Flu vaccinations now available at any Reasor’s location

Tahlequah, OK, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now through February you can stop by any Reasor’s location and receive your 2015 – 2016 Flu Shot administered by one of our vaccination-trained pharmacists. Flu vaccinations are only $25 for the standard flu shot and $30 for the Quadrivalent that protects against all 4 strains of the Flu virus. No appointment is necessary. Reasor’s flu vaccines are free for Tricare patients and we will bill Medicare for you.

For more information on pharmacy hours and locations, visit our pharmacy locater.

Why should you get a flu shot?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The Quadrivalent flu shot that protects against all 4 strains of the Flu virus. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.

In addition, you can take everyday preventative steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

For more information on the flu, please visit www.flu.gov.

SOURCE: Reasor’s

Bartell Drugs, Seattle Fire Department and Energizer Batteries team up for Change Your Clock Change Your Battery effort on October 24th

Seattle, WA, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs, the Seattle Fire Department and Energizer Batteries have teamed up for Change Your Clock Change Your Battery on Saturday, October 24th from 1-3 p.m. at Bartell Drugs’ Greenwood store located at 100 N 85th St.

The event will include appearances from local firefighters, family-friendly activities and educational materials in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Month.

Daylight savings time concludes Sunday, November 1—a time when residents are encouraged to change batteries in smoke detectors as they set their clocks back one hour. To support the effort, Bartell Drugs will offer savings on Energizer multipack 9-volt batteries at all 64 store locations.

The event will provide a fun environment for families and individuals to learn how they can take simple, preventative steps to protect their loved ones and home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. And 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015 with customers and employees. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:
Steven Frestedt, V.P. of Marketing, Bartell Drugs, 206-768-7702, or Barry Bartlett, the Bartlett Group, 206.335.4694 (m), barry@bartlettgrouppr.com

SOURCE: Bartell Drugs

Taco Bell, Major League Baseball partner again for the popular “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast” promotion

The fan favorite “Steal a Base” promotion returns with “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast,” set to reward America with millions of free A.M. Crunchwraps® if a base is stolen during the 2015 World Series

IRVINE, Calif., 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell® today announced they are once again teaming up with Major League Baseball during the World Series for the popular “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast” promotion, giving America the chance to get a free A.M. Crunchwrap ® if any player steals a base during the World Series, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 PM (ET) on FOX.

If a base is stolen during Games One or Two, America will get a free A.M. Crunchwrap® on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM (local time) at all participating Taco Bell locations. If no player steals a base during the first two games, but a base is stolen during Games Three through Seven, America will get a free A.M. Crunchwrap® on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM (local time) at all participating Taco Bell locations. Fans are invited to check out www.tacobell.com/steal-a-breakfast beginning Thursday, Oct. 22 for more information on how to receive a free A.M. Crunchwrap®. Limit one (1) free A.M. Crunchwrap® per person.

“We think there is no better way for us to share in the excitement of the World Series, than to celebrate and reward all of our fellow fans with a free Taco Bell breakfast,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Brand Engagement Officer, Taco Bell Corp. “This year, in partnership with Major League Baseball, we are encouraging the whole country to root for a stolen base in the Series – from either team – because the player who steals that first base will have thereby “stolen” a free breakfast, our A.M. Crunchwrap breakfast sandwich, for all of America.” Taco Bell’s partnership with Major League Baseball first began in 2004 with an official league sponsorship. The highly successful “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign began in 2007, with Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox stealing a base in Game Two of that year’s World Series and earning America a free taco. The program returned to the World Series in 2008 and 2012.

“It’s fun to see Taco Bell bring this promotion back for baseball fans during the World Series,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Business. “Our fans have really enjoyed it in the past and I’m sure they will be pulling for another stolen base this year.” Taco Bell will support the campaign with an integrated marketing effort that includes advertising (television, online), social media and public relations. Fans will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #StealABreakfast.

Program Rules
If a Stolen Base occurs during a Game, Taco Bell will make an announcement through selected media channels, including a press release and its web site (www.tacobell.com/steal-a-breakfast), (collectively, the “Announcement(s)”) that Eligible Consumers may obtain one (1) Free A.M. Crunchwrap® during the Promotion Window on Thursday, November 5, 2015 (if Stolen Base occurs during Game 1, or Game 2) OR Thursday, November 10, 2015 (if Stolen Base occurs during Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6 or Game 7) (“Redemption Date”) only, while supplies last. To obtain the Free A.M. Crunchwrap®, Eligible Consumers must visit and be in line at any participating Taco Bell® restaurant in the Territory between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (local time) (“Promotion Window”) on the Redemption Date only and request a Free A.M. Crunchwrap®. Free A.M. Crunchwrap® will not be offered on any other date or time, regardless of circumstance, but Taco Bell reserves the right to change the Redemption Date and//or Promotion Window at its sole discretion for some or all participating Taco Bell restaurants. Participating Taco Bell restaurant managers reserve the right to deny Free A.M. Crunchwrap® to any person they reasonably believe has already received a Free A.M. Crunchwrap® or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity. Free A.M. Crunchwrap® offer is subject to store availability and Taco Bell reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute an item of equal or greater value due to unavailability; any difference in value will not be awarded. All Taco Bell managers’ decisions are final regarding Free A.M. Crunchwrap® offer.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

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MEDIA RELATIONS
Public relations inquiries please call 949-863-3915 or e-mail at media@tacobell.com

SOURCE: Taco Bell Corp.

Sounders FC, Starbucks collect fan donations of scarves and winter clothing for YouthCare

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scarves for soccer fans are what hats are to baseball lovers – a show of fan unity and solidarity with a favorite team.  Anyone going to a Sounders FC match knows the phrase “scarves up” as a rallying cry, but this week the Seattle soccer team is encouraging fans to do something more meaningful with scarves.

The Sounders, along with Starbucks, are collecting fan donations of scarves and winter clothing for YouthCare. The nonprofit organization provides a continuum of care for homeless youth.

The week-long Scarf Drive is underway and will be capped October 25 at CenturyLink Field when the Sounders FC face off against Real Salt Lake. Earlier in the week, Starbucks presented free tickets to the match to Scarf Drive donors at the Starbucks store in University Village, where Sounders FC striker Nelson Valdez signed autographs and posed for photos, and $5 Starbucks gift cards were presented to the first 90 contributors at the Greenwood Fred Meyer.

Donation bins will be located outside each entrance at CenturyLink Field from 2:30-4 p.m. and at The Ninety (406 Occidental Avenue S.) from 2-4 p.m. on October 25.  Starbucks will also donate $1 to YouthCare for every item of clothing collected in the drive, up to $15,000, which is the goal for this year.

Roger Levesque, a popular Sounder alumni who retired in 2012 and now serves as the team’s director of community outreach, said the move of team offices from suburban Renton to Pioneer Square in Seattle a year and a half ago puts the problem of homelessness front and center for the organization.

“It’s something we see every single day,” Levesque said. “There are great organizations, like YouthCare, doing positive things to move the needle with homelessness. It’s something that, by being good neighbors, we can make a difference.”

Jody Waits, director of development and communications at YouthCare, said Starbucks is helping to raise the local profile of the event and her organization’s efforts. That along with the clothing and cash donation will help provide comfort to homeless youth over the harsh Northwest winter months ahead.

“There are early indicators that our long summer is going to produce a tough winter season,” said Waits. “We will distribute all of our socks, gloves, hats, scarves and jackets by the end of January unless we’re able to stock up through the fall and holidays.”

Starbucks is also collecting clothing at its Seattle headquarters and volunteers from the company will be at the October 25 Sounders FC match to help collect items and tally the final count, which will be announced to the full-stadium crowd with over 53,000 expected at CenturyLink.

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Sounders FC, Starbucks collect fan donations of scarves and winter clothing for YouthCare

Sounders FC, Starbucks collect fan donations of scarves and winter clothing for YouthCare

Starbucks recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taylor Yukawa recalls the day in 2014 when his academic advisor called him about an internship with Starbucks. Then a student at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, he didn’t know what to expect.

“After interviews through email and FaceTime, I was offered the role as a summer intern,” said Yukawa. “Today, I am a fulltime partner (employee) in Starbucks finance department. It has been a great journey.”

Yukawa utilizes instant messenger on his computer or a white board and marker at his desk for quick conversations. He also takes advantage of the interpreter service that Starbucks provides.

“Having an interpreter for meetings and trainings is an important accommodation for me,” said Yukawa. “It’s one of the things that Starbucks offers that not all companies do.”

Starbucks has long valued diversity and inclusion as part of its mission and guiding principles. This includes hiring partners with various backgrounds and working with them to find success in their careers. Throughout October, Starbucks is recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about disability employment and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

Starbucks partners discuss the advantages of hiring people with disabilities and how the company supports them in finding fulfillment in the workplace.

Attracting Qualified Job Applicants

Together, Alex Cooper and Neha Sinha make up the Brand and Channels team under the Talent Acquisition group at Starbucks.

“Our goal is to attract the greatest number of qualified candidates,” said Cooper. “We want to see applications from these candidates land on a Starbucks recruiter’s desk.”

Cooper and Sinha pay particular attention to websites that attract under-represented groups in the workplace. This includes GettingHired one of the more prominent sites providing job opportunities for people with disabilities.

“Getting Hired has been a great partner for Starbucks for many years. We share great jobs and they provide great candidates,” Cooper added.

“Starbucks was one of the first companies to join our talent community shortly after our founding,” said Adam Streets, product owner, GettingHired, Inc. “We have grown into the largest disability job board in America. None of this growth would have been possible without the early commitment of companies like Starbucks.”

“I aim to drive awareness that Starbucks values people with disabilities and wants success for them,” said Sinha. Diversity and inclusion is a key pillar in our employment brand. We want this audience to know that. If other companies take notice, we can drive larger, systemic change for this population.”

A Focus on Skill not Disability

Inspired by Starbucks Corporate Facilities long history and commitment to inclusion in the workplace, Vicki Askew, manager, Starbucks Facilities Operations and Services, has continued the tradition of building a team of partners with varied backgrounds.

“It’s important to build diverse teams to represent our customer base, local communities and who we are as a company,” said Askew. “Having everyone look and think the same way would be limiting. When people think differently, they bring useful perspectives to the table.”

Askew looks at partners’ differences as an opportunity to learn and grow. Her team includes two partners who have Down Syndrome and one who is legally blind.

“I don’t look at a person’s disability. I look at the skills they can bring to my team,” she said. “Once you get the right tools in place for partners with disabilities to do their jobs, they are able to contribute positively as strong team players.”

Accommodations that Meet Partners’ Needs

Heather Robinson, a representative for Starbucks Partner Contact Center, has learned to manage life with Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements called tics.

“Tourette’s interferes with my life sometimes, but it’s a part of me. I try to be positive about it,” said Robinson.

Six years ago, Robinson found the need for multiple days off from work because her tics were gaining in frequency, interrupting sleep and leaving her exhausted.

“My supervisor at the time asked me if I had ever considered intermittent leave,” said Robinson. “I looked into it and applied.”

Intermittent leave gives Robinson the flexibility to adjust her schedule each month when she has extreme challenges with her tics. Starbucks worked with Robinson and her doctor to establish this option, which served as the impetus for developing other accommodations that support Robinson and members of her team.

This month, Robinson celebrated 15 years with Starbucks and is thriving in her job. For the past two years, she has been recognized as “Most Involved” by her leadership team and peers.

“The best advice I can offer other partners is to speak up and ask for what you need,” said Robinson. “Starbucks has been great at working with me to find ways to excel at my job.”

Opportunities Outside the U.S.

Starbucks support of people with disabilities reaches beyond the U.S. as well. Starbucks Thailand is working with the Rajanukul Institute and other disability schools to hire new partners. This includes Sirinlak Chalat, a café attendant with Down Syndrome who has been working at the Starbucks Langsuan Community Store in Bangkok for two years.

“Sirinlak is an extraordinary girl. She works hard and wants her customers to feel happy,” said Manida Maungkeaw, Starbucks Langsuan store manager.”

Chalat is one of several young people featured in a new documentary called “The Down,” which premiered across Thailand earlier this month. The movie features the lives and families of individuals with Down Syndrome.

“I am so proud that one of my partners is now a movie actress,” said Wacharachai Alanyakorn, Starbucks Langsuan supervisor. “Our team feels so honored to work in this special store, give this opportunity to Sirinlak and see her social and personal development.”

Learn more about Starbucks Commitment to Access and Disability Inclusion

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

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Starbucks recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October

Starbucks recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October

Starbucks to transition processing of all non-mobile payments and U.S. retail card payment transactions to Chase Commerce Solutions

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has announced the selection of Chase Commerce Solutions, the global payment processing and merchant acquiring division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), to transition processing of all non-mobile payments and U.S. retail card payment transactions in company-operated stores in addition to partnering on the rollout of chip-enabled payment terminals.

“Our new relationship with Chase Commerce Solutions, combined with the sophisticated chip enabled technology we are deploying across our U.S. store portfolio, lays the foundation for a coming wave of innovation in our digital payment ecosystem,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer, Starbucks. “These investments and innovations will both strengthen our payment platform and be increasingly accretive to our business over time.”

Starbucks has entered into the agreement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to process payment transactions previously processed by Square, Inc.  Mobile transactions would continue to be serviced by First Data. Starbucks, with more than 12,000 stores in the U.S. representing over 47M transactions a week, will complement its long-term growth strategy with Commerce Solutions’ payment and data security solutions. Implementation of both services will begin immediately, with complete transition expected by Spring 2016.

This evolution continues to reinforce the company’s ongoing and long term investment in its digital ecosystem which just achieved significant milestones with the nationwide rollout – and international pilot of Mobile Order & Pay as well as the launch of its Green Apron Delivery service.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

This year’s iconic red Starbucks Holiday cup unveiled

When red Starbucks cups return, it’s a signal that the holiday season is drawing near.

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks customers are getting an early taste of Starbucks holiday beverages starting today (October 22) along with a glimpse of this year’s red holiday cups in some of Europe’s most recognizable shopping destinations: Selfridges in London and Birmingham, England; Galleries Lafayette in Paris; and in Austria at Donau Zentrum in Vienna and Europark in Salzburg. Starbucks® stores around the world will follow with holiday beverages starting in early November.

This year’s iconic red Starbucks cup features a two-toned ombré design, with a bright poppy color on top that shades into a darker cranberry below.

“We have anchored the design with the classic Starbucks holiday red that is bright and exciting,” said Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content. “The ombré creates a distinctive dimension, fluidity and weightedness.”

Since 1997 Starbucks has served its holiday beverages in a unique cup, starting with a jazz-themed design in jewel tones of deeper reds, greens and blues. Every year since, the cup has told a story of the holidays by featuring symbols of the season from vintage ornaments and hand-drawn reindeer to modern vector-illustrated characters.

“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” said Fields. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”

In the nearly two decades since the first red Starbucks cup, the company has grown from 1,400 stores in a handful of countries to more than 22,000 stores in 68 markets around the world.

“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” he said. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s more open way to usher in the holiday.”

Spanish-Language Translation of this Story (Traducción Idioma español de esta historia) 

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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This year’s iconic red Starbucks Holiday cup unveiled

This year’s iconic red Starbucks Holiday cup unveiled

Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 21 and 22 October 2015, Carrefour France will be staging the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation. The B2B event will bring together more than 50 eco-companies from both France and overseas, the aim being to share energy efficiency solutions and the innovations of tomorrow with the retailer’s decision-makers.

As one of the partners involved in the COP21, Carrefour is committed to ensuring compliance with the principles of sustainable development in all the areas in which it operates and introduced a global initiative to increase its energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions back in 2004. With the help of its employees and stakeholders, Carrefour has set itself the ambitious target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 40% between 2010 and 2025, and by 70% between now and 2050. The energy optimisation initiatives it has so far introduced have already reduced energy consumption in its France hypermarkets by 37% since 2004.
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Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Carrefour China installs connected digital ads in two of Shanghai metro’s main stations to coincide with its Wine Fair

Shanghai, China, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour.cn, Carrefour’s e-commerce website in China, is running advertisements and is causing a stir in the corridors of the Shanghai metro after installing connected digital advertisements in two of the city’s main stations to coincide with its Wine Fair.

For one month, thousands of daily users of metro lines 2, 7 and 10 will be able to discover the Wine Fair selection and make their purchases using twenty or so digital walls and a virtual wine cellar.

All passengers need to do is scan the QR code of their selected product with their smartphone to find out more about the wine, buy it on Carrefour.cn – the e-commerce website launched last May – and arrange for home delivery.

A total of more than 10 million people in Shanghai are expected to see the temporary display.

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Carrefour China installs connected digital ads in two of Shanghai metro’s main stations to coincide with its Wine Fair

Carrefour China installs connected digital ads in two of Shanghai metro’s main stations to coincide with its Wine Fair

Amazon Q3: Operating cash flow up 72%; Free cash flow increased to $5.4 billion and Net sales increased 23% to $25.4 billion

  • Expects record holiday season
  • Majority of units shipped expected to be Prime

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Operating cash flow increased 72% to $9.8 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.7 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2014. Free cash flow increased to $5.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.1 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2014. Additional measures of free cash flow can be found in the “Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics.”

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 489 million on September 30, 2015, compared with 481 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 23% to $25.4 billion in the third quarter, compared with $20.6 billion in third quarter 2014. Excluding the $1.3 billionunfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 30% compared to third quarter 2014.

Operating income was $406 million in the third quarter, compared with operating loss of $544 million in third quarter 2014.

Net income was $79 million in the third quarter, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $437 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, in third quarter 2014.

“For the first time, we’re recommending you bring home a six-pack for the whole family,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “At a price of $50 for one or $250 for a six-pack, Fire sets a new bar for what customers should expect from a low-cost tablet. This is one more step in our mission to bring customers premium products at non-premium prices. Fire is the #1 best-selling product on Amazon.comsince launch, and based on the strength of the customer response, we are building millions more than we’d already planned.”

Highlights

  • Amazon introduced four new tablets, including Fire, which has the best display on any tablet under $50 and is also available for an even lower price when purchased in a six-pack; Fire HD, the incredibly thin and light 8” and 10.1” tablets designed from the ground up for entertainment; and Fire Kids Edition, a tablet built for kids and their parents — now under $100.
  • Amazon introduced three new Fire TV devices, all with Alexa integration. The new Fire TV is 75% more powerful and has the best-in-class Wi-Fi and 4K Ultra HD — and is still less than $100. The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote adds voice search — and costs less than $50. Fire TV Gaming Edition combines the new Fire TV, new game controller, a 32GB microSD card, and two games — Shovel Knight and Disney’s DuckTales — all for under $140.
  • Amazon launched Fire TV and Fire TV Stick for Japanese customers, which provides easy, instant access to Prime Video, Amazon Video, Hulu, GYAO!, Netflix, YouTube.com, Niconico, Video Market, and more. In addition to the device, Amazon launched Prime Video on Amazon.co.jp, exclusively for Prime members, with thousands of popular Japanese and U.S. movies and TV shows, anime series, music concerts, and variety shows, plus Amazon’s own award-winning originals.
  • Alexa, the brain behind Echo, continues to get smarter with new features including support for shared Google calendars, integration of additional connected home devices from SmartThings and Insteon, NCAA football scores and schedules, and more.
  • Amazon announced new investments from the $100 million Alexa Fund, including Petnet, the creator of the SmartFeeder, an app-enabled intelligent feeding appliance; Musaic, a high-resolution wireless HiFi system that combines home automation to create a connected smart home; and Rachio, maker of a smart sprinkler controller that helps customers intelligently water their yards.
  • Amazon Dash Button has received an overwhelmingly positive customer response and selection continues to grow; customers can now choose from over 500 products from 29 popular brands. Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) now includes 15 device makers, such as General Electric, Samsung, and Oster. The first DRS-enabled devices are expected to ship later this year.
  • Amazon announced Amazon Underground, a new app for Android phones that includes the same functionality of the Amazon mobile shopping app plus over ten thousand dollars’ worth of apps, games, and in-app items, for free.
  • Amazon Studios’ critically-acclaimed series, Transparent, won five Emmys, including Jeffrey Tambor’s award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Jill Soloway’s award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
  • Amazon announced an agreement with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and the trio’s longtime executive producer,Andy Wilman, to make a new car show exclusively for Prime members worldwide. The award-winning team has committed to three seasons.
  • Amazon Studios recently debuted new original series Red Oaks, Hand of God, and Wishenpoof, with more content coming soon, including the much anticipated The Man in the High Castle and season two of Transparent and Tumble Leaf. In addition, Amazon has announced 12 pilots that are scheduled to debut later this year.
  • Amazon.co.uk launched Prime Music, giving U.K. Prime members over one million songs and hundreds of playlists to stream and download for free.
  • Prime Music expanded its catalog in the U.S. and U.K. with the addition of artists from Universal Music Group, including Katy Perry,Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Of Monsters and Men, Ellie Goulding, and many more award-winning popular and legendary artists.
  • Prime Now added eight metro areas in the past quarter. Prime members can now choose from tens of thousands of daily essentials with free two-hour and paid one-hour delivery in 17 locations around the world.
  • Amazon launched Amazon Pantry in Japan and Germany. Amazon Pantry offers Prime members a different way to shop, allowing them to purchase daily essentials in everyday sizes and have items delivered for a low, flat-rate fee per Amazon Pantry box.
  • Amazon introduced Handmade at Amazon, featuring genuinely handcrafted products sold directly from artisans around the world.
  • Customers in both the U.K. and France rated Amazon as their top retailer based on separate surveys conducted by Havas and OC&C Strategy Consultants.
  • Amazon continues to expand its international categories with the launch of the Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies store forJapan, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain with hundreds of thousands of items available for businesses. Additionally, Amazonlaunched Grocery for Italy, France, and Spain with thousands of food products and household essentials from local producers and international brands.
  • Amazon expects to create over 100,000 seasonal positions in North America, and over 40,000 across its European Fulfillment Network this holiday season. Last year, Amazon converted tens of thousands of temporary employees into regular, full-time roles, and expects to do the same this year.
  • Since the fulfillment center tour program launched last year, over 26,000 people have visited one of the 18 facilities where tours are offered worldwide.
  • Launched in late June, Amazon.com.mx has expanded selection to 32 million items, added three new categories, started offering monthly installments for select purchases, and expanded delivery on weekends and holidays to over 70% of zip codes in Mexico City.
  • Amazon.in continues to be India’s largest store with over 30 million products, having added an average of over 40,000 products a day so far in 2015.
  • In the past year, the number of sellers on the Amazon.in platform has increased more than 250%, and nearly 90% of Indian sellers are using Amazon’s logistics and warehousing services. To serve this growing storage need, Amazon.in has nearly tripled its fulfillment capacity year-over-year.
  • In the third quarter, active customers on Amazon.in grew over 230% year-over-year.
  • So far, Amazon.in’s 2015 Diwali season is our largest ever, with daily sales of approximately 4x the prior year.
  • Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.in with over one million titles for 199 rupees a month, less than the average price of a single print book.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted re:Invent, its fourth annual customer and partner conference, with more than 19,000 attendees and 38,000 streaming participants.
  • Accenture and AWS announced the formation of the Accenture AWS Business Group, a team of dedicated professionals from bothAccenture and AWS that will help enterprise customers more easily migrate their existing applications and build new applications for the AWS Cloud.
  • AWS introduced Amazon QuickSight, a very fast, cloud-powered business intelligence (BI) service that makes it easy for all employees, regardless of their technical skill, to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data at 1/10th the cost of traditional solutions. QuickSight integrates automatically with AWS data services and uses a new, Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine (“SPICE”) to perform advanced calculations, render visualizations rapidly, and scale to hundreds of thousands of users.
  • AWS launched new capabilities to make it faster, easier, and more cost-effective to move data from on-premises into the AWS Cloud. AWS Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport appliance that can securely transfer 50 TB of data per appliance into and out of AWS for as little as 1/5th the cost of high-speed Internet. Amazon Kinesis Firehose is a fully-managed service that captures streaming data from hundreds of thousands of different sources and automatically loads it into Amazon S3 or Amazon Redshift for near real-time data analysis.
  • AWS announced new database tools and services that make it easier for enterprises to bring databases to AWS and break free from the cost and complexity of traditional commercial databases. The AWS Database Migration Service monitors the progress of database migrations, notifying customers of any issues and automatically provisioning a host replacement in the event of a failure. The AWS Schema Conversion Tool ports database schemas and stored procedures from one database platform to another, so customers can move their applications from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora, MySQL, MariaDB, and soon PostgreSQL. In the first week after AWS re:Invent, more than 1,000 customers have signed up to use AWS’s new Database Migration Service.
  • In just four months since becoming generally available in July, Amazon Aurora has become the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS.
  • AWS launched AWS IoT, a managed cloud platform that lets billions of connected devices — such as mobile phones, cars, factory floors, aircraft engines, sensor grids, and more — easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT can support trillions of messages, and can process, route, and keep track of those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely, even when the devices aren’t connected.
  • AWS announced three new services and capabilities to make it easier for enterprises to build and manage secure, compliant applications on the AWS Cloud: Amazon Inspector is a service that automatically assesses how well customers’ applications follow security best practices and provides a detailed report to help fix any vulnerabilities found; AWS Config Rules is a new set of cloud governance capabilities that allow IT Administrators to define guidelines for provisioning and configuring AWS resources and then continuously monitor compliance with those guidelines; and AWS WAF is a web application firewall that protects applications from common web exploits by giving customers control over which traffic to allow or block to their web applications by defining customizable web security rules.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect Amazon.com’s expectations as of October 22, 2015, and are subject to substantial uncertainty. Our results are inherently unpredictable and may be materially affected by many factors, such as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet and online commerce, and the various factors detailed below.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Guidance

  • Net sales are expected to be between $33.50 billion and $36.75 billion, or to grow between 14% and 25% compared with fourth quarter 2014.
  • Operating income is expected to be between $80 million and $1.28 billion, compared to $591 million in fourth quarter 2014.
  • This guidance includes approximately $620 million for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.

A conference call will be webcast live today at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET, and will be available for at least three months at www.amazon.com/ir. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.

These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, in addition to the factors discussed above, the amount that Amazon.com invests in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment, sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory management, seasonality, the degree to which the Company enters into, maintains, and develops commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. Other risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to new products, services, and technologies, system interruptions, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

Our investor relations website is www.amazon.com/ir and we encourage investors to use it as a way of easily finding information about us. We promptly make available on this website, free of charge, the reports that we file or furnish with the SEC, corporate governance information (including our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics), and select press releases and social media postings, which may contain material information about us, and you may subscribe to be notified of new information posted to this site.

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. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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One-Hour Delivery on Tens of Thousands of Amazon.com Items now availble in the Bay Area

Since launching in Los Angeles and Orange County, bottled water and double stuff Oreos are a couple of the top favorites ordered through Prime Now in the Golden State

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Prime Now, the company’s one-hour delivery service, has expanded to the Bay Area. Through the service, Prime members can get superfast delivery on tens of thousands of items from daily staples like paper towels, milk or ice cream to laptops and Kindle devices, to name a few.

“Prime Now is our fastest delivery option ever. With Prime Now, you can skip a trip to the store and get the items you need delivered right to your door in under an hour,” said Stephenie Landry, director of Amazon’s Prime Now service. “Customers love the convenience of one-hour delivery and we’re excited to expand in California, bringing Prime Now to the Bay Area.”

Starting today, customers in most San Francisco and San Jose neighborhoods such as Potrero Hill, Mountain View and Cupertino can use the one-hour service and Amazon expects to expand to more neighborhoods in San Francisco, Palo Alto and throughout Silicon Valley within the next 24 hours. Customers can enter their zip code in the Prime Now app to see if their neighborhood is eligible or to be notified when the service is available in their area.

Prime Now operates in 17 metropolitan areas worldwide. In California, the service is also available in Los Angeles and Orange County.Amazon has five fulfillment centers in the state of California, employing more than 10,000 individuals in full-time jobs. Amazon has established six Prime Now hubs in the state to fuel superfast delivery. Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and start shopping. In the Bay Area, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.

Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, over a million songs and more than one thousand playlists through Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now and download the mobile app at www.amazon.com/primenow.

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 16 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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Amazon’s superfast delivery service Prime Now expands to San Antonio

Amazon operates its superfast delivery service in four Texas cities, including Dallas, Austin, Houston and, now, San Antonio

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Prime Now, the company’s one-hour delivery service, has expanded to San Antonio. Using the Prime Now mobile app, customers can get superfast delivery on tens of thousands of items including paper towels, chilled and frozen items like milk or ice cream, and televisions and Kindle devices, to name a few.

“With Prime Now, you can skip a trip to the store and get the items you need delivered right to your door in under an hour,” said Stephenie Landry, director of Amazon’s Prime Now service. “We’re excited to expand in Texas, bringing the convenience of Prime Now to San Antonio.”

Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and start shopping. In San Antonio, Prime Now is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.

Prime Now operates in 17 metropolitan areas worldwide. In Texas, the service is available in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.Amazon has four fulfillment centers in the state of Texas, employing thousands of individuals in full-time jobs, and has established four Prime Now hubs to fuel superfast delivery in the state.

Customers throughout Texas, including Austin, Dallas and Houston, already love Prime Now. In Austin, the most popular items purchased by customers include bottled water and gummy bears. In Dallas, popular items include orange juice and paper towels. And in Houston, customers are loving superfast delivery of macaroni and cheese and sparkling water, to name a few.

Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, over a million songs and more than one thousand playlists through Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now and download the mobile app at www.amazon.com/primenow.

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 16 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.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Amazon Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery Expands to two more major metro areas, Chicago and Orlando

  • Faster delivery for Prime members also expands to new areas of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia
  • Members shopping on Amazon.com can choose from more than a million items available for same-day delivery including popular electronics, toys, movies, video games, home and kitchen supplies, everyday essentials and much more

SEATTLE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon today announced the expansion of Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery to two more major metro areas, Chicago and Orlando, as well as new locations in the New York City, Northern New Jersey andPhiladelphia areas. The program now serves more than 750 cities and towns across 16 metro areas. Prime members can order as late as noon and receive all same-day orders over $35 before bedtime that very same day, free, seven days a week – even Sunday. Members will discover many of the most popular items on Amazon available for same-day delivery including great gift ideas in electronics, toys, video games, kitchen supplies, holiday party essentials and more. Find eligible zip codes and start shopping at www.amazon.com/sameday or join Amazon Prime at www.amazon.com/prime.

“We’re focused on making Prime better and better and every day members discover how Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery can make their lives easier,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “Members in Chicago and Orlando, as well as members in more than 750 cities and towns, can order by noon and receive their orders the very same day, for free.”

Since the Prime FREE Same-Day program launched in May, members have ordered millions of different items across a variety of categories. Some fun facts include:

  • Among the most popular same-day delivery items nationwide are the Fire TV Stick, Crest 3D White Luxe Strips, and Optimum Nutrition chocolate-flavored protein powder.
  • Locally popular same-day purchases include water filters in New York City, inflatable water toys in Atlanta, and bicycle locks in San Francisco.
  • Members have ordered more than 3,500 different board game titles and over 3,500 varieties of pet treats with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery.
  • A Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator was the 2nd-most popular same-day item nationwide in the first week of September, following the most popular item the Fitbit Charge Activity Wristband.
  • Popular Oktoberfest supplies ordered same-day include Bavarian-themed table covers, home brewing kits and Lederhosen outfits.

Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery is now available in 16 greater metro areas, accounting for more than 750 cities and towns, including Atlanta,Baltimore, Boston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, the Greater Los Angeles area, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay area including Oakland and San Jose, Seattle-Tacoma, the Tampa Bay area, Washington, D.C., and newly added Orlando andChicago areas. Coverage in Chicago extends from downtown north to Evanston and Arlington Heights, west to Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove, and south to Oak Lawn. Coverage in Orlando extends north to Sanford and Deltona, south to Kissimmee, as well as eastern and western suburbs such as Clermont, Winter Garden and Winter Park. New coverage also includes additional areas in Brooklyn and Queensin New York City, Northern New Jersey stretching from Newark to Paterson and beyond, and additional locations in the downtown area ofPhiladelphia.

Members can choose from over a million items, place an order by noon and receive the items by 9pm the very same day, seven days a week – even on Sunday. After noon, members can continue to shop the same selection and will receive orders the next day.

Fast and Free Comes with Choices

Amazon Prime comes with multiple options for unlimited, fast free shipping. Members can use any of these options in eligible areas including:

  • Prime FREE Two-Day: Prime members in the United States continue to enjoy unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all product categories.
  • Prime FREE Same-Day: Members in 16 metro areas, which includes more than 750 cities and towns, can order by noon and have that order delivered before bedtime. Members can choose from a broad selection of more than a million items, seven days a week – even Sunday.
  • Prime Now: Members in select cities can choose from tens of thousands of everyday essentials for ultra-fast, free two-hour delivery from a dedicated mobile app.

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 16 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes (including the Back To The Future Trilogy), 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
mazon.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.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Sears improves home appliance shopping experience by connecting online shoppers with knowledgeable associates in store

New service offers personalized in-store consultative appointments

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears, a leading integrated retailer, has introduced “Meet With An Expert” – a free and first-of-its-kind service that improves the home appliance shopping experience by connecting online shoppers with knowledgeable associates in store. The new service is available for home appliance products in Sears stores nationwide.

Sears, which carries all top 10 appliance brands and has been home of Kenmore branded products for more than 100 years, understands how customers shop for appliances – the majority of whom research online prior to purchasing in store.

“Choosing an appliance is a big decision, involving many options,” said Leena Munjal, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Integrated Retail, Sears Holdings. “Meet With An Expert gives our members a personalized experience that builds on the research they’ve already done online. Our knowledgeable associate will know the appliances our member is interested in and offer advice specific to their needs.”

How it works:

  1. The member visits Sears.com, finds the appliances they’re interested in and clicks the “Meet with an expert in our store” link. The member selects their store, provides basic contact information, and a preferred appointment day – the request can be in the morning, afternoon or evening in a five-day timeframe.
  2. A Sears appliance expert (a knowledgeable Sears home appliance associate) from their local store calls the member back to set up the specific visit time. If the member has a schedule change, the representative will help them reschedule.
  3. On the appointed day, the member arrives at the selected store and goes to the marked Meet With An Expert spot in the home appliances department where their assigned appliance expert will be ready to help them compare models, answer their questions, and highlight product features.

Since launching buy online, pickup in-store 14 years ago, Sears has introduced a series of services that connect the online and in-store shopping experience. The new Meet With An Expert service joins a growing list of Sears’ convenient and time-saving integrated retail options created by Sears’ iRLabs team, including:

  • In-Vehicle Pickup, Return and Exchange in Five – a game-changer and retail industry first on this scale. Using the Sears or Shop Your Way mobile app members can pick up, return or exchange their purchases for free – guaranteed in five minutes or less – without ever leaving their vehicle.
  • Expanded Free Store Pickup – an online/in-store collaboration that allows members to pick up Sears.com or Kmart.com orders at any of each other’s stores – more than 2,000 locations total nationwide.
  • Shopping Recaps – in consultative departments like appliances, members can request an email that recaps information they discussed with a Sears associate in store and includes model numbers and other details. The member can pick up where they left off at their convenience later online.
  • Reserve It – a timesaving service that allows members to reserve apparel items online for them to quickly try on in store.

Meet With An Expert is currently available for the home appliance categories including refrigerators, washers and dryers, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, vacuums, small kitchen appliances and more, from top brands like Kenmore. To learn more about Meet With An Expert, visitsears.com/expertadvice or view the informational video at https://youtu.be/sCvgE3cPHTA. Meet With An Expert is available in all stores with the exception of Hometown, Outlet and Puerto Ricolocations.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is 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. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard – among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
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“Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” coat donation program returns to Macy’s

The “Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” program, aimed to drive a donation of 50,000 new coats, will take place from October 27 through November 2

NEW YORK, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s (NYSE:M) is pleased to announce the return of “Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1,” a coat donation program in partnership with anti-poverty organization Clothes4Souls. From Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Monday, Nov. 2, Macy’s will donate one coat, up to 50,000 coats, to Clothes4Souls, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments at Macy’s stores and on macys.com. The new, never-worn coats will be distributed nationwide starting in November. To help customers save while they give back, Macy’s will offer 30-50 percent off a large selection of outerwear during the campaign.

“Now in our third year and having donated nearly 100,000 coats, Macy’s is delighted to continue our program with Clothes4Souls for the upcoming winter season,” saidHolly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of Media Relations and Cause Marketing. “With a comprehensive network of nonprofit partners, Clothes4Souls makes positive contributions every day to local communities where help is needed the most. With the support of our store associates and customers, we’re excited to aim for another 50,000 coats giveaway.”

Clothes4Souls is a division of Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing to individuals in poverty and victims of natural disasters. Clothes4Souls works with nonprofit partners such as homeless shelters, afterschool programs and relief organizations to provide clothes to those acrossthe United States and around the world.

“It’s such a privilege to be working with Macy’s for the third year in a row,” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. “Over the past two years, we have put coats into the hands of people who need them most. All across America, folks will be better able to weather the brutal cold, which is critical when traveling to work and school. Macy’s and its customers understand the power they have to make a difference and we couldn’t be happier to be a partner in this work.”

As part of the campaign, coats donated average in retail price from $40 to $100. To participate in “Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” and view this year’s outerwear assortment, visit macys.com.

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 macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events 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 macys.com/pressroom.

About Clothes4Souls
Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls is committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used clothing from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clothes4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. Please visit www.clothes4souls.org for more information.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Media Relations
Julie Strider Fukami, 646-429-5213
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Tracy Davis, 646-429-7470
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“Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” coat donation program returns to Macy’s

“Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” coat donation program returns to Macy’s

Ice Age’s Scrat celebrates his debut as a giant character balloon in the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

New giant character balloon celebrates next summer’s animated motion picture event “Ice Age: Collision Course,” from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios

NEW YORK, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The world’s most beloved acorn-loving movie star is having the best National Nut Day ever, as Ice Age’s Scrat celebrates his debut as a giant character balloon in the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® this November. Star of the blockbuster Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ “Ice Age” film franchise, Scrat will be transformed into a ballooning behemoth, chasing a colossal acorn down the Parade route and into the hearts of millions of fans this holiday season.

“Ice Age’s rambunctious Scrat is sure to be a giant balloon fans of all ages will go nuts for!” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “A comically-whimsical creation, we are thrilled to welcome Scrat and his acorn to the giant balloon line-up of this year’s Macy’s Parade. Our team and millions of Ice Age fans lining the streets of New York City and in homes across the country will be cheering Scrat on as we wait to see if he catches the ultimate treat on Thanksgiving Day.”

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate a global icon such as Scrat than immortalizing him in one of the most beloved and cherished American events, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Zachary Eller, senior vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. “From the moment we began discussing a way for our Ice Age herd to participate, we knew that Scrat chasing that just out-of-reach acorn was the only possible idea!”

Transformed into massive prehistoric proportions in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, Scrat will measure approximately 59-feet long, 24-feet wide and 41-feet tall. Always focused on the hunt and chasing his favorite snack, he is posed ready to pounce on the 21-foot tall acorn that is just slightly out of reach. And what a treat it would be, as it would take more than 15 million real acorns to fill Scrat’s helium version!

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. Twentieth Century Fox Pictures/Blue Sky Studios “Ice Age: Collision Course” will be released worldwide in Summer 2016.

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 www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

About Twentieth Century Fox Film:
wentieth Century Fox produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of the studio: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Orlando Veras, 646-429-7450
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or
Christine Olver, 646-429-5713
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or
Twentieth Century Fox Film:
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or
Todd Michalak, 212-556-8623
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Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace initiative turns 10

Rwandan weavers create special 10-year anniversary designs for sale this fall and holiday

NEW YORK, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — This fall, Macy’s (NYSE:M) is celebrating 10 years of its Rwanda Path to Peace initiative, offering customers special commemorative designs to honor the decade-long partnership. Originally launched in fall 2005, the program affords an opportunity to create economic sustainability and stability for the women weavers of Rwanda impacted by the country’s civil war and genocide, and is now the longest-lasting program of its kind.

“Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace program was one of the first-ever ‘trade-not-aid’ efforts and is the longest-enduring, impacting thousands of women throughout the country of Rwanda,” said Willa Shalit, co-founder of the program. “This important initiative, in partnership with the Rwandan weavers’ cooperative, Gahaya Links, has enabled women inRwanda to take care of essential human needs, send their children to school, buy health insurance and malaria nets, and to help rebuild their communities. We are so grateful to Macy’s and its customers who have responded with open hearts, so that Americans can directly support peace and prosperity from one continent to another.”

Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace program brings the age-old art of Rwandan basket weaving to customers in the United States, with product available in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com. The vibrant colorful baskets range from a classic 9-inch fruit bowl to a 16-inch large statement piece, with retail prices ranging from$30 to $60.

“As an early and dedicated advocate for this program, I am so proud of the decade of work we have been honored to do through our Rwanda Path to Peace project,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. “Through this program, Hutu and Tutsi women, representing both sides of a devastating genocide, have come together to weave baskets of peace. From my first visit to Rwanda, my life was permanently changed by the strength of the weavers I met – knowing what they have endured and all they have taught us about courage, forgiveness and grace. I want to thank our customers for continuing to support this effort and for helping us make a difference in the world.”

Macy’s commemorated the anniversary with a special customer event at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City onOct. 20. The in-store celebration featured live musical performances, traditional Rwandan food and a ceremony honoring the women who made this project possible.

For more information about Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace, visit macys.com/Rwanda.

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 macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events 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 macys.com/pressroom.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
holly.thomas@macys.com

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Macy's celebrates 10 years of the Rwanda Path to Peace program with commemorative baskets, available exclusively at Macy's, $30 - $60 (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s celebrates 10 years of the Rwanda Path to Peace program with commemorative baskets, available exclusively at Macy’s, $30 – $60 (Photo: Business Wire)

S Group’s grocery trade volumes increased due to lower price policy introduced at the beginning of the year

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Finland’s poor financial situation and the general development of the trade sector caused a decline in S Group’s sales for January–September in comparison to the previous year. Sales decreased by 3.9 per cent, totalling €8,009 million.

The sales of S Group’s largest sector – grocery trade – stood at €4,857 million in Finland in January–September; a decline of only 0.7 per cent compared to the previous year. The lower price policy has resulted in a positive flow in market trade, while increasing the proportion of domestic food sold by S Group.

“The lower price policy, which was introduced at the beginning of the year, has considerably increased the grocery trade’s customer and sales volumes. We have done really well in the grocery trade because euro-denominated sales have also improved better than the entire industry has”, says Taavi Heikkilä, CEO of SOK.

The sales volumes of the hospitality business and automotive trade and accessories have increased by about 1 per cent in comparison to the previous year. Hotel and restaurant sales stood at €594 million, and sales in the automotive trade were €234 million. Automotive sales are carried out by some S Group co-op stores.

In the ABC sector, restaurant sales have been at a good level, and sales increased by 2.0 per cent compared to the previous year. The entire sector’s sales in January–September stood at €1,229 million: a 10.0 per cent decline in comparison to the previous year. The decline is explained by the fact that fuel prices were lower than in the previous year.

The consumer goods trade decreased, which was in line with the general progress in the sector. Overall, S Group’s consumer goods sales decreased by 7.3 per cent to €888 million.

More information:

Taavi Heikkilä, CEO, SOK, tel.: 010 7680200
Arttu Laine, Executive Vice President, SOK, tel. 010 7681011
Jari Annala, Senior Vice President, CFO, SOK Finance and Administration, tel. 010 7682040

SOURCE: SOK

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S Group's grocery trade volumes increased due to lower price policy introduced at the beginning of the year

S Group’s grocery trade volumes increased due to lower price policy introduced at the beginning of the year

K-food stores launches “Thank the Producer” Christmas ham campaign to raise money to help pig farmers

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the campaign launching at K-food stores in November, customers can, if they wish, pay one extra euro for the Finnish Christmas ham they buy. The K-Group will join the effort by adding yet another extra euro to the first. The objective of the “Thank the Producer” Christmas ham campaign is to raise 500,000 euros to be paid in full to pig farmers. In the coming months, the “Thank the Producer” extra will be extended to selected Pirkka range products and remitted directly to the producers. The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) give their full support to the operating model.

With this type of action, which is completely new in Finland, the K-Group wants to support Finnish producers, together with its customers. The aim of the “Thank the Producer” operating model is to highlight Finnish food production and food entrepreneurship.

– Now it’s time to thank the producer. When our customers participate in the “Thank the Producer” campaign, they can make a direct impact on maintaining Finnish food production through their own action, says Jorma Rauhala, Senior Vice President for Kesko’s grocery trade.

The objective of the “Thank the Producer” ham campaign is to raise 500,000 euros in a joint effort by customers and the K-Group. The proceeds will be remitted in full to pork producers with the help of meat companies and MTK.

– We will launch the campaign with an open-minded approach. We will extend the “Thank the Producer” extra also to other products, such as some of the Pirkka range cold cuts, cheeses and milks, says Rauhala.

Finnish people want Finnish food

The domestic origin of foodstuffs is important to Finnish people. According to the recent “Suomi syö” survey commissioned by Taloustutkimus, as many as 82% of Finns find it important to eat domestic foods.

– Already about 80% of the products sold by K-food stores are manufactured in Finland. For that reason alone, it’s of primary importance to us to act as a reliable partner for the Finnish food manufacturing industry. We must take care of the vitality of the Finnish producer and the Finnish food manufacturing industry, says Rauhala.

MTK give their full support to the K-Group’s “Thank the Producer” operating model.

– This is a new type of initiative in Finland and the kind of action we really need now. Many farms are in really serious financial difficulties in the vicious circle of reduced producer prices and rising costs, says Antti Sahi, MTK’s Secretary General. Besides the extra euros, another important thing in the K-Group’s campaign is the appreciation it shows for the work of Finnish farmers.

Further information:
Senior Vice President, Jorma Rauhala, Kesko, grocery trade, tel. +358 105 322 211
Vice President for Communications, Karoliina Partanen, Kesko, grocery trade, tel. +358 105 320 744
Secretary General Antti Sahi, MTK, tel. +358 400 804 496

Kesko is the fifth most sustainable company in the world (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list). We are a retail specialist whose chains have around 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) is a trade organisation and interest group representing farmers, forest owners and rural entrepreneurs. MTK has over 400,000 members. All of the occupations and businesses of our members are based on renewable natural resources and their utilisation in a sustainable and economical way.

SOURCE: KESKO

Waitrose report reveals 2015’s top food trends

Waitrose report uncovers key shopping, eating and drinking habits this year – based on millions of purchases in shops and online, and comprehensive new consumer research

LONDON, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The report – the third annual Waitrose look at key food and drink trends – was researched throughout 2015.  A series of in-depth focus groups in the summer were followed up with comprehensive new OnePoll consumer research.  Trends are supported with insight from Waitrose retail and food teams, as well as internal customer research and product sales.

Findings include:

  • Half of us now shop more like we’re on holiday; little and often, locally, and focusing on fresh food for tonight.  Online shoppers choose twice as many cleaning and store cupboard products as in-store customers – freeing themselves to buy fresh baskets of food as they like. In London 40% of Waitrose sales are after 5pm, as people buy dinner on the way home. And three in 10 people now visit a supermarket three to four times a week – up from a quarter of us five years ago. (Page 9)
  • Two thirds admit to being overwhelmed by the endless choice available – whether informal dining, music streaming or TV on demand.  We are responding by setting our own boundaries in the home, for example keeping certain nights free to eat together, or banning phones at the table. One in five have bought a meal deal this year, and littleWaitrose sales are up 25% – as people limit the choices they need to make. (Page 3)
  • A third of us say pausable TVs and services like Netflix and iPlayer mean fewer TV dinners in our homes. But in general our mealtimes are more informal than ever – one in seven families use their dining room less than they used to, and a quarter of us eat outside more. ‘Grazing’ options in Waitrose shops have surged by 23% this year, and this casual approach is reflected in cooking too – we prepare more sharing plates and informal meals. (Page 7)
  • When it comes to health, eight in 10 of us no longer like to be told what’s healthy and what’s not. We are becoming our own experts – researching diets to suit our lifestyle. Sixty percent of us have set ourselves health rules this year. Of these, a quarter have committed to no alcohol during the week, 7.5% have tried the 5:2 diet, and a third have cut down sugar – by far the most popular way to manage health in 2015. (Page 4). Many are doing this by choosing mini versions of their favourites – whether ice creams or bottles of wine. Others have invested in a Nutribullet or a spiraliser (page 8). More than nine in 10 of us now believe in the saying ‘everything in moderation’.

Says Waitrose Managing Director Mark Price: ‘Our research has uncovered a fascinating phenomenon. In this ‘open all hours’ culture, two-thirds of us say we feel overwhelmed by the proliferation of choice available, and feel the need to reimpose boundaries when it comes to family life. In this report, we outline six key boundaries that have evolved and look at how people are, in different ways, replacing them with new ones.’

Released today, 21 October, the report also takes a look at our favourite products of the year (Food Barometer page 2, Drinks Barometer page 12). And at a range of other trends – including whether where you come from might influence your choice of biscuit and whether you choose to dunk (Biscuit map, page 6) – or what the most popular exported Waitrose foods are around the world (in Gibraltar, essential Waitrose cheese and onion crisps tops their shopping list – page 11).  And what your age may have to do with your favourite kitchen gadget (Page 8-9).

Notes to editors:

The Waitrose Food & Drink Report is released on Wednesday 21 October.  All images and graphics are available to use – please contact us for more information or an interview.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Waitrose Press Office,
Telephone: 01344 825 080

SOURCE: John Lewis Partnership.

Cashmere research: Italian house Loro Piana developed method that optimizes quality while ensuring sustainable development

PARIS, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Loro Piana, uncompromising standards are an overriding imperative. The Italian house has made exquisite cashmere products since 1960, always putting quality before quantity. Now, thanks to extensive research into cashmere production, Loro Piana has developed a method that optimizes quality while ensuring sustainable development.

To obtain perfect cashmere – meaning fiber thickness of under 14 microns – Loro Piana launched an ambitious project in China in 2009 in the Alashan region, where the goats from which the fiber is obtained are bred.  Joint research by Jilin Agricultural University, Camerino University in Italy and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) culminated in the “Loro Piana Method”.

For Loro Piana, uncompromising standards are an overriding imperative. The Italian house has made exquisite cashmere products since 1960, always putting quality before quantity. Now, thanks to extensive research into cashmere production, Loro Piana has developed a method that optimizes quality while ensuring sustainable development.

To obtain perfect cashmere – meaning fiber thickness of under 14 microns – Loro Piana launched an ambitious project in China in 2009 in the Alashan region, where the goats from which the fiber is obtained are bred.  Joint research by Jilin Agricultural University, Camerino University in Italy and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) culminated in the “Loro Piana Method”.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Cashmere research: Italian house Loro Piana developed method that optimizes quality while ensuring sustainable development

Loro Piana

IKEA launches LATTJO – a new play collection due out in IKEA stores this November

IKEA Collaborates with DreamWorks Animation to Bring LATTJO characters to Life in Series of Animated Shorts

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announces the launch of LATTJO, a new play collection due out in IKEA stores this November, with the single-minded mission to inspire people to play more together every day. The LATTJO collection consists of a wide range of games and toys for indoor/outdoor active play, making music, game nights, and dress up/role play. To support the collection and to further inspire play, IKEA collaborated with DreamWorks Animation to develop a series of more than 25 short animated stories that celebrate and expand the imaginative worlds of the LATTJO characters.

The mission of the LATTJO collection is to encourage people both young and old to play more. “We know that the world wants and needs more play. In our research* we’ve seen that 50% of all adults want to find their inner child, and that both children and parents want to play more together,” says Maria Thörn, Range Manager at Children’s IKEA.

IKEA and DreamWorks Animation have collaborated on a series of animated shorts featuring characters from the new collection in playful 2D and stop motion animation. The video series utilizes DreamWorks Animation’s storytelling expertise to bring the collection to life.

“IKEA and DreamWorks Animation share belief in the importance of play for everyone. We also share a passion for great stories. We are so excited that DreamWorks Animation is helping us tell the LATTJO story, and LATTJO will help our customers create their own. This collaboration will continue with more stories and products and most of all: more play – together!” says Cindy Andersen, Business Area Manager at Children’s IKEA.

“DreamWorks Animation believes in the power of great stories, and we were inspired by the creative challenge to bring these characters to life for IKEA customers around the globe,” says Brian Robinson, Global Head of Creative Design and Development at DreamWorks Animation. “Working with our world-class storytellers, this content series is a celebration of imagination and play that we hope surprises and delights viewers as they meet these characters in the coming months.”

The LATTJO characters, which are inspired by insects, roots, animals and vegetation, appear in different parts of the collection. From the eagle who is afraid of heights, to the root queen who finds herself stuck between two worlds, the animated stories show a host of diverse characters in unique and often hilarious situations inside their newly expanded worlds.

“Our work is to make things better and that’s why we’re always curious about new ideas, new techniques and new collaborations. This specific collaboration is exciting because it brings new life to our design, making the experience of IKEA products bigger, broader and better. And, we have more things to come – so keep watching,” says Marcus Engman, Design Manager at IKEA.

The LATTJO collection will be available in IKEA stores starting November 1. The first videos will be available in November on the LATTJO playlist of the IKEA global YouTube channel, with more rolling out through spring 2016. Watch the teaser here.

*IKEA Play Report 2015

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Contact: Allie Bostwick
646-935-4118
allie.bostwick@ketchum.com

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.