Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany sign service agreement with MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren Vermittlungs AG

  • MARKANT takes over settlement of Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany
  • Real, METRO Cash & Carry Germany and suppliers benefit by synergies and simplifications

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany signed a service agreement with MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren Vermittlungs AG. MARKANT will in future be responsible for the complete settlement of the German merchandise business of both entities. The migration will be effected in several steps.

MARKANT AG is a service company with activities across Europe that, besides taking the role of a intermediary between trade and industry, offers a vast portfolio of services along the complete value creation chain and in the backup field. Effective now, the entire German merchandise business of Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany will be handled through this company. With this move, METRO GROUP is strengthening the competitiveness of its sales lines on the domestic market. The migration will be effected in several steps and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. This means that, in future, the participating suppliers will send their invoices directly to MARKANT. MARKANT will then settle them with due consideration of the agreed conditions and draw the funds directly from Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany. Thanks to the high degree of harmonisation with MARKANT, this will also result in synergies and benefits on the suppliers’ side because they will in future benefit from standardised settlement processes. The existing collaboration between METRO GROUP and Groupe Auchan is not part of this cooperation.

“This cooperation will contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of Real”, says Patrick Müller-Sarmiento, Managing Director Purchasing at Real. “Real is focussing on its domestic market in Germany and adjusting its business processes accordingly. With its great experience in German food retailing, MARKANT is the ideal cooperation partner for us”. Real is successfully cooperating with MARKANT already today. This cooperation includes the bundling of non-food, the procurement of Spanish fruits and vegetables via Iberiana and the entry-level drugstore brand Laligne, for example.

Alain Cappannelli, Managing Director Purchasing at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, adds: “We are looking forward to a good cooperation with MARKANT and to thereby leverage additional potential for METRO Cash & Carry Germany. As a trading and services company with activities throughout Germany, MARKANT is highly specialised in the settlement and bundling of purchasing volumes. This way, we can collaborate even more efficiently with our suppliers in the future.”

“Both, Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany, are an excellent match for us because, with a view to the orientation of their processes, both companies will find a lot of potential for a successful cooperation with MARKANT. The fact that we have been able to convince such partners of our services, and win them, attests not only to the quality of our services, but also to our philosophy according to which, as a rule, we do not meddle in the operational and trading competencies of our partners. Specifically, this means that we respect the different corporate cultures and distribution concepts”, says Franz-Friedrich-Müller, Managing Director of MARKANT AG.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

MARKANT AG, headquartered in Swiss Pfäfflikon, is the largest trading and service cooperation in Europe’s food industry and has more than six decades of market experience. Its main trading partners are independent companies.

Gross external sales of the over 100 affiliated trade partners is € 83 billion, of which nearly € 38.5 billion are being settled by MARKANT. The business of MARKANT range from goods brokerage business with around 11,000 industrial partners through information management of the European Central regulation to numerous product data-related services and extensive financial services.

Tesco announces the appointment of Michelle McEttrick to the role of Group Brand Director

Cheshunt, England, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has announced that it has appointed Michelle McEttrick to the role of Group Brand Director. She will join on 18 May. Michelle was previously the CMO of the global retail bank at Barclays.

Robin Terrell, Chief Customer Officer at Tesco, said:

“Michelle brings a real diversity of expertise and experience to Tesco. Her experience spans working on and leading the rejuvenation of British Airways and Barclays at BBH, to building the world’s largest digital food brand, allrecipes.com, and working for agency clients including Coca-Cola and Frito Lay. She is a passionate, creative customer champion, and will be a real asset to our business.”

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

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson: UK consumers are making greater use than ever of handheld devices to shop online, particularly where it comes to buying clothes

LONDON, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “The latest BRC-Google figures show that UK consumers are making greater use than ever of handheld devices to shop online, particularly where it comes to buying clothes. The number of people using their smartphone to search for apparel is up by 54 per cent compared to year ago, while tablet searches over the same period are up by 11 per cent.

“British shoppers are also increasingly looking abroad as well as at home to buy their clothes, with a 9 per cent rise in consumers searching online for overseas clothes retailers. This trend also applies however to shoppers abroad with a 10 per cent rise compared to last year in the number of consumers in other countries searching online for UK apparel.”

Peter Fitzgerald, Retail Director, Google, said: “Mobile continues to drive growth in the UK and this remains the case with apparel in the first quarter of the year. Interestingly, emerging markets still see strong growth from tablets, however smartphones supercharge growth for overseas consumers of UK brands.

“Multichannel retailers had a strong Q1, growing at 42% YoY. This reflects the increasing trend we see in the UK toward click-and-collect services. Consumers value the convenience of in-store collection, and particularly for apparel, the ability to easily return goods to store.

“Finally, the New Year saw an increase in sports and fitness apparel searches as Brits turn over a new leaf and focus on their health. Looking at the top queries we can see that wedding season is under way with engagement rings and wedding dresses trending on mobile devices.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

X5 Retail Group announces the opening of the 5000th store of the Pyaterochka national retail chain in Russia

Moscow, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, is honoured to announce the opening of the 5000th store of the Pyaterochka national retail chain in Russia.

A ceremony to mark the opening of the store was attended by Alexei Nemeryuk, Head of the Department of Trade and Services of Moscow, Dmitry Dorofeev, Chairman of X5 Retail Group’s Supervisory Board, and Olga Naumova, Pyaterochka’s CEO.

The new store with the selling space of around 1,000 sq m is located on Generala Belova Street, Moscow’s Southern Administrative Area. The product offering comprises 5,000 SKUs, with 35% classified as fresh. The store is fully in line with the new Pyaterochka concept launched in October 2013. Currently, over 2,000 stores operate under the new concept in various Russian regions, of which 175 stores are located in Moscow.

To celebrate the opening of the 5,000th store, Pyaterochka announced a launch of a large-scale social project. The adjacent territory of 10,000 sq m will be used for the construction of a modern recreation area, including a children’s playground, a rollerdrome and a public park with over 500 trees. The opening of the recreation area is scheduled for 1 July 2015. Pyaterochka puts special focus on public amenities in areas adjacent to its stores. Last year, the chain launched the Pyaterochka’s Nice Courtyard programme.

Over the recent years, X5 Retail Group has significantly expanded its footprint, from Petrozavodsk in the Republic of Karelia to Tobolsk in the Tyumen Region. Pyaterochka is the driver of such an active expansion. Less than a year ago, in May 2014, X5 celebrated the opening of Pyaterochka’s 4,000th store in Russia (in Tikhoretsk, Krasnodar Territory). This year, the chain will see further expansion in Russian regions, creating more jobs and sales opportunities for local suppliers.

The Pyaterochka chain accounts for over 70% of X5’s revenue. In Q1 2015, as a result of the selling space increase by 28.8% and traffic growth by 17.9%, net retail revenue of the chain gained 34.7% year-on-year.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘B2’, S&P – ‘B+’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

At 31 March 2015, X5 had 5,639 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,958 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 405 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 convenience stores. The Company operates 33 DCs and 1,407 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.04%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.63%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

DeCA’s vendors, suppliers and brokers collaborate with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s no shortage of savings or “M’s” for commissary promotions in May featuring a lineup of themes such as Military Appreciation Month, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

The majority of stateside commissaries hold their popular Commissary Appreciation Month Case Lot Sale sometime in May, but some will be held in June, so now’s a good time to check the list of sale dates at www.commissaries.com.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Look for mass displays and “end of the aisle” promotions in stores celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day. 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:

  • Cinco de Mayo with Old El Paso offers savings worldwide from April 23 to May 6.
  • Taco Time for José Olé. This stateside promotion from April 23 to May 6 also offers savings on products for your Cinco de Mayo party. José Olé features frozen Mexican foods such as burritos, taquitos, nacho bites and mini tacos.
  • Kellogg’s is uniting with Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron from April 23 to May 6 to pass along savings to commissary customers. The Age of Ultron movie premieres stateside May 1, and Kellogg’s is featuring a collectible toy series. Look for collectible packaging inserts and movie ticket offers on select Kellogg’s/Keebler ready-to-eat cereal, toaster pastry, cookies, crackers, wholesome snacks and frozen breakfast products.
  • The Dr Pepper/Snapple Group is also offering Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron movie franchise collectibles worldwide from May 7 to 20 featuring collectible-character beverage cans and social media content. Giveaways worldwide include big-screen TVs and audio pro headphones. Look for in-store displays.
  • From May 1 to June 12, Smithfield, Gwaltney Race with Royalty Sweepstakes is offering one grand prize winner a three-day/two-night trip to Richmond, Virginia, for two, occurring Sept. 11-13 complete with a $1,200 gift card for travel, accommodations, and expenses; passes for two to the Richard Petty Driving Experience “Ride-Alongs”; a $200 gift card, which may be used for purchase of race tickets; a pair of pre-race pit and garage passes; and a meal with members of the Richard Petty Motorsports race team. Sixteen first-prize winners will each receive one $50 Commissary Gift Card. Commissary customers who purchase three or more Smithfield/Gwaltney products per shopping trip will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes by using their Commissary Rewards Card. This contest is only available for participating stateside stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South. Visit your local commissary for details.
  • The ConAgra Foods “Celebrate Summer with Family, Friends & Food,” runs May 7-June 3. In-store displays give instructions on how a customer receipt can be used to get a $5 coupon simply by purchasing $15 in participating products. The www.conagracommissarydeals.com site also provides details. Customers at participating stores may also enter to win a variety of prizes such as mountain bikes, Xbox game systems, PlayStation game systems or 40″ television sets.
  • Acosta Military supports the Fisher House Foundation with the Celebrating Our Heroes sale. A Fisher House is a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher House program serves more than 22,000 families annually. Commissary patrons will save big on numerous products through this promotion, while participating brands will make donations for every item sold from May 7 to June 3. Look for flyers in commissaries worldwide for details and coupons.
  • Outnumber Hunger is a partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to fighting against hunger. Some 13 million Americans struggle with hunger issues, according to cause organizers, who seek to raise awareness and help Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks. From May 7-May 20, patrons can go online to enter codes listed on specially marked packages of General Mills items. For each code entered General Mills will direct five meals to a food bank. Look for General Mills displays in your local commissary.
  • Gatorade and Naked Juice sponsor the fifth annual Honoring Our Heroes promotional event from May 21 to June 3. Patrons worldwide can nominate their military heroes in 200 words or less at www.gatorademilitary.com to win cash and free groceries for their heroes. Those honored can include active and veteran military patrons, spouses, their families, friends, neighbors or organizations that benefit the military community. Essay entrants will get a Gatorade product commissary coupon as a special thank you. The first 25 essay entrants will also get a unique Gatorade and Naked Juice prize. In addition, all winners will be recognized at their commissary and on www.gatorademilitary.com. Check your local commissary for details on this event.
  • Memorial Day Celebration. Kraft Foods Group is offering the following savings promotions:
    • From May 7 to May 17, commissary patrons have the opportunity to win two grand prizes chosen from participating stores in the continental United States: 1) a Back Yard Kit with 70-quart Coleman Cooler ($100 value) includes Slip ‘N Slide, Super Soakers, Horse Shoe, Wham Golf Game and more; and 2) two $50 Commissary Gift Cards. Check your local commissary for details on this contest.
      The drawing for these giveaways will be the week of May 18 at each participating commissary. Check your local commissary for details on this event.
    • May 21-June 3, there will be a Commissary Rewards Card offer to save $1 off meat or produce with the purchase of three participating Kraft products. There will also be an in-store, return-trip coupon with the purchase of five participating Kraft products, redeemable for $5 off your next commissary visit in June.
  • Kellogg’s presents the Special K Spring event to inspire new approaches to weight management and personal wellness. Special K will feature new food products worldwide and a chance to win free athletic gear – a $100 value. Special K will also offer from May 21 to June 3 a bundling coupon – purchase three participating Special K products and receive a $3-off produce coupon.

“We can’t thank our service members enough for all they do to preserve our freedom and maintain the security of our nation,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “To them and their family members, we endeavor to deliver the best commissary benefit possible.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. For a motion graphic, please go toYouTube.

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

Engage with QVC content via real-time updates and notifications within the Apple Watch® app

QVC for Apple Watch® is now available in the US, UK and Germany

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting today, QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, will allow consumers to engage with QVC content via real-time updates and notifications within the Apple Watch® app. Initially available in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, QVC for Apple Watch® will sync with and extend the functionality of the QVC app for iPhone®.

With a tap of the QVC icon (the Q logo) on the home screen, customers can see QVC’s most popular content – the Item on Air, the product currently being shown live on air; and the Today’s Special Value®, QVC’s best find of the day. Another tap brings up a close-up product shot with pricing and product details. Customers can then complete their transaction on their iPhone. Additionally, users who opt in to receive push notifications will see real-time alerts of what’s currently on air on the Apple Watch home screen, and will be able to see additional information by clicking directly on the QVC icon.

“As wearables continue to serve as an extension of the mobile and tablet experience, the Apple Watch app demonstrates QVC’s commitment to investing in new technologies that deliver a fun, seamless and intuitive customer experience,” said Alex Miller, senior vice president, digital commerce at QVC. “Our customers tend to be early adopters of technology and we believe they will enjoy this new way of discovering the latest from the brands and products they have come to love, now with a simple glance at their wrist.”

QVC for Apple Watch will continue to evolve, offering new features and capabilities over time.

“The functionality of the app will only continue to get more robust. With customer feedback over time, we plan to provide users with a more interactive and engaging on-body experience,” continued Miller. “The developer team here had a lot of fun with this, and we know our customers will enjoy it too.”

Last year, QVC introduced Apple’s Touch IDTM sensor technology for its iPhone app, giving customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts using just their fingertip to authenticate their identity. QVC also introduced enhanced second screen capabilities on the QVC app for iPad®, synchronizing products on air to a consolidated product view on the iPad and further establishing its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming.

“The launch of the Apple Watch app is the most recent milestone of our multi-year strategy to build a robust and scalable global technology platform,” said Venkatesh Natarajan, vice president of IT commerce platforms at QVC. “The strategy’s underlying technology architecture has been instrumental in delivering new capabilities efficiently to our customers across the globe. It also enables us to be more agile and capable of incorporating new features, like TouchID, with ease.”

The QVC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available for free in the App Store. The Apple Watch app, also available on a user’s iPhone, works with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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