Amazon Prime members in US, UK, Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes to iOS and Android Platforms

  • Prime members can download movies and TV episodes to iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets and Fire devices at no additional charge
  • Allows for offline viewing—on a plane, in a car, at the beach or wherever members want to watch Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germanyand Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available. For more information and to download the app, visit http://www.amazon.com/GetAndroidVideo and http://amzn.to/1IBFZlU.

Titles available on Prime Video to download for offline viewing include:

  • Drama series such as the Amazon Original Series Bosch based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books; the Starz miniseries The White Queen; and hit network shows including 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge,Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars, Vikings, and many more
  • Comedy series including Amazon’s multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the Roman Coppola andJason Schwartzman comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and the critically acclaimed comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney andSharon Horgan, Catastrophe
  • Binge-worthy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Girls, Veep, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, and True Blood, among others
  • Kids shows exclusive for Prime members including Amazon Original Series Wishenpoof!, Creative Galaxy, the 2015 Annie Award-winning animated series for preschoolers Tumble Leaf, the live-action kids series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Annedroids
  • Blockbuster movies including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Captive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Wolf of Wall Street, in addition to exclusives such as Life After Beth, Palo Alto,Starred Up, The Bling Ring, If I Stay, and The Spectacular Now

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”

Prime members have already been loving video downloads on Fire devices. Here is what they have said:

  • “DOWNLOAD AMAZON PRIME VIDEOS—AWESOME!”
  • “I download Prime TV and movie content for my kids to watch while we are out and about (driving, waiting for sister’s soccer or dance classes, flying, etc.).”
  • “Prime members get to download Prime TV shows, movies, music & books and are able to… wait for it. View, watch and listen OFFLINE!”
  • “I could take videos with me when I had no internet connection, such as in a car. Second, when my kids want to watch videos, I can download their favorites so they won’t be hogging the bandwidth at home!”

The Amazon Video app for iOS has been updated to include Prime Video downloads. For more details on what’s new and to download the app, visit: http://amzn.to/1IBFZlU.

The Amazon Video app for Android is newly redesigned as a standalone video app to provide Android users with an improved in-app entertainment experience, including the ability to download titles from Prime Video. To learn more about what’s new and to download the app, visit: http://www.amazon.com/GetAndroidVideo

In addition to offline viewing on Fire devices, iPads, iPhones and Android devices, Prime members can instantly stream and enjoy their favorite movies and TV series using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/primevideo. Later this year, Prime members and customers will also have instant access to the complete Amazon digital video store while flying JetBlue. Eligible customers who are not Prime members can sign-up by visiting amazon.com/prime for a 30-day trial.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Video at no additional charge to Prime members, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of titles to buy or rent. Amazon Video is the only service in the world that brings customers both of these options in one place.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.

Prime Video, available on Amazon Video, lets Prime members enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to binge-worthy favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood, and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to an exclusive collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePantsDora the ExplorerTeam Umizoomi, andBlue’s Clues.

Amazon Video also gives customers access to hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes to buy or rent including new release movies such as The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Longest Ride, and Hot Pursuit, or the latest TV programming like The Astronaut Wives Club, Pretty Little Liars, How to Get Away with Murder, and many more.

In addition to tens of thousands of titles to instantly stream on Prime Video, the Amazon Prime membership (www.amazon.com/prime) includes more than one million songs, more than a thousand playlists and hundreds of stations through Prime Music, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, early access to select Lightning Deals, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, and access to borrow from more than 800,000 books for Kindle owners–all for $99 a year.

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Macy’s launches collaboration with online fashion tech start-up Nineteenth Amendment on macys.com

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s (NYSE:M) today announced the launch of a collaboration with online fashion tech start-up company Nineteenth Amendment on macys.com. The exclusive partnership will expose Nineteenth Amendment’s stable of up-and-coming designers to Macy’s Millennial shoppers who will have the opportunity to purchase garments made on demand in the USA from more than 300 designers worldwide. This alliance is the result of Macy’s mentoring of the fashion tech start-up as part of the inaugural New York Fashion Tech Lab in 2014.

Nineteenth Amendment curates a collection of vetted designers from around the globe and presents their collections in 19-day pre-sales on nineteenthamendment.com. Once the collections are sold, they are put into production. This unique business model allows designers to directly sell their pieces to individual shoppers, who will receive a custom-made garment, produced in a limited quantity and made in the USA, leaving no excess inventory.

“What Nineteenth Amendment provides to independent designers is a risk-free way to come to market,” said Terry Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “This innovative concept gives customers a made-to-order product and a great shopping experience, while in turn helping new fashion talent find and build an audience, piece by piece. We’re excited to give macys.com customers the opportunity to connect with the design stars of tomorrow while they shop for unique limited-edition apparel.”

“Our mission at Nineteenth Amendment is to launch the next massive designer by giving independent talent around the world an inventory-less business model built for the digital age, while helping to grow U.S. manufacturing and giving shoppers a voice in the future of fashion,” said Nineteenth Amendment co-founders Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole. “This collaboration is a testament to Macy’s commitment to pushing fashion forward while giving macys.com customers the opportunity to discover and support independent designers from around the world.”

This exclusive relationship with nineteenthamendment.com to support their designer pre-sales via promotional integration will give millions of shoppers who visit macys.com every day the opportunity to browse hard-to-find independent designer collections. Looking to the future, macys.com will have the ability to provide its customers with exclusive first look access to purchase pieces from specially curated designers and collections.

Macy’s and Nineteenth Amendment began working together as part of the NY Fashion Tech Lab, a business of fashion accelerator that is a result of a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New York City, Springboard Enterprises and major fashion retailers, including Macy’s. The focus of the Lab is to target early stage companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology. Macy’s and Nineteenth Amendment were both participants in the first class of the Lab during the summer of 2014. Macy’s executives chose to mentor the Nineteenth Amendment team for three months and this collaboration resulted in a relationship that will broaden the reach of Macy’s online store into the emerging designer landscape. To learn more about Nineteen Amendment, please visit macys.com/nineteenthamendment.

As a founding member of the Tech Lab, Macy’s believes that the resulting collaborations could yield incredible innovations that have the capability to revolutionize the retail shopping experience. This alliance launching today continues Macy’s long-standing commitment to emerging talent, inclusive of the company’s support of Fashion Incubators in cities across the country, as well as its business of retail program focused on women-owned and multicultural businesses – The Workshop at Macy’s.

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

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

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
holly.thomas@macys.com
or
Orlando Veras, 646-429-7450
orlando.veras@macys.com
or
Amanda Curtis, 617-777-4161
amanda@nineteenthamendment.com

Kesko’s Intersport Finland opened the world’s first Intersport RUN&FIT store at the Galeria mall in St. Petersburg

HELSINKI, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kesko-owned Intersport Finland Ltd has opened the world’s first Intersport RUN&FIT specialist store at the Galeria shopping mall in St. Petersburg. The new store concept opens up a new era for Intersport and supports the chain’s expansion into city centres and shopping malls with high customer flows. Specialist stores are able to serve customers better. Intersport Finland Ltd is responsible for Intersport’s chain operations also in Russia.

– Running and fitness are sports that are steadily becoming more popular in Russia. This megatrend has been taken into account in our Intersport RUN&FIT stores. These specialist stores of 200 m2 to 400 m2 are an ideal complement to our multi-sports stores of 600 m2 to 1,500 m2. In three years, we plan to open at least 10 Intersport RUN&FIT stores in Moscow and St. Petersburg,” says Mikhail Landyshev, Intersport Country Director for Russia.

The sales area of the world’s first RUN&FIT specialist store opened in St. Petersburg is 250 m2.

Intersport International Corp. (IIC) has developed specialist store concepts for the categories Running/Fitness, Teamsport and Outdoor. With the new store concepts and expert staff specialised in different product groups the Intersport retailers will be able to differentiate from the competition in a market situation where generalists with a variety of sports categories on sales areas of 200 m2 to 400 m2 would otherwise face increasing difficulties in the competition.

Besides Russia, Intersport specialist stores are planned to open in 14 other market areas in the next three years. Intersport specialist stores will be primarily located in city centres and shopping malls. By 2019, Intersport plans to have more than 50 specialist stores.

Further information:
President Jussi Mikkola, Intersport Finland Ltd, tel. +358 105 339 048

Intersport and The Athlete’s Foot

With retail sales of EUR 10.5 billion and more than 5,400 affiliated stores in 44 countries, Intersport is the world’s leading sporting goods retailer. In December 2012 Intersport acquired the athletic speciality footwear chain, The Athlete’s Foot, with around 400 stores in 25 countries and retail sales of EUR 290 million. The Intersport Group is represented in 66 countries on all five continents.

Kesko’s leisure trade

Kesko’s leisure trade provides customers with the best selections in the sports and footwear trade and serves with a highly accessible store network, online stores and digital services. The leisure trade chains are Intersport, Budget Sport, Kesport and Kookenkä. Intersport is the market leader in Finland’s sports trade and Kookenkä is Finland’s widest shoe store chain. In addition, Kesko’s leisure trade is responsible for Intersport’s chain operations in Russia. In 2014, the retail sales of the leisure chains were over 350 million euros and the total number of personnel in the chains was around 1,200. The leisure trade business is part of Kesko’s home improvement and speciality goods trade division. Read more at www.kesko.fi.

Vodafone Spain will bring Netflix onto a Spanish TV platform for the first time

•Vodafone customers will be able to watch Netflix on their TV through Vodafone TV
•Partnership with Netflix to make wide variety of entertainment, including exclusive series, films and documentaries, easily available through Vodafone TV

Madrid, Spain, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vodafone Spain today announced an agreement that will bring Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, onto a Spanish TV platform for the first time.

Using the Netflix app, Vodafone TV homes will be able to watch a broad variety of series, films documentaries and kids titles through their set–top box. Netflix will be available through Vodafone TV when Netflix launches in Spain in October.

The Netflix offering will include exclusive original series such as Narcos, Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo and critically acclaimed documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and docuseries Chef’s Table as well as various stand–up comedy specials. Additionally, younger viewers will find a wide selection of programming for kids.

Viewers will continuously be offered new titles and can look forward to the first Netflix Original feature films, with announced titles including Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6. Netflix is fully localized, offering a choice of subtitles and dubbing.

Netflix will be available on Vodafone TV through an app on the decoder. Viewers will also be able to find titles using the search engine or recommendations section of the Vodafone service, two of the features customers use most. Vodafone customers will be able to enjoy Netflix in high quality thanks to a collaboration between the companies on Vodafone’s ultra high–speed fixed and mobile broadband networks.

Vodafone TV customers will be able to enjoy the Netflix service without having to update their set–top–boxes. Netflix will also be available on smartphones and tablets, the Netflix app for those devices will be available in the app stores.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet–connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Vodafone Spain
Vodafone Spain is part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue, providing voice, messaging, data and fixed communication services. Vodafone offers mobile services in 26 countries and fixed broadband services in 17, with 55 partner networks worldwide. As of 31st March 2015, Vodafone has over 449 mobile customers and over 12 million fixed broadband customers. 14,101,000 mobile and 2,851,000 fixed broadband Vodafone Spain customers benefit from the expertise and global leadership of this company, which helps individuals, businesses and communities to be better connected. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.es

2015 LVMH Culture and Creation Young Talents Prize winner Audiane Cojean presented her sustainable fashion creations at the Green Showroom in Berlin

PARIS, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Audiane Cojean, winner of the 2015 LVMH Culture and Creation Young Talents Prize, presented her sustainable fashion creations at the Green Showroom in Berlin in July. Her participation in the event underlined her inventiveness and commitment.

LVMH has for the past ten years provided active support for equal opportunity initiatives in partnership with the municipalities of Montfermeil and Clichy-sous-Bois. Each year, the creative energy of the two Paris suburbs, whose populations encompass widely disparate social milieux, is celebrated in the Cultures & Creation fashion show. A vibrant melting pot of cultures, the show gives local non-professional designers a chance to create bespoke pieces around a given theme and show their work at an event that offers exceptional exposure. In 2015, the budding designers were challenged to combine ecology and technology.

The jury, composed of fashion industry professionals, awarded the 2015 LVMH Culture and Creation Young Talents Prize to Audiane Cojean. She has since received personal mentoring for her design work from LVMH, and had an opportunity to take part in the Green Showroom in Berlin. Held in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week, Green Showroom promotes sustainable fashion. Audiane Cojean presented three pieces made from recycled materials, including a dress crafted entirely from aluminum beverage cans. Sourcing and processing of the materials were made possible thanks to support from Guerlain.

What’s more, Audiane Cojean will begin an apprenticeship at the workshops of Céline this fall, enabling her to develop her production and design skills alongside exceptional designers.

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H&M’s unique fair living wage strategy shows progress

H&M’s unique fair living wage strategy, launched in 2013, is showing progress on many fronts. This update describes our goals and achievements as well as work in progress and challenges.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — By testing and up-scaling the Fair Wage Method*, significant steps are taken towards creating improved pay structures at strategic suppliers – an important goal in the strategy. In addition, a variety of ongoing collaborations, with brands as well as with other stakeholders, push the development forward within industrial relations, social dialogue and skill development. The work to further improve our purchasing practices is also showing progress. These are all equally important aspects in the long-term work towards fair living wages.

Scaling up the Fair Wage Method
Based on the learnings from the testing of the Fair Wage Method in a few role model factories, H&M is now scaling up the method to more markets and suppliers. The initial test results are very promising and H&M looks forward to continue the work. The Fair Wage Method – focusing on a well-functioning dialogue between the employer and the employee – will be rolled out to all strategic suppliers by 2018, the first 68 of them already this year. The implementation of the method will contribute to sustainable pay structures, more regular wage adjustments and enhanced communication and social dialogue between the management and workers’ representatives.

Brands working together
Recognising the benefits of a coordinated and holistic approach, retailers and brands have come together to develop a joint set of Enabling Principles outlining a shared approach towards living wages.

H&M recognizes that industry collaboration is crucial to achieve lasting change and is therefore one of the participating companies. Within the enabling principles, H&M is also working together with stakeholders such as IndustriALL Global Union. The collaboration will address the following issues:

  • Purchasing practises
  • Productivity and skills
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Government outreach.

Improved purchasing practices
H&M is updating its purchasing practices to support the suppliers in implementing fair living wages. The overall goal is to make it easier for the suppliers to plan their capacity and thereby reducing production peaks and overtime. Our purchasing practices should always provide reasonable lead times, fair pricing, timely payments and transparent communication.

Collaboration projects are showing progress
Several other collaborations, closely linked to the fair living wage strategy, are making progress.

Skill Development Project     
The cooperation between H&M, the ILO and SIDA on training and skills development in Bangladesh is showing promising results. The project was initiated by H&M in 2013 and aims at creating a link between actual skills and the wage level which is important for the wage development. Today, training has been completed both at the Centre of Excellence and at one factory and an additional 11 factories are waiting to start training.

Social Dialogue Program
The progress for H&M’s Social Dialogue Program in Bangladesh continues – which is essential in the scaling up work of the Fair Wage Method. It aims at ensuring that the workforce have democratically elected and effective worker participatory committees which, upon the employees own choice, can lead to the establishment of trade unions able to negotiate in areas such as wages. The goal is that 100 percent of all factories in Bangladesh that produce for H&M will be covered by the program during 2018. Status today is:

  • 88 participating factories.
  • 43 factories have elected Participation Committees.
  • 580 elected Participation Committee worker representatives have received training.
  • 108,303 workers are represented by Participation Committee worker representatives.

Industrial Relation project
Within the Industrial Relation project in Cambodia, H&M works together with the ILO, SIDA and the Swedish trade union IF Metall to strengthen the industrial relations in the textile industry. The goal is to make it possible for workers and employers to negotiate about rights and obligations collectively and to resolve conflicts peacefully and in good faith through established processes. Status today is:

  • 12 participating factories so far – but with an aim to cover one third of the supplier factories that work with H&M by 2016.
  • All participating factories and their trade union representatives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on improving industrial relations as well as an agreement to eliminate unfair labour practices.
  • 791 trade union representatives and 530 factory managers have completed industrial relations training provided by IF Metall.
  • 744 trade union members and 95 GMAC members have participated in awareness-raising of the Memorandum of Understanding on industrial relations.

Tailor-made projects in Myanmar and Ethiopia
Right now H&M is finalizing the plans for the coming industrial relations projects in Myanmar and Ethiopia. The knowledge gained from the equivalent project in Cambodia is included, but adjusted to fit the unique environment context in Myanmar and Ethiopia.

 

Contact information:
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

* The Fair Wage Network has developed a comprehensive concept to define and assess a fair wage, based on twelve key dimensions. The Fair Wage approach helps the supplier and the workers to reach a living wage. It helps the workers to have their wages regularly and fairly adjusted according to price increases and performance.

SONIC® Drive-In unveils new Ice Cream Cake Shakes and Ice Cream Cake Waffle Cones

Made with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream, SONIC Offers the Ultimate Cake Experience

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is giving cake fans across the nation another reason to celebrate any time of day or night with new Ice Cream Cake Shakes and Ice Cream Cake Waffle Cones.

SONIC’s latest frozen creations are available in three indulgent options including Vanilla Birthday Cake, Oreo® & Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake. Each cake flavor starts with SONIC’s rich and creamy Real Ice Cream and then layered with decadent real cake pieces and cake batter flavor either hand-mixed in a shake or settled on top of a crispy waffle cone.

“Our team of culinary experts are always whipping up innovative new flavor combinations to ensure our guests have something new to try every time they visit the drive-in,” said Todd Smith, chief marketing officer for SONIC Corp. “These fun cake flavors provide a delicious celebration anytime, all in one bite.”

Beyond the new ice cream cake flavors, guests can also order one of SONIC’s creamy and delicious Master Shake flavors all made with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream and hand-mixed right when you order. Enjoy other unique options like Strawberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Fudge and Oreo® Chocolate.

SONIC’s Ice Cream Cake Shakes and Ice Cream Cake Waffle Cones are available for a limited time only, so head to your local drive-in and try one today.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Matthew Young, 512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com
or
Christi Woodworth, 405-225-5600
Vice President of Public Relations
Christi.Woodworth@sonicdrivein.com

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Unibail-Rodamco closes the disposal of its stake in Comexposium to Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP

Paris, Amsterdam, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Further to the announcement made on March 31, 2015, about the entry into an agreement with Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP pursuant to which it offered to acquire Unibail-Rodamco’s 50% stake in Comexposium, and following the satisfaction of the conditions precedent, Unibail-Rodamco announces the closing of the disposal of its stake in Comexposium. Terms of the transaction are as announced in March 2015. The transaction values Comexposium at an enterprise value of €550 Mn1.

¹Excluding minority interest

For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations
Julie Coulot
+33 1 76 77 57 22

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €35.7 billion as of June 30, 2015. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 2,085 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region.

The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes.

The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com

NRF analysis shows how overtime expansion would impact nearly 1.7 million retail and restaurant workers

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Obama Administration has portrayed its proposal to expand the number of people covered by federal overtime rules as a means to bring extra pay to low-wage workers. But a new analysis conducted for the National Retail Federation shows that a far broader range of higher-ranking management and professional workers could be covered in some states, particularly in rural areas where income and the cost of living are lower than the national average.

Under the proposal, most individuals making up to $970 a week anywhere in the country would automatically receive overtime pay at time-and-a-half when working more than 40 hours a week, up from the current $455. The Labor Department chose $970 under a formula intended to give overtime to the lowest-paid 40 percent of full-time workers nationwide who currently receive a fixed salary.

But in 10 states – Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas – that dollar figure would bring at least 45 percent of full-time salaried workers under overtime rules. Another eight states – Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia – would see at least 50 percent covered. The figure works out to the intended 40 percent in only one state, Maine. (See report for state-by-state numbers.)

The salary threshold would also be indexed, raising it to $1,400 by 2017 under one option proposed by the Labor Department. Within three years, only 22 percent of current salaried workers would remain exempt from overtime.

“This proposal has been spun as a way to raise the income of struggling workers but there are places where bankers or stockbrokers could be turned into hourly workers,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “The Labor Department has ignored the fact that the cost-of-living varies throughout the country.”

10 Ways DOL’s Flawed Overtime Proposal Hurts Employees from National Retail Federation

“In smaller towns and cities, $50,000 a year is a very comfortable income and individuals making that much might well be in prominent positions in their communities,” French said. “It isn’t an hourly wage – it’s a salaried, professional position that comes with health care, retirement plans, bonuses and other benefits that could be lost if reduced to an hourly ‘job.’ A one-size-fits-all approach means the benefits of overtime could go to people who don’t need the help while driving up payroll costs that could be better spent on job creation for those who need to get a foot in the door.”

In examples cited by the report, it takes only about $785 in Louisiana, Mississippi or Oklahoma to have the same buying power as $970 a week nationally. In Arkansas and North Carolina, $800 buys as much as the national average.

Under federal law, managers and highly trained professionals can be declared exempt from overtime if they meet certain job duties tests, but in most cases the exemption applies only if they make above the salary threshold.

“The majority of retail managers don’t want this proposal to become law,” French said. “They like the stability and flexibility of a weekly salary, and they don’t want to be told to go home after 40 hours when they’re willing to do the work needed to make their stores a success. The key to success is building a career, not punching a time clock.”

The new analysis was conducted by research firm Oxford Economics as an addition to an earlier study for NRF that found fully implementing the overtime proposal could cost retailers and restaurants alone $8.4 billion a year in added wages. But the report said many employers would offset most of the cost by reducing hours or benefits or using more part-time workers. Nonetheless, employers would see an estimated $745 million in added administrative costs even if workers saw no increase in take-home pay.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

NRF’s David French on Department of Labor’s decision not to extend overtime deadline

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the Labor Department’s decision to move forward with the Obama administration’s proposal to expand overtime, denying requests from business groups for an extension to the comment period:

“Today’s announcement by the Department of Labor that it will not extend the comment period for a flawed proposal that has such broad, negative implications for retail businesses large and small across America is astounding. However, no one should be surprised when you consider this administration’s continued assault on business in deference to their friends in organized labor.

“Make no mistake, this is not good policy for job growth and building a middle class. This is purely driven by a political agenda that will ultimately cost jobs, slow the economy and shutter Main Street businesses that cannot afford mandate after mandate written behind closed doors and handed down by a federal bureaucracy that doesn’t understand how to run a successful enterprise, earn a dollar rather than tax one or even balance a budget.

“In its rush to provide feel-good talking points for Labor Day as opposed to writing constructive policy through a process of inclusion, the DOL continues to deconstruct the only engine for growth in a struggling economy.”

NRF said in July that the overtime proposal was too complex for businesses to respond by the DOL’s deadline, set for Friday, and asked for an extension until November.

A study conducted for NRF by research firm Oxford Economics found that the proposal, which would grant overtime eligibility to workers making up to $970 a week rather than the current $455 a week, would cost the restaurant and retail industries alone $8.4 billion a year in added wages if fully implemented. But the study said many employers would offset most of the cost by reducing hours or benefits or using more part-time workers. Nonetheless, employers would see an estimated $745 million in administrative costs even if workers saw no increase in take-home pay.

A separate survey conducted for NRF by the firm GfK found the majority or retail managers oppose the changes, saying that becoming hourly workers would undermine their ability to lead by example.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Chipotle Mexican Grill makes it easier for students to find the food they love through partnership with Tapingo

New partnership enhances Chipotle’s delivery options; provides delivery access to students at 40 college campuses

DENVER, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — As college students make their way back to school for another year, Chipotle Mexican Grill(NYSE: CMG) is making it easier for students to find the food they love, allowing more time for study and less to search for burritos. Through a new partnership with Tapingo, a leading mobile commerce app that saves college students time by providing food pickup and delivery, Chipotle will be available for delivery through Tapingo at 40 college campuses nationwide this fall, and at more than 100 campuses by spring 2016.

The partnership with Tapingo expands Chipotle’s existing delivery program. The company also has nationwide delivery partnerships with Postmates, a delivery service that operates in several key Chipotle markets, and with OrderUp, which provides delivery service in several smaller Chipotle markets.

“Chipotle has been popular with students going back to our very first restaurant near the University of Denver, and we are always looking for ways to better engage with them,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer at Chipotle. “Tapingo, which has been well received by students where its services are available, knows how to connect with these younger customers. That shared acceptance among younger customers made them a great choice for us to expand delivery aimed specifically at students.”

Tapingo has a rapidly growing user base, the large majority of whom are Millennials and Gen Zs. Chipotle resonates well with a similar audience. A recent survey by investment firm William Blair called Chipotle the “most favored restaurant” by younger consumers. Morgan Stanley notes that Millennials are more likely to dine out on a weekly basis than older consumers and states that “taste, value, and quality” drive their restaurant decision-making. “On those metrics, Chipotle wins,” the firm says.

“Tapingo has become the buy button for students and we are excited to expand into surrounding areas,” said Daniel Almog, chief executive officer at Tapingo. “Our network of students is hungry for Chipotle, and we’re excited to deliver it quickly and at a very reasonable delivery cost.”

Since its founding in 2012, Tapingo has leveraged mobile technology to create a more convenient and enjoyable experience for students to purchase a variety of products or services. With the average student transacting daily, using Tapingo has become habitual for college students. Users can order with a tap and then have their order delivered in a timely and efficient manner. Using the Club Tapingo feature, the average user pays $2.99, with no additional service fee. Tapingo also provides timely delivery, with an average of only 25 minutes between order placement and receipt.

Chipotle delivery is currently available through Tapingo at the following campuses:

  • Arizona State University
  • California State University Chico
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Southern California
  • Northern Arizona University

Delivery will expand to include the following campuses later this fall.

  • California State University – Fullerton
  • California State University Northridge
  • Carnegie Melon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Towson University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon Eugene
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Utah

Plans for additional rollouts or availability can be found on Tapingo.com/Chipotle.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 1,850 restaurants, including 17 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 11 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

ABOUT TAPINGO
Since its founding in 2012, Tapingo has leveraged mobile technology to solve a key problem for students: lack of time. Whether confronted with long lines while racing between classes, needing a midnight boost during late-night study sessions, or faced with a lack of options when living off campus, students are increasingly in need of a new solution to meet their needs. With just a few taps, users can browse menus, order and pay, then schedule pickup or have their order delivered. Tapingo provides a streamlined buying process that benefits both the students and the campuses, while driving habitual purchase and eliminating operational inefficiencies. Today, Tapingo processes tens of thousands of transactions per day, and the average user utilizes the service more than five times per week. Serving 46 markets fromAlaska to Miami, Tapingo is the ideal commerce solution for the on-the-go on-demand generation. Stop waiting at www.Tapingo.com.

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com
or
Tapingo
Leanne Reis, 650-307-3575
leanne@tapingo.com

7‑Eleven and DoorDash partner to provide on-demand delivery in five major metropolitan markets across US

Dallas, TX and Palo Alto, CA, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ —  7‑Eleven, Inc. and DoorDash today announced a partnership to provide on-demand delivery from participating 7‑Eleven stores in five major metropolitan markets across the US. Customers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago can order products from their local 7‑Eleven stores starting today with delivery service following in Washington, D.C., and Boston in the coming months.

Today’s announcement marks DoorDash’s first partnership outside of restaurant delivery, bringing DoorDash one step closer toward reaching its goal of providing on-demand delivery across all types of local businesses.

The strategic relationship between the two companies will include in-store marketing, local promotions and the availability of “Convenience Packs” or groups of products that make purchasing common items from 7‑Eleven stores more convenient. 7‑Eleven’s expanded product assortment from fresh foods and beverages to household goods offer customers a one-stop shopping experience, which is a compelling value proposition to busy, on-the-go consumers. For a limited period, the delivery service fee is $2.99.

“By working with DoorDash, we can bring on-demand delivery to more people and more places,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. “This partnership between the world’s largest convenience store chain and a leading on-demand delivery start-up can redefine convenience. DoorDash’s technology, data analytics and commitment to the customer experience impresses us and makes them a great match for 7‑Eleven’s omnichannel initiatives.”

“We’re proud to launch our first expansion beyond restaurants with 7‑Eleven,” said Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash. “7‑Eleven has shown a true commitment to learning the ins and outs of delivery and even went dashing with our team to see DoorDash in action. We’ve worked closely throughout the testing process to ensure that their products — from convenience goods to fresh and prepared foods — are well suited for delivery.”

To get started with 7‑Eleven delivery, download the DoorDash app for iOS or Android app, or visit www.doordash.com.

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.

 

About DoorDash

DoorDash is a Silicon Valley technology company that brings the very best of a city to your doorstep by connecting customers with local businesses. Founded in 2013 in a dorm room at Stanford, DoorDash began with a mission to empower local economies in a connected world. By building the on-demand delivery infrastructure for local cities, we’re bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.

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

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7‑Eleven launches an on-demand delivery service with tech start-up DoorDash to offer a broad assortment of products in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Chicago. More than 200 7‑Eleven stores are currently participating. 7‑Eleven expects to add more stores and markets in the coming months.

7‑Eleven launches an on-demand delivery service with tech start-up DoorDash to offer a broad assortment of products in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Chicago. More than 200 7‑Eleven stores are currently participating. 7‑Eleven expects to add more stores and markets in the coming months.

ICSC Florida Conference & Deal Making conference: Florida’s retail engine is roaring

New York, NY, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week’s ICSC Florida Conference & Deal Making conference in Orlando shines the spotlight on a sizzling state that’s lately ascended to the nation’s third heaviest populated and its second most-active retail-development hub behind only Texas.

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ICSC Florida Conference & Deal Making conference: Florida’s retail engine is roaring

ICSC Florida Conference & Deal Making conference: Florida’s retail engine is roaring

Wegmans Food Markets announced the management team of its newest store in Westwood

WESTWOOD, MA, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today announced the management team of its newest store, located at 169 University Avenue in Westwood. The team has nearly 120 combined years of experience at Wegmans, and includes the Store Manager, Executive Chef, Pharmacy Manager and Area Managers who will each oversee various departments within the store.

The Westwood store celebrates its grand opening on Sunday, October 11, and is currently hiring and training new employees for a variety of part-time customer service, culinary, and restaurant positions.

Wegmans will host open interviews from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 10 through Saturday, September 12 at its 685 Canton Street employment office in Westwood.

“We are proud to introduce the members of our management team to the Westwood community. Together, they bring a long track record of commitment to incredible customer service and the skills to provide an outstanding shopping experience,” said Marybeth Stewart, human resources manager of Wegmans’ New England division. “We encourage those who are interested in joining our team to apply, attend our open interviews in September, or visit us online to learn more.”

The management team for Wegmans Westwood is as follows:

Dave Orlovsky, store manager
Orlovsky, a Shrewsbury resident, has been a part of the Wegmans family for more than 25 years. He first joined as a customer service employee in the prepared foods department in Johnson City, NY. In 1995, Orlovsky joined the company’s management training program and soon became the produce manager of the Elmira, NY, store. He rose from produce manager to assistant store manager, and was later promoted to store manager. Orlovsky moved to Massachusetts in 2013 to be the store manager at Wegmans in Northborough. Two years later, he was given the opportunity to open and manage the Westwood location. In this role, Orlovsky will lead 550 employees to provide the first-class customer service Wegmans is known for.

Brendan Newhart, executive chef
Newhart, who lives in Hopedale, began his career with Wegmans in Rochester, NY as a team leader five years ago. In 2011, he relocated to New England as a sous chef at the Northborough store. Chef Newhart rose through the ranks and is now the executive chef who will oversee Wegmans’ prepared foods in Westwood. With more than sixteen years of restaurant and hotel experience, along with a degree in Culinary Arts and Service Management, Newhart will lead a team of over 140 culinary professionals to deliver on Wegmans’ promise of the freshest ingredients and restaurant-quality meals.

Frank Fields, perishable area manager
Fields, a resident of Providence, began working at Wegmans in 2000 and has served in a number of roles, including service team leader, restaurant manager and service area manager. As the perishable area manager in Westwood, he will oversee the perishable departments of the store (bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, etc.), ensuring product freshness, merchandising, and employee development to help Wegmans customers make great meals easy.

Alicia Elliott, service area manager
Elliott resides in Marlborough and has been with Wegmans since 1980. She’s learned the business and been promoted from within by working in several positions, including produce manager, corporate accounting, front end manager, and non-licensed pharmacy manager. Elliott moved to Massachusetts in 2014 to take on the service area manager role at Wegmans’ Burlington store. In Westwood, she’s leading all aspects of customer service, which is a point of distinction at Wegmans, as well as overseeing community partnerships and giving.

Lisa Landry, merchandising area manager
Landry began working for Wegmans in 1985 while in high school and since then has enjoyed a variety of positions, including cheese shop team leader, bakery team leader, night manager, and front end manager. Landry also has experience working as an operations coordinator in the corporate office. Now a Norwood resident and merchandising area manager in Westwood, Landry will oversee all non-perishable departments, including grocery, nature’s marketplace, and wine, and will work with the entire store to ensure products are well-merchandised and easily accessible for customers.

Cassie Lawatsch, pharmacy area manager
Cassie Lawatsch, PharmD, graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2013 and now lives in Boston. A Wegmans employee since 2006, she began as a pharmacy technician and advanced into management. As pharmacy manager in Westwood, Lawatsch will ensure customers are provided with the expertise and products they need to live a healthier, better life, including immunizations, prescription auto-refill, and competitively low prices on select generic prescriptions.

Wegmans Westwood is a 122,000 square-foot supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 300, as well as a complete wine and beer shop. Today, the store launched www.wegmans.com/westwood, which offers store details, Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up, and it will include blog posts by the Westwood management team.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627
Sophie Hamersley, RF|Binder for Wegmans, 781-559-0441

Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

Whole Foods Market encourages consumers to invest in a healthier future for children through support of their foundation’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

AUSTIN, TX, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Kids Foundation is launching the 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, which aims to raise over $4 million to inspire families and support schools related to children’s nutrition. This year’s goal is to raise funds and awareness to help over one million kids gain access to nutritional education and fresh fruits and vegetables through the funding of salad bars and gardens for schools, as well as nutrition education classes for teachers.

“Our programs work to ensure kids gain better knowledge, understanding, curiosity, and consumption of nutritious fruits and vegetables, which in turn helps them pay better attention in class, improve their academic performance, and build confidence,” said Nona Evans, executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how quickly kids truly do come to understand the connection between what they eat and how they feel.”

Twelve retail partners have each committed to donating $40,000 to the Growing Healthy Kids Campaign this September. They are: Annie’s, Applegate, Back to Nature, Barbara’s, Cascadian Farm, Clif Bar, Daily Greens, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Suja, and Stonyfield Farm. Additionally, Whole Foods Market covers operational costs for the foundation, which allows one hundred percent of individual donations to directly support Whole Kids Foundation programs. Customers can get involved by making a donation at store check-outs or online at wholekidsfoundation.org.

Launching this month, Whole Kids Foundation is introducing a new Healthy Kids Innovation Grant in partnership with United Health Foundation. These grants are meant to pave the way for fresh ideas around children’s health and nutrition in schools. Whole Kids Foundation has also introduced a new Extended Learning Garden Grant, which provides funding to support educational edible gardens on the grounds of a non-profit organization working with children. To see how edible gardens and salad bars are helping educate and inspire children to learn about nutrition, watch this video.

Rooted in three simple principles – eat a rainbow of colors, eat leafy greens first and eat as close to nature as possible – Whole Kids Foundation offers a variety of resources for parents and children through the organization’s Kids Club, which provides fun and healthy activities, including art projects, books, and recipes to do with kids both at your local Whole Foods Market location or at home.

Nona Evans

Whole Kids Foundation President & Executive Director

Nona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children’s education, which she has married with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market.

 

 

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Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

40,000 sq ft Whole Foods Market Rocky River opens on Sept. 23

CLEVELAND, OH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Rocky River will open its doors on Sept. 23. The approximately 40,000-square-foot store is located at 19607 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

When it opens, Whole Foods Market Rocky River will be the company’s ninth store in Ohio and the 47th store in its Mid-Atlantic Region. Opening day will kick off with a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:45 am.

“After more than 15 years in the Cleveland area, we are growing to better serve our customers, suppliers and community,” said Whole Foods Market Rocky River Store Team Leader John Kucinski. “There has been a call to bring a store to Rocky River for years – and we’re excited to finally make it come true. We invite all to join us to break bread as we open our doors on September 23rd.”

Core values are at the center of Whole Foods Market’s mission, earning the name “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store”. Along with offering the highest quality natural and organic products, including seasonal, locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood and high-quality meat and poultry – free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils – Whole Foods Market Rocky River will feature:

• In-store pub with seasonal food and drink menu. It will include a billiards table for customers to use by the hour.
• Cold-pressed varietal apple juice – a regional first. Cold-press juices are a favorite among customers, and this product will further highlight unique fall flavors, from honeycrisp to pink lady to granny smith.
• New items from the Cleveland community found through our “call for local suppliers” event earlier this year. The store will continue to look for new local suppliers on an ongoing basis.
• Made in house favorites, like guacamole, throughout the store.
• Products and highlights for bike enthusiasts, including accessories for sale in the Whole Body department and a bike repair station.
• Coffee bar with handcrafted hot and cold drinks, in addition to fresh juice to go.
• Extensive bakery with fresh-made donuts and artisan bread.

Whole Foods Market Team Members will be organizing and attending events around the community in the coming weeks. Follow the Cleveland area stores on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more information and join us.

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Healthy check stand with fresh produce and healthy snacks opens at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department

Providence UT, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Healthy check stand with fresh produce and healthy snacks opens at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department

WHAT: A healthy check stand featuring fresh produce and healthy snacks will officially open to the public September 1 at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department. A ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks will be made by Bear River Health Department’s Lloyd Berentzen, Macey’s store director Kerry Chin and Macey’s nutritionist Ron Beckstrom. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 10 a.m.

WHY:  In an effort to help promote a healthy lifestyle, Bear River Valley Health Department and Macey’s have partnered to create a healthy check stand—offering fresh produce and healthy snacks to guests as they checkout. According to Bear River Health Department’s 2013 Center for Health Data, Bear River Valley’s obese or overweight population is at 59 percent and high blood pressure and diabetes incidence is at 7.5 percent (vs. Utah’s at 7.1).

WHERE:

Macey’s Providence
50 North Highway 165
Providence UT 84332

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Media Contacts:
Sarah Pettit
Public Relations Manager
801.916.1070

Scpettit@afstores.com

Bear River Valley Health Department

Jill Parker

Public Information Officer

435.994.1022

jparker@brhd.org

 

Resources:

For more information about Bear River Health Department’s health statistics, please visit: http://ibis/health.utah.gov

New BESTSELLER FOUNDATION to provide equity and loans to help fight poverty in Africa, rural China and India

Brande, Denmark, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — A NEWLY ESTABLISHED FOUNDATION WILL PROVIDE LOANS AND EQUITY TO ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESSES THAT CAN HELP FIGHT POVERTY IN AFRICA, CHINA AND INDIA.

Loans & investments to fight poverty
Africa, rural China and India are home to extreme poverty, but they are also full of potential business cases that need support and partners to be able to grow and create jobs which can lead to much needed development for the poor.

“The new BESTSELLER FOUNDATION aims to make a contribution to fight poverty by investing in – and providing loans to – projects and businesses that can generate jobs, growth and development to the benefit of people in need,” says Anders Holch Povlsen

Business rather than donations
The new BESTSELLER FOUNDATION will therefore focus on providing loans and investing in projects such as ’mobile-money-solar energy’, processing of food products, agri-businesses that add value to crops and much more. Grants and donations will only be provided when it is highly relevant and necessary.

Anders Holch Povlsen continues:”By providing loans and channelling equity, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION wishes to encourage future partners to take more responsibility and pursue growth and development of their businesses that will ultimately help people to help themselves”.

Helping people help themselves
The new foundation will primarily invest in projects and businesses that will create jobs, produce more food and help poor communities and ecosystems become more sustainable.  

WHAT to invest in

 

 

HOW to invest

 

 

WHERE TO invest
– Agriculture & Food Production
– Jobs & Entrepreneurship
– Environment & Nature Conservation 

 

Equity & Shares
Provision of Loans
Grants & Donations 

 

China
Africa
India 

 

BESTSELLER FUND & BESTSELLER FOUNDATION
In 1995 BESTSELLER founders Troels & Merete established BESTSELLER FUND to support cultural, social and charitable projects in Denmark and abroad. Ongoing projects launched by BESTSELLER FUND will be transferred and managed by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION.

In 2015, Anders establishes BESTSELLER FOUNDATION. The new foundation will primarily provide loans and channel equity to businesses and entrepreneurs that can help fight poverty in Africa, India and China.

Read much more and follow about BESTSELLER FOUNDATION on their new website: www.bestsellerfoundation.org

 

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New BESTSELLER FOUNDATION to provide equity and loans to help fight poverty in Africa, rural China and India

New BESTSELLER FOUNDATION to provide equity and loans to help fight poverty in Africa, rural China and India

Dollar Tree Q2 fiscal 2015: 30th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales

  • Sales increased to $3.01 billion and Same-Store Sales increased 2.7%
  • Reaffirms estimate of $300 million in run-rate synergies by end of third year
  • Company is progressing on Family Dollar integration plan

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2015.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, stated, “I am extremely proud of Dollar Tree’s accomplishments in the second quarter. We delivered our 30th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales, broke ground on our southeast distribution center in South Carolina, successfully completed our acquisition of Family Dollar, and quickly initiated our integration plan.”

Merger Integration
On July 6, 2015, Dollar Tree completed its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Since that date, the Company has been executing its integration plan.

Sasser added, “We are very pleased to have successfully completed the acquisition. We are now an organization with annual sales exceeding $19 billion, more than 13,800 stores across North America and a network of more than 145,000 associates. We remain confident in our ability to deliver $300 million in annual run-rate synergies by the end of the third year post-acquisition. This combination provides us with the unique opportunity to leverage our multiple banners to better serve a broader range of customers, while enhancing our ability to deliver long-term profitable growth for our shareholders.”

Second Quarter Results
Net sales increased 48.3% to $3.01 billion from $2.03 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase was the result of $811.6 million in sales from the Family Dollar segment since closing on the acquisition, and a same-store sales increase of 2.7% on a constant currency basis for the Dollar Tree segment. Same-store sales increased 4.5% in the prior-year period for the Dollar Tree segment. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.4%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased by $161.1 million, or 23.2%, to $855.2 million in the second quarter compared to $694.1 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The dollar increase was primarily driven by $105.9 million of gross profit for Family Dollar as well as higher sales at Dollar Tree. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 28.4% compared to 34.2% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were $60 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $11.1 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis and the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 24.3% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. Acquisition-related costs were $17.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $7.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were flat at 23.7% of sales for both years.

Net income, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $219.5 million compared to the prior year’s second quarter, resulting in a net loss of $0.46 per diluted share. Excluding acquisition-related adjustments, net income decreased $72.6 million to $53.5 million and diluted earnings per share decreased 59% to $0.25.

The Dollar Tree segment, excluding all acquisition-related costs and share changes, produced adjusted net income of $138.9 million, or $0.67 per adjusted diluted share, as detailed in the attached Reconciliation of Consolidated Pre-Tax Loss to Dollar Tree Segment Adjusted Earnings Per Share Excluding Acquisition Related Costs table. This adjusted net income per adjusted diluted share is relevant and useful because it shows what the Dollar Tree segment would have earned excluding all acquisition-related costs and share changes. This compares to adjusted earnings per diluted share for the Dollar Tree segment of $0.61 in the prior year’s second quarter.

During the quarter, the Company acquired 8,284 Family Dollar stores, opened 141 stores, expanded or relocated 40 stores, and closed 1 store. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company closed 18 Family Dollar stores, of which four have re-opened as Dollar Tree stores and the other 14 re-opened as Dollar Tree stores following quarter-end. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 108.2 million square feet.

First Six Months Results
Consolidated net sales increased 28.7% to $5.19 billion from $4.03 billion in the first six months of 2014. Family Dollar sales represented $811.6 million of the increase. Same-store sales, for the Dollar Tree segment, increased 3.0% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 3.2% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.8%.

Gross profit increased $213.4 million, or 15.3%, to $1.60 billion from $1.39 billion in the first six months of 2014. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 360 basis points to 30.9%. The primary contributors to the decrease were $60 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $11.1 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis and the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 24.1% of sales compared to 23.7% of sales in the first six months of 2014. Acquisition-related costs were $28.1 million in the first six months of 2015 and $7.5 million in the first six months of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.5% of sales, flat compared to the first six months of the prior year.

Net income, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $288.2 million compared to the prior year’s first six months, resulting in a net loss of $0.14 per diluted share. Excluding acquisition-related adjustments, net income decreased $63.5 million to $200.8 million and diluted earnings per share decreased 25.8% to $0.95.

Company Outlook
The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2015 to range from $4.78 billion to $4.87 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales. For the full year, the Company estimates consolidated net sales to range from $15.30 billion to $15.52 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales.

As a result of the recently-completed acquisition, the significant integration initiatives and the divestiture process, the Company is not providing earnings per share guidance for the third quarter or full year at this time.

Conference Call Information
On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The telephone number for the call is 888-737-3713. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Monday, September 7, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112.The access code is 9293899. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Monday, September 7.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 13,864 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of August 1, 2015. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding third quarter 2015 and full year 2015 net sales and same-store sales, acquisition-related synergies and expenses, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger, future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed May 21, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

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DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its 13th store in Alabama and 626th store nationwide

Special Appearances by Skeet Reese and Gene Stallings

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 13th store inAlabama and 626th store nationwide on Friday, September 11th at the Shoppe at Legacy Park inTuscaloosa, AL (1320 McFarland Boulevard).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, September 13th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45am on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

In-store appearances include professional Bass Angler Skeet Reese** on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and former coach Gene Stallings*** on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

“DICK’S Sporting Goods is excited to become a member of the Tuscaloosa community with the opening of our newest location,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods.

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing.

Visit DICKS.com/Tuscaloosa for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on local appearances, special events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or gift locker combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/Tuscaloosa for details and odds of winning.

**Limit one autograph per person. Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

***Wristband required for autograph. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only. Limit one per person. Visit DICKS.com/Tuscaloosa for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated more than 615 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

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Full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer DICK’S Sporting Goods opens ts 14th store in Alabama

Special Appearance Sunday by Bobby Humphrey

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 14th store inAlabama and 628th store nationwide on Friday, September 11th at Cullman Shopping Center inCullman, AL (1216 Cullman Shopping Center NW).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, September 13th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

Former college and pro running back Bobby Humphrey** will make an in-store appearance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

Throughout the weekend, customers can get tips from professional anglers at the 4,000 gallon DICK’S bass tank.

“We’re excited to be joining Cullman with the opening of our newest location,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We look forward to offering the finest quality products and highest level of customer service to the community.”

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness and outdoor. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/Cullman for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on appearances, events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or gift locker combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/Cullman for details and odds of winning.

**Wristband required for autograph. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only. Limit one per person. Visit DICKS.com/Cullman for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated more than 615 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

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DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its ninth store in Arizona on September 11

Special Appearance Saturday by Miles Simon

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its ninth store inArizona and 627th store nationwide on Friday, September 11th at Wilmot Plaza in Tucson, AZ(6327 East Broadway Boulevard).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, September 13th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

Former national champion basketball player Miles Simon** will make an in-store appearance from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

“We look forward to opening our new DICK’S Sporting Goods in Tucson and becoming a bigger part of the community,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We want to serve athletes of all ages by providing the equipment they need to help them excel.”

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/Tuscan for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on local appearances, special events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or gift locker combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/Tuscon for details and odds of winning.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only.  Limit one per person. Visit DICKS.com/Tucson for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated more than 615 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

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Sweden: ICA signed agreement with Fabege on new premises for its head office in Arenastaden in Solna, Stockholm

Solna, Sweden, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA has signed an agreement with Fabege on new premises for its head office, in Arenastaden in Solna. This means that ICA’s employees who today work at various offices in Solna Business Park, in IT-huset in Sundbyberg, and in Apotek Hjärtat’s offices in Solna centrum, will be gathered together in the same building. The preliminary date for the move to the new offices is 1 July 2018.

ICA currently works from three office locations in Solna and Sundbyberg, and has therefore been conducting a review of its premises for some time. Last autumn an evaluation was conducted of the alternative to expand the offices in Solna Business Park or to move to a new property. It has now been decided that ICA will move to new premises in the Signalen block of Arenastaden in Solna.

“We have wanted to gather our employees in Stockholm in a single office for some time,” comments Petra Albuschus, Senior Vice President Human Resources for ICA Gruppen. “We have now found a solution that we are very satisfied with. We will remain in the same area, can gather our employees in a better way, and will obtain modern and environmentally certified offices.”

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.03 CET on Monday, 31 August 2015.

Josephine Runquist won Lindex competition for future designers with her collection “Change in motion”

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The winner for best design idea and collection has been chosen amongst the graduates from Borås School of Textiles. The graduation show and announcement of the winner was held at Fashion Week Stockholm. The winner is Josephine Runquist who took the prize with her collection ‘Change in motion’.

The prize for the best collection is part of Lindex’s commitment in supporting unestablished designers. Along with Lindex, the winner gets to design a collection based on their graduation collection as well as receiving 50 000 sek in prize money.

It feels fantastic and unreal to win this prize! I still cannot understand that the garment that I’ll be part of creating will be sold in Lindex stores next spring. My collection is very wearable but still conceptual. Movement is an important theme in the collection and I want people to see and feel that in the garments, says Josefin Runquist

Lindex is the main sponsor of the graduation fashion show and has collaborated for four years with Borås School of Textiles. School of Textiles is one of Sweden’s most recognizes universities for training and research in textile and design. Lindex supports the education with knowledge of the design process and professionalism from a retail perspective.

The jury consists of Lindex purchasing and design management, with Design Manager Nina Starck in the lead. The jury’s motivation in this case is: “Things are not always what they seem to be and that is an interesting challenge for the imagination. This collection is playing with your senses and you find yourself amused and stunned throughout the show.
“There are many designers out there with great talent and great ideas, but it can be difficult to be seen and acknowledged. As an international fashion company, we think its important to encourage and support new talent, “says Nina Starck, Design Manager Lindex.

For more information, contact;
Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60
E-mail: miriam.tjernstrom@lindex.com

 

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Josephine Runquist won Lindex competition for future designers with her collection “Change in motion”

Josephine Runquist won Lindex competition for future designers with her collection “Change in motion”

Lindex launches its first denim collection made in sustainable fibers produced with low impact processes reducing water and energy consumption

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex launches its first denim collection made in sustainable fibers produced with low impact processes reducing water and energy consumption. After initial environmental assessment on the collection to grade the environmental impact, the washing processes and recipes were optimized together with expertise from Spanish denim consultants Jeanologia. And the savings were significant – water consumption was reduced with up to 42 per cent and energy usage was reduced by 27 per cent.

We are very happy about the results, and this is only the beginning. We seek constant improvement in how our fashion is produced and we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact. In this sustainable denim collection we have selected some of our most popular denim styles for women and kids and worked through the washing processes. Small changes led to great results. Now we look forward on implementing this technique at all of our denim, says Lars Doemer, Global Sustainability Manager for Production.

Using the Jeanologia EIM Software score criteria Lindex Bangladesh production office has together with suppliers tweaked at all parts of the denim process making it more sustainable. Some washings were dropped, such as extra rinses, and other washes were combined together saving lots of water, energy and chemicals.

“Lindex and Jeanologia are working close together through the EIM software, which enables Lindex to control the energy, water and chemical consumption in its collection. Together we have worked to make a beautiful and authentic product in a sustainable and environmental cost saving way. What matters is not only the product itself, but also the way it is made and how it is produced; that is part of the DNA of the product”, says Enrique Silla, CEO at Jeanologia.

The sustainable denim collection is available in all Lindex stores and on lindex.com. For high resolution pictures click here.

About Jeanologia
Jeanologia is a research and development center, world leading in sustainable solutions for garment finishing industry. Through their Environmental Impact Measuring software textile production is scored as low, medium or high environmental impact helping producers control water, energy and chemical consumption in production. Read more at jeanologia.com

For more information please contact:
Linda Skogsberg
Sustainability Communications Coordinator, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0) 31 739 51 58
E-mail: linda.skogsberg@lindex.com

 

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Lindex launches its first denim collection made in sustainable fibers produced with low impact processes reducing water and energy consumption

Lindex launches its first denim collection made in sustainable fibers produced with low impact processes reducing water and energy consumption

E-tailer Zalando opened its new technology hub in Helsinki, Finland

  • Zalando has opened up its second technology hub outside of Germany with plans to create up to 200 jobs over the next few years
  • Local team will focus on customer-facing products such as new fashion apps
  • Expansion of the Tech Team in Dublin is on track, focusing on strong expertise in data science
  • Growth of the Tech Team in Berlin is still a major driver for Zalando’s goal to employ more than 2,000 engineers

BERLIN, Germany, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, continues to expand its technology operations internationally. Yesterday, the e-tailer opened up its new technology hub in Helsinki during a launch event in the office space and welcomed the local team to the company.

Zalando aims to boost its fashion platform and increase offers to connect customers and brands. The new office in Helsinki will play a key role in this strategy by focusing on the development of innovative customer-facing products such as fashion apps. “The mobile trend continues to disrupt fashion e-commerce and is quickly moving away from simply shopping online. Mobile visits to our shop have already exceeded desktop visits, amounting to 57% in the second quarter of 2015. We are therefore heavily investing in our mobile capabilities”, says Philipp Erler, SVP Technology, Zalando. “Thanks to its strategic location, strong universities and a firmly established mobile sector, Helsinki provides the best possible environment for our new international tech hub. Furthermore, we want to become an established part of the Finnish tech community and partner up with local start-ups in the future.”

Zalando plans to create up to 200 jobs in Helsinki over the next few years. The e-tailer is actively recruiting full-stack and mobile developers, user experience specialists, data scientists, and product owners from across the industry, as well as academia to work on consumer-facing mobile apps. The on-site team will already amount to more than ten people by the end of September.

The office in Helsinki constitutes Zalando’s second technology hub outside of Germany following the opening of the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin earlier this year. The focus of operations in Ireland is deep data science and engineering research, involving R&D around how to build a real-time insight platform around fashion. The e-tailer’s on-site team will increase to more than 20 employees over the coming weeks. Zalando aims to create around 50 jobs in the first year of its operations in Dublin, seeing potential for several hundred long-term jobs in the future.

Overall, Zalando’s Tech Team has grown to a total headcount of more than 800 employees across all locations, increasing from around 500 employees at the beginning of last year. Approximately 750 members of Zalando Technology are located at the company’s headquarters in Berlin. “We’re highly benefiting from the ongoing technology boom in Berlin. Our location at the heart of the European tech scene still is our main driver for the large-scale recruitment of top technologists”, says Philipp Erler. “We aim to employ more than 2,000 engineers by the end of 2016. In order to quickly and flexibly implement new ideas and innovations at a time of such major growth, we shifted the responsibility for decision-making from management to tech experts and successfully introduced the Radical Agility approach to our team in the early spring. By working on the four basic principles of purpose, autonomy, mastery and trust, we focus on the rapid deployment of a highly professional infrastructure providing the technical foundation for our fashion platform.”

Zalando Technology at a glance

 

  • Zalando’s Tech Team is located in Berlin (HQ), Dortmund, Erfurt and Mönchengladbach, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland
  • More than 800 employees of over 50 different nationalities
  • Over 70 developer teams across all office locations
  • Zalando platform mostly built in-house, using open source and cutting-edge technologies such as React, Scala, Python, Cassandra, Clojure, AWS, and Docker
  • Five key principles of building systems: API First, REST, SaaS, cloud, and microservices

 
ABOUT ZALANDO
Zalando (https://corporate.zalando.com) is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract over 135 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2015, around 57 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in close to 16.4 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

CONTACT

KATHARINA HELLER
Corporate Communications
katharina.heller@zalando.de
+49 176 1275 9514

 

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E-tailer Zalando opened its new technology hub in Helsinki, Finland

E-tailer Zalando opened its new technology hub in Helsinki, Finland

Weis Markets purchased Nell’s Shur-Fine Market in Grandview Plaza in Hanover, PA

Store will be upgraded and reopen on Sunday September 20. Pharmacy and nearby Weis store will remain open during interim period

Sunbury, PA, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced it has completed the purchase of Nell’s Shur-Fine Market in Grandview Plaza in Hanover.

This store will temporarily close while it is being converted and upgraded. It will reopen on Sunday, September 20 at 6am.

During this interim period, the former Nell’s Pharmacy will remain open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 7pm and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Weis Markets’ nearby store and its in-store pharmacy on South Baltimore Street will also remain open during this period. This store will close once the former Nell’s location has reopened as a Weis Markets’ store on September 20.

“We’ve completed the purchase and have begun upgrading this facility. As part of this process, we’ve hired 70 former Nell’s associates to work at this location,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets Chief Operating Officer. “During the interim period, we will expand the organic, gluten free and natural variety in every department and install some new dairy and frozen cases. We look forward to reopening on September 20.”

Weis Markets purchased the location and its assets from an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. The former Nell’s Shur-Fine location is located at 1424 Baltimore Street in the Grandview Plaza.

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

About C&S Wholesale Grocers
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. is based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products.

Kroger family of stores to hire 20,000 employees

LOS ANGELES, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company, and the entire Kroger family of stores, will hold open interviews on Tues., Sept. 15, for all veterans and their family members. Ralphs is hiring to fill an estimated 1,000 positions in its stores. Nationwide, The Kroger Co. is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions.

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

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

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

“Ralphs is deeply committed to the nation’s veterans and their families, and we continue to seek out opportunities to honor heroes through career opportunities,” said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs. “Ralphs is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career,” she said, noting that the majority of Ralphs store managers started as part-time clerks.

“Ralphs is a company that veterans can be proud to work for because of its robust involvement in our local communities,” said Ken Boatner, a Sales Manager in Ralphs Marketing Department and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “It has given me the opportunity to be part of a team and connect to something bigger.”

The online application requests an email address, employment history and education information and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Ralphs is asking applicants to input the hashtag #HonoringOurHeroes in the “Search by keyword” field at the top of https://jobs.kroger.com/ralphs/when applying online to be eligible for an in-store interview on September 15.

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

About Ralphs Grocery Company
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 209 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company

American Cheese Society: 20 Kroger associates and 8 Murray’s Cheese associates have been named Certified Cheese Professionals™

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Murray’s Cheese announced today that 20 Kroger associates and eight Murray’s Cheese associates have been named Certified Cheese Professionals™ by the American Cheese Society.

This breaks both company’s previous records of 13 Kroger associates and four Murray’s Cheese associates who achieved the ultimate in cheese recognition last year. There are now 52 Certified Cheese Professionals in the Kroger and Murray’s family.

This year, all 28 associates have joined the ranks of an elite group of individuals who have passed the Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam. The exam was created by the American Cheese Society to promote the large and comprehensive world of cheeses and encourage food industry professionals to master the knowledge.

“We are not only proud of these distinguished individuals and their professional achievement, but also of the industry’s adoption of the ACS CCP designation as the standard for cheese professionals,” says Nora Weiser, Executive Director of the American Cheese Society. “The entire cheese industry – from cheesemaker to consumer – benefits from the understanding, education, and professionalism of ACS CCPs. They are a testament to the growth, quality, and passion of today’s American cheese scene.”

Passing the American Cheese Society’s CCP exam is no small feat. Before being allowed to sit for the exam, cheese people must have 4,000 hours of work and/or formal education in the cheese-field under their belt.

“When I started on the counter at Murray’s 25 years ago, the job of cheesemonger didn’t formally exist,” said Rob Kaufelt, Murray’s owner and president. “And if it did, it was certainly not at the level of a chef or sommelier. That is, we were not a profession at all back then. Now I’m proud to say that Murray’s, with the help of the ACS and Kroger, is well on its way to establishing a proud, new, traditional line of work in the food industry. We are leading the country toward a new and respected profession with a formal certificate of recognition.”

Through an exclusive partnership with New York City’s Murray’s Cheese, the Kroger family of stores features 210 Murray’s counters in stores from coast-to-coast.  Featuring more than 175 cheeses and specialty goods from all over the world, the Murray’s counters are staffed by associates who have been trained by the Murray’s experts in New York.  For a list of Murray’s in Kroger locations, please visit www.murrayscheese.com/locations.

For more information about ACS CCPs™, please visit www.cheesesociety.org.

Congratulations to our latest CCPs™:

Stephanie Boyd, Kroger (Nashville)
Aaron Bronson, Kroger (Indianapolis)
Glen Christensen, Kroger (Houston)
Susan Cohen, King Soopers (Denver)
Summer Coulter, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Beth Ann Coulton, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Rachel Freier, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Blanche Ghaleb, Kroger (Houston)
Lisa Griffin, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Carol Johnson, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Kathy Kennedy, Kroger (Cincinnati)
Shelley Knowles, QFC (Seattle)
Jessica Kohl, Kroger (Louisville)
Monty Laursen, Fred Meyer (Portland)
Alyssa Lewis, QFC (Seattle)
Deanna Lewis, Kroger (Columbus)
James Mares, Kroger (Michigan)
Miranda McQuillan, Bakers (Omaha)
Caitlin O’Neill, Murray’s Cheese (Portland)
Audrey Patterson, Kroger (Louisville)
Connor Pelcher, Murray’s Cheese NYC
Shawn Pieper, Kroger (Houston)
David Rich, Kroger (Memphis)
Alexi Sandoval, King Soopers (Denver)
Nicole Smock, Ralphs (Los Angeles)
Michael Veach, Kroger (Atlanta)
Jillian Wilber, Murray’s Cheese (Los Angeles)
Melissa Wood, Kroger (Cincinnati)

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Felix Kubat wird neuer Leiter von Coop City

Felix Kubat wird neuer Leiter von Coop City

BASEL, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Per 1. September 2015 übernimmt Felix Kubat die Leitung von Coop City. Dank seiner langjährigen Berufserfahrung im Schweizer Detailhandel verfügt er über beste Voraussetzungen für die erfolgreiche Weiterentwicklung der 31 Coop City Verkaufsstellen.

Nach 10 Jahren Tätigkeit als Leiter von Coop City übergibt Urs Jordi zum 1. September 2015 die Verantwortung an Felix Kubat. Urs Jordi leitete seit 2005 die Coop City Warenhäuser und hat die Entwicklung der zweitgrössten Warenhauskette der Schweiz entscheidend mitgeprägt. Urs Jordi wird künftig weiterhin für die Coop-Gruppe tätig sein und sich auf die Betreuung strategischer Projekte konzentrieren.

Felix Kubat wird die Leitung von Coop City per 1. September 2015 übernehmen. Seit 1991 war er in diversen Funktionen und Bereichen im Schweizer Detailhandel tätig. Unter anderem war er in den Bereichen Migros-Sourcing- und Einkaufsbüros international verantwortlich und leitete von 2007 bis 2013 den Fachmarkt SportXX. In den letzten zwei Jahren übernahm der 48-Jährige bei der Warenhauskette Manor die Führung als Merchandise Director Leisure. Seine umfassenden Erfahrungen qualifizieren ihn bestens für die neue Position innerhalb der Coop-Gruppe. Der derzeitige komplette Umbau von vier Warenhäusern sowie die Realisierung des neuen Ladenbaukonzeptes sind wichtige Aufgaben, die auf Felix Kubat, als neuer Leiter von Coop City, warten.

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Felix Kubat wird neuer Leiter von Coop City

Felix Kubat wird neuer Leiter von Coop City