Harris Teeter Together in Education and North Carolina Education Lottery to donate $1,000 each to four local schools

Matthews, NC, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —Primrose School of West Cary, Highcroft Drive Elementary, Green Hope High School, Turner Creek Elementary School Each to Receive $1,000

Date:              Friday, March 21, 2014

Time:             11 a.m.

Location:      High House Crossing Harris Teeter
2741 NC Highway 55 W
Cary, N.C. 27519

Live shots are welcomed!

Friday, March 21, 2014, Harris Teeter Store Manager Mark Gray will present four local schools each with a $1,000 in support of their commitment to excellence in education.  The donation is made possible by the North Carolina Education Lottery and is in addition to the dollars the schools receive from Harris Teeter Together in Education, which is Company’s fundraising program for schools in its communities.

The schools receiving the donation are: Primrose School of West Cary, Highcroft Drive Elementary, Green Hope High School and Turner Creek Elementary School.

Harris Teeter Together in Education, similar to the North Carolina Education Lottery, raises money for education initiatives to boost returns for education throughout North Carolina.  The North Carolina Education Lottery provides incentive payments to retailers who sell winning jackpot tickets in the Carolina Cash 5 game. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards to local schools.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Danna Jones, communication specialist for Harris Teeter.

“We are always excited by this opportunity as it gives us the opportunity to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to one of our Together in Education partners,” added Jones.

Harris Teeter rolled out lottery ticket sales in its North Carolina stores starting in fall 2010 after successful implementation at five initial locations.  In addition to the funds raised for education, the new technology provided by the North Carolina Education Lottery machines led the company to move forward and make the service available to its shoppers.  The machines will not accept money or dispense tickets until the buyer scans a driver’s license or state-issued identification card to verify appropriate age to purchase a lottery ticket.

Since March 2006, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $3.19 billion for education programs in the state. Harris Teeter’s High House Crossing store in Cary, N.C. received the $4,000 incentive payment for selling the winning ticket for the Carolina Cash 5 jackpot in February 2014.  Carolina Cash 5 is played only in North Carolina, and drawings are held every night at 11:22 p.m. Tickets cost $1.

To learn more about the North Carolina Education Lottery and Harris Teeter, visit www.nc-educationlottery.org and www.harristeeter.com.

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Sarah Kaufmann to carve 640-pound block of Cheese on March 20 at Ballantyne Commons Harris Teeter

Charlotte, N.C., 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann to Carve Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Showcasing Various Collegiate Teams in “Hoops Fever” Basketball Art Sculpture

Dates:   March 19, 2014 – March 23, 2014

Where:  Harris Teeter
Ballantyne Commons
15007 John Delaney Dr.
Charlotte, N.C. 28277

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

March 20, 2014, Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann will begin the championship process of carving a 640-pound block of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese.  Kaufmann’s work will be titled “Hoops Fever” featuring basketball art and logos from various North and South Carolina collegiate teams. Come show support and catch a little Hoops Fever as you witness the unveiling of the carving.

Kaufmann is no amateur to cheese carving; she is a team player who loves to carve mascots, athletic heroes and local attractions. In December 2012, Sarah exhibited her talents in Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter with a carving of Harris Teeter’s mascot, Harry the Happy Dragon, along with Carolina Panthers’ mascot, Sir Purr. Also, in November 2011, in a Washington, D.C. Harris Teeter, Sarah carved a tribute to Wounded Warrior Project™.

Sarah loves to share her passion for cheese, so please visit the Ballantyne Commons Harris Teeter to take your picture with Sarah and speak to her about her unique profession while you sample and shop.

The grand unveiling will occur Sunday, March 23 at 11 a.m.

View a sampling of Sarah’s mammoth carvings here.

Sarah will be available each day during specified hours listed below:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet and Greet
Thursday, March 20, 2014: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carving
Friday, March 21, 2014: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carving
Saturday, March 22, 2014: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carving
Sunday, March 23, 2014: 11 a.m. –  noon Grand Unveiling*
*Charlotte 49er’s mascot, Norm the Niner, will make a special guest appearance at the Unveiling.

Sarah Kaufmann to carve 640-pound block of Cheese on March 20 at Ballantyne Commons Harris Teeter

H&M: February total sales 11% up compared to the same month last year

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In February, the H&M Group total sales including VAT increased by 11 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year.

In the first quarter, i.e. 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014, sales increased by 12 percent including VAT in local currencies compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Sales in the first quarter converted into SEK increased by 13 percent and amounted to SEK 37,524 m (33,146) including VAT. Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 32,143 m (28,392).

The total number of stores amounted to 3,192 on 28 February 2014 versus 2,818 on 28 February 2013.

Percentage sales development for the month of March will be published on 15 April 2014 at 08.00 (CET).

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Contact person: Nils Vinge, Head of IR            +46-8-796 5250
The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on 17 March 2014.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the Group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,100 stores in 53 markets.

In 2013, sales including VAT were approximately SEK 150 billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 116,000.
For further information, visit hm.com.

H & M launches its Shop Online store in France, will also debut H&M Home

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB is proud to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Shop Online store in France. Customers will find the same collections online as in-store, and will for the first time be able to shop H&M Home products.

H&M’s Shop Online offers customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens, plus-size and a full children’s line items, and will also debut H&M Home, available exclusively online. France is the tenth market for H&M to launch online after Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and US.

Launching H&M Home brings H&M’s sense of fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home. Towels, bed linens, curtains and other home textiles and accessories in trendy colors and prints are now available for purchase online. With the arrival of H&M Home in France, customers will now have access to fashionable home decor at the best price.

“We are very proud and excited to launch online shopping in France. It is a fantastic way to offer our French customers  twenty four hour access to the best of our fashion and home collections via their computers, smartphones and tablets anywhere in France” says Thomas Lourenço, H&M France Country Manager.

Online shopping at hm.com completes the H&M experience. Customers can see the latest collections; find inspiration from “H&M Life” and sign up for newsletters for exclusive previews and offers. Everything consumers love about H&M will now be accessible from anywhere in France.

For more information and all the latest from H&M, please visithm.com/fr.

H&M Contacts

Julia Duhamel
Julia.duhamel@hm.com
+33 1 53 20 71 17

Alexandra Martin
Alexandra.martin@hm.com
+33 1 53 20 71 18

Julien Ariès
julien.aries@hm.com
+33 1 53 20 71 10

HGTV’s “DesignStar” winner Emily Henderson to join Target as new home style expert

Minneapolis, MN, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Houses are like people; the more inviting and interesting, the better.”

We couldn’t agree more, which is why Target has teamed up with the very interesting  Emily Henderson to be the new home style expert.

Not only is she the winner of HGTV’s hit show “DesignStar” and TV host of “Secrets From a Stylist,” she’s also a brilliant blogger. We just can’t get enough of Emily’s approachable design philosophy and spunky personality. They’re just two of the many reasons we’re excited she’ll be joining the Target family.

media contact

Kate Lohmuller
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-6863

HGTV’s “DesignStar” winner Emily Henderson to join Target as new home style expert

HGTV’s “DesignStar” winner Emily Henderson to join Target as new home style expert

BRC/SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL MONITOR FEBRUARY 2014: High streets reported the greatest footfall since March 2013

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Footfall in February was 2.9% lower than a year ago, down on the 1.6% rise in January and below the three-month average of -1.1%.

High streets reported the greatest fall, down 5.3%, which is the largest drop since March 2013. On a three-month basis reported a drop in footfall of 3.0%,

Footfall in out-of-town locations experienced a rise 2.3% while shopping centres fell by 2.4%.

All regions and countries with the exception of Greater London (-2.0%), East Midlands (-2.2%) and North & Yorkshire (-2.3%) reported footfall above the UK average of (-2.9%).

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “After the increase in UK shoppers we saw last month, we have seen a disappointing, but understandable, drop back in February. This is in-line with the low levels of growth we saw in our sales figures earlier this month.

“Our data is now building up a rich picture of how retailers created an exceptional and successful promotional period this January, but having taken advantage of those deals, some consumers have taken a little bit of a pause in their shopping in February.

“Overall the numbers of shoppers are down 2.9 per cent. The high street has seen the most challenging conditions, with footfall down 5.3 per cent on last year. This underlines how important it is we keep our focus on reform of business rates to keep costs down. Reform will help high street retailers invest in their offer and attract more people out to the shops, supporting local jobs and benefiting the wider economy.”

Diane Wehrle, Retail Insights Director at Springboard, said: “With a drop in footfall of 2.9 per cent, it is clear that the exceptionally rainy weather in February impacted on our retail destinations, particularly as the fall of 5.3 per cent in high streets – which are the most exposed to the elements – exceeded the 2.4 per cent fall in shopping centres that benefit from a sheltered environment. The convenience of out of town locations – with parking that is easily accessible to the shops – meant that footfall increased by 2.3 per cent.

“For high streets the result is in sharp contrast to February 2013 when footfall increased by 2.7 per cent, and it is also the worst result for high streets since the 7.0 per cent drop recorded in March 2013. Despite this, however, gains early on over the last year meant that high streets are on par with shopping centres over the last 12 months with a drop of 1.9 per cent each. The star undoubtedly is out of town, where footfall rose over the 12 months to end of March by 0.1 per cent.”

An in-depth version of this report is available to BRC retail members, and subscribers to our Business Information Services.

Click here to contact the BRC regarding membership or a subscription to our Business Information

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

NACS encourages stores selling e-cigarettes to treat these products as age restricted as those applicable to tobacco products

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has issued a statement of position that encourages stores selling e-cigarettes to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as age restricted and subjecting them to the same age-verification procedures as those applicable to tobacco products.

NACS’ position was developed by the association’s retail Board of Directors during its most recent meeting. Convenience stores are the largest retail channel for e-cigarette sales, with overall sales of nearly $540 million in 2013, representing 75% of all brick-and mortar sales, excluding kiosks and tobacco only outlets.

“Convenience stores are responsible retailers and conduct more face-to-face age-verification checks than anyone in the world,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour. “Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day.”

NACS stated that:

  • Retailers should, as a best practice, follow the same applicable federal, state and local laws for verifying the age of purchasers of tobacco and apply these standards for the sale of e-cigarettes.
  • NACS will promote effective procedures for retailers to verify sales of age-restricted products and will encourage retailers to utilize these procedures and training tools.
  • NACS will work with all appropriate federal organizations to ensure that convenience stores continue to play a leadership role in establishing guidelines that take into account current research related to the age-restricted products.

This is not the first time that the association has taken a leadership role in age-verification practices. NACS is a founding member of the We Card program, which was established in the 1990s to provide training and educational programs to properly use age-verification tools and processes. The We Card program has provided retailers with more than 1.1 million in-store educational kits and has trained more than 350,000 retail employees nationwide.

NACS encourages retailers to use procedures and training tools like those offered by We Card. These training resources include state-law-specific eLearning courses for frontline cashiers and managers that follow FDA Guidance for Tobacco Retailer Training Programs, in-store tools to assist with proper age calculation and spot fake IDs and illegal adult purchases for minors and a wide range of in-store signage and information on how to display this signage. We Card has produced new materials specifically for e-cigarette age verification.

The announcement will likely enhance what convenience stores are already doing in carding for e-cigarettes.

“As responsible retailers, we want to help ensure that minors do not have access to e-cigarettes,” said Armour. “Convenience stores will continue to act responsibly in retailing e-cigarettes and complying with existing laws.”

There are 151,282 convenience stores in the United States — one per every 2,100 people. Cumulatively, U.S. convenience stores serve 160 million customers per day.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 149,000 stores across the country, posted $700 billion in total sales in 2012, of which $501 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

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Argos reappoints CHI& Partners to provide creative support for the next phase of its transformation plan

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a highly competitive review process of its advertising agency account, leading digital retailer Argos has reappointed CHI& Partners to provide creative support for the next phase of its transformation plan.

Argos initiated the review at the end of last year, challenging contenders to deliver a creative idea aligned to its five year strategy to reinvent Argos as a digital retail leader.

Stephen Vowles, Argos Marketing Director, said: “We were very impressed by the quality of the strategic thinking and creative work presented by all five of the shortlisted agencies.

“However, the team at CHI& Partners demonstrated a real understanding of the scale of our ambition and the uniqueness of the Argos retail experience.”

Stephen continued: “We saw some really exciting ideas on how we can reposition Argos as a more universally appealing, digitally led business, and we’re looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with the CHI& Partners team to make these ideas a reality.”

Sarah Golding, CHI& Partners CEO said: “Very exciting things are happening at Argos and we are delighted that we will continue to be its creative agency partner.”

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 29,000 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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LVMH group editorial platform NOWNESS unveiled unique “e-shoppable” video Entitled ‘Mine’ featuring iconic fashion Houses

Paris, France, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Watch. Enjoy. Everything can be yours. With more and more users turning to brand video as a source of inspirational content, NOWNESS, the independent editorial platform that is part of the LVMH group, unveiled a unique “e-shoppable” video, making a bold statement on the digital trend that is reinventing the luxury shopping experience.

Entitled ‘Mine’, the video brings together a number of iconic fashion Houses, including Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, JW Anderson and Margiela. Shot on a basketball court, the video follows a group of dancers. At first, clad in their undergarments, they sit idly as a newcomer walks in, dragging the group into a playful game of stealing clothes with a showcase of mesmerizing dance moves. Created using innovative technology, the ‘Mine’ video blends NOWNESS’ trademark creative savoir-faire with a memorable display of luxury products.

Choosing favorite clothes becomes a discreet and seamless experience: a simple click on the product that catches the viewer’s eye adds it to the wish list, accessed via an icon at the bottom right of the screen. Using the list, viewers are then able to access details on the item, including the prices and online retailer information, as well as stories about the fashion Houses.

Live the experience

LVMH group editorial platform NOWNESS unveiled unique “e-shoppable” video Entitled ‘Mine’ featuring iconic fashion Houses

Girl group Little Mix recorded their version of the 1980’s classic ‘Word Up’ to help raise funds for Sport Relief

LONDON, 2014-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most exciting girl group of the moment have recorded their version of the 1980’s classic ‘Word Up, originally by Cameo, to help raise funds for Sport Relief.

Leigh-Ann, Jade, Perrie and Jesy have also made a fun exclusive video showing how to customise the official Sport Relief T-Shirt.

The fantastic single is available to download on iTunes from Sunday and will be available to buy in store from Monday, exclusively at Sainsbury’s. All profits made from the sale of the CD in store will go to Sport Relief and their many deserving causes.

The girls are so excited to have made the single especially for Sport Relief, and Perrie told us: “We’ve all seen people push themselves and do incredible things for Sport Relief so it’s a dream come true to be releasing the official single this year. We can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

Sport Relief takes place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March and for the first time ever the public can run, swim or cycle in the brand new Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. For more information on how to join in the fun and games, raise cash and changes lives, go to www.sportrelief.com.

The single will be available to download on iTunes from Sunday and the CD will be in Sainsbury’s stores from Monday. At least 20p from each download and £1 from each CD sale will be donated to Sport Relief.

Girl group Little Mix recorded their version of the 1980’s classic ‘Word Up' to help raise funds for Sport Relief

Girl group Little Mix recorded their version of the 1980’s classic ‘Word Up’ to help raise funds for Sport Relief