BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR NOVEMBER 2014: UK retail sales grew 0.9%, on a like-for-like basis from November 2013, when they had increased 0.6% on the preceding year

LONDON, 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales grew 0.9%, on a like-for-like basis from November 2013, when they had increased 0.6% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 2.2%, against a 2.3% rise in November 2013. This is the best performance in three months.

Household Appliances was the best performing category, testament to a successful Black Friday, followed by Furniture and the home categories.

Over the last three months, Food showed a decline of 1.2%. Even though November was the seventh consecutive month of decline, there was an improvement over the three months to October.

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 12.0% in November versus a year earlier, when it had grown 16.0%. The Non-Food online penetration rate was 21.0% in November, the highest on record.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “November’s retail sales demonstrate continued growth in sales across the board compared to last month. The huge demand for bargain TV’s and other household appliances on Black Friday, whether for personal use or as presents meant that electricals were the stand out category in terms of sales growth. However retailers also took advantage of the increased footfall generated by Black Friday to sell clothing, effectively bringing forward the start of Christmas sales reductions of autumn/ winter stock.

“That being said, customers also bought full priced items and showed interest in premium ranges particularly in food and retailers who didn’t discount for Black Friday also saw increased sales. These are encouraging signs in the run up to Christmas when consumers will likely want to push the boat out even more.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Consumers were reluctant to spend too much, too soon until a record breaking Black Friday helped to kick start festive spending. Fashion and footwear retailers used this occasion to recover some lost ground but at a cost to their margin. Sales of electrical goods were strong all month and positively rocketed with Black Friday offers. “Sadly some retailers fell short of the mark, with websites crashing under the pressure of shoppers hunting for a bargain. Resolving these issues must be a priority: consumers go online to avoid queues, not join them. Glimmers of hope were seen in the grocery sector and the sales decline was less sharp than in previous months. While it won’t be a bumper Christmas for this segment, grocers will hope their sales will be on a par with last year. “After years of slow growth this Christmas could be a cracker for the retail sector, with sales surpassing last year’s levels. Online sales will be launched as early as Christmas Day and shoppers will be able to pick up a bargain while tucking into their turkey.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900.

BRC-KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR NOVEMBER 2014: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 12.0% versus a year earlier

LONDON, 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 12.0% in November versus a year earlier. In November 2013, online sales rose by 16.0% over the previous year.

In November online sales represented 21.0% of total Non-Food sales of our Monitor, against 19.6% in November 2013. This is the highest penetration rate recorded since our monitor started in December 2012.

Health & Beauty and Household Appliances were the fastest growing categories online in November. The month was lacklustre but ended on a strong note due to a very successful Black Friday.

Online sales contributed 1.7 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales in November. The three-month average contribution of online to Non-Food growth exceeded that of stores for the third consecutive month, achieving another all-time record proportion outside of December.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “This month brings fantastic news for retailers who have worked hard on their online presence, as the online penetration rate of non-food sales is at an all-time record. Every £1 in £5 of non-food purchases is spent online. Online sales are also contributing a larger proportion of growth to non-food sales compared to in-store.

“Black Friday was the retail event of the month and retailers offered consumers impressive discounts both online and in-store. The high volume traffic to websites meant that consumers also bought a large amount of full priced items and not just those on sale. Online sales growth was good for the month but there may have been a distortion caused by Black Friday with consumers delaying purchases until the end of the month in the hope of grabbing some bargains.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Online orders reached record breaking penetration levels this November, as shoppers snapped up a bargain in the Black Friday sales. “However, retailers’ online systems have been tested and some have been found wanting. The sheer weight of consumer demand caused some websites to buckle under the pressure and these retailers need to sort this capacity issue out and quickly or face losing sales to competitors with more robust systems. Online sales will help to drive growth for retailers this Christmas and are a crucial element of their overall strategy.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP.
020 7854 8900.

Starbucks announces first two winners of Starbucks for Life

SEATTLE, 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — With his car in the shop for the day, Larry stopped by a Starbucks in Chicago’s Willis Tower to grab something for the train ride home. “That was a good move,” he said.

Mary often arrives at work in Portland, Oregon with a Starbucks beverage in her hand. “My Starbucks barista Andre gets my day started right, and now I’ll be seeing him every day in the drive-thru.”

Larry Kajmowicz and Mary Braun are the first two winners of Starbucks for Life. Braun was notified of her grand prize tonight (December 9) on NBC’s “The Voice” tonight.

“Hi, it’s Carson Daly from The Voice. Congratulations! You’ve just won Starbucks for Life,” the show’s host informed her.

Talking with Daly was an additional surprise for the first major prize winner of Starbucks® It’s a Wonderful Card Ultimate Giveaway*.

Customers who pay using a Starbucks Card or their Starbucks® mobile app receive a code at the bottom of their receipt. After entering the code online, customers find out if they’ve won one of the 482,000 instant prizes and are entered to win the ultimate prize of Starbucks for Life, which is one free food or beverage item from participating stores every day for the next 30 years. The grand prizes have an estimated value of $54,000.

“I freaked out. Are you kidding me? I totally freaked out when I heard I’d won,” Braun said. “I still can’t believe it.”

Most mornings Braun swings in to her favorite Starbucks drive-thru. During the holiday season, her handcrafted beverage of choice is a “Grande no whip peppermint mocha,” she said. Other times of the year she’s a “dark roast fan.”

Braun is also a fan of “The Voice,” where she first saw a commercial for the Starbucks contest. She started playing last week, entered a code and was “shocked” to find she was a finalist.

When Braun told her co-workers at New Seasons Market, a locally-owned chain of grocery stores, they were “cheering for me,” she said. Now that she’s won, they’re hinting they’d love to join her for a coffee date. Braun also plans to share her rare prize.

“Some days I’ll buy a breakfast sandwich and give it to a homeless person. Other days I’ll buy coffee or a treat for the person behind me in line,” she said. “Starbucks makes my day, and I’m going to do the same for others.”

Larry Kajmowicz is a loyal Starbucks customer, though he admits he’s not a coffee drinker.

“I do love tea. I drink a Trenta unsweetened iced green tea almost every day,” he said. “Now I’ll definitely drink one every day.”

Kajmowicz didn’t know about Starbucks® It’s a Wonderful Card Ultimate Giveaway until a barista pointed out the code at the bottom of his receipt and suggested he “check it out.” Kajmowicz, an equities trader who commutes from a Chicago suburb to the downtown area, took the train last week because his car was in the shop. While waiting for the train, he entered the code and discovered he was eligible to win the grand prize, and later was notified of his Starbucks for Life prize on “The Voice.”

“My wife and my mother in law are jealous because they frequent Starbucks as often as I do,” he said. “This is unbelievable.”

The Starbucks for Life prize comes with a piece of Starbucks history for Larry, Mary and the other winners to come. Each will receive the most exclusive Starbucks Card ever made. With an estimated retail value of $5,000, the card is made of 10K hammered gold, and will be engraved with the winner’s name.

*For entry, eligibility and official rules visit

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Starbucks announces first two winners of Starbucks for Life

Starbucks announces first two winners of Starbucks for Life

Sainsbury’s backs six British farmer and grower projects at its annual farming conference

Sainsbury’s is backing six British farmer and grower projects, the retailer announced at its annual farming conference. From hen welfare to apple packaging, the ‘Big Data’ projects are set to provide insights and information that will help to develop successful products, services and innovative farming practices.

LONDON, 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — These pioneering projects will generate data and innovation which will benefit our farmers more broadly in the future. New insights and practices should be transform how Sainsbury’s products are sourced and produced.

Data will be collected, combined and processed in different ways to help test the effects of agricultural practices, provide new insights and develop transformative solutions.

The six awarded projects

  • Large scale data collection and analysis to assess bird health and welfare measures: Campylobacter remains a challenge for the UK poultry meat industry due to its implications for human health, there have been a number of small scale studies that have examined risk factors along with potential interventions. This project aims to identify risk factors in a commercial environment and whether or not Campylobacter has any impact upon broiler health and performance.  It will also determine the relative occurrence of the different strains of Campylobacter and review data gaps
  • Influence of dietary fibre on the gut health and productivity of laying hens: Gut health of the laying hen is a critical determinant of life-time productivity, product quality and the well-being of the hen. This project aims to quantify the production efficiencies of two different methods of increasing dietary fibre in laying hen diets across two bird breeds
  • Perfect packaging: Product quality and its presentation within the Top Fruit sector is of paramount importance for maintaining quality, reducing waste, driving volume and attracting customers. What this project aims to do is to answer the question of ‘Is there a packaging solution that ‘looks good, increases volume and is flexible yet resilient enough to enable utilising the crop within the quality tiers?’
  • Effect of calcium pidolin on egg quality and hen welfare: Calcium Pidolate; believed to deliver beneficial effects to egg shell quality and bird health has been part of laying hen diets for 10-15 years. This project looks at the value of calcium pidolate for improving bird welfare and economic performance of egg production by improving Calcium metabolism
  • Farm and abattoir data to improve genetic evaluations of performance recorded rams: Collect and collate real commercial data to support one of the fundamental factors influencing lamb production; breed and the genetic performance profile of progeny
  • Sharing live diagnostic crop data to improve yields and reduce environmental impact: The project focuses on 10 Lincolnshire pea growers assessing soil type and stone risk to reduce crop damage via biomass imagery. This will help determine treatment recommendations and recording of crop treatments. It will involve collating real time data which feeds into a bespoke app. The app will then deliver insights to farmers which allow for pro-active crop damage limitation, yield forecasting and interaction between growers to they can make informed decisions

Sue Lockhart, Head of Agriculture at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the applications from our farmers and growers.  It shows that British farming is thriving with ideas. As we work towards a more sustainable and efficient agricultural industry in the UK we anticipate the ‘Big Data’ projects will support everyone from farmers to customers by offering insight and ideas.

“I look forward to updating on the projects as they progress.

The ‘Big Data’ projects were announced to an audience of approximately 650 farmers and growers from Sainbury’s Farmer Development groups at the Sainsbury’s Farming Conference. The event on Friday 5 December also included an update on the Research and Development projects that were awarded funding last year and in 2012. People also heard about the Apprenticeship programme which started in September which consists of eight placements within Sainsbury’s fresh produce supply chain.

The scholarship programme has been designed in consultation with our farmers and growers and will be delivered in partnership with Imperial College. Developments in science and technology represent huge opportunities for our agriculture and horticulture supply chains and we hope this scholarship will help bring the best talent in the industry.

We hope this scholarship will contribute to these exciting opportunities by bringing together some of the best thinking in our supply chains to capitalise on these developments. Applications for the Programme are open from today until 31 January 2015.


Sainsbury’s backs six British farmer and grower projects at its annual farming conference

Sainsbury’s backs six British farmer and grower projects at its annual farming conference

CBRE Group, Inc. announces the launch of its new global brand positioning – Build on Advantage

Los Angeles, 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, today announced the launch of its new global brand positioning – transforming real estate into real advantage – along with a platform to express the positioning inside and outside the company, Build on Advantage.

“With our new positioning, we have created an organizing principle for the brand that supports our core strategy of producing distinct advantages for all of our stakeholders, and have united our professionals around this aspiration,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer.

CBRE has built the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm through strong organic growth driven by its commitment to creating exceptional outcomes for clients, a disciplined acquisition and integration strategy, and a relentless focus on attracting and developing the industry’s best talent.

Paul Suchman, CBRE’s chief marketing officer, said the “Build on Advantage” brand positioning marshals CBRE’s collective strengths, including its industry-leading professionals, broad geographic and business line footprint, and wide-ranging expertise.

“The timing is right,” said Mr. Suchman. “Firmly established as the leader of our sector, we now set our sights on becoming recognized as a premier professional services firm across all industries. We spent much of 2014 uncovering our true strengths and differentiators and hearing from clients about why they entrust us with their real estate. The answer lies in the competitive advantage we create for our clients. Time and again— in every market, every day—CBRE turns real estate into commercial advantages that yield transformational business value. It is this insight that underpins our new brand positioning and drives our ambitions for CBRE.”

CBRE is executing the new brand positioning in its more than 350 offices globally and is launching the first phase of a global advertising campaign today. The ads will appear in business publications in the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Australia, and will continue through 2015. CBRE’s sector-leading global research, marketing collateral and owned-media properties, including its website and social media, will also reflect the brand positioning.

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

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Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Nash to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to
Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:       Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Time:       5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where:    North Hills East Harris Teeter
120-100 St. Albans Dr.
Raleigh, N.C. 27609

                        Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Raleigh, N.C., 2014-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, Dec. 17, Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich.

Nash’s sandwich, “The Nasher,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Nasher” which features roasted turkey with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and chipotle mayo sauce on a wheat roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “The Nasher” sandwich and your choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

“The Nasher” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Raleigh-area Harris Teeter stores.  Wednesday only, however, Nash will make an appearance at the North Hills East Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Nasher” as Harris Teeter’s first Signature Sub Sandwich of the season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.


Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich