H&M signed long-term partnership with the Belgian show jumpers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M is proud to announce it has signed a long-term partnership with the Belgian show jumpers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts, currently ranked as 55 and 43 in the world.

The 21 years old twin brothers are often described as future stars of riding and have despite their young age already established themselves as top riders in a globally popular sport. With a love for fashion and style, Nicola and Olivier are the perfect partners for H&M.

– It’s fantastic to be a part of the H&M team. We share the same values such as teamwork and constant improvement. And of course, we share the love of horses and fashion, says Nicola Philippaerts.

– To be a part of a team with such experienced riders as Malin and Peder is a great opportunity for us. This is also a possibility for us to reach out even more to our fans, as they can follow us through the Facebook page H&M We Love Horses, says Olivier Philippaerts.

H&M has since 1996 a long-term partnership with Malin Baryard-Johnsson and with Peder Fredricson since 2003. Malin and Peder have a big fan base around the world and with Nicola and Olivier on the team, H&M and the Facebook page H&M We Love Horses will increase the possibility to reach even more internationally.

– We are confident that Nicola and Olivier will be great ambassadors for H&M both in and off the saddle. They are future stars but down to earth at the same time, they are full of horsemanship, hard workers, humble and interested in fashion. Olivier and Nicola will be a perfect addition to our H&M team, says Petra Leijon af Burén, sponsoring manager for show jumping at H&M.

Contact persons:
Communications and Press Department
Telephone: +46 8 796 53 00
E-mail: Mediarelations@hm.com

See interviews and other videos of Olivier and Nicola Philippaerts at https://www.youtube.com/hmwelovehorses.

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H&M signed long-term partnership with the Belgian show jumpers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts

H&M signed long-term partnership with the Belgian show jumpers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts

Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC to announce its Q2 financial results on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DALLAS, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC will announce its second quarter financial results on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 with an investor conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time).

The audio webcast may be accessed on the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com simultaneously with the commencement of the call. Prior to the call, any necessary supplemental financial or statistical information will be posted to the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website. Following the live broadcast, interested parties may replay the webcast by accessing this website.

Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC is a luxury, multi-branded, omni-channel fashion retailer conducting integrated store and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, CUSP, and mytheresa brand names. For more information, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

From time to time, the Company may make statements that predict or forecast future events or results, depend on future events for their accuracy or otherwise contain “forward-looking information.” These statements are made based on management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events and are not guarantees of future performance.

The Company cautions readers that actual results may differ materially as a result of various factors, some of which are beyond its control, including but not limited to: weakness in domestic and global capital markets and other economic conditions and the impact of such conditions on the Company’s ability to obtain credit; general economic and political conditions or changes in such conditions, including relationships between the United States and the countries from which the Company sources its merchandise; economic, political, social or other events resulting in the short-or long-term disruption in business at the Company’s stores, distribution centers or offices; changes in consumer confidence resulting in a reduction of discretionary spending on goods; changes in the demographic or retail environment; changes in consumer preferences or fashion trends; changes in the Company’s relationships with customers due to, among other things, its failure to provide quality service and competitive loyalty programs, its inability to provide credit pursuant to its proprietary credit card arrangement or its failure to protect customer data or comply with regulations surrounding information security and privacy; the effects of incurring a substantial amount of indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments; the ability to refinance the Company’s indebtedness under its senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments and the effects of any refinancing; the effects upon the Company of complying with the covenants contained in its senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments; restrictions on the terms and conditions of the indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments may place on the Company’s ability to respond to changes in its business or to take certain actions; competitive responses to the Company’s loyalty program, marketing, merchandising and promotional efforts or inventory liquidations by vendors or other retailers; changes in the financial viability of the Company’s competitors; seasonality of the retail business; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, particularly during peak selling seasons; delays in anticipated store openings and renovations; the Company’s success in enforcing its intellectual property rights; changes in the Company’s relationships with designers, vendors and other sources of merchandise, including changes in the level of goods and/or changes in the form in which such goods are made available to us for resale; delays in receipt of merchandise ordered due to work stoppages or other causes of delay in connection with either the manufacture or shipment of such merchandise; changes in foreign currency exchange or inflation rates; significant increases in paper, printing and postage costs; changes in key management personnel and the Company’s ability to retain key management personnel; changes in the Company’s relationships with certain of our buyers or key sales associates and the Company’s ability to retain our buyers or key sales associates; changes in government or regulatory requirements increasing the Company’s costs of operations; litigation that may have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results or reputation; terrorist activities in the United States and elsewhere; the impact of funding requirements related to the Company’s pension plan; the Company’s ability to provide credit to its customers pursuant to its proprietary credit card program arrangement, including any future changes in the terms of such arrangement and/or legislation impacting the extension of credit to its customers; and the design and implementation of new information systems as well as enhancements of existing systems.

These and other factors that may adversely affect the Company’s future performance or financial condition are contained in its Annual Report in Form 10-K and other reports filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

CONTACT:
Stacie Shirley
Senior Vice President – Finance
and Treasurer
(214) 757-2967

Mark Anderson
Director – Finance
(214) 757-2934

 

The complete Chad Valley range is available exclusively at Argos stores or online

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Music-loving children inspired by this week’s star-studded music event The Brits, can mimic their favourite artists and winners with a range of musical toys from leading toy manufacturer Chad Valley.

Chad Valley Sing Along Keyboard, Stand and Stool (349/8437) £24.99

Chad Valley Sing Along Keyboard, Stand and Stool (349/8437) £24.99

For those wanting to be the next Ed Sheeran, the Chad Valley Sing Along Keyboard not only records their musical creations but also helps budding pop stars discover rhythms and sounds to experiment with their own creative tunes.

Chad Valley Sing Along Keyboard, Stand and Stool (349/8437) £24.99

The complete Chad Valley range is available exclusively at Argos stores or online at www.argos.co.uk/chadvalley, where customers can reserve for free for instant pick up from store.

Notes to Editors:

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 50,000 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 756 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.

About Chad Valley:
Founded by Anthony Bunn Johnson in Harboure, Birmingham in 1860, Chad Valley is one of the UK’s oldest toy manufacturers. Over the years Chad Valley has been making toys for eight generations of children and has one of the UK’s highest toy maker satisfaction rating with an average customer review score of 4.2 out of 5. Chad Valley toys are designed to be affordable, durable and inspiring, fostering greater creativity and development by encouraging imaginative childhood play. With over 400 products available exclusively at Argos stores nationwide or online at argos.co.uk/chadvalley, you’ll be sure to find that perfect toy for your little one.

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Netflix’s statement in support of the FCC’s adoption of strong net neutrality rules

Washington, D.C., 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Below is Netflix’s statement in support of the FCC’s adoption of strong net neutrality rules:

“The net neutrality debate is about who picks winners and losers online: Internet service providers or consumers. Today, the FCC settled it: Consumers win.

Today’s order is a meaningful step towards ensuring ISPs cannot shift bad conduct upstream to where they interconnect with content providers like Netflix. Net neutrality rules are only as strong as their weakest link, and it’s incumbent on the FCC to ensure these interconnection points aren’t used to end-run the principles of an open Internet.

Given the lack of competition among broadband providers, today’s other FCC decision preventing regulations that thwart local investment in new broadband infrastructure also is an important step toward ensuring greater consumer choice. These actions kick off a new era that puts the consumer, not litigious corporate giants, at the center of competition policy.”

Contact:
Anne Marie Squeo
asqueo@netflix.com
202 470 3060
202 779 2678

Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

LONDON, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate World Book Day, Sainsbury’s has published a list of 50 books which every child should read by the age of 16, with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory taking top spot!

The magical story about Charlie Bucket’s golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory proves to be the most loved for children, with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland finishing runner up.

The study of 2,000 reading enthusiasts was created to determine the ultimate list of the top 50 books that should be on every child’s reading list, encouraging bedtime reading for British families.

The list covers a range of traditional classics and more modern tales – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter adventures also featured. C.S. Lewis’ adventures in Narnia are no less thrilling today – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe finished third in the list of 50 books, while Winnie the Pooh and Black Beauty rounded off the top five.

10 books which every child should read by the age of 16Click to Tweet

  1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
  2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
  4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne
  5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
  6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  7. The BFG-Roald Dahl
  8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
  9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Mavis Sarfo, from Sainsbury’s Book Team, said: “The 50 books show a much-cherished collection of some of the finest children’s writing that has delighted readers and transported them to other worlds for generations.

“It’s fantastic to see that so many parents get involved in reading bedtime stories by putting on character voices and wearing costumes to bring characters to life. Encouraging children to role play through dress up and becoming ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Elsa from Frozen’ is crucial in developing imaginations from an early age and a love of reading.

“Encouraging role play by dressing up as favourite book characters further fuels this and Sainsbury’s has a great selection of children’s costumes and books to celebrate World Book Day – we look forward to welcoming book lovers of all ages in our stores.”

Tony Robinson, actor, comedian and author, who worked with Sainsbury’s on the campaign, added: “The response from parents and the lengths they go to in bringing these stories to their children as vividly as possible is amazing.

“It shows that the power of make believe is so important in the development of a child and a key role in parents bonding with their young ones.”

To celebrate the nation’s week of reading, Sainsbury’s is encouraging children to read more by exploring the world of books and dress up as their favourite fictional characters.

From Monday 2 March, Sainsbury’s will be hosting in-store ‘Make Believe’ events nationwide, to support the nation’s reading week complete with reading corners and activities to encourage children to read more and inspire parents to get involved.

The 50 books every child should read by age 16Click to Tweet

  1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
  2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
  4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne
  5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
  6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  7. The BFG-Roald Dahl
  8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
  9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  12. Matilda- Roald Dahl
  13. The Railway Children- E. Nesbit
  14. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens
  15. Five on a Treasure Island- Enid Blyton
  16. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
  17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
  18. The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling
  19. Charlotte’s Web- EB White
  20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter
  21. Watership Down- Richard Adams
  22. The Hobbit -J.R.Tolken
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
  24. Lord of the Flies- William Golding
  25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend
  26. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
  27. The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss
  28. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  29. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
  30. The Twits – Roald Dahl
  31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum
  32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  33. Anne of Green Gables- L.M.Montgomery
  34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
  35. Green Eggs and Ham-Dr Seuss
  36. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  37. Bambi- Felix Selten
  38. Tom’s Midnight Garden- Phillipa Pearce
  39. Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder
  40. Funny Bones- Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  41. Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
  42. Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden
  43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  44. The Magician’s Nephew- C.S. Lewis
  45. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting
  47. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  48. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  49. Curious George- H.A.Ray
  50. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The top 20 best-loved children’s book charactersClick to Tweet

  1. Paddington Bear
  2. Winnie the Pooh
  3. The Hungry Caterpillar
  4. Postman Pat
  5. Thomas the Tank Engine
  6. The Gruffalo
  7. Harry Potter
  8. Cinderella
  9. Mr Men
  10. Peter Rabbit
  11. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  12. Peter Pan
  13. The BFG
  14. Alice in Wonderland
  15. Noddy
  16. Willy Wonka
  17. Matilda
  18. Mog the Cat
  19. Toad from Wind in the Willows
  20. Pinocchio

Survey conducted by Census Wide and polled 2,000 parents in February 2015

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Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

LVMH Supply Chain Director Alain Doudard on what exactly does supply chain mean

PARIS, France, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Everything we do centers on our customers, and making sure that the products created by our Houses are available when and where they are needed is a fundamental priority. The LVMH Supply Chain plays a pivotal role in respecting this promise.  Alain Doudard, Supply Chain Director for LVMH, presents this essential Group function.

What exactly does supply chain mean?

It designates all the processes and resources that go into planning, managing and executing product flows at every step in the chain that links suppliers to end customers, including management of information and financial flows. This spans planning, purchasing, production, sales administration, customer service, logistics, managing returns, etc. In short, the supply chain figures at the very heart of our activities: all the products made by our Houses at some point pass through the hands of the people who work in this essential function. From procurement of raw materials to the sale of our products in stores, from planning to execution, everyone works with a single objective: satisfy our customers, wherever they are in the world.

In a Group with such a widely diverse range of businesses as LVMH, what are the key objectives and challenges for the Supply Chain?  

Regardless of the segment, the Supply Chain makes an essential contribution to value creation. In the universe of luxury we face specific challenges such as significant seasonal swings in demand or the capacity to handle large volumes of new products. There are also major time constraints with the pace of new collections, a global marketplace, valuable products whose security must be ensured during transport, optimized inventory management and other imperatives. Anticipation is essential to meet these organizational challenges.

In an increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex environment, the LVMH Supply Chain must show considerable agility to guarantee the excellence of our products. We must provide impeccable customer service while containing costs and risks and optimizing investments. Our teams constantly work closely with other departments at the different Houses: Marketing, Merchandising, Retail, Finance, etc.  They coordinate and orchestrate actions to achieve the objectives of our brands.

How does LVMH support the Supply Chain at the Group level?

In 2013 we created a Group Supply Chain committee to facilitate exchanges across the Supply Chain community. By looking at issues together and sharing expertise, LVMH deploys tremendous leverage to meet different challenges. For example, to optimize talent management we coordinate with Group HR teams and brand HR to document and develop our competencies. We’re also in the process of creating a Supply Chain Academy. What’s especially motivating in a Group like LVMH is that there is not one but multiple supply chains that have a vast variety of challenges to address. It’s obvious that we have more intelligence collectively than individually. We need to encourage this mindset to ensure that the LVMH Supply Chain continues to create value for each of our Houses.

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LVMH Supply Chain Director Alain Doudard on what exactly does supply chain mean

LVMH Supply Chain Director Alain Doudard on what exactly does supply chain mean