Foodstuffs stores to implement changes to the infant formula security protocols announced in March 2015

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following discussion with MPI we can confirm that our stores will be implementing some variations to the infant formula security protocols that have been in place since the threat was announced in March 2015.

Across our New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores we will continue to have in place additional supply chain security measures and our customers can still expect to see heightened security and signage advising customers of the threat. As we move into the next phase of managing this threat, there will no longer be an ‘Infant Formula Monitor’ at shelf. Instead check out staff will be prompted via our point of sale systems to remind each infant formula customer of the need to check for tampering and the MPI consumer guide will also be available.

Foodstuffs is continuing to take the threat very seriously so that our customers can have confidence in infant formula purchased from one of our stores. By their very nature supermarkets are high security environments, every day we have a range security measures in place to ensure the safety and security of our customers and staff. Because of this we have confidence that the variation in protocols around infant formula will continue to offer our customers a high level of security.

Advice from the Police is that the threat remains low but we remind our customers to remain vigilant and alert the appropriate authorities should any sign of tampering be suspected.

Continued advice from MPI

Any customer who has a concern that their infant formula has been tampered with should call MPI on 0800 00 83 33 and they will advise of the appropriate actions that need to be taken. We would ask customers to not take any suspect product back to store.

Any customer who has a concern about their child’s health should contact their health provider or go to their local Hospital Accident and Emergency immediately. Parents can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice from experienced registered nurses who provide health information and recommend appropriate care to callers.

For customers who require support about what to feed their baby then Plunket is also available on 0800 933 922.

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Wincor Nixdorf to provide IT managed service to UK fashion retailer SuperGroup’s stores in 7 European countries

Standard global processes lead to contract award

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a leading retail and banking IT solutions provider, has been selected by SuperGroup, the UK fashion retailer, to provide an IT managed service to support its existing stores in the UK and six other European countries, as well as supporting future expansion throughout Europe. Under the terms of this contract, Wincor Nixdorf will provide dedicated first level help desk support and hardware maintenance availability services for SuperGroup’s entire store IT infrastructure to improve uptime and enhance the customer experience.

SuperGroup awarded this contract to Wincor Nixdorf because of its true multi-lingual capability, its ability to provide a standard service delivery model internationally, and its solution model that demonstrates a real end-to-end capability whilst being commercially attractive. It also recognised Wincor Nixdorf’s world class team and its ability to provide scalable solutions so that it can support SuperGroup as its store network grows.

Keith Riley, IT Director at SuperGroup said, “When we started the RFP process, we wanted to find a supplier that could deliver a consistent service across multiple countries and Wincor Nixdorf clearly demonstrated its capability in this area. Thanks to its global processes, we are confident that Wincor Nixdorf will deliver a seamless experience in all the countries that we operate in which is crucial as we want our customers to have a consistent experience no matter where they are shopping. Aside from this, we were also impressed by Wincor Nixdorf’s proven track record in delivering high availability to its existing customers, its ability to scale its solution to meet our changing needs, and the expertise shown by the entire team throughout the RFP process.”

Neil Hooper, Business Systems Manager at SuperGroup said “Wincor Nixdorf has a proven track record of delivering great service to retailers across the globe. This was apparent during the RFP process and given our global expansion, we needed a supplier who was able to deal with the demanding needs from our retailers and the different cultures. I am confident we will forge a great partnership with Wincor Nixdorf.”

Paul Fisher, Managing Director, Services at Wincor Nixdorf added, “We are delighted that SuperGroup has selected us to provide Managed Services in seven countries. We have the processes, the team and the expertise to ensure high availability throughout Europe so that SuperGroup can leave the IT to us and focus on its customers. Thanks to our proven availability services, we will ensure high uptime of checkouts to provide maximum revenue opportunities for SuperGroup and, importantly, to ensure that customers get a seamless experience during the payment process.”

About SuperGroup (www.supergroup.co.uk)
SuperGroup is the owner of the Superdry brand and operates in the branded fashion sector. Superdry targets the young fashion market with affordable premium quality clothing and accessories for both men and women in the 15 to 25 age bracket, although the brand has become increasingly appealing to a much broader group as it develops its breadth of product ranges.

Since the first Superdry store opening in 2004, the business has grown rapidly and now operates 526 branded locations. There are 96 owned stores and 64 concessions in the UK. There are 50 owned stores, 126 franchised and 13 concessions in Europe. The remainder of the estate is made up of franchised and licensed stores in the rest of the world.

The Group also has a successful ecommerce business. In addition to superdry.com, the Group operates 20 country specific Superdry websites.

The Group’s strategy is to further internationalise the business, with the focus of its future roll out of owned stores on mainland Europe.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines™ toys now available exclusively at Toys“R”Us®

Company Revs its Engines to Serve as the First Destination to Offer the Highly Anticipated Line of Vehicles, Die-Cast and Plush from Fisher-Price

Wayne, NJ, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Straight from Axle City to Toys“R”Us® comes an all-new assortment of toys from Fisher-Price based on the hit Nickelodeon preschool show, Blaze and the Monster Machines™.  Featuring the heroic monster truck, Blaze, his 8-year-old driver, AJ and many of the show’s dynamic and clever characters, the preschool line of road-ready vehicles, die-cast and plush are available only at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com, now through the end of July.

Click to Tweet: #NickJrBlaze and the Monster Machines toys available now only at @Toysrus stores & www.toysrus.com!

“Ever since Blaze and the Monster Machines roared to life last fall, preschoolers have been clamoring for toys starring the show’s entire gang of witty and vibrant characters,” said Jamie Uitdenhowen, Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We worked closely with our partners at Fisher-Price and Nickelodeon to be the first retailer to race this action-packed line of playthings to shelves for little fans, providing them the opportunity to extend the high-octane stunts, songs and monster adventures from the show during playtime.”

Currently ranked as the number-one preschool show in its time period on all TV*, Blaze and the Monster Machines is the first preschool series to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in every episode. Blaze and the Monster Machines follows Blaze and AJ, as they explore the physics of how things move, tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM-related concept, such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism. Created by Jeff Borkin (Team Umizoomi head writer) and Ellen Martin (Bubble Guppies supervising producer), the series airs weekdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

“As the popularity of Blaze and the Monster Machines continues to grow, we are excited to bring the adventures from the show into the homes of our fans,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “Fisher-Price has brought the signature styles, action and excitement from the show to life.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Toys“R”Us to be the first Blaze and the Monster Machines retail destination,” said Steve LaBella, Senior Vice President, Fisher-Price Preschool. “Kids everywhere have been captivated by the unique personalities featured on the show and can now play out the exciting action from Nickelodeon’s top-rated series with vehicles, die-cast and plush, while experiencing the STEM principles integral to the show’s content.”

Blaze and the Monster Machines vehicles, die-cast and plush from Fisher-Price that are now available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com include:

Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Plush Assortment
These ready-to-roar trucks may look tough, but they’ve got a monster-sized soft spot for snuggling with little ones. Featuring big truck tires and a super-soft body, each of these soft plush trucks are ready for race or rest time. Available in Blaze, Zeg and Stripes. Each sold separately. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Vehicle Assortment
With big wheels and even bigger personalities, this assortment of die-cast monster trucks captures the signature styling highlighted on the show and are perfect for recreating fan-favorite races and spectacular stunts. Available in Blaze, Crusher, Pickle, Zeg, Darington and Stripes. Each sold separately. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Slam & Go Assortment
It’s race day and Blaze and the Monster Machines™ are ready for some high-octane action with this assortment of monster trucks. Kids can press down on these race-ready vehicles, then watch as they accelerate to top speeds. Available in Slam & Go Blaze, Slam & Go Crusher and Slam & Go Stripes. Each sold separately. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Talking Assortment
Little fans can bring the amazing adventures from series to life with this assortment of talking vehicles. With the help of sound waves, each of these freewheeling vehicles animates with phrases, awesome action sounds and authentic styling. Available in Talking Blaze, Talking Darington and Talking Zeg. Each sold separately. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Transforming Blaze Jet
Blaze can transform into just about anything, including a jet plane. When kids lift Blaze up, his jet wings automatically pop out and transform him from a road-ready monster machine to a high-flying hero who uses thrust to zoom into aerodynamic action. As little racers make Blaze fly in jet mode, he will speak flight-related phrases. Once his tires hit the ground, he’ll race back into Monster Machine mode with sounds and phrases to match. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

To download hi-resolution images of the new Blaze and the Monster Machines line, please visit:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s2ab495b9661411c9

*Source: NMR (12/29/14-3/29/15), Live+7

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 869 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 725 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 36th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

In 1931, Herman Fisher and Irving Price embarked on a journey to change the toy industry. Their goal: creating playthings that inspire a child’s development. More than 80 years later, Fisher-Price remains deeply rooted in the belief that play is the way children learn best. To this day, understanding the importance of play in building a child’s skills is the fundamental principle, as the company strives to enrich the lives of families with young children around the globe. United by the passion for a child’s safe care and development at each age and stage, the people of Fisher-Price work tirelessly to bring families the best toys and baby products in the world. Some of the company’s best-known brands include Laugh & Learn®, Little People®, Power Wheels®, and Imaginext®, and it’s also a leading developer of character-based toys for children’s programming such as Thomas & Friends™, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Fisher-Price is a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT). For more information, visit www.fisher-price.com (U.S.) and www.fisher-price.ca (Canada) or connect with Fisher-Price on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Adrienne O’Hara
973-617-4383/646-366-8863
Adrienne.Ohara@toysrus.com

Nicole Hayes
973-617-4371/646-366-8862
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Carrefour Romania and Green Group add two new waste collecting SIGUREC stations in Bucharest

ROMANIA, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Green Group in collaboration with Carrefour Romania have inaugurated in the parking lots of Carrefour Colentina and Berceni one SIGUREC station, the smart system for collecting waste directly from consumers, based on reward. In Bucharest, SIGUREC has another three stations in the parking lots of Carrefour Băneasa, Militari and Vitantis.

SIGUREC is the most modern collection solution that currently exists in Romania, having an integrated automated system for waste collection and an intelligent software that registers each waste item entered. People can bring to SIGUREC over 10 types of recyclable materials, with the guarantee that they will all go directly to the recycling plants in Romania.

SIGUREC devices offer rewards for waste brought in by issuing shopping discount vouchers valid in Carrefour hypermarkets.

Moreover, SIGUREC collection stations enable users to actively support a number of social causes. Thus, those who bring waste to SIGUREC can choose to transfer the value of the voucher received to HOSPICE Casa Speranței organization, the most important organization in Romania that provides specialized care for people suffering from final-stages or life-limiting diseases.

The first station was inaugurated in 2013 in Buzău. In 2015, we will continue to implement the SIGUREC system as well as in the other cities where Carrefour has hypermarkets.

During 1 August and 31 December 2014, SIGUREC stations collected a total of over 1,000 tons of waste that have been sent directly to the recycling plants in Romania.

The waste quantities collected through the SIGUREC system in the last five months of 2014:
•    772,063 units of PET packaging, cans and glass
•    310,121 kg of waste electrical and electronic equipment
•    259,063 kg of paper/cardboard

Buzău is the champion city in terms of waste electrical and electronic equipment and waste paper/cardboard and aluminum recycling. Regarding PET and glass packaging, the station located in Carrefour Băneasa comes first in terms of collection.

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Carrefour Romania and Green Group add two new waste collecting SIGUREC stations in Bucharest

Carrefour Romania and Green Group add two new waste collecting SIGUREC stations in Bucharest

Delhaize Group confirms preliminary merger discussions with Royal Ahold N.V.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group confirmed today that it has entered into preliminary discussions with Royal Ahold N.V. to explore the opportunity of combining the two companies.

These discussions may or may not result in a future transaction. The company will communicate material updates, if any, in accordance with regulatory requirements.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of March 2015, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 410 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($29.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts

Investor Relations: +32 2 412 21 51
Media Relations: +32 2 412 86 69

Lowe’s Canada to acquire the leases of 13 former Target Canada locations and to purchase Target’s Milton, Ontario distribution centre for C$151 million

Accelerates Lowe’s Expansion Across Canada

TORONTO, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada announced today it has reached agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target Canada locations and to purchase Target’s Milton, Ontariodistribution centre for a total purchase price of approximately C$151 million.  This acquisition came as part of a real estate auction following Target’s decision to cease operations in Canada.

“Since opening stores in Canada in 2007, we have developed a successful model for providing the Canadian customer with outstanding service and quality products for the home,” said Sylvain Prud‘homme, president of Lowe’s Canada.  “These additional locations will accelerate our expansion across the country, enhancing our presence in Western Canada and strengthening our base in Ontario. We are excited to bring Lowe’s to more customers in more communities in Canada, further demonstrating our commitment to this important market.”

The store sites are located across Canada, many in markets where Lowe’s is underpenetrated.  The distribution centre in Milton, Ontario is strategically located to serve Lowe’s current and future stores.  As a result of the transaction, approximately 2,000 jobs will be created in Canada.

The proposed acquisitions are subject to court approval in Target Canada’s proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and certain other customary conditions. The court run process is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.

About Lowe’s Canada
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has 1,840 home improvement and hardware stores and more than 265,000 employees. InCanada, Lowe’s opened its first stores in December 2007 and now operates 38 stores inOntario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia with more than 6,000 employees. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:704-758-2917PublicRelations@lowes.com

Mobile by Sainsbury’s slashes cost of roaming in over 30 European countries until 30th September 2015

LONDON, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 6th May – 30th September 2015, Mobile by Sainsbury’s, [the MVNO] launched in July 2013, is slashing the cost of roaming in over 30 European countries, including top holiday destinations such as Spain, France and Greece.

Customers on Pay-as-you-go and SIM-only deals (launched 6th May) will now pay the same rates as they would for out of bundle calls, texts and data in the UK. Customers using a Mobile by Sainsbury’s SIM card within Europe, or to contact the UK, will only be charged 8p per minute, 4p per SMS and 5p per MB. It’s also free for customers to receive calls when they’re abroad, something which some other networks charge over 4p per minute for (see below).

Richard Crampton, MD, Mobile by Sainsbury’s said: “Customers can get a nasty surprise when they use their phones abroad. Expensive rates and the shock of the resulting bill can be a big source of customer dissatisfaction, especially over the peak holiday months. We have addressed this for our customers, making phoning from abroad much more affordable and the costs transparent. With the launch of these fantastic roaming rates, we’ve made it cheaper for our customers to call within these European countries than it is for some of our competitors’ customers to make calls within the UK.”

Mobile by Sainsbury’s roaming rates are fantastic value when compared to the rest of the UK market:

Network Operator Making calls in the UK Making calls in the EU Receiving a call in the EU Sending SMS Using data
Mobile by Sainsbury’s 8p per minute 8p per minute Free 4p per text 5p per MB
Three 3p per minute 18.8p per minute 4.9p per minute 5.9p per text 10p per MB
O2 35p per minute 18p per minute 4.8p per minute 5p per text 19p per MB
EE 30p per minute 18.8p per minute 4.9p per minute 5.9p per text Only available with add on – £3/day for 50MB
Tesco 25p per minute 18p per minute 4p per minute 12p per text 19p per MB

The campaign will be advertised in Sainsbury’s stores from 6th May. The roaming rates are live from 6th May – 30th September.

The full list of countries included is available on the Mobile by Sainsbury’s wesbite.

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Mobile by Sainsbury’s slashes cost of roaming in over 30 European countries until 30th September 2015

Mobile by Sainsbury’s slashes cost of roaming in over 30 European countries until 30th September 2015

Tesco scooped 12 Gold and 12 Silver Awards at The Grocer’s Own Label Food and Drink Awards

Cheshunt, England, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco scooped an impressive 14 awards for its finest* range at The Grocer’s Own Label Food and Drink Awards. Overall, the retailer picked up 24 gongs including 12 Gold and 12 Silver Awards.

Jason Tarry, Head of Product at Tesco said, “We are delighted that once again we have been recognised for the quality of our food. Over the last few years we have worked hard to improve our own label products, and our finest* range continues to be benchmarked against the very best food on the market. These awards demonstrate we’re getting it right and, our research tells us that our customers enjoy the quality of our premium range.”

The 12 Gold awards included: Tesco Finest Hand Crimped Pork Pie with Red Onion Chutney, Tesco Finest Reserve Swiss Gruyere & Sauvignon Blanc Bake and the Tesco Finest Sicilian Lemon Coconut Ice .

 

Full list below:

  • Chilled Ready Meals – Traditional – Tesco Finest Bourbon Pulled Beef & Sweet Onion Mash – Silver
  • Crackers – Tesco Finest All Butter Cheese Straws – Gold
  • Sausages – Tesco Finest British Pork & Caramelised Onion Sausages – Gold
  • Meatballs & Burgers – Tesco Finest Gourmet Burger Kit – Silver
  • Cold Eating Savoury Pies – Tesco Finest Hand Crimped Pork Pie with Red Onion Chutney – Gold
  • Chutney, Relish & Mustard – Tesco Finest Mango Chutney – Silver
  • Salad & Vegetables – Tesco Finest Orange Rapture Tomatoes – Gold
  • Teas & Infusions – Tesco Finest Peppermint & Liquorice Pyramid Bags – Gold
  • Continental Cheese – Tesco Finest Reserve Swiss Gruyere & Sauvignon Blanc Bake – Gold
  • Coated Fish – Tesco Finest Scottish Salmon Wellington in Rich Velvety Sauce – Silver
  • Chilled Individual Desserts – Tesco Finest Sea Salted Caramel and Caramelised Pecan Desserts – Silver
  • Boxed Confectionery – Tesco Finest Sicilian Lemon Coconut Ice – Gold
  • Salad & Vegetables – Tesco Finest Supersweet Seedless Chiquino Peppers – Silver
  • Chilled Pizza – Tesco Finest Wood Fired Chorizo & Manchego Pizza – Silver
  • Fruit Juices & Juice Drinks – Tesco 100% Squeezed & Pressed Apple, Peach, Mango & Passion Fruit Juice – Gold
  • Ice Cream – Handheld – Tesco 3 Mango & Passion Fruit Frozen Yogurt Lollies – Gold
  • Other Steaks – Tesco 4 Extra Succulent Seasoned Pork Loin Steaks – Silver
  • Fruit – Tesco Berry Medley – Gold
  • Olives & Tapas – Tesco Greek Halkidiki Olives with Slow Roasted Tomatoes – Silver
  • Ambient & Chilled Dips – Tesco Mango & Kashmiri Chilli Dip – Gold
  • Poultry – Added Value – Tesco Spinach & Ricotta Filled Chicken Breast Fillets – Silver
  • Accompaniment Breads – Tesco Sunblush Tomato & Garlic All Butter Flatbread – Silver
  • Deli Salads – Tesco Sweet & Smoky Shredded Beetroot – Silver
  • Ice Cream – Tubs – Tesco White Chocolate & Raspberry Ice Cream – Gold

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

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