Gap encourages moms and dads to share their experiences of parenthood and celebrate ‘kids being kids’ through social media

Engaging parents and celebrating their one-of-a-kind children with new social channels and program

NEW YORK, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap is encouraging moms and dads around the world to share their experiences of parenthood and celebrate ‘kids being kids’ through social media.

Today Gap is launching the inaugural GapKids Class of 2014, a contest inviting parents to submit photos of their kids for the chance to be featured in a 2015 GapKids marketing campaign. This is Gap’s next generation of Casting Call, the successful program that engaged moms and dads for six years. GapKids Class of 2014 commences the back to school season by honoring kids who represent the free spirit of childhood, with all its perfect imperfections. Every one who enters will receive a socially sharable moving image video of their child that encapsulates the GapKids aesthetic.

In addition to sharing social content, Gap has built a new @GapKids social network as a place for parents to explore content. Called “the cutest place on the Internet”, the @GapKids Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest channels were built with parents in mind and have a modern yet classic aesthetic that represents GapKids and babyGap. Through a series of style collectives, brand moments, inspirational content, and adorable kids, the aim is to tell meaningful, visual stories optimized for the Internet, where kids and babies rule.

“At Gap we recognize the pride that all parents take in their kids on the first day of school and we are excited to help them celebrate and share that joy with the annual GapKids Class,” said Seth Farbman, Chief Global Marketing Officer of Gap. “By creating the @GapKids social channels, we are offering great outfits and giving parents a place to be entertained and inspired. It is the cutest place on the Internet.”

GapKids Class of 2014 Submission Process

As part of the submission process, Gap is asking parents to submit three charismatic photos of their child between now and September 15. After a submission is processed, parents will be emailed a 15-second video of their child’s photos. Each socially compatible video will have a GapKids inspired aesthetic and emphasize the expressions of kids being kids. Details on where and how to enter can be found on the newly launched @GapKids Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest channels and atwww.GapKidsClass.com.

Entry Phase: From August 12 – September 15, parents can upload three photos of their baby (ages four and under) or kid (ages five to 12) along with contact information. Submissions are accepted on www.GapKidsClass.com. Photos can be submitted through Instagram, Facebook, mobile phone or desktop. Once processed, parents will receive a video via email as a confirmation that their submission was received with a socially sharable URL to the GapKids inspired video.

Finalist Phase: During the month of October, a panel of Gap judges in each global region will narrow down the field of submissions to 20 finalists – 10 babies/toddlers (five girls and five boys) for babyGap and 10 kids (five girls and five boys) for GapKids. Parents of regional finalists will receive a questionnaire to fill out for additional content needs.

Winner Phase: In November, the four winners of each region will be announced on the Gap digital channels. The winners will participate in a photoshoot taking place in their region and they will be featured in a Gap marketing campaign in early 2015.

About Gap
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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Carolina Cheerwine now available in frozen form at 131 7-Eleven® stores in North and South Carolina

Charlotte, NC, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cheerwine, the “legendary soft drink of the South,” has been described as best served bone-chilling cold, which makes it a perfect new flavor for 7-Eleven, Inc.’s iconic Slurpee® semi-frozen carbonated drink. Now Carolina Cheerwine followers can find their favorite cherry-flavored beverage in frozen form at 131 7-Eleven® stores in North and South Carolina.

Created almost 100 years ago, Cheerwine has its roots in North Carolina, although the rich red carbonated drink has fans across the United States and even around the world. Cheerwine-lovers living outside the South seek the soft drink in specialty grocers, vintage soda shops, barbecue joints and other outlets found on www.cheerwinefinder.com, a website dedicated to connecting fans with their favorite drink.

“Our Carolina stores have carried Cheerwine soda, but locals really love having their favorite Southern soft drink as a Slurpee,” said Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven senior vice president of fresh foods and proprietary beverages. “Some tourists visiting North Carolina try Cheerwine for the first time as a Slurpee and then purchase it in cans or bottles to take home with them.”

7-Eleven began experimenting with local flavors earlier this year with the introduction of a Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee drink in its Michigan stores, which drew enthusiastic crowds to its stores. Likewise, Cheerwine aficionadas are discovering the Slurpee version of their favorite. Other local Slurpee flavors include Squirt in Los Angeles-area 7-Eleven stores and Big Red in greater San Antonio 7-Elevenoutlets.

“Our goal is to get to know our guests and carry not only the products they expect to find at 7-Eleven, but also surprise them with new, unusual and fun items not typically found at a convenience store or anywhere else,” Smith said. “And those can vary depending on the state, city, sometimes even the neighborhood. These niche flavors have proved to be true hometown favorites because they’re what the locals love and crave.”

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas,7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, more than 53,500 7-Eleven stores operate in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Carolina Cheerwine now available in frozen form at 131 7-Eleven® stores in North and South Carolina

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index increased 3.2% for the week ending August 9 vs the year earlier

NEW YORK, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index increased 3.2% for the week ending August 9 – relative to the prior year. On a weekly basis, sales decreased 1.4% compared to the previous week.

“Business was a bit more mixed this past week, with electronic stores leading the way from a performance standpoint,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC research consultant. “The good news is that consumers are continuing to get a break at the pump, which will free up their ability to spend on back-to-school purchases. I expect sales for August to show a healthy gain of 4-5% – a notable improvement over the 3.6% gain in August 2013,” he added.

Fiscal month sales for August will be reported on September 4.

Week Ending                 Index 1977=100             Year/Year Change            Weekly Change
09-Aug-14                            576.1                               3.2%                              -1.4%
02-Aug-14                            584.2                               4.5%                              0.2%
26-Jul-14                              583.2                               4.6%                              0.2%
19-Jul-14                              582.3                               2.8%                             -0.4%
12-Jul-14                              584.4                               4.5%                              0.1%

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 67,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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Contact:
Jesse Tron
+1 646-728-3814
jtron@icsc.org
@JesseTronPR

 

Rite Aid: seasonal flu shots now available at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide

  • Flu Shots Now Available at Rite Aid Pharmacies Nationwide
  • Rite Aid’s Workplace Flu Shot Clinic and Voucher Programs Return

Camp Hill, Pa., 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that seasonal flu shots are now available at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any Rite Aid pharmacy to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“Getting a flu shot as soon as it is available is the single best way to protect yourself and others against the flu,” said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Rite Aid pharmacists stand ready to provide this important health service as part of our on-going commitment to helping our customers and the communities we serve live and stay well, and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so they and their loved ones are protected against the flu.”

Once again, the standard trivalent flu vaccine will offer protection against three strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009. Additionally, a quadrivalent flu vaccine that offers protection against an additional influenza B virus, which has appeared in 6 of the last 11 flu seasons, will also be available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it is available, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

All Rite Aid pharmacies currently have supplies of trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines and a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older; the intranasal flu vaccine will be available mid-to-late August. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently recommended intranasal flu vaccine as the preferred vaccine for healthy children ages 2-8 (if it is immediately available). Upon request, Rite Aid pharmacists can administer an intradermal flu shot, which uses a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, approved for people 18-64 years of age.

While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: diabetics, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

In an effort to help employers avoid what the CDC estimates to be a $10.4 billion in direct costs for flu-related hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults, Rite Aid will once again have a team dedicated to planning and implementing onsite workplace flu clinics, staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com or call 1-800-622-2106.

Flu season also provides an opportunity for people to review other immunization needs. Using an immunization checklist that is based on guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Rite Aid pharmacists are able to advise people on other immunizations they may need. Rite Aid pharmacists are able to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps and rubella, meningitis, shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Rite Aid’s year-round immunization program, visit www.riteaid.com.

Rite Aid Corporation 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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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Groupe Auchan ends its partnership in India with Max Hypermarkets

By common agreement, Groupe Auchan and Max Hypermarkets end their partnership in India. The 12 stores will no longer operate under the Auchan banner by January 2015 at the latest.

PARIS, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In August 2012, Groupe Auchan and Max Hypermarkets signed a License Agreement in which Groupe Auchan offered the right to its brand and access to its know-how to benefit Max Hypermarkets, both for its existing and its future stores, in so far as that is possible in the context of Indian law. This license agreement covered the whole of India.

In September 2012, the Cabinet of Government of India announced some measures which permitted, under certain conditions, direct foreign investments in multi-brand retail. Nevertheless this liberalization was not applying to the full Indian sub-continent and so excluding some of the hypermarkets already under the Auchan license.

Thus, Groupe Auchan and Max Hypermarkets continued deep into 2013 to look into the possibilities of creating a Joint Venture to facilitate Groupe Auchan investment in India, which could comply with Indian FDI regulations. Despite their best efforts, the Parties could not facilitate this proposition.

Therefore, by common agreement, the 12 Max Hypermarkets stores will no longer operate under the Auchan banner by January 2015 at the latest.

However, Groupe Auchan, based on its first experience of the Indian market, which proved the relevance of its hypermarket retailing model for Indian consumers, remains committed to long term investment in a market of 1.2 billion inhabitants. The Indian-based team still continue to explore the best ways to develop the hypermarket business model and the Auchan brand in this huge country, especially in the areas where foreign investments are liberalized.

BRC-KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR JULY 2014: UK’s online sales of Non-Food products grew 14.9% in July vs last year’s July

LONDON, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 14.9% in July versus a year earlier. In July 2013, they had increased by 7.9% over the previous year.

In July, online sales represented 16.7% of total Non-Food sales of our Monitor, against 15.3% in July 2013. July’s penetration was almost in line with its 3-month average of 16.9%.

Furniture reported its best online growth rate since February, an achievement given the nice weather.

Online sales contributed 1.6 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales in July. Over the last three months, the online contribution was almost as much as the stores contribution and the highest recorded this year.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “July has seen good online growth and, for non-food products, one in every six pounds is now spent online. The figures are somewhat flattered this July as last year online activity was low due to successful sporting activities attracting people to other types of screens. Nevertheless, online sales of Furniture and toys looked particularly healthy.

“Established websites are capitalising on their client base by partnering with other retailers, therefore becoming a favourite destination for a larger range of products.

“Online retail sales contributed generously to the growth of non-food retail sales. On a three-month basis, it was the highest recorded this year and almost matched the stores’ contribution.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Despite the glorious sunshine, retailers managed to capture shoppers’ attention online through the use of targeted and innovative digital campaigns, linking products to holiday plans, festivals and sporting events taking place across the UK. This clever use of customer data and technology paid dividends for the sector, with non-food online sales soaring to record levels.”

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

BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR JULY 2014: UK retail sales down 0.3% on like-for-like basis from July 2013

LONDON, 2014-8-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales were down 0.3% on a like-for-like basis from July 2013, when they had increased 2.2% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.3%, against a 3.9% rise in July 2013. The three-month average total sales growth, 1.3%, is below the twelve-month average of 2.3%.

Furniture was the best performing category, reporting its highest growth since January, excluding Easter distortions. Meanwhile, Food was the worst performing category and experienced its deepest three-month average decline since our records began in December 2008.

Over the last three months, Food showed a decline of 1.4%, in contrast with the growth of 0.4% experienced over the last twelve months. Non-Food reported growth of 3.4% over the three months to July 2014, in line with its twelve-month average of 3.8%.

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 14.9% in July versus a year earlier. The Non-Food online penetration rate was 16.7% in July, 1.4 percentage point higher than in July 2013.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “This July we have achieved overall growth of 1.3 per cent year on year, which at first glance compares unfavourably with the 2.3 per cent long-term rate over the last twelve months. However, July last year was a tough month to beat because consumers had really responded well to high profile exciting sporting events and of course, the birth of the royal baby. Food experienced its deepest three-month average decline since at least December 2008, explained partly by the continuing keen price competition between supermarkets, which consumers are taking full advantage of, and record low food inflation.

“The home categories showed a pick up this month after performing less well in June; furniture reported its highest growth since January excluding Easter distortions and home accessories and house textiles (especially lightweight bedding) all did well. Understandably, outdoor products sold well as did overall toys and baby equipment.

“Non-food online sales continued to show strong growth, the third highest this year, driven notably by furniture, kitchen appliances, gaming and toys.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “The tale of two sectors continues with polarisation between food and non-food. While non-food retailers had a stellar month, surpassing even last year’s record sales performance, the grocers saw sales tumble in value as their competitive pricing continued.

“Fashion retailers are enjoying a better summer, even against tough comparatives that included a heatwave, royal baby and a British Wimbledon champion, and many have avoided the price cutting sprees seen last year. There was even a bounce back in furniture and household spend following a softening in June.

“The grocers’ figures continue to make for gloomy reading for the sector. The impact of their prolonged discounting campaigns may be good news for consumers, but must be being felt deeply by the retailers given like for like sales have fallen in value every month for the last 12 months, save for April when Easter helped sales. The headache for the grocer investor is the tonic for the consumer: it’s likely these price wars are here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

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