Learn the 4 steps of tasting coffee inside the Starbucks Coffee Cupping Room in the company’s Seattle headquarters

SEATTLE, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — On National Coffee Day, step inside the Starbucks Coffee Cupping Room in the company’s Seattle headquarters to learn the four steps of tasting coffee.

Click play, and listen to the audio story while enjoying your first cup of the day.

Four Steps of Tasting Coffee:

Always smell a coffee before you taste it. Your mouth distinguishes only four tastes – salty, sweet, bitter and sour – but your nose can detect thousands of smells. Cup your hand over the coffee, hold the cup close to your nose and inhale.

When tasting a coffee, it’s important to slurp it. This sprays the coffee across your entire palate and lets the subtle flavors and aromas reach all the tasting zones of your mouth.

Consider how the coffee feels in your mouth. Where are you experiencing the flavors? Locate where you taste the flavor on your tongue.

What words would you use to characterize the aroma, flavor and describe how the coffee feels and tastes in your mouth? What other food flavors or aromas can you compare the coffee to?

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Learn the 4 steps of tasting coffee inside the Starbucks Coffee Cupping Room in the company's Seattle headquarters

Learn the 4 steps of tasting coffee inside the Starbucks Coffee Cupping Room in the company’s Seattle headquarters

Carrefour gives its customers and stakeholders a look behind the scenes at its stores

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/This is the first time anything like this has been done in France: a major retailer is giving its customers and stakeholders a look behind the scenes at its stores. This event – branded “J’optimisme – behind the scenes” will run from 5 to 11 October at Carrefour stores. It will give several thousand people throughout France the opportunity to see their local hypermarkets as they have never seen them before. All during this special week, they’ll be invited to take part in fun, subject-specific workshops all about life in hypermarkets.

“J’optimisme – behind the scenes”: an immersive experience of day-to-day life in a hypermarket
Since many people still have a lot of preconceived ideas about what retail is all about, Carrefour is offering its customers a completely original experience. An interactive immersive experience during which they’ll get to meet the teams who work at the stores every day, providing customers with a broad range of high-quality products and services at the best possible prices, ensuring that the shopping experience is fun, friendly and useful.

“Discovery” workshops giving people a new Carrefour experience
A number of workshops providing insights into day-to-day life in Carrefour hypermarkets will feature on the “J’optimisme – behind the scenes” programme:
First of all, customers will discover a whole world of fresh produce at practical workshops and demonstrations. They’ll get to meet the retailer’s food preparation and fresh produce professionals alongside their partners and local producers. They’ll see how bread is prepared in a traditional bakery, they’ll watch meat being sliced by butchers, they’ll get the full experience of what it’s like to work at the fish counter or in the fruit and vegetable section… and everything else that breathes life into a hypermarket as customers make their way round it.

And then, since doing one’s job well also means making commitments and assuming one’s responsibility as a retailer in a whole range of different areas, the CSR workshop will showcase the various initiatives that Carrefour is involved in for reducing wastage and managing the waste it generates, as well as the solutions it has developed with its suppliers and service providers to reduce its energy consumption and protect the planet’s biodiversity. The workshop will provide customers with opportunities to talk with representatives of the local associations with which Carrefour has established partnerships.

The visits will end with a chat with the men and women who work at the checkouts – a role which, in addition to being essential for business, creates bonds on a day-to-day basis with all the customers. Visitors will get to shadow them and even take their places for a few minutes!

If you want to be among the first to take part in this nationwide event, register your interest at www.carrefourcotecoulisses.com or go to the reception area at your local hypermarket.

 

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Carrefour gives its customers and stakeholders a look behind the scenes at its stores

Carrefour gives its customers and stakeholders a look behind the scenes at its stores

Macy’s will put the power of pink to work this October in the fight against breast cancer

Macy’s stores and macys.com support the fight against breast cancer with pink product from the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony line and many more beloved brands

NEW YORK, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — This October, Macy’s will put the power of pink to work through an inspirational and fashionable campaign that draws attention, heightens awareness and raises funds in the fight against breast cancer. With in-store and online destinations, Macy’s elevates the fundraising focus on a disease that affects not only women, but the family and friends that surround them. Pink prevails in-store with commemorative and exclusive product from fashion and cosmetics to home merchandise, and Pink Pony apparel and accessories, as well as a limited-edition Pink Pony Pin. With a plentitude of pink, Macy’s celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with style, strength and steadfast support.

“Macy’s commitment to furthering awareness and prevention for a cause like breast cancer that has affected so many within our communities, is incredibly inspiring and strong,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy’s. “Our passion for charitable initiatives is even more impactful with the support of our customers, employees and partners, such as Ralph Lauren, who come together to make a difference. By creating dedicated touch points within our stores and on macys.com with our Pink Shop, customers who are just as committed to the cause as we are have a place to shop and do good fashionably.”

For the third year, Macy’s has joined forces with the Pink Pony Fund, The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s initiative in the fight against cancer, by offering a special collection of items that transform Polo Ralph Laurenshops into Pink Pony destinations in 48 Macy’s locations across the country and at macys.com/pink. The Shop will be comprised of tees, tanks, long-sleeve fleece, sweatpants, knits, leggings, polos, vests and windbreakers for him and her. Newly added items for this year include the Pink Pony limited-edition fragrances of Ralph Lauren Romance and Midnight Romance of which 15 percent of the retail sales price* will be donated to the Pink Pony Fund during October 2015, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000. Twenty-five percent** of the purchase price of all Pink Pony apparel and accessories sold by Macy’s inthe United States will benefit the Pink Pony Fund for causes devoted to cancer awareness, education and research. In addition, from Oct. 1-18, Macy’s customers who show their support by purchasing the limited-edition, commemorative Pink Pony Pin for $5 ($4 of which benefits the Pink Pony Fund, with 25 percent of the donated amount to support breast cancer-related causes***) will receive a special discount up to 20 percent on a wide assortment of merchandise at all full-line Macy’s stores nationwide (with applied exclusions). Since the launch of this exclusive partnership in 2013, sales of Pink Pony products at Macy’s have raised more than $4 million for the cause.

The pink spotlight grows stronger with macys.com’s very own, specially-curated Pink Shop for the cause. Select Macy’s stores and macys.com/pink will offer a curated collection of incredible fashion and home brands including Coach, Carolee, Guess, KitchenAid, Waterford, Ideology and Style & Co., each donating a portion of the sale of special pink merchandise to various organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Shoppers can even freshen up their beauty routine with finds from the industry’s most sought after cosmetic and fragrance brands such as Clinique, Bobbie Brown, Estee Lauder, Origins, Aramis, Tweezerman, L’Oréal, Givenchy, Conair and Chi. Beginning Sept. 28, customers can find the complete assortment of passionately pink items that support the cause by visiting Macy’s Pink Shop online.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer (Stages I-IV) are diagnosed among women in the United States in a year, resulting in approximately 40,000 deaths. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Through various partnerships and joint efforts, Macy’s maintains a steadfast dedication to finding a cure. This year’s program is targeted to reaching customers in every aspect of their lives.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

*Ralph Lauren Fragrances will donate to the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation 100 percent of the profits equal to approximately 15 percent of the retail sales price for each Ralph Lauren Romance Pink Pony Limited Edition and Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Pink Pony Limited Edition purchased in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia through authorized distributors from Oct. 1, 2015 to Oct. 31, 2015, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000 from the sale of these products. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible.

**From Sept. 15, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016, Ralph Lauren Corporation will donate to the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation 25 percent of the retail sales price of all Pink Pony apparel and accessories sold at Macy’s stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and on macys.com.

***From Sept. 15, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016, Macy’s will donate to the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation $4 from the retail sales price of each Pink Pony Lapel Pin sold at Macy’s stores in the United States,Puerto Rico and Guam. Of the $4 donated, the Pink Pony Fund will make a grant of approximately $1 to breast cancer-related charitable causes.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Elina Kazan, 646-429-7448
Elina.Kazan@macys.com
or
Marissa Nicolaescu, 646-429-5232
marissa.nicolaescu@macys.com

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Macy's exclusive Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Pin goes on sale in stores October 1 to raise funds in the fight against cancer. (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s exclusive Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Pin goes on sale in stores October 1 to raise funds in the fight against cancer. (Photo: Business Wire)

Graduate schemes at John Lewis Partnership open for applications on 1 October

LONDON, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year the Partnership received 15,000 applications for its graduate schemes, which this year will have an increased focus on IT – a growing area that underpins the omni-channel growth of the business.

The five schemes are split across the John Lewis, Waitrose, and John Lewis Partnership divisions of the business, and are aimed at students graduating in 2016 or those who have already graduated and are seeking a new career opportunity.

The five available schemes are:

  • Waitrose Leadership
  • John Lewis Partnership Finance
  • John Lewis Partnership Technology
  • John Lewis Buying
  • John Lewis Merchandising.

The Partnership has a business-wide focus on technology and retail innovation and is constantly evolving and modernising in order to meet customer demand. The omni-channel retailer is searching for talented graduates who can help continue to innovate and move the retail sector forward. All candidates must demonstrate excellent academic ability, a shared passion for retail and strong leadership potential.

David Hunn, Director, IT Delivery at John Lewis initially joined the Partnership on the Technology graduate scheme. David commented: ‘I applied for the Technology graduate scheme not only because I had an interest in technology, but because I was really interested in a career in retail. Shopping is something truly visible that everyone can connect with on some level, and that really appealed to me. John Lewis’ excellent reputation as an employer was also a great attraction.

‘I’ve been with the business for 25 years now and have watched technology go from being something that supported the business, to being an integral part of every aspect of it. Whichever scheme you join today, you will see how technology plays a vital part in the running of our omni-channel business.

‘We’re looking for graduates that can not only demonstrate excellent academic ability, but show a thorough understanding of the retail market and how we can work together to move the sector forward.’

Godfrey Asare joined the Waitrose Graduate Leadership Scheme last year and is currently working as an Analytics Project Manager in the Waitrose eCommerce team. ‘The Graduate Leadership Scheme has been challenging but hugely rewarding. ECommerce has a leading role in retail and is transforming the way we shop, so it’s fantastic to be at the heart of this, playing such a key role in our Modern Waitrose strategy.’

Starting salaries will range from £24,000-£29,000 dependent on scheme, in addition to a Partnership discount card, ticket subsidies and even the chance to enjoy a discounted holiday at one of five holiday centres.

Candidates can apply at www.jlpjobs.com and entry requirements depend on the scheme applied for. Please be aware that candidates can only apply for one scheme.

In the event of an exceptionally high response rate, applications will close early and further submissions will not be accepted. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the schemes, the selection process, to read our graduate blog and lots of other useful information from graduates themselves and our recruitment team, please see http://jlpjobs.com/graduates/.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership 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), johnlewis.com, 342 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 88,700 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:
Waitrose
Rob Cadwell, Senior Press Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 01344 826182
Email: rob.cadwell@waitrose.co.uk
John Lewis
Emma Cole, Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 798 3829
Email: emma.l.cole@johnlewis.co.uk

Walgreens Boots Alliance will release its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year earnings on 28 October

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, 28 October 2015, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 28 October 2015 through 4 November 2015, by calling 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or 404-537-3406 outside the USA and Canada, using replay code 42212047.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related conference call and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-Q for the quarter ending 28 February 2015, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

LVMH and HEC Paris business school to create the Chair for General Management and Retail Excellence

PARIS, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH and the HEC Paris business school have signed a partnership agreement to create the Chair for General Management and Retail Excellence, a teaching and research program dedicated to luxury brand management.

Leaders in their respective fields with strong ties through the talents they recruit and train, LVMH and HEC have joined to found the Chair for General Management and Retail Excellence. The Chair will draw on expertise from professors at HEC, as well as the talents and engagement of managers from numerous LVMH Group companies. This long-term partnership will create a new benchmark in the field thanks to major educational initiatives.

The Chair will train tomorrow’s talents in every aspect of the luxury industry, from sales and merchandising to logistics. It will give students in the program access to unique career opportunities thanks to targeted specialization. For LVMH, this is also a means to engage directly with an international pool of high-potential talents who have  multicultural profiles and who welcome career mobility. What’s more, this partnership creates opportunities to focus research on fundamental issues facing the luxury industry. At the signing of the agreement, Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies, said: “Retail figures at the heart of the LVMH Group’s strategy and offers career opportunities that students are not always aware of. Our customer advisors, buyers, visual merchandisers, trainers and managers are the front-line ambassadors of our Houses.”

LVMH already has long-term partnerships with leading schools around the world, including ESSEC in Paris, Bocconi in Milan, Central Saint Martins in London and Parsons in New York. This latest agreement deepens the presence of LVMH in an educational ecosystem that prepares students for the incredible variety of careers available in luxury.

SOURCE: LVMH

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LVMH and HEC Paris business school to create the Chair for General Management and Retail Excellence

LVMH and HEC Paris business school to create the Chair for General Management and Retail Excellence

EROSKI y Gureak abrirán el primer supermercado de España gestionado integramente por personas con discapacidad

  • El supermercado franquiciado EROSKI/city abrirá sus puertas al público en Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa) el próximo 15 de octubre
  • La iniciativa de innovación social persigue generar nuevas oportunidades de empleabilidad e integración de estas personas, así como visibilizar sus diversas capacidades y aptitudes

Elorrio, Elorrio, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y el GUREAK trabajan en un proyecto conjunto llevado a cabo desde la economía social y que se materializará el próximo octubre con la apertura del primer supermercado de España gestionado íntegramente por personas con discapacidad.

Como proyecto de innovación social, la iniciativa persigue abrir nuevas oportunidades para la inclusión laboral de personas con discapacidad e impulsar la visibilización de la diversidad de capacidades y aptitudes en la sociedad, a través del contacto directo con el público.

El nuevo supermercado franquiciado EROSKI/city abrirá sus puertas al público en Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa) el próximo 15 de octubre. Estará gestionado por un equipo de diez personas con discapacidad que actualmente están recibiendo formación específica en otros supermercados EROSKI.

GUREAK y EROSKI están trabajando conjuntamente en la generación de conocimiento y la adecuación de los procesos de trabajo, tareas y funciones que requiere la gestión de un supermercado a los perfiles y capacidades diversas de las personas que trabajarán en el EROSKI/city de Azpeitia. Este proyecto representa un nuevo paso hacia la diversificación laboral del empleo social, tractor de nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo personal y profesional para personas con discapacidad.

10 Nectar points for every litre of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s, 1-31 October

LONDON, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Thursday 1st until Saturday 31st October, customers can collect 10 Nectar points for every litre of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s, simply by filling up and swiping their Nectar card. This is the equivalent of five pence off per litre and gives Sainsbury’s customers great value for money, following last week’s petrol price drop of up to two pence per litre.

  • Earn ten points, instead of one, on every litre of fuel
  • Equivalent of 5p off per litre
  • No maximum number of fill ups

The event lasts for the entire month of October and there is no limit to how many times you can fill up, so savvy shoppers can make the most of the offer and really boost their Nectar balances in the run up to Christmas. The festive period is the most popular time amongst Sainsbury’s customers to redeem Nectar points. Last year, £107.3 million worth of points were spent in November and December alone.

Avishai Moor, Sainsbury’s Head of Fuel said: “This is one of the biggest points giveaways we have ever done and will really boost our customers’ Nectar balances in the run up to Christmas. We know that fuel can be a big expense, so we are happy to be able to reward motorists in this way.”

Notes to editors:

Terms and conditions: Base points on fuel are 1 point per litre of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s petrol stations. From 1st to 31st October inclusive, customers will receive 10 points per litre of fuel (inclusive of base points of 1 point per litre of fuel) purchased at Sainsbury’s petrol stations.

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10 Nectar points for every litre of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s, 1-31 October

10 Nectar points for every litre of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s, 1-31 October

Sainsbury’s: Legislation in England to introduce a levy on single-use plastic bags for all large retailers

LONDON, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 5th October, legislation will come into force in England introducing a levy on single-use plastic bags for all large retailers, including Sainsbury’s. Of course this has been happening for some time in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so many of our customers are already familiar with how this works.

The government was very clear when it proposed this legislation that its primary objective was to protect the environment and reduce the number of bags we all use. At Sainsbury’s we thought about how we could best support these aims and we therefore decided to create a thicker reusable bag which we will sell for 5p and replace it when it wears out. The current, free, single-use bags will be removed from our English stores altogether. Having already done this in Scotland and Wales, we know it radically reduces bag use and we believe this is the most effective way for us to help our customers use fewer bags. Our bags will be better for the environment too – they will be made from 100% recycled materials and will be reusable, and then recyclable again once they have worn out. For our customers that shop online, we are introducing a ‘bagless’ option, which gives them the choice to opt out of using bags all together or be charged a flat rate of 40p for single-use plastic carrier bags.

Although the introduction of our thicker reusable bag will not be subject to the levy, we will still donate all profits from these bags to good causes, this is alongside the levy charged for the single-use carrier bags distributed through online orders. This will be in addition to what we already raise for charity, which last year was £52 million.

We think this is the best way to do the right thing for the environment, whilst still supporting good causes.

Roger Burnley, Director of Retail and Operations

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Sainsbury’s: Legislation in England to introduce a levy on single-use plastic bags for all large retailers

Sainsbury’s: Legislation in England to introduce a levy on single-use plastic bags for all large retailers

Belk to hire 5,800 seasonal employees to support locations throughout the company’s 16-state footprint during the holiday season

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk, Inc. is hiring an additional 5,800 seasonal employees to support locations throughout the company’s 16-state footprint during the holiday season.

Four-thousand employees will be hired to assist with sales floor functions such as selling, straightening and folding, maintaining fitting rooms, etc. The other 1,800 positions will be dedicated to store operations work such as in-store e-commerce order fulfillment, unloading and processing freight as it arrives from the distribution facility each day, prepping the sales floor and merchandising. All positions are part time position, and there are opportunities for dedicated, high-performing individuals to transition to full time Belk associates after 90 days.

“This is an incredible opportunity for motivated people to join a growing company,” said Eric Bass, senior vice president of staffing and productivity at Belk. “You can be part of a team that serves thousands of Belk customers during the busy holiday season. Whether you’re looking to earn extra money for the next few months, or start the next phase of you career, this is a great opportunity.”

Applicants interested in becoming part of the Belk team for the holidays should visit www.belk.com/careers and select “Search Seasonal Positions” to complete an application.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 297 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

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Marks & Spencer and Breast Cancer Now plan to prevent 9,000 cases of breast cancer a year by 2025

Marks & Spencer and Breast Cancer Now unveil plans to help prevent 9,000 cases of breast cancer a year by 2025

LONDON, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) today launches a new partnership with Breast Cancer Now which aims to raise £13 million over the next five years in a bid to prevent 9,000 cases of breast cancer a year by 2025. This will play a part in Breast Cancer Now’s wider goal to reduce 30 per cent of cases of breast cancer by 2050.

To kick off the partnership a new social media campaign #ShowYourStrap will call upon M&S customers to take to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show support for the battle against breast cancer, by posting a selfie showing their bra strap. Nominations of friends and family to do the same will be encouraged, along with donating £3 to Breast Cancer Now via text.

From tomorrow and throughout October M&S stores nationwide and M&S.com will promote the partnership and stock a range of exclusive lingerie – including a post-surgery bra with specifically developed features for women who have undergone surgery – fragrance and flowers that will include a donation to Breast Cancer Now. M&S’ biggest store, Marble Arch on Oxford Street, will turn pink for October.

The money raised by the partnership will help Breast Cancer Now’s scientists discover a way to calculate an individual woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. It is hoped this vital research will lead to the development of a risk assessment tool in the future that will better inform women of the options available to them based on their own, personal risk of breast cancer.

Currently, women in the UK have an average one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime and only women considered ‘high risk’ because of their family history are entitled to additional check-ups and preventative options, which may help them reduce this risk. However, there is no such thing as an average woman and the development of a risk prediction tool for all women to use would mean many more could benefit from tailored risk reduction advice in the future.

Jo Jenkins, Director of Womenswear, Lingerie and Beauty at M&S says: “This is a campaign that will have a direct impact on the fight against breast cancer and it is a cause that matters to our customers. Over the past 14 years, together with our customers, we’ve raised over £20 million for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, now Breast Cancer Now, and we’re now making it even easier for our customers to get involved and donate to this amazing cause.”

Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Nowi says: “One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes in the UK. While our Generations Study – which M&S has played an integral part in helping to fund – has already given us unprecedented insight into the causes of breast cancer, we still don’t know enough about how these different factors interact and what this means for an individual woman. The continuing research that M&S and its customers will help make possible will enable our scientists to take that all-important next step to ultimately start preventing the disease, sparing women and their loved ones the fear and uncertainty breast cancer can cause.”

Research previously conducted by Breast Cancer Now  revealed that 82 per centii of women surveyediii agreed that, if it were possible, they would want to use this tool to find out their individual risk of developing breast cancer if it was offered free by the NHS. Further researchiv to find out why women would want to be told their risk was mixed and prompted multiple considerations from many, including 45 per cent agreeing they would want to know for peace of mind; 38 per cent to feel more in control of their health; and 38 per cent to make an informed choice on whether they should change their lifestyle.

However, despite the desire for women to find out their own risk of developing breast cancer, only 23 per centv claim to be ‘very aware’ of what factors can increase risk of the disease.

While helping to fund important research into breast cancer prevention, the five-year initiative will also include a wellbeing programme to share the most up to date advice on what more general steps women can take now to help reduce the risk of breast cancer, such as maintaining a healthy weight.

The partnership between M&S and Breast Cancer Now is part of Spark Something Good, which aims to get employees and customers involved in Plan A (M&S’ eco and ethical programme). Launched in July this year, customers and employees can get involved by volunteering in their community, Shwopping old clothes or donating to local and national causes, including supporting the battle against breast cancer.

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Notes to Editors

For further information / interviews / images:

Vishal Rana vishal@hellounity.com 020 7440 9810
Robyn Swan robyn@hellounity.com 020 7440 9810

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All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,067 women, of which 1,059 don’t have/ have never had breast cancer. Fieldwork was undertaken between 16th-17th September 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK women (aged 18+).

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,074 adults, of which, 1,017 were women who agreed to take part in the survey. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd – 4th September 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About Plan A
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s sustainable business plan that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. Launched in 2007, the plan is focused on customer, employee and supplier engagement and includes commitments that tackle issues such as climate change, waste, raw materials, health and being a fair partner.

About Breast Cancer Now

  • Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity;
  • Breast Cancer Now’s ambition is that by 2050 no one will die from breast cancer. The charity is determined to stop women dying from the disease, working in a new, collaborative way and bringing together all those affected by the disease to fund research, share knowledge and find answers;
  • M&S has worked with Breast Cancer Now (via its heritage charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer) since 2001. During this time, M&S has raised £20 million for the charity’s cutting-edge research, including the Generations Study, a study following more than 113,000 UK women over 40 years to help better understand the causes of breast cancer;
  • Breast Cancer Now’s world class research is focused entirely on breast cancer. The charity supports nearly 450 of the world’s brightest researchers at more than 20 locations across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives;
  • Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis and one in eight women will face it in their lifetime. This year alone, more than 50,000 women will be told they have the disease;
  • The UK still has one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe and this year alone nearly 12,000 women will lose their lives. It’s time to act;
  • Breast Cancer Now launched in June 2015, created by the merger of leading research charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work visit breastcancernow.orgor follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

i As Breakthrough Breast Cancer in 2014

ii Research conducted by YouGov on September 2014 – 1,082 representative panel size; secondary research conducted by YouGov on September 2015 – 1,067 representative panel size
iii Women who agreed to take part in the survey
iv Sample excluded women who have/had ever had breast cancer
v Sample excluded women who have/had ever had breast cancer
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H&M welcomes the new co-operation between the Swedish and Bangladeshi governments and the UN’s ILO

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — We welcome the new co-operation between the Swedish and Bangladeshi governments and the UN body ILO. It aims at strengthening the relation between the actors in the labor market and promoting social dialogue in the Bangladeshi textile industry. These are important ambitions and in line with H&M’s already ongoing work. The collaboration agreement was signed during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Bangladesh is an important production market for us and we have worked to promote a stable labour market for many years. Thanks to our long experience from the Bangladeshi textile industry as well as our knowledge within the social dialogue area, we are able to contribute to this new collaboration hands-on.

For example, we are running a social dialogue programme in Bangladesh aiming at democratically elected employee committees at the supplier factories, which is an important part of our fair living wage strategy. Our goal is that all factories that produce for H&M will be covered by the project during 2018. Furthermore, we collaborate with the ILO and SIDA within skill development in Bangladesh. The project was initiated in 2013, and is also closely linked to our work within the wage area. This work aims at creating a link between actual skills and the wage level as well as improved productivity and occupational safety in the textile industry.

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Global Citizen Festival: H&M Conscious Foundation joined forces with world leaders, artists and activists to support the new Global Goals

During the festivities around the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday the H&M Conscious Foundation joined forces with world leaders, artists and activists to support the new Global Goals. The Foundation committed to giving 45,000 of the poorest people in India access to clean water and toilets, through a partnership with Practical Action.

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The commitment was announced during the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York, on September 26th. The event brought together 60,000 people and over a dozen world leaders and prominent activists from all over the world to celebrate the new Global Goals, signed by world leaders at the UN on Friday. On stage were also a star-studded line of up celebrity hosts and musicians including Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.

The H&M Conscious Foundation and Practical Action committed to Goal nr 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and launched a new $1.3M project that will bring clean water and safe sanitation to Khurda city, one of the poorest communities in India. The city has a population of 45,000 and in its slums 94% of households don’t have a toilet. There is no city sewerage system and sludge waste collected from septic tanks is tipped into the public drains, causing blockages and flooding.

The project will use innovative technology to tackle the sanitation crisis in Khurda. For example, human waste will be turned into biogas (that can be used for cooking for example) and fertilizer (that can be used for farming), waste water will be collected and treated and roof based rainwater harvesting and filtering technologies will provide clean water.

“The need for better sanitation in the developing world is clear,” says Simon Trace, CEO of Practical Action. “By improving how we deal with human waste, we can save lives, improve child health and ensure greater dignity and personal safety, particularly women and children.”

Maria Bystedt, Acting Global Manager, H&M Conscious Foundation continues: “The setup of this project is indeed impressive; introducing pioneering approaches using innovative technology within human waste management and at the same time focusing on community buy-in and behavioral change.”

H&M US, a major partner of the Global Citizen Festival, made it easy for H&M customers to earn festival tickets through two easy actions.  Customers could purchase exclusive Global Citizen Festival t-shirts, designed in collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Coldplay (made of sustainable materials), or recycle old clothes at any H&M store location and help close the loop for fashion. Through these actions, fashionistas and global citizens could earn action points to win festival tickets and join H&M in the journey toward global environmental stability by securing a more sustainable fashion future.

Please find further information about Global Citizen Festival at www.globalcitizen.org.

About the Global Goals
On September 25th world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. Learn more at http://www.globalgoals.org/

About Practical Action
Practical Action is an international development charity that uses technology to challenge poverty. Since being set up 50 years ago, by the economist and philosopher EF Schumacher, Practical Action has been working with poor communities around the globe and is today present in more than 40 developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Through technology Practical Action enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions. Thus transforming their lives forever, protecting the world around them and helping them break out of the cycle of poverty for good. For further information, please visitwww.practicalaction.org.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill restored most of its pork supply and again serves Carnitas in 90 percent of its restaurants

New Supplier Enables Chipotle to Return Popular Menu Item to Restaurants around the Country

DENVER, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced that it has restored most of its pork supply and is again serving Carnitas in 90 percent of its restaurants. The company expects to have Carnitas back in all of its restaurants by the end of November.

Chipotle stopped serving Carnitas at more than a third of its restaurants earlier this year after it suspended one of its primary pork suppliers when routine auditing found inconsistencies between the supplier’s operations and Chipotle’s pork protocol. Chipotle’s high standards require that pigs are raised with access to the outdoors or deeply bedded barns, without the use of antibiotics, and with no gestation crates. These practices are in stark contrast with how pigs are conventionally raised, so Chipotle opted to pull Carnitas from hundreds of restaurants rather than compromise its commitment to animal welfare.

“The decision to stop selling Carnitas in many of our restaurants was an easy one,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO at Chipotle. “We simply will not compromise our high standards for animal welfare. Since making this decision, we have heard from thousands of our customers who have expressed support for our decision, and commended us for standing on principle. Now, we are excited to have Carnitas back in nearly all of our restaurants, and want to thank our customers for their patience while we worked to address this issue.”

Carnitas is now available at all Chipotle locations in the U.S. with the exception of restaurants in the Cleveland and Atlanta areas, and inNorth Carolina and South Carolina. Chipotle has been able to replenish its pork supply working with existing suppliers and by adding a new partner, United Kingdom-based Karro Food. Karro produces delicious pork from pigs raised to Chipotle’s high standards for animal welfare.

While Chipotle continues to prefer domestic sources for all of its meat, conventionally raised pork in the U.S. does not meet the company’s high standards for animal welfare. Pigs raised conventionally are raised indoors, in densely crowded conditions with little or no bedding. Most live on slatted metal floors that allow their waste to collect beneath them in liquefied pools. Mother pigs are often kept for months at a time in metal crates so small that they cannot turn around, and copious quantities of antibiotics are used to keep the animals from getting sick in these conditions. When faced with the choice between serving conventional pork in some of its restaurants or nothing at all, Chipotle chose not to serve Carnitas in hundreds of its restaurants rather than compromising its standards.

For more information, please visit chipotle.com/carnitas.

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

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The Nipawin Business Improvement District’s (BID) vision of a new town square won the Co-op Community Spaces contest

Nipawin, Canada, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to an outpouring of public support — and a $25,000 prize from Co-op Community Spaces — the town of Nipawin is well on its way to making its downtown an exciting and vibrant destination for visitors and locals alike.

The Nipawin Business Improvement District’s (BID) vision of a new town square won the top prize in the inaugural Co-op Community Spaces contest, which ran Sept. 14 to 25. In total, more than 9,100 votes were cast online for finalists in Nipawin, Sask., Winnipeg, Man., Stony Plain, Alta. and Nanaimo, B.C. Videos profiling the finalists have received more than 130,000 views online.

“While not the largest community in this contest, Nipawin certainly showed its heart,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “The community should be proud of its effort and this project, which we know will have a lasting impact.”

The funds will help support the BID’s plans to revitalize the site of a former gas station by turning it into a town square for community events. Once finished, the new space could host farmers’ markets, live concerts and yoga classes while connecting to bike and walking trails.

The Nipawin town square project already received $90,000 this year through Community Spaces. It was one of 16 recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects in Western Canada that shared $1 million in funding from the Co-operative Retailing System, which is comprised of Federated Co-operatives Limited and 210 independent retail co-ops.

“We were thrilled with the response to Co-op Community Spaces, both from the inspiring organizations that are developing these projects and the communities that came out to support them,” said Huard. “We are excited to watch these projects grow at the local level. We’re already looking forward to seeing the enterprising proposals that will make up next year’s Community Spaces program.”

More information about Community Spaces and this year’s recipients is available on communityspaces.ca.

 Community Spaces 2015 final results
Nipawin 3,465
Nanaimo 3,167
Stony Plain 2,310
Winnipeg 220
Total 9,162

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The Nipawin Business Improvement District has received a total of $115,000 from Co-op Community Spaces this year to support the development of a new town square.

The Nipawin Business Improvement District has received a total of $115,000 from Co-op Community Spaces this year to support the development of a new town square.

National Association of Convenience Stores, Tyson Foods, Inc. to donate truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev., 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Tyson Foods, Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores partnered today to donate a truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas to help eliminate hunger in southern Nevada.

Three Square, which serves Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties, will distribute the donated food through its service network of agency partners including nonprofit and faith-based organizations that provide daily meals and food pantry services to food-insecure Nevadans.

With today’s donation, Tyson Foods has provided nearly 470,000 pounds of product to Three Square throughout the years.

“Protein is a precious resource to a food bank and often is hard to come by due to higher costs,” said Brian Burton, CEO and president of Three Square Food Bank. “The contributions of companies such as Tyson Foods allow us to carry out our mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation, which will be distributed to food-insecure individuals in Southern Nevada.”

With September being Hunger Action Month and the annual NACS Show—one of the Top 40 largest trade shows in the United States— just two weeks away, this is the perfect time for this donation, said Jeff Lenard, vice president of NACS strategic industry initiatives.

“Convenience stores are closely tied to the communities they serve, especially around charitable giving. Our industry donated close to $100 million last year to local charities and we are delighted to work with these great partners to give back to Las Vegas,” Lenard said.

Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company partners with Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States.

Earlier this month, Tyson Foods announced its renewed commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level. “Partnering with organizations like Three Square Food Bank and NACS is important to us in raising awareness about food insecurity in communities all around the U.S.,” said Kevin Miller, senior marketing manager for Tyson Foods. “In this community alone, Three Square distributes more than 34 million pounds of food and product each year. We’re honored to get to be a part of that.”

To learn more about Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas and its hunger-relief efforts, visit http://www.threesquare.org/.

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

Gap CEO Art Peck announced significant Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to advance the lives of 1 million women by 2020

By sharing its proprietary P.A.C.E program with other organizations, company seeks to harness collective action for the advancement of women throughout the world

NEW YORK, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Art Peck, chief executive officer of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), announced today a significant Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to advance the lives of one million women by 2020 by expanding the company’s award-winning life-skills education program, Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement).

To achieve this ambitious goal, Peck outlined plans to continue scaling the P.A.C.E. program within Gap Inc.’s global supply chain and in communities around the world. Additionally, P.A.C.E. will broaden into a suite of learning programs with new curriculum to reach adolescent girls in their communities as well as a women’s leadership program for P.A.C.E. graduates or women in communities who have demonstrated leadership ability. And, for the first time, Gap Inc. will offer access to this signature proprietary program to global partners and other corporations to further broaden the program’s reach.

“From Phnom Penh to Pittsburgh, women share in common an ambition to advance. What some lack are opportunities, particularly access to education,” said Peck. “We are committed to advancing the lives of one million women by expanding our P.A.C.E. program, and we hope others will join us. We know that with the right opportunities, women become powerful agents of change in their families and in their communities.”

Launched in 2007, P.A.C.E. delivers tangible change in women’s lives. Designed as an education program offering life-skills classes to female garment workers, the holistic curriculum includes up to 80 hours of classes in as many as nine subject areas, such as communication skills; financial literacy; time and stress management; and problem solving and decision-making.

P.A.C.E.’s evaluation results have demonstrated that the program improves the lives of women and their families by developing women’s knowledge, skills and confidence. The program also has a strong business impact by reducing turnover and absenteeism. Among the awards P.A.C.E. has received is the 2014 Empowerment of Women Award by the Global CSR Summit & Awards.

P.A.C.E. caught the attention of President Bill Clinton in 2012, at which time the former president encouraged Gap Inc. to consider expanding the footprint of P.A.C.E to benefit more women globally. It was therefore fitting that Peck delivered the company’s commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, held this week in New York.

To date, P.A.C.E. has reached more than 30,000 women in ten countries. Gap Inc. initially offered the program in factories manufacturing its products. In 2012 the company expanded the program into community settings. With this announcement, the curriculum can now be leveraged in a variety of settings with a broad set of partners.

Today’s announcement will further expand P.A.C.E.’s reach by:

  • Collaborating with new and existing partners, including others in the garment industry, corporations, development agencies, and NGOs, to reach one million women in both manufacturing and community settings.
  • Opening the proprietary program to select partners, through a no-fee, franchise-type model. These new partners will receive extensive training on the P.A.C.E. curriculum in order to replicate the program’s success.
  • Expanding the scope of the P.A.C.E. curriculum to create a suite of learning programs, including a new educational program for girls in the community, ages 13-18, and a new women’s leadership curriculum.

“P.A.C.E.’s newly expanded life-skills education program is designed to meet the needs of women and girls wherever they are in their lives,” said Dotti Hatcher, Gap Inc. Executive Director, P.A.C.E. Global Programs.  “The new curricula will give girls the skills, confidence and technical abilities they need to change the trajectory of their lives and empower women to lead their communities. We believe in advancing women to advance the world.”

Longtime P.A.C.E partners Swasti Health Resource Centre, an international organization focused on public health outcomes for the poor; the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a global institute dedicated to empowering women; and CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization, will continue to play pivotal roles in the program’s expansion.

To mark the call to action to educate one million women, hundreds of Gap Inc. employees will gather in Times Square on Wednesday, September 30 to build a pop-up artistic representation of just one of the incredible women who have graduated from the P.A.C.E. program.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering product collections and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Gap Inc. strives to make a positive impact in the communities where it does business. The company partners with community organizations to focus on programs that align with its business expertise, believing it can make the biggest difference by advancing women, teens and young adults and through supporting volunteers. For more information please visit www.bewhatspossible.com.

Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program creates opportunities for women to advance in their careers and personal lives. For more information on Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program and other community investments, please visit www.gap.com/pace.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made nearly 3,200 commitments, improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at acebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

Apple OS X® El Capitan will be available on Sep 30 as a free update for Mac users

Refined Experience and Improved Performance Make Your Mac Better than Ever

CUPERTINO, California, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Apple® today announced that OS X® El Capitan, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, will be available on Wednesday, September 30 as a free update for Mac® users. El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design of OS X Yosemite, refining the Mac experience with updates to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight® search, and performance improvements to make everyday activities — like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs and accessing email — faster and more responsive.

“People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease-of-use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference. Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan.”

Refinements to the Mac Experience
El Capitan gives you simpler and smarter ways to do the things you do most with your Mac. A streamlined Mission Control® makes it easier to see and organize everything you have open on your Mac. With a single swipe, Mission Control arranges all your windows in a single layer so you can find the window you need even faster. When your desktop gets crowded, simply drag a window to the top of your screen to create a new Space and spread out your work. And the new Split View feature automatically positions two app windows side-by-side in full screen so you can work with both apps without distraction.

Spotlight gets even smarter in El Capitan. You can now use Spotlight to check stock prices, weather conditions and forecasts, sports scores, schedules and standings, and even athlete information. You can also search with Spotlight to find a file using natural language. Simply type “email from Harrison in April” or “presentation I worked on yesterday” and Spotlight will help you find exactly what you are looking for. You can resize the Spotlight window to display more results or move it anywhere on your desktop.

OS X built-in apps are even better in El Capitan. Safari® now features Pinned Sites to keep your favorite websites open and active and a new mute button to quickly silence browser audio from any tab. Mail introduces Smart Suggestions, which recognizes names or events in a Mail message and prompts you to add them to your contacts or calendar with a single click. You can also swipe to delete messages, just like in iOS, and juggle multiple emails while Mail is in full screen. In Photos, you can now edit locations, batch change descriptions, sort albums by date or title, and take editing to the next level with third-party editing extensions from your favorite developers.

El Capitan features an all-new Notes app that lets you drag and drop photos, PDFs, videos and other files into a note, and add content directly from other apps, such as Safari web links or Maps locations, using the Share menu. Easy-to-create checklists help you keep track of important to-do items, and the new Attachments Browser organizes your attachments in one simple view, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. With iCloud®, your notes stay in sync so you can create notes on one device and edit them or check off items on your other devices.

Improvements to System Performance
OS X El Capitan improves system performance across your Mac, making many of the things you do everyday faster and more responsive. Metal™, Apple’s groundbreaking graphics technology, accelerates Core Animation and Core Graphics to boost system-level rendering by up to 50 percent, and efficiency by up to 40 percent, resulting in faster graphics performance for everyday apps.* Metal also takes full advantage of your CPU and GPU, delivering up to 10 times faster draw call performance for a richer, more fluid experience in games and pro apps.*

El Capitan also features enhanced international language support, including a new Chinese system font for both Traditional and Simplified, with 50,000 beautifully designed characters for crisp on-screen readability. Chinese keyboard input methods now offer regularly updated vocabulary lists and a smarter candidate window. El Capitan makes entering Japanese text faster by automatically transforming Hiragana into written Japanese and reducing the need to individually select and confirm word conversions. You can now also select the perfect font for your documents using four new Japanese typefaces.

Pricing & Availability
OS X El Capitan is available as a free update starting Wednesday, September 30 from the Mac App Store℠. El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.

*Testing conducted by Apple in August 2015 using 2.7GHz Intel Core i5–based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 128GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM. Tested with prerelease OS X v10.11. Not all features are available on all devices. Performance will vary based on system configuration, application workload, and other factors.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Apple OS X® El Capitan will be available on Sep 30 as a free update for Mac users

Apple OS X® El Capitan will be available on Sep 30 as a free update for Mac users

Apple: 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models sold in just three days

iPhone Available in 40 Additional Countries Beginning Friday, October 9

CUPERTINO, California, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Apple® today announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight® camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera with Retina® Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, brings more intelligence to iPhone with proactive assistance, powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app, detailed transit information in Maps*, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features to further protect your devices.

Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store® app or Apple.com to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can also learn more about iOS 9 and their new device through free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are also available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and additional carriers, and select Apple Authorized Resellers including Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 40 additional countries and territories beginning October 9 including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. On October 10, countries include Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

Sales completed by Saturday, September 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results, and sales completed on Sunday, September 27 will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

Pricing & Availability

  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are available in gold, silver, space gray and the new rose gold metallic finishes for $0 down with 24 monthly payments starting at $27 (US) and $31 (US), respectively, from Apple’s retail stores in the US, Apple.com, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers.**
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors and Lightning Docks in color-matched metallic finishes are also available.
  • Exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the US, customers can choose their carrier and get an unlocked iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with the opportunity to get a new iPhone annually and AppleCare+ on the new iPhone Upgrade Program. Monthly payments start at $32 (US) and $37 (US), respectively. For more information on the iPhone Upgrade Program visit www.apple.com/shop/iphone/iphone-upgrade-program or a US Apple Retail Store.***
  • Customers can visit Apple.com to reserve their iPhone for pick-up at their local Apple Store, based on availability. Most Apple stores also have iPhone available for walk-in customers each day.

*Transit information in Maps will be available in select major cities including Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. News app availability varies by country.
**Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on 24 monthly installment payments. Taxes and activation fees may be due at sale. Carrier terms and eligibility may apply.
***The iPhone Upgrade Program is available to qualified customers only with a valid US personal credit card. Requires a 24-month installment loan with Citizens Bank, N.A. and iPhone activation with a national carrier — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. Full terms apply.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts:
Trudy Muller
Apple
tmuller@apple.com
(408) 862-7426

Alex Kirschner
Apple
alexkirschner@apple.com
(408) 974-2479

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, MultiTouch, iSight, FaceTime, Retina, Apple Store and App Store are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Apple Media Helpline (408) 974-2042

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Apple: 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models sold in just three days

Apple: 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models sold in just three days

Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations

  • Celebrate Halloween with Strange and Disfigured Produce
  • Unusually-shaped “Misfit” produce now sold in local grocery stores

Salt Lake City, Utah2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Available now and just in time for Halloween, select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations will sell produce that’s best described as odd or misshapen—Robinson Fresh and local grocers endearingly refer to this bizarre selection of produce as “Misfits™.”

Misfit produce will be sold with an attractive discount, an incentive for guests who care less about looks and more about value. The pros of buying misfit produce go beyond cost—it’s also more sustainable. In the past, unusually shaped produce was typically thrown away, contributing to food waste.

“Robinson Fresh is proud to collaborate with retailers who are helping to combat food waste and raise awareness about this growing issue,” said Drew Schwartzhoff, director of marketing at Robinson Fresh. “Our hope is that through Misfits we can change the way that the world views imperfect fruits and vegetables.”

Several different factors affect the appearance of fruits and vegetables. Inconsistent variables during growth like weather, temperature, water amounts and sunlight can change the appearance of produce. And while the appearance may be strange, the taste and quality of the produce is not compromised.

The Misfit™ produce program will be offered to guests year-round although the variety of produce will vary depending on the season and availability. Leigh Vaughn, senior produce category manager with Associated Food Stores encourages guests to check the Misfit produce area often as the variety will change frequently.

“The Misfit produce area will be a treasure hunt for guests. This week we have six Misfit produce items all at an incredible price—red and green bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, mandarins and navel oranges. Next week we’ll be adding avocados and limes into the mix,” said Vaughn.

Misfit™ produce will be available at the following Associated Retail Operations locations: Fresh Market Park City and South Ogden, Dan’s Foothill and Olympus and Macey’s Provo.

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About Robison Fresh
Robinson Fresh got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of North America. Today, Robinson Fresh is one of the largest produce companies in the world and offers the highest quality of products. Robinson Fresh packs in many well-known private label and consumer brands as well as a full line of conventional and organic produce through a worldwide network or regional and local growers. For more information about Robinson Fresh, visit www.robinsonfresh.com.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The corporate stores operate under five different banners: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com,freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at www.afstores.com

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Media Contacts

Associated Food Stores
Public Relations Manager
Sarah Pettit
801.978.8948 desk 801.916.1070 cell
Scpettit@afstores.com

 

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Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations

Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations

Ingles Markets declared quarterly cash dividend

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable October 22, 2015, to all shareholders of record on October 8, 2015.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 – http://www.ingles-markets.com

SOURCE: Ingles Markets Inc.

Wincor Nixdorf presents expanded postal portfolio and new solutions for counter automation and self-service at POST-EXPO 2015 in Paris

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is presenting a significantly expanded postal portfolio and new solutions for counter automation and self-service at POST-EXPO 2015, which begins today in Paris. The company has provided solutions to postal service and logistics companies for more than two decades and meanwhile supports postal customers in around 30 countries. During recent years, it has made massive investments in new and further developments in its end-to-end portfolio, and will showcase innovations at POST-EXPO that focus on postal counter software and modular self-service technologies for the automation of parcel and letter processing.

“It’s our goal to support postal services providers with innovative solutions for their branch transformations and the cross-channel digitalization of their processes,” explained Jürgen Kisters, Global Industry Head Postal at Wincor Nixdorf. To achieve this, the company combines know-how from both the banking and retail sectors to produce tailored, scalable, modular solutions for postal services providers.

One example is the counter software TPPostal: it covers the services specific to post office branches and postal agencies, and can be flexibly configured to meet the requirements of a number of different branch types. TPPostal even enables cross-channel transactions: for instance, a customer can prepare a shipment in the Internet, pay for it, and subsequently drop it off at the post office counter or the self-service area. This significantly shortens processing times at the counter and minimizes waits. TPPostal is based on the retail software TP.net, which is meanwhile used successfully by more than 100 retail businesses in 70 countries around the world. TPPostal can be integrated easily in CRM and merchandise management solutions.

A new modular postal kiosk shifts the sale of stamps and parcel labels from the counter to the self-service area. The latest generation of this kiosk was developed with an eye to optimize the total cost of ownership. The system is based on proven standards and is designed to meet the dynamic rate of change in consumer behavior through a flexible and modular structure. Creative ideas are explicitly desired here – this kiosk can be individually configured to meet the demands of postal services branches with very little effort and expense, and fulfills international standards in ergonomics.

The boom in e-commerce is the biggest reason for the sizable increase in parcel and return shipments. With the intelligent parcel drop box, Wincor Nixdorf offers a system that accepts postage-paid parcels in fewer than ten seconds and prints a customer receipt as a proof of induction, thus automating the entire parcel drop-off process cost-efficiently. The integration of the drop box in a track & trace system is likewise possible to enable immediate parcel tracking. Moreover, monitoring and reporting software supports very high availability of the drop boxes, and enables individual usage analyses.

3,500 visitors from 35 countries are expected to visit POST-EXPO’s exhibition and conference. Jürgen Kisters, Global Industry Head Postal at Wincor Nixdorf, will be speaking on behalf of Wincor Nixdorf on Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. at the Innovation Conference and will present best practices from the worlds of retail and banking for the branch transformations of postal organizations. You will find Wincor Nixdorf at POST-EXPO in Hall 4 at Stand 2090.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

Elise Masurel, Daniela Iancu Lauret and Louis Bonelli join Klépierre, a leading shopping center property company in Europe

PARIS, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Elise Masurel, Daniela Iancu Lauret and Louis Bonelli will combine their expertises and spirit of initiative to valorize the retail offering, the customer experience, and the marketing approach implemented by the shopping centers of the Group.

  • Elise Masurel, Group Head of Marketing

Elise Masurel’s main responsibilities will be to pursue and develop the Clubstore® program, which reinvents the customer experience at Klépierre shopping centers. She will continue to modernize the marketing and event practice by rolling out the Let’s Play® advertising concept, as well as setting up an innovative digital strategy for the Group.

After graduating in Business Management and Marketing at Paris Dauphine University and the IAE of Aix en Provence, Elise Masurel began her career in 2003 with Kraft Foods as a Product Manager, and then became the Business Manager for the chocolate and coffee brands. She joined Club Méditerranée in 2006, as a Project Manager, then Head of Marketing and Sales for France, and eventually Head of Marketing and Sales for EMEA.

  • Daniela Iancu Lauret, Group Head of Design

The role of Daniela Lancu Lauret will be to define, develop, and coordinate the architectural and interior design of Klépierre shopping centers. She will offer her expertise in design and her creativity to assist operational teams at Klépierre in Europe. Her objective will be to improve the customer experience within the framework defined by the exclusive Clubstore® program, owned by Klépierre.

After she finished her studies in architecture and urban planning (at the Universities of Bucharest and Lyon), Daniela Iancu Lauret began her career as an architect in 1998, working for firms including DMS, Wilmotte & Associés, Diener Guirard Architecture, and finally Chapman Taylor as their Managing Director for France and international since 2008.

  • Louis Bonelli, Group Head of Leasing

The mission of Louis Bonelli will be to build long lasting relationships with the leading European retailers for Klépierre. As Group Head of Leasing, he will take part in the animation and coordination of the Group’s network of retail partners, will identify promising concepts that will differentiate and renew the retail offering of Klépierre, thus helping to develop the merchandising mix in development projects.

After graduating from EDHEC in 2006, Louis Bonelli began his career with Unibail-Rodamco as Leasing Manager for a portfolio of French shopping centers. He became Deputy Head of Leasing (the Nordic countries and the Netherlands), and then Senior International Leasing Manager, before joining Estée Lauder in 2013 as Real Estate Director for EMEA.

The three of them will report directly to Jean-Marc Jestin, Chief Operating Officer, member of the Group Executive Board. Jean-Marc Jestin declares: “I am pleased to welcome Elise, Daniela, and Louis who, thanks to their energies and talents, will bring their full contribution to Klépierre strategy and help us meet our ambitious challenges: modernizing our retail offering and improving the customer experience in our shopping centers, while integrating their specific locations, features, and their catchment areas.”

ABOUT KLEPIERRE
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21.9 billion euros on June 30 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, APG (13.5%) and BNP Paribas (6.6%). Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the CAC Next20 and CAC Large 60 indexes, the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

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

 

QVC, NBC’s TODAY in quest for the next big product to be sold on QVC

QVC and TODAY Celebrate the Spirit of Imagination and Innovation through Country-Wide Search for New Inventions

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having trouble turning your idea into a reality? Take notes, as nine budding entrepreneurs take center stage this week to showcase their innovative inventions on TODAY’s Next Big Thing, a collaboration between QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, and NBC’s TODAY to discover the next big product to be sold on QVC.

The country-wide search began in August as inventors were asked to submit their creative ideas. From those submissions, nine finalists were chosen across three different categories including: apparel and accessories; home, households and pets; and kitchen and gadgets. Beginning Tuesday, September 29, the products in each category will be pitched live on TODAY to a panel of judges that includes Doug Howe, QVC’s Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Jill Martin, TODAY contributor and Creative Director of QVC’s G.I.L.I. got it love it® contemporary fashion and accessories line and Al Roker, TODAY anchor.

Viewers can vote on their favorite product each day, beginning Tuesday, September 29, by visiting TODAY.com. On Friday, October 2, the inventors of the product receiving the most votes in each category will have one last chance to win over the judges and explain why their product deserves to join the ranks of QVC’s best-selling items. The overall winner selected by the judges will sell their product live on QVC Saturday, October 3 at 10AM (ET).

“The joy of discovery and the power of storytelling is a big part of who we are and what we do at QVC,” said Howe. “Together with TODAY, we are able to collaborate with entrepreneurs and inventors in an effort to help make their products successful while providing the winner with a powerful platform to tell their story, and distribute their products on a national scale.”

Over the past 29 years, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands. TODAY’s Next Big Thing aligns with QVC’s commitment to find new products and inspiration for customers, and supports QVC Sprouts, which is QVC’s ongoing crowd-sourced product search. They seek the best up-and-coming products from inventors and entrepreneurs, giving those with a retail-ready product the opportunity to be sold on QVC.com and the chance to grow their businesses through a scalable and nurturing process.

Tune in to Saturday Morning Gifts on Saturday, October 3 at 10 AM (ET) for a firsthand look as the TODAY’S Next Big Thing top contender showcases their winning product. Visit QVC.com to purchase the products of all nine finalists. To learn more about QVC Sprouts, visit www.QVCSprouts.com.

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

SOURCE: QVC, Inc.

Field & Stream to open its 3rd store in North Carolina and 17th store nationwide on October 8th

Event Includes Special Appearances, Hunt, Cast & Pitch Youth Challenge

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Field & Stream, a specialty retail concept carrying the best brands to meet the evolving needs of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, will be opening its third store in North Carolina and 17th store nationwide on Thursday, October 8th at Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville, NC (800 Brevard Road).

The four-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, October 11th. The store will open at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. Sunday. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

Several special guests will make in-store appearances during the Grand Opening, including mountain man Kyle Bell** from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte** from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“Field & Stream provides the products and experts needed to carry on the traditions shared by outdoor enthusiasts of all ages,” said Jack Barnes, General Merchandise Manager, Field & Stream. “Our Asheville location will carry a complete assortment of gear from the most-trust names in the business.”

Children ages 6 to 15 are invited to participate in the Field & Stream Hunt, Cast & Pitch Youth Challenge on Saturday, October 10th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will test their skills in archery, casting and tent building. For more information, visit fieldandstreamshop.com.

Customers can also get tips from professional anglers at the 4,000 gallon Field & Stream bass tank throughout the weekend.

Guests who are in line at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, 8:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday will have a chance to open the Field & Stream Locked and Loaded Prize Safe.*

For details on additional door-busters, giveaways and grand opening festivities, visitfieldandstreamshop.com.

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

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one prize safe combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for prize safe promotions. See store or fieldandstreamshop.com for details and odds of winning.

About Field & Stream Specialty Store
Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. The store carries a wide variety of top national outdoor brands, including Remington, Sitka, Sage, Shimano and Yeti and provides top of the line in-store services. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing Inc., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine. For more information, visit FieldandStreamShop.com.

Contact: Field & Stream – press@dcsg.com

SOURCE: DICK’S Sporting Goods

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its 33rd store in North Carolina and 633rd store nationwide

Special Appearance Saturday by Thomas Davis

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 33rd store in North Carolina and 633rd store nationwide on Friday, October 9th at the Shoppes at Summit Park in Salisbury, NC (125 Tingle Drive).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, October 11th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

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

Linebacker Thomas Davis** will make an in-store appearance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its fourth All-American Sports Center on October 8th at Market Place Shopping Center, in Champaign, IL

DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream retail stores to open under one roof

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its fourth All-American Sports Center on Thursday, October 8th at Market Place Shopping Center, in Champaign, IL (2000 North Neil Street).

The All-American Sports Center features a DICK’S Sporting Goods and a Field & Stream store in one location under the same roof. This unique shopping destination will offer the convenience of being able to purchase all sporting goods and outdoor needs at one time, in one location and at any checkout.

“We’re excited to offer the residents of the Champaign community two great stores in this one great location with the All-American Sports Center,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “The store will carry an unparalleled assortment of sports and outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories and will become a real destination for athletes and outdoors enthusiasts in the community.”

A four-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, October 11th. The store will open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

Several special guests will make in-store appearances during the Grand Opening including football legend Dick Butkus** from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Troy and Jacob Landry** as seen on the Swamp People® television series from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Guests will have the chance to receive giveaways throughout the weekend, which will include a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker or Field & Stream Locked and Loaded Prize Safe, Mystery Gift Cards and other premium items.*

Visit DICKS.com/Champaign for full details on the grand opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special gusts and brand activations.

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

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one mystery gift card, premium giveaway, and/or gift locker/locked and loaded prize safe combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker/locked & loaded prize safe promotions. Must be present to win. See store or DICKS.com/Champaign for details and odds of winning.

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

About Field & Stream Specialty Store
Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more.  The store carries a wide variety of top national outdoor brands, including Remington, Sitka, Sage, Shimano and Yeti and provides top of the line in-store services. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing Inc., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine. For more information, visitFieldandStreamShop.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods or Field & Stream – press@dcsg.com

DICK’S Sporting Goods to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of its relocated store at Dewitt Commons in Dewitt, NY

Celebration to Take Place on Sunday, October 11th  

PITTSBURGH, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its relocated store this week at Dewitt Commons in Dewitt, NY (3469 Erie Boulevard East).

DICK’S will be celebrating the Grand Re-Opening beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 11th. Customers are invited to participate in the festivities.

The store was originally located at Shoppingtown Mall. Enhancements to the new location, which will have 50,000 square feet of space, will include expanded Brand Shops, a Running Center with a local event schedule, a Women’s Studio Apparel Department, a Soccer Shop, Lacrosse Shop and Baseball Shop within the store, a newly expanded Youth Footwear section and an improved checkout experience.

Other enhancements such as wider aisles and clearly identifiable destinations for the brands shops will greatly improve customers’ ability to navigate the store.

Guests in line early on Sunday will receive a unique combination for a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker at 9:45 a.m.*

“We’re pleased to be opening an enhanced DICK’S Sporting Goods in Dewitt, which will enable us to better serve the needs of athletes in the community,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods.  “With our unsurpassed customer service and the best equipment in the industry, we look forward to continued success in the market and to welcoming customers to this new store.”

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one gift locker combination per person. Must be 18+ for gift locker promotion. See store for details and odds of winning.

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

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

SOURCE: DICK’S Sporting Goods