H&M brings fashion and technology into its new tennis collection in collaboration with Tomas Berdych

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Technology and a competitive edge are the themes of H&M’s new tennis collection, made in collaboration with Tomas Berdych, who will wear pieces from the range at the London Masters 2014.

The collection, available in selected stores as well as online from November 5, draws inspiration from Samurai Culture and fractured mineral formations, using new technologies and materials for both function and style.

“I love how this collection brings together fashion and technology,” says Tomas Berdych. “The basis of a good collaboration is being able to understand each other, to listen and to share objectives. I’m really pleased that our collaboration works so well.”

Pieces include a heat reactive printed T-shirt, and a polo decorated with a fragmented mineral pattern. As well as shorts, tights and caps, there are also pieces for keeping warm off-court in the winter months, such as a transforming parka and technical warm-up pants.The collection is the latest in a long-term partnership between H&M and tennis player Tomas Berdych, currently ranked 7th in the world. Tomas wears H&M on and off-court, as well as contributes to the design of the collection with the team at H&M.

For more information please contact:
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H&M brings fashion and technology into its new tennis collection in collaboration with Tomas Berdych

H&M brings fashion and technology into its new tennis collection in collaboration with Tomas Berdych

Alexander Wang, H&M’s Margareta van den Bosch joined by celebrities celebrated the launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, Alexander Wang and Margareta van den Bosch of H&M were joined by celebrities including Fan Bing Bing, Chris Lee, 2NE1 and Sunny Wang to celebrate the launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. LAN Wave, a raw, industrial space located along the Huangpu River was set-up with multi-level scaffolding and LED lighting elements to create a nightclub atmosphere.

Chris Lee, China’s renowned singer, songwriter and actress, kicked off the party with a rare performance, singing “Cool.” DJs Jesse Marco and Just Blaze were on the decks throughout the night. Korean group, 2NE1 surprised guests with some of their top hits, including “I Am the Best” and “Come Back Home”.

“I am so excited to launch the Alexander Wang x H&M collection in Shanghai. I’ve been wanting to do something here, and this is the perfect occasion,” says Alexander Wang.

“The event tonight has truly been an exciting evening full of surprises. From the transformation of this venue to the fantastic performances by Chris Lee and 2NE1, this celebration truly captures the high energy and urban vibe of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection,” says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

“The collection is fantastic! It is the perfect combination of sports and fashion and it’s great how this collaboration with H&M is accessible to everyone.” says CL of 2NE1.

“I have been a great fan of Alexander Wang and this collection is edgy, wearable and covetable. I am sure many people will be waiting in line!” says Fan Bing Bing.

The collection will be available in 250 select H&M stores worldwide and online starting 6 November 2014.

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Alexander Wang and Fan Bingbing

Alexander Wang and Fan Bingbing

Kinnevik and H&M to set up support program to help local social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Through their foundations, Reach for Change and H&M Conscious Foundation, Kinnevik and H&M are jointly supporting social entrepreneurs that improve the situation for women and youth in Ethiopia.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Through their respective foundations the companies are investing 8.8 million SEK over three years to set up a support program to help local social entrepreneurs in the country grow and become financially sustainable.

“Having two Swedish companies of this size join forces to invest in social entrepreneurship to benefit women and youth through their respective foundations is unique. We are joined by common traditions of entrepreneurship and innovation. Now we shall jointly use these strengths to contribute to a positive development in Ethiopia”, says Helena Thybell, Global Manager, H&M Conscious Foundation.

H&M has recently started collaborating with Ethiopian suppliers, and Kinnevik has made one investment in a small Ethiopian company earlier this year. For this reason, the two companies have decided to work together to strengthen local initiatives and promote long-term positive development in Ethiopia.

This joint effort will initially focus on identifying social entrepreneurs with the potential to create sustainable change for women and youth in Ethiopia. The social entrepreneurs have in common that they are persons with a strong drive to create positive social change; they find new solutions to local social problems and use innovative methods to turn their ideas into reality.

“One individual can change a society for the better if he or she is given the right support. Experience shows that our method for creating social impact is equally effective in countries as vastly different as DR Congo, Kazakhstan and Sweden. We are very grateful for this opportunity to also spread it to Ethiopia”, says Sara Damber, co-founder and CEO, Reach for Change.

The entrepreneurs will be given financial support, access to business expertise and networking opportunities to grow and develop their initiatives. The model for finding and supporting social entrepreneurs has been developed by Reach for Change and already implemented in nine countries across the world.

Two examples of social entrepreneurs supported by Reach for Change that have realized their ideas is Naomi Kuseyo who has successfully given hospitalized children in DR Congo access to education inside hospitals and Hayford Siaw who has developed a concept for mobile libraries that has given children in rural areas in Ghana access to literature and thereby increased literacy levels.

About H&M Conscious Foundation
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation initiated in connection with H&M’s 60th anniversary in 2007. The foundation is the philanthropic arm complementing H&M’s sustainability work. Through its support to programs and initiatives, the H&M Conscious Foundation strives to make positive impact on policy level and in the everyday life for people and communities where H&M operates. For further information, visit hm.com/consciousfoundation.

About Reach for Change
Reach for Change is a non-profit organisation founded by Kinnevik and Sara Damber to improve youth’s lives. Reach for Change finds and develops Change Leaders – local social entrepreneurs with innovations that solve some of the most pressing issues facing youth. The entrepreneurs are helped to scale their innovations through seed funding, access to business expertise and networking opportunities. Launched in Sweden in 2010, Reach for Change is now operating in 15 countries on three continents. In 2013, the Change Leaders in the Reach for Change incubator improved lives for more than one million youth globally.

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Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

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Kinnevik and H&M to set up support program to help local social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Kinnevik and H&M to set up support program to help local social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Argos’ 2014 Christmas advertisement launches onto TV screens

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Argos’ 2014 Christmas advertisement is set to burst onto TV screens tomorrow evening, marking the fifth execution in quick succession from the new GET SET GO ARGOS campaign by CHI&Partners, which launched last month.

As energetic and contemporary as the three that have preceded it, the new advertisement, ‘Advent’, opens to reveal a three-dimensional, life-size advent calendar made up of cubes stacked in the shape of a Christmas tree.

The cubes erupt open to reveal a montage of energised activity – BMXers, skaters, street dancers and a colourful array of Argos products, from toys, tablets, cameras and games consoles to speakers and jewellery, inhabit the cubes, bringing the scene to life. The tree-shaped calendar is topped by a child hip-hop dancing – a contemporary twist on the traditional Christmas Fairy.

Accompanied by Run DMC’s hip-hop track Christmas in Hollis, the spot sends an upbeat message of festive cheer to Argos customers, as well as communicating the wide choice of gift ideas available from Argos.

Carl Nield, Head of Brand Marketing at Argos, said: “This advert will deliver energy and excitement into millions of living rooms to provide a modern twist on Christmas, while also demonstrating all of the top brands now available at Argos – ranging from Bose to KitchenAid.”

The new advertisement will launch on Friday 7 November during ITV1’s Coronation Street and Channel 4’s Gogglebox, with further spots this weekend during ITV1’s X Factor, the Channel 4 premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Channel 5’s MTV EMA Awards.

Argos’ one million social media fans will have a sneak preview of the TV advertisement on the Argos Facebook page a few hours before the first TV spot.

Launched last month, the GET SET GO ARGOS campaign marked the biggest ever shift in Argos’ advertising strategy.  It brings to life Argos’ unique offer and its ongoing drive to become a digital retail leader for everyone.

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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.

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 around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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.

CHI&Partners is a UK-based agency group of thirteen years, with offices in New York, Canada and across Asia, and clients including Argos, British Gas, Britvic, Carphone Warehouse, Diageo, GSK, Lexus, Royal Bank of Scotland, Samsung and TalkTalk.

CHI&Partners is a partner in The&Partnership, a new independent agency holding company where the majority owners are the founders and partners of the individual businesses, sharing one bottom line. The&Partnership comprises nine different communication businesses across four continents, with over 1,500 people, spanning ten disciplines from advertising to design, CRM, media, data, analytics, PR and social – with digital at the core of all its businesses.

The&Partnership is backed by WPP, the world’s largest communications agency network, which is both a partner and a significant minority shareholder.

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Argos’ 2014 Christmas advertisement launches onto TV screens

Argos’ 2014 Christmas advertisement launches onto TV screens

Argos research reveals that festive British family traditions around Christmas are still firmly alive

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Generations of children have grown up anticipating the excitement of seeing what Santa has left in their stockings or under the tree. Happily, fresh research out this morning from the UK’s number one toy retailer, Argos, has revealed that festive family traditions around Christmas are still firmly alive.

Modern parents work hard helping busy Santa to create the magic of Christmas for children up and down the country. Almost half (46 per cent) sneak a bite of Santa’s mince pie and Rudolf’s carrot. While one in four will be planting footprints or “reindeer” droppings around the fireplace, and even ringing sleigh bells, before going to bed on Christmas Eve1.

The research from Argos affirms that, far from being a generation of cynics, today’s children are now searching for new and innovative ways to communicate with Santa, with a rapidly-growing 12 per cent already using technology to do so.

British children are firm advocates of technology, according to Ofcom’s latest Communications Market report, with seven in ten telling their friends and family about new tech. Younger kids are leading the way, with 60 per cent of children aged six to eleven years claiming to use tablets every week, leaving behind their parents (38 per cent) and even overtaking their over-the-hill teenage siblings (49 per cent)2.

The Argos research shows that one in five under-10s still circle presents in the Argos catalogue to share what they want to see under the tree. The top toy retailer has been working to bring the thrill of scouring its catalogue for gifts to a whole new level this Christmas.

Millions of digitally savvy children will now be able to get their hands on a brand new, intuitive app that brings the magical tradition of building wish lists for Santa, from the retailer’s range of 3,000 toys, into the 21st century.

The Argos Wishlist app is aimed at three to seven-year-olds, and allows children to choose their most-wanted gifts in a bright, colourful and engaging way on a phone or tablet, with guidance from animated helpers. So, as their kids start counting down the number of sleeps till Christmas, parents can take a peek at their little one’s hearts’ desires.

Neil Tinegate, Head of Digital Innovation for Argos said: “Argos has been firmly part of Christmas for over 40 years. We were really excited to see our research showing that UK families are still so dedicated to creating a real festive spirit in their homes.

“Young children are already so confident with the latest technology and we wanted to help parents keep up and add even more seasonal joy this year. This new app brings to life the magic of Christmas for the next generation.”

Developed for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the app offers parents useful functionality such as setting price and present limits, and bright and quirky visuals to make it an easy and engaging experience for kids and adults alike.

On opening the app children are introduced to a colourful digital world where they are invited to select one of the animated helpers Mo, Stik, Gil, Squidge and Fly to help them navigate around the experience.

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After picking their favourite character, kids take a photo of themselves within the app and add their name. They can then browse over 3,000 of Argos’ most popular toys from top brands such as Chad Valley, Lego and Barbie before adding them to a mood board, which they can personalise by drawing and circling toys with different coloured pens and placing stickers on their must-have items.

Once the list is complete, the wish list will be sent to Santa – and helpfully also emailed to parents’ inboxes for sharing with family and friends.

The Argos Wishlist is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play store.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The research for Argos was carried out by Opinion Matters during October 2014, across a sample of 1,159 parents in the UK.
  2. Ofcom’s Communications Market report 2014 http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-data-research/market-data/communications-market-reports/cmr14/

For Argos’ complete range of toys this Christmas, please visit http://www.argos.co.uk/toys

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 around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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 research reveals that festive British family traditions around Christmas are still firmly alive

Argos research reveals that festive British family traditions around Christmas are still firmly alive

John Lewis reveals its 2014 Christmas advertising campaign featuring the heartwarming tale of friendship between little boy, Sam, and his penguin friend, Monty

  • John Lewis Christmas advertising campaign reminds us of the magic of Christmas seen through a child’s eyes
  • Advert set to Tom Odell’s cover of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’
  • Retailer incorporates technology firsts to create innovative in-store experience

LONDON, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today revealed its 2014 Christmas advertising campaign, which evokes the magic of make-believe at Christmas through a child’s eyes.

Set to the track ‘Real Love’, sung by Tom Odell and originally written and recorded by John Lennon, the heartwarming advert tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between a little boy, Sam, and his penguin friend, Monty.

Monty and Sam do everything together and the advert follows them playing happily through the year, from hide and seek to football. However as the winter months draw in, Sam begins to notice that Monty is sad and realises that he is longing for a companion. Knowing his friend so well, on Christmas Day Sam gives Monty the gift he has been dreaming of – a new penguin friend called Mabel.

Featuring the strapline ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’, Monty and Mabel have been created using complex CGI technology to look and behave exactly like real life Adélie penguins.

The advert launches on the retailer’s social media channels on Thursday 6 November and it will then feature on TV for the first time on Friday 7 November during the first advert break in Gogglebox on Channel 4. This follows a teaser campaign using #MontyThePenguin, on digital outdoor advertising sites and on Channel 4, where the broadcaster’s iconic ‘idents’ have been transformed to feature Monty.

Craig Inglis, Marketing Director at John Lewis, said: “At John Lewis, this time of year is all about helping our customers create their dream Christmas. We hope this uplifting tale of Sam’s love for his friend Monty will remind people of the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes and inspire them to think how they can make the festive season extra special for their friends and loved ones.”

This message will be amplified beyond the TV campaign through an in-store space called Monty’s Den. In partnership with Samsung, Monty’s Den uses a series of technology-firsts to harness the power of children’s imagination. This includes ‘Monty’s Magical Toy Machine’ which enables children to bring their favourite toys to life through innovative Microsoft technology and ‘Monty’s Goggles’, which use Google Cardboard to allow children to enter a 360o virtual world and interact with Sam and Monty. During the campaign, children will also be able to create their very own Monty Christmas card on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

Merchandise inspired by Monty and Mabel will also be available, including a children’s book called ‘Monty’s Christmas’ of which a proportion of the proceeds will go to Barnardo’s, John Lewis’s 150th anniversary charity. An audio app version of the book narrated by Dermot O’Leary will also be available on iTunes from today, along with the Real Love single by Tom Odell.

Craig Inglis, Marketing Director, John Lewis, added: “We hope our customers will love Monty and Mabel and they will havemore chances than ever to interact with them through some genuinely exciting technology firsts.”

Monty’s Christmas has been created by advertising agency Adam&Eve/DDB and the Channel 4 teaser campaign by 4Creative and MPC.

The campaign with media planning and buying by Manning Gottlieb OMD begins with a 120 second TV advert on the 7 November and is supported by a combination of three shorter versions for six weeks. The advert cost £1m to make and is part of John Lewis’s overall £7m investment in its Christmas campaign.

The ad can be viewed on www.johnlewis.com/christmas-advert (www.johnlewis.com/christmas-advert) and on the John Lewis YouTube channel www.youtube.com/johnlewisretail (www.youtube.com/johnlewisretail) from Thursday 6 November.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership, all of John Lewis’s 30,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’ ¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’ ² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’ ³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014

² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014

³ Which? Awards 2014

Enquiries
For further information please contact:
John Lewis Communications Team
Telephone: 0207 592 6887.

Waitrose to air its long-awaited Christmas TV advert with a pioneering soundtrack sung by members of the public

LONDON, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — This week, Waitrose will air its long-awaited Christmas TV advert with a pioneering soundtrack sung by members of the public.

Rather than a high profile star, a Partner (employee) will play a lead role in the festive ad which will focus solely on the Waitrose brand for the first time in a number of years.

Following the successful Easter advertising campaign, the Christmas advert will have a subtle focus on the unique culture and values Waitrose has as a co-owned business. Launching in the evening of Sunday 9 November 2014, the advert will aim to convey how the supermarket is owned by its Partners and how this has a direct impact on the service and care that customers receive.

The story in the ad will focus on a little girl trying to make gingerbread biscuits for her school fayre, and after disastrous attempts, she goes to Waitrose for advice. After successfully making the biscuits, she sells them all but saves one back for the Waitrose Partner. The campaign line running through all of the advertising is ‘When you own something, you care a little more. Everyone who works at Waitrose owns Waitrose, so they care more.’

In October, the supermarket launched its ‘Donate Your Voice’ campaign urging singers across the UK to sing the soundtrack for the advert, and in doing so, help to fundraise for three charities by creating a charity single.

In an advertising first, renowned music producer, David Kosten, has mixed the recordings from the public to create a virtual choir. The choral version of the song, made up of the public’s voices, is the official soundtrack for the advert, but is also available to download as a single from 9 November – with 100% of the profits going to charity.

The song for the soundtrack is Dolly Parton’s hit ‘Try’ taken from her latest album. The song’s lyrics are about overcoming adversity and about perseverance which ties into the narrative of the ad.

Rupert Thomas, Waitrose Marketing Director, said:
‘Because our Partners own the business, they are motivated to go that little bit further for customers – and that’s what we want to portray in this advert. The extra dimension of the soundtrack means customers can also give something back. When they donated their voice, they also had a chance to support three worthy charities who will be receiving the profits from the song when it goes on sale as the ad airs.’

When members of the public donated their voice online, they were asked to put a virtual green token in a box to support one of the three charities involved, Age UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and The Trussell Trust. It worked in the same way the ‘Community Matters’ scheme works in Waitrose stores, with the votes of those donating their voices determining how much goes to each charity.

Featuring in the ad is ten year old Blaise Allan from Kent. Blaise also bakes in her own time and has performed in many local theatre shows. This will be her first televised commercial.

The Waitrose Partner in the advert is 25 year old Adejumoke Sanusi, who lives in Ilford, and works at the Canary Wharf Waitrose. Known to her colleagues at Waitrose as ‘Jummy’, Adejumoke has worked for Waitrose for a year.

The creative was produced by BBH with direction from Tom Tagholm.

Notes to Editors
Find out more on the waitrose website (www.waitrose.com/donateyourvoice).

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 Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 332 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 worker co-ownership where all 90,000 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose – the Nation’s Favourite Supermarket¹ and winner of the BestSupermarket² and Best Food and Grocery Retailer³ awards – currently has 332 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 55 convenience branches, and another 28 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports its products to 50 countries worldwide and has seven shops in the Middle East. (www.waitrose.com)

¹ Conlumino Awards, 2014
² Good Housekeeping Best Supermarket 2014, Which? Best Supermarket 2014
³ Verdict Best Food and Grocery Retailer 2014

Enquiries

For further information, please contact:
Hannah Chance, Communications Manager Corporate
Telephone: 07506 452 222
Email: hannah.chance@waitrose.co.uk

Amazon.ca makes shopping more convenient with the introduction of its Same-Day Delivery option

Customers can order as late as noon, choose from a massive selection of popular items including holiday gifts and household necessities, and have orders delivered the same day, seven days a week

SEATTLE, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Amazon.ca introduced a new delivery option making it even more convenient to shop on Amazon.ca. Starting today, customers shipping to Toronto and Vancouver can browse a vast selection of items and receive Same-Day Delivery. With Same-Day Delivery, customers can place orders as late as noon and receive packages before 9 p.m. the same day, every day.

“We’re constantly working to speed up delivery times and introduce new services that make our customers’ lives easier,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “With Same-Day Delivery, customers in Toronto and Vancouver can conveniently take care of errands or complete holiday shopping in a day with just a few clicks, receive orders seven days a week and have what they need delivered to their home in a matter of hours.”

To make life easier for customers shipping to Toronto and Vancouver, Same-Day Delivery features:

  • Place Orders as Late as Noon: Customers can place orders as late as noon and receive packages before 9 p.m. the same day.
  • Per-Order Pricing for Prime Members: Amazon Prime members receive Same-Day Delivery for a flat fee of $6.99 per-order, allowing members to add additional Same-Day Delivery eligible items to their order at no additional shipping cost. Pricing for non-Prime customers is calculated by adding an $11.99 “Per Shipment” cost and a $1.99 “Per Item” cost for most items.
  • Receive Same-Day Orders Every Day: Customers can have orders delivered to their home seven days a week, including on the weekend.

More than One Million Eligible Items in Toronto; Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Items in Vancouver
Amazon.ca has a massive selection of same-day eligible items including:

  • Holiday Shopping Done in a Day: From last-minute holiday gifts to holiday décor and entertaining needs, customers can find a wide selection of items to get ready for the busy holiday season.
  • New Releases: Find popular movies or video games, as well as many top electronics, gaming consoles and accessories.
  • Household Necessities: To prevent running low on everyday home essentials, Amazon.ca also has items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and dish soap.
  • Pantry Essentials: Stock your pantry with your family’s favourite snacks, drinks and more.
  • Consumer Electronic Supplies: Accessories like HDMI cables and speakers are available to make setting up any new electronics easier.
  • Last-Minute Travel Needs: When packing for an upcoming trip, don’t worry about running low on travel must-haves like shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream or sunblock – find what you need and skip an eleventh hour trip to the store.

For more information about Same-Day Delivery or to browse a selection of popular Same-Day Delivery eligible items, visit www.amazon.ca/sameday.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Carrefour supports this year’s Cité de la réussite forum

PARIS, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is once again going to be one of the partners at this year’s Cité de la réussite forum.

Over two days, 150 prestigious speakers will be taking part in 50 debates and discussions at this major cultural, economic, scientific, political and artistic discussion forum where ideas and points of view are shared across generations.

A number of leading economists, company directors, writers, philosophers, scientists and artists are expected to attend. Cédric Klapisch, Anne Hidalgo, Claude Bartolone, Alain Minc, Amanda Sthers, Plantu, François-Xavier Demaison, Alain Juppé, Marion Bartoli, Jean-Louis Etienne and many others will take part in various debates and discussions, sharing their vision of daring with us.

Georges Plassat is one of the key speakers and will give an address on Saturday at 2:30 PM, while Jérôme Bédier will share his views as part of a roundtable discussion on humanitarian aid at 11 AM

To find out more, go to: www.citedelareussite.com

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Carrefour supports this year's Cité de la réussite forum

Carrefour supports this year’s Cité de la réussite forum

Starbucks plans to open 12 Starbucks Military Community Stores near military bases in fiscal 2015

SEATTLE, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks launched its groundbreaking commitment to support veterans and military spouses in November 2013, the company also announced that it would give special designation to stores that serve military communities.

Starbucks unveiled the first two Starbucks Military Community Stores at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington and Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, with a portion of each purchase benefiting non-profit veterans programs. In making the announcement, Starbucks expressed its intention to open a total of three additional Military Community Stores by 2018.

Tim Bomke, Starbucks manager for military and veterans affairs and a U.S. Army veteran, was part of the team that traveled around the country to scout future store locations. They soon realized there were many more communities that could benefit than they had imagined with the original Military Community Store model.

“All Starbucks stores should reflect the communities they serve,” Bomke said. “When we traveled to military communities across the country, we heard from our partners and customers that we want more of these places where we can connect in a more personal way.”

Based on what they heard from military communities, Starbucks designed a new Military Family Store program. The company plans to open 12 of these Military Family Stores near military bases in fiscal 2015.

Each store will help catalyze Starbucks veteran hiring efforts and connect to its community through relationships with the local military base and with veterans service organizations. They will also honor Starbucks partners and customers with design components, such as special murals. Stores will also offer merchandise that reflect the company’s appreciation for military service.

“At Starbucks, we honor the service and sacrifice of military families,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president, Global Responsibility and Public Policy. “Starbucks Military Family Stores will support our mission of hiring and honoring veterans and military spouses and strengthening the customer experience in military communities.”

About Starbucks Commitment to Veterans and their Families
Starbucks is committed to strengthening its support of military communities by recognizing military veterans and their families with a goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and active duty military spouses by 2018. Since announcing its commitment a year ago, Starbucks has hired more than 1,000 veterans, matching the transferable skill sets of veterans and military spouses with the specific talent needed across the Starbucks enterprise.

Starbucks is supporting and recognizing veterans, reservists and military spouses in several ways this November:

  • For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice,” by Starbucks chief executive officer Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, honors service members responsible for acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now available at participating Starbucks® stores, Starbucks.com/shop and other retailers where books are sold.
  • THE CONCERT FOR VALOR – a first-of-its-kind live concert presented by Starbucks, HBO and Chase to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The star-studded concert on HBO will be free for all to view or attend in person on Veterans Day, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
  • Debut of Veterans Starbucks Card: For each Veterans Starbucks Card or Starbucks Card eGift purchased from November 4 through 11, Starbucks will donate $5 to Onward Veterans, an initiative to support and empower veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life. Onward Veterans is a donor-advised fund held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
  • On Veterans Day, participating Starbucks locations in the U.S. will offer a free tall (12 fl. oz.) hot brewed coffee to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses, as gesture of thanks for their service. Limit one per customer.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks plans to open 12 Starbucks Military Community Stores near military bases in fiscal 2015

Starbucks plans to open 12 Starbucks Military Community Stores near military bases in fiscal 2015

7‑Eleven, Inc. joins Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for families in need

Customers Can Pay it Forward by Donating Bananas to Local Feeding America Food® Banks

DALLAS, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is joining the Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for food-insecure individuals and families in the U.S. To participate, 7‑Eleven®customers can purchase two Del Monte bananas for $1, which will be donated to Feeding America and distributed through its network of  local food banks to families in need.

For every two bananas donated by a customer, 7‑Eleven also will contribute an additional dime for the Feeding America network, up to $100,000. The campaign runs from Nov. 6 through Dec. 2, 2014.

“Too many families suffer from hunger in our country, and this is a quick and easy way 7‑Eleven and the people who shop our stores can help,” said Nancy Smith, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising. “Fresh produce is always highly requested at food banks and is important to good nutrition, especially for children. Our goal is to donate, with the help of our customers, bunches of bananas before the end of the year.”

Customers who make a contribution at their local 7‑Eleven store can choose to sign a holiday donation recognition card to be displayed in the store during the campaign. The retailer hopes to donate at least 2 million bananas to local food banks through the holiday campaign.

“This holiday season 7‑Eleven will support our focus on providing more nutrient-rich food choices for our clients,” said Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “This program provides a way for consumers to get involved in one of the most pressing issues our country is facing and support hunger-relief efforts at such a vital time.”

The mission of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, is to feed America’s hungry through a national network of 200 member food banks and engage the country in the fight to solve hunger. Its member food banks supply food to more than 46.5 million Americans each year, including children and seniors.

“Food is an important part of the holiday season,” Smith said, “and we wanted to give our customers an opportunity to make a simple gift of food to the needy households in their community this Thanksgiving.”

7- Eleven is promoting its “banana benevolence” campaign on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Because the banana donations are tax-deductible, customers should ask a store associate for a receipt.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc. 
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2014; #6 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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

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7‑Eleven, Inc. joins Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for families in need

Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees, GADI, LLC, to develop seven restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky

CANTON, MA,  2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees, GADI, LLC, to develop seven restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky. The group’s first two restaurants are planned to open in 2016.

Led by Manish Patel and his partners Shashin Patel, Nilam Patel, and Tarak Patel, this franchise group currently operates Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Upstate New York and will manage and oversee the daily operations for each new restaurant in Louisville.

“We are excited to expand the brand’s presence in Kentucky and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Manish Patel, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Currently, there are more than 15 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Kentucky, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the cities of Lexington and Pikesville. To help fuel growth in Kentucky, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time.*

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our secret to continued growth includes passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome Manish, Shashin, Nilam and Tarak to the Kentucky market, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Louisville communities they serve.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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