Dollar General to reform its corporate support functions to eliminate approximately 255 positions

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.,  2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today announced that, as part of a broader initiative aimed at proactively improving efficiencies and reducing expenses, the Company is restructuring its corporate support functions to eliminate approximately 255 positions. Substantially all of the eliminations are effective immediately.

“Over the last several months, we have taken a hard look at our cost structure and are streamlining our support functions to improve our financial flexibility while positioning us to better serve our customers and to capitalize on long-term growth opportunities. This restructuring should allow us to continue strengthening our market leadership position and deliver long-term value for our shareholders,” said Todd Vasos, chief executive officer of Dollar General.

The Company currently projects that it will incur a pre-tax cash expense of approximately $7 million in the third quarter of 2015 relating to this restructuring for one-time severance-related benefits.

The restructuring includes approximately 115 vacant positions. All impacted employees have been notified. Positions at the store level will not be impacted by this restructuring. Looking ahead to fiscal 2016, Dollar General expects to continue its expense control and reduction initiative by implementing a more rigorous budgeting process that will target cost savings in specific budget categories.

Dollar General plans to report its third quarter 2015 financial results prior to the market open on December 3, 2015.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates more than 12,198 stores in 43 states as of July 31, 2015. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Dollar General includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws throughout this release. A reader can identify forward-looking statements because they are not limited to historical fact or they use words such as “will,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “continue,” “initiative,” “effort,” “positioning” and similar expressions that concern Dollar General’s strategy, plans, intentions or beliefs about future occurrences or results, including without limitation statements regarding the anticipated financial results of Dollar General’s restructuring initiative.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may change at any time and may cause actual results to differ materially from those that Dollar General expected. Many of these statements are derived from Dollar General’s operating budgets and forecasts, which are based on many detailed assumptions that Dollar General believes are reasonable, or are based on various assumptions about certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future. However, it is very difficult to predict the effect of known factors, and Dollar General cannot anticipate all factors that could affect actual results that may be important to an investor. All forward-looking information should be evaluated in the context of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those factors disclosed under “Risk Factors” in Dollar General’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 20, 2015 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 27, 2015.

All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements that Dollar General makes from time to time in its SEC filings and public communications. Dollar General cannot assure the reader that it will realize the results or developments Dollar General anticipates, or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences or affect Dollar General or its operations in the way Dollar General expects. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Dollar General undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which they were made, except as otherwise required by law. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, Dollar General.


Dollar General Corporation
Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington, 615-855-5536
Matt Hancock, 615-855-4811
Media Contact:
Dan MacDonald, 615-855-5209

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,000 stores in 43 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit

Target will be exclusive retailer of the Kid Power Band–the world’s first “wearable-for-good™”

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s no secret that kids across the U.S. have major superhero potential. And soon, they’ll have the power to save lives and help provide therapeutic food packets to kids around the world, just by getting active. Target is teaming up with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help bringUNICEF Kid Power to households and students across the country. To kick-off the partnership, Target will be the exclusive retailer of the Kid Power Band—the world’s first “wearable-for-good ™.”*

“As part of Target’s focus on wellness solutions, we aspire to improve the health of the nation by making wellness a way of life. We also intend to build on our legacy work in education and hunger relief to focus on youth wellness, both in and out of school, and engage a whole new generation in being global citizens,” says Laysha Ward, Target’s chief corporate social responsibility officer. “Partnering on programs like UNICEF Kid Power is just one of many ways we’re meeting our guests, team and communities where they live, learn, work and play.”

media contact

Angie Thompson
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-4965

SOURCE: Target Brands, Inc.

Dubai: 7‑Eleven franchisee opens the first 7‑Eleven store in United Arab Emirates

Seven Emirates Celebrates Its First Store in Dubai

DUBAI, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Residents, workers and visitors in Dubai can now enjoy convenience, 7‑Eleven style. Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7‑Eleven, Inc., this week celebrated the opening of its first 7‑Eleven store in the United Arab Emirates.

The store opened for business Oct. 6, and the company held an event today with a ribbon-cutting, VIP attendance and celebratory dinner for suppliers, contractors and other guests. The location of 7‑Eleven’s first store in the Middle East is Bay Square, Building #4, near downtown Dubai and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa Tower.

The new 2,000-square-foot store carries some 2,500 products that are both typical of 7‑Eleven stores and special to that part of the world.

The currently company-operated store employs 18, who reflect the diversity of the United Arab Emirates.

“We worked closely with Seven Emirates and our parent company Seven-Eleven Japan to ensure we are providing the neighborhood with the products they expect from 7‑Eleven as well as fresh foods typically consumed there,” said Chris Tanco, 7‑Eleven executive vice president and head of International. “Guests to this store can find 7‑Eleven favorites like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® beverages, fresh foods and high-quality, value-priced 7-Select™ snacks.”

The prepared fresh-daily foods include Arabian, Indian and Asian lunch-box meals, like chicken biryani and rice balls. Also for meal or snack times, the store carries samosas, curries and falafel wraps, hummus, Greek and tabouleh salads. Orange date muffins and Umm Ali are among the pastry and dessert selections. And 7‑Eleven’s iconic Slurpee drinks are already a hit with the locals.

The store boasts a number of special features and customer conveniences. For example, an indoor counter faces outdoors where customers can eat and charge their mobile devices; a mini-office area with ATM, bill payment and copier machines, and delivery bicycles outside for on-demand service.

The store is operated now by Seven Emirates and expected to be franchised in the future after the infrastructure that supports 7‑Eleven stores is fully built. This includes partnerships with third parties that would make and deliver fresh foods daily and 7‑Eleven’s proprietary retail information system.

Seven Emirates plans to open a second 7‑Eleven store in December in the high-profile Dubai Marina neighborhood.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,600 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 57,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑


Margaret Chabris

PAK’nSAVE turns its iconic yellow number 8 wire TV ad pink in support of New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE is turning pink to show its support for the annual New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) Pink Ribbon Appeal, which takes place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of October.

This year, PAK’nSAVE is turning its iconic yellow number 8 wire television advertisement pink in the ten days leading up to the appeal and has pledged $25,000 to kick start the appeal. The ‘pink ad’ tribute will also highlight the Breast Cancer Awareness message to an audience of 2.4 million Kiwis who will see this PAK’nSAVE ads in the next two weeks.

Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive of the NZBCF says, “PAK’nSAVE’s prominent display of support and generous donation is greatly appreciated. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women and is diagnosed in eight women every day. Awareness of the signs and symptoms and self-checks and mammograms leading to early detection substantially increase life expectancy and likelihood of survival.”

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that PAK’nSAVE is dedicated to supporting community groups around the country.

“Any one of the women (or men) in our lives could be affected by breast cancer. As a Kiwi owned and operated company, PAK’nSAVE is proud to help spread the message of early detection and support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with their appeal,” he says.

PAK’nSAVE staff will be wearing pink ribbons and customers can show their support purchasing a ribbon from in-store or by gifting coins to the one of the many bucket collectors posted outside selected PAK’nSAVE’s around the country.

Even Stickman will be getting behind the cause by wearing his pink ribbon too.

The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal raises money to support life-saving awareness and education programmes, research into new targeted treatments and support for women going through breast cancer in New Zealand.


For more information contact:

Adele Gautier, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Email: or phone: 021 423 353


Katherine Klouwens, Foodstuffs NZ Ltd.

Email: or Phone: 021 484 026

*Please note the 2.4 million Kiwis is based on an AP 5+ audience and is based on the actual Breast Cancer spotlist. The full estimated audience number is 2,415,517


PAK’nSAVE survey: quarter of New Zealand to watch the rugby tournament live

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE survey findings reveal:

  • A quarter of New Zealand will be watching the tournament live
  • Nearly half of those watching live matches will be waking up just in time for the haka
  • Only 10% will be staying up all night to catch a game
  • Two thirds of New Zealand will be cheering on their team with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Regardless of the time, a third of Kiwis will be fueling their excitement with bacon and eggs
  • Pyjamas are the dress code for a third of fans this tournament

What a difference four years and a hemisphere can make; New Zealand fans will be waiting until the last moment, tucking into a kiwi fry-up and watching games in their pyjamas.

The rugby tournament may be 11,000kms from our shores, but Kiwis are once again proving that they are an unquestionably devoted nation.  The 12-hour time difference and lack of sleep won’t stop us cheering on our boys in black.

However, fans will be squeezing in every last second of sleep before kick-off according to a recent PAK’nSAVE survey.  Forty nine per cent of respondents will be using the haka as a wake-up call rather than setting the alarm for the pre-match banter.   Employers across New Zealand have been mindful of productivity during the tournament, but only 10% of those surveyed planned to stay up all night and 27% plan to watch full games delayed at a more convenient time.

When the nation does manage to get itself out of bed, it won’t be with a wine or pint glass in our hand.  Seventy per cent of Kiwis will be reaching for a good old cup of tea or coffee to see them through the game. Only 14% of those surveyed will be cheering on their team with a beer or wine.

To feed our stomachs and fuel our excitement, almost a third of New Zealand sports fans will be enjoying a Kiwi fry-up of bacon and eggs, closely followed by toast (29%) or classic chips and dip (27%).

Commenting on the national survey, Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island said, “This tournament is close to the heart of so many New Zealanders. Four years ago the country was alight with excitement and national pride. It’s great to see that 11,000km and a 12-hour time difference is bringing out the best in our rugby fanatics and we are all adapting to support our boys. “

“Apart from the first game between Argentina and New Zealand, I am leaning towards delayed coverage, but I will be setting the alarm when we go to the quarter finals and beyond.”

Unsurprisingly the PAK’nSAVE survey confirmed New Zealand really is home to some of the world’s biggest rugby union fans.  Forty nine per cent of respondents claimed to be either ‘rugby obsessed’ or a ‘rugby fan’ and will definitely be watching as many games as possible.  Another 11% will become ‘tournament experts’; those who will be fanatical for the duration of the competition.

“Of course there is always people that take a different view and that is part what makes New Zealand such a great place.  Seven per cent of those we spoke to claimed to be ‘rugby opposed’ and excited for the tournament to end.  There is a growing suspicion this group are in fact England fans,” said Chris.

One benefit of the time difference is there is no need to try to dress to impress this tournament. Thirty two per cent of respondents planned to watch games in their pyjamas, followed by dressing gown and slippers (17%), an official team rugby jersey (15%), a duvet (11%), whatever they could find at the hour of the morning (11%), anything in team colours (9%), work or school clothes (3%) or a lucky outfit (2%).

As a result of the survey, PAK’nSAVE’s around the country have ensured that tea, coffee and breakfast foods are well stocked and readily available for all avid rugby fans.


Rugby Survey Summary

Survey: PAK’nSAVE Rugby

1. With the rugby games on early in the morning this year, how will you be keeping up with the games important to you?  Are you…

Value Percent Count
Watching full games live 25.5% 302
Watching full games delayed 26.6% 316
Listening live on the radio 3.0% 36
Only catching the highlights or results afterwards 32.1% 381
Not watching/ not interested 12.7% 151
Total 1,186

2. What’s your pre-game strategy to watch those early morning games?

Value Percent Count
Pull an all-nighter 10.5% 32
Set the alarm clock well before kick-off to get ready 37.2% 113
Squeeze in as much sleep as possible and wake up just in time for the haka 48.7% 148
Doze through it mostly, but keep updated for the important bits 2.6% 8
Get up at half time 1.0% 3
Total 304

3. And where are you watching the games live? (Selected Live in Q2)

Value Percent Count
At home on TV 78.2% 237
In bed 14.2% 43
Someone else’s house e.g. friends or family 3.3% 10
At work 2.0% 6
At a pub/bar or café 2.3% 7
Somewhere else (specify) 0.0% 0
Total 303

4. When are you catching up with the games? (Selected Delayed in Q2)

Value Percent Count
An hour or so after kick-off that morning 6.6% 21
The same morning 28.7% 91
That day 40.1% 127
That night 15.5% 49
The next day or so 9.2% 29
Total 317

5. What kind of food & drink will you have while watching the games at home? (Multichoice, Selected Live in Q2)

Value Percent Count
Tea or coffee – can’t function without it that early in the morning 70.3% 213
Beer or wine – regardless of the time, it’s a celebration 14.2% 43
Fresh juice or other cold drinks – got to keep hydrated 28.1% 85
Something else? 6.3% 19
Cooked Kiwi fry-up of bacon & eggs – breakfast of champions! 29.7% 90
Baked beans or spaghetti all the way 6.3% 19
Porridge for me 7.6% 23
Weetbix – If Richie can eat 12 weetbix, so can I! 13.9% 42
Other cereals 11.9% 36
Toast 29.0% 88
Continental breakfast – a little bit fancy 3.0% 9
Snacks for me – classic kiwi chips and dip all the way 27.1% 82
Total 303

6. What will you be wearing to watch the games? (Selected Live Q2)

Value Percent Count
My team’s official rugby jersey 14.9% 45
Anything in my team colours 8.9% 27
Lucky outfit e.g. socks, undies, t-shirt 2.3% 7
Dressing gown & slippers 16.6% 50
Pyjamas 32.1% 97
My duvet 10.9% 33
Work or school clothes 3.0% 9
Just whatever I can find at that hour 11.3% 34
Total 302

7. What kind of rugby fanatic are you?

Value Percent Count
Rugby obsessed – I counted down the days till the cup for months! 7.3% 86
Rugby fan – I’ll definitely be watching as many games as I can for sure 41.5% 492
Tournament expert – I turn into a rugby fanatic during the cup, but otherwise I’m not fussed 10.5% 124
Rugby tolerator – I’ll watch a few games, but mostly so I know what everyone will be talking about 34.0% 403
Rugby opposed – Rugby fan? No thank you. I can’t wait for it to be over! 6.8% 81
Total 1,186


8. And just for fun, which team are you supporting?

Value Percent Count
New Zealand 93.0% 1,100
Argentina 0.4% 5
Australia 0.9% 10
Canada 0.1% 1
England 0.9% 10
Fiji 0.2% 2
France 0.0% 0
Georgia 0.2% 2
Ireland 0.6% 7
Italy 0.0% 0
Japan 1.6% 19
Namibia 0.0% 0
Romania 0.1% 1
Samoa 0.3% 4
Scotland 0.5% 6
South Africa 0.7% 8
Tonga 0.2% 2
Uruguay 0.1% 1
USA 0.1% 1
Wales 0.3% 4
Total 1,183


New Zealand: New World, PAK’nSAVE, Stroke Foundation to conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country are partnering with the Stroke Foundation in an attempt to  conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check.

Identifying people with high blood pressure (BP) is the aim of the Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check which takes place on Saturday 3 October from 10am to 2pm.

Across the country at selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores it’s expected 20,000 Kiwis will have their BP checked, which if identified as high and then treated, could prevent them having a stoke in the future. Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Mark Vivian says that every year they have helped to alert thousands of New Zealanders to the possibility that they might have high blood pressure.

“If everyone in the country had healthy blood pressure we could drastically reduce the number of strokes that happen every year – currently around 9,000 people, or one every hour. If people get the message about this simple health check, it could make a massive difference to their lives.”

Steve Anderson Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’. Many people don’t know they have it. As a Kiwi company, we’re proud to support the Stroke Foundation in this extremely important and effective community health initiative.”

It’s expected 20,000 kiwis will turn up this year, breaking the previous record of 18,000 last year.

WHAT: The Big NZ Blood Pressure Check

WHEN: Saturday 3 October, 10 am to 2pm

WHERE: New World’s and PAK’nSAVE’s and a range of other locations throughout the country. For the full list of locations visit


New Zealand: Winning in January toolkit launched by FGC and Foodstuffs

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  A Winning in January toolkit has been launched by FGC and Foodstuffs in conjunction with Efficient Consumer Response Australasia.

The toolkit is aimed at improving stock positions over key seasonal times such as January, but can also apply at times such as Easter.

It is based on the ECRA model, which has been reviewed and developed further to New Zealand conditions by FGC’s representative on ECRA, Kelly Smith, Shannon Kelly of Foodstuffs North Island, and Dave Pawson of Foodstuffs South Island.

The toolkit provides guidance for improving product availability and delivering improved shopper satisfaction in the summer period, and is an addition, not an alternative, to detailed internal and trading partner planning and deployment. It offers a clear and simple framework for planning and optimising a key sales period.

Further information can be found on the FGC website here, the suppliers section of the Foodstuffs website, and on the ECRA website.


Harris Teeter announced $851,479 donation to United Way to help those most in need

Company Raises Funds through Donation Card Campaign, Associate Pledges, Corporate Sponsorship

Matthews, NC, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (10/14/2015), Harris Teeter announced a $851,479 donation to United Way, an organization that utilizes strategic community philanthropy to create long-lasting change for those most in need. The funds were collected through three major initiatives – an in-store donation card campaign; associate pledges committed during the company’s annual Community Cares Associate Giving Program; and a golf tournament hosted by Harris Teeter’s corporate headquarters.

From Aug. 12, 2015 – Sept. 13, 2015, shoppers at every Harris Teeter location were invited to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation to United Way at checkout.  This effort to create change in the local community raised over $485,000.

In conjunction with the donation card campaign, the Company hosted its annual Community Cares Associate Giving Program which offered associates the opportunity to donate to six local nonprofits, including United Way and its partner agencies. Harris Teeter associates rose to the occasion and pledged $195,925 to United Way and its partner agencies which include Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Goodwill, American Red Cross, YMCA and YWCA.

Harris Teeter’s corporate headquarters also hosted a golf tournament to benefit United Way chapters throughout the Company’s markets. This tournament collected $170,000, bringing Harris Teeter’s total donation to United Way to $851,479.

“Harris Teeter is proud to continue our support of the United Way by providing our shoppers and associates convenient ways to donate,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Our campaigns are intended to not only raise money for United Way, but also to increase awareness of the nonprofit’s role in raising funds for its local nonprofit partner agencies. We appreciate the participation of our shoppers and associates, and are thankful for their extreme generosity.”

“Harris Teeter is a wonderful partner to United Way in every community where they do business,” said Sean Garrett, executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas.  “We’re particularly thankful that their associates took additional time this year to share more details about what United Way is achieving in education, income and health, so their loyal customers better understand the impact of their generosity.”

About United Way
United Way is a worldwide organization of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. United Way mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer – to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

NCR SaaS payment solutions and POS technologies enhance customer experience across food, beverage and amusement counters at Royal Melbourne Show 2015

NCR and VIX Technology offered patrons faster payment options for food, beverage and amusements

MELBOURNE, Australia, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, worked with Vix Technology, a global provider of smart access, booking, ticketing and payments systems, to supply the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) with enabling technologies to enhance customer experience at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show held from 19-29 September at the Melbourne Showgrounds. NCR SaaS (Software as a Service) based innovative payment solutions and point-of-sale (POS) technologies ensured that patrons experience at the show across food, beverage, and amusement counters was seamless and exceptional.

The 215 NCR ruggedized wireless POS terminals, connected to Vix smart card readers, were deployed at the show and saw over 700,000 transactions effortlessly executed by patrons. In addition, the NCR solution also brought benefits to organizers of the show by providing real-time data that enabled the them to accurately report, analyse and forecast sales, leading to improved inventory control and cash management. This solution also enabled RASV and its partners to streamline operations and improve the overall show experience.

“It was critical for our success to work with a market leader like NCR with a proven solution and robust operational practices,” said Peter Bouhlas, Managing Director – Vix Asia Pacific. “We were keen to ensure that the POS solution we chose not only met our current business requirements, but also gives us the ability to scale and innovate in the future. Building on the successful collaboration at the Royal Melbourne Show, we will look to use the combined NCR/VIX POS capability at events across Australia.”

In addition to the core POS solution, RASV also leveraged NCR’s mobile app, NCR Vital, which provides real time actionable information ensuring the smooth running of operations. It enabled the organizers to track and monitor key performance indicators and business analytics remotely.

“The Royal Melbourne Show provides unique and memorable experiences and NCR was delighted to work with Vix Technology and RASV to incorporate technology solutions into the event,” said Nick Wagnitz, NCR director for Travel and Entertainment. “Our solution, integrated with VIX SmartSite®, was used across all of the caterers and amusement operators at the Royal Melbourne Show to ensure that transactions were handled faster than ever before, enabling an exceptional customer experience across the entire event.”

The NCR management solution is deployed in more than 250 stadiums, arenas and specialty venues globally.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web site:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contacts

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation

Tim Henschel
NCR US Public Relations

Raiffeisen Bank International selects NCR Solidcore Suite for APTRA Software to secure its ATMs across Eastern European countries

NCR Solidcore Suite software proactively counters fraud and provides secure transactions for customers in Raiffeisen Bank International’s branches across seven European countries

Vienna, Austria, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) has selected NCR Solidcore Suite for APTRA Software to help secure its ATMs across seven Eastern European countries. RBI has acquired licences for more than 5,500 ATMs, enabling local subsidiaries to offer a trusted and secure banking environment to increase customer loyalty and experience.

RBI is a leading bank in Central and Eastern Europe. In total, around 53,200 employees service 14.8 million customers through approximately 2,800 business outlets, the great majority of which are located in 15 Central and Eastern European countries. As part of the migration to Windows 7, RBI wanted to implement even stronger security measures in their ATM network. Due to its ease of use and smooth integration with existing enterprise infrastructure software, RBI chose the NCR Solidcore Software Suite to achieve this and run on the latest Windows 7 ATM operating system.

“ATM security is a top priority for banks as fraud is costly and has a negative impact on customer trust and loyalty,” said Gareth Evans, Group Programme Manager Shared Service Centres, at RBI. “We had to upgrade our ATM network from Windows XP and at the same time we reviewed security measures. We found that we could augment the level of security whilst reducing the cost of software and hardware maintenance.”

NCR Solidcore Suite for APTRA is the most comprehensive ATM whitelisting software, which proactively protects ATMs from insider attacks by preventing the introduction of unauthorized code on the network and maintaining its integrity and availability. Following the initial configuration, it requires low maintenance and is easy to customize.

“Our Solidcore Suite was designed to address two main challenges that banks are facing. Firstly, to eliminate business risks posed by internal and external network breaches and, secondly, to reduce operating costs to optimize IT budgets,” explained Michal Mierzejewski, RBI Global Account Manager at NCR. “It enables RBI to implement a proactive security strategy whilst ensuring high levels of security and trust for their consumers.”

Solidcore Suite for APTRA is designed to defend against known and unknown malware and fraud attacks on the ATM. This multi-layered approach to ATM security includes logical and physical solutions. For example, Solidcore Suite for APTRA protects against the execution of unauthorized code on ATM networks. NCR Skimming Protection Solution (SPS) also protects cardholder data from card skimming attacks by detecting and jamming the signal of fraudulent skimming devices, as well as notifying the bank in real-time. This increases the likelihood of prosecuting fraudsters.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contact

Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia upgraded its ATM management system to NCR APTRA Vision

NCR APTRA Vision helps increase business performance and consumer experience among the bank’s 1,200 plus mutli-vendor ATM network with a single and accurate view to empower decision making

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (“CBE”), the leading bank in the country, has upgraded its ATM management system to NCR APTRA Vision, a multi-vendor self-service management solution. CBE will manage its entire network of more than 1,200 multivendor ATMs using NCR APTRA Vision to proactively manage and improve ATM availability, reduce costs and improve consumer experience.

“CBE is committed to offering quality customer services and encourage new ideas that can improve our customers’ experiences and our business performance. Upgrading our ATM management system to NCR APTRA Vision is a big step forward for us to achieve operational excellence, cost effectiveness and improved customer experiences,” said Sosina Mengesha Director E-payment Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. “In providing a single and standardized view of our growing ATM network, NCR APTRA Vision is able to analyze and correlate data from multiple sources, enabling us to make timely decisions to ensure undisrupted services which are vital to improve customer satisfaction and business performance in a cost-effective manner.”

NCR APTRA Vision provides all of the incident management and operational data of previous generations of management systems and combines that with commercial and business data from a wide variety of other sources. NCR APTRA Vision correlates data from CBE’s individual ATMs, and presents it with an easy to use interface, which enables the bank to discover hidden relationships between different performance influencing factors, to make informed decision and set strategic planning goals. NCR APTRA Vision reduces time-consuming site visits by enabling automatic, pre-emptive actions along with remote management and command functions.

“CBE has made a prudent investment in a software solution for a complete end-to-end business view to maximize availability and maintain compelling consumer experience. A purely operational approach to self-service management is no longer sufficient for today’s banking environment,” said Apostolos Karakatsanis, Financial Services Software Sales Leader for NCR in the Middle East and Africa region. “ NCR APTRA Vision provides unrivaled insight into what’s really happening in the self-service network and helps achieve significant advances in availability, consumer experience and business performance.”

About Commercial Bank of Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s leading bank, CBE, has more than 10.7 million account holders, some 965 branches across the country and assets at approximately 15 billion USD.

The leading bank in Ethiopia, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) was established in 1942. It is pioneering modern banking in the country with, for example, the first local ATM services. CBE has a global presence, with some 700 SWIFT bilateral arrangements. The bank aims to play a catalytic role in Ethiopia’s economic progress and development. CBE’s vision is to become a world-class commercial bank by the year 2025. More information about the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia can be found here:

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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NCR Small Business announced significant software upgrade for its tablet point-of-sale (POS) system – NCR Silve

Increased inventory capacity and BOGO capabilities now available

DULUTH, Ga., 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Small Business today announced a significant software upgrade for NCR Silver, its tablet point-of-sale (POS) system.

Version 3.8 of NCR Silver offers small businesses and franchises the opportunity to initiate buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotions, communicate across locations in real-time and support 50,000 items on the NCR Silver RegisterTM platform.

Additionally, version 3.8 of NCR Silver includes activity snapshot comparisons with more granular data analysis and auto display modifiers that prompt cashiers to ask customers for information related to order preferences.

NCR Silver customer Debbie Bertsch, executive director of the Humane Society Thrift Store of Forsyth County, which donates profits to the local animal shelter just north of Atlanta, is an early adopter of version 3.8’s capabilities. In particular, she finds value in comparing sales data in a more granular way.

“As a nonprofit, we look for ways to control our expenditures in any way we can,” Bertsch said. “NCR Silver’s ability to quickly help us compare sales from the time now to the same time on another day is a powerful feature. This will help us plan our staffing – and potentially even when we open and close – with precise data.”

Product upgrades further NCR Small Business’ strategy to empower small businesses and franchises to improve efficiency in order to keep up with customer demand and compete at the same level as their larger competitors.

“Customer feedback helped our development team better understand the capabilities that would have the most impact among the small business and franchise community,” said Chris Poelma, NCR Small Business president and general manager. “Moving forward, we will plan to continually advance NCR Silver in a way that helps small businesses use technology to improve the customer experience and grow operations.”

To learn more about NCR Silver’s features, visit, or call 1-877-630-9711. NCR Small Business provides live, 24/7 U.S.-based customer support for NCR Silver users. NCR Silver mobile POS runs in the cloud, uses consumer-friendly technology, works on Apple® devices running the latest iOS, and offers a POS solution catered to franchises as well.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Ralphs and Food 4 Less invite their customers to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement

LOS ANGELES, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of their Diabetes Awareness Month activities, supermarket partners Ralphs and Food 4 Less are inviting their customers to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and from October 14 through November 10, Ralphs and Food 4 Less are offering their customers the opportunity to help in the fight to stop diabetes by donating their spare change in specially-marked coin boxes located at the check stands in all Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in Southern California. Also collecting funds to help stop diabetes will be 14 Food 4 Less stores serving the greater Chicago area, and 22 Foods Co stores serving Central and Northern California.

All funds raised will be donated to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in support of its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

“Ralphs and Food 4 Less are proud to support the ADA’s efforts,” said Kendra Doyel, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Ralphs and Food 4 Less. “We hope our support of the ADA and our ongoing commitment to help stop diabetes will encourage, inspire and empower people to live healthy lifestyles.”

Ralphs and Food 4 Less are also supporting Diabetes Awareness Month by serving as a Presenting Sponsors of this year’s ADA Los Angeles Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising and awareness walk on November 14 in Griffith Park. In addition to financial support, Ralphs and Food 4 Less are donating diabetes friendly snacks for walk participants to enjoy.

About Ralphs Grocery Company
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 207 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at

SOURCE: Ralphs Grocery Company; Food 4 Less

Kroger will host investor conference on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in NY

CINCINNATI, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will host an investor conference on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in New York City.

The following Kroger executives will address investors:

  • Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer
  • Mike Schlotman, executive vice president and chief financial officer
  • Mike Donnelly, executive vice president of merchandising
  • Kevin Dougherty, group vice president of digital and Vitacost
  • Tim Massa, group vice president of human resources and labor relations
  • Stuart Aitken, group vice president and CEO of 84.51

The presentations will be broadcast live online at from 9:00 a.m. (ET) to approximately 1:00 p.m. (ET), and will be available in an archived format for two weeks following the conference. Click on “Events, Presentations and Webcasts” to access the event.

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


BJ’s Restaurants will release its 3Q 2015 results after the market closes on Thursday, October 22

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced that it will release its third quarter 2015 results after the market closes on Thursday, October 22, 2015. The Company will host an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) that same day. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the conference call, please visit the “Investors” page of the Company’s website located at several minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. An archive of the presentation will be available for 30 days following the call.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 169 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. The Company operates several microbrewery restaurants in addition to using independent third party brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed craft beers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas,Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Belgium: Colruyt Group opens shopping centre in Jambes on the former ‘Atelier’ industrial site

Colruyt Group continues its investments in Wallonia

Halle, Belgium, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the inauguration last June of the new Ath-Lessines distribution centre, Colruyt Group is continuing to invest in Wallonia, this time by opening a shopping centre in Jambes, on the former ‘Atelier’ industrial site. Located at the entrance to the town and as a multi-purpose project, it offers some 9,500 m2 of buildings and an underground car park with 313 spaces. The complex houses 4 complementing brands as well as the Colruyt Group Academy’s local branch. The purpose of this project is to simplify the lives of those living in Namur.

Increasing its presence in Wallonia

The opening of such a site originated from Colruyt’s Group’s desire to establish a greater presence in Wallonia. In line with the ambition of expanding the Colruyt store at Rue Commandant Tilot and setting up a Dreambaby and Bio-Planet store in the region, an opportunity arose for grouping together 4 complementing brands on the same site, as well as setting up the Colruyt Group Academy’s local branch. A large-scale project, also leading to the creation of 25 jobs. At this time, some 1,300 of the group’s employees live in the Namur region. On a whole, this is the second large-scale project that has seen the day this year in Wallonia. Going back a few months, the group inaugurated its Ath/Lessines distribution centre in the Hainaut district, thus creating some 350 new jobs.

A town gateway project

Colruyt Group has joined together with the Besix real estate group and its Cobelba division to defend the project for transforming the former industrial site known as “l’Atelier” into a town gateway project. With support from the local authorities, an S.A.R. (area for redevelopment) procedure was approved in 2012, authorising the allocation of the site to a multi-purpose project combining housing, shops and services. The shopping centre is located along the Pont des Grands Malades, forming a noise screen protecting the rest of the site. The housing is built on the banks of the Meuse.


Always looking to maintain an environmentally-friendly approach, Colruyt Group is also taking initiatives in terms of renewable energy and sustainability. The Jambes site is very well insulated (factor K21, compared to factor K45 imposed by law) and is equipped with eco-friendly components such as solar panels or a rainwater collection system to feed the future ornamental ponds located nearby. Reminder: it was also in the Namur region, and more precisely at Wépion, that the first Colruyt low-energy (K12) store was born in 2012. WE-Power, Colruyt Group’s sustainable energy provider and producer, also owns a wind farm at Spy, bordering the E42.

Simplifying the lives of those living in Namur

The brand new building is home to four complementing brands:

Colruyt: for shopping at the best prices, the Colruyt store formerly located at Rue Commandant Tilot, has moved to the Atelier site. With its larger surface area (2,500 m²), it offers in-store facilities classed as 4thgeneration facilities, including the self-service butchers.

Collect & Go: for our customers with little time to spare, the site will also benefit from a Collect&Go pick-up point providing Colruyt Group’s online shopping service.

Dreamland: the Erpent store is also moving to the Atelier site. The toy specialist boasts the widest selection of toys in the region.

Dreambaby: the baby specialist is opening its 5th store in Wallonia. Items carefully selected for parents, parents-to-be and babies, expert advice and a unique gift registry service.

As well as:

The Colruyt Group Academy: the site will house the new Namur branch of the Colruyt Group Academy, which offers a selection of workshops and training programmes targeting individuals and based on 6 topics: Cooking and tasting, Well-being and relaxation, Home and garden, Social issues, Babies and Kids & Co… Its aim? To offer practical advice applicable to everyday life and provide inspiration in a relaxed atmosphere.

Coming soon…

Bio-Planet: next spring, a Bio-Planet store, specialised in the sale of organic and ecological products, will set up shop in the building of the former Colruyt store in Jambes at Rue Commandant Tilot.

For more information:

Jan Derom, Colruyt Group press officer. Tel.: +32 (0)2 363 55 45 or +32 (0)4 73 92 45 10.

About Colruyt Group
Colruyt Group operates in the food and non-food distribution sector in Belgium, France and Luxembourg with approximately 500 own stores and over 500 affiliated stores. In Belgium this includes Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet, Dreamland, Dreambaby and the affiliated stores Spar and Spar Compact.  In France, in addition to the affiliated Coccinelle, CocciMarket and Panier Sympa stores, there are also approximately 70 Colruyt stores. The group is also actively involved in the food service industry (supplying food products to hospitals, company canteens and catering firms) in France (Pro à Pro) and Belgium (Solucious). Other activities include fuel distribution (DATS 24), digital printing and document management solutions (Symeta) and the production of green energy. Colruyt Group employs over 28,000 people and recorded a turnover of over EUR 8.9 billion in 2014/15. Colruyt is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (COLR) under ISIN code BE0974256852.


Belgium: Colruyt Group opens shopping centre in Jambes on the former 'Atelier' industrial site

Belgium: Colruyt Group opens shopping centre in Jambes on the former ‘Atelier’ industrial site

Rückruf für Allergiker: Die Migros ruft den Sélection Rosenkuchen zurück

ZURICH, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros ruft den Sélection Rosenkuchen zurück. Die betroffenen Kuchen wurden mit einer falschen Verpackungsrückseite ausgeliefert. Deswegen fehlt die vor allem für Allergiker wichtige korrekte Deklaration der Inhaltsstoffe Weizen, Milch und Haselnüsse.

Durch einen Produktionsfehler wurden die Migros Sélection Rosenkuchen fälschlicherweise mit der Verpackungsrückseite des Sélection Schokoladenkuchens verpackt. Dadurch fehlt die für Allergiker wichtige Deklaration der Inhaltsstoffe Weizen, Milch und Haselnüsse. Die betroffenen Migros Sélection Rosenkuchen (Artikel-Nr. 1136.360) sind mit „Verkaufen bis 17.10.2015“ und dem Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum 18.10.2015 gekennzeichnet und waren bei der Migros und bei erhältlich.

Aus Sicherheitsgründen ruft die Migros die Rosenkuchen, welche zwischen dem 9. und 13.10.2015 verkauft wurden, zurück. Personen, die allergisch auf Weizen, Milch oder Haselnuss sind, sollen dieses Produkt nicht konsumieren. Die Kuchen können gegen Rückerstattung des Verkaufspreises von CHF 8.60 in die Filialen zurückgebracht werden.

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Rückruf für Allergiker: Die Migros ruft den Sélection Rosenkuchen zurück

Rückruf für Allergiker: Die Migros ruft den Sélection Rosenkuchen zurück

Shopify to offer UberRUSH delivery services to Shopify merchants

One in 12 orders on Shopify are made locally

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP, TSX: SH), a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform, today announced a partnership with Uber to offer UberRUSH delivery services to Shopify merchants. Starting today, merchants enrolled in the program can offer their local customers same-day delivery. The UberRUSH program will begin with a select number of Shopify merchants located in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco and will be rolled out to additional cities over time.

“Today’s partnership with Uber is another way for us to improve the entire shipping process for our 175,000+ merchants,” said Brennan Loh, Head of Product Partnerships at Shopify. “In New York City, one in eight orders on Shopify have been purchased by shoppers within 20 miles of a merchant, which is why we’re excited to work with Uber. Merchants can now offer an affordable, same-day delivery option for their local customers.”

“We take a great deal of pride in providing an amazing experience for our customers,” said Ronnie Fieg, Owner of Kith. “With UberRush, customers unable to make the trip into our store will now have the opportunity to have that product in their hands, almost immediately.”

“Our goal with UberRUSH is to allow merchants the ability to access our on-demand delivery network in a way that works for them,” said Jason Droege, Head of UberEVERYTHING. “By partnering with a leading commerce platform like Shopify, we were able to easily integrate UberRUSH into the commerce experience without any additional hassle to merchants while giving them the ability to immediately grow their businesses.”

Shopify merchants enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to provide their customers with the option of choosing UberRUSH as a delivery method upon checkout. The merchant will just have to pack the order, request an Uber pickup and a few minutes later, an UberRUSH courier will arrive to deliver the order to the customer. Both the customer and the merchant can easily track the exact location from pickup to drop off right from Shopify.

Shopify merchants can sign up to be notified when UberRUSH will be available in their area. To learn more about the partnership between Shopify and Uber, please visit:

About Shopify

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

SOURCE: Shopify


Seattle-based Nordstrom plans to hire 11,800 part-time and full-time seasonal employees for the holiday season

SEATTLE, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) will hire approximately 11,800 seasonal employees for its Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, as well as its fulfillment centers to support, and HauteLook. Part-time and full-time seasonal positions are available, with the possibility of some roles becoming regular positions.

“The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for us and that means we need to hire additional people. We’re looking to fill both sales and support positions with hardworking, passionate folks that are focused on taking care of the customer. We want to provide the best possible service experience, no matter how our customers choose to shop with us and that takes good people,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores, Nordstrom, Inc. “A lot of Nordstrom employees began their careers in a temporary or seasonal role. It’s one of the best ways to get your foot in the door, gain some great experience and we hope, begin a career with our company.”

Nordstrom 2015 Holiday hiring:

  • Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack will hire approximately 10,000 people in sales and stock positions at its 120 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada and 188 Nordstrom Rack stores in the U.S.
  • 1,600 people to support the company’s ecommerce business at its fulfillment centers located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Elizabethtown, Penn. and San Bernardino, Calif.Positions are available in all three shifts in Receiving, Stock Control, Picking, Packing and Inventory.
  • 150 seasonal roles at HauteLook in Los Angeles in Member Care and Photo Studiooperations.
  • Approximately 100 people at Trunk Club facilities in Chicago in Stock, Inventory and Customer Experience. Trunk Club roles are posted at

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the Nordstrom Careers page Benefits include a merchandise discount at Nordstrom, and Nordstrom Rack.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 316 stores in 39 states, including 120 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 188 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Starbucks College Achievement Plan: enrollees just passed the 4,000 mark and is expected to reach 4,800 by the end of the year

SEATTLE, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the number of partners (employees) moving through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan continues to climb, some trends are becoming apparent.

Launched in June 2014, the Starbucks College Achievement Plan provides an opportunity for all U.S. partners working an average of 20 hours per week to earn a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University online campus with full tuition reimbursement. It’s produced a dozen online graduates, with more than 200 grads expected by May 2016.

The total number of Starbucks enrollees just passed the 4,000 mark and is expected to reach 4,800 by the end of the year, according to Leah Lommel, assistant vice president of EdPlus at ASU and chief operating officer at ASU Online.

Starbucks students are generally younger than other online students, averaging 26 years of age. They come from every state in the nation with California, Washington, Texas and Arizona leading the way. Of the more than 50 undergraduate degrees offered, the most popular areas of study for Starbucks scholars are: psychology; organizational leadership; health sciences (healthy lifestyles coaching);  and business communications. Lommel said Starbucks College Achievement Plan students are more inclined to stick with the program, retaining at nearly a five percent higher rate than ASU’s core student body.

“When you take the pressures of finance off and build a support network around this group, it helps give them motivation to stay,” she said.

Taking the Online Option

Finances were certainly a major factor in Ryan Wheatley’s decision to pursue a degree through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. A 23-year-old Wheaton, Illinois, native, his college dreams hit a roadblock after he received an associate’s degree earlier this year. Wheatley hoped to enroll in a four-year university in Chicago, but was forced to abandon that plan when he was unable to secure sufficient financial aid.

“I was contemplating holding off – just working and waiting for my bachelor’s,” Wheatley said. “I think, had that happened, I would have had a hard time going back. As we all know, life happens. I think it would have been hard for me to find the time, because there’s no right time.”

Around the time his Chicago plans were stymied, Wheatley learned about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Approaching the offer with some skepticism, he was won over as he dug deeper.

“As I researched it more, it hit me: This is perfect. This is my match. This has been waiting for me this whole time.”

Today the four-year Starbucks partner is pursuing a mass communications/media studies major through ASU Online and hopes to graduate in 2017.

As with Wheatley, the Starbucks College Achievement Plan came at the right time for Julia Brooks. A 23-year-old barista based in Fountain Valley, California, Brooks had accumulated credits from both a community college and a four-year institution, but was finding it difficult to balance work and studies.

“Trying to do both was kind of a nightmare,” she recalled. “When the Starbucks College Achievement Plan was announced it was like I could hear angels singing. It enabled me to take charge of my life and be able to plan my own days and my own weeks.”


Brooks is one of the pioneering graduates in the program, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications last summer. The three-and-a-half-year partner has become an advocate for the plan, having already convinced four partners to apply at ASU.

“Having someone that they know who has done it and had success helps them see it as a real opportunity for them,” said Brooks.

Breaking Down Barriers

Adrienne Gemperle, Starbucks senior vice president of partner resources, said “word of mouth” from students like Wheatley and Brooks will go a long way toward helping hit a target of 25,000 Starbucks graduates by 2025.

“We have more than 100,000 partners in the U.S.,” Gemperle said. “When students can hear from one another about best practices – what makes it easier to be successful; how they’re navigating work/life balance – that’s really helpful.”

Gemperle said she’d like to see 100 percent awareness of the program among Starbucks partners to lay the groundwork for what can be a life-changing outcome. It’s not a simple decision, she acknowledged, but if they’re interested, the next step is to provide the support needed to get them on the path to graduation.

ASU’s Lommel concurs, calling the Starbucks College Achievement Plan a “long-term effort” for the university, Starbucks and scholars. “We are seeing that it takes people six to 12 months to decide to go back to school,” Lommel said. “First you have to get that interest and then you have to give them that support to believe that they can be successful before they make that leap.”

Read more Starbucks College Achievement Plan stories: A Lifetime Opportunity for Starbucks Partners

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


Starbucks College Achievement Plan: enrollees just passed the 4,000 mark and is expected to reach 4,800 by the end of the year

Starbucks College Achievement Plan: enrollees just passed the 4,000 mark and is expected to reach 4,800 by the end of the year

The Empire State Building becomes home to the first Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service

New York City, NY, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — It comes up in casual conversation, on social media and has been one of the most-asked-for services on the My Starbucks Idea blog: “When will Starbucks just bring me my coffee?” For some, that starts today.

The Empire State Building, home to more than 12,000 hardworking people, is now also home to the first Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service where baristas will bring customers their favorite beverage or food item.

A pilot project designed for a dense urban environment, this building-specific service complements Starbucks broad portfolio of stores, each of which is tailored to the unique needs of the community it serves.  From immersive coffee bars, to the familiar neighborhood store or an express format, each experience is designed for the customer it is serving. In this case, it’s the busy professionals who work for more than 150 tenants inside the Empire State Building.

“New York City has always inspired us to consider new ways to innovate for our growing store portfolio and I cannot think of a better location to launch one of the most frequently requested services,” said Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S. and Americas.  “With Starbucks Green Apron Delivery, we’ve simply moved that moment of connection between our customer and the barista from our place to theirs.”

“The Empire State Building is a true urban campus within a building in New York City and we’re always looking for new ways to ensure that the environment we offer creates the opportunity for maximum productivity for our tenants and their employees,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “This Starbucks Delivery pilot will unite two iconic brands to bring New Yorkers hard at work in our offices an innovative experience and added convenience to their daily routine.”

How It Works

Created specifically for the unique characteristics of the building, Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service will allow Empire State Building tenants to order a selected set of food and beverages via a dedicated website. Beverages will then be handcrafted by Starbucks baristas in a designated kitchen within the building.

Orders will be prioritized and prepared within a 30-minute timeframe, giving Starbucks partners (employees) the ability to craft the beverages based on volume and distance to the drop off location while ensuring the quality of the product upon delivery. Starbucks baristas will bring orders to each company’s designated drop off location, which could include reception, a desk or other common areas, where the customer will meet them.

“My team is so proud to be the first Starbucks baristas to be delivering our products to customers outside our stores,” said Brian Murphy, store manager.  “It is a historic moment for the company and after all the planning and practice, it’s now time to bring Starbucks Green Apron Delivery to life.”

Working in The World’s Most Famous Building 

The Starbucks Green Apron Delivery kitchen is located in the 33rd Street lobby of the Empire State Building. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is New York City’s most recognizable and celebrated attraction. Millions of visitors from all over the world marvel at the spectacular views from its 86th and 102nd floor observatories. With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building attracts first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries.

Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service will be available to over 12,000 business professionals with over 150 tenants working on any of the 75 office floors in the Empire State Building.  While tourists or other customers visiting the Empire State Building will not be able to order from Starbucks Green Apron Delivery, they can stop by the express store in the lobby to pick up a Starbucks item or visit the cafe in the 34th Street lobby.

The unique and bustling work environment, mixed with a large number of tenants, makes this office building an ideal location to run the first test of Starbucks Green Apron Delivery.

The First Delivery

The first Starbucks Green Apron delivery went to the Observatory Director, Empire State Building. Below:  Brian Murphy, Starbucks store manager, hands Jean-Yves Ghazi the first order of Starbucks new delivery service.

Read more about Starbucks diverse portfolio of store formats: Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room; Starbucks Reserve® locations; micro and express storesneighborhood cafés; mobile trucks; the first Starbucks on a train; and drive-thru stores.

For more information on this news release, contact us.


The Empire State Building becomes home to the first Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service

The Empire State Building becomes home to the first Starbucks Green Apron Delivery service

Carrefour Belgium supports the Pink Ribbon organisation’s campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer

A pink ribbon against breast cancer.

BELGIUM, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium has put its backing behind the Pink Ribbon organisation’s campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. How? By giving out pink ribbons to “put next to your heart” in exchange for a €3 donation (in hypermarkets only).

The main goal of the Pink Ribbon campaign is to make people more aware of breast cancer, from prevention and screening to treatment and moral support.  When you wear the ribbon, you’re helping to challenge taboos surrounding breast cancer and encouraging friends, families and acquaintances to talk about the disease – with each other and with doctors.

This year, the ribbon has been designed by couturier Edouard Vermeulen from fashion house Natan. He has given it a new look by creating a “tape measure ribbon”. It symbolises both the idea of “keeping in shape” – prevention is about keeping fit (30 minutes of physical exercise a day, keeping off excess weight, eating certain foods and alcohol in moderation, and avoiding smoking) – and “measurement”, because early screening can save lives. The earlier a cancer is detected, the higher a woman’s chances of recovery. Today, women have an 80% chance of beating breast cancer and living a normal life again. This figure rises to 90% if the cancer is detected early.



Carrefour Belgium supports the Pink Ribbon organisation’s campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer

Carrefour Belgium supports the Pink Ribbon organisation’s campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer

Walmart plans $20 billion share repurchase program over two years

  • The company provided a three-year strategic framework intended to strengthen its U.S. and e-commerce businesses.
  • Net sales growth is expected to range between 3 and 4 percent annually over the next three years, translating to $45 to $60 billion over the period.
  • Investments in people and technology to drive strong shareholder returns over time.
  • Capital investments will be approximately $11.0 billion for fiscal year 2017 and will remain flat in fiscal years 2018 and 2019.  This is below the revised fiscal year 2016 estimate of approximately $12.4 billion, primarily due to a moderation of physical store expansion.
  • Investments in e-commerce and digital initiatives are expected to total approximately $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2017.

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today provided its strategic outlook and growth plans for the future at the company’s 22nd annual meeting for the investment community. The investments outlined today are part of a framework designed to drive sales growth by strengthening the U.S. and e-commerce businesses. This framework is intended to enhance the experience in stores, leverage Walmart’s unique supply chain capabilities to lower costs and build deep digital relationships with customers.

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“These are exciting times in retail given the pace and magnitude of change. We have strengths and assets to build on and are making progress to position the company for the future,” said Doug McMillon president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  “We’re encouraged by recent customer feedback and will continue to get stronger. Our investments in our people, our stores and our digital capabilities and e-commerce business are the right ones. We will be the first to build a seamless customer experience at scale to save our customers not only money but also time.”

Financial Outlook

The company also indicated that as a result of a stronger than anticipated impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations, it now expects net sales growth for the current fiscal year to be relatively flat.  Excluding the impact of currency exchange fluctuations, net sales growth would be approximately 3 percent for fiscal year 2016.  In February, the company indicated that it expected net sales growth of between 1 and 2 percent.

Charles Holley, Walmart’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, outlined the company’s financial priorities for growth and detailed the investment and expansion plans for fiscal year 2017.

“Our sales growth over the next three years is estimated to range between 3 to 4 percent annually, which will add approximately $45 to $60 billion in sales. Within the last year, we have experienced traffic and comp sales improvements in our Walmart U.S. business, and our plan reflects that positive momentum continuing,” said Holley.

McMillon said Walmart is bringing a disciplined approach to managing the company’s financial resources and portfolio. “We are actively reviewing our portfolio to ensure our assets are aligned with our strategy.  But we will be thoughtful in our approach, recognizing our responsibility to drive shareholder value,” he said.

Holley also discussed the company’s profitability over the long-term and provided more insight into certain financial metrics.

“Fiscal year 2017 will represent our heaviest investment period. Operating income is expected to be impacted by approximately $1.5 billion from the second phase of our previously announced investments in wages and training as well as our commitment to further developing a seamless customer experience,” said Holley.  “As a result of these investments, we expect earnings per share to decline between 6 and 12 percent in fiscal year 2017, however by fiscal year 2019 we would expect earnings per share to increase by approximately 5 to 10 percent compared to the prior year.”

Share repurchase

The company also announced that its board of directors has authorized a new $20 billion share repurchase program and retired the $8.6 billion remaining on its 2013 authorization.

“We remain committed to our strong balance sheet and have said that we would only use it for strategic purposes. Last year and this current year, we have not utilized that capacity as we felt it was not the right time to drive a larger volume of share repurchase.  We expect over the next three years to generate around $80 billion in cash. Given the current landscape, we have a strategic opportunity, and our intent would be to utilize this new $20 billion authorization over the next two years,” said Holley.

“This share repurchase program, combined with our annual dividends, reinforces our continued commitment to delivering increased value to shareholders. We remain committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet and financial position that enables us to continue focusing on growth-oriented opportunities,” continued Holley.

Capital expenditure details

Projected capital expenditures are as follows and exclude the impact of future acquisitions, if any:

Capital Expenditure Detail

(US$ billions)

Segment FY 15 Actual FY 16 Original FY 16 Revised FY 17 Projected
Walmart U.S. $6.3 ~$6.1 – 6.6 ~$7.0 ~$6.2
Walmart International $3.5 ~$3.7 – 4.2 ~$3.5 ~$3.0
Sam’s Club $0.8 ~$0.8 ~$0.8 ~$0.8
Total segments $10.6 ~$10.6 – 11.6 ~$11.3 ~$10.0
Corporate & support $1.2 ~$1.0 – 1.3 ~$1.1 ~$1.0
Total $11.8 ~$11.6 – 12.9 ~$12.4 ~$11.0

The capital expenditures listed below provide the breakdown between the company’s physical, e-commerce and digital initiatives provided above.

Capital Expenditure Detail

(US$ billions)

FY 15


FY 16


FY 16


FY 17


Physical $11.1 ~$10.4 – 11.4 ~$11.5 ~$9.9
E-commerce & digital $0.7 ~$1.2 – 1.5 ~$0.9 ~$1.1

Projected Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. units include new stores, expansions and relocations. Given the conversion of Walmart discount stores to supercenters, the total number of supercenter units will continue to increase, as the number of discount stores declines. Unit growth in the United States is projected as follows:

Total U.S. Unit Growth


Segment FY 15


FY 16


FY 16


FY 17                           Projected
Supercenters* 119 ~60 – 70 ~60 – 70 ~50 – 60
Small format stores** 235 ~180 – 200 ~160 – 170 ~85 – 95
Total Walmart U.S. 354 ~240 – 270 ~220 – 240 ~135 – 155
Sam’s Club 21 ~9  – 12 ~11  – 12 ~7  – 10
Total 375 ~249 – 282 ~231 – 252 ~142 – 165

*Existing supercenters average approximately 178K square feet.
** Existing Neighborhood Markets and rebranded Walmart Express stores range between 12K and 66K square feet.

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, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,532 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries.  With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 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 on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements that are intended to enjoy the safe harbor protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding forecasts and expectations of Walmart’s management of or for:

  • the dollar amount and percentage growth of Walmart’s consolidated net sales in fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • investment in people and technology driving strong shareholder returns over time;
  • Walmart’s total capital expenditures in fiscal years 2016 through 2019 and the fiscal year 2017 capital expenditures reflecting moderation of physical store expansion;
  • Walmart’s total net sales in fiscal year 2016 to be flat compared to fiscal year 2015 and the growth of Walmart’s total net sales excluding the effect of currency exchange rate fluctuations in fiscal year 2016 over fiscal year 2015;
  • fiscal year 2017 to be Walmart’s heaviest investment period;
  • the dollar amount of the impact on Walmart’s fiscal year 2017 operating income of Walmart’s investment in associate wages and training and its commitment to further developing a seamless customer experience;
  • the range of the percentage decrease in Walmart’s fiscal year 2017 earnings per share and the range of the percentage increase of Walmart’s fiscal year 2019 earnings per share;
  • Walmart’s use of its $20 billion new share repurchase authorization over the next two years;
  • the generation of around $80 billion in cash over the next three years;
  • the capital expenditures to be made in fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017 by each of Walmart’s operating segments, by Walmart’s operating segments in total, and by Walmart in total for corporate and support, physical, and e-commerce and digital initiatives;
  • Walmart’s total U.S. unit growth, Walmart U.S.’s total unit, supercenter and small format store growth and Sam’s Club’s total unit growth in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017; and
  • statements regarding Walmart’s plans, objectives and operating frameworks and assumptions on which some forward-looking statements are based.

Walmart’s actual results may differ materially from the guidance, projections, estimates and expectations discussed in or implied by such forward-looking statements as a result of changes in circumstances, assumptions not being realized or other risks, uncertainties and factors, whether globally or in one or more of the markets in which we operate, including:

Economic factors:

  • economic, geo-political, capital markets and business conditions, trends and events, including such factors as unemployment levels, inflation, deflation and commodity prices;
  • currency exchange rate fluctuations and changes in market interest rates;
  • consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, debt levels, spending levels, shopping patterns, and demand for certain merchandise; and
  • consumer enrollment in health and drug insurance programs and such programs’ reimbursement rates.

Operating factors:

  • the amount of Walmart’s net sales denominated in the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies;
  • the financial performance of Walmart and each of its segments;
  • factors affecting Walmart’s effective tax rate;
  • traffic and average ticket in and on Walmart’s stores, clubs and e-commerce websites;
  • Walmart’s mix of merchandise sold, its cost of goods sold and its inventory shrinkage;
  • transportation, energy and utility costs and the selling prices of gasoline and diesel fuel;
  • disruptions in Walmart’s supply chain and in seasonal buying patterns;
  • consumer acceptance of and response to Walmart’s stores and clubs, e-commerce websites, mobile apps, initiatives, programs and merchandise offerings;
  • Walmart’s casualty- and accident-related costs and insurance costs;
  • the seasonality of Walmart‘s business and of consumer buying patterns;
  • the availability of attractive e-commerce acquisition or investment opportunities;
  • Walmart’s workforce size and turnover, labor costs, healthcare cost and other benefit costs;
  • market, legal and other factors limiting or delaying Walmart’s ability to build, staff, open and operate new and relocated stores, clubs and other facilities;
  • effects on Walmart’s operations of weather conditions and events, climate change, catastrophes, disasters, public health emergencies, civil disturbances or terrorist attacks;
  • disruption in the availability of Walmart’s online shopping sites;
  • cyber attacks on Walmart’s information systems and any costs and liabilities relating thereto;
  • developments in, the outcome of, and costs and expenses relating to, Walmart’s legal and regulatory proceedings and its FPCA-related matters and compliance program;
  • unexpected changes in accounting principles, estimates and judgments; and
  • unanticipated restructurings and the related expenses.

Regulatory and other factors:

  • competitive pressures, including competitive initiatives of other retailers;
  • adoption of new, and changes in existing, laws and changes in tax rates;
  • the level of public assistance payments and eligibility requirements for such payments; and
  • trade restrictions and tariff rates.

In addition, the risks discussed in Walmart’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC may cause actual results to differ materially from the guidance, projections, estimates and expectations discussed in or implied by the forward looking statements herein.  You should consider the forward-looking statements in this release in conjunction with that annual report on Form 10-K and Walmart’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. Walmart urges you to consider all of the risks, uncertainties and factors identified above or discussed in such reports carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this call.  Walmart cannot assure you that the results discussed in or implied by any forward-looking statement will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that those results will have the forecasted or expected consequences and effects for or on Walmart, its operations or its financial performance. The forward-looking statements made herein are as of the date of this release.  Walmart undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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AmazonCrossing commits $10 million to increase the number and diversity of its books in translation

SEATTLE, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—In celebration of its fifth year, AmazonCrossing, the literary translation imprint of Amazon Publishing, today announced a $10 million commitment over the next five years to increase the number and diversity of its books in translation. AmazonCrossing is one of the largest publishers of translated literature in the United States, with 77 titles from 15 countries and 12 languages to be published in the United States in 2015. Today’s announced investment will go toward fees paid to translators over the next five years and increasing the countries and languages represented on the AmazonCrossing list, which since 2010 has included more than 200 titles by authors from 29 countries writing in 19 languages.

To support this growing commitment to books in translation, AmazonCrossing editors today opened a new website for authors, agents and publishers to suggest titles for translation at AmazonCrossing is now accepting submissions in mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, memoir, science fiction and fantasy categories. In addition to this new streamlined process for submissions, AmazonCrossing editors will accept submissions for translation consideration in person at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 14th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Hall 3.0, K31.

“We launched AmazonCrossing five years ago to introduce readers to voices of the world through English-language translations of foreign-language books. While we are now one of the largest publishers of translated literature in the United States, translated fiction is still a tiny fraction of new publications. Today we are committing $10 million to translations to bring more international writers to new audiences,” saidSarah Jane Gunter, Publisher of AmazonCrossing and General Manager of International Publishing. “Our new website for submissions will help us cast a broader net in finding great books for translation, with the hope of increasing the number of acquisitions from countries that are traditionally underrepresented in translation.”

Over the past five years, AmazonCrossing has published significant works such as German author Oliver Pötzsch’s million-copy best-selling Hangman’s Daughter series, Korean author Bae Suah’s acclaimed novella Nowhere to Be Found and Turkish author Ayse Kulin’s Kindle best seller Last Train to Istanbul. The 2016 list will continue a commitment to translating books by exceptional foreign-language authors including award-winning and best-selling Mexican author of Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel. Her novel Pierced by the Sun, a gripping tale of murder and redemption translated from Spanish by Jordi Castells, will be published in June 2016. In July 2016, AmazonCrossing will publish award-winning Polish crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski’s Rage, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, winner of the 2014 Paszport Polityka prize for literature.

Please visit for more information and to propose titles for translation.

Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services LLC and Amazon Media EU Sarl.

About Amazon Publishing
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of The Amazon Publishing family has 14 imprints: 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, Two Lions, and Waterfall Press.

About Amazon 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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Macy’s Shopper Survey: clothing and gift cards top the list of categories for holiday spending this season

Survey reveals average holiday budget, top spending categories and what services consumers will use to make holiday shopping easier

NEW YORK, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Macy’s (NYSE:M) announces findings from a holiday survey of more than 5,000 Macy’s shoppers (ages 18+) who were polled about their plans for this holiday shopping season. The survey results show that clothing and gift cards top the list of categories for holiday spending this season, with shoppers planning to spend an average budget of $1,211. Millennial Macy’s shoppers (ages 18 to 35) are more likely to say that getting a great deal is their favorite part of shopping, compared to those ages 36 to 65.

According to the holiday survey, more than half of Macy’s shoppers (53 percent) are planning to do the majority of their shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, while 35 percent will shop more online by computer. Fewer respondents (12 percent) cite that they will do the majority of their holiday shopping using a mobile device or tablet. In terms of spend, Macy’s shoppers have budgeted an average of $1,211 for their holiday shopping, with slightly lower average budgets for Millennials compared to their older counterparts ($971 versus $1,304).

The following shows the top spending categories among Macy’s shoppers, with clothing leading the list:

  • Clothing, 39 percent
  • Gift cards, 15 percent
  • Electronics, 12 percent
  • Toys and games, 10 percent
  • Accessories (e.g., handbags, wallets, scarves), 9 percent
  • Home goods, 9 percent

Millennial Macy’s shoppers plan to spend more on home goods than shoppers 36 to 65 (13 percent versus 7 percent), but less on gift cards (10 percent versus 17 percent for older shoppers).

When asked about their favorite part of holiday shopping, 37 percent of all respondents say finding the perfect gift for someone on their list, while just as many (35 percent) cite getting a great deal or bargain. Forty-one percent of Millennials say that getting a great deal is their favorite part, compared to their older counterparts at 33 percent.

More Millennial Macy’s shoppers cite that they have trouble finding the perfect gift compared to those ages 36 to 65 (50 percent versus 42 percent).

“We are excited to offer a free service for Macy’s customers that makes holiday shopping fun and effortless,” saidSusan Bertelsen, Macy’s group vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “With a quick conversation with one of our stylists available in more than 150 stores nationwide, customers will find the perfect gift for everyone on their list and stay within their budget –whether it’s family and friends or employees and clients. In fact, customers even have the option of giving a Stylist as the gift. A gift card comes with an appointment with a Stylist for the gift recipient, ensuring they get something they are sure to love and long remember.”

Time Spent when Shopping for Others

  • Macy’s shoppers spend the most time on gifts for significant others (39 percent), followed by children (27 percent) and parents/in-laws (15 percent), while less time is spent on friends (5 percent) and co-workers (1 percent).
  • Men spend more time than women shopping for their significant other (52 percent versus 34 percent).
  • Women spend more time than men shopping for children (30 percent versus 19 percent for men).

Making Holiday Shopping Easier

  • In terms of retailer services that shoppers are likely to use for holiday shopping, 50 percent of Macy’s shoppers say they’ll take advantage of the “Search & Send” offering (having a store search all store locations if it is out of stock and send to the shopper).
  • In addition, 45 percent would shop for a gift online and pick up in store.
  • Results show that more than half of Millennial Macy’s shoppers will use these services (54 percent for each).

For all of your gifting needs from the best brands and designers, visit

The survey was conducted through Macy’s Star Advisors, an online community of more than 15,000 shoppers, all of whom have made a purchase at Macy’s in the past year. The online survey was fielded from Sept. 21-28, 2015among 5,545 adults ages 18 and older, among which 5,451 are holiday shoppers.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Media Relations
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New float from Build-A-Bear will roll through Manhattan during the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

First New Build-A-Bear Float Since 2007 Reflects New Brand Look and Feel

ST. LOUIS & NEW YORK, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Nov. 26, a new float from Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, will roll through Manhattan during the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving DayParade®. The latest Build-A-Bear float in the annual spectacle will feature a variety of scenes and of course, bears – all with one mission in mind: Discover Adventure! A part of the Macy’s Parade family since 2002, this year’s latest floating wonder marks the third Build-A-Bear float for the Parade which is sure to delight the more than 3.5 million spectators lining the Parade route on Thanksgiving Day.

“Making memories and celebrating life’s moments are at the heart of everything we do, and countless memories are made every year when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of America’s most anticipated events, takes place,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear. “We worked closely with the talented team at Macy’s to create exciting scenes that evoke a sense of adventure and incorporate teddy bears – the icons of our brand – into one incredible new float.”

“For nearly 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has brought generations of families together to enjoy the wonder and magic of the official kick off to the holiday season,” said Amy Kule, executive producer, Macy’sThanksgiving Day Parade. “Once again, we enthusiastically welcome Build-A-Bear and their new float to our glorious procession as together we celebrate the childlike spirit in everyone.”

The engineers and craftspeople at Macy’s Parade Studio began working with Build-A-Bear on the new concept in early 2015, and construction took approximately five months. The front view of the float begins with two bears playfully riding ocean waves, while a sailboat captained by a Sailor Bear rocks gently overhead. A castle featuring Build-A-Bear’s icon, Bearnard, serves as the centerpiece, complete with a friendly, smoke-breathing dragon climbing up to see a Princess Bear, who showers the crowds with confetti. The sides of the float feature different scenes of wonder and adventure including a classic teddy-bear tea party, as well as a trip to outer space on a rocket ship manned by an Astronaut Bear, who turns his head to gaze upon the world as he flies into the air with bouncing stars.

More than 50 million viewers tune in to watch the magic of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year. The latest design from Build-A-Bear is one of only five new floats that will take part in this year’s event.

“As we look ahead to our upcoming anniversary, we recently unveiled a fresh look and feel through our new Discovery concept stores, so it was important to reflect that into the design of our newest float in the Macy’s Parade,” added Collins. “On Thanksgiving Day, our float will allow millions to get a peek at the fresh face of Build-A-Bear.”

Build-A-Bear is a multi-generational brand that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017. Since the company was founded in 1997, more than 145 million furry friends have been made.

In addition to the Parade experience, this holiday season, Build-A-Bear is once again teaming up with Macy’s to offer shop-in-shops at seven Macy’s locations nationwide so that shoppers can take part in the full Build-A-Bear Workshop experience inside a Macy’s store.

Build-A-Bear Workshop will also bring its wildly popular Merry Mission story to life with the return of everyone’s favorite eight reindeer, along with a brand-new face, to stores this season. Glisten, the strongest, fastest reindeer of all time will light the night and help Santa and his team deliver toys to everyone on the nice list. Her special medallion unlocks the Merry Mission app and its features, and additional outfits and accessories are sold separately. Fans can download the updated Merry Mission app on iTunes and Google Play starting Nov. 1.

For more information, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, from 9 a.m. – noon; in all time zones.

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and theUnited Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the seventh year in a row in 2015. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $392.4 million in fiscal 2014. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of

About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For almost 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s (NYSE:M) employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Orlando Veras, 646-429-7450
Christine Olver, 646-429-5713
Beth Kerley, 314-423-8000, ext. 5430

Argos / Barnardo’s research: 3.8 million grown-ups in UK still snuggle up to their favourite childhood toy at night

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — 3.8 million grown-ups still snuggle up to their favourite childhood toy to help them get to sleep or relax after a stressful day at work, while a quarter (25 per cent) of adults still own a least one of their favourite childhood toys, according to research released today by the UK’s largest toy retailer[1] Argos and UK children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The study was commissioned to mark the fourth year of the Argos Toy Exchange with Barnardo’s which runs until Friday 20 November. Argos and Barnardo’s customers are encouraged to donate preloved toys to their local Argos or Barnardo’s store in exchange for a £5 toy voucher[2]. The toys can then be sold in Barnardo’s network of shops, raising vital funds for the charity.

The research also revealed some of the reasons why we are a nation that can’t bear to part with our treasured teddies and trucks: one in five (20 per cent) admit they intend to pass these onto their loved ones.

A further one in five (21 per cent) women proudly admit to having their toys on display in the home. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to keep their childhood toys a secret, with one in eight (12 per cent) keeping theirs hidden away.

This year Argos and Barnardo’s have teamed up with businesswoman, TV presenter and mum-of-two, Louise Redknapp to launch the Argos Toy Exchange which will raise much-needed funds to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

Louise Redknapp, said: “I’m very excited to be a part of the fourth Argos Toy Exchange, it’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK. With one in 20 people saying they would happily donate all of their toys that are no longer played with to charity, I’m thrilled to be part of an initiative which allows other children to experience the same joy that toy once gave them. With more than 800 Argos stores and 640 Barnardo’s stores nationwide it makes it easy to visit a local branch so you can get donating!

“My favourite toy was a pink knitted doll called Jemima, she brings back so many wonderful memories of growing up, my mum still has her for safe keeping as I can’t pass her onto my two boys!”

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As the UK’s number one toy retailer, we know how important toys can be to a child’s development and memories. It’s easy to remember the name of our favourite toy growing up, but who would have thought so many of us still owned them!

“We wouldn’t expect people to part with their favourite toy from childhood, but we would ask that perhaps we look at the toys no longer played with at home that could be donated. The Toy Exchange is a great way for all children to get the chance to be united with that special someone (or something) which could well become a friend for life. Each year Argos’ Toy Exchange raises hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of toy donations and in the last three festive seasons we generated in excess of £1.9 million to help Barnardo’s.”

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s CEO, said: “We support some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK – such as those growing up in poverty, and those living in care. Over the last three years we have had the generous support of Argos’ customers and hopefully this year we will be able to help even more.”


Notes to Editors

The research was carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of Argos amongst 2,051 adults in the UK between14-19 September 2015.

For more information please contact the Argos Toy Exchange PR team at or 0207 260 2770 or Becky Beling in the media team at Barnardo’s on 0208 498 7393.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 840 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

About Barnardo’s
Barnardo’s works with more than 240,000 children, young people and their families each year.  Barnardo’s runs more than 960 services across the UK. We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. Visit  to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children. Barnardo’s Retail is the largest children’s charity retailer in the UK and the third largest charity retailer. The profit from our stores goes directly into our work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families. Follow Barnardo’s Retail on Twitter @barnardosretail

[1] Largest UK retailer by sales value
[2] Minimum £35 spend, to be redeemed at Argos by Thursday 24 December 2015

SOURCE: Home Retail Group


EDITORIAL USE ONLY Louise Redknapp launches the fourth annual Argos Toy Exchange, which aims to bring the amount raised by the initiative over the years to £2.5 million worth of toys for childrenÕs charity BarnardoÕs, at the Tottenham Court Road store in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Louise Redknapp launches the fourth annual Argos Toy Exchange, which aims to bring the amount raised by the initiative over the years to £2.5 million worth of toys for childrenÕs charity BarnardoÕs, at the Tottenham Court Road store in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

FASHION & LEATHER: Dior by Avedon book celebrates fashion photography

PARIS, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The recently published book Dior by Avedon traces a history of elegance through unique moments that reveal the special relationship between the haute couture house and Richard Avedon. For nearly 30 years, the American photographer captured the essence of Dior in images that have become iconic.

The close collaboration between Dior and Avedon began in 1947, when the young photographer’s fashion work perfectly expressed the emotion of the House’s revolutionary lines. From behind his lens the photographer celebrated the glamour of Dior’s muses, capturing unique and intimate moments, from the pensive and inaccessible stare of Marlene Dietrich, to Audrey Hepburn dancing through the streets of Paris.

Richard Avedon’s work for Dior proved a turning point in the history of fashion photography. His famous photos include the model Dovima in a sensual Soirée de Paris sheath evening dress, flanked by two elephants in the Cirque d’Hiver. Avedon described the scene as “a choreographic moment”.

Through Avedon’s photographs, the book recounts the history of Dior. It includes sketches by Christian Dior, as well as anecdotes and texts by Jacqueline de Ribes, Justine Picardie and Olivier Saillard. The book is published by Editions Rizzoli.



FASHION & LEATHER: Dior by Avedon book celebrates fashion photography

© Dior

Alimentation Couche-Tard VP and CFO Raymond Paré to resign effective October 16

Laval, Québec, Canada,  2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A / ATD.B) today announced that its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Raymond Paré, has resigned effective October 16, 2015.

Mr. Paré has indicated his intention to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family. Couche-Tard’s Board of Directors has accepted his resignation and wishes him success in his future endeavors. Couche-Tard has begun the process of identifying a successor and Mr. Paré will remain available to facilitate a smooth transition. In the meantime, financial and investor queries will be handled by Couche-Tard’s President & CEO, Brian Hannasch.

“We thank Raymond for his contributions to the company over the past 13 years,” says Brian Hannasch. “He has been instrumental in the completion of milestone acquisitions including Statoil Fuel & Retail and The Pantry, reaching thousands more customers in dozens of new markets and multiplying our market value several times over, as well as laying the foundations for further growth with our new, global Circle K retail brand. We wish him well in his pursuit of new ventures.”

Media Relations:

Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: +47 950 74 950

Investor Relations:
Sylvain Aubry, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4619

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries with a significant presence in Poland.

As of July 19, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,987 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,556 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at July 19, 2015, it comprised 2,229 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service-stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 12 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 14,900 the number of sites in Couche-Tard’s network.

Forward-looking statements The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. CoucheTard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

Burberry opens new store in Tokyo with an event hosted by Burberry Chief Creative and CEO Christopher Bailey


TOKYO, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tonight (14.10.2015), Burberry celebrated the opening of its new store in the heart of Tokyo with an event hosted by Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey, which celebrated the best of British heritage, craftsmanship and music.

The event also launched “Personalised for You” – a new in-store experience which presents the brand’s most iconic designs and showcases the expert craftsmanship behind them, placing luxury personalisation at the heart of the experience.

Tonight’s event was attended by over 500 guests including local influencers Ryoko Yonekura, Mika Nakashima, Matsuya Onoe, Yuka Mizuhara, Sayo Yoshida, Rihito, Mademoiselle Yulia, Emi Suzuki, Hana Matsushima, Sputniko!, Ryohei Yamada, Anne Nakamura, Maekawa Hiroki, Mouri Suzuki, all of whom wore Burberry, as well as The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

British singer-songwriter Clare Maguire performed four tracks live at the event: ‘Elizabeth Taylor’, ‘Changing Faces’, ‘Leave You In Yesterday’ and ‘Shadows’. Tonight also marked Clare’s first ever performance in Japan.

Christopher Bailey said:

“Our Shinjuku store is a wonderful space that allows us to showcase the full range of Burberry products including our British made trench coats and scarves in a landmark Tokyo location. It is also great to have the opportunity to highlight the incredible craftsmanship that goes into making these products through the live demonstrations taking place in-store with our teams from the UK.”

“Burberry in Tokyo: Personalised For You”

Guests at the inaugural event were invited to discover the intricate craftsmanship behind the brand’s iconic designs live at different stations throughout the store. Personalisation services were also made available at each of the stations, all of which will be extended to customers in-store for up to one week.

Personalisation experiences at Burberry Shinjuku include:

The Heritage Trench Coat – skilled craftswomen from Castleford in Yorkshire, the home of the Burberry Heritage trench coat, demonstrated the most detailed parts of the construction of the iconic design by hand, offering guests the option to monogram their own with two letters in hand-applied goldwork cording.

The Scarf Bar – guests were invited to monogram their made-in-Scotland Burberry scarves, available in a selection of colours and prints from the recently launched Scarf Bar.

Signature Bags – exclusive to the new experience, guests could watch a live demonstration of Burberry bag handles being hand painted by Burberry craftsmen from Italy. Initials could also be hand-painted on two designs: The Banner Bag and The Bucket Bag.

My Burberry – monogramming of the brand’s latest fragrance for women, My Burberry Eau de Parfum, with up to three initials was available in store.

The Gift Collection – products from the brand’s Regent Street gifting collection were available for immediate personalisation, with debossing carried out by monogramming experts from Burberry’s global flagship in London.

Gift Packaging – Wrapping of all Burberry gifts was available on the evening, using the brand’s iconic honey coloured packaging and a wide selection of exclusive ribbons and gift cards handwritten by a calligrapher in store.

Celebrating the Burberry Shinjuku Store

The Burberry Shinjuku store opened in September 2015, and houses the largest Burberry product assortment in Japan, including the brand’s collection of iconic British-made heritage trench coats and scarves. Located over four floors in the heart of Tokyo, the store features a 3.3m x 5.8m LED screen wall on the façade of the building, showcasing brand content.

Burberry has a long-term commitment to Japan where it currently has six standalone stores (Ginza, Kobe, Omotesando, Osaka, Roppongi and Shinjuku).

Notes to editors

Burberry In Tokyo: Personalised For You – The Experiences at Burberry Shinjuku

  • The Heritage Trench Coat
    • The Burberry Heritage Trench Coat is made in Yorkshire, England, from weatherproof gabardine in signature fits and colours
    • Skilled craftswomen from Castleford, the home of the trench coat, carefully finished the design, hand-placing over 180 stitches on the collar for a fluid curve and perfect symmetry, exemplifying attention to detail.
    • Burberry Heritage trench coats can be personalised on the inside with two letters in hand-applied goldwork cording in store until 15 October 2015.
  • The Scarf Bar
    • Available as part of the Burberry Scarf Bar, classic cashmere scarves are made in Scotland from fine cashmere which is carefully woven on traditional looms, washed in fresh local water and finished by skilled craftsmen using expert methods, passed down through generations.
    • In a selection of colours, prints and the check design, scarves can be monogrammed with up to three initials, in two font sizes and in a choice of thread colours immediately.
    • In store monogramming of the brand’s classic cashmere scarves from the Scarf Bar collection is available until 15 October 2015, and afterwards through the online Scarf Bar experience on
  • Signature Bags
    • Two of the brand’s signature bag styles: The Banner and The Bucket Bag are available to personalise with hand-painted initials until 14 October 2015
    • In store live demonstration of handbag crafting by a Burberry craftsman is available until 20 October 2015
    • The Banner is a softy-structured tote with understated lines and equestrian-inspired buckles. The Bucket Bag first appeared on the A/W15 runway and is crafted in a range of textural materials.
  • My Burberry
    • Inspired by the iconic trench coat, My Burberry captures the essence of a London garden after the rain. The glass bottle reflects details of the coat: the hand-tied knot in English-woven gabardine honours the fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.
    • In store monogramming of My Burberry Eau de Parfum 90ml bottles is available
  • The Gift Collection
    • Selected items from the brand’s new Regent Street gifting collection are available in store for a limited time.
    • Candles are handmade in England, fragranced in a selection of classic scents and presented in glass or ceramic holders. Italian-leather bound notebooks, travel wallets, luggage tags and charms can be monogrammed in gold or sheer-gloss foil in a small or large font. Personalisation is carried out by monogramming experts from the Burberry Regent Street flagship store.
    • Debossing of leather goods from the Regent Street gifting collection is available in store until 20 October 2015.
  • Gift Packaging
    • A hand-wrapping service is available exclusively in-store, in the brand’s honey-coloured packaging, inspired by the Burberry trench coat’s fabric.
    • Notecards can be debossed and addressed by an in store calligrapher with a personal message.
    • The exclusive wrapping service is available in store until 20 October 2015.

British singer-songwriter Clare Maguire

About the Burberry Shinjuku Store

  • Opened in September 2015, the Burberry Shinjuku store houses Burberry’s largest product assortment in Japan, including the brand’s collection of iconic British-made heritage trench coats and scarves
  • Collections: Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London, Burberry Brit, Heritage, Accessories
  • Categories: womens, mens, accessories, eyewear, fragrance and watches
  • Shinjuku Exclusives: an exclusive limited edition collection of men’s and women’s trench coats and accessories

Burberry in Japan

  • Burberry has a long-term commitment to Japan where it currently has six standalone stores (Ginza, Kobe, Omotesando, Osaka, Roppongi and Shinjuku), 19 concessions offering the global collection, two Hankyu men’s-only concept concessions in Tokyo and Osaka, and 10 Childrenswear concessions.
  • Burberry has started a new chapter in Japan in 2015. The brand’s licensed products are being replaced with the Burberry global product offering including its British made heritage trench coats and scarves.
  • In June this year, Burberry announced a partnership with Shiseido for the distribution of fragrance and beauty products in Japan.
  • In September, Burberry introduced Burberry Make–up in Japan, available exclusively from and the Burberry Beauty Box counters in Mitsukoshi Ginza (Tokyo) and Hankyu Umeda (Osaka).
  • To celebrate the launch of Burberry Beauty in Japan, LINE users were given the first opportunity to purchase three limited sets of Burberry Beauty products directly through LINE Pay, marking the latest step in the brand’s digital partnership with the country’s leading social network.

About Burberry

  • Established in 1856, Burberry is a global British luxury brand with a heritage of innovation, craftsmanship and design. The Burberry business comprises 5 divisions: mens, womens, childrens, accessories and beauty
  • Burberry is headquartered in London and listed on the London Stock Exchange (BRBY.L), Burberry is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index
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