The Starbucks Community Store in Daehakro neighborhood in Seoul, Korea celebrates one-year anniversary

Seoul, Korea, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Community Store in the Daehakro neighborhood in Seoul, Korea, commemorated its one-year anniversary (October 7, 2015) with a community service project, a donation and free brewed coffee and rice cakes for 365 customers as a token of gratitude.

The Starbucks Community Store in Daehakro, like the Langsuan Neighborhood Starbucks in Bangkok, plays a role in supporting education, job training and apprenticeship initiatives by working directly with non-profit organizations to offer local services. In the United States, Starbucks will soon open similar stores that partner with local nonprofit organizations to provide skills training for opportunity youth in underserved, low-income communities in Ferguson, Chicago, Queens, Phoenix and Milwaukee.

A social hub in the education and arts district of Seoul, the Daehakro coffeehouse hosts workshops and seminars and monthly volunteer activities called “green care” dedicated to improving the environment. The store’s design reflects its vibrant neighborhood. “Community Store messaging can be found throughout the location and it’s a conversation piece that engages customers with store partners,” said Yena Cho, who has been focused on the operation since she joined Starbucks two years ago.

An art-wall collage, created by university students, and a digital community board that showcases corporate social responsibility efforts are among the distinctive touches that align the store with its surroundings. Also on display is a 3D coffee mug wall that represents students from the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program.

Yena, who is a global communications manager at Starbucks Korea, said the first year of operation for the Daehakro Starbucks passed by quickly, aided by a flurry of activity around the store, a positive reception by the community and significant media interest.

Since its opening last October, the equivalent of 30 cents U.S. from each item purchased in Korea’s Community Store has benefited the Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea to support lifelong skills development for youth through the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program. A donation of $100,000 U.S. accumulated from a portion of sales over the past year was presented to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea at the anniversary celebration. The program offers academic scholarships through graduation for a curriculum that focuses on business skills, collaborative communications and social consciousness.

Starbucks Korea, which is the company’s fourth largest market outside the U.S., and the Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea maintain an ongoing alliance to address the nation’s social and community needs with an emphasis on assisting young people seeking work. Korean tuition costs are among the world’s highest, creating roadblocks to higher education for the nation’s disadvantaged.

“Being a relevant part of the community we serve in is an important part of who we are,” said S.K. Lee, ceo and president of Starbucks Coffee Korea. “Our Community Store is a telling example of our commitment to building a different kind of company in Korea that is performance driven through the lens of humanity.”

The focus on finding jobs for youth is an extension of Starbucks global commitment to hiring Opportunity Youth — those between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren’t in school and aren’t working.  The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of 33 leading U.S. companies including Starbucks, is America’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. The businesses will host the next Opportunity Hiring Fair in Phoenix on Oct. 30.

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

 

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The Starbucks Community Store in Daehakro neighborhood in Seoul, Korea celebrates one-year anniversary

The Starbucks Community Store in Daehakro neighborhood in Seoul, Korea celebrates one-year anniversary

Amazon to launch new store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans

  • Handmade at Amazon items are factory-free, handcrafted
  • Shop for handmade items from more than 60 countries around the world
  • Artisans are adding thousands of new items daily

SEATTLE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced today the launch of Handmade at Amazon (www.amazon.com/handmade), a new store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans. With Handmade atAmazon, customers can discover artisans from around the world, and shop local from artisans based in their community with the familiarAmazon experience they know and trust. Handmade at Amazon was designed to provide customers and artisans a tailored store specifically for handcrafted items. All products available on Handmade at Amazon are factory-free and must be made by hand. Handmade at Amazonfeatures a variety of product categories including Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, and Furniture.

“We have designed a custom shopping experience for customers looking for handmade items by bringing together many of the best artisans in the world, and they’re adding thousands of items daily,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace. “Knowing an item has a unique story behind it creates a personal experience that customers have told us makes owning handmade items special. Handmade at Amazonoffers customers more than 80,000 quality handcrafted items from around the world, and over 30 percent can be personalized by artisans to delight customers.”

Handmade at Amazon offers customers:

  • Genuinely Handmade: We only approve artisans whose products are handcrafted. We are factory-free. Customers will enjoy on-trend jewelry like modern earrings, interlocking rings necklaces and tassel statement earrings.
  • Explore the World: Shop by country to find products from artisans in more than 60 countries. International items include walnut cufflinks from Australia and handcrafted wooden lamps from Italy.
  • Discover the Artisan: Every artisan has a profile that describes how their products are made. Shop locally by finding artisans in all 50 states. Customers can experience music-themed artwork from a New York artisan that’s been playing music and doing art for over 25 years, to adorably cute heirloom quilt, bib and burp cloth baby collections from a Wisconsin artisan initially inspired to make handmade heirloom treasures that would forever remind her of the first precious months with her children.
  • Shopping Made Easy: What you love about Amazon, now for Handmade. We’re bringing the friendly experience, convenience and value you love and trust about Amazon to the world of handmade items. To start, more than 600 handmade items are Prime eligible with more being added each day.

Every Handmade product page contains a location icon identifying where the artisan is based, along with a link to the artisan’s profile. To find the Handmade at Amazon store from the Amazon.com homepage, customers can click on the “Handmade” link in the “Shop by Department” navigation or type in terms including “handmade,” “handmade home décor” or “handmade jewelry” into the search bar.

Handmade at Amazon features a growing collective of artisans. Here’s what artisans are saying:

“Handmade at Amazon will change the customer shopping experience because Amazon has made the artisan profile personal, and customers like personal. Feeling like they know who made the item, the process behind how each piece is made, and how much time and effort went into every item will bring customers back to shop for even more Handmade items!” – Carlee, AmazziRoots

“Amazon will know how to do handmade right.” – Chuck, Down to the Wire Designs

“I think that Handmade at Amazon is a really great platform to put our products in front of a big audience, a big diverse audience.” – Eve and Kristen, Bright Beam Goods

To explore products and view highlighted artisan videos on Handmade at Amazon, click here.

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

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DFS Furniture FY15 sales up 7.0% to £913.1 million YoY

Doncaster, England, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Furniture plc, (the “Group”), the market leading retailer of upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom today announces its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 1 August 2015 (prior year: 53 weeks ended 2 August 2014).

Financial Highlights:

  • Group gross sales up 7.0% to £913.1 million (FY14: £853.4 million)
  • Group revenue up 7.5% to £706.1 million (FY14: £656.8 million)
  • Group adjusted EBITDA up 8.4% to £89.2 million (FY14: £82.3 million)
  • Group profit before tax £10.7 million (FY14: £3.6 million)
  • Continued strong cash generation : 1.8x net debt / adjusted EBITDA
  • Adjusted underlying EPS of 18.5p
  • Successful IPO and refinancing significantly reduce debt and future interest costs
  • Total dividend of 9.3p per share proposed, twice covered by adjusted underlying EPS

Operational Highlights:

  • Proven growth strategy on track:
    • UK stores
      • ƒFive new 10-15,000 sq. ft. DFS stores opened in UK and ROI
      • ƒDFS small store format successfully trialled in London: two more planned
    • Broadening our appeal
      • 75% growth in branded upholstery orders through DFS
      • Sofa Workshop and Dwell store base expanded
    • International
      • First Continental European store opened in The Netherlands in November 2014ƒ
      • Opened Rotterdam store in September 2015, with one further store to be opened in FY16
    • Full utilisation of retail space
      • ƒSix Customer Distribution Centres now operating successfully, releasing circa 70,000 sq. ft. of additional selling space
    • Online
      • Strong 17% growth in web sales
      • New in-store and at home technology increasing customer engagement
  • Continued strong increases in customer satisfaction scores; post-purchase NPS now above 80%
  • Partnership with Team GB for Rio 2016 Olympics

DFS Chairman Richard Baker said:

“The Group’s growth strategy is delivering positive results across multiple initiatives and there are still substantial further potential opportunities for DFS in both the UK and international markets under our current strategy. With the key macro-economic indicators for the upholstery sector all positive and our strategic initiatives on track, we can look to the future with confidence. “We have an exceptionally strong management team, a leading customer proposition, a financial model that is well adapted for the volatility in demand that the sector can experience, and a proven long-term growth strategy. DFS is well positioned to build upon its excellent progress in the year ahead.”

DFS Chief Executive Officer Ian Filby said:

“The Group delivered a good overall performance in FY15, outperforming the broader furniture market, and achieving record sales and operating profits. Furthermore we have made continuing progress across all strategic initiatives, giving me confidence that we will continue to deliver on our growth targets. The dividend we have recommended is a clear expression of our belief that we will continue to deliver both attractive earnings growth and cash returns for shareholders in the future.”

Note

Adjusted EBITDA means underlying profit before depreciation and amortisation, as adjusted for certain material, unusual or non-recurring items which the directors believe are not indicative of the Group’s underlying performance. In FY14, adjusting items totalled £2.3 million, principally the exclusion of initial trading losses associated with newly acquired businesses and the re-allocation of a discretionary incentive payment to the period to which it related.

Analyst Presentation

DFS will be hosting an analyst presentation at 9.00am today. There will be a listen only telephone dial-in facility available on +44 (0)1452 569 393. Callers should state that they wish to join the DFS Results Conference Call. The presentation slides will be made available on the Group’s website: www.dfscorporate.co.uk. A replay facility will be available for twenty-five days after the event. To access the replay please dial +44 (0)1452550000 and use pass code 48965391.

Enquiries:

DFS (enquiries via FTI)
Ian Filby (CEO)
Bill Barnes (Finance Director)
Mike Schmidt (Director of Corporate Affairs)

FTI Consulting
Jonathon Brill
Josephine Corbett
Tom Hufton
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
dfsfurniture@fticonsulting.com

About DFS Furniture plc
DFS is the clear market leading retailer of upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom. We design, manufacture, sell and deliver to our customers an extensive range of upholstered furniture products. The business operates a retail network of upholstered furniture stores in the United Kingdom and Europe, together with an online channel. These have been established and developed gradually over more than 45 years of operating history. We attract customers to our stores and website through our substantial and continued investment in nationwide marketing activities and our reputation for high quality products and service, breadth of product ranges and price points and favourable consumer financing options.

SOURCE: DFS

Chaumet’s history at an exhibition in a pop-up museum on Place Vendôme

PARIS, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chaumet invites visitors on a stroll through its history at an exhibition entitled “Promenade Bucolique” in a pop-up museum on Place Vendôme, in the heart of Chaumet’s historic store. The exhibit spotlights the inspiration the jewelry house has always drawn from naturalism, in a subtle dialogue between past collections and contemporary designs.

Visitors are invited to retrace Chaumet’s history through a selection of pieces, from the Romantic period to the 1980s. From initial sketches to photographs taken to immortalize the finished piece, the immersion into Chaumet’s design process is complete. Naturalist-themed pieces convey the grace of wild elements tamed by precious materials, such as the stalks of wheat that decorate the neoclassical tiara made by the jeweler for Empress Marie-Louise.

Chaumet creates a dialogue between its historic collections and a new capsule collection. Bees adorn rings, brooches and necklaces set with brightly colored stones evoking springtime, and two limited edition pieces made especially for the exhibit reinterpret the classic theme of wheat stalks. The refined, poetic setting was created by scenographer Elizabeth Leriche. The exhibition runs until January 30, 2016, in the Chaumet store on Place Vendôme.

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© Chaumet

© Chaumet

Children’s Halloween costumes sold in Sainsbury’s will be tested to the British nightwear flammability standard

LONDON, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the past few months you may have seen news reports about the standards of safety in children’s Halloween costumes. Under current regulations, fancy dress is only required to be tested to the same standard as European toys. However, at Sainsbury’s, we don’t feel that that’s enough and as such from this Halloween all children’s dress up sold in our stores will be tested to the British nightwear flammability standard – the toughest standard that currently exists.

Additionally, from 2016, we will be introducing our own more rigorous safety standard for all children’s fancy dress outfits. For the past year we have been working with an independent laboratory of industry experts to develop our own safety standard which is designed to test the performance of our dress up outfits – i.e. recreating the test conditions most similar to how we would imagine a child to wear fancy dress. This has not been a simple task, but the safety of children is our number one priority and introducing a higher, tougher standard of testing is the right thing to do.

Our new standard of testing will include flammability testing up to the British nightwear flammability standard – which means testing the whole outfit for safety rather than the individual materials as well as all the materials used on the garment in the testing. We will also be testing garments before they’re washed rather than after, to create a more realistic home situation. Sainsbury’s technologists have also looked at a number of factors to reduce the flammability of a specific garment including any detail and embellishment around the hemlines as well as how combinations of materials react together. We’ve also been looking at the type of fabrics and materials used in dress up and whether some burn more easily than others – for example, there is an assumption that natural fabrics burn less quickly that man-made materials but this isn’t necessarily the case.

All clothing carries some fire risk, but we hope that introducing our own rigorous testing standards that treats and tests dress up clothes as clothes and not toys will be the first step towards safer testing across the industry.

James Brown, Sainsbury’s Director of Non Food.

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Children’s Halloween costumes sold in Sainsbury’s will be tested to the British nightwear flammability standard

Children’s Halloween costumes sold in Sainsbury’s will be tested to the British nightwear flammability standard

M&S partners with sustainable brand expert and campaigner Livia Firth and her consultancy Eco-Age

LONDON, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S is announcing a new partnership with sustainable brand expert and campaigner Livia Firth and her consultancy Eco-Age to bring to life for its customers its well established eco and ethical fashion credentials.

M&S has been long recognised for its work in developing an eco and ethical business model, this partnership marks a commitment to highlight consistently products made with integrity, demonstrating that style and integrity fit perfectly together.

Working closely with the M&S buying and design teams, Livia has put together a capsule wardrobe to meet the working woman’s needs, all taken from the retailer’s existing Autumn clothing collections.   Each item represents one or more examples of M&S working with integrity, from being made in a specifically accredited factory, to being made of sustainably sourced fabrics. The Edit, handpicked by Livia and fully assessed by Eco-Age features a range of wardrobe essentials, including two looks for the office, one for the evening and a weekend outfit. By selecting from its main collections the retailer aims to highlight how integrity is woven into the fabric of the business.

The work wear looks team navy pinstripe culottes with a roll neck cream sweater and dark burgundy flats to create an easy but smart work outfit while the Autograph navy and white print dress could easily go from day to night. Skinny jeans paired with cosy wool rich Per Una jacket and lambswool sweater make the perfect outfit for casual autumn weekends. For a glamorous party or cocktail outfit the Per Una Speziale figure-hugging red dress with zip feature provides the perfect solution.

Also included are key wardrobe essentials from coats to jeans to simple jersey pieces and an easy to wear day dress.

Livia said: “I am so excited to finally be partnering with a high street retailer and it was very clear to us why it had to be M&S. I have very much admired the astonishing work that M&S has done over the years – seriously, transparently and with huge commitment throughout the whole company – in both environmental and social justice. On top of this, the M&S eye to quality in its garments and production cycles means this is not fast fashion. I have been an M&S customer for many years and I look forward to now telling the wonderful stories behind their clothes.”

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director Marketing added: “Livia and her team have the most incredible knowledge of the challenges of making fashion sustainable and it has been a mutually beneficial experience working with her to select this edit of her favourite pieces from our autumn ranges. This is a great partnership to bring to life the lengths we go to on all our products and the importance of integrity at the heart of our business.”

The Edit will be on sale from 8 October in 13 stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com 

– Ends –

For further information, please contact:

Tania Littlehales,
Head of Product PR, Marks & Spencer
020 8718 2098
Tania.littlehales@marks-and-spencer.com

Harriet Vocking,
Head of Marketing and Communications, Eco-Age
020 8895 7611
Harriet.vocking@ecoage.com

About M&S INTEGRITY & Plan A
We believe in doing business with integrity.
We aim to source all our products responsibly.
We only work with suppliers who share our values.
We treat people fairly and with respect.
Those are the principles that underscore everything we do.

Plan A is the eco and ethical programme M&S launched in 2007 that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. The plan has helped M&S send no waste to landfill, become carbon neutral and win over 200 industry awards.

To find out more please visit the M&S website –www.marksandspencer.com/integrity

About Eco-Age
Eco-Age is a Brand Consultancy that helps businesses grow by creating, implementing and communicating bespoke sustainability solutions.

Livia Firth is the Creative Director of Eco-Age, the sustainability brand consultancy and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge® (GCC).

As an Oxfam Global Ambassador, Livia has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, connecting with the people at the beginning of the supply chain. Livia is a UN Leader of Change and has also been recognised with the UN Fashion 4 Development Award.

In 2014, Livia was awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation.

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M&S partners with sustainable brand expert and campaigner Livia Firth and her consultancy Eco-Age

M&S partners with sustainable brand expert and campaigner Livia Firth and her consultancy Eco-Age

 

Graduate Ximon Lee is the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Graduate Ximon Lee from Parsons School of Design, is the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award. The special eight-piece collection for H&M, that Ximon envisions being worn by both men and women, celebrates his passion for structure, fabric and volume. The collection will be available in selected H&M stores, as well as online at hm.com, from 22nd October 2015.

“I am thrilled with Ximon’s collection for H&M. His bonded fabrics and structured shapes are really exciting, and show exactly why Ximon won the H&M Design Award,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Ximon has worked closely with the H&M design team to recreate the complex bonded fabrics that captivated the international jury in London last year, whose members included designer Luella Bartley and singer Lily Allen. The collection is made up of eight key pieces that can either be worn as a full look or styled together to create an individual look. It captures the themes of denim and embroidery, which are key elements in Ximon’s designs and together they present his vision for the future of menswear.

“I had such a great time creating this collection for H&M. They have been so respectful, and have found the best ways to recreate my pieces. I can’t wait to see it in stores,” says Ximon Lee, winner of the H&M Design Award 2015.

To create an oversized silhouette, Ximon used a layer of foam that sits between two layers of denim in both a heavy twill denim jacket and a pair of wide shorts. The collection also includes a cotton top printed with in oversized denim rib and a pair of structured denim trousers with chunky zips, embroidered with blue metallic thread. Jersey leggings have a denim feel, while an all-over print on a jacquard knit creates the effect of huge ribbing.

Ximon is the fourth winner of the H&M Design Award, an annual prize that was founded to support and encourage design graduates at the very beginning of their careers. In addition to developing his collection for H&M, Ximon also received a prize sum of €50,000 and showed his collection at Fashion Week in Stockholm in January 2015. Ximon is now in the process of setting up his own label and continuing his career within fashion.

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Graduate Ximon Lee is the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award

Graduate Ximon Lee is the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award

CVS announced the results to date for the previously announced private exchange offers and solicitation of consents

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (“CVS Health”, NYSE: CVS) announced today the results to date for the previously announced (A) private exchange offers (“Exchange Offers”) to Eligible Holders (as defined below) to exchange new 4.75% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “New CVS Health 2022 Notes”) and new 5.00% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “New CVS Health 2024 Notes” and, together with the New CVS Health 2022 Notes, the “New CVS Health Notes”), in each case issued by CVS Health, and cash payments for the 4.75% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes”) and the 5.00% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “Existing Omnicare 2024 Notes” and, together with the Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes, the “Existing Omnicare Notes”), in each case issued by Omnicare, Inc. (“Omnicare”), which was recently acquired by CVS Health, and (B) solicitation of consents (the “Consent Solicitations”) from Eligible Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes to proposed amendments that would eliminate substantially all restrictive covenants and certain events of default and other provisions of the indentures under which such Existing Omnicare Notes were issued (the “Proposed Amendments”).

The aggregate principal amount of Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 5, 2015 (the “Early Tender Date”) was $384,801,000, representing approximately 96.2% of the $400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of outstanding Existing Omnicare 2022 Notes. The aggregate principal amount of Existing Omnicare 2024 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Early Tender Date, was $294,729,000, representing approximately 98.2% of the $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of outstanding Existing Omnicare 2024 Notes.

As the consent of the Eligible Holders of a majority of the aggregate principal amount of the Existing Omnicare Notes outstanding of both series has been obtained (the “Requisite Consents”), the Proposed Amendments for each series have been approved. Accordingly, it is expected that Omnicare and the trustee under the applicable indentures for the Existing Omnicare Notes will execute and deliver a supplemental indenture relating to the Proposed Amendments that will become effective upon acceptance of the applicable series of Existing Omnicare Notes for exchange pursuant to the applicable Exchange Offer on the Early Settlement Date (as defined below).

CVS Health intends to consummate the Exchange Offers in respect of both series of Existing Omnicare Notes, subject to the satisfaction of or, where permitted, the waiver of the conditions discussed in a confidential offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated September 22, 2015 (the “Offering Memorandum”).

For each $1,000 principal amount of Existing Omnicare Notes validly tendered at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Early Tender Date and not validly withdrawn, Eligible Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes will be eligible to receive the applicable total exchange consideration set out in the table below, which includes the applicable early tender premium set out in such table (the “Early Tender Premium”). Payment is expected to be made on October 9, 2015 (the “Early Settlement Date”) for such Existing Omnicare Notes accepted for purchase.

Titleof
Series

CUSIP Number

Principal Amount Outstanding

Exchange Consideration(1)

Early Tender Premium(1)

Total Exchange Consideration(1)(2)

4.75% Senior
Notes due
2022

681904AS7

$400,000,000

$970 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes and $2.50 in cash

 

$30 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes

$1,000 principal amount of New CVS Health 2022 Notes and $2.50 in cash
5.00% Senior Notes due 2024

681904AT5

$300,000,000

$970 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes and $2.50 in cash

$30 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes

$1,000 principal amount of New CVS Health 2024 Notes and $2.50 in cash

(1)For each $1,000 principal amount of Existing Omnicare Notes, subject to any rounding as described in the Offering Memorandum.
(2) Includes Early Tender Premium.

The New CVS Health Notes delivered in exchange for validly tendered Existing Omnicare Notes will bear interest from (and including) the most recent interest payment date on the Existing Omnicare Notes. No cash interest will be paid in connection with the Exchange Offers with respect to the Existing Omnicare Notes tendered for exchange in the Exchange Offers.

Tendered Existing Omnicare Notes may no longer be withdrawn. Holders may still tender Existing Omnicare Notes at any time prior to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on October 20, 2015, unless extended (the “Expiration Date”), but will be only eligible to receive the Exchange Consideration listed in the table above.

The New CVS Health Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any other applicable securities laws and, unless so registered, the New CVS Health Notes may not be offered, sold, pledged or otherwise transferred within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of any U.S. person, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the Exchange Offers are being made only (i) to qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (ii) to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act (collectively, “Eligible Holders”).

The complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offers and the Consent Solicitations, as well as the terms of the New CVS Health Notes, are set forth in the Offering Memorandum and a related letter of transmittal and consent. The Offering Memorandum and related letter of transmittal and consent will only be made available to holders who complete an eligibility letter confirming their status as Eligible Holders. Holders of Existing Omnicare Notes who wish to receive a copy of the eligibility letter for the Exchange Offers may contact D.F. King & Co., Inc. toll free at (800) 814-9324, (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokerage firms) or at www.dfking.com/Omnicare.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is being issued pursuant to Rule 135c under the Securities Act.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, CVS Health enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. In addition, the Company and its representatives may, from time to time, make written or verbal forward looking statements, including statements contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC and in its reports to stockholders, press releases, webcasts, conference calls, meetings and other communications. Generally, the inclusion of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “will,” “should” and similar expressions identify statements that constitute forward looking statements. All statements addressing operating performance of CVS Health or any subsidiary, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including statements relating to corporate strategy; revenue growth; earnings or earnings per common share growth; adjusted earnings or adjusted earnings per common share growth; free cash flow; debt ratings; inventory levels; inventory turn and loss rates; store development; relocations and new market entries; retail pharmacy business, sales trends and operations; pharmacy business management business, sales trends and operations; the Company’s ability to attract or retain customers and clients; Medicare Part D competitive bidding, enrollment and operations; new product development; and the impact of industry developments, as well as statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results or events, are forward looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.

The forward looking statements are and will be based upon management’s then current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE CVS Health Corporation

NRF to Congress: new chip-and-signature credit cards without PIN will not stop data breaches

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today told Congress that new chip-and-signature credit cards without a PIN will not stop data breaches, and that small businesses should not be pressured to install the equipment to accept them at the expense of more effective technology.

“The new EMV equipment does not stop breaches,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Indeed, in many cases it provides no significant benefits either to the business or to the business’ regular customers. It is merely an additional expense small businesses are being told to bear.”

If small businesses are pushed to adopt Europay MasterCard Visa technology, alternatives such as mobile payment apps and other smartphone-based technology “may effectively be locked out of the market,” French said.

“These are important considerations that businesses of all sizes must carefully ponder,” French said. “It would be inappropriate to prejudge their decision-making and stampede businesses into the adoption of solutions less protective for businesses and consumers than what has existed throughout the industrialized world for more than a generation.”

Cards currently being issued by U.S. banks feature a computer microchip that will eventually replace cards’ easily copied magnetic stripe to store data. But French said the cards also need a secure personal identification number, or PIN, which would eventually replace easily forged signatures, as is done in all other countries that use EMV cards. While the chips make the cards more difficult to counterfeit, they do nothing to protect lost or stolen cards, while a PIN alone could prevent both types of fraud, he said.

While the new cards make it somewhat more difficult for criminals to use stolen card numbers, they do not actually prevent numbers from being stolen in the first place, and stolen numbers can still be used for online and other types of fraud.

French’s comments came in a statement submitted to the House Small Business Committee, which is holding a hearing today on what chip-based cards will mean for small businesses. Today’s hearing is scheduled to feature witnesses from the card industry, but another session with small businesses and retailers is expected to be held later this month. The hearing follows last week’s deadline for merchants to install chip-card readers or face increased fraud liability if a chip card is used in a non-chip reader.

French said credit and debit card fees are the second-largest expense for many small businesses after labor, and that the card industry imposes “a multitude of complex rules on small businesses.” Chip-card readers and installation can vary from “a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars” per terminal, he said, with an industry average of $2,000.

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

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

NRF: Shop.org announced the group’s Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner – Reflektion

Washington, DC, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today announced the group’s Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition winner. After being named a finalist in September, Reflektion was selected by several esteemed leaders in the retail industry as the winner of the competition. The company’s technology aims to capture and respond to individual shopper’s intent in real time.

The announcement came during a special session at the Shop.org Digital Summit. The three-day event is currently taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, and will conclude Wednesday evening.

Reflektion will receive a free one-year membership with the National Retail Federation, a complimentary registration to Shop.org’s 2016 Digital Summit in Dallas and $5,000 dollars. It will also have the chance to meet with digital and e-commerce executives from the Shop.org Board and from other members including The TJX Companies, Inc., Abercrombie and Fitch, Modcloth and more.

“As we look to see what the next big thing is for digital retail, it is companies like Reflektion, Jet.com and ShipHero who are a step ahead of the rest, truly exemplifying the innovation and hard work that it takes to pave the way for growth in this industry,” NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “We are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of finalists and are sure that each of them will make their mark in the world of digital retail.”

In August 2015, a team of venture capitalists, industry analysts and NRF members named three finalists for the award. Each of the finalists has the potential to transform the shopping experience or make a positive impact on the retail industry. Next year’s competition is set to launch in the spring of 2016 and the winner will be named at the 2016 Shop.org Digital Summit in Dallas.

“We are honored to be named winner of this highly selective competition. This is an incredible vote of confidence from Shop.org and the retailer community for what Reflektion is doing to create successful digital shopping experiences around individual intent,” Sean Moran, president and CEO of Reflektion said. “We are happy to pay it forward with our prize money, which we’re donating to Disney supported charities.”

The two additional finalists were:

Scott Hilton, chief revenue officer, Jet.com
Aaron Rubin, ceo and founder, ShipHero

Judges for the competition were:

Billy May, senior vice president, digital, ecommerce and corporate development, Abercrombie and Fitch
Matthew Kaness, ceo, Modcloth
Josh Goldman, general partner, Northwest Venture Partners
J. Skyler Fernandes, managing director, Simon Venture Group
Elaine Boltz, executive vice president, e-commerce, The TJX Companies, Inc.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail. Shop.org members include some of the world’s largest most respected retail, technology, research, and consulting companies. http://shop.org/

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Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

The National Retail Federation expects November and December sales to increase by 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion

Washington, DC, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase a solid 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent. Holiday sales in 2015 are expected to represent approximately 19 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales of $3.2 trillion. Additionally, NRF is forecasting online sales to increase between 6 and 8 percent to as much as $105 billion.

“With several months of solid retail sales behind us, we’re heading into the all-important holiday season fully expecting to see healthy growth,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “However, while economic indicators have improved in several areas, Americans remain somewhat torn between their desire and their ability to spend; the fact remains consumers still have the weight of the economy on their minds, further explaining the complex retail spending environment we are seeing right now. We expect families to spend prudently and deliberately, though still less constrained than what we saw even two years ago.”

“Potential disruptions from yet another government shutdown in mid-December and a slower pace of job creation and income growth are just a few key factors that will impact holiday shoppers’ spending this year,” continued Shay. “Price, value and even timing will all play a role in how, when, where and why people shop over the holiday season. Retailers will be competitive not only on price, but on digital initiatives, store hours, product offerings and much more.”

Holiday sales in 2014 increased 4.1 percent over the previous year.

HISTORICAL HOLIDAY SALES

The National Retail Federation expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase a solid 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

“Similar to last year in the sense we’re coming off a rather disappointing first half, this holiday season brings to light several crosscurrents that still exist for American households,” said NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz. “While confidence data is encouraging, slower job growth in 2015, deflationary retail prices and the mix of consumer spending somewhat shifting toward big ticket items and services, as well as the wild card in our government spending debates, will all contribute to the slower growth rate of sales expected for the holiday season.”

“All said, there’s no reason to doubt that we will see solid retail sales growth in the final two months of the year,” continued Kleinhenz.

NRF’s holiday sales forecast is based on an economic model using several indicators including, consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales releases. It also includes the non-store category (direct-to-consumer, kiosks and online sales.) For historic sales information visit NRF’s Holiday Headquarters and the Retail Insight Center.

NRF Forecasts Seasonal Employment to Grow Between 700,000 and 750,000

According to NRF, retailers are expected to hire between 700,000 and 750,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, in line with last year’s 714,000 new holiday positions.

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

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

Co-op Food Stores across Saskatchewan will distribute the Real Dirt on Farming publication in grocery bags

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is taking its mission to engage consumers in a conversation about food and farming directly to grocery store shoppers this month.

From October 9-15, more than 150 Co-op Food Stores across Saskatchewan will distribute the Real Dirt on Farming publication in grocery bags. The initiative is sponsored by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System and is part of a larger awareness campaign FFC SK is launching in October to mark Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.

“Today, only two percent of Canadians have a direct link to the farm, so it’s important that we help connect consumers to their food and how it is produced,” said Adele Buettner, CEO of FFC SK. “With its longstanding presence in and commitment to Saskatchewan communities, Co-op is a natural partner for us.”

The FFC SK publication shares the stories of Saskatchewan producers and shows readers how today’s farmers grow crops and raise animals. It’s one of several initiatives FFC SK is working on to let industry and consumers know more about modern farm practices.

“This partnership with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan is a logical extension of the work we do at Agro Centres and Food Stores across the Prairies,” said Ron Welke, Associate Vice-President, Food, at FCL. “Agriculture remains a vital part of the communities we call home and we are proud to help farmers meet their business and agronomic needs. These producers, in turn, produce safe and fresh products that help feed families across Western Canada and the world.”

Co-op Food Stores regularly offer between 300 and 500 products produced by local ranchers, farmers and food manufacturers. These products can be identified by Grown at Home, Raised at Home and Produced at Home labels on display in stores.

More details on this and other Agriculture Month activities are available on farmfoodcaresk.org.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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Co-op Food Stores across Saskatchewan will distribute the Real Dirt on Farming publication in grocery bags

Co-op Food Stores across Saskatchewan will distribute the Real Dirt on Farming publication in grocery bags

Kimco’s public offering: $500 million notes due 2022 at a coupon of 3.400% per annum with an effective yield of 3.510%

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today announced its public offering of $500 million notes due 2022 at a coupon of 3.400% per annum with an effective yield of 3.510%, maturing November 1, 2022. The offering is expected to settle on October 19, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

The company intends to use the net proceeds of approximately $493.0 million from the offering for general corporate purposes, including to (i) pre-fund near-term maturities, including one or more of the company’s (a) $150 million aggregate principal amount of 5.584% Senior Notes due November 2015, (b) $300 million aggregate principal amount of 5.783% Senior Notes due March 2016 and (c) $562.0 million of mortgage debt maturing during the remainder of 2015 and 2016 with a weighted average interest rate of 6.16% and (ii) partially reduce borrowings ($225 million as of June 30, 2015) under the company’s revolving credit facility maturing in March 2018 (subject to two six-month extension options), which borrowings bear interest at a rate of one-month LIBOR plus 0.925% (1.11% as of June 30, 2015).

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and UBS Securities LLC served as the joint book-running managers for this offering. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. served as the senior co-managers. Barclays Capital Inc., BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Securities LLC, Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. and TD Securities (USA) LLC served as the co-managers.

The offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, prospectus and related prospectus supplement. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the base prospectus, when available, may be obtained by contacting Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Telephone: (800) 831-9146, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Three World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, Attn: Debt Capital Markets, telephone: (866) 375-6829, email: RBCNYFIXEDINCOMEPROSPECTUS@RBCCM.COM or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 608 2nd Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attention: WFS Customer Service, toll-free 1-800-645-3751, email: wfscustomerservice@wellsfargo.com. Investors may also obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

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

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
The statements in this release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with the company’s expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings, including but not limited to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and any subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the sections titled “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to the company’s 3.400% Notes due 2022 and in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as it may be updated or supplemented by subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K or Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

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

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

L Brands reports $919.9m net sales for the five weeks ended Oct 3, 2015; up 8 percent YoY

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) reported net sales of $919.9 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 3, 2015, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $853.5 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 4, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 9 percent for the five weeks ended Oct. 3, 2015.

The company reported net sales of $7.023 billion for the 35 weeks ended Oct. 3, 2015, an increase of 5 percent compared to net sales of $6.685 billion for the 35 weeks ended Oct. 4, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 5 percent for the 35 weeks ended Oct. 3, 2015.

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands’ prerecorded September sales message, call 1-866-639-7583, or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 2,987 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in nearly 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

L Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the September sales call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the September sales call:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the September sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or the September sales call or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in “Item 1A. Risk Factors’ in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

L BRANDS
SEPTEMBER 2015
Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease):
Sept.
2015
Sept.
2014
Year-
to-
Date
2015
Year-
to-
Date
2014
Victoria’s Secret1 9 % 4 % 5 % 3 %
Bath & Body Works1 8 % 10 % 5 % 4 %
L Brands 9 % 6 % 5 % 4 %
Victoria’s Secret
Direct Sales 3 % 5 % (3 %) 1 %
1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada.
Total Company-Owned Stores:
Stores
Operating
at 1/31/15
Opened   Closed Stores
Operating
at 10/3/15
Victoria’s Secret U.S. 983 4 (3 ) 984
PINK U.S. 115 14 (3 ) 126
Victoria’s Secret Canada 31 3 34
PINK Canada 10 10
Total Victoria’s Secret 1,139 21 (6 ) 1,154
Bath & Body Works U.S. 1,558 13 (4 ) 1,567
Bath & Body Works Canada 88 6 94
Total Bath & Body Works 1,646 19 (4 ) 1,661
Victoria’s Secret U.K. 8 8
PINK U.K. 2 2
Henri Bendel 29 29
La Senza Canada 145 1 (13 ) 133
Total L Brands Stores 2,969 41 (23 ) 2,987

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com
L Brands Inc

Meijer’s new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha

KENOSHA, Wis., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer, the new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter, announced a $10,000 donation to the Dream Playground, the first fully accessible playground in Kenosha. The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc (KAC) and the city of Kenosha, two of the driving forces behind the Dream Playground, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Penske Park, 2900 14th Ave.

“Our support for the Dream Playground is a continuation of an early partnership Meijer formed with the Kenosha Achievement Center in 2013 to recruit, screen and hire persons with disabilities at the Meijer Pleasant Prairie Distribution Center,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “The community’s passion for the Dream Playground is inspiring and Meijer is excited to play a role in helping to make this vision a reality for Wisconsin children and families to enjoy.”

The KAC provides early childhood and adult services to people with disabilities. Local volunteers approached the KAC in 2012 to help raise $1 million to fund the Dream Playground Project and the city donated land to build the 15,000-square-foot playground. The structure’s safety surfacing is wheelchair-accessible and includes ramping so that children and adults can engage with elevated components. The playground incorporates elements for individuals with visual, hearing, developmental, emotional and social impairments. The Dream Playground also includes a permanent Meijer storefront for kids and families to enjoy year-round.

“We appreciate the work Meijer is doing to make a difference in the quality of life for persons with disabilities,” said Chris Weyker, chief executive officer for the KAC. “Their commitment to working with partners such as the Kenosha Achievement Center is truly admirable and serves as a model for meaningful community engagement.”

As an equal opportunity employer, Meijer fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. The retailer is committed to treating all applicants for employment and team members equally, and providing applicants and team members with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities or religion.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities of each of its 222 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/Meijer.

About the Kenosha Achievement Center:
The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. (KAC) is a Community Service Organization committed to creating opportunities for the personal growth and success of persons with special needs. The KAC does this by removing barriers and changing perceptions. To learn more about the KAC and the Dream Playground Project visit http://thekac.com.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968 or Chris Weyker, 262-658-9650, cweyker@thekac.com

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Meijer's new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha

Meijer’s new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha

Taubman: The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota Named “Best Retail Development, Florida”

Center honored as it celebrates its one-year anniversary

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) has two milestones to celebrate this month – its one year anniversary on October 16, and receiving recognition as the “Best Retail Development, Florida” by the International Property Awards.

With this win UTC, owned and managed by Taubman in partnership with Benderson Development Inc., is now in the running for the IPA’s “Best Retail Development, Americas” and “Best Retail Development, World” honors that will be announced on October 23.

“We received numerous submissions for outstanding developments,” said Stuart Shield, president of the UK-based International Property Awards. “These impressive projects are not only attractive to the eye, they are highly functional, eco-friendly and feature state-of-the-art technology.”

Ron Loch, AIA, vice president, planning and design for Taubman, led the design vision for the project, one of the company’s crown jewels.

“We are very proud to receive such prominent recognition for The Mall at University Town Center,” said Loch. “We were passionate about creating a center where modern architecture, natural-light filled spaces and sustainable design would set a warm and inviting stage for our customers to experience world-class shopping and dining.”

Judging for the International Property Awards was conducted by a panel of more than 70 experts from all over the world, and was chaired by two members of the House of Lords: Lord Caithness and Lord Best.

About The Mall at University Town Center
Located at I-75 and University Parkway, this world-class fashion and dining destination features approximately 860,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants. Showcasing many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local market, the center offers visitors a diverse mix of upscale, fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children’s play area. For a complete list of retailers, information and updates, visit www.mallatutc.com. Like us onFacebook: www.facebook.com/MallatUTC.

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

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

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

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

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

or

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

Wincor Nixdorf expands its cash management capacities in the Netherlands

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — By acquiring Brink’s CiT operations in the Netherlands, Wincor Nixdorf is expanding its cash management capacities in the Netherlands. The primary objective of the takeover is to provide one-stop cash management and cash logistics services to leading Dutch banks that have signed long-term agreements for them. Wincor Nixdorf is acquiring the business, infrastructure and employees of Brink’s Netherlands and will integrate them with the business of SecurCash, its subsidiary specialized in cash management and cash logistics. In the last fiscal year, both companies together already generated a business volume of €70 million. Once the acquisition is complete and activities are combined, Wincor Nixdorf will provide around 40 percent of cash management and logistics services in the Netherlands.

The acquisition will produce the necessary capacity expansion for the provision of cash handling services to four major banks. In addition, it will bring together two companies that perfectly complement each other. As a result of the acquisition, the new SecurCash will also profit from synergies from the business with banks and retail companies. These opportunities will be created by the broad customer base that Brink’s Netherlands has among Dutch retailers. After the acquisition has been completed, the company will cover the entire cash logistics chain in the cash centers located throughout the Netherlands and have more than 600 employees.

One of Wincor Nixdorf’s strategic goals is to expand its business with ambitious and managed services. “As a partner of banks and retailers, our cash handling services will be seamlessly linked to our IT services to operate systems and IT infrastructures and add profitable services to our value chain end-to-end,” said Eckard Heidloff, the President and CEO of Wincor Nixdorf AG. Bank and retail customers will profit from process optimization of a provider of hardware, software and services along the entire cash logistics chain, Heidloff said.

The Dutch anti-trust authority (Autoriteit Consument en Markt – ACM) approved the acquisition on September 15, 2015. Brink’s Netherlands was spun off by its American parent company in 2014 and has operated since then as an independent company.

SecurCash, a subsidiary of Wincor Nixdorf, has been providing cash handling services in the Dutch market since 2006. The company is based in Rotterdam.

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

Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Microsoft announced two new additions to its Surface family: the Surface Book, a powerful new laptop, and the Surface Pro 4 tablet.

The company also unveiled its latest wearable device, the Band 2.

The new Surface devices will arrive in stores on Oct. 26, but can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores. The Band 2 is available on Oct. 30, but you can also preorder now.

If you’re eager to see the new Surface Pro 4 but don’t want to wait weeks to check it out, you can visit any Windows Store at Best Bu
y starting tomorrow to test one.

With a 13.5-inch detachable screen and more than 6 million pixels, the new Surface Book is created for people who want more power and capabilities from their laptop. It can also be used as a lightweight clipboard that feels natural to write on, and it can still run full desktop apps.

The Surface Pro 4, with a 12.3-inch screen, is the thinnest and fastest Surface Pro yet. It features a new pen with an eraser feature, and new ways to integrate with Cortana. The keyboard is sold separately and can be found in a variety of colors on BestBuy.com and in stores.

The Band 2 is a sleeker way to track your activity, heart rate and sleep. It also sends you email, text and calendar alerts so you can stay productive on-the-go.

Read what Microsoft has to say about its new products here.

To find a Best Buy store near you, click here.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores

Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores

New Wi-Fi Router created by Best Buy’s Geek Squad and NETGEAR available online and in stores now

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — American households have more connected devices than ever. Yet many of us often overlook the reality that adding devices — from smartphones to computers to televisions — can strain our Wi-Fi networks and slow down connection speeds.

To help solve these connection problems, Best Buy and Geek Squad have joined with NETGEAR to create a single solution that combines the high-performance NETGEAR Nighthawk DST AC1900 router with Geek Squad setup and a year of free continuing online and phone support.

The router, built to the specifications of Best Buy, can keep up with the growing number of connected devices in the home, while also virtually eliminating Wi-Fi dead zones. Purchase includes remote Geek Squad setup and one year of unlimited Geek Squad support, as well as a six-month security software package.

“Everyone knows the pain of slow network speeds, limited range and lack of help when we need it most, yet we tend to ignore the care and feeding of our routers,” said Sean Stephens, senior director of Geek Squad Services at Best Buy.

As home networking becomes more complex, people everywhere are looking for easy-to-use solutions to maximize the performance of their networks. To that end, this Nighthawk router with Geek Squad features:

  • Dead Spot Terminator (DST) adapter to virtually eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones.
  • Ability to support 10 or more connected devices.
  • Embedded capabilities to allow for remote setup and support.
  • Fast speeds, with up to 1900Mbps, GIGABIT Wi-Fi (and GIGABIT WIRED), and a dual core 1GHZ processor.
  • Parental controls, guest network access and the highest level of wireless security (WPA/WPA2).
  • Geek Squad support with router purchase to customize settings, connect devices and secure the network, and provide one year of unlimited post-set up support by phone or online

It’s available online and in stores now.

Check out this video to see how easy the Nighthawk router is to set up with help from Geek Squad. And here are tips for setting up a wireless network.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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New Wi-Fi Router created by Best Buy’s Geek Squad and NETGEAR available online and in stores now

New Wi-Fi Router created by Best Buy’s Geek Squad and NETGEAR available online and in stores now

Volker Hornsteine wird zum 1. Januar 2016 in den Vorstand der REWE International AG aufrücken

Köln, Germany, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im Vorstand der REWE International AG werden die Weichen für die Zukunft gestellt. Volker Hornsteiner, seit 2001 im Vorstand von BILLA, wird zum 1. Januar 2016 in den Vorstand der REWE International AG aufrücken. Er wird aber weiterhin auch Vorstandssprecher der BILLA AG bleiben. Im Holding-Vorstand übernimmt er den Bereich Expansion von Reinhard Schürk, der Anfang 2017 seinen Ruhestand antreten wird und derzeit die Bereiche Controlling, strategische Planung, Logistik, Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion und technische Abteilung in Österreich sowie die Touristik verantwortet.

Volker Hornsteiner (48, Foto) hat seine Karriere nach dem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der WU 1995 als Trainee bei BILLA begonnen und im Unternehmen alle Karrierestationen durchlaufen. Seit nunmehr 14 Jahren verantwortet er im BILLA Vorstand die Bereiche Vertrieb, Personalentwicklung und Expansion. Auch im Vorstand der REWE International AG wird Hornsteiner für den Bereich Expansion sowie die beiden Handelsfirmen BILLA und ADEG verantwortlich zeichnen. Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der BILLA AG und ADEG AG bleibt weiterhin der Vorstandsvorsitzende der REWE International AG, Frank Hensel.

Aufgrund der Änderungen im Vorstand der Holding wird auch die Führung von BILLA umgebaut. Neben Vorstandssprecher Volker Hornsteiner und seinem langjährigen Vorstandskollegen Josef Siess wird ab Jänner 2016 Robert Nagele, derzeit Verkaufsdirektor des Unternehmens, in den BILLA Vorstand aufsteigen. Keine Änderungen gibt es in den Zuständigkeitsbereichen der weiteren Mitglieder des Vorstandes der REWE International AG Franz Nebel (Finanzen, Rechnungswesen, IT, Recht, Immobilienbestandsmanagement) sowie Janusz Kulik, der das Vollsortiment-Geschäft in Zentral- und Osteuropa führt.

Ansprechpartner:
Team Media Relations REWE International AG
Tel.: +43 2236 600 5261
Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

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Volker Hornsteine wird zum 1. Januar 2016 in den Vorstand der REWE International AG aufrücken

Volker Hornsteine wird zum 1. Januar 2016 in den Vorstand der REWE International AG aufrücken

SM Prime Holdings to open its 53rd mall in Philippines on October 9, 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, opens SM City Cabanatuan on October 9, 2015. It is SM Prime’s 53rd mall in the country, and the second mall within Nueva Ecija – along with SM Megacenter Cabanatuan. The new mall provides an additional 154,020 square meters (sqm) in gross floor area (GFA), expanding SM Prime’s total retail space to 6,762,419 sqm in the Philippines.

SM City Cabanatuan is strategically located along Maharlika Highway in Cabanatuan City, which is the largest city in Nueva Ecija. The city, seated between the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Aurora, serves as the Gateway to the North. This has made the city one of the business, transportation, medical and educational centers in Region III.

“The opening of SM City Cabanatuan is SM Prime’s commitment to be part of the growth of the province. The opening of new malls is timely given the expected higher growth in overall consumption in the 4th quarter. The economy’s sustained GDP growth in the past 5 years is now spreading to the provinces and we at SM Prime will continue to expand in these provinces that are enjoying high growth, like in Cabanatuan City, where we see significant development and huge unserved demand for shopping experiences,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

The mall will open with 90% lease-awarded, which are leased to various tenants and will serve over 270,000 residents. The shopping mall will have anchor tenants such as The SM STORE, SM Supermarket, Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Watson’s, The Body Shop, Surplus Shop and UNIQLO.

The new SM Supermall will provide an exciting and state-of-the-art shopping experience for the local shoppers, making it a destination mall. SM City Cabanatuan creates a memorable identity on its primary highway frontage with bold and dynamic colors that complements a featured curved wall. The four-level mall also includes two Sky Gardens namely, the Garden Park,which provides covered shelter; and the Roof Park located at the fourth level. The mall will have six cinemas (five cinemas with a 275-seating capacity; one large format cinema with a 525-seating capacity) and 2,500 parking slots for cars and motorcycles.

The interior of SM City Cabanatuan was carefully designed around a simple yet efficient plan that allows shoppers to easily stroll around and provides clear line-of-sight to all shops on all levels at the same time. Interior bridges are strategically built that provide convenient access to all passages of the mall, supplemented by a centrally located glass elevator and escalators. The main interior features a dynamic ceiling that utilizes height of the mall to provide ample daylight, making the mall look spacious, bright and cozy.

To date, SM City Cabanatuan is the third SM Supermall to be opened this year, after SM City San Mateo that recently opened last May 15. For the rest of 2015, SM Prime is scheduled to open SM Center Sangandaan in Caloocan, andSM Seaside City Cebu. The company is also set to expand SM City Lipa in Batangas and SM City Iloilo this year. By the end of 2015, SM Prime will have 55 malls in the Philippines and six in China with an estimated combined GFA of 8,269,486 million sqm.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

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For further information, please contact:

Mr. Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

ShopRite will once again host The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Specialty Products Available Exclusively at ShopRite Stores Featured in Premier Food Festival

Keasbey, NJ, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now in its eighth year as a presenting sponsor, ShopRite will once again host The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Open to the public on October 17 & 18 and located at Pier 94 at 55th Street and West Side Highway, the 130,000 square foot culinary wonderland is the centerpiece of the Festival each year. ShopRite chefs will feature a sampling of original recipes using ingredients and special edition products found exclusively at ShopRite stores. This year’s event will showcase ShopRite Kitchen entrées, which are packaged in the perfect sizes to take home and call your own. Samplings of these new products, on their own and as the focal point of unique original dishes, will be available for tasting at the ShopRite booth, which is centrally located on Pier 94.

In addition to ShopRite’s offerings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the greatest food stars in the country and sample food from local New York City restaurants, representing cuisine from around the world, all paired with premier wine and spirits.

In addition to its celebration of food and drink, the focus of the festival once again is the fight against hunger. Proceeds from the event will benefit hunger relief initiatives through the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. The New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel and Leisure magazines. To date, the Festival has raised more than $8.5 million to help fight hunger.< ShopRite customers who present their Price Plus Club Card at checkout will receive a 10% discount on tickets to the event purchased at http://www.nycwff.org. The Grand Tasting also offers ticket-holders the opportunity to meet members of ShopRite’s Potluck blogger panel, and share recipes and cooking tips. Potluck is a community of writers on ShopRite.com that posts recipes, reviews and cooking demonstrations using ShopRite Private Label products. Potluck bloggers share their unique perspectives on new products, food, cooking and shopping with their fellow ShopRite customers. About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than seven million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups.  Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
After seven successful years, the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) is gearing up to once again pay homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while fighting to end hunger! It is the only Festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.  NYCWFF began as a one-night event, SWEET, in the fall of 2007. In 2008, Festival Founder and Director, Lee Brian Schrager (Vice President, Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America) launched the inaugural NYCWFF that has quickly grown to mirror the success of its sister Festival, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.  The 2015 Festival will once again bring together the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and personalities to educate palates and entertain attendees in high style.

Santina Stankevich
Phone: 732-906-5932

Elisabeth Loeb
Phone: 732-906-5156

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp

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ShopRite will once again host The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

ShopRite will once again host The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Gerri Martin-Flickinger as CTO effective November 2

Former Adobe Senior Executive to join Starbucks Senior Leadership Team to Lead Global Technology and IT Organization

SEATTLE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced it has appointed Gerri Martin-Flickinger as chief technology officer effective November 2. In this role, Martin-Flickinger will lead the global IT function and play a key role in shaping the technology agenda across the Starbucks business.  Most recently, she served as Adobe’s senior vice president and chief information officer, where she oversaw Adobe’s global Information Technology team and played a key role in enabling Adobe’s transformation to a cloud-based business.

“Gerri is a technologist at heart and has a 30-year track record of leveraging technology-based solutions to drive business value. As we continue to shape our global technology agenda at Starbucks, we needed leadership talent with deep experience in cloud, big data analytics, mobile and security to take us to the next level.  As we searched for that leader, Gerri stood out as someone who has years of experience in Silicon Valley and brings deep management and technical expertise to help us navigate the future,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief operating officer.

Martin-Flickinger will report to Johnson and serve as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team. As chief technology officer, Martin-Flickinger will lead the company’s IT organization, and will champion the next phase of innovation and growth for Starbucks.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with an amazing team at Adobe, and I look forward to taking this next step in my career as I assume the role of chief technology officer at Starbucks, a brand that I love. The Pacific Northwest is where I was raised, so I am pleased to be returning there. I am thrilled to be joining the strong team already in place at Starbucks,” said Martin-Flickinger. “Starbucks is on the cusp of entering into its next phase of technology leadership, and I am honored to be working alongside Starbucks strong IT management team to map out our long-term strategy.”

Martin-Flickinger will bring 30 years of experience leading large-scale global IT organizations for companies experiencing explosive growth through acquisition, global expansion and implementing new business models. Her expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting IT to the needs of the business and aligning IT costs. Before joining Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was CIO of VeriSign, where she oversaw corporate information technology services for the company’s 60 offices worldwide. Prior to VeriSign, she served as CIO for Network Associates, Inc. and McAfee Associates, Inc. Before joining McAfee, Martin-Flickinger held several senior systems roles at Chevron Corporation, including serving as process consultant to Chevron’s executive staff.

Martin-Flickinger has received a number of awards and accolades over her 30-year career. Most recently, she was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal with the Judges’ Choice award for her integral role with Adobe’s successful shift to a cloud-services company. Additionally, she was honored as a 2015 CIO Leader by HMG Strategy and was named to the 25 of the Smartest Women on Twitter 2015. Martin-Flickinger holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Washington State University. She is a member of Wall Street Journal CIO Network and Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board.

Martin-Flickinger will relocate to the Seattle area with her family.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-qualityarabica coffee. Today, with more than 22,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Gerri Martin-Flickinger as CTO effective November 2

Starbucks Corporation announces the appointment of Gerri Martin-Flickinger as CTO effective November 2

Starbucks to bring its mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay in Canada

  • Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay in Canada begins with 300 stores in Greater Toronto Area
  • New feature on the Starbucks® app for iPhone® will let customers place an order in advance and pick it up at their nearest participating location

TORONTO, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada today announced that it will bring the company’s innovative mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay, to approximately 300 company-owned stores in the Greater Toronto Area on October 13, 2015.

Following successful launches in company-owned stores across the U.S., mobile ordering is emerging as the fastest and easiest way for Starbucks customers to order ahead, pay and then pick up their purchases – providing on-the-go customers a simple and quick alternative to get some of their favorite food or beverage items. Seamlessly integrated into Starbucks world-class mobile app and My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty program, the feature will be available for customers using the Starbucks® app for iPhone® (in the Greater Toronto Area including Markham, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Unionville, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Aurora and Thornhill). Starbucks plans to expand Mobile Order & Pay to other select Canadian cities in 2016.

“Toronto is the largest city in Canada and also home to some of Starbucks busiest North American stores,” said Jessica Mills, director brand and digital, Starbucks Canada. “We know that sometimes, customers have to choose between going to Starbucks and making their next meeting or appointment. The simple, convenience of Mobile Order & Pay means customers can bypass the line. It represents a significant opportunity for us to enhance the customer experience and significantly save customers some time.”

Starbucks was the first national retailer to offer its own mobile payment technology combined with a deep loyalty program. Today, mobile payments represent 18% of all in-store transactions in Canadian Starbucks stores and more than 1 million Canadians are active My Starbucks Rewards® members. With the Mobile Order & Pay feature, customers have the same Starbucks Experience they would have in store, including the ability to customize orders through the app with the convenience and speed of placing and paying for an order in advance. Estimated pick up times are shown in-app before a customer confirms their order.

To use Mobile Order & Pay from the Starbucks® app for iPhone®

1. Click on the “Order” option at the top right of the screen

2. Select the food and beverage items to order: Beverages are customizable, including the option to modify size, number of espresso shots, dairy selections and more

3. Select the participating store for pick up: Approximate wait times will be viewable on the customer’s phone prior to selecting store location. Directions will also be available, if needed

4. Confirm by clicking, “order:” At the time of order, payment is made from the customer’s registered Starbucks Card

5. Proceed to the participating Starbucks® store to pick up food and beverages: Orders are sent to the selected store where Starbucks partners (baristas) will begin preparing the items

For more information, please visit www.starbucks.ca.  To download the Starbucks® app for iPhone®, visit the App Store here.

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

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks to bring its mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay in Canada

Starbucks to bring its mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay in Canada

Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

SEATTLE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — With millions of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and other areas and seeking safety across Central and Western Europe, Starbucks is compelled to use the scale of its digital platforms to raise funds for crisis relief organizations.

Today, Starbucks is joining the White House and other companies to use our collective digital properties and social media presence to encourage customer support of American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants.

Noting that more than seven million people – roughly the population of New York City, where the Statue of Liberty stands today – have been displaced, and over half of the refugees are children, a White House blog post stated, “We have a moral responsibility to do what we can for families forced from their homes. We can join together to provide shelter, food and medical assistance to these people in need. It’s the American thing to do.”

Starbucks and the White House are encouraging donations to the Red Cross. A flyer will be posted on community boards in Starbucks stores informing customers of the effort, visible on social media through the hashtag #AidRefugees. In addition, Starbucks partners (employees) who contribute at least $20 to any 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S. may submit a matching gift request through the company’s community service website.

“Many of these migrants and refugees have risked everything in search of safety for their families. They have faced unimaginable hardships along the way, but continue their journeys with hope for the future. Their needs are great, but together we can provide crucial relief supplies and some level of comfort in their time of need,” said David Meltzer, general counsel and chief international officer of the American Red Cross.

The Starbucks Foundation has already made donations to: Save the Children, a non-profit organization focused on providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families; Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of respected aid organizations leading refugee support in Germany; and Caritas, a non-profit which is doing the same work across Austria and other European countries.

“As a company, we don’t sit on the sidelines during a humanitarian crisis. By creating awareness and supporting the Red Cross in providing food, shelter and medical care, we can make a difference to those affected by the refugee crisis,” said Vivek Varma, executive vice president Starbucks Public Affairs. “Together, we can be proud of what we can accomplish.”

Photos used with permission by the American Red Cross

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

 

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Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

Tesco to simplify business model for suppliers by standardising their payment terms

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ —Tesco has pledged to deliver a simpler business model for suppliers, by standardising their payment terms.

In a move which builds on progress already made to simplify and increase transparency across its business, Tesco aims to improve innovation for shoppers by encouraging collaboration between the retailer and its supply base.

Tesco will no longer use a combination of complex and varied terms and will instead introduce a new standard approach which will offer specific concessions to help small and medium-sized businesses. The move will allow suppliers to focus on the things that matter for customers.

Smaller suppliers, who deliver up to £100,000 worth of products in a year, will be paid within 14 days. Whilst medium-sized suppliers who deliver up to £10 million in product value per year, will have their accounts settled five days quicker than larger suppliers in their category.

Speaking today at the IGD Conference, Tesco’s Chief Executive Officer Dave Lewis said:

‘One of the things that made Tesco great was the little things we did to help our customers. We want to work with our suppliers to get back to innovating on behalf of our customers and these changes will make it easier for us to do that. Our customers want value, great availability and new choices. If we think about that from one end of the supply chain to the other we can collaborate with suppliers on ideas and grow together. That’s good for customers. Good for suppliers. And good for Tesco.

‘To help with this process, we’re announcing the standardisation of our payment terms.

‘By introducing a new standardised policy across each category for our larger suppliers, and shorter payment terms for our small and medium suppliers, it will help us to deliver a fairer, more transparent and consistent approach across our supply-base.’

Standardisation means that in the majority of categories, Tesco will be offering shorter payment terms to its suppliers than they in turn pass onto their own suppliers. The smallest suppliers will typically be paid 34 days quicker than before. For all partners, the terms refer to the day when they will receive cash and not the day the payment is sent for processing. All changes will be in place by the end of June 2016, to enable suppliers to build plans into their annual financial planning cycle. Tesco will make no financial gain from this and in some cases this will mean additional short term investments to improve cash flow right across the supply chain.

Click here to see a table showing the number of payment days by category for small, medium and larger suppliers.

Tesco is also introducing a new Vendor Payment scheme, which offers no financial incentive to the retailer, but provides a fair and consistent deal for all suppliers, regardless of their size.

Over the last year, Tesco has simplified its business and relationships with suppliers‎, introducing a number of measures to improve engagement including:

  • Creating a single Product team responsible for the entire lifecycle of a product, committed to our new code of conduct
  • Adopting a transparent, long term cost-based buying model with consistent and fair standard payment terms that help grow its joint business with suppliers
  • Moving to reduce the number of ways it takes commercial income from 24 to 5
  • Launching a Supplier Helpline, where any issues raised by suppliers are aimed to be resolved within 48 hours
  • Providing support for UK agriculture, with the development of a joint initiative with Anglia Famers – the ProducerClub.  The club delivers support for the day-to-day running of farms and an unrivalled combination of savings and benefits

 

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Notes to Editors

  • Tesco is writing to suppliers to inform them of the changes.
  • Changes to payment terms will affect all suppliers who serve the UK and will be implemented by the end of June 2016.
  • Examples of Tesco’s new standardised payments for key categories:
    • Meat, fish and poultry- Tesco’s new 28 day standard terms, shortened to 23 days for £100k-£10m businesses. This is significantly shorter than the average 46-49 days it takes for suppliers to pay those further down the supply chain.
    • Grocery – Tesco’s 45 day terms, shortened to 40 days for £100k-£10m businesses. This is significantly shorter than the average 60 days it takes for suppliers to pay those further down the supply chain.
  • Overseas suppliers who we source clothing and general merchandise products from will be on 90 day payment terms. This is the industry norm and will primarily be products that we source from Asia and spend a significant amount of time being shipped to the UK.
  • The ProducerClub is a joint initiative between Anglia Farmers and Tesco, which will provide purchasing support for the day-to-day running of farms and a package of savings and benefits. For more information go to www.tescosuppliernetwork.com/producerclub.html
  • Tesco’s Chief Executive Dave Lewis was speaking at the IGD The Big Debate Conference in London on Tuesday 6th October.

 

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Carrefour Foundation donates €100,000 to flood victims in southeastern France

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the heavy flooding that has hammered southeastern France over the past 48 hours, the Carrefour Foundation has released €100,000 to provide aid to victims in the Var and Alpes Maritimes departments. This donation to Secours Populaire in France will provide cleaning equipment to the flood victims (including pressure washers, mops, and dehumidifiers).

In addition, Carrefour stores in the Var and Alpes Maritimes departments worked with the Red Cross in the hours following the storms, providing water and hygiene kits. To support these efforts, the twenty-some Carrefour hypermarkets and Carrefour Market stores are holding a fundraising drive through October 18 to help the flood victims. When making a purchase, customers are given the option of donating to Secours Populaire, via €2 coupons available at the checkout counter. All funds raised will be distributed to local branches of the association.

In 2014, the Carrefour Foundation intervened twice in response to flooding in the Var department, providing supplies to affected families.

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Walmart helps its customers live healthier lives; focus on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across its entire assortment

Retailer builds on long-standing commitment to make health and wellness more affordable and accessible

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on its commitment to making healthcare and healthier food more affordable and accessible, Walmart today outlined additional ways the company is helping its customers live healthier lives. The retailer will focus on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across its entire assortment – in stores and online – through in-store events, online education and an expanded assortment of products and services solutions.

Customers will see Walmart’s commitment come to life on Saturday, Oct. 10, when the retailer holds “America’s Biggest Health Fair.” The event will take place in more than 4,400 stores across the U.S. from noon to 4 p.m. Free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings, product samples and health insurance information will be available. In addition, more than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will offer immunizations in select stores. Walmart expects to set record breaking numbers during the single-day health fair with hundreds of thousands of screenings and immunizations projected.

“There is one thing we can’t put a price on and that’s the health of our customers. We realize we play an important role in making healthcare available to millions and helping millions put healthy meals on the table. This is a responsibility we take seriously,” said Michelle Gloeckler, executive vice president of Consumables and Health & Wellness at Walmart U.S. “From managing diabetes to running your first 5K and simply putting a healthy dinner on the table, we’re equipping our customers with solutions for total health management which spans from nutrition, fitness, preventative care and treatment.”

Walmart is the only retailer in the U.S. that operates its own Pharmacies, Vision Centers and Care Clinics, and provides a comprehensive assortment of preventative and wellness products in the following categories: grocery, electronics, sporting goods, home, apparel and consumables in stores and online. Over the past year, Walmart has added thousands of wellness products, and plans to expand in notable areas such as: durable medical equipment, specialty prescriptions and active nutrition.

“We have a long history of making healthcare more affordable and accessible for our customers,” Gloeckler added. “Our $4 prescription program changed the industry and drove down healthcare costs. Our Care Clinics and Vision Centers are creating new price positions for retail health services and giving communities expanded access to services they need to live healthier lives.”

Healthcare Begins Here

For the second year, Walmart is working with DirectHealth.com to help customers identify their health insurance needs, compare coverage options and enroll in the plan that is right for them. The customer open enrollment program, Healthcare Begins Here, will be available Oct. 15, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016 in more than 2,400 Walmart stores, online and via phone.

New this year, DirectHealth.com is working with Jackson Hewitt to staff licensed insurance agents in approximately 250 stores. These agents will help customers navigate the more than 70,000 Health Exchange plans available to them, as well as help customers over the age of 65 enroll for Medicare.

Everything You Need to Live a Healthy Life – Under One Roof

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart makes healthier food accessible and affordable. Last year, customers saved more than $1.09 billion on fresh fruits and vegetables and Walmart exceeded its goal of opening 275 – 300 stores serving designated food desert areas a full year ahead of schedule. Today, Walmart offers more than 1,700 organic products, nearly 10 percent of which are organic produce items, and brings customers new, healthier options by working with national brands and innovating within its own private label assortment.

In 2011, Walmart set out to reduce the sodium, added sugar and industrially produced trans fats in its private brands, including Great Value, as well as national brands.  Through 2014, the company has reduced added sodium in the foods sold in its stores by 16 percent, reduced added sugars by more than 10 percent, and now less than 6% of its products contain industrially produced transfats.

To help customers manage their health whenever and wherever they are, Walmart has also revamped its Health & Wellness page on Walmart.com to focus on solutions that highlight products across multiple categories. Examples include:

  • “Boost Your Immunity” – Products to include: Oral Care, Probiotics, Vitamins, Antioxidant Foods
  • “Live Well with Diabetes” – Products to include: Skincare, Supplies, Low-Carb Active Nutrition

To learn more about Healthcare Begins Here and Walmart’s assortment of affordable wellness solutions, please visit:Walmart.com/healthcare.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,508 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Amazon Web Services introduced three new AWS Partner Network (APN) Competencies at AWS re:Invent

  • AWS Introduces Three New Competencies to Support Rapidly Expanding Global Partner Network
  • AWS also announces AWS Marketplace now offers more than 2,300 software listings for the AWS Cloud
  • Forty-six partners from around the world named as 2016 Premier Consulting Partners

SEATTLE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — At AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), introduced three new AWS Partner Network (APN) Competencies that enable and promote partners who have demonstrated expertise and proven success in DevOps, Cloud Migration, and Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, AWS announced the 2016Premier Consulting Partners, a designation that recognizes 46 APN partners that provide superior customer service and expertise in building and migrating customer solutions on AWS. AWS also announced that AWS Marketplace has grown to more than 2,300 software listings that are pre-configured for the AWS Cloud and available across 35 different categories that customers can purchase and launch, many with 1-Click functionality. For more information, visit http://aws.amazon.com/partners.

With the continued adoption of AWS services across geographies, industries, and organizations of all sizes, customers are increasingly relying on tens of thousands of APN Partners across the globe for deep expertise, specialized technology, and proven success to help them move to the AWS Cloud for a wide range of applications and initiatives. These customers are turning to the APN Competency Program to find complete solutions, and enabling products across categories that include Big Data, Security, Storage, Digital Media, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Microsoft Solutions, SAP Solutions, Oracle Solutions, Marketing & Commerce, and Mobile. AWS customers are also turning to AWS Marketplace for their software needs, and today customers around the world are using 143 million hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) each month to run AWS Marketplace products.

“Customers are accelerating their journey to AWS as they transform their businesses, and they require a broad range of solutions and partner expertise,” said Dorothy Copeland, Head of Global Partner Programs, AWS. “We are excited to see the growth of innovative partner solutions that leverage AWS and are expanding our investments in the APN across training, solutions development, and go-to-market programs. In the past year, we’ve seen that, on average, AWS Premier, Competency, and Managed Service Provider partners have grown their AWS revenue more than a hundred percent faster than the rest of the ecosystem. Our new DevOps, Cloud Migration, and IoT Competencies will offer even more opportunities for partners to deepen their AWS capabilities and grow their businesses.”

  • New APN DevOps Competency launches today with 27 qualified partners offering software, services, and solutions to enable customers in their transformation to agile service delivery using the AWS platform and DevOps principles, including continuous integration, continuous delivery, and configuration management. APN Technology Partners with the DevOps Competency include: Ansible, Apica, Atlassian, Blazemeter, Chef, Cloudbees, Codeship, GitHub, HashiCorp, Puppet, Salt Stack, Solano Labs, Travis CI, and Xebia Labs. APN Consulting Partners with the DevOps Competency underwent a rigorous validation audit to achieve the competency, and they include: 2nd Watch, Cascadeo, ClearScale, Cloud Technology Partners, Cloudreach, Flux7, Logicworks, Pythian, REAN Cloud, Slalom Consulting, Smartonix, Stelligent, and TriNimbus.
  • The APN Migration Competency will launch in the coming months to enable and support partners who have deep expertise and experience helping customers migrate applications and entire data centers to AWS. Migration Competency partners will offer technologies and services for infrastructure and application discovery, server migration, service monitoring, mass infrastructure migration, data migration and synchronization, enterprise application security and availability, and authentication management.
  • The APN IoT Competency will launch in the coming months and include partners that provide IoT platforms, analytics, connectivity infrastructure, developer tools, operating systems, professional services, and vertical-focused IoT solutions.

Partners who qualify for APN Competencies are eligible for a number of marketing, business, and technical benefits, including preferred access to AWS private betas, AWS roadmap briefings, and preferred access to Market Development and Customer Proof-of-Concept Funding.

Forty-six Consulting Partners Named 2016 Premier Partners

The AWS Premier Consulting Partner designation highlights the top APN Consulting Partners globally that have distinguished themselves by investing significantly in their AWS practice, providing exceptional customer service, developing a broad bench of employees with deep AWS skills, and driving significant AWS business with enterprise customers around the world. The 2016 Premier Partners include: 2nd Watch,Accenture, Aquilent, Apps Associates, Blazeclan, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bulletproof Networks, Capgemini, Clearscale, Cloud Technology Partners, Class Method, Cloudnexa, Cloudpack, Cloudreach, CorpInfo, Cognizant, CredibilIT, CSC, Datapipe, Dedalus, DLT Solutions, Edifixio, emind, GS Neotek, Infosys, Latinedge, Logicworks, Matrix IT, Megazone, Melbourne IT, Minjar, Mobiquity, Nordcloud, NRI, Orion, Pariveda, REAN Cloud, Serverworks, Slalom, Smart 421, Smartronix, Storm Reply, Techracer, TIS, Trinimbus, and Wipro.

Customers Use 143 Million Hours of Amazon EC2 for AWS Marketplace Products Each Month

AWS Marketplace provides a way for customers around the globe to find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on AWS by simplifying licensing, purchasing, and deployment of software to the AWS Cloud. With more than 2,300 software listings, AWS Marketplace includes an array of enterprise, open source, and business software products provided by APN Partners. This year, AWS has added more than 500 new listings across 800 independent software vendors (ISVs), including: Avere, Calgary Scientific, Chef, Docker, Fortinet, Haivision, HP, Imperva, Kony, MapR, SAP, Tableau, TerraPixel, and TIBCO. And, through the new AWS Marketplace Consulting Partner Program, ISV channel partners can become APN Consulting Partners and offer software configuration and management support to customers deploying software from AWS Marketplace.

For further details on APN programs, benefits, and terms, see http://aws.amazon.com/partners/programs/.

About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to innovate quickly, lower IT costs and scale applications globally. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

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

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Kenmore introduces premium line of kitchen appliances at an affordable price

New premium line of appliances gives homes an elevated look without the need for costly remodels

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the past, if a home chef wanted professional style appliances, it could mean remodeling his or her kitchen to accommodate larger equipment. Today, the Kenmore brand is addressing that issue by introducing an innovative line of Kenmore PRO® standard-size appliances, including ranges, cooktops, microwaves, dishwashers and refrigerators. Developed with aspiring home chefs in mind, Kenmore PRO appliances provide a beautiful professional kitchen design, luxury performance at an affordable price.

“The all new Kenmore PRO line continues the brand’s legacy of delivering trusted, stylish appliance innovations that home chefs can move right into their existing kitchen space, taking their kitchen experience to a new level,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands.

Kenmore executive chef Kari Karch added, “Kenmore PRO appliances are perfect for those who go above and beyond in the kitchen, from fricassee to flambe, the high-level performance that you achieve with these appliances will make every meal a special event, not only because of the amazing food but also for the beautiful kitchen.”

A few highlights of the new Kenmore PRO line include:

Kenmore PRO 30″ Single and Double Wall Ovens and Kenmore PRO Single Cavity Electric and Gas Front Control Freestanding Ranges

  • These cooking wonders have some amazing features. Accela-HeatTM technology uses sensors to drive a powerful convection element and accurately controls two fans to transfer heat to the food, saving time by significantly reducing the preheating.
  • Turbo Boil® Burners on Kenmore PRO Drop-In Gas Cooktops distribute 18,200 BTUs of heat energy to provide an impressively fast boil time.
  • Freestanding ranges feature a stylish front control design for easy reach.

Kenmore PRO Counter-Depth and Standard-Depth French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerators

  • The AirTight Crisper features a unique 360-degree seal that goes all the way around the drawer to lock in moisture, helping vegetables stay fresh longer. The MoistureLock grid captures and reintroduces moisture to help maintain optimal humidity levels.
  • GeniusCool™ Technology with Dual Evaporators cools the refrigerator and freezer separately, which keeps freshness in the fridge and freezer burn out of the freezer to help food stay fresh.

Kenmore PRO Hidden Control Dishwasher

  • Designed to blast dirt and grime from every angle, the Kenmore PRO Hidden Control Dishwasher comes complete with a 360° PowerWash® Spray Arm to leave every dish spot-free and sparkling.
  • To pack another punch against dirty dishes, TurboZone® with Rotating Spray Jets hits dishes with a total of six jets to remove stubborn stuck on food, cutting down members’ time scrubbing and pre-washing dish after dish.

Kenmore PRO 36″ Slide-In Gas and Electric Cooktops

  • Turbo Boil® flex element allows for rapid boiling and defined simmering to cook favorite entrees, sides and treats with professional style and precision so food comes out right every time.
  • Flexible burner options spanning triple ring burners, power burners and dual element burners included in both gas and electric models allow chefs to accommodate any temperature or technique needed to bring the perfect dish to life.

Kenmore PRO 1.8 cu. ft. Over the Range Microwave

  • With this Kenmore PRO convection microwave, you can achieve convection oven results in a programmable microwave. Innovative CombiCook Technology helps to evenly brown and crisp foods on the outside while cooking quickly and evenly throughout.
  • The precision sensor detects the amount of moisture inside the oven and automatically adjusts the cooking time for optimal results.
  • 10 power levels allow you to easily cook, defrost or warm everything from a gourmet meal to leftovers at the perfect temperature.

The complete line of Kenmore PRO appliances can be found online at Kenmore.com and in local Sears stores.

For delicious recipes that showcase the best features of the new Kenmore PRO line, members can find inspiration at Cookmore.com. To interact and share hosting tips and tricks with experts and members of the Kenmore community, members can visit inspiration.kenmore.com.

About the Kenmore Brand
The Kenmore Brand is an industry leader in delivering trusted performance in the home with smart and stylish appliance innovations that help consumers do things quicker, easier and better. Recognized as a top appliance brand for 100 years, the Kenmore brand continues to give consumers more time, efficiency and improved results for better living with industry-leading products across small and large appliance categories. For more information, visit www.kenmore.com, www.cookmore.com/press-kit/ or www.facebook.com/kenmore.

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

Larry Costello
PR Director
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

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Zeno Group for Kenmore
312-396-9764
Christine.Whitemarsh@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

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Kenmore introduces premium line of kitchen appliances at an affordable price

Kenmore introduces premium line of kitchen appliances at an affordable price