ICSC Survey: 83% of consumers still prefer physical stores for Back-to-School shopping

83% of BTS Purchases Will Involve Physical Stores NEW YORK, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Back-to-School (BTS) season is officially underway in the United States, and more than one-third (34%) of consumers have already begun shopping, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) BTS Consumer Spending Survey. Consumers still prefer physical stores […]

Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreements with seven franchise groups to develop 51 new restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN CONTINUES EXPANSION WITH NEW LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC CANTON, MA, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with seven franchise groups to develop 51 new restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia over the […]

BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR JUNE 2015: UK retail sales increased 1.8% on a like-for-like basis from June 2014

– UK retail sales increased 1.8% on a like-for-like basis from June 2014, when they had decreased 0.8% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 2.9%, against a 0.6% rise in June 2014. This is the strongest growth since January 2014, excluding Easter distortions and compares with a 12-month average of […]

BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in UK grew 17.6% in June vs a year earlier

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 17.6% in June versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 10.6% over the previous year. This is the best online performance since August 2014 and outperformed the 3-month and 12-month averages of 14.6% and 12.6%, respectively. – In June 2015, online sales represented […]

Topaz wins two of the key awards at the Irish Sales Champion awards 2015 in Dublin

Richard Stones crowned Field Sales Champion 2015 DUBLIN, Ireland, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, the country’s leading fuels and convenience retailer, picked up two of the key awards at the Irish Sales Champion awards 2015 which took place at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently. Richard Stones, Topaz Dealer Business Manager NI/North East, […]

US Foods announces the appointment of Steve Guberman as Chief Merchandising Officer

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced Steve Guberman will take on the role of Chief Merchandising Officer, effective immediately. Guberman previously held the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing Operations for the company. “Steve has played an integral role in the implementation of all nationally led merchandising strategies […]

IKEA announces the next leg of its successful “IKEA Home Tour,” kicking off this fall

Home Tour Squad Travels the Country to Transform Real Living Spaces with Simple Makeover Projects CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today the next leg of its successful “IKEA Home Tour,” kicking off this fall. A team of IKEA design experts, the “IKEA Home Tour Squad,” will again hit the road, traveling from […]

Sears Holdings appoints Joelle Maher as president and chief member officer for the Sears format HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.

Role critical to meeting needs of the Sears’ Shop Your Way members HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that Joelle Maher has joined the company as president and chief member officer for the Sears format. In this role, Maher will be responsible for developing the Shop […]

Starbucks partners with Taste Holdings for the opening of stores in South Africa, the first in sub‐Saharan Africa

Starbucks announces an exclusive licensed partnership with Taste Holdings for the opening of stores in South Africa, the first in sub‐Saharan Africa First store will open in Johannesburg in the first half of 2016, with more locations to follow Starbucks and Taste Holdings will design and build stores serving the entire range of Starbucks food and beverages […]

More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

Top U.S.-Based Companies Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young Americans Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart Come Together With the Goal to Create the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Coalition to Hire or Train 100,000 Opportunity Youth  […]

Shopify’s Build a Business Competition winners announced; they will spend five days with Sir Richard Branson on his private island

All six winners will spend five days with Sir Richard Branson on his private island OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (“Shopify”) (NYSE: SHOP, TSX: SH), — a leading cloud-based commerce platform, today announced the winners of its Build a Business Competition. Over the course of eight months, tens of thousands of new […]