Skandia Liv now 3rd-largest owner of ICA Gruppen after ICA-handlarnas Förbund and Industrivärden

Stockholm, SWEDEN,  2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stephanie Gabrielsson, portfolio manager at Skandia Investment Management, has been appointed as a new member of the Nomination Committee. Industrivärden has appointed Annika Lundius as its representative. Other members of the Nomination Committee are, as previously, Claes Ottosson, ICA retailer in Hovås, and Anna-Karin Liljeholm, legal counsel at ICA-handlarnas Förbund.

ICA Gruppen’s 2014 Annual General Meeting resolved that the Nomination Committee shall be composed of four members who represent the company’s shareholders. Two of the members are to be appointed by the largest shareholder, and two members are to be appointed by the next two largest shareholders.

For further information, please contact
ICA Gruppen’s press service, telephone: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 09.30 CET on Friday, 25 September 2015.

ICA Gruppen AB (publ) is a leading retail company with a focus on food and health. The Group includes ICA Sweden and Rimi Baltic, which mainly conduct grocery retail, ICA Real Estate, which owns and manages properties, ICA Bank, which offers financial services, and Apotek Hjärtat, which conducts pharmacy operations. The Group also includes the wholly owned portfolio company inkClub and the partly owned portfolio company Hemtex. For more information see icagruppen.se.

Staples responds to European Commission’s announcement of a Phase II review of the Office Depot acquisition

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. today issued a statement in response to the European Commission’s announcement of a Phase II review of the Office Depot acquisition.

“We continue to work cooperatively with the European Commission regarding the acquisition of Office Depot,” said Ron Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Staples, Inc. “The transaction would enable Staples to better serve customers around the world and to compete in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.”

Regulators in Australia, New Zealand and China have approved the transaction. Staples continues to work with regulatory authorities in the European Union, the United Statesand Canada.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on May 18, 2015. The registration statement was declared effective by theSEC on May 15, 2015. Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about May 19, 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on June 19, 2015. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.

Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Staples andOffice Depot through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus from Staples by contacting Staples’ Investor Relations Department at 800-468-7751 or from Office Depot by contacting Office Depot’s Investor Relations Department at 561-438-7878.

SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Staples and Office Depot, the expected timetable for satisfying conditions to the merger, including receiving regulatory approvals, and completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about Staples’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained after delays or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Staples’ and Office Depot’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and the other factors described in Staples’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. Staples disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

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, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
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or
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McDonald’s appointed two new senior management positions to drive the company’s turnaround efforts

  • David Fairhurst promoted to EVP and chief people officer
  • Chris Kempczinski appointed EVP of strategy, business development & innovation

OAK BROOK, IL, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed two new senior management positions to drive the company’s turnaround efforts.

Effective Oct. 1, David Fairhurst will assume the newly expanded role of corporate executive vice president, chief people officer. Fairhurst will oversee global human resources with additional responsibility for global training. He will report directly to McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook. Fairhurst replaces Rich Floersch, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, who will retire effective Dec. 31.

Fairhurst, 47, joined McDonald’s UK in 2005 as vice president of people and he was promoted to chief people officer of northern Europe in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed chief people officer of Europe. Earlier this year, he was named corporate senior vice president, international human resources and strategy, with responsibility for global design and systems.

“David will build on the substantive work that Rich led in making talent development a priority at McDonald’s,” said Easterbrook. “As we thank Rich for his contributions, we’re confident that David is the leader we need to continue supporting the business turnaround and driving our global people strategy.”

Chris Kempczinski, 46, has been appointed as corporate executive vice president of strategy, business development and innovation, effective Oct. 26. In his role reporting to Easterbrook, Kempczinski will oversee all aspects of strategy development, planning, innovation and new concepts to drive growth for the company. Kempczinski was previously executive vice president of growth initiatives and president of international at Kraft Foods Group, where he was responsible for Kraft’s international business. Additionally, Kempczinski oversaw Kraft’s overall corporate growth agenda with responsibility for the company’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, insights and breakthrough R&D functions. He joined Kraft Foods in 2008 as senior vice president for U.S. grocery, and in 2012 was promoted to president of Kraft Canada. Prior to joining Kraft, Kempczinski had a successful eight year career at PepsiCo and worked for both The Boston Consulting Group advising Fortune 100 companies and was a brand manager at Procter & Gamble.

“At this crucial time in our business, Chris brings an unparalleled level of strategic expertise coupled with a fresh perspective to our management team,” said Easterbrook. “Chris is a proven global leader with a solid track record of success and will play an instrumental role moving our Brand forward.”

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations serving approximately 69 million customers in over 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

 

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Jano Cabrera joins McDonald’s as Corporate Senior VP of U.S. communications, Global Media and Public Relations

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation announced today that Jano Cabrera, 41, will join the company as Corporate Senior Vice President of U.S. communications, Global Media and Public Relations, effective Oct. 15.

Cabrera served as Worldwide Vice President at Burson-Marsteller where he advised Fortune 500 companies, governments and nonprofit organizations, often focusing on brand protection and reputation campaigns.  Prior to that, Cabrera held several senior communication positions on presidential campaigns, the White House and in the U.S. Congress.  In this newly expanded role, Cabrera will report to Robert Gibbs, Global Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President.

“Jano is an extremely talented and experienced communications expert and joins McDonald’s at the right time to help us lead the Brand forward,” said Gibbs.  “I’m thrilled to have his expertise on our team as we work to strengthen our brand reputation.”

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations serving approximately 69 million customers in over 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

ABOUT MCDONALD’S USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

Ralphs Grocery brings the delectable flavors of Italy to its customers

Grocer to Host ‘Crack the Parm’ Giant Cheese Event At 12 Stores From San Diego to San Fernando

LOS ANGELES, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company is bringing the delectable flavors of Italy to its customers during the ultimate foodie experience called Savor World Flavor: Taste of Italy.

The two week event brings the robust flavor of freshly prepared prosciutto with melon, gourmet chicken parmesan, and rich tiramisu dip to local Ralphs supermarkets throughout Southern California. This is the second Savor World Flavor event held at Ralphs stores, last year the grocer celebrated Mexican cuisine with Taste of Mexico.

Taste of Italy will include “Crack the Parm” events at several Ralphs Specialty Cheese Shops. On October 3rd at 12 p.m. Ralphs Murray’s Cheese Department specialists will demonstrate the art of cracking a 78 pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at the following Ralphs stores:

  • 12842 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
  • 14049 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
  • 17840 Ventura Boulevard, Encino
  • 645 W. 9th Street, Los Angeles
  • 12057 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
  • 9616 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles
  • 7257 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
  • 2700 Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
  • 6290 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
  • 32555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point
  • 3455 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar
  • 10525 4S Commons, Rancho Bernardo

The cracking events will be followed with recipes, tastings and suggestions for enjoying this nutty, savory cheese.

Ralphs is also debuting an exciting new corporate brand. Hemisfares, which currently features 27 authentic products, is best-of-the-world eats brought straight from their regional origins to Ralphs customers. Imported directly from various food-rich regions of the world, the Creamy Sicilian Gelato, Bolognese Old-World pasta sauce and Four Leaf Balsamic Vinegar will be a journey of epicurean proportions for Ralphs’s food curious customers.

Ralphs is introducing Italian products during Taste of Italy, and will follow with additional regions over the next year.

For more details, including recipes, cultural facts and a chance to win a trip to Italy, visit www.ItalianWorldFlavor.com.

About Ralphs Grocery Company
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 Stores to Debut New Brand of Imported Products From Food-Rich Regions of the World

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores is bringing the delectable flavors of Italy to its customers during the two-week event, Savor World Flavor: Taste of Italy.

Taste of Italy brings delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes with robust flavors such as freshly prepared prosciutto with melon, gourmet chicken parmesan, and rich tiramisu dip to local Kroger stores throughout the country.

Select stores will host unique “Crack the Parm” events with a cheese specialist showing how to crack a 78 pound of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and samples of the authentic flavors of Italy during the company’s second world cuisine celebration. Last year marked the first Savor World Flavor event,Taste of Mexico.

Savor World Flavor will introduce our customers to new recipes and authentic flavors they can make at home in their kitchens,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising. “Italy has perfected the art of bringing the family together around the dinner table, and we want to inspire our customers to recreate the culinary experience of Italy in their own homes.”

Kroger will also debut an exciting new corporate brand. HemisFares™, which currently features 27 authentic products, is best-of-the-world eats brought straight from their regional origins to Kroger customers. Imported directly from various food-rich regions of the world, the Creamy Sicilian Gelato, Bolognese Old-World pasta sauce and Four Leaf Balsamic Vinegar will offer “a journey of epicurean proportions” for Kroger’s food-curious customers.

Kroger is introducing Italian products during Taste of Italy, and will follow with additional regions throughout the next year. For more details, including recipes, cultural facts and a chance to win a trip to Italy, visit www.ItalianWorldFlavor.com.

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.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Scot Hendricks promoted to president of Kroger’s Delta division

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced Scot Hendricks has been promoted to president of Kroger’s Delta division, effective October 1. Kroger’s Delta division is based in Memphis and operates stores in Western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

Mr. Hendricks, 57, replaces Tim Brown, who was recently named president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Scot is a strong leader with extensive experience in both merchandising and operations,” said Fred Morganthall, Kroger’s executive vice president of retail operations. “Scot lives our values and brings out the best in our associates. We look forward to his leadership of our Delta division.”

Mr. Hendricks began his career with Kroger in 1981, in the Nashville division management training program. He was named grocery buyer in 1983, and served in several leadership roles in the Atlanta division from 1986 – 2000. In 2000, Mr. Hendricks was promoted to Kroger’s general office, where he served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of grocery merchandising and procurement. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president of merchandising in the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division, where he served until he was appointed to his current role as vice president of operations in 2014.

Mr. Hendricks and his wife, Jill, will relocate to the Memphis area.

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.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Shopify integrates with USPS to improve shipping for its 175,000+ merchants

New offering saves ecommerce merchants time and money through integration with USPS

Ottawa, Canada, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (“Shopify”) (NYSE:SHOP) (TSX:SH), a leading cloud-based multichannel commerce platform, today announced the launch of Shopify Shipping. Merchants can now easily buy and print discounted shipping labels directly within the Shopify platform. Today’s integration with USPS represents the first step towards improving shipping for Shopify’s 175,000+ merchants.

“Shipping is a fundamental component of any online merchant’s workflow. We’re focused on streamlining shipping and product delivery for our merchants, so they can focus on other aspects of growing their business,” said Louis Kearns, Director of Product and Merchant Solutions at Shopify. “With Shopify Shipping, not only are we saving merchants time and money, but we’re also giving them the foundation they need to perfect their fulfillment strategy. We expect to expand these benefits to merchants in other geographies with additional shipping providers over time.”

With the introduction of Shopify Shipping, merchants buying shipping labels through Shopify will receive preferred USPS rates that are up to 60% off retail rates.

In addition to saving money when purchasing shipping labels, merchants will now have the ability to either drop prepaid shipments off at USPS offices without having to wait in line, or they can schedule a free home pickup.

To learn more about Shopify Shipping, please visit: www.shopify.com/shipping.

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media such as Pinterest and Facebook, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 175,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries, including: Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

Starbucks will distribute coffee trees to farmers most impacted by coffee rust

  • Starbucks Will Plant a Coffee Tree for Every Bag of Coffee Purchased Through 2016
  • One Million Trees Helping Farmers in Coffee Growing Regions Most Impacted By Coffee Rust
  • Launches ‘Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag’ Commitment on National Coffee Day
  • Efforts Support Specialty Coffee Industry and are Part of Starbucks Comprehensive Approach to Achieving 100% Ethically Sourced Coffee 

SEATTLE, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) today expanded its commitment to supporting the specialty coffee industry by addressing one of the most significant threats to coffee farmers. Beginning tomorrow, Starbucks will distribute coffee trees to farmers who have been most impacted by coffee rust, a plant fungus that damages millions of coffee trees around the world, making it harder for farmers to produce high-quality coffee for the entire industry. Through September 2016, Starbucks will ensure that a coffee tree is planted for every bag of coffee purchased in a participating U.S. store.

“Purchasing from more than thirty countries, Starbucks scale affords us the opportunity to bring customers the most unique, high quality coffee from around the world. It also gives us the responsibility to make sure we invest in tangible ways that help to ensure farmer livelihoods and the stability of the entire supply for the industry,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Global Coffee for Starbucks. “We have heard directly from farmers that helping them get new rust resistant trees will make the most impact.  We are figuring out the way to do that while offering our customers an opportunity to get involved.”

Beginning in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, Starbucks will work with Sustainable Management Services (SMS), Starbucks partner in the export and delivery of green coffee, to successfully germinate the seedlings and distribute the trees. The distribution of each coffee tree will be supported by Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, developed over a decade ago with Conservation International to safeguard responsible purchasing practices and economic, social and environmental standards, globally. These sourcing standards are then augmented by Starbucks Farmer Support Centers that provide on-the-ground agronomy services. Today, Starbucks has six farmer support locations around the world and will add two more – one in Sumatra, Indonesia in 2015 and another in Mexico opening in 2016.

Starbucks Mexico implemented a similar coffee tree revitalization program just last year called Todos Sembramos Café (We All Grow Coffee), distributing over 180,000 rust resistant plants to more than 60 coffee farms in Chiapas and helping to provide resources and training to improve the quality of their crops and maintain the stability of their lands. An additional 360,000 coffee trees will be donated in the program’s second year, totaling over a half a million trees.

“The rust was destroying our yields, cutting production by 40-60 percent,” said Martiniano Moreno, coffee farmer from Chiapas supporting a family of eight. “It was very difficult to watch. Our entire community relies on coffee. It’s who we are. It’s how we take care of our families; our children.”

To date, Starbucks has invested more than $70 million in its comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing; supporting coffee farming communities, helping to mitigate the impact of climate change, and supporting long-term crop stability and farm sustainability.  Through these initiatives and Starbucks comprehensive approach to sourcing high quality coffee, farmers will have the support they need to manage climate variables and improve the infrastructure of their crops, influencing coffee quality, sustainability and overall profitability for the entire specialty coffee industry.

There’s more to coffee than what’s sitting in your cup. That’s why Starbucks is launching 1912 Pike, a blog dedicated to connecting with customers and sharing useful information about all things coffee — where and how it’s grown, how it’s best enjoyed, what it means to our planet and more. The blog takes its name from Starbucks first store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, located at 1912 Pike Place.

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About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company 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 us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and the Starbucks Newsroom at www.news.starbucks.com.

About One Tree for Every Bag Commitment
Starbucks will contribute $.70, the average cost of a tree, to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold from participating stores in the U.S. to foster thriving coffee communities.  To learn more, visit conservation.org.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks will distribute coffee trees to farmers most impacted by coffee rust

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s message to all partners for the end of 2015 fiscal year

SEATTLE, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz sent this message to all partners (employees) to wrap up the 2015 fiscal year and look ahead to 2016.

Dear Partners

It’s early Sunday, I’m sitting at the bar of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, enjoying the “nectar of the gods” in the form of my Doppio Espresso Macchiato.

As I reflect on our 44th year as a company, this is just where I want to be to write an end-of-year message.

The Roastery itself symbolizes our commitment to our roots as well as the risks we are willing to take to ensure our future is as innovative, as relevant and as meaningful as our past.

This year, in ways large and small, we continued to move closer to our aspirational goal of redefining therole and responsibility of a for-profit public company.

Behind the scenes, in our stores and in the headlines, we once again created long-term value for our shareholders, exceeded the expectations of our customers, and made you, our partners, proud.

Given all we have accomplished, it can be hard to believe that we are still in the early days of making unprecedented cultural and social impact in communities beyond our own, as well as for our own.

With 23,000 stores in 68 countries, the Starbucks brand and in-store experience has never been stronger or more relevant. Our global growth and development coupled with the innovation of mobile and digital customer-facing proprietary technology linked to loyalty, personalization, and MSR are also in their infant stages. New store formats and designs, and Starbucks Reserve stores, are evolving to have lives of their own. Soon, the next generation of Teavana stores will be unveiled, and The Roastery will open in cities around the world following our stunning debut in Seattle.

This week we will expand our commitment to sustainability with an innovative effort to distribute coffee trees to farmers in coffee growing regions around the world.

And we have made huge strides in our hiring commitments around honoring veterans, creating opportunity for at-risk young people and increasing the number of partners taking advantage of apprenticeships, university programs and the Starbucks College Achievement Plan for U.S. partners.

I promise you that more awaits us, as we continue to take the road less traveled and build the company globally.

Despite all this excitement and progress, we have more to do.

For our partners, the leadership team and I remain personally committed to further investment and innovation in the opportunities we create for you. This past year, we took major steps forward, raising wages, creating the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, investing in new technology tools, enhancing benefits and making several policies more relevant for the overall partner experience. We will continue to learn, listen and innovate on your behalf, moving quickly to keep building a company that creates unique opportunities for its people.

As the leader of our 300,000 partners who comprise our company, I am so proud of everyone in our organization.  With great humility I thank you for your ongoing creativity, courage and daily contributions.

With deep respect and admiration.

Onward,
Howard

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

 

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's message to all partners for the end of 2015 fiscal year

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s message to all partners for the end of 2015 fiscal year

Tesco increases number of British dairy farmers’ direct contracts through the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG)

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has a long history in supporting British Dairy farming, providing direct contracts to farmers for over eight years through the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG).

Set up in 2007, the TSDG model allows Tesco to collaboratively partner with farmers and support British Agriculture in a fair and transparent way, whilst encouraging sustainable investment into productivity, animal health and welfare.

Using an independent pricing mechanism, Tesco has consistently paid a market leading price for milk. The price, which is fixed for six months at a time, recognises the true costs of production across different dairy farming systems, allowing the 600 TSDG farmers to plan and re-invest in their businesses, irrespective of the market price.

Matt Simister, Tesco’s Commercial Director of Fresh Food & Commodities said: ‘Over the summer we have been carrying out a collaborative review with members of the TSDG, to help us to continue to partner with our farmers in a sustainable way, adapting to the significant changes we’ve seen across the whole of British Agriculture as well as dairy in recent years.

 ‘As we near the end of the process, we are confident that we’ll be able to increase the number of direct relationships with our core TSDG pool farms by over a quarter by Spring 2016, helping us to further cement our lead as British Agricultures biggest supporter’.

Following the regular six monthly evaluation of production costs, the new price Tesco will pay for milk from 1stNovember will be 30.58ppl*.

The new price has been set using the independent consultancy-Promar- to make sure that the price paid by Tesco reflects the average cost of production of the TSDG members. That price is agreed in collaboration with farmers, then set for six months and is completely independent from the retail price for milk.  It will cover all Tesco own-brand fresh & filtered milk (1, 2, 4, 6 pint and 1 and 2 litre – excluding organic milk); single, double & extra thick double cream (150, 300, 600 ml) products and mature & extra mature cheddar. Until the 28th February 2016, Tesco brand Mild & Medium Cheddar, Red Leicester & Double Gloucester Cheese will receive 29.08ppl, which will be reflected in the cheese price paid to the processor.

The core principles of the TSDG have always been to:

  • Have a transparent and clear pricing mechanism, using an independent cost tracker
  • Pay a fair price for our milk and reward those who help us to deliver the best quality milk for our customers and the highest animal health and welfare standards
  • Ensure that we have a sustainable approach to the dairy industry.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • The new price is following an independent cost tracker review by agriculture research consultancy Promar. Tesco pays a price for milk that reflects the cost of production, calculated from costs submitted to Promar.
  • The previous price was 30.93ppl* The new price takes into consideration a reduction in the cost of feed and rising milk volumes
  • The TSDG review is due to be completed in November 2015
  • Earlier this month Tesco announced that from March 2016, all Tesco Brand Standard tier yoghurt will be made with milk sourced from Britain

*The price includes 0.5ppl for sharing cost data with Promar International

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

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Amazon to introduce its best-selling Fire TV family of devices in Japan

  • The Amazon Fire TV streaming box comes packed with 4K Ultra HD, a quad core processor, dedicated GPU, best-in-class Wi-Fi, and expandable storage with microSD—all for ¥12,980
  • Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick with a dual-core processor and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi—all for ¥4,980
  • Say it, watch it—use voice search that actually works to instantly find movies, TV shows, and more
  • All the content—choose from tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes to stream on your HDTV
  • Plus, Fire TV comes with access to games like Final Fantasy VI, Crossy Road, and Pac-Man 256
  • For three days only: as a thank you to Prime members, Fire TV Stick is just ¥1,980

TOKYO, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon is excited to introduce its best-selling Fire TV family of devices in Japan—Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, small devices that plug into your HDTV for easy and instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows from Hulu, Prime Video, GYAO!, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube.com, Niconico, Video Market, and more. Customers around the world are selecting Fire TV as the #1 streaming option in the living room because it offers great selection, the most convenience, and the best prices.

“Tiny devices, high performance, tons of TV shows and movies, incredible prices—customers around the world love Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and we’re thrilled to introduce them in Japan,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “With voice search that actually works, Fire TV is a simple and easy way to make your TV more exciting—watch popular Japanese and US movies and TV shows from Prime Video, Hulu, GYAO!, Netflix, YouTube.com, and more.”

Fire TV devices are designed to be a simple and easy way to access all of your favorite movies, TV shows, and online videos in your living room. With movies and videos from Hulu, Prime Video, GYAO!, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube.com, and more, you get instant access to a vast selection of videos so you don’t have to go to the video store—start streaming instantly. Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid to find the movie you want to watch. Amazon’s exclusive ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. With this vast selection and exclusive features, Fire TV is a perfect way to make your TV more exciting.

Amazon Fire TV—Tiny Box, Huge Performance—¥12,980
The new Amazon Fire TV is a small yet powerful box that plugs into your HDTV and delivers fast access to movies, TV shows, songs, games, and more.

Built for Speed
Fire TV features a 64-bit, quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics engine for lightning-fast graphics and excellent fluidity. Fire TV comes with 2GB of memory, so content loads faster and games run smoother.

True-to-Life Picture Quality with 4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD is the next generation of entertainment and delivers a more realistic entertainment experience with 4x the resolution of 1080p. Amazon Fire TV is the only streaming media player available with support for 4K Ultra HD content. With 4K support for Prime Video, Amazon Video, and Netflix, Fire TV also provides access to more 4K Ultra HD movies than any other device.

Better HD Video Quality for More Customers
The new Amazon Fire TV is built to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). In the coming months, the new Amazon Fire TV will deliver more 1080p high-definition streams from Amazon Video than ever before with HEVC—even if you don’t own a 4K TV. HEVC is roughly 2x more efficient at encoding video than the current industry standard, H.264, so less bandwidth is needed to deliver high-quality video streams. As a result, the majority of Fire TV customers will now get to experience high-quality, 1080p TV shows and movies from Amazon Video.

Audio from Dolby, the Standard in Home Audio
With Dolby Audio, enjoy rich, cinematic surround sound via HDMI to your TV or AV receiver. Plus, Dolby enhances the Bluetooth headphone support on Fire TV, so you get Dolby’s virtual surround sound, consistent quality, and enhanced volume leveling while listening to your favorite movie or TV show with headphones.

Powerful Wi-Fi Performance
Fire TV features the latest standard in Wi-Fi technology—802.11ac, dual-antenna, dual-band with MIMO—which gives you faster throughput and longer range for better performance, even if your router is located in another part of the house.

Designed to Disappear
Fire TV is designed to disappear. It is 17.8 mm thin and 115 mm wide, so it is easy to hide. Fire TV has a fan-less design and no hard drive, so it is silent even when running the most demanding applications.

Expandable microSD Storage
In addition to the 8GB of on-device storage, Fire TV offers expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage for downloaded apps and games.

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
You can play fun casual or high intensity games on Fire TV using the included remote control. You can also choose to play games with the Fire TV Game Controller, which enables more high-intensity and complex gaming. Simple and comfortable to use for hours, the Fire game controller features an ergonomic design, an audio jack for Dolby-enhanced private listening, and instant voice search with a built-in microphone. Plus, the new Game Controller gives you up to 90 hours of battery life on just one set of AA batteries without headphones.

Fire TV Stick—Most Powerful Streaming Stick
Amazon today also introduced Fire TV Stick in Japan, the fastest-selling Amazon device ever. Fire TV Stick is available in two configurations—a powerful, low cost option for ¥4,980 and an incredibly convenient voice search option for ¥6,480.

Tiny Device, Simple Remote
Fire TV Stick is incredibly small—roughly the size of a pack of gum—and can disappear behind your TV. The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote brings together the portability of the Fire TV Stick, the simple design of the Fire TV Stick Voice Remote, and the convenience of voice search.

Powerful Performance
Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick. Fire TV Stick has a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Dolby Audio, 8GB on-device storage and better Wi-Fi performance than any other streaming media stick.

Connect to Your Hotel or Dorm Room Wi-Fi
Take your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more with you away from home—Fire TV Stick is the only streaming media stick to enable you to connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication—this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.

Features of the Fire TV Family
Say It, Watch It with Voice Search that Actually Works
Simply speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into the Fire TV Voice Remote and you’re done. No more hunting and pecking in an alphabet grid to find your favorite TV shows and movies.

Instant Streaming with ASAP
You shouldn’t have to wait 10 seconds for a video to buffer after you press “Play”—it should start immediately. Based on your Watchlist and recommendations, the new ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and prepares them for playback before you even hit play. This feature is smart—it is personalized based on your viewing habits and adapts as those habits change. The caching predictions get better over time, so ASAP will continuously improve as you use Fire TV.

Simple and Easy to Use
Fire TV comes automatically pre-registered, so you can immediately get started. No complicated set-up, no hassle—just plug it in and start watching. Fire TV features an intuitive user interface that is easily navigated with a simple remote control. All of your previously purchased movies and TV shows from Amazon, as well as personalized recommendations and your Watchlist, will be there waiting for you when you turn on Fire TV.

Easiest Way to Get Customer Service with Mayday Screen Sharing
Mayday Screen Sharing brings Mayday-powered customer service to the Fire TV streaming box, delivering 24×7, 365 days-a-year technical assistance—for free. When you call customer service by phone, the Amazon expert can remotely connect to your Fire TV—with your permission—to answer any questions you may have or to help troubleshoot. They can draw on the screen, walk you through how to do something, or do it for you—whatever works best.

Photos on your big-screen
Fire TV makes it easy to view your photos and personal videos on your TV. You can set up and play slide shows, find specific photos, and choose your favorite album for the screen-saver on Fire TV. Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV within seconds.

Music in Your Living Room
With Fire TV devices, you can listen to music from Amazon Music. When you purchase music from Amazon, it will be stored automatically in the Music tab on Fire TV, and available on your phone or tablet.

Fling TV Shows and Movies and Display Mirroring
Fling services like YouTube or Netflix from your Android phone or iPhone. Or, share whatever is on your small screen—including movies and TV shows, music, and photos—with everyone in your living room using display mirroring, which includes support for Fire OS and Android.

Whispersync
Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your video and music library across all of your devices. Start watching a movie on your Fire tablet or iPhone, and when you get home, pick up where you left off on your Fire TV. For games that support Whispersync, your place in the game will also sync across devices so you can always pick up where you left off.

All the Content
Prime Video
Prime members in Japan now have unlimited 24×7 streaming video at no additional cost to their Prime membership—¥3,900, the equivalent of ¥325 per month. With access to Prime Video, Prime members can now instantly watch thousands of popular Japanese and U.S. movies and TV shows, popular anime, fan-favorite music concerts and variety shows and more.

Movies and TV Shows from Hulu, GYAO!, Netflix and More
Fire TV comes with instant access to popular Japanese and international video services, including Hulu, GYAO!, Netflix, YouTube.com, Niconico, Video Market, and more.

High-Quality, Low-Cost Games
Fire TV offers easy access to fun casual games for the entire family, including popular games like Final Fantasy VI, Crossy Road, and Pac-Man 256. Games on Fire TV are inexpensive too—many are free or just several hundred Yen.

The Fire Family—Pricing and Availability
Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order starting today for ¥12,980 and will start shipping October 28.

Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order starting today for ¥4,980 and Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is available for pre-order starting today for ¥6,480—they will start shipping October 28.

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.

Mr. Robot will be available for Amazon Prime members in US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan at no additional charge

  • Multi-regional deal brings Mr. Robot to Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan
  • The dramatic thriller starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater has received rave reviews by fans and critics alike, and currently boasts an IMDb rating of 9.0/10

SEATTLE, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)— One of the most critically-acclaimed and popular new series, Mr. Robotwill be available for Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan to stream and download at no additional charge to their membership. Starting this Spring, Prime Video in the U.S. will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Mr. Robot. Prime members can watch all ten episodes of the dramatic thriller series that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. All ten episodes of season one of the series will exclusively premiere on Prime Video in the U.K.,Germany, Austria and Japan. Prime members can watch via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/PrimeVideo—the series will also be available for Prime members to download on iOS, Android and Fire devices for offline viewing.

The first episode of Mr. Robot premiered in the U.S. at the South by Southwest Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Episodic Television, and aired this summer on the USA Network to critical acclaim. The NBCUniversal series, from Universal Cable Productions, currently has an IMDb rating of 9.0/10 and has already won widespread critical acclaim. One of the best-reviewed series of the year, season one of Mr. Robot is the first show on Rotten Tomatoes to score 100 percent for every episode.

Here’s what critics are saying about Mr. Robot:

  • “It left me electrified. A” –Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
  • “Addictive, entertaining and popular out-of-nowhere summer series” –Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
  • “A modern classic” –Merrill Barr, Forbes
  • “A cyber-age thriller infused with a dark, almost nihilistic pessimism about the Internet, capitalism and income inequality. And that makes it kind of fun.” –Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times
  • “Mr. Robot is compulsively watchable and interesting. It’s a reminder that even the most well-worn cliches can still work with the right execution” –Alan Sepinwall, Hitfix
  • “Damn near perfect” –Jessica Rawden, Cinemablend

“Mr. Robot is one the most compelling new dramas on television,” said Brad Beale, Amazon Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition. “Rami Malek delivers a mesmerizing performance and leads a great cast with an intriguing story full of dark twists. Prime members are going to love binging on this awesome show.”

“Mr. Robot is a tremendous success and Amazon Prime has provided a great opportunity to make the show even more accessible to audiences,” said Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. “We are pleased that Amazonrecognizes the high quality of NBCUniversal’s content and is partnering with us in a network friendly way that allows viewers to watch the show when and where they want it.”

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek (The Pacific) as Elliot, a young computer programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group played by Christian Slater (Nymphomaniac) recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.

Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallström (Simple Simon). Sam Esmail (Comet) is creator, writer and executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding) also serve as executive producers.

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

Prime Video, available on Amazon Video, lets Prime members enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-winning series Transparent, Hand of God, Bosch, Catastrophe and Mozart in the Jungleas well as hit series like Sex and the City, Veep, Girls, The Sopranos, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Wire. Prime Video also offers members blockbuster movies such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, among others. Prime members have access to a collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues.

Prime members can look forward to several new upcoming original series premiering this year, with the coming-of-age dramedy Red Oakspremiering on October 9, followed by the much anticipated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle on November 20, and season two of Emmy-winning Transparent December 4. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch and romantic comedy, Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents.

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

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

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.

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John Lewis opens its largest new shop in four years – the new £35m Birmingham shop

Opening marks £35 million investment and retailer’s largest new shop in four years

LONDON, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today opened its new £35million Birmingham shop, signalling the business’ commitment to the British High Street and the importance of investing in physical shops as part of its growth strategy.

Anchor tenant of the city’s new Grand Central retail development, John Lewis Birmingham is the retailer’s largest shop to open in four years and one of the biggest John Lewis department stores in the UK.

The 250,000 sq ft shop has created 650 new jobs across Birmingham and the wider region with the business having committed to reaching the local long-term and youth unemployed in its recruitment process. The retailer today revealed it received over 10,000 applications for the new jobs – more than 15 applicants per role.

John Lewis Birmingham is the retailer’s most innovative shop to date, having been chosen to debut several brand new services and concepts, including fashion and lifestyle concept loved&found, and the first John Lewis-branded spa, &Beauty. These form part of the business’ ambition to expand the services and experiences within its shops and its commitment to investing in shops as part of an omnichannel approach.

Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis said:

‘Today sends a clear message that John Lewis is firmly committed to the British High Street and that physical shops remain as important to us as they do to our customers.

‘Birmingham is a city which we have wanted to be a part of for many years and the New Street Station and Grand Central development offered us the perfect opportunity to make this a reality.

‘Our new Birmingham regional flagship shop is a bold expression of the very best of John Lewis in 2015 and it is particularly exciting that customers will be able to step directly from New Street Station, into four floors of inspiring fashion, home and technology.’

Lisa Williams, head of branch, John Lewis Birmingham added:

‘Birmingham is a city that has always led the way, so it feels right that Birmingham is home to our most innovative shop to date. My team and I are looking forward to welcoming customers to what is a unique retail space.

‘Our recruitment process has been incredibly successful, with unprecedented demand – at one point we were receiving one application every minute. We have built a great team, with our 650 Partners coming from right across the region.

‘Becoming a part of the local community is incredibly important to us and I was delighted to be joined by the three local charities we are supporting to officially open the shop. We are excited to welcome customers for the first time and hope that they will be as delighted in this new shopping experience as we are.’

John Lewis Birmingham is located in the Grand Central retail development, directly above New Street Station.

Opening hours for the new shop are 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday with 10.30am-11am browsing time. You can find out more about the store including the services available on the JohnLewis.com website(www.johnlewis.com).

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’4, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

4 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve, Senior Communications Manager (Corporate & Brand)
Telephone: 020 7592 6887
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk

Netflix becomes exclusive subscription streaming home of two hit series Zoo and Jane The Virgin

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix and CBS announced today an agreement to make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming home of two hit series, Zoo and Jane The Virgin, in more than 50 countries around the world.

The first season of Zoo is now available on Netflix in the U.S., and in the coming months will be available in all Netflix territories. On Monday, October 12, season one of Jane The Virgin will launch in the U.S., the same day season two premieres on the CW Network. Jane will be available later in 2015 or 2016 in all countries Netflix operates, except Canada.

“We’re thrilled to offer our members these hit CBS series,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Both shows are delightfully entertaining and will find a big audience across the more than 50 countries where Netflix is available.”

“We’re excited to partner with Netflix around the world for these two excellent, CBS-produced series,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “Both Zoo and Jane The Virgin have already generated excitement in the U.S. and internationally, and we look forward to expanding their audience to Netflix members globally.”

Zoo is the most-watched scripted summer series of 2015 and is based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that sweeps the planet. The series stars James Wolk as Jackson Oz, Kristen Connolly as Jamie, Billy Burke as Mitch, Nora Arnezeder as Chloe, and Nonso Anozie as Abraham. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

Jane The Virgin is the critically acclaimed series following Jane Villanueva, played by 2015 Golden Globe Award winner, Gina Rodriguez, a working, religious young Latina virgin woman, who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake. The series also stars Justin Baldoni as Rafael, Brett Dier as Michael, Andrea Navedo as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas as Petra, Ivonne Coll as Alba and Jaime Camil as Rogelio.The second season will premiere on October 12 and is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

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

About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — “the Eye” — one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.

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Netflix acquired subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights on a global basis to COLONY

Netflix Acquires Second Window SVOD Rights to COLONY, Which Premieres on USA Network January 14Sep 28, 2015

Beverly Hills, CA, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix, Inc., Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions announced today that Netflix has acquired subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights on a global basis to COLONY, a highly anticipated new drama from Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”), which premieres on USA January 14, 2016. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Leading up to its Season 1 premiere Netflix has licensed second window streaming rights to COLONY, which now joins the ranks of other popular, highly-rated, and critically acclaimed series that Netflix has recently acquired such as “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “Zoo,” all entering their second seasons. Netflix will stream COLONY about a year after its linear broadcast on USA in the U.S., on Bell Media’s Bravo in Canada, and after its linear broadcast in other territories worldwide.

Set in the very near future, COLONY centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, “House”) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family. Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.

“We knew from the moment we saw it that COLONY is the kind of smart serialized drama that Netflix members around the world would love watching,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

“We here at Legendary Television are thrilled that COLONY has a new global home in Netflix,” said Bruce Rosenblum, President, Legendary Television & Digital Media. “Netflix is the perfect service to stream COLONY after its initial broadcast in all countries outside North America, whether allowing fans to catch up with their favorite show before the new season airs or enticing new fans to the series. Netflix’s purchase of rights to COLONY, even before Season 1 has aired, is a huge vote of confidence for this exciting new drama.”

“As we ready to premiere COLONY in January, this deal with Netflix will expand the global audience reach of a show we’re all so proud of right out of the gate,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions. “In this age of new business models and innovative windowing, this unprecedented access to international viewers is an extraordinarily positive sign in the right direction to grow the series as a long-term asset for our studio.”

“We applaud Netflix for recognizing COLONY’s value even before it has begun to air on USA. NBCUniversal is pleased to partner with Netflix on COLONY to make the show available to an even larger audience in the U.S. and Canada,” said Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal, TV & New Media Distribution, U.S. and Canada.

NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution holds domestic distribution rights for COLONY in the U.S.A. and Canada. Legendary Television is the international distribution rights holder.

For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village website at http://www.nbcumv.com/programming/usanetwork/colony. Please like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ColonyUSA and follow us on Twitter at our official handle @ColonyUSA.

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

About Legendary Entertainment:
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $12 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.

About Universal Cable Productions: Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP’s content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, “Monk,” and critic and fan favorites “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Warehouse 13.” In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks, including: “Colony” (2016), “Dig,” “Mr. Robot,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains,” “Satisfaction” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Childhood’s End” (2015), “Defiance,” “Dominion,” “Hunters” (2016), “Killjoys,” and “Magicians” (2016) on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals,” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and “Side Effects” on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

About USA Network:
USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA’s award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.

About NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada:
NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada is responsible for the sales and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. This includes current television and film product as well as content from NBCUniversal’s vast library (Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties, etc.) distributed in basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) markets. Current off-network cable distribution programming includes “30 Rock,” “House,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Monk,” “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as Universal Pictures film content. The division is also responsible for the sales of NBCUniversal content to non-theatrical markets including airlines worldwide.

PRESS CONTACTS

Betsy Sund (Netflix) bsund@netflix.com
Sheana Knighton (Legendary) 323.658.1555 Sheana@pcommgroup.com
Nidia Caceros Kilde (Universal Cable Productions) 818.777.1458 Nidia.Caceros@nbcuni.com
Tracy St. Pierre (USA) 818.777.6682 Tracy.StPierre@nbcuni.com
Caley Gray (NBCUniversal) 202.468.3081 Caley.Gray@nbcuni.com

SOURCE: Netflix

Netflix commissioned House of Tomorrow to produce the twelve new episodes of Black Mirror as a Netflix original series

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will bring viewers twelve all-new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed, mind-bending anthology series Black Mirror.

Netflix has commissioned House of Tomorrow to produce the twelve new episodes as a Netflix original series. House of Tomorrow’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, who executive produced the first seven episodes of the series, will continue to serve as executive producers and showrunners for the new episodes. Brooker has commenced writing the new episodes, which are scheduled to begin production in late 2015 from the series’ production base in the UK.

“It’s all very exciting — a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that ‘Black Mirror’ feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true,” said Brooker.

“Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, original content, Netflix.

Premiere date and episode rollout will be announced at a later date. The series will premiere internationally in all Netflix territories outside the UK and Ireland, where plans are still being determined.

Created and written by Brooker, Black Mirror taps into our collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and been nominated for a Bafta® award.

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

About House of Tomorrow
The company builds on the success of numerous award-winning productions that have been penned by Brooker and Executive Produced by Jones including Broadcast Comedy Award-winning and Royal Television Society-nominated detective spoof A Touch of Cloth for Sky One; BAFTA-nominated thriller Dead Set for Channel 4; and the twice Royal Television Society Award-winning, British Comedy Award-winning and twice BAFTA-nominated Wipe programmes for BBC. House of Tomorrow is part of Endemol Shine Group.

About ENDEMOL SHINE GROUP
Endemol Shine Group is the new joint venture bringing together Endemol and Shine Group to create a global content creator, producer and distributor with a portfolio of international hits including Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Bron/Broen, Deal or No Deal, Grantchester, Hell on Wheels, Humans, MasterChef, Mr. Bean, One Born Every Minute, Peaky Blinders, The Biggest Loser, The Fall, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar and many more.

Endemol Shine Group’s businesses have creative operations in over 30 markets, with a diverse portfolio of over 600 revenue generating formats across scripted and non-scripted genres; coupled with digital, gaming, and distribution operations.

21st Century Fox and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC jointly manage Endemol Shine Group, with each owning 50 per cent.

Media Contacts:

Don Halcombe
Netflix PR
dhalcombe@netflix.com
+1 310-975-8931 phone

Alex Wells
Endemol Shine Group
Tel: +44 (0) 208 222 4007
Alex.wells@shinegroup.tv
Twitter: @endemolshine

Rae Langford
Endemol Shine Group
Tel: +44 (0) 208 222 4176
Rae.langford@endemoluk.com
Twitter: @endemolshine

Fred to double the number of stores over the next three years

PARIS, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fred has experienced a dynamic renaissance since Rachel Marouani arrived at the head of the jewelry house two years ago. The celebrated jeweler has announced plans to double the number of stores over the next three years. The first stage is the opening of a new flagship in Paris at 14, rue de la Paix.

After creating exciting new collections of informal jewelry that express joie de vivre and simplicity, Fred continues to gain momentum, expanding its international retail network, notably with new locations in key Asian and Middle Eastern markets. By 2018 Fred expects to double the current network of 140 points of sale, adding both freestanding stores and retailer corners. New boutiques are set to open by year-end in Singapore and Shanghai, soon to be followed by Russia  and the rest of Europe.

This past summer, Fred inaugurated a magnificent new address in Paris at 14, rue de la Paix, just a few steps from Place Vendôme. Inspired by founder Fred Samuel’s passion for sailing, architect Hubert de Malherbe has designed a space bathed in light. The white façade is decorated with scintillating pink gold, evoking the reflection of the sun on the water, while a finely meshed metallic fabric graces the exterior arches, letting daylight filter in like the Persian blinds of a villa on the French Riviera. Inside, Fred’s jewelry creations sparkle in transparent cases, and reception rooms are decorated with abstract artworks that reprise the azure blue of the Mediterranean.

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Fred to double the number of stores over the next three years

Fred to double the number of stores over the next three years

UN’s 17 sustainable development goals and what Sainsbury’s can do to get involved

LONDON, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — You might have seen the ‘Global Goals’ being talked about this week and would like to know what Sainsbury’s and our customers and colleagues can do to get involved.

On September 25th 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will gather and commit to 17 sustainable development goals. These goals will take us into the next 15 years of international development and aim to end poverty, tackle inequality and reduce the impact of climate change.  This will no doubt have an effect on people and companies around the world to make a positive impact on everyone.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do and make a key point of difference for our business. The new Sustainable Development Goals are well aligned to our own business values and our 20×20 sustainability plan, including our environmental and sourcing commitments, as well supporting our communities and our credentials as a good employer.

I’m really proud of our work that supports the new goals, which spans from The Fair Development Fund which was set up with Comic Relief in 2007. This is a unique partnership that combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with our experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive. This means that farmers and workers have a better chance of building a sustainable income and brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.  And all the way through to project such as one in Kenya which is focused on improving water efficiencies during production, developing smallholder-specific flower production and improving women workers’ health education and provision. Previously used in Bangladesh, this ‘peer to peer’ model identifies topics specific to the work force and has proven results in reducing absenteeism, which in turn impacts income.

We believe that the business case for sustainability has never been stronger. Through our customers, colleagues and supply chains we will continue to focus on our sustainability commitments and take action to support the goals.

If you’d like to find out more about the Global Goals, visit the campaign site http://www.globalgoals.org/

By Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s brand 

 

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UN's 17 sustainable development goals and what Sainsbury’s can do to get involved

UN’s 17 sustainable development goals and what Sainsbury’s can do to get involved

Lowe’s study: 63 percent of consumers with lawns and yards across US experienced a breach of yard etiquette by a neighbor

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’ve awoken at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to the roar of a neighbor’s lawnmower or been frustrated by the guy next door mindlessly blowing leaves into your yard, you’re not alone. A U.S. study by Lowe’s found 63 percent of consumers with lawns and yards across the country have experienced a breach of yard etiquette by a neighbor.

Millennial homeowners between the ages of 18 and 34 are among the most outrageous etiquette rule breakers. To help these home newbies – and owners of all ages – have the best looking yard on the block and be the most courteous neighbors, Lowe’s offers the Top Five Yard Rules this fall:

  1. Never blow leaves into a neighbor’s yard and leave them there (34 percent of Millennials have broken the golden rule of fall yard maintenance).
  2. Neighbor’s plants are not to be used for fall table arrangements (36 percent have picked a flower/plant from their neighbor’s property).
  3. Set boundaries with your sprinkler system to avoid saturating a neighbor’s property (21 percent positioned their sprinkler to hit the neighbor’s home or lawn).
  4. Clean up after your pets (19 percent allowed their dog to do its business in their neighbor’s yard).
  5. Park cars in the garage, driveway or street, but never your lawn (12 percent parked their car on the front lawn).

While Millennials may commit the most offenses, they are also the most likely group to lend a hand and mow a neighbor’s lawn (27 percent have mowed their neighbor’s lawn when it wasn’t taken care of). They are also the most likely to bring neighbors together. In fact, 85 percent of Millennials entertain their neighbors for at least one barbeque or lawn party per year, and nearly half (49 percent) throw three or more.

If you are knowingly or unknowingly breaking one of the yard etiquette rules, there’s still time to redeem yourself and fall into your neighbor’s good graces. For tips and tricks on lawn maintenance and fall entertaining, visit Lowes.com/DIY.

ABOUT LOWE’S
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

The Lowe’s Lawn Etiquette Survey was completed online by 1,000 U.S. consumers who have a lawn or yard. The survey was conducted by Toluna in August 2015 among a nationally representative sample.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

CarMax recruiting for more than 2,000 positions in locations across US

Career opportunities in Service Operations and Sales available across the United States

RICHMOND, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 11 consecutive years, is recruiting for more than 2,000 positions in locations across the country. The company is growing and offers a variety of careers. The majority of open positions are in service operations (detailers, experienced technicians) and sales, with additional positions in purchasing and the business office. Positions range from full and part-time, with day and evening shifts available.

“Behind every CarMax stress-free customer experience is a dedicated, hard-working team of associates,” said Tom Folliard, president and CEO of CarMax. “We place a strong focus on providing developmental opportunities for everyone in the company, and on taking care of our associates by offering a healthy work-life balance and excellent benefits.”

CarMax offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage, paid time off, insurance and disability, and retirement options for full-time associates. The company also offers competitive pay and promotes a diverse work environment. Stores are equipped with climate controlled, state-of-the-art service bays with quality equipment. Employees receive discounts on car purchases and other services.

Some of the areas with a large number of service job openings include Austin, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas; Laurel, MD; Memphis, TN; Greensboro, NC; Lancaster, PA;Parker, CO; Louisville, KY; and Newark, DE. In addition, CarMax is currently hiring for its first Boston-area stores in Danvers, Mass., and Norwood, Mass., which will open inDecember 2015. CarMax plans to open between 13 and 16 stores each year for the next several years.

“Our associates experience a workplace full of opportunities for skill development, award-winning training, advancement, and recognition for performance,” said Tracey Shoemaker, director of talent acquisition for CarMax. “Team oriented, dependable candidates who are ready to join the CarMax family should apply now.”

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

  • Applications are only accepted online. Job seekers should apply at jobs.carmax.com
  • To see a video with first-hand accounts from CarMax associates, visit the YouTubepage on youtube.com/carmax
  • Technicians require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.

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.

Jennifer Curtis, CarMax Public Relations, pr@carmax.com
Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

RioCan and Kimco agree to unwind their Canadian joint venture

TORONTO, ONTARIO and NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) and Kimco Realty Corp. (“Kimco”) (NYSE:KIM) announce that after fifteen successful years as partners, RioCan and Kimco have agreed to unwind their Canadian joint venture. The portfolio of 35 jointly owned properties (“RioKim Portfolio”) will be divided into three groups:

  • the first group is a collection of 22 properties selected by RioCan that will be acquired in two stages: 19 properties during the third quarter of 2015 and three properties in the first quarter of 2016;
  • the second group consists of ten institutional-quality retail assets which the partners have agreed to market for sale, one of which is currently under a conditional contract to be sold; and
  • the third group of assets includes three transitional properties that were previously occupied by Target, which will be dealt with at a future date.

In March 2015, RioCan acquired Kimco’s 50% interest in Grand Park and RioCan Leaside Centre in Toronto, Ontario, as well as Brentwood Village inCalgary, Alberta. The joint venture partners also completed the sale of Centres Jacques Cartier on July 31, 2015 at a sale price of $18 million ($9 million at RioCan’s interest). The property was sold free and clear of financing.

“The management team at RioCan is familiar with every aspect of the portfolio, as they have been providing leasing, asset, and property management duties for these properties since the inception of this very successful joint venture relationship that we have enjoyed with Kimco. It is an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a selection of properties from a portfolio of this scale that can be easily absorbed by the Trust,” saidEdward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “This acquisition improves RioCan’s Canadian portfolio by increasing the concentration of the Trust’s portfolio located in Canada’s six largest markets, most notably in the Greater Toronto Area.”

“Our long-standing relationship with RioCan has been excellent and this transaction allows both companies to pursue their own longer term strategic objectives,” said Dave Henry, Chief Executive Officer of Kimco. “This sale enables Kimco to continue simplifying its operations by reducing the number of properties in joint ventures, including those that we do not manage, and provides an important source of capital to fund redevelopment activities and further strengthen our balance sheet.”

Transaction Details

RioCan will acquire Kimco’s interest in a portfolio of 22 Canadian properties at a purchase price of $715 million. Under the terms of the transaction, RioCan will assume Kimco’s share of the existing in place debt, subject to conventional closing conditions, of $231 million, which carries an average interest rate of 4.1% with a weighted average term to maturity of approximately 3.5 years.

The initial closing of RioCan’s acquisition of Kimco’s interest in 19 properties is expected to occur by September 30, 2015 (subject to Competition Bureau approval) at a purchase price of $477 million. RioCan will assume Kimco’s share of the existing in place debt of $127 million, representing a cash commitment of approximately $350 million by RioCan. RioCan will fund its acquisition through a combination of internal resources and credit facilities. The remaining three properties will be acquired at a purchase price of $238 million. RioCan will assume Kimco’s share of the existing in place debt of $104 million. This phase of the transaction is expected to be completed in January 2016.

Properties to be acquired by RioCan

Property Name* City Province Square feet
(at Kimco’s
interest)
Total Site NLA
(incl. shadow
anchors)
RioCan Centre Grand Prairie Grande Prairie AB 31,707 63,413
Abbotsford Power Centre Abbotsford BC 110,573 459,892
Clearbrook Town Square Abbotsford BC 93,937 188,962
RioCan Langley Centre Langley BC 193,183 386,366
404 Town Centre Newmarket ON 133,933 267,866
Albion Centre Toronto ON 195,715 391,430
Clarkson Crossing Mississauga ON 107,186 214,372
Green Lane Centre Newmarket ON 57,161 417,716
Kendalwood Park Plaza Whitby ON 80,608 161,216
King George Square Belleville ON 35,993 71,986
Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre Ottawa ON 141,451 287,760
RioCan Centre Sudbury Sudbury ON 204,252 669,193
RioCan Marketplace Toronto Toronto ON 58,203 413,582
RioCan St. Laurent Ottawa ON 156,583 313,166
Shopper’s World Danforth Toronto ON 163,867 327,734
Viewmount Centre Ottawa ON 65,385 130,770
Walker Place Burlington ON 34,929 69,858
Place Greenfield Montreal QC 187,510 375,020
RioCan Gatineau Gatineau QC 150,004 300,008
PHASE II
RioCan Shawnessy Calgary AB 237,774 839,586
South Edmonton Common Edmonton AB 226,257 981,488
Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre Surrey BC 168,921 337,810
Total 22 Properties 2,835,132 7,669,194
* certain properties listed above are considered as multiple business units for accounting purposes, and therefore multiple properties for purposes of past disclosures.

RioCan Transaction Impact

The portfolio to be acquired will be immediately accretive, and upon completion of the second phase of the transaction the portfolio is expected to generate additional annualized net operating income of approximately $45 million and will require no additional resources by management. RioCan’s cash commitment of approximately $485 million needed to complete the transaction will be funded from a combination of internal resources and credit facilities.

Kimco Transaction Impact

The initial sale of its ownership interests in the 19 properties will result in approximately USD $220 million in cash proceeds, net of its pro-rata share of debt and the impact of currency and taxes.

Remaining Properties in the Joint Venture

RioCan and Kimco will seek to dispose of nine of the remaining thirteen co-owned properties, which total approximately 783,000 square feet, in the first half of 2016. These properties are in the early stages of being marketed and there is no assurance that a sale transaction will be completed. The remaining three properties will be dealt with at a future date.

Property Name* City Province Square feet
(at RioCan’s
interest)
Total Site NLA
(incl. shadow
anchors)
The Junction Mission BC 141,267 330,607
Parkwood Place Prince George BC 186,362 372,724
Peninsula Village Surrey BC 85,391 170,782
Tillicum Centre Victoria BC 235,937 471,874
Halifax Walmart Centre Halifax NS 68,909 137,818
Gates Of Fergus Fergus ON 52,983 105,966
Hawkesbury Centre Hawkesbury ON 36,233 72,466
Huron Heights London ON 43,640 87,280
Nortown Centre Chatham ON 35,712 71,424
RioCan Thickson Ridge Whitby ON 185,755 493,070
Charlottetown Mall Charlottetown PEI 165,630 331,260
Centre Regional Chateauguay** Chateauguay QC 100,151 200,302
Desserte Ouest Laval QC 58,074 116,148
Total 13 properties 1,396,044 2,961,721
* certain properties listed above are considered as multiple business units for accounting purposes, and therefore multiple properties for purposes of past disclosures.
** Centre Regional Chateauguay is currently under contract subject to conditions that have not yet been waived.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15.6 billion as at June 30, 2015. It owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 353 retail properties containing approximately 79 million square feet, including 48 retail properties containing 13 million square feet in the United States as at June 30, 2015. RioCan’s portfolio also includes 15 properties under development in Canada. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

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 theS&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.

Forward-Looking Statements – RioCan
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning our objectives, our strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plans” or “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance and, by their nature, are based on our estimates and assumptions, which are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s latest financial statements and RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2015, which could cause actual events or results described above to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, RioCan’s future acquisition or disposition activities with its joint venture partners.

Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to: a stable retail environment; relatively low and stable interest costs; access to equity and debt capital markets to fund, at acceptable costs, the future growth program to enable the Trust to refinance debts as they mature; and the availability of purchase opportunities for growth in Canada and the US. Although the forward-looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.

Except as required by applicable law, including compliance by RioCan of all obligations under securities laws, to the extent applicable, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements – Kimco
The statements in this release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with the company’s expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as it may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings filed with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia Devine
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973

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

Whole Foods Market to reduce a number of positions over the next eight weeks

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to lower prices for its customers and invest in technology upgrades while improving its cost structure, Whole Foods Market will reduce a number of positions over the next eight weeks. The company estimates the net reduction to be approximately 1,500 jobs, which represents 1.6 percent of its workforce. It anticipates many of the reductions to be managed through natural attrition and expects a significant percentage of affected Team Members will find other jobs from the nearly 2,000 open positions across the company or via new jobs created from the more than 100 new stores in development.

Whole Foods Market added over 9,000 new jobs in the past year and created nearly 35,000 over the past five years. “This is a very difficult decision, and we are committed to treating affected Team Members in a caring and respectful manner. We have offered them several options including transition pay, a generous severance, or the opportunity to apply for other jobs. In addition, we will pay these Team Members in full over the next eight weeks as they decide which option to choose.” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “We believe this is an important step to evolve Whole Foods Market in a rapidly changing marketplace.”

Disclaimer on Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this company statement and from time to time in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, news releases, reports, and other written and oral communications made by us and our representatives, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “continue,” “could,” “can,” “may,” “will,” “likely,” “depend,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “target,” and similar expressions, and include references to assumptions and relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this analysis are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to be materially different from such forward-looking statements and could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flows. These risks and uncertainties include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition and other factors which are often beyond the control of the Company, as well other risks listed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2014 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended July 5, 2015, and risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial.

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Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jason Buechel has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the 40 most influential young people in business.

Buechel, 37, is No. 11 on the magazine’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list.  He is responsible for all aspects of technology at Whole Foods Market and was recently promoted from global vice president and chief information officer to executive vice president and chief information officer, making him the youngest member of the company’s executive team.

“Jason is an integral part of Whole Foods Market’s leadership team, and we are proud to see his talents recognized with this well-deserved accomplishment,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “He continues to play a pivotal role in leading the company’s technology advancements and digital engagement, which is critical for improving the customer and team member experience and our ability to compete in a rapidly evolving retail environment.”

FORTUNE highlighted Buechel’s role in forging Whole Foods’s Market’s partnership with Instacart, implementing Apple Pay, testing the company’s first rewards program and developing systems that give full traceability to the supply chain and better inform customers about products’ nutritional and allergen information.

“We may think we live in the age of the tech unicorn, but disruption is coming at us from all corners of industry, as our 2015 ranking of the most influential young people in business shows,” FORTUNE editors wrote of this year’s list. “The one thing these mavericks have in common: They make their own rules. For the first time our list is 100% brand-new.”

Whole Foods Market is the only grocery retailer and food company represented on this year’s “40 Under 40” list.

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Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

Rite Aid’s new multi-channel marketing campaign to stop the flu aims at the heart of where most people actually get sick – at work

Multi-Channel Efforts Aimed at HR Directors Complement Consumer Campaign 

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid’s new marketing campaign to stop the flu goes right to the heart of where most people actually get sick – at work. The campaign, created by Rite Aid’s long-time agency MARC USA, is built around the insight that it’s important to protect yourself from the flu because others around you don’t and that Rite Aid gives you more tools to protect yourself with flu shots in store and at the workplace.

In 15 and 30 second TV spots now airing, we watch as a sneezing, wheezing colleague blows out his birthday candles at an office celebration. Co-workers cringe as he tries to pass out pieces of cake. Even the lady in the “I love cake” t-shirt runs in fear as a super reminds us that 63% of co-workers don’t get a flu shot (according to a 2014 CDC study*).

The message is echoed in radio, print, digital and in-store assets with calls to action like: “Get your flu shot – 65% say they would fly with the flu” and “Get your flu shot – 33% don’t wash their hands after sneezing.” Worse yet, at least one in four will come to work sick. So, the only way to be protected is to get a flu shot.

It’s a message that resonates strongly with those in the workplace charged with protecting employee health and wellness as well as productivity. Rite Aid SVP of Marketing John Learish reports that the number of the flu shots Rite Aid administered last year at onsite workplace clinics grew significantly. “We believe there’s great opportunity to continue to grow this service, and we’re making it easier than ever for employee benefits managers and HR staff to set up clinics and get the word out to their employees.”

Rite Aid hopes its increased marketing efforts on behalf of onsite workplace immunization clinics have a lasting effect. Learish continues, “Our goal is for the relationship between the patient and Rite Aid immunizing pharmacist begun at the workplace flu clinic to be carried through to the store for additional immunizations and other pharmacy needs. It’s a great way to help make Rite Aid their retail health care destination.”

The B2B program includes multi-channel outreach to employee benefits managers. The human touch is added though personal contact by Rite Aid pharmacists and Wellness Ambassadors to neighboring workplaces.

The consumer message is designed to reach busy working moms and active baby boomers with a media strategy including a mix of morning news, network and national cable, local spot, radio, in-store and digital including an extensive email program.

Bryan Hadlock, MARC USA Chief Creative Officer, explains the overall campaign concept. “We focused on the fact that you are really taking charge of your own wellness by protecting yourself from all the other people who don’t get flu shots. We used the office environment because it would resonate with so many people quickly and was equally compelling to both consumers and workplace decision makers.”

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

* http://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1314estimates.htm#age-group-adults

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Meijer duplicates the shoe shopping concept SKECHERS in four more stores this fall

Retailer continues its investment in fashion

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Only six months after Meijer announced the opening of its first SKECHERS concept shop inside its Knapp’s Corner store, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer announced today that it’s duplicating the shoe shopping experience in four more stores this fall.

This week, customers of the Midland, Mich. and Greenwood, Ind. Meijer stores will have the opportunity to shop for more than 200 of the latest SKECHERS shoe styles for men, women and children, and similar shops will open next week at Meijer stores in Marysville, Ohio, and Grafton, Wis.

“At Meijer, we are always striving to provide our customers with the great items they are looking for at affordable prices,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Meijer. “Our SKECHERS concept shops strengthen our commitment to customers and gives families a convenient place to shop for shoes together.”

Meijer has offered the popular SKECHERS shoe brand for more than a decade and is one of the largest retailers of the SKECHERS brand across the Midwest. The 804-square-foot SKECHERS concept shop began as a pilot project at the Knapp’s Corner Meijer to enhance the shoe-buying experience for its trend-savvy customers.

The concept shop has done so well that the retailer plans to expand to four more stores this year, with dozens of others on the horizon. The SKECHERS concept shop will feature four video screens to present product information and lifestyle news, including celebrity endorsements of SKECHERS shoes.

Grand opening celebrations, featuring giveaways and shoe experts from Meijer and SKECHERS, will be held at each of the new concept shops from noon to 3 p.m.:

  • Sept. 26 at the Greenwood, Ind. Meijer store
  • Oct. 3 at the Midland, Mich. Meijer store
  • Oct. 10 at the Marysville, Ohio Meijer store
  • Oct. 17 at the Grafton, Wisc. Meijer store

“SKECHERS remains a very popular national shoe brand for our customers, who are looking for style and fit at an affordable price,” said Glen Reinart, divisional merchandise manager of shoes, jewelry and accessories for Meijer. “Their designs and technology are kept fresh and appeal to all ages. These concept shops are a perfect way for our customers to easily find the SKECHERS style and fit that matches their lifestyle.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 222 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About SKECHERS USA, Inc.:
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,000 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.comand follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer duplicates the shoe shopping concept SKECHERS in four more stores this fall

Meijer duplicates the shoe shopping concept SKECHERS in four more stores this fall

Anu Gupta appointed VP Operational Excellence Target Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced the appointment of Anu Gupta to the role of senior vice president, operational excellence. In this role, which is new to Target, Gupta will lead a dedicated team in simplifying and optimizing processes across the business to help the retailer become more agile in anticipating and meeting guests’ needs. She will report to John Mulligan beginning October 12. Mulligan was recently elevated to the position of Target’s first chief operating officer.

Gupta brings more than 20 years of expertise in driving operational excellence, leveraging global operating models including outsourcing, procurement, lean six sigma process redesign and corporate development across diverse industries, including retail. She previously served as vice president for process and profit improvement at Michaels Stores, Inc., where she led the improvement of a variety of core business processes including inventory productivity, product delivery lead times and store operations. Prior to Michaels, Gupta held an operational leadership role at Safeway, Inc. and was responsible for creating strategic retail services initiatives. She joins Target from private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman, where she was senior operating executive with oversight for improving business processes and productivity across its portfolio companies.

Gupta’s appointment comes as Target’s leadership renews its focus on improving operational fundamentals, particularly technology systems and platforms, supply chain and out-of-stocks and the guest experience. The retailer is investing a previously announced $1 billion in supply chain and technology infrastructure this year, and is putting the right teams and leaders in place to spearhead the effort.

“Anu has a proven track record of increasing effectiveness across every aspect of organizations in a variety of complex businesses, including retail. She brings the right expertise to help simplify our operating processes to be more nimble and sustainable,  an important early step as we focus on shoring up our core operations and giving guests an on-demand experience,” said Mulligan.

“My focus upon arriving at Target will be working closely with leaders to help make strides in the efforts to strengthen the fundamentals. I have long admired Target and am looking forward to joining such a talented team and dynamic brand,” said Gupta.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,799 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

media contact
Erin Conroy
p: (612) 761-5928

SPOURCE: Target Brands, Inc.

2.200 PENNY Märkte erhalten individuelle Namen

Köln, Germany, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — PENNY Kiez, PENNY St. Pauli oder PENNY Schanzenstraße: Was seit Herbst 2014 bereits in 88 PENNY Märkten in Hamburg gelebt wird, ist bald deutschlandweit zu sehen: Vom 14. bis 26. September konnten PENNY-Kunden im Rahmen der aktuellen Kampagne des Discounters in ganz Deutschland über den Namenszusatz ihres jeweiligen Marktes abstimmen. Die PENNY Mitarbeiter hatten dazu je drei Vorschläge vorgegeben. Ab 5. Oktober werden die gewählten Namen nun sukzessive an jedem der 2.200 PENNY-Märkte angebracht.

Flankiert wird die Umstellung durch neue TV-Spots, die das Thema „Nachbarschaft“ mit einem Augenzwinkern aufgreifen. Nachbarschaftssituationen, die jeder kennt – von der Frage nach fehlenden Zutaten für ein Rezept bis hin zum Flirt auf der Haus-Party – klären sich erst auf den zweiten Blick als Szenen in den PENNY Märkten auf. So positioniert sich PENNY als selbstverständlicher Bestandteil seiner unmittelbaren Nachbarschaft. Produziert wurden die Filme von Mr. Bob Films in Zusammenarbeit mit Neverest, die betreuende Agentur ist serviceplan campaign 3 aus München.

„Mehr als eine Million Kunden sind unserem Wahlaufruf gefolgt. Wir sehen uns bestätigt, dass das Thema Nachbarschaft, das wir in verschiedenen Facetten bedienen, sehr wichtig ist. Lokalität und Regionalität spielen nicht mehr nur bei den Sortimenten eine Rolle. Wir arbeiten konsequent daran, nicht nur der Nahversoger, sondern auch  guter Nachbar für unsere Kunden zu sein“, so Stefan Magel, Geschäftsführer Marketing und Vertrieb bei PENNY.

Ab Sonntag, den 27.09., sind die neuen PENNY TV-Spots auf allen reichweitenstarken Sendern zu sehen.

PENNY erzielte 2014 allein in Deutschland mit 2.200 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von rund sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.370 Filialen und 18.200 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

Ansprechpartner:
Andreas Krämer
Pressesprecher PENNY
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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2.200 PENNY Märkte erhalten individuelle Namen

2.200 PENNY Märkte erhalten individuelle Namen

DeCA sales director Tracie Russ: Store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts and savings during October

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — October represents the unofficial start of the holiday season for commissary customers who want to see store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts beyond their usual 30 percent or more savings, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Whether it is celebrating Oktoberfest with friends or saluting friends and families from afar with a big, plump, roasted turkey, your commissary wants you to know we are here for you with extra savings and great opportunities to enhance your commissary benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director.

Russ is also reminding commissary patrons to check out their stores’ fresh produce section for coupon bundles offering even more savings, especially for events such as National Apple Month. Throughout October, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Drink To Pink.” In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple and Eve’s Northland brand is donating 25 cents per bottle up to $25,000 for product sold Oct. 1-31. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. There will also be a $1-off coupon for the purchase of two bottles. Look for mass pink displays in your local stateside commissary.
  • Halloween treats. There is still a lot of Halloween candy to be purchased before All Hallow’s Eve. Look for the “frightening” displays at your local commissary.
  • Oktoberfest! Through mid-October, commissary customers can find in-store displays and coupons for imported items from Germany and other European countries. A full line of German products are available, including chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard, red cabbage, pickles, noodles, coffee and more. Guten Appetit!
  • Kraft Foods Group Tailgate Savings. Kraft is offering “Hot Deals” on key tailgating products from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 worldwide. They will be providing a “Buy 6, save $5” tear pad on all tailgating essentials (100,000 in circulation). In addition, Kraft is providing over 100,000 coupons and recipe offers, $25 Commissary Gift Cards and over 800,000 high-value coupons.
  • “Italian & American Festival of Savings” Oct. 7-21 worldwide. There will be in-store coupon flyers and mass displays on Unilever brands such as Hellmann’s/Best Foods, Lipton, Knorr and Breyers as well as personal care brands including Dove, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips and Tresemme.
  • “We Honor and Thank You for All That You Do.” Oct. 7-21, General Mills will provide in-store, special-themed mass displays offering shoppers high-value in-store coupons in addition to online Commissary Rewards Card coupons.
  • “Believe in Heroes.” Beginning Oct. 22, this cause promotion will be supported by 300,000 high-value coupon flyers distributed worldwide. During the event, participating brands will provide a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. “Believe in Heroes” was created in 2010 to help support a new generation of injured service members. Look for “Believe in Heroes” mass displays in commissaries worldwide.
  • Thanksgiving holiday meal. Start asking for the free Turkey Coupon Booklet around the last week of October. Commissary customers worldwide will be able to use high-value coupons in order to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey. The booklet will also include preparation tips and holiday recipes. Supplies of these booklets worldwide will be limited. Check out their customized turkey website at www.mymilitarysavings.com.

“The fall season is a busy time for the commissaries,” Russ said. “We’re offering daily specials throughout the stores and seasonal club packs at great savings for the upcoming holidays. And, if you don’t have your Commissary Rewards Card yet, get one now from your local commissary. You could be missing out on some really great deals and giveaways.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. To see a video, visit our DVIDS orYouTube page.

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

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

Defense Commissary Agency turns 24 on Oct. 1

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty-four years ago on Oct. 1, the Defense Commissary Agency officially opened its doors for business around the world. Today, its employees are preparing to observe this anniversary the way they do every year: working hard to bring the commissary benefit to their customers with great savings on name-brand products at 240 stores in 13 countries.

And that’s a fine way to mark this anniversary, said Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. “Because what really matters are our customers, America’s military community – the people who bear the brunt of this nation’s defense today, and the people who performed that duty in the past, and those in their immediate families.”

In the last 24 years, the people of DeCA have improved the commissary benefit in multiple ways, Allison said. “You see it in the quality of the facilities we run, the stock assortments our stores carry, and the savings we provide our customers.”

While Oct. 1 marks DeCA’s 24th anniversary, the commissary benefit itself is almost 150 years old. In 1866, Congress authorized the Army to sell food items, at cost, to officers and enlisted men starting July 1, 1867. These sales were authorized at every Army post with a subsistence warehouse. Sales areas were simply a table or counter in the warehouse, and the official stock list was only 82 items – but this was the start of the modern commissary benefit.

Since the early years of the 20th century, commissaries have been similar to civilian grocery stores and supermarkets in terms of both layout and the number of items offered for sale. In the last 24 years, store facilities have been further upgraded, more people have become eligible to enjoy the benefit, and customer savings have increased.

In 1991, commissaries provided average customer savings of 20 percent when compared with local grocery chains. Today, average savings are more than 30 percent.

Thanks to customer surcharge dollars, which fund new stores or renovate existing ones, the agency strives to provide military families with a shopping experience comparable to civilian sector stores.

While the Congress-mandated surcharge has remained at 5 percent since 1983, the number of items stocked by commissaries has increased, from about 13,000 in the largest stores in 1991 to the 22,500 items available in DeCA’s larger commissaries in 2015. National Guard and Reserve personnel, always key components of the military, were granted full-time commissary benefits in 2004.

Through the years, conveniences such as self-checkouts, sushi bars, hot foods, deli-bakeries, credit and debit card acceptance, gift certificates and much more have been added to modern commissaries.

When natural disasters strike military installations, as happened 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit Gulf Coast installations hard, commissaries provide crucial aid to military and civilian families in need of food and supplies. Even when commissaries were severely damaged, temporary stores brought some sense of normality to affected customers.

Commissaries provide a substantial savings, particularly in high-cost-of-living areas of the country, and overseas they bring a morale-building “taste of home” by providing familiar American food products.

“When our troops go downrange, the families left behind depend upon their local community services, including the commissaries, to see them through tough, lonely times,” Allison said. “I know firsthand because the commissary’s been there for my family when I’ve had to deploy.

“With 24 years of experience as a Defense agency, commissaries continue delivering this highly valued military benefit to our men and women in uniform and their families,” he added.

So, as the agency observes its 24th birthday, Allison said he’s celebrating with a movie from the exchange, and some drinks, popcorn and other snacks from his commissary.

“I appreciate my commissary benefit and the folks who have run it for nearly a quarter of a century,” he said. “And I salute them all for carrying on that tradition of service.”

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

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

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