7-Eleven’s eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

DALLAS, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The countdown is on to complete shopping before the Dec.25 holiday deadline, and with six percent of shoppers waiting until the last minute*, 7‑Eleven® stores are ready to meet the needs of these busy people.

Most 7‑Eleven® stores have been open 24/7 for more than 50 years bailing out people facing holiday emergencies, like missing recipe ingredients and “No Batteries Included” gifts. And 7‑Eleven can be counted on to have popular and exclusive gifts for stocking stuffers or under the tree — every day, 24/7 and even Christmas morning.

Exclusive items not available anywhere else plus hot gift items found at much larger (and therefore much busier) mega-stores can be conveniently purchased even during daily stops at 7‑Eleven outlets. Shopping can be as easy as grabbing gift cards during a morning coffee stop, running in to get a toy while refueling, or picking up a teacher’s present on the trip home. From gift cards to gifts wrapped and ready to give, toys, collectibles and a few unexpected finds, picking up some last-minute gifts can be quite convenient at the neighborhood 7‑Eleven store.

Rebecca Frechette, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising, said “Providing convenience is what we do best, and that may never be as important as this time of year when everyone is hustling and bustling toward the holiday finish line.”

Here are 11 gift ideas plus seven holiday solutions that 7‑Eleven offers this holiday season. Selection can vary by store.

11 Gift Ideas at 7‑Eleven 

1.     Gift cards still top the deck – Number one on this list and everyone else’s. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards continue to top holiday wish lists. The NRF projects that almost $30 billion will be spent on gift cards this holiday season.

7‑Eleven carries an assortment of gift cards in multiple denominations focused on general use and digital entertainment – gaming, music, video, smartphones and other devices – ranging in price from $10 to $500.

For gamers of all ages, the selection is extensive: Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, League of Legends, Runescape, Steam, KarmaKorn and more. Other online entertainment and shopping cards include iTunes, GooglePlay, hulu plus, Paypal, Facebook and Kindle Fire.

And 7‑Eleven has its own gift cards, specially designed for coffee-lovers.

  1.      Gifts-To-Go – Even more convenient than buying a gift at 7‑Eleven is buying one that’s already wrapped and ready to give. Even better? The price. Each gift is $7.99 each or just $20 for three. The selection of eight on-trend gifts is perfect for stocking stuffers, teachers and neighbors, office exchange or anyone. Featured on a special display at participating stores, eight different gifts are available: touch-screen stylus and pen, mobile phone power brick emergency charger, mini-tape gun, spring-loaded bottle opener, LED digital sports band watch, retro corded phone receiver, multi-function tool, and mobile phone stand.
  2.      Look! Up in the Air – Remote-control toys never go out of favor. RC helicopters are making a return trip to 7‑Eleven this year, with four models for all ages and budgets. Comparable to those found in toy and discount stores, the selection includes a UFO alien spaceship for youngsters at $14.99, a $34.99 Gyropter, a Micro Drone with titanium wheels that can “climb” walls at $39.99, and the Doom Fighters, a pair of dueling helicopters that can be shot down by the other, $49.99 .
  3.      Water Dance Speakers – This gift is certain to make a big splash with music-lovers. The water-filled USB stereo speakers dance to the music as water jets colored by LED lights keep the beat. The new electronic gadget won “best new item” last January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Available in two versions for $29.99 and $49.99.
  4.      Frozen, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Minions and My Little Pony – What do these things have in common? They’re all part of Funko’s Pop! cast of characters — collectible, vinyl figures. The small-in-stature, big-in-head characters are so hot thatRolling Stone magazine recently took notice and wrote about this pop-culture phenomenon. 7‑Eleven stores are carrying a variety of the collectibles with some exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else – Disney’s Frozen Coronation Day characters (now flying out of the stores and hard to find), Bloody Carl from Walking Dead and one of the direwolves killed in the Game of Thrones series at $9.99.
  5.      (Almost) Live Greeting Cards –First there were greeting cards with printed messages (how quaint), then the annual family photo card and now … video greeting cards from Memory Tag.  “Scan it. Tag it. Share it.” After purchasing the $3.99 card from 7‑Eleven, the sender downloads the Memory Tag smartphone app, scans the card’s QR code and records or downloads a video message from their smartphone before sending.  The recipient then scans the QR code to open and play the video message in the Memory Tag app.
  6.      Hop on Popcorn – Decorative canisters of 7-Select™ gourmet popcorn clusters are delicious – both in taste and value. Priced at $5.99, the 12-ounce containers come in three varieties: chocolate-drizzled caramel, cranberry caramel with cashews, and almonds and English toffee with cashews and almonds. Great for sharing … and snacking. Warning: can be addictive.
  7.      Binge Watch Bonanza –An eclectic selection of gently watched DVDs and Blu-Ray disks that can keep one occupied for hours are priced from $1.99 to $5.99. They include movies and full seasons of popular television series. Look for the “Treasure Hunt” display. Participating stores may also carry popular CDs, value-priced from $3.99 to $7.99.
  8.      Calling all Shoppers –For those who have a phone on their wish list, 7‑Eleven has that covered with a selection of prepaid phones ranging in price from just $4.99 for an LG 440 Tracfone Flip to $19.99 for a Tracfone LG 305/306 or Net 10 LG 38/34 Android smartphone, regularly priced at $49.99. With a 3.2-inch touch-screen, the LG Android 2.3 has web capability, social networking, email, camera-video and text, Instant Messenger and picture messaging.
  9.      Run, Run Rudolph – The longest-running television Christmas special about a red-nosed reindeer celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And 7‑Eleven has four talking and singing limited-edition characters from the stop-action animated classic – Rudolph, Santa, elf Hermey and prospector Yukon Cornelius. Each retails for $6.99, and shoppers who buy all four can receive a free Bumbie, the Abominable Snowman, through a mail-in offer.
  10.    You Animal! 7‑Eleven’s warm, furry hats can bring out the animal in anybody. These cozy animal hats will keep heads and ears warm with style. They come in two styles: one for $12.99 with short-legged ear-flap “paws,” and the other at $14.99 with longer legs and paws that can be tied or serve as pockets to keep hands warm, too. Lions … and tigers … and many other styles,

Seven 7‑Eleven Holiday Solutions

  1. Missing ingredients (sugar, flour, chicken broth, stuffing mix, turkey gravy, mushroom soup, green beans, cranberries, mashed potatoes, evaporated milk, dairy, eggs, rolls)
  2. Batteries
  3. Contributions to holiday parties (tub snacks, cut-up fruit and veggies, hummus,  cheese, crackers, chips, cookies, donuts)
  4. Wine and beer, craft holiday packs
  5.  White elephant gift – ever-popular lottery ticket
  6. Firewood – oh the weather outside is frightful
  7. Hot pizza – dinner for that busy night dinner

“No matter if you run out of flour, sugar or milk for a family recipe, need a last-minute present for someone unexpected, or don’t have enough batteries to get that Santa gift started, the neighborhood 7‑Eleven store can come to the rescue,” said Frechette. “We are here for people in a hurry … a convenient place to shop for basics as well as something to make the holidays bright. Perhaps at this time of year more than any other, our long-time slogan of ‘Oh Thank Heaven’ rings especially true with our customers.”

*SAS research.

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 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,400 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, organizations and publications. Recent accolades include: Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven as #1 on its Global Franchise Rankings list and #6 on its “Top 10 Franchises” for 2014,  #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; and #3 in Forbes magazine’s 2012 Top 20 Franchises to Start list. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail,” 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.

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

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7-Eleven's eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

7-Eleven’s eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

Wincor Nixdorf to unveil new technology and services to help retailers automate their point of sale at the upcoming NRF event in New York

New technology and services, to be unveiled at NRF in New York, provide a seamless experience for shoppers and merchants

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in advanced retail and banking IT solutions, today provided an update to its storyline for the upcoming National Retail Federation (NRF) event in New York. At the show, Wincor Nixdorf will unveil new technology and services to help retailers automate their point of sale and back office functions in a manner that provides a better overall experience for customers and retail staff. These new solutions not only enhance conversion rates, they also provide merchants with new opportunities to up- and cross-selling that increase the basket size for each order.

At NRF, Wincor Nixdorf, and several of its customers and partners will discuss a number of global trends, including:
•Consumers today are constantly connected and well informed regarding product details and competitive offers. They expect retailers to have the same information at their fingertips.
•Customers seek different checkout options for different shopping situations – from traditional checkouts over automated self-scanning checkouts to mobile self-scanning options.
•Hospitality retailers are installing automated kiosk terminals that have been proven to increase revenue over manual, employee-tended POS systems.
•Lifestyle & fashion retailers are increasingly seeking elegant and mobile POS solutions, which they feel extend their brand and help them connect with their target audience.

To address these trends, Wincor Nixdorf will showcase a number of new solutions at NRF:

The new BEETLE /moPOS solution is designed to offer the best of both worlds. Meaning, it has the demanded power and functionality of a traditional POS terminal and the mobility to serve customers anywhere and at any time. The tablet (8.3” and 10.1”) is based on Intel’s latest processor technology that runs a Microsoft Windows 8.1 or an Android 4.4 operating system. Thereby the retailer has the choice to run his current Windows based POS and Merchant Management applications or/and any new App based solution suite.

“In the past, interaction between employees and customers at the checkout rarely provided up-selling opportunities because all of the customer’s purchasing decisions had already been made. Moving employees around the store enables them to point out complementary products, answer inventory questions, and discuss current sales promotions that not only enhance conversion rates, but also increase the basket size,” said Patrick Leonard, Vice President Retail at Wincor Nixdorf, North America. “The mobile POS technology we’re showcasing at NRF changes the dynamic between retailers and consumers.”

Especially for retailers in the hospitality segment, Wincor Nixdorf will showcase its newest W1000 interactive Kiosk, and discuss how the fast food retailers around the globe are leveraging this new and innovative design to increase revenue with younger consumers. At NRF, Wincor Nixdorf will discuss research validating how younger consumers are not only more comfortable ordering through an interactive kiosk, but they’re also ten percent more likely to purchase add-ons that are offered in a non-personal, automated fashion. Wincor Nixdorf will also be on hand at NRF to discuss how the combination of German engineering and personalized hardware design play a key role in retailer success.

For automating activities on the back end, Wincor Nixdorf will showcase the latest version of its cash office management office solution, which helps retailers optimize their cash management by creating a closed loop between all points of sale and the cash office. This automated front and cash office solution frees employees from routine functions, such as sorting and counting cash. And it gives retailers a real-time awareness of their cash situation, which enables them to be more self-sufficient. This solution is ideal for larger retailers with significant cash takings per shift, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets. Additional details on the new updates to cash management in the front and cash office will also be released during the NRF show in January.

At NRF, several partners and customers will be on hand to share their experiences in leveraging Wincor Nixdorf’s latest technology to accomplish their objectives. Participants include: food retailer Hershey’s, grocer Waitrose, grocer and pharmacist Kroger and apparel retailer Kiabi. IT and solutions provider Retail Pro is also demonstrating Wincor Nixdorf’s solutions in booth #1503.

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

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Wincor Nixdorf and planfocus software formed strategic partnership to optimize cash logistics

planfocus software and Wincor Nixdorf agree on global cooperation:

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for retail banks and retailers, and planfocus software, a company specializing in software for optimizing the cash supply chain, are to enter into a strategic partnership. The partnership is aimed at pooling and globally marketing the cash logistics software know-how of the two companies. To this end, planfocus’ CPTO software, which is already established in banks, is to be developed further and tied in with key software products from the Wincor Nixdorf portfolio. The enhanced cash processes – and thus reduced costs – will benefit banks in particular, but also cash-in-transit operators.

planfocus software is market leader in Germany for software optimizing the cash supply chain and international technology leader in cash logistics. Banks, cash-in-transit operators, and retailers use the solution from planfocus to optimize their complex cash provisioning processes and in this way achieve maximum cash planning accuracy, while considerably reducing their process costs. The software is CashEDI certified; it is currently used to manage a cash-in-transit order volume of more than €100 billion a year.

Once the software has been enhanced further and tied in with other components of the Wincor Nixdorf portfolio, it will be marketed under its new name of PC/E Cash Cycle Optimizer and is then also to be used to provide Wincor Nixdorf’s Managed Cash Services. It will be integrated with PC/E, Wincor Nixdorf’s omnichannel server software, as well as ProView, Wincor Nixdorf’s software for remote monitoring and IT management.

“Cash management solutions are an important element of Wincor Nixdorf’s, portfolio, as they perfectly support and complement the company’s branch transformation offerings,” says Stefan Wahle, Head of Banking Software at Wincor Nixdorf. Significant cost reductions can ultimately be achieved by optimizing cash processes in self-service concepts and assisted self-services, at the counter, as well as in upstream and downstream processes. “Through this alliance, we are consistently implementing our strategy of generating growth by expanding our software business in a focused manner and are attaching a best-of-breed solution to our PC/E software platform,” continues Wahle.

planfocus software intends to accelerate its international growth through this cooperation. “Given the global sales and implementation network it offers and the excellent collaboration on previous customer projects, Wincor Nixdorf is a perfect partner for us,” explains Dr. Joachim Walser, Managing Director of planfocus.

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Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 84th and 85th “Magnit Family” stores

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — PJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the new “Magnit Family” stores.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 84th and 85th “Magnit Family” stores.

The 84th “Magnit Family” store is located at 6, Kommunisticheskaya street, Togliatti, Samara oblast, Volga federal region. Assortment of the store consists of more than 7,600 SKUs, out of which about 88% are food items. There are 9 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the
Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

The 85th “Magnit Family” store is located at 45/4, Krasnaya street, Yeysk, Krasnodar krai, Southern federal region. Assortment of the store consists of more than 7,000 SKUs, out of which about 92% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company.

The store is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 11 pm.

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.

Toys“R”Us® extends shopping hours in its stores nationwide in the days leading up to Christmas

Time-Crunched Customers Will Find the Best In-Stock Selection on the Hottest Toys, Daily Deals, Expert Assistance and More at The World’s Greatest Toy Store®, Along with Uninterrupted Shopping from 6am Tuesday, December 23 through 9pm Christmas Eve

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the sound of sleigh bells draws nearer, Toys“R”Us® today announced its stores nationwide will offer extended shopping hours in the days leading up to Christmas, while also providing last-minute shoppers with “Gifts Made Easy” services, ensuring they can check off everything on their little ones’ wish lists with ease. Beginning 6am Tuesday, December 23 and continuing through 9pm Christmas Eve*, Toys“R”Us stores will be open around the clock. In addition, from Saturday, December 20 through Monday, December 22, stores will remain open from 6am until 2am**.

“With just nine days to go until Christmas, we’re providing our customers with extended store hours so they can get the toys their kids want most and complete their holiday shopping when it’s convenient for them,” said Joe Venezia, Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “In addition, Toys“R”Us stores and Toysrus.com will offer the best in-stock position on the hottest toys, fantastic deals every day, expert assistance from toy-trained employees and convenient services like Free Store Pick Up and Express Holiday Shipping, to help parents and gift-givers bring joy to their little ones on Christmas morning.”

Last-Minute Shoppers Rejoice! #GiftsMadeEasy In-Store and Online

Whether gift-givers are just now making their lists or checking them twice, there’s no need to dash around with the company’s new and enhanced “Gifts Made Easy” in-store and online services:

  • Hot Toys In-Stock: Toys“R”Us stores and Toysrus.com offer thousands of toys along with the best in-stock position on the season’s most sought-after playthings. In addition, stores receive daily deliveries through Christmas Eve, ensuring shelves are decked out with all of the toys topping kids’ wish lists.
  • Toys“R”Us G.P.S. (Guru for Play Stuff) Navigators: These dedicated and friendly toy aficionados are at the ready to provide holiday shoppers with quick and helpful direction in finding hot toys and top deals.
  • Store-Specific Maps: All-new physical and digital store-specific maps and signage help shoppers quickly and easily navigate the toy aisles.
  • Express Checkout Lanes: A new in-store Express Lane for customers purchasing two items or less ensures a speedy checkout.
  • “R”Us Gift Cards and e-Gift Cards: Little ones can hold the keys to the toy universe in their hands with an “R”Us gift card, offered in a variety of fun and festive designs. Gift-givers can also purchase an e-gift card at any time for the perfect last-minute present.
  • Price Match Guarantee: Savvy shoppers can take advantage of the company’s Price Match Guarantee, as well as a flurry of fantastic deals and savings available every day until Saint Nick’s arrival.
  • Gift Finder: Online shoppers can utilize the Gift Finder on Toysrus.com, featuring specially selected top gifts, which can be narrowed by a child’s age and interests.
  • Express Shipping: Online orders available to be shipped in 1-2 business days placed by 12pm EST on Tuesday, December 23 using express shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve***.
  • Free Store Pick Up: Time-crunched shoppers can choose “Free Store Pick Up” until 4pm EST on Christmas Eve and collect their items at a local store in an hour or less****.

Toys“R”Us Lights Up Times Square with 183 Continuous Shopping Hours

Toys“R”Us Times Square, the company’s flagship store, will open its doors at 7am Wednesday, December 17 and remain open through 10pm Christmas Eve, providing New Yorkers and visitors alike with 183 uninterrupted hours to complete their holiday shopping in the city that never sleeps. The World’s Greatest Toy Store® also offers specialty services such as Personal Shopping and Corporate Sales, providing customers with one-on-one attention and expertise from a highly-trained staff to help find the perfect toy for every child. Gift-wrapping and shipping to local, national and international locations is also available.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

Following are selected deals available at Toys“R”Us stores now through Saturday, December 20, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF ALL Barbie® dolls, play sets and accessories regularly priced $70 or less*****
  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% OFF ALL Charmazing™ Kits***** (offer available in-store only)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% OFF ALL Playmobil®*****(offer available in-store only)
  • SAVE $10 on TRANSFORMERS® Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK – Was $79.99; Now $69.99
  • ONLY $5.99 for Candy Land®, Chutes and Ladders® and Cootie® Classic Kids Games
  • SAVE $10 on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray Combo Pack with Earbuds and Masks

Following are examples of additional savings that will be available at Toys“R”Us stores during the two-day sale on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • FREE SkylandersTrap Team™ Starter Pack with the purchase of ANY Xbox Game System (offer available in store only) – $74.99 Value
  • FREE $20 Gift Card with the purchase of ANY LeapTV™ Game System (offer available in store only) – $149.99 each
  • FREE The LEGO® Movie DVD with ANY LEGO construction set purchase of $60 or more (offer available in store only) – $19.99 Value
  • 25% OFF ALL Fisher-Price® Imaginext® Toys
  • SAVE $30 on Fisher-Price Imaginext 2-in-1 Supernova Battle Rover – Was $119.99; Now $89.99
  • SAVE $5 on Connect 4®, Sorry!® and Trouble® board games – Was $11.99; Now $6.99 (offer available in-store only)

*Toys“R”Us stores in Paramus, NJ, as well as Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores, will not be open 24 hours per day. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/StoreLocator.
**Toys“R”Us stores in Fargo, ND, Paramus, NJ and Puerto Rico, as well as Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores, will have varying store hours between 12/20-12/22. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/StoreLocator.
***Items that are not available to be shipped within 1-2 business days may not arrive by December 24. Shipments to all destinations within the continental United States. View the full Christmas Shipping Calendar for more details.
****Does not apply to orders for Free Store Pickup in five to 10 days. Visit Toysrus.com/Pickup for more details.
*****Discounted/Free item must be of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item purchased. Offers cannot be combined.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 893 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 730 international stores and over 205 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
alyssa.peera@toysrus.com

Linda Connors
973-617-4398
linda.connors@toysrus.com

Columbia Wegmans transforms its Food Bar into Burger Bar

ROCHESTER, NY,  2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Change has been in the air at Columbia Wegmans this fall. The former Food Bar has been transformed into the Burger Bar – a new name and menu are waiting for your visit.

What’s worth noticing?<

  • The delish new menu, with a focus on burgers, along with sandwich and salad options
  • Every burger or sandwich comes with a salad, soup, or side dish included
  • A kids’ menu that comes with a side order and a drink
  • An option for a roll made without gluten containing ingredients
  • A tab that’s easy on the wallet

The Burger Bar strives for the three Fs – Fast, Fresh, and Flavorful. A team of Wegmans chefs worked on the menu to meet the criteria. “We brought in proven favorites from our Burger Bar menu in Rochester, NY like the traditional American Classic Burger and the more adventuresome Lamb Gyro Burger. We have two vegetarian burgers as well,” says Executive Chef Franklin Thomas.

How the burger menu came about
A menu focused on great burgers and sandwiches began taking shape some months ago: “The Food Bar menu centered on seafood, but we also had burger options and saw how popular they were,” says Chris Brandt, culinary director of restaurants, who worked on the Burger Bar menu. Other customer favorites include the Maple Onion Bacon Burger and the Santa Monica Turkey Burger.

Sandwich combinations feature full, dinner-size portions, like the Chicken Avocado BLT with herb goddess dressing (6 ounces of chicken); or the Pub Steak Sandwich with mushrooms, caramelized onions and Adams Reserve Cheddar (6 ounces of sirloin).

Every order for a burger or sandwich includes a side order of Tuscan fries, salad or soup. For an additional $1, the side can be sweet potato fries or onion rings.

Salad lovers have options too, with entree-sized Baby Kale and Arugula Salad ($7), Grilled Cobb Salad ($7), or Caesar Salad ($6). Add chicken for $5, salmon for $6, or scallops for $7.

Kids age 12 and under can select from the regular menu or the Kids’ Meals menu, where the $5 entrees for Kid-Size Burgers, Chicken Fingers, or Mac & Cheese include a side order and a small drink.

“All the food is made from scratch with high quality ingredients and the portions are generous, so you are really getting a great value,” says Thomas.  “The price for most entrees is about $10, and just $5 for a complete child’s meal. And although we love it when you enjoy your meal here with us, you can call ahead and place a take-out order.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jeanne Colleluori, Communications & Media Specialist, 585-720-5750

Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop four new restaurants in Colorado

CANTON, MA, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop four new restaurants in Colorado over the next several years.

The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

– New franchisee Brian “Gib” Long is the brand’s first franchisee in the Western Slope of Colorado with plans to develop two restaurants. His first restaurant is planned to open in 2015, and the second within the next several years.
– New franchisees George Hart and Mark Waldman plan to develop two restaurants in Pueblo, Colo. This duo’s first restaurant is planned to open near I-25 and HWY 50 in early 2015 and the second location by 2016.

“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 that these new franchisees have chosen to grow the brand in the Pueblo and Western Slope areas, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Colorado communities they serve.”

Currently, there are 13 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Colorado, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the cities of Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Montrose and Durango. To help fuel growth in Colorado, 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.

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 hot and iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, hot and iced tea, 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).

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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 more than 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.

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Ahold announces its share buyback program has been finalized as of December 12, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,501,600 Ahold common shares in the period from December 8, 2014 up to and including December 12, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €14.3088 per share for a total consideration of € 21.49 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 153,494,149 common shares for a total consideration of €2,000.00 million.

Ahold also announces that the share buyback program has been finalized as of December 12, 2014.

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

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H&M Group reports 10% increase of its sales including VAT in local currencies in November 2014 vs same month last year

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Group’s sales including VAT increased by 10 percent in local currencies in November 2014 compared to the same month last year.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, i.e. during the period 1 September to 30 November, sales including VAT increased by 11 percent in local currencies.

Sales including VAT in the fourth quarter converted into SEK amounted to SEK 49,609* m (42,610).
Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 42,605* m (36,495).

The total number of stores amounted to 3,511 on 30 November 2014 versus 3,132 on 30 November 2013.

Percentage sales development for the month of December will be published at 08.00 (CET) on 15 January 2015. The Full-year Report, covering the period 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2014, will be published at 08.00 (CET) on 28 January 2015. Please note that a new date, 24 March 2015, has been set for the
Three-month Report covering the period 1 December 2014 – 28 February 2015 instead of the previously communicated date of 26 March 2015.

* The amounts are provisional and have not yet been audited by the company’s auditors: the amounts may deviate slightly from the Full-year Report that will be released on 28 January 2015.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Contact person: Nils Vinge, IR Manager           +46-8-796 5250

The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on 15 December 2014.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the Group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,500 stores in 55 markets.
In 2013, sales including VAT were approximately SEK 150 billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 116,000.
For further information, visit hm.com.

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Argos gives its Victoria store a ‘digital makeover’ now local residents can take advantage of the speed and convenience of online shopping

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Local residents in Victoria can now take advantage of the speed and convenience of online shopping on their local high street, thanks to Argos which has given their store a ‘digital makeover’.

The revamped ‘paperless’ store has a fresh and contemporary look, with tables of tablets replacing Argos’ traditional laminated catalogues, paper slips and pencils. Customers can use the tablets to browse for products to add to their digital shopping trolley, and access lots of extra product information, including extended ranges, videos, photography and customer reviews.

Central London shoppers can benefit from new services such as the ability to browse and pay for goods online at home or on the move for speedy collection from a special Fast Track collection point in store.

Store staff have undergone special training to provide more help to customers on the shop floor using technology. New digital display screens and complimentary WiFi complete the digital transformation.

Argos has been committed to serving customers in Victoria for almost 30 years, having opened the local store in 1985.  It employs 39 workers in the Vauxhall Bridge Road Store.

In January 2014, Argos opened its first digital hub directly above the Victoria store, where its digital teams develop exciting innovations. The Digital Hub is key to Argos’ plan to become a digital retail leader.

Mustapha Ali, Argos Store Manager for Victoria, said: “We’ve had some really great feedback from customers about the fresh modern look of the new store, and the introduction of the tablets and digital screens.

“We’re also very lucky to be next to the Digital Hub, making us the first store to get a sneak peek into the business’ next creation and offer feedback from staff and customers.”

Research commissioned by Argos found that nearly half of London shoppers believe that one of the biggest benefits of online shopping is that it offers more choice. However, 65 per cent revealed that they still shop on the high street.1

Argos found that the changing expectations of customers in London mean value for money is more important than ever, with 71 per cent of shoppers saying they are savvier now than they were five years ago. In addition, 54 per cent admitted to checking the price of an item online before purchasing it.1

Staff in the Victoria store will also be wearing a brand new uniform to reflect the growing role of technology in the store environment.

Predominantly a black polo shirt and soft shell jacket with a white logo, supported by red and grey secondary colours, the new outfit has specially-designed features that make it fit for purpose for the fast-paced, changing nature of retail. Staff across the store, including store managers, will sport the new look to reinforce a team approach when serving customers.

The new uniform features include:

  • Loops on the side of the polo shirt and battery pack holder on trousers to accommodate the technology headsets team members wear to pick and put away stock in the stock room.
  • Pen pockets on the trousers so staff are ready to make notes easily when serving customers, answering the phone and in the stock room.
  • Lighter fabric to ventilate the body in a fast-paced tech environment

The new uniforms come as part of Argos’ new brand campaign – ‘GET SET GO ARGOS’ – which uses energy, colour and excitement to highlight the top brands and great new services customers can experience at Argos.

The new digital stores equip Argos for the online revolution, as shoppers increasingly browse and buy online via PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, while still wanting the immediacy of a local store to pick up their purchases. Around 44 per cent of Argos’ total sales now start online. Sales from mobile phones and tablets represent 18 per cent of the total sales. 2

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Notes to Editors:

1Research conducted on behalf of Argos by Opinion Matters in July 2014.

2Home Retail Group Annual Report 2014

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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The Local Court in Düsseldorf appointed Gwyn Burr as member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Local Court in Düsseldorf appointed Gwyn Burr (51), former executive manager at Sainsbury’s, as member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG. In this function, she succeeds Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe who had been appointed Undersecretary of State at the British Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in summer 2014 and therefore had to resign from her position on the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.

“Gwyn Burr is an acknowledged retail expert. Her more than 25 years of experience in top management positions with various British retail companies will be a very valuable addition to the Supervisory Board of METRO AG”, said Franz Markus Haniel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.

Burr served on the Management Board of the British retailer Sainsbury’s PLC until April 2013 with responsibility for Marketing, Own Brands, Communication and CSR as well as Customer Service. Before that, she held various management positions with the Walmart subsidiary Asda. In addition, she holds non-executive board mandates with various British companies.

Gwyn Burr’s appointment by the Local Court will expire at the end of the annual general meeting of METRO AG scheduled for 20 February 2015. A continuation as a member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG will be determined by vote of the general meeting.

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 announced the 75 food pantry winners of the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign; each to receive a $20,000 grant for facility makeovers

Food Pantry Holiday Makeover Campaign Awards $20,000 in Grants to 75 Food Pantries Across the Country

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart announced the 75 food pantry winners of the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign that will each receive a $20,000 grant for facility makeovers. Over the past two weeks, communities nationwide came together to vote at walmart.com/holidaymakeover for their local food pantry to win a grant. The grants are being made to help the winning food pantries, such as the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry in Huntingtown, Md., renovate their facilities and purchase essential equipment such as new refrigerators, ovens, stoves, storage units, and even refrigerated trucks to help them better serve families in need.

“We are humbled by the turnout of support Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry has received throughout the campaign, and we’re so excited to be able to use the funds to expand our facility. It will help us improve the food distribution area to make it much easier for people in need to access food. We’ll also be able to expand our food storage area, allowing us to provide healthier foods so more families can eat nutritious meals,” said Rev. Robert P. Hahn, Senior Pastor Chesapeake Church, Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry. “We thank Walmart for their generosity and their commitment to reach out to local food pantries, the people who are on the front lines of this fight. Every food pantry in the running was worthy and we all stand shoulder to shoulder in combating the truly solvable problem in our country: hunger.”

The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign launched at a time when food pantries across the country are preparing for their busiest time of year and facing high rates of need, with more than 49 million Americans experiencing food insecurity in 2013i. Meeting this need requires food pantries to not only have food on hand, but be well-equipped to safely store, prepare, and transport the food that will ultimately end up on a family’s table.

“We are so thankful for everyone who voted and for the communities that came together to support their local hunger relief agencies,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Today, the dedicated food pantry staff and volunteers who work so hard to fight hunger can start making plans for the purchase of new equipment and renovations. We hope that these grants will help make the holidays a little brighter not just for the food pantry staff and volunteers, but also, most importantly, for the families served by these organizations.”
The following food pantries earned the most votes from Dec. 2 through Dec. 12 and will receive part of $1.5 million in grants from Walmart:

State City Food Pantry
Alabama Birmingham The Village
Chunchula Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church
Arizona Sahuarita The Good Shepherd Church UCC
Arkansas Fort Smith Christ For The World
Rogers National Council of the United States of St. Vincent de Paul
California Sacramento Daughters of Zion Enterpryz
Vacaville Vacaville Storehouse
Connecticut Andover Andover Food Pantry
Bridgeport Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Bridgeport
New Haven Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
Florida Clewiston Iglesia Misionera Mundial Inc.
Destin Destin Harvest Inc.
Fort Myers Community Cooperative
Salvation Army
Temple Terrace Kingdom Kids of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Georgia Augusta Bible Deliverance Temple
Vineyard Church of Augusta
Carrolton Open Hands United Christian Ministry
Decatur New Life Community Ministries, Inc.
Newnan BTG Community Outreach, Inc.
Woodstock Alive Ministries, Inc.
Hawaii Honolulu River of Life Mission
Wahiawa Surfing The Nations
Illinois Centralia WAMAC Mission of Hope, Inc.
Quincy The Salvation Army of Quincy Illinois
Indiana Brazil St Vincent de Paul Society Annunciation Conference
Iowa Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Inc.
Ames Food at First
Mason City Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank
Quincy Lutheran Church of St. John Food Pantry
Kansas Independence Community Access Center – Independence Food Basket
Louisiana Opelousas Living Waters Community Development Corporation of Louisiana
Maryland Huntingtown Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry
Massachusetts Salem East Gate Christian Fellowship Joseph’s Storehouse Food Pantry
Michigan Jamestown In His Name Ministries, Inc.
Sutton Bay Leelanau Christian Neighbors
Minnesota Blaine Hope For The Community
Burnsville Vineyard Community Services
Golden Valley People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM)
Grand Rapids Community Cafe Inc.
Moose Lake Moose Lake Area Food Shelf
St. Paul Keystone Community Services
Missouri La Plata La Plata Christian Ministries Food Distribution Center
Mexico The Help Center, Inc.
Nevada Henderson Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach
New York Binghamton First Assembly of God
Canton Church & Community Program
Farmingville Shinnecock Revival Center
North Carolina High Point Helping Hands High Point
Sunbury Changing Today For A Brighter Tomorrow
Thomasville Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Inc.
Ohio Columbus Feed My Sheep Ministries
Gladden Community House
Oklahoma Woodward Woodward Families Helping Families Inc.
Pennsylvania Allison Park North Hills Community Outreach
Erie SSJ Neighborhood Network
Somerset Somerset County Mobile Food Bank Inc.
South Carolina Columbia St. Vincent de Paul Society
Hilton Head Island Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Tennessee Antioch The Branch of Nashville, Inc.
Clarksville Manna Café Ministries
Nashville The Little Pantry That Could
Texas Houston Kids’ Meals, Inc.
Plano Minnie’s Food Pantry, Inc.
San Antonio Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc.
Utah Draper Jesus Feeds Food Pantry
Spanish Fork Tabitha’s Way
Virginia Charlottesville Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.
Chilhowie Loaves and Fishes Chilhowie Area Food Pantry, Inc.
Farmville Farmville Area Community Emergency Services
Washington Tacoma St. Leo Food Connection
West Virginia Ashtown Crosslight of Hope, Inc.
Wisconsin Madison The River Food Pantry, Inc.
Verona Verona Area Needs Network
Wyoming Casper Poverty Resistance Food Pantry

The campaign is part of Walmart’s recently announced commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years. Learn more about Walmart’s work to fight hunger.

 

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 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 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 approximately 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.

i United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Household Food Security in the United States in 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf