Delhaize Group announce the appointment of Kevin Holt as Chief Executive Officer for Delhaize America

Kevin Holt appointed as new Chief Executive Officer for Delhaize America

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Holt as Chief Executive Officer for Delhaize America. Mr. Holt, formerly President of Retail Operations at SUPERVALU, will also become a member of the Delhaize Group Executive Committee. He will start effective July 7, 2014 and lead the Group’s U.S. operations.

“I am very pleased to have Kevin join our team”, said Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group. “Kevin brings both deep industry experience as well as a comprehensive customer orientation that will help our U.S. operations to continue to implement our existing strategy and build on the strong momentum of recent quarters. I am looking forward to working with him.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Delhaize America and work with Frans, the Delhaize America team and my colleagues in the Group Executive Committee,” said Mr. Holt. He added, “I look forward to reinforcing and executing the strategy and continuing to focus on our customers as I see tremendous opportunity in the business.”

Mr. Holt comes to Delhaize Group with more than 20 years of retail leadership experience in operations, strategy and information technology. Prior to SUPERVALU, he served for three years with Sears Holding Company and 14 years with Meijer, working in various leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Senior Vice President of Information Technology/Services and Strategic Planning.

Before moving into the retail industry, Mr. Holt spent nine years at NCR delivering technology solutions to large and complex organizations. He holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Ferris State University.

»  Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in eight 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 €20.9 billion ($28.0 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 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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Rite Aid President and CEO Ken Martindale officially marked the grand re-opening of the Company’s Beverly Hills store

  • Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Store Rich in Innovation and Unique Merchandising Concepts is the Latest Rite Aid’s On-Going Evolution of its Wellness Store Format
  • Rite Aid Foundation Reinforces Commitment to Beverly Hills Community and Beyond, Presenting Donations to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Public Library and Beverly Hills Firefighters Association

Camp Hill, Pa., 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale will officially mark the grand re-opening of the Company’s Beverly Hills store, located at 300 North Canon Drive, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 11 a.m. The store recently completed a major remodel and now features the latest evolution of the Company’s highly successful wellness store design. Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and local community partners will join Martindale and Rite Aid associates at the ribbon-cutting.

“Since first introducing our wellness store design in 2011, we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our stores provide the products and clinical pharmacy services to deliver on our mission of helping our customers achieve their individual wellness goals,” said Martindale. “Our North Canon Drive store is the latest example our ever-evolving Wellness Store format, featuring our most successful merchandising concepts as well as new innovations, resulting in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience to the Beverly Hills community.”

First introduced in 2011, Rite Aid’s wellness store format provides products, resources, and information to help its customers and their families live healthier lives. To date, Rite Aid has continuously modified and enhanced the design of more than 1,300 stores nationwide. The company anticipates remodeling another 450 stores to feature its Wellness store format by the end of Fiscal 2015.

The scope of the Beverly Hills project included a total remodel and enlargement of the pharmacy; a reconfigured check-out area; the redesign of several key departments, including beauty and over-the-counter medicines and first aid; and the addition of a Fresh Day Café and patio area, where customers can enjoy Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverages, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and Rite Aid’s very own Thrifty ice cream.

Upon entering the store, customers will immediately notice the contemporary look and feel of the expanded beauty department that now offers several new prestige cosmetic and skincare lines. Also new to the store, a Rite Aid Beauty Adviser who is specially trained to assist shoppers with all beauty brands Rite Aid carries through demonstrations and education.

Martindale added, “The Beverly Hills store is a great example of how we are aggressively evolving the Wellness store format to identify concepts that perform well and can be broadly applied to future remodels and test new concepts, like our Fresh Day Café. Going forward, we will continue to push the envelope in leveraging our Wellness stores to launch and expand innovative merchandising concepts, with the ultimate goal of delivering a more personal and engaging customer experience.”

As part of the company’s continued commitment to the Beverly Hills community and surrounding area, The Rite Aid Foundation will mark the grand re-opening by presenting donations to three local non-profit organizations.

Celebrating its 20th year as partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Rite Aid Foundation will present member hospital Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a check for $422,221. The money was raised by Rite Aid associates, customers and supplier partners during this year’s annual in-store paper Miracle Balloon campaign and other fundraising efforts in the greater Los Angeles area. Since 1998, Rite Aid has raised more than $8 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Additionally, The Rite Aid Foundation will present both the Beverly Hills Public Library and the Beverly Hills Firefighters Association with $10,000 donations. The Beverly Hills Public Library will use the funds to support several year-round youth programs, including children’s story times, in-school programs and the library’s summer reading initiative. The Beverly Hills Firefighters Association will use The Foundation donation to support its Junior Firefighters Camp as well as its school-based fire safety and prevention program.

The celebration will continue through Saturday, July 5 with a special event hosted in the store each day. Events include appearances by celebrity makeup artists, free health screenings, product demonstrations and sampling, food and refreshments. Visit www.riteaid.com/BeverlyHills for a complete schedule of events.

Other key elements of Rite Aid’s wellness store design include an easy-to-navigate layout and clear departmental signage; a relaxing, warm color palette accented by wood tones; and expanded merchandise offerings centered around wellness including gluten-free and organic foods and home fitness equipment.

While developing the design, significant consideration was given to the pharmacy department, the core of the company’s business. Upon entering the store, there is a direct path to the pharmacy, which has been cleared of merchandise and has an eye-catching design. Additionally, there is a private consultation room adjacent to the pharmacy, where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services. Nearby, the Wellness Ambassador station; Wellness Ambassadors work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide customers with access to information over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements and Rite Aid programs and services.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Target Corp. announced online orders of $50 or more now qualify for free shipping

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that nearly all online orders of $50 or more will now qualify for free shipping.

The new policy, which takes effect immediately, simplifies the experience for guests by making tens of thousands more products eligible for free shipping. Target’s new offer is among the most competitive in the industry in terms of value and breadth. Only oversize and heavy items will be excluded and subject to a handling fee.

“We’ve heard from guests they don’t fully understand our shipping policy – so we’ve changed it to make it simpler and reduce the friction in making purchases on the site,” said Jason Goldberger, senior vice president, Target.com and Mobile. “Providing our guests a better free shipping offer is just one of the many ways we continue to improve the Target.com experience.”

In addition to the new shipping policy, guests can now also browse Target.com for most in-store merchandise and purchase many of those items online to pick up in store. Target also recently expanded it’s online subscriptions service for everyday essentials like diapers and coffee. Additionally, Target.com returns are already free via postal service or by visiting a Target store.

Guests who use a REDcard credit or debit card will continue to receive free shipping and 5% off their purchases on Target.com.

Complete details on Target’s shipping offer are available here.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,916 stores – 1,789 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

Pierre Audoin Consultants research on behalf of Wincor Nixdorf: Postal operators to invest 20 billion Euros globally in IT systems alone in 2015

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The international market research and consulting firm Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) estimates that alone in 2015, postal operators will invest 20 billion Euros globally in IT systems. Of this total, 3.1 billion Euros will go to transforming their branch operations. These are among the key insights of the white paper “Upheaval in the global postal market: Managing a substantial shift in business models,” which PAC researched on behalf of Wincor Nixdorf. At the 12th International Petersberg Conference, which begins today, a principal analyst from PAC will present the white paper and discuss current market dynamics, industry IT spending and global case studies with attendees.

The global postal market is undergoing dynamic change, according to the white paper. Privatization, the Internet, new market players and customer demands for greater convenience and innovative services are forcing national postal operators to diversify into new fields and, above all, to invest in information technology to transform their customer-interfacing branch operations.

According to PAC’s market research, traditional postal operators will need to create new services in areas such as finance and retail to generate additional revenue streams and to tap new channels such as mobile and self-service to interface with customers more conveniently and cost-effectively. This will require, among other things, that operators transform their branch operations not only to expand the scope of their overall activities, but also to enhance the customer experience these outlets provide.

Top priorities in this transformation, according to PAC, include making it easier for customers to access postal services by abolishing queues through greater automation of counter transactions and greater use self-service technology as well as modernizing often cramped and dated branch facilities. PAC views, in particular, mobile technology and integrated IT solutions and architectures as key drivers in postal branch transformation.

The white paper looks at how a number of international postal operators, such as AN Post in Ireland, La Poste in France, Australian Post and Poste Italiane, have embarked on new strategies to diversify their portfolios and transform their branch operations. La Poste, for instance, is a pioneer in postal self-service, having installed 5,000 self-service post kiosks in its branches to shorten queuing time, improve process efficiency and increase overall customer convenience. Australian Post is another example of an innovative approach. The tradition-steeped postal operator has transformed its 4,500 branches into retail outlets that offer not only postal services but also other consumer articles and services such as bill payments, passport applications and motor vehicle registrations. Self-service terminals are an integral component of these outlets.

The white paper also describes Wincor Nixdorf’s position as a key supplier of IT solutions to postal operators and its answer to the changing requirements of postal operators. The IT solutions provider has been delivering high-performance, cost-saving solutions and services to the sector for more than 20 years. More than 30 postal operators now use its technology worldwide.

Wincor Nixdorf has an integrated and seamless offering. Unlike its competitors, it is able to access comprehensive in-house expertise, not only in the area of hardware, software and services, but also in a range of sectors, including banking, retail and postal. The company ranks number one in Europe and number two in the world for programmable electronic POS (EPOS) terminals, and number two in the world for ATMs.

The white paper can be downloaded at:http://info.wincormarketing.co.uk/Postal-Whitepaper_Landing-Page_Postal-Whitepaper.html

CBRE Group, Inc. to provide property management services for CommonWealth REIT’s 42.9 million-sq.-ft. property portfolio

CBRE to Manage Nearly 43 Million Sq. Ft. in 31 Markets

Los Angeles, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced its appointment to provide property management services for CommonWealth REIT’s (NYSE: CWH) 42.9 million-sq.-ft. property portfolio, excluding properties classified as discontinued operations.

CBRE’s appointment is targeted to take effect on or around October 1, 2014, subject to CommonWealth REIT’s right to extend the date. At that time, CBRE will provide property management and other related services for 156 CommonWealth REIT-owned properties across 31 markets, excluding properties classified as discontinued operations.

“We are very pleased to engage CBRE as our property management services provider,” said David Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer, CommonWealth REIT. “CBRE’s technical expertise and on-the-ground resources combined with our team’s real estate management expertise will enhance service delivery for tenants at our properties and maximize building operating performance across our portfolio. We believe this relationship aligns the interests of all stakeholders.”

“This prestigious assignment reflects the strength of our service offering, most notably our ability to deliver value across a broad, geographically diverse property portfolio,” said Ed Schreyer, President, Agency Brokerage and Asset Services, the Americas, CBRE. “We look forward to working with CommonWealth REIT on these assets.”

John Greenwood will serve as CBRE’s Strategic Accounts relationship manager, coordinating the delivery of services for CommonWealth REIT.

About CommonWealth REIT
CommonWealth REIT (NYSE: CWH) is an internally managed and self-advised real estate investment trust, which primarily owns office buildings located in central business districts and suburban locations across the country, with executive offices in Chicago, Ill.

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

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
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BESTSELLER’s maternity wear brand MAMALICIOUS launches baby and toddler wear MINIMIZE

Brande, Denmark, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Danish fashion house BESTSELLER’s recent revamp of Mamalicious with a new look, design vision and brand identity has paved the way for a brand extension uniting cute with a new Nordic interpretation of trend and look.

MINIMIZE is a new take on baby and toddler wear, in sizes from new-born babies and all the way up to 3-year-old boys and girls.

STYLE & TREND: THE NEW NORDIC
“Mamalicious has a strong following among new mothers as well as mothers-to-be,” says Ditte Marie Bay, Brand Manager of Mamalicious, “both online and in shops. One of the things the brand is loved for is our Nordic and Scandinavian approach to colours, prints and looks. We want to translate this into childrenswear, so your options are not limited to very vibrant colours and prints but also include a calmer look and feel, with the emphasis on
functionality, shape, fit and quality. We are aiming at dressing kids with the same approach that we take for their mothers – simply for every occasion.”

WHAT TO EXPECT
With the ambition of raising the bar for style and quality and creating clean and focused collections, expectations are high for the new sub-line. A full range of babywear and toddlers’ wear, with the focus on fit, trend and style, all created with calm Scandinavian design thinking. The look and feel will certainly reflect this, and so will the assortment. In order to make it easier for both wholesale shops and web shops, the packaging of the styles will take into
consideration the way mothers tend to buy. For example, basic wear such as tights, leggings and bodies will be bundled, allowing the shopper to pick up multiple items at the same time, and making sure the shops achieve better turnover and even if the individual prices are at high-street level. The brand delivers six collections a year with a range of trend items as well as basic items.

SHOPPING FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY
Mamalicious – the brand, that takes care of dressing mothers to be as well as new mothers, in both style and comfort, has long had a big following among women who did not want to compromise on style while their new life was in the making. With delicious looks for any occasion – clothes to suit the office, or even a party dress or wedding dress for the expectant mother – the brand offers a full-service solution. Expansion into nursing wear with lingerie as well as dressy workwear has been a success, and these items are now available online and in wholesale shops all over Europe. Minimize takes the brand even further – and closer – to the mothers, by making it easy to shop for both themselves and their children.

Minimize’s first collection is due: February 2015

Harris Teeter donates $675,153.97 to schools this month through its fundraising program Together in Education

Schools Receive Over $1.5 Million from Harris Teeter throughout 2013-2104 school year

Matthews, N.C., 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter announced it is donating $675,153.97 to schools this month through Together in Education (TIE), Harris Teeter’s fundraising program for schools in its communities.  This third and final payment of the current school year brings the total earned by participating schools since August 2013 to over $1.5 million. This payout also pushes the total donated since the program’s inception in 1998 to over $21 million.

Top Earning Schools, Third Payout

TIE School Location Links Third Payout Total Earned*
Grimsley Senior High Choral Program Greensboro, N.C. 3,187 $4,525.06 $16,988.73
Page High School Greensboro, N.C. 2,190 $3,516.26 $11,783.33
Providence High School Rugby Club Charlotte, N.C. 1,350 $2,943.26 $10,151.40
Randolph Elementary School PTA Arlington, Va. 1,271 $2,592.64 $9,835.95
Lynn Road Elementary School Raleigh, N.C. 1,335 $2,568.94 $7,528.80
Providence High School PTSO Charlotte, N.C. 1,066 $2,507.60 $9,021.35
Hoffman-Boston Elementary School Arlington, Va. 727 $2,301.21 $7,250.33
Creighton’s Corner PTA Ashburn, Va. 340 $2,085.45 $6,478.24
Sgt. Eugene Ashley High NJROTC Wilmington, N.C. 1,526 $2,065.49 $5,960.60
W.H. Taylor Elementary School Norfolk, Va. 1,165 $1,784.42 $6,011.64

 

* Funds earned Aug. 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014

Active participation by both TIE schools and loyal Harris Teeter customers is integral to the success of the Together in Education program.  Over 3,600 schools will receive a check from Harris Teeter during the third payout.  To receive a check in the final payout period, schools must have accrued at least $25 during the Together in Education school year.

For more information about Together in Education, please visit harristeeter.com.

Kingfisher hosted reception at the House of Commons to mark first year of Net Positive

LONDON, 2014-6-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a year since Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer (B&Q and Screwfix) launched Net Positive – its restorative approach to business.  To mark the occasion and its first full-year’s results, the Group hosted a reception at the House of Commons to share its progress against ambitious targets.

One of the year’s big successes celebrated was Screwfix stores achieving ‘zero waste to landfill’.  Screwfix collects and sorts all its own waste and then works with a recycling company to come up with solutions for its waste.

Andrew Livingston, Screwfix Chief Executive who attended the reception said: ‘Last year we sorted 5,860 tonnes of waste from our stores and distribution centres and diverted it all from landfill.  It’s been great to share our zero waste to landfill achievement with the Parliamentary Community and to show how even for a successful and growing business like Screwfix sustainable and successful aren’t mutually exclusive.’

It is exactly these types of practical projects and behaviors that Net Positive is designed to encourage and embed into business as usual across all of Kingfisher’s operating companies both in the UK and overseas.  The Group’s Net Positive annual report was launched at the reception summarizing progress against its ambitious targets in the first full year. It shows Kingfisher and its operating companies have already achieved many tangible successes but must go further and faster to reach its goals.

The report’s key highlights include:

  • 87% of timber used in products responsibly sourced, with B&Q UK reaching 100%
  • 13,000 hectares of forest benefited from projects to restore forests and woodlands
  • Customers of Kingfisher’s retail brands saved an estimated £450 million off their energy bills through sales of energy-efficient products and services
  • Absolute carbon emissions fell by 5% since 2010/11, in a period of business growth
  • Kingfisher created a ‘closed-loop calculator’ to help it introduce closed-loop products
  • 21% of sales revenue from sales of eco-products, products with a lower environmental impact

Group Chief Executive, Sir Ian Cheshire said: “Becoming restorative requires transformative change management within our business and winning the hearts and minds of our colleagues, our suppliers and our customers. We’ve made steady progress in the first year in linking Net Positive to our core business strategy and creating tangible success stories. There is much more to do but I’m pleased to share our progress so far.”

 

For further information please contact Annabel Ward on 0207 896 3214 or emailnetpositive@z-pr.com
Editor’s Notes:

The Net Positive Report:

The Net Positive Report explores progress in the financial year February 2013 – January 2014. It summarises performance against Kingfisher’s 50 targets and includes examples of innovation and collaboration from its nine operating companies. KPMG LLP has provided limited assurance over selected aspects of the Net Positive report.

Read the Report at www.kingfisher.com/netpositive.