Delhaize Group divests Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s operations to Bi-Lo Holdings for $246 million

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB, NYSE: DEG) announces today that it has completed the divestment of the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid´s operations to Bi-Lo Holdings for a cash amount of $246 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Delhaize Group also completed, in a separate transaction, the sale of its distribution center in Plant City, Florida to C&S Wholesale Grocers for an amount of $28 million.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group´s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €21.1 billion in revenues and €179 million in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

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Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, the financial flexibility that will result from the sale of Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s to Bi-Lo Holdings; the ultimate value of the transaction to Delhaize Group after working capital adjustments, the expected effect of the portfolio optimization, , strategic options, future strategies and the anticipated benefits of these strategies, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,”, “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,” “goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

Neringa Janavičiūtė named new head of MAXIMA GRUPĖ

VilniusLithuania, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of June 3, MAXIMA GRUPĖ, running the retail companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Bulgaria, will have a new leader. The Company will be headed by the long-standing employee Neringa Janavičiūtė. She will replace the current Director General Mindaugas Bagdonavičius, who has held the position since 2008.

In April this year Mindaugas Bagdonavičius became a Chairman of the Board of “Vilniaus prekyba”, the holding company controlling MAXIMA GRUPĖ. He will continue his work in this position and will also be responsible for the activity of AKROPOLIS group companies. He will also coordinate the development of a retail business in Spain.

“MAXIMA GRUPĖ has created a wide and successful international chain of retail stores. At present, with the regard to the Company’s long term strategy, we have decided to better define the Company‘s activity, responsibilities, and priorities“, ‒ says Mindaugas Bagdonavičius, Chairman of the Board of “Vilniaus prekyba”.

Neringa Janavičiūtė has worked in „Vilniaus prekyba” companies since 1994, having started her career as Executive of Commerce. Later she headed sales and marketing departments in the companies of MAXIMA group. In 2002, Neringa Janavičiūtė was head of the company “Vilniaus Akropolis” and she was entrusted with opening of “Akropolis”, the first largest shopping mall in the Baltic States. For the past six years she held the position of Marketing Director in MAXIMA group companies and was a member of the Board of Directors.

„I appreciate the trust bestowed upon me, and am prepared to contribute to further success of the Company‘s activity. My key objectives include continuing the work that has been started in relation with the growth of the Group’s companies, strengthen their internal competencies, management, and reputation, and ensure the attainment of MAXIMA GRUPĖ‘s strategic goals“, ‒ says Neringa Janavičiūtė.

MAXIMA GRUPĖ was established in 2007. It is a company, controlling retail companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Bulgaria. At the end of 2013 there were 508 MAXIMA X, MAXIMA XX, MAXIMA XXX, ALDIK, and T-MARKET stores operating in these countries. There were 230 shops in Lithuania, 144 in Latvia, 71 in Estonia, 42 in Bulgaria, and 21 in Poland. In all its companies and countries of operation MAXIMA GRUPĖ employs over 30 thousand people. In 2013 MAXIMA GRUPĖ’s consolidated turnover grew 5.9% and accounted for 2,519 billion euros without VAT.

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Ski and outdoor retailer Ekosport to upgrade to Intershop 7 to power its international online shop

  • Leading ski and outdoor retailer to upgrade online shop across 15 countries
  • Intershop confirms growth plans for French market

Jena, Germany / Paris, France, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Leading ski and outdoor specialist Ekosport has chosen Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform Intershop 7 to power its international online shop. The sports retailer, based in France, will replace an internally built e-commerce platform with the Intershop solution, rolling out the new website simultaneously in 15 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and UK. The new website will be launched in late summer.

Simultaneously to the announcement of this new license client Intershop confirms its ambitious growth strategy for the French market. France is next to Germany, the UK, Benelux and the USA one of five strategic core regions, Intershop is focusing on. Intershop plans to double its local team and its French customer base by the end of the year, and is actively looking for new partners to help implement Intershop’s market-leading commerce platform for B2C and B2B customers in the mid-size and enterprise market. The company is also strengthening its management team in France with the appointment of Kamel Tansaout, who joined Intershop in March to head up a sales team based in Paris.

“There are huge opportunities as organizations continue to upgrade and reinvent their e-commerce channels and seek to deliver true omni-channel commerce experiences to their customers. For French organizations in particular, internationalization is a big issue, recognizing that they have to grow across borders to stay competitive,” comments Kamel Tansaout.

Intershop is currently strengthening its product business, putting a greater focus on distributing Intershop’s technology to small and mid-sized client segments and on gaining new clients through strong partnerships. These are supported by local, flexible sales entities in strategic markets like France.

Axel Köhler, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, comments the new marketing initiative in France: “As the only independent platform vendor and with a proven technology that stands out with its flexibility, scalability and innovative features, we are optimistic to gain a bigger market share in the dynamic French e-commerce market.”

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 atwww.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

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BRC survey reveals customers using less cash than ever as retailers make it easier and more convenient to shop and pay

LONDON, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are using less cash than ever as retailers make it easier and more convenient to shop and pay. New data reveals that a growing proportion of smaller payments previously made in cash are now being made in other ways. The availability of contactless cards, handy express stores and self-service tills as well as online sales have contributed to the increased use of debit cards to 50 per cent of retail sales value in 2013, up by 11 % over the last five years. Over the same time period there has been a decline in the average debit card transaction value, and in the use of cash by 14 per cent.

Debit cards now account for 32 per cent of the number of transactions compared to 30 per cent last year. As everyday use of digital technology increases, customers are becoming accustomed to using the latest developments in ways to pay. However, cash remains the dominant method of payment, with 53 per cent of transactions still made in cash, although this has declined by 3 per cent over the last year and 10 per cent over the last 5 years.

The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Payments Survey 2013 published today (Monday) covers 60 per cent or £191 billion in retail sales in 2013. It tells a different story for credit cards as customers are spending the same amount in total but for fewer items, suggesting more considered purchasing. During 2013 the share in transaction volumes fell by 13 per cent (from 11 per cent to 9 per cent). The average transaction value was up by 12 per cent on last year. This reverses a decline in average transaction values over the previous three years.

The survey shows that banks are still levying unjustifiably high charges on retailers handing card payments. The average cost to a retailer to process a credit or charge card payment is now 40.9 pence, up 18.3 per cent in the last five years. Credit and charge cards account for only 9 per cent of transactions but almost half (48.7 per cent) of costs. At the same time, the cost to process a cash payment is now 1.3 pence and has decreased 38 per cent in the last five years. Cash accounts for 53 per cent of transactions but 9 per cent of costs. Debit cards costs have increased by 4 per cent in the last five years and cost 8.8 pence per transaction. They account for 32 per cent of transactions but 37 per cent of costs.

Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Customers are taking advantages of new ways to shop and pay. The availability of contactless cards, handy express stores and self-service tills as well as online sales has increased the use of debit cards for smaller payments in place of cash. This is very much in line with the attention customers have paid to price and value during the recent economic uncertainty as they have sought to minimise payments from their budgets for everyday items.

“The recent pattern of spending on larger but fewer products on credit cards shows that customers are now feeling more confident than they did a year ago and reflects the wider consumer outlook of cautious growth.

“Cash use down 14 per cent in the last five years is a milestone in the development of our digital economy. It shows that customers are embracing digital shopping whether online or on the high street and retailers are adapting and evolving to meet the demand with excellent services. However, it is important to note that cash still remains dominant in the overall number of transactions.

“It is really disappointing that the average cost of accepting both credit and debit cards have increased over five years, while cash costs have gone down. Interchange fees cost the retail industry and its customers almost £1 billion in 2013. The much-welcomed European proposals to cap how much banks can charge retailers to process card payments are close to final approval, but in the meantime, we continue to work with the UK Government and Payment System regulator to implement caps on UK fees without further delay, as has happened in other European countries”.

The survey can be downloaded by clicking on the link shown to the right.

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

General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani and CFO Michael Berman to present at NAREIT REITWeek 2014 investor conference on June 4

Chicago, Illinois, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Growth Properties, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: GGP) today announced that Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer, and Michael Berman, chief financial officer, will present at the NAREIT REITWeek 2014 investor conference in New York on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The live audio-­only webcast will be available online in the investors section of the Company’s website and at reitstream.com. An online replay will be available for approximately two weeks after the event.

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
(312) 960-6325

Kimco management to present in the REITWeek 2014 NAREIT’s Investor Forum on June 3, 2014

NEW HYDE PARK, New York, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) announced today that its management will participate in the REITWeek 2014 NAREIT’s Investor Forum on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in New York. Kimco management will provide a general overview of the company followed by a question and answer session. The webcast information is as follows:

Event: Kimco Realty Corporation Management Presentation at REITWeek 2014 NAREIT’s Investor Forum

When: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 2:15 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. EDT

Where: Live webcast can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Kimco REITWeek 2014 or by entering http://reitstream.com/reitweek2014/kimcorealty in your browser.

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, audio from the conference will be available until September 3, 2014 at the link above.

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York, that owns and operates North America’s largest publicly traded portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of March 31, 2014, the company owned interests in 835 shopping centers comprising 122 million square feet of leasable space across 42 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

CONTACT:

David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Toys“R”Us, Inc. supports nonprofit organization dedicated to finding childhood cancer cure Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Company Renews Commitment to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer with Nationwide Fundraising and Awareness Program, In-Store Events and User-Generated Social Media Initiative

Wayne, NJ, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced it has reaffirmed its support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Beginning this Sunday, June 1 through Thursday, July 31, monetary donations will be collected at all Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/AlexsLemonade. To celebrate its fourth consecutive year of partnership with ALSF, Toys“R”Us is debuting a new campaign theme and consumer engagement initiative, #Stir4ACure, which invites social media users to spread awareness for the charity by sharing who or what they stir for – whether it’s a cure, a family member or all children fighting cancer. By joining the effort, participants can show support for the cause and for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the inspiration behind ALSF who “stirred for a cure” for all kids like her before losing her life to cancer at the age of 8.

Diagnosed just before her first birthday, Alex Scott began hosting lemonade stands at only 4 years old with a mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Before she died in 2004, Alex raised $1 million through stands hosted in her name. Inspired by Alex’s determination, her parents, Liz and Jay Scott, continued her dream and established ALSF in 2005. The organization now funds research projects and provides resources to assist families affected by this disease. Alex’s mission has evolved into a national movement, with thousands of kids continuing to host lemonade stands in her honor and “stirring” the most important ingredients of all into their lemonade – hope and support for the 263,000 new children affected by cancer worldwide each year. To date, Alex’s legacy has helped raise more than $75 million, showing that at any age, kids can have a lasting impact on the world.

“Because of our partnership with Toys“R”Us, we have been able to fund countless, critical pediatric cancer research projects over the last four years, many of which have gone on to directly impact and give hope to the thousands of children and families fighting cancer in the U.S.,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “We are thankful to the entire “R”Us family and its customers who have joined Alex’s mission, and we know that together we can #Stir4ACure to help turn her dream into a reality.”

“Over the last four years, Alex’s resolve and courageousness has been an inspiration to us all at Toys“R”Us, as well as our customers, who have embraced the cause and helped us to contribute nearly $6 million to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “This year, we hope to raise even more funds that will be vital to ALSF in advancing its research efforts, as well as generate additional awareness for the organization, encouraging kids and families across the country to #Stir4ACure.”

Toys“R”Us Engages Customers and Kids to #Stir4ACure

To commemorate this year’s partnership, Toys“R”Us is inviting kids and families to show their support for ALSF through the company’s #Stir4ACure initiative. Beginning today, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram users can #Stir4ACure by visiting Toysrus.com/AlexsLemonade, where they’ll find a downloadable, print-out pledge, on which they are encouraged to write down who or what they stir for. To further spread the word about the cause, participants are then asked to share photos of their signs on their social media channels, using #Stir4ACure.

Throughout the campaign, the Toys“R”Us FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages will feature posts highlighting an ALSF hero and their own inspirational story and personal connection to the cause. The company’s official social media channels will also provide ongoing fundraising updates, opportunities to get involved, fun activities and more. Pinterest users can follow Toys“R”Us at Pinterest.com/Toysrus, where the company will showcase a dedicated Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Pinboard featuring user-generated photos from the #Stir4ACure program and Alex’s Lemonade Stands hosted at Toys“R”Us stores across the country, as well as lemon recipes and lemonade stand decor.

Alex’s Lemonade Stands Come to Life in Toys“R”Us Stores

On Friday, June 20, select Toys“R”Us stores across the country will host in-store lemonade stands where kids and families will have the opportunity to meet ALSF volunteers, sample lemonade, make a donation and learn more about the organization.

In addition, all Toys“R”Us locations nationwide will hold in-store events on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 3pm, providing kids and families with the opportunity to donate and receive information about ALSF. Children in attendance will enjoy special giveaways (quantities limited) and activities, plus a take-home pledge to review with their parents, inviting their family to set up their own official Alex’s Lemonade Stand and participate in the company’s #Stir4ACure social media program.

To kick off the 2014 campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has provided a $100,000 grant to ALSF. Since the partnership began in 2011, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, along with donations from customers, together have provided nearly $6 million to the organization.

To download high-resolution images related to the Toys“R”Us campaign benefitting ALSF, please visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d/s254063e40374848b

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations and has donated $1 million as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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Media Contacts:

Toys“R”Us, U.S.
Adrienne O’Hara
973-617-4383/646-366-8863
Adrienne.Ohara@toysrus.com

Nicole Hayes
973-617-4371/646-366-8862
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Apple® to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics for $3 billion

CUPERTINO, California, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” said Jimmy Iovine. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

Iovine has been at the forefront of innovation in the music industry for decades, and he has been an instrumental partner for Apple and iTunes® for more than a decade. He has produced or collaborated with some of the most successful artists in the history of the iTunes Store®, helping make it the world’s number one music retailer. Iovine and Dr. Dre are sound pioneers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Beats Electronics has brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience and has introduced an entirely new generation to premium sound entertainment. Beats Music was developed by a team of people who have each spent their entire career in music and provides music fans with an incredible curated listening experience.

“Music is such an important part of Apple’s DNA and always will be,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The addition of Beats will make our music lineup even better, from free streaming with iTunes Radio to a world-class subscription service in Beats, and of course buying music from the iTunes Store as customers have loved to do for years.”

In just five years since launch, the Beats “b” has become the brand of choice in the music and sports worlds, and is the market leader in the premium headphone market. Music superstars including Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have designed their own customized Beats headphones and speakers. Fashion designers and street artists such as Alexander Wang, Futura and Snarkitecture have collaborated on special limited products, while renowned athletes including LeBron James, Serena Williams and Neymar use Beats as a critical part of their training and game day process. Beats has quickly become part of pop culture in the US and with the acquisition the Beats product lineup will be offered in many more countries through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.

Formally established in 2008 as the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, Beats Electronics (Beats) comprises the Beats by Dr. Dre family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers as well as patented Beats Audio software technology and streaming music subscription service Beats Music. Through these offerings, Beats has effectively brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio to the listening experience and has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment.

Beats Music is a subscription streaming music service that focuses on providing a personalized music experience for each user through a unique blend of digital innovation and musical passion. Programmed by a trusted team of well-respected music experts with over 300 years of experience across all genres, Beats Music delivers the right music for any situation, any time, and any preference, personalized to your tastes. The result is an artist-friendly digital music service that does more than simply offer access to music, but one that establishes an emotional connection to it as well.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Tom Neumayr
Apple
tneumayr@apple.com
(408) 974-1972

Sarah Joyce
Beats
Sarah.Joyce@beatsbydre.com
(310) 795-4757

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ShopRite and Procter & Gamble partner to bring Caroline’s Carts to more than 250 ShopRite stores

Woodbridge, NJ, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite and Procter & Gamble have partnered to bring Caroline’s Carts, specialized shopping carts created for special needs children, to more than 250 ShopRite stores across the Northeast. Starting in the month of June, Caroline’s Carts will be available at all ShopRite stores. A special event with Drew Ann Long, founder of Caroline’s Carts, took place at the ShopRite of Woodbridge today to unveil the unique cart and introduce it to ShopRite customers. Drew Ann Long created the custom cart for her daughter Caroline, launching Caroline’s Carts in 2013.

ShopRite is a Founding Partner of the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. P&G has extended its support of this partnership by helping ShopRite to bring Caroline’s Carts to all of its stores.

Also in attendance at the unveiling were representatives from Procter & Gamble; Marc Edenzon, President & CEO of Special Olympics NJ; and Special Olympics Ambassadors Nadia Comaneci and Bart Connor.

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 more than 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 $33 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 $26 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.

About Caroline’s Carts
Caroline’s Cart is a shopping cart created for special needs children and adults. It provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without simultaneously having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart. It is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long, founders of Parent Solution Group and is manufactured by Technibilt.  Caroline’s Cart is not just for children/adults that do not walk.  Caroline’s Cart has been widely used for children with Autism, providing a safe solution while in the store.  The Long family believes that all families deserve to have this option, so they can enjoy the freedom of shopping with their special needs child. For more information, please visit www.carolines-cart.com.

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company products to be available in Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jessica Alba is about to be an everyday fixture in the aisles of Target and pages of Target.com.

Starting June 15, an assortment of The Honest Company, which Jessica co-founded with former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, Christopher Gavigan, will be available at Target. Ranging from diapers and biodegradable wipes to organic skin care and laundry detergent, The Honest Company offers non-toxic, eco-friendly and beautiful products that are better for the environment, families and wallets.

We call that a triple threat.

Below, hear more on the upcoming launch of The Honest Company at Target from Jessica and Christopher.

News of The Honest Company joining the Target family comes after the Bullseye’s recently announced Made to Matter collection, which features new and exclusive products from 16 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.

Not that we needed another reason to shop at Target, but now we’ve got one…and that’s the honest truth.

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company products to be available in Target

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company products to be available in Target

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Wincor Nixdorf launches new version of its global software platform TP.net 5.5

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail software needs to integrate the online and offline worlds and meet all the requirements of functionality, architecture and international orientation of retail companies. This is because today’s consumers interact with a retail company via various touchpoints, for example, they gather information online but make their purchases in stores – or vice versa. They might order online, but expect to return goods in a brick and mortar outlet. They expect an actual brand and shopping experience, whatever channel they use. And in the process, they expect information to be consistent, goods to be available and service to be of the same high quality everywhere. Against this backdrop, Wincor Nixdorf is introducing the next release of its global software platform TP.net.

Retail companies will benefit from the new version – TP.net 5.5 – to connect their sales channels seamlessly and control them more efficiently. A cross-channel merchandise management solution and a customer relationship management solution have been newly integrated. TP.net 5.5 thus ensures a consistent link between sales, merchandise and customer data flows so that, for example, order processing and item availability can be coordinated across channels.

In order to improve customer service in the store, TP.net 5.5 provides numerous functions on mobile devices running iOS and Android operating systems. Full-featured POS functionality on tablet PCs or user-friendly merchandise management on smartphone are just two examples of how staff flexibility and customer service can be improved. “With TP.net 5.5, we met the challenge of introducing lots of innovative features, especially in the area of omnichannel and mobility, while keeping what made TP.net so strong and successful in the last years, namely a robust, feature-rich and truly international software product that satisfies the most demanding major retail organizations around the globe,” says Nicolas Pelletier, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. “In addition, we noticeably extended our software portfolio with best-in-class applications delivering additional value to both retailers and consumers.”

Wincor Nixdorf takes care of integrating its software products in the customer’s landscape, and manages all operations required during the lifetime of the solution. Proven, global standardized processes ensure the rapid transfer of the solution to the entire store network while ensuring complete process transparency. “You can have the best software, but it will not be successful on the market without delivery and operations excellence. With our global Professional Services organization, and our Store Lifecycle Management operations model, we have a unique offering in terms of integration and operations services,” explains Nicolas Pelletier.

TP.net 5.5 is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of sales-related processes required by large, international retailers. The TP Application Suite is a set of integrated software applications installed in over 70 countries and on more than 200,000 point of sales systems. Wincor Nixdorf ensures support for its solutions around the world through its closely-meshed delivery and service network.

Nicolas Pelletier: “Through a considerable and sustainable investment in product management and R&D, we have once again enhanced the relevance of our retail software platform, thus ensuring that it does justice to the omnichannel and mobility requirements of retail companies within the context of global implementation.”

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