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the case manager/domestic violence specialist for the Horizons: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Achieve Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Pine Street Inn, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to supply 2,500 meals at a cost of $5 per meal to homeless men served through the Men’s Inn Food Services Program.

•    South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., Framingham, MA: $5,000 to provide “Welcome Home” baskets, which include toiletries, socks, undergarments, bathrobes, cleaning products, linens, as well as 600 bus passes, for clients served through the Common Ground Resource Center Program.

•    Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Incorporated, Roxbury, MA: $5,000 to purchase shelter supplies, including hygiene items, diapers and food to support families in the Family Shelter Program.

•    Triangle Family Services, Raleigh, NC: $5,000 to provide direct service, program related salary support for a case manager, who helps clients to obtain and maintain permanent housing through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program.

•    Shelter Our Sisters, Inc., Hackensack, NJ: $5,000 to fund direct service, program related salary support for a bilingual case manager in the Project Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Family Guidance Center Corporation, Hamilton, NJ: $5,000 to provide food vouchers, prescription refills, seasonal clothing and other personal items, and to pay utilities, rent, and/or mortgage payments or legal fees related to eviction proceedings for the Economic Crisis Emergency Fund Program.

•    The Willow Tree, Inc., Morris Plain, NJ: $5,000 to fund a direct service, program-related portion of the certified alcohol and drug counselor, who provides class instruction for adult learners, and to purchase refreshments for classes in the Living Willow Wise Life Skills Program.

•    Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc., Plainfield, NJ: $10,000 to purchase furniture, household cleaning supplies and building maintenance supplies for families served through the Transitional Housing Program.

•    Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs, Bronx, NY: $5,000 to buy clothing and shoes for homeless clients served through the Transitional Housing Facility Program.

•    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY Inc. aka Polish Community Center, Buffalo, NY: $5,000 for an outreach van for the Matt Urban Hope Center-Homeless Outreach Program.

•    Transitional Services for New York, Inc., Whitestone, NY: $5,000 to purchase technology and software supplies, as well as Career Abilities Placement Surveys and related advertising outreach in the Vocational Program.

•    Eastern Henrico FISH, Inc., Henrico, VA: $5,000 to support financial assistance for households, including rent, mortgage and utility payments, for the Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

 

About BJ’s Charitable Foundation
BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ’s Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, education and health). For more information about BJ’s Charitable Foundation, please visit, www.bjs.com/charity/

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The Kroger Co. and Harris Teeter Supermarkets merger received FTC’s early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act

Matthews, NC, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) (“Kroger”) and Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE: HTSI) (“Harris Teeter”) announced that the Federal Trade Commission today granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) with respect to the pending merger transaction between the two companies.

The early termination of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending merger, which remains subject to other customary closing conditions. Both companies expect the transaction to be completed before the end of January.

On July 9, 2013,  Kroger and Harris Teeter  announced a definitive merger agreement, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. On October 3, 2013, Harris Teeter shareholders overwhelmingly approved of the merger agreement. At the closing of the merger, Harris Teeter shareholders will receive $49.38 in cash for each share of Harris Teeter common stock they own.

About Kroger
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs 343,000 associates who serve customers in 2,414 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less,  Fred Meyer , Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,218 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Krogercontributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

About Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., reported fiscal 2013 sales of $4.71 billion. The regional grocery chain employs approximately 26,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those related to the expected timing for closing of the merger. These forward-looking statements are based on Harris Teeter’s and Kroger’s current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from such statements: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the proposed merger agreement; the risk that a closing condition to the proposed merger may not be satisfied; and other economic, business, competitive, and regulatory factors affecting the businesses of Harris Teeter and Kroger generally, including those set forth in the filings of Harris Teeter and Kroger with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statements. Harris Teeter and Kroger assume no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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Target’s new store in North Brunswick, N.J. will be located in the new development Main Street North Brunswick

Store will employ approximately 250 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in North Brunswick, N.J., in October 2014. The store will be located in the new development called Main Street North Brunswick, and the entrance to the center is at Route 1 and Aaron Road. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The North Brunswick store will be approximately 140,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks, a Target Pharmacy and a Target Optical, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The North Brunswick location will employ approximately 250 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“With the new Target North Brunswick, NJ store opening this October, we’re deepening our commitment to the community of northern New Jersey.” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region. “We look forward to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with our guests and new Team Members.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visitTarget.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Stefanie Mohr
p: (212) 819-6468

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

Target plans to employ 200 new staff in its new store in Santa Clara California

Store will employ approximately 200 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Santa Clara, Calif., in October 2014. The new store will be located at 2004 El Camino Real in the Santa Clara Town Centre. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Santa Clara store will be approximately 140,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks, a Target Pharmacy and a Target Optical, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Santa Clara location will employ approximately 200 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“Target is excited about our first store in Santa Clara and our continued expansion into the South Bay area,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region. “With the opening of our Santa Clara Target store, we are bringing 200 jobs to the area and delivering our ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise to even more guests in the area.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visitTarget.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Matias Cavallin
p: (612) 240-6543

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

Target to open news store in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Store will employ approximately 150 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Wilmington, Mass., in October 2014. The new store will be located at 210 Ballardvale Street. To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Wilmington store will be approximately 130,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target Pharmacy, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Wilmington location will employ approximately 150 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“The northern Massachusetts market has always been a priority for Target,” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region. “With the launch of the new Wilmington Target store this October, we are proud to affirm our commitment to the community by serving as a good neighbor to our guests and local employer to our new Team Members.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibilty.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Stefanie Mohr
p: (212) 819-6468

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

Target announced plans to open new store in Liberty Township, Ohio in October 2014

Store will employ approximately 150 new team members

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is pleased to announce plans to open a new store in Liberty Township, Ohio, in October 2014. The store will be located at 10600 Sawmill Parkway as part of the new shopping center The Shoppes at Wedgewood.  To date, Target has announced plans to open 10 Target stores in 2014.

The Liberty Township store will be approximately 130,000 square feet, and will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target Pharmacy, to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

The Liberty Township location will employ approximately 150 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located in all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

“Columbus is an important market for Target,” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Eastern region.  “We’re thrilled to bring 150 new jobs to the community and service even more guests when our Liberty Township store opens this October.”

Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.

media contact

Stefanie Mohr
p: (212) 819-6468

media hotline

p: (612) 254-4650
e: press@target.com

We strive to return all media calls within one business day.

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Wincor Nixdorf AG announced its first quarter net sales fell by 5%

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf AG completed the first quarter of its current fiscal year with a decline in net sales and growth in operating profit. Compared with the same period a year ago, net sales for the first quarter fell by 5%. In total, net sales stood at €638 million (previous year: €669 million). Operating profit (EBITA) increased by 5% to €42 million (40 million). As a result, the EBITA margin rose by 0.6 percentage points to 6.6 % (6.0%). Profit for the first three months of fiscal 2013/2014 stood at €28 million (€27 million). Wincor Nixdorf had anticipated that business would move in this direction, given the strong performance recorded in the same period a year ago. Against this backdrop, the company is confident that it will be able to maintain the pattern of growth to which it had returned in the preceding fiscal year. With this in mind, the company has confirmed its forecast. It expects to generate growth of 4% in net sales in the current fiscal year 2013/2014, while operating profit is again projected to expand significantly by an estimated 17% to €155 million.

“Having completed our restructuring program last year, we consider ourselves well placed to sustain the considerable level of growth generated in emerging markets,” said CEO & President Eckard Heidloff in justifying the company’s favorable business outlook. He went on to explain that this forward momentum would again compensate for the persistent sluggishness affecting Wincor Nixdorf’s business activities in Europe. Alongside growth in the emerging markets, expansion of the company’s Software business is at the top of the agenda. “Increasingly, consumers are wanting to decide for themselves whether they use a smartphone, a tablet, the Internet or branch-based services to make their transactions. Banks and retailers are responding to this trend, and we are here to support them in their efforts,” said Heidloff.

Alongside sustained cost-related pressures, trends such as these illustrate the growing importance of software to Wincor Nixdorf’s overall business. Within the next five years, the company is looking to double its revenue generated through Software business and associated Professional Services – from net sales of around €300 million at present to €600 million. Its commitment in this area is underpinned, among other things, by the recent acquisition of DATEC, a Czech software enterprise that specializes in retail solutions. DATEC focuses, in particular, on data integration relating to omni-channel and ERP processes. The software specialist has developed proprietary software that delivers information for sales consultations via mobile devices, such as tablets.

Net sales down year on year in Banking segment – Retail segment records growth in net sales
In the first quarter, net sales in the Banking segment were down 11% at €400 million (€448 million). EBITA for the Banking segment amounted to €30 million (€33 million) in the first three months of the fiscal year, which constitutes a decline by 9% or €3 million. By contrast, net sales generated in the Retail segment rose by 8% to €238 million (€221 million) in the first three months of the fiscal year. Thus, Wincor Nixdorf managed to lift EBITA attributable to the Retail segment by 71%, or €5 million, to €12 million (€7 million).

Performance by region
In Germany, net sales for the first quarter of the fiscal year contracted slightly by 2% to €151 million (€154 million), thus accounting for 24% (23 %) of the Group’s total net sales in the reporting period. Net sales generated in Europe (excluding Germany) over the first three months of the fiscal year stood at €303 million (€317 million), which corresponds to a decline of 4%. Against this backdrop, Europe continued to account for 47% of the Group’s total net sales, unchanged from the same period a year ago and still the largest contributor to consolidated revenue. Asia/Pacific/Africa saw net sales fall by 4% to €115 million (€120 million) in the first three months of the current fiscal year. Asia/Pacific/Africa contributed a share of 18% (18%) to total net sales for the Group. Expressed in U.S. dollars, net sales generated in the Americas fell by 8% during the reporting period. Translated into euros, net sales for this region declined by 12% to €69 million (€78 million). Thus, the Americas accounted for 11% (12%) of total net sales within the Group.

Performance by business stream
In the first quarter of the fiscal year, net sales attributable to Hardware business totaled €305 million (€332 million), which corresponds to a year-on-year decline of 8%. Net sales from Software/Services fell by 1% to €333 million (€337 million). The share of total net sales attributable to the Hardware business stood at 48% (50%). Correspondingly, Software/Services business accounted for 52% (50%) of total net sales.

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Russia’s largest retailer Magnit announced acquisition of shares by the entity under the issuer’s control

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”, the “Issuer”, MICEX and LSE: MGNT), announces the acquisition of shares by the entity which is under the Issuer’s control.

Full company name and address:  joint-stock company “Tander”
185, Levanevskogo street, Krasnodar, Russia
Taxpayer Id Number: 2310031475
Principal State Registration Number: 1022301598549
Object of acquisition: voting shares of the Issuer

Date of acquisition: January 17, 2014
Amount of acquired shares: 20,504 shares (0.021683% of the total equity)
Basis for acquisition: Sales and Purchase Agreements executed in the trading of MICEX Stock Exchange
Amount of votes before acquisition: 75,857 votes (0.080220% of the total number of votes)
Amount of votes after acquisition: 96,361 votes (0.101903% of the total number of votes)

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x7600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x5101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of December 31, 2013, Magnit operated 22 distribution centers and over 8,000 stores (7,200 convenience, 207 hypermarkets, and 686 cosmetics) in more than 1,868 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with its reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements, Magnit had 1H 2013 revenues of $8.7 billion USD and an EBITDA of $890 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is now Europe’s 2nd largest food retailer.

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