Carrefour group appoints Alessandra GIROLAMI Head of Financial Communications

PARIS, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Alessandra GIROLAMI has been appointed Head of Financial Communications of Carrefour group, effective today.

Previously Director of Investor Relations, Alessandra GIROLAMI succeeds Reginald GILLET, who is becoming Financial Control Director of Carrefour China.

Alessandra GIROLAMI, 37 years old, began her career in 2000 at ABN AMRO in London as a sell-side analyst specialized in retail. She joined Carrefour’s Investor Relations department in 2005. She is a graduate of ESCP and holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

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RILA to join federal officials and leading cybersecurity C-suite executives at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to close the market in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Arlington, VA, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Tuesday, The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) will join a group of federal officials and leading cybersecurity C-suite executives and experts across retail, financial services and corporate America at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to close the market in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Convened by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to educating and empowering a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, the delegation will feature senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) led by Undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding and Deputy Assistant Secretary Greg Touhill as well as White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity, Ari Schwartz. Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and other digital industry leaders will ring the Closing Bell.

“RILA is committed to working with all stakeholders in the payments ecosystem to ensure a safer and more secure environment for our consumers,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “As we have seen, the increasingly sophisticated threat posed by cyber criminals is not unique to any one business, institution, industry or government. In the spirit of NCSAM’s theme, our shared responsibility, public- and private-sector must continue to work together to improve debit and credit card security, identify threats and share information to best defend against cyber attacks.”

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is co-sponsored by DHS in cooperation with the NCSA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Observed annually in October, NCSAM includes the participation of a multitude of industry leaders – reaching consumers, small- and medium-size businesses, corporations and educational institutions.

On Wednesday, October 22nd, NCSA, RILA and BENS will host a C-suite cybersecurity forum where senior executives will be available to talk to the press. A luncheon will follow, where a group of distinguished government and private sector panelists will discuss “The Business of Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned and What’s Next” and the need for coordination and collaboration among industries.

Where: NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio​

When:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET         ​

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Webcast:
A webcast of the Nasdaq Closing Bell will be available at:
https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx

Photos:
To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Close, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market close of your choice.

About Retail Industry Leaders Association:
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

About National Cyber Security Alliance:
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit public private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet. Working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors and non-profit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness, NCSA board members include representatives from ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, Leidos, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets we all share. For more information on NCSA please visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/

About Nasdaq:
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets.  As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,400 listed companies with a market value of over $8.5 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients.  To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com.

Allie Brandenburger
Senior Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

Kesko announced its 2015 financial reporting calendar

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 calendar for Kesko Group’s financial reporting concerning the years 2014 and 2015 is the following:

Year 2014 financial statements release 10 February 2015
Year 2014 Annual Report (incl. the financial statements
and the report by the Board of Directors)
Week 12
Year 2015 3-month interim report 28 April 2015
Year 2015 6-month interim report 22 July 2015
Year 2015 9-month interim report 22 October 2015

Kesko Corporation’s Annual General Meeting is planned for Monday, 13 April 2015. The meeting will be convened by the company’s Board of Directors separately at a later date. Possible requests from shareholders to put matters on the agenda of Kesko’s 2015 Annual General Meeting shall be sent to Kesko’s Board of Directors no later than 5 February 2015. A written request, together with an explanation or a draft resolution, shall be sent to Kesko Corporation, Kesko Group’s Legal Affairs, FI-00016 KESKO, or by e-mail to cg@kesko.fi.

The financial statements and interim reports will be released at around 9.00 hours on the given dates. Kesko will observe a three-week period of silence before releasing the financial reports.

In addition, the Group’s sales figures will be published monthly and the K-Group’s retail sales figures in connection with the interim reports.

Further information is available from Merja Haverinen, Vice President, Group Communications, tel. +358 105 322 764.

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

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The John Lewis Partnership appoints Keith Hubber General Counsel and Company Secretary

LONDON, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces that Keith Hubber has been appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary with effect from 1 February 2015.

Keith is an experienced Corporate Lawyer and Company Secretary. He joins us from BG group where he has spent 13 years, first as a corporate lawyer and then, from 2007, as Company Secretary, moving to Deputy General Counsel in 2011.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Keith to the Partnership. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Buchanan for the excellent contribution he has made during his time as interim Director of Legal Services.’

Alan will remain in post as interim Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary until the end of January 2015, to enable Keith, who joins in December, to have a full induction to the Partnership.

Notes to editors:

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancreas International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 329 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of employee-owned business with over 90,000 staff who are all Partners in the business.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Neil Spring,
Group Senior External Communications Officer
Telephone: 020 7592 6296

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

Sainsbury’s announces their ‘Super Toy Sale’ where all toys will be available for up to half price!

Christmas is an expensive time of year for families and Sainsbury’s is helping customers across the nation save a whopping £13 million on Christmas gifts this year.

  • Up to half price on ALL toys including big brands. Don’t miss out!
  • Sainsbury’s helps parents make super savings on quality toys

LONDON, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — The week shoppers have been waiting to kick start their Christmas shopping with massive savings has arrived – Sainsbury’s has announced their ‘Super Toy Sale’ – a week-long promotion, where all toys will be available for up to half price! The offer starts on Wednesday 22nd October and will run until Tuesday 28th October, in nearly 500 stores. Every toy will be included in the sale allowing customers to purchase with 25 per cent to 50 per cent off the original price.

With the big day less than two months away it pays to stock up early with top brands like LEGO and Barbie and quality own label toys such as Grow & Play. With more than 50 per cent of all annual toy sales being made between now and Christmas, Sainsbury’s has revealed its top 10 toy discounts to help make money go further.

Top Brands discounted include:

  • ALL Nerf, 50% Discount
  • ALL Barbie, 50% Discount
  • ALL Star Wars, 50% Discount
  • ALL Thomas the Tank Engine, 50% Discount
  • ALL Disney Princess, Save 1/3rd
  • ALL Monster High, Save 1/3rd
  • ALL Turtles, Save 1/3rd
  • ALL Fisher Price, Save 1/3rd
  • ALL Leapfrog, Save 1/3rd
  • ALL Lego Toys, 25% Discount

Each year 250m toys are sold in the UK, with 15m sold in Sainsbury’s stores. A massive 40 per cent of the 15m are sold during the toy promotion.

Liz Stanley, toy buyer at Sainsbury’s, said of the promotion: “We want to reduce stress for our customers this Christmas by giving them the opportunity to get their hands on some of this year’s must-have toys at great value.

“Children can enjoy a selection of great quality toys including The Hot Wheels T-Rex Takedown, Baby Annabell Bathtime doll, The Vtech Alphabet train and our own Dino valley control centre.”

The promotion is only available in store and will run from 22nd to 28th October 2014.

Notes to editors:
Terms and conditions: Subject to availability. Selected stores only. While stocks last. Not available in Sainsbury’s Centrals, Locals and Online. Offer starts at store opening on Wednesday 22nd October and ends at store closing on Tuesday 28th October 2014.

Top 10 Toys:

Product Normal Price Sale Price Discount
Vtech Push and Ride Alphabet Train £49.99 £24.99 50%
Barbie Mermaid Big Box £39.99 £19.99 50%
Hot Wheels T-Rex Takedown £44.99 £22.49 50%
Happyland Village Set £59.99 £29.99 50%
Baby Annabell Bathtime £44.99 £22.49 50%
Grow & Play Superset Keyboard £39.99 £19.99 50%
Dino Valley Control Centre £39.99 £19.99 50%
Turtles Z-line Ninjas + 2 Figures £49.99 £24.99 50%
Citroen DS3 WRC 1:10 Scale RC £49.99 £24.99 50%
Motor Mania Fire Engine £29.99 £14.99 50%

Sainsbury’s is the seventh largest toy retailer in the UK and the third fastest growing toy retailer in the market.

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Sainsbury’s announces their ‘Super Toy Sale’ where all toys will be available for up to half price!

Sainsbury’s announces their ‘Super Toy Sale’ where all toys will be available for up to half price!

Tesco and Keep Scotland Beautiful launched community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy

  • Tesco partners with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch environmental grant scheme
  • £50,000 to be distributed to 200 groups across the country

Cheshunt, England, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have launched a community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy coming into force today.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, joined Derek Robertson, the Chief Executive of national environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and colleagues from Tesco Elgin to make the announcement.

Tesco’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after over 27,000 customers took part in a vote to choose which charity should benefit from the charge.

Now community environment groups across Scotland are being asked to apply for grants of £250 to help them in their local initiatives. £50,000 is to be distributed to 200 groups across the country.

The grant scheme is the first project to be launched as part of Tesco partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, with further initiatives to be announced over the coming months.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment said:

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“This milestone legislation to charge for carrier bags shows the Scottish Government is taking the problem of litter extremely seriously and underlines our ambition for a more sustainable Scotland.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful’s partnership with Tesco is a positive example of how the money can be distributed to communities and I look forward to hearing about the positive impact of these projects.”

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of the environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“We welcome our partnership with Tesco for the good that it will deliver all over Scotland. We know how important local environmental quality is to quality of life, so will put their support to work in making local communities cleaner, greener and happier places.

“Our announcement of the Community Grant Scheme today is an important first step in a year-long programme of activities that will change Scotland for the better.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“We’re proud to be partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Together, we have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The new grant scheme is a brilliant idea, allowing us to give something back to the communities we serve and supporting local groups doing great environmental work in their area.

And this is just the first step – we’ll be working with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch more exciting projects over the coming year.”

A similar charging scheme has been in place in Wales since 2008. From this month, Keep Wales Tidy will be the beneficiary of money collected in Tesco which is expected to be around £800,000.

 

Notes to Editors

·         To find out more about the community grant scheme and how you can apply go towww.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

·         Legislation to introduce charging for plastic carrier bags came into force in Wales on 1 October 2011, and is introduced in Scotland from today.

·         In June Tesco invited charities and environmental organisations to submit proposals on how they would use the funds to help make a real difference for the environment and local communities.120  organisations applied for the Scottish and Welsh partnerships, and they were whittled down to the five-strong shortlist. Tesco customers were then asked to vote online for which charities or environmental organisations they thought would make the best use of the money.

·         The partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful will be for an initial period of 12 months from 20th October 2014 to 30th September 2015.

·         Keep Scotland Beautiful has pledged to use the financial support to improve local environments across Scotland local to Tesco stores.

·         Clubcard members are eligible for 3 free bags for life and should check their store receipt for a voucher.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.

From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.

METRO GROUP achieves sales target for the entire financial year 2013/14

  • Sales at METRO GROUP climbed by 1.3% in financial year 2013/14 after adjustment for portfolio changes and currency effects
  • Like-for-like sales increased by 0.1% after totalling -1.3% in the previous year; sales guidance achieved
  • Q4 2013/14: all sales lines generated higher like-for-like sales; considerable trend improvement at Media-Saturn
  • Earnings outlook confirmed
  • METRO GROUP’s Christmas business gets off to a confident start

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — According to preliminary and unaudited figures, METRO GROUP increased its sales by 1.3% in financial year 2013/14 adjusted for portfolio and currency effects. The company’s like-for-like sales also rose slightly by 0.1%, compared with -1.3% in the previous year. In generating this gain, the Düsseldorf-based retailing company achieved its sales target for the entire financial year. In Q4 2013/14, like-for-like sales even increased by 0.7%. “We succeeded in improving our like-for-like sales in recent quarters”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG.”During Q4 in particular, we saw a strong trend improvement and increased like-for-like sales in every sales line. This is a clear reflection of our successful strategic transformation, a process we continued to energetically implement during this quarter. On the basis of our performance, we also confirm our outlook for EBIT before special items1. In addition, with these positive results we have further strengthened our financial power.”

Reported sales of METRO GROUP totalled €63.0 billion in financial year 2013/14. Adjusted for the disposal of company operations – particularly Real’s complete Eastern European business – sales declined by 1.1% compared with last year. Furthermore, exchange rates moved in a particularly negative direction during financial year 2013/14. Added together, portfolio and currency effects caused sales to fall by 4.0%. But adjusted for the portfolio changes and exchange rate developments, sales of METRO GROUP rose sharply by 1.8% in Q4. Reported sales in Q4 totalled €15.1 billion (Q4 2012/13: €15.5 billion).

During Q4 2013/14, METRO GROUP extensively expanded its business operations in the strategic growth areas of multichannel retailing, delivery, franchise activities and own brands. In the process, it solidified its market position and raised its level of relevance to customers in many countries. With Christmas approaching,METRO GROUP is well prepared and optimistically entered the current quarter.

METRO GROUP also has made further progress in its work to optimise its portfolio: the company expects the agreement to sell its wholesale business in Vietnam to take effect during the first half of 2015. The company also generated a considerable profit when it sold its stake in the British wholesale company Booker. Both steps will serve to reduce the company’s net debt and also create additional flexibility for further expansion in Eastern Europe and Asia as well as for investments in the transformation of its sales lines. In addition, METRO GROUPannounced in October 2014 that METRO Cash & Carry would withdraw from Denmark.

METRO GROUP 2
2012/13
2013/14
Q4 2012/13
Q4 2013/14
Sales (€ billion)
65.7
63.0
15.5
15.1
Change (in €)
-1.4%
-4.0%
-2.2%
-2.6%
Change (in local currency) 3
-1.7%
-0.2%
-0.9%
Like-for-like 3
0.1%
-0.3%
0.7%

Sales development of the sales lines in financial year 2013/14

METRO Cash & Carry
Like-for-like sales of METRO Cash & Carry rose in Q4 2013/14 for the fifth consecutive time. During September, in particular, the activities related to the 50th anniversary of the wholesale subsidiary had a positive effect. The previous year’s high sales level was almost reached in Germany. While business development in Western Europe declined in Q4, like-for-like sales continued to rise in Eastern Europe and Asia. Sales development in Russia remained very positive. By contrast, sales in Ukraine fell sharply in the wake of the crisis. Within Asia, sales in India recorded a particularly strong increase. As a result of portfolio adjustments and negative currency effects, total sales at METRO Cash & Carry declined by 2.1% during financial year 2013/14.

METRO Cash & Carry
2012/13
2013/14
Q4 2012/13
Q4 2013/14
Sales (€ billion)
31.2
30.5
7.8
7.6
Change (in €)
-1.4%
-2.1%
-0.4%
-2.1%
Change (in local currency) 3
2.0%
2.7%
0.9%
Like-for-like 3
1.0%
0.9%
0.1%
Media-Saturn
Media-Saturn generated sales of €21.0 billion during financial year 2013/14(2012/13: €21.1 billion). In Q4 2013/14, Media-Saturn produced a strong trend improvement with like-for-like sales growth of 1.8%. Sales rose significantly both in Germany and internationally due to the successful development of the stationary retail business as well as the rise in Media-Saturn’s multichannel sales. Like-for-like sales in its home market of Germany increased by 1.4%, due in part to successful marketing campaigns. In Western Europe, sales developed also positive. In Eastern Europe, the sales line generated double-digit growth rates in local currency in nearly all countries. The highest sales growth was generated in Hungary and Russia.
Media-Saturn
2012/13
2013/14
Q4 2012/13
Q4 2013/14
Sales (€ billion)
21.1
21.0
4.8
4.9
Change (in €)
0.8%
-0.3%
-0.1
3.1%
Change (in local currency) 3
0.9%
1.0%
3.9%
Like-for-like 3
-0.9%
-1.9%
1.8%

Real
Real generated sales of €8.4 billion during financial year 2013/14(2012/13: €10.4 billion). The decrease of 18.7% primarily resulted from the disposal of Real in Eastern Europe. In Q4 2013/14, sales totalled €1.9 billion(Q4 2012/13: €2.3 billion). Like-for-like sales produced by Real in Germany rose slightly by 0.2% in Q4. Overall, the improved positioning and store modernisation of METRO GROUP’s hypermarket business was particularly noticeable in a sector known for its very aggressive pricing policies. In particular, the remodelled Real stores had a positive impact on sales trends. The attractive product range with a large share of fresh foods and the successful own brands sold in a modern shopping environment have created a much more pleasant customer shopping experience.

Real
2012/13
2013/14
Q4 2012/13
Q4 2013/14
Sales (€ billion)
10.4
8.4
2.3
1.9
Change (in €)
-5.8%
-18.7%
-12.4%
-17.3%
Change (in local currency) 3
-18.3%
-11.6%
-17.3%
Like-for-like 3
-0.8%
-1.9%
0.2%

Galeria Kaufhof
Galeria Kaufhof increased its quarterly sales once again. In financial year 2013/14,Galeria Kaufhof generated total sales of €3.1 billion, a slight increase above the previous year’s level. In Q4, sales (including like-for-like) rose by 1.2%. The sales line’s product range that is continuously refined to meet customers’ needs and increased online sales contributed to this growth.

Galeria Kaufhof
2012/13
2013/14
Q4 2012/13
Q4 2013/14
Sales (€ billion)
3.1
3.1
0.7
0.7
Change (in €)
-1.3%
0.5%
1.1%
1.2%
Like-for-like 3
0.5%
1.1%
1.2%

Store network development

30/09/2013
New openings
2013/14
Closures/
disposals
2013/14
30/09/2014
Change
(absolute)
METRO
Cash & Carry
752
+17
-3
766
+14
Media-Saturn
948
+50
-12
986
+38
Real
384
+1
-74
311
-73
Galeria Kaufhof
137
137
+0
Total
2,221
+68
-89
2,200
-21

1 €1,750 million provided that exchange rates remain constant.
2 To enable better comparability following the change of the financial year, Q3 2013 is referred to in this report as Q4 2012/13. The period 12M 2012/13 consists of the former quarters Q4 2012, Q1 2013, Q2 2013 and Q3 2013.
3 Comparable figures for 2012/13 are not available due to the change of financial year.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments:METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Marktand Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

Walgreens announces the availability of Apple Pay at Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores nationwide

Customers can now use the convenience of Apple Pay when shopping at Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced the availability of Apple Pay at Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores nationwide. Apple Pay makes the check-out process for customers convenient and simplified.

“Customer experience is top of mind for Walgreens, and Apple Pay provides more flexibility for customers to use their payment of choice,” said Alex Gourlay, President, Customer Experience and Daily Living, Walgreens. “Incorporating the latest mobile technology into our business is another way we are offering ultimate convenience for our customers.”

In the more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the upcoming Apple Watch. Customers just hold their iPhone near the contactless reader at checkout, with their finger on Touch ID, to easily and securely pay.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When a user adds a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card. If the iPhone is lost or stolen, the owner can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend or remove cards from the device.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/

Video footage available: register check-out and pharmacy.

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,207 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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Amazon.ca announces its 2014 Holiday Toy List featuring some of this season’s newest and popular toys

  • A curated list of top-rated and popular toys, the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List is a one-stop destination where customers can explore holiday gifts for children of all ages
  • This holiday season, Amazon.ca will have twice as many toy deals than ever before with deals on top toy brands such as Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price, VTech, Lalaloopsy, Monster High, Ravensburger and more

SEATTLE, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 20, 2014), Amazon.ca announced its 2014 Holiday Toy List (www.amazon.ca/holidaytoylist), featuring some of this season’s newest and popular toys. This year, the curated list includes more than 150 holiday toys – many of which are anticipated to be the most popular and kid-requested gifts this season. The list includes top toys from brands like Crayola, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Leapfrog and many more.

“Parents and kids alike are excited about the approaching holiday season. With the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List, we’re making it easy for customers to discover the year’s most popular and wished for toys so they can find the perfect gift for every child in their life,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “This holiday season, we’re thrilled customers can take advantage of our wide selection, Free Super Saver Shipping or Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime and twice as many deals on toys than ever before.”

New this year, the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List features curated gift ideas by category, including toys featured in hit films, top tech toys and more. Customers will also find helpful product information including editorial reviews, product recommendations, customer reviews and best sellers. Shoppers can also quickly narrow and expand toy search results and filter by age, category, gender, price range, brand or a child’s favourite character.

Toys of the Season: Many of the items featured on the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy list are expected to be on customers’ and children’s wish lists this holiday, including:

In the Movies
·         Playskool Heroes Transformers Optimus Primal Action Figure
·         Disney Frozen Sparkle Elsa Doll
·         Rabbids Super Plunger Blaster
·         Big Hero 6 11-Inch Deluxe Flying Baymax Action Figure
Wood & Recycled Toys
·         Green Toys Helicopter
·         Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set
·         Schleich Horse Stable with Accessories
Mom’s Picks
·         PlaySkool Elefun Busy Ball Popper
·         Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair
·         Barbie Collector 2014 Holiday Barbie
Innovation Toys
·         Leapfrog LeapBand Blue
·         LEGO Mindstorms
·         Fischertechnik Oeco Energy Set
·         VTech Kidizoon Smart Watch
Classic Brands
·         Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Bath Girl Doll
·         Barbie Dream House
·         Playmobil Red Serpent Pirate Ship
·         Lionel Polar Express G Gauge Train Set

Looking Back – 2013 Holiday Toy Hits: Last year, Amazon.ca unveiled the first ever Holiday Toy List. Many of the toys featured were some of the most popular gifts of the season. In fact, last holiday season:

  • Amazon.ca sold enough LEGO pieces to reach the length of the Whistler Bobsled course 125 times.
  • Customers ordered enough Jenga games, that when each Jenga piece is stacked on top of each other, they would reach of the top of Niagara Falls 15 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Barbie Dream Houses to fill an Air Canada CRJ airplane 1.5 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Big Hugs Elmos that when stacked head to toe would reach the top of the Calgary Tower more than 5 times.
  • Amazon.ca customers purchased enough Barbie dolls that when stacked head to toe would reach the top of Mont Tremblant. And, the Canada edition of the Barbie Dolls of the World accounted for more than one-quarter of all Barbies purchased on Amazon.ca.
  • The total weight of Play-Doh purchased by Amazon.ca customers would equate to the weight of more than 350 Canada geese.
  • Amazon.ca sold enough Furbys to have 10 standing guard in each of the 150 lighthouses in Nova Scotia.

Most items on the Amazon.ca Holiday Toy List are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping and Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime so customers can have gifts delivered to their doorstep in time for the holidays.

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