QVC adds more joy to 2014 holiday season by offering gift items and ideas based on the hottest trends

Customers to Enjoy Curated Shopping, Inspired Gifting and Savings Every Day, All Season Long, From the Comfort of Home

West Chester, PA, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, is adding more joy to the 2014 holiday season by offering gift items and ideas based on the hottest trends, as well as inspiration, advice and tips to decorate, cook and entertain all season long.

From must-have gifts in today’s hot categories like personal technology to gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people, QVC is the source for gift inspiration throughout the season. Additionally, QVC will offer ideas to add a personal touch to the holidays on air, online and on social channels through tips, videos, DIY projects and how-tos. Across all our channels, QVC will share recipes, homemade decorating ideas and other crafts from hosts and its community.

“At QVC, we offer a shopping experience that differs from the usual craziness of the holiday, and this year we’re offering even more ways to truly enjoy the season of giving and sharing,” said Doug Rose, senior vice president of marketing and programming. “The entire QVC community, including hosts, expert guests and customers, has great ideas for celebrating a joyous holiday season, so we’ve leveraged our digital and social channels and created new tools, like the QVC Holiday Guide, to offer more opportunities to share gifts and entertainment ideas and to find inspiration.”

To make holiday preparation, entertainment and family activities even more creative and hassle-free, QVC will be premiering exclusive holiday programming, and hosts will be sharing inspiration on QVC digital platforms with insights, tips and curated gift collections:

  • Ellen DeGeneres launched E.D. On Air, a new seasonal home collection created especially for QVC, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. E.D. On Air brings together DeGeneres’ love of design, home decor and the holiday season across multiple product categories, including holiday trim, a selection of holiday tabletop items, throws, scented candles and other decorative accents and gift ideas.
  • David Venable of In the Kitchen with David® will give foodies more to love with new recipe ideas to add excitement to any Thanksgiving spread or provide inspiration for this year’s holiday cookie exchange.
  • Jill Bauer of You’re Home with Jill® will lead viewers through tips, how-tos and DIY ideas to spruce up the home, gift wrap with ease, and even throw a last-minute cocktail party.

Throughout November, QVC customers can take advantage of ‘Better Than Black Friday’ preview shopping events on air to find the hottest holiday gifts at great prices and special offers, including great values from our daily deal, the Today’s Special Value® item. Tune in or log on to QVC.com and the QVC apps for special offers all month long.

  • Beginning November 24, ‘Better Than Black Friday Week’ will feature special on-air offers.
  • During the 24-hour ‘A Host of Gift Favorites’ special on Wednesday, November 26, QVC program hosts will reveal their top gift selections. Customers can view host recommendations now on QVC.com.
  • The main event, ‘Better Than Black Friday,’ begins Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m. ET and will highlight great holiday buys with special offers on select gifts in every show.
  • The offers continue during ‘All the Deals Weekend,’ Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and Cyber Monday, December 1.

Every week in November, QVC will publish a fresh Holiday Guide, a digital, interactive guidebook featuring the hottest gift trends, holiday décor, DIY holiday project videos, must-try recipes and meal-planning ideas from QVC program hosts, celebrity chefs and on-air guests

Beyond the Holiday Guide, customers can share helpful gift hints by creating their own Wish Lists on toGather®, QVC’s own social-shopping community where shoppers discover and share items they love. Wish Lists let users build personalized collections of everything they want this holiday season and share the lists with loved ones via their social media channels or email. Starting in December on QVC.com and the QVC for iPad™ app, the digital Advent Calendar will highlight new gift offers and special values every day until Christmas. And right now, customers can use and follow #AlltheJoy to stay up to date on all the holiday fun QVC will offer throughout the season and share their own holiday experiences.

On QVC.com, the ‘Holiday Gifts’ tab makes it simple to discover gifts for everyone on your list with easy-to-navigate collections of the most popular products, including gifts by category to help you find the perfect present for even the hardest-to-shop-for recipients. And, for the ultimate in stress-free shopping, QVC.com Easy Gifts deliver popular presents in beauty, home décor and electronics with less effort–from gift sets and convenient multi-product bundles to ready-to-gift packages.

Still having trouble finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Try a QVC gift card–QVC topped the list among general merchandisers on RSR’s 4th Annual Digital Gifting Benchmarking Study. The study evaluates and analyzes how retailers are, or aren’t, taking advantage of digital gift cards and highlights the retailers that are leaders in digital gifting.

QVC has enhanced its mobile customer experience to make holiday shopping easy and quick with just the touch of a finger using the new Apple Touch ID™ feature on its iPhone® mobile app.

Starting in November, QVC.com will feature a holiday shipping calendar, so shoppers can help ensure their gifts will make it home in time for holiday giving. Throughout the holiday season, QVC has once again extended its return policy; gifts purchased between now and December 23, 2014, may be returned for a full refund–including original shipping and handling–until January 31, 2015.

For more information about QVC’s Holiday Guide, host specials and inspired gift ideas, please visit QVC.com and the QVC apps throughout the holiday season.

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ABOUT QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Commissaries worldwide celebrate Veterans Day with exclusive savings events

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are offering exclusive savings events leading up to Veterans Day.

During what’s billed as the “Support Your Veterans Day Sales Event,” stores are collaborating with their industry partners to offer exclusive savings through in-store sales promotions including high-value coupons and other discounts beyond the everyday 30 percent or more savings. Stores are also offering product samplings, demonstrations and giveaways.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we recognize the service and sacrifices our military have made throughout our nation’s history to safeguard our freedom,” said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ. “We honor their commitment by delivering the best commissary benefit possible.”

In some instances, commissaries are holding Veterans Day commemoration events. Patrons are asked to check their store for any locally scheduled events. They can also check the Sales & Events page for the latest in promotional information.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • The Comforts from Home Project. When commissary customers enter a code online from specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation of 50 cents per unit to the USO for a maximum contribution of $250,000. In a nationally televised event, “A Hero’s Welcome,” the Comforts from Home Project will also welcome home a soldier from overseas to a completely renovated house. This show, hosted by actor Gary Sinise, will air Nov. 11 across a range of TV networks: HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country.
  • “Patriot Perks.” In observance of Veterans Day, several commissary vendors are offering “free perks” on the purchase of at least $15 worth of participating products in stateside commissaries. Patrons can visit the Sales & Events page for details on submitting their commissary receipt to qualify for a free perk of their choice.
  • “Believe in Heroes!” Acosta and its participating brand products are offering 300,000 flyers with high-value coupons. During the sale, most participating brands will provide donations to the Wounded Warrior Project foundation. See store displays for details.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Immochan and Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) enter into strategic joint venture

CBRE Global Investors advises Alaska Permanent Fund on first acquisition in Continental Europe

Madrid, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Immochan and Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) represented by CBRE Global Investors, have entered into a strategic joint venture, with the first investments being joint ownership of two existing shopping centres in Spain and Portugal, in a transaction valued at around €280 million. The transactions are APFC’s first investments in Continental Europe.

Under the partnership agreement, APFC will acquire from Immochan 50% of shares of companies holding these two assets: Zenia Boulevard, a 83,000m2 regional shopping centre located in the province of Alicante and Alegro Alfragide a 39,000m2 shopping centre located in Lisbon. Both Centres are an example of the new generation of high quality shopping centres developed and managed by Immochan. Other investments will potentially be added to the strategic joint venture.

Immochan will continue as property manager. Asset management will be shared between Immochan and CBRE Global Investors.

The transaction is due to close shortly, pending regulatory approvals.

The objective of the partnership for Immochan is to support its growth strategy which includes the development of 70 new shopping centres and extensions over the next three years, with a total investment plan of over €1.7 billion.

CBRE Global Investors was awarded the Continental European separate account mandate by APFC in January 2014. It is an extension of a long standing relationship in the United States where CBRE Global Investors manages a diverse portfolio of assets across North America on behalf of the Fund. The mandate is to build a core/core plus real estate portfolio in Continental Europe.

Mike Burns, CEO and Executive Director, Alaska Permanent Fund commented:
“We are excited about the opportunity to team up with Immochan in our first high quality retail acquisitions in Spain and Portugal. We look forward to expanding this strategic partnership as we work to build out our portfolio across the region.”

Myles Sanger, Portfolio Manager, CBRE Global Investors commented:
“We are seeing a growing trend of cross-border capital flow and with this being APFC’s first investment in Continental Europe, it is another strong indicator of investors looking to diversify their portfolios abroad.

Securing these assets for APFC is a great start for their European allocation. The properties perfectly match their strategy to acquire high quality assets which provide a secure income stream over the long term, while complimenting their existing core portfolio in the US.

”To have also joined forces with Immochan is a very exciting joint venture for us. They are one of Europe’s largest property companies and we are already looking for further ways to develop this relationship.”

Stephane Leverger, Director of Investments and Asset Management, Immochan commented:

“Entering into a strategic joint venture with the Alaska Permanent Fund is consistent with the evolution of Immochan development which aims to build a strong and lasting relationship with public and private investors. We are thrilled to have been able to partner with APFC and CBRE Global Investors in this important operation that holds the promise of bringing future success and development projects for Immochan, the real-estate subsidiary of Groupe Auchan.”

The legal advisors acting on behalf of Immochan were De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Uria Menéndez, and Garrigues, the real estate advisors and financial advisors were Retail Partners Europe and PWC.

On behalf of Alaska and CBRE Global Investor the legal advisors were Baker Mckenzie and Abreu, and the financial advisors were Deloitte.

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Myles Sanger, Portfolio Manager, CBRE Global Investors and Stephane Leverger, Director of Investments and Asset Management, Immochan are available to talk more fully about the joint venture if you wish for an interview to be sent up.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Shopping Centre Facts

Zenia Boulevard
Description: A dominant regional shopping centre
Location: Alicante Coast, Spain
Opened: 2012
Occupied: 100% leased
Catchment: 900,000
Tenants: Anchored by a 14,000m2 Alcampo Hypermarket, as well as Leroy Merlin, Decathlon, Conforama, Norauto, Media Mart and a strong fashion offer lead by Inditex, H&M and Primark as well as a large foodcourt and leisure activities
Visitors: Attracted over 11 million visitors in its first trading year

Alegro Alfragide
Description: A successful and consolidated shopping centre that forms part of one of Portugal’s largest retail destinations
Location: Western Lisbon, Portugal
Opened: 1988 and the gallery was developed in 2007
Occupied: 100% leased
Catchment: 600,000
Tenants: Anchored by a 19,200m2 Jumbo hypermarket, and has a strong retail offer including FNAC, Zara, C&A, a large foodcourt and cinema offer
Visitors: Over 9 million a year

FURTHER INFORMATION

About Alaska Permanent Fund
The Alaska Permanent Fund was created by referendum in 1976 to save a portion of the state’s oil revenue for the future. The Fund is currently worth about $50 billion. In 1980, the Alaska State Legislature created the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to manage the investments of the Permanent Fund outside of the State Treasury. The Fund is invested in a diverse portfolio of assets, including U.S. and non-U.S. fixed income securities, equities and real estate, as well as infrastructure, absolute return and private equity investments. A portion of the Permanent Fund earnings are distributed to eligible Alaskans, and these dividends have ranged from $331 in 1984 to $2,069 in 2008. In the fall of 2013 dividends of $900 were paid to 650,000 Alaskans.

About Immochan
Immochan is one of Europe’s largest property companies with over 362 shopping centres and more than 2, 3 million sqm of shopping centres under management. Founded in 1976 Immochan is a subsidiary of Groupe Auchan that operates in 12 countries and has over 800 employees across Europe and Asia. The real estate portfolio under its ownership of Immochan has a gross value of € 7, 3 billion the company has a development pipeline of 700,000m2 of GLA. Via its new strategy of investment and development Immochan has the means to achieve its ambitious plans while supporting the development of Groupe Auchan. www.immochan.com / http://www.groupe-auchan.com/en/

About CBRE Global Investors
CBRE Global Investors is a global real estate investment management firm with $90.2 billion in assets under management* as of March 31, 2014. The firm sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide.

CBRE Global Investors is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG). It harnesses the research, investment sourcing and other resources of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment company for the benefit of its investors. CBRE Group, Inc. has approximately 44,000 employees in approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. For more information about CBRE Global Investors, please visit www.cbreglobalinvestors.com.

*Assets under management (AUM) refers to fair market value of real estate-related assets with respect to which CBRE Global Investors provides, on a global basis, oversight, investment management services and other advice, and which generally consist of properties and real estate-related loans; securities portfolios; and investments in operating companies, joint ventures and in private real estate funds under its fund of funds program. This AUM is intended principally to reflect the extent of CBRE Global Investors’ presence in the global real estate market, and its calculation of AUM may differ from the calculations of other asset managers.

For further information:
Helen Stott
Communications
Helen.stott@cbreglobalinvestors.com
+ 44 (0) 20 7809 9098

Céline Cottrez
Immochan International Communication
ccottrez@immochan.com
+33 (0) 3 61 76 32 35

AHOLD REPURCHASED 196,490 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 2.56 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 27 AND OCTOBER 31, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 196,490 Ahold common shares in the period from October 27, 2014 up to and including October 31, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €13.0348 per share for a total consideration of €2.56 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 144,055,394 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,867.63 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Bol.com’s store partners achieved sales in excess of €100 million in the past twelve months

Estimated joint annual sales add up to a spot in Top 10 largest web stores in the Netherlands

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Bol.com’s store partners together achieved sales in excess of €100 million in the past twelve months. With estimated joint annual sales its store partners would be eligible for a place in the Twinkle Retail Top 10, which lists the largest web stores in the Netherlands, proving the strength of the bol.com format. Whether they own a webstore or not, retailers have been able to sell their products via bol.com since 2011 in the Netherlands and since September 2014 in Belgium. By opening its doors to outside retailers, bol.com has increased its offering by over 2.5 million items and customers can now choose from over eight million in all. In addition, customers are offered more choice in price and products can be delivered faster than ever before.

Retailers do not need to have their own webstores to sell via bol.com. Even owners of a single, small brick-and-mortar store can offer their products to bol.com’s over 4.5 million customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. By selling on the bol.com platform, store owners can expand their market area and generate additional sales. On average, sales increase by 10-30%, but in some cases retailers have seen their sales surge by over 50%, or occasionally even 100%. To make sure that end-customers are always offered the best possible options, bol.com will showcase a store partner’s offering above its own if it is a better fit with what the customer is looking for. Bol.com is open to partnerships in all of its product categories, including recent additions such as Baby & Toddler, Jewelry & Watches, Sports & Leisure and Furniture & Homeware. Currently, one in six products ordered at bol.com are supplied by a store partner.

Extra sales channel

These days, retailers need to be where our customers are – and that’s online, more often than not. Many companies that did not start as e-commerce players find it quite a challenge to meet the growing expectations consumers have of stores and webstores. These days, retailers are expected to be accessible 24 / 7, through various devices, including smartphones and tablets. In addition, we need to offer a wide range of products, deliver fast and offer impeccable customer service. Daniel Ropers, bol.com’s General Manager, comments: “That’s why we offer both small and large store owners the opportunity to sell through us, creating an extra sales channel and enabling them to benefit from our marketing activities, innovation, e-commerce expertise and investments and our customer base. In turn, our partnerships with other retailers help us offer our customers even more convenience and choice in terms of product range, price and availability. We truly feel that this kind of partnership between companies, drawing on mutual expertise, is extremely important if we’re to meet consumer requirements and stay one step ahead of trends in our markets. We therefore expect our share of store partner sales will further increase. Since September 2014, Belgium store owners have been able to sell products via our website, and with dozens of applications from store owners, we are seeing the sales model resonate well in the market.”

Marcel Joosten, online director at Plaza partner Centralpoint.nl says: “The most important reason for us to sell products via bol.com, since March 2011, is to draw new customers. We have managed to service 51,000 bol.com customers and we’ve expanded the bol.com assortment by 40,000 products. Together with bol.com we create new marketing activities and exclusive deals. This great synergy instantly increased our sales and brand presence.”

No win, no fee

Retailers can use content provided by bol.com when putting up their wares, including images and product descriptions, but are free to add products and enrich content any time they like. What’s more, retailers set their own prices. Store partnership is based on a “no win, no fee” arrangement: putting products online is free of charge and store partners only pay bol.com a fee for items sold.

For more information about selling via bol.com, go to bol.com/verkopen (for retailers and private individuals).

Wincor Nixdorf showcases its cashless payment solutions portfolio at CARTES Secure Connexions in Paris

Launch of Aevi Community portal

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions to the retail and banking industries, is showcasing its cashless payment solutions portfolio at CARTES Secure Connexions. This new portfolio – Aevi – will revolutionize the world of payments.

Wincor Nixdorf’s new Cashless Payment Solutions business unit, with its 360° view of cashless transactions, bridges retail and banking using a wide range of services and all possible channels. This approach allows Wincor Nixdorf’s business partners to focus more on their customers and core businesses, and less on the mechanics of different payment transaction systems and products.

The Aevi portfolio consists of the products Aevi Pay, Aevi Money and Aevi Marketplace. It is different than other cashless payment solutions because the three pillars that underpin it are more than just independent product propositions; they are designed to integrate with each other, with third-party systems and with the customer’s existing IT.

During CARTES, Aevi will be introducing a new communications platform for application developers and business partners who are interested in Aevi: community.aevi.com.
Currently Aevi Community has two dimensions in which each user can

•participate as a developer in the developer community, for example by creating new apps for Albert, Aevi’s interactive payment device, and

•become a member of our community as a partner and learn more about our solutions.

All the solutions transform business into a more open, secure and integrated environment and help retailers and banks operate seamlessly in an international, digital and omnichannel world to enrich the customer experience, from the first touchpoint to the final transaction.
“We simplify payment processing by offering flexibility and multichannel solutions through one open, neutral transaction environment with guaranteed stability and security,“ said Miroslav Pekárek, Head of Cashless Payment Solutions at Wincor Nixdorf.
Visiting Wincor Nixdorf’s booth is a good opportunity to learn more about Aevi and all the services and transaction channels it offers.

Wincor Nixdorf at CARTES: Booth B4M010

Wincor Nixdorf to operate Sparkasse Mainz’s 117 self-service systems for ten years

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf has received an order from Sparkasse Mainz for the operation of its 117 self-service systems. The framework agreement will run for a term of ten years and also includes the replacement of around 60 self-service systems by 2016 as well as the migration of 38 systems to Windows 7. Wincor Nixdorf currently operates a total of 6,000 systems for German savings banks.

The order comprises the entire management of the self-service systems, which are monitored remotely around the clock. As soon as problems are detected, specific remote measures are initiated to remedy them. The proactive service translates into higher system availability and shorter system downtimes and thus into lower costs for the savings bank. The technology base that is used to do so is the eServices Platform. In addition to this remote connection, Wincor Nixdorf will take over the administration of all self-service systems available to Sparkasse Mainz on a rental basis.

To further increase system availability and make the service process more efficient, Wincor Nixdorf will provide the savings bank with its premium availability service. This means all self-service systems are regularly analyzed by the IT service provider’s experts to eliminate problems from the outset and improve service performance overall.

Crucial factors in winning this order were the many years of trusted cooperation between both companies, Wincor Nixdorf’s references in the area of self-service operations for savings banks and especially the successful pilot operation.

Wincor Nixdorf and Sparkasse Mainz can look back on a longstanding partnership. For more than 20 years, the IT company has been the savings bank’s service provider of choice when it comes to self-service. Since 2007, Wincor Nixdorf Security GmbH has been monitoring the bank’s server rooms via alarm and video connection, with remote services for ATMs being added in 2008. In 2010, Sparkasse Mainz ordered the ProMailSafe service package for secure e-mail transmission, which is provided by Wincor Nixdorf’s subsidiary Prosystems IT. And in June 2014, it commissioned Prosystems IT with providing support and administration services for Lotus Notes.

Sparkasse Mainz
Sparkasse Mainz is a medium-sized savings bank in Germany with total assets of more than 2 billion euros. It runs 48 branches and self-service points.

JCPenney showcases its Modern Bride® Signature Collection for couples that are hearing wedding bells over jingle bells

Unique JCPenney.com Experience Allows Customers to Design Custom Jewelry

PLANO, Texas, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is showcasing its Modern Bride® Signature Collection for couples that are hearing wedding bells over jingle bells. This elevated line of engagement and wedding rings offers more than 20 styles with sophisticated designs that cater to today’s bride. JCPenney has also launched the Modern Bride Diamond Vault experience on jcpenney.com, enabling customers to create an original piece of custom jewelry from a vast selection of fine, loose diamonds.

“Our bridal customers have been asking for more aspirational engagement rings and the Modern Bride Signature Collection, designed exclusively for JCPenney, offers a premium assortment of certified diamond rings set in 14 karat gold,” said Pam Mortensen, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fine and fashion jewelry for JCPenney. “With December being the most popular month for proposals, an engagement ring is one of the most meaningful gifts to purchase during the holiday season. Couples who trust JCPenney for this important occasion are more likely to shop with us for many years to come.”

Every Modern Bride Signature ring features a hidden, color-enhanced blue diamond discreetly placed beneath the center stone to reinforce the bridal tradition of wearing “something blue” on her wedding day. Two interlocking infinity symbols embrace the blue diamond, creating a personal symbol of everlasting love.

The Modern Bride concept first launched inside the Fine Jewelry Store at JCPenney in 2011 as a result of a unique collaboration with Condé Nast. Since its inception, Modern Bride has been devoted to providing a special shopping experience catering to today’s bridal customer. Various brands available through Modern Bride offer engagement rings at an average retail price of $1,000. With most styles retailing from $2,500 to $10,000 within the Modern Bride Signature Collection, JCPenney is entering a higher market tier within the bridal business.

A Dazzling Array of Options
The Modern Bride Diamond Vault experience on jcpenney.com gives customers access to a vast selection of diamonds available in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles to create the perfect ring, pendant or earrings. Customers can hand-select their diamonds – a solitaire or multi-stone design – and then choose their favorite setting, which comes in platinum, white and yellow gold. The Modern Bride Diamond Vault also features a resource guide with helpful information on how to distinguish a diamond’s quality by evaluating the range of cuts, clarity, colors and carat weight.

Certified Brilliance
The fine jewelry professionals at JCPenney are specially trained on the quality and characteristics of gemstones, diamonds and precious metals. As part of their education, associates receive dedicated diamond training on the integrity, grading and analysis of these precious stones. All diamonds in the Modern Bride Signature collection are certified by the Independent Gemological Laboratories, which uses a scientific system to evaluate a diamond’s cut and then issues a certificate documenting the characteristics of the stone. Whether it’s an engagement ring or anniversary pendant, customers can feel confident in the extensive product knowledge and background of the Modern Bride professional assisting with their purchase.

As a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council for more than seven years, JCPenney adheres to responsible sourcing business practices.

For Modern Bride Signature product images, visit http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/posts/259/JCPENNEY-RINGS-IN-ENGAGEMENT-SEASON-WITH-MODERN-BRIDE-SIGNATURE-COLLECTION-.

For media interested in stories on holiday proposals, contact JCPenney Media Relations at (972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com to coordinate an in-store interview with a fine jewelry professional.

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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JCPenney showcases its Modern Bride® Signature Collection for couples that are hearing wedding bells over jingle bells

JCPenney showcases its Modern Bride® Signature Collection for couples that are hearing wedding bells over jingle bells

Meijer releases its Toys and Electronics Gift Guide that features the hottest gifts of the season

Guide features 24 print and digital coupons through retailer’s mPerks program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is jumping into the 2014 holiday season with the release of its Toys and Electronics Gift Guide that features the hottest gifts of the season, continuing its tradition of being a holiday destination.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer distributed the 24-page guide to its 213 stores across the Midwest on Nov. 2 to help customers generate holiday wish lists early in the season, said Jamie Akemann, vice president of hardlines.

“We know our customers appreciate getting an early glimpse into the hottest toys and electronics on Meijer shelves this season,” Akemann said. “We’re happy to deliver a robust book that they can hand their children to circle wish list items until their hearts are content. Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers enjoy the tradition of gift giving while saving money.”

The Meijer Toys and Electronics Gift Guide is back by popular demand, and features the hottest brands like Fisher-Price, and trends, including interactive items and those with an education focus. The robust guide also includes 24 print coupons, which can also be clipped digitally through the retailer’s mPerks program. The coupons are valid through Nov. 15 at any Meijer store in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

Toy deals include:

  • Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway is $5 off with coupon
  • Disney Frozen Castle is $25 off with coupon
  • Monster High Catacomb is $25 off with coupon
  • Zoomer Dino Remote Control Dinosaur Top is $10 off with coupon

Electronics deals include:

  • Beats Solo 2 Headphones are 20 percent off with coupon
  • Xbox One Console is $50 off instantly
  • Skylanders Trap Team 3DS Starter Kit is $10 off with coupon
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8GB is $20 off instantly

The Meijer Toys and Electronics Gift Guide is also available online in the Meijer weekly ads.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer store have evolved over the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Whole Foods Market curated top-notch selection of winter wines for the festive holiday season

Grocer celebrates craftsmanship and artistry of Grower Champagnes with a delicious, hand-crafted sparkler

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Tis’ the season for festive holiday parties, cozy fireside nights and delightfully decadent dinners. Whole Foods Market has curated a top-notch selection of winter wines at a range of prices that will make meals memorable and harried hostesses happy.

This year’s Top 10 Holiday Wines showcases a wide variety of wines from a perfect-for-turkey-and-ham silky Sonoma County pinot noir to a French chardonnay-viognier with a round, fruity softness that pairs well with yams and cranberry.

“We’ve assembled a group of wonderful seasonal whites and reds that offer something for every occasion and pocket book,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Whether you are looking for an inexpensive red to gift neighbors and friends or an organically grown Italian to pair with an intimate cocktail party, Whole Foods Market has you covered.”

For the first year ever, the company’s wine experts are casting the spotlight on Grower Champagnes, which means the same people who tend the vineyards and grow the grapes also make the Champagne. Whole Foods Market will be featuring a very special sparkler that displays the craftsmanship of these handmade wines.

“While there’s been customer interest for some time about these Champagnes, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the Grower Champagne movement, and introduce our shoppers to this beautiful Champagne, Gaston Chiquet,” said Devon Broglie, M.S., associate global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “The difference between these artisan wines made by dedicated farmers and more widely consumed sparklers is the difference between a slice of American cheese and a farmstead blue from Point Reyes. We can’t wait for shoppers to taste the difference.”

This year’s featured holiday wines include:

Pizzolato Pinot Grigio – Stone fruit aromas give way to an enticing minerality and vibrant acidity in this organically grown Italian white.
Pairings: Oro del Tiempe Piave Vecchio, delicate seafood, shellfish, lemon vinaigrette, citrus fruit salad, and Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy-Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Globerati Sauvignon Blanc – From the Central Valley of Chile, this bright, fresh white has aromas of lemon and grapefruit with a hint of honeysuckle, and mineral notes are balanced with a green apple acidity.
Pairings: Mitica Campo de Montalban, Manhattan clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, mussels, sliced pears, and Grapefruit and Beet Salad

Louis Latour Duet Chardonnay-Viognier – An easy-drinking, food friendly French blend that showcases a round, fruity softness, this white has slight earthy notes and a hint of smoke that adds nice complexity.
Pairings: Hervé Mons Camembert, crispy roast turkey, yams, cranberry sauce, and Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy

Sea Pines Russian River Chardonnay – Subtle aromas belie big flavors of green apple, lemon and vanilla bean. A pleasant richness hints at the use of just the right amount of oak for a lovely balance.
Pairings: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, poached turbot, Cornish hens, chowders, lobster bisque, cream sauces and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Coppola Sonoma County Pinot Noir – A classic see-through, fruit forward ruby red with a  tartness of dried cherry and strawberry and subtle floral jasmine notes. This California pinot noir is silky with an elegant mouthfeel.
Pairings: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, turkey, lamb chops, Peking duck, sour cherry glaze and Sour Cherry Glazed Ham

Bodegas Belgrano Malbec – With aromas of warm spices and stewed blueberry flavors that mingle with woodsy hints of smoke, this textbook Argentine malbec has a roundness that makes for an easy drinking classic.
Pairings: Hennings Cranberry Orange Cheddar, roast duck, pepperoni pizza, spaghetti with sweet and sour meatballs and Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage and Garlic Bread

Leyenda del Castillo Rioja – Mineral, earthy aromas are found in this deep garnet Spanish red. With bright, sunny fruit flavors like ripe cherries, this Rioja has a lingering, well-balanced finish.
Pairings: Mitica Mahon, grilled meats, pork chops, eggplant marinara, charred steaks and Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce

Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon – Surprisingly fruity, pleasant and approachable with a touch of green pepper aroma, this red has flavors of blackberries and ripe plums that accentuate the juiciness of this easy drinking wine.
Pairings: Ashley Chase Estate Seaside Cheddar, cranberry turkey sandwiches, veggie lasagna, cassoulet, beef enchiladas and Tempeh Bell Pepper Chili

H&G Priorat – Earthy, herbaceous aromas in this brick red wine lead to a refined minerality and complex dark fruit flavors. The terroir of Priorat, Spain proudly shows in the glass.
Pairings: Guilloteau Fromager d’Affinois, barbecue, hearty veggie stews, Brunswick stew, grilled ribeye and Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes

Charles and Charles Merlot – There is an attractive baked biscuit aroma in this inky, hearty red. Black and blue fruits come forward and then recede into a rich, elegant, full-bodied finish.
Pairings: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar Aged at the Cellars of Jasper Hill, steak and Guinness pie, twice baked potatoes, buttery pastry crusts and Home-Style Meatloaf

Gaston Chiquet Champagne – This Champagne lover’s Champagne makes a truly special holiday gift. Rose gold in color with persistent foamy bubbles, delicate peach and golden delicious apple notes lead to a lovely lengthy finish.
Pairings: Hervé Mons St. Nuage cheese, oysters, brunch, croissants, caramelized sugar and Raw Oysters with Sweet Pear Mignonette

Twitter Tasting
Wine enthusiasts age 21 and older can taste these wines at Whole Foods Market’s in-store tasting events or can learn and share thoughts on this year’s holiday wines by joining two Twitter Tastings using hashtag #WFMwine. Dates, times and wines featured include:

Thursday, November 13, 7-8 p.m. CT:
• Pizzolato Pinot Grigio
• Sea Pines Russian River Chardonnay
• Bodegas Belgrano Malbec
• Leyenda del Castillo Rioja

Thursday, December 4, 7-8 p.m. CT:
• Globerati Sauvignon Blanc
• Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon
• Charles and Charles Merlot
• H&G Priorat

For more information and images about these wines and the Twitter Tastings, go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine.

Experts:

Devon Broglie, MS
Master Sommelier and Associate Global Beverage Buyer
Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011.

Doug Bell
Global Beverage Buyer
Doug has acquired a rarefied view of the world of buying and selling wine from living in California wine country, traveling to every major wine region of the world, attending wine expositions, blending wines with winemakers, designing wine labels, sitting on wine panels, speaking at wine and beverage conferences, doing media interviews and connecting with our customers via social media and in stores.