Ingles Markets, Incorporated to host online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 4, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 4, 2014. Ingles plans to release earnings for its third quarter ended June 28, 2014, on August 4, 2014.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at: on August 4, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days. To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 719-325-2494. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 4, 2014 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 12, 2014. To listen to the playback, call 719‑457‑0820, reservation number 1263883.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

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

Morrisons becomes UK’s first retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge

Bradford, England, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is the first UK retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, meaning it will not produce or sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.

The Responsible Can Packaging Pledge forms part of the Department of Health’sResponsibility Deal, which aims to engage manufacturers and retailers to remove one billion units of alcohol sold annually from the market.

To sign up to the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, Morrisons conducted a review of the alcohol content and container sizes of all alcohol products in its portfolio. It had already banned the sale of products with an excess of four units in a single serve can, months before the Responsible Can Packaging Deal’s December 2014 deadline.

Martyn Jones, Group Corporate Services Director said: “We wanted to set the retail standard for responsible single-serve can packaging. We have been monitoring our range for some time and have already removed all single serve cans with more than four units from stores. Having already taken this bold step, we felt confident in signing up to the new Responsible Can Packaging Pledge almost immediately.

“We hope that signing up to the pledge will help support the government in reducing the incidence of alcohol related abuse in the UK. We now need other retailers to join us to make this as effective as possible.”

Morrisons’ alcohol policy aims to ensure that customers have the information they need to drink responsibly. The retailer places emphasis on combining alcohol with food and ensures that clear information is displayed on labels. Morrisons also provides a good choice of low alcohol options and does not stock products which could unduly appeal to people under the age of 18. The company also has an industry leading performance on under-age sale audits from their audit partners, Serve Legal.


Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC: Andrew Higginson will become the company’s Chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015

Bradford, England, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (“Morrisons”) announces that Andrew Higginson will become the company’s Chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015. Andrew will join the board on 1 October 2014 as non-executive Deputy Chairman and Chairman Elect.

Andrew is currently the Chairman of Poundland Plc and N Brown Group Plc and senior independent director of BSkyB Plc. Prior to that he served as an Executive Director at Tesco Plc for 15 years.

Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman of Morrisons, said: “Andy Higginson has a tremendous reputation and a distinguished career at the forefront of retailing in the UK and I am sure he will be a huge asset to Morrisons. I am very pleased to welcome him to the board as Deputy Chairman and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition to the Chairman role.”

Andrew Higginson said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Morrisons. Whilst there are undoubted challenges in the industry at the moment, this is a fine business and I am looking forward to working with the great team at Morrisons who work hard every day to serve customers.”

In relation to the appointment, it is confirmed that there are no further details to be disclosed under paragraphs 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules.

Andrew started his career at Unilever and held executive positions at Guinness Brewing, Laura Ashley and Burton Group. Between 1997 and 2012 he worked for Tesco Plc, initially as Finance Director before adding responsibility for Group Strategy and becoming Chairman of Tesco Personal Finance in 2004. In 2008 he moved to be CEO of Tesco’s Retailing Service Business. He was a main board Director of Tesco Plc for 15 years.

Andy is currently the Chairman of Poundland Plc, N Brown Group Plc and McCurrach UK Limited. He is also a non-executive Director of BSkyB Plc and a non-executive Director of the Rugby Football Union and of Woolworth Holdings Ltd in South Africa.

Andy has held previous non-executive directorships with FirstGroup Plc, and Clarks.


Wincor Nixdorf commissioned Pierre Audoin Consultants study: German retailers expect the impact of digital sales channels on their business to increase strongly

German retailers expect the impact of digital sales channels on their business to increase strongly. This is just one result of a study commissioned by Wincor Nixdorf, among others, from the leading European market research company, Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). This study, “Omnichannel commerce in Germany”, delivers current data and facts on the omnichannel strategies pursued by German retail companies.

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Against the backdrop of the strongly growing influence of digital sales channels, more than 80% of retailers assign the highest priority to the expansion of their e-commerce activities and the development of links between e-commerce and bricks-and-mortar stores. Their investment plans reflect this orientation: 45% of retailers intend to invest in IT solu-tions and services for cross-channel integration within the next two years, and another 37% plan to do so within five years. These invest-ments will focus primarily on mobile applications for smart phones and tablets – solutions that are on the investment agenda for 72% of the surveyed retailers by 2018 at the latest. The implementation of CRM solutions is likewise planned during this time by 57% of retail compa-nies. “An individual omnichannel strategy is not just a nice-to-have op-tion for today’s retailers, it’s a clear must,” concludes Dr. Katrin Schleife, the PAC study’s analyst.

The study also discovered that in adapting their IT structures for e-commerce, retailers have developed a “surprisingly clear” tendency toward the use of a central IT platform that assists them in controlling and orchestrating the individual applications and processes. “De-central links between individual applications across innumerable interfaces can have significant negative effects on performance, maintainability and in particular the ability to develop the solution further – and for these rea-sons, standardization and homogenization of business logic and data is key to reduce complexity,” explains Nicolas Pelletier, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. Wincor Nixdorf’s solution for omnichannel retailing was developed with this insight in mind: TP Appli-cation Suite uses a single data source and a common logic across all channels, enabling reductions in complexity and the integration of new applications in the future.

Migrating to an omnichannel approach is a big challenge for a retailer. This is why around 70% of those surveyed are hoping for support from their IT service providers, both in developing their omnichannel strate-gies and in adapting internal processes and organizational structures accordingly. “To do this successfully, a service provider has to have ex-tensive industry and segment-specific know-how and the ability to pro-vide support at every stage of the project,” says Thorsten Braun, who heads up Wincor Nixdorf’s retail organization in the D/A/CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

Yet despite the future importance of e-commerce and omnichannel strategies, retailers don’t believe that the death knell has sounded for stationary retail. In fact, 98% of them are convinced that in the future, their bricks-and-mortar stores will play a key role in customer contact. However, it’s also clear to them that the image of the store is changing – from a pure sales channel to a support element for their digital busi-ness. According to the study, in the future the store will play a stronger role as a showroom and a touchpoint for picking up and paying for items that have been ordered online.

English version of the study will be available here in a few days.

Information on the study: The study “Omnichannel commerce in Germany – integrated shopping concepts are the future of retailing” was based on a survey of approxi-mately 100 decision-makers in German retail companies with more than 50 employees. All the surveyed companies already use at least two sales channels, of which at least one is digital, or say that the significance of the second sales channel for their business is growing.

Giant and P&G will award thirty pairs of tickets to ‘Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend’ in Washington D.C.

Giant Food Announces Donation to 11 Women’s Empowerment Nonprofits

Landover, Md., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a sponsor of the Washington, D.C. tour stop for ‘Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,’ Giant Food of Landover, Md., is pleased to offer customers, in partnership with P&G, the exclusive opportunity to attend the transformational weekend September 19-20 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. From July 25 until August 28, Giant and P&G will award thirty pairs of tickets to attend the Washington, D.C. event including one Grand Prize – two VIP tickets with an opportunity to take a photo with Oprah. Giant customers may enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win by purchasing any four P&G products to receive an official entry code. See stores for details or visit for details and rules.

Additionally, in the weeks leading up to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend, Giant is supporting and promoting Mid-Atlantic area nonprofit organizations that are making a positive difference in the lives of women through “11 Weeks of Empowerment.” During the campaign, Giant will donate $1,000 and feature each of these 11 organizations in stores: Girls on the Run (Washington, D.C.), Empowered Women International, Friends of Guest House, Capital Breast Care Center, Suited for Change, House of Ruth, Maryland Women’s Business Center, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Women for Women International, Women’s Media Center, and Vital Voices.

“We are delighted to be a part of this unforgettable event and offer our customers the unique opportunity to see Oprah in Washington, D.C.,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food. “The tour’s themes of personal development, encouragement, and empowerment resonate with all of us at Giant, as we endeavor to engage and develop women in leadership positions through our Women Adding Value program. We are also excited to use our sponsorship as a platform to support organizations that are making a difference in the lives of area women.”

“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” is produced by Harpo Studios, O, The Oprah Magazine, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and WME Live. Each tour stop will span two days. On Friday nights, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturday, Oprah will lead a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons take the stage including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; one of Time 100’s Most Influential People, Pastor Rob Bell and best-selling author Mark Nepo. More information is available at

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit

(301) 341-8776

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd: PAK’nSAVE Whakatane to begin refurbishment project in September

Whakatane, New Zealand,  2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whakatane shoppers are about to see big changes at their local PAK’nSAVE as a refurbishment project commences in September.  The upgrade will create a larger and more modern store, with a 33% increase to the store’s retail area.

The changes will ensure customers have more product choice and the wider aisles will improve the shopper experience. Skylights and windows will bring in more natural light making the customers shopping experience even more enjoyable.

Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says, “The refurbishment will create a more efficient car park which will give shoppers better access to the store. A covered pedestrian canopy will also be installed which means shoppers won’t have to brave the elements with their shopping.”

“A modern building facade and store entry will be incorporated to provide a better link between PAK’nSAVE and King Street,” advises Bull.

Owner-operator Andrew Soutar is excited about the investment in the store and community.

“PAK’nSAVE Whakatane opened in 1994 and we have been a big part of the community ever since. The refurbishment is an exciting development for us, it is a significant financial investment and really shows our ongoing commitment to the Whakatane community. We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers an even better shopping experience, and we thank our customers in advance for their patience while we refurbish,” says Soutar.

Work is expected to be complete in late 2015. The store will remain open throughout the process.

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd: New World Hawera to close following review of the long-term sustainability of the store

New World Hawera is to close following a review of the long-term sustainability of the store by Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We regularly review the brands and our store offerings to ensure we continue to provide a relevant offering to our customers and the wider community. Regular reviews are important to ensure we are in a strong position to provide a sustainable supermarket offer and employment opportunities now and into the future,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development.

Customers in Hawera currently have three supermarkets to choose from, including New World and PAK’nSAVE which are Foodstuffs North Island stores.  A recent review of Foodstuffs stores found that due to the current size of the population and what is projected for the future, it will become increasingly tough to support three supermarkets in the town. Foodstuffs has therefore taken the very difficult decision to close New World Hawera.

“Our commitment to the region remains strong and PAK’nSAVE will continue to serve Hawera and the South Taranaki district, ensuring the community’s everyday shopping requirements are met through our policy of New Zealand’s lowest food prices.

Closing a store is a decision we don’t take lightly, but we believe in this case it’s the best decision to ensure we can continue to provide our Hawera customers with a strong Kiwi owned and operated supermarket offering with employment opportunities for the long-term,” added Bull.

The 32 full-time staff and 21 part-time staff will be provided with support to find alternative roles at other Foodstuffs stores, including nearby PAK’nSAVE Hawera.

“While I’m disappointed New World Hawera will be closing, I understand the logic behind the very difficult decision Foodstuffs has made.  The team at New World Hawera do a fantastic job and we’re very much looking forward to continuing to serve our customers right up until the closing date of 31 August,” says Rachel Clayton, third generation grocer and New World Hawera owner-operator.

New World Hawera will close on 31 August, 2014 and it will be business as usual in store until this date.

PAK’nSAVE Hawera is located at 54 Prince Street and the nearest New World is located in Stratford.

Harris Teeter: Chef’s Best returns to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014

Participating Charlotte Chefs Announced; Event to Raise Funds for Hunger Relief

Charlotte, N.C., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chef’s Best is returning to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014, and will once again feature Charlotte’s best chefs, helping to raise funds for hunger relief. The theme this year is “homegrown” and pays tribute to the people, products and businesses started in North Carolina, just like Harris Teeter and Second Harvest.

Participating chefs include: Charlotte native Chris Coleman of The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel; Gene Briggs of Blue Restaurant & Bar andOsso Restaurant & Lounge; Tom Condron of The Liberty and Lumiere French Kitchen; Bruce Moffett of Moffett Restaurant Group which includesBarrington’s Restaurant and Stagioni; and Ashley Quick of Stagioni.

A select number of Harris Teeter’s local vendors will sample their products during the reception catered by International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charlotte.  These local vendors include Augusta’s Creations, LLC; Julia’s Southern Foods; Mac’s Speed Shop; Roots; Queen City Bakery; Cassandra’s Garden and Dee Dee’s Gourmet.

To learn more Chef’s Best or to purchase tickets to the event, clickhere.

Harris Teeter and Second Harvest would also like to offer a special thanks to the Charlotte Convention Center and its culinary team, as well as the evening’s sponsors and in-kind donors:Banquet Sponsors:

ARYTZA McCormick
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC  MillerCoors
Burt’s Bees  Sargento
Chobani  Sorrento
 Dawn’s Foods  Steve and Susie Marlier
 E. & J. Gallo Winery  Wenner Bakery
 John and Peggy Schug  The Wine Group
 Mark Anthony Brands, Inc.

Main Course Sponsors:

3fish, Inc.  PepsiCo Warehouse Sales
 Anheuser-Busch  Pernod Ricard USA
 Butterball  Pinnacle Food Sales
 Campbell Soup  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 Constellation Brands Smart Chicken
 D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. Tryon Distributing Company
 Jackson Family Wines (Kendall Jackson)  Utz Quality Foods

Maître D’ Sponsors:

Craft Brew Alliance  Pabst Brewing Co.
 Frito Lay  Post Foods
 Land O’ Frost  Smithfield
 Meyer Natural Foods  Snyder’s-Lance

In-Kind Donors:

Anheuser-Busch E. & J. Gallo Winery
 ARYZTA  MillerCoors
 Cargill  Mooresville Ice Cream Company


Harris Teeter Chef’s Best returns to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014

Hy-Vee, Inc. entered into contract to build Hy-Vee store in the City of Oakdale, Minn.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that they have entered into contract to build a Hy-Vee store in the City of Oakdale, Minn.

The City of Oakdale is the second Twin Cities location to be announced since Hy-Vee declared earlier this year that it would be entering the market. The proposed expansion into the Twin Cities would add several stores per year, over the next several years.

Hy-Vee has been working with Oakdale officials for several months to secure the city-owned property at the intersection of Interstate 694 and 10th Street North, which formerly housed an outlet mall. This is the second Hy-Vee location under contract in the Twin Cities area; several more new store projects are in various stages of research and development.

“We could not be more delighted that Hy-Vee is choosing Oakdale for one of its first metro stores. Hy-Vee will be a wonderful addition to our city for years to come,” said Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack. “The announcement by Hy-Vee clearly points out the unqualified success of our redevelopment effort on the old outlet mall site.”

Hy-Vee plans to submit initial building plans to city officials next month, but it will be several months before construction begins. A tentative grand opening date has not been scheduled for the store, which will create about 450 local jobs.

“The City of Oakdale has embraced us, and we look forward to demonstrating the quality customer service, culinary expertise and health and wellness features that our stores offer,” said Jay Marshall, executive vice president of operations for Hy-Vee’s east region. “When we enter a community, we want to become part of that community. We’re excited about this new store allowing us the opportunity to build those relationships while serving residents’ grocery needs.”

Hy-Vee is an employee-owned retail corporation dedicated to providing shoppers with quality products and service offerings. Its stores emphasize freshness, wellness, variety and one-stop shopping convenience.

The new Oakdale store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille or Market Café, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; more than 1,400 produce and 9,000 specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.

Hy-Vee is new to the Twin Cities area but not to Minnesota. The employee-owned company has been a fixture in Minnesota communities since 1969 and currently operates 17 stores statewide, employing more than 5,000 local residents.


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

Kingfisher: Five store openings took place across the Group in June

LONDON, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Five store openings took place across the Group in June, for B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt France.

B&Q in Penrith, Cumbria

B&Q UK & Ireland opened a store at the Castle Retail Park in Penrith, replacing the former branch on Bridge Street. It covers an area of 3,810m2 and has created 40 additional jobs in the area. The store employs 60 people in total with the oldest member of staff being 65. The store includes a TradePoint counter, open seven days a week for local tradesmen. It was opened by local Conservative Councillor John Thompson and children from Orton C of E Primary School, who have received a donation of paint from B&Q to help with essential exterior maintenance work over the summer.

B&Q in Penrith, Cumbria

Brico Dépôt in Villetaneuse, northern Paris

The store opened on 11th June and was a transformation of a former Castorama site. The store has an interior sales area of 3,900m2 plus 3,100m2 exterior sales area. The store employs 50 people, of whom 39 transferred directly from the Castorama store.

Brico Dépôt in Villetaneuse, northern Paris

Screwfix in Lurgan and Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Canning Town in East London

The three stores occupy a total sales area of 1,421m2 and have created 37 jobs between them. The Lurgan and Londonderry stores both include a Trade+ counter, meaning they have dedicated sales areas for plumbers and electricians – through Plumbfix and Electrifix – as well as offering click & collect and home delivery features as standard.

Screwfix in Lurgan and Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Canning Town in East London

5 Reasons Retailers Need A Mobile Fashion Truck

Cheshire, UK, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest trend currently hitting the U.S. retail truck tours are quickly becoming a sure fire way to increase awareness, interaction and most importantly, sales.

In 2018, more than 60,000 high street shops are predicted to close and over 160 retail chains are predicted to go into administration – as forecasted by the Centre of Retail research. In light of this brands are looking to new technology and innovative marketing campaigns made possible by Event Marketing Solutions.

As brick and mortar shops slowly lose out to the online world, fashion trucks or ‘mobile boutiques’ are becoming increasingly popular in the states, so much so that the phenomenon even has its own association in the form of The American Mobile Retail Association.

Brands and retailers of all sizes, including niche designers, have all jumped on board this new trend that helps retailers like Samsung (pictured) interact with potential customers.

Nic Whelan, Head of Business Development at Event Marketing Solutions considers the latest trend: “For on-line retailers it’s an opportunity to establish a real physical connection with their customers. People can interact in a way that is impossible on-line.

Of course, the use of social media will make the truck ‘phygital’ and attract a much larger audience.”

So why exactly do retailers need a roadshow truck or ‘Mobile Boutique’?

1. Impact – A fully branded creative retail experience is guaranteed to draw a crowd. A mobile pop up store creates a great presence and leaves a lasting impact on customers.

2. Personal experience – A mobile boutique allows brands to take products direct to their customers. The immersive and completely branded experience within a captivating environment allows for a more personal shopper feel – giving shoppers the personal service they expect.

3. Mobile Billboard – Of course whilst you’re on the road, you are essentially a mobile billboard advertising your products and brand.

4. Direct Contact – you aren’t waiting for your customers to come to you in store, you are going to them. There is a great opportunity to move to new locations daily and use social media as an effective way for shoppers to find your roadshow.

5. Convenience – the online shopping world’s major lure is the fact it is convenient. By making your store mobile and bringing your brand and products to customers, you are essentially taking fashion to people who don’t have time to look for your brick and mortar store elsewhere.

Currently being used by brands such as Aston Martin, Hugo Boss and Samsung here in the UK, mobile boutiques are one of the most effective ways to get your brand noticed and interact with customers.

EMS specialise in creating entirely bespoke, mobile marketing boutiques for brands that give your potential consumers an opportunity to immerse themselves in your product.

Our team handles every part of your marketing campaign, from graphics, to user experience to tour schedules. We can even find the perfect target sites for your demographic and create a bespoke launch plan to make sure your brand is seen and customers get a hands-on experience with your brand or product.

Visit to see how a roadshow truck from Event Marketing Solutions can help your brand.

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