Celerant Command Retail Lands “Five-Star” Rating By CPA Advisor POS Review

Staten Island, NY, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — CPA Practice Advisor has conducted its 2015 review of Command Retail, and the result is a full five out of five star rating, noting its excellent system customization, E-Commerce integration, and managing multiple locations and warehouses. Command Retail scored highly across each category, including Basic System Functions, Specialized Features/Services, Tracking/Reporting, Integration/Import/Export and Help/Support.

“We are very proud to be recognized with such high marks yet again by a trusted source such as CPA Practice Advisor,” said Ian Goldman, CEO of Celerant Technology. “Our vision for Command Retail is to enable our clients to improve efficiency at the point of sale, as well as all aspects of their retail operation. This review – and the high rating – speaks to that vision.”

Within the review, Command Retail was noted for its “complete GL functionality” and “easy integration with FedEx, UPS and USPS, for easy shipping management.” The CRM module was praised for allowing “retailers to offer their customers loyalty cards or club memberships, enabling them to track customer buying habits, while offering loyal customers special pricing or targeted sales.” The custom reporting options was also highlighted for the ability to track customer demographics and other user-defined data.

Celerant Command Retail provides retailers with a complete software solution that is a single retail platform, including point of sale, integrated E-Commerce/M-Commerce, accounting, business intelligence, inventory control and fulfillment. Command Retail also offer integrations with professional third-party accounting software, including QuickBooks, MAS 90, and Great Plains.

To learn more Celerant Technology and Command Retail, visit www.Celerant.com.

Contact-Details: Jason Kennedy
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 718-351-2000 x456

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NACS published new Public Relations Toolkit to help retailers launch their own publicity efforts in their communities

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has published a new Public Relations Toolkit to help retailers launch their own publicity efforts in their communities — from how to write a press release and craft talking points to how to pitch an interview and elicit great media coverage.

The 24-page NACS Public Relations Toolkit includes overviews, tips and examples of how to create and refine a public relations program. It is the latest deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative that addresses ongoing industry perceptions by providing convenience retailers with tools to evolve their in-store offer and elevate their image in their community.

The NACS Public Relations Toolkit complements NACS’ ongoing media relations training programs that are offered at select NACS and other industry events. Over the past decade, NACS media has conducted more than 5,000 interviews with the general media and trained hundreds of retailers, suppliers and state association executives during media training sessions.

“These days, media relations goes far beyond the traditional press. Today, everyone is reporting ‘news’ on some level, especially on social media. By using basic public relations strategies and gaining some additional exposure for your efforts, you will be able to more successfully attract consumers to your stores and improve the reputation of your brand,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard.

The primer is the fourth deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative. NACS released two other resources earlier this month: “How Convenience Stores Work and Their Contributions to Communities,” a primer defining 10 key areas of the convenience store business, and “Building the Business Case for Produce Sales at Convenience Stores,” the first primer co-published by NACS and United Fresh to help grow produce sales in convenience stores. In late 2014, NACS also posted more than 100 Ideas 2 Go video segments that showcase exceptional convenience retailing.

“Today, media relations is about more than just press coverage. It’s about projecting the message you want to convey about your business. Stories will be written about your business — and our industry. This suite of tools that we developed for members will make sure that these stories can be framed in a positive light,” said Lenard.

NACS will publish additional toolkits in the coming weeks.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Kimco Realty Corp. announces its public offering of $350 million notes due 2045

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced its public offering of $350 million notes due 2045 at a coupon of 4.25% per annum with an effective yield of 4.313%, maturing April 1, 2045. The company intends to use the net proceeds of approximately $342.7 million from the offering for general corporate purposes, including to (i) pre-fund near-term maturities, including one or more of the company’s (a) $184.2 million of mortgage debt maturing during the remainder of 2015 with a weighted average interest rate of 5.14%, (b) $100 million aggregate principal amount of 5.25% Senior Notes due September 2015 and (c) $150 million aggregate principal amount of 5.584% Senior Notes due November 2015 and (ii) partially reduce borrowings ($100 million as of December 31, 2014) under the company’s revolving credit facility maturing in March 2018 (subject to two six-month extension options), which borrowings bear interest at a rate of one-month LIBOR plus 0.925% (1.09% as of December 31, 2014).

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Barclays Capital Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as the joint book-running managers for this offering. U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as the senior co-managers. BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, BBVA Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Mizuho Securities USA Inc., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., TD Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Securities LLC served as the co-managers.

The offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, prospectus and related prospectus supplement. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the base prospectus, when available, may be obtained by contacting Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 222 Broadway, New York, New York 10038, Attention: Prospectus Department or emailing dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com, Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, toll-free at (888) 603-5847 or emailing Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 60 Wall Street, New York, New York, 10005, Attention: Prospectus Group or toll-free at (800) 503-4611.

The offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, prospectus and related prospectus supplement. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the base prospectus, when available, may be obtained by contacting Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 222 Broadway, New York, New York 10038, Attention: Prospectus Department or emailing dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com, Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, toll-free at (888) 603-5847 or emailing Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 60 Wall Street, New York, New York, 10005, Attention: Prospectus Group or toll-free at (800) 503-4611.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

ABOUT KIMCO
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that owns and operates North America’s largest publicly traded portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned interests in 754 shopping centers comprising 110 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Chile. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
The statements in this release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with the company’s expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings, including but not limited to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and any subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the sections titled “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to the company’s 4.25% Notes due 2045 and in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as it may be updated or supplemented by subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K or Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

 

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CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Kimco Realty Corp.
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

As presenting sponsor, Washington grocery chain is the event’s largest supporter in the state

BELLINGHAM, Wash.,2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, Inc. has announced its partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the nonprofit’s annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year. This year also marks Haggen’s seventh as presenting sponsor of the Chapter’sWalk MS events in Western Washington.

Haggen is Walk MS’s largest corporate supporter in the state through the organization’s Greater Northwest Chapter, which serves more than 15,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington. The fundraiser consists of 11 local walks across Washington throughout April, in addition to 13 other Walk MS events in communities throughout the Chapter territory.

Through the company’s long involvement with the National MS Society, Haggen has raised and donated more than half a million dollars in support of people with MS living in the communities they serve. In 2014, Haggen raised $55,000 through the sales of Walk MS ‘feet’ at Haggen checkout stands.

“The National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, does outstanding work to raise funds for critical MS research and improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in our state and beyond, and we are proud to once again give them our full support,” said John Clougher, Haggen CEO, Pacific Northwest. “We encourage Haggen’s Washington shoppers to support Walk MS by buying a Walk MS ‘foot’ and reusable bag, or by participating at their local walk.”

“Haggen is an incredible community partner. In addition to their generous presenting sponsorship, we’re so appreciative of the energy each Haggen employee gives through the Walk MS ‘foot’ sales, and for the support Haggen shoppers give the fundraiser. We are thrilled and honored to have their support again this year,” said Patty Shepherd-Barnes, Chapter President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.

2015 Haggen Walk MS Fundraiser – April 8-21, 2015

From April 8 through 21, shoppers at all Washington Haggen stores can support the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by making a donation during checkout to receive a paper Walk MS “foot.” The foot will hang in the store with the donor’s name listed. In addition, shoppers may purchase limited-edition, reusable Walk MS bags in support of the organization. Individual stores will hold separate fundraising events, such as hotdog feeds, car washes and recipe contests.

In 2014, Walk MS events throughout the Greater Northwest Chapter territory attracted more than 11,000 participants and raised more than $2.1 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration for all Walk MS events is available online at http://www.walkMS.org.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750

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Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

ICSC partners with shopper location analytics company Path Intelligence

Path Aims to Optimize Shopping Centers by Combining Big Data and Shopper Location Analytics

NEW YORK, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has signed a global sponsorship agreement with shopper location analytics company Path Intelligence. This exciting agreement fuses ICSC’s established and extensive network and resources with Path Intelligence’s innovative vision for the future of shopping malls.

As the retail real estate sphere evolves in the digital age, there is a growing emphasis on the shopping experience and the need to deliver that ‘something’ that cannot be achieved online. Every decision a shopping center makes – whether it’s selecting the next brand for a vacant unit or getting the overall brand mix right; driving tenant performance or arranging a successful promotion – directly contributes to its success in delivering better shopping experiences, and in turn achieving their financial goals.

The world’s leading shopping centers now share the same urgent need for insights that will help them provide those experiences. It’s an area of significant focus and investment for many of the world’s leading property owners.

“We seek to sign sponsors through our global partnership program that have the potential to significantly enhance the shopping center industry,” said Michael Kercheval, ICSC president and CEO. “ICSC believes that the agreement with Path Intelligence will help drive more focus and discussion amongst our industry on the benefits of location analytics, big-data and the progression beyond basic shopper analytics – something that will help keep our industry moving forward.”

As Matthew Parker, CEO of Path Intelligence, explains, “The world’s best shopping centers deliver a fresh experience to shoppers. They compete for every dollar in a marketplace with increasingly more consumer options than ever before. It is no secret they focus obsessively on getting this right, and starting to gather deep insight into visitor behaviors to continuously tune their offer is paramount. We know collecting and understanding this data can be complex and expensive – that’s where we can help. This partnership enables us to share our vision – one where shopping center decisions, big and small, are based on real shopper behaviors. It’s where both we and the ICSC believe future success lies.”

In 2004, Path Intelligence introduced a revolutionary technology for mapping mobile phones through cellphone signals. Today, Path Intelligence’s aggregation of three cellphone signals – cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – gives them an understanding of shopper behavior that is unachievable anywhere else. By augmenting this data with a wide variety of other data sources, including store sales, parking lot, weather and trade area information, determines not just where shoppers go, but also how long they spend there, what they spend and where they go next – enabling informed decision-making that can optimize tenant protection and drive asset value across entire portfolios.

To further boost their capabilities, Path Intelligence recently announced their decision to develop a big data hub (PI+) to amalgamate data from multiple sources, including customers and partner networks. In addition, Path also announced the development of a new analytics platform (PIX), which will maximize the capabilities of the hub. Both will be launched later this year.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 68,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

About Path Intelligence
Imagine the equivalent of web analytics for physical retail. Founded in the labs of MIT, Path Intelligence’s unique, award-winning location analytics technology has created a new category of insight for shopping center operators. We call it Decision Science – the application of scientific principles and practices to shopping center decision-making. It’s about measuring billions of shopper movements in hundreds of locations around the world. Adding unique third-party data. Combining it with the deepest analytic expertise. And then providing our clients with statistically robust predictions that enable more profitable decisions. Decisions that optimize tenant performance, protect and drive lease values, maximize operating income, and ultimately, drive asset value.

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Mexican flavors are on the rise: ‘Tastes of Mexico’ at Wegmans, March 18 through May 9, 2015

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mexican flavors have gone mainstream. Mexican foods outsell hot dogs at American supermarkets, Supermarket Newsfigures show, [source: Supermarket News August 4 2014 edition, Supermarket Categories by dollar sales] and ABC News notes that Mexican restaurants now outnumber Chinese kitchens or Italian bistros.

But there’s a lot more to Mexican cuisine than just tacos and burritos, so when chefs at Wegmans Food Markets decided to bring South-of-the-border flavors to many of the company’s self-serve food bars, they spent months learning about techniques and ingredients from an internationally celebrated authority. You can taste what they learned at most Wegmans stores from March 18 through May 9, 2015.

The menu includes 32 hot and cold dishes and sauces to mix and match. Among familiar favorites are chicken and cheese tamales, Mexican black beans, Mexican rice, guacamole, fresh tortillas and fresh tortilla chips. Those looking for something new will find entrees like Braised Pork with Poblano Salsa Verde and Pan-Seared Tilapia with Cherry Tomato Salsa, and sides like Roasted Cauliflower with Lime Vinaigrette and Toasted Pepitas. Everything is priced at $8.99 a pound or less, and dinner is likely to cost from $7 to $12 per person, depending on how much food a customer chooses.

The seed that grew into “Tastes of Mexico” was planted more than a year ago, says Chef Jim Schaeffer, vice president of culinary operations at Wegmans. “We wanted to expand our Latin offerings and do so at the highest level. We wanted deeper, complex flavors. We wanted fun, delicious food that was healthy, too, with plenty of vegetables.”

Schaeffer and other Wegmans chefs headed for the Culinary Institute of America’s Latin Conference in San Antonio in 2013, where they met Roberto Santibañez and made an instant connection. “He’s a real authority. He’s written three books and is the chef-owner of three upscale restaurants – all named Fonda – in New York City. They all feature authentic Mexican cuisine. His sauces are incredible, he’s a phenomenal teacher, and a great partner for us.”

When Santibañez met with chefs in Wegmans kitchens, he shared techniques and recipe tweaks that moved dishes and sauces from good to great. “His black beans are so silky, so flavorful, and he showed us how to make them that way,” Schaeffer says. When Wegmans chefs met with Santibañez in New York City, he led them to neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn where they shopped for the best ingredients for Latin dishes and sampled the fare at outstanding taquerias.

After the menu took shape, it was time to teach Wegmans chefs in more than 60 stores the finer points of making the dishes, to assure an ample supply of fresh menu items throughout the day. Schaeffer and Scott Watterson, Wegmans prepared foods business manager, hit the road for several weeks earlier this year to talk about the program and demonstrate techniques with culinary staff in all divisions.

“We set out to introduce exciting Mexican flavors while honoring our commitment to help make great meals that are easy, healthy, and affordable,” Schaeffer says. “We can’t wait to share these new dishes with our customers.”

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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 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Recall: Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz. due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 12,540 packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz. (UPC 77890-32932) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product was sold in the frozen food department of the company’s 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between January 27 and March 21, 2015.  Only packages with the following codes are affected:

BEST USED BY JAN 26 2017 50265
BEST USED BY FEB 02 2017 50335

This product is supplied to Wegmans by Twin City Foods, Inc. based in Stanwood, Washington.

L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L.monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.   Customers who have experienced these symptoms and are concerned should contact their physician.

No illnesses associated with this recall have been reported to date.

Wegmans will place automated phone calls to customers who purchased the product using their Shoppers Club card.  Customers who purchased the recalled products from Wegmans should return it to the service desk for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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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 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ®study.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Whole Foods Market® opens its doors in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood on March 25

New location includes Mediterranean delights, specialty tea, and rare beers

CHICAGO, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM) opens its doors in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood on Wednesday, March 25 at 8am. The over 42,000 square-foot store at 1 N. Halsted is the third of seven Whole Foods Markets slated to open in the Chicagoland area during 2015, and the 22nd location in the Chicago market.

“We are thrilled to open a store in one of Chicago’s culinary centers,” says Jorge Trejo, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market West Loop. “We’re so pleased to join one of Chicago’s most diverse, thriving, and food-focused neighborhoods.”

The new Whole Foods Market features a variety of beverage and prepared food options as well as classic Whole Foods Market favorites for shoppers to choose from. These include:

• Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods such as: In-house Made Pita, Chicken Shawarma, Fresh-Fried Falafels, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Hummus and Baba Ghanoush
• Customized Neapolitan-style individual pizzas
• In-house smoked meats
• Fresh baklava from Atopolis
• Specialty tea from Rishi
• A 24-tap bar with a variety of unique and hard-to-find beers
• A “beer engine,” featuring Begyle’s Hophazardly, a special to the store
• A list of 25 different whiskeys and two specialty cocktails from world-renown mixologist and Chicago native Charles Joly

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and West Loop neighbors beginning at 7:45 AM. Doors and shopping officially begin at 8:00 AM. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

Shoppers will be delighted by the bright, colorful and delicious Responsibly Grown Produce. Whole Foods Market recently launched a Responsibly Grown Produce rating system that uses well-regarded scientific input to rate produce and flowers as “Good,” “Better” or “Best.” The scientific input assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. This new system continues Whole Foods Market’s commitment to providing healthy, fresh food without the expense to nature.

This level of commitment and transparency extends into other departments as well. Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibits artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

• Prepared Foods: The Prepared Foods Department’s grab-and-go meals and diverse food venues are all made with high quality natural and organic ingredients.
• Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
• Seafood: The Seafood Counter has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store.

“Whole Foods Market is devoted to serving the community in every way. We strive for lasting relationships with local organizations, working closely with them long before opening day,” adds Trejo.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in the West Loop, will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where one percent of each day’s net sales will be donated to a Chicago-based organization including National Hellenic Museum, Greater Chicago Food Depository, New Leash on Life, Merit School of Music, and Chicago Artists Coalition.

Another way Whole Foods Market supports the community is with the One Dime at a Time program. The program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping. At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market West Loop’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Skinner Park Advisory Council.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw
President – Midwest Region
Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

Klépierre S.A. and Corio N.V. merger to take effect on 31 March 2015

Joint Press Release

PARIS, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre S.A. (Klépierre) (Euronext Paris and Amsterdam) and Corio N.V. (Corio) (Euronext Amsterdam) today announce that all conditions precedent to the implementation of the merger of Klépierre and Corio have been fulfilled. The merger is scheduled to take effect on 31 March 2015, 23:59 hrs CET.

In connection with the public exchange offer (the “Offer”) by Klépierre for all of Corio’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares, Klépierre and Corio agreed to further integrate their businesses after completion of the Offer by means of a cross-border merger with Klépierre as the surviving entity and Corio as the disappearing entity (the “Merger”). The general meetings of shareholders of Corio and Klépierre held respectively on 8 and 11 December 2014 passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution approving the merger of the two companies. Klépierre and Corio have now established that all conditions precedent to the implementation of the Merger have been fulfilled.

Effectiveness of the Merger
In accordance with the Merger Proposal, the Merger will take effect on 31 March 2015, 23:59 hrs CET (the “Merger Date”), provided that no unforeseen circumstance would occur as a result of which any of the conditions precedent would no longer be fulfilled. As a result of the Merger, Klépierre will acquire all assets and liabilities of Corio by operation of law and Corio will cease to exist and as a result thereof be delisted from Euronext Amsterdam. Corio shareholders will, by operation of law, become shareholders of Klépierre.

Exchange Ratio
The exchange ratio to be applied in the Merger shall be equal to the exchange ratio applied in the Offer. As a result thereof, upon the Merger taking effect, by virtue of such Merger and without any further action on the part of Klépierre or any Corio shareholder, the remaining Corio shareholders will receive 1.14 (one and fourteen hundredths) Klépierre share for each Corio share that they hold.

Klépierre shall therefore issue 7,319,177 new shares, in consideration for the 6,420,331 Corio shares held by the remaining minority shareholders of Corio.

Delivery of new Klépierre shares
Any trades in Corio shares that are made in the two trading days preceding the Merger Date will, as a result of the Merger taking effect and the Corio shares ceasing to exist prior to the settlement of such trades, be settled after the Merger Date by the delivery of new Klépierre shares allotted in the Merger.

The new Klépierre shares issued in the context of the Merger, will be entitled to the remainder of the dividend to be paid by Klépierre for the fiscal year 2014 following the Klépierre annual shareholders’ meeting to be held in 2015. The shares will go ex-dividend on 17 April 2015 and the dividend, which represents 0.69 euro per share, will be paid in cash on 21 April 2015.

Indicative Timing
Date Event
31 March 2015 Last trading date of Corio shares on Euronext Amsterdam
31 March 2015 Effective date of the Merger
2 April 2015 Delivery of new Klépierre shares to the former Corio shareholders

Further information
The information in this press release contains selected, condensed information regarding the Merger and is not intended to be complete. For further information in relation to the Merger explicit reference is made to the common draft cross-border merger terms dated 24 October 2014 (the “Merger Proposal”), the special report submitted by the Klépierre Executive Board (which includes the Document E, approved by the AMF on 27 October 2014), and the explanatory notes provided by the Corio Management Board (the “Merger Terms”). Further reference is made to the Offer Memorandum and Prospectus prepared in connection with the Offer, all of which were published on 27 October 2014. The Prospectus is composed of (i) the Klépierre Registration Document filed with the AMF on 10 March 2014 under number D.14-0130, (ii) the update of the Registration Document filed with the AMF on 27 October 2014 under number D.14-0130-A01, and (iii) the securities note (including the summary of the prospectus).

Corio shareholders are advised to review the Merger Terms, the Offer Memorandum and the Prospectus in detail and to seek independent advice where appropriate in order to reach a reasoned judgment in respect of the Merger.

Digital copies of the Merger Terms, Offer Memorandum and the Prospectus are available on the Klépierre website (www.klepierre.com) and the Corio website (www.corio-eu.com). Copies of these documents are also available free of charge at the offices of Klépierre, Corio and the Exchange Agent, at the addresses mentioned below. The websites of Klépierre and Corio do not constitute a part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Merger Terms, the Offer Memorandum or the Prospectus.

Exchange Agent
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
1000 EA Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Klépierre
Klépierre S.A.
26 boulevard des Capucines
75009 Paris, France

Corio
Corio N.V.
Hoog Catharijne, Van Duvenborch Building
Stationsplein 97
3503 RE Utrecht, the Netherlands

About Klépierre
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21 billion euros on 31 December 2014, including on a proforma basis, the acquisition of Corio in January 2015, and essentially comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group, world leader in the shopping center industry, BNP Paribas and APG.

Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the CAC Next20 and CAC Large 60 indexes (effective March 20, 2015 after market close), the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com.

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS

KLEPIERRE
Vanessa FRICANO – +33 1 40 67 52 24 / vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com
Julien ROUCH – +33 1 40 67 53 08 / julien.rouch@klepierre.com

CORIO
Ingrid PRINS – +31 (0)30 234 67 43 / ingrid.prins@nl.corio-eu.com

MEDIA CONTACTS

FRANCE
Jérôme BISCAY – +33 1 53 96 83 83 / klepierre@brunswickgroup.com
Aurélia DE LAPEYROUSE – +33 1 53 96 83 83 / klepierre@brunswickgroup.com

NETHERLANDS
Dirk DELMARTINO – +32 479 730 030 / ddelmartino@brunswickgroup.com
Geert PIELAGE – + 31 20 575 40 85 / geert.pielage@citigateff.nl

UNITED KINGDOM
Marleen GEERLOF – +44 7974 982401 / mgeerlof@brunswickgroup.com

GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited announces the Group’s audited consolidated results for the year ended 31 December 2014

Core Financial Indicators Exceed Industry Average for Eight Consecutive Quarters E-commerce Business Grew Rapidly with GMV Doubled in Q4 Business Model Upgrade to Total Retail Company to Build Another GOME by 2017

• GOME achieved industry leading results with core financial indicators for eight consecutive quarters:

1. 2014 Sales revenue up 7.0% y-o-y to RMB60.36 billion with second-tier markets sales up 15.0% y-o-y
2. Same store sales growth (SSSG) reached 4.8%, second-tier market recorded SSSG of 9.3%
3. Sales revenue per sq.m. sustained an upward trend for eight consecutive quarters to RMB3,943 in 2014 Q4
4. Operating expense ratio continued to improve and fell 0.3 percentage point y-o-y to 16.3%
5. Profitability stayed solid: Consolidated gross profit margin achieved 18.5%; Net profit margin amounted to 2.1%
6. Online GMV increased 84.4% y-o-y, of which number of new mobile terminal users grew by 97.2% y-o-y

• Omni-channel strategy continued to create value for shareholders with earnings per share amounted to RMB7.6 fen. The Board proposed a final dividend of HK$1.80 cents per ordinary share

Hong Kong, 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited (HKSE stock code: 493, “GOME” or “The Company”, together with its subsidiaries, “The Group”) today announced the Group’s audited consolidated results for the year ended 31 December 2014 (“the Reporting Period”). In 2014, GOME spared no effort to pursue its strategic goal of becoming an “Open Omni-channel Retailer”. By optimizing its open supply chain platform, driving further improvements in the areas of procurement, logistics, information system and financial services, as well as building an open omni-channel platform encompassing “online + offline + mobile terminal + other socialized channels”, the Group has managed to provide cross-regional and cross-channel full services to consumers as a whole. The launch of this strategic transformation, supported by the low-cost highly-efficient open supply chain, has enabled the Group to achieve year-on-year growth in key financial indicators for eight consecutive quarters and increase its operating efficiency. During the reporting period, profit attributable to the owners of the parent company surged 43.5% to RMB1.28 billion. The Group’s differentiated products rose significantly from 1.2% of total revenue in 2009 to 33% in 2014.

In 2014, the Group continued its store renovation initiative and expanded its reach to secondtier markets, strengthened its joint operations with supermarkets and department stores, and promoted its e-commerce development. During the reporting period, the Group completed renovation in 100 smart stores, and opened 145 new stores of which 78 were located in second-tier markets. Additionally, the Group launched a full strategic alliance with department stores and supermarkets with 154 newly-opened joint operation stores, leading to a 67% q-o-q increment in the segment’s sales revenue in the fourth quarter.

Under e-commerce development, GOME Online greatly increased the level of unique visits and customer loyalty. This was done through online and offline integration of its supply chain covering procurement, logistics, information system and financial services platforms, and by focusing on the expansion of all product types, price competiveness and the analysis and application of big data. In 2014, the total gross merchandise value (GMV) of the online channel increased 84.4% over the previous year and increased 117.3% in the fourth quarter over the corresponding period the previous year. At the same time, the unique visits (UV) for 2014 was up 85.3% over the previous year and up 149.5% in the fourth quarter from the corresponding period the previous year. Moreover, the Group has been actively developing mobile applications. Measures such as products with pre-installed applications drove mobile terminal membership sign-ups for GOME Online. The number of new mobile terminal users increased 97.2% over the previous year. Mobile GMV accounted for 19.4% of online GMV in 2014 and 35.1% in the fourth quarter.

Business Model Upgrades to Total Retail to Build “Another GOME” in 2017

With the onset of the mobile Internet era, the development of consumer behavior is trending towards a focus on the individual, with fragmented consumption time, diversified shopping setting, and less distinction between channels. With the change in consumption behavior and demand, GOME is destined to upgrade the “omni-channel experience” in both online and offline to “total retail experience” emerging from the integrated online and offline channels, allowing consumers to move freely between online, offline, mobile terminals and jointoperating channels. The Group will focus on the development of Mobile Micro Shops (「微 店」) on the front-end interface platform, connecting online and offline. Meanwhile, the Group will enhance the value of the supply chain with a focus on the back-end big data infrastructure to build a total retail community with more than 100 million customers.

Through GOME’s total retail shopping process, consumers from different entrances will enjoy more product choices than ever, diversified services including shopping assistance, queries, payment, installation, after-sales, reviews and feedbacks etc. Meanwhile, the Group will also conduct targeted marketing and promote repeat purchases by transferring real-time customer behavior data to the front-end in a timely manner using the big data terminal.

Key tasks in 2015 include:

• Total Retail Interface Platforms: (1) Mobile micro shops: Loyal fans are the consumers with the most potential. Anchored by the micro shops, GOME will connect offline, online and data terminal to create a superb consumer experience. Leveraging social media which focuses on one-to-one information sharing through a network of connections, GOME will launch and share enormous products, achieving crosscategories, cross-brands and round-the-clock sales, transcending the boundaries of time and space and offering exclusive customized services to consumers. The Group currently owns 130 million members + 12,000 suppliers + 10,000 vendors + 100,000 employees (including non-listed Gome group). The Group will establish more than Page 3 of 4 100,000 mobile micro shops in 2015, and double the number of its fans by 2017. (2) Smart stores: By expediting the digitization of its physical stores; increasing product variety, introducing a sophisticated product experience and new technology, the Group will allow consumers to actually purchase while shopping and playing; (3) Second-tier market: GOME will accelerate the expansion of store networks to further cover different counties and towns, while expecting to enter 100 new cities in the next three years; (4) GOME On-line: The Group will further develop direct sales of electrical appliance categories and marketplace sales of non-electrical appliances. GOME aims to achieve a CAGR of 100% in GMV and number of mobile terminal users in the coming three years, by accelerating the development of the mobile terminal and e-commerce business, becoming China’s leading e-commerce platform.

• Total Retail Value Platforms: (1) Big Data terminal: The Group will make use of its massive transaction data to build a big data terminal. By capturing customers’ behavior through cloud computing and data analysis, the Group will be able to conduct targeted marketing, creating total retail interface platforms which allow boundless shopping experience and thorough penetration. Furthermore, the Group will leverage the data to boost collaboration between value platforms including procurement, logistics, after-sales, financial services and information. Recently, The Group has successfully created a big event ‘13th Mar Black Friday’ in 400+ cities in China through targeted marketing with its Big Data terminal. (2) Procurement: With the new procurement model driven by data and synergies with suppliers, GOME will maintain its low price benchmark and increase its pace to achieve the target of raising the proportion of differentiated products to 50% by 2017. (3) Logistics: GOME is committed to building China’s biggest socialized logistics network platform for home appliances. With its strong infrastructure and supporting resources and 1,688 chain stores nationwide (including the stores under the non-listed GOME group), GOME will continue to establish the highest service standard of “Three deliveries/day, precise delivery, installation on delivery”. (4) After-sales services: GOME has already become China’s biggest air-conditioner and television installation service provider. By offering the whole process after-sales service within the product validity period including installation, extended warranty, maintenance and home appliances recycling, and the promise of “Deal with the problem within 24-hours”, GOME aims to become China’s largest platform for home appliances after-sales services by 2017. (5) Information system: GOME will build the GOME cloud platform and establish the data cloud, logistics cloud, after-sales cloud, product cloud, corporate resources cloud and finance cloud etc., achieving the sharing between logistics, data and capital resources. (6) Financial services: GOME has successfully launched many internet finance products, such as Mei Tong prepaid card, Mei Ying Bao and other services; and will focus on the development of factoring finance and business loans. This will let it offer better and more targeted financial products and services to customers and suppliers, enhancing loyalty to GOME supply chain.

Mr. Wang Junzhou, CEO of GOME, concluded: “The infrastructure under GOME’s ‘open omnichannel retailer’ strategy has been completed which in turn paved the way for the Group’s remarkable results. In 2015, with Internet Plus becoming the national strategy, and with the development of mobile terminals and social media, GOME will perform in-depth data mining and carry out targeted marketing with the aid of big data terminal. It will accelerate the integration and interaction between its online, offline and mobile terminals, and strive to build a “GOME ecosystem” covering consumer groups of all ages, channels and markets. This will support the Group build China’s best total retail platform and achieve the target of “building another GOME” by 2017, thus creating greater value for shareholders, suppliers and consumers.”

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About GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited
GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited was listed on The Hong Kong Stock Exchange in July 2004 (HKSE: 00493). The GOME Group was founded in China in 1987 and is engaged in the retail business of electrical appliances and consumer electronics in China. It is the leading retail chain of electrical appliances and consumer electronics and the leading retail chain enterprise in China.

Please visit our website for more information: www.gome.com.hk

For further enquiries, please contact:

Hong Kong

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Celia Fong
Tel: (852) 2894 6349 / 9842 8809
Email: celia.fong@hkstrategies.com

Elisa Fong
Tel: (852) 2894 6224 / 9528 9627
Email: elisa.fong@hkstrategies.com

Beijing
Helen Song
Tel: (86 10) 5928 8815
Email: songjie6@gome.com.cn

 

 

Commissaries to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings for the entire family this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — April is Month of the Military Child and commissaries are celebrating with giveaways and savings for the entire family. “Children in military households face unique challenges because of the demands of military life,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “So, at the Defense Commissary Agency, we want to acknowledge them and do all we can to provide their families with great values for their commissary benefit.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers on the importance of encouraging their children toward healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 19 through April 8, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette, and customers can vote for their installation at https://thefamilyunitpg.com.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event”, a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness and raise money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for store displays from participating manufacturers.
  • Keebler’s 16th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 9 through May 6 at all stores. Customers will receive a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays in your local commissary.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring a stateside organic food event called “Live Green Together.” From April 9 to April 22, product sampling and great savings through coupons on Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items such as ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce healthy snacks and frozen fruit will be available.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

Note: For photos related to ProCamps, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil