Teavana features limited edition tea this Valentine’s Day, the First Blush tea

SEATTLE, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Do you remember your first crush or your first blush? This Valentine’s Day, Teavana is offering a limited edition tea that might remind customers of those special moments.

First Blush tea is a poetic pairing of hand-picked and hand-rolled Jasmine green tea blended with floral orchid oolong complemented by luscious strawberries, crisp rhubarb and effervescent undertones of bubbly rosé.

“We are passionate about sharing tea as a new way to savor the moment and ignite the senses,” said Naoko Tsunoda, director of tea development for Teavana. “This Valentine’s Day, we want customers to impress their loved ones with a tea ritual that brings to life the vibrant and exotic flavors of Teavana® tea.”

Complete a Valentine’s Day gift with a limited edition Love Tin, Teavana’s Signature Red Angle Mug, and heart-emblazoned gift bag. First Blush tea and gifts are available in all Teavana® Stores and online at Teavana.com.

Teavana has also created a Strawberry Blush Rosé recipe to help spark an evening of delicious romance on Valentine’s Day.

Strawberry Blush Rosé with Sparkling Wine  

In a 32oz. Perfecta Maker, add 1/2 cup of Perfecta PerfecTea Rock sugar (or sweetener of choice)

Fill 3/4 way with hot water just off the boil

Stir to dissolve sugar

Add 1 cup of Strawberry Blush Rosé tea

Top off Perfecta Maker with hot water just off the boil

Steep for 3 minutes

Strain brewed tea over a 64 fl. oz. Teavana Iced Tea Pitcher filled with ice

Garnish 8 Champagne flutes with strawberries, cut in 1/2 lengthwise with stems still attached

Add 3 oz. Sparkling Rosé [750ml bottle] to each Champagne flute

Top off with 3 oz. of iced Strawberry Blush Rosé tea

(Makes 8 servings)

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


Teavana features limited edition tea this Valentine's Day, the First Blush tea

Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter

Raleigh, N.C., 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Malone to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:   Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

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!

Tuesday, Feb. 10, Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich.

Malone’s sandwich, “The Meaty Malone,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Meaty Malone” which features ham, turkey and bacon topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and mayonnaise on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “The Meaty Malone” sandwich and your choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

“The Meaty Malone” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Raleigh-area Harris Teeter stores.  Tuesday only, however, Malone 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.


Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter

Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich at Harris Teeter

Tesco to pay the liquidated damages contractually due to Philip Clarke and Laurie McIlwee under their separation agreements as former directors of the Company

Cheshunt, England, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco confirms that it has agreed to pay the liquidated damages contractually due to Philip Clarke (£1,217,000) and Laurie McIlwee (£970,880) under their separation agreements as former directors of the Company (the “Payments”).

At the time of the Company’s last interim results, it was noted that the Payments were suspended given the investigation into the issues regarding the accounting for commercial income.

The Company is contractually committed to make the relevant Payment to each former director unless it can legally establish a case of gross misconduct against him.  The Company has taken legal advice and has concluded that it does not have the basis for continuing to withhold the Payments.  Accordingly, the Board considers that defending costly claims for the Payments would not be in the Company’s best interests.

The SFO continues to investigate the commercial income issue. If new information were to come to light which would change this assessment, the Company will pursue recovery of the Payments and damages and has fully reserved all its legal rights in this respect.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Red Nose Day campaign at Sainsbury’s with Spencer Matthews

LONDON, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — A hilarious moment erupted at a Sainsbury’s store when Spencer Matthews surprised the team, having cleverly disguised himself amongst the tomatoes – wearing the new Comic Relief red nose!

The Made In Chelsea star was launching the nine new character-themed red noses, which are available at Sainsbury’s stores and online nationwide now for £1, at least 60p of which goes to Comic Relief.

Colleagues at the Wandsworth store in London were advised they were being filmed for an internal training video but got more than they bargained for when Spencer surprised them by bursting out of the fresh tomato crate.

Wearing the ‘Snout Dracula’ red nose character, Spencer also cheekily painted his face red making himself completely undetectable whilst hidden amongst the tomatoes, ensuring hilarious results.

Spencer took part to encourage the British public to pick up a red nose and show their support for Comic Relief. The nine new red nose characters are now available for shoppers to collect in the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March.

Spencer commented: “It was a no-brainer taking up the challenge of hiding amongst the tomatoes and surprising the team. There were some really entertaining reactions, lots of surprises and a few colleagues who almost jumped out of their skin – it’s not something you expect to encounter in the fresh produce aisle! I’m a big fan of Comic Relief, so leapt at the chance to raise awareness for the charity. You can now do your bit and pick up your own red nose in Sainsbury’s and online to help raise money.”

With a donation from each sale going to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people here in the UK and across Africa, Sainsbury’s is encouraging everyone to show their support for Comic Relief by picking up one of the official red noses or Red Nose Day merchandise at their nearest store or online.

Jaz Bhogal, colleague at Sainsbury’s Wandsworth commented: “It’s not everyday we discover a TV personality disguised in our store – and it’s even more unusual to see them hidden amongst the tomatoes! I got the surprise of my life but it was fantastic to see Spencer donning one of the new red noses to launch this year’s Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day campaign.”

“We’ve been a supporter of Comic Relief since 1999 and last time, we raised a huge £11.5m; but we’re hoping that our fundraising efforts this year will help make an even bigger difference to those in need, both here in the UK and across Africa.”

Notes to Editors 

Comic Relief Merchandise at Sainsbury’s

  • Red Nose (9 designs in surprise bags), £1.00, Minimum donation 60p
  • Wristband (2 designs), £1.00, Minimum donation 50p
  • Pin Badge (2 designs) £1.00, Minimum donation 50p
  • Trolley Token, £1.00, Minimum donation 50p
  • Air Freshener, £1.50, Minimum donation 75p
  • Deeley Boppers, £2.00, Minimum donation £1.00
  • Sipper bottle (2 designs), £2.00, Minimum donation £1.00
  • Nail Wraps and Red Nose Stickers, £2.00, Minimum donation £1.00
  • Mugs (4 designs), £3.00, Minimum donation £1.50
  • Umbrella, £7.00, Minimum donation £3.50
  • Cupcake Decoration Kit, £2.50, Minimum donation £1.25

About the Red Nose Day campaign in Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s is the official retailer of Red Noses and Red Nose Day merchandise – bag your £1 Nose with at least 60p going to Comic Relief to help people living really tough lives in the UK and across Africa.


Red Nose Day campaign at Sainsbury's with Spencer Matthews

Red Nose Day campaign at Sainsbury’s with Spencer Matthews

Gok for Tu Spring 2015 Collection at Sainsbury’s

LONDON, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Simplicity rules in Gok Wan’s new monochrome statement collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s, as fashion’s most timeless colour combination receives a fresh and modern makeover for Spring 2015.

The range takes inspiration from modernist architecture with a strong focus on shape and form. Styles are structured to create contemporary, cool and assertive looks that are reflective of urban cityscapes. Necklines are high and shoulders are rounded, illustrating a bold Bauhaus inspired silhouette.

Experimental graphic prints play an important role in the collection’s monochrome style story. Influenced by the catwalk, vivid black and white patterns exemplify a strong sense of confidence and high impact glamour. Stylised stripes contrast with geometric chevron patterns, whilst magnified windowpane prints add a touch of checkerboard chic.

Texture is also a key design focus for Gok this season. Subtle sports luxe elements are highlighted in the range, as matte and shine materials are juxtaposed with more technical, performance based fabrics such as light airtex and mesh paneling. The co-ord White Jacquard Shell Top and Circle Skirt are interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched for the office, or dressed up for a glam night out.


Although the crisp black and white colour palette is the centre piece of the new collection, beautiful hints of grey and pastel pink on items such as the Stripe Pencil Skirt and Long Sleeve Shell Top give add feminine touches that are perfect for spring.

The collection is underpinned by Gok’s trademark tailoring tricks and figure flattering styles and following on from the success of previous seasons, Gok has extended his denim offering for Tu. The range now includes a brand new high waisted interpretation of the iconic Perfect Skinny Jean, which are cleverly cut to lengthen the leg and offer high street style and quality at unbeatable prices.

Gok for Tu Collection 16 will be available at over 200 stores nationwide from 3 February. This new collection compromises of 30 styles, including multiple prints and colour ways. Prices range from £18 – £40 and sizes from 8-22.


Gok for Tu Spring 2015 Collection at Sainsbury’s

Gok for Tu Spring 2015 Collection at Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s launches a range of instant hot lunch time options that can be ready to eat in minutes

LONDON, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has launched a range of instant hot lunch time options that can be ready to eat in minutes by simply adding hot water or heating up in a microwave. Available in stores now, the by Sainsbury’s noodles, rice and grain pots are made using recipes inspired by popular world cuisines, and priced from £1 – £2.

Noodle Pots

The by Sainsbury’s rice noodle pots capture the fresh tastes of Asia.  Customers can choose from three varieties including the classic fragrant Vietnamese soup Beef Pho, the spicy coconut flavoured Chicken Laksa and the hot and sour flavours of Thailand’s Tom Yum – just add hot water and these delicious lunch time meals will be ready to eat in four minutes. At less than 300 calories per pot, these are a great choice for health conscious consumers looking to reduce their wheat or gluten intake or for those wanting a low calorie hot lunch with fresh, aromatic flavours.

Micro Pots

Ranging from 250g pots to a larger size designed for those with bigger appetites (350g), the new by Sainsbury’s micro pots are ideal for customers seeking a delicious lunch at convenience.

Available in seven delicious flavours including Chunky Mediterranean Vegetable Fusilli and Chicken & Mushroom Risotto, the 250g by Sainsbury’s micro pots are inspired by recipes from the health focused My Goodness range. Not only are the recipes less than 400 calories per pot but they’re also low in sugar, salt and fat and provide at least one of your five a day.

Alternatively, for those wanting a heartier lunch, the by Sainsbury’s 350g microwave pots are ideal. Inspired by popular world cuisines including Chinese, Indian and Italian, customers can take their pick from protein rich recipes including BBQ Pulled Pork and Beans, Chicken Sweet and Sour, Chicken Tikka and Meatball Arrabiata Pasta. Simply heat the pots in a microwave and a delicious lunch is ready to eat in only three minutes.

Grain Pots

Sainsbury’s has also launched three new instant hot by Sainsbury’s grain pots – two of which are a perfect alternative from traditional pasta and rice meals. Made using bulgur wheat and couscous, the Moroccan Style Grain Pot uses traditional spices, dried sultanas and apricots for an authentic African flavour and the Spicy Mexican Style Bean Grain Pot includes bold, rich flavours laced with chipotle fiery sauce for an extra kick.

Georgina Lunn, Product Developer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We know our customers are looking for lunch that is convenient, varied, high quality and doesn’t compromise on taste – and our new selection does just that. We’re offering enough variety for a fortnight at no more than £2 per lunch. Why not start the week with our healthy one of your five a day Mushroom Risotto, ease through mid-week with a Chicken Laksa Rice Noodle Pot and end with your Friday treat of Meatball Arrabiata Pasta?”

Notes to editors

by Sainsbury’s Noodle Pots

  • by Sainsbury’s Beef Pho Noodle Pot (74g) – £1.50, 500 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Chicken Laksa Noodle Pot (74g) – £1.50, 607 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Tom Yum Noodle Pot (74g) – £1.50, 500 stores

by Sainsbury’s Micro Pots

  • by Sainsbury’s BBQ Pulled Pork & Beans Micro Pot (350g) – £2.00, 500 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Chicken Tikka & Rice Micro Pot (350g) – £2.00, 350 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Sweet & Sour Chicken & Rice Micro Pot (350g) – £2.00, 305 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Meatball Arrabiata Pasta Micro Pot (350g) – £2.00, 500 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Chicken & Mushroom Risotto Micro Pot (250g) £2.00, 350 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Mediterranean Vegetable Fusilli Micro Pot (250g) £2.00, 350 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Chickpea & Chorizo Stew Micro Pot (250g) £2.00, 500 stores

by Sainsbury’s Grain Pots

  • by Sainsbury’s Moroccan style Grain Pot (73g) – £1.00, 350 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Spicy Mexican style Bean Grain Pot (84g) – £1.00, 350 stores
  • by Sainsbury’s Chicken Tikka Rice Pot (75g) – £1.00, 500 stores


Sainsbury's launches a range of instant hot lunch time options that can be ready to eat in minutes

Sainsbury’s launches a range of instant hot lunch time options that can be ready to eat in minutes

Kesko updates its website

Kesko’s web service at www.kesko.fi has been redesigned. The new website is responsive, which improves its usability especially on mobile devices.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The website look has also been revised. New functionalities include a report centre which improves, for example, the searchability of investor materials, and services which enhance the following and use of the K-Group’s social media channels.

The main user groups of the Kesko.fi pages are investors, job seekers and the media. In addition to topical news, the pages provide lots of information on the company’s responsibility work and Kesko as an investment. Jobs open at Kesko and K-stores, as well as information about the K-Group as an employer are also posted on the Kesko.fi website. The website services are available in Finnish and English.

The K-Group’s consumer customers are primarily served on the store chains’ websites and at the addresses www.plussa.com, www.pirkka.fi and www.k-ruoka.fi. The K-Group’s retail websites and other web services are available at www.kesko.fi/keskos-websites.

You can browse Kesko’s homepages at www.kesko.fi.

Further information is available from Harri Utoslahti, Communications Manager, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 616.

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

The National Retail Federation supports the legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation expressed its strong support for legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act in a letter today sent to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. NRF will consider votes on H.R. 596 and all related amendments and motions in its annual voting scorecard. The House is expected to take up the legislation later today.

“Dealing with the ACA’s employer mandate and reporting requirements have already brought unwanted cost and complexity to retail employers, despite the serial delays,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Moreover, the numerous unintended consequences of the law have slowed the creation of new retail jobs and limited the hours available to part-time employees.”

NRF opposed the enactment of the health care law on the grounds that it focused more on government mandates and regulations rather than affordability and accessibility. Even though it opposed the law, NRF has worked to address the most egregious aspects of the law in an effort to reduce its negative impact on employers and employees. In particular, NRF has sought the repeal of the employer mandate provision and its reporting requirements, and has supported bipartisan efforts aimed at restoring the traditional 40-hour workweek.

“NRF has and will continue to work in good faith with congress and the administration to fix and improve the law wherever possible,” French said. “Yet even the most basic of changes – such as changing the definition of a full-time employee – still draw unfounded partisan opposition and veto threats. Improving and fixing the ACA remains challenging at best, and finding real relief from the law’s burdens is elusive. We believe the best course of action would be to repeal the ACA in its entirety and begin a truly bipartisan discussion and debate on the future of our health care system.”

Decisions made every day in Washington have a profound impact on retailers’ ability to do business and serve their customers. But it’s bigger than just retail. These issues are vital to the overall economic competitiveness and growth of the United States, making congressional attention even more critical. Retailers will be measuring congressional support for key issues through NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index – keeping tabs on policies that contribute to a vibrant, healthy retail industry and U.S. economy.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com


Stephen E. Schatz
(855) NRF-Press

Wincor Nixdorf to demonstrate how retailers deliver seamless omnichannel experience for consumers at EuroCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — At EuroCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf, Wincor Nixdorf will show how its combination of hardware, software and professional services helps retailers deliver a seamless omnichannel experience for consumers. In this context, the company will also provide information on the latest version of its retail software suite TP.net 5.5.

According to a study by First Data (First Data 2013 Global Universal Commerce Consumer Tracker Study), around 60 percent of customers gather information online before making purchases in stores. In addition, research from business advisory firm Deloitte suggests that consumers who shop between various online, mobile and traditional channels spend significantly more per transaction compared to customers that only shop in a store.

When consumers leverage multiple channels to conduct purchases, they expect a consistent shopping experience across each channel. Against this backdrop, seamlessly integrating mobile, online and in-store systems remains one of the biggest IT challenges facing traditional brick-and-mortar retailers today. The ability to master this challenge will determine the long-term winners and losers in the retail space.

At EuroCIS, Wincor Nixdorf will therefore demonstrate how retailers can align their IT structures to connect online and offline commerce. And Wincor Nixdorf will showcase new mobile POS technologies that bring all sales-relevant data and information to the fingertips of store employees, to help them respond to consumer inquiries with the touch of a button or complete transactions anywhere in the store.
“In order to deliver a consistent shopping experience across any consumer channel, retailers not only have to link up their customer databases and various points of sale, but they also need to unify their back-end processes,” said Dr. Bernd Bueker, who is responsible for the IT specialist’s retail business in the D-A-CH region. “Our TP.net software suite is currently used by retailers in more than 70 countries to address these issues.” Wincor Nixdorf’s TP.net software forms the cornerstone of a true omnichannel platform. It provides retailers with seamless connectivity for applications across multiple channels, including customer loyalty programs, intelligent rules-based pricing and promotions, advanced checkout concepts and back-end functions for the management of store networks. The latest version of the software suite features a new customer relationship management component that provides real-time interaction with consumers on all channels, including social media touch-points.

TP.net 5.5 is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of sales-related processes required by large, international retailers. The TP Application Suite consists of a series of integrated software applications that have been installed in over 200,000 POS systems worldwide. On the back-end side, the TP Application Suite seamlessly organizes cross-channel order processing, item availability checks and the handling of cash and non-cash payments. And Wincor Nixdorf ensures support for its solutions around the world through its closely-meshed delivery and service network.

Further details on the modular software architecture, graphical user interface and implementation of the suite will be made available during EuroCIS at stand C26 in Hall 9.

Visitors should also pencil in two presentations that Wincor Nixdorf will hold at the trade fair:

Retail goes mobile – the store’s digital transformation
Speaker: Mike Werder
February 24, 2015, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. in the EuroCIS Forum (Hall 10, D04)

Ready for omnichannel retailing? Creating customer experiences, optimizing store processes
Speaker: Thomas Haas
February 25, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Multichannel Forum (Hall 9, F59)

Target Corporation appoints Mike McNamara as EVP and CIO

McNamara will play a key role in Target’s digital transformation

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation today announced that Mike McNamara will assume the role of executive vice president and chief information officer. As the company’s top technology leader, McNamara will further advance Target’s digital transformation and help Target become a leading omnichannel retailer.

McNamara replaces Bob DeRodes, who is retiring after playing a pivotal role in guiding Target’s information security efforts. McNamara will report to Target Chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell.

“Technology is critical for Target’s future success. So finding the right leader for this role was one of my absolute top priorities,” Cornell said. “Mike has been a driving force for technology innovation throughout his career. He’s got a stellar track record, and I’m excited to see how he’ll help our team continue to push new innovations that enhance the shopping experience for Target guests, both online and in stores.”

McNamara will join Target from UK-based Tesco PLC, where he worked for more than 15 years. In 2011, McNamara was named the global supermarket chain’s chief information officer, with responsibility for all information technology systems.

McNamara was instrumental in modernizing and advancing Tesco’s IT and supply chain worldwide, which helped establish Tesco as an e-commerce pioneer that’s now one of the world’s largest online grocers. Under his leadership, Tesco also ushered in a host of breakthrough in-store technologies such as “scan-as-you-shop” capabilities and launched the company’s innovation lab. McNamara also is chairman of Tesco’s technology office in India. In his new role at Target, McNamara will have oversight of the company’s technology team and operations, including information security, and will help shape enterprise strategy as a member of Target’s leadership team.

“Tesco is a world class brand and I’m grateful for the time I spent there. Looking ahead, I’m  thrilled to join Target at a time when Brian and the leadership team are intensifying their investment in technology and prioritizing its role in Target’s future success,” McNamara said. “I have long admired Target as a retailer and its legacy of putting customers first. To be part of an organization like Target and help shape the future of its technology and omnichannel strategy was a dream opportunity for me.”

McNamara’s predecessor, DeRodes, is a 40-year information technology veteran who joined Target last spring with a focus on enhancing data security and technology infrastructure. DeRodes was instrumental in moving Target’s technology team forward, including hiring Brad Maiorino as the company’s first chief information security officer, and preparing Target for the 2014 holiday season. DeRodes will serve for a short time in a senior advisory role to Target.

“Bob joined Target during a very challenging but important moment for the company,” Cornell said. “I’m grateful for the progress that Bob and his team have made, and for the foundational IT work that’s been done to set Target up for future success.”

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,790 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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