Argos to join the Future High Streets Forum

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos, one of the UK’s leading multi-channel retailers, will join the Future High Streets Forum, High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis announced today (21 January 2014).

The Future High Streets Forum brings together leading businesses, academics and local leaders to look at the challenges facing our town centres and to work with councils to build on what government has started.

Mr Lewis said he was delighted that John Walden, Managing Director of Argos, had accepted his invitation to join the forum and that their help looking at how digital technology can support the high street would be invaluable.

A competition to challenge businesses to come up with innovative digital ideas to boost the high streets was recently announced as part of a £1 billion package of support that includes new tax breaks for shops, sensible changes to planning and parking rules, together with more power for councils.

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“Competition from online stores means Britain’s shopping culture is changing and our high streets need to respond and exploit digital channels in a way that attracts people to the high street.Argos is at the very forefront of ‘click and collect’ retail and John Walden brings with him a wealth of multi-channel retail and technology experience which will be an enormous asset as he joins the rest of our experts on the Future High Street Forum.”

John Walden, Argos Managing Director said:

“I am delighted to accept the minister’s invitation. I firmly believe the continued vibrancy and viability of our high streets will depend on their ability to adapt to the changing consumer needs as the digital world fundamentally and irreversibly changes the way we live our lives.”

FURTHER INFORMATION

John Walden joined Argos as Managing Director in February 2012.

He started his retail career in the 1990s as Chief Operating Officer of Peapod, a pioneer in online supermarket retailing. He joined Best Buy, the giant US electricals retailer, in 1999 as President of its internet and direct channels division, and over an 8 year career also served as Executive Vice President, Human Capital and Leadership, and ultimately as Executive Vice President of its customer business group.

John later moved to Sears where, as Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President, he led marketing, merchandising and the internet, catalogue and home services divisions. More recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Inversion Inc, a retail consultancy, and Chief Executive of Activeion Cleaning Solutions.

On 16 January 2014, Home Retail Group plc announced John Walden would be its new Chief Executive.

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K-Group employed 520 youths at K-stores and Kesko in Finland as part of its youth guarantee programme

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year, Kesko and K-stores launched a programme aimed to provide employment to at least 1,000 young people in the youth guarantee target group by the end of 2014. Up to date, 520 youths have started work at K-stores and Kesko in different parts of Finland.

Most of them received work at K-food stores in August-December 2013. Young people have also been provided work at Anttila, Intersport, Kesport, Musta Pörssi, Kookenkä, K-rauta, Rautia and K-maatalous, VV-Auto and Keslog. The programme has got off to a promising start especially in the Greater Helsinki area and Northern and Eastern Finland.

Kesko’s Board of Directors granted €100,000 to start up the programme last year. A significant contributor to the success of the programme has been a project coordinator hired by the K-Group to act as a liaison between K-retailers, Kesko and TE Offices.

– It is important for the success of Finland that young people enter working life as soon as possible. Retail trade is the biggest employer in the business sector with more than 300,000 employees. Kesko and K-stores will continue to need diligent young people with an interest in working in the trading sector and the right service attitude, says President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki.

The K-Group employs around 45,000 people in a total of eight countries. In Finland, Kesko and K-retailers employ around 30,000 people, of whom around 20,000 are employed by K-retailer entrepreneurs.

The K-Group’s results in the implementation of the youth guarantee programme so far were announced at Kesko’s 17th Day of Commerce Seminar. The theme of the seminar was “Young people are the future of Finland”. The speakers at the seminar were Minister of Social Affairs and Health Paula Risikko, K-retailer and the Kesko Board Chair Esa Kiiskinen, Service Union United PAM’s President Ann Selin, Hyria Education Ltd.’s President and CEO Jarno Tuimala, Startup Sauna’s CEO Miki Kuusi and Rautakesko’s Product Manager Aleksandra Hämäläinen. The seminar attracted around 600 key representatives of trade and industry. Presentation materials can be downloaded from the www.kesko.fi website starting from 21 January.

Further information:
Vice President Ari Svensk, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 080
Managing Director Jaana Hertsberg, K-Retailers’ Association, tel. +358 105 336 289

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist with about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko and K-retailers form the K-Group, whose retail sales totalled around €12 billion (VAT 0%) in 2012.

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Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Sainsbury’s stores in Wales are encouraging customers and colleagues to apply for the Welsh Community Grant Fund. Over £53,000 will be allocated to a range of charities and local community groups, spread across projects of up to £500 each. The new local funding is the result of reinvesting online carrier bag charges.

London, UK, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the Welsh government introduced a single use carrier bag charge in October 2011, our Welsh customers that order through online delivery have been charged 40p as a flat rate for bags.  Since then, it’s accumulated £53,792.33 which will be put into projects in Wales to support activities which fit Sainsbury’s core values of food, family, kids and health and also environment and social welfare.

Applications which are open online at www.ccworks.co.uk/sainsburys from 13 January through to 28 February adds to Sainsbury’s donations through the Local Charity partner scheme.  The partner scheme began in 2009 and has raised more than £5 million to support local communities.

Stephi Brett, Sainsbury’s Community Affairs manager said: “From the success of Sainsbury’s Local Charity partnership we’ve seen the positive impact we can have on our local communities.  We hope the Welsh Community Grant Fund has a similar impact and look forward to reading the applications as they come through.”

Welsh based community groups and charities can apply online through www.ccworks.co.uk/sainsburys from 13 January until 28th February.

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Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Sainsbury to donate money from online carrier bag charges to local charities in Wales

Tesco launches its dotcom service on the Isle of Lewis

Customers on the Isle of Lewis will enjoy grocery home delivery for the first time

Cheshunt, England, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of people living in the Western Isles of Scotland will be able to have their grocery shopping delivered to their homes for the first time, as Tesco launches its dotcom service on the Isle of Lewis today [Tuesday 21 January]. The service will be provided from the Tesco in the island’s capital Stornoway, which is closer to Iceland than to London, and will create 29 new jobs for local people.

Since launching in 1998, Tesco.com has delivered a whopping 170 million grocery orders around the UK. Online grocery shopping continues to rise in popularity, with the growth of smartphones rapidly accelerating the trend. Over Christmas, Tesco customers placed over 3 million online grocery orders, up 11%, with one third placed on a mobile device.

Simon Belsham, Managing Director of Tesco.com said, “We believe everyone should benefit from the best possible service wherever they live including the convenience of ordering their groceries online. At Tesco, we have been able to use unique assets of a nationwide stores and distribution network to create an online service for customers on Lewis. We’ll continue to work hard on the services we provide to these harder to reach communities and are already looking at developing a Click & Collect grocery service on the Isle of Skye later this year.”

Kevin Poke, Store Manager at Tesco Stornoway said, “We’re really excited to be offering this new service. Lots of customers have told us that it’s going to make their weekly shop a lot more convenient, because they can have their groceries delivered at a time that suits them.”

Deliveries will run from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 11pm.

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About Tesco.com

  • As the first retailer to pioneer grocery home shopping in 1998, we have since launched Tesco.com in more than 50 cities in 10 markets overseas.
  • We have delivered over 170 million online grocery orders in the UK since it launched.
  • We have six dotcom stores in the UK  (ErithEnfield, Croydon, Greenford, Crawley, Aylesford)
  • Read more: Philip Clarke blogs about Tesco’s multichannel approach.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 530,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to bringing the best value, choice and service to our millions of customers each week. Our core purpose is ‘we make what matters better, together’.

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Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Paris, France, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour spreads its presence in China with 2 new stores.

January 8th, Carrefour China opened its 237th hypermarket – Anqing Huamas Carrefour.The store has a 8 270 square meter sales area and 35 cashiers, as well as a car park with the space for 400 cars.

January 13th, Carrefour China opened its 238th hypermarket – Wenzhou Tangjiaqias Carrefour. With a 7 242 square meter sales area, the store is equipped with 32 cashiers and with a car park of 300 places.

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Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Carrefour opens two new hypermarkets in China

Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Local food bank “earns” 132,510 pounds of food through social media campaign

Milwaukee,  WI, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to build upon its philanthropic efforts in Wisconsin and ease the toll the holidays take on food banks, Midwest retailer Meijer today donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a food bank dedicated to distributing food to 1,000 food pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies in eastern Wisconsin.

Meijer committed to filling the donated trucks with 5 pounds of food for every use of the hashtag #MeijerGivesWI on a social media campaign that kicked off earlier this week. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin rose to the challenge, working with supporters to mention the hashtag a total of 770 times on Twitter and liking/sharing 5,732 times on Facebook, raising a total of 32,510 pounds of donated food to stock the food bank during this critical time of post-holiday giving.

Instead of just donating the amount of food generated from the campaign, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer announced it was donating an additional 100,000 pounds of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

“Meijer wants to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve,” Meijer Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “It is important to us to demonstrate that commitment even before we open stores in the Milwaukee-area. We partner with Feeding America in other states in the Midwest, and are particularly excited to extend that partnership here to benefit the Wisconsin organization and get good food to people who need it.”

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin distributes more than 20 million pounds of food every year out of its warehouses in Milwaukee and Omro in the Fox Valley. The donated trucks will improve the food bank’s ability to distribute food through their network of hunger relief programs located in 36 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin. On average, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin serves 330,000 people every year, including 105,000 children.

“Hunger doesn’t end when the holiday season is over,” said Bonnie J. Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “The timing of this donation proves Meijer understands that getting food to those who are struggling is a year-round challenge. This generosity from Meijer will have a significant impact on our ability to serve more people in need. We look forward to working with Meijer for a long time to come.”

Meijer is expanding into Wisconsin and has announced plans to open several Milwaukee-area stores as early as 2015. The retailer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring, including significant support of hunger relief initiatives in the communities it serves. In fact, Meijer gives more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, as well as offers a food rescue program at each of its 204 stores, and has a signature program called Simply Give that has generated more than $8 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The two semi-trucks and trailers donated to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin were previously part of the Meijer truck fleet and replaced with ones that offered the latest technology in emissions control. The vehicles are part of a larger donation of 10 semi-trucks and 20 trailers – valued at nearly $400,000 – Meijer gave last year to food banks in the Midwest. Since 2010, Meijer has donated 60 trucks and 20 trailers to food banks and other community partners.

All of the vehicles were reconditioned and prepped for their next use, including new tires, maintenance inspections and new graphics specific to each donation recipient.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/Meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com; Lori Richards, 414-390-5500, lrichards@muellercommunications.com; Gina Styer, 414-831-6334, gstyer@feedingamericawi.org

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Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Midwest retailer Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers full of food to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Toys“R”Us® to introduce all-new products based on the first-ever full-length LEGO adventure movie

The Toy Authority Constructs Dedicated Feature Shop and Plans Special Events in Stores Nationwide to Celebrate the First-Ever Full-Length Movie Based on the Iconic Brand 

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In anticipation of the theatrical release of “The LEGO® Movie” on Friday, February 7, Toys“R”Us® will serve as a go-to destination for building enthusiasts excited to recreate their favorite scenes from the first-ever full-length LEGO adventure film. Customers will find the latest movie-inspired products in a dedicated feature shop in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning Thursday, January 30. Additionally, these all-new items are now available online at Toysrus.com/LEGO. To help fans of all ages celebrate further, all Toys“R”Us stores will host a special event, as well as offer exciting gifts with purchase and a chance to win prizes, while supplies last.*

“LEGO construction sets prove to be perennial favorites among our customers, and in recent years, those that allow kids and collectors to bring moments from entertainment properties to life have gained in popularity,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Toys, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “LEGO products have even influenced TV shows and movies with the introduction of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network and now ‘The LEGO Movie.’ One thing is certain, the LEGO brand is engrained in pop culture, and we are thrilled to offer enthusiasts of all ages the broadest assortment of LEGO sets, exclusive items and special events so they can experience the magic of building right in our stores.”

On-Screen Action Brought to Life – Brick-by-Brick – with Latest LEGO Movie Merchandise

Beginning Thursday, January 30, through March, shoppers across the country will discover a dedicated feature shop in Toys“R”Us stores filled with brand-new products inspired by epic scenes and fan-favorite characters from “The LEGO Movie.” The themed shop will showcase nearly 20 items, from playsets that replicate action-packed adventures, to all-new minifigures and vehicles. Fans can join Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, on his quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. “The LEGO Movie” items currently available in-store and online at Toysrus.com/LEGO include:

The LEGO Movie Rescue Reinforcements

Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/LEGO, avid builders will enjoy ambushing the biggest Micro Manager from the ground and air after constructing this 859-piece set. Ages 8 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Melting Room

With this 122-piece set, younger LEGO lovers can help Wyldstyle free Emmet from the Melting Room and the custody of Lord Business’ Robo Police. Ages 6 to 12 years.

The LEGO Movie Cloud Cuckoo Palace

LEGO enthusiasts can join Emmet and Wyldstyle, and meet Unikitty, who leads all the Master Builders in this 197-piece playful paradise, while trying to avoid Lord Business’ Executron, who is ready to capture Emmet after trailing the crew. Ages 7 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Castle Cavalry

Builders will enjoy recreating the action of an exciting movie scene with this 424-piece set. With an impenetrable castle that turns into an armored cavalry, protecting innocent civilians from the wrath of Lord Business and his men is all in a day’s work for Emmet. Ages 8 to 14 years.

The LEGO Movie Metal Beard’s Duel

With this 412-piece set, “The LEGO Movie” fans can help Metal Beard, who lost his body parts in a previous battle with Lord Business and rebuilt himself with old ship scraps, to overtake one of Lord Business’ Micro Managers. Ages 8 to 14 years.

LEGO Lovers Assemble! Toys“R”Us Builds Excitement with Savings and Special Events

To mark the official release of the “The LEGO Movie” in theaters, Toys“R”Us will engage building enthusiasts in the following ways:

  • Gifts with LEGO Product Purchases: Beginning Sunday, February 2, customers who make a $50 or more LEGO construction purchase in-store will receive a complimentary ticket to see “The LEGO Movie” in theaters, while supplies last. Plus, on Saturday, February 8, those who purchase “The LEGO Movie” video game for Nintendo 2DS will receive a $15 Toys“R”Us Gift Card, while supplies last.**
  • Calling all Little Builders for “The LEGO Movie” In-Store Event: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will host a special event from 12 noon – 2pm on Saturday, February 8, during which aspiring builders can construct – and take home – Emmet’s car. Plus, customers can try out the all-new “The LEGO Movie” video game on Nintendo 2DS.*
  • Prizes and Surprises: As part of the February 8 in-store event, attendees can enter a raffle to win one of two exciting prizes. One lucky winner at each Toys“R”Us location will receive a $10 Toys“R”Us Gift Card, while a second winner will receive the Lord Business’ Evil Lair construction set.
  • And, Congratulations to the Toys“R”Us Fans & Friends Sweepstakes Winner: Earlier this month, customers across the country were invited to enter for a chance to win a trip for four to theLos Angeles premiere of “The LEGO Movie.” Congratulations to Tracy B. from Indiana, who will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For the latest information surrounding “The LEGO Movie” products, special events and more, customers can visit the Toys“R”Us Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Pinterest page at Pinterest.com/Toysrus or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@Toysrus).

To download high-res images of select “The LEGO Movie”products, please click here.

*Excludes Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores.
**No rain checks.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.

THE LEGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

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Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Kerry Smith
973-617-4380/646-366-8825
Kerry.Smith@toysrus.com

Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306/646-366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

 

The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, PA debuts new menu of market-fresh salads and sandwiches

King of Prussia, PA, US, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Monday, January 27, popular neighborhood food-and-drink spot The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, PA (1 Village Drive, 484-690-3560) will debut an enticing New Menu of market-fresh fare, including salads, sandwiches, composed entrees and beer, wine and cocktails chosen specifically to complement the food. They will also add their latest collaboration with local brewery Sly Fox, a German-style malt beer served exclusively at The Pub, to the menu.  Executive Chef Chris Happel  and Manager Patti Hindsley are thrilled to announce these changes and look forward to sharing these guest-requested updates with fans old and new.

“From the start, we’ve created The Pub as a friendly, welcoming place that our guests feel a strong connection with – so when they asked us for more local craft beers, chef-inspired entrees, greater variety of appetizers and more salads and sandwiches, we listened!” says Kathy Haines, director of Wegmans in-store restaurants and Market Cafés.  “As always, all of our dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from the adjacent market, and these new menu adjustments make The Pub better than ever – a place where guests can enjoy a top-notch burger and local craft beer, close to home, any night of the week.”

New dishes include:  Yuengling Beer-Steamed PEI Mussels with shallot-thyme butter and warm baguette;  Cajun Kettle Salad with Bronzed Chicken, with romaine, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, cornbread croutons and Creole mustard vinaigrette;  Scallop Salad of spring mix greens, sliced pears, sweet pickled red onion, dried cranberries, shaved carrots, pine nut granola and cranberry-orange dressing;  Pub Cheese Burger, an instant classic of eight ounces of beef, grilled to order, with Adams Reserve cheddar, Wegmans thousand island dressing, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato; Beef Short Rib “Bahn Mi” Sandwich, Asian barbecue sauce-glazed, slow-cooked beef short rib with carrot, cabbage, cucumber and cilantro on a toasted roll;  Honey-Brined Boneless Pork Chops with potato puree, truffled green beans, apple slaw and country gravy;  and Atlantic Farm-Raised Salmon with sautéed spinach, shaved fennel, red onion, tarragon, artichokes, peas and Bouillabaisse sauce.  Entrees are now served with sides chosen specifically to complement them and many dishes feature sauces that are also for sale in the market, so guests can pick up a bottle and recreate their meal at home.

One delicious pairing with the new menu items is Sly Fox Sly Ride, a German-style malt beer brewed with four different kinds of hops (Vienna, Pils, Wheat and Caramunich) for a smooth, warming winter brew that was created for and will be served exclusively at The Pub at Wegmans.  Previous Sly Fox collaborative beers have been fast favorites with diners, and this latest seasonal creation is sure to join their ranks as among The Pub’s most popular beers.

The Pub also expanded their already-broad list of local craft beers and added a variety of palate-friendly wines by the glass, as well as a rotating seasonal cocktail list.  In addition, they now accept reservations over Open Table, meaning that guests who hope to dine at a specific time can book their table in advance and arrive confident that they will be seated right away.  Aesthetic changes to the already-cozy space have made it even more inviting, as well, including curtains for privacy and more comfortable low tables.

The Pub at Wegmans serves a market-fresh menu of American cuisine with a focus on creative plates, sandwiches and entrée salads.  It is a natural extension of the store’s comprehensive prepared foods section, the Market Café, where they offer dine-in or to-go dishes prepared fresh in their on-site kitchen.  The Pub takes that commitment to freshness one step further, with table service and ample seating, plus the full bar, where guests’ dishes are cooked to order from the thoughtful menu.

The Pub also serves a wide variety of local, domestic and international craft beers, including a variety of Pennsylvania favorites, such as Yuengling, Stout’s, Victory and a number of other local breweries on draught.  They also offer a selection of wines from around the world, available by the glass or bottle, and an exciting list of original cocktails made from premium spirits and mixers and fresh juice.

The Pub at Wegmans is nestled within the in-store Market Café and features a welcoming atmosphere with glowing mahogany and rich colors, where guests are encouraged to relax with family or friends over a pint or a bite.  The casual ambience includes a large wrap-around bar and comfortable dining room, spacious enough for parties, business functions and other private events.  The Pub is open for lunch and dinner.  For more information about The Pub at King of Prussia, please call (484) 690-3560, visit www.wegmans.com/thepub and follow them on Twitter (@WegmansPub).

About Wegmans
Founded by brothers Walter and John Wegman as the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company in Rochester, NY in 1916, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is now an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  FORTUNE magazine ranked Wegmans #1 on their 2005 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a list they have been on for 17 consecutive years.  They are guided by a commitment to the health of their employees and customers.

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Contact Information: 
Clare Pelino, Profile Public Relations, 215-985-2106
Kathy Haines, Wegmans director of in-store restaurants and Market Cafés, 484-788-4349

Wincor Nixdorf to launch B2B Android apps marketplace for retailers based on multifunctional payment tablet

Wincor Nixdorf bundles cashless payment know-how

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is extending and bundling its portfolio of solutions for processing cashless payment transactions. At Wincor World, the company will present a B2B marketplace for Android-based apps that retailers can use to manage their stores, enhance their sales and payment processes and provide value added services. A multifunctional payment tablet is the enabling technology for this innovative software platform concept. The “Aevi” portfolio – an ecosystem of integrated solution components – represents the culmination of all Wincor Nixdorf’s experience and know-how in the area of cashless payment transaction processing.

Recently, Wincor Nixdorf established a new business unit, Cashless Payment Solutions, to focus on the needs of the strongly growing cashless payment market. Its Aevi portfolio comprises three solution blocks: Aevi Pay, Aevi Money and Aevi Marketplace.

Aevi Pay delivers software and processing solutions for connecting EFTPOS devices that enable businesses to operate their payment landscape comprising terminals from different manufacturers. Aevi Pay is already being used by leading service station companies to process transactions. Wincor Nixdorf’s solution for processing mobile payments is the white label wallet: Aevi Wallet. It is based on using QR codes, but is now also ready for the future’s contactless NFC payments.

The solution Aevi Money covers the acquirer and issuer processing services, such as authorization, switching and routing of ATM transactions, including the operation of ATM networks. For this purpose, market leading software was integrated into Wincor Nixdorf’s solution blueprint to enable the company to offer an end-to-end platform as a flexible managed services solution. Moreover, Wincor Nixdorf is addressing the needs of the emerging markets in mobile money applications through a solution that enables people who have mobile telephones but no bank accounts to use ATMs to top up their mobile wallets, withdraw cash, and transfer funds to bank accounts or to other mobile wallets.

Lastly, Wincor Nixdorf introduced its B2B app store-based software concept, the Aevi Marketplace. “Our goal is to build a platform for an integrated ecosystem and make applications available that enable a unique customer experience and can do more than just process payments,” said, Miroslav Pekarek, Head of Cashless Payment Solutions. Examples include apps that retailers can use to re-order merchandise or that enable restaurant bills to be split easily.

In order to offer a variety of apps quickly, Wincor Nixdorf provides innovative software developers around the world with a software development kit, assumes responsibility for the quality and security of the apps, and ensures their distribution. Retailers or any other business customers can download the apps from the Aevi Marketplace platform onto “Albert” – a multifunctional, Android-based payment tablet and the first of its kind worldwide with an integrated card reader, receipt printer, and touchscreen module for encrypted PIN entry (Touch EPP).

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Wincor Nixdorf’s next release of TP.net – the next step towards omni-channel retailing

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Modern retail software needs to integrate the online and offline worlds and meet all the requirements of functionality, architecture and international orientation in multichannel sales. This is because, for example, today’s consumers gather information online, but make their purchases in stores – or vice versa. And in the process, they expect consistency and want the same quality of consumer service everywhere. “So retail companies need to do more than just address the different sales channels. They also need to connect them to each other seamlessly,” says Thomas Fell, Senior Vice President Retail at Wincor Nixdorf.

Against this backdrop, Wincor Nixdorf is preparing its next release of software TP.net (release May 2014) to include advanced features that optimize the mapping and control of all processes for international multichannel retailers. Retail companies will benefit from the new version – TP.net 5.5 – to connect their sales channels congruently and control them more efficiently. Among other things, TP.net 5.5 ensures a consistent link between sales and merchandise management data flows so that, for example, order processes and item availability can be coordinated across channels. The new release also enables cross-channel control of marketing and loyalty activities. Moreover, TP.net 5.5 connects the stationary checkout systems in stores to multiple mobile applications on end devices running iOS and Android operating systems, and ensures the successful integration of POS peripheral devices in mobile processes.

Wincor Nixdorf takes over software installation and testing in addition to implementing updates and providing 1st, 2nd and 3rd Level Support for the store staff. A standardized procedure based on areas of responsibility defined by the customer and Wincor Nixdorf enables the rapid transfer of the solution to the entire store network while ensuring complete process transparency for the retailer.

One element of this cross-channel solution is Wincor Nixdorf’s mobile checkout software mobile POS, presented for the first time at Wincor World 2014. “The extension of our proven, standards-based framework TP.net with these and other cross-channel functions offers retail companies a solid foundation for a uniform omni-channel customer experience. This will help them win and retain today’s ‘networked customers’,” comments Thomas Fell.

TP.net 5.5 is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of check-out processes required by large, international retail organizations. And Wincor Nixdorf ensures support for its solutions around the world through its closely-meshed delivery and service network. “Our strategic Retail software platform TP.net gets once more enriched by a massive R&D investment, which ensures its readiness for the implementation of retailers’ omni-channel strategies at a global scale”, says Nicolas Pelletier, Vice President Retail Software.

In an analysis by the renowned American market research company Forrester Research from November 2012, TP Application Suite was awarded the highest number of points for its functionality and performance in comparison with other solutions.

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