New Starbucks store opens in London’s bustling Covent Garden district

LONDON, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — London’s bustling Covent Garden district has always been a place of connection and contrasts – where past meets present, design meets culture, and fashion meets entertainment. The new Starbucks store at Upper St. Martin’s Lane brings together these worlds, promoting interaction between Starbucks partners and customers.

“The store is a platform of connection,” said Ad de Hond, vice president of Design. “Everything in the store is visible – the way we make our coffees, the way we prepare and present our food, and the way we interact with our customers.”

Walk through the large double-doors of Starbucks Upper St. Martin’s Lane, and one of the first things a customer may notice is that there is no queue at a cash register. Instead, they will be greeted by a host, who can invite customers to sit down and relax or quickly get coffee for take-away.

“The special thing is that we moved our partners from behind the bar into the store,” said de Hond. “Customers can order wherever and whenever they want through handheld devices. We hope to reduce the idea of standing in line.”

An open kitchen will offer a menu of freshly prepared food for breakfast, lunch and evenings. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass visually link the interior to the happenings on the street outside.

Inspired by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, the London store immerses customers in the world of coffee. All baristas are certified Coffee Masters, who handcraft espresso beverages from a manual Black Eagle espresso machine. The unique taste profiles from small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees come to life with premium brewing methods such as pour-over, Siphon and Chemex. Upper St. Martin’s Lane will also serve specialty beverages such as Shakerato, Sparkling Mint Espresso, and flights of coffee to allow customers to do side-by-side tastings of coffees from around the world.

“The coffee bar you see is rounded at the front near the glass and low. It’s a theatre for Starbucks Reserve coffee,” said de Hond. “The coffee bar can be seen from the outside, like a billboard inviting customers to come in.”

The store also takes design cues from Orion House Tower above, a 16-story postmodern high-rise of glass and steel that is home to Orion Publishing. The street-level space itself is kept raw, with natural materials rich in texture in comfortable mid-tones. Midcentury brass tones are reimagined as a custom decorative screen and accent finishes on the Reserve bar. High tech features include wireless charging and communication through digital menu boards and wall projections.

“It’s about juxtaposition,” said de Hond. “Rough meets smooth, raw meets refined.”

As day settles into night, the lights will come down to create a warm and intimate ambiance. The Upper St. Martin’s Lane store is the UK’s second Starbucks® Evenings location, serving a curated menu of wine and craft beer after 4 p.m. In the evenings, the café will become a place to meet after work or have a small bite before going to the theatre.

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New Starbucks store opens in London’s bustling Covent Garden district

New Starbucks store opens in London’s bustling Covent Garden district

Marshawn Lynch teams up with Starbucks to introduce the Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage

SEATTLE, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marshawn Lynch approached the fun challenge of creating a new Starbucks Frappuccino® blended beverage to benefit his foundation with the same decisive action that’s made him one of the NFL’s top running backs.

Lynch, sporting a Starbucks green apron in a test lab deep inside the company’s Seattle headquarters, began mixing Frappuccino flavor combinations that have never been tried before.

As the Seattle Seahawks star sipped a double chocolate Frappuccino with added protein powder and some raspberry drizzle, he flashed a satisfied grin. Lynch was getting closer to the final blend for a new beverage that will take on his nickname – Beast Mode.

“I’d drink this before a workout,” Lynch said. “You could get your buff on with this.”

Though Lynch focused on the task of developing a new Frappuccino beverage, his mind was also on the ultimate goal of helping to empower more inner-city youth in his hometown of Oakland, California and throughout the U.S.

Marshawn Lynch has teamed up with Starbucks to introduce the Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage, to be sold during the rest of the football season in Starbucks® stores in Washington state and Oakland to benefit his foundation.

Lynch and Buffalo Bills quarterback Joshua Johnson cofounded the Fam 1st Family Foundation in 2011 to mentor underprivileged youth on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem. The foundation conducts free summer football camps, hosts talent shows, collects back-to-school supplies and donates food and toys during the holidays to those in need.

Through the foundation, Lynch said he’s been able to see students “who came from so little” get hands-on learning experiences and go on to do well in school and excel in college. Recently, a student who attended the Fam 1st Family Foundation’s architecture summer camp earned a scholarship to a prestigious program.

“It is so important to Josh and me that these kids are able to excel in school and life against all odds,” said Lynch.

The Perfect Combination of Two Missions

The combination of Lynch and Starbucks is as perfect as the blend of chocolate and mint in the new Beast Mode™ Frappuccino.

Like Lynch, Starbucks is on a mission to support young people with a focus on 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school and are not employed. There are nearly 6 million people in the U.S. today in that demographic. They’re often called “opportunity youth” because not only are they seeking opportunity, but they represent untapped opportunity for businesses needing new talent. Starbucks has committed to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

In addition, Starbucks is working with other like-minded companies to collectively hire 100,000 opportunity youth over the next three years. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative held its first job fair and forum in Chicago this summer, resulting in more than 800 job offers from 30 companies.  The coalition expects to find work for hundreds more young adults through the next Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair and Forum in Phoenix on October 30.

“When you believe in a young person, you’re opening up a pathway to meaningful employment and lifelong opportunity,” said Blair Taylor, Starbucks chief community officer. “We are thrilled to be working with Marshawn and his foundation as we collectively work towards supporting youth who are not just looking for a second chance, but the opportunity to dream big and win.”

What’s in a Beast Mode Frappuccino?

Starbucks and Marshawn Lynch invite fans to support empowering young people through the purchase of the new Beast Mode™ Frappuccino, available in participating Starbucks® stores beginning October 22.

For every Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage sold throughout the football season in Washington and Oakland, Starbucks will donate 24 cents – which coincides with Lynch’s number – to the Fam 1st Family Foundation, up to $100,000. Starbucks will kick off the new collaboration and beverage with a minimum $24,000 contribution to the foundation.

The new blended beverage, as unique as its creator, is a double mocha Frappuccino with a hint of mint and cream and just enough protein powder to unleash your inner Beast Mode. It’s topped with whipped cream, then finished with a purple berry drizzle and a sprinkle of matcha.

“I’m all ‘bout that,” said Lynch, as he signed off on the official recipe.

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Marshawn Lynch teams up with Starbucks to introduce the Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage

Marshawn Lynch teams up with Starbucks to introduce the Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage

Tesco to cut the price of both unleaded petrol and Diesel by 1p per litre

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s biggest fuel retailer has cut the cost of both unleaded petrol and Diesel by 1p per litre at all of its petrol filling stations.

The change will come into effect from 6pm this evening. Tesco’s network of 500 petrol filling stations is the largest of all UK supermarkets and the drop means millions of motorists across the country will benefit.

Peter Cattell, Fuel Director for Tesco said: “We know that the cost of fuel really matters to our customers, especially with the school holidays coming up. This reduction of 1p per litre at all our 500 petrol filing stations will mean millions of customers save money by shopping at Tesco”.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Fruit and vegetables at Tesco will stay fresher for longer as a result of new food waste initiative

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers can benefit from salads and citrus fruit that will stay fresh for up to two extra days, thanks to an industry leading initiative by Tesco.

Some of the most popular fruit and vegetables will stay fresher for longer as a result of Tesco cutting out a food packing stage in the journey from farm to fork.

Among the foods that are gaining extra freshness from the initiative include some of the most popular items in the produce aisle, including:

  • Citrus fruit
  •  Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Celery

According to the UK’s Waste and Resources Reduction Action Programme (WRAP), seven million tonnes of food is thrown away each year by British households, costing the average family with children £700.*

Tesco Group Food Commercial Director Matt Simister said: “For millions of our customers this move will mean having up to an extra two days in which to enjoy some of the most popular fruit and vegetables.

 “The extra days of freshness will particularly benefit customers who are pressed for time and will mean they are less likely to throw away food.

 “The move is part of our efforts to not only help busy families plan ahead but also to help customers reduce waste at home too.”

 As part of its ongoing programme to tackle food waste Tesco looked at its supply chain to identify ways of working directly with producers to speed up the process by which freshly picked produce arrives in store.

It found that as a result of advancements in packing and storage it was now possible to ship produce directly from European suppliers to Tesco stores, cutting the amount of time spent in transit which means getting produce to customers faster, and therefore fresher.

Dr Richard Swannell, Director Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP said: “WRAP’s Product Life research identified a number of simple and safe ways to make changes throughout the supply chain to pass on more product life to shoppers.

“Giving people more time to eat the foods they buy reduces the risk of food being wasted. Our report estimates some 250,000 tonnes of food waste could be prevented by a one day increase in product life – food wasted by households and by the supply chain.

“Preventing this volume of waste means UK shoppers have a potential shared saving of up to £500 million a year. I’m delighted Tesco have used this guide to examine a range of products.”

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 Note to editors:

* Fresh fruit and vegetables make up the single biggest proportion of the food thrown away in the UK.

WRAP data reveals the latest food waste and avoidable food waste figures.

Total food waste (tonnes)  Avoidable food waste (tonnes)
Citrus 174,000 73,000
Melons 89,000 28,000
Lettuce 52,000 44,000
Tomatoes 49,000 45,000
Cucumbers 42,000 43,000
Peppers 36,000 18,000
Mushrooms 23,000 18,000
Broccoli 42,000 15,000

Recent Tesco  achievements in helping reduce food waste

  • Tesco recently announced a partnership with Fareshare and FoodCloud to ensure that surplus food in stores goes to people in need. Our goal with this partnership is to eliminate edible food waste in our stores – estimated to be at least 30, 000 tonnes.
  • It has also taken other measures to help customers in the home such as redesigning packaging that will help keep certain meat products fresher for up to an extra five days for beef and lamb.
  • Tesco has also worked with WRAP on their Love Food, Hate Waste programme to help customers in the home – for example redesigning packaging on key produce lines to include food waste tips.  These tips range from storing apples in loosely tied plastic bags in a fridge, through to storing spinach in plastic containers lined with a paper towel and a tight fitting lid.
  • Preliminary findings show that 1 in 10 customers claim that they’ve changed their behaviour as a result of the new packaging, that’s 1.4 million customers.

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

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Carrefour now with 100 “Market” supermarkets in Romania

Carrefour Romania opened 2 new supermarkets.

Timisoara, Romania, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 30th, Carrefour inaugurated a new store in Timisoara. Market Uranus extends over a sales area of 800m², and focuses on a range of approximately 5,000 products.

On October 8th 2015, Carrefour opened its first supermarket in Floresti – Cluj, bringing the total number of this type of stores to 100!!

With a shop area of 1000m², this new store focuses on a range of approximately 6,000 products, while the offer includes over 1,000 Carrefour items no less than 20% cheaper than national brands.

In Romania, Carrefour Group comprises 182 stores including 28 “Carrefour” hypermarkets, 100 “Market” supermarkets, 43 “Express” convenience stores, 10 “Contact” convenience stores and one e-commerce store: www.carrefour-online.ro.

SOURCE: Carrefour

 

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Carrefour now with 100 "Market” supermarkets in Romania

Carrefour now with 100 “Market” supermarkets in Romania

Amazon: Prime Now customers in Portland can now enjoy free delivery from local restaurants

  • Prime Now customers in Portland can now enjoy delivery from local restaurants and food carts, including Pok Pok, Sizzle Pie, Waffle Window, Luc Lac, Seres Restaurant, East India Co Grill & Bar, Kim Jong Grillin’ and many more
  • Free delivery for a limited time on all restaurant orders

SEATTLE, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Prime Now customers in Portlandcan now enjoy free delivery from local restaurants and food carts, including Pok Pok, Sizzle Pie, Waffle Window, Seres Restaurant, Luc Lac,East India Co Grill & Bar, Kim Jong Grillin’ and many more. Using the Prime Now mobile app, Portland customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as the driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

Once an order is placed, Amazon delivery drivers pick up and deliver the food within an hour or less. The average delivery time since introducing restaurant delivery on Prime Now is 39 minutes.

“Portland has emerged as one of America’s best food cities,” said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants. “With restaurant delivery on Prime Now, we’re excited to provide Portland residents with a fast and convenient way to try many of the restaurants that their friends and neighbors talk about without having to drive all over the city.”

Starting today, restaurant delivery on Prime Now is available in select Portland zip codes and will expand in the coming days. Prime members can download the Prime Now app and enter their zip code to see if Prime Now is available in their area. In zip codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

“Waffle Window is about great food fast, and with Prime Now we can deliver on that promise to even more customers across Portland,” saidMary O’Rourke, co-owner, Waffle Window. “This is the first time we have offered restaurant delivery and we are excited for what it means for our business and most importantly our customers, who can now enjoy our waffles from the comfort of their home.”

“We are excited to be able to offer delivery to long-time fans, who after a long day of work, maybe don’t want to brave the wait list or head out in the rain,” said Timothy Crabtree, general manager, Pok Pok. “Prime Now will allow us to make it easier for our customers to get the food they love. We also trust Amazon to ensure our food gets to our customers without a compromise in quality.”

Restaurant delivery on Prime Now offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups or hidden service fees, and delivery on all orders is free for a limited time. Customers pay using the information already stored in their Amazon account and orders are backed by Amazon’s award-winning customer service.

To learn more about Prime Now, and to download the mobile app, visit amazon.com/primenow. For restaurants interested in working with Prime Now, please contact restaurant-inquiries@amazon.com

More to Prime
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 14 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in select cities receive one and two hour delivery through Prime Now on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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

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Home Retail Group announces its results for the 26 weeks to 29 August 2015

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer, today announces its results for the 26 weeks to 29 August 2015.

Operating highlights

  • Argos Transformation Plan progress:
    • Substantially completed development and testing of new digital propositions – Fast Track Collection and Fast Track Delivery – which launched early in the second half of FY16
    • Opened 86 digital concessions, bringing total digital stores to 148
    • Internet penetration accounted for 45% of total sales including mobile commerce which grew 13% to represent 25% of total sales
  • Homebase Productivity Plan progress:
    • A further 25 store closures completed
    • Infrastructure cost reduction programme accelerated
    • 43% digital sales growth to 10% of total sales

Financial highlights

  • Sales down 2% to £2,629m
  • Cash gross margin down 1% to £973m
  • Operating and distribution costs decreased by £10m to £941m, Homebase costs decreased by £26m, Argos costs increased by £14m
  • Benchmark profit before tax2 increased by £3.2m or 10% to £34.1m, Homebase increased by £6.5m, Argos decreased by £5.6m
  • Basic benchmark earnings per share3 increased by 13% to 3.4p
  • Reported profit before tax increased by 73% to £23.4m; reported basic earnings per share of 2.3p
  • Cash utilisation in the period of £116m with closing net cash of £193m
  • Interim dividend of 1.0p (H1 FY15: 1.0p)

John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, said:

“While Group benchmark profit before tax increased slightly during the first half, performance overall was mixed. Homebase delivered a good first half, with like-for-like sales growth and an improvement in operating profit. It also made good progress with its Productivity Plan and the store closure plan in particular, which helped Homebase to achieve further cost reductions.

“Argos’ first half sales and profit were negatively impacted by declines in both electrical and seasonal product categories. Argos continued to make good progress with its Transformation Plan, delivering strongly against its digital store opening programme. Argos also substantially completed the technology and operational steps necessary to launch ‘Fast Track’ – its new home delivery and store collection propositions. Argos is investing significantly in the launch of Fast Track and although the rate of customer take-up cannot be certain, we are confident that customers will increasingly embrace this market leading service over time.

“We look forward to an improved sales performance for both Argos and the Group in the second half. However, as I have previously stated, trading at Argos during this year’s important Christmas season seems less predictable than usual, as both retailers and customers determine whether to repeat last year’s unusual Black Friday patterns. The combination of this trading uncertainty, an increased level of investment in the launch of Fast Track and the underlying profit reduction from Argos’ challenging first half, mean that at this stage of the financial year we expect the Group’s full-year benchmark profit before tax to be slightly below the bottom end of the current range of market expectations of £115m to £140m.”

1. Benchmark operating profit is defined as operating profit before amortisation of acquisition intangibles, post-employment benefit scheme administration costs, store impairment and onerous lease charges or releases and costs or income associated with store closures and exceptional items.

2. Benchmark profit before tax (benchmark PBT) is defined as profit before amortisation of acquisition intangibles, post-employment benefit scheme administration costs, store impairment and onerous lease charges or releases and costs or income associated with store closures, exceptional items, financing fair value remeasurements, financing impact on post-employment benefit obligations, the discount unwind on non-benchmark items and taxation.

3. Basic benchmark earnings per share (benchmark EPS) is defined as benchmark PBT less taxation attributable to benchmark PBT, divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue (excluding shares held in the Home Retail Group share trust net of vested but unexercised share awards).

There will be a presentation today at 9.30am to analysts and investors at the Auditorium, Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, 2 King Edward Street, London EC1A 1HQ. The presentation can be viewed as a live webcast on the Home Retail Group website www.homeretailgroup.com. The supporting slides and an indexed replay will also be available on the website later in the day.

A Trading Statement, covering the 18 weeks from 30 August 2015 to 2 January 2016, will be published on Thursday 14 January 2016.

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward looking statements.

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Mark Price to step down as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman and to leave the Partnership on 3 April 2016

Rob Collins appointed new Managing Director of Waitrose

LONDON, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces today that, after a 33 year career, Mark Price has set out his intention to step down as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman and to leave the Partnership on 3 April 2016.  Mark has worked with Sir Charlie Mayfield, the Partnership’s Chairman, to agree the timing of his leaving in the best interests of the Partnership.

Rob Collins, Waitrose’s Retail Director, has been appointed to succeed Mark when he steps down.  Rob has been with the Partnership for 22 years, initially with John Lewis in a number of senior roles before moving to Waitrose in 2007 to establish its e-commerce business.  In 2010 Rob was appointed Personnel Director and in early 2012 was appointed Retail Director.

Sir Charlie Mayfield said: ‘Mark is pursuing new opportunities, but he will remain a passionate advocate of the Partnership and its ownership model.  He has had a long and distinguished career with the Partnership and his leadership of Waitrose has seen outstanding success.  As a member of the Partnership Board for 11 years and Deputy Chairman since 2013, Mark has played a key role in steering the Partnership and has been a valued and trusted colleague.

‘Rob Collins has been a central figure in Waitrose’s management team for a number of years and his strong leadership skills and operational success have ensured that he has been a central part of the Board’s thinking on succession planning for some time.  I’m confident that he will make the step-up to the Managing Director role quickly and effectively.’

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 342 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 88,700 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
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Waitrose – the Nation’s Favourite Supermarket¹ and winner of the Best Supermarket² and Best Food and Grocery Retailer³ awards – currently has 342 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 28 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 50 countries worldwide and has seven shops in the Middle East. (www.waitrose.com)

¹ Conlumino Awards, 2014
² Good Housekeeping Best Supermarket 2014, Which? Best Supermarket 2014
³ Verdict Best Food and Grocery Retailer 2014

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Telephone: 020 7592 6292

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Sainsbury’s cuts the price of unleaded petrol and diesel by one pence per litre from 21 Oct

LONDON, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — From tomorrow, 21 October, Sainsbury’s is cutting the price of unleaded petrol and diesel by one pence per litre across its 300 forecourts.

Until the end of October, customers can also earn ten Nectar points, instead of one, on every litre of fuel purchased, which is the equivalent of 5p off per litre. This gives customers great value for money, as they boost their points balances ahead of Christmas. The festive period is the time of year when Sainsbury’s customers redeem the most Nectar points. Last year, £107.3 million worth of points were spent in November and December alone.

Avishai Moor, Sainsbury’s Head of Fuel, said: “This price drop, combined with one of our biggest ever points giveaways, provides our customers with excellent value. We hope this will help their money go even further, as they enjoy their half term getaways.”

For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295

SOURCE: J Sainsbury plc

Balmain x H&M collection made its global runway debut on Wall Street in New York

NEW YORK, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night on Wall Street in New York, the Balmain x H&M collection made its global runway debut in front of a celebrity-packed audience. Kylie Jenner, Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung were among the guests to get an exclusive look at the glamourous, powerful and rich detailed collection designed by Olivier Rousteing. The collection will be available in around 250 stores worldwide, as well as online, starting November 5, 2015.

The night was as bold and powerful as Rousteing’s designs, bringing together fashion and music to celebrate the collection in a venue themed like a futuristic subway station. After an exclusive preview of the campaign music video starring Kendall Jenner dance crews hyped the crowd for a runway show featuring models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls.

After the fashion show Backstreet Boys surprised the crowd with an exclusive live performance hyping the 90´s vibe. The audience, packed with celebrities and fashion industry, embraced the energy and celebrated the momentum for #HMBalmaination into the late night. All fans around the world were invited to follow the event through the live streaming app Periscope, while on social media the event could be followed with the hashtag #HMBalmaination.

“Tonight is a dream come true for me. The energy and vibe is unbelievable, and to have the Backstreet Boys perform for Balmain x H&M is incredible. It is an honour for me to collaborate with H&M, and tonight’s launch is something that I will never forget,” says Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain.

“The launch was a true reflection of the Balmain x H&M collection, full of energy, positivity and glamour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we can’t wait to share this feeling with our customers around the world when the collection finally hits stores,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M.

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Balmain x H&M collection made its global runway debut on Wall Street in New York

Balmain x H&M collection made its global runway debut on Wall Street in New York

DOG for DOG® pet treats now available in Tractor Supply Company stores

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — DOG for DOG® pet treats are now available in Tractor Supply Company stores nationwide. Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, will carry a select line of DOG for DOG natural ingredient, made-in-America treats.

DOG for DOG®, a mission-based dog food company, started a movement to help dogs in need. The company’s BUY ONE, GIVE ONE business model has made a major impact in the both the pet industry and in the lives of homeless dogs across the country. Its mission is to feed dogs in rescues and shelters by donating food every time a purchase is made. DOG for DOG’s partnership with Tractor Supply Company will feed even more animals in need and help put an end to pet homelessness by expanding the treat line to consumers in new rural markets.

“Tractor Supply’s partnership with DOG for DOG aligns perfectly with the passion our customers show for the animals in their care,” said Seth Estep, vice president divisional merchandise manager at Tractor Supply Company. “We are confident the pet owners who rely on any one of Tractor Supply’s 1,400+ stores will embrace DOG for DOG’s mission and their pets will enjoy the natural, high-quality ingredients of their dog treats.”

Rocky Kanaka, founder and CEO of DOG for DOG®, said, “It is because of partnerships with companies like Tractor Supply, who have the same vision as we do that we are able to turn a dream into a reality of helping feed the thousands of homeless animals in shelters and rescues across the country. We are so excited to have them as official DOG for DOG® partners.”

About Tractor Supply Company
At June 27, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,438 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

About DOG for DOG
DOG for DOG is an innovative young company with a focus on saving dogs. Their all-natural products are healthy and delicious for your pet but more importantly, they do good! Any purchase of DOG for DOG products guarantees a donation of DOGSFOOD™ to a rescue or shelter. That means you can help make a difference in the lives of hungry dogs by simply feeding your own dogs our high quality products that are made in the USA. For more information on how to join the DOG for DOG movement, please visit www.dogfordog.com.

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Brandon Puttbrese
Tractor Supply Company
(615) 385-1100 x2100

Vivian Mayer
DOG for DOG
(818) 720-8846

Brie Strohmeyer
DOG for DOG
(310) 428-4592

Source: Tractor Supply Company

X5 Retail group offers RUB 5 bln BO-04 series rouble-denominated bonds issued by OOO X5 Finance

Moscow, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the offering of RUB 5 bln BO-04 series rouble-denominated bonds issued by OOO X5 Finance.

The coupon rate on the bonds with oferta in 3.5 years, is set at 11.90%. The Company plans to use the proceeds to finance its current operations, including loan refinancing to improve the loan portfolio structure.

The offering was arranged by Raiffeisenbank.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements: This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forwardlooking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.
Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Rite Aid re-opens its store at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore after sustaining damages during the protests earlier this year

  • U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Operations Bryan Everett to Host Ribbon-Cutting Today at 1 p.m.
  • Rite Aid Foundation Reinforces Commitment to Baltimore Community with $10,000 Donation to The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city, state and community officials will join Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Operations Bryan Everett at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the Rite Aid at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore. The store has been operating out of a temporary trailer since May after sustaining significant damage during the protests earlier this year. The ribbon-cutting will take place today at 1 p.m.

Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama Broderick Johnson, Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh, Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Dean Natalie Eddington will also participate in the grand re-opening ceremony.

“Rite Aid is proud of its longstanding commitment to the Baltimore community, having had a presence in the city for nearly 40 years,” said Everett. “Re-opening and re-building at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was a priority for our Company, as we know local community residents depend on Rite Aid for both their health and everyday needs. Thanks to the efforts of our many associates, our builders and city, state and federal officials over the past five months, we are here today. We look forward to welcoming back our customers and delivering on our mission of improving the health and wellness of Baltimore.”

In honor of the grand re-opening, The Rite Aid Foundation will present a $10,000 donation to Bettye M. Adams, principal of The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School. The school, which is located less than a half mile from the Rite Aid at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, serves nearly 500 students and will use the donation to help fund athletic equipment for physical education classes in support of furthering the physical fitness and wellbeing of the students.

Rite Aid currently operates 30 stores in the city of Baltimore and an additional 70 locations in the surrounding area and employs approximately 800 associates.

The re-built store features the Company’s highly popular Genuine Wellbeing store format, which was designed with Rite Aid’s commitment to providing services, products and resources to help its customers and their families live healthy lives in mind.

Upon entering the store, there is a direct wooden path leading to the pharmacy department, the core of Rite Aid’s business. Wellness Stores have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication management and the ability to immunize against about a dozen diseases. The store features a private pharmacist consultation room adjacent to the pharmacy where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services.

Also available to customers as a resource, a Wellness Ambassador, which serves as a bridge between the front end of the store and the pharmacy. Wellness Ambassadors work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide customers with access to information on over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements and Rite Aid programs and services.

Other key design features include overhead departmental rings designating each section of the store such as beauty, food, home care and seasonal; a relaxing, warm color palette with soothing wood tones and softer lighting; a reconfigured check-out area; multiple drive-thru pharmacy lanes; hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and gluten-free foods; expanded vitamin selection; a free-standing nail bar as part of the expanded cosmetics and beauty section; and an expanded food department including the addition of food and beverage coolers.

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

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Immochan opens its 97th shopping centre and the largest one in France, Les Saisons de Meaux

Croix Cedex, France, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The opening of Les Saisons de Meaux illustrates the will of Groupe Auchan to pursue its development in France under the sign of innovation and ambition.

Les Saisons de Meaux is the 97th shopping centre managed by Immochan (the largest one!) and the 120th Auchan hypermarket in France. Above all, it is the theater of many firsts and innovations.

Happy Together !

Immochan launches with Les Saisons de Meaux its Aushopping label. Les Saisons de Meaux will unfold day after day the values of fun, boldness, sharing and closeness of this innovative approach. It is a new vision of trade, physical and digital, that puts the relationship at the center of everything. A human vision and entertaining trade. An overall experience that offers customers the opportunity to live with family or friends moments of shared happiness.

Cinextrem World : a unique complex in France!

Original 5D cinema concept, Cinextrem makes you discover sensations that are usually available only in large attraction centers. 6 seats, a film to be selected among 15 and let’s go for 5 minutes of complete immersion. According to the chosen film, various special effects (winds, rain, snow and even soap bubbles), come to surprise the viewer. A mind-blowing experience, an exclusiveness in the Paris region, where an indoor ropes course, a 360° flight simulator and car driving simulators will also be available.

Hyper innovative & hypo energy

From its design to its operation, Auchan Meaux was thought in the direction of sustainable development. Thus, with forecast consumption 299 kWh/sqm/year, the hypermarket is the least-energy consumer in France. Auchan Meaux is labelled ISO 50001, a certification obtained this summer by Auchan France.

Auchan Meaux, a new concept of innovative and connected hypermarket

Within Les Saisons de Meaux, Auchan opened its 120th hypermarket in France. Deployed on 12,000 sqm, this new store with connected services offers consumers a new experience of shopping through its digital innovations, modern and sleek design, its new assisted sales areas and surprises events planned in a dedicated space that will punctuate the key moments of the year.

Tastes & flavours of Meaux : gourmand offers from local suppliers

Partner of more than 30 local producers, the new Auchan hypermarket is committed to offering the residents a wide range of high quality products throughout the year. Customers recognize specific flavors to the locality, such as the Meaux Pommery mustard, meat des Lys, champagne Baron Albert or the cheese of Brie. Store employees are trained from local producers to perfect their knowledge products and better inform residents.

Auchan Meaux rooted in its time

Auchan Meaux will be the first hypermarket to wear the Auchan.fr banner, symbolizing its foothold in the digital sphere. Modern and comfortable, the store is equipped with free wi-fi connection, 54 digital screens and 8 terminals connected for controlling directly at the products not available in stores. Purchases are delivered at store or at home. A new electronic tagging is deployed throughout the sales floor allowing many innovations: temperature sensors, inventory management indicators, remains to deliver, breakage sensors … So many solutions to make life easier for teams.

A living place at humane scale, bright and compact

Designed to scale of the pedestrian, Les Saisons de Meaux fit perfectly into their environment. This innovative program can be walked from one end to the other in just 5 minutes. Its design on 2 levels offers a panoramic 360-degree view, enhanced by a vast canopy of several thousand sqm, giving a feeling of freedom and brightness. Natural light offers comfort and a unique wellness sensation. Buildings with large glass openings, wood-coated facades, games of vertical and horizontal lines… form a harmonious and graphics building.

Contact
Groupe Auchan
40, avenue de Flandre – BP 139
59964 Croix Cedex – France

SOURCE: Groupe Auchan

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Giant Food removes Turkey Meatloaf with Tomato Bacon Glaze from sale store brand following recall by Taylor Farms

Landover, Md., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Taylor Farms, New Jersey, Inc, Giant Food, LLC announced it removed from sale store brand Turkey Meatloaf with Tomato Bacon Glaze which may contain egg, soy and wheat, allergens that are not listed on the ingredient label. These products are safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from egg, soy and/or wheat allergies.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Store Brand Turkey Meatloaf with Tomato Bacon Glaze, 13.9 oz., UPC 3022301060, with a Use By date of 10/29/15 and mark of inspection number P34513 (both of which can be found on the top label of the product) and a Lot Code of TFNJ288
  • Store Brand Turkey Meatloaf with Tomato Bacon Glaze, 13.9 oz., UPC 3022301043, with a Use By date of 10/29/15 and mark of inspection number P34513 (both of which can be found on the top label of the product) and a Lot Code of TFNJ288

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soy and/or wheat may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Taylor Farms at 1-866-675-6120. In addition, customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at giantfood.com

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit giantfood.com

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Foodstuff’s Pams and Brother Design won Gold Pin for Pams Confectionery at the Design Institute of New Zealand’s annual Best Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuff’s own brand, Pams, and Brother Design has won a Gold Pin for Pams Confectionery at the Design Institute of New Zealand’s annual Best Awards.

This award is additional recognition for Pams and Brother who are enjoying a very successful run at award shows both here and internationally. The Pams Confectionery range, has also won a Dieline Award earlier this year and was recognised by the Institute in the FMCG Packaging category.

Design Director, Paula Bunny, is thrilled with the award. “There’s such stiff competition in the Best Awards, so it’s a real honour to win.”

FMCG packaging is a new category for the competition, one that Bunny is especially pleased to see. “It’s fabulous to be locally recognised for our creative work. Pams is such a great brand to work on, demanding we be fresh and distinctive in every single category of the supermarket, and that’s quite a challenge in the busy confectionery aisle.”

Brothers’ Business Development Director, Jenny McMillan, says the brief was a challenging one. “With Pams, we always want to stand out from the expected, generic look of a category’s big brand leaders. The challenge here was to do so in a sector that’s bursting with loud, colourful designs. Paula’s work does it brilliantly, with captivating characters, large product windows for a tempting peek at the lollies, and colours that reflect these sweet treats contain no artificial colours or flavourings.”

Jocelyn McCallum, National Private Label Manager, Foodstuffs Own Brands Limited says, “The Pams packaging is constantly evolving to ensure it resonates with our customers. We love the work that Brother Design is creating for our brand across all of our categories and it’s fantastic that they are receiving recognition from their peers both here and internationally.”

As well as the Gold Pin, Pams Feminine Hygiene has also won at Pentawards held in London. Brother Design won a Silver at the prestigious awards beating out 1,700 entries from more than 52 countries.

Designer: Paula Bunny, Design Director

Contact: Jenny McMillan, Business Development Director

M: 021 193 2141

E: jenny@brotherdesign.co.nz

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: Taylor Farms recalls turkey meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taylor Farms, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 276 pounds of turkey meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain eggs, soy and wheat, known allergens which are not declared on the product label.

The items were produced on Oct. 15, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 13.9-ounce, single serve trays containing Taylor Farms “Turkey Meatloaf with tomato bacon glaze.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-34513” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a Sell By date of Oct. 29, 2015. These items were shipped to retail locations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The problem was discovered by a Taylor Farms merchandiser. Taylor Farms then notified the FSIS Raleigh (N.C.) District Office.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Marie Butler, company quality assurance director, at (856) 294-4181.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Richard J. McIntire
(202) 720-9113

SOURCE: USDA

PVH Corp: Tommy Hilfiger to introduce virtual reality shopping experience at select stores worldwide

Hosted in select ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ stores and wholesale partners globally, consumers can watch the Fall 2015 ‘Hilfiger Collection’ runway show from a front-row seat in 360 degree 3D virtual reality – and then immediately shop the collection.

AMSTERDAM, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH], is pleased to announce that Tommy Hilfigerwill introduce a virtual reality shopping experience at select stores and wholesale partners worldwide, where consumers will be invited to watch the Fall 2015 Hilfiger Collection runway show in groundbreaking three-dimensional, 360 degree virtual reality. The technology will launch on October 20, 2015, at theTommy Hilfiger store on 5th Avenue in New York City, followed by additional locations in London, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Florence, Zurich, and Moscow.

Using a Samsung GearVR device, shoppers will have an immersive virtual experience that creates the impression of sitting live in the front row at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory at showtime on February 16, 2015, when the Fall 2015 Hilfiger Collection was originally presented. The VR experience gives users a perfect view of the runway and provides an exclusive sneak peek backstage, which is typically inaccessible for individuals not involved in the show production. The virtual reality installation lives in store in a dedicated area that reflects the American football theme of the Fall 2015 show, alongside theHilfiger Collection designs, which consumers can shop immediately.

“Through virtual reality, we’re now able to bring our one-of-a-kind fashion show to the retail setting,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “From the incredible set and music to exclusive backstage moments, consumers will be able to watch the clothes move and see the collection in the original show environment – it’s a compelling and interesting elevation of the traditional shopping experience.”

“We are driven by a vision to exceed consumer expectations, inspire them, and offer retail experiences they never thought possible,” said Daniel Grieder, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger. “Through cutting-edge virtual reality technology, we can invite shoppers to experience the Hilfiger Collection fashion show from a front row seat. We’re using virtual reality to open the doors to a unique part of our world, directly connecting the consumers in our retail space with one of our largest brand events each season.”

The introduction of virtual reality in stores reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s mission to elevate the shopping experience through digital innovation; these technological integrations in the retail space are evolving traditional brick-and-mortar set-ups and increasing opportunities for social engagement. The concept has been created in collaboration with WeMakeVR, developers of 360 degree 3D virtual reality experiences. The show was captured with the WeMakeVR-Falcon, a proprietary camera.

“Our special virtual reality cameras, combined with Tommy Hilfiger’s creative vision of the Fall ’15 Hilfiger Collection fashion show, resulted in an experience that goes beyond that of VIP guests,” said Avinash Changa, Founder and CEO of WeMakeVR. “Users get an incredible peek behind the scenes; they stand next to models right before they walk out onto the runway, and they feel the excitement of being backstage after the show.”

The Hilfiger Collection virtual reality experience will be available at Tommy Hilfiger stores in London (Brompton Road and Regent Street); Amsterdam (P.C. Hooftstraat); Dusseldorf (Schadowstrasse); Milan (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan); Florence (Piazza degli Antinori); Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse); Paris (Boulevard des Capucines and Champs-Elysees); and Moscow (Kuznetsky Most). The concept is also launching at wholesale with Selfridges, London’s iconic department store.

About Tommy Hilfiger
With a brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrance, athletic apparel (golf and swim), socks, small leather goods, home goods and luggage. The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrance. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfigerand Hilfiger Denim brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at tommy.com.

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

About WeMakeVR
WeMakeVR is a pioneer in the virtual reality space. The company created the world’s first 3D 360-degree VR Camera that has no “blind spot” and developed a unique post-production workflow for VR-experiences. WeMakeVR innovates in technology and explores new ways of storytelling, production and workflows to be at the cutting-edge of VR at all times. WeMakeVR works with a variety of brand names such as Tommy Hilfiger, IBM, and the London Symphony Orchestra to connect consumers and brands through unprecedented, immersive experiences. More information is available through WeMakeVR.com.

Source: PVH Corp.

Tommy Hilfiger
Europe:
Mark Fleming, +31 (0) 20 709 8074
Director of Communications
mark.fleming@tommy.com
or
North America:
Amy Robb, +1-212-548-1694
Vice President, Public Relations
amyrobb@tommy.com
or
Asia Pacific:
Eric Reed, +852 3916 1336
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
eric.reed@tommy.com
or
Latin America:
Lisa Bressler, +1-212-548-1365
Director of Marketing & Communications
lbressler@tommy.com

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PVH Corp: Tommy Hilfiger to introduce virtual reality shopping experience at select stores worldwide

Model Wearing Virtual Reality Headset in Tommy Hilfiger’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Store (Photo: Business Wire)

Office Depot to announce 3Q 2015 results for the fiscal period ending September 26, 2015 on November 3, 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, which entered into a definitive agreement on February 4, 2015 to be acquired by Staples Inc., will announce third quarter 2015 results for the fiscal period ending September 26, 2015, before market open on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The company does not plan to host an earnings conference call.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Office Depot, Inc.
Mike Steele, 561-438-3657
Investor Relations
Michael.Steele@officedepot.com
or
Karen Denning, 630-438-7445
Media Relations
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

SOURCE: Office DEPOT® | OfficeMax®

Reasor’s Dietitians promote health and wellness with the launch of Eat Right Feel Great Program

Tahlequah, OK, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reasor’s Registered Dietitians are available in several of our store locations with a goal of promoting health and wellness for our customers and employees. The Eat Right Feel Great Program focuses on educating consumers and employees about healthy lifestyles through disease prevention and management, increased dietitian presence in-store, and the promotion of products that help us Eat Right and Feel Great. This program allows you and your family to better select foods that are healthier and feel great while doing so!

Throughout the year, Reasor’s Registered Dietitians have chosen important health topics to highlight in stores, such as Heart Health, Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, Digestive Health, Gluten Free, and Diabetes. In addition they conduct FREE store tours for each topic at the following locations: Bixby, Brookside, Jenks, 41st & Yale, 71st & Sheridan, 71st & Lynn Lane, and 101st & Elm. Don’t forget to check out our Eat Right Feel Great “Dietitian Approved” items, marked in the Reasor’s weekly ad as well as in stores. These products are selected each week by the dietitians, and have met criteria to qualify them as a healthy item set forth by Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 

Reasor’s Registered Dietitians offer a variety of services for both employees and customers from personalized two week meal plans to private consultations. They are also involved in a variety of community health promotions such as: health fairs, corporate wellness, speaking engagements, and events with public schools.

To learn more about Registered Dietitian services Reasor’s offers, please visit the Reasor’s website at http://www.reasors.com/healthwell/dietitian/dietitian.php Be sure to ‘Like’ their Facebook page:Reasor’s Healthy Living for healthy living tips, recipes, and much more!

Home Office
200 West Choctaw
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-456-1472

SOURCE: Reasor’s

Reasor’s announces the availability of Caroline’s Carts at each of their locations

Tahlequah, OK, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reasor’s is proud to announce the availability of Caroline’s Carts at each of their locations. A Caroline’s Cart is a specially designed shopping cart for special needs children and the elderly. These carts allow an easier shopping experience for parents and caregivers, as it essentially combines a wheelchair and shopping cart into one. It features handles that swivel to allow direct access to a seat containing a five-point harness and footrest. This allows children to sit at a comfortable angle, safely buckled, and facing their parents to allow a more comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience. Customers may conveniently call the office and a Reasor’s Employee will gladly bring them a Caroline’s Cart to their vehicle.

“We continue to look for opportunities that allow us to better serve our customers. By providing a Caroline’s Cart at each location, we can provide a more comfortable shopping experience for those that need a wheel chair or more assistance while shopping. Customer Service will always be our top priority and we’re excited to announce this new service to our customers.” said Jeff Reasor, chairman and CEO, Reasor’s.

About Caroline’s Cart
Caroline’s Cart is a shopping cart created for special needs children. It provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without having the impossible task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time. It is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long.

Home Office
200 West Choctaw
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-456-1472

SOURCE: Reasor’s.

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Reasor’s announces the availability of Caroline’s Carts at each of their locations

Reasor’s announces the availability of Caroline’s Carts at each of their locations

One of the nation’s most successful food retailing executives and Former Chairman of Weis Markets Robert F. Weis passes away

Sunbury, Pennsylvania, 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Robert F. Weis, one of the nation’s most successful food retailing executives over the past half century, has died. Mr. Weis, 96, was the principal figure in the growth and continued success of Weis Markets, one of the most consistently profitable supermarket companies in America.

Mr. Weis was the former Chairman of Weis Markets Inc, a food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. In 2014, the Company generated $2.8 billion in revenues.

A lifelong resident of Sunbury, PA, Robert Weis was born on June 10, 1919 to Harry and Stella Freeman Weis in the town where his father and his uncle, Sigmund, opened their first store, known as Weis Pure Foods, in 1912.

In the years that followed, the two brothers opened stores throughout Central Pennsylvania. Early in his life, Robert Weis worked in his family’s stores where he stood on a box to operate a cash register in his younger years and later bagged produce and delivered groceries to customers.

Mr. Weis attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA. After graduating from Yale University in 1941, Mr. Weis was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Army Air Force officer training program, ultimately attaining the rank of captain.

At the end of World War II, Mr. Weis and his cousin Sigfried returned from the armed services to work for their respective fathers’ company. Early in his career, Mr. Weis worked in various positions including operations, distribution, marketing, procurement, human resources, real estate and store construction. Ultimately, he would oversee the company’s finances, real estate and store construction.

In 1965, Weis Markets became a publicly traded company and is today listed on the New York stock exchange (NYSE:WMK). At the time, their company operated 52 stores and employed 2000 associates with revenues totaling $111 million.

In the subsequent decades, Mr. Weis helped oversee Weis Markets’ growth and expansion into six states. In 1995, Mr. Weis became Chairman of Weis Markets, Inc. Since 2009, his company has made record investments in its growth, acquiring 11 units, upgrading more than 100, and opening nine new stores.

In 2001, after a multi-year dispute with the heirs of Sigfried Weis, who attempted to force a sale of Weis Markets, Mr. Weis directed a repurchase of their stock. He subsequently became the company’s largest shareholder.

This move solidified the Company’s strategic direction and helped preserve more than 18,000 jobs, including more than one thousand in the Sunbury area where it continues to operate a store support center, distribution center, milk, ice cream and meat plants.

Mr. Weis and his wife, Patricia, were married for 57 years. They are the parents of three children: Jonathan Weis, who serves as Weis Markets’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is married to Analisa Barreto Weis; Colleen Ross Weis of New York City, who is a 20th century decorative arts specialist and married to Martin Laiks; and Jennifer Weis Monsky, also of New York City. Jennifer is executive editor at St. Martin’s Press and married to John R. Monsky.  Mr. Weis is also survived by nine grandchildren and a sister, Ellen Wasserman of Baltimore.

Mr. Weis was an active philanthropist.   He and his wife have supported a number of major philanthropic projects and causes, including: Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where Mrs. Weis is on the board of trustees; Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where they established the Robert F. and Patricia G. Ross Weis Professorship in Judaic Studies and the Weis College House; Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where they helped establish the Blough-Weis Library and the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment; the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Boston; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Sunbury Community Hospital during its non-profit years. Mr. and Mrs. Weis also helped establish the Department of Judaic Studies at Yale University and endowed a professorship for this department.

After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Weis sponsored a flight of Jewish survivors who emigrated to Israel. Mr. Weis was also a longtime supporter of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and was treasurer of UJA’s Sunbury chapter for 55 years. Throughout his life, Mr. Weis was a strong supporter of Israel and once accompanied former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on a helicopter flight over the Sinai Desert. Mr. Weis was a longtime member of Congregation Beth El in Sunbury and was the major donor to his synagogue.

Mr. Weis was generous to numerous local causes in his hometown of Sunbury and the Central Susquehanna Valley where he often made private donations to local charities. In recent years, his company has made approximately $6 million in donations to community-based health care organizations, food banks, educational foundations and cultural institutions throughout its five state marketing area.

During his life, Mr. Weis served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Susquehanna University, where he held an honorary doctorate of letters. He was a past president and member of the Board of Trustees of Sunbury Community Hospital, past president of the Sunbury Chamber of Commerce, a past director of Susquehanna Bancshares, a Bank Holding Company in Pennsylvania and Maryland and a former Chairman of the First National Trust Bank of Sunbury.

SOURCE: Weis Markets

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One of the nation’s most successful food retailing executives and Former Chairman of Weis Markets Robert F. Weis passes away

One of the nation’s most successful food retailing executives and Former Chairman of Weis Markets Robert F. Weis passes away

Kmart makes Halloween a treat this year with more than 5,000 ridiculously awesome costumes

With more than 5,000 costumes in-store and online and costume celebration, Kmart is the destination for tricks, treats and all things spooky

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kmart has the trick to making Halloween a treat this year, encouraging everyone in the family to take part in spooky Halloween fun. More than 67 percent of Americans believe that Halloween isn’t just for kids*, and that’s why Kmart is making it easy to shop for costumes for the entire family. Kmart has more than 5,000 ridiculously awesome costumes, from Minions™ to Marvel’s Avengers™ and more, available in-store and online at Kmart.com!

Halloween is a super fun time of the year for kids and kids at heart.  At Kmart, we love seeing the creativity and energy that goes into costumes and home decorations each year,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “We want to remind our members about our amazing selection of costumes to help make this Halloween extra special.”

Hot Deals:

Starting Sunday, Oct. 25 through Oct. 31, costumes and capes will be 50 percent off in stores and, to make sure Halloween is a treat, fun-size candy favorites are on sale as well. Just grab two Hershey, Mars or Nestle fun-size candy bags for just $5, while supplies last**.

Fun For Little Goblins:

  • On Oct. 31, spirited shoppers who arrive in costume will receive a coupon for 5 percent off of their total purchase of $30 or more that day***.
  • The first 100 trick-or-treaters (12 years and younger) will receive a free fun-size candy bar at every Kmart store Oct. 31.

For more information on Kmart Halloween, please visit Kmart.com/Halloween, or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #TrickTreat.

*BabyCenter Halloween Survey | NRF Halloween report | American Life Style Study

**Costumes and capes reg. $9.99-$49.99. Some accessories sold separately. Quantity and assortment varies by store. Exclusions apply. 9.68-11.6oz snack size bags reg. $3.39-$4.29. While supplies last. See store for details.

***Some exclusions apply – see store for details.

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. Through a network of retail partners and service providers, members can shop, compare, purchase items and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also enjoy special pricing, exclusive sales, events, access to celebrity brands and sweepstakes. And through the unique social community on shopyourway.com members can research and browse products, create wish lists, poll friends and family and even get advice from experts to help choose the products and services that best meet their needs. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way® members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Weitz                                        

Annika Tunberg

Kmart                                                

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847-286-0774                                      

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Sara.Weitz@searshc.com                    

Annika.Tunberg@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

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Kmart makes Halloween a treat this year with more than 5,000 ridiculously awesome costumes

Kmart makes Halloween a treat this year with more than 5,000 ridiculously awesome costumes

Schnucks to open its sixth store in southern Indiana on Nov. 11

EVANSVILLE, Ind., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schnucks will open its sixth store in southern Indiana with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11 beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Store opens at 9 a.m.) The new 59,000-square-foot, full-service grocery and pharmacy features service meat and seafood departments, a service deli with sliced-to-order specialties including Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, a floral department, a fresh bakery and a salad bar, in addition to traditional grocery departments. Schnucks full-service pharmacy expedites prescription pick-up with a convenient drive-through window.

Todd Schnuck, Schnucks chairman and CEO, says the loyalty and patronage of Evansville area customers allows the company to expand once again in the region. “We have been serving the Evansville area since 1977, and we value our great customers in southern Indiana,” says Schnuck. “Their appreciation and support of Schnucks makes it possible to bring this new store to the area.”

Scott Berry, a 36-year Schnucks veteran and former store manager at the North Green River Road location, will take the helm of the new store. “We’re very excited to bring our combination of quality, value, variety and service to another Evansville location,” says Berry. “We look forward to serving customers familiar with Schnucks as well as introducing new customers to our products and services.” Joining Berry in a leadership role will be co-manager Brian Kissel who comes from Schnucks Evansville East location.

Opening in time to help customers kick-off the busy holiday baking and entertaining season, the new Schnucks store is located at 600 East Boonville-New Harmony Road near Darmstadt. The location will employ approximately 120 teammates.  After opening day, regular store hours will be 5 a.m. – midnight.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. Each year, the company provides in-kind and cash donations to more than 500 not-for-profit organizations to strengthen the communities it serves. Schnucks currently operates 98 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs nearly 15,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Schnucks.

Media Contact: Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

CVS Health Corporation will hold its third quarter financial results conference call on October 30, 2015

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-10-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) will be holding a conference call on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) with analysts and investors to discuss its third quarter financial results.

An audio webcast of the conference call will be broadcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health website for all interested parties. To access the webcast, visit http://investors.cvshealth.com. This webcast will be archived and available on the web site for a one-year period following the conference call.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our more than 7,800 retail pharmacies, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, CVS Health enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Carolyn Castel
1-401-770-5717
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health Corporation