John Lewis Christmas barometer: Record fashion and home sales weeks

This week’s big story: Record fashion and home sales weeks LONDON, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Both our Fashion and Home directorates had record sales weeks and this was reflected in their year-on-year increases of +2.5% and +0.6% respectively.The Fashion directorate’s record sales week reflected the last minute gifting trend with premium beauty +5% […]

Walgreens announced the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction expected to close on 31 December 2014

NOTTINGHAM, UK, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Boots notes that Walgreens has today announced that, subject to shareholder approval, the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction is expected to close on 31 December 2014, ahead of the original goal. As previously disclosed, Walgreens will hold a special Meeting of shareholders on 29 […]

Starbucks employees to organize community service projects during the holidays

SEATTLE, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ can also be the most difficult time of the year for families in need. Starbucks partners (employees) step in to help by organizing community service projects during the holidays. From collecting and distributing food to families to leading toy drives and […]

Starbucks design team chose to feature Mandy Shoger’s hand-crafted pottery with the merchandise curated for the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room

Everything about a Seattle artisan’s work has a hidden meaning. SEATTLE, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mandy Shoger’s company, Foxtail Pottery, takes its name from the Foxtail Pine. The hardy tree only grows a few inches per year above an elevation of 10,000 feet in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountain range above.  The signature […]

Carrefour France and Cora / Supermarchés Match to cooperate on purchasing

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour France and Cora / Supermarchés Match announce today that they have signed an agreement to cooperate on purchasing. This agreement establishes a long-term partnership, with no equity ties between the two companies, under which both companies maintain their independence while committing to sustainable relationships with their suppliers. […]

Carrefour with 3 awards from The LSA Innovation Awards ceremony held on 17 December 2014

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LSA Innovation Awards ceremony was held on 17 December 2014, as a unique opportunity for companies in the retail and consumer sector to showcase their various initiatives. Three awards were presented to Carrefour in recognition of its teams’ work alongside its partners, demonstrating that innovation is still […]

PT. Matahari Putra Prima Tbk opened its 105th Hypermart at one of the largest modern shopping centers in Bau-Bau, Indonesia

Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a modern multi-format retailer in Indonesia, which operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, opened its 105th Hypermart. The new Hypermart is located at Lippo Plaza Buton, one of the largest modern shopping centers in Bau-Bau. This outlet is the first Hypermart located […]

Kingfisher plc to sell a controlling 70% stake in its B&Q China business to Wumei Holdings Inc for £140 million

LONDON, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher plc, Europe’s leading home improvement retailer, today announces a binding agreement to sell a controlling 70% stake in its B&Q China business to Wumei Holdings Inc for a total cash consideration of £140 million. The agreement follows Kingfisher’s previous announcement of its plans to look for a […]

Auchan won 2 human resources related awards in China

PARIS, 2014-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auchan China had been selected as a winner of the “100 best Human Resource Management companies of 2014” award and of the “outstanding performance for best E-Learning develoment of 2014” award. These Awards were sponsored by 51job.Inc, the leading integrated human resources service provider in China. This is a […]