JCPenney introduces dedicated Juniors Plus assortment in 200 stores to offer kids and teens the opportunity to define their personal style

Junior Plus debuts in 200 stores offering teens the most popular looks in more sizes

PLANO, Texas, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In today’s fashion world, no one size or trend fits all. This back-to-school season, JCPenney is giving kids and teens the opportunity to define their personal style by mixing up the latest trends and creating a look that’s uniquely theirs. “Bend the Trend” is the inspiration behind the Company’s back-to-school campaign that empowers kids to express their personality with diverse looks. Whether it’s preppy, frilly or outdoorsy, who says they can’t wear it all? And because the perfect fit is just as important as the right style, JCPenney has introduced a dedicated Juniors Plus assortment in 200 stores to offer sought-after fashion that accentuates a curvy figure. Juniors Plus will expand to 400 JCPenney stores this fall, adding to an already extensive array of special sizes available in children’s apparel and school uniforms both in store and on

“Unlike many retailers, JCPenney gives students a variety of fashion trends in one convenient shopping destination,” said Liz Sweney, chief merchant for JCPenney. “Through popular brands such as Arizona®, Decree®, Total Girl®, Disney®, Nike®, Converse® and Levi’s®, kids have multiple ways of bending the trend by wearing whatever makes them look and feel cool. Mixing versatile key items expands a student’s wardrobe options and enables back-to-school budgets to stretch even further. And that’s a trend parents can truly appreciate.”

The Company will debut its back-to-school commercials later this month, featuring kids who are wearing style mashed outfits to show how easy and fun it is to wear distinct, yet complementary trends. Style mash-ups include “Skater-iffic” that pairs a girly skater skirt with a bold, metallic screen tee, or “Sophisti-Casual,” to identify with the teen that doesn’t hesitate to rock a chic faux fur vest with high-top sneakers. JCPenney stores will have mannequins displaying some of the most popular trend-bending combinations, such as “Gym-Tastic,” “Plaid-Posterous” and “Varsity-Hues.”

The campaign will be supported by ads in Seventeen magazine, direct mail, preprints, broadcast and streaming video. All marketing elements will be housed on a Back-to-School hub at, which includes a mix-and-match game that allows kids and teens to assemble different pieces to create their own style mash-up.

Compliments are Trending
Understanding the role social media plays among teens who chronicle their lives through selfies and vlogs, JCPenney is encouraging them to share their personal style using the hashtag #BendTheTrend. The Company is also seeking to start a movement that inspires everyone to be more open and supportive of one another. Therefore, JCPenney is declaring Aug. 12 as “National Shout-Out Day,” encouraging kids and teens to post a shout-out of online compliments to friends, parents and neighbors using #ShoutOutDay. JCPenney will be celebrating the occasion by giving shout-outs to anyone and everyone talking about their personal style on social media. The Company will offer digital compliment cards that teens can use to flatter their friends when they post pictures of themselves in their back-to-school gear. These e-cards can be shared from JCPenney’s Tumblr page to other social media channels.

The retailer will also sponsor an online video series on AwesomenessTV, a top teen destination for original programming on YouTube. Teen influencers such as Josh Tryhane, Sierra Marie, Paulina Cerrilla and the Merrell Twins will be sporting JCPenney style mashed outfits while promoting the virtues of “National Shout Out Day.”

Compatible Dorm Decor
In preparation for the fall semester, JCPenney makes the grade when it comes to having the coolest assortment of dorm décor and accessories. To put its selection to the test, JCPenney will be partnering with college-bound students on Instagram to build a dorm guide and show fans and followers how to style their room using JCPenney products. Even if one roommate is mad for plaid and the other prefers bright floral, roommates can merge their design aesthetic and bend the trend on uniformity. Every dorm will feel like home with complementary comforters, throw pillows, table lamps, bath products and small appliances. Online purchases can be shipped directly to a dorm or apartment, or to over 1,000 JCPenney stores where many are conveniently located in college towns.

JCPenney Has Their Back(pack)
Whether trekking across campus or walking the halls, backpacks are essential to completing any back-to-school look. This school year, the extensive backpack selection at JCPenney offers the latest designs in fun novelty prints and bright colors from brands including Jansport®, Arizona, Nike and Adidas® to match any trend-bending style.

Giving Is Always in Style
Throughout the month of August, JCPenney will also invite customers to round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and support JCPenney Cares. Customers who round up will be joining JCPenney Cares in its commitment to keeping kids safe, healthy and engaged beyond the classroom. Contributions will be donated to local and national non-profit organizations focused on educational development and personal enrichment.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,020 stores and at, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, occasions and budgets. For more information, please visit

JCPenney introduces dedicated Juniors Plus assortment in 200 stores to offer kids and teens the opportunity to define their personal style

JCPenney introduces dedicated Juniors Plus assortment in 200 stores to offer kids and teens the opportunity to define their personal style

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announces that Mandy Ginsberg has been elected to its board of directors

PLANO, Texas, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced that Mandy Ginsberg, an accomplished leader with extensive online consumer acumen, has been elected to its board of directors. Ginsberg is the chief executive officer of The Princeton Review, a leading test preparation company that helps millions of students get into their dream schools, and, the world’s largest internet-based tutoring company that provides live, on-demand learning solutions for students and professionals.

“JCPenney is a leader in omnichannel retail, and understands the importance of adapting the shopping experience to cater to today’s digitally savvy customer,” said Thomas Engibous, chairman of the JCPenney board of directors. “Mandy’s strong industry expertise and vast knowledge of online customer engagement make her an ideal addition to the JCPenney board.”

Ginsberg added, “I am honored and excited to join the JCPenney board of directors. The Company has a strong legacy of e-commerce, and continues to discover new and unique ways of connecting customers with its stores and online presence – particularly among millennials, whose purchasing power is largely influenced by their use of various devices across multiple shopping channels. I am delighted to be part of the Company’s ongoing evolution.”

Prior to leading The Princeton Review and, Ginsberg held the position of chief executive officer for, a global online dating service that services 24 countries and territories across five continents and hosts sites in 15 different languages. While at, she previously held the role of senior vice president and general manager. Prior to that, Ginsberg was vice president and general manager of, a premium offering from During her career, she has also held positions related to consumer technology and marketing, including serving on the board of directors of from 2012 to 2014.

Ginsberg has a B.A. degree in English literature and Spanish literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Meijer Drops Prices on More than 300 Items to Help Back-To-School Shoppers Prepare Early

Meijer Drops Prices on More than 300 Items to Help Customers Prepare Early

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the summer in full swing, families are shifting their focus from fireworks and bonfires to shopping for the upcoming school year, according to a recent Meijer customer survey. While most shoppers plan to spend more than they did last year on school supplies, 75 percent are expecting even more shopping trips to buy as much as they can on their back-to-school list before the first day of school.

“Families are starting their back-to-school shopping earlier than ever and seem incredibly focused on taking advantage of deals,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We’ve not only expanded our selection, carrying more than 1,250 items, but we have dropped prices on key school supplies while adding more on-trend items like backpacks, locker decorations, notebooks and apparel.”

The Meijer customer survey found approximately 92 percent of households with school-age children plan to spend the same amount or more than last year for back-to–school supplies. Additionally, Meijer learned that families will be sharing the cost of pencils and paper more than ever with 40 percent of students helping with school expenses (up from 33 percent in 2014).

The survey results also revealed that sales, promotions and overall low prices are important when customers plan their shopping trips. Meijer is responding with price drops on more than 300 items now through September, as well as offering nearly 150 items for less than $1. As online, digital and mobile savings have become increasingly important to shoppers, Meijer will offer Back-to-School Bucks available Aug. 14-15 through its mPerks digital savings program, as well as through print coupons.

Once customers sign up at, they can preview and select coupons for their favorite national or Meijer brand products that are then stored in their personal mPerks account until redeemed or they expire. The applicable coupons are then instantly redeemed when shoppers enter in their phone number, which serves as the mPerks account number, at checkout.

Back-To-School Basics Top This Year’s Lists
Past popular school purchases, such e-readers, calculators and tablets, are making less frequent appearances on shopping lists and being replaced with classroom basics like pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, crayons and binders. However, they’re being purchased in larger quantities to last the entire school year. The basics don’t have to feel basic – students are taking it upon themselves to customize everything from notebooks to backpacks to lockers.

Back-to-School Trends
According to merchandise buyers and category experts at Meijer, the retailer has increased its offering to help customers stay on top of the trends. These include:

  • Beyond the basics: For schools that don’t allow students to take backpacks from class to class, zipper binders are more fashionable and practical than ever. For students needing a much more durable, tear- and spill-proof spiral option, poly notebooks are growing in popularity.
  • Customization is everything: Students want to stand out and individualize their school supplies, whether it is a backpack, a notebook or their locker. They’ll be applying decals, gold foil and using sharpies to customize these basics.
  • Practical can be cool: A top trend for 2015 is backpacks with padded backs and a sternum strap. Both make for a more comfortable and safer trip. The padded back allows air to flow, keeping students cool as they carry their books and the sternum strap distributes the weight of the backpack more evenly.
  • Licensed products: Once again, students are looking for their favorite characters on their school supplies. Despicable Me (Minions!), Frozen, Rachel Hale, Paw Patrol and John Deere top the list. Star Wars is also expected to be a hot seller with the release of the movie later this year.

“Our customers are counting on us to provide all their back to school needs at the lowest prices,” Whitsett said. “We’ve worked very hard to be their one-stop shopping destination and we know they will be very pleased with our broad offering and great value.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 219 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


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Meijer Drops Prices on More than 300 Items to Help Back-To-School Shoppers Prepare Early

Meijer Drops Prices on More than 300 Items to Help Back-To-School Shoppers Prepare Early

Rite Aid helps back-to-school shoppers gear up for the new school year

Rite Aid Stocks Shelves with Back-to-School Classics for All Grade Levels

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid stores nationwide are ready to help back-to-school shoppers gear up for the new school year with a great assortment of supplies, electronics and dorm room decor. From backpacks, to office accessories, TVs, Netbooks and Tablets, Rite Aid is prepared to help any student reach academic success.

“We know that students and parents are looking for a stress-free and seamless transition as summer winds down and the new school year starts,” said Tony Montini, Rite Aid executive vice president of merchandising. “With our 4,600 convenient locations, large assortment of products and great prices, our customers will find everything they need to succeed and stand out this school year.”

Technology Trend
Rite Aid helps students stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends by offering quality Craig products at affordable prices such as nine inch tablets and netbooks with the latest Android 4.4 Quad Core Processor operating system, a 19 inch LED TV and a Bluetooth enabled speaker system. For students who are on-the-go, Rite Aid offers deals on the latest cell phone accessories, such as cell phone cables, wall and car chargers, batteries and computer essentials including Memorex USB drives, HP printer ink cartridges and wireless mouse.

Stationary Essentials
Let their creativity flow this school year with staple back-to-school items from Rite Aid. Rite Aid’s private brand Home gives students the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of pens, pencils, highlighters, multicolored notebooks, composition books, index cards, rulers and arts and crafts supplies, also available in brands such as Sharpie, Bic and Five-Star. And no back-to-school shopping trip would be complete without a stylish new backpack and lunchbox to truly make a statement this year!

College Bound
Rite Aid hasn’t forgotten about students heading to college! The latest selection includes furniture from the Rite Aid Home brand. The line offers a wide variety of easy to assemble furniture such as desks, entertainment centers, work stations and storage organizers. Rite Aid makes dorm decorating easy and affordable with cozy blankets, comforters in an array of colors and patterns, clothes hangers, laundry baskets and an assortment of Rubbermaid storage totes and drawer organizers.

Smart Gifts
Rite Aid carries over 200 gift cards to help keep students on top with favorites such as iTunes, Starbucks, Subway and Macy’s. Treat your student to a night out with a gift card to their favorite restaurant such as Applebee’s, Chipotle or Red Robin followed by a trip to the movies with an AMC, Fandango or Regal Cinema gift card. Or to play it safe, select a Rite Aid, Vanilla Visa or American Express Card gift card.

Select back-to-school products give shoppers the opportunity to earn Plenti points through Rite Aid’s new wellness+ with Plenti program. New and existing wellness+ members can now sign up for wellness+ with Plenti at any Rite Aid store nationwide or online at Once enrolled, members of wellness+ with Plenti will earn Plenti points on featured items they buy. These points can be used for at least two years for savings at Rite Aid and certain Plenti partners including Exxon, Macy’s and Mobil.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at


Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Tooele County Health Department and Macey’s Grocery Store to help Tooele County residents make healthier choices

Macey’s Opens Healthy Check Stand in Partnership with Tooele County Health

Tooele, UT, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tooele County Health Department and Macey’s Grocery Store have teamed up to help Tooele County residents make healthier choices. Macey’s first healthy check stand opened officially on Monday, offering fresh produce and healthy snacks to Macey’s guests rather than typical candies and snack foods.

“Tooele County has the highest obesity rate in Utah’s 13 local health districts, “ said Jeff Combs, Tooele County Health Executive Director. “Adults who are obese are at increased risk of health complications and dying from hypertension, high LDL cholesterol, type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and osteoarthritis. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  By providing a healthy checkout lane alternative, Macey’s is contributing to an environment that promotes healthier food choices and lifestyle,” Rice said.

The check stand features “healthy footprints” leading guests to the healthy lane and offers a variety of produce, nuts, protein bars and more.

“We’re thrilled to open a healthy check stand,” said Jeff Rice, store director of Macey’s Tooele. “We’ve always carried a great variety of healthy options like fresh local produce and Full Circle, our natural and organic line. I think this check stand gives Macey’s another way to call attention to the variety of nutritious options we carry—and that’s exciting.”


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Tooele County Health Department and Macey’s Grocery Store to help Tooele County residents make healthier choices

Tooele County Health Department and Macey’s Grocery Store to help Tooele County residents make healthier choices

CBRE: Chinese outbound capital flows into global commercial real estate markets exceeded US$10 billion in a year for the first time ever

U.S. Accounts for Over One Fifth of Total Outbound Investment from China

Los Angeles, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chinese outbound capital flows into global commercial real estate markets have exceeded US$10 billion in a year for the first time ever, according to the latest research from CBRE Group, Inc.

Over the past four years annual China-sourced outbound flows to commercial real estate experienced a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 72 per cent to reach over US$10 billion 1  for the year 2014. China accounted for over one quarter of total outbound commercial real estate investment from Asia during 2013 and 2014.

The past two years have seen a dramatic rise in outbound capital flows into real estate from Chinese institutional, corporate and High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) investors.  What began with China’s sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and tier-one insurers purchasing high-profile trophy assets abroad has now spread to acquisitions by mid-tier insurers and corporate investors. Chinese real estate developers have also been active, expanding into overseas markets in a bid to meet increasing demand from mainland HNWIs for residential assets in key destinations.

Cities in the U.K., the U.S., and Australia have become the top three markets for mainland Chinese investors in terms of commercial real estate investment. Initial purchase activity has largely focused on residential, premium office and hotel assets in gateway cities.

“The explosive growth in purchases of offshore real estate by Chinese investors has presented a new class of investor to global markets. Opportunity has drawn these investors to some of the world’s most attractive real estate destinations; as these investors and developers gain experience and become more confident in overseas markets, we expect that an increasing amount will start to look for opportunities across a wider range of geographies and a greater variety of asset types,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, CBRE Capital Markets.

U.S.-bound flows accounted for over one fifth of total outbound investment from China in 2013 and 2014; the majority of which has gone to hotel and office assets, as well as development sites, in gateway cities. Over the two-year period, purchases of hotel and office assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco accounted for over 60 per cent of U.S.-bound capital to commercial real estate, with purchases of premium office and hotel assets in New York and Los Angeles comprising approximately half of the total.

“Chinese investors are only beginning to tap into the vast set of opportunities available to them in the U.S. As competition in gateway cities continues to increase, Chinese investors will need to include other large metropolitan areas, such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Seattle in the hunt for better investment opportunities. Institutional investors are also beginning to take note of the attractive returns offered by industrial and logistics properties. As Chinese investors widen their search to new markets, they will also need to develop a more sophisticated understanding of local dynamics,” said Brian McAuliffe, Executive Managing Director, Americas, CBRE Capital Markets.

China outbound flows to US commercial real estate


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UK-bound investment activity among Chinese corporate and institutional investors has placed most of its focus on large, prime office assets in core areas in London. Real estate acquisitions in London accounted for approximately 80 per cent and 52 per cent of total China-sourced commercial real estate investment flows to Europe in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Australia has relied largely on the strength of its commercial ties with China, its largest trading partner. In 2014, China rose to become the second largest foreign purchaser of commercial property in Australia—behind only Singapore—with properties in Sydney the most attractive to Chinese investors.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at

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1 Figures only account for direct investment into commercial property, and do not include investment into development sites or individual investor purchases of residential property. Source: CBRE, Real Capital Analytics

Albert Heijn to go wordt AH to gay en steunt stichting Amsterdam Gay Pride

Oostzaan, The Netherlands, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Van 25 juli tot 2 augustus staat Amsterdam helemaal in het teken van de Amsterdam Gay Pride. Daarom tovert Albert Heijn to go vanaf maandag 27 juli acht winkels in de binnenstad om tot AH to gay. Roland Simon van AH to go: “Wij vinden het fantastisch dat dit grootse evenement al twintig jaar georganiseerd wordt in Amsterdam. Dit jaar staat het thema ‘share love, love differences’ centraal. Albert Heijn to go onderstreept het gedachtegoed van diversiteit en daarom doneren wij gedurende de week van de Gay Pride € 1,- per verkochte koffie aan de stichting”.

AH to gay in alle kleuren van de regenboog
In de winkels zijn het de regenboogkleuren die de boventoon voeren, aangevuld met verschillende opvallende roze accenten natuurlijk. Zo hangt de bekende regenboog boven de ingang en ligt er bij de winkel in de Reguliersbreestraat een meterslange, knalroze loper uit. Bij verschillende actieproducten krijgen klanten gratis een roze bloemenkrans.

Limited edition regenboogbekers
De koffie wordt vanaf 27 juli een week lang geschonken in de limited edition regenboogbeker. Van iedere verkochte kop koffie schenkt Albert Heijn to go € 1,- aan de Stichting Amsterdam Gay Pride. De stichting gebruikt deze donatie voor het opruimen en schoonmaken van de stad na afloop van alle feestdrukte.

De Albert Heijn to gays
Van maandag 27 juli tot en met het eind van de Gay Pride zondag 2 augustus zijn de deelnemende Albert Heijn to go winkels:

  • Reguliersbreestraat 22a
  • Damrak 89-90
  • Nieuwendijk 182
  • Amsterdam CS: Stationsplein 13a, 7, 43L en 45F en de IJhal


Albert Heijn to go is AH to gay and supports foundation Amsterdam Gay Pride

Albert Heijn to go is AH to gay and supports foundation Amsterdam Gay Pride

Foodstuffs supermarkets win top awards at the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards

Two Foodstuffs supermarkets have taken home top awards at New Zealand’s biggest food competition, the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs bakers triumphed in two categories and won the overall Supreme Pie Award.

A humble potato top pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier, won New Zealand’s Top Pie award.

Top chef and judge Martin Bosley was blown away by the potato top pie which he described as, “Quite simply, sensational. Everything about it was perfection: the creamy potato top, beautiful balance of pastry to filling. People should get their hands on this pie – it’s worth a drive to Napier.”

Foodstuffs New Zealand, Managing Director, Steve Anderson says, “This is a fantastic result for one of our talented bakers. Our customers may not be aware that almost every New World in the country has on-site Master Bakers who are passionate about the craft and use only the best quality ingredients.”

New World Greenmeadows baker Shane Forster is over the moon with the result. “A great potato top pie is a Kiwi classic. It comes down to getting ingredient proportions just right and perfecting the seasoning. And you can’t beat potato on top of a pie.”

A pie from PAK’nSAVE Petone also stood out from the crowd, winning Gold in the Steak and Cheese Category. Baker Roger Cathro also received Highly Commended for his Thai Chicken and Steak and Gravy.

He has won Gold at the awards three years running with his steak and gravy last year and steak and cheese in 2013.

The winning pies were judged by a panel of 21 judges, from 5200 pies, in 12 categories.

Martin says of the country’s biggest food competition, “The pie is a New Zealand icon and the competition is taken extremely seriously by everyone involved. The competition gets stronger every year.”

Where to get your hands on the winning pies:

New World Greenmeadows, Napier

  • Supreme Award: Potato Top Pie $3.99

PAK’nSAVE Petone

  • Gold Award: Steak and Cheese $3.60
  • Highly Commended: Thai Chicken and Steak and Gravy $3.60


Supreme Award winner: Potato Top Pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier

Supreme Award winner: Potato Top Pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier

SM Investments Corporation bags five awards from Alpha Southeast Asia magazine

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) bagged five awards from Alpha Southeast Asia magazine based on a poll of investors.

SM topped four categories under the 5th Annual Southeast Asia’s Institutional Investor Awards for Corporates. These are Most Organised Investor Relations for the fifth year in a row; Best Senior Management Investor Relations Support; Best Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. SM was also named among the companies with the Most Consistent Dividend Policy.

SM’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mr. Jose T. Sio was likewise named Best Chief Finance Officer (CFO) in the Philippines for the fourth time in a row. Mr. Sio is known for his financial prudence while strongly supporting the phenomenal growth of the SM group of companies.

Mr. Sio is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University. He was a senior partner at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. prior to joining SM in November 1990.

“We are grateful for this recognition by Alpha Southeast Asia which continues to inspire us to strive for excellence. We also thank our investors who continue to put their trust in the company,” SM EVP and CFO Jose T. Sio said.

The awards presentation for the Philippine winners will be held on September 1, 2015 at the Makati Shangri-La.

The poll is based on tallied votes among 520 investors and analysts across the region as well as the US and Europe. These included fund managers with investment interests in Southeast Asia, large institutional investors, insurance companies, pension funds, funds of hedge funds, private banks, equity and fixed income brokers as well as buy and sell-side analysts.

Alpha Southeast Asia is a monthly magazine primarily written for institutional investors, asset and fund management companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, other parts of Asia, US, Europe and the Middle East. The magazine also has a strong following among the region’s largest local corporates.

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For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund unite once again for annual designer charity sale “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” at Hamptons on July 25

QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Joining Forces for
“QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” Broadcast

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Help advance the fight against ovarian cancer with stylish steals and dazzling deals.QVC and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) are uniting once again for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” an annual designer charity sale scheduled to be broadcast live from the Hamptons on Saturday, July 25 at 2 PM (ET). During the two-hour shopping extravaganza, premier fashion, beauty, jewelry and more will be offered for HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with 80 percent of the purchase price** of donated merchandise benefitting Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Proceeds will also benefit Woman to Woman, OCRF’s nationwide patient program designed to support women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers.

“Ovarian cancer is often difficult to detect due to its subtle symptoms,” said Doug Rose, senior vice president of brand and communications for QVC. “‘QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE’ represents QVC’s commitment to raising both the awareness necessary for early detection and the funds needed to help conquer this deadly disease.”

Now in its ninth year, “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” has generated more than $8.9 million to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The live broadcast from OCRF’s Super Saturday NY will feature an assortment of fabulous finds from top brands, including Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Dooney & Bourke, Henri Bendel, Judith Ripka, philosophy and many more. Viewers will also be treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the summer’s ‘hautest’ shopping extravaganza with celebrity interviews straight from the star-studded red carpet.

“OCRF is proud to join forces with QVC once again to garner support and raise awareness of ovarian cancer,” said Audra Moran, president and CEO, OCRF. “Each year, the proceeds generated from QVC’s Super Saturday broadcast not only benefit women currently undergoing treatment for this horrible illness, but also bring us one step closer to eradicating the disease once and for all.”

Harnessing the power of social media, QVC will launch #KeepinItTeal, a social media campaign featuring videos of celebrities and the faces behind some of QVC’s favorite brands, designed to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Viewers will be encouraged to share the videos on social media platforms and explain why and for whom they are #KeepinItTeal.

It’s all part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships. “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE”products will be available through the QVC apps by calling 800.345.1515 or visiting, while supplies last.

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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,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About OCRF
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research. Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.

Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $65 million to ovarian cancer researchers around the country. OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. OCRF also supports a national program, Woman to Woman, which in 2015 will be providing support through more than 20 hospitals around the country to women in treatment for any gynecologic cancer, as well as their families, by pairing them with survivor volunteers who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring.

If you’re interested in joining the fight, there are many ways to help. Make a donation, consider hosting one of our indoor spinning events, Ovarian Cycle, in your hometown, or contact us and we can help you create a fundraiser of your own. to learn more.

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