Former Camp Pendleton Commissary store director Scott Hill promoted as DeCA’s Zone 18 manager

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scott Hill, former Camp Pendleton Commissary, California, store director has been promoted as DeCA’s Zone 18 manager, filling a vacancy left when the zone’s former manager Ken Chastain moved to be DeCA’s Zone 35 manager.

The changes took place in August and September. Chastain, who moved in August to his new office at the Kadena Air Base Commissary, Okinawa, oversees 14 commissaries in Japan, 10 on the mainland and four on Okinawa. Zone 35 stores had combined annual sales of $208 million in fiscal year 2014.

“On the job now for more than three months, Ken has been using his solid leadership abilities to strengthen his team in Japan,” said David Carey, Pacific Area director. “I’m confident in Ken’s abilities to take this already strong zone to even greater levels of sales and service.”

In addition to serving two years as Zone 18 manager, Chastain served four years as Zone 30 manager in the United Kingdom. He began his commissary career in 1981 as a sales store checker at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and quickly moved into the ranks of management where he has enjoyed a series of progressively responsible assignments.

Chastain replaced Bruce Graf who is now Zone 13 manager in Hawaii.

As Zone 18 manager, Hill oversees eight commissaries in Southern California with an office hub at March Air Reserve Base. Zone 18 stores had combined annual sales of $122 million in fiscal 2014.

“Scott is a good fit for the zone,” said Terry Batenhorst, West Area director. “He is well respected by the many employees he’s worked with over the years, and he has already begun to develop a renewed sense of dedication and excitement to serve our customers.”

Hill moved into the zone manager position in September after serving for six years as store director at Camp Pendleton. He has also been store director of the Anchorage Area and Fort Wainwright commissaries in Alaska.

He began his commissary career in 1992 as a sales store checker at Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and moved into management in 1998 as an assistant store manager at Camp Humphreys, Korea. For the next nine years Hill worked in commissary management positions at Osan Air Base, Korea, at Fort Lewis and Whidbey Island, Washington, and for two years as store manager at Camp Pendleton.

NOTE: To see a photo of Ken Chastain and Scott Hill visit, please visit our Flickr page.

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

BRC/SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL MONITOR NOVEMBER 2014: Footfall was 2.4% down on a year ago

Footfall in November was 2.4% down on a year ago, down on the 0.8% fall in October and below the three-month average of a 1.4% decline.

LONDON, 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Out-of-Town reported the only rise, 0.8% higher than a year ago and has experienced positive footfall growth for every month to date in 2014.

Footfall in shopping centres was 2.1% down on the previous year for November.

All regions and countries with the exception of West Midlands (1.5%), East (2.2%) and Scotland (0.9%) reported declining footfall.

BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: “Today’s figures suggest that people are buying more non-food items per shopping trip; likely due to them having researched their potential purchases online or having chosen to ‘click-and-collect’. Shopper numbers were down 4.0 per cent on High Streets across the UK continuing the trend that has seen footfall declining in all but one month in 2014. The only shopping destinations seeing positive growth were out-of-town and even then shopper numbers increased by less than one per cent.

“Despite these figures, we know that retail sales for the same period remain strong – and this is not due solely to the increasing popularity of online shopping. Whereas once multiple shopping trips for a few items and leisurely browsing were the norm, now increasingly savvy shoppers are streamlining their visits to stores when making non-food purchases. The most successful shopping destinations are ensuring that they have a range of other experiences and activities on offer to drive up footfall.”

Diane Wehrle, Retail Insights Director at Springboard, said: “Footfall across the UK definitely took a turn for the worse in November, with the largest drop since February of this year. However, the good news is that the fall is still lower than the 2.9 per cent fall in November 2013, albeit whilst last year November was on par with October, this year the drop is three times as large as the 0.8 per cent recorded in October.

“Yet again it is high streets and shopping centres that are driving the decline in footfall, whilst footfall in retail parks remains positive, albeit a smaller rise than in previous months. The results clearly indicate that the structural shift in consumer activity brought about by the internet is ongoing, and that it is largely out of town locations that are continuing to capitalise on this change. However, it needs to be recognised that retail parks started from a much lower base than that for either high streets or shopping centres, and there increasing attractive to shoppers is compounded by the benefit of free car parking.

“‘It is particularly disappointing for high streets and shopping centres that the significant price promotions offered over the Black Friday weekend were not sufficient to turn the tide over the month. Indeed, it suggests that if retailers are to encourage shoppers back into bricks and mortar stores then there needs to be a greater focus on the enhancement of the customer experience, rather than a knee jerk reaction towards discounting which only undermines margins and long term profitability.'”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

Magnit’s CEO Sergey Galitskiy named the CEO of the Year by The Moscow Times

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sergey Galitskiy, CEO of “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT) has been named the CEO of the Year by The Moscow Times.

Magnit CEO Sergey Galitskiy became the winner in the CEO of the Year Large Company category by Moscow Times, for combined performance, and growth, investment and operating performance.

The Moscow Times newspaper, together with Brainforce, partner for management, conducted an independent analysis of the major Russian companies with a market capitalization of more than 3.5 billion rubles and sales of over 100 billion rubles. The ranking is based on the Swiss Obermatt Ranking Methodology and presented under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland. The results were used to make the first international ranking of Russian top managers: CEO of the Year – Russia – 2014.

The CEOs were ranked based on their company performance in the following categories:
•Operating Performance: Growth of indexed EBITDA (or EBIT, Operating Income)
•Investment Performance: Growth of indexed Total Shareholder Return (TSR)
•Growth Performance: Growth of indexed Sales (or Operating Revenue)
•Combined Performance: Average of indexed EBITDA, indexed TSR and indexed Sales
•Based on audited 2013 results

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of September 30, 2014, Magnit operated 25 distribution centers and over 9,020 stores
(7,891 convenience, 243 hypermarkets, and 886 drogerie stores) in approximately 2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

Starbucks: the 10th Little Big Show raised over $25,000 for ArtsFund’s new crowd-funding platform power2give.org/PugetSound

What do crowd-sourcing, community radio, Seattle’s top arts venue and Starbucks have in common? Music!

SEATTLE,  2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past 20 years Starbucks has been curating its own musical compilations and selling CDs in its stores. And the company’s connection to music goes beyond the four walls of its Starbucks® stores. For more than ten years, Starbucks has supported music and arts programs for youth in its hometown of Seattle, through a long-standing partnership with the Seattle Theatre Group. Then, in 2012, Starbucks, the Seattle Theatre Group and KEXP 90.3 FM joined forces to create Little Big Show, a concert series created to benefit Seattle’s arts organizations.

Little Big Show’s mission is to identify stellar non-profits who focus on youth arts education and feature them as the show’s beneficiary with 100% of the ticket sales revenue donated to a local non-profit to help fund their efforts and impact an even greater number of local youth.  To date, Little Big Show has raised more than $130,000 for nine local initiatives.

On November 15, the 10th Little Big Show hit the stage, featuring Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie front man, and Eric Anderson of Cataldo who performed a solo set. (Visit KEXP’s YouTube page for exclusive video clips from the concert). The sold-out show raised more than $25,000 for ArtsFund’s new crowd-funding platform power2give.org/PugetSound, which fuels regional arts projects.

Funds raised by Little Big Show are now part of a pool of matching funds, which doubles the donation and accelerates the funding process for these projects, ensuring Seattle’s arts and music culture remains rich and vibrant.  All of the projects are listed here, with instructions on how to donate.  New projects are posted each month, with needs ranging from a couple hundred dollars up to $7,500.

Tickets to Little Big Show #11 featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones with special guests Shaprece and Sean Rowe are on sale now.  The show will take place on February 18th at The Neptune Theatre.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased on stgpresents.org, all ages are welcome.   The concert’s beneficiary is Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, which supports music education. Rain City Rock Camp programs build positive self-esteem and encourage soul-stirring expression through music.

About Starbucks Hometown
For more than 40 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. We are proud of our roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. We continue to celebrate this great city at our SoDo headquarters, our local roasting plant in Kent and at each of our Seattle neighborhood stores. Starbucks is proud to support local initiatives through partnerships with like-minded local organizations and the cultural traditions that shape our community such as the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at http://www.starbucks.com/seattle

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

METRO GROUP acquires 15% stake in Düsseldorf-based start-up retailer Emmas Enkel

  • Real supplies Emmas Enkel stores
  • Significant acceleration of expansion in German city centres

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Emmas Enkel, an emerging corner store and online food retailer, has found a strong partner: METRO GROUP is a new shareholder in the Düsseldorf-based start-up company and now supports its business processes as well as the further growth of the retailer across the whole of Germany. Among others, an intensification of its expansion in Germany and the supply of all stores by METRO’s sales line Real are planned.

Emmas Enkel (which translates to Emma’s grandchildren) combines conventional retail in the tradition of the former corner stores, or so called “mom-and-pop stores” with modern online retail. The start-up company currently operates two stores in Düsseldorf and Essen. “We are pleased to move forward into the future together with Emmas Enkel. At the heart of the concept is the absolute proximity to the customer, and this is also what our sales lines are committed to”, says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “We will support this innovative young retail company as a partner in the opening of further locations in German city centres”.

To this effect, METRO GROUP acquired a 15 percent stake in the Düsseldorf-based multichannel start-up. As an operational partner, the sales line Real supports the sourcing process of the city-centre stores: Real supplies Emmas Enkel with quality food, regional fresh produce, household items and drugstore products as well as own brand articles.

“Real is one of the most innovative players in the German retail sector. For several years already, we have been very successfully testing different distribution channels in addition to our store-based business. The next step is now to offer more customers solutions for their food purchases that optimally match their personal circumstances. This way, we are responding to the growing customer demand for planning their shopping according to individual needs and time available. Here, Emmas Enkel offers the perfect complement allowing us to reach also new customers, especially in city center locations”, explains Didier Fleury, CEO of Real.

The concept of Emmas Enkel links the best of “the good old times” with the technology of the internet age. The two young entrepreneurs Sebastian Diehl and Benjamin Brüser founded Emmas Enkel in 2011. Since then, customers can conventionally buy fresh groceries, office supplies as well as drugstore products and household items at the counter of a centrally located corner store. Alternatively they can order them via smart phone and online shop and have them delivered to their home. “We are pleased that, with METRO GROUP and Real we have found competent, experienced partners with a strong national footprint”, said Sebastian Diehl. “Our business model combining traditional and digital retail is extremely well received by the customers. Together with our new shareholder and our existing co-partners Andreas Bremke, Hartmut Ostrowski and Christian Busch, we plan to rapidly accelerate our expansion in Germany in the next few months”.

Emmas Enkel has around 3,500 articles on stock at the different stores. Customers collect their picked purchases at the store or have them delivered to their homes by the food delivery service in the metropolitan areas of Düsseldorf, Essen or the entire Ruhr Region on the same day. Delivery is always handled from one of the stores. That is where the employees pick the customer’s purchases according to his choice: whether for the soccer evening, breakfast or dinner with friends, the complete “healthy week” or filling up the refrigerator after returning from vacation. The atmosphere at the homey local corner store, including a lounge area and in-store online ordering options as well as friendly and competent staff, combined with modern ordering and delivery services characterise the concept.

“Acquiring a stake in Emmas Enkel is also in line with our strategy of opening up all customer-oriented and innovative distribution channels for METRO GROUP”, stresses Olaf Koch. “It is only a small step for now – but it sends a strong signal and offers a very high potential”.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

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Walmart kicks off sequence of savings this weekend with lower prices on hundreds of items in stores to celebrate the last number-sequential date this century 12/13/14

Retailer Unveils One-Day Free Shipping Promotion on Dec.11, Shipping Cutoff Dates with Options Up Until Dec. 23

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Saturday’s date is 12/13/14, the last number-sequential date this century. To celebrate, Walmart is kicking off a sequence of savings this weekend with new, lower prices on hundreds of items in stores. The retailer is also unveiling a one-day free shipping promotion on Dec. 11 and releasing its holiday shipping cutoff times including shipping options up until Dec. 23.

According to The National Retail Federation, less than 10 percent of Americans complete their Christmas shopping lists by December. To serve customers in the last weeks before Christmas, Walmart’s hundreds of new savings will last through the holiday. The majority of Walmart stores are also open 24 hours a day and up until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, offering customers ample time to purchase these new deals.

“Gift buying no longer happens on just one day or in just one way. We’re seeing more customers shopping across the season while visiting both our store and online aisles,” said Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal merchandising, Walmart U.S. “There is a lot more shopping to do and that’s why we’re lowering even more prices. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Our customers can be confident that there is no other place to shop this December – whether they choose to shop today, next week or on Christmas Eve.”

Thursday, Dec. 11 – Head Start: Free Shipping Day at Walmart.com
Today, shoppers can get a head start on the savings weekend online. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Dec. 11, Walmart will offer free shipping with no minimum purchase for one day only. Shipping rates on orders below $50 will resume on Friday, Dec. 12.

Saturday, Dec. 13 (12/13/14) – New Savings in Stores
This weekend, holiday shopping procrastinators can get going with deals at Walmart stores. Walmart has added hundreds of new rollbacks and special buys in stores including 12 highlight deals that are available on the 13th of December 2014 through Christmas while supplies last:*

Toys and Tech for Kids and Adults:

1.     PlayStation 4 Gaming Console – $399 with a $50 Walmart gift card (through Dec. 20)
2.     Vizio 50-inch Class Smart LED 4K Ultra HDTV – $898 with $100 Walmart gift card (was $998) (through Dec. 20)
3.     Vizio 65-inch Class Smart LED HDTV – $898 (Special Buy)
4.     Assorted Video Games for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – $39.96 (was $59.96)
5.     Smartphone savings with a two year contract on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon including the Samsung  GS5 for $79 (was $139)
6.     Princess Cruiser 12V Ride-On – $199 (was $249)
7.     Barbie Holiday Doll – $29.97(was $34.97)
8.     Zoomer Dino – $79.88 (was $89.97)
9.     FurReal Friends Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup – $39.88 (was $49)
10.   48” Air Powered Hockey Table – $29.98 (Special Buy)

Home Essentials and Other Top Gifts:
11.  Shark Easy Spray Steam Mop – $39 (was $69)
12.  Stanley 252-piece Mechanics Tool Set – $59.88 (was $69.88)

Monday, Dec. 15 – Cyber Monday-Like Pricing Returns
Timed with one of Walmart.com’s top five shopping days in December, the sequence of savings culminates with an online-only event on Monday, Dec. 15. Walmart will offer Cyber Monday-like deals on electronics, toys and other online specials while supplies last.* These specials include:

  • Hitachi LE40S508 40″ 1080p 120Hz Class LED HDTV – $259 (was $399.99)
  • ClickN KIDS 2 7″ 8GB Tablet with Looney Tunes Phonics – $69.99 (was $99.99)
  • Razor Electric Supercross Dirt Bike – $279 (was $397)
  • KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse with Furniture – $99 (was $164)
  • Disney Princess Rags To Riches 12-piece Doll and Dress Set– $19 (was $39.97)

Walmart’s 2014 Shipping Cutoff Dates
With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, Walmart is unveiling its holiday shipping cutoff dates for delivery by Dec. 24:

Delivery to Home

  • Free Value Shipping (6 – 8 days) on orders $50 or more – Between Monday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 17**
  • Standard Shipping (3 – 5 days) – Evening of Friday, Dec. 19
  • Expedited Shipping (2 – 3 days) – Evening of Sunday, Dec. 21
  • Rush Shipping (1 – 2 days) – Monday, Dec. 22

Free Delivery to Local Store

  • Site to Store Shipping (5 – 7 days) – Evening of Thursday, Dec. 18
  • Site to Store for Same-Day Pickup – Evening of Tuesday, Dec. 23, with pickup either on Dec. 23 or Dec. 24
  • Sam’s Club Club Pickup for Next-Day Pickup – free to members, Sam’s Club orders placed online at SamsClub.com/clubpickup can be picked up as early as the next day.

For more information on Walmart’s savings event and shipping cut off dates, visit www.Walmart.com.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Editor’s Note:
*Quantities are limited and available while supplies last.  No rainchecks. Deals include new pricing starting in December.
**Date you must order by is determined by shipping location

Unibail-Rodamco signs agreement with the city of Hamburg for the urban planning and acquisition of land in Überseequartier

Paris, Amsterdam, 2014-12-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s leading listed commercial property company, has signed an agreement with the city of Hamburg for the urban planning and acquisition of land in Überseequartier. This includes the acquisition of land plots from former owners. The agreement is subject to ratification by the State Parliament of Hamburg. The development project is located approx. 1 km south of the city center of Hamburg, in the heart of the HafenCity area, Europe’s biggest inner city development project (157ha).

In partnership with the City of Hamburg, Unibail-Rodamco will create through mfi AG, its German subsidiary, an exceptional destination in this unique cultural and touristic area on the banks of the Elbe river. The project will include retail, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, a cruise terminal, offices, housing and a hotel, covering a total of 184,000 square meters¹ of which 50% will be dedicated to leisure and retail. The project will represent an investment of €860 Mn – 100% privately funded. The opening of the retail and entertainment components of the project is targeted for the second half of
2021.

Fully accessible with an existing dedicated metro station and 2,950 new parking places, Überseequartier will offer customers an innovative retail experience with 190 shops, among which many new international premium retailers. Unibail-Rodamco will deploy its latest leading initiatives such as the 4 Star label, iconic shopfronts, “The Designer Gallery”, and the Dining Experience™ (with an exquisite dining plaza overlooking the Elbe river) to create the new standards of shopping. This development will set the benchmark for future retail and leisure environments. The project will also include new generation offices designed by world famous architect Christian de Portzamparc, Pritzker Prize 1994.

The Überseequartier project has a strategic location in the heart of Germany’s second largest city with a growing population, currently at 1.7 million inhabitants. A low unemployment rate (5.4%) and a GDP per capita 64% above the German average make the region of Hamburg one of the wealthiest and most dynamic in Europe.

With 1 Mn inhabitants living in a 20-minute radius, Überseequartier also attracts numerous tourists, including 600,000 cruise passengers in 2014. This figure is expected to exceed 1 Mn beyond 2021.

Furthermore, the number of overnight stays in hotels in the city of Hamburg is expected to grow from 12.1 Mn in 2014 to 18 Mn in 2020.

Christophe Cuvillier, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Unibail-Rodamco, said: “Überseequartier project is perfectly in line with Unibail-Rodamco’s strategy, which focuses on largest assets in prime catchment areas in Europe, and its ambition to accelerate its growth and create longterm value in Germany. After the award of the Neo/Mall of Europe project in Brussels earlier this year, the Group is proud to enter into a partnership with the City of Hamburg for the development of HafenCity, Europe’s biggest inner city development project in one of the most dynamic regions of the Continent.”

¹based on a contractual GFA of 228,300 square meters.

 

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Julie Coulot
+33 1 76 77 57 22

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €33.6 billion as of June 30, 2014. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group covers the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,550 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region. The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes. The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com