British Retail Consortium’s Director Helen Dickinson comments on Chancellor’s Budget announcement

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget announcement earlier today, BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson said: “Our customers will welcome the Chancellor’s focus on putting more money in their pockets through changing the tax thresholds, fuel duty and savings and pensions arrangements. The BRC’s projections demonstrate that whilst recovery is now a tangible trend, progress is still fragile and retail can play a strong role going forward provided that consumers feel confident enough to spend.

“As an industry that employs over one million people under 25, we applaud the Chancellor’s measures to support 100,000 more apprenticeships and the re-confirmation that he will scrap the jobs tax for under-21s. Retail offers young people fantastic career opportunities with great promotion prospects and our members will now be looking at ways to bring even more into our industry.

“There are around two million women working in retail because our industry offers flexibility as well as good career progression and so we are very pleased to see that more help with childcare costs will be available.

“The priority for our industry remains the reform of business rates so that we can make optimum use of physical space in a changing retail world. We welcomed the announcement in the Autumn Statement on the discounts and reliefs for smaller retailers which will bring short term benefits to town centres. We were pleased to see the review of rates administration and have been encouraged by the engagement in our Road to Reform project from the Treasury team. Having made the case for broad reform of the system, we are looking forward to more discussion about possible options when we publish our next stage of research in May. As the Chancellor said today, when you cut a tax that is punitively high you increase revenues and we look forward to discussing this with him in due course.

“British retailers in e-commerce already export more than £4 billion of goods to customers overseas. There is scope to increase that amount to around £28 billion per year by 2020 if the conditions are right. The Chancellor’s measures to extend the role for UKTI will be warmly welcomed by our members who are keenly promoting their businesses abroad. We look forward to hearing the criteria for support and how world leading retail can benefit.

“We welcome the measures to ease the pressure of energy bills for UK manufacturing which will be felt throughout the economy. This will help retailers to continue to invest in energy efficiency and support Government goals in security of supply and managing carbon risks. We support the Governments focus on simplification of the energy policy landscape and look forward to working closely to harmonise energy and carbon policy to maximise the opportunities in energy efficiency and low carbon investment for the future.

“Retail in the UK includes over 200,000 small businesses which welcome support for innovation and growth through the availability of annual seed funding. The whole retail industry will welcome the extension of the annual investment allowance. Economic activity in infrastructure, manufacturing and house-building is good for the broad economy, puts more people into work and brings positive benefits to the retail sector.

“The BRC welcomes the Government announcement to consult on a possible new £1 coin. It is important for industry that any potential change is effectively planned and managed in order to minimise hardware costs for business. The BRC will engage with both the Government and the Royal Mint to support a smooth transition period”.

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

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SRC-KPMG: Total February 2014 Scottish sales decreased by 1.0% compared with February 2013

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — In February 2014 total Scottish sales decreased by 1.0% compared with February 2013, when they had increased by 0.7%. Like-for-like sales decreased by 2.5% on last February, when they had decreased by 0.1%. Taking account of shop price deflation at 1.4%, February total sales were up 0.5% in real terms.

Total Food sales were 1.3% down on February 2013, when they had increased 2.0%. Total Non-Food sales decreased by 0.7% on a year earlier when they had decreased by 0.5%. Adjusted more comprehensively for the estimated effect of online sales, total Non-Food sales would have increased by 1.3%.

Growth in Scotland was below the UK in February. The Scottish three-month average growth was 0.9%, now below the twelve-month average of 1.6%.

David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “These sales figures confirm that Scottish retailers experienced a challenging February. Following the drop in footfall we recorded earlier this week, we have seen total sales falling by 1 per cent and like for like sales dropping 2.5 per cent.

“As in the rest of the UK, we have seen a particularly tough environment in the food market. Margins are under pressure and while the intense competition brings benefits to Scottish consumers in terms of keeping prices low, it can be a challenging environment for the businesses involved.

“It is worth remembering that these results follow a strong start to the year in January and within the overall results there are also some categories that are performing strongly. Footwear in particular is well ahead of the UK average and online and multi-channel sales are also providing a boost for Scottish retailers.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail at KPMG, said: “February saw a reality check on the road to recovery as consumers shunned the economic indicators and refused to loosen the spending belts.

“Total food sales suffered their biggest drop, excluding Easter variations, since our records began in January 1999. The battle lines are well defined in this sector and price cuts announced in March will filter through in future months to the benefit of the consumer, but at a cost to the retailers and their suppliers in terms of margin. In non-food, clothing and footwear had a reasonable mid-season month with the weather wet rather than wintry. Adjusting non-food sales for the estimated effect of a more comprehensive set of on-line sales hints at modest growth.

“Looking forward, wage rate inflation and house price recovery are showing tangible recovery which will in turn be reflected in High Street spending. However, the next few months will be dominated by the spotlight being shone on the grocery sector and how that filters through to family budgets.”

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

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British Retail Consortium and Department for Work and Pensions partner to get more people into careers in retail sector

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today the British Retail Consortium and the Department for Work and Pensions committed to working increasingly closely in an effort to get more people, especially those under 25, into careers in the retail sector.

A formal partnership agreement was launched today by BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson and Employment Minister Esther McVey MP. The launch took place at the Waltham Forrest Job Centre Plus Youth Hub during an information session for young people interested in getting into retail. During the session, the Minister and the BRC made a joint commitment to find all the attendees of the session work experience in the industry within six months – the first formal commitment made under the new agreement.

Commenting on the launch, BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson said: “It has been great to explore with these young people the opportunities that a career in the retail industry can provide. There are a wealth of different roles that need to be undertaken for a retail business to thrive. It was great to talk to them about some of things they could do in the retail industry that they’d never thought about before.

“Too often, when we think about a job in retail we think about a job on the shop floor – but the opportunities available are far more diverse than that. UK retailers are using cutting edge technology to get their products to consumers, so they need people with digital and IT skills to make that happen. There are also roles in areas such as HR, finance, logistics, design and many more. We need to start valuing retail jobs more, if we don’t, too many people will miss out on a rewarding career in an industry employing more people than any other here in the UK.

“This launch has been a great opportunity to share that information with a group of young job seekers. I’m very proud that the first commitment made under the agreement I signed today is to give these young people a taste of what life is like working in our industry. I look forward to working increasingly closely with the Department for Work and Pensions in the future to ensure that we reach more job seekers and let them know about the fantastic opportunities offered by a career in retail.”

Minister for Employment, Esther McVey said: “Listening to the young people here today I was struck by the enthusiasm they have for getting their foot in the door to a fulfilling career in retail and working their way up.
“Youth unemployment is falling and there are lots of opportunities out there for people who want to work hard and get on. This partnership with the British Retail Consortium is another step in the Government’s plan to help young people into work so they can secure their future.”

Head of Resourcing at Sainsbury’s, Mel Worth, joined the information session at the Job Centre Plus today to speak about the opportunities in retail. Mel said: “Retail is one of the largest and fastest growing employment sectors in the UK and Sainsbury’s is playing its part in this by creating thousands of jobs across the country. This year alone we are creating around 6,000 job opportunities and we work hard to equip people with the skills to develop their careers with us. Our apprenticeship scheme and City & Guilds accredited courses at our network of Food Colleges provides vocational training, including nationally recognised qualifications. Our trainee manager scheme is also very popular with young people who join us after A-levels or GCSEs, as a practical way into a long-term career with us.”

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

British Retail Consortium and Department for Work and Pensions partner to get more people into careers in retail sector

British Retail Consortium and Department for Work and Pensions partner to get more people into careers in retail sector

The Women Grocers of America announced its 2014 Leadership team

Arlington, VA, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Women Grocers of America (WGA) announced its 2014 Leadership team, which consists of a newly appointed president to succeed Denise Beckman, four Executive Committee Members, and six new Board Members.

“I commend Denise Beckman for her exemplary leadership of the Women Grocers of America over the last five years. Her passion and hard work have truly brought WGA to the next level,” said newly appointed WGA President, Kathy Sweidel-Caton, VP of Customer Services of Gerland Corporation, based in Houston, TX. “I am honored to succeed such a positive leader and look forward to enhancing female presence and leadership in the independent grocery sector, alongside the newly appointed WGA Executive Committee.”

Members of the 2014 Executive Committee include:

  • President: Kathy Sweidel-Caton, Gerland Corporation
  • Vice President of Fundraising: Mari Jones, The Kellogg Company
  • Vice President of Membership: Jody Larkin, National Grocers Association
  • Vice President of Professional Development: Jodie Felter, Niemann Foods, Inc.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Cindy Sorensen, Midwest Dairy Association

2014 Board of Directors includes:

  • Becky Bray, National Grocers Association
  • Alison Castillo, Unilever
  • Linda Doherty, New Jersey Food Council
  • Lorelei Mottese, Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Mary Muller, Nugget Market, Inc.
  • Barbara Thomas, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

NGA would also like to thank the following outgoing WGA Board Members for their dedicated service and leadership:

  • Immediate Past President: Denise Beckman, G.E. Foodland, Inc. dba Elrod’s Cost Plus
  • Immediate Past Secretary/Treasurer: Mary-Francis Doris, Gerland Corporation – Food Fair / Food Town
  • Tami Reeder, Gerland Corporation – Food Fair / Food Town
  • Carol McCann, G.E. Foodland, Inc. dba Elrod’s Cost Plus

WGA is the sole organization representing women grocers and those affiliated with the independent food industry. Its aim is to ensure long-term prosperity in the evolving industry of grocery, by recruiting and retaining the next generation of successful individuals with an emphasis on young women through scholarships, awards, recognition, and professional development opportunities.

At the 2014 NGA Show in Las Vegas, WGA ramped up its efforts considerably to expand its membership base and enhance women’s voices in the independent grocery industry through a variety of events. WGA members participated in educational seminars, networking events, and fundraising activities such as the Annual WGA 5K Fun Run/1K Walk, which raised significant funds for its Mary Macey Scholarship Program. This program distributes scholarships to students working in the grocery industry with an emphasis on young women. WGA is now accepting scholarship applications, which may be found at www.nationalgrocers.org/WGA and must be postmarked by May 15, 2014.

WGA will continue to focus on its professional development programs and networking opportunities for women in the industry through a series of webinars and regional meet-ups for women in the

Wincor Nixdorf extends payment systems terminals with MEI Banknote recycling system

Wincor Nixdorf is further scaling the portfolio for Cash management in Retail

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf has extended the payment systems terminals by the MEI Banknote recycling system (BNR). Through this Wincor Nixdorf is able to offer a more scalable solution which can easily be adapted to customer demands.

“The decision by Wincor Nixdorf to specify the MEI BNR reinforces the value that cash recycling offers automated checkout lanes,” said Tom Nugent, CPI president – Gaming and Retail. “It is also a testament to the MEI BNR, which has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to deliver on its value proposition in this market space.” Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) is part of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, and has used its acquisition of MEI to launch CPI.

The MEI BNR, which is an abbreviation for bank note recycler, utilizes notes collected from customers in previous transactions to dramatically lower a store’s cash float while simultaneously offering efficiencies across the entire cash management process. The product’s unique architecture – featuring a 600-note cashbox to store notes for bank deposit, a 250-note loader to supply additional quantities of notes that are heavily used and four-denomination recycling – was designed specifically for automated checkout. Retailers consistently have reduced cash float by 90% while minimizing machine downtime to either refill dispensers or remove full cashboxes. And, because the BNR uses notes provided by customers, retailers can streamline back office operations and costs associated with transportation to the bank.
“Wincor Nixdorf is constantly striving to expand its automated checkout product portfolio to offer our customers the most efficient product,” said Mark Brew, Wincor Nixdorf strategic purchasing manager. “The BNR allows us to offer the benefits of four-denomination note recycling technology at an overall unit cost that offers retailers an attractive payback.”

“Wincor Nixdorf and MEI will enter into a cooperation centered around the BNR that will result in compact, powerful and economical retail solutions, especially for the North American market,” said Gerhard Schiller, Wincor Nixdorf vice president, global head of product line retail automation.
MEI offers a full range of note processing solutions to the Retail market. SC Advance has become the standard product in automated checkout lanes that utilize separate devices to accept and dispense notes.

“The BNR’s success in automated checkout lanes continues MEI’s evolution from being a component supplier to a cash management expert,” said Tom Nugent. “Retailers continue to notice the positive impact of note recycling on operations from the store to the bank. Due to the costs that have been historically associated with managing cash, retailers are eager to implement MEI technology to define new cash processes and, ultimately, enhance profitability.”

Venezuela’s 3rd biggest public bank Banco del Tesoro to install 200 new CINEO ATMs from Wincor Nixdorf by July 2014

Hardware and software from Wincor Nixdorf

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banco del Tesoro is extending its range of customer-friendly automated teller machine services. Venezuela’s third biggest public bank will be installing 200 new CINEO ATMs from Wincor Nixdorf by July of this year, doubling the number of systems in its ATM network and supporting its growth strategy. The order placed by Banco del Tesoro with Wincor Nixdorf also includes software to enhance security and manage the systems.

At many of the systems, the bank’s customers will be able to do far more than simply withdraw cash. For instance, they will be able to use the multifunction systems to deposit cash and checks and process passbooks. They will also be able to use them to pay bills quickly and easily by scanning in all invoice information via a barcode reader and acknowledging the credit transfer with a tap on the touchscreen. Wincor Nixdorf will integrate the software for these services by the fall of this year.

The security of the systems and customer transactions is very important for the financial institution, so PC/E Terminal Security will be installed on all CINEO systems. This software protects self-service systems against unauthorized access as well as viruses, Trojans and spyware. For its IT service management, Banco del Tesoro is counting on ProView software, which also comes from Wincor Nixdorf. Using this software, the bank will be able to access all relevant system software at any time and initiate service processes as and when necessary.

“To grow and reach more customers, we are expanding our branch and self-service network. Wincor Nixdorf made us a compelling offer consisting of harmonized hardware and software that allows us to provide optimal customer service,” said Nancy Rojas, Operational Bank Services General Manager of Banco del Tesoro.

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Intershop to showcase new innovations with Adobe at Adobe Summit 2014 on March 24th-28th in Salt Lake City

  • Intershop to demonstrate integration of leading B2B and B2C ecommerce platform with Adobe Experience Manager for Experience-Driven Commerce at Adobe Summit 2014
  • Recently inked collaboration signals continued growth and investments by Intershop

San Francisco, 2014-3-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop, the largest independent technology vendor for omni-channel commerce solutions, today announced that it will showcase new innovations with Adobe at Adobe Summit 2014, the Digital Marketing Conference, to be held March 24th-28th in Salt Lake City.  A Gold level sponsor at Adobe Summit 2014, Intershop will demonstrate integration of Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe’s leading Web experience management solution, into its leading global commerce platform Intershop 7 in Booth #715. Additionally, Jochen Moll, Chief Executive Officer at Intershop, will present a special break-out session titled- Step INto the Future of Customer Experience on Thursday, March 27th which provides three practical insights for enabling seamless customer experiences.

A demonstration of the integration at Adobe Summit – built around a compelling ‘work’/B2B and ‘play’’/B2C scenario – will highlight that with Intershop 7 and Adobe Experience Manager brands can create engaging experience-driven commerce sites whether the target buyer is B2B or B2C or both no matter what device they use or channel through which they buy.

The collaboration between Adobe and Intershop brings together the best in content with the best in commerce, meaning enterprises and mid-size companies across the globe can develop deeper relationships with their customers and thus realize a better return on their e-commerce platform investment.

“Adobe Experience Manager creates a dynamic customer experience that invites the customer to become part of a story,” said Jochen Moll.  “Combine that with Intershop’s twenty-plus year history in commerce software design and development, brands now have a best in class global solution for powerful, engaging, digital experiences for all types of buyers.”

Adobe and Intershop will be jointly promoting and selling the solution to companies in target markets, including North America, United Kingdom and Germany, with implementation services provided by designated preferred partners. Because the integration utilizes Adobe’s eCommerce Integration Framework, partners will be able to easily customize the solution to meet individual customer requirements.

“Intershop shares our vision to create a new type of shopping experience,” said Aseem Chandra, Vice President, Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Target business, Adobe. “By combining the ability to organize and manage the delivery of creative assets and other content across all digital channels with the power to streamline processes and simplify business complexities within commerce platforms, marketers will be able to take digital experiences to a new level and increase conversion.”

Intershop and Adobe will also showcase its global collaboration at the Adobe Summit EMEA 2014, to be held May 14-15, 2014 in London.

  • To find out more about Intershop 7 please visit here
  • To find out more about Adobe Experience Manager, please visit here

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services including online marketing. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

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Intershop Public Relations
Heide Rausch

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