Argos names Ian Dobson to the role of Head of Customer and Market Insight

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Ian Dobson has been appointed to the role of Head of Customer and Market Insight, reporting to Marketing Director Stephen Vowles. The role is key to bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader, as announced to The City on 24 October 2012.

Ian will lead the development of strategies driven by an understanding of customers and how they shop. This will include driving insights into various channels and working closely with teams across the business to develop detailed customer offers aligned to brand and category strategies.

Previously, Ian held a number of senior marketing and commercial roles.  As a marketing consultant, he has worked with some of the UK’s largest brands including Sky, Vodafone, Royal Bank of Scotland and British Gas.

Stephen Vowles, Argos Marketing Director, said: “With 70 per cent of UK households shopping with Argos, we have tremendous reach.  In this key role, Ian will help to develop tailored and personalised shopping experiences, which support our ambitions for Universal Customer Appeal.”

Ian Dobson said: “Working for an established retail brand which touches so many people is really exciting. Developing a single view of customers across the many shopping channels in which we operate is very powerful and my goal is to place this customer insight at the heart of key decision making across the Argos business.”

 

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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.

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Argos appoints Matt Hobbs to the newly created role of Head of Digital Engineering

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Matt Hobbs has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Digital Engineering, reporting to Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer. The role is key to bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader, as announced to The City on 24 October 2012.

He joins the business in this leadership role to work across digital and IT teams on the continued development of technical and engineering capabilities within the business. Based at the Innovation Hub in Victoria, London, he will support expanding digital delivery channels, scaling teams, process and platforms.

Matt brings significant project and operational experience ranging over a number of high technology industries. He joins from Nuance Communications, where he was responsible for delivering a global multi-channel digital technology platform. Prior to that he held senior technical roles including Head of Architecture and Engineering at mydeco.com and Travelocity Europe, and Head of Technical Operations for lastminute.com.

On his appointment, Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer, Home Retail Group, said: “I am delighted that Matt has joined the team. His expertise will be key to help us connect the agile front end environment with back end infrastructure and maximise API’s, to deliver meaningful technical solutions that benefit our customers.

“He is a great addition to an already strong team.”

Matt Hobbs added: “I am excited to join Argos and am already working closely with the great team we already have here at the Innovation Hub. From day one I have been struck by the enthusiasm and calibre of colleagues and partners. The desire to be a leading digital retailer is infectious.”

 

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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.

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Argos the first retailer to bring in new ultra-low emission vehicles

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ —  Argos is set to pave the way in low-carbon deliveries, being the first retailer to bring in new ultra-low emission vehicles.

The five new compressed natural gas-fuelled trucks, supplied by Scania, will be on the road by the end of the year helping to deliver stock to Argos stores nationwide.

Designed to run solely on gas (compressed or liquified), the trucks provide carbon dioxide reductions of up to 70 percent when run on pure biogas, and are extremely quiet.

Argos Fleet Engineer, David Landy, said: “With such low emissions of carbon dioxide, the potential environmental benefits of running purely on gas exceed those of dual-fuel operation. It is an exciting prospect to be the first to put dedicated gas-powered trucks into service. We now look forward to taking delivery of them and evaluating their performance over the long term.”

The gas-powered trucks have been fully developed in-house by Scania and technician training is now underway to ensure that full nationwide service cover will be available when the first vehicles enter service.

“We are delighted that Argos is to pioneer the use of dedicated gas trucks in the UK,” comments Martin Hay, UK Truck Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited. “Today, there are approaching 4,000 gas-powered Scania vehicles in service around the world and this, together with an ever-developing fuel-supply infrastructure, represents a major step forward in terms of combating emissions of greenhouse gas.”

The vehicles are a further boost to Argos’ carbon reduction programme, which has recently seen the introduction of 19 multi-deck trailers with capacity that could reduce deliveries by one in every six trips, offering a possible CO2 emission saving of 16.7%.

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Notes to Editors:

The vehicles are called Scania P 340 LA4x2MNA tractor units, and are to be mainly used for store deliveries and will be based at Argos’s Magna Park, Lutterworth distribution centre. The nearby GasRec station at Crick will be used for refuelling. Each truck will be fitted with a total of eight 103-litre compressed natural gas tanks, which will give a maximum range of up to 500 kilometres, depending on weight and application.

Plated at 40-tonnes gross train weight, each vehicle will be equipped with Scania’s OC09 102, nine-litre, Euro 6 engine. Delivering 340hp (250kW) at 1,900 rpm and 1,600Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,400 rpm, this engine offers a high thermal efficiency of 40 percent. In addition to meeting the Euro 6 exhaust emissions standard, when operated on pure biogas carbon dioxide savings of up to 70 percent can be achieved.

For more information, please contact the Scania press office by calling Chris Love on 01908 329270/ 07836 666878/ chris.love@scania.com or Phil Sampson on 01908 329384 / 07885 152132/ phil.sampson@scania.com.

Alternatively, you can 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.

About Scania
Scania is a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 90-strong network of service centres. In 2013, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 18.1% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 8.3%.

Based in Sweden and with production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is a global organisation which markets its products in around 100 countries worldwide.

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Waitrose becomes the first supermarket to go live with website dedicated to pet products

LONDON, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has today launched a new ‘breed’ of website – waitrosepet.com – becoming the first supermarket to go live with a website dedicated to pet products. Waitrosepet.com offers the perfect solution to every animal owner’s needs, stocking both well-known brands and specialist products. In all, waitrosepet.com will showcase a huge range of over 9,000 products, including more than 60 Waitrose own-brand lines.

Along with popular brands, waitrosepet.com will stock specialist and veterinary diets, such as Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin, Hill’s and James Wellbeloved – as well as a broad range of accessories for cats, dogs, birds and fish. WaitrosePet has all of the accessories customers need for their dogs to be the best-dressed this winter, with a range of tweed coats starting at £10.89. Man’s best friend also won’t miss out on festive treats this Christmas, with Billy and Margot Christmas Crackers at £6.99.

Looking to 2015, the waitrosepet.com offering will expand to include reptile and equine products.

WaitrosePet will provide expert advice and product information on specialist pet foods, including a telephone advice service. Waitrose is the first multiple retailer to stock these products, and to make them available with free delivery across the UK on every order (with a minimum spend of £30). In addition customers can ensure they never run out, by booking a repeat delivery using the waitrosepet.com repeat ordering service.

Waitrose has launched WaitrosePet in partnership with online retailer Monster Pet Supplies.

Robert McCarthy, Head of Waitrose Direct Services, said: ‘We are very excited to be the first multiple retailer to launch a website of this kind, with such an extensive range of products designed to meet the needs of all pet owners and animal lovers. WaitrosePet provides our customers, 45% of whom are pet owners, with a convenient one-stop-shop for pets of all ages and breeds, whether they are looking for specialist food for a feline friend or a Christmas treat for man’s best friend.’

To celebrate the launch of waitrosepet.com customers will receive 15% off their first order* until 30 October.

Notes to editors:
*New customers will receive 15% off their first order of £50 or more on Waitrosepet.com, with the promotional code WPET. The offer expires on 30 October 30 2014. For the full terms and conditions of the offer please visitwaitrosepet.com

High resolution images of products stocked by waitrosepet.com along with stills of the new website are available fromwaitrose.com/press.

Highlights from the range include:
PRO PLAN Chicken and Rice Adult Dog Food from £14.99 – PRO PLAN Chicken & Rice Original Adult Dog Food is rich in antioxidants, which help strengthen your dog’s immune system. Providing your dog with comprehensive nourishment and protection with nutrients such as vitamins C & E, keeping them healthy and happy.

Hills Science Plan Feline Optimal Care from £3.79 – Science Plan Feline Adult Optimal Care is precisely balanced nutrition to support optimal fitness. With clinically proven antioxidants, lean proteins and enhanced omega-3s.

Scruffs Thermal Box Dog Bed from £24.99 – The Scruffs Thermal Self Heating dog beds are the ideal choice to keep your pet warm. Self heating pet beds are great for pets who suffer from arthritis, young and ill pets or just those that enjoy the extra warmth.

Billy & Margot Christmas Cracker with Venison Treats 50g £6.99 – Get your dog into the Christmas Spirit with these fantastically festive crackers containing 50g of air-dried venison along with a hat and a joke (you may have to help your pooch to read it out. And they’re bang-free so you don’t startle your four legged friend.

Mutts & Hounds Balmoral Tweed Coat from £50 – Made from Yorkshire woven tweed, the Mutts & Hounds Balmoral Check coat is fully lined to keep your canine snug and warm when it’s cold outside, and features a stylish trim for a classic look that you and your dog will love.

Rosewood Jolly Doggy Stanley Snowman Christmas Toy £6.99 – Rosewood Jolly Doggy Stanley Snowman is a fun festive friend for your canine companion, and makes an excellent stocking filler!

Catit Design Contemporary Cat Furniture Hangout £65.49 (RRP £74.99, save £9.50) – The Catit Design 2 Story Hangout Home is made from natural banana-leaf panels, highly resistant to shredding to stand up to the fearsome assault of your tiny terror’s claws! And when they’ve had enough fun scratching and chasing the hanging toy, they can snuggle down in the cosy hammock for some well-earned rest.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Hannah Armstrong, Waitrose Press Office
Telephone: 01344 826 080
Email: Hannah.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

Bethan Davies, Waitrose Press Office
Telephone: 01344 825 025
Email: Bethan.davies@waitrose.co.uk

JCPenney invites its customers to “Give Breast Cancer the Boot” this October by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to JCPenney Cares

PLANO, TX, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, JCPenney is inviting its customers to “Give Breast Cancer the Boot” this October by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to JCPenney Cares. Customer contributions donated to JCPenney Cares will directly fund programs focused on breast cancer education, research, prevention and early detection. JCPenney Cares partners include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) and The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF).

To promote its round up initiative, JCPenney will be featuring print ads showcasing breast cancer survivors. Featuring taglines such as “this October, let’s save more than pennies” the ads encourage customers to round up their pennies for “change” and are set to appear in top lifestyle and entertainment magazines this month.

“Many of us have had our lives touched in some way by breast cancer, which is why we felt it was very important to connect with our customers on this issue by showcasing the real faces of breast cancer,” said Debra Berman, chief marketing officer for JCPenney. “We’re focused on showing customers that by simply rounding up their purchases at JCPenney, they can help in providing critical support in the fight against breast cancer. Through their donations, they are making a difference for someone’s mother, sister, wife, daughter…and possibly for themselves.”

The “Give Breast Cancer the Boot” campaign will also be promoted through social, email, radio and weekly circulars, along with mobile initiatives on Foursquare and Shopkick. Additionally, store associates will promote the campaign with a special “Make Change With Your Change: Give Breast Cancer the Boot” button on their lanyards. In exchange for their support, customers will receive a pink ribbon sticker indicating, “I rounded up to boot breast cancer.”

Something to Pink About
Customers can also show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month through various merchandise and services available at JCPenney this October:
• From Oct. 11-18, jcp salons will host “Cuts for Hope,” donating $1 up to $100,000 from every hair cut or trim to the breast cancer program at City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

• Additionally throughout the month, jcp salons will be offering free temporary pink highlights with a salon service of $32 or more and will also carry pink breast cancer awareness products from Sebastion®, CHI® and more.

• Customers can also find specially designed breast cancer awareness hoodies, fleece pants and tees from Made for Life™, along with various breast cancer awareness accessories, watches and fine and fashion jewelry items such as a 3-pc or 6-pc silicone bracelet set, silver tone ribbon stud earrings, ribbon bangle or crystal accent watch, silver tone key ring and a breast cancer awareness pink ribbon hope kit.

• For every Comfort Revolution pink Hydraluxe™ gel cooling pillow sold, Comfort Revolution will donate $5 to BCRF.

• Jodee, Inc. will be making a $1 donation to be divided between BCRF and NBCF for every online purchase of Jodee® post-mastectomy bras and accessories sold at jcp.jodee.com.

• JCPenney will also be offering a specially designed pink “Knots for Hope” men’s tie and bow tie benefiting Susan G. Komen® by vendor MMG Corporation. In connection with its 2013-2014 Knots for Hope program, MMG has made a minimum donation of $40,000 to Komen regardless of sales.

Furthermore, associates in JCPenney’s Home Office will be participating in a “Give Breast Cancer the Boot” Design Challenge. Designers will be tasked with transforming a standard examination gown into either a chic, stylish functional examination garment or a custom, one- of-kind “couture” design to be displayed at the Sue A. deMille Women’s Diagnostic Center at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. The gown submissions will be showcased at a breast cancer awareness fashion show at the retailer’s Home Office on Oct. 23 as judges determine the top two winning gowns.

For related images, video and b-roll visit www.jcpnewsroom.com.

JCPenney Media Relations
972-431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

About JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.


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Rite Aid kicks off American Pharmacists Month with Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest with new video voting feature

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ —  To kick off American Pharmacists Month, Rite Aid is bringing back its nationwide Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contestwith a new video voting feature. Through the contest, Rite Aid customers have a chance to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards by nominating a favorite member of their Rite Aid pharmacy team. The contest, now in its eleventh year, was designed to recognize Rite Aid pharmacy associates including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy cashiers and Wellness Ambassadors, for their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

“American Pharmacist Month is the perfect time to honor the Rite Aid pharmacy teams for their year-round commitment to providing excellent patient care,” said Dan Miller, Rite Aid senior vice president of pharmacy operations. “Every day, they are making a difference in the lives of their customers and the communities we serve. This program is just one small way we can thank them for their hard work and dedication towards improving the health and wellbeing of our customers.”

From now through Oct. 31, in addition to uploading a video nomination at www.riteaid.com/vote, customers can vote for their favorite pharmacy team member by completing a mail-in nomination form available at any Rite Aid pharmacy or online at www.riteaid.com/vote. Customers who vote will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. One nominated pharmacy team member also will win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards through a random drawing. For complete details and official rules, go to any Rite Aid store or visit www.riteaid.com/vote.

All “favorite” Rite Aid pharmacy team members will be recognized by Rite Aid with a Favorite Pharmacy Team Member lapel pin and a letter of commendation from Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley.

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:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

ThreeE-comCenter to rise within the prime business location of SM’s Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Philippines

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Leading property developer SM Prime Holdings, Inc. is set to break ground this month for its newest landmark, ThreeE-comCenter, the latest project of the company’s Commercial Properties Group (CPG).

This 15-storey commercial building will rise within the prime business location of SM’s flagship master-planned development, the 67-hectare Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex in Pasay City. Similar to its predecessors, ThreeE-comCenter boasts of a dynamic architectural design by Miami-based architectural firm, Arquitectonica featuring semi-circular twin towers with a total GFA of 111,727 sqm.

ThreeE-com is designed to efficiently cater to the daily needs of its tenants offering retail units on the ground and a portion of the fifth floor called ThreeE-com Prism Plaza. The three-level parking podium is located at the second to fourth floors and offices are from the fifth to the 15th floors.

ThreeE-comCenter will cater to the growing demand for office space from the outsourcing industry as well as shipping, logistics and other businesses. This project will continue to establish the E-comCenters as a premier address in Metro Manila given its ideal location and well-planned environment.

“The BPO sector has been one of our major economic growth drivers and it has not exhibited signs of slowing down. This gives us the confidence and motivation to continue pursuing projects like this,” according to Dave Rafael Senior Vice President, SM Prime Holdings Inc. – Commercial Properties Group.

Building on Success

The ground breaking event follows the near completion of FiveE-comCenter, which will formally open in April 2015.

FiveE-com is one among six E-com buildings to rise at the Mall of Asia Complex offering office spaces for BPOs and regular office tenants. FiveE-Com is further linked via bridgeways to predecessors One and TwoE-comCenter and to the Mall of Asia North Parking Building.

It is a 15-storey building composed of a basement and a two-level podium parking, with offices from the fourth to fifteenth floors. The fourth floor Prism Plaza features a landscaped deck and pond which will have both retail and office spaces. The GFA is estimated at 126,907 sqm with a floor area of approximately 7,500 sqm.The external building wrap-around facade is composed of a curtain wall, punched windows and aluminium composite materials.

FiveE-comCenter was likewise designed by Arquitectonica which made a name through its creations of stylish towers that use complex and graphic structural forms. The world-famous, multi-awarded company has among its roster the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Westin Times Square Hotel in New York City, the Lima Marriot Hotel in Peru, Riviera Twin Star Square in Shanghai, and the Cyberport in Hong Kong.

Arquitectonica also designed prime establishments in the country such as the SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City, SMX Convention Center, and the SM Megamall expansion and renovation, among others.

E-comCenters: Going Beyond Business

ThreeE-com and FiveE-com are current additions to the six iconic commercial buildings to be constructed under the E-comCenters project of SM Prime CPG. This is part of the company’s effort to transform the MOA Complex into a prime business and entertainment complex.

Aside from accommodating company-locators, the E-comCenters are also envisioned to host conferences, meetings and various social and corporate activities through “The Venue” – an events place, located at the Prism Plaza of TwoE-comCenter, conducive to corporate gatherings, parties, and even more personal assemblies such as weddings and debuts.

The Prism Plaza at TwoE-comCenter is a 5,000 sqm lifestyle center that provides casual Dining Restaurants, Bars and Cafes interspersed with Health and Wellness Centers to be complimented by landscaped pocket gardens and a park-like atmosphere.

The E-comCenters are easily accessible from the transportation hubs located across Mall of Asia. It is also a stone’s throw away from main public transportation line including the MRT, LRT and bus lines plying EDSA. A ferry terminal within the complex will also provide future opportunities for sea travel. The Mall of Asia Complex is also a few minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport within Pasay City.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. is the property arm of the SM Group of Companies, which has major business interests in banking and retail sectors apart from property segment. SM Prime has developed key establishments in the residential, office, hotels and other leisure-oriented projects.

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ThreeE-comCenter to rise within the prime business location of SM’s Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Philippines

ThreeE-comCenter to rise within the prime business location of SM’s Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Philippines

SM Foundation aids Typhoon Mario victims

Victims of Typhoon Mario receive help from SM Foundation; Over 17,400 families in devastated areas provided with kalinga packs

Manila, Philippines, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Over 17,400 families affected by Typhoon Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) received immediate aid through kalinga (relief) packs distributed by SM Foundation’s quick-response system Operation Tulong Express last September 19 to 20.

“SM Foundation’s Operation Tulong Express prioritizes bringing help to people faster,” said Cristie Angeles, Assistant Vice President for Livelihood and Outreach Programs. “Days before Typhoon Mario, the Foundation has already allotted relief packs for immediate disaster response to those who had been affected.”

Hours after Typhoon Mario made landfall, Operation Tulong Express was immediately put into motion. By September 20, a total of 17,437 kalinga packs were distributed to 30 barangays in Marilao, Bulacan; San Jose, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Rosario, Cavite; Angono, Rizal; San Mateo, Rizal; Novaliches; Antipolo City; Marikina City; Quezon City; Valenzuela City; Laog, Ilocos Norte; and the Sto. Domingo Parish in Metro Manila.

During typhoons, SM Supermarkets, Hypermarkets and Savemore lead the distribution of relief goods under the banner of the Operation Tulong Express. They are also kept open to serve as temporary shelters for victims in times of calamities. In addition, charging stations are made available to the public in instances when there is no electricity in the affected area.

In 2013, Operation Tulong Express immediately provided relief goods and medical assistance to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Aside from the 148,030 kalinga packs that were distributed, victims were also provided with medical and emotional assistance through the Foundation’s medical missions. Ten months after Yolanda hit the country, the Foundation continues to help out Yolanda-stricken areas through college scholarship grants, construction of school buildings and wellness centers, medical missions, livelihood farmers’ training and the development of houses for those left homeless by Yolanda

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About SM Foundation, Inc.
SM Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM Group of Companies.

Established in 1983, the SM Foundation has been able to help the less fortunate in the communities it serves by supporting their needs in education through college and technical-vocational scholarship programs and donation of public school buildings; health through medical missions and construction of wellness and health centers; community development through various livelihood trainings, greening projects, spiritual development and immediate disaster response/initiatives; and care for the environment and persons with special needs like those with disabilities, children, nursing mothers, the elderly, and the overseas Filipino worker, among others.

For further information, please contact:

Cristie Angeles
Assistant Vice President for Livelihood Programs
SM Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. 857-0100 local 1690
Email: livelihoodandoutreach@sm-foundation.org

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SM Foundation aids Typhoon Mario victims

SM Foundation aids Typhoon Mario victims

Carolina Charm program launches at Harris Teeter locations across North and South Carolina

Matthews, N.C., 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ —  Today, Carolina Charm – a program to showcase brands born in the South – is launching in North and South Carolina Harris Teeter locations.

Throughout the month of October, shoppers can find Carolina Charm products in prominent displays at their Harris Teeter. These products cover select brands that are produced in both N.C and S.C. and represent the Carolina spirit.

“We are honored to be a company born in the Carolinas and we are proud of our vendor partner brands with Carolina roots,” said Danna Jones, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

Participating brands include: House-Autry™, Lance®, Duke’s®, Cheerwine, Front Porch®, Texas Pete®, Margaret Holmes®, Burt’s Bees®, Sticky Fingers®, Lindy’s Homemade, Nature’s Pearl®, and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

The October issue of Our State Magazine will feature a booklet of history, coupons and recipes for the participating products.

Shoppers who purchase any of the Carolina Charm products using their Harris Teeter VIC card in October, will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Pinehurst Golf Package for two. Visit HarrisTeeter.com for official rules. No purchase necessary.

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Carolina Charm program launches at Harris Teeter locations across North and South Carolina

Carolina Charm program launches at Harris Teeter locations across North and South Carolina

Pink Ribbon Produce returns this October for its sixth year at all Harris Teeter stores for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Product Suppliers Partner with Harris Teeter for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Matthews, N.C., 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Pink Ribbon Produce, a unique retail program committed to making the fight against breast cancer easy, will return this October for its sixth year at all Harris Teeter stores. Since 2008, Harris Teeter’s produce partners have raised $189,416 by partnering with Pink Ribbon Produce, helping to support important programs funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc .® (NBCF). Returning this year is the Fresh Plate Challenge which encourages consumers to fill half of their plate with fruits and vegetables to support the NBCF and reduce their own risk of cancer and other non-communicable diseases.

“The Fresh Plate Challenge is a great addition to Pink Ribbon Produce and we are so glad to be a part of it again this year,” said Danna Jones, communication manager with Harris Teeter. “We hope the challenge will continue to promote the health benefits of eating more fruits and veggies.”

With the Fresh Plate Challenge, Pink Ribbon Produce, Harris Teeter and its produce vendors want to help consumers meet the challenge of filling half of their plate with fruits and vegetables. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day to help decrease the risk of cancer. Consumers can get a free Fresh Plate Challenge guide by visiting www.pinkribbonproduce.org.

“We are proud to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation as we enter our eighth year with Pink Ribbon Produce, and our second year encouraging the Fresh Plate Challenge,” said Debbie Augustine, CEO of AugustineIdeas. “This is a challenge that makes it easy for everyone to get involved in and benefit from no matter who you are.”

Through various fundraising activities, including Pink Ribbon Produce, NBCF provides funding for research, educational programs and mammograms to women across the country.

By bringing together Harris Teeter, NBCF and produce suppliers, Pink Ribbon Produce provides shoppers with an easy way to give back to their communities and support efforts to find cures for breast cancer. The money raised goes back into the community by providing mammograms and educational programs to help save the lives of thousands of uninsured women. Stores will direct shoppers to the participating produce suppliers with a Pink Ribbon Produce program icon on posters and point-of-sale signs next to the product.

Produce partners supporting this year’s Pink Ribbon campaign include:

Apio, Inc.: Eat Smart Fresh Cut Vegetables
Country Fresh, Inc.: Fresh Cut Fruit
Dole Food Company, Inc.: Pineapple
Earthbound Farm, LLC: Packaged Organic Salad
Chiquita Brands, LLC: Fresh Express Packaged Salad
Gurda Gardens, Ltd: Onions
Naturally Fresh, Inc.: Salad Dressing
Natures Way / Farmer’s Market: Potatoes
Sunlight International Sales, Inc.: Grapes
Wholly Guacamole: Guacamole

For more information about Pink Ribbon Produce at your neighborhood Harris Teeter, visit www.pink-ribbon-produce.com.

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for eight years, NBCF provides women “Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow®” through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. clinched three major awards recognizing the company’s malls in China at The 12th Annual Conference of Mall China International Symposium

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. clinched three major awards recognizing the company’s malls in China. The 12th Annual Conference of Mall China International Symposium hosted by China Shopping Center Development Association (Mall China) recognized SM Prime for the following malls:

SM City Xiamen/SM Lifestyle Center was awarded the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 City Advancement Award.

SM City Chengdu Chenghua received the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Community Shopping Center Award.

SM City Chongqing Yubei won the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Regional Shopping Center Award.

The awarding ceremony was held on September 22, 2014 in Beijing. Mall China highly recognized SM Prime’s expertise in shopping mall development and operations as well as its brand competitiveness. It said that SM Prime’s shopping malls have demonstrated “beyond-standard capabilities in infrastructure optimization, brand selection and distribution, attentive customer services, and innovative culture.”

This is the second win in Year 2014 for SM Prime after garnering two Mall China Awards on April 7.

“With the dramatic growth of the business and the challenges of rising e-commerce, we will stick to the SM philosophy of consistent endeavor on the brand, culture, service and innovation,” Allan Brosas, AVP Operations of SM China said. He reiterated how important it is to ensure a good customer experience, and to put ourselves into the customers’ shoes and create a perfect shopping experience for them.

Established in 2002, Mall China is the first non-profit organization in Mainland China catering to China’s retail property sector. It is likewise the largest shopping center retail organization in China. It has 700 corporate members of investors, developers, operators, retailers and relevant service agencies.

Mall China established the Golden Mall Awards to promote the best malls and encourage enterprises which have made outstanding contributions to the development of the shopping mall industry. Golden Mall Awards recognize and evaluate recent opening or under-construction projects.

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About SM Prime in China
SM Group was founded by Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. Since entering the Chinese market, the SM Group through SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) has set up shopping centers in Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Chongqing. The largest SM mall in China is under construction in Tianjin with a gross floor area of 540,000 square meters (sqm). Another mall, SM City Zibo, which spans 154, 900 sqm, is set to open this year. These malls have demonstrated the goal and impact of the SM Group’s strategy to build “new centers of urban life” and have improved local business facilities and quality of life.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Alex Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +63 (2) 862-7940

SM City Xiamen/SM Lifestyle Center won the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 City Advancement Award. Receiving the award on behalf of SM is Mr. Allan Brosas, AVP Operations of SM China (fourth from left).

SM City Xiamen/SM Lifestyle Center won the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 City Advancement Award. Receiving the award on behalf of SM is Mr. Allan Brosas, AVP Operations of SM China (fourth from left).