dmc digital media center redesigned EDEKA Minden-Hanover online shopping platform based on Intershop 7

Forward-looking shop design thanks to dmc and Intershop

Stuttgart, Jena, Germany, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — EDEKA Minden-Hanover has redesigned its online shopping platform. Based on Intershop 7, the new layout was successfully realized on schedule thanks to e-business professionals dmc digital media center. Following the auspicious pilot phase which took place in 2012, EDEKA has now gained initial experience and unveiled its new online shop on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The first orders have already been handled successfully. The e-commerce platform was developed for the largest regional company in the EDEKA Group by the Stuttgart-based internet agency dmc digital media center.

The EDEKA Group is the largest network of German retailers. EDEKA is a cooperative company whose supermarkets are managed by independent retailers. EDEKA Minden is based in the town of Minden, Germany. It employs 66,400 workers, including independent retailers, and has posted revenues of 7.3 billion euros, which means it has the highest sales of any of the seven regional EDEKA companies.

EDEKA loves food and dmc lives for e-commerce, making their cooperation a promising match.

EDEKA tested the possibilities of placing online orders for food products during an internal “research project” that lasted about two years. Developed on the basis of Intershop 7, the new online shop enables end customers to order food and other products from EDEKA and either pick up their orders from their nearest supermarket or have them delivered directly to their homes. The objective is to improve the quality of service for end customers and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty while boosting revenues.

The decision to enlist dmc as a new integration partner enabled EDEKA to create a forward-looking shop design. The automated supply of product data by EDEKA Minden and the additional integration of the IT systems of each individual market allows for an online presence that is constantly up to date.

The design and set-up of the online shop and multi-channel processes

dmc experts from various fields – consultants, designers, developers and project managers – came together to offer the complete chain of e-commerce services for EDEKA Minden. The focus was placed on three core competences:

  • Experts drew up the basic concept and designed the entire online shop in cooperation with EDEKA Minden.
  • At the same time, the project managers from dmc and EDEKA Minden developed a model of how the online shop and bricks-and-mortar stores could be connected effectively.
  • dmc also programmed the individual online shop on the basis of Intershop 7, besides implementing the screen design.

About dmc digital media center GmbH
dmc is Germany’s largest independent, owner-operated e-commerce service provider and specializes in successful online sales models. Based on their motto “Better E-Commerce”, dmc has been developing original and creative solutions since 1995 and providing an impetus for the digital economy. In 2014, the company ranks second among e-commerce service providers.

With offices in Stuttgart and Berlin, dmc digital media center GmbH has 260 employees. In 2013, the company posted fee revenues of 25.4 million euros. Its customers include Intersport, Klingel, Galeria Kaufhof, Versandhaus Walz, Kaiser+Kraft, Sunrise and Kodak, among others.

For more information on dmc digital media center GmbH, go to www.dmc.de.

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.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
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NRF Survey: Americans to spend an average of $162.94 on mom this year compared to survey’s $168.94 last year

WASHINGTON, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — After splurging on tablets and smartphones, beauty supplies, apparel and jewelry for mom last year, consumers this year will celebrate Mother’s Day keeping practicality in mind. According to NRF’s 2014 Mother’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on mom this year, down from a survey high of $168.94 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.9 billion.*

“As one of the most universally celebrated holidays, retailers will take this opportunity to attract Mother’s Day shoppers with promotions on ladies apparel items, health and beauty products, jewelry and even restaurant options,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Now fully into spring, retailers are hoping consumer sentiment and spending intentions continue to grow as we round out one of the busiest retail seasons of the year and prepare for summer.”

Moms work hard and they are entitled to a show of appreciation on their special day. Most consumers will acknowledge that appreciation with a greeting card (81.3%), though it appears her loved ones will also look for special gifts. Two-thirds (66.6%) of those celebrating will buy mom her favorite flowers, spending a total of $2.3 billion, and 33.5 percent will look for spring sweaters and blouses, spending a total of $1.7 billion on apparel and accessory items. Mom’s loved ones will also buy books and CDs ($480 million), housewares or gardening tools ($812 million), personal experience gifts like a day at the spa ($1.5 billion), jewelry ($3.6 billion), and special outings like brunch or dinner ($3.8 billion).

Having spent the last few years treating mom to electronic gifts like tablets, smartphones, cameras and more, Americans this year may have less of a reason to invest in those items: 13.1 percent say they will buy mom a consumer electronic item and will spend a total of $1.7 billion, down from $2.3 billion last year.

However, if mom does have her eye on something special for herself, there are still good things to come in the form of gift cards: 43.3 percent of those shopping for a gift for mom will buy her a gift card, up from 41.5 percent last year; total spending on gift cards is expected to reach $2.1 billion, up from $2.0 billion last year.

“Americans haven’t forgotten about the state of the economy and are treating their finances and gift-giving budgets in a way that keeps practicality top of mind,” said Prosper’s Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow. “But like we saw with Valentine’s Day and Easter, people this year will look for special ways to treat mom to something nice without breaking the bank, knowing it’s the thought that counts.”

Most shoppers will head to specialty stores to find gifts (33.5%), but others will shop at department stores (32.4%), discount stores (24%), and online (29%).

The survey found 18-24 year olds are the most likely to shop at department stores among all other age groups: more than half (51.6%) will visit a department store in search for their perfect gift for mom. But it’s 25-34 year olds who will spend the most on mom, spending an average of $216.53.

Nearly two-thirds (63.9%) of those surveyed say they will shop for their mother or stepmother, while 22.5 percent will shop for their wife, 9.2 percent will shop for their daughter and 6.6 percent will shop for their grandmother.

About the survey
The NRF 2014 Mother’s Day Consumer Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the Mother’s Day holiday. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,535 consumers was conducted from April 1-8, 2014. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Prosper Insights and Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.

* Total spending is extrapolation of US population 18+

Bethany Aronhalt or Kathy Grannis (855) NRF-PRESS
press@nrf.com

Download complete survey
View sample charts in Retail Insight Center

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Weekly retail sales rose by 1.6% for the week ending April 26, 2014 according to ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index

NEW YORK, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumers sprung into action and gave retailers a solid week of sales as warmer weather helped to lift seasonal demand, especially in the East and Midwest. As a result weekly retail sales rose sharply by 1.6% for the week ending April 26, 2014, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. On a year-over-year basis sales also improved and posted its strongest gain of 3.1% since September 14, 2013 (+3.2%).

Sales posted a healthy sequential and year-over-year gain as a bout of warmer-than-normal weather helped to lift seasonal demand,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. “Moreover, despite the Easter Sunday store closures, business was brisk across the board for retailers over the past week. The ICSC-Goldman Sachs consumer tracking survey suggested that business was especially robust relative to the prior year’s week for wholesale clubs, with strong performance for apparel, dollar and drug stores, as well,” Niemira added.

For April, ICSC Research forecasts that monthly comparable-store sales will increase by 3.5% to 4.0%.

Week Ending     Index 1977=100     Year/Year Change     Weekly Change
26-April-14               581.1                        3.1%                        1.6%
19-April-14               572.0                        1.9%                        0.4%
12-April-14               569.9                        2.3%                       -0.3%
05-April-14               571.5                        1.5%                        1.5%

[Editor’s notes: The complete report will be available at 7:45 a.m. at http://www.icsc.org/research/publications.  In addition, historical data from this index is available under the Research section on ICSC’s website.  To view the data, visit and click on the “Weekly Chain Sales Tracking” link and enter the following member id number (1177584) and password (press2002pass) to obtain access to report and historical data.

The Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot is produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs.  This index measures U.S. nominal same-store or comparable-store sales excluding restaurant and vehicle demand. The weekly index is constructed as a sales-weighted geometric average growth rate to preserve long-term consistency and is statistically benchmarked to a broad-based monthly retail industry sales aggregate that currently represents a sampling of leading retail chain stores, which also is compiled by ICSC. A representative sample of those major retailers has been used as a control group to extrapolate the weekly sales index. As such, the weekly index statistically represents industry sales and is not just a sum of sales for a handful of retailers. The standard period used for the index is Sunday through Saturday, even though some retailers use a different weekly accounting period. The weekly sales index is presented on an adjusted basis to account for normal seasonality and to counter other data anomalies. Weekly seasonal adjustment is at best difficult for chain store sales given that retailers can and often do shift promotions to counter typical shifts in the calendar. Nonetheless, the approach to weekly seasonal adjustment used follows from the Piser Method, which was popular in the early 1930s and became the standard for weekly adjustment.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

ICSC Contacts:
Michael Niemira
+ 1 646-728-3472
mniemira@icsc.org

Jesse Tron
+ 1 646-728-3814
jtron@icsc.org

Malachy Kavanagh
+ 1 646-728-3495
mkavanagh@icsc.org

Goldman Sachs Contact:
Leslie Shribman
+1 212-902-5400

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5th Annual East High School Iron Chef Competition to be held on May 4 at Wegmans Conference Center

When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 4th

Where: Wegmans Conference Center
400 Market Street (off Chili Avenue), Rochester, NY

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Once again, the East High School Iron Chef Competition will bring together the culinary skills and hospitality management knowledge of eight high school students to compete for over $8,000 in scholarships to the school of their choice and to raise money for East High’s Culinary Program. The event will be held at Wegmans Conference Center.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance for $35 individually or $250 for a table of eight or at any Wegmans Service Desk ‘That’s T.H.E. Ticket’ Center. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to the East High Culinary Program.

“This event has become part of the East High tradition where students now compete for the Iron Chef title,” says Program Administrator Alecia McLaughlin, “as well as scholarships, awards, and internships. We have watched this unique experience grow from the school cafeteria to the Wegmans Conference Center.”

Each of the eight East High culinary teams, made up of one student with two ‘celebrity’ sous chefs, will prepare a main-course entree in just one hour, all working from the same recipe. The ‘celebrity’ sous chefs include 98 PXYs Scott Spezzano; Peter Carpino with United Way; and Augie Melendez, President of the Hillside Work Scholarship Program.

The teams will be judged on various elements, including teamwork, personal appearance, food safety, knife skills, flavor, and presentation. The panel of expert judges includes Wegmans Executive Chef Chris Brandt, Wegmans Director of Asian Cuisine John Emerson, Wegmans Executive Chef Andy Golden, and local Rochester chefs, John Freeze and Brad Yearwood.

“It’s been an amazing experience to watch the students flourish in this incredible program and to be able to support their efforts,” says John Emerson, Wegmans’ director of Asian cuisine. “This is going to be a very exciting competition.”

In addition to the eight competing culinary students, 10 East High students from the Hospitality and Tourism and Information Technology classes will be participating in the event to gain valuable experience in their field of study. They will assist with such things as ticket sales at the door, event set-up and break-down, and audio visual needs.

“Our sincerest thanks go to the Rochester City School District staff, students, families, alumni, and the sponsors who make this event possible,” added McLaughlin.

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About the East High School Culinary Program
The Culinary Program is one of the successful East High School Programs where 100% of the graduating seniors go onto college or work. The program began in 2000 when Chef Jeff Christiano, then Executive Chef at the Woodcliff, was challenged to build a workforce of student chefs to support the industry. Chef Christiano accepted that challenge and has continued to grow the Culinary Program at East embracing partnerships with companies like Wegmans, Advantage Federal Credit Union, Sam’s Club, Foodlink, Maines, Red Apple and Latinas Unidas, to name a few.

The invaluable partnership developed with Wegmans affords East High School students the opportunity to learn culinary techniques alongside Wegmans Executive Chefs, as well as what excellence in the career looks like. Many of East High Schools’ alumni in culinary and current students gain employment at Wegmans and aspire to one day become Executive Chefs or sole proprietors. Students complete industry-based curriculum, receive work-based learning experiences, as well as internship and volunteer work expertise.

East High School is proud to be the home to this unique program where students express feeling like part of a family.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627
Alecia McLaughlin, Program Administrator, East High School, 585-288-3130 x6261

ShopRite, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and General Mills announced the creation of limited edition commemorative Wheaties box

ShopRite of Brookdale Associate Featured on Special Edition Wheaties Box

BROOKDALE, NJ, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and General Mills announced the creation of a limited edition, commemorative Wheaties box in celebration of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.  This limited edition box, which will be sold exclusively in ShopRite stores, features ShopRite associate Derrick Noble, a Special Olympics New Jersey flag football player who is competing in the 2014 USA Games. Also appearing on the box is Derrick’s twin brother and flag football teammate Delon. The 2014 USA Games will be held June 14-21 in Mercer County, NJ and will feature nearly 3,500 athletes from throughout the U.S. competing in 16 different Olympic-style sports.

Both Noble brothers are no strangers to the spotlight as they both were featured during FOX Sports 1 Super Bowl preview shows in promotion of the upcoming 2014 USA Games. Derrick Noble, 21, from Bloomfield, NJ has participated in Special Olympics for the past five years.  In addition to flag football, he is a fierce competitor in basketball and softball.   He has been an intern of the Brookdale ShopRite for the past three years and works in the ShopRite from Home department.

“I am so honored and grateful to be on the box as it is such a great honor,” said Noble.  “Being on the box makes me feel famous — like my brother and I are celebrities.  Most of all, I love playing sports and want to lead my team to victory, going for the gold.”

“This is my first time participating in a competition this large with 3,500 athletes from all 50 states and I am so excited,” added Delon Noble.  “To get to be on the Wheaties box alongside all the other elite athletes that have been featured makes me feel like a champion. I am so happy Derrick and I are on the box together, representing all Special Olympics athletes.”

ShopRite, a Founding Partner of the 2014 USA Games, worked with General Mills to create this signature box to be sold exclusively in its stores. In addition to the Nobles, several other members of Team New Jersey who will be competing in the 2014 USA Games are featured on the back of the Wheaties box including Michael Reed (basketball), Laura Gironda (Golf), Hunter Norman (Baseball) and Fiona Dorn (Young Athlete attending first-ever Young Athlete Festival held at 2014 USA Games).

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games is 47 days away from the commencement of the largest, most innovative and inspirational national event to be held in the history of Special Olympics in the United States. From June 14-21, America’s Champions will be revealed at a historic, life and perception-changing event as nearly 3,500 Special Olympics compete with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.  Upon arrival, athletes will encounter a world-class sporting event that celebrates and showcases their talents, while empowering the nation to join in building communities of respect and acceptance. The 2014 USA Games will be held throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremonies taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

As a Founding Partner of the 2014 USA Games, ShopRite will be providing daily lunches, snacks, and beverages for the athletes and volunteers as well as all floral arrangements for receptions and special events throughout the week. ShopRite has also utilized its promotional resources, including the wrapping of trucks, broadcast recognition, outdoor signage and in-store exposure.

About the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014.  Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and communities. Founding Partners for the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, Prudential, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys “R” Us and WWE.  Learn more about the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at www.2014specialolympics.org and follow the Games on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGamesand Twitter @2014USAGames.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $29 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups.  Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

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Media Contact:

Rachel Gary, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, 609.647.0751 / RDG@2014SpecialOlympics.org

Santina Stankevich, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite, 732.906.5932 / santina.stankevich@wakefern.com

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. to release its first quarter 2014 financial results on May 15 followed by live conference call and webcast

PLANO, Texas, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today that it will release its first quarter 2014 financial results on Thursday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET, followed by a live conference call and webcast conducted by Chief Executive Officer Mike Ullman and Chief Financial Officer Ed Record that will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To access the conference call, please dial (866) 318-8612, or (617) 399-5131 for international callers, and reference 73921680 participant code or visit the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com.

Telephone playback will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the meeting by dialing (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers and referencing 18216554 participant code.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com.

Media Relations: 
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations: 
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

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Target appoints Bob DeRodes as new technology leader to help guide the company’s information technology transformation

Company plans to enable REDcard portfolio with MasterCard chip-and-PIN technology

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced the company has hired a new technology leader to help guide the company’s information technology transformation. Target also provided details on additional security enhancements the company has made following its 2013 data breach, and shared plans to incorporate MasterCard chip-and-PIN technology across its REDcard portfolio.

Effective May 5, Bob DeRodes will lead Target’s information technology transformation as executive vice president and chief information officer. In his role, DeRodes will assume oversight of the Target technology team and operations, with responsibility for the ongoing data security enhancement efforts as well as the development of Target’s long-term information technology and digital roadmap. The company is continuing its active search for a chief information security officer and a chief compliance officer.

“Establishing a clear path forward for Target following the data breach has been my top priority. I believe Target has a tremendous opportunity to take the lessons learned from this incident and enhance our overall approach to data security and information technology. Bob’s history of leading transformational change positions him well to lead our continued breach responses and guide our long-term digital strategy,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and chief executive officer.

DeRodes comes to Target with more than 40 years of experience and is a recognized leader in information technology, data security, and business operations. He has been a senior information technology advisor for the Center for CIO Leadership, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, DeRodes has provided independent advisory services to corporations, private equity firms, and boards. DeRodes has also held top technology positions at a number of industry-leading, multinational companies including CitiBank, USAA Federal Savings Bank, First Data, Home Depot and Delta Air Lines. He also serves on the board of directors for NCR Corporation.

“I look forward to helping shape information technology and data security at Target in the days and months ahead. It is clear to me that Target is an organization that is committed to doing whatever it takes to do right by their guests,” said DeRodes.

Target’s Technology Enhancements

Since the initial confirmation of the data breach, Target has shared that there has been an active investigation. During that time, the company has taken significant actions to further strengthen security across the network, just a sampling includes:

  • Enhancing monitoring and logging
    • Includes implementation of additional rules, alerts, centralizing log feeds and enabling additional logging capabilities
  • Installation of application whitelisting point-of-sale systems
    • Includes deploying to all registers, point-of-sale servers and development of whitelisting rules
  • Implementation of enhanced segmentation
    • Includes development of point-of-sale management tools, review and streamlining of network firewall rules and development of a comprehensive firewall governance process
  • Reviewing and limiting vendor access
    • Includes decommissioning vendor access to the server impacted in the breach and disabling select vendor access points including FTP and telnet protocols
  • Enhanced security of accounts
    • Includes coordinated reset of 445,000 Target team member and contractor passwords, broadening the use of two-factor authentication, expansion of password vaults, disabled multiple vendor accounts, reduced privileges for certain accounts, and developing additional training related to password rotation

New MasterCard Initiative and Commitment to Chip-and-PIN

Today, Target also announced a significant new initiative as part of the company’s accelerated transition to chip-and-PIN-enabled REDcards. Beginning in early 2015, the entire REDcard portfolio, including all Target-branded credit and debit cards, will be enabled with MasterCard’s chip-and-PIN solution. Existing co-branded cards will be reissued as MasterCard co-branded chip-and-PIN cards. Ultimately, through this initiative, all of Target’s REDcard products will be chip-and-PIN secured.

Earlier this year, Target announced an accelerated $100 million plan to move its REDcard portfolio to chip-and-PIN-enabled technology and to install supporting software and next-generation payment devices in stores. The new payment terminals will be in all 1,797 U.S. stores by this September, six months ahead of schedule. In addition, by early next year, Target will enable all REDcards with chip-and-PIN technology and begin accepting payments from all chip-enabled cards in its stores.

“Target has long been an advocate for the widespread adoption of chip-and-PIN card technology,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president, chief financial officer for Target. “As we aggressively move forward to bring enhanced technology to Target, we believe it is critical that we provide our REDcard guests with the most secure payment product available. This new initiative satisfies that goal.”

“Target and MasterCard are taking an important step forward in providing consumers with a secure shopping experience, and the latest in payments technology,” said Chris McWilton, president, North American Markets for MasterCard. “Our focus, together with Target, is on safety and security.”

Ongoing Commitment to Information Sharing

In March, Target joined the Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), a non-profit private sector initiative developed by the financial services industry to help facilitate the detection, prevention, and response to cyber attacks and fraud activity. This step reflects the company’s continued commitment to shared responsibility between retailers and financial institutions with a focus on strengthening protections for American consumers.

The company also continues to voice support for responsible policy measures that help further enhance security for consumers, including supporting a national notification standard for all data breaches.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,924 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

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Sobeys encourages Canadians to get cooking and join Canada’s biggest potluck party on May 16

STELLARTON, NS, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys launched Canada’s Biggest Potluck Party this week, challenging Canadians to host or join a potluck leading up to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 16.

“Food Revolution Day is a day of global action dedicated this year to teaching kids where their food comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies,” says Jamie Oliver. “I’d love to see thousands of Canadians join together in the next couple of weeks cooking and sharing meals that they have made from scratch and demonstrating how easy it is to make better food choices for life.”

Canadians from coast to coast are invited to cook and share a meal together with family and friends. When participants share a post or photo of their potluck on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #PotluckChallenge and #FRD2014, Sobeys will donate $1 to the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Cooking Toward Independence Project, up to a maximum of $25,000.

This new initiative will improve the lives of young people leaving the child welfare system across Canada when they turn 18 by funding cooking skills workshops that teach them how to prepare nutritious, affordable meals.

“We’re so grateful to Sobeys for their support of this new program. The funds raised from Canada’s Biggest Potluck Party will help young adults learn a valuable life skill,” said Valerie McMurtry, president and CEO, Children’s Aid Foundation. “These young people are faced with the overwhelming task of establishing their independence having grown up with little or no family support and this project provides them with a step in the right direction to achieving a happy and healthy life.”

Canadians are invited to visit www.betterfoodforall.com now until May 16 to register their potluck and access a potluck planner — a tool designed to help every step of the way, from building a guest list, to organizing menus and pledging support.

“Research we conducted earlier this year revealed that only one in five Canadians are preparing at least one meal a day from scratch and we want to see that number increase and inspire more Canadians to get in the kitchen,” said Doug Brummer, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sobeys Inc. “We think a potluck party is the perfect occasion to bring people together and share a meal made with better food.”

Food Revolution Day is a campaign initiated by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of educating people about food and how to cook it. Since 2012, 74 countries have taken part and over 900 ambassadors are championing the cause worldwide.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 106 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 124,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Children’s Aid Foundation
An astonishing number of children in Canada are at risk and need our help. Many suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse and neglect. A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a residential facility. The mission of the Children’s Aid Foundation is to fund programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future. Learn more at www.cafdn.org.

About Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. Most famous for his Emmy-Award winning television series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on CBC, Jamie has become a campaigner for better school food and food education. The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has created an annual global day of action – Food Revolution Day www.foodrevolutionday.com – inspiring people all over the world to stand up for real food, and Canada has been one of the most active countries for the past two years.

His television programs are broadcast on Food Network Canada and the accompanying bestselling cookbooks are published by HarperCollins Canada. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.

For further information, please contact:
Allison Colalillo
High Road Communications for Sobeys Inc.
Allison.Colalillo@highroad.com
416-644-1644

Ingles Markets,Inc. to webcast and rebroadcast its second quarter earnings on May 2, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its second quarter earnings conference call on May 2, 2014. Ingles plans to release earnings for its second quarter ended March 29, 2014, on May 2, 2014.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at:  www.ingles-markets.com on May 2, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days.  To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 913-312-0953. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 2 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 9.  To listen to the playback, call 719‑457‑0820, reservation number 6912817.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 203 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Contact:
Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

CBRE and national housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to renovate the Sylvia Family Shelter in Chicago

More than 200 CBRE employees to participate

Chicago, IL, 2014-4-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE, through its corporate philanthropy program, CBRE Cares, will partner with national housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to provide renovations to the Sylvia Family Shelter in Chicago during its annual Women’s Networking Forum.

On Monday, May 12, 2014, more than 200 CBRE Women’s Network members and local Chicago CBRE employees will work alongside the local Rebuilding Together affiliate, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, to provide much-needed upgrades to the housing shelter. The Sylvia Family Shelter, which is part of the Cornerstone Community Outreach nonprofit, serves more than 160 women with children, men with children, inter-generational families and couples with children. Since 1989, Cornerstone Community Outreach has sheltered over 25,000 individuals.

The volunteer projects at the facility will include patching and painting walls, painting uplifting murals for the children’s spaces, replacing flooring, creating a reading and play area for young children, building better storage facilities for donated items, organizing donated items, and making improvements to the playground area.

”CBRE Shelter Program projects are an important part of the programming at our annual Networking Forum,” said Lisa Konieczka, Women’s Network Chairperson and Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Chicago office. “Our members are not only excited to work alongside Rebuilding Together in making vital improvements to the Sylvia Center, but they are also eager to demonstrate CBRE’s commitment to volunteerism and community service. It’s a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ to our event’s host city.”

“Since 2010 CBRE’s dedicated volunteers have been helping Rebuilding Together revitalize communities across the country and it’s been our honor to partner with CBRE Cares,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “The repairs made at the Sylvia Family Shelter today will ensure our neighbors in need have full access to community resources and safety.”

To find out more about CBRE’s Shelter Program and partnership with Rebuilding Together, visit www.cbre.com/shelterprogram.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

For Further Information

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267

Victoria O’Banion
Rebuilding Together
T +1 202 603 2160