Tesco launches new Clubcard ‘Days Out Sale’ offering special deals on exciting UK attractions

Cheshunt, England, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has this week launched a new Clubcard ‘Days Out Sale’ offering special deals on a range of exciting UK attractions, including Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons and the Eden Project.

From safari trips and museum visits to aquariums and castles, Clubcard’s new ‘Days Out Sale’ allows customers to boost the value of their Clubcard vouchers at over 200 exciting attractions across the UK.  As little as £2 in Clubcard vouchers can be boosted into a £10 token, meaning that customers can enjoy great savings on family days out.

Rob Graham, Clubcard Partnerships Director said, “Clubcard’s ‘Days Out Sale’ is our way of saying thank-you to our loyal customers. There’s nothing better than spending time with your family and with half term coming up soon, it’s a great opportunity to go out and enjoy some of the attractions in your local area, or further afield – all at unbeatable value.”

In addition to its ‘Days Out Sale’, Tesco is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with three exciting new partners including Ticketmaster, Evans Cycles and Spa Finder, which locates local spas.

Rob Graham comments, “Customers love being able to use their Clubcard vouchers at hundreds of places across the UK, so we’re delighted to be adding more partners.”

The ‘Days Out Sale’ will run from 12 May through to 23 June 2014. Customers can find days out near to them by entering their postcode on the Clubcard website. For a full list of attractions or to find out more visit www.tesco.com/clubcard/days-out

Notes to editors

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

About Tesco Clubcard
Clubcard was introduced in 1996 as our way of saying ‘thank-you’ to our loyal customers. Over 43 million of our customers across the world use Clubcard, with 16million of them based in the UK.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644 645

Carrefour Argentina Director Daniel Fernández received Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2013 Security Annual Awards

PARIS, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Daniel Fernández, Executive Director of Carrefour Argentina, received the prize of the Entrepreneur of the Year in the Hypermarket Sector, within the framework of the 2013 Security Annual Awards.

The ceremony took place in the Exhibition Center of La Rural, in Buenos Aires City, and counted with 300 guests. The awards are organized since 1994 by Security, a legal services enterprise, and its purpose is to encourage and reinforce principles such as ethics, excellency, integrity of procedures and vocation for service.

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Carrefour Argentina Director Daniel Fernández received Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2013 Security Annual Awards

Carrefour Argentina Director Daniel Fernández received Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2013 Security Annual Awards

Tesco scoops nearly a third of the total awards available at The Grocer’s Own-Label Food and Drink Awards

Cheshunt, England, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s newly revamped finest* range has scooped 22 awards at The Grocer’s Own-Label Food and Drink Awards, nearly a third of the total awards available. Overall, the retailer picked up 29 Gold and 21 Silver Awards, more than any other supermarket.

John Scouler, Commerical Director at Tesco said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won so many awards for the quality of our food. Over the last few years we’ve done a huge amount of work to improve our own label products. Our finest* range is now benchmarked against the very best food on the market and these awards show that we’re getting it right. Even more importantly, our customers tell us that they love the new products.”

Awards judge Paul Beresford, MD of Cambridge Market Research, said, “While consumers are turning to discounters for everyday basics, they still seek out treat-worthy but good value purchases. Tesco has clearly found a winning formula for its premium range.”

Research conducted by Cambridge Market Research found that the award-winning finest*products were seen as “new and different” by 67% of consumers, compared with 51% for all other entrants. finest* lines were also considered to be good value, with 14 of the winning lines scoring higher than the category average.

Notes to Editors

For more information on the awards and judging process, visit http://www.thegrocerownlabel.co.uk/page/judging_process.html

A list of the award winning Tesco products are below:

  • British Cheese – Tesco Finest Wensleydale Terrine with Cranberry & Blueberry – Gold
  • Cakes, Muffins & Pastries – Tesco Finest Belgium Chocolate Caramel Shortbread – Gold
  • Cereal & Cereal Bars – Tesco Finest Fruit & Fibre – Gold
  • Chilled Dips – Tesco Finest Butterbean & Roasted Garlic Houmous – Gold
  • Chilled & Frozen Meal Accompaniments – Tesco Finest British Chunky Oven Chips made with Maris Piper Potatoes – Gold
  • Chilled Pates & Spreads – Tesco Finest Rannoch Smoked Duck Pâté – Gold
  • Chilled Pizza – Tesco Finest Wood Fired Salami Napoli Piccante Pizza – Gold
  • Coffee & Hot Chocolate – Tesco Finest Fairtrade Guatemalan Roast And Ground Coffee – Gold
  • Cooking Sauces – Other – Tesco Finest Italian Pomodorini Tomato Sauce – Gold
  • Crackers – Tesco Salt & Black Pepper Crackers – Gold
  • Entertaining – Tesco Goats’ Cheese Canapé Kit – Gold
  • Ethnic Chilled Ready Meals – Tesco Breaded Chicken Fillets & Katsu Sauce – Gold
  • Family Cakes – Tesco Toffee Loaf Cake – Gold
  • Fish Ready Meals – Tesco Finest Coquille St Jacques Scallops in a Champagne & Bechamel Sauce – Gold
  • Fishcakes – Tesco Finest Smoked Haddock With Gruyere And Spinach Melt In The Middle Fishcake – Gold
  • Frozen Desserts – Tesco Finest Scottish Raspberry & Pistachio Semifreddo – Gold
  • Fruit & Vegetables – Tesco Eat Fresh Sweet Mini Peppers Family Pack – Gold
  • Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt – Tesco Frozen Yogurt Mango & Passion Fruit – Gold
  • Jams, Spreads & Honey – Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Sauce – Gold
  • Meat Slices – Tesco Finest Spanish Platter – Gold
  • Meatballs & Burgers – Tesco Finest British Pork Spicy Chorizo Style Burgers – Gold
  • Premium Pot Desserts – Tesco Finest Heritage Raspberry Panna Cottas – Gold
  • Ready to Eat Fish – Tesco Finest Sliced Kiln Roasted Scottish Salmon with Roquito Peppers & Basil – Gold
  • Sausages – Tesco Finest Pork, Honey & Fennel Sausages – Gold
  • Savoury Pies – Tesco Finest Slow Cooked Scotch Steak Pie – Gold
  • Savoury Snacks – Tesco Finest Colossal Cashews – Gold
  • Sliced Bread – Tesco Finest Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Cob – Gold
  • Soft Drinks – Tesco Finest Spanish White Grape & English Elderflower Spritz – Gold
  • Traditional Chilled Ready Meals – Tesco Chipotle Chilli Pulled Pork – Gold
  • Bread Accompaniments – Tesco Finest Italian Provolone, Mozzarella and Pecorino Tear and Share – Silver
  • Chilled Dips – Tesco Finest Beetroot & Horseradish Dip – Silver
  • Chilled Pates & Spreads – Tesco Smoked Salmon Mustard & Dill Verrines – Silver
  • Chilled Snacks – Tesco Finest Hand Finished Runny Scotch Eggs – Silver
  • Chilled Vegetable Dishes – Tesco Finest Stuffed Supersweet Chiquino Peppers – Silver
  • Entertaining – Tesco Halloumi Cheese Skewers – Silver
  • Ethnic Chilled Ready Meals – Tesco Finest Chicken Tikka with Jewelled Rice & Lime Relish – Silver
  • Family Cakes – Tesco Finest Carrot Cake – Silver
  • Fishcakes – Tesco Finest Thai Prawn Chilli And Lemongrass Fishcake – Silver
  • Frozen Vegetable Dishes – Tesco Finest Lemon and Asparagus Hollandaise Melt – Silver
  • Fruit & Vegetables – Tesco Finest British Sweet Emerald Green Tomatoes – Silver
  • Mayonnaise – Tesco Light Mayonnaise – Silver
  • Meat Joints – Tesco Finest Norfolk Outdoor Reared Rack of Pork with Stuffing – Silver
  • Meatballs & Burgers – Tesco Finest British Vintage Cheddar Beef Steak Burgers – Silver
  • Pot Desserts – Tesco Chocolate Truffle Dessert – Silver
  • Ready to Eat Fish – Tesco Smoked Salmon Slices with Sweet Chilli – Silver
  • Savoury Pies – Tesco Finest Steak & Burgundy Pie – Silver
  • Soft Cheese – Tesco Finest Torta Con Gorgonzola – Silver
  • Soft Drinks – Tesco Finest Bitter Lemon Mixer – Silver
  • Tea – Tesco Finest Single Estate Ceylon Lovers Leap Tea Bags – Silver
  • Wrapped & Coated Fish – Tesco Finest Scottish Salmon Wellington – Silver

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

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

Intershop shares insights on how retailers can take advantage of the World Cup

  • The significance of mobile devices for e-commerce has skyrocketed since the last World Cup
  • Intershop client SportScheck becomes 2014 European tablet champion
  • The commerce specialist provides tips on how companies can take advantage of additional sales potential generated by the World Cup

Jena, Germany, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a comparison of well-known sporting goods retailers across Europe, the mobile web shop of Intershop client SportScheck has been named the 2014 European champion. This puts the retailer in an excellent position to benefit from one of the industry’s main drivers of sales—the men’s soccer World Cup in Brazil. Intershop congratulates SportScheck and, to mark the occasion, shares some last minute advice on how retailers can take advantage of additional sales potential from the World Cup by optimizing their online shops for mobile devices and running targeted, soccer-themed campaigns. As of today, there are just four weeks left until the World Cup gets underway.

Under the title “An open goal for increasing sales: Mobile commerce and the World Cup,” Volker John, Vice President of Sales at DACH Intershop, shares tips on which techniques can be used in online shops displayed on smartphones and tablets to stay ahead of the game. He also encourages companies to use the World Cup as an opportunity to use creative, service-oriented ideas that transcend this major sporting event in order to anchor mobile commerce activities in the minds of customers.

Please click here for the detailed article describing the tips in full.

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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Kesko Group announces 1.3% increase in sales excluding VAT in April 2014

Kesko Group’s sales, excluding VAT, in April 2014 totalled €821.2 million, up 1.3%.

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In Kesko’s food trade, sales in April were €388.5 million, an increase of 10.9% compared to the previous year. The fact that Easter fell in March in the previous year affected sales performance.

In the home and speciality goods trade, sales in April were €94.4 million, a decrease of 14.3%. Due to the timing of the Easter holidays, the number of selling days in April was two less than in the previous year. Sales performance was especially impacted by a decline in department store sales.

In the building and home improvement trade, sales in April were €252.9 million, a decrease of 0.5%. In terms of local currencies, sales increased by 3.9%. Sales in Finland decreased by 4.0%. Sales abroad increased by 3.2% in terms of euros and by 12.4% in terms of local currencies. The fact that Easter fell in April had a negative impact on sales performance.

In the car and machinery trade, sales in April were €98.8 million, a decrease of 8.3%. VV-Auto’s sales in April were €68.1 million, down 11.8%. Konekesko’s sales in April were €30.8 million, an increase of 0.6% from the previous year.

Kesko Group sales in euros, excluding VAT, in April 2014:

April 2014 1.1. – 30.04.2014
€ million Change, % € million Change, %
Food trade, total 388.5 10.9 1,403.7 0.0
Home and speciality goods trade, total 94.4 -14.3 409.0 -10.6
Building and home improvement trade, Finland 127.2 -4.0 423.4 1.2
Building and home improvement trade, other countries 125.7 3.2 422.9 4.2
Building and home improvement trade, total 252.9 -0.5 846.3 2.6
Car and machinery trade, total 98.8 -8.3 377.0 4.3
Common operations and eliminations -13.4 -57.2
Grand total 821.2 1.3 2,978.9 -0.5
Finland, total 672.6 0.2 2,477.6 -2.2
Other countries, total 148.7 6.9 501.3 8.8
Grand total 821.2 1.3 2,978.9 -0.5

Change, % indicates the change over the corresponding period of the previous year.

In April 2014, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was 20, which was one less than in the previous year. The total number of selling days in January-April was one less than in the previous year. The number of retail selling days in April was 27, which was two less than in the previous year. The total number of retail selling days in January-April was the same as in the previous year.

Kesko releases advance information on the K-Group’s retail sales quarterly, in connection with interim reports.

Further information is available from Vice President, Group Controller Eva Kaukinen, tel. +358 105 322 338.

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

DISTRIBUTION
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki
Main news media
www.kesko.fi

Alliance Boots reports annual results for the year ended 31 March 2014

Nottingham, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — “On track to become the world leader in both retail pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling”

Highlights:

Revenue

  • reported: up 4.3% to £23.4 billion
  • including share of associates and joint ventures: up 4.3% to £25.7 billion

Trading profit

  • reported: up 0.4% to £1,270 million
  • including share of associates and joint ventures: up 7.7% to £1,382 million

Profit attributable to equity shareholders

  • underlying: up 18.5% to £840 million
  • statutory: up 32.4% to £936 million

Cash flow and net borrowings

  • cash generated from operations: £1,544 million
  • net borrowings down £842 million to £5,051 million

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, commented:
“I am pleased to report that Alliance Boots has continued to deliver strong earnings growth, in a year where the markets in which we operate were significantly more challenging than I have experienced for a very long time.

“These results have been achieved during a period when considerable management time and other key resources have been dedicated to our Walgreens partnership. This has covered many areas, including our joint synergy programme, forward planning and preparation for our anticipated full merger, together with the burden of complex reporting requirements.

“Our strategy of creating the first global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in partnership with Walgreens is, I believe, widely recognised as being the right way forward. This is evidenced by the realignment of our industry that is starting to quickly take place, as competitors seek to follow our lead.

“Delivering shareholder value year after year requires a strong and dedicated management team, with the leadership skills to execute strategy, while at the same time managing businesses in challenging and changing trading environments. While the composition of our profits can vary year by year, our consistently good performance over a sustained period of time is due to our ability to adapt to meet new challenges in a financially disciplined way, as so clearly demonstrated in the year just ended.

“Being global is increasingly important in many business sectors including our own. The steps taken by the Group over the last two years, most notably our transformational partnership with Walgreens, our joint agreement with AmerisourceBergen, our geographical expansion in Latin America and Asia and all the work we have done to develop our brands are enabling the Group to continue on its path to becoming the clear world leader in both retail pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.

“Since Alliance Boots was formed eight years ago, we have made huge progress developing our businesses across the globe, while at the same time creating substantial value for first our public and then our private shareholders. As I have said on many occasions, I truly believe that we have the brands, intellectual capital and, most importantly, the vision and management expertise to continue to create value for stakeholders across the world in the coming years.”

Reconciliations of trading profit to profit from operations before associates and joint ventures, and underlying profit to profit for the year, are set out in the financial review section of this announcement.

Revenue, EBITDA and trading profit including share of associates and joint ventures and all underlying measures exclude the distributed associate.

A glossary of key terms is provided at the end of this announcement.

Further information is contained within the Group’s Annual Report 2013/14 which is published on our website (www.allianceboots.com). In addition, the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2013/14 will be published on our website in September 2014.

A press conference will be held on 15 May 2014 at 11.30 am (BST) which will be webcast simultaneously on www.allianceboots.com and available to view thereafter.

For further information, please contact:
Media Relations:
Yves Romestan/Laura Vergani/Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
James Murgatroyd/Katie Lang, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK) / +1 646-688-1336 (US)

Full press release as PDF – 15 May 2014

H&M Group reports on its April 2014 sales development

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In April, the H&M Group total sales including VAT increased by 17 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year.

The total number of stores amounted to 3,246 on 30 April 2014 versus 2,881 on 30 April 2013.

Percentage sales development for the month of May and total revenue in SEK for the second quarter (March to May) will be published in a separate press release on 11 June 2014. The Six-Month Report, covering the period 1 December 2013 to 31 May 2014, will be published on 18 June 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 15 May 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 3,200 stores in 54 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.

David Beckham marks the launch of his debut swimwear collection for H&M with an exclusive rooftop pool party in London

LONDON, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — David Beckham hosted an exclusive rooftop pool party last night to mark the launch of his debut swimwear collection for H&M. Guests including Ellie Goulding, One Direction’s Liam Payne and Niall Horan and Aaron Paul soaked up the luxe party atmosphere in East London.

Since the launch of the first David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection in 2012, the range has been designed each season with new styles, fabrics and patterns, so the addition of both stylish and functional swimwear is a natural progression.

As with all previous ranges, the focus of the swimwear collection is on fit, performance, and comfort and offers a fresh update on classic masculine style. The new range of boardshorts, swim shorts and trunks will launch in selected stores and online from Thursday 22nd May, 2014.

For more information please contact:

H&M Media relations
mediarelations@hm.com
+46 8 796 53 00

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H&M David Beckham party Copyright: 2014 Dave Benett Description: Liam Payne, Niall Horan, David Beckham and Ellie Goulding at David Beckham For H&M Swimwear private launch at Shoreditch House on May 14, 2014 in London, England.

H&M David Beckham party
Copyright:
2014 Dave Benett
Description:
Liam Payne, Niall Horan, David Beckham and Ellie Goulding at David Beckham For H&M Swimwear private launch at Shoreditch House on May 14, 2014 in London, England.

RILA and America’s most recognized retail brands launch Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC)

Public/Private Collaboration Aims To Strengthen Defenses Against Cyber Attacks And Protect Customers

Arlington, VA, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 14, 2014) the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several of America’s most recognized retail brands, launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC). The R-CISC is an independent organization, the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC). Among those companies participating with and supportive of the R-CISC are American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., J. C. Penney Company Inc., Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Nike, Inc., Safeway, Inc., Target Corporation, VF Corporation and Walgreen Company.

Through the R-CISC, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers.

“Retailers place extremely high priority on finding solutions to combat cyber attacks and protect customers. In the face of persistent cyber criminals with increasingly sophisticated methods of attack, the R-CISC is a comprehensive resource for retailers to receive and share threat information, advance leading practices and develop research relevant to fighting cyber crimes,” said Sandy Kennedy, president of RILA.

In order to create a structure tailored to the needs of the retail industry, the R-CISC was developed with input from more than 50 of America’s largest retailers, and in consultation with key stakeholders including federal law enforcement, government agencies and subject matter experts.

“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of malicious actors attempting to access personal information or compromise the systems we all rely on, in the retail industry and elsewhere,” said Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate. “We continue to work with the private sector to create shared situational awareness of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center will further enhance DHS’s collaboration with this important sector of the American economy and will provide information and resources that can help companies keep their networks and the consumer information stored on them safe and secure.”

Paul Morrissey, U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations said, “The Secret Service actively supports information sharing initiatives such as the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) announced today by RILA.  The Secret Service also continues its commitment to promote public/private partnerships through its 33 nationwide Electric Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) and two international ECTF’s, which bring together over 6,100 private sector partners, members of academia and local, state and federal law enforcement.”

RILA established partnerships with many federal agencies through the formation of the R-CISC and has support from U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.

“We are highly focused on protecting our customers and maintaining their trust. That’s why we have joined the R-CISC and are committed to sharing best practices and information with our peers and other stakeholders in order to strengthen our collective defenses against potential threats,” said Greg Wasson, President and CEO of Walgreen Company and vice chairman of RILA.

“The retail industry is already going to great lengths to minimize risk and stay ahead of cyber criminals. The reality is, cyber-criminals work non-stop and are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods of attack and by sharing information and leading practices and working together, the industry will be better positioned to combat these criminals,”states Ken Athanasiou, Global Information Security Director, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

“Our top priority is protecting our customers and maintaining the trust they place in us every time they make a purchase,” said Warren Steytler, vice president of information security at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. “We are confident that by sharing with our peers and industry stakeholders through the R-CISC, our industry will collectively strengthen its ability to protect critical customer information.”

RILA has also consulted with recognized third-party cyber specialists and subject matter experts including CrowdStrike, FS-ISAC and other ISACs, IBM, iSIGHT Partners, Information Security Forum, the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center (NCCIC), National Cyber Security Alliance and Verizon to identify leading practices related to threat information sharing.

The R-CISC is incorporated as an independent organization (501(c)(3) status intended) with an incoming Board of Directors comprised of senior retail executives from American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., J.C. Penney, Nike, Inc., Safeway, Inc., Target Corporation, VF Corporation and Walgreen Company. The R-CISC is open to retailers and merchants of all segments and sizes and aims to become a resource for not only the retail industry, but related merchant industries as well. RILA is working with retail associations and the R-CISC already has the support of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in this ongoing development.

R-CISC website: www.r-cisc.org

Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC)
Background Summary

STRUCTURE:

There are three components of the R-CISC: a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC), Education and Training and Research.

1. Retail-ISAC: Identifying real-time threats and sharing actionable intelligence to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.

The Retail-ISAC allows retailers to share cyber threat information among each other and share anonymized information with the U.S. government via a cyber-analyst and a technician embedded at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA). The Retail-ISAC’s dedicated cyber-analyst and technician at the NCFTA facility are processing and distilling information about real-time cyber threats, such as new strains of malware, underground criminal forum activity, potential software vulnerabilities, and translating this information into actionable intelligence, in the most usable and timely form for retailers. Retailers are also sharing anonymized information with the U.S. government via relationships that RILA, as a member of the member of the Commercial Facilities Sector Committee, has formed with government agencies, such the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

2. Education and Training: Educating the retail community on leading practices for information sharing and protecting against cyber criminals.

Through the R-CISC, retailers will be able to learn from key stakeholders and advance leading practices on cybersecurity, cyber risk mitigation and data privacy in a trusted environment. Via collaborations with educational institutions and other organizations, retailers will have access to educational resources and training programs.

3. Research: Collaborating with academia to provide research on emerging technologies and potential future threats.

Recognizing that threats are constantly evolving and technologies are advancing, the R-CISC will help retailers stay ahead of these risks with one goal in mind, ensuring their business practices keep customers and data safe.

 

INCOMING BOARD MEMBERS:

  • Ken Athanasiou, Global Information Security Director; American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
  • Rich Noguera, Head of Information Security; Gap, Inc.
  • Scott Howitt, VP, Chief Information Security Officer; J.C. Penney
  • William Dennings, Chief Information Security Officer; Nike, Inc.
  • Colin Anderson, VP, Information Technology; Safeway, Inc.
  • Jenny Ley, Director, Corporate Security Intelligence, Target Corporation
  • David McLeod, Chief Information Security Officer; VF Corporation
  • Jim Cameli, Information Security Officer; Walgreen Company

 

TIMELINE:

January 27: RILA launches Retail Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative
RILA establishes the Retail Cybersecurity Leaders Council (RCLC)
February 7: RCLC holds first meeting
February 18: RILA forms an information sharing partnership with the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliances (NCFTA)
Feb./March: RILA consults with the US government agencies and industry groups, including the FS-ISAC and other ISACs to learn from them and identify the most practical and effective means to share threat information
March 25-26: RCLC holds in-person meeting at NCFTA. Retailers meet with federal government agencies, subject matter experts, FS-ISAC, and other key stakeholders
April 2: RILA President Sandy Kennedy testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at a hearing on benefits of threat information sharing
April: RILA establishes partnerships with law enforcement to further intelligence for retailers
May 14: Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) launched

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

The National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) is a non-profit corporation with an established and expansive alliance between subject matter experts in the public and private sectors (more than 500 worldwide) with the goal of addressing complex cyber crimes. The subject matter experts are from industry, academia and government.

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Allie Brandenburger
Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

General Growth Properties declares second quarter common stock dividend of $0.15 per share payable on July 31, 2014

Chicago, Illinois, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP, the “Company”) today announced its Board of Directors declared a second quarter common stock dividend of $0.15 per share payable on July 31, 2014, to stockholders of record on July 15, 2014.

The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend on the 6.375% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NYSE: GGP PrA) of $0.3984 per share payable on July 1, 2014, to stockholders of record on June 16, 2014.

General Growth Properties, Inc.
General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

CONTACTS:

INVESTORS
Kevin Berry
(312) 960-5529

MEDIA
David Keating
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Gap Inc. to provide webcast of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, 2014-5-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will provide a live audio webcast of the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 20, 2014. To register for the webcast on May 20, please visit www.gapinc.com (follow the Investors, Financial News and Events, Webcasts links). A replay of the presentation will be available through www.gapinc.com.

The webcast will provide the audio portion of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders only and does not constitute attendance. In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, shareholders must either authorize a valid proxy or attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, over 350 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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