Taco Bell drops the drive-thru and opens its kitchen as the brand expands into urban markets

Taco Bell Cantina Restaurants to Open in Chicago and San Francisco; New Design Offers Local Feel, Shared Appetizers and Alcohol Options

Irvine, Calif., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell is dropping the drive-thru, opening its kitchens and using technology to create a new experience as the brand expands into urban markets.

The new design focuses on simplifying and modernizing the restaurant experience and bringing forward an atmosphere as unique as the community in which it serves. The first of these restaurants—called Taco Bell Cantina—will open in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday, September 22, and the second will open in San Francisco later this month.

Taco Bell has a history of development innovation. Founder Glen Bell was an architectural pioneer who differentiated Taco Bell by designing each initial restaurant with easily identifiable mission-style architecture. Bell’s legacy continues to drive the brand’s vision today in creating a new restaurant concept that meets the needs of the next generation of Taco Bell fans.

“These new urban restaurants are a critical part of our growth strategy in markets where people experience our brand differently,” said Brian Niccol, chief executive officer, Taco Bell Corp. “Today’s consumers are living in more urban settings and our new restaurants cater to their lifestyle in adapting our traditional restaurant concept to fit their modern needs.”

The Taco Bell Urban Concept incorporates five consumer trends that balance relevancy and brand authenticity:

  • Urbanization: The Taco Bell Urban Restaurant Concept reflects the Millennial trend of seeking more urban environments to live, work and play. These restaurants are ideally suited to fit in with pedestrian areas without drive-thrus.
  • Digitization: Every point of the customer’s ordering journey is optimized through technology, including digital menu boards, TV monitors and Taco Bell mobile ordering and payment app pick up.
  • Localization: Taco Bell incorporated the local architecture of the neighborhoods each restaurant serves.
    • The Wicker Park restaurant’s brick walls and prismatic glass were restored to help preserve the 100-year-old building. The location also features a mural designed by local artist, Revise CMW, which serves as a nod to the neighborhood’s history as an artistic hub.
    • The San Francisco restaurant, located near AT&T Park, features a patio and mobile pick-up window to cater to the quick pace, tech savvy and vibrant community.
  • Green: The new urban locations will be more energy efficient with systems including LED lighting, use of reclaimed elements where possible and recycling.
  • Transparency: An open kitchen design and food served in open face baskets gives customers a look inside Taco Bell’s quality ingredients.

Taco Bell Cantina restaurants will be the first and only Taco Bell restaurants to serve alcohol to customers who are of legal drinking age. The San Francisco restaurant will serve beer and wine only, while Wicker Park will serve beer, wine, sangria and twisted Freezes. Cantina restaurants will also feature a new tapas-style menu of shareable appetizers – including nachos and rolled tacos – during designated hours each evening, in addition to the full standard Taco Bell Menu.

As part of Taco Bell’s overall growth plan, the brand is on a path to add 2,000 stores to its portfolio by 2022. Expansion plans for additional urban markets are currently being evaluated as Taco Bell is striving to build or remodel around 600 restaurants per year, providing 600 opportunities to do something different and impact the customer experience.

About Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, high-protein Cantina Power® Menu and lower in calorie Fresco Menu. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap®, Biscuit Taco and signature burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have more than 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 42 million customers every week.

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Successful completion of the first Starbucks Inclusion Academy that helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience

  • Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, National Organization on Disability and Crispus Attucks Association, Starbucks Inclusion Academy Program Provides Individuals with Disabilities an Opportunity to Gain Work Experience at its Roasting Plant in York, Pennsylvania
  • Inclusion Academy Program is Part of Starbucks National Initiative to Create Pathways to Opportunity for People Facing Barriers to Meaningful Education or Employment

YORK, Pennsylvania, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has come together with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the National Organization on Disability (NOD), and the Crispus Attucks Association to announce the successful completion of the first Starbucks Inclusion Academy at its roasting plant and distribution center in York. The Starbucks Inclusion Academy is a unique on-the-job six-week training program that helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution roles. The announcement comes as Starbucks® Roasting Plant in York – one of the largest coffee roasting plants in the world and Starbucks largest distribution center – celebrates 20 years of operations, now employing more than 500 people in the community and roasting over 2 million pounds of coffee each week.

“Starbucks is deeply committed to creating pathways to opportunity for our partners (employees) and the communities we serve,” said Deverl Maserang, executive vice president of Starbucks Global Supply Chain Operations.  “Since opening our facility here in 1995, we’ve been on an incredibly rewarding journey, building a truly inspiring and diverse workplace in York. The Starbucks Inclusion Academy will help unlock new opportunities as we look to accelerate our efforts to engage individuals with disabilities who are seeking a great job in manufacturing or distribution. I could not be more proud of our first class of graduates for taking this bold step and of our entire team in York for working to bring the program to the community.”

To mark the graduation of the first Inclusion Academy class at the plant in York, a distinguished lineup of speakers will join a celebration today including: Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability; Diane Bosak, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; David DeNotaris, Executive Director for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; and C. Kim Bracey, City of York Mayor.

“With more than 56 million Americans living with some form of disability, we need more companies to recognize the untapped pipeline of talent available to corporate America,” said Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability. “By collaborating on strategic initiatives like the Starbucks Inclusion Academy, NOD is taking its 30-year record of innovation to help launch effective disability employment initiatives. I applaud Starbucks for finding an innovative way to promote disability inclusion in the workplace.”

Starbucks provides the training facility and trainers for on-the-job practice at its roasting plant and distribution center in York, and is working with the Crispus Attucks Association of York, a United Way of York County Partner Agency, to provide the instructor for the soft skills training. After training Starbucks supervisors on managing individuals with disabilities, NOD helps Starbucks identify the most appropriate sourcing agencies and then works both sides of the equation—employer (demand) and sourcing agencies (supply)—to ensure that the suppliers understand Starbucks workforce needs and provide good screening, selection, training and onboarding of candidates.

OVR refers candidates to the program, who then participate in three hours of classroom instruction and three hours of work each day for the first four weeks. During the final two weeks the candidates complete an internship at the Starbucks roasting plant and distribution center. Each class typically consists of four to ten students. The candidates also receive assistance with job interviews and local full-time or part-time job placement.

“We have tens of thousands of jobs available across Pennsylvania, including York County, but a significant shortage of workers ready with the right skills,” said Diane Bosak, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, which oversees OVR. “It’s time for the public and private sector to come together to connect Pennsylvania’s unemployed, particularly those who have been disconnected from the economy for far too long, with the training they need to find jobs. I congratulate Starbucks for leading the way here and recognizing the importance of hiring people with disabilities.”

Starbucks Inclusion Academy program formally launched a year ago at the company’s roasting plant in Carson City, Nevada, where the company is collaborating with Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) to execute the training program. To date, 21 people have completed the program, with 12 people securing fulltime employment at Starbucks plant in Carson City, The remaining participants are in the process of interviewing for full-time and part-time roles with other manufacturing or warehousing facilities in the community. Starbucks plant in York is its second facility to adopt the program. Starbucks is continuing to evaluate ways to bring similar training opportunities to the rest of its manufacturing plants and distribution centers across the nation.

Read more about Starbucks commitment to access and disability inclusion

Photos will be posted here following today’s event

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit Starbucks stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com.

About NOD
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its Bridges Advisory Services, CEO Council of Corporate Leaders and Disability Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

About OVR
The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, in one central and 21 district offices across Pennsylvania, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis. Services are designed to increase an individual’s independence and employability. OVR’s central administrative offices in Harrisburg provide technical assistance to local district offices in order to improve service delivery.

About the Crispus Attucks Association of York
The Crispus Attucks Association of York, Pennsylvania is a comprehensive non-profit entity that provides education services, human services, community development, and affordable housing that enhance the quality of life for a diverse population. Founded in 1931, the organization takes its name from hero Crispus Attucks, a freed slave and African American who was among the first to die in the American Revolution at the Boston Massacre. Today, the Crispus Attucks Association is a multipurpose center offering a range of services for people of all ages in York, fulfilling its commitment to those in need from all backgrounds and walks of life. To learn more visit: http://crispusattucks.org/.

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Successful completion of the first Starbucks Inclusion Academy that helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience

Successful completion of the first Starbucks Inclusion Academy that helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience

Starbucks White Cup Contests launches in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third in a line of Starbucks White Cup Contests launches today, this time for partners (employees) in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“Our region includes 36 markets and is growing all of the time,” said Victoria Cornwall, partner communications manager, Starbucks EMEA. “This contest is a great way to shine a light on the region as a whole.”

In April 2014, Starbucks launched its first White Cup Contest, inviting customers in the U.S. and Canada to decorate a Starbucks cup with customized art and the winning design would be printed on limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cups. Brita Lynn Thompson proved triumphant with her intricate black and white illustration selected as the winning design.

A year later, a similar contest was announced for Starbucks partners in the U.S. and Canada that yielded not one, but three winners, whose designs are currently displayed on reusable plastic cups in participating North America Starbucks stores while supplies last.

“The U.S. contests inspired us to do something similar in EMEA,” said Cornwall. “We are keen on building a sense of regional identity and this is the perfect activity to do just that.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity from partners across the region,” said Jacqui Wetherly, senior operations manager, Starbucks EMEA. “We have so much talent out there. We see it every day in our stores. I can’t wait to see how partners take on this challenge.”

Submissions will be accepted from now through September 27. EMEA partners may create an original design on a cup, take a photograph and submit the image on Instagram using #emeapartnercup as the hashtag.

“Partners have license to be as creative as they choose. There are no limitations,” said Cornwall.

Partners from departments including Design, Marketing and Operations will serve as judges, and will select the winning design based on creativity and customer appeal. The winner will be crowned at the end of October and the winning design will appear on paper cups in Starbucks locations throughout EMEA for two weeks in the spring of 2016.

“I am certain that I will be surprised by the creativity of the designs,” said Anett Kristyak, marketing manager in Starbucks EMEA. “I believe that we will see an expression of warmth and belonging in the winning cup art that can cross borders and symbolize how unified we are as a region.”

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

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Starbucks White Cup Contests launches in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Starbucks White Cup Contests launches in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Starbucks Foundation donates to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Starbucks commitment to help the communities it serves, the Starbucks Foundation today announced donations to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe.

Instability and conflict has produced the largest group of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons since World War II, according to the United Nations.

“Like many of you, over these last few months I have watched with a very heavy heart as refugees from any number of war-torn countries arrive here in Europe – almost all with no place to go, no family, and very little money or belongings. And, remarkably, many of them children traveling on their own. All seeking safety, security, and a better life here in Europe,” said Kris Engskov, president Starbucks EMEA, in a letter to company partners (employees).

Noting that Starbucks has “a long history of helping those most in need,” Engskov announced support from the company’s foundation.

The Starbucks Foundation will donate $75,000 to Save the Children, a non-profit focused on providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families across Central and Western Europe. Save the Children was one of the first to jump into the most recent refugee crisis, with a direct focus on children.

On a regional basis, the Starbucks Foundation will donate $20,000 to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of respected aid organizations leading refugee support in Germany. An additional $15,000 will go to Caritas, which is doing the same work across Austria and other European countries.

“We believe that donating funds directly to these organizations is the best way for us to support expert relief providers, enabling them to allocate resources where they are most needed.  And, with great urgency,” Engskov said.

Many Starbucks partners are also volunteering in their communities to support relief efforts through local aid organizations.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Carrefour Brazil opens new hypermarket in the state of Espírito Santo in the south of the country

BRAZIL, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last Thursday 10 September, Carrefour Brazil opened a new hypermarket in the state of Espírito Santo in the south of the country. This “new generation” hypermarket offers 20,000 items, of which 1200 are local products, 200 are Carrefour Quality Line products and 1400 are Carrefour own-brand products. The new store has a surface area of 5500 m².

Directly or indirectly, the new store has created 470 jobs. 370 store employees have received over 4000 hours of training.

As part of its multi-format strategy, Carrefour is expanding in Espírito Santo state. After the recent openings of 2 service stations and an Atacadão cash and carry, the new Carrefour hypermarket in Vila Velha offers its customers yet another format.

A “new generation” hypermarket
The smartly designed market zone has sections dedicated to meat, fish, bakery, confectionery, cheese, cured meats, ready meals and fruit and vegetables, all in a spacious, open-plan layout. The bakery section offers 180 items baked on the premises. The butchery offers counter service as well as a self-service section with over 100 items.
A salad bar offers an extensive selection of salads and sandwiches for consumption in situ.

In non-food products, the new store includes a home zone with over 3400 items and an appliances section with all the latest hi-tech products.

A pharmacy offers a range of dermo-cosmetic products and traditional remedies.

Carrefour Brazil now has 33 “new generation” hypermarkets, and the target is 60 by the end of 2016.

A sustainable store
Preservation of the environment is built into the design of the new store. Some examples of the environmental features incorporated in the new store:
•    100% LED lighting.
•    The heat generated by the cold storage plant is recycled to the store’s hot water circuit.
•    Rainwater is also collected for recycling.

And to fight waste, unsold products are donated to local food banks. Store employees can also work as volunteers with local associations supported by Carrefour.

Address of store: Avenida Luciano das Neves, 2.418, Vila Velha – ES
Open Monday to Saturday 8 am-11 pm.

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Carrefour Brazil opens new hypermarket in the state of Espírito Santo in the south of the country

Carrefour Brazil opens new hypermarket in the state of Espírito Santo in the south of the country

Macy’s Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrity guests Mario Lopez, Don Omar and Angel Merino

In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Macy’s brings together “Los Influyentes” Mario Lopez, Don Omar andAngel Merino at six stores nationwide for inspiring discussions on pop culture, music and beauty

NEW YORK, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Hispanic and Latino culture and accomplishments with celebrity guests Mario Lopez, Don Omar and Angel Merino, who have influenced pop culture through their music, lifestyle and beauty expertise. During exciting special events across the country, Macy’s will bring together these three influyentes to share their inspiring stories with customers in live candid conversations.

“Macy’s stand on diversity and inclusion is a clear reflection of the rich cultures we serve in our marketplace. Macy’s is committed to honoring and recognizing the significant contributions Hispanics have made in entertainment, music and beauty through this campaign,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice president of Diversity Strategies. “Diversity is at the heart of our business and we look forward to celebrating these achievements with our Hispanic Heritage Month events from coast-to-coast.”

Mario Lopez is an accomplished host, actor and author, currently hosting “Extra” and his own nationally-syndicated radio show, “On With Mario.” He became an overnight teen idol in 1989 playing A.C. Slater on the television sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” He has since appeared in several films and on Broadway, as well as hosted numerous television shows, including “The X Factor” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

“I’m grateful to Macy’s for recognizing the significance of Hispanic culture in America, and for providing an opportunity for me to share the importance my family and my heritage have played in my life,” said Lopez, who is first generation Mexican-American. “I am proud of my culture and always hope to be a positive influence for others.”

With two Latin Grammy awards under his belt, Don Omarbecame one of reggaeton’s first international superstars with his debut album “The Last Don” in 2003. He is also an acclaimed actor, known worldwide for his role as Rico Santos in the “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise.

“First and foremost I’d like to thank Macy’s for the opportunity and interest in having me participate in such a grand event. A corporation like no other uniting brands of fashion, style and most of all, uniting cultures,” said Omar. “I am a proud Hispanic because it means I am part of a group that has unique cuisines, music, morals and artistic traditions. I am a proud Hispanic because our language has broken barriers and enhanced multiculturalism merging Latino communities while adding respect and honor to the United States of America.”

Angel Merino is an international makeup artist and style icon who has worked closely with the industry’s top photographers and celebrity clients such as Christina Milan, Cassie, Mel B and Chanel Iman. He’s known for bringing out his clients’ dewy, ultra-glowy skin.

Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month events will take place at stores across the country including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, New York City, and Houston. Customers will have the opportunity to be part of a casual conversation with the Latino influencers about their cultural heritage and the role it has played in their lifestyles and careers. Angel Merino will also conduct a live beauty demo and offer mini-consultations with attendees. Customers who make any purchase of $50 or more during the event will receive a copy of Don Omar’s latest album “The Last Don II”* and get to take a photo of the influencers.

*While supplies last

Event Celebrations

Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month events will take place at the following locations:

Macy’s State Street – Chicago – Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Dadeland – Miami – Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Montebello – Los Angeles – Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Valley Fair – Santa Clara, CA – Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square – New York City – Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Memorial City – Houston – Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m.

For complete details on Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events, please visit www.macys.com/celebrate.

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.

Source: Macy’s

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Martha.Gildemontes@macys.com

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Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrity guests Mario Lopez, Don Omar and Angel Merino

Macy’s Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrity guests Mario Lopez, Don Omar and Angel Merino

Amazon Fire TV now with more channels, apps, and games than any other streaming media player

  • Popular new titles include AT&T U-Verse, HBO NOW, Pac Man 256, Orbitz, Quiplash, Tastemade, and Tennis Channel Everywhere; FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner Classic Movies coming soon
  • Pluto TV and Sling TV report that Fire TV devices rank at the top for customer engagement
  • Fire TV’s integrated voice search continues to expand—now includes HBO GO, Showtime, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and Vevo—plus over 10 other services will be integrated this year

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Fire TV now has more channels, apps, and games than any other streaming media player, and continues to have the fastest growing selection—now up 17x since the launch in April 2014. Popular new titles include AT&T U-Verse, HBO NOW, Pac Man 256, Orbitz, Quiplash, Tastemade, and Tennis Channel Everywhere. FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner Classic Movies will be coming to the platform soon.

“Selection for Fire TV is growing incredibly quickly—it has the largest and fastest growing selection of any streaming media player,” saidSteve Rabuchin, Vice President Amazon Appstore. “We’re energized by how many of our customers are discovering new content, and by how excited developers are with such a new platform.”

Fire TV integrated universal search from the very beginning, and customers have loved being able to easily search across multiple services, including HBO GO, Showtime, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and Vevo. Plus, Amazon will be adding over 10 services to universal search by the end of the year, including A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, and PBS.

Sling TV customers watch 16 hours of content on Fire TV per week on average. “We have experienced great results since launching Sling TV on Amazon Fire TV earlier this year,” said Bassil El-Khatib, Vice President, Sling TV. “Amazon Fire TV’s intuitive layout and fast performance are a couple of the reasons Sling TV customers on average watch 16 hours of content per week.”

With Pluto TV customers can flip through the familiar guide to enjoy late night, news, sports, classic toons, music videos and even cats. “Thanks to Amazon Fire TV and its loyal and engaged users, Pluto TV has seen over 40% month over month growth on the device, getting us closer to our goal of entertaining the planet,” said Tom Ryan, Co-founder and CEO of Pluto TV.

“The way people watch TV is changing, but one thing that hasn’t changed is enjoying entertainment in the living room,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “Customers love Amazon Video on Fire TV, streaming more hours of movies & TV shows including our award-winning Amazon Original Series like Transparent and Tumble Leaf per month on Fire TV than on any other living room device.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick plug into your HDTV for easy and instant access to blockbuster movies and popular TV shows via AmazonVideo and Prime Video, live TV, sports, music, and more from popular channels like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, HBO GO, HBO NOW, SHOWTIMEANYTIME, and WatchESPN. In addition, with Amazon Fire TV you can play new and popular games such as Minecraft, Crossy Road, Pac Man 256, and many other best-selling and highly rated titles. Games can be played using the Amazon Fire TV remote that comes with the device, or the Amazon Fire Game Controller. Fire TV is a tiny box with voice search built right into the remote, and a quad core processor for seamless streaming; Fire TV Stick is a small streaming media stick that brings an incredible amount of power and content at a great value—it’s just $39. Learn more about Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick at www.amazon.com/FireTV and www.amazon.com/firetvstick.

About Amazon.com

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 tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Amazon announced the 5 finalists of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors

  • More than 1,200 authors from 37 countries participated using Kindle Direct Publishing
  • The winning Spanish-language book will have the opportunity to be published globally in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio with Audible and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)–Amazon today announced the 5 finalists of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors worldwide who self-publish using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). From July 1st to August 31st, more than 1,200 authors from 37 countries entered by uploading their titles to Amazon’s KDP platform (https://kdp.amazon.com). The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original, unpublished works, in Spanish and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. Submissions were then reviewed based on several criteria, including their commercial viability.

“We are thrilled with the success of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors and proud to have given many new authors across the globe the opportunity to publish independently with Kindle Direct Publishing. Many of the submitted titles have made it to the top of our best-seller lists, showing that readers across the world are interested in discovering new literary voices in Spanish,” saidCharles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “Spanish is truly a global language offering great opportunities to authors worldwide. This year, for example, 60 percent of the submitted titles were from the U.S. and Latin America.”

As an ambassador for the contest and a best-selling author himself, Ismael Cala said: “In all aspects, the contest was a big success. Congratulations to the finalists and to all who participated, for their efforts and talent shown. A career is built by working each and every day with passion, patience and perseverance. This has been a great opportunity for many to fulfill their dreams of becoming an author and most certainly will lead to other opportunities.”

The top 5 finalists are: “El caparazón de la tortuga,” by Lola Mariné from Barcelona, Spain; “Cartas a una extraña,” by Mercedes PintoMaldonado from Málaga, Spain; “La Hija del Dragón,” by Myriam Millán from Sevilla, Spain; “Lazos de Cristal,” by Kristel Ralston fromGuayaquil, Ecuador; and “La novelista fingida,” by Rafael R. Costa from Huelva, Spain.

The winning Spanish-language title will be announced on October 15 and will have the opportunity to be published in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated and published in digital, print and audio formats in English by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for world literature in translation. All the information on the contest, participating titles, and terms and conditions, can be found at: www.amazon.com/concursoindie.

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world. All the novels taking part in the contest will be available in full in the Kindle Store and can be read on the Kindle and Fire family of devices, and free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and on Android smartphones and tablets. Each week on average, about 45 titles out of the top 100 Spanish-language eBooks sold globally on Amazon are published via KDP.

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 tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About Ismael Cala
A celebrated figure in the Latin community, Ismael Cala is a journalist, author and motivational speaker who is the face of one of the top-rated shows in Latin programming. CALA on CNN en Español is an intimate program in which Cala invites domestic and international viewers to be part of his conversations with politicians, authors, philosophers, artists, celebrities, and other notable international figures. He is the author of the best-selling titles El poder de escuchar and Un buen hijo de P. For more information, visit http://ismaelcala.com.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Sears Holdings: Tom Park appointed president Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard business unit

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) today announced the appointment of Tom Park as president, Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard, the company’s iconic brands business unit.

Park most recently served as the vice president and general manager of the Linksys division of Belkin International where he has held various senior level roles since 2004. Prior to Belkin, he served as the director of finance for Walt Disney Imagineering, the arm of the company focused on theme parks, resorts and other real estate development. Park was promoted to vice president and controller of Disney Consumer Products and then to vice president and general manager of Disney Collectibles, which later became Walt Disney Classics under his leadership. He also was senior vice president of Disney Direct Marketing and president of The Disney Store Worldwide. Park has also previously held positions at Unisys, EStyle and MGA Entertainment.

“Tom is a veteran in the consumer and business-to-business technology space,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “His experience at Disney, one of the country’s most treasured brands, in addition to his over 30 years of experience in sales, operations, sourcing and logistics, product management and finance, positions him well to serve as the steward of our brands as we continue to transform our company.”

Park holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.

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

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(847) 286-8371

 

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Netflix will be the global home of the upcoming Anime series AJIN: Demi–Human

The 13 Episode Series will Premiere on Netflix Around the World in 2016

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix and Polygon Pictures together announce the world’s leading Internet TV network will be the global home of the upcoming Anime series, AJIN: Demi–Human. Netflix members in Japan will be able to watch each episode of the series just 3 days after the original linear air date. All episodes of the series will premiere at once in regions Netflix currently operates outside of Japan in mid–2016.

Based on the manga by Gamon Sakurai, AJIN: Demi–Human, published by KODANSHA Ltd., is about a young high–school student who is hit by a truck and dies only to discover that he is, in fact, demi–human, an “Ajin.” What he finds are dozens of others who are also Ajins; all of whom are being hunted and trying to survive.

This deal marks a milestone in how Anime is distributed on a global scale giving quicker and more efficient access to great Anime titles to Netflix members and fans around the world at the same time. AJIN: Demi–Human is the latest Anime title from Polygon Pictures to premiere exclusively on Netflix outside of Japanese broadcast with Knights of Sidonia premiering last summer to strong fanfare.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in more than 50 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix 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.

Contact
Anne Wallin
Netflix PR
awallin@netflix.com

Marks & Spencer recalls Twist & Turn Rattle due to manufacturing fault

LONDON, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following product is being recalled by Marks & Spencer (M&S):

Marks & Spencer recalls Twist & Turn Rattle due to manufacturing fault

Product: Product Code:  On sale dates: Price:
Twist & Turn Rattle  T79/02784/5970 November 2014 – July 2015 £12

M&S has established that some of the rattles pictured have been affected by a manufacturing fault.

Whilst no injuries have been reported, due to the manufacturing fault there is a possibility that the balls contained inside could be released, presenting a potential hazard.

As the safety of customers is the top priority, M&S is issuing a product recall notice for the small number (c.400) sold.

The retailer advises customers to stop using the item and is asking those who have purchased the product to return it to any M&S store (except Simply Food and Outlet stores), where a full refund will be given.

The product recall notice will be displayed in national newspapers, M&S stores and on M&S.com.

For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office: 0208 718 1919

Email: corporate.press@marks-and-spencer.com

Out of hours: 0208 718 2000

Notes to editors:

Any customers who have any questions regarding the product should contact Customer Services on 03330 148555.

If customers are unable to return to their nearest store they can return the item by post to the below address:

Marks & Spencer
CSSC Chester
Chester Business Park
Chester
CH4 9GA

H&M group’s sales in August increased by 1 percent vs the same month last year

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M group’s sales in August increased by 1 percent vs the same month last year

August 2015
The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 1 percent in local currencies in August 2015 compared to the same month last year. Sales in August were negatively affected by the unseasonably warm weather in many of the H&M group’s large markets in Europe.

Third quarter 2015
In the third quarter of 2015, i.e. during the period 1 June to 31 August, sales including VAT increased by 11 percent in local currencies compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Sales including VAT in the third quarter converted into SEK increased by 18 percent to SEK 53,420* m (45,259). Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 46,024* m (38,805), an increase of 19 percent. The substantial difference between the sales increase in local currencies and in SEK is due to the weakness of the Swedish krona against most sales currencies in the group.

The total number of stores amounted to 3,675 on 31 August 2015 compared to 3,341 on 31 August 2014.

The Nine-Month Report, covering the period 1 December 2014 – 31 August 2015, will be published on 24 September 2015 at 08.00 (CET). Percentage sales development for the month of September will be published on 15 October 2015.

*The amounts are provisional and may deviate slightly from the Interim Report that will be released on 24 September 2015.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

 

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Drive-in restaurants chain Sonic reports system-wide same-store sales for its fiscal 2015 of 7.3%

  • Same-Store Sales Growth for the Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2015 Was 4.9%
  • Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call Date Announced

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced system-wide same-store sales for its fiscal 2015 of 7.3%. Same-store sales growth reflected an increase of approximately 6.9% at company drive-ins and 7.3% at franchise drive-ins for the year ended August 31, 2015. The Company also announced that system-wide same-store sales for its fourth fiscal quarter increased approximately 4.9%. Same-store sales growth reflected an increase of approximately 4.5% at company drive-ins and approximately 4.9% at franchise drive-ins for the fourth fiscal quarter.

“Fiscal 2015 was a great year for our business and brand. Our multiple initiatives focused on product innovation, multi-day part promotions and effective media, all of which drove annual same-store sales growth of 7.3%. This is particularly noteworthy given our strong performance in fiscal 2014,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “We also completed $124 million of share repurchases and initiated a quarterly dividend building shareholder value.

“Over the past five years we have driven consistent, positive same-store sales and solid earnings per share growth through our multi-layered growth strategy, which incorporates same-store sales growth, operating leverage, deployment of free cash1, increasing royalty revenues and new drive-in development. We are especially pleased that we have repurchased more than $270 million of outstanding shares since fiscal 2011, representing over 25% of our outstanding shares in that time period.” Hudson continued, “Looking forward, we believe our growth strategy with multiple sales and profit initiatives complemented by new unit growth and our robust share repurchase program and dividends will continue to optimize shareholder value and drive double-digit earnings per share in the near term and long term.”

Fiscal Year 2016 Outlook

While the macroeconomic environment may impact results, the Company expects its initiatives to drive 14% to 18% earnings per share growth for fiscal 2016. The outlook for fiscal 2016 anticipates the following elements:

  • 2% to 4% same-store sales growth for the system;
  • Royalty revenue growth from same-store sales improvements and new unit development;
  • 50 to 60 new franchise drive-in openings, with another year of net unit growth for the system;
  • Drive-in-level margin improvement between 75 to 125 basis points, depending upon the degree of same-store sales growth at company drive-ins;
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses of $81.5 million to $82.5 million reflecting increased investment in human resources to support brand initiatives;
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of $45.5 million to $46.5 million as a result of capital investment in fiscal 2016;
  • An income tax rate between 36.5% to 37.5%;
  • The planned repurchase of $126 million of stock across the fiscal year, with $19 million of the previously announced $145 million authorization purchased in fiscal 2015; and
  • An expected quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share.

1 Free cash flow is defined as net income plus depreciation, amortization and stock compensation expenses, less capital expenditures.

Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2015 Earnings Call

The Company will release results for the quarter ended August 31, 2015 at approximately 4:01 PM ET on Monday, October 19, 2015. The Company will host a conference call to review financial results at 5:00 PM ET that evening. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 455-2260 or (719) 325-2494 for international callers. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 9318637. The replay will be available until Monday, October 26, 2015. An online replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live broadcast. A link to this event may be found on the company’s investor relations website at http://ir.sonicdrivein.com/.

About Sonic
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.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SONC-F

Sonic Corp.
Claudia S. San Pedro, 405-225-4846
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Source: Sonic Corp.

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British Land and Oxford Properties announce two new lettings at The Leadenhall Building in London

British Land and Oxford Properties announce today two new lettings at The Leadenhall Building to global energy company Petredec and Fidelis Insurance.

LONDON, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Petredec, which buys, sells and distributes Liquefied Petroleum Gas, has selected The Leadenhall Building as the location for its European headquarters. The company has signed a ten year lease to occupy 9,970 sq ft on Level 35 of the building.

Fidelis, a global insurance and reinsurance risk carrier, will occupy Level 34 of the building, totalling 10,345 sq ft. The company has signed a ten year lease.

There are now just five floors still available at The Leadenhall Building. Aon and Amlin, which signed pre-lets for 191,000 sq ft and 111,000 sq ft respectively, have this summer completed their phased moves into the building, joining six other companies already in occupation.

Tim Roberts, Head of Offices at British Land, said: “Our strategy to lease the upper floors post-completion has been proved to be the right one, with nearly 200,000 sq ft let since last Summer, and the building achieving record rents for The City of London. These lettings underline The Leadenhall Building’s position as a London landmark in the heart of one of the world’s pre-eminent financial centres.”

Chris Carter Keall, Head of Asset Management at Oxford Properties, said: “The range of floorplates at The Leadenhall Building has given us a clear leasing advantage, and been a major factor in attracting occupiers from a variety of industry sectors, alongside financial services. We have completed 11 lettings since Practical Completion in 2014, which serves to highlight that the decision to commence construction in 2011, has allowed us to deliver an exceptional building into a buoyant occupational market.”

DTZ and JLL advised British Land and Oxford Properties. Ashwell Rogers advised Petredec and Savills advised Fidelis Insurance.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
Sally Jones, British Land 020 7467 2942
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Sally Saadeh, Oxford Properties 020 7822 2844
Andrew Scorgie, FTI Consulting 020 3727 1458

Notes to Editors

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,750 employees and C$34bn of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford was acquired in 2001 by OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over C$72bn in assets. Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, each with investment, development and management professionals who have deep real estate expertise and local market insight.

For more information about Oxford visit: www.oxfordproperties.com.

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British Land and Oxford Properties announce two new lettings at The Leadenhall Building in London

British Land and Oxford Properties announce two new lettings at The Leadenhall Building in London

NRF’s 11th annual Organized Retail Crime Survey: 97% of retailers surveyed have been victim of Organized Retail Crime last year

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail loss prevention executives have their hands full, and when it comes to the organized crime gangs that wreak havoc on their stores, their inventory and their bottom line, retailers are getting more aggressive in their efforts to fight the $30 billion problem. According to the National Retail Federation’s 11th annual Organized Retail Crime Survey, which polled 67 senior retail loss prevention executives, nearly all (97%) retailers surveyed report that they have been a victim of ORC in the past year, up from 88.2 percent who said so last year.

30 States now have ORC laws; Federal legislation still on wish list

Five states enacted their own state legislation around ORC in 2015, bringing the total to 30 states that now have laws against criminals who are found to be associated with an organized retail crime gang.

NRF asked retailers about the support they get from law enforcement in the states where they have a presence and that have ORC laws, and the survey found 15.4 percent of those surveyed say they have noticed an increase in support from federal law enforcement, up from 9.6 percent who said so last year; 43.1 percent say they’ve noticed an increase in support from local/county law enforcement and 24.6 percent say support from state law enforcement has grown.

Because organized retail crime gangs have the means to transport stolen products through multiple states and even overseas, the need for federal legislation is greater than ever. NRF for the first time asked if they believe a federal ORC law is needed to effectively combat the issue, and 78.8 percent said yes.

“Organized retail crime continues to be an issue plaguing retailers, and there continues to be a need to pass strong ORC legislation that defines the issues and provides law enforcement with the necessary tools to help retailers combat the issue,” said NRF Vice President of Supply Chain and Custom Policy Jon Gold. “These vast and often dangerous crimes are not limited to any state or jurisdiction and are why we continue to push for federal legislation.”

Retailers surveyed were asked: In states that DO currently have ORC laws and where your company has a presence, have you noticed an increase in support from law enforcement agencies when actively investigating ORC cases? Check all that apply.

As such, more companies are investing in tools and resources to combat the growing problem. Overall, 47 percent of those surveyed say they are allocating additional resources of some kind, up from 41.3 percent last year. Specifically, the survey found 31.8 percent of retailers are allocating additional resources to staffing, up from 22.7 last year, and nearly one-quarter (24.2%) are adding additional budget resources.

“Even with state-of-the-art technology available, trained employees on the ready, extensive partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and additional resources on hand, retailers continue to grapple with the challenges that come with fighting organized retail crime,” said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca. “Brazen and often dangerous criminals are finding new ways every day to manipulate the retail supply chain; from the docks where merchandise comes in to criminal flash mobs that involve several individuals running into a store at once, the methods used by crime gangs today run the gamut. These new criminal methods are making it even more crucial for retailers and law enforcement to work together to combat this crime.”

Top management aware of severity of ORC

Given the severity and growth of the issue, retail loss prevention executives were asked about the level of understanding they feel top management has of ORC. The survey found 62.7 percent believe senior leaders understand the severity and complexity of the issue, up from 60.5 percent last year.

Retailers surveyed were asked: Do you believe a federal ORC law is needed to effectively combat this issue?

Financial impact of ORC heavy

Retailers on average report they have lost $453,940 per $1 billion in annual sales over the past year. Additionally, the survey found on average retailers allocate approximately $434,032 to specific organized retail crime personnel in their company.

Retailers making a dent in locating fencing, e-fencing operations

Organized retail crime gangs often use fake locations for their extensive operations, including store fronts, pawn shops, flea markets and kiosks. According to the survey, nearly six in 10 (59.1%) say they have recovered stolen merchandise from a physical fence location in the past 12 months. When criminals aren’t using actual locations to house their stolen goods and run their crime operation, many turn to the internet for the anonymity it offers. Over the past year, 59.7 percent of retailers surveyed say they have identified or recovered stolen merchandise from an e-fencing operation.

Gift card, store credit schemes affected two-thirds of those polled

Savvy criminals are also finding ways to manipulate well-intentioned store return policies. According to the survey, two-thirds (66.7%) of respondents say they have experienced thieves returning stolen merchandise for store credit, to then sell that merchandise credit to secondary market buyers or sellers.

For the first time NRF asked where retailers have recovered the stolen merchandise credit cards, and most say they have found them on websites (54.5%), at pawn shops (24.2%) and at check cashing stores (13.6%).

Four in 10 retailers victims of cargo theft

Organized retail crime affects retailers in several ways, and one of the biggest problems happens before the product even reaches the store. The survey found 37.9 percent of those polled have experienced cargo theft in the past year, up from 35.4 percent last year.

Top Locations for Organized Retail Crime Activity

Organized retail crime gangs wreak havoc throughout the country, but many cities have remained top locations for ORC activity for the past several years, including Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. The top 10 locations that retailers say have the most criminal activity are (by rank):

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Miami
  3. Chicago
  4. New York
  5. Houston
  6. Arlington/Dallas/Ft.Worth
  7. San Francisco/Oakland
  8. Baltimore
  9. Orange County, Calif.
  10. Northern New Jersey

About the Survey

The 11th annual 2014 NRF Organized Retail Crime survey was conducted July 13 – August 6 by the National Retail Federation. Senior loss prevention executives at 67 retail companies completed the survey with the purpose of identifying the depth of organized retail crime throughout the entire industry. This year’s survey features responses from executives representing department/big-box stores, discount, drug, grocery, restaurant and specialty retailers.

Kathy Grannis Allen
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

US Foods brings more than 20 new innovative Items to customers with the newest edition of The Scoop

Grass-Fed Burgers, Cuban Pork Roast and Iced Latte Concentrate Among the More than 20 New, Innovative Items in the Fall Scoop

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods brings bold flavors and delivers insights from its own back of the house operations straight to customers with the newest edition of The Scoop. From unique items and new features to the unprecedented look at its product development process, the latest lineup reinforces how the company’s product innovation continues to lead the industry and helps chefs and restaurateurs across the country create delicious menus.

“This is truly a special issue of The Scoop that not only showcases our high-quality products but offers solutions for back-of-the-house challenges that foodservice professionals face every day,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “At US Foods, we’re dedicated to bringing first-to-market products that benefit chefs and restaurants and delight diners nationwide.”

In this edition, US Foods makes it easy to identify key product attributes with the new Benefit Indicators. Located throughout The Scoop, the Benefit Indicators identify important features of each product, including unique flavors, time or cost savings, first-to-market, healthy ingredients and versatility. This edition also introduces Menu Profit Pro®, a costing tool included on the package of select Scoop products, making it quick and easy to calculate cost per serving. Another new feature gives customers a closer look at how US Foods creates its exclusive products, taking readers inside the inspiration and development behind five innovative items.

“We have an entire team devoted to product development, which is unique among foodservice distributors. They spot food trends before they even hit the hot lists,” Guberman said.  “This issue of The Scoop allows our customers to see the journey we undertake to create the exceptional products that they have come to expect from US Foods.”

This fall there are more than 20 new items, including back-of-the-house heroes such as Monarch® Mirepoix Blend, a pre-chopped blend of onions, carrots and celery, Rykoff Sexton® Grilled Mixed Vegetables and Cross Valley Farms® Fresh Diced Mangoes. They are on the cutting edge of convenience and help chefs significantly chop down prep time. The versatile and delicious Rituals® Iced Latte Concentrate, made from 100 percent Arabica beans, also provides a fast, no-hassle delivery system.

The Scoop continues to deliver the bold, mouth-watering flavors operators and their customers have come to expect. Chef’s Line takes the beloved burger to the next level with its All Natural Grass Fed Burger. This juicy patty, antibiotic-free and minimally processed, is the first-to-market nationally in foodservice, giving diners the same beefy flavor with improved sustainability. Combine it with Molly’s Kitchen’s® Shot and a Beer Battered Onion Rings, which offer a twist on the classic appetizer with a satisfying Irish stout and whiskey battered crunch.

The weather might be cooling down, but spice is coming in hot. Patuxent Farms® is heating up menus this fall with Nashville Brand Hot Chicken Wings, bringing a sizzling southern favorite to menus nationwide. The popular dish features a bone-in wing and crispy breading, tossed in a spicy, cayenne pepper sauce.

Cuban-inspired dishes have made their mark on American menus over the past nine years, with a market presence increased by 155 percent. Metro Deli® All Natural Cuban Seasoned Pork Roast was developed in partnership with US Foods Food Fanatics Chef Jeffrey Schlissel, who drew inspiration from South Florida, a region heavily influenced by Cuban fare. The end product is a savory roast hand-rubbed with authentic Cuban spices.

Chef’s Line rounds out the fall Scoop lineup by making sure diners save room to indulge in decadent fall treats. The Rustic Pumpkin Sweet Potato Tart is filled with warm flavors like candied orange peel and praline pecans then glazed and topped with coarse sugar. Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Ice Cream, another sweet delight, is the ideal complement to other desserts or a complete star on its own.

US Foods continues to encourage its customers to share their Scoop-based concepts and successes by posting pictures to social media using the #ScoopTalk hashtag. Restaurateurs can visit usfoods.com/ScoopTalk to see other chefs’ creations.

To see the full fall Scoop edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube. Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at:http://www.usfoods.com/content/www/home/food/scoop/scoop-demonstration-request-form.html

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact
Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the latest installment of its popular “Cultivating Thought” author series

Participants invited to summarize the essays on Chipotle’s packaging for a chance to win one of 500 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readers

DENVER, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced the latest installment of its popular “Cultivating Thought” author series, and with it a new online sweepstakes called the Super Short Book Report. The sweepstakes, presented with Amazon Kindle, invites participants to submit a 103-character book report, based on one of the new “Cultivating Thought” stories, for the chance to win prizes including one of 500 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readers.

The Super Short Book Report challenges customers to not only read the newly published short stories on Chipotle’s cups and bags, but to summarize one story of their choosing. Starting today, participants can submit their “book report” for a chance to be one of 50 daily winners, randomly selected to receive an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. The winners will be contacted on the day immediately following their date of entry. The sweepstakes will run until September 23, and participants will be limited to one entry per day. Entries can be submitted by visiting www.CultivatingThought.com/SuperShort.

“Our mission has always been to change how people think about and eat fast food, and in addition to highlighting our fresh ingredients, we seek to encourage curiosity in our customers about the world around them,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer. “Cultivating Thought has succeeded as an extension of that idea, by not only inspiring new ways of thinking, but by also extending the customer experience in our restaurants.”

Now in its third installment, “Cultivating Thought” was first launched in May 2014 in partnership with New York Times best-selling author and series curator Jonathan Safran Foer. The series offers Chipotle’s nearly one million daily customers an unexpected source of entertainment while exposing them to the thought provoking writing of world-renowned, bestselling authors. The Super Short Book Report is Amazon Kindle’s first-ever partnership of its kind with a national restaurant company.

“Our mission at Amazon is to make reading more accessible to consumers, whether that means reading a few pages on your Kindle during your evening commute or taking a quick break to read during your lunch hour,” said Neil Lindsay, vice president Kindle marketing. “We love finding new ways for readers to lose themselves in a story, which is why we’re excited to partner with Chipotle on this innovative campaign, designed to help encourage reading.”

The newest slate of contributors includes 11 notable authors who have been widely recognized in popular culture not only for their bestselling novels, but also for how their works have transcended the page into screenplays for film and/or television. Among the new list of authors is a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Newbery Medal winner, two National Book Award winners, and five authors who have had their writing adapted into widely recognized and award-nominated films and television shows. In addition to the sweepstakes offering, the full list of “Cultivating Thought” authors, and their written works, will be available on the Amazon Kindle homepage by visiting amazon.com/cultivatingthought.

The full list of new “Cultivating Thought” contributors includes:

  • M.T. Anderson (Feed, Thirsty)
  • Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See)
  • Stephen J. Dubner (Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics)
  • Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate)
  • Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom, Purity)
  • Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Seabiscuit: An American Legend)
  • Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)
  • Lois Lowry (Number the Stars, The Giver)
  • Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children, The Leftovers)
  • Mary Roach (Packing for Mars, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers)
  • Colson Whitehead (The Intuitionist, John Henry Days)

As a series, “Cultivating Thought” has acted as an extension of Chipotle’s progressive approach to food and culture by offering meaningful, thought-provoking, and accessible content. With the series, Chipotle challenges the conventions of the fast food industry by using its packaging as an opportunity to engage customers with original stories. The first two installments of “Cultivating Thought” have included original works from acclaimed authors such as Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell, Amy Tan, Augusten Burroughs, and Neil Gaiman.

The new “Cultivating Thought” packaging is available in Chipotle restaurants now, and customers can also view these stories by visiting chipotle.com/cultivatingthought.

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.

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Retail Industry Leaders Association introduced its second Retail Energy Management Report

Austin, TX, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) introduced its second Retail Energy Management Report, a resource for companies to compare energy management programs across the industry and identify opportunities for progress. The report was released prior to the opening of RILA’s 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference, now in its eighth year.

The 2015 Retail Energy Management Report was developed under the Retail Energy Management Program, a RILA initiative that focuses on two key opportunities for improving energy performance for retailers: financial management and leased stores management. The program’s goal is to develop leading practice implementation models, educate the industry, and spur adoption of implementation models for both of these areas of focus. Earlier this year,RILA received a $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for expansion of its financial management program focus area. The program is sponsored by Schneider Electric, Altenex, and Wipro EcoEnergy.

The information in the report was gathered from a 62 question survey of 47 national retail companies about their energy teams, budget, and operations. RILA used this information to measure the maturity of respondents’ retail management programs against twenty-three energy dimensions, as identified in RILA’s Energy Management Maturity Matrix.

“This Report continues to be a valuable tool to track the industry’s progress in energy management practices over time, and to benchmark companies’ programs. It is our hope that this report helps retailers identify even more opportunities for growth and provides them with the resources needed to achieve their energy program goals,” said Erin Hiatt, senior manager of sustainability and compliance at RILA.

From the results of the survey, RILA identified four notable trends:

  1. Programs Continue to Improve. Even for the activities where retailers are the most mature, continued improvement in the coming years remains a goal.
  2. Energy managers understand the importance of maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders for effectively managing energy consumption.
  3. Retail energy management programs can yield the most results by prioritizing and aligning energy goals with other company priorities.
  4. For each dimension, there is at least one retailer at a “leading” maturity level“As new technologies and approaches evolve, so will energy management strategies and opportunities for research and leading practice sharing. We look forward to continuing to engage retail energy executives as the industry’s energy management programs evolve and mature,” added Hiatt.

You can download both this and last year’s Retail Energy Management Industry Reports at www.rila.org/energy.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Jussi Mikkola becomes Chairman of the Board of Management IIC – INTERSPORT International GmbH

Jussi Mikkola confirmed as Chairman of the IIC Board of Management, Steve Evers elected new Member.

Bern, Switzerland, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the beginning of September, the Annual General Meeting of IIC – INTERSPORT International GmbH (IIC) took place in Sweden. On this occasion, Steve Evers (COO of Euretco Holding B.V.) was unanimously elected as Member of the Board of Management for a term of office of three years. Jussi Mikkola was confirmed as Chairman and François Neukirch as Vice Chairman.

At the IIC Annual General Meeting on September 4, 2015 in Gothenburg, Steve Evers was unanimously elected as member of the IIC Board of Management for a term of office of three years. He replaces Mikael Kold, the CEO of INTERSPORT Denmark, who did not stand for re-election. Steve Evers (49) is COO of Euretco Holding B.V., the INTERSPORT License holder in the Netherlands. He worked in several retail management and consultant positions in Europe as well as the Caribbean and in Central America. In 2010 he was appointed Retail Director for all sport units and retail franchise formulas within Euretco Holding B.V. After acquiring the majority in Euretco by the German EK/servicegroup he became its Chief Operating Officer.

After the election, the IIC Board of Management met for a constitutive meeting and nominated Jussi Mikkola as Chairman and François Neukirch as Vice Chairman for the period of one year.

Consequently the IIC Board of Management consists of Jussi Mikkola (Chairman), François Neukirch (Vice Chairman) and the Members Ignasi Puig, Kim Roether and Steve Evers.

CEO remains the Swiss Franz Julen, who is leading IIC for more than 15 years, guaranteeing the stability and dynamism of the group.

Jussi Mikkola states “In the coming years we will continue our efforts to strengthen the INTERSPORT and The Athlete’s Foot brands internationally and to grow on new markets. The approved updated Group Strategic Plan sets the course for a successful future,” states Jussi Mikkola.

For further Information:

Franz Julen, CEO
IIC-INTERSPORT International Corp.
Tel: +41-31-930 78 03
e-mail: franz.julen@intersport.com

About INTERSPORT and The Athlete’s Foot
With retail sales of EUR 10.5 billion in 2014 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 in 2014. The INTERSPORT Group is represented in 66 countries on all five continents.

SOURCE: IIC-INTERSPORT International Corporation GmbH,

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Jussi Mikkola becomes Chairman of the Board of Management IIC - INTERSPORT International GmbH

Jussi Mikkola becomes Chairman of the Board of Management IIC – INTERSPORT International GmbH

CarMax signs new partnership with NFL’s reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots

Company to Honor Local Heroes Through Bright Side of Game Day Promotion at 2015 Patriots Regular Season Home Games

BOSTON, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today announced a new partnership with the National Football League’s reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. As part of the multi-year sponsorship agreement, CarMax is now the official used car retailer of the team and will be visible to fans and consumers through extensive branding withinGillette Stadium and the surrounding footprint, as well as media, digital and social elements throughout the 2015 season. The company will also be honoring local community heroes and donating $80,000 to area nonprofits through a consumer contest called The Bright Side of Game Day.

“Boston is an important new market for CarMax, and we are thrilled to partner with one of the most exciting and successful teams in football,” said CarMax chief marketing officer, Jim Lyski. “Our focus will be to use this partnership to better serve our customers and fans in the New England area.”

At Gillette Stadium, CarMax will be the first brand to be showcased on the stadium’s iconic bridge and lighthouse. The bridge was recently expanded to four times its previous size to give fans plenty of room to hang out and watch the action while improving the concourse’s foot traffic on game days.

“We know Patriots fans have been asking for the bridge to be expanded, and we are proud to be a part of the expansion to an area of the stadium that provides fans with so much enjoyment,” Lyski said.

“We are excited to welcome CarMax to the New England market as the official used car retailer of the Patriots,” said Murray Kohl, vice president of corporate sales for the New England Patriots. “This partnership not only offers our fans a great new space to gather on game day with the expansion of our signature bridge, but will also benefit our local communities through CarMax’s program ‘The Bright Side of Game Day.’ We look forward to teaming up with CarMax on some of our organization’s community initiatives this season.”

The Bright Side of Game Day is a new contest to celebrate local community heroes who bring the Bright Side to their communities through volunteer work and a commitment to helping others. Fans can nominate local community heroes who will have a chance to win a VIP Patriots package, including tickets to a home game, on-field recognition and a$10,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Eight local heroes will be honored with a total of $80,000 in donations made to the New England community. Nominations are being accepted now at www.brightsideofgameday.com. Additionally, CarMax will partner with the Patriots on various community initiatives throughout the season.

“CarMax is excited to recognize local community heroes who share our passion for giving back to the communities where we live and work. Not only will we be able to contribute$10,000 to the winner’s favorite nonprofit, we’ll be able to introduce Patriots fans to the heroes making a difference in their community,” said Lyski.

CarMax plans to open its first Boston-area stores in Danvers and Norwood in December 2015, and a third in Westborough in summer 2016.

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax makes the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, CarMax stands behind its vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN and RI, 90-Day in MA, NJ and NY). CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at CarMaxstores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of its nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – the company will buy your car, even if you don’t buy theirs. Shopping at CarMax is truly the bright side of car buying.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 153 superstores in 77 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

 

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Catherine Gryp
CarMax, Inc.
804.747.0422 ext. 4029
Catherine_M_Gryp@carmax.com

CarMax announced new partnerships with three top NFL and NCAA teams

Company Teams Up with New England Patriots and Minnesota Golden Gophers; Expands Relationship with Denver Broncos

RICHMOND, VA., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today announced new partnerships with three top NFL and NCAA teams. As part of new multi-year sponsorship agreements, CarMax is now the official used car retailer of the NFL’s reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the NCAA’s Minnesota Golden Gophers. Additionally, as a proud partner of the Denver Broncos, CarMax will build on the success of its previous partnership leading into the 2015-16 season.

“These teams are an integral part of their communities and are proven to drive brand awareness and affinity for their partners,” said CarMax chief marketing officer, Jim Lyski. “Our focus will be to maximize these partnerships to better serve fans by adding value to their relationships with these great teams.”

Each partnership includes extensive branding within each team’s stadium and surrounding footprints, as well as media, digital and social elements throughout the season. At Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, CarMax will be the first brand ever to be showcased on its iconic bridge and lighthouse. The bridge was recently expanded to four times its previous size.

“We know Patriots fans have been asking for the bridge to be expanded and we are proud to be part of this project, which will gives fans a great place to hang out and watch the action while easing foot traffic through the stadium’s main concourse,” Lyski said.

CarMax will celebrate The Bright Side of Game Day in each market throughout the season with unique opportunities for fans. In New England, CarMax is hosting a contest to celebrate local community heroes who bring the Bright Side to their communities through volunteer work and a commitment to helping others. Fans can nominate local community heroes who will have a chance to win a VIP Patriots package including tickets to a home game, on-field recognition and a $10,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Eight local heroes will be honored with a total of $80,000 in donations made to the New England community. In Denver and Minnesota, the promotion will come to life via Instagram where fans will post photos showing how they are enjoying the Bright Side of Game Day for a chance to win VIP packages to home games.

Community-based efforts will be a component of each of the CarMax partnerships. In Denver, on Sept. 22, the Broncos will join The CarMax Foundation to build a second KaBOOM! playground together, bringing neighborhood children one step closer to having the playful childhood they deserve. CarMax also will partner with the Gophers on their Military Appreciation Day and on various Patriots community initiatives throughout the 2015 season.

CarMax is leveraging these sponsorships in key markets for the company. CarMax plans to open its first Boston-area stores in Danvers, Mass., and Norwood, Mass., in December 2015, and a third in Westborough, Mass., in spring 2016. CarMax opened its first store in Minnesota earlier this year in Brooklyn Park and will open a second area store this fall in Maplewood. CarMax has had a presence in the Denver market since 2008 and now has a total of five locations: Loveland, Parker, Littleton, Federal Heights and Colorado Springs.

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax makes the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, CarMax stands behind its vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN and RI, 90-Day in MA, NJ and NY). CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at CarMax stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of its nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – the company will buy your car, even if you don’t buy theirs. Shopping at CarMax is truly the bright side of car buying.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 153 superstores in 77 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

For Media Inquiries Only Contact:

PR Hotline: (855) 887-2915
Email: PR@Carmax.com

Kimco Realty named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

Designation follows recent recognition from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) is pleased to announce that it has been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI), effective September 21. The company is the only open-air shopping center REIT to be recognized in this index after it was selected among a peer group of global sustainability leaders based on its economic, environmental and social performance.

The DJSI assessment process involves the evaluation of more than 3,400 of the world’s largest companies each year and is considered a leading authority for investors tracking the financial performance of corporate sustainability leaders in their respective industries. This is the initial year that Kimco has completed the DJSI assessment and was selected for inclusion in its North America Index.

In addition, Kimco was awarded “Green Star” status for the second consecutive year by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), its highest designation for real estate portfolio owners demonstrating sustainability leadership. Kimco has participated in GRESB since its inception, increasing its aggregate score in each successive reporting cycle.

“Kimco’s continued investment in our corporate responsibility program is producing outstanding results, and we are honored to be recognized by both the DJSI and GRESB for our efforts,” said Conor Flynn, President and Chief Operating Officer at Kimco. “We are proud to be an industry leader in same-site energy, water, and emissions performance metrics as benchmarked by GRESB and look forward to further improving our performance in the years to come.”

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2015, the company owned interests in 727 shopping centers comprising 107 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Chile. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

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Contact:
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

NACS Consumer Fuels Survey: lower gas prices have not significantly altered consumer behavior or attitudes about the state of the economy

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — While two in three American drivers (67%) report that gas prices are falling, lower gas prices have not significantly altered consumer behavior or attitudes about the state of the economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Although drivers report that the national median gas price fell 25 cents per gallon in the past month and 60 cents per gallon since July, only 22% of consumers say that they will drive more over the coming month and only 15% say that they will spend more on other non-fuels items in the coming month.

Declining gas prices also have not yet increased consumer optimism about the economy. Less than half of all consumers (48%) are optimistic about the economy, a one-point drop from the previous month.

Consumers ages 18 to 34 are the most optimistic about the economy and most likely to translate that optimism into spending.  A majority of these younger consumers (57%) are optimistic, and more than one in three (37%) intend to drive more over the coming month. Nearly one in four (23%) say that they will spend more money shopping this month.

Consumers also expect gas prices to continue their slide. More than one in four (28%) say that they expect gas prices to fall this month, the highest percentage expecting further price drops since January 2015.

Nearly 9 in 10 consumers (89%) say that low gasoline prices are good for the economy. But they remain concerned about broader economic issues, such as the recent stock market decline. More than 4 in 10 consumers (41%) say that the recent stock market decline has had an impact on their financial situation.

“Consumers are wary about the economy and even declining gas prices don’t overcome concerns about the wild swings in the stock market,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard. “The survey results show that many Americans do not think lower gas prices have delivered meaningful economic relief to their families.”

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts the monthly consumer sentiment survey to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,106 gas consumers nationally were surveyed September 8-12, 2015. Summary results are available at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Intershop client 4Care GmbH wins 2015 Shop Usability Award with its online store Lensbest.de

Jena, Germany, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Another Intershop client has just celebrated a significant award. Following the success of Mister Spex at the 2015 ECMOD Direct Commerce Award in June, on September 10 4Care GmbH scored a win at the 8th Shop Usability Awards ceremony in the Wellness, Beauty and Health category with its online store Lensbest.de. The Kiel-based online store operator 4Care GmbH, which is part of MyOptique Group, is one of the leading European omni-channel vendors of contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and care products. The company offers comprehensive product information, how-to videos and interactive decision-making aids through its online store, Lensbest.de.

Lensbest.de performed especially well in the six evaluation criteria: look & feel; confidence-building features; store information for customers; navigation and product location; detailed product page informational content; and ordering and payment.

The store was optimized for mobile commerce scenarios during migration from Enfinity Suite 6.3 to the Intershop 7 platform. This was effortlessly executed thanks to Responsive Design. This technology automates the process of adjustment to different screen sizes and, unlike shopping apps, isn’t so strongly bound to specific operating systems. Dynamic loading, implemented by partner company dotSource, also saves time and goes easy on data volume. Contact lenses, care products and glasses can be ordered via smartphone or tablet with ease.

“Since the relaunch, the online store stands at the highest level in terms of both content and technology. It is part of the newest generation of interactive shopping portals. In future, Lensbest.de intends to be an interactive tour guide for customers, accompanying and advising them as they search for the perfect product,” Tobias Freutel, head of e-commerce at 4Care GmbH, underlines.

This is why the new technical features are complemented with the integration of further innovative service content: Lensbest.de is one of the most attractive online stores for contact lenses and glasses in Germany, thanks to its eyewear-related tools and advice videos and information about good vision combined with in-house style consultation.

The Intershop 7 platform proved especially advantageous due to how easily it can be integrated into third-party systems. Intershop’s Synaptic Commerce approach allows for easier installation and deinstallation of third-party systems. This guarantees smooth interaction between the store platform and any supplementary applications. For example, 4Care GmbH links the corporate blog, the ERP and payment system, a credit check solution and a separate newsletter solution to the online store.

In order to exploit further synergies, the new store design developed by dotSource will finally be transferred to eleven more Lensbest.de partner stores. The design can now be managed centrally across all stores using the multi-client-enabled Intershop 7 platform.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Tim Grace appointed Executive VP Global Chief Talent Officer Toys“R”Us

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. announced that it has named Tim Grace as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Talent Officer, effective today. In this role, Mr. Grace will oversee all global human resources functions, including organizational design, talent acquisition, succession planning, learning, change management and labor and employee relations, as well as compensation and benefits. He will report to Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

“Tim is a passionate leader who cares deeply about developing high-performing teams,” said Mr. Brandon. “In championing our 66,000 employees around the world, we believe Tim will help make our company’s culture and talent a competitive advantage, and we are pleased to welcome him as a key member of our leadership team.”

Mr. Grace previously served as Group Vice President, Human Resources, L’Oreal Group, where he led all human resources functions across North and South America. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Schindler Elevator Corporation as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. In this role, Mr. Grace was responsible for human resources in the Americas, and led many initiatives designed to ensure innovative and progressive human resources practices throughout the entire global organization.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Grace held various senior human resources roles at Wise Foods, Diageo (formerly Grand Metropolitan) and in the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University.

To download a high-resolution headshot of Tim Grace, please visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s0dd29d4b5a743689

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

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Media Contact:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Kathleen Waugh
973-617-5888 or 646-366-8823
waughk@toysrus.com

Seafood Steamer now available at Sobeys’ Seafood Service Counters across the country

Now seafood is simple; Sobeys’ new meal solution takes the mess and guesswork out of preparing seafood

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys has simplified seafood preparation with the launch of the Seafood Steamer, a new innovation now available at Sobeys’ Seafood Service Counters across the country. Addressing some of the common concerns Canadians have when preparing seafood, such as mess, smell and uncertainty, the Seafood Steamer is a quick and easy solution to cook seafood perfectly at home every time.

The Seafood Steamer is a convenient, new take on the classic French cooking method en papillote, where fish is steamed in a parchment paper pouch. Customers simply choose their favourite fish or seafood and seasoned butter at a Sobeys Seafood Counter, the seafood is then sealed in an oven-safe, readyto-cook bag. Once at home, customers follow the cooking instructions on the back of the Seafood Steamer bag, locking in aromas and flavours to produce moist and tender seafood every time.

“Many Canadians like to eat seafood, but they may lack the confidence to properly prepare it, or they avoid fish because of the mess,” said Bryon Feener, Senior Director, Meat and Seafood Merchandising & Commercial Programs, Sobeys Inc. “While cooking a fish dinner may be intimidating for many people, the Seafood Steamer takes the fuss out of fish and makes it easy to enjoy almost any kind of seafood. Prepared by Sobeys and made by you, the Seafood Steamer is a delicious, no-stress meal solution.”

Sobeys’ Seafood Steamer is a simple three-step process resulting in seafood that’s tender and perfectly cooked every time:
1. Customers select their fish or seafood from the Sobeys’ Seafood Service Counter, and handpick one of three seasoned butter pats: Lemon and Dill, Garlic and Parsley or Salted.
2. A Sobeys’ seafood expert prepares and seals the selected fish or seafood in a bag to take home, eliminating the customer’s need to touch or handle raw fish, containing the mess that comes along with preparing seafood.
3. Then, the customer simply cooks the bag in the oven or microwave – depending on the preferred cooking method and according to instructions indicated on the bag – allowing for more time to prep side dishes that complement this fast dinner solution.

The Seafood Steamer is great paired with a simple salad or served over a bed of rice, but its versatility also makes it a convenient ingredient for many other dishes. Appealing to Canadians’ desire for easy yet delicious meals, Sobeys has prepared a number of recipes using the Seafood Steamer as an ingredient that can be viewed at http://betterfoodforall.com/Seafood-Steamer.

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

For further information, please contact:
Sara Stratton
High Road for Sobeys Inc.
Sara.Stratton@highroad.com
416-644-2258

Lisa A. Payne to transition Taubman’s CFO role to Simon J. Leopold, Treasurer and Executive VP Capital Markets

Payne will retain her role as vice chairman of the Board until leaving the company in March 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced that Lisa A. Payne will transition the company’s chief financial officer role to Treasurer and Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, Simon J. Leopold, effective January 1, 2016. Payne will retain her role as vice chairman of the Board until leaving the company in March 2016.

“Lisa has been a powerful contributor to Taubman’s growth strategy and financial strength, as well as a highly respected and admired people leader,” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Taubman. “We are grateful for her years of service and loyalty, and for her acumen that has helped to propel our business forward for nearly two decades.”

Payne joined Taubman in 1997 from her position as vice president of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division. During her impressive tenure as CFO, the total return of Taubman Centers, Inc., shares has been 1,254 percent or 15 percent per annum. Her focus on balance sheet strength enabled the company to successfully weather the Great Recession while retaining its cash dividend. The company had sufficient resources to avoid issuing equity at an inopportune time, driving shareholder value creation.

In recent years, she has led the company’s cross-functional innovation team, ensuring that Taubman remains a leader in its operations for years to come. She will continue this work through her departure in 2016.

“I have a tremendous amount of admiration for Taubman’s strong leadership team and its future plans,” said Payne. “The company will have a wonderfully talented CFO in Simon Leopold and I will watch with great pride its continued success.”

Leopold joined Taubman in 2012 and has since been responsible for Taubman’s capital markets and financing activities, corporate tax and treasury, and real estate acquisitions and dispositions.

Last year, he was the architect of the sale of seven of Taubman’s shopping centers to Starwood Capital Group. This $1.4 billion transaction further positioned Taubman with the highest quality assets in the publicly-traded U.S. mall industry – now with 12-month trailing mall tenant sales per square foot of $818 as of June 30, 2015.

“When we welcomed Simon to the company a few years ago, it was to ensure a strong succession plan for the CFO role,” said Taubman. “Through the Starwood transaction and numerous other business matters, Simon has proven to be a prudent, yet progressive leader. This is a well-earned promotion and we look forward to his continued contributions.”

Prior to joining Taubman, Leopold spent 13 years as a managing director in the real estate investment banking groups at Deutsche Bank, KBW and UBS. He has also worked in a variety of urban planning and economic development positions in New York City, including in the Office of the Mayor, the Department of City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation. Leopold holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michiganand an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 22 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469, mmainville@taubman.com

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Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232, rhurren@taubman.com

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Lisa A. Payne, Taubman, Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Lisa A. Payne, Taubman, Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

CBRE Group included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for 2nd year in a row

Los Angeles, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the second year in a row. This prestigious index recognizes corporations demonstrating leadership on environmental, social and governance issues.

CBRE is the only commercial real estate services and investment firm included in the index.

The 600 largest North American companies of the S&P Global Broad Market Index were invited to participate in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Of these, approximately the top 25 percent made the DJSI.

“We are honored to again be part of this prestigious index,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “We recognize the important role the commercial real estate industry plays in the global economy and continuously work to improve our own corporate responsibility performance while assisting our clients and the industry in their efforts.”

Earlier this year, CBRE was included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, which recognizes companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices, for the second year in a row. Additional recognition in 2015 includes being rated one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes magazine, inclusion in Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the third straight year, recognition as a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the second consecutive year and receiving an EPA 2015 Energy Star® Partner of The Year Sustained Excellence Award for the eighth year in a row.

More information on corporate responsibility at CBRE can be found at www.cbre.com/responsibility.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

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CBL & Associates Properties appoints Chris Bursch as VP Information Technology

Chattanooga, TN, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. today announced the addition of Chris Bursch as Vice President – Information Technology. Mr. Bursch will be responsible for all areas of Information Technology at CBL.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to the CBL team,” said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “Chris comes to us with significant experience directing and delivering technology solutions within the financial services industry.”

Mr. Bursch brings with him more than 30 years of experience in IT Leadership within the financial services, and most recently, the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining CBL, he owned an IT management consulting business and held various leadership positions within information technology in the Chattanooga area.

Mr. Bursch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Information Technology from Appalachian State University.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 147 properties, including 90 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.0 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

Hong Kong: Futuristic new Fortress flagship store opens in Times Square

HONG KONG, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — A futuristic new Fortress flagship store has opened in Times Square, bringing Hong Kong consumers the latest technology from new and trusted brands in a high-tech hub where they can try, buy and browse. Our dedication to innovation is behind this pioneering new store format, which includes more than 2,300 fantastic products and provides Hong Kong’s digitally savvy shoppers with a destination for discovery.

“We know that today’s consumers don’t just want to buy the best and most cutting-edge products, they want to immerse themselves in an interactive shopping experience,” said Fortress General Manager Ms. Clarice Au. “Fortress has always put consumers’ evolving needs at the heart of our innovation, and the new Times Square store is a digital paradise, linking the shopping experience with shoppers’ connected lives.”

Open-plan design promotes interaction and discovery
Located on the 8th and 9th floors of Times Square, in Causeway Bay, the flagship store embraces the clean lines and minimalist design of some our customers’ favourite brands and products, and the open-plan format encourages shoppers to move easily throughout more than 10,000 square feet of retail space.

The store is divided into lifestyle zones featuring products such as audio-visual equipment, computers and household appliances, sourced from both new and long-established brands and featuring the latest in technological innovation. Shoppers can try out some of our most cutting-edge products, such as camera drones and 3-D printers, with our specialists on hand to guide them.

Personalised service
Customers are encouraged to enjoy the Dolby Surround Sound private cinema in our audio-visual zone, selecting from the latest digital movies and music and soaking up the experience in surroundings that have been finely tuned by Fortress experts to bring out the best of this market-leading equipment. Personal consultations are available in which Fortress specialists can advise and tailor audio-visual set-ups to meet the specific needs of individual customers.

World-renowned chefs will regularly take up guest cooking spots in the Fortress multi-purpose kitchen zone, which is configured to give consumers a real sense of how products will feel in the home and fit in with their lifestyles. A vast range of the latest ovens, steamers, refrigerators and other kitchen appliances are installed in a way that makes browsing and comparing a pleasure. And, if shoppers feel like a short break while exploring the new store, they are welcome to enjoy freshly brewed coffee and free Wi-Fi at our Coffee Corner on the 9th floor.

SOURCE: A.S. Watson Group

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The 10,000 square-foot store includes more than 100 world-renowned brands and 2,300 fantastic products. The store is divided into lifestyle zones, offering a spacious environment for interaction with customers.

The 10,000 square-foot store includes more than 100 world-renowned brands and 2,300 fantastic products. The store is divided into lifestyle zones, offering a spacious environment for interaction with customers.