Wincor Nixdorf’s program for the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference & expo on January 11-14, 2015 in New York City

Together with numerous customers and partners, Wincor Nixdorf demonstrates how its newly enhanced technology enables a seamless experience for Shoppers and merchants

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in advanced retail and banking IT solutions, discloses its program for the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference & expo, taking place January 11-14, 2015 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Wincor Nixdorf is leveraging the event to advance a number of retail initiatives, including: seamless omni-channel retailing; customer and retail staff mobility; back office automation; and new innovations at the point of sale.

Several partners and customers are sharing their experiences at NRF, to illustrate how they are leveraging Wincor Nixdorf’s latest technology to accomplish their objectives. Customers and partners on hand include: food retailer Hershey’s; grocer Waitrose; grocer & pharmacist Kroger; apparel retailer Kiabi; and IT and solutions provider Retail Pro, who is demonstrating Wincor Nixdorf’s solutions in booth #1503.

Senior level executives from notable international retail companies are participating in a briefing, where they will discuss their retail growth strategies.

Throughout NRF, Wincor Nixdorf will showcase several new and newly enhanced technologies in booth #4217. In the weeks ahead, additional details will be announced for technologies such as:
•BEETLE /iSCAN Easy, an automated checkout solution that can be converted from attended to self-checkout mode at the touch of a button;
•Cash Office Solution – which automates the entire cash cycle from POS to back office;
•W1000 Interactive Kiosk Solutions – which reduces queue times at the POS;
•Mobile POS Solutions, enabling the retailer to server customers anywhere in the store;
•And Wincor Nixdorf will provide an update on its newly enhanced TP.net 5.5 software, which enables consumers to interact with retailers through all important touch-points.

“Our IT solutions bring an array of intelligence to retailers that help them run their businesses more efficiently, while delivering a better overall experience to their customers,” said Patrick Leonard, Vice President Retail at Wincor Nixdorf, North America. “We’ll showcase these solutions at NRF, and we’ll also work with our partners and customers to share specific examples for how these solutions are being successfully implemented all around the globe,” adds Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President & CEO

If you would like more information on Wincor Nixdorf’s retail solutions, please plan to visit booth #4217 at NRF.

CBRE Group released first-of-its-kind report on Facility Management titled “Forging the Iron Triangle: Facility Management Operational Excellence”

CBRE Identifies Three Primary Characteristics that Fuel High-Performing Facilities Management Organizations in a First-Of-Its-Kind Report

​Los Angeles, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Facility management organizations must achieve three primary objectives to maintain operationally excellent performance, according to a first-of-its-kind report by CBRE Group, Inc.’s Global Corporate Services research team, titled: Forging the Iron Triangle: Facility Management Operational Excellence.

The findings revealed that the formula for operational excellence in facility management organizations involves the simultaneous balancing of three priorities: managing costs efficiently and creating value; maintaining high satisfaction among occupants and clients; and proactively stewarding property and infrastructure.

The report is the result of a year-long inquiry into facility management organizations, industry scholarship, and an industry-wide survey of more than 125 facility management executives. The report incorporates in-depth analysis of the operations and best practices of high-performing facility management organizations that collectively represent 90 million sq. ft. of properties, 294,000 occupants, $3.2 billion in occupancy expenditure, and 1,940 commercial real estate associates.

“The industry lacked a consistent vision for what operational excellence is and how it can be achieved,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of CBRE’s Global Corporate Services division. “This report provides that definition as well as a roadmap to achieving it.”

CBRE manages more than 3.5 billion sq. ft. of facilities and $32 billion in operating expenses globally on behalf of its clients. The firm has added nearly 300 million sq. ft. of new facilities management business in the past 24 months. CBRE employs more than 15,000 professionals who specialize in facilities management service provision.

Please click here for a copy of the report. For more information on CBRE Global Corporate Services, please visitwww.cbre.com/gcs. To speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (212.984.8267 orRobert.McGrath@cbre.com) or Corey Mirman (212.984.6542 or Corey.Mirman@cbre.com).

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email
Corey Mirman
Specialist, Sr Communication
T +1 212 9846542
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CBRE Group, Inc. received perfect score of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

CBRE Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

​LOS ANGELES, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) announced that it received a perfect score of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality that is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. With its high marks, CBRE is recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. CBRE also received a perfect score in last year’s CEI and at that time became the first commercial real estate company to achieve such a score.

“The designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for a second consecutive year is validation that we are creating a culture of inclusion within CBRE,” said Jennifer Ashley, Global Human Resources Director. “We are honored to serve as leaders in our industry as we strive for greater workplace equality.”

The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices such as non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

CBRE’s LGBT Network Group plays an instrumental role in ensuring CBRE satisfies all of the CEI’s criteria and in engaging with national organizations such as Out & Equal that advocate for workplace equality.

“CBRE’s commitment to create an all-inclusive workplace and workforce is underscored by our various affinity groups, including the LGBT Network Group,” said Chris Ludeman, Co-Executive Sponsor of the LGBT Network Group. “We are incredibly proud of CBRE’s 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index.”

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email

Big Lots survey: Americans focus on holiday discounts and everyday deals as this season’s shopping strategy

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans’ confidence gives Big Lots the edge during this holiday season. Customers are now focused on deals every day and throughout the entire Thanksgiving week. In addition to heeding the call of Black Friday sales, customers are choosing to shop in-store on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. It’s their confidence in making the best-informed decisions for their budgets that influence their holiday shopping, according to a recent nationwide survey.

“Just being open on Thanksgiving or announcing Black Friday deals will not win over customers during the holiday season,” stated Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “Big Lots is proud to offer great deals and an easy shopping experience every day.

Our customers are smart shoppers and rely on us for everyday basics as well as great gifts at incredible prices. Whether they are shopping early or picking up last-minute items, customers want to know they were able to get the item they wanted at a great price.”

A nationwide survey of more than 1,100 people, commissioned on behalf of Big Lots, found that almost half (46 percent) of shoppers do not shop on Black Friday confirming recent data released by Adobe System, Inc., that retailers’ largest price discounts were on Monday before Thanksgiving and the season’s lowest prices were on Thanksgiving Day.

Proving what most analysts believe, customers will see a move to early and deeper discounts this holiday season. As a reflection of this trend, from now through Christmas, customers can shop Big Lots Toy Clearance Blowout with 50 percent off of already low prices including hundreds of major brands along with Barbie™, Fisher Price™, Hot Wheels™ and Hasbro® board games.

In addition to everyday deals, Big Lots customers can find great prices during Thanksgiving week on entertaining prep and gifts such as seasonal décor, small kitchen appliances, recliners, sofas, mattresses, toys and electronic accessories.

As the survey indicated, Americans enjoy the holiday shopping experience, with more than 80 percent of respondents confirming they enjoy shopping for gifts while 42 percent take pleasure in “wowing” their friends and family with their gift-giving.

Other key findings include:
• For most, budgets will determine how much is spent (37 percent); while budgets will not impact or limit gift-giving for others (23 percent).
• Although more than 76 percent give gifts because they really want to, there is a small sense of ambivalence (22 percent) on the size of the gift.
• Women shop more stores (3.2) versus men, who shop fewer stores (2.9).
• The Pacific Northwest shopper visits the most stores (3.4) as compared to the
Southwest shopper, who shopped the least number of stores on Black Friday (2.9).

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,496 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. For more information, contact visit
www.biglotsmedia.com

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary—(631) 921-5320

Harris Teeter and MillerCoors donated holiday meals to 400 military families served by Operation Homefront

Companies Partner with Operation Homefront to Provide Holiday Meals to Military Families

Matthews, N.C., 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter and MillerCoors donated holiday meals to 400 military families served by Operation Homefront.  Murphy-Goode also donated $6,000 in Harris Teeter gift cards to Operation Homefront; the gift cards will be used by military families to purchase holiday meals.

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.  The donation took place at the DC National Guard Armory; Operation Homefront coordinated the Thanksgiving meal distribution event and also identified the recipients of the gift card donation.

“Harris Teeter is proud to partner with MillerCoors and Murphy-Goode for the fifth consecutive year supporting Operation Homefront and our military servicemen and women as well as their families,” said Danna Jones, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Over the last two weeks, Harris Teeter has hosted meal distribution events throughout our marketing areas. These events will feed more than 21,000 individual this Thanksgiving holiday.”

These meal distribution events are hosted alongside Harris Teeter’s annual Harvest Feast food drive and donation card campaign during which shoppers are provided the opportunity to support community members-in-need by donating $1, $5 or $20 at checkout or by donating to the company-wide food drive. Collection bins are located in the front lobby of each Harris Teeter location.

In November, 2013, thanks to the support of its generous shoppers and associates, Harris Teeter collected over $624,000 for its food bank partners and agencies.

About Operation Homefront Mid-Atlantic
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.  Operation Homefront also assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance in the form of food boxes and grocery gift cards.  For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit www.OperationHomefront.net.

About MillerCoors
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers.  MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment.  The portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light.  Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company.  MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable environmental and community impact.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

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Harris Teeter associates assembled 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags for families-in-need accross Central & Eastern North Carolina

Families-in-Need Receive Holiday Meal Courtesy of Harris Teeter

North Carolina, 2014-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter associates volunteered their time to gather at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to assemble 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags for families-in-need throughout the 54 counties the food bank serves.

Immediately following the assembly, Harris Teeter associates personally distributed the meals to many of the food bank’s partner agencies; the agencies will distribute the meals directly to the families throughout this week.

Each Thanksgiving dinner bag has enough food to provide a holiday meal to a family of four and contains products for a delicious and easy Thanksgiving meal including: chicken, stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and cookie mix.

“Harris Teeter is excited to feed 8,000 local community members who may have gone without a Thanksgiving meal this week,” said Danna Jones, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are pleased with the success of this event each year and are happy to not only aid local hunger relief, but to also continually serve our Raleigh community.”

This is the fifth year that Harris Teeter is hosting a bag assembly in Raleigh as part of the company’s annual Harvest Feast programming.

Harris Teeter would like to thank its generous vendors who made this donation possible: Idahoan Foods, McCormick, Kings Hawaiian, Del Monte, Ocean Spray, McCall Farms, Hanover, and New York Packaging.

About Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has   provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2013-2014, the Food Bank distributed more than 53 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 651,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. www.foodbankcenc.org.

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Harris Teeter associates assembled 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags for families-in-need accross Central & Eastern North Carolina

Harris Teeter associates assembled 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags for families-in-need accross Central & Eastern North Carolina