Target launches four new natural hair care brands

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get ready for a really good hair day: This March, Target is upping its natural beauty game through the introduction of four new natural hair care brands. Free of harmful chemicals and full of nutrient-rich, restorative and plant-based ingredients, ATTITUDE, Renpure, SoapBox andSoCozy offer Target guests and their families more than 30 new ways to get gorgeously healthy hair.

“We continue to hear from guests that they’re interested in more natural beauty and personal care products,” saidChristina Hennington, senior vice president, Health and Beauty, Target. “Bringing these brands to Target helps further differentiate our hair care assortment while providing new natural product options for the entire family – at prices all guests can appreciate.”

media contact

Lindsay Karn
p: (212) 242-9353

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Target launches four new natural hair care brands

Target launches four new natural hair care brands

Groupe Auchan and Système U announced purchasing partnership

CROIX, France, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sharing the same philosophy of the business they operate in, the management of Groupe Auchan and Système U decided to inform their staff representatives of plans to take this partnership further.

Last September, Groupe Auchan and Système U announced their purchasing partnership, when the U group entrusted a negotiation mandate covering major international and domestic brands to Eurauchan, which is the purchasing department of Groupe Auchan and its partners in France.

In the face of stagnating or even declining household food consumption, a deflationary context and a shared philosophy of the business they operate in – which has been further confirmed by the past 5 months of the purchasing partnership – the management of both groups decided to informer their staff representatives of plans to take this partnership further.

In accordance with the legislation applicable, the two groups are set to embark on discussions aimed at creating an alliance based on a joint strategy involving:

  • closer cooperation in the purchasing field, bearing in mind that products sold by producers and SME in the fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, bread, pâtisserie and cooked meats departments, as well as local products, are not expected to form part of this plan;
  • efforts to seek closer synergies in the areas of development, network organisation and commercial and organisational functions.

Working together, the two companies want to:

  • become a major player in the French GMS market, by creating a network offering the country’s best geographical coverage and the best concepts, both in terms of formats and distribution channels, drawing on the strengths of each store brand;
  • perpetuate their original business models within the French economic landscape and developing their two product brands in France in a balanced but dynamic way: U and Auchan.

The two companies’ managements are convinced that they can build a sustainable new economic performance that will benefit their customers, their staff, their economic partners, their associated family businesses and, in more general terms, their local environment.

Together with Groupe Schiever, a historic business partner of Groupe Auchan, which shares the same values, this new entity should be in a position to take on a role of responsible leadership within the French market, once it has been given the go-ahead by the relevant competition authorities.

Système U, the Système U cooperative, operates 1,575 stores in France, which are comprised as follows: 832 stores in the discount network (Hyper U and Super U) and 743 in the convenience store network (UExpress and Utile). Together, these stores and the associated logistics centres employ a workforce of 75,000. In 2014, the group’s sales amounted to 18.51 billion euros including tax but excluding fuel, and it held a market share of 10.3%.

Groupe Auchan is an unlisted company. 88.8% of its share capital is owned by the Mulliez Family Association and the remaining 11.2% by its employees. It operates in 16 countries and employs nearly 331,000 staff, of whom 72,000 are in France. It is organised into 5 business sectors: hypermarkets, supermarkets, retail real estate, banking and other activities.

In France, it has 137 hypermarkets and 432 supermarkets operating under store brands, and holds a total market share of 10.9%. In 2013, the group’s sales amounted to 48.1 billion euros excluding taxes.

Groupe Schiever is a family business whose share capital is fully owned by the family. It operates in 3 countries, employs 6,000 staff and owns 10 hypermarkets, 80 supermarkets and 126 convenience stores. In 2013, the group’s sales amounted to 1.120 billion euros excluding taxes.

Press Contacts:

Groupe Auchan
François Cathalifaud, Press Relations Manager fcathalifaud@auchan.fr Telephone: +33 (0)1 58 65 08 10 / +33 (0)6 21 09 84 35

Système U
Thierry Desouches, Système U spokesman thierry.desouches@systeme-u.fr Telephone: +33 (0)6 07 16 67 50

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Rite Aid introduced new line of over-the-counter, dermatologically tested skincare products, Receutics Active Skin Repair

Exclusive line now available at receutics.com and select Rite Aid stores in NJ and Seattle

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid introduced today a new line of over-the-counter, dermatologically tested skincare products, Receutics Active Skin Repair, at more than 200 New Jersey and Seattle-area Rite Aid stores and online at Receutics.com. Developed exclusively for Rite Aid, the 10-piece line offers affordable, effective treatment for many common skincare conditions such acne and eczema, and helps to promote the skin’s own repair and renewal processes.

“Our research and feedback from our pharmacists told us that customers were looking for solutions to common skincare issues that were both effective and affordable,” said David Abelman, Rite Aid senior vice president of brand development and innovation. “After a year of development, testing and clinical studies, we are excited to introduce our customers and patients to Receutics Active Skin Repair, a line of dermatologist-strength skincare products that are clinically proven to deliver real results.”

Each of the Receutics Active Skin Repair products, which range in price from $9.99 to $49.99, fall into one of four categories, based on the type of inquiries Rite Aid pharmacists receive from customers most frequently:

  • Acne Clearing – helps to clear and prevent acne; can be used with prescription acne medications
    • Therapeutic Relief – treats medical skin conditions like eczema; provides relief from medication side effects
    • Sun Care – protects skin from sun damage while simultaneously hydrating and offering anti-aging benefits
    • Anti-Aging – addresses anti-aging concerns including wrinkles and dark spots; helps to even skin tone and texture

Clinically Proven Results
In a clinical study led by Dr. Zoe Draelos, former vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Receutics Active Skin Repair three-piece topical Acne-Clearing kit was found to clear acne faster and improve the appearance of facial acne better than a similar three-piece kit from a leading brand. Dr. Draelos noted that “the study product resulted in a greater percentage decrease in clogged pores and inflammatory lesions at all time points versus the leading brand.”

In a similar study, patients with mild to moderate eczema had a 79 percent reduction in overall signs of eczema, including itchiness, dryness, redness and irritation after using the Receutics Active Skin Repair Intense Hydration and Repair topical treatment. Dr. Draelos noted that “the improvement in the skin without a prescription is quite remarkable.”

“Pharmacists are among the most accessible and trusted healthcare professionals, making them an ideal resource for customers looking for affordable and effective products to address a skincare concern,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid group vice president of clinical services and pharmacy initiatives. “Yielding immediate and impressive results in clinical studies and made with quality ingredients, our exclusive Receutics Active Skin Repair line is a line our pharmacists can confidently recommend to their customers.”

Rich Ingredients to Heal, Nourish and Enhance Skin
Each Receutics product is formulated to support the skin’s natural improvement processes, enhancing overall health and appearance. Key ingredients include fruit seed extract (to stimulate healing), hyaluronic acid (to hydrate), antioxidants (to reduce inflammation), retinoids (to brighten, smooth and firm), aloe vera, vitamin C and more. All Receutics Active Skin Repair products are also paraben-free.

More information on Receutics Active Skin Repair products is available at www.receutics.com. This dedicated website offers product information, video testimonials from actual users, before and after photos, clinical research results and additional information about general skincare.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

The H&M Group’s sales including VAT increased by 14% in local currencies in January 2015 compared to the same month the previous year

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Group’s sales including VAT increased by 14 percent in local currencies in January 2015 compared to the same month the previous year.

The total number of stores amounted to 3,541 on 31 January 2015 versus 3,184 on 31 January 2014.

Percentage sales development for the month of February and the total sales in SEK for the first quarter (December-February) will be published in a separate press release on 16 March 2015 at 08.00 (CET).

The Three-Month Report, covering the period 1 December 2014 to 28 February 2015, will be published on 24 March 2015 at 08.00 (CET).

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Contact: Communications and Press Department +46 8 796 53 00.

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 16 February 2015.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq 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 countries. In 2014, sales including VAT amounted to more than SEK 176,6 billion and the number of employees was more than 132,000.
For further information, visit hm.com.

GLOBAL MEDIA INQUIRIES

Only for media representatives
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

Starbucks gives its store partners an opportunity to express their creativity with the launch of The Starbucks Partner White Cup Contest

SEATTLE, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by the success of its White Cup Contest for customers, Starbucks is giving its store partners (employees) an opportunity to express their creativity through their own design contest.

The Starbucks Partner White Cup Contest – launched today – runs for one week. U.S. partners are invited to decorate an iconic Starbucks white cup with hand-drawn art, take a photo of the cup design, and share it through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #PartnerCupContest as a hashtag. Three partner cup designs will be selected and printed on reusable tumblers. The partner-designed tumblers will be available for purchase later this year.

“The talent and creativity of our partners, plus our iconic white cups, equals magic. I cannot wait to see how our partners bring this to life,” said Amy Alcala, vice president of Partner Engagement and Communications.

Last year, Starbucks launched its first White Cup Contest and received almost 4,000 entries from customers in just three weeks. The winner, Brita Lynn Thompson, said hearing her art was chosen was “the happiest day” of her life. A store partner might be saying the same thing when his or her art is selected by early March.

“The iconic white cup is our billboard,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact. “And the reusable cup is an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy.”

Starbucks $1 reusable cup, designed to look like the company’s paper cups, debuted in January of 2013. The plastic cup is sturdier than paper, but thinner than a typical tumbler with a lifespan of about 30 uses. The cups have interior lines to denote a “tall” or “grande” size. Customers receive a dime discount for each refill in the cup, so it pays for itself after 10 uses.

“Our partners are an extremely important element in the fabric of our culture and our merchandise is the perfect way for them to express their passion for our brand,” added Eric Akines, director Starbucks Global Merchandise. “I’m excited to see partners’ stories come to life through beautiful, emotional and engaging artwork.”

For Starbucks partners who are inspired to pick up a cup and marker, check the contest rules here before beginning.

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

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Starbucks gives its store partners an opportunity to express their creativity with the launch of The Starbucks Partner White Cup Contest

Starbucks gives its store partners an opportunity to express their creativity with the launch of The Starbucks Partner White Cup Contest