The Michaels Companies, Inc. reports 3.8% increase of net sales and 89.8% of operating income in Q2 2015 financial results

  • Net sales increased 3.8% to $984.3 million
  • Operating income increased 89.8% to $96.6 million; adjusted diluted EPS increased 21.4% to $0.17
  • Updates fiscal year 2015 outlook for diluted EPS to $1.66-$1.72

IRVING, Texas, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIK) today announced financial results for the quarter ended August 1, 2015.

Chuck Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am pleased with our second quarter performance, which was driven by general sales strength across our business and continued financial discipline. We delivered 2.9% comparable store sales growth on a local currency basis, reflecting our differentiated merchandise offering and progress on our initiatives to elevate our customer experience. We also improved our adjusted operating margin by 80 basis points and delivered a 21.4% increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share.”

For the Quarter Ended August 1, 2015:

  • Net sales increased by 3.8%, or 5.2% on a constant currency basis, to $984.3 million from $948.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, and reflect the impact of a strong U.S. dollar exchange rate.  Comparable store sales increased by 1.6% or 2.9% on a constant currency basis. Comparable store sales increased 3.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, which included approximately $14 million in sales of the Rainbow Loom product.
  • Gross profit increased 20 basis points to 37.9% of net sales compared to 37.7% of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. This was primarily related to the timing of distribution expenses, partially offset by a planned increase in costs compared to last year to exit select merchandise as part of our on-going department resets that occurred later in fiscal 2015 due to the West Coast port slowdown and unfavorable shrink expense.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense, including store pre-opening costs and excluding related party or initial public offering (“IPO”) transaction costs (“SG&A”) as a percent of net sales improved to 28.1% from 28.7% in the second quarter of last year. SG&A was $276.7 million compared to $271.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 with the increase driven by higher costs associated with operating 40 additional stores and incentive based compensation.
  • Operating income grew 89.8% to $96.6 million from $50.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Operating income excluding IPO related costs and related party fees (“Adjusted operating income”), increased 13.1% to $96.6 million from $85.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. As a percent of net sales, adjusted operating income grew 80 basis points to 9.8%.
  • Interest expense decreased to $34.3 million from $60.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 due to savings from debt refinancing and the pay down of$800 million of the 7.50%/8.25% PIK Toggle Notes (“PIK Notes”) from proceeds of the IPO during the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and from cash flow from operations. The final $180.9 million principal payment on the PIK Notes made in May 2015 resulted in $6.1 million of losses on early extinguishment of debt and refinancing costs due to the premium for the early payment and the accelerated amortization expense.
  • The effective tax rate was 36.6% for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to 37.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The tax rate was lower than last year due to a tax election change for our Canadian subsidiary.
  • Net income was $35.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to a net loss of $48.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  Adjusted net income which excludes IPO costs, related party fees, 2014 debt refinancing costs and reflects the go forward interest expense based on the Company’s debt refinancing in 2014 (“Adjusted net income”) increased to $35.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to $29.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2015, diluted earnings per share was $0.17 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.26 in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  Based on the adjusted net income of $29.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and assuming an adjusted diluted weighted average share count of 206.9 million, adjusted diluted earnings per share (“Adjusted earnings per share”) increased 21.4% to $0.17, including the $.01 cost for the call of the PIK notes in May 2015, compared to $0.14 in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • The Company opened nine new Michaels stores and relocated three Michaels stores during the second quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with opening three Michaels stores, relocating five Michaels stores, and one Aaron Brothers closure in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company operated 1,186 Michaels stores and 118 Aaron Brothers stores.

Balance Sheet Highlights as of August 1, 2015:

  • The Company ended the second quarter with $70.4 million in cash, $3.0 billion in debt and approximately $564.0 million in availability under its asset-based revolving credit facility. On May 6, 2015, the final redemption on the PIK Notes was paid.
  • Inventory at the end of the quarter was $1,073.7 million. Average Michaels inventory on a per store basis, inclusive of distribution centers, in transit and inventory for the Company’s e-commerce site was $880,000 compared to last year’s balance of $782,000. The increase was due to a strategic decision to increase inventory levels of core products as well as the early receipt of certain Holiday products.  The decision to receive certain products early was made prior to the resolution of the West Coast port slow down and was influenced by the large number of private brand products sold at our stores and the corresponding lead times needed to produce this product.  Inventory levels are anticipated to normalize by the end of fiscal 2015.

Mr. Rubin continued, “I believe we are well positioned to take advantage of the fall and holiday seasons in the back half of the year with the right level and composition of inventory as well as exciting marketing events to engage our customers. We are focused on continuing to implement our long term strategy as we create an improved shopping experience for our customers and drive value for our shareholders.”

Fiscal Year and Third Quarter 2015 Outlook:

The Company continues to expect fiscal 2015 total net sales growth of 3.2% to 3.7% or 4.4% to 4.9% on a constant currency basis and a comparable store sales increase of 1.5% to 2.0% or 2.7% to 3.2% on a constant currency basis. Operating income is expected to be in the range of $700 million to $720 million and fully diluted earnings per share is expected to be $1.66 to $1.72. The guidance is based on opening approximately 30 net new and/or relocated stores during fiscal year 2015.

Annual adjusted interest expense is forecasted to be $141 million which reflects the $10 million interest savings from paying off the PIK Notes. Included in loss on early extinguishment of debt and refinancing costs are $6.1 million debt extinguishment costs from the redemption of the PIK Notes. The effective tax rate is now expected to be approximately 36.7% for the full fiscal year 2015. The diluted weighted average shares for calculating fully diluted earnings per share are now anticipated to be 210 million for the full fiscal year 2015.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, we expect comparable store sales to be up 1.5% to 2.5% or 3.2% to 4.2% on a constant currency basis, operating income of $150 million to $158 million and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.35 to $0.37. The diluted weighted average shares for calculating fully diluted earnings per share are anticipated to be approximately 210.5 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results is scheduled for today, August 27, 2015, at 8:00 am Central Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 303-9132, conference ID# 67650989, approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast at http://investors.michaels.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available until September 3, 2015 by dialing (855) 859-2056, conference ID# 67650989.

Non-GAAP Information:

This press release includes non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDA, operating income excluding IPO and related party expenses (“Adjusted operating income,”) net income excluding IPO, related party fees and refinancing expenses (“Adjusted net income,”) weighted average shares outstanding assuming the IPO shares had been outstanding the entire period (“Adjusted shares outstanding”) and earnings per share excluding IPO, related party, refinancing expenses and including adjusted shares outstanding (“Adjusted earnings per share.”)  The Company has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in a table accompanying this release. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures not only provide its management with comparable financial data for internal financial analysis but also provide meaningful supplemental information to investors. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to better understand the performance of the Company’s business and facilitate a meaningful evaluation of its quarterly and fiscal year 2015 diluted earnings per common share and actual results on a comparable basis with its quarterly and fiscal year 2014 results.  In evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures, investors should be aware that in the future the Company may incur expenses or be involved in transactions that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. The Company’s presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by any such adjustments. The Company has provided this information as a means to evaluate the results of its ongoing operations. Other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these items differently than it does. Each of these measures is not a measure of performance under GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release includes forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views and estimates regarding the Company’s industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning its market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. The words “anticipate”, “assume”, “believe”, “continue”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “future”, “guidance”, “imply”, “intend”, “may”, “outlook”, “plan”, “potential”, “predict”, “project”, and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. The Company cannot assure investors that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it has anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks relating to the effect of economic uncertainty, risks associated with our substantial outstanding indebtedness of $2.98 billion, changes in customer demand, risks relating to our failure to adequately maintain security and prevent unauthorized access to electronic and other confidential information, increased competition including internet-based competition from other retailers, risks relating to our reliance on foreign suppliers, risks relating to how well we manage our business, risks related to our ability to open new stores and increase comparable store sales growth, damage to the reputation of the Michaels brand or our private and exclusive brands, and events that may affect our financial operations in the second quarter. Other risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Form 10-K which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 19, 2015, which is available at www.sec.gov, and other filings that the Company may make with the SEC in the future. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of the Company’s assumptions prove incorrect, the Company’s actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by the Company in this news release speaks only as of the date on which the Company makes it. Factors or events that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of August 1, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,186 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 12 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Imagin8® and Make MarketTM.

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H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — On August 25, the H&M Conscious Foundation launches the first ever Global Change Award − one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the challenge is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion.

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury, will share a grant of €1 million and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator. The global public will be invited to distribute half of the total grant through an online vote. The result will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, in February 2016.

“The question for fashion is no longer “What is the new black?” but rather “What innovative ideas can close the loop?” The Global Change Award is looking for ideas that will protect the earth’s natural resources, and I am excited to be part of it,” says Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre and member of the Global Change Award Jury.

The H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, funded by the Stefan Persson family − founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to drive long-lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. The Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment. Neither the Foundation nor the company H&M will take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations.

“Ground-breaking, game-changing ideas can come from anywhere, so the challenge is open to anyone. Each year the Global Change Award aims to find the truly brave and bold ideas that make change. I’m also eager to see how the fashion industry as a whole will embrace the challenge of closing the loop,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M.

The innovation accelerator − a collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm − will give the five winners the support and knowledge they need to actualize their ideas. Starting off with an innovation boot camp in Stockholm, provided by KTH Innovation, it will be followed up by guidance from Accenture Strategy on how to develop the winning ideas further. This includes the provision of a one-year training and coaching programme with a particular focus on circular economy.

The innovation accelerator will also provide exclusive fashion industry access and offer possibilities to build networks and try out the ideas within the fashion value chain.

Information about the Global Change Award, how to apply for a grant and updates on the challenge are available at globalchangeaward.com.

Members of the jury

  • Dr. Michael Braungart – Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg; Scientific Director of EPEA Hamburg.
  • Prof. Rebecca Earley – Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC).
  • Mr. Ma Jun – Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China.
  • Ms. Eva Kruse – CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • Prof. Johan Rockström – Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.
  • Mr. Ellis Rubinstein – President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Ms. Franca SozzaniEditor in Chief of Vogue Italia.
  • Ms. Amber Valletta – Supermodel, Actress & Entrepreneur.
Key dates
25.08.2015 First ever Global Change Award is launched and application opens at www.globalchangeaward.com.
31.10.2015 Application closes.
01.02.2016 Five winners, selected by the expert jury, are revealed. Each winner is guaranteed €100,000. The global public is invited to distribute the other half of the total grant through an online vote.
07.02.2016 The online vote closes. Half of the total grant has been distributed between the five winners.
10.02.2016 The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm.

Close the Loop and Circular Economy

In a world with increasingly constrained resources and environmental challenges, the circular approach represents a radical departure from the old linear “take, make, waste” production and consumption models to a model where products and resources are designed to have more than one life. Closing the loop for fashion means finding new approaches in the whole value chain of the industry; changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

The theory about circular economy may be the biggest revolution in the global economy in 250 years as it challenges companies to rethink their business models and customer relationships by detaching growth from the single-use of natural resources and environmental impact. This creates new business opportunities as well as an unassailable competitive advantage.

For questions, please contact:

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Communications Responsible at H&M Conscious Foundation
Telephone: +46 (0)70 796 39 75
E-mail: malin.bjorne@hm.com

 

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H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

CVS Health entered into new clinical affiliations with St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania and TriHealth, Ohio

CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic clinical collaborations will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients in Pennsylvania and Ohio

Woonsocket, RI, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today it has entered into new clinical affiliations with two leading health systems, St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio. These affiliations will help enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care services for patients. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations by enabling communication between our secured electronic health record (EHR) systems, which will help enhance clinical care for patients. In addition, patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health.

“We are pleased to work with St. Luke’s University Health Network and TriHealth to enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in communities throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “By allowing our electronic health records and information systems to communicate and share important information about the patients we collectively serve, we will have a more comprehensive view of our patients, which can aid in health care decision making and help ensure patients adhere to important medications for chronic diseases.”

CVS/pharmacy currently has more than 7,800 retail pharmacy locations across the U.S. where CVS pharmacists provide counseling to patients to help them be adherent to their chronic disease medications. In addition, MinuteClinic also plays an important role by providing patients with timely, affordable and high-quality walk-in health care. There are also nearly 1,000 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics available at CVS/pharmacy retail stores. MinuteClinic locations are open seven days a week, offering evening hours with no appointment necessary and most health insurance is accepted. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants who provide treatment for common illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health-condition monitoring for patients with chronic diseases.

Health care providers at participating affiliates will receive data on interventions conducted by CVS pharmacists to improve medication adherence for their patients. The affiliation also encourages collaboration between the health care providers and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations. Through this collaboration, the affiliate organizations and MinuteClinic practitioners will also work together on planning strategies around chronic care and wellness. If more comprehensive care is needed, patients can follow up with their primary care provider and have access to affiliates’ services as appropriate. For those patients who do not have regular access to health care, MinuteClinic provides information to help patients in finding a primary care physician and a greater opportunity for continuity of health care services.

MinuteClinic, CVS/pharmacy and the participating health systems will begin to work toward streamlining and enabling communication through their EHR systems. This will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts from CVS/pharmacy to affiliates’ physicians regarding medication non-adherence issues. In addition, MinuteClinic will electronically share patient visit summaries with the patient’s primary care physician when they are part of an affiliate organization and with the patient’s consent. MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers who are not affiliated with these participating health care organizations via fax or mail, with patient consent.

The new affiliations announced here bring the total number of clinical collaborations for CVS Health and MinuteClinic to more than 60 major health systems and health care providers across the country.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.  Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Contact:   

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

CVS Health to work with 3 telehealth companies to improve patient care

Company will work with American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc to improve access to patient care through telehealth

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) today announced that it is working with three proven telehealth companies – American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) – to explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can collaborate to improve patient care.  This represents an expansion of CVS Health’s existing telehealth approach.

“During our initial phase of exploration of telehealth in our store-based clinics, we learned that we could deliver excellent quality care and that patients were extremely satisfied with the care provided,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., executive vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health and president, MinuteClinic.  MinuteClinic data recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicineshowed that overall, 95 percent of patients were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received, the ease with which telehealth technology was integrated into the visit, and the timeliness and convenience of their care.

“As we examine additional ways to utilize telehealth to improve and expand patient care, we have the opportunity to partner with telehealth organizations in the care of patients at home,” Sussman added. “In doing so, CVS Health will add value for patients, clients and health plans by improving access to low-cost quality care.”

CVS Health is piloting several different telehealth opportunities, including making telehealth physician care accessible through CVS Health digital properties.  CVS Health will also explore enabling MinuteClinic providers to consult with telehealth physicians to expand the scope of care offered at MinuteClinic.  In addition, MinuteClinic will continue to provide telehealth care to patients in CVS retail stores and will explore serving as a site for in-person exams to facilitate telehealth medical visits.

“With the increased demand for patient care anticipated in future years as a result of the expansion of coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the primary care physician shortage, aging of the population and epidemic of chronic disease, telehealth gives us the opportunity to offer high quality care to an expanded group of patients in a variety of convenient and cost-effective locations,” Sussman concluded.

This announcement is part of CVS Health’s broader commitment to connected health, exploring new and effective ways that digital technology can improve the health care experience. “A key pillar of our strategy is forging the right partnerships within the industry,” said Brian Tilzer, senior vice president and chief digital officer, CVS Health. “We recognize that some of the best ideas are already being developed, so we’re committed to partnering with other companies to explore and expand on these ideas together.”

“We are delighted that CVS Health has joined the roster of top health plans, employers, and hospitals that trust American Well for their telehealth services,” said Ido Schoenberg, CEO of American Well.  “Together we can offer consumers far more convenient access to affordable, quality care in the community and at home.”

“We started Doctor On Demand to provide immediate access to some of the best board-certified physicians in the country. We all know how hard it is to get fast treatment for common but acute medical issues,” said Doctor On Demand Co-Founder and CEO Adam Jackson. “Working with CVS Health gives us an opportunity to care for the millions of Americans that trust CVS Health with their health and wellness needs.”

“Caring for CVS Health customers is a great privilege and responsibility,” said Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer, Teladoc. “Consumers are choosing telehealth because it is a convenient and effective way to receive care. Teladoc is the pioneer of this innovative model, and we are excited to partner with CVS Health to increase the ways in which its customers can access high quality and affordable care.”

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

About American Well
American Well has delivered healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients for close to a decade. American Well’s consumer service, Amwell, connects people with board-certified doctors, dieticians, and psychotherapists for video visits via smartphone, tablet, kiosk, phone, or desktop. Amwell is the #1 most downloaded Telehealth app and averages a 4.8 out of 5 Star rating by consumers. American Well serves the nation’s top health systems and health plans and in aggregate serves over 600 major employers and more than 25 million covered Americans.  For more information, visit AmericanWell.com. American Well and Amwell are trademarks of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand provides Video Visits with Board Certified Physicians, Psychologists, and Lactation Consultants via smartphones, tablets, and computers. Patients simply download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a list of their symptoms, and are instantly connected for a Video Visit.  Doctor On Demand’s unique offering for health plans and employers combines a $0 PEPM business model with the easiest to use, highest-rated consumer application in the telemedicine space.  Doctor On Demand has more 5 star App Store reviews than every other telemedicine app combined. To learn more, please visit www.doctorondemand.com

About Teladoc
Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the nation’s leader in telehealth, delivers on-demand health care 24/7 via mobile devices, the internet, secure video and phone. More than 12.5 million members connect to Teladoc’s network of more than 1,500 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health professionals for a range of non-emergency conditions.  With a median response time of less than 10 minutes, Teladoc physicians will perform more than 525,000 telehealth visits in 2015.  Teladoc is the first and only telehealth company to receive certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its physician credentialing process. For more information, visit teladoc.com.

Media Contacts:

Carolyn Castel
(401) 770-5717
CVS Health
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com

Brent Burkhardt
(410) 986-1303
TBC (for MinuteClinic)
bburkhardt@tbc.us

The Home Depot’s CEO Craig Menear and CFO Carol Tome will present at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York

ATLANTA, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president, and Carol Tome, CFO and executive vice president – Corporate Services, will present at the Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York, NY. The presentation will begin at 8:05 a.m. ET on September 10, 2015.

The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at http://ir.homedepot.com. A link will be displayed under “Events and Presentations.” The webcast will be archived and available at the same location approximately one hour after conclusion of the live event.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, theDistrict 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 300,000 associates. TheHome 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.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com; or News Media, Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075, stephen_holmes@homedepot.com

Scotland’s retail industry unveils plans for an overhaul of business taxation

LONDON, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Scotland’s retail industry is seeking to concentrate the minds of policy makers and politicians on lifting the country’s economic growth and productivity ahead of the 2016 Holyrood election, through unveiling plans for an overhaul of business taxation.

Launching the first in a series of election policy papers (‘Holyrood 2016: Business Rates’ can be downloaded from the right-hand side), the SRC is setting out a range of measures for the reform of the £2.8 billion business rates tax for inclusion as an early priority in the next Administration’s Programme for Government.

A growing coalition of businesses and representative organisations have recently made the case for the fundamental reform of business rates in Scotland.

The SRC has set out medium and longer term ambitions including the need for a firm commitment to a fundamental structural reform of business rates, including consideration of whether the business rates system should remain a property-based tax.

In addition the SRC has set out a range of short term reforms that are urgently required to arrest the number of store closures, assist town centres, support business investment and protect jobs. These measures include the introduction of more frequent revaluations, a lower retail-specific poundage, empty property relief for premises undergoing investment and refurbishment and a wide range of administrative improvements including standardised online billing and a reduction in the number of Assessors from 14 to 1 into a single National Assessor.

Commenting on the launch of the policy paper, SRC Director David Lonsdale, said:

‘Ahead of the Holyrood election there needs to be a thorough debate about how the next Scottish Administration and Parliament will seek to help raise the country’s rate of economic growth and improve business productivity.

‘Lifting private sector investment will be crucial to achieving this. There is a strong and growing consensus across business and industry in Scotland that the current business rates system is inadequate to the task, out of date, no longer fit for purpose and in serious need of fundamental reform.

‘The system is a tax on jobs and growth, undermining investment in property, especially in town centres and high streets. There is no greater pressing issue for the retail industry in Scotland than the prohibitive burden of business rates, which has moved in the eyes of many retailers from an irritation to mission critical in recent years.

‘This is not just a problem for businesses, store closures have a significant and detrimental impact on communities and town centres and lead to a loss in government revenue through other taxes.

‘That is why we have launched our proposals for reform which are vital for securing a competitive business environment in Scotland.’

ENDS

Notes to editors:
1. A copy of the ‘Holyrood 2016: Business Rates’ paper can be downloaded from the right-hand side.
2. The Business Rates paper follows a previous publication launched by the SRC, early in 2015, making the detailed case for business rates reform. A copy of Business Rates: Fundamental Reform can be accessed here
3. The retail industry contributes around £2 billion in taxes per year in Scotland across the top five taxes of VAT, income tax, national insurance, business rates and corporation tax. Of the £2 billion, retail contributed close to £700 million in business rates (around a quarter of the total take from business rates) and more than the entire tax contribution from the Oil and Gas sector.
4. Business rates paid by retail in Scotland have increased by 30 per cent between 2009 and 2014. Over that same period these has been 1,800 fewer shops and the vacancy rates is ‘stuck’ at 1 in 10 shops. Every one per cent increase in the vacancy rate equates to a loss of around 2,550 retail jobs in Scotland.
5. In 2005, business rates made up around one-third of all taxes borne by retailers. By 2014 this had grown to nearly 50 per cent.
6. Since 2007 there has been a 42 per cent increase in the revenue derived from business rates but only a seven per cent increase in council tax. However, council tax is under review by an independent government appointed Commission whilst business rates have been largely ignored.
7. A range of businesses and representative groups are supporting the call for reform including the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, RICS, Scottish Property Federation, Association of Town and City Management Scotland, Scotch Whisky Association, Publishing Scotland, Intu Properties, National Federation of Retail News, Scottish Engineering and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation.
8. In November 2014 a poll of MSPs revealed that 69 per cent agreed that the current system of business rates is in need of reform with only nine per cent disagreeing.

For media enquiries please contact David Lonsdale, SRC Director, 07801629088 david.lonsdale@brc.org.uk

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

General Growth Properties, Inc. announced an increase of $500 million to its existing share repurchase program

CHICAGO, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP)(the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors authorized an increase of $500 million to the Company’s existing share repurchase program (the “Program”). Together with amounts previously authorized that have not been used for repurchases, the Company has approximately $600 million available for repurchases under the Program. The Program has no expiration date.General Growth Properties, Inc.General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

CONTACT:

Investor Contact:
General Growth Properties, Inc.
Kevin Berry, VP Investor Relations
kevin.berry@ggp.com
(312) 960-5529

MetaProp NYC, ICSC sign new partnership and announced the initial 2015/2016 startups for inaugural class

Rentalutions, Radiator Labs, Social Sign.in, Notion and Optii Solutions named first 2015 cohort participants at event in ICSC’s Manhattan headquarters

NEW YORK, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — MetaProp NYC, the New York real estate technology accelerator, signed an agreement with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and announced its initial 2015/2016 cohort participants at an invitation only event with more than 60 real estate technology entrepreneurs, investors, innovation champions and guests at ICSC’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan on Aug. 25.

MetaProp NYC Co-Founder Aaron Block remarked, “ICSC is a powerhouse in the real estate industry and their organization brings an important perspective to our all star lineup of partners, mentors and start-ups.  Retail real estate offers one of the biggest opportunities in today’s property technology industry.”

The MetaProp NYC accelerator annually selects eight of the best technology-driven real estate start-ups to participate in its 16-week program that is based in New York City.  The accelerator will invest $4 million to $5 million over the next five years in approximately 40-50 startups.  Early stage startups receive at least $25,000 in cash, access to a vast mentor network and access to Class A office space for 16 weeks, in exchange for six percent of common stock. In addition, later stage startup participants receive up to $250,000 in funding.

ICSC’s newly inked agreement with MetaProp NYC brings an expansive network of industry contacts and resources to the table. The world’s largest association for the retail real estate industry has more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries, and will serve as a tremendous resource for the eight companies.

“We are excited to partner with MetaProp NYC and to support industry innovation through these young startups,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “Technology is having a major moment in the retail real estate industry and is influencing every sector, from how consumers shop to how retailers are reaching these consumers.”

ICSC joins MetaProp NYC’s additional corporate partners including REBNY, Zillow, Warburg Realty, DLA Piper, EisnerAmper, The News Funnel and BigApps NYC 2015.

The first selections in the accelerator’s inaugural program include:

  • Rentalutions – platform for landlords that allows them to complete a host of duties electronically, saving time and money. Features include automatic listing, tenant screening, digital leasing, online rent payments and maintenance monitoring.
  • Radiator Labs – offers a smart radiator cover that instantly converts old cast-iron radiators into smartphone-controlled climate systems that boast profitable ROI, comfort, control, and energy savings.
  • SocialSign.in –Wi-Fi marketing solution that enables businesses to leverage their guest Wi-Fi network to increase engagement, learn about customers and build relationships.
  • Notion – streamlined home monitoring systems with one small device that incorporates eight types of sensors that can detect motion, acceleration, moisture, light, proximity, and sound.
  • Optii Solutions – housekeeping software that improves productivity, efficiency and quality for hotels around the world.

MetaProp NYC Co-Founder Clelia Peters remarked, “We will continue to select up to five more companies from a pool of 150 office, retail, residential, storage, hospitality and leisure real estate technology applications received during our two-month admissions period.  That said, we have been extremely selective so far and these startups set a high bar for the rest of the class. Not only are they successfully solving some of real estate’s most pressing problems, they also have the support of other influential investors and accelerator programs like TechStars, Plug & Play and the NYU Polytechnic incubator.”

About MetaProp NYC
MetaProp NYC is a NYC-based real estate tech accelerator that brings together the brightest minds in real estate and technology to help quickly build the industry’s most promising young companies. Each year, the eight best technology-driven real estate industry startups are selected to participate in the 16-week intensive growth program based in New York City. The program culminates in a Demo Day to partners, investors, VCs and media.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org or www.TheCenterofShopping.com.

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MetaProp NYC, ICSC sign new partnership and announced the initial 2015/2016 startups for inaugural class

MetaProp NYC, ICSC sign new partnership and announced the initial 2015/2016 startups for inaugural class

Deloitte LLP’s vice chairman Thomas (Tom) McGee to become ICSC’s new president and CEO

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — ICSC has chosen Thomas (Tom) McGee, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP, the world’s largest professional services organization, to be its new president and CEO.

McGee, whose appointment will begin Sept. 21, comes with considerable experience in a complex, global organization. Deloitte, a network with member firms in more than 150 countries, has some 200,000 people under its umbrella, providing auditing, risk-management and financial consulting, taxation and other services.

“His client service and global experience were very important qualities to the search committee,” said Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties Inc., and ICSC’s 2015–2016 chairman. “He has an understanding of how to manage an organization with diverse constituencies around the globe, including different sizes of organizations at various stages of development.”

McGee, 48, joined Deloitte in 1989 and held global and U.S. leadership roles prior to becoming vice chairman. These have included deputy CEO; national managing partner of Merger & Acquisition Services; global chief of staff; and membership of Deloitte’s Global and U.S. Executive and Operational Leadership committees.

When it comes to effective management, communication is key, McGee says. Goals need to be easy to understand, and communicated to everyone. “Clarity of strategy and clarity of purpose are critical,” he said. “I like people to feel they’re part of a team and that they know and appreciate their importance to the team.”

McGee’s principles about getting people involved extend beyond the workplace, as evidenced by his activities with numerous civic, charitable and academic organizations. He is the incoming chairman of Covenant House International, which provides shelter and counseling to homeless youth; a member of the New York Catholic Foundation Board and of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York; and a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University, his alma mater.

“I really do believe that everyone should be given an opportunity,” he said. “Not everyone has had the good fortune that I’ve had.” McGee’s parents and his older brother emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the 1950s, his father working as a bus driver, his mother employed in a dry cleaning business. Both valued education highly, laying the foundation for his career success, he added. “My parents were very much believers in the American dream.”

Part of ICSC’s success, he says, will be measured by how well it continues to communicate the critical role the industry plays in economic development and opportunity in every country around the globe.

McGee’s experience with the media will help ICSC deliver that message, Lebovitz said. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and is frequently quoted in national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CFO magazine.

“Tom is extremely comfortable with presentations and interviews with the press,” Lebovitz said. “He will be a very effective advocate for the shopping center industry.”

McGee lives in Basking Ridge N.J., with his wife, Charlene, and two daughters. He grew up in Southern California, is an avid sports fan — he supports the Lakers — “and I’m a huge fan of golf.”

McGee is only the fourth person to head ICSC in its 58-year history. He succeeds current President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval, who this year announced his intention to retire.

“I know everyone at ICSC, staff and members are going to like working with Tom; he’s a really good guy,” Lebovitz said. “He’s smart, he’s a pleasure to deal with, and he will be a great leader for ICSC for many years to come.”

 

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Deloitte LLP's vice chairman Thomas (Tom) McGee to become ICSC's new president and CEO

Deloitte LLP’s vice chairman Thomas (Tom) McGee to become ICSC’s new president and CEO

L Brands’ pre-recorded broadcast of the August Sales report will be available over Internet on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with L Brands’ sales release, you are invited to listen to a pre-recorded broadcast of the August Sales report. The broadcast will be available on the Internet on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. ET.

What: L Brands August Sales Report
When: 7:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Where: http://www.LB.com
How: Simply log on to the Web at the address above or dial 1-866-639-7583.
There is no security passcode.

To access the broadcast, click on the August Sales webcast link on the homepage.  The call will also be archived on www.LB.com.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 2,976 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 650 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.comwww.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Tammy Roberts Myers
Vice President, Communications
614-415-7072 tel.

Amie Preston
Chief Investor Relations Officer
614-415-6704 tel.

Toys“R”Us, Inc.’s Q2 2015 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 21, 2015

WAYNE, NJ,  2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. is pleased to announce that its second quarter 2015 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call to discuss the financial results of Toys“R”Us, Inc., Toys“R”Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys“R”Us Property Company II, LLC has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 21, 2015. Participation in this call is limited to lenders under Toys“R”Us – Delaware, Inc.’s term loan credit agreement dated August 24, 2010 (as amended or supplemented, including by the joinder agreements dated May 25, 2011, April 10, 2012, and October 24, 2014), and to investors and prospective investors in Toys“R”Us Property Company II, LLC’s 8.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 and Toys“R”Us, Inc.’s 10.375% Senior Notes due 2017, 7.375% Senior Notes due 2018 and 8.75% Debentures due 2021.

Registration and dial-in information will be available in the coming weeks.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys atFAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

For more information please contact:

Lenders and Note Investors:
Chetan Bhandari, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasurer at 973-617-5841 orChetan.Bhandari@toysrus.com

Media:
Kathleen Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Communications at 973-617-5888, 646-366-8823 or waughk@toysrus.com

Whole Foods Market opened its newly relocated 58,864 square-foot Willowbrook store

Grand Opening Celebration Breaks Bread with Family, Friends and Neighbors

Austin, TX,  2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market officially opened its newly relocated 58,864 square-foot Willowbrook store today, Wednesday, August 26 at 9 a.m. The new, larger store down the street from the previous location, welcomed over a thousand Willowbrook residents at the Grand Opening Celebration.

During the opening celebration, Mike Kowalski, Whole Foods Market Willowbrook Store Team Leader, announced the donation of around $150,000 in grocery products to the Northern Illinois Food Bank as well as presented a check for $2000 to Walker Elementary as the latest recipient of the Whole Kids Foundation’s Garden Grant Program for the creation of an edible food garden for students.

“Giving back to the communities we serve is key part of who we are as a company,” says Kowalski. “We are so thrilled we could use this opportunity to give back to the community that has supported us since 2002. It’s one of my favorite parts of this job.”

Shoppers at the opening were delighted to see a variety of new features.

With a rotating tap of 24 draft beers, the Brook bar offers local and hard-to-find beers including an exclusive Willowbrook Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing Company and features savory and sweet artesian grilled cheeses and beer battered Wisconsin cheese.

A plethora of options, make choosing lunch and dinner difficult. The Smoke House has a variety of in-house smoked meats including a 12-hour slow smoked brisket, while the sandwich station provides Panini style sandwiches including Italian sausage, Italian beef, meatball, and chicken Parmesan sandwiches. The focaccia station has fresh made, in house hearty options as well as rich and sweet choices.

In the morning, the coffee bar hosts a variety of light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks and blended beverages, full of rich flavors needed to kick-start the day. The juice bar is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, ripe and ready for fresh pressed juice and energy bowls. The brownie and bar section offers in house made breakfast bars and a chewy brownie treats, while the bakery carries fresh doughnuts featuring crème brûlé, maple bacon and apple fritters.

Willowbrook residents also enjoy the gelato station, Neapolitan-style pizza, in-house smoked seafood and bacon, dry-aged steaks, and cut to order cheeses.

The new location includes indoor and outdoor seating for over 200 and features community tables made from urban trees felled due to storms or disease.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market hosted its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with remarks from Mayor Frank A. Trillia and Whole Foods Market Team Members. Doors and shopping officially began at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors received a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One lucky customer will received a $500 gift card.

Whole Foods Market Willowbrook is located at 6300 Kingery Hwy (Rte. 83), Willowbrook. The original Whole Foods Market Willowbrook at 201 W. 63rd Street closed permanently, Tuesday, August 25.

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Whole Foods Market opened its newly relocated 58,864 square-foot Willowbrook store

Whole Foods Market opened its newly relocated 58,864 square-foot Willowbrook store

Dollar General Corporation announced quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on its common stock

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.,  2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ —  Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 30, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 16, 2015.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,198 stores in 43 states as of July 31, 2015. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):

Dollar General Corporation
Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington, 615-855-5536
Matt Hancock, 615-855-4811
or
Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald, 615-855-5209

ABOUT DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,000 stores in 43 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Meijer’s mPerks turns 5 and boasts 4 million members

Record $100 million in savings provided to Meijer customers this year alone

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,  2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced that its free digital savings program, mPerks, is turning 5 this week and has already set a company record with $100 million in savings to customers this year. Launched in 2010, the Grand Rapids-based retailer now has nearly 4 million mPerks members who have clipped more than 1 billion digital coupons, with total savings eclipsing $400 million over the last 5 years.

“The popularity of digital coupons and shopping apps is at an all-time high as price-conscious shoppers are realizing how much their iPads, tablets and mobile phones can be used as a tool to help stretch family budgets,” said Michael Ross, vice president of digital shopping and customer marketing. “We’re especially proud that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we offer and continue to enhance.”

mPerks, which has evolved into a multifaceted rewards program, was launched as a way to help customers save at the register by offering a faster – and more convenient – way to clip coupons. The free program started as a way for savvy, deal-seeking shoppers to earn discounts without having to cut, print or even present a coupon upon checkout and has grown to include personalized rewards and digital tools that help customers plan their entire shopping trip from home. It has a redemption rate that is four times higher than the national average and frequent users are saving an average of 15 percent per year.

Meijer was also one of the first retailers to provide a mobile app that allows customers to access shopping tools and receive digital receipts to better track their spending and savings information. Available as a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones through Apple Inc.’s App Store and the Android Market, other popular Meijer Mobile App features include:

  • Browse sale items and create shopping lists
  • Personalize settings to automatically receive and clip offers based on spending habits.
  • Search and find products on a store map
  • Earn total purchase savings from Personalized Rewards programs
  • Use barcode scanning without entering mPerks ID and PIN at checkout
  • Link credit cards to speed up your mPerks checkout process

Once customers sign up at mperks.com, they can preview and select coupons for their favorite national or Meijer Own brand products that are then stored in their personal mPerks account until redeemed or expired. The applicable coupons are then instantly redeemed when shoppers enter in their mobile phone number and PIN at checkout.

The retailer also offers free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, which frees up their smartphone data plans for other uses.

“It’s great to see how much mPerks has grown over the past 5 years to provide our customers with a digital resource that personalizes their shopping experience and maximizes their savings in a huge way,” Ross said. “Meijer is always looking for ways to save our customers money and we’re dedicated to using technology that improves and expands their shopping experience.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities of each of its 222 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 expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/Meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer's mPerks turns 5 and boasts 4 million members

Meijer’s mPerks turns 5 and boasts 4 million members

Sobeys opens its first South Asian focused discount grocery store

New concept store in Brampton, Ontario, provides customers a one-stop shop for all their South Asian grocery needs

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. today announced the grand opening of Chalo! FreshCo in Brampton, Ontario, the Company’s first South Asian focused discount grocery store.

“Chalo! FreshCo is a significant and unique addition to our Company’s food retailing lineup,” says Rob Adams, General Manager, Discount Format, Sobeys Inc. “This store caters to the South Asian market while also driving our mission to inspire Canadians to discover new foods, products and recipes, and to help them Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.”

Chalo, meaning “let’s go” in South Asian languages, is Sobeys Inc.’s invitation for shoppers to visit the new 50,000 square foot store. Inside, they will find thousands of South Asian grocery products such as a wide assortment of rice, spices, lentils and snacks; fresh produce; full service seafood, halal and non-halal meat counters; Amaya, a popular Indian restaurant; as well as the traditional FreshCo product offering with a large range of North American brands at low discount prices.

“Our research indicates that many South Asians visit multiple grocery stores each week to fulfill their food shopping needs, from traditional grocers to small, specialty stores for specific products¹ ,” adds Adams. “Now, they can find the popular and unique products that they regularly look for and enjoy in one convenient location.”

Chalo! Freshco, located at 10615 Bramalea Road in Brampton, Ontario, is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, please visit www.chalofreshco.com.

About Sobeys Inc. Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

¹ Environics Research Group. (October 2014). New Store Concept – Shopper Behaviour Report . Proprietary Sobeys market research

For further information, please contact:
Jane Lu
The Justin Poy Agency for Sobeys Inc.
Tel: 905-752-1892
Mobile: 647-299-2585
jlu@justinpoy.com

Klépierre sold portfolio of nine shopping centers in the Netherlands to Wereldhave

PARIS, France, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre today announced it has completed the disposal of a portfolio of nine shopping centers¹ located in the Netherlands to Wereldhave. Total consideration for the transaction including transfer duties is 770 million euros² . The extension of City Plaza will be transferred later in 2015, once this development has been delivered.

As a result of the transaction, Klépierre operates a more cohesive shopping center portfolio in the Netherlands, refocused on affluent cities in the Randstad region (five assets representing a total value of 1.1 billion euros as of June 30, 2015).

The net cash proceeds to Klépierre will be mostly used to reimburse outstanding debt. The divestment has a limited dilutive impact on the 2015 net current cash flow, which has already been taken into consideration when Klépierre raised on July 29, 2015 its net current cash flow guidance for fiscal year 2015 to 2.15 euros per share.

¹ Amersfoort (Emiclaer), Arnhem (Presikhaaf), Dordrecht (Sterrenburg), Heerhugowaard (Middenwaard), Nieuwegein (Cityplaza, including extension), Rijswijk (In den Bogaard), Tilburg (Centre), Zoetermeer (Oosterheem) and Zwolle (Stadshagen).
² Total share, including transfer duties but excluding potentially applicable VAT. Consideration is 730 million euros excluding transfer duties.

Klépierre’s legal advisor in connection with the transaction described in this announcement is De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

ABOUT KLEPIERRE A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21.9 billion euros on June 30 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, APG (13.5%) and BNP Paribas (6.6%). Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the CAC Next20 and CAC Large 60 indexes, the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

AGENDA
October 29, 2015 2015 3rd quarter revenues (press release after market close)

February 9, 2016 2015 Full year earnings (press release after market close)

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS
Vanessa FRICANO – + 33 1 40 67 52 24 – vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com
Julien ROUCH – +33 1 40 67 53 08 – julien.rouch@klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS
Aurélia de LAPEYROUSE – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – adelapeyrouse@brunswickgroup.com
Nathalie BAUDON – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – nbaudon@brunswickgroup.com

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This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com

Mobiquity Networks to provide beacon-based advertising services throughout PREIT’s portfolio of shopping centers in attractive U.S. markets

Introduction into PREIT’s portfolio of premier retail properties enhances Mobiquity Networks’ position as leader in beacon-based advertising services

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Mobiquity Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mobiquity Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:  MOBQ), which powers a leading national location‐based mobile advertising and app engagement network, has partnered with Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:PEI) to be the provider of beacon-based advertising services throughout PREIT’s high-quality portfolio of shopping centers in attractive U.S. markets.

For Mobiquity Networks, the deal represents another significant footprint expansion, and further establishes the company’s position as the definitive leader in mall-based retail beacon networks. For PREIT, becoming part of the Mobiquity Networks’ ecosystem symbolizes its commitment to enhancing customer gratification and retailer success by connecting retailers, brands and shoppers at all of its properties through customized offers, tailored information and personalized, real-time experiences.  This portfolio-wide program demonstrates PREIT’s commitment to delivering a highly-differentiated mall experience to its shoppers, and the latest in consumer engagement technology services to its retailers.

PREIT is one of the country’s leading owners and manager of retail shopping malls, and focuses on properties that are tailored to fit the dynamic communities they serve.  Founded in 1960, the Company owns and operates over 28 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States, concentrated primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia.

Mobiquity Networks owns and operates the largest shopping mall‐based beacon advertising network in the U.S. . This network already includes nearly 300 premier shopping malls. With this agreement, PREIT granted Mobiquity Networks rights to its desirable collection of mall properties, which will grow Mobiquity Networks footprint to more than 320 malls hosting over 7,500 unique retailers found in nearly 40,000 storefronts. Mobiquity Networks is scheduled to complete the installation during the first quarter of 2016.

According to Mobiquity Networks’ Chairman, Thomas M. Arnost, “Adding PREIT’s portfolio of malls to our rapidly growing network is yet another significant milestone for Mobiquity Networks. PREIT’s portfolio of properties delivers a highly desirable young and affluent demographic and adds significant scale to our already dominant national retail footprint.”

Mobiquity Networks now gives marketers the ability to potentially reach out to an estimated 262 million monthly real-time shoppers who spend on average more than $26 billion a month and over $310 billion annually.

Mobiquity Networks’ beacon technology utilizes valuable location-based data from common areas in-mall and provides advertisers with the totally unprecedented opportunity to deliver targeted advertising to mall shoppers at precisely the right place and time — just as they are deciding which retailers to visit and what brands to buy. Through Mobiquity Networks platform, advertisers have the potential to influence over 3 billion annual shopping visits.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring this world-class location-based technology to our properties.  Mobiquity Networks offers un-matched national scale, adds to the shopper experience at our properties, and delivers proximity-based marketing services to our retail and brand partners,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “This agreement is a significant step toward ensuring that our properties are leveraging technology to increase consumer engagement, driving traffic and sales to our properties.”

The advantage that Mobiquity Networks has over other beacon providers is that the company’s existing traction in the space already provides the ability to deliver national scale for beacon-based consumer engagement, which is essential for mall retail tenants and the brands in their stores to run large-scale mobile campaigns. Mobiquity Networks also has a rapidly growing pipeline of mobile app publishing partners and is known for its commitment to protecting the in-mall shopper experience.

About Mobiquity Technologies
Mobiquity Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: MOBQ) (“Mobiquity”), parent company of Mobiquity Networks, operates a national location‐based mobile advertising network that has developed a consumer‐focused proximity network which we believe is unlike any other in the United States. Mobiquity’s integrated suite of leading‐edge location based mobile advertising technologies allows our clients to execute more personalized and contextually relevant experiences, driving brand awareness and incremental revenue. Mobiquity Technologies will continue to attempt to expand its location‐based mobile advertising solutions to create “smart malls” in retail destinations across the U.S. using Bluetooth‐enabled iBeacon technology. Please visit the Company’s corporate websites at: www.mobiquitytechnologies.com and www.mobiquitynetworks.com.

About PREIT
PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve. Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company owns and operates over 28 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia. PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI. Information about the Company can be found at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.
Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward‐looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward‐looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such forward‐looking statements. The forward‐looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, changes of competition, possible loss of customers, and the company’s ability to attract and retain key personnel.

Contact:

For media inquiries:
Mobiquity Technologies
Jim Meckley, CMO
(516) 256-7766 x222
jim@mobiquitynetworks.com

PREIT
Heather Crowell, VP Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
crowellh@preit.com

U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page won 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command Fee-Free Franchise Contest

Mark Anthony Page Becomes first Franchisee in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command Fee-Free Franchise Contest to Assume Store

DALLAS and BURLESON, Texas, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — With weeks of training on under his belt, a store brimming with merchandise and a heart ready to serve, U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page realizes his own American dream this week. Page becomes the business owner of a 7‑Eleven® franchised store in Burleson after winning the company’s Operation: Take Command campaign.

It is the culmination of nine months’ work and competition to win first America’s and then 7‑Eleven, Inc. CEO’s vote of confidence. The prize was an available 7‑Eleven store of the winner’s choice at a discount, valued up to $190,000. But 7‑Eleven, Inc. CEO Joe DePinto was so impressed with the three finalists, he offered each a store.

Operation: Take Command launched last Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2014) as a multi-phased competition for first-time prospective franchisees retired or separated from the military. Entrants first had to be interviewed and qualified. The top 25 of the 6,000 entrants competed for the public’s votes in a Facebook video competition with the three finalists interviewing face-to-face with DePinto.

Page is the first of the three winning veterans to take possession of his 7‑Eleven store, located at 980 NW John Jones Drive. The other winners, Army vets in Chesapeake, Va., and Miami, will step across their stores’ thresholds in September and after October, respectively.

“This is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity,” said Page. “My wife and I are ecstatic about assuming business ownership of the 7‑Eleven store in Burleson.  We relish the thought of meeting new people, making new friends and becoming a part of a city and community that was recognized as a Top 100 Best Community for Young People. ”

“Mark Anthony represents what we look for in a franchisee,” said 7‑Eleven Franchise Systems Vice President Greg Franks. “He’s smart, hard-working and a servant leader. Mark Anthony also is one of many highly qualified, retired military veterans that are joining the 7‑Eleven Franchisee ranks this year. We are very gratified with the outcome of our Operation: Take Command program and the caliber of applicants and finalists the campaign attracted.”

To welcome the Granbury resident to the Burleson location and throw a customer-appreciation party for the neighborhood, 7‑Eleven is holding a celebration at Page’s store Friday afternoon, Aug. 28.

Open to the public, the party gets underway at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Activities include a Slurpee truck on site with staffers handing out free small-sized cups of the iconic semi-frozen carbonated beverage. Rounding out the early evening activities will be an appearance by the Slurpee costume character, a KLUV radio station deejay, prizes and free best-known 7‑Eleven drinks and food sampling. Reduced prices on gasoline will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Before the festivities, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting will take place, and Page will present a $711 check to benefit the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Burleson High School. The donation is part of 7‑Eleven’s Project A-Game grant program that benefits non-profit youth education and sports initiatives.

Page says he’s always been committed to service; from when he was on active duty in the Navy, as a reservist, and later an educator and role-model for young people. A devoted family man with four children, Page believes running a 7‑Eleven franchise will allow him to continue his commitment to community service. Page has reached out to Burleson ISD in hopes of creating a co-op program so that he can continue to mentor youth in the community.

After a tough start in life that included being a ward of the state for two years, Page moved in with his grandmother who had already raised 16 children of her own. He enlisted in the Navy just days after graduating from high school, seeing it both as a way out and a way up.

While in the reserves, Page attended college and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in kinesiology. He taught and coached in public schools before taking a position that required him to be away from his home and family. Believing a 7‑Eleven franchise could be the ticket to be closer to home, Page entered the Operation: Take Command contest.

Calling his winning an “unbelievable” opportunity, Page said, “It was life-changing. As I moved through the levels of the contest, I started thinking maybe I really had a chance. Seeing people from here and even other countries that didn’t know me, but voted for my video on Facebook was very humbling. My wife was my biggest cheerleader. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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 nearly 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
PR Director for 7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Mark Anthony Page takes control of his new 7‑Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas, this week as a winner in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command campaign. Qualified military veterans competed for an available franchise fee-free store of their choice, a value of up to $190,000. Page and 7‑Eleven will hold a celebration and customer-appreciation party at the store Aug. 28.

Mark Anthony Page takes control of his new 7‑Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas, this week as a winner in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command campaign. Qualified military veterans competed for an available franchise fee-free store of their choice, a value of up to $190,000. Page and 7‑Eleven will hold a celebration and customer-appreciation party at the store Aug. 28.

Best Buy Co announced regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per common share

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) has authorized the payment of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per common share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 6, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 15, 2015. The company had 344,258,055 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of August 1, 2015.

Source: Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy Co., Inc.
Investor Contact:
Mollie O’Brien, 612-291-7735
Investor Relations
mollie.obrien@bestbuy.com

or

Media Contacts
Amy von Walter, 612-437-5956
Public Relations
amy.vonwalter@bestbuy.com

or

Jeff Shelman, 612-291-6114
Public Relations
jeffrey.shelman@bestbuy.com

Christian Siriano and Best Buy partner to bring shoppers a collection of cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops

Richfield, MN, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — When you think about Christian Siriano, you probably think of your favorite celebrities wearing his gorgeous gowns on the red carpet. Soon, you can see his designs dress up your favorite tech devices – thanks to the new Christian Siriano for Best Buy collection.

The world-renowned designer and electronics retailer have partnered to bring shoppers a collection of cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops. All cost less than $60 and are available only at Best Buy.

“Customers want cases that show off their personal style,” said Patrick McGinnis, Vice President of Accessories at Best Buy. “The exclusive Christian Siriano for Best Buy collection gives our customers choices to express their style and protect their devices with a well-known red carpet designer at an affordable price.”

The collection will start to arrive in all Best Buy stores on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Prices range from $29.99-$59.99.

The collection brings looks that are cool, pretty and romantic in a variety of colors and styles. The cases are compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and 13-inch laptops.

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Christian Siriano and Best Buy partner to bring shoppers a collection of cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops

Christian Siriano and Best Buy partner to bring shoppers a collection of cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops

CBRE Group’s sixth-annual “BuildMonth” to kick off on September 1, 2015

Company-sponsored Shelter Program Encourages Employee Volunteerism to Improve Low-Income Housing Across the U.S.

​Los Angeles, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its sixth-annual “BuildMonth” will kick off on September 1, 2015. BuildMonth is the signature event of the company’s Shelter Program, which improves housing options in low-income communities across the United States through CBRE employees who volunteer time and skills to projects in their communities. The initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program.

CBRE’s BuildMonth accounts for more than half of the company’s Shelter Program participation each year. Since its inception in 2010, more than 5,500 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program.

As part of the initiative, employees help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid. Habitat for Humanity also has a key role in select markets. These organizations are leaders in working to provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, preserve and revitalize affordable homeownership and build and maintain dignified housing for the homeless.

In 2015, more than 700 CBRE employees in 25 offices across the United States will volunteer to help rebuild housing in communities across Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.  The company provides employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.

“Giving back to communities in need is a priority to CBRE employees across the country. Every year, our employees volunteer their time to community members in need to improve their living conditions,” said Cal Frese, CBRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas.  “The opportunity to reach out and give back, to rebuild a home and to put a roof over the heads of those who are less fortunate is an invaluable experience that BuildMonth provides each year.”

In addition, CBRE continues to incorporate large-scale Shelter Program projects into its philanthropy program. This year CBRE employees pitched in at a Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl neighborhood revitalization project in Phoenix, Arizona and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois.

To find out more about the CBRE Shelter Program, visit www.cbre.com/shelterprogram.

To learn more about CBRE Cares, please visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.

CBRE Cares is governed and executed by the CBRE Foundation, an independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation that funds CBRE’s philanthropic initiatives.

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 atwww.cbre.com.

About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals with 15 chapters in 10 states across the country. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 360 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 25 additional projects in development across the country as it enters its 25th Anniversary year in 2014. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2.7 million bed-nights annually and have helped over 190,000 previously homeless people over the years. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit www.habitat.org.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email
Sarah Laufer
Specialist, Sr Communication
T + 1 212 9848214
email

Harris Teeter to welcome shoppers to its Heritage Marketplace location on Wednesday, September 9

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Matthews, N.C., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Heritage Marketplace location on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality perishables, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Your Heritage Marketplace Harris Teeter will be open 24 hours, and the Harris Teeter pharmacy will be open seven days per week, as well.

Fast Facts

Store Address Heritage Marketplace
13901 Heathcote Blvd.
Gainesville, VA 20155
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 24 hours
Pharmacy Hours 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.
Square Footage 53,000
Check-Out Lanes Eight checkouts and four express checkouts


Features and Departments

Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements •  Produce Party Trays • Fresh Fruit Bar • Gift Basket Program • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • Salad Bar • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods To Go  • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Hot Asian Bar • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Italian Meat Selection • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Home Meal Replacements • Organic, and Natural Foods • Specialty Foods • Wine and Beer • Bulk Candy • International and Specialty Foods  • Gluten Free Section • Pet Center  • Pharmacy • Free Blood Pressure Testing • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening  • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Cigars  • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Starbucks •Sit-down eating area • ATM

Harris Teeter and Titan Farms to donate more than 18,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

Matthews, N.C., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter and Titan Farms to donate more than 18,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

 Live shots welcome!

What Titan Farms’ recently hosted its third annual Peaches with a Purpose campaign throughout Harris Teeter stores in North Carolina. The peach grower founded the program to support local food banks. Titan Farms and Harris Teeter will donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina a percentage of peaches purchased throughout the program.  The donation of 18,000 pounds of peaches will be delivered to Second Harvest on Sept. 2, 2015.
Who Harris Teeter, Titan Farms, Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC
When Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, Hunger Action Day, at 10 a.m.
Where Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
3655 Reed Street
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27107
Contacts Jenny Moore
Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC
Phone: (336) 784-5770
Email: jmoore3@secondharvest.org

Jen Velasquez
Titan Farms
Phone: (813) 254-0769
Email: jen@goldensunmarketing.com

Harris Teeter donated $63,731.60 to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting

Company Thanks Customers for Generous Participation

Matthews, N.C., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday, August 26, 2015, Harris Teeter donated $63,731.60 to benefit various community programs and families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting which occurred June 17, 2015.

Throughout the month of July, Harris Teeter hosted Support Charleston – a campaign which offered Charleston-area shoppers the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout. Harris Teeter shoppers and associates donated $33,731.60. An additional $30,000 was pledged by Harris Teeter at the launch of the campaign, bringing the total to nearly $64,000.

All proceeds from the in-store campaign, as well as Harris Teeter’s additional donation, were divided evenly between the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and the Lowcountry Ministries Fund. These two funds provide direct financial support to the victims’ families as well as various community projects and local initiatives dedicated to serving Mother Emanuel AME Church, vulnerable populations and youth projects.

“Harris Teeter is overwhelmed by the generosity of our shoppers and valued associates, and we are proud to lend our financial support in response to this devastating incident,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter’s communication manager. “Harris Teeter’s commitment to the Charleston community is deeply rooted, and we look forward to continuing to serve our shoppers with the best shopping experience period, as well as continuing to support important nonprofit organizations throughout the Lowcountry.”

For questions about Harris Teeter’s giving programs, please visit harristeeter.com.

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Harris Teeter donated $63,731.60 to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting

Harris Teeter donated $63,731.60 to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting

The H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first-ever Global Change Award at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

Sustainability is focus of H&M event at KTH

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first-ever Global Change Award (GCA) at an exclusive event in the main library at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm the 25th of August.

About 120 professionals within fashion, research and innovation were invited to the event, which began with representatives from H&M Conscious Foundation explaining the aim of the GCA: to use this competition, which is open to everyone, to catalyse bold, ground-breaking ideas to promote a circular economy for fashion.

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury, will share a grant of EUR 1 million. They will also receive a one year tailor-made innovation accelerator program provided by KTH and Accenture. The winners will be revealed in February 2016 at a ceremony in Stockholm.

The event proceeded with a round-table discussion on closing the loop for fashion, which featured:

Vigga Svensson – Entrepreneur and founder of Danish company VIGGA, which offers a circular subscription model for organic children’s clothing;

Rebecca Earley – Professor in Sustainable Textiles and Fashion Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London (also a member of the expert jury); and

Johan Rockström – Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a Professor in Environmental Science (also a member of the expert jury).

The discussion was moderated by the well-known Swedish environmentalist Anders Wijkman, who said: “We are at a critical time, where business models have to be turned upside down because the linear business models we have had – take, make and throw away – are not going to work in tomorrow’s world.”

Johan Rockström stressed that all nine planetary boundaries – a framework designed to define a safe operating space for humanity – were related to fashion in some way. “I think the fashion industry has all to do with the transformation towards a sustainable future,” he said. “That’s why I think this award is a very significant initiative.”

Rebecca Earley said that more and more emerging designers were passionate about sustainability, though they found it was not always easy to take their ideas forward in the workplaces. “But in the last few years that has really started to change and companies like H&M have taken a leadership role,” she said.

Vigga Svensson, whose company VIGGA offers organic children’s clothing via a circular business model for a fixed monthly subscription fee, stated that sustainability should be a matter of convenience. “We give parents easy access to organic, super-high-quality baby clothes at a very attractive prize,” she said.

All three panel members agreed that, although there was much left to do, sustainability was becoming a common concern within the fashion industry.

“It’s no longer a question of if we will have circular business models in the future or not, but if the transformation pace is fast enough to avoid catastrophic consequences,” Rockström concluded.

For further information and how to compete with your ideas, please visit: globalchangeaward.com

Benny Ritzén

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@kth.se

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At KTH Anders Wijkman, Rebecca Earley, Vigga Svensson and Johan Rockström discussed how to close the loop of fashion. (Photo: Benny Ritzén)

At KTH Anders Wijkman, Rebecca Earley, Vigga Svensson and Johan Rockström discussed how to close the loop of fashion. (Photo: Benny Ritzén)

BILLA beim Europäischen Forum Alpbach: Lebensmittelabfälle sind eine gesamtgesellschaftliche Herausforderung

Anlässlich der Gesundheitsgespräche des Europäischen Forums Alpbach (EFA) fand auch heuer bereits zum neunten Mal der BILLA Gesundheitstalk statt. Unter der Moderation von Univ. Prof. Dr. Anita Rieder stellten sich BILLA Vorstandssprecher Mag. Volker Hornsteiner und Univ. Prof. Dr. Marion Huber-Humer von der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) dem aktuellen Thema der Lebensmittelverschwendung. Die zentrale Botschaft, die nach der gemeinsamen Diskussion mit dem Publikum bleibt: Die Reduktion von Lebensmittelabfällen kann nur bewältigt werden, wenn jeder in der Gesellschaft gleichermaßen Verantwortung übernimmt. Schließlich sollen mehr als 40% der Lebensmittelabfälle in der EU auf private Haushalte entfallen.

Wiener Neudorf/Alpbach, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Im Sinne des Generalthemas ‚Ungleichheit’ des EFA wurde gestern in Alpbach die Problematik von ungleichem Zugang und Verteilung von Lebensmitteln entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette diskutiert. Gemäß einer von der EU finanzierten Untersuchung “Preparatory study on food waste across EU 27” gehen 42 Prozent aller weggeworfenen Lebensmittel auf das Konto der privaten Haushalte. 39 Prozent landen bei den Herstellern im Müll, 14 Prozent in der Gastronomie und fünf Prozent bei den Einzelhändlern. „Österreichische Haushalte werfen bis zu 157.000 Tonnen an angebrochenen und original verpackten Lebensmitteln weg, obwohl diese bei rechtzeitigem Konsum genießbar gewesen wären“, erklärt Prof. Marion Huber-Humer bei ihren einleitenden Worten des BILLA Gesundheitstalks.

Bewusster Umgang mit Lebensmitteln bedarf Aufklärung „Prozentual sind somit die Privathaushalte für die größte Menge an verschwendeten Lebensmitteln verantwortlich. Deshalb ist es besonders wichtig die Menschen aufzuklären. Menschen, die informiert sind und einen bewussten Lebensstil führen, kaufen auch bewusster ein“, so Anita Rieder, Leiterin des Instituts für Sozialmedizin der medizinischen Universität Wien. Eine Verantwortung der auch BILLA als größter Nahversorger des Landes nachkommen muss. Darum informiert BILLA seine Kunden beispielsweise mit der Nachhaltigkeitsbroschüre über einen nachhaltigen Einkauf sowie einen bewussten Umgang mit Lebensmittel. „Genau hier setzt eines der größten Potenziale an – Wissen über Lebensmittel“, meint Hornsteiner. So widmet sich die BILLA Nachhaltigkeitsbroschüre etwa dem Thema Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum und zeigt auf, dass Lebensmittel auch nach Erreichen des Ablaufdatums noch genießbar sein können. Die Broschüre finden Kunden online auf der BILLA Website. Doch auch die Aufklärung der Mitarbeiter wird groß geschrieben. Die gerechte Verteilung von Lebensmitteln beginnt bei BILLA bereits bei der Bestellung der Ware. „Unsere Mitarbeiter werden geschult und sehr gut auf das Bestellwesen vorbereitet“ so Hornsteiner.

Jeder muss Verantwortung übernehmen und kann einen Beitrag leisten „Das wichtigste ist, dass jeder Teilnehmer im Kreislauf der Wertschöpfung Verantwortung übernimmt und versucht den Lebensmittelmüll bestmöglich zu verhindern“, so Hornsteiner gefragt nach konkreten Lösungsansätzen für die Zukunft. Als größter Nahversorger des Landes kooperieren aktuell über 880 BILLA Filialen mit Organisationen, die Überschüsse an Bedürftige verteilen. „Ungleichheit ist ein Thema, das unsere gesamte Gesellschaft betrifft und uns täglich umgibt. Deshalb ist es für uns wichtig, bei der Verteilung von überschüssiger Ware darauf zu achten, Menschen zu helfen, die aus diversesten Gründen von dieser Ungleichheit betroffen sind“, so BILLA Vorstandssprecher Volker Hornsteiner. Insgesamt pflegt BILLA in den über 880 Filialen mit mehr als 130 regionalen Einrichtungen österreichweit Kooperationen, darunter das Rote Kreuz, die Team Österreich Tafel, SOMA Märkte, Vinzi Märkte, die Caritas, Tischlein Deck Dich und diverse andere Tafeln. Trotzdem besteht nach wie vor in einigen Filialen der Bedarf nach Kooperationen mit sozialen Einrichtungen um Lebensmittel abzugeben. Für die Hilfsorganisationen ist dabei oft die größte Herausforderung ausreichend Helfer zu finden, um die logistischen Anforderungen der Abholung zu bewerkstelligen.

Bewusster Umgang – von der Bestellung bis zur Verteilung Neben der laufenden internen Optimierung ist es auch wichtig, Lebensmittel in den Geschäften anzubieten, die aufgrund ihrer Optik normalerweise nicht den Weg in die Supermärkte finden. Daher gibt es seit 2013 die sogenannten Wunderlinge. „Unter dieser Eigenmarke wird Obst und Gemüse angeboten, das aufgrund von eigenwilligem Aussehen auch als Obst und Gemüse 2. Klasse bekannt geworden ist. In Geschmack und Qualität sind die Wunderlinge aber ausgezeichnet“ erklärt Hornsteiner. Und auch in den Geschäften versucht man durch die Vergünstigungen der Produkte, deren Ablaufdatum kurz bevor steht, um 25 Prozent für Kunden und 50 Prozent für Mitarbeiter, Abfall zu reduzieren.

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Bild: (v.l.n.r.) Prof. Marion Huber-Humer (Leiterin des Instituts für Abfallwirtschaft der BOKU Wien), Volker Hornsteiner (BILLA Vorstandssprecher) und Prof. Anita Rieder (Leiterin des Instituts für Sozialmedizin der medizinischen Universität Wien)

Credits: BILLA AG/ Dusek, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

Über BILLA
BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder www.billashop.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis: Team Media Relations REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265, E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

DeCA’s director of sales Tracie Russ: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina underscores the importance of being prepared for any crisis

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Hurricane Katrina began its historic path of destruction through the Gulf Coast, making landfall near Miami. When its rampage through southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Georgia was done, Katrina would become one of the five deadliest hurricanes and the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, causing nearly 2,000 deaths, displacing a million people and wreaking $108 billion in damages.

National Preparedness Month in September is reinforcing one of the most significant lessons learned from Katrina: Make an emergency plan for any crisis – natural or manmade.

As bad weather tends to be the source of the most recurrent and probable emergencies, the Defense Commissary Agency is keen on informing its patrons to prepare their survival kits by taking advantage of their benefit.

“The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina underscores the importance of being prepared for any crisis, especially the sudden disruption of electric power and water or the possibility of an evacuation,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “An emergency can happen anytime, anywhere, and together with our industry partners, we are offering savings on many of the items our patrons need to be prepared.”

Since April 1, DeCA’s severe weather preparedness promotional package is offering various items at reduced prices until Oct. 31. This package includes the following items: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific promotional items may vary from store to store.

This preparedness emphasis parallels the peak activity for hurricanes in the United States. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, covering the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:

  • Water – at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Nonperishable foods – canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Paper goods – writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Cooking items – pots, pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit – including bandages, medicines and prescription medications
  • Cleaning materials – bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap
  • Specialty foods – diet and low-calorie foods and drinks
  • Toiletries – personal hygiene items and moisture wipes
  • Pet care items – food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags
  • Lighting accessories – flashlight, batteries, candles and matches
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Duct tape, scissors
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

For more information about National Preparedness Month, go to http://www.ready.gov/September and http://www.ready.gov/considerations/military-family-preparedness.

For more information on preparing for emergencies, go to the following websites: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, the Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

H by Halston collection to debut exclusively on QVC, September 10

Iconic fashion brand scheduled to debut on QVC September 10

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — For fashion aficionados who have been in search of a stylish and sophisticated wardrobe update, the wait will soon be over. On Thursday, September 10 at 10 PM (EST) the H by Halston collection is scheduled to debut exclusively on QVC. The line, consisting of contemporary designs inspired by the iconic American brand, will be presented by respected fashion historian and style authority Cameron Silver, who has been named Fashion Director of H by Halston.

Viewers who tune in to the hour-long broadcast will discover a variety of modern and versatile apparel and accessories. Ranging in price from approximately $32 to $399, highlights of the line include luxurious knits, pants, dresses and jumpsuits. Bucket bags, totes and more in buttery leather and rich hues add sophistication to any outfit. The footwear category completes the collection with sophisticated pumps, casual and comfortable flats and classic boots.

Every fashion brand has a story and we’re excited to bring the H by Halston story to QVC,” says Rachel Ungaro, Vice President, Fashion and Beauty Merchandising, QVC. “The collection will continue the iconic style and legendary aesthetic in a modern way that is relevant to all women.”

During the broadcast, Silver will be on hand to provide commentary and styling tips. As a leading fashion expert, he will be pairing his expertise with the collection to give viewers style inspiration they can use in their everyday lives.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent a brand that has such a rich history,” says Silver. “To be able to share my fashion knowledge and enthusiasm for these pieces through QVC is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to share the collection so others can fall in love with it like I have.”

Beginning September 10, the full collection is scheduled to be available through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515, 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 340 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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REWE Group gratuliert Kölner Tafel mit sechs Paletten Nudeln und 1.000 Äpfeln

Spende bereichert tägliche Touren

Köln, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group, REWE und PENNY spenden anlässlich des 20. Geburtstags der Kölner Tafel sechs Paletten Nudeln und 1.000 Äpfel.

„Wir haben es bei den täglichen Spenden naturgemäß mit Lebensmitteln zu tun, die nicht mehr lange halt- und lagerbar sind. Daher können wir kaum Vorräte anlegen. Umso mehr freut uns die Geburtstagsspende der REWE Group. Nudeln erhalten wir bei unseren täglichen Touren nicht und über Obst freuen sich die Empfänger der gespendeten Lebensmittel immer besonders“, erklärt Karin Fürhaupter, 1. Vorsitzende der Kölner Tafel, anlässlich der heutigen (26.8.) offiziellen Geschenkübergabe.

Die REWE Group mit ihren REWE- und PENNY-Märkten unterstützt seit 1996 die Tafeln, indem die Märkte Lebensmittel abgeben, die nicht mehr verkauft aber dennoch bedenkenlos verzehrt werden können.

„Wir arbeiten seit Jahren eng und vertrauensvoll mit der Kölner Tafel zusammen. Was die Ehrenamtlichen seit der Gründung geleistet haben, verlangt unser aller Respekt und Anerkennung. Auch wenn der runde Geburtstag der Tafel kein reiner Grund zur Freude ist, gratulieren wir herzlich. Das schönste Geburtstagsgeschenk wäre aber für die Tafel, dass ihr Engagement nicht mehr benötigt würde. Doch das ist auch im schönen Köln noch ein langer Weg“, sagt Andreas Krämer, Pressesprecher der REWE Group. Als Zeichen der Anerkennung und Wertschätzung der täglichen Arbeit der ehrenamtlichen Tafel-Helfer unterstütze die REWE Group das Sommerfest der Kölner Tafel zudem mit einem Einkaufsgutschein von 500 Euro.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2014 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 51 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 12 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2014 rund 228.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 37 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal und Weinfreunde. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen und ADAC Reisen sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCm Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Bildunterschrift: Karin Fürhaupter, 1. Vorsitzende der Kölner Tafel, freut sich gemeinsam mit REWE Group-Pressesprecher Andreas Krämer über das Geschenk anlässlich des 20. Geburtstags der Kölner Tafel – die REWE Group gratulierte heute (26.8.) mit sechs Paletten Nudeln und 1.000 Äpfeln

Ansprechpartner:
Andreas Krämer
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel.: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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 REWE Group gratuliert Kölner Tafel mit sechs Paletten Nudeln und 1.000 Äpfeln

Caption: Karin Fürhaupter, 1st Chairman of Cologne’s panel would be together with REWE Group spokesman Andreas Krämer about the gift to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kölner Tafel – REWE Group today congratulated with six pallets noodles and 1,000 apples (26.8.)