Benefit teams up with David LaChapelle for the launch campaign of new colorful shades of its iconic They’re Real mascara and eyeliner

PARIS, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Benefit teamed up with irreverently whimsical photographer David LaChapelle to create the launch campaign for new colorful shades of its iconic They’re Real mascara and eyeliner. The glamorous, offbeat campaign connects perfectly with Benefit’s tongue-in-cheek ethos.

Lighthearted humor has always been the cornerstone of Benefit Cosmetics, which champions beauty that brings self-confidence to women. David LaChapelle drew inspiration from this fun-loving style in imagining the new campaign launching colorful shades of They’re Real mascara.

In a brazen and playful world that borrows kitsch clichés from B-movie thrillers, the heroine of the campaign shows unflustered confidence and unflappable glamour, resisting even attempts at ridicule. In keeping with the photographer’s penchant for showy staging, the campaign was shot on a set built specially for the occasion, without any digital retouching or editing. The visuals are also a nod to the origins of Benefit’s, which in its early days created special products for exotic dancers and showgirls…

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© Benefit / David LaChapelle

© Benefit / David LaChapelle

Sainsbury’s survey: One in two British adults say school days are the best

LONDON, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — In the run up to back to school, parents remember their fondest school memories.

  • One in two British adults regard their school days as ‘the best days of their lives’
  • Two thirds (66%) of Brits still have three close friends they met at school
  • One in four (25%) still has an item of old school uniform
  • English teachers were the most popular

As parents prepare their children for back to school, a new study has shown that one in two British adults believes school days were ‘the best days of their lives’.

The survey, commissioned by Sainsbury’s for back to school, delved into the life experiences of 2,000 adults to reveal the nation’s 30 most vivid school memories.

Topping the list were school assemblies and competing in the annual sports day, with 70 per cent of 25-34 year olds reminiscing about their relay races.

While the third biggest memory was the annual school photo in clean, pristine uniforms.

The survey went on to reveal that, alongside memories, one in four (25%) adults showed their sentimental side by still owning an item from their school days. Ties were the most popular keepsake – especially for the over 45s, of which 80 per cent still cherished theirs – followed by a school shirt, signed during the last day of term rituals.

And it’s not just memorabilia that has stood the test of time, as two thirds of us are still close with friends we made at school. Northerners in particular live up to the stereotype as the friendliest part of the country: 70 per cent still spend quality time with at least three old school pals, compared to half (57%) of Londoners and 1 in 4 of Welsh.

In the classroom, English teachers proved the most popular (27%), while sacré bleu will no doubt be raised with our French cousins, who came out as the least (7%).

The Spice Girls reunion is good news for nearly half of 25-34 year olds, as it seems break time was spent perfecting the moves of Posh et al with a little bit of Zig-a-Zig Ah!  Elsewhere in the playground, boys were busy using school jumpers as goal posts for football matches (62%) and swapping football stickers (46%), whereas girls were making daisy chains (73%), and practicing their handstands (45%). While romance started early for the 45 per cent who remember playing kiss chase.

For those 45 years old and over, research showed that playground times were spent playing Conkers, Top Trumps and attempting to solve the Rubix Cube.

John Carolan, Head of Buying for Tu childrenswear at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘It’s great to see that memories made at school last a lifetime and are looked back at fondly. Back to school is such an important time for parents and children alike; it’s an exciting journey for children and prompts parents to recollect life changing memories from their past. As always, Sainsbury’s is here to make parents’ lives easier and help them plan ahead  – which is why we so extensively test our back to school range to make sure it stands the test of time throughout the school year and beyond, if the amount of cherished signed school shirts is anything to go by!’

To buy Tu online visit: http://tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

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Sainsbury’s survey: One in two British adults say school days are the best

Sainsbury’s survey: One in two British adults say school days are the best

Starbucks newest RTD beverage the Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast sold exclusively in Japan

SEATTLE, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks opened its first stores in Japan nearly 20 years ago and 10 years later, began offering ready-to-drink (RTD) products in partnership with Suntory Beverage and Food Limited. Today, Starbucks has announced the launch of its newest RTD beverage, the Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast, sold exclusively in Japan.

“We learned that the black coffee market in Japan is growing and consumers are drinking it outside of a cafe environment,” said Stephanie Choi, brand manager, Global Ready-to-Drink Innovation for Starbucks. “We began to investigate how we could bring a Starbucks® roast to Japanese consumers in a premium way and in a ready-to-drink format.”

Starbucks® Pike Place Roast®, which represents the rich history of the company, was selected as the perfect coffee to feature as an RTD beverage. A group of Starbucks partners in Seattle and Japan collaborated with Suntory to develop the new drink. Ayumi Aoki, an eight-year Starbucks partner (employee) and senior product developer was part of this team.

“We worked to capture the nuances of Pike Place Roast to deliver an experience that’s inspired by our cafes,” said Aoki. “We were able to create a drink that is delicious both hot and cold.”

The Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast will be available in convenience stores in Japan, which are very popular throughout the country.

RTD beverages are often placed in a chilled case and “hot box,” which is a storage space with a controlled temperature setting that provides options for consumers looking for hot or cold beverages.

In addition to providing the best pure black coffee drink with no sugar or milk added, the Starbucks and Suntory teams looked for the ideal way to package the new beverage.

“One of the trends we are seeing in Japan is the use of the premium aluminum bottle can,” said Choi. “It’s resealable and portable, which makes it an ideal option for those on the go.”

The design elements featured on the aluminum bottle can were also important. Deb Ladwig, creative manager of Starbucks Design Studio, helped to create a label that set the beverage apart and celebrates the heritage of the Pike Place store in Seattle.

“We incorporated many of the elements that represent Starbucks first store,” said Ladwig. “The background on the label is actually the texture you see on the floor of our Pike Place location.”

Starbucks and Suntory introduced the Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast at a special press conference and launch event in Tokyo. An audience of more than 100 media heard from Michael Conway, president of Starbucks Global Channel Development; Mr. Kouichi Kitagawa, Executive Officer for Suntory Beverage and Food Limited and local Japanese celebrities: Ivan, a local fashion model; Terry Ito, influential television producer and commentator; and Sean McArdle Kawakami, influential business media host and personality.

Additional launch event photos to follow

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks newest RTD beverage the Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast sold exclusively in Japan

Starbucks newest RTD beverage the Black Coffee Pike Place® Roast sold exclusively in Japan

Pictured in image above from left to right: Mr Kouichi Kitagawa, Ivan, Michael Conway, Terry Ito, Sean McArdkle Kawakami and David Hanson

Pictured in image above from left to right: Mr Kouichi Kitagawa, Ivan, Michael Conway, Terry Ito, Sean McArdkle Kawakami and David Hanson

Pumpkin Spice Latte to return to Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada on September 8, 2015

SEATTLE, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks most popular seasonal beverage of all time, marks the return of autumn for many customers.

“When you taste PSL, it tastes just like fall,” said Peter Dukes, director of Espresso and Brewed Coffee for Starbucks.

As leaves change colors and fall nears, the product manager who led the development of Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) 12 years ago shares what’s new with the beverage which returns to Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada on September 8, 2015.

When Dukes and his team first began developing a pumpkin spice beverage in spring of 2003, there weren’t many pumpkin products in the marketplace.

“When we first surveyed our customers with our top ideas for a new fall beverage, pumpkin scored right in the middle of the pack,” Dukes said. “But the uniqueness of the beverage was very high, and it caught our attention. We played with the spice and the level of sweetness, tasting hundreds of different versions. Ultimately, we found that the spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg brought out the espresso – letting the coffee shine through.

Announced early last week on My Starbucks Idea, Dukes shared PSL will be returning this season made with real pumpkin, and without caramel coloring.

“After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago,” said Dukes. “It was simple – espresso, perfectly steamed milk, warm fall spices with delicious flavor of pumpkin pie that reminds you of the cool, crisp days of autumn. It’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte our customers have loved all along.”

Just as in year’s past, PSL’s biggest fans may have an opportunity to taste the beverage before it’s officially available, and are encouraged to following the official Twitter, Tumblr and new this year,Instagram accounts for “TheRealPSL” for the latest.

 

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is also available this fall in nearly 50 countries throughout the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regions.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte to return to Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada on September 8, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Latte to return to Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada on September 8, 2015

Carrefour to acquire 100% of the shares of Rue du Commerce from Altarea Cogedim

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour announces that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Altarea Cogedim for the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rue du Commerce.

With more than 5 million unique visitors per month, Rue du Commerce is a major player in the non-food e-commerce market in France and boasts a strong brand, significant traffic and an extensive client base.

This acquisition would allow Carrefour to accelerate its omni-channel strategy in France and strengthen its position in non-food e-commerce by leveraging additional expertise.

The completion of the transaction is subject to the signature of final agreements following consultations with Rue du Commerce’s employee representative bodies and to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

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Nearly 143 Carrefour stores in Brazil donate products nearing their expiry dates to Food Bank branches in the country

BRAZIL, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is putting its retail expertise to good use, as well as the skills of its employees, helping with initiatives designed to tackle food waste. These initiatives include making food donations to charities. In 2014, Carrefour stores donated the equivalent of 88 million meals all around the world.

Carrefour is the leading private donor to Food Banks in France and has set up some 800 partnerships with local charities and associations which come and pick up foodstuffs from its supermarkets and hypermarkets every day. The Group is supporting this initiative in 9 other countries, including Brazil, where the “Parceria que alimenta” scheme was set up in 2009.

Via this scheme, nearly 143 Carrefour stores which have partnered the 34 Food Bank branches in Brazil donate products which are nearing their expiry dates. These are removed from the shelves every morning (fruit, vegetables, fresh produce, grocery products, etc.) and are sorted by employees who have been trained in the process. The products – which are perfectly fit for human consumption – are then collected by the local Food Bank branches which then redistribute them to the partner associations and the end beneficiaries. Through this scheme, some 3.6 million meals were served to the country’s poorest people in 2014.

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Nearly 143 Carrefour stores in Brazil donate products nearing their expiry dates to Food Bank branches in the country

Nearly 143 Carrefour stores in Brazil donate products nearing their expiry dates to Food Bank branches in the country

The mobile app Prime Now exclusively available to members of Amazon Prime lunches in Seattle

Amazon has opened two urban Prime Now hubs in King County bringing one-hour delivery to Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland

SEATTLE, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Prime Now, the mobile application exclusively available to members of Amazon Prime, has arrived in the company’s hometown. Residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond andKirkland can now get one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items like paper towels, wine, beer, chilled and frozen items like milk and ice cream, televisions and Kindle devices.

“Prime Now is our fastest delivery option ever. With Prime Now, you can skip a trip to the store and get the items you need delivered right to your door in under an hour,” said Stephenie Landry, director of Amazon’s Prime Now service. “Customers love the convenience of one-hour delivery and we’re excited to bring Prime Now to our hometown customers in Seattle and surrounding areas.”

Prime Now launched in select Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland zip codes today and is expanding rapidly to additional zip codes. Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and be notified when the service is available in their area. In Seattle and surrounding areas, Prime Now delivers from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.

Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, over a million songs and more than one thousand playlists through Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now and download the mobile app at www.amazon.com/primenow.

About Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, over a million songs and more than one thousand playlists with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

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Macy’s holds its 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity event on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Macy’s offers customers a one-day 30 percent discount with a $5 donation to the March of Dimes® or thousands of other participating local charities

MIAMI, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s invites customers to participate in its 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity event on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique, one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for thousands of charities across the country.

Additionally, Macy’s has designated the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization in support of pregnancy and baby health, as its national in-store and online beneficiary of “Shop For A Cause.” Customers will be invited to give $5 to the March of Dimes at any Macy’s register and receive a savings pass valid for 30 percent off all-day on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including home, 25 percent off designer apparel collections for men and women, Impulse, designer handbags, men’s shoes, Wacoal, Tumi, Wustoff, Henkels, Kate Spade home and All Clad, as well as 10 percent off on electrics, electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses and area rugs all daySaturday, Aug. 29. Exclusions apply. See savings pass or visit macys.com/sfac for details. Customers are also eligible to win a $500 gift card.

In addition to the March of Dimes, more than 4,000 local charities have signed up to participate in the event this year. By giving $5 to their favorite local cause, customers will receive the savings pass to enjoy the special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases. For a list of participating organizations, visit macys.com/shopforacause.

“For the last nine years, Macy’s ‘Shop For A Cause’ has offered an easy way for our customers and associates to give back to their communities while enjoying great savings,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “In addition to supporting thousands of local charities, we are honored to partner with the March of Dimes as our national in-store and online beneficiary, continuing to help make a positive difference in the lives of families nationwide.”

Customers can also shop online at macys.com on Aug. 29, and purchase a 25 percent off savings pass to benefit the March of Dimes.

“Year-after-year, Macy’s, their associates and customers continue to show their commitment to mom and baby health by taking part in Shop For A Cause,” said March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse. “The funds raised are critical to help us fund our innovative research into the nation’s number one killer of babies, premature birth. ‘Shop For A Cause’ gives every family an opportunity to save on back-to-school items, but more importantly, help their community and make baby health a national priority.”

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

By giving $5 at the register or on macys.com on Aug. 29, customers can support the work of the March of Dimes and other local charities, while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southernCalifornia are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Macy’s Media Relations
Melissa Goff, 305-577-2171
melissa.goff@macys.com

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Bartell Drugs offers convenient resource for vaccination needs during its “Back to School” immunization campaign

Early and timely vaccinations can prevent unnecessary disease and illness

SEATTLE, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Vaccinations for students are on “to do” lists for many families as their children prepare to return to the classroom, and Bartell Drugs is offering a convenient resource for vaccination needs during its “Back to School” immunization campaign.

“Children receiving their vaccinations in a timely manner is one of the most important items to check off as the start of school approaches,” said Billy Chow, Bartell Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Services.

With 64 locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer several of the most important vaccinations for students, plus flu and other vaccines for the entire family. While appointments are not necessary, patients are encouraged to contact their local Bartell Drugs Pharmacist to check on vaccine availability or to get any additional information in advance.

Early and timely vaccinations can prevent unnecessary disease and illness. Chow notes that there are three key vaccinations before school begins – MMR, Varicella and Tdap. These are important immunizations that provide protection in the near term and into adulthood,” Chow said.

Recommended vaccinations for the back to school checklist include:

• MMR – Measles, mumps and rubella are three distinct airborne diseases that cause fevers, rash and can lead to serious complications. An additional dose of MMR vaccine is recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old.

• Varicella – Varicella virus, or Chickenpox, causes fevers and spotting on the skin that can be severe for people with compromised immune systems or unvaccinated adults. Like MMR, a second dose is recommended between the ages of 4 and 6 for children who have not yet had the disease.

• Tdap – Pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria are bacterial infections that can be life threatening. After the infant series, a shot of Tdap vaccine is recommended for preteens 11 or 12 years old.

These vaccines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and other medical societies.

The CDC also recommends annual flu vaccinations for all family members and Bartells “Back to School” initiative is a timely, one-stop opportunity for family members over 5 years of age to tackle the flu before the first school bell rings.

For more information on immunizations and other clinical services and Bartell Drugs locations, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

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About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015 with customers and employees. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:

Steven Frestedt, V.P. of Marketing, Bartell Drugs, 206-768-7702, or Barry Bartlett, The Bartlett Group, 206.335.4694 (m), barry@bartlettgrouppr.com

Unata: Why grocery retailer is ready for omni-channel

WINSTON-SALEM, NC, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — The modern shopper expects to be able to shop at any time, from anywhere on any device, and have the experience be seamless.

According to Forrester, 60% of shoppers interact with brands they like across multiple channels. However, Zendesk reports that 87% of shoppers think brands need to put more effort into providing a seamless experience.

This seamless channel to channel experience is called omni-channel, and is a concept that we, at Unata, believe is 100% necessary to thrive as a retailer today.

Although implementing an omni-channel experience might feel daunting for many retailers, we believe it can be simply achieved by:

  1. Unified Customer View: Having access to both historical and real-time shopper data, i.e. what they have browsed, added to their list, purchased in-store, purchase online, reviewed, on what channels, at what time.
  2. Unified Customer Login: Aggregating and connecting siloed customer experiences — i.e. eCommerce, loyalty program, eCircular — in order to create a unified login and enable the unified view of each individual customer.
  3. Digital Experience with Support for 1-to-1: Enabling a digital experience that can deliver an “individual conversation” – content delivered at user/account level so that it can be consistent across devices.

Looking at the three simple steps above, we believe that grocery retailers are in a particularly advantageous position to be able to deliver on this today. Here are 3 reasons why:

1. YOU HAVE WAY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COLLECT SHOPPER DATA.

  • Your customers shop with you on a weekly basis, buying dozens of items at each shop
  • Due to the frequency and scale of their shops with you, they are much more likely to use your loyalty program in order to redeem rewards and save
  • They are also much more likely to use your app (if you have one) to browse, explore offers and create lists

2. CHANCES ARE, YOU ALREADY HAVE AN EASY WAY TO CONNECT ALL OF THIS DATA TO A SINGLE USER PROFILE.

  • Chances are, you have some form of customer identification program (i.e. loyalty program) or the technology and POS systems to support one
  • These programs provide you with a unique ID for each shopper, allowing you to build a unified view for each shopper. If you don’t yet have one, setting one up can be easily done via a mobile experience, and grocery customers love loyalty programs (see reason #3)
  • You can build your digital experience whereby your shoppers log in with the same shopper ID #. Then, you can connect all shopper activity (online and offline) back to that ID, creating that rich user profile for each shopper
  • You can leverage that profile of each customer to engage 1-on-1 with them whenever and wherever they shop with you, providing that seamless experience they expect

3. YOU HAVE MORE REASONS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR SHOPPER TO SELF IDENTIFY.
Whether using your website, app, e-loyalty program or e-circulars, your shoppers are happy to identify themselves doing so.

This is because:

  1. A big % of your shoppers’ spend is on grocery. They want a way to save money and will happily identify themselves in order to redeem personalized offers and specials, collect rewards, and more.
  2. You can make one of their weekly activities more convenient: Your shoppers want ways to make the process faster and more convenient, and will sign into your website or app to do things like make lists more quickly based on past purchases, order for pick-up, order for delivery, and more.

In general, implementing a 1-to-1 omni-channel experience that meets the needs of the modern shopper can feel challenging and big.

However, as a grocery retailer, you are in a far better position than other retailers to be start the transition and be successful. So put away those mental roadblocks and get started today!

To learn more about how to create an omni-channel experience for your customers, call us at 437-836-3082.

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Source: Unata

Author: Alexis Clarfield-Henry

Migros: Lebensraum für Tiere und Pflanzen auf einer Fläche von 375 Fussballfeldern

ZURICH, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Per Mitte Jahr löst die Migros drei ihrer Versprechen ein: Sie schafft auf über 2,7 Millionen Quadratmetern Lebensraum für einheimische Tiere und Pflanzen auf ihren Firmenarealen. Zudem hat sie über 170’000 Zuwanderern in Kursen Sprache und Schweizer Kultur vermittelt und dazu beigetragen, die Arbeitsbedingungen von über 75’000 Beschäftigten von Migros-Lieferanten im Ausland zu verbessern.

Anfang Jahr hat die renommierte Ratingagentur Oekom Research die Migros-Gruppe als die weltweit nachhaltigste Detailhändlerin bewertet. Dieses gute Resultat basiert auch auf dem Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm „Generation M“, mit welchem die Migros ambitionierte Versprechen an die Generation von morgen abgibt und die Umsetzung zweimal jährlich prüft. Per Mitte 2015 können weitere drei Versprechen erfolgreich abgeschlossen werden. Ein Ziel wurde verfehlt:

Lebensraum für einheimische Tiere und Pflanzen
Die Migros hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis Ende 2015 mindestens 2,5 Millionen Quadratmeter Lebensraum für Tiere und Pflanzen auf den Firmenarealen von Migros-Betrieben zu schaffen. Dieses Versprechen hat sie erfüllt, sie verfügt aktuell sogar über Naturareale mit einer Gesamtfläche von mehr als 2,7 Millionen Quadratmetern. Diese Fläche entspricht rund 375 Fussballfeldern.

Sprachkurse für Zuwanderer
In speziell konzipierten Sprachkursen der Migros Klubschulen erhalten Zuwanderer das Rüstzeug für eine erfolgreiche Alltagsbewältigung in der Schweiz. Seit 2012 haben insgesamt 173‘553 Fremdsprachige einen Sprachkurs in einer der Landessprachen besucht. Damit hat die Migros ihr Ziel erfüllt und sogar übertroffen.

Verbesserte Arbeitsbedingungen
Ebenfalls deutlich übertroffen wurde das Ziel, die Arbeitsbedingungen von 75’000 Beschäftigten von Migros-Lieferanten im Ausland zu verbessern. Insgesamt profitierten
137’000 Beschäftigte von diesem Versprechen, die meisten von ihnen in Asien.

Schülern Freude an Bewegung zu vermitteln
Die Migros hat versprochen bis 2015 über 10’000 Schulklassen mittels des Online-Lernmittels „Muuvit“ Freude an Bewegung zu vermitteln. Trotz intensiven Bemühungen hat die Migros dieses Ziel leider nicht erreicht. Zusammen mit den Veranstaltern hat sie lediglich 1‘283 Schulklassen – dies entspricht etwa 25‘800 Schülerinnen und Schülern – für Muuvit gewonnen. Die Migros hat ihr Engagement für das Projekt eingestellt.

Für weitere Informationen

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin
Christine Gaillet

Tel. 044 277 22 81
Fax 044 277 23 33
christine.gaillet@mgb.ch

Kontakt für Kunden
M-Infoline

Montag bis Freitag 08.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Samstag: 08.30 – 16.30 Uhr
Limmatstrasse 152
CH-8031 Zürich
Tel. 0800 84 08 48
Zum Kontaktformular

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Migros: Lebensraum für Tiere und Pflanzen auf einer Fläche von 375 Fussballfeldern

Migros: Lebensraum für Tiere und Pflanzen auf einer Fläche von 375 Fussballfeldern

Lynn Pendergrass joins Sears Holdings as President, Hardlines

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that Lynn Pendergrass joined the company in the new role of President, Hardlines. In this position, she will be responsible for working across the Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard business unit and its hardlines partners — including Home Appliances, Lawn & Garden, Tools, and Sears Auto Centers — to develop compelling offers and build relationships with members who shop the hardline categories.

Pendergrass comes to Sears Holdings from Johnson & Johnson, where she directed an approximately $14 billion business segment with 23,000 employees in 80 countries as worldwide chairman, Consumer. Prior to J&J, Pendergrass served as the senior vice president & general manager of the printing and personal systems group at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Before joining HP, she successfully led the consumer businesses for over 20 years at General Electric, including appliances and lighting, with a particular focus on global brand and product management, insight-led innovation and building exceptional customer partnerships.

“Lynn is a proven executive with deep expertise driving cross-functional alignment, growing market share and delivering on key objectives,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ Chairman and CEO. “Her range and depth of consumer and product experiences, coupled with her track record of achieving results through diverse teams makes her a strong fit for Sears Holdings as we pursue our member-focused transformation.”

Pendergrass holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

The Home Depot completed its $1.625 billion acquisition of Interline Brands, Inc

ATLANTA, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced it has completed its $1.625 billion acquisition of Interline Brands, Inc., a leading national distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products. The agreement to acquire Interline was previously announced on July 22, 2015.

“We’re delighted to officially welcome Interline’s associates and customers into The Home Depot family,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. “By joining forces with Interline, we’ll be able to better serve our Pro customers whether instore, online or at their place of business. We look forward to the value this acquisition will bring to our customers and shareholders.”

Interline brings an experienced outside and national account sales force, fulfillment capabilities across the facilities maintenance market, and an extensive local distribution network of more than 90 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

“We’re excited to work with The Home Depot’s Pro team to provide MRO customers with a single solution for all of their needs,” said Michael Grebe, CEO of Interline Brands. “In addition, our associates are thrilled to be joining a great company with a similar culture and values. We’re looking forward to a great future.”

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About Interline Brands
Interline Brands, Inc. is a leading distributor and direct marketer with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. As one of the largest national distributors of broad-line facilities maintenance, repair and operations products in North America, Interline serves more than 175,000 customer locations and holds leading market positions in the institutional, multi-family housing and residential end-markets.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for The Home Depot’s and Interline’s products and services; net sales growth; comparable store sales; effects of competition; state of the economy; state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit; demand for credit offerings; inventory and in-stock positions; implementation of store, interconnected retail and supply chain initiatives; management of relationships with The Home Depot’s and Interline’s suppliers and vendors; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims and litigation, including those related to The Home Depot’s data breach announced in September 2014; issues related to the payment methods The Home Depot accepts and the timing of upgrades and enhancements impacting point of sale devices; continuation of share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to The Home Depot; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2015 and beyond; financial outlook; and the integration of Interline into The Home Depot’s organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of the acquisition.

Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and The Home Depot’s current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond The Home Depot’s control or are currently unknown to it – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in The Home Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2015 and in its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and The Home Depot does not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures it makes on related subjects in its periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information, contact:
Financial Community
Diane Dayhoff Paula Drake
Vice President – Investor Relations Manager – Corporate Communications
770-384-2666 770-384-3439
diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com

News Media
Paula Drake
Manager – Corporate Communications
770-384-3439
paula_drake@homedepot.com

The Kroger Co. will hold open interviews nationwide on Tues., Sept. 15, for all veterans and their family members

Kroger Family of Stores Hiring 20,000 Employees Nationwide

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores today announced it will hold open interviews nationwide on Tues., Sept. 15, for all veterans and their family members.  Nationwide, the company is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions.

Veterans and their family members need only to fill out on application online at jobs.kroger.com by Sept. 13, and then return to a store on Sept. 15, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (no appointment necessary).

Kroger hired more than 6,000 veterans in 2014, and has hired more than 29,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans through “Honoring Our Heroes,” a multi-faceted program the company designed to show its deep gratitude.

In addition, Kroger is proud to have helped the “100,000 Jobs Mission” surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The “100,000 Jobs Mission” is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

“Kroger is deeply committed to the nation’s veterans and their families, and we continue to seek out opportunities to honor heroes through career opportunities,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career,” he said, noting that about 70 percent of Kroger’s store managers started as part-time clerks.

“Kroger is a company that veterans can be proud to work for because of its robust involvement in our local communities,” said Clifton Thomas, Kroger’s category strategy manager for Corporate Brands and Marine Corps Veteran. “It has given me the opportunity to be part of a team and connect to something bigger.”

The online application requests an email address, employment history and education information and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger stores have raised more than $11.9 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,626 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 780 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,342 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

CINCINNATI, SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Coop Vitality AG die Pilger Apotheke an der Missionsstrasse in Basel übernommen

Per 1. Januar 2015 hat die Coop Vitality AG die Pilger Apotheke an der Missionsstrasse in Basel übernommen. Am Dienstag, 1. September 2015 wird die Pilger Apotheke in eine Coop Vitality Apotheke umgewandelt. Zur Feier wird vom Donnerstag, 3. bis Samstag, 5. September 2015 ein Rabatt von 10 Prozent auf das gesamte Sortiment* gewährt.

BASEL, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Coop Vitality AG ist ein Joint Venture zwischen Coop und GaleniCare und wurde im Jahr 2000 gegründet. Seit Beginn steht die Apothekenkette für Gesundheit, Schönheit, Wohlbefinden und Vitalität.

Das eingespielte Personal der Pilger-Apotheke Basel wurde komplett übernommen und wird weiterhin von Herrn Dr. Reto Rupf geleitet. Das eingespielte Team besteht aus Fachkräften, die sich permanent weiterbilden und gerne mit Informationen und Tipps zur Seite stehen.

Vollsortiment für Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden
Die Coop Vitality Apotheken bieten ein breites Sortiment an rezeptpflichtigen und rezeptfreien Arzneimitteln. Ergänzt wird dies durch eine breite Auswahl an Produkten für die Gesundheitspflege und die Dermokosmetik sowie aus dem Naturheilmittelbereich. Seit neuestem führt Coop Vitality zudem preisgünstige Eigenmarken im Sortiment.

Alle Vorteile auf einen Blick
Jede zweite Woche gewährt Coop Vitality auf ausgewählte Produkte einen Spezialrabatt von 20 Prozent. Zusätzlich punkten können Kundinnen und Kunden mit der Coop Supercard: Pro Franken Einkaufsbetrag wird ein Punkt gutgeschrieben. Bei rezeptpflichtigen Medikamenten erhalten Kundinnen und Kunden für jedes eingelöste Rezept 300 Superpunkte.

Beratung und Gesundheitschecks
Die Fachpersonen in den Coop Vitality Apotheken nehmen sich im Gespräch Zeit für die Kundinnen und Kunden. Gerne helfen sie mit Informationen und Tipps weiter. Die umfangreiche Beratung und Begleitung umfasst Themenbereiche wie Reisevorbereitung, Allergien, Ernährung, Schwangerschaft, Selbstmedikation, Raucherentwöhnung, HerzCheck oder Haarmineralanalyse.

Herr Dr. Reto Rupf, Apotheker und Geschäftsführer der Coop Vitality Pilger Apotheke in Basel und sein Team freuen sich auf Ihren Besuch!

www.coopvitality.ch

Kontaktpersonen

Denise Stadler, Leiterin Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Urs Meier, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

Nadja Ruch, Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Overstock.com now offers exclusive access to ComforPedic® from Beautyrest® memory foam mattresses

Online Retailer offers exclusive memory foam mattresses packaged for standard shipping and easy unwrapping

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) now offers its customers exclusive access to ComforPedic® from Beautyrest® memory foam mattresses, delivered to their doorstep in easy-to-unwrap packaging designed to meet the size requirements for standard shipping.

The mattresses, which range in size from twin to king, are delivered to customers using standard shipping methods instead of LTL, removing the need for someone to be present for delivery. They are also packaged for easy unwrapping with minimum setup needed.

“It’s exciting for Overstock to be able to exclusively offer our customers mattresses on the cutting edge of design and comfort at a value that I’ve never seen before in this category,” said Overstock.com Senior Vice President of Merchandising Seth Marks.

ComforPedic® from Beautyrest mattresses feature GEL memory foam and AIRCOOL technologies designed to improve airflow and help regulate sleeping temperature. Also, a new side rail edge support system helps maintain the shape of the mattress even at the edges. The mattresses feature four different comfort profiles from firm to plush to allow everyone to find the perfect sleep solution.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co. Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on April 29, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
mharden@overstock.com

Report released by ARC from Applause names Overstock.com as one of the best-rated retail mobile apps

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — A report released by ARC from Applause named Overstock.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:OSTK) as one of the best-rated retail mobile apps available on the market today. According to the report, “ideal retail experiences were born from customer-obsessed teams who understand what mobile users value.”

“Overstock has long taken a customer-centric, mobile-first approach to the way we design and build experiences,” said Jaime Wilson, Overstock.com’s senior director of user experience design. “It’s rewarding to see that our customers love shopping Overstock on our Android and iOS apps, and we will continue to be inspired by our mobile shoppers to offer the best experience possible.”

Overstock.com shopping apps have won three consecutive Web Marketing Association’s Mobile Web Award for Best Retail Mobile Application, and the Android app was named an Editor’s Choice app in the Google Play Store.

To create the report, ARC looked at the customer ratings of 95 of the most popular retail apps with over 200 customer reviews.Overstock.com’s Android and iOS apps received an average ranking of 68, up eight points from ARC’s inaugural retail report released in November of 2014.

ARC from Applause is a research group dedicated to providing insights and data on the apps economy. ARC leverages data from a variety of sources, including proprietary Applause data, to provide a 360º view of app quality. ARC combines this data, with analysis, into reports to help brands and app developers understand what is happening in the apps economy.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on August 7, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
mharden@overstock.com

Online shopping with in-store pick-up now available at Weis Markets’ Bellefonte store

Online Shopping Offers In-store Shopping Experience with Online Convenience

Sunbury, PA, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced that online shopping with in-store pick-up is now available at the Bellefonte store located at 170 Buckaroo Lane.

Weis Online Shopping allows customers to conveniently order groceries online and either pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. The service is free for orders of $150 or more, and $2.95 for orders under $150. The service fee is waived on first time orders.

Each order is handpicked in store by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until pick-up. Customers can use their Weis Preferred Shopper’s cards to save on their orders and earn gas rewards. They can also browse the weekly online circular and add sale items to their carts. Paper and eCoupons are also accepted.

“Many of our customers have embraced Weis Online Shopping, which offers our customers the best of both worlds: the in-store shopping experience with online, time-saving convenience. Our in-store personal shoppers are trained to focus on quality and customize orders,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets’ Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Sales. “This is an extremely convenient service. Customers can place their orders at any time and schedule a convenient pick-up time that suits their schedule. These orders can also be ready in four hours.”
Weis Online Shopping is now available in 34 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. For more information, visit WeisMarkets.com/OnlineShopping.

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About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

Currys PC World announces baking star Luis Troyano as a new ambassador

LONDON, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Today (21st August), Currys PC World announces baking star Luis Troyano as a new ambassador. As part of his activity with the retailer to promote their range of small kitchen appliances and cookware, Luis will be creating three stunning dessert recipes, designed to inspire the nation to get into the kitchen.

Following on from his stint as a finalist in 2014’s Great British Bake Off, Luis has released his first cookbook,Bake It Great, influenced by his Spanish upbringing and full of family recipes handed down by generations. The amateur chef, whose creations were coined to be “pure alchemy” by Paul Hollywood, wrote the book to help break down the perceived complexity of baking and to help bakers of all abilities create beautiful recipes.

With Currys PC World recording a significant demand for small kitchen products, it would appear that aspiring bakers around the UK have taken inspiration once again from the show. Sales of bakeware – including cake tins, decorating accessories and bowls – are up 222% YOY, while kitchen scales are also up 25%.

Matthew Higginson, Head of Category for Small Domestic Appliances at Currys PC World, says: “We are delighted to be working with Luis – he’s such an inspiration to home-bakers and we hope his fabulous range of exclusive recipes will demonstrate that all you need is a little bit of passion and the right tech to create fabulous desserts at home.

“Our small kitchen appliance and cookware ranges boast a fantastic offering for our customers so it’s great to have Luis on board to showcase what baking magic you can create with them.”

Luis Troyano added: “Food remains my passion, and experimenting in the kitchen is something I love to do on a daily basis. With the right tools, even the most amateur baker can create stunning desserts that show flair in the kitchen and the range at Currys PC World has everything you need to help you do that.”

To view the full range of small kitchen appliances and cookware, please visit www.currys.co.uk/baking.

For Luis’s exclusive recipes, please refer to the contact information below.

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For further information, please contact the Currys & PC World Press Office:

M&C Saatchi PR / dixonscarphone@mcsaatchi.com / 0207 544 3600
Jovana Rajacic / jovana.rajacic@mcsaatchi.com / 0203 617 8460

About Currys PC World:
Currys PC World are part of Dixons Carphone plc, Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and KNOWHOW.

Combining Dixons Retail’s successful and sustainable multi-channel approach to electrical retailing, with Carphone Warehouse, one of Europe’s largest independent telecommunications retailers, Dixons Carphone plc began trading as a merged entity on 7 August 2014.

For more information about Currys & PC World, please visit www.currys.co.uk or www.pcworld.co.uk
Follow us on: @curryspcworld

SOURCE: Dixons Carphone plc.

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Currys PC World announces baking star Luis Troyano as a new ambassador

Currys PC World announces baking star Luis Troyano as a new ambassador

7‑Eleven acquired 180 Tedeschi Food Shops in greater Boston area

DALLAS, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of approximately 180 Tedeschi Food Shops (headquarters in Rockland, Mass.). This transaction adds to 7‑Eleven’s existing 150 7‑Eleven® stores in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area.

7‑Eleven has made job offers to employees working at the stores and most non-store personnel of Tedeschi Food Shops, formerly owned by the Tedeschi family.

“The Tedeschi Food Shops stores complement our 7‑Eleven store operations in the greater Boston area because of their geographical locations, food service focus, community-involved franchisees and commitment to serving their neighborhoods,” said Stan Reynolds, 7‑Eleven’s chief financial officer and executive vice president.

This acquisition is part of the international convenience retailer’s accelerated growth plan.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,600 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #2 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2015 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

SPAR Indonesia now with 7 supermarkets operational just 12 weeks since launch

  • Conversion to the SPAR Brand is proceeding as planned
  • Customers delighted with the strong fresh offer and high quality service, cornerstones of SPAR.
  • Investment by PT. Ramayana into staff training is evident with improved focus on customer needs, merchandising techniques and shopping environment.

INDONESIA, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Bogor Baru, Bogor Province, opened with much fanfare including having a traditional welcome at the entrance, local dancing and lots of entertainment for children. Members of the media were invited to view the SPAR Supermarket ahead of the opening to see the changes made during the conversion.

The next two stores to open were SPAR Cilegon and SPAR Serang both in Banten Province. These supermarkets include a fresh fish counter, bakery, delicatessen, butchery and good selection of food-to-go in addition to a full grocery offer and a non-food area plus laundry service. Families make shopping a fun event as children can enjoy the playground area whilst the parents shop. With retail selling space over 2,100m2, these SPAR Supermarkets meet all shoppers’ needs.

Shoppers in the neighbourhood of each new store become enthusiastic about the SPAR Brand, after receiving the opening leaflet and seeing the great range of service departments.  Social media has been integrated into the communication strategy, creating greater awareness of the SPAR Brand amongst consumers, suppliers and potential employees. Local media campaigns complement the print media and mobile phone messaging is used to keep shoppers updated on instore activities and offers.

Local producers have seen a positive impact with increased volume and variety of fresh produce now available in the SPAR Supermarkets as well as a wider variety of locally sourced fresh fish and seafood. The expansion of the service departments has required more staff for each supermarket, creating employment opportunities.

SPAR International supported the development of the conversions by assisting SPAR Indonesia with store layout planning, merchandising training, lighting plan, communication planning, launch campaign material development and departmental product offer guidance.

In line with the international focus by SPAR on nutrition, SPAR Indonesia launched the SPAR Nutrition Zone at SPAR Cilegon during the opening, providing guidance on healthy lifestyles, daily meal requirements and information in a fun way. The SPAR Nutrition Zone is available instore for consumers to access on a daily basis.

With such a promising start, SPAR Indonesia is on track to achieve their goal of 15 SPAR supermarkets operational by end 2015, totalling 22,500m2.

Store opening timeline

4th March 2015: 3 SPAR Supermarkets open in Bogor, Cibitung and Cibubur districts of Jakarta averaging 1,500m2 in size

9th May 2015: SPAR Bogor Baru on Bogor Square in Bogor province

27th May 2015: SPAR Cilegon in Cilegon city, Banten province, Cilegon Mall & SPAR Serang, Kota Baru district, Banten province

7th June 2015: SPAR Dinoyo in Dinoyo City shopping mall

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SPAR Indonesia now with 7 supermarkets operational just 12 weeks since launch

SPAR Indonesia now with 7 supermarkets operational just 12 weeks since launch

Kyle Watkins appointed VP Business Development for U.S. operations at SPAR Group, Inc.

  • Kyle Watkins Joins SPAR Group as Vice President Business Development
  • SPAR Positions Itself For Growth Against Key Industry Trends

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Group, Inc., a leading global supplier of merchandising and other retail services, today announced that Kyle Watkins has joined the company in the role of VP Business Development for its U.S. operations. Kyle will be responsible for new business targeting key industry growth areas aligned with SPAR’s strategic initiatives. Kori Belzer, Chief Operating Officer of SPAR, stated that, “we look forward to having Kyle build relationships that strengthen SPAR’s role as a strategic partner and help us deliver solutions that optimize our clients’ sales and profitability in a changing retail landscape”.

Various research reports point to continued growth in traditional retail channels and in the growth of outsourced labor. Jill Blanchard, SPAR’s CEO, pointed out that “In the next 10 years in the U.S., dollar growth in stores is expected to grow by almost $2 trillion more, or 75% more, than dollar growth in online retail1. At the same time, outsourced labor, which had annual revenue growth at just over 7% between 2009-142, is expected to have that growth rise to 22% by 20193”. In the new omni-channel retail model, there are several areas that will lead to this growth while retailers face the challenges of providing better product availability and customer service.

SPAR is well positioned to help retailers overcome the challenges they face, providing retail services including in-store merchandising, new store sets and remodels, price and compliance audits, fixture/display installation and service, assisted sales, and its world class SPARtrac™ Global Retail Service Operations System that enables increased retail service efficiency and productivity. Kyle’s experience and drive will be key assets in targeting growing retail categories that can benefit from unique service models being developed and offered by SPAR.

Kyle adds, “I’m excited to join a world-class service organization that is proactive in delivering solutions that help companies better service their customers as the retail world changes. I look forward to applying my knowledge and passion to build meaningful relationships that allow both SPAR and its clients to prosper from these changes”.

Kyle has over a decade of outstanding experience in developing and nurturing relationships with some of the most iconic brands in retail. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Client Services for Mallard Group, a retail services company with operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. While there, Kyle was instrumental in acquiring and leading the execution of multi-million dollar installation and merchandising programs. He also previously served as Director of Marketing & Business Development for Mallard.

In addition to his experience selling and implementing retail merchandising and installations, Kyle has also developed business for creative and production firms specializing in the design, fabrication and implementation of some of the most recognizable displays and store fronts in the industry.

On a more personal level, as a former right tackle for the University of Central Florida, Kyle will most assuredly have all his clients’ backs. He is also married with two children and will be based out of Dallas, TX.

About SPAR Group, Inc.
SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. SPAR provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in grocery, drug, big box, discount/dollar, office supercenter, warehouse/club, specialty, pet, department, and convenience/gas channels. Additional services include new store sets and remodels, price and compliance audits, fixture/display installation and service, furniture assembly in stores, offices and homes, assisted sales, product demonstrations, and Click & Collect services. SPAR provides these services in the U.S. and across the globe. SPAR started as a sales promotion analysis company in 1967, has been supplying merchandising and other retail services in the U.S. since 1979, and internationally since acquiring its first international subsidiary in Japan in 2001. SPAR currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. For more information, please visit SPAR Group’s website at www.sparinc.com.

SOURCES: 1. FTI Consulting; 2. Bureau of Labor Statistics; 3. IBIS World;

South Africa: funds from the sale of bandana at Pick n Pay, Round Table, Makro and Zando to benefit people with serious blood disorders

The slogan this year is “We heart Bandana Day!”

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Take a stand and show you care about people with serious blood disorders like leukaemia.  Buy and wear your bandana on 12thOctober and contribute towards saving a life.

The campaign is fun, hip and happening and involves Ambassadors of Hope for The Sunflower Fund:

  • Corne Krige with his family,
  • Benito Vergotine,
  • Nonala Tose and
  • Liezel van der Westhuizen.

Featuring in the TV advert together with South Africans of all ages, they pledge their support and ask that you do too.

The bandana design is fresh, distinctive and is a trendy fashion accessory.  Available in 8 different colours, it appeals to everyone from the young to the young at heart!  Buy your brightly coloured bandana from Pick n Pay, Round Table, selected Makro stores and the online shop, Zando from 15th August.  It’s all about saving lives.

Funds raised through National Bandana Day go towards paying for the expensive tissue typing (DNA) tests for new stem cell donors to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

Behind the campaign, stand the cancer patients who face a very daunting task of fighting for their lives.  This unfortunately is a reality for countless people and for many; their only hope is to receive a life-saving stem cell transplant.

“Please support this campaign and help make a difference as together, we can save more lives.  We cannot do this without you.  To the public of South Africa, I have one question for you…  We Heart Bandana Day, do you?” asks Tarryn Corlett, Chief Executive Officer of The Sunflower Fund.

Come on South Africa, “Share a Little, Save a Life”… buy your bandana to give hope to someone else and wear it to show support towards the brave fight that these patients face daily.

For more information on National Bandana Day or becoming a stem cell donor, call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za

SOURCE: Pick n Pay Holdings Limited

Staples announces exclusive student savings with a valid College Student I.D. or verifiable .edu email address for online orders

College Students Receive Exclusive Deals on Laptops, Tablets and More

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is making it easy for students to get 110% ready for school with the right technology and tech support services to stay connected this back-to-school season. For college students, Staples is providing exclusive student savings with a valid College Student I.D. or verifiable .edu email address for online orders.

“Staples has been a resource for essential school supplies for nearly 30 years, including a new wave of laptops, tablets and mobile devices,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “To get students 110% ready, we’re in stock all season long with a wide variety of the latest technology and tech accessories, all with our Back-to-School 110% Lowest Price Guarantee.”

Staples has everything students need for Windows 10, including free in-store installation on eligible devices through Staples EasyTech® associates.

Among the latest technology at Staples are portable and affordable two-in-one laptops. These include the HP Stream (starting at $269.99), available in three different versions with one year of Microsoft Office. New all-in-one PCs include the HP Pavilion AIO, available in three different models. Clamshell notebooks from HP®, Dell® and Toshiba®feature a brand new look and feel for customers heading back to school.

Staples offers a variety of new devices optimized for Windows 10 including:

  • Toshiba Satellite Fusion ($669.99): Versatile laptop, powered by a 5th generation Intel Core processor, the Toshiba Satellite Fusion features a 15.6-inch screen and a unique 2-axis hinge that rotates the screen from zero to 360-degrees for unique viewing modes.
  • Dell Redwood ($499.99): This budget-friendly, light-and-portable, 2-in-1 laptop, features an 11” screen and Pentium processor.
  • Toshiba Satellite S55 Laptop ($849.99): A fast, performance laptop, the sleek Toshiba Satellite S55 Laptop is an ideal choice for business users, featuring an i7 processor.

To keep technology running smoothly all year long, Staples offers a variety of Staples EasyTech® services in-store, onsite or online, including:

  • Tech Support for Students: Worry less about PCs, laptops and tablets functioning smoothly and more on school work with year-long tech support for students, only 149.99-Save $50! (Reg $199.99/year)
  • SquareTrade Plans: Build the right protection plan for technology devices and protect PCs and laptops from accidental damage, mechanical, electrical, hard drive and screen failures. ($299.99/4 Years of Accidental Damage Protection)

For maximum performance and style, students will also find a wide selection of the latest tech tools at Staples. Students can use Staples® Flat Charge & Sync USB Cables($9.99) with either Flat Micro or Lightning Connectors to charge micro-USB-compatible smartphones, tablets and other devices, or sync them to a computer for quick and easy data transfer. Or, power and charge all portable electronic devices with a Light Pulse Electroluminescent Charge and Sync Cable ($24.99) that radiates ambient lighting. For iPhone 6, 5 and 5s users, Glitter and Flow iPhone Cases ($12.99) are a beautiful and fun option to protect these devices from scratches, dirt and bumps.

Shopping for technology at Staples is easy with options to purchase in store, online, on the mobile app or through buy online, pick up in store.

To see the latest technology assortment from the leading brands for back-to-school, visit Staples.com/backtoschool. For additional information on Staples tech support services, visit Staples.com/techservices.

About Staples
Staples make it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offer free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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Source: Staples, Inc.