7‑Eleven starts the fall season strong with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer

Buy a Slurpee®, Get a FREE Slurpee to Share at 7‑Eleven® Stores Sept. 14-20

DALLAS, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven®’s “Hundred Days of Summer” may have officially ended Labor Day Weekend, but Slurpee®season lasts all year long. And the world’s largest convenience retailer is starting the fall season strong with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer.

The Buy One-Get One Free deal runs every day from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Customers who buy any size or flavor Slurpee drink can receive a second Slurpee drink free. The free Slurpee can be the same size as the one purchased, or smaller.

During the “Share a Slurpee” promotion, both the purchased and free Slurpee drinks count toward the 7Rewards “Buy Six, Get the Seventh Free” drink offer available on the 7‑Eleven smartphone app.

To participate in the 7Rewards program, customers must use 7‑Eleven’s mobile app, available in the iTunes App Store or Google Play, and register as a member. The member’s unique, scannable barcode and digital punch card are located on the app’s home screen for easier use.

“Slurpee is a fun frozen treat, like a party in a cup,” said Laura Gordon, vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “Lots of our customers bring family and friends with them when they stop by a 7‑Eleven store for a Slurpee drink. This offer is not only a great value but also provides a week of opportunities to make new friends with a shared Slurpee. Some might even want to Slurp-it-Forward and brighten someone else’s day with a free Slurpee.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Stephanie Shaw 
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
Stephanie.Shaw@7-11.com

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The world’s largest convenience retailer is starting the fall season strong with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer. The Buy One-Get One Free deal runs every day from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20.

The world’s largest convenience retailer is starting the fall season strong with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer. The Buy One-Get One Free deal runs every day from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Best Buy and teen mentors to help seniors connect with technology

Washington, D.C., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy recently joined forces with two nonprofits in Washington, D.C., to help older adults connect with technology — often for the very first time — with teen mentors by their side.

The company, along with Cyber-Seniors and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, brought together 30 teens and 23 seniors at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The event included a reception and demonstrations led by Best Buy and Geek Squad trainers. Several other employees from area stores volunteered to help out, too, as the event happened during the Best Buy Week of Service.

With aid from the employees, the teens  helped the seniors learn a variety of technology skills, including how to:

  • Navigate through the Internet, create social media pages to connect with old friends, and do research on historical figures.
  • Use Microsoft software to produce documents, craft flyers for events at local nonprofit organizations the seniors are connected to and type letters to family members.
  • Manage devices, including clearing memory from tablets.

“At Best Buy, our mission is to leverage technology to ‘ignite human potential.’ And that’s exactly what we’re doing here today,” said Stefan Mcclinnahan, GM of Best Buy Store #269 (Springfield, Virginia) during his opening remarks at the event. “I spent several years of my childhood in this area, and I understand what these types of programs can do to enhance the lives of teens and seniors in this community.”

Cyber-Seniors began as a film documenting teens who help seniors dip their toes into technology and connect digitally with friends and family. It has since grown into a program with events around the country where teens and seniors come together to experience what technology can do. Best Buy Canada has also worked with Cyber-Seniors.

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Best Buy and teen mentors to help seniors connect with technology

Best Buy and teen mentors to help seniors connect with technology

Lawson starts new services for UnionPay card holders to improve convenience for foreign tourists

Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lawson, Inc. will start new services for holders of the UnionPay card which is widely used in mainland China to improve convenience for foreign tourists. From September 24th, 2015, customers can pay by UnionPay credit card at all Lawson stores in Japan (12,195 stores as of Aug 31, 2015). From September 28, 2015, customers can also withdraw Japanese yen by UnionPay credit or debit card on a newly introduced ATM at about 1,000 stores in Japan.

◆Payment by UnionPay credit card

Customers can pay by UnionPay credit card at all Lawson stores in Japan. By the end of August 2015, there were 12,195 Lawson stores in Japan, including “LAWSON”, “NATURAL LAWSON” and “LAWSON STORE 100” in Japan.

Note: UnionPay debit card is not available yet.

Special coupon campaign for Chinese National Day

During the Chinese National Day holidays, a large number of Chinese tourists are expected to visit Japan. During this holiday season, Lawson will launch a coupon campaign for customers who use the UnionPay credit card for settlement.

Outline of the campaign: Customers who have purchased over 2,000 JPY (including tax) using the UnionPay credit card can get a 200 JPY coupon ticket which can be used in next payment.

Campaign period : From October 1 to 31

Coupon using period : From October 1 to November 7

Note: Coupon tickets will not be issued if purchase of cigarettes are on the shopping list. This Campaign is only for UnionPay Credit card whose card number starts with ‘62’.

At Lawson stores in Japan, the average shopping amount per payment is 600 JPY. Among them, the average payment made by credit card is twice as much, at around 1,300 JPY. Furthermore, in some pre-launched stores where payment by UnionPay card is already available, the average shopping amount made by UnionPay card jumps to about 3,000 to 4,000 JPY.
Foreign visitors going to Lawson stores buy not only rice balls and drinks, but also confectionery and daily goods as souvenirs. This campaign will be able to meet a wide range of needs from foreign visitors to Lawson stores.

◆Withdrawal of Japanese Yen using UnionPay card

Lawson is introducing a new type of ATMs featuring high processing speed, energy-saving and high security. At about 1,000 Lawson stores where the new ATMs have been installed, customers can withdraw Japanese yen by UnionPay credit or debit card from September 28, 2015.

Lawson plans to introduce 1,500 to 2,000 new ATMs every year. Around 2020, all ATMs at Lawson stores will be able to accept both UnionPay credit and debit cards. Lawson also plans to have its new type of ATM accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB and other credit cards issued outside Japan.

Lawson, Inc. is one of the largest convenience store chains in Japan with over 12,000 outlets in all 47 prefectures of Japan. With increasing foreign visitors to Japan, Lawson has improved its in-store free Wi-Fi service, such as much easier connection and multi-language acceptance. We also offer tax-refund services and more goods which are popular with foreign visitors at some Lawson stores. Lawson will take advantage of its store network and make active efforts to commit to better convenience and meet the needs of increasing foreign visitors.

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CBRE report: retail and hotel sectors prospered in energy-dependent markets

New CBRE report finds retail and hotel sectors have prospered in energy-dependent markets, while adverse impacts in the office sector have been limited to a handful of key submarkets

Los Angeles, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a year of sliding and volatile oil prices, the commercial real estate fallout in energy markets is mixed across North America and by property type, but fears about widespread adverse impacts have not been realized, according to a new report from CBRE Group, Inc. Even so, continued price volatility and uncertainty could impede market performance moving forward, the report says.

The retail and hotel sectors have prospered in energy-dependent markets, while office fundamentals have softened due to an increase in sublease space, particularly in Houston and Calgary. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Pittsburgh have fared better due to more diversified economic drivers that are helping to replace lost demand from oil and gas tenants. Meanwhile, multifamily markets in U.S. energy economies have so far been generally unaffected outside of minor impacts in Houston and Pittsburgh.

“Adverse impacts in energy markets, particularly to the office sector, will be restricted to just a handful of key submarkets; they are not expected to manifest market-wide,” said Jessica Ostermick, director of research and analysis at CBRE.

Real estate markets where exploration activities occur, such as in North Dakota, are holding steady with limited space availability. This is primarily due to the predominance of build-to-suit versus speculative construction that met oil and gas companies’ demand for office and industrial space early in the decade.

“The steep supply-demand imbalance that applied to all property sectors in exploration markets is relaxing after five years of rapid strengthening and tight or non-existent availability,” said Ms. Ostermick. “The slowdown in activity is also allowing some communities to catch up with needed infrastructure.

“Low pricing on crude oil and gasoline is largely positive for economic growth and for commercial real estate, particularly in non-energy markets,” said Robert C. Kramp, director of research and analysis, CBRE. “Spending less on gasoline encourages consumers to spend more on other items, which may help retail and hotel market fundamentals. Lower oil-related input costs will also reduce certain construction, manufacturing and logistics costs in support of business investment and expansion—boosting demand for warehouse and manufacturing space.”

OFFICE
In the five key energy markets, office space available for sublease has increased by more than 5.0 million sq. ft. over the past year; most of the oil-related sublease space is contained to a handful of submarkets. Second quarter occupancy was down by 100 to 380 basis points (bps) from a year earlier in Calgary, Houston and Pittsburgh, while occupancy was up in Denver and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Calgary was the only energy headquarters market with negative absorption in H1 2015. Weaker oil and gas tenant demand has yet to stymie rent growth across energy markets—with the exception of Calgary’s downtown market, which in Q2 2015 reported an 18.3 percent year-over-year decline in net asking rents.

RETAIL
Low oil prices have supported a tightening across U.S. retail markets, including most energy markets. The availability rate for U.S. retail declined 30 bps from Q2 2014 to Q2 2015 and availability is forecast to decline another 150 bps over the next four quarters to just below 10.0 percent for the first time since Q2 2008. All energy markets recorded lower retail availability rates from Q2 2014 to Q2 2015 with the exception of Pittsburgh. Houston led U.S. energy markets and outperformed the national decline with a 100 bps year-over-year decline in retail availability. Looking ahead four quarters, Houston is forecast to again outperform the U.S., and other energy markets except Dallas, with a 190 bps decline in availability to 8.0 percent.

MULTIFAMILY
Dallas, Denver and Houston are three of the five most active markets for apartment completions in the past 12 months—together accounting for 27,000 units. Apartment fundamentals in Houston have retreated slightly, with a year-over-year vacancy increase of 10 bps and still-positive but below-average rent growth. Outside of Denver and Dallas/Ft. Worth, annual apartment rent growth in energy markets was below average in Q2 2015.

INDUSTRIAL
Industrial properties will see weaker demand from upstream E&P and field services tenants but increased demand from downstream tenants that benefit from cheaper input costs. CBRE expects that heightened demand from manufacturing, construction and logistics tenants will result in a net gain in (or at least sustained) occupancy levels for the industrial sector overall.

HOTEL
In energy markets, impacts of lower oil prices to the hotel sector are expected to be mixed. As business travel slows, so will occupancy and room rate appreciation in the luxury, full-service segment. Meanwhile, increased leisure travel and tourism will strengthen occupancy and room rates in the limited-service segment. Hotel fundamentals in U.S. energy markets are generally healthy outside of Houston and Pittsburgh, which will record notable declines in occupancy levels. CBRE expects Dallas, Denver and Ft. Worth will see occupancy either slip slightly or increase over the next year while Houston and Pittsburgh will record occupancy declines of 380 bps and 130 bps from 2015 to 2016, respectively.

CAPITAL MARKETS
Investors continue to exhibit interest in office in more diversified energy markets like Dallas and Denver but risk concerns have slowed deal flow (12-month trailing) in Houston, Calgary and Pittsburgh. Class A stabilized office cap rates are either higher or have remained flat over the past year in most energy markets, with the exception of modest compression in the Dallas and Denver Central Business District (CBD) markets. CBRE Research noted in another recent report that it expects Houston and Dallas, which have lacked strong cap rate compression since 2010, to experience little cap rate adjustment—if any—should the Federal Reserve raise the Federal funds rate at some point in 2015 as expected.

Energy 2015: What low oil prices mean for commercial real estate in North America can be accessed here​.

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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Albert Heijn: twee prijzen ontvangen voor de online activiteiten: 1) Logistieke Webshop van het Jaar 2015 2) Webshopaward

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn heeft twee prijzen ontvangen voor de online activiteiten. Naast Logistieke Webshop van het Jaar werd Albert Heijn bij de ABN-AMRO Webshopawards winnaar in de categorie supermarkten.

Logistieke Webshop van het Jaar 2015

De award Logistieke Webshop van het Jaar is in 2011 in het leven geroepen om webshops te belonen die zich onderscheiden door een uitmuntende logistiek. De jury had vooral lof voor de klantgerichtheid, de regie op de logistieke keten en de innovatieve concepten die Albert Heijn met online de afgelopen jaren heeft neergezet.

Webshopaward
Webshop Awards Nederland is één van de grootste consumentenonderzoeken van Nederland. Afgelopen jaar hebben ruim 230.000 consumenten deelgenomen. Met de overwinning in de categorie supermarkten dingt Albert Heijn mee naar de titel ‘Webshopaward 2015’ die op 29 oktober 2015 toegekend wordt.

Meer informatie over beide prijzen is hier te vinden:

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REWE Group baut ihre Hilfe für Flüchtlinge in Deutschland und Österreich

-Erstversorgung mit Nahrungsmitteln, Hygiene- und Drogerieartikeln sowie Winterkleidung

-500.000 Euro-Spende an die Flüchtlingshilfe der österreichischen Caritas

-Caparros kündigt mittel- und langfristige Maßnahmen zur Integration von Flüchtlingen an

Köln, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group baut ihre Hilfe für Flüchtlinge weiter aus und unterstützt Hilfsorganisationen in Deutschland und Österreich bei der Erstversorgung von Flüchtlingen mit dringend benötigtem Material, wie Nahrungsmitteln, Hygiene- und Drogerieartikeln, Winterjacken und Decken. Zugleich kündigte Vorstandsvorsitzender Alain Caparros Maßnahmen zur Integration von Flüchtlingen in das Berufsleben an – durch Praktika, Ausbildungs- und Jobangebote.

Seit Beginn dieses Monats hatten unter anderem die REWE Supermärkte in Bayern in München angekommene Flüchtlinge mit Wasser und Lebensmitteln als Ersthilfe versorgt. Auch über die anderen deutschen Vertriebsregionen der REWE Group erfolgte in den vergangenen Wochen bereits eine schnelle und unbürokratische Hilfe. Der Schwerpunkt lag hier auf der Versorgung der Erstaufnahmestellen mit Hygiene- und Drogerieartikeln. Zudem initiierten zahlreiche REWE-und PENNY-Märkte spontane Hilfsaktionen von Mitarbeitern und Kunden, um den geflohenen Menschen vor Ort schnell helfen zu können.

Jetzt entschied die REWE Group, dass sie 11.000 Jacken, 2.000 warme Hosen und rund 10.000 Decken an das Deutsche Rote Kreuz (DRK) spenden wird; das DRK wird die weitere Verteilung an die Kommunen übernehmen. „Die Männer, Frauen und Kinder, die aus den Krisengebieten zu uns nach Deutschland oder Österreich kommen, mussten alles zurücklassen: ihr Hab und Gut, ihre Angehörigen und Freunde – ihr ganzes bisheriges Leben. Diesen Menschen in Not zu helfen, ist für mich eine humanitäre Selbstverständlichkeit und zugleich Teil der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung, die wir als Unternehmen haben“, erklärt dazu Alain Caparros, Vorstandsvorsitzender der REWE Group.

„Die Verantwortlichen in den Städten und Kommunen sind derzeit stark gefordert, teilweise weit über ihre Belastungsgrenzen hinaus. Deshalb müssen auch die Unternehmen helfen“, so Caparros weiter.

Hilfe für Flüchtlinge in Österreich

Angesichts der aktuellen Flüchtlingssituation intensiviert auch die REWE International AG, die das Auslandsgeschäft der REWE Group von Wien aus steuert, ihr soziales Engagement und setzt – mit einem Fokus auf Kinder und jüngere Flüchtlinge – an mehreren Punkten an. Für die Betreuung von Kindern und Jugendlichen gehen 500.000 EUR an die Flüchtlingshilfe der Caritas, um die Einrichtung von Wohngemeinschaften für unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge zu unterstützen. Außerdem wird die bestehende Initiative „Lernen macht Schule“ erweitert, etwa mit speziellen Deutschkursen. Mit Lehrstellen speziell für junge Flüchtlinge bietet die REWE International AG darüber hinaus Chancen, durch Beschäftigung und Ausbildung rasch Teil der österreichischen Gesellschaft zu werden. Die REWE International AG wird außerdem noch dieses Jahr 20 bis 30 Lehrstellen für Flüchtlinge schaffen und im Zuge dessen auch ein eigenes Ausbildungsprogramm abgestimmt auf die Bedürfnisse der Jugendlichen über alle Handelsfirmen hinweg einrichten.

Alain Caparros erklärt dazu: „Gerade die Hilfe für Kinder und Jugendliche hat für uns einen sehr hohen Stellenwert. Wir müssen schon jetzt an die Integration dieser Menschen in unsere Gesellschaft und unser Berufsleben denken, deshalb werden wir gezielt Angebote für Praktika sowie für Ausbildungsplätze und Jobs machen. Wir prüfen derzeit die Möglichkeiten insbesondere in den Bereichen Vertrieb/Verkauf, Logistik und Zentralen.“ Dabei wollen die Unternehmen der REWE Group in Deutschland mit geeigneten Kooperationspartnern, unter anderem den Industrie- und Handelskammern, den Verbänden sowie mit der Bundesagentur für Arbeit beziehungsweise den lokalen Arbeitsagenturen zusammenarbeiten.

Einbindung von Kunden und Mitarbeitern

Die REWE Group wird sich kurz- und mittelfristig auch um die noch intensivere Einbindung von Kunden und Mitarbeitern in ihre Flüchtlingshilfe-Aktivitäten bemühen. Unternehmensintern wurde eine „Börse für soziales Engagement“ eingerichtet, bei der sich REWE Group-Mitarbeiter melden können, die karitative und soziale Verbände wie Arbeiterwohlfahrt, Johanniter oder Deutsches Rotes Kreuz bei der Flüchtlingshilfe unterstützen wollen. Im Dezember plant das Unternehmen in Kooperation mit Vereinen und Verbänden Feiern, insbesondere für Flüchtlingskinder und deren Eltern, gemeinsam mit den Mitarbeitern. Für die Kunden soll in Kürze eine Spendenaktion in den Märkten in Zusammenarbeit mit einer großen deutschen Hilfsorganisation gestartet werden.

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

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

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

SOURCE:  REWE Group

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes across Scotland are set to “bag” a funding boost of more than £750,000 as The Co-operative today (Wednesday, 16 September) launches its Local Fund to share the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in its food stores.

The community retailer is calling on local causes or community groups interested in “carrying” away a share of the Co-op Local Fund to apply online by Wednesday, 7 October.

It is envisaged that approaching 1,000 organisations and groups across Scotland will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500 from The Co-op Local Fund to make a difference in their community.

In addition to the 5p minimum charge on single-use bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.

Applications can be made until midnight on Wednesday, 7 October. Then, between 16 November and 11 December, the community retailer will give its one million members in Scotland a chance to vote and have a say, from a shortlist of organisations, on how the fund will benefit local communities.

John McNeill, Divisional Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“The Co-operative is a community retailer with a strong heritage and commitment to the environment and to supporting its local communities.

“We are asking the Scottish public to nominate those causes that they care about and would like to see supported through The Co-op Local Fund. The Co-operative’s one million members in Scotland will then have a unique opportunity to vote and say how the money should be shared.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of reducing the number of single-use carrier bags in use. It is also encouraging shoppers to further reduce their reliance on single-use carriers by donating proceeds from its reusable bags to good causes too. The money raised will enable organisations across Scotland to make a difference in their community – together, we will reduce, reuse, recycle, and reinvest in our communities.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Since the carrier bag charge came into force we have seen a huge reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation in Scotland – around 150 million fewer last year alone. This has been a huge success with people changing their shopping habits to take re-usable bags with them.

“This scheme from The Co-op illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food, and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said:

“It is fantastic to see the carrier bag charge raising so much money for good causes, as well as achieving such drastic reductions in the number of single-use carrier bags being handed out in Scottish stores. I would like to commend The Co-operative for their support, and to encourage as many projects and local good causes as possible to apply in order for their communities to benefit from a share of the funds”.

The Co-operative has seen an 80% reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation since the introduction of the charge.

For further information or to make an application, visit www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, online electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with around 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

For further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

Seven & i Holdings Co. on track to achieve a record high profit over the full year

TOKYO, Japan, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. forecasts a new record high in consolidated operating income for the first half of the fiscal year ending February 29, 2016, and is aiming to achieve a record high profit over the full year.

To achieve sustainable growth, the Seven & i Group has rejected the conventional Chain Store management, constructed and reinforced a store-led operating framework, and promoted the Group’s Omni-Channel Strategy as priority management policies for the fiscal year ending February 29, 2016.

In particular, the Group has implemented various policies toward improving the profitability of its superstore and department store operations. In the first half of the fiscal year ending February 29, 2016, Ito-Yokado has carried out merchandising reform, sweeping organizational changes, item-by-item management to reduce inventories, and enlivened sales areas through adjustment of the tenant mix, as well as developed new stores and closed unprofitable ones. In regard to the closure of unprofitable stores, the Company’s policy is to close over several years about 40 stores struggling to revitalize after having undergone structural reforms, but at the current stage specific details have yet to be decided.

 

Österreichweiten BILLA Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative: Seniorenvormittage in Leondinger BILLA Filiale

Wiener Neudorf / Leonding, Österreich, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im Zuge der österreichweiten BILLA Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative hat sich die Leondinger Filiale in der Remisenstraße 1/Haidfeldstraße einen Kundenservice der besonderen Art einfallen lassen. Im Zeitraum von April bis August assistierten an jedem ersten Donnerstagvormittag des Monats BILLA Mitarbeiter älteren Menschen bei ihrem Einkauf. Unter den Senioren wurde das Projekt zahlreich und dankbar angenommen.

Seit Jahren setzt BILLA im Sinne der Nachhaltigkeit innovative Zeichen in den verschiedensten Bereichen – dabei geht es um nachhaltige Produktvielfalt und energiesparende Filialen genauso wie um die Förderung der Mitarbeiter, soziales Engagement und umfassende Lebensmittelspenden an wohltätige Organisationen, um Menschen in Not zu helfen. Nachhaltig zu wirtschaften heißt für BILLA zum einen, landesweite Lösungen für eine gesunde Umwelt zu schaffen, gleichzeitig aber auch ganz regional spezifische Projekte umzusetzen und so zu einer positiven Gesellschaftsentwicklung beizutragen. Daher setzt BILLA unter anderem seit 2013 gemeinsam mit seinen Mitarbeitern in einer österreichweiten Initiative „Ideen für Morgen“ um. So werden mit ganz konkreten Maßnahmen regionale Hilfsprojekte und Sozialinitiativen unterstützt oder nachhaltige Konzepte in den Filialen umgesetzt. Die besten Ideen und Projekte der BILLA Filialen werden pro Vertriebsgebiet jährlich mit dem BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award ausgezeichnet.

Bei BILLA in Leonding stehen die Senioren im Mittelpunkt
„Wir haben uns überlegt, beim diesjährigen BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award die Senioren in unserer Gegend einmal in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen“, erzählt BILLA Regionalmanagerin Renate Schwarz. Im Zeitraum von April bis August wurde jeder erste Donnerstag im Monat in der BILLA Filiale Remisenstraße 1/Haidfeldstraße zum Seniorenvormittag erklärt. An diesen Tagen konnten ältere BILLA Kundinnen und Kunden, die zwischen 8.00 Uhr und 11.00 Uhr ihren Einkauf erledigten, auf ein speziell auf sie zugeschnittenes Programm und tatkräftige Unterstützung durch die BILLA Mitarbeiter zählen. Weit über das normale Maß an Service hinaus, unterstützten die BILLA Mitarbeiter mit viel Aufmerksamkeit und ohne jeglichen Zeitdruck die Seniorinnen und Senioren beim Einkauf – sei es durch das Tragen der Einkaufstaschen, Vorlesen der Zutaten oder gemeinsames Beraten bei der Produktauswahl. Zusätzlich wurden der älteren Kundschaft Produkte zur Verkostung angeboten, die für sie von besonderem Interesse sein könnten.

Seniorenvormittag mit Hilfe der ganzen Region
„Der Seniorenvormittag wurde von den älteren Kunden gerne angenommen, da sie wissen: jetzt stehen wir im Mittelpunkt. Unsere älteren Kunden lassen sich gerne beraten und probieren auch neue Produkte aus“, erklärt Schwarz den Erfolg des Projekts. Obwohl der Seniorenvormittag nur in einer BILLA Filiale durchgeführt wurde, haben alle Filialen der Region Leonding und Umgebung zusammengeholfen, um den Senioren den Lebensmitteleinkauf zu erleichtern.

Mit sozialem Engagement zum BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award
Neben den Nachhaltigen Wochen, die aktuell von 7. bis 19. September laufen, in denen BILLA jährlich sein nachhaltiges Engagement in den Fokus stellt, werden auch die Mitarbeiter dazu angehalten sich sozial zu engagieren. Mit dem BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award werden daher jährlich regionale Projekte ausgezeichnet, die einen besonderen Einsatz in den Bereichen Soziales und Umwelt aufweisen. In der Vergangenheit konnten so schon einige nachhaltige Maßnahmen gefunden werden, die durch Innovationskraft und Effektivität dermaßen überzeugten, dass sie flächendeckend zum Einsatz kamen, darunter z.B. das Projekt „Lehrlinge führen Filiale“ oder auch eine Zeitschaltuhr, die Strom sparen hilft. Das Team um Regionalmanager Gerhard Rabinig geht heuer als „Titelverteidiger“ ins Rennen, denn im vergangenen Jahr hat die Kärntner Region den BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award für ihr Engagement für das SOS Kinderdorf Moosburg erhalten.

In der Region Menschen in Not helfen
Nach dem Motto „Verteilen statt Vernichten“ versorgt BILLA seit 2006 rund 140 nationale und regionale Einrichtungen mit Lebensmitteln, deren Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum überschritten, die aber noch verzehrbar sind. Bereits 80 Prozent aller BILLA Filialen haben derartige Kooperationen mit sozialen Einrichtungen.

Bildtext zum übermittelten Bildmaterial:
Bild (1):BILLA Mitarbeiterinnen und Seniorinnen am Seniorenvormittag

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Burke collection appears in public service announcements for QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale”

Motivated athlete and designer of the cee bee CHERYL BURKE collection appears in public service announcements for QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale”

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As all women know, there is a pair of shoes for any and every occasion. This October, Cheryl Burke is lacing up to support a cause that affects so many–breast cancer. Through her involvement with QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale,” Burke is striving to prove that great shoes have the potential to make a true difference one step at a time.

The annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast, which is scheduled to air Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 9 PM (ET), will feature over 150 donated styles of shoes from more than 80 brands. To sweeten the deal, each pair comes with a charitable perk. Shoes will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price** benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions, giving shoppers a feel-good reason to make a purchase.

“I am very grateful to be championing an initiative supporting the fight against a disease that has impacted so many lives, including those in my own family,” commented Burke. “As a woman, this cause is especially important to me because it empowers women to shop for something that will make themselves and others feel good.”

As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, this event has generated more than $47 million, to date, for breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Each October, QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York come together to stand in solidarity for an important mission,” says Mike George, President and CEO, QVC. “We are honored to have Cheryl Burke’s support this year to help promote and spread awareness for such an important cause. Her effervescent personality combined with a sheer gusto for life will leave shoppers feeling excited and inspired to participate.”

“We are delighted to have Cheryl Burke on our team, lending her passion, style and commitment to our vital cause,” says Ron Fromm, FFANY‘s President and CEO. “Cheryl’s vivacious leadership as our 2015 PSA spokesperson will help make this year’s campaign and event successful, putting more dollars into discovery from coast to coast.”

Beneficiaries for the 2015 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Those wishing to support cutting-edge research at these organizations can go to ffany.org to make contributions and find out ways to join in and be part of this important effort.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.
**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 340 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About FFANY and its Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation
The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation was created to support ongoing research and education programs in the fight against breast cancer and is supported by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Donated footwear is sold on live television through QVC during the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s annual charity benefit,QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.” Funds are distributed to leading breast cancer research and education institutions across the United States, including beneficiaries for the 2015 event: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation makes its home at 274 Madison Avenue, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10016, www.FFANY.org.

SOURCE: QVC, Inc.

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Cheryl Burke collection appears in public service announcements for QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale"

Cheryl Burke collection appears in public service announcements for QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale”

Kingfisher supporting partner of the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors’ ceremony

LONDON, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher plc is a supporting partner of the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors’ ceremony being held tonight at Claridges in central London.

The everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme each year recognises 12 outstanding women in retail. The Ambassadors are at all stages of their careers and include high-performers, those who inspire success in others and exceptional team leaders. 

In 2014, Clare Wardle, Kingfisher’s Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, was named as an everywoman in Retail Ambassador for inspiring success in others. In 2013 Clare established the Kingfisher Women’s Network. Involving both men and women from across the company, the network aims to help women across the company to achieve their potential. Clare is also a mentor to women both within and outside of Kingfisher. Prior to working at Kingfisher, Clare rose the ranks quickly to hold senior legal positions at Tube Lines, Post Office and Royal Mail.

Commenting on championing women in the workplace, Clare said: “Whilst you can argue that companies should be able to see the value of women in business without specs, these awards are a brilliant concept because they showcase what success can look like at all ages and stages of a career in retail.”

“It is important that everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential, and I am particularly passionate about helping women find ways to do that. It can be as simple as reminding someone of how their body language is perceived by others, to helping someone to expand their network or becoming a mentor.”

“Women account for half our customers and make around three quarters of home improvement decisions. Over 40% of Kingfisher’s main board are women and we recognise the importance of building a pipeline of management talent. We are therefore proud to support this important event championing women in retail.”

Clare’s advice on reaching your potential

  • Believe in yourself – If you back yourself you will get there.
  • Enjoy what you do – At job interviews, think about what those people will be like to work for.
  • Go for it – When faced with a potentially challenging but attractive opportunity, instead of thinking ‘I probably couldn’t do that’, think ‘maybe I’d like to do that’. Don’t fall back into your comfort zone.
  • Use your network inside and outside of work – The role I had at Tube Lines, and the role I have at Kingfisher, was the result of a connection I’d made some time before. If you don’t know what to do next, reach out and ask someone who has. Most people are incredibly generous with their time and advice.
  • Learn from your mistakes – don’t let them deter you from trying something new.

Most memorable piece of advice received 

“I wanted to be more effective in the boardroom. I was told simply to ‘sit up straight, don’t put your head on one side and look them in the eye’. It worked. Sometimes we just need to look a bit tougher.”

Watch an interview with Clare Wardle, filmed after the 2014 everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme event  http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2014-10-30/women-who-clare-wardle-a-champion-of-the-board-room

Media
3 Sheldon Square
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W2 6PX

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7372 8008
pressenquiries@kingfisher.com

Nigel Cope
Head of Media Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7372 8008
nigel.cope@kingfisher.com

Isabelle Thomas
Media Relations Manager (Interim)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7372 8008
isabelle.thomas@kingfisher.com

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

Cold Stone Creamery UAE won Superbrands® Excellence in Branding Award for 2015

Cold Stone Creamery Named for Excellence in Branding

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) is excited to announce the Master Franchisee of the Middle East region, Apparel FZCO, has been presented with the well-regarded Superbrands® Excellence in Branding Award for 2015. The company has now received the award for two consecutive years. The award was accepted at the Superbrands Tribute Event on June 15 (2015) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In addition to the Excellence in Branding Award, Apparel FZCO also won Customer Service Awards in 2013 and 2014, deeming them the leader in the industry for customer service in the Middle East region.

Under the leadership of Mr. Nilesh Ved, Apparel FZCO opened its first Cold Stone Creamery in 2007 in Dubai Festival City, UAE. Apparel FZCO has over 54 international brands and over 1,000 stores all over the GCC with locations in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Superbrands organization recognizes exceptional brands and promotes the discipline of branding. The award for Excellence in Branding rewards Cold Stone Creamery for keeping Dubai at the cutting edge of customer service.

“It is an honor to be voted as a highly praised Superbrand,” said Eddy Jimenez, vice president of international operations and development at Cold Stone Creamery. “I am extremely proud of the brand, as the award is a powerful endorsement and evidence for existing customers, potential customers, the media, suppliers, investors, and employees of the brand’s exceptional status.”

Although the brand is a successful business in a variety of aspects, Cold Stone Creamery prides itself on giving its customers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®. Cold Stone Creamery uses this “Experience Factor” to make their guests’ visits more than just eating delicious ice cream. The brand is proud of its employees who exemplify a great amount of ‘entertainment factor,’ such as singing, tossing, and catching ice cream before serving the ‘Made Fresh Daily’ ice cream Creations™ to guests.

As a matter of fact, Alex Pano, crew member at the Cold Stone Creamery in Doha, Qatar, has shown off his Experience Factor in a video on YouTube®. Not only does Pano exemplify his expertise by tossing spades and ice cream through the air, but he also manages to create a song with the spades, as if he is playing the drums. The video has over 865,000 views. To watch the video, click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG1C3CJL8hQ.

With over 300 international locations in 26 countries, Cold Stone Creamery continues to grow. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the company opened its first international store in Tokyo, Japan. As the brand’s prevalence abroad increases, The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience is able to reach many ice cream lovers worldwide.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by Kahala Brands™, parent company of one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 16 quick-service restaurant brands. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 26 countries.

About “Made Fresh”
In Cold Stone Creamery locations across the world, our ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. We start with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make our ice cream fresh in the back of each of our stores. This small-batch process ensures our customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit a Cold Stone Creamery store.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

 

PVH: Van Heusen launches the Flex Collar men’s dress-shirt designed with exclusive technology

NEW YORK, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH), the owner of the Van Heusen brand, today announced the launch of the Flex Collarmen’s dress-shirt designed with exclusive technology to provide men with an additional half inch of expanding collar comfort without wrinkling or compromising the collar structure.

“We believe the Flex Collarshirt will be a game changer within the dress shirt category and are extremely proud to bring this shirt to consumers across the country,” said David Sirkin, President of Dress Shirts atPVH Corp. “The Van Heusenbrand has been known for bringing innovation to dress shirts for almost 100 years and we are committed to continuing to do so.”

In development for nearly two years, the Flex Collarshirt, developed in partnership with Talon International, Inc. utilizes Talon’s proprietary TekFitstretch technology, which transforms an otherwise non-stretchable fabric into a fabric with the ability to stretch and recover without compromising the style, look or feel of the garment.

A comprehensive 360-degree marketing campaign will support the launch of theVan Heusen Flex Collar shirt this fall and is anchored by a national commercial highlighting iconic tight collar moments from classic movies to popular TV shows. The spot will premiere on CBS Sunday, September 20th during the 1pm (EST) national football broadcast. Further, as a long-time sponsor of the New York Giants, Van Heusen will unveil branded in-stadium creative and various digital shorts shot at MetLife Stadium starring running back Rashad Jennings, guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, linebacker Devon Kennard, defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and New York Giants’ legend Jessie Armstead. The unique and humorous videos showcase the players in situations where extra space equals more comfort and will be shown on local New Yorkmedia and across the brand’s social media channels.

Longtime Van Heusen spokesmen, Steve Young and Jerry Rice, along with fellow gridiron great, Merril Hoge, will be leveraged in the print and online elements of the campaign. Fans can watch the campaign come to life across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and can follow and join the conversation using the dedicated hashtag – #FlexCollar.

Van Heusen Flex Collar shirts are available now at key retailers including JCPenney, Kohl’s, and Macy’s.

About PVH
PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW,Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands, including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene,Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Kors, Sean John,Chaps and Ike Behar.

Source: PVH Corp.

Media:
UEG for Van Heusen
Matt McCullough, 212-642-7706
matt.mccullough@uegworldwide.com
or
Investor:
Dana Perlman, 212-381-3502
Treasurer, Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

 

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PVH: Van Heusen launches the Flex Collar men’s dress-shirt designed with exclusive technology

PVH: Van Heusen launches the Flex Collar men’s dress-shirt designed with exclusive technology

Staples named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 12th year in a row

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today that it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 12th year in a row. Staples was once again recognized for its continued journey toward sustainability leadership.

A leading global benchmark for corporate sustainability, the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (“DJSI”), is a partnership between RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. RobecoSAM continuously raises the bar to identify the most sustainable companies in the world, while encouraging companies to improve their sustainability practices.

“We are committed to reducing our own impact on the environment,” said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs. “We’re offering more eco-conscious products and ethically sourced products from our suppliers to improve our overall sustainability. Additionally, we are offering end of life solutions for customers to encourage them to recycle their electronic waste and report on their purchases to help them operate their businesses sustainably and lessen their impact on the planet.”

As a result of its continued commitment toward sustainability, Staples has been recognized for its positive environmental practices. Recent highlights include:

  • Part of the 2014 Global 100 Sustainability Index, one of the top measures in corporate sustainability analysis, published by Corporate Knights, a media, research and investment advisory company.
  • Named to Newsweek’s 2014 Green Rankings Top 100 U.S. companies list.
  • Winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 US companies with installed solar power capacity by the Solar Means Business 2014 report.
  • Recognized by the EPA for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice products.
  • Staples Canada named to Corporate Knight’s 2014 Top Foreign Corporate Citizens list.
  • Staples Canada’s Superpower your School Contest won the Canadian Office Products Association (COPA) Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Program.
  • For offering over 100 Zero Waste Boxes on staples.ca, and their commitment to giving customers the ability to recycle more products than ever before, Staples Canada and TerraCycle have earned a 2015 Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader.

To learn more about Staples sustainability priorities visit: www.staples.com/environment

For additional information on the DJSI, please visit: http://www.sustainability-indices.com/ and http://www.djindexes.com/sustainability/

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

Source: Staples

Staples
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249
shweta.agarwal@staples.com

Zalando will start construction of its fourth self-operating logistics center in Germany

  • Construction planned to start in October 2015, test operations will begin in autumn 2016
  • Zalando to create up to 1,000 new jobs
  • Focus on markets in South Germany, Switzerland and France

BERLIN, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando, the leading online platform for fashion in Europe, will start construction of its fourth self-operating logistics center in Germany this October. The company will partner with Goodman, the developer, investor and manager of the site, to build a property of 130,000 square meters. This will allow Zalando to serve customers in Southern Germany, Switzerland and France even faster, and to meet the further increasing demand for ecommerce. Test operations for the new site are planned for as early as autumn 2016. Zalando plans to create about 1,000 jobs at the site located in the Upper Rhine region.

“Customers are in the core of our work and we invest in numerous measures to further drive their satisfaction. Zalando Logistics plays a central role as one of our main competencies in our future development,” said David Schröder, Senior Vice President Operations at Zalando SE.

Lahr was chosen over a range of other German locations in the search process. “Our decision is based on a reliable cooperation with the state of Baden-Württemberg, the municipal development company IGZ and the city of Lahr. Likewise, Lahr’s strong geographical location and infrastructure strongly influenced our decision,” Schröder added.

Dr. Wolfgang Müller, Mayor of Lahr, added: “I am excited to announce this next step by Zalando and the decision to come to Lahr. It highlights how attractive the airport area and the location Lahr is in overall for new investors.”

As with the first two self-operated logistics centers in Erfurt and Mönchengladbach, Zalando will collaborate with logistics property group Goodman on the development of the new site in Lahr. Jordan Corynen, Regional Director DACH at Goodman, said: “This development in Lahr will enable the successful continuation of our collaboration with Zalando. This time the new property will not be built on a greenfield site, but will see the conversion of a 185,000 square meter former military site. We have now developed more than one million square meters of logistics space for online trading in Germany.”

Details regarding the building and recruiting process will be presented in the coming months. More information about Zalando logistics can be found here: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/our-responsibility-p#fc-433.

Zalando logistics at a glance

Zalando operates its own logistics centers in:
Brieselang since 2011, 25.000 m²,  existing real estate
Erfurt since 2012, 125.000 m²,  developed by Goodman
Mönchengladbach since 2013, 125.000 m²,  developed by Goodman
Lahr from autumn 2016, 130.000 m²,  developed by Goodman
Zalando currently employs over 5,000 people in its logistics centers.
Since the end of 2014, Zalando dispatches every delivery through its self-operated logistics centers.

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

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

CONTACT:
Matteo Bovio
Corporate Communications
matteo.bovio@zalando.it
+49 30 200 088 512

Dion Rooney appointed Executive Vice President HBC Digital

TORONTO, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company is pleased to announce today the appointment of Dion Rooney to Executive Vice President, HBC Digital. Mr. Rooney will be responsible for leading the HBC Digital business and delivering an exceptional online experience across all banners. Mr. Rooney joins HBC’s Executive Leadership Team and will report directly to the Office of the Chairman.

“With digital commerce transforming the shopping experience, we are committed to continuously evolving our all-channel experience and enabling our customers to buy anywhere and ship anywhere. Dion’s proven success in developing global e-commerce strategies and achieving significant growth through all-channel retailing will help us realize best-in-class performance as we continue to invest in our digital business,” said Jerry Storch, CEO, Hudson’s Bay Company.

Mr. Rooney brings more than 30 years of senior experience in the information technology field, with deep roots in e-commerce, omni-channel retailing and supply chain, and a proven track record as a transformational business leader. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Rooney served as Chief Information Officer of Toys “R” Us, where he was instrumental in building a global state-of-the-art omni-channel offering. He has been at the leading edge in developing e-commerce strategies and building digital businesses for over a decade.

Mr. Rooney holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Stillman School of Businessat Seton Hall University.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s longest continually operated company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners – Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent department store with 90 full-line locations, two outlet stores and thebay.com. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and lordandtaylor.com.Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 38 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and saks.com. OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 86 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. Home Outfitters is Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 66 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

Hudson’s Bay Company
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184
Director, External Communications
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

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Former Nell’s location in the Grandview Plaza in Hanover will reopen as a Weis Markets’ store on September 20

Upgraded store has expanded variety and now offers online shopping with in-store pick-up

Sunbury and Hanover, PA,  2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sunday September 20 at 6am, the former Nell’s location in the Grandview Plaza in Hanover will reopen as a Weis Markets’ store, replacing its existing unit on South Baltimore Street which closes permanently on Saturday September 19 at the end of business.

The Grandview Plaza store, which was closed for three weeks during the conversion and upgrade, now offers expanded organic, gluten free and natural variety in every department. This store will also offer on-line shopping with in-store pickup as will its Carlisle Street store.

As part of the transition, Weis Markets has hired 70 former Nell’s associates who worked at this location.

“We can’t wait to welcome our customers on Sunday. In just three weeks, we’ve expanded our store’s variety, put in more energy efficient frozen and refrigerated cases and added online shopping with in-store pickup,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets’ Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing. “Our new store offers an improved shopping experience. In the coming months, we will continue to upgrade this store while it is open. As part of this ongoing project, we hope to open, pending PLCB approval, a beer café in our Grandview plaza location.”
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

SOURCE: Weis Markets,

TJX Companies announced $.21 per share quarterly dividend on its common stock

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) today announced the declaration of a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.21 per share payable December 3, 2015, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2015.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of August 1, 2015, the end of the Company’s second quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,461 stores in seven countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Austria, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,130 T.J. Maxx, 990 Marshalls, 503 HomeGoods and 6 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 240 Winners, 97 HomeSense, and 39 Marshalls stores in Canada; and 423 T.K. Maxx and 33 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.
Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

H‑E‑B adds the newest Spur, LaMarcus Aldridge, to its award‑winning television commercials

SAN ANTONIO, TX, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — H‑E‑B today announced the addition of the newest Spur, LaMarcus Aldridge, to the retailer’s award‑winning television commercials. LaMarcus will join the line‑up alongside teammates Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. The commercials may also include other surprise appearances by other players this year.

“Like his teammates, LaMarcus brings a unique flavor and community commitment to San Antonio and we are excited to introduce him to Spurs fans through our commercials,” said Cory Basso, H‑E‑B Group Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. “For the past 10 years H‑E‑B customers have enjoyed connecting with the Spurs through their passion for H‑E‑B products. Customers and fans alike look forward to our commercials every year to open the basketball season.”

View past H‑E‑B Spurs commercials:

 

Paul N. Hopkins and Kenneth I. Tuchman join Smart & Final Stores board of directors

COMMERCE, Calif., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SFS) today announced the elections of Paul N. Hopkins and Kenneth I. Tuchman to its board of directors (the “Board”), effective today.

Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I’m pleased that Paul and Ken are joining our board of directors, adding extensive and diverse strategic expertise that will complement our current Board and support the Smart & Final leadership team.  We look forward to their insights and contributions as we continue our strong store growth program.”

Mr. Hopkins is the former Chairman of the board of directors of Farmers Group, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of its Americas operations, including Latin America and shared services operations.  Mr. Hopkins served Farmers Group in a wide range of executive leadership roles from 1978 until his retirement in 2011.  He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and the advanced executive education program of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and holds an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Mr. Tuchman is currently Vice Chairman of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets’ investment and corporate banking groups, a role he has held since 2010.  He has extensive experience in the consumer and retail sectors including previous positions as vice chairman at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, chairman of global banking Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort, and co-head of global M&A and head of consumer and retail sectors at Lehman Brothers.  Mr. Tuchman is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo, and holds MBA and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Tuchman also serves on the board of Gordmans Stores, Inc., a department store chain.

Concurrent with their elections to the Board, Mr. Hopkins was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board, and Mr. Tuchman was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.  Effective upon these appointments, the previously announced resignation of Richard A. Anicetti from the Board and each of its committees became effective, and Dennis T. Gies resigned as a member of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Gies continues to serve on the Board and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value and quality-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The Company is headquartered in Commerce (located in Los Angeles), CA, where it was founded over 140 years ago.  As of June 14, 2015, the Company operated 263 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final”, “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical information contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. These factors are discussed in the “Risk Factors,” “Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Business” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or how they may affect it. The Company has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

SOURCE Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

The Home Depot announced three facility openings to support its online business

Other openings include technology center and online customer service facility

ATLANTA, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced three facility openings to support its online business, information technology transformation and overall interconnected retail strategy.

Today, the company will officially open its third and largest of three new direct fulfillment centers to support the continued growth of its online sales, which now account for approximately five percent of total revenues. The new 1.6 million square foot facility is located in Troy Township, Ohio and is expected to eventually employ 500.

The company opened two other direct fulfillment centers last year; one in Locust Grove, Ga., just outside Atlanta, and another in Perris, Calif. These new facilities enable the company to deliver 90 percent of Home Depot online orders of regionally stocked parcel items in two business days or less using economical ground delivery service.

The company also announced that in October it will officially open its new Marietta Technology Center, a 200,000 square foot office complex in Marietta, Ga. for approximately 1,000 information technology associates, with the expectation of eventually adding an additional 500 IT jobs at this location. Since 2007, the company has aggressively enhanced its IT capabilities in conjunction with its supply chain and merchandising transformations.

In November, the company will open a third Online Customer Care operation in Tempe, Az., bringing 800 new jobs to that community. This will be the third online customer service operation dedicated to the online business. In 2012, the company opened two other online customer service centers; one in Kennesaw, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, and another in Ogden, Utah, just outside Salt Lake City.

“These investments are advancing our interconnected retail strategy, which allows our customers to engage with Home Depot however they choose,” said Craig Menear, Chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. “We’re also pleased to contribute to the economic growth of these communities.”

Digital Newsroom Mark Holifield, executive vice president – supply chain and product development for The Home Depot, takes a closer look at the new direct fulfilment center on The Home Depot’s digital newsroom.

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

For more information, contact:
Financial Community
Diane Dayhoff Stephen Holmes
Vice President – Investor Relations
770-384-2666 770-384-5075
diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com

News Media
Stephen Holmes
Director – Corporate Communications
770-384-5075
stephen_holmes@homedepot.com

Ralphs Grocery Company re-opened its newest remodeled store in Westwood Village

WESTWOOD, Calif., 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company has announced the grand re-opening of its newest remodeled store at 10861 Le Conte in Westwood Village on Friday, September 18. To celebrate, Ralphs is hosting a grand re-opening ribbon cutting on September 18 at 8 a.m. The new store at 10861 Le Conte Avenue is open 24 hours.

The remodeled Westwood Village Ralphs is approximately 93,400 square feet, including an expansion of more than 50,000 square feet to allow for a larger selection of products and services for customers. The store is the largest Ralphs in Southern California and will employ approximately 340 full- and part-time associates, including 150 newly-hired associates from the community.

In addition to providing top-quality grocery selections, the remodeled store provides a unique shopping experience, including:

  • A food court-style restaurant area with cafe seating where shoppers can choose from fresh-made entrees and desserts including made-to-order burgers, handcrafted sandwiches, fresh Italian and Mexican foods, pizza, salads, sushi, desserts and more. There is also a juice bar offering natural and organic smoothies and juices.
  • A sit-down wine and beer bar, called the Cork & Tap, featuring premium wines and local craft beers by the glass.
  • A Murray’s Cheese Shop offering more than 175 types of cheese – including dozens of local varieties — plus a wide selection of specialty items including crackers, dried fruit, and an olive and antipasto bar.
  • An expansive “wellness center,” called Live Naturally, with more than 3,500 natural items from vitamins to body care products.
  • A large natural foods area offering bulk dry goods, gluten-free items and other specialty, dietary-specific items.
  • A 24-hour pharmacy providing prescription services, back-to-school immunizations, adult hepatitis shots and flu shots. Free blood pressure and blood sugar testing are also available.
  • A Starbucks with a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
  • A “Money Shop” offering customers a wide variety of financial services, including money transfers, money orders, payroll and government check-cashing, bill payment, pre-paid debit cards, and pre-paid phones.

“We could not be more excited to celebrate the grand re-opening of our Westwood Ralphs,” said Don Jansen, Westwood store manager. “At Ralphs, we focus on friendly service and fresh products, and it will be my pleasure to show our Westwood shoppers our renovated and expanded store and all it has to offer.”

In keeping with Ralphs’ commitment to the community, the store’s grand re-opening celebration will include the presentation of a $42,000 donation to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Other special grand opening events include character appearances, product giveaways and samplings, and raffle drawings throughout the weekend

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 209 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company

Kroger announced 10.5¢ per share quarterly dividend

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 10.5¢ per share to be paid on December 1, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 13, 2015.

In June, Kroger’s Board raised the quarterly dividend by approximately 13.5 percent. Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. This statement is based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statement is indicated by the word “expect.” Our ability to continue to increase our dividend over time, will be affected by our inability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our failure to generate expected operating results. This forward-looking statement is subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Toys“R”Us to hire 40,000 employees as the company prepares for another busy holiday shopping season

Holiday Workforce to Join Seasoned #ToyExperts to Staff Company’s Stores and Distribution Centers Across the Country, Helping Fulfill Gift-Givers’ Needs; Dedicated Holiday Hiring Website, Toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday, Serves As One-Stop Shop for Career Information

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced plans to hire 40,000 employees at its stores and distribution centers throughout the country as the company prepares for another busy holiday shopping season. With a focus on meeting the needs of both its customers and workforce, Toys“R”Us will offer seasonal workers the opportunity to take on significantly more hours than in previous years, while also continuing to provide extra hours to current employees. And, with additional time spent on-the-job, the company’s holiday hires will be fully-equipped to share their knowledge and skills to help ensure customers can check off everything on their little ones’ wish lists.

Click to Tweet:.@Toysrus is #hiring for the holidays! Learn more & apply now –www.toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday

“Our expanded workforce, together with our more tenured toy experts, plays a pivotal role in ensuring we provide an exceptional experience for shoppers in search of gifts that will bring huge smiles to the children in their lives,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated and customer-focused individuals to join our team during this busy, but very exciting time of year. Our seasonal staff helps us make parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles holiday heroes, and we are proud that many members of our workforce began as seasonal employees and have remained with us as they grow their careers.”

Interviewing for seasonal positions at Toys“R”Us stores begins this month with new hires starting work in October. Staffing will continue to build through December. Positions range from sales employees and stock crew to omnichannel fulfillment teams.

Employment opportunities are also available at the company’s distribution centers nationwide, where hiring is currently underway and will continue through November. Full- and part-time openings include warehouse workers in the receiving, storage and shipping departments, online order fulfillment coordinators and department managers.

Most holiday jobs are part-time, offering employees flexible work schedules throughout the week. Seasonal store employees will average 18 to 20 hours per week, and up to 30 hours during peak season, dependent on an individual’s availability. Applications are being accepted now via the company’s dedicated Holiday Hiring website, Toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday, which also serves as a go-to resource for job seekers interested in learning more about the exciting, fast-paced and rewarding seasonal positions available at Toys“R”Us. As an equal opportunity employer, the company is committed to workplace diversity and welcomes all qualified individuals to apply.

High-performing seasonal workers have an opportunity not only to bring happiness to children and families during the holidays, but all year round. Last year, 20 percent of the company’s seasonal workforce secured positions after Christmas, choosing Toys“R”Us to help further their careers. In fact, a number of seasonal workers who have excelled in their roles have transitioned to full-time management positions as well.

#ToyExperts Share Their Passions to Bring Joy to Children

When visiting the ultimate toy destination, shoppers rely on the expertise of toy-trained employees as they begin the quest to fulfill their little ones’ wish lists.

Throughout the holiday season, Toys“R”Us will leverage its social channels to feature unique stories of employees from across the country who help make Toys“R”Us THE toy authority by harnessing their inner passions to inspire little ones and spread holiday cheer. Potential applicants and social media users are encouraged to learn more and join the conversation using #ToyExperts on the company’s Careers channels: Facebook.com/Ruscareers, @ToysrusCareers onTwitter and Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as the official Toys“R”Us Twitter and Instagram accounts, @Toysrus.

To download high-resolution photos of Toys“R”Us employees in stores, conducting daily duties, as well as holiday hiring signage, please click here.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

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 38 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 and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
alyssa.peera@toyrus.com

Charles Ferrer
973-617-4947
Charles.Ferrer@toysrus.com

Join Angara’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations

A decade of fine jewelry at the #1 Gemstone Destination

Los Angeles, CA , 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Angara.com turns 10 this September and is celebrating the occasion with a makeover: a brand new 10 th Anniversary special logo and a more interactive user interface to serve customers – old and new – alike.

To add to the celebrations, Angara has decided to spring September surprises galore for all its valued customers.

What better way to celebrate a glorious decade than to introduce new collections? Angara will be expanding with a wider range of diamond jewelry and 30+ gemstones. So here are some of the things you can look forward to in Angara’s new line:

•  GIA certified High Jewelry

•  Luxury bracelets

•  More styles and a wider range of products

Keeping with the expansion plans, Ankur Daga, CEO of Angara Inc. said, “It will be about ensuring that we are able to serve any fine jewelry customer with the piece that is just right for them – the right design, at the right quality and at the right price.”

And that’s not all. Brace yourself up for more unbelievable offers:

•  Stay hooked to Angara on social media to avail of huge discounts

•  Get amazing deals and be a part of fun activities

•  All customers can enjoy 20% discount (a first in Angara’s 10-year-long history)

•  Exciting gifts on anniversary special catalog (Code Birthday)

•  Flash sale (Code Flash20), meaning a customer’s favorite piece at a price that has never been offered before, all day long

“The last decade at Angara.com has been about creating an experience and brand where people can select the design they want at the price they want to spend,” Ankur states further. “Through the Good, Better, Best and Heirloom platforms (at Angara.com), you have been able to choose the size of gemstones, quality of gemstones and the metal that you prefer. We have taken those preferences and produced a custom piece that is just for you and will continue to do so,” he signs off.

Journey so far: #Angaraturns10

Founded in 2005 by Mr. Ankur Daga as a third generation gemstone jewelry company, Angara INC is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It has grown steadily over the years and is a household name for those with a penchant for fine luxury gemstone jewelry. It is one the most trusted names among online jewelry stores in terms of quality, craftsmanship, and best price.

Angara.com was launched with only a handful of designs, when the idea of online jewelry shopping was taking baby steps in the mid-noughties. Today, Angara boasts of about 2500 designs in 40 styles with a whopping range of more than 25,000 products.

Angara has been featured in some of the most recognized magazines like Forbes, Crain’s, Women’s Wear Daily, Daily Candy, Harvard Business Review and many others. Angara owes its success to its string of valued customers. After all, not many companies get recognition for quality products and service at Bizrate and TrustLink. Accredited A+ by Better Business Bureau, Angara indeed has several reasons to thank its customers a million times over.

All that glitters indeed need NOT be Gold! Angara.com has literally proved the age old idiom right with its exclusive range of handcrafted gemstone jewelry over the last 10 years.

For more information, visit http://www.angara.com/anniversary-celebration.html
Contact Details:

Angara Inc.
550 South Hill St, Suite 1625
Los Angeles, CA 90013
+1 888 926 4272
webmaster@angara.com