Famous British department store House of Fraser joins Tesco direct

  • Famous British department store joins the newly launched ‘Tesco Partners’
  • For the first time, customers can earn Clubcard points on every purchase
  • Over 50 Tesco Partners now available on Tesco direct

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, Tesco customers will be able to earn Clubcard points on House of Fraser homeware products as the famous department store joins Tesco direct (tesco.com/direct).  In total, over 2,000 products from popular House of Fraser brands such as Linea and Pied A Terre will now be available.

House of Fraser joins over 50 Tesco Partners on Tesco direct, which offers customers easy access to a great selection of brands, Clubcard points on every purchase and a convenient delivery service, including Click & Collect.

Tesco has also introduced the ‘Tesco Partners Guarantee’, which means that customers can buy with complete confidence as Tesco manages the entire process.

Ian Caminsky, Partnership Director at Tesco said, “We want to offer our customers a fantastic shopping experience, however, whenever and wherever they choose to shop with us. And we want to reward them for their loyalty, so we’re really pleased that we’re now able to offer customers Clubcard points on all of their Tesco direct purchases. We’re also delighted to welcome House of Fraser to Tesco Partners, as we know customers love their fantastic homeware range.”

Andy Harding, Executive Director, Multichannel for House of Fraser, said “This partnership is an exciting opportunity to share a truly inspirational shopping experience with even more customers. We bring over 160 years of department store retail experience, so there is huge potential to create a great working relationship between our businesses.”

There are over 50 Partners now available on Tesco direct, including Mamas & Papas, Early Learning Centre and Maplin.

For more information visit www.tesco.com/direct.

Images of a selection of the House of Fraser products available can be seen here.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Walmart to host 14,000 shareholders at its annual Shareholders meeting in Bentonville

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, Walmart will host 14,000 shareholders, including thousands of associates from 27 countries, at its annual Shareholders meeting in Bentonville. This year’s Shareholders theme is serving customers through innovation.

“This is a special week at Walmart. We celebrate and thank our 2.2 million associates from around the globe who are always coming up with new and exciting ways to serve our customers,” said Susan Chambers, executive vice president of global people at Walmart. “Mr. Sam always said our associates are our greatest source of ideas, and one of the best parts of this week is hearing their ideas and insights on how we can serve our customers even better.”

Finding new ways to serve customers or making current methods of serving them better has been a hallmark of Walmart for more than 50 years. With a focus on the integration of digital and physical retail, Walmart is better positioned than other retailers to serve customers wherever, whenever and however they want.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Shareholders and seeing where everything started for Walmart,” said Samantha Reed, an associate from Mishawaka, Ind. “One of my favorite parts of my job is interacting with my customers. This week I hope to hear from other associates in the U.S. and around the world how they best serve customers.”

 

Serving customers in new ways

Walmart Global eCommerce

  • Walmart Global eCommerce is finding new ways to make shopping faster, easier and more convenient for customers. Today, more and more customers are relying on technology to do their shopping. In the U.S., more than half the visits to Walmart.com are occurring on mobile devices. To put that in context, five years ago it was only at 1 percent. In the UK, one-third of online sales for Asda are coming from smartphones.

Walmart U.S.

  • Walmart is creating and building smaller format stores to help customers with their quick fill-in trips. This move provides even more access and convenience for customers who have limited shopping options, which typically means limited choice and higher prices. By combining digital retail with physical stores, both small and large, Walmart is able to help even more customers save time and money on their shopping.

Walmart International

  • At a time when convenience is more important to our customers than ever, we’re innovating to help customers save time. For instance, in the U.K., the online grocery market has doubled in the last five years and is projected to do the same in the next five years. Asda is offering its customers more ways to shop, including via click and collect delivery. By the end of this year, Asda will have close to 600 access points, and in the future it’s projected a third of all of Asda’s e-commerce sales will come from collection.

Sam’s Club

  • Finding ways to save people money isn’t a new idea, but Sam’s Club has created new ways to make it even easier for members to save money. The new Cash Rewards program allows Plus Members to earn $10 in cash rewards for every $500 they spend.

“It’s an honor to come to Shareholders and represent all of the associates at my supercenter in Toledo who work hard every day to take care of our customers,” said Ron Bennett from Toledo, Ohio. “I love talking to customers. I love for them to feel appreciated. The smile we put on their face is awesome.”

“Our associates do great things every day for our customers,” added Chambers. “Serving our customers through innovation is going to create even more opportunity for our associates. In the last year alone in the U.S. we promoted more than 190,000 people at Walmart and Sam’s Club, hired more than 42,000 veterans and paid more than $500 million in bonuses to our hourly associates. We see opportunity come to life every day for our associates.”

To be a part of the action and learn more about the company’s business, tune in to its Shareholders Meeting webcast on June 6 at 7 a.m. CDT, and follow us @walmartnewsroom using #WMTShares.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 10,994 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of approximately $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Walgreens launches nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments

Initiative adds to Walgreens other accessible prescription information services; leadership of blindness organizations praise company’s program

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG), today announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. The initiative introduces a new service that complements other accessible prescription information Walgreens currently provides.

Walgreens is the first in the industry to offer this exclusive talking prescription device, called the Talking Pill Reminder, at its retail locations chainwide. The device attaches to prescription containers and will be provided free of charge with prescription medications that Walgreens dispenses to its pharmacy customers who are blind or who have visual impairments. The Talking Pill Reminder can be recorded to speak the information on the customer’s prescription medication label, and also has an audible alarm to remind patients when to take a medication.

The Talking Pill Reminder is available to customers of Walgreens retail pharmacies across the country and through Walgreens prescription mail service. The devices also are available in Walgreens drugstores for purchase for a retail price of $9.99.

“Adherence to medication can be critical in treating illness today, and this is an innovation that will help our visually impaired customers correctly identify and take medications as prescribed,” said Jeff Koziel, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy operations. “As part of our mission to help customers get, stay and live well, we’re proud to have worked closely with other leading organizations to make the Talking Pill Reminder available across all of our more than 8,100 stores nationwide.”

The initiative is the result of a collaboration between Walgreens, The American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the ACB affiliates in California and Illinois. All partnering organizations praised the Walgreens announcement.

“Accessible prescription information is critical to people who are blind, and with today’s announcement, Walgreens assumes a significant leadership role in serving its customers with visual impairments,” said ACB President Kim Charlson.

Illinois Council of the Blind representative Ray Campbell commended Walgreens initiative, saying, “So many of our members and ACB members across the country value Walgreens excellent customer service. The company’s rollout of the Talking Pill Reminder gives them yet another reason to make Walgreens their pharmacy of choice.”

California Council of the Blind President Donna Pomerantz said, “Standard prescription labels put customers who are blind at risk for mixing up medications or taking them incorrectly. For this reason, Walgreens initiative is a matter of basic safety, and we congratulate the company on its efforts in this important area.”

In addition to providing the Talking Pill Reminder, Walgreens also offers large print patient information sheets to customers who have visual impairments.

Walgreens accessibility initiative will help people with visual impairments who have difficulty or are unable to read a standard prescription medication label.

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,231 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

American Council of the Blind (ACB), the California Council of the Blind (CCB) and the Illinois Council of the Blind (ICB)

The American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans throughout the country, with members organized through seventy state and special interest affiliates. The California and Illinois Councils of the Blind are state affiliates of the ACB, with local chapters throughout those states. The ACB, ICB and CCB are dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity, and independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs which will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about the ACB, ICB and CCB can be found by visiting http://www.acb.org,http://www.icbonline.org/ and http://www.ccbnet.org.

Fisher-Price division HIT Entertainment names Amazon exclusive U.S. home to its popular preschool franchise Fireman Sam®

HIT Entertainment Names Amazon As Exclusive U.S. Home for Globally Prominent Kids Franchise Across All Entertainment Content and Consumer Products

NEW YORK, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies and a division of Fisher-Price, today announced that Amazon will be the exclusive U.S. home to the popular preschool franchise Fireman Sam®, bringing TV episodes, eBooks, as well as physical products from apparel to toys to lunch boxes to Amazon.com, all of which will be available with fast, free shipping and free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. In addition to merchandise, the popular Fireman Sam TV episodes will be available to stream or download in Amazon Instant Video, Prime Instant Video, and FreeTime Unlimited. Amazon’s Fireman Sam content hub debuts on June 3rd, and HIT and Amazon will introduce Fireman Sam consumer products in the US for the first time later this year.

“With the ever evolving experience that families have with digital media, our consumers expect more and our business demands it,” said Sid Mathur, VP HIT Entertainment, The Americas. “Working with Amazon, we have the perfect platform to create a new experience that gives fans one place to experience the franchise. This new agreement takes Fireman Sam fans through the entire consumer journey from first engaging with the brand through content on their Kindle Fire or Amazon Fire TV to fulfilling the demand for a deeper brand experience via books, toys and more.”

“We’re thrilled to exclusively bring the popular Fireman Sam merchandise and digital content to Amazon customers,” said Peter Larsen Vice President, Product Management, Amazon. “We’re always looking for ways to make parents’ lives easier and now there’s no more

convenient place in the world for kids to experience their favorite Fireman Sam content. We’re excited to be working with such a forward-thinking partner in this space.”

Amazon and HIT Entertainment have created a great online avenue to conveniently find and purchase popular kids products in a massively digital world. With the Fireman Sam launch, Amazon and HIT Entertainment are creating a new brand distribution model, pairing the entire offerings of a globally loved children’s property with a global retail platform. Building on its successes with Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Mom and FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon continues to provide more services and products with families in mind.

Everybody’s ultimate hero next door Fireman Sam has been racing to the rescue of his friends and colleagues in all sorts of perilous situations for over 25 years.  Based in the Welsh village of Pontypandy, Fireman Sam is a pillar of the community and the hero of every rescue.  The series continues to be top rated globally airing in more than 60 languages with market awareness in more than 100 countries. Fireman Sam is a top rated boys’ preschool show in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Israel and Poland, and the #5 preschool toy license in the UK (NPD). On YouTube, Fireman Sam has secured more than 65 million global views.

About Amazon.com 
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About HIT Entertainment 
HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq:MAT), has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Noelle Dong \ HIT Entertainment PR
T: 646.467.5336 \ ndong@hitentertainment.com

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Argos launches new home and furniture brand ‘Heart of House’ as part of its drive to develop and grow its own-brand business

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos is launching a new home and furniture brand designed to respond to modern living as part of its drive to significantly develop and grow its own-brand business.

The new brand – ‘Heart of House’ – will be available to  customers this summer with a choice of 1,200 products across furniture, homewares and upholstery, making it Argos’ first cross-category brand in this market.

Products will offer customers high levels of quality and style at very competitive prices, including ‘super white’ porcelain, Egyptian cotton towels, and 200 thread count bedding fabrics. Robust furniture guarantees will also offer customers protection of up to two years on cabinetry and five years on upholstery frames.

Heart of House customers will be able to buy products through Argos’ websites and apps and take advantage of its convenient Check & Reserve service uniquely available at 734 Argos stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The brand will be supported by a multi-million pound launch campaign later this year.

John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, said: “This is a significant launch for Argos and heralds the introduction of our first cross-category, high quality private brand.

“Significant levels of research and planning have gone into the development of the brand.  Customers told us they were looking for a brand which offered great products for the home at great prices.  Heart of House will offer quality products which stand up to the rigours of everyday life but which are stylish and enable customers to easily coordinate and create the latest looks at home.

“We plan to develop Heart of House as a significant brand in its own right, which our customers recognise, connect to and desire.”

The launch is part of Argos’ transformation strategy to continue increasing its appeal amongst broader customer groups.  Argos is committed to developing and growing its own brands to represent a third of its total sales by 2018.

Heart of House joins a broad range of brands for the home available at Argos for customers with a variety of needs for cost, quality and style.

Argos is one of the UK’s leading home and furniture retailers, offering around 4,500 furniture products and around 7,500 homeware products.  Home and furniture accounts for around a fifth of total Argos sales.

 

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Notes to Editors:

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

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Argos serves around 123 million customers a year through its network of 734 stores.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

LVMH joins European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014

PARIS, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, LVMH is joining the European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014. The theme this year is “Circular Economy”, with a focus on building awareness among a broad public of the need to protect the environment.

From June 3-5, the European Commission is sponsoring Green Week, a high-profile event for all stakeholders in preserving the environment. The 2013 edition attracted some 2,100 participants from government, business and industry, NGOs, academia and the media.

The theme this year is “Circular Economy”. Unlike the current so-called “linear” economy, which is resource-intensive and generates large volumes of waste, a circular economy creates loops for resource and energy cycles. It builds sustainability into products, both in their design and their use, thus avoiding depletion of resources and limiting waste creation.

As part of its support for the event, LVMH is sharing best practices on resource conservation, recovery, reuse and recycling with its 110,000 employees. Information sheets on best practices will be published daily until June 5 (attached to this article).

In 2013 the LVMH Group celebrated 20 years of exemplary environmental responsibility and continues with the rollout of its environmental framework program “LIFE–LVMH Indicators For the Environment”. EU Environment Commissioner saluted the Group’s engagement, stating: “Private sector initiatives are crucial if we are all to make real progress in improving the environment. LVMH Group and its Maisons have demonstrated their long-term commitment to the environment and can provide inspiration to many others.”

The Green Week 2014 – LVMH factsheets:

Circular economy: the definition

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LVMH joins European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014

LVMH joins European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014

John Lewis partnered with children’s charity to host series of book readings by well-known TV personalities at John Lewis shops

LONDON, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — TV and film star, Peter Capaldi burrowed into a good book today to launch ‘Story Time’ with Barnardo’s and John Lewis, a fun and engaging storytelling campaign which aims to highlight the importance of interaction and communication to a child’s early development whilst raising money to support the UK’s most vulnerable children.

John Lewis has partnered with the children’s charity to host a series of book readings by well-known TV personalities at John Lewis shops across the country starting Saturday 21 June and running throughout the summer. Events are free to attend but you can join Peter Capaldi in supporting the Story Time by texting ‘JL’ to 70500 to donate £5 to Barnardo’s.

Commenting on the ‘Story Time’ initiative, dedicated Barnardo’s supporter, Peter Capaldi said; ‘Being read to as a child is something most of us take for granted but for many of the children Barnardo’s supports, storytelling and communicating are skills that their parents don’t have.

‘I would encourage people across the country to embrace storytelling, bury your head in a good book and donate as much as you can through ‘Story Time’ in aid of Barnardo’s. You’ll be helping the charity reach out to parents of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and ensuring they build the confidence and knowledge to help their little one thrive.’

To celebrate John Lewis’s 150th anniversary and Barnardo’s reaching the same anniversary in 2016, the ‘Story Time’ sessions will be reading from the most loved books of the last 150 years, today revealed as:

1.    Winnie The Pooh  –  A.A. Milne  (1926)
2.    Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll  (1865)
3.    The Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (1969)
4.    The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
5.    The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson (1999)
6.    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (1964)
7.    Black Beauty – Anna Sewell (1877)
8.    Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
9.    BFG – Roald Dahl (1982)
10.  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis  (1950)

Launching ‘Story Time’ Peter Capaldi read from The Gruffalo and there are a host of further TV personalities taking part in the ‘Story Time’ events including:

  • Actress Emilia Fox at John Lewis Oxford Street, 28 June
  • Julie Wilson Nimmo (Balamory’s Miss Hoolie) at John Lewis Glasgow, 21 June
  • Illustrator Nick Sharratt at John Lewis, Edinburgh, 21 June
  • TV Presenter Alex Winters at John Lewis Cheadle, 21 June.

Emma Marchant, John Lewis community investment manager said:

‘Charity support at John Lewis goes right back to 1919 when the Partnership’s founder John Spedan Lewis established the Donations Committee. Since then charity support by our Partners (employees) and customers has gone from strength to strength and now nearly 100 years after our Donations Committee was established we’re delighted to be partnering with Barnardo’s in our 150th year.

‘We have a summer of Story Time sessions in our shops reading from classics over 100 years old like Alice In Wonderland to modern favourites like The Gruffalo all raising money for Barnardo’s.’

Also commenting on the partnership, Barnardo’s deputy director of fundraising, Allan McLaren said:

‘We are delighted to be partnering with John Lewis to celebrate its 150th anniversary and raise as much as possible to support the vulnerable children who desperately need our help.

‘Through initiatives such as Story Time, John Lewis will help us support the children who need it most by teaching their parents how to successfully engage with their children from birth, helping them develop to the full and flourish in childhood.’

John Lewis’s work with Barnardo’s this year builds on a donation last year of £125,000 raised with suppliers to support Barnardo’s work in Birmingham.

To join Peter Capaldi in supporting the Story Time with Barnardo’s and John Lewis text ‘JL’ to 70500. This will donate £5 to support Barnardo’s and their work supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children.  Plus, you can find out what Story Time sessions are going on near you at johnlewis.com.

Notes to editors
John Lewis and Barnardo’s commissioned YouGov to poll 2652 adults to discover the nation’s favourite books of the last 150 years. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,652 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8 – 9 April 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

John Lewis’s commitment to community investment is at the very heart of our organisation and one of our seven guiding principles within our Partnership Constitution, which pledges that ‘The Partnership aims … to contribute to the well-being of the communities where we operate.’  This last year our Partnership-wide charity and community contributions totalled £14.3 million.

Our Community Matters green token scheme reached its fifth anniversary this year donating more than £4m of our profit to supporting good causes in our communities.

John Lewis operates 41 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores and ten John Lewis at home) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘The Nation’s Best Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2013’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Barnardo’s works with more than 200,000 children, young people and their families each year. Barnardo’s runs more than 900 services across the UK. We believe in children and we believe every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need. We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children. Follow Barnardo’s media team on Twitter @BarnardosNews.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Laura Tattam
Senior Press Officer
Telephone: 020 7592 5715
Email: laura_tattam@johnlewis.co.uk

John Lewis to open its first ever airport shop at Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal

LONDON, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — 5.30am tomorrow morning, John Lewis will open its first ever airport shop at Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal. Doors will open as the first passengers en route to Washington travel through the newly refurbished Terminal.

The 3,600 sq ft shop, the largest space allocated to a fashion-led brand, is located on the top floor of the departure lounge and is part of the first impression for passengers passing through security.

The shop curates the best of John Lewis home, fashion, gifting and seasonal ranges; it will showcase own-brand products, designer collaborations and exclusives.  Major brands on offer include Weekend Collection by John Lewis, JOHN LEWIS & Co, Croft as well as recognised international brands such as Orla Kiely home, Charbonnel and Walker, Hackett and Barbour.

The shop opening comes at an exciting time for John Lewis, as the business marks its 150th Anniversary this year. Heathrow is the retailer’s 42nd shop and will bring the brand to a wider set of international customers.

Paula Nickolds, buying and brand director at John Lewis said: ‘This opening is a significant step forward in developing our international strategy. Terminal 2 will serve 20 million passengers each year and will offer John Lewis access to one of the most concentrated, valuable and influential markets in the world. We hope to bring the John Lewis brand to a wider set of international customers – showcasing our offer within a dynamic environment, building brand awareness and credibility as a worldwide brand.’

John Lewis currently delivers to 33 countries outside the UK and Ireland which equates to 75% of Terminal 2 destinations. The retailer is also expanding its international wholesale business developing a specific offer focused on bed, bath and tableware in partnership with five Shinsegae department stores in South Korea, with plans to roll out the offer to more of their stores.

In a further development, last month John Lewis announced a ‘Click & Commute’ shop to open in St Pancras station. Opening in the Autumn, the shop will be the retailer’s first convenience format, providing an opportunity to pilot a new way to shop for its existing customers and showcase the brand to those less familiar. If successful, the format could be rolled out to other transport hubs and high street locations.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2013’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2013

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:Emma Moran
Senior Press Officer, Branches and Retail Development, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7592 6058
Email: emma_moran@johnlewis.co.uk

IKEA launched its first global “Life at Home Report” aimed at improving life at home

New York is One of Eight Cities Studied for Insights on How People Start Their Days

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the Life Improvement Store, is today launching its first global Life at Home Report, aiming to improve life at home through a better understanding of how the start of the day impacts a person’s well-being. The findings are based on IKEA research, published studies, as well as a new consumer study of more than 8,000 respondents from around the world. The report takes a deep look at people’s morning routines from waking up to walking out the door, and how their morning habits impact their days.

The survey was conducted in eight major cities; Berlin, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. The results reveal some surprising global differences and similarities of how people start their days. For example:
• Urban people on average spend 1 hour and 37 minutes from waking up to taking off in the morning. In Shanghai, this only takes 56 minutes, whereas in Mumbai it generally takes 2 hours and 24 minutes.
• In many cities, time for self-reflection in the morning is important for personal well-being. For instance, 57 percent of the people in New York agreed, whereas in Berlin only 9 percent share this view. The most common place for self-reflection is in the shower or bath.
• We use mobile technology and social media approximately 11 minutes every morning and 32 percent state that it’s very important for their well-being.

“We do research about people’s lives at home simply because we want to get insights that make it possible for us to contribute to a better life. We are curious about how people live their lives at home, what they do, what their expressed wishes and needs are, but also what their latent needs are. We are very excited to share these valuable insights with the world,” says Mikael Ydholm, research manager IKEA Group.

As an interactive part of the Life at Home Report, IKEA has developed a new tool called the “Data Mixing Board”, designed to help users mix and compare data and break down the results in different cities and different segments. As the U.S. city included in the survey, the results showed some interesting insights specifically about New Yorkers:

Early Bird Myths
• 56 percent of New Yorkers don’t see themselves as morning people. However, 51 percent of people in New York wake up before 7 a.m.

Groom or Gloom
• New Yorkers spend more time grooming on average than the other surveyed cities, taking 16 minutes instead of 14. New York women clock in at 19 minutes while New York men spend, on average, 12 minutes.
• Only 13 percent of New Yorkers think they are most attractive in the morning.

Multi-Mornings
• 40 percent of New Yorkers have worked from their bed. Thankfully, only 16 percent have worked from their bathroom.

Tomorrow’s Mornings
• To prepare for the day ahead, 24 percent of New Yorkers pack lunch the night before and 35 percent pick out clothes for the next day.

To further explore the IKEA Life at Home Report, go to http://lifeathome.ikea.com/.

Methodology
The data included in the report consists of existing IKEA consumer research, other published studies, interviews with various specialists and experts, as well as a new survey conducted in eight major cities around the world. The survey was collected through online panels in Berlin, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. All in all, 8,292 answers were collected among people from 18 to 60 years of age. The survey was carried out in cooperation with Swedish business intelligence agency United Minds, and has been complemented with reputable published studies and findings from external research sources.

ABOUT IKEA
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 43 countries/territories, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.

Press Contact: Alexandra Rogers
646-935-3921
alexandra.rogers@ketchum.com