New Hy-Vee’s Kids Fit program expands to include one-mile fun run and 5K options to fight childhood obesity

WEST DES MOINES, IA, 2014-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kids of all ages and skill levels will have additional opportunities to participate in events making up the new Hy-Vee Kids Fit program. The events will build on the kids triathlon offerings Hy-Vee has held in the past, but will expand to include one-mile fun run and […]

Austria’s retailer Leder & Schuh AG won the Retail Technology Award Europe 2014 with Wincor Nixdorf as IT solution partner

Retail Technology Award Europe 2014 Paderborn, Germany, 2014-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoes and customers’ feet are now measured electronically to ensure a perfect fit, an exceptional shoe-buying experience and, last but not least, a reduction in returns to online shops. Austria’s retailer Leder & Schuh AG took the coveted Retail Technology Award Europe 2014 for […]

Ahold repurchased 4,286,262 Ahold common shares for €55.57 million between February 10 and 14, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 4,286,262 Ahold common shares in the period from February 10, 2014 up to and including February 14, 2014. The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.9651 per share for a total consideration of € 55.57 million. These repurchases were made as part […]

Delhaize Group updates its policy on Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing

Delhaize Group commits to sourcing traceable, deforestation-free palm oil BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group today announces an updated policy on Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing that outlines our commitment to source only traceable, No-Deforestation palm oil. Building upon the work we began in 2012 to increase the transparency in the sourcing of […]

BRC Global Standards announce two new members of the BRC team in the Americas

LONDON, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards are pleased to announce two new members of the BRC team in the Americas. Luis Arturo Saucedo based in Mexico and Miguel Gortari based in Uruguay, both long term supporters of the BRC Global Standards program, will act as a local contact points and provide local technical expertise for businesses […]

Giant Hypermarket Malaysia donates additional RM470.000 for food aid to low-income households

Shah Alam, Malaysia, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — GIANT, one of MyKasih Foundation’s earliest partners, has Increased its contribution to bring food aid to low-income households by donating an additional RM470.000 to its programme. The cheque was handed over by GCH Retail Malaysia Sdn Bhd marketing director Ruben Brusch to MyKasih managing director Jeffrey Perera […]

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation (SM) announced the issuance of up to P15 Billion Fixed Rate Peso Retail Bonds

Manila, Philippines, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) announced today that its Board of Directors approved the issuance of Fixed Rate Peso Retail Bonds worth Php10 Billion with an option for oversubscription for another Php5 Billion. The bonds will be offered in one or two tranches with tenors of 7 and/or 10 years. […]

H&M Group reports its January sales increased by 15 percent vs. the same month last year

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January, the H&M Group total sales including VAT increased by 15 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year. The total number of stores amounted to 3,184 on 31 January 2014 versus 2,808 on 31 January 2013. Percentage sales development for the month of […]

Wincor Nixdorf presents its new tablet-based BEETLE mobile POS solution at EuroShop

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its new tablet-based BEETLE mobile POS solution at EuroShop. The solution is designed to meet the requirements of international retail companies that wish to offer their customers a more attractive shopping experience with mobile POS functionalities. In addition, Wincor Nixdorf will present its new B2B […]

Wincor Nixdorf prepares the next release of its store software TP.net for May 2014

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-2-17 — /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 multi-channel 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, […]

The University of Leeds and Marks & Spencer work on new research to drive opportunities for economic growth and expansion in retail

Leeds, UK, 2014-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The University of Leeds is working with Marks & Spencer on new research into innovation in international business models, which aims to drive opportunities for economic growth and expansion in retail. Using a £200,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, experts from Leeds University Business School (LUBS) […]

Federated Co-operatives Limited to purchase 14 food stores from Sobeys Inc

Saskatoon, SK‎, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), has agreed to purchase 14 food stores, including 4 co-located gas bars, from Sobeys Inc. FCL has agreed to purchase stores in Edmonton (4), Winnipeg (4), and one each in Regina, Saskatoon, Taber, Leduc, Wetaskiwin and […]

The Overwaitea Food Group to purchase 15 stores in British Columbia and Alberta from Sobeys Inc

15 Grocery Stores across BC and Alberta to be purchased Vancouver, BC, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is pleased to announce the purchase of 15 store locations in British Columbia and Alberta from Sobeys Inc. As part of Sobeys’ acquisition of Canada Safeway, Canada’s Competition Bureau required divestiture of a number of their […]

The Overwaitea Food Group to convert 11 of its PriceSmart Foods stores to the Save-On-Foods banner

Ambitious Conversion Plan will see all stores converted in just a week Vancouver, BC, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is pleased to announce that it has set plans in motion to convert 11 of its PriceSmart Foods stores to the Save-On-Foods banner by next Friday, February 14. “With the overwhelming support of team […]

ICSC: Strong demand from retailers helped landlords boost income at their properties in fourth quarter

NEW YORK, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Strong demand from retailers helped landlords boost income at their properties during the fourth quarter. At DDR Corp., leasing spreads grew by 13.9 percent year on year for new leases and by 7.9 percent on renewals, driving same-center net operating income up 3.1 percent. “We expect operating metrics […]

Wegmans Food Markets to deliver 18,000-pound Valentine to The Greater Boston Food Bank on February 14

NEWTON, MA, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets will deliver an 18,000-pound Valentine to The Greater Boston Food Bank on Friday, February 14 at 10 am: A tractor-trailer filled with 9 tons of non-perishable food products. The Greater Boston Food Bank will, in turn, distribute the items to food pantries that serve the […]

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

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

Belk announced the semifinalists for the company’s 2014 Southern Musician Showcase

Charlotte, NC, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today announced the semi-finalists for the company’s 2014 Southern Musician Showcase. Chosen from more than 2,000 submissions, the 33 semi-finalists will now perform at live auditions in Live Nation venues in Atlanta, Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. Winners of those auditions will move on to a final competition […]

Albertsons/Sav-on Pharmacies: free heart healthy meal with your new or transferred prescription throughout Southern California

Boise, ID, 2014-2-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here’s a sweet meal deal that’s good for your heart and great for your pocketbook. Starting February 10 at select Albertsons/Sav-on Pharmacies throughout Southern California, you can receive a free heart healthy meal. Simply bring a new or transferred prescription to a participating Sav-on Pharmacy to receive a coupon* […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading trade associations form cybersecurity partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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